Owen Roe “Sinister Hand”

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Owen Roe “Sinister Hand”

The story goes like this- Long ago, during the 17th century, the O’Neills and O’Reillys were two revolutionary Irish families. They formed a rowing competition to reserve rights to some highly regarded land. The two rowing teams agreed that the first to touch the land, after rowing across the lake, would become ruler of the land. O’Neill’s boat was falling behind so a member of the crew grabbed his own sword, cut off his hand and threw it ashore, winning the title to rule the land. This land still remains in the family.   TASTING NOTES A dark story needs a dark wine, which is why we created this blend, typical of a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Aromas of spicy red hots, cinnamon and pine lead to a bursting mouth-feel  of cassis, white pepper and granite. Fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry enhance this structured, firm tannin blend and finish with hints of rosemary and clove. BLENDING DETAIL 63% Grenache 19% Syrah 16% Mouvèdre 2% Cinsault...

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The Vault

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The Vault

The vault is full bodied and bursting with ripe, concentrated wild  berries and black currants on the front end. The structured mid-palate layers flavors of sweet oak, wild strawberries, black pepper and spices, finishing off the back end with vanilla, caramel and buttery tannins that make the vault as well-balanced as it is complex. 90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast magazine – Feb, 2011...

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Mandala Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

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Mandala Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

When people think of Arizona, they don’t typically think of wine. Desert, yes. Searing heat, yes. Wine, no. Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is changing that. Profiled in the documentary “Blood Into Wine” and lavished with stunned praise by the likes of prominent figures at Wine Spectator and The Wall Street Journal, ASV has spent the better part of five years showing the world that a great Arizona wine can be a great wine by any standard. On the nose, voluptuous aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice emanate from the glass, all of them expanding and deepening when you take a sip. Red plums and pomegranate join the dark fruits with flawless synergy. then more layers are revealed: tingly black pepper, anise, vanilla and violets. All that fruitiness and perfume is balanced with good acidity, supple tannins and a bit of earth....

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BV “Tapestry” Reserve Napa Valley 2006

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BV “Tapestry” Reserve Napa Valley 2006

“The 2006 Proprietary Red Wine Tapestry Reserve (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is the finest example of this cuvee I have ever tasted. Flowery, licorice-infused, cassis notes intermixed with forest floor and lead pencil shavings are followed by a layered, impressively built wine with real opulence, lots of red and black fruits, low acidity, and lush tannin. It should drink well for 15+ years.” 93 points ~ Robert...

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Arizona Stronghold Nachise 2009

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Arizona Stronghold Nachise 2009

The bulk of the grapes that went into this wine came from the middle aged and “Norte” blocks of Arizona Stronghold Vineyard. The middle aged block is planted to an unknown syrah clone that was acquired by Al Buhl of Dos Cabazas in the early 1990’s. At picking, this fruit had very rustic flavors with good acidity and a lot of earth, spice, dark fruit and leafy characters. The syrah from the Norte block is a clone from Australia known as Shiraz-1. It showed more tannin on the palate with brighter, fresher fruit characters as well a lavender and pepper. Norte was also the primary source for the grenache and petite sirah that went into this wine which lent red fruit and a deep color, respectively. This wine has beautiful aromas of concentrated dark fruits, mocha, tar, sweet cigar smoke, hints of black tea, star anise and pumpkin spice. The palate is immediately full and textured, with alluring crushed blackberry, plumb, raspberry jam and hints of stone fruits, transitioning to plenty of mid palate grip and underlying nuances of dried rosemary and bittersweet cocoa; leading to a very balanced and multi-layered finish.   SUGGESTED FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS   Great with any type of game, roast lamb and grilled vegetables...

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Orin Swift Papillon 2008

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Orin Swift Papillon 2008

The 2008 marks the fourth vintage of our Cabernet Sauvignon blend Papillon. We source grapes from Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville to gain better complexity and structure. Many of the same vineyards that created this wine in previous vintages are here again; Taplin, Lewelling, Moorhead, Ink Grade, Morisoli, and Sommerston to name a few. As always the label is an image of 3rd generation Napa Valley grape grower Vince Tofanellii’s hands taken by our friend and world famous photographer, Greg Gorman. Tasting Notes The wine has a deep red color with a garnet hue that is almost black. The aromas are of classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with cedar box, rose petal and hints of soft French oak. The entry is subtle ripe raspberry and boysenberry. Loads of cherry, plum and intense cassis frame long chains of soft tannins that form a long and lingering finish. Region: Napa Valley, CA Varietal: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet...

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The Prisoner – SOLD OUT

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The Prisoner – SOLD OUT

This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds. 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sav., 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache, 1%...

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