THE WINE DESTINATIONS COLLECTION by BOTTLE BARN
Bottle Barn says: Tonti’s 2014 Russian River Zinfandel is the stunning result of two vineyards planted in the early 1900’s. Organically dry farmed, the flavors are as precise as they are hedonistic for jammy, fruit-forward Zin lovers. Aged in American oak barrels for 18 months, the tannins are chewy and plush, with loads of spices to boot.
This vintage earned a Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition as well as 94 points from Tastings.com.
Bottle Barn says: Produced mainly from Cinsault, blended with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot, the 2018 Triennes Rosé is pale pink in color and offers a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla. On the palate, it has the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation of the rosés of Provence. The perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer afternoon.
Only 225 cases produced
Winemaker's tasting note: Our 2016 Westerhold Family Vineyards Pinot Noir bursts from the glass. This wine has an amazing richness that gives way to traditional Pinot Noir textures and a lively, mouthwatering finish. The fruit profile is ripe cherry, plum and strawberry, and is accented by beautiful spice qualities. On the palate, it is very supple already, but with a little cellar time you can expect even more weight and richness to develop. ~ Russell Bevan, Winemaker
According to wine-searcher, Bottle Barn is the only place online in the USA where you can find this beautiful Syrah.
Bottle Barn says: The history of this label dates back to 1835. It is now owned by the the prestigious producer Champagne Deutz.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate says: The dense purple-colored 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins offers abundant meaty, smoky, tapenade, creme de cassis and bay leaf notes as well as exceptional intensity and full-bodied power. It can be drunk early in life or cellared for 10-15 years. 91/100
Bottle Barn says: Very classic peppery and raspberry nose. On the palate, fruity cassis with raspberry and cherry jam-like flavors. Finishes with a long lasting licorice and star anise qualities and absolutely no heat. Soft elegant tannins and very persistant. Just flat out tasty! 93/100
James Suckling says: A subtle and rich pinot with dried-cherry and strawberry character. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins that are extremely well-integrated in the palate. Lovely finish. Drink or hold. 94 Points
Bottle Barn says: Vibrant and expressive, with a juicy mouthful of papaya, lemongrass and Meyer lemon flavors that sing in harmony, set on a light and refreshing frame. The intensity never falters through the finish. Drink now.
Bottle Barn says: Crisp, lively and refreshing, this medium-bodied wine offers a tangy citrus flavor and a light mineral accent that adds complexity. It’s a natural pairing for seafood.
The Winery says: We set out to make a Zinfandel as tenacious as the Badgerhound. It was originally created as a pet project, but it has quickly gained a cult following in select markets nationwide. One pour, and you'll see why. The vintage presents appealing aromas of crushed raspberries and blackberries are framed by vanilla and cigar box notes.
This wine shows sweet concentrated fruit in the mouth with plenty of oak, tannins and acidity to balance the ripeness. The finish is long, rich and intense. This vintage should age well for the next 5 years. Pairs great with barbecue dishes such as St. Louis-style ribs, Memphis pulled-pork and Texas-style brisket.
Bottle Barn says: Planalto is, today, one of the best-known white wine brands from the Douro Demarcated Region; its reputation built on years of careful research, a rigorous selection of the grape varieties, and the use of the best winemaking technology.
2017 was a particularly hot and dry year. Rainfall was about 50% lower than normal during the months responsible for vegetative growth. The maturation phase was also affected by the reduced quantities of available water. For these reasons, the start of the harvest was one of the earliest recorded: taking place on the 7th and 22nd of August for white and red grapes respectively.
Grapes for the Planalto were selected from the higher zones of the Douro region. After gentle destemming, the grapes are pressed and subsequently undergo low temperature decanting with strict enological controls in place. A long alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures between 60°F–64°°C follows. The final blend is made after a rigorous selection process and takes place in Avintes, where it receives clarification and stabilization treatment prior to bottling.
The final wine is a bright citrine color. It has intense and complex aromas of white, tropical and citrus fruit, alongside harmonious hints of wild shrubs. The palate is vibrant, with well-integrated acidity. Further notes of citrus fruit and flowers invite a long and balanced finish.
The Winery says: Guy [Davis] trialed tested and tasted, tirelessly throughout Sonoma County for years to find the perfect high elevation hillside Cabernet vineyards for our first Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon in 2011. Through this meticulous search, he was able to find mountaintop vineyards in the Rockpile AVA.
In 2013 small lots of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot from Rockpile Ridge became available and Guy leapt at the chance to create a blend with these varieties with the Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus was born the Cab 5, named for the 5 grape varieties that comprise this wine. This wine showcases the artistry of blending, highlighting the best in each variety while coming together seamlessly in this blend.
Bottle Barn says: Emmanuel Kemiji is a Master Sommelier born in the US but raised in Madrid. He is also owner of Miura Vineyards in California. He started a small project in Priorat back in 2003 with some partners, including some chefs, some friends from his time at the Ritz Carlton, Sylvain Portay, Gerald Hirigoyen, Laurent Manrique and even some celebrities like Antonio Banderas. The project has kept a low profile and I previously had only heard the name but had never actually tasted the wines. They produce wines from Montsant and Priorat, as they own vineyards in both appellations, but none is subject to the official appellation of origin.
The Wine Advocate says: The one white from Clos Pissarra is the 2014 El Sol Blanc. It is pure Garnacha Blanca from 1.2 hectares of seven-year-old vines on clay and slate soils in Falset within the Montsant boundaries but without appellation of origin. One-third of the volume fermented in oak barriques and the rest in stainless steel with natural yeasts after pressing the whole bunches. It matured for 15 months before bottling. It has a very flinty nose with some balsamic aromas of pollen and wax, with judicious oak, quite elegant. The palate shows very good balance, with power and good concentration, focused and defined flavors with a very tasty finish. The first vintage of white was in 2012. Very impressive. 2,568 bottles were filled in February 2016. 91/100
The Winery says: The 2014 Zinfandel is from the Montecillo Vineyard, an old vine head-trained vineyard located high above the Sonoma Valley on the western flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains. The grapes were harvested on September 6 (an early harvest) and crushed into small tanks where the wine fermented for 12 days undergoing 3 punch downs per day for color extraction, then basket pressed.
We picked a small amount of Russian River Valley Petite Sirah and fermented it separately. Two percent of the Petite Sirah was blended into the zinfandel, then the wine went into 25% new and 75% used French Oak barrels for 22 months before being bottled on July 20, 2016. A total of 150 cases of the 2014 Zinfandel were produced.
Tasting notes: "Deep red color, with a brambly black fruit and French Oak nose redolent of a mountain zinfandel. On the palate, bright red raspberry fruit with subtle oak and a well balanced acid finish. This is a sterling example of an old vine mountain zinfandel".
Bottle Barn says: The fruit for this 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon hails from some of the best sub-appellations of Napa Valley with 66% from Atlas Peak, 26% Howell Mountain and 6% Napa Valley. These mountain appellations provide a bold, concentrated, and more complex Cabernet due to the rockier soils and exposure to elements that stress the vines. The wine spent 22 months in French oak, 65% of which was new. (Darnajou, Taransaud, Gamba & Bel Air barrels)
This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is densely layered with intense flavors of boysenberry, melting licorice, graphite and hints of baking spices and marzipan. It delivers plush and fine tannins with great opulence and length. The core entry of sweet, dark fruit frames a well-balanced finish. This wine will play well for 15-20 years.
Ranked #1 out of 60 Rosés by Bottle Barn shoppers.
The Winery says: Located south of the city of Santa Rosa, nestled against the apron of Taylor Mountain, the source of this Pinotage Rosé (you read that correctly!), experiences the full effects of the cold, foggy maritime air as it rushes inland through the Petaluma Gap, north towards Windsor and onto Healdsburg. Planted in 2000, the mature vines produce a healthy crop of slightly larger than hand-sized clusters.
The 2018 Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinotage harkens back to the 2016 vintage. The ripe peach color introduces a mouthwatering nose punch full of guava, watermelon rind, stone fruit and sea spray. The mouthfeel is bright and uplifting with a bit of fleshiness on the mid-palate and a finish lasting well over half a minute. This beautiful, traditional Rosé is only going to continue to improve over the next year!
Bottle Barn says: Ranked #5 out of 60 Rosés by Bottle Barn shoppers.
The Winery says: Barnard Griffin Winery was established in 1983 by Winemaker Rob Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard. Rob saw the opportunity to make great wine in Washington and moved north in 1977. Pleased with his move to Washington, he says "The northern latitude of Washington and the ideally drained sandy soils of the Columbia Valley make it possible to produce deeply concentrated wines of pronounced character.
The Winemaker says: This wine is pale yellow in color with greenish glints denoting its youthfulness and freshness. On the nose, it is clean with intense, complex aromas of white blossom, American lime citrus notes and slight toasted nuances coming through from the oak. On the palate, it can be defined as a fresh wine with good acidity, a silky texture and reminders of fruit such as pears.
A perfect match for vegetable dishes, rice, fish and tapas.
The Winery says: Côte des Roses celebrates the Mediterranean lifestyle. The Languedoc appellation stretches along the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border as far as the city of Nîmes, along the foothills of the Montagne Noire and the Cévennes. The soils are highly varied, mainly with hard limestone and schist, but also gravel transported by the rivers of the Languedoc region. The warm, windy climate (“semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winters”) helps the grapes to ripen in good, healthy condition, while retaining all their fresher qualities thanks to the altitude and the influence of the sea which eases the scorching summer heat.
The bottle is original with its base in the shape of a rose, created by a young designer from the Ecole Boulle. A wine to be given in the same way you would offer a bunch of roses!
The color is a brilliant ruby red and the bouquet reveals lovely intense red-fruit scents, in particular strawberries, set off nicely by spicy hints. The tannins are fine and silky on the palate and the wine is generous and fleshy, very fruity and with a strong mineral accent.
Bottle Barn says: Obsessed with all things wine and an experienced winemaker for the last decade, Benjamin Flajnik prides himself on crafting drinkable dry rosé wine. He started ion because rosé wine is fun, light and in his opinion, "should always be consumed with oysters and/or caviar". So, grab a few friends, buy a big bottle (because they're more fun) and let the hugs and high fives flow!
"On the nose it’s tropical, floral and inviting. But, notes of guava, lemon zest and lychee on the mid palate steal the show. It’s dry, muscular and the rich mineral driven acidity lends a crispness to the finish."
Bottle Barn says: Ranked #2 out of 60 Rosés by Bottle Barn shoppers.
The Winery says: Floral with fresh red fruit aromas, bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and watermelon and hints of grapefruit. The finish is clean and fresh - the perfect balance of succulent fruit and mouthwatering acidity. Drink now through 2020.
Bottle Barn says: Ranked #4 out of 60 Rosés by Bottle Barn shoppers.
The Winery says: Pale pink in color with bright aromas of cherry and rose petals. Flavors feature strawberry and cherry up front with a hint of white pepper spice. Refreshing, clean and crisp with a touch of spiciness on the finish. Our Rosé is made to be enjoyed upon release.