As difficult as it is to produce excellent Pinot Noir, it is even more difficult to do so at a fine value. In their development of the Banshee label, the winemakers gained a stable of quality sources for Pinot fruit from the finest AVAs in California. The 2012 Sonoma County Pinot Noir is only the fourth vintage from the enterprising team at Banshee Wines. A large percentage of it is still sourced from the Sonoma Coast, often declassified barrels from vineyards that close followers of top-tier west coast Pinot may recognize: Coastlands, Emmaline, Jack Hill, Rice-Spivak, Tina Marie, Hellenthal, Hurst, Bohemian, Sullivan Vineyards and more. Tasting notes from the winery for this brand-new release: “The aromatics start in a cool perfumy register that is underlined by a touch of forest floor. In the mouth the wine offers a deft balance between just ripe raspberries and boysenberry against a frame of rhubarb and pine. The 2012 also possesses a sense of coiled energy behind its elegant outward appearance.”
Luminous ruby color. Forest berries, spices, leather, moist earth and dried plum, layered in the aroma. Soft, round taste, well-balanced acidity and clean and persistent aftertaste. Very pleasing, and ready to drink.
Pair with flavorful first-course dishes, such as pasta, polenta, risotto, or with cheese and red meats.
“Delicate floral nose with an earthy, slightly peaty background. Natural but very precise palate, with fine tannins and a concentrated, bone-dry finish which needs a little time to open up. ”
91 Points Decanter
Family Vuina comes from Kaštela near Split, surely not one of the most famous winemaking locations in Croatia, but Neven Vuina will prove you wrong. Variety Babica (related to the more famous Plavac mali) is a rare and indigenous grape and Vuina is the only producer to bottle it and put it on the market.
Plavac Mali: A native grape to Croatia that is grown almost exclusively in the region of Dalmatia. The name literally means, “little blue” in Croatian, which refers to the small, bluish grapes that the vines grow. The wine is actually a hybrid that descends from Crljenak Kaštelanski and Dobričić. The former wine is the Croatian version of what is known as Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel in California.
Deep flavors of blackberries, pepper, and other spices. Plavac Mali pairs very well with foods and takes very well to aging. It is also one of the few wines that is rarely blended due to its great all-around strengths.
92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014
To be drunk with:
Ideal with local salumi and tajarin and other kinds of pasta. Perfect also with fresh cheeses.
Colour: ruby red with intense violet hues
Bouquet: strong and rich typical aromas of blackberries, raspberries and ripe cherries
Taste: a mouthfilling elegant character with excellent balance
Winemaker David Guffy selected grapes from three of California’s premium Cabernet winegrowing regions — Mendocino County, Lake County and Napa Valley — to create this wine. Mendocino fruit contributes spice and mid-palate weight, lake County adds the classic red fruit profile of Bing cherry, and Napa Valley maintains our signature style and structure, and flavors of black fruit and cassis.
Our Estate Biodynamic Petite Sirah is full-bodied and rich with flavors of caramel, cocoa, and berries. A choice blend of 81% Petite Sirah, 16% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah. Enjoy its spicy character with grilled mushrooms, thick marinara sauces and rich choco- late or creamy desserts.
Alcohol: 11.9% by volume. Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm. Total production: 400 cases.
GOLD MEDAL: 2011 Mendocino County Wine Competition GOLD MEDAL, & rated “Exceptional,” Beverage Testing Inst., 2011 World Wine Championships
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