Premium Red Wines
LODI OLD VINES ZINFANDEL
The famous thick, gnarled and twisted old Zinfandel vines of Lodi in California’s Central Valley contribute to intense concentrated flavors in the grapes. The wine is deep and rich, with bold, zesty aromas and ripe berry fruits on the tongue. Robust and exciting, it bursts with a spiciness that is met head on by the premium French oak.
Food pairings: Steak and beef dishes, spicy ribs, pasta with meat sauce dishes, hard cheeses.
Aging: Recommended aging of over 4 months before consumption to mellow the tannins and smooth out the flavors.
WOODBRIDGE RANCH II CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The king of red grape varietals in all its splendid glory. A commanding red wine, this Cabernet has the trademark black currant and cherry flavors, but its true triumph is the subtle weave of complex flavor compounds that contribute to the overall experience. Oak and tannins, pepper and spice – a splendid combination of structure and rich fruit that will dazzle from first aroma to long elegant finish.
Food pairings: Flavorful beef dishes including steak and roasts. Also spareribs and lamb, game dishes including pheasant and venison, firm cheeses such as cheddar and hard cheeses such as parmigiano and romano.
Sweetness : Dry
Oak: Premium American toasted and French oak.
Aging: Recommended minimum aging of four months to mellow the tannins and allow full complexity to develop. Ideal after two years.
NAPA VALLEY STAGS LEAP DISTRICT MERLOT
A sublime Merlot from California’s prestigious Napa Valley, where ideal climate and soil conditions and refined growing and cellaring techniques, allow for consistent high quality treatment of grape varietals. Harvested from the highly regarded Stag’s Leap District on the valley’s east bench, this Merlot is dry and medium bodied with a soft, supple fruity palate of plums and red berries. Its characteristic spicy aroma, accentuated with light oak, leads to a rich, smooth and mouth-filling flavor experience. A must-try for Merlot lovers everywhere. Taste the amazing quality that California’s Napa Valley offers! A world class Merlot from a world class wine region.
Food pairings: Beef dishes – steak, roasts, ribs, burgers. Poultry with rich sauces, lamb dishes, game birds, pasta with tomato sauces, hard firm cheeses, hearty stews, and bean-based dishes.
Oak: Premium French and American oak.
Aging: Soft tannins allow enjoyment after three months. Ideal after six months to a year.
VIEUX CHATEAU DU ROIi (Chateauneuf-du-Pape)
Full-bodied, yet soft and quick to mature, this is the perennially popular French red wine blend, a mini version of a Chateneauf du Pape. This wine is a blending several grape varieties, each contributing to the layers of aroma and flavors that make this so special. Complex and full of character, yet supple and easy drinking. This wine is so good that it is one of Vines To Wines' two House Reds.
Oak Intensity: Medium
Ruby red color, fragrant and fruity with a delicate bouquet and a rich texture. This is the mildest of our red wines. It is our best selling red wine, and it has become my everyday house red.
Oak: Light and smoth
One of the five major grape varieties of Bordeaux, has been producing high quality wines since the 18th century. Interestingly, it’s the parent and step-parent to Cabernet Sauvignon, because Sauvignon Blanc is a white Cabernet Franc mutant, and when re-crossed with Cabernet Franc, it produced Cabernet Sauvignon. Depending on terroir and vineyard practices, the flavor profile of Cabernet Franc is fruitier and sometimes more herbal than Cabernet Sauvignon. Typically somewhat spicy in aroma and often reminiscent of plums and especially violets, Cabernet Franc is more often used in varietally-blended red wines, such as Bordeaux or Meritage, although it is excellent as a stand-alone varietal. This Cabernet Franc has ruby color, lush, ripe flavors of blueberries and raspberries, framed by elegant oak, vanilla, tobacco and fine leather notes. The tannins are smooth and voluptuous, allowing this well-balanced wine to age quite well.
Sweetness: Dry (0)
Oak: Heavy 60g Toasted, 60g Regular
Few wines are as bold as Amarone. Made in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, this specialty wine is produced alongside Valpolicella, a usually medium bodied blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. Italian Amarone takes the same raw materials and makes them into a treasured, powerful red table wine. The secret lies in fragrant, perfectly ripe grapes and how they’re treated. During the harvest a portion of the grapes are diverted from the crusher and set aside to dry on straw mats, eventually turning into extremely sweet raisins. When they’re added to the fermenting wine, they explode into new activity, driving the alcohol content up and increasing the color, flavor and aroma to dizzying heights from the extra skin material. This Italian Amarone is a very intense and complex wine, with a wide array of flavors and aromas. Deep ruby red, this heavyweight wine exudes aromas of sour cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums, dried fruits, anise, raisins, bitter almond, tobacco, leather and molasses, and has a spicy-earthy bittersweet finish that lengthens on indefinitely from the huge volume of tannins. Delightful with food, Italian Amarone is often enjoyed by itself, sipped outside of mealtimes with good conversation and good friends.
Food Pairings: Intensely flavored roasts, game and grilled meats, pasta with rich meat sauce, osso buco, or chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, or a fine cigar!
Sweetness: 1 (slightly off-dry, although this is offset by the tannic finish of the wine).
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%. Oak: 30 grams Hungarian.
Aging: While the intense fruitiness combines with powerful tannins to make this appealing to drink right away, only after a year of age will the heady perfume of dried fruits and spiciness come out. After two years it will begin to develop the pungent, earthy richness so prized by collectors of fine Italian wine.
Seductively delicious, with rich, ripe aromas that deliver right through to the full, zesty finish.
Amazingly, the style allows for polished tannins early, so the young wine is not rough or harsh. The aged version retains the core fruit flavors of plums, cherries and blackberries, but gains extra polish.
Unabashedly zesty and delicious!
Food Pairings: Any big meat dishes – steak, roasts, hamburgers (ideal for barbecues!). A specialty with rack of lamb, leg of lamb, lamb chops! Also pairs with all game dishes, ribs, bold and zesty pastas, and with cheddar and savory firm cheeses.
WASHINGTON STATE CABERNET SAVIGNON/MERLOT
This popular blend combines the plump, fruity, earlier ageing Merlot grape with the robust Cabernet Sauvignon grape for a powerful match.
An intense bouquet of damson plums, blackcurrant and violet aromas give way to a slight touch of hunting and leather notes. This richly purple co loured Malbec carries a velvety texture with long, soft flavors. Although it ages beautifully, firm tannins and mellow acidity allow this wine to be enjoyed while young.
CHILEAN PINOT NOIR
Bright ruby color with delicate aromas of red berry flavors. Medium bodied and supple with a hint of herbiness, the mouth feel is very elegant with soft tannins and a subtle oak finish. Vibrant and food friendly, this wine is excellent with salmon, roast beef and lamb.
CRUSHENDO CORVINA CLASSICO DI VENTO
The power grape of Italy’s famed Valpolicella, Bardolino and Amarone, Corvina is renowned for fruity, full-bodied wines with cherry aromas and a hint of almond. Corvina Classico has lush, intriguing aromas of ripe red cherries and raspberries, delicate hints of almond, toast and spice and a richly tannic finish that has the fruit lingering on your palate for many minutes. In the historic footsteps of Amarone—a wine fermented with a reserve of crushed grape skins—the Crushendo grape pack brings immense grape tannin and character to the wine, and the special RC 212 yeast enhances the wonderful cherry fruitiness. Right out of the carboy this wine will have intense, gripping tannins, and although drinkable immediately, it will open up and blossom into a wine of unique power and elegance over two to four years.
CRUSHENDO MONTAGNAC VIEUX CHATEAU DOC
Appellation: La Cave Montagnac, France Style: Languedoc-Roussillon (lang-dock roo-see-onh) is one of the oldest and largest wine growing regions of France. The combination of a perfect Mediterranean climate and rich soil explains why Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most successful wine regions in France. Named for Occitan, (oh-kit-onh) the language of ancient troubadours, this wine is a special blend of the renowned grape varieties traditional to the region: Mourvedre, Carignane, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. Vieux Chateau dOc is a bold wine, ruby red in color with a deep, dark plum and blackberry bouquet showing subtle accents of chocolate. Rich, lush and complex, soft black fruit combines with a hint of spiciness that follows through with a firm, tannic finish on the palate.
Food Pairings: Leg of lamb, braised short ribs, peppered steak, duck or goose liver pate, ripe cheese with walnuts.
: Dry (0)
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5 - 13
: 60g French Oak
Aging: With gripping tannins and up-front fruitiness, it will be tempting to drink this wine young. However, after a year in the bottle, the floral character of the Viognier will blossom alongside the Mourvedres mellowed tannins, the rich plum fruit of the Syrah and the mouth-watering blackberry of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Extended ageing (two or even three years) will bring extended rewards to the patient wine drinker.
CRUSHENDO CASTELLINA SUPERTUSCAN DI SIENA
In the 1970’s the Tuscany Winemakers broke with traditions of Chianti making to create the great Supertuscan wines. They concentrated on a single Italian grape, Sangiovese, instead of the usual red and white grapes that go into traditional Chianti and blended it with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This unique Italian creation has both well-finessed tannins and supple fruit flavors and aromas. The bright cherry and lively fruit of Sangiovese is a brilliant match with the firm structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the dark fruit of Merlot. This medium to full-bodied, dry wine is dark cherry in color with ruby-garnet highlights. A richly tannic finish follows the big, bold, earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant fruit. While it is tempting to drink the wine when it is young, the patient winemaker will be rewarded after a year when the lengths of the tannins subside and the ripe cherry and blackcurrant characters mellow and integrate with the oak.
CRUSHENDO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ
A bold wine, deep purple in color with a deep, dark plum and blackberry showing subtle accents of chocolate. Rich, lush and complex, the soft black fruit combines with a hint of black pepper spiciness that follows through with a firm, tannic finish with toasty vanilla and a hint of spice.
Goes well with meat stews and beef roasts.
Sweetness Code : Dry (0)
Oak : Heavy
NEW ZEALAND SAUVINGNON BLANC
A complex white wine with beguiling aromas of gooseberry, herbs, pink grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, asparagus, lime-leaf, tropical fruit, and passion fruit. Long, rich flavors, redolent with grass and currant leaves, and a crisp dry finish.
Food pairings: Serve with oysters, scallops, salmon, spicy food (Hunan Chinese is spectacular!), asparagus, herbed roast chicken and crab.
Sweetness: Dry Body:
Medium Oak: None
WASHINGTON COLUMBIA VALLEY RIESLING
Delicate yet complex, Rieslings grown here offer pronounced ripeness while retaining acidity, showing fantastic floral aromas and flavors of peach and apricot, while still maintaining a crisp freshness. With a stunning balance of ripe fruit and crisp acidity, this is one white wine that delivers on all fronts.
Food pairings: Chicken with light sauces, shellfish, pasta with cream sauce, Asian noodle dishes, shrimp salad, steamed vegetables, chowders, delicate broiled fish (sole, snapper, etc.).
Aging: Allows for early consumption, though aromas and flavors are more striking upon extended aging.
Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay (Unwooded)
Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape in the world, from Burgundy in France to Australia and back to California. The Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma produces some of the most sought-after wines in the world. With its combination of well drained, rich volcanic soil, long California growing seasons, copious sunshine and cool coastal breezes, it produces grapes of powerful and unique intensity. This Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Unwooded Chardonnay is a fresh, well-balanced wine with typical Chardonnay characteristics of tropical citrus aromas and flavors. Unusual in a Chardonnay, these flavors shine through undimmed by oak: while some wines use the vanilla and smoke of oaking to add structure and depth, the fruit quality of these grapes is allowed to come through, and the rich, round mouthful lingers to a long, crisp finish.
Food Pairings: With a bold flavor and mouth-filling fruit, it will complement almost any meal, including grilled chicken, fresh salmon, lobster, or pasta with cream sauces.
Sweetness: completely dry
Ageing: Allows for early consumption, with a minimum of two months recommended.
Italian Pinot Grigio
Fresh, fragrant and lively, its flavors include a certain flintiness with hints of citrus and almonds. Light/medium bodied, dry white wine.
Sweetness: completely dry
Ageing: requires 3 months aging in the bottle, reaching it's peak in 6 to 12 months.
Symphony is a white grape that defies tradition and convention. It is a crossing of two French grapes: Muscat of Alexandria, a white grape of intensely aromatic, ‘grapey’ character, and Grenache Gris, a red grape with bold fruity aromas and zesty acidity. The resulting wine has incredibly intense aromas of melon, grapefruit, mango, peach, banana and papaya. The fruity character picks up a strong backbone from the good acidity and hint of tannin carried over from the Grenache Gris. The name was endowed by a wine scientist who tasted one of the first finished wines made from the new grape and declared that it showed ‘a Symphony of aromas and flavors.’ Symphony is fabulous as a social wine, for sitting on the patio with friends, and is excellent with spicy foods like Szechuan or even Mexican. It’s also great with sliced mango and papaya.
A medium bodied aromatic white wine with fresh Spring blossoms, peaches and apricots on the nose. Similar to and unoaked chardonnay, but more floral. This is a fantastic white wine. Medium bodied, dry wine
Sweetness: completely dry
Aging: requires 3 months aging in the bottle, reaching it's peak in 6 to 12 months.
This immensely charming, exotic wine is true to its German translation: spicy. Deeply co loured and opulently aromatic, with an unmistakably flowery perfume and flavors of lychees and roses. Crisp, lush, and refreshing - a wonderful match with spicy foods, strong cheeses and fresh fruits.
Sweetness: Off Dry
Peach Apricot Chardonnay
Delicious peach and apricot flavors are blended with the world's most popular white wine variety for a thirst-quenching delight. Chardonnay quietly contributes a subtle dryness and perfectly balanced acidity, with hints of its own citrus and fruit flavors. The result is irresistibly refreshing and perfect for any occasion.
Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel
A fantastic pairing of the natural berry and plum flavors of White Zinfandel with a host of luscious fruits including blackberry, strawberry, passionfruit and blackcurrant. This combination unleashes a full fruit intensity with a wonderfully balanced, slightly tangy finish.
Black Raspberry Merlot
Ruby red in color, this flavorful blend accentuates the qualities that make the Merlot grape varietal so appealing. The aroma and flavors of freshly picked, ripe raspberries merge with the lush richness of berries and fruit that naturally burst from the Merlot grape. Soft, supple and easy drinking - a true treat.
Green Apple Riesling
Crisp, crunchy green apple flavor with a pleasant initial tartness, followed by a delicious juicy finish. A real thirst-quenching treat.
Wild Berry Shiraz
A special combination of wild field berries is blended with the delicious, big red Shiraz to create a wonderfully fruity treat. .
These three dessert wines come in 15 bottle batches, which can be spit into multiples of 5 smaller bottles per customer.
Rich, warm and generous in character, this full-bodied classic has been prepared to meet the demands of the discerning palate.
This wine will allow you to make either a rich, smooth cream sherry or a well balanced dry sherry.
Prized as a unique sweet wine specialty, this Icewine will surprise you with its body and complexity.
CABERNET FRANC RED ICE STYLE WINE
The hallmark of great Icewine is a dynamic balance between sweetness and acidity. Because of the naturally high acid, the finish is crisp and bracing, despite the intense sweetness. Cabernet Franc vines bear thinner-skinned, earlier-ripening grapes with lower overall acidity, when compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc vines survive cold winters better than Cabernet Sauvignon, but are more susceptible to being damaged by Spring frosts. Sweet and rich, almost syrupy in texture, with rose and salmon tints, Cabernet Franc Icewine entices with irresistible aromas and flavors: ripe currants, notes of spice, honey, strawberry, tart rhubarb and cranberry. Icewine shows best when it is chilled but not cold. The ideal temperature is 10-12 degrees Celsius. Food Pairings: Renowned as a dessert in a glass, it is ideal on its own or is excellent paired with a red fruit dessert, dark chocolate or a decadent triple chocolate fudge cake.
Sweetness Code: Sweet.
Alcohol by Volume: 11-11.5.
Ageing: The intensity of flavor makes this wine immediately appealing, but under good conditions it will age nicely for one to two years, but it’s best consumed fresh and snappy.