The deadline for ordering this year's Limited Edition wines is December 5th. These 5 varieties will only be available during their month of release and quantities are limited. To ensure you don't miss out on this year's five hand-selected varietals be sure to pre-order with us by December 5, 2011. The pricing this year is $186 each made on-premise and $126 each to take the kit home. As always we require a deposit of $25 per kit pre-ordered. If you purchase any five of the Limited Editions you will receive a $50 gift card that can be used towards any future wine kit purchase. So don't be disappointed and visit us today to order yours.
The Region: The Red Mountain AVA is Washington's Smallest, at approximately 3.600 acres. Grape growing conditions are almost textbook perfect: slope, exposure, weather conditions, good air drainage, large day/night temperature swings, gravelly soil with high calcium carbonate content and high pH and the nearby Yakima River to moderate temperature extremes - there could hardly be more positive flavour influences to grapes grown here.
The Wine: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, this wine feature great extract, deep colour and intense aromatics of dark berry fruit, cassis, peppery spice, cedar and smoke. The seductive nose of this wine foreshadows magnificent texture and flavour, including dark berries, liquorice, vanilla and warm brown spices that glide across the palate. The texture and mouthfeel of this wine offers up silky tannins and a velvety smooth structure.
The Food: Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Cafe De Paris Butter.
Ageing: The complexity and structure of this wine will require three to six months to unwind and it will continue improving for several years. Due to the ripe tannins it will also benefit from decanting before serving.
The Region: Known as 'Valley of Wine and Roses', South Africa's Robertson Valley has a very hot climate with minimal rainfall - less than a foot per year. Luckily the calcareous red clay loam and clay Karoo soils have excellent water holding capacity, and the gentle slopes and varied microclimates allow for precision planting to maximize grape quality.
The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc has wild, herbaceous flavours and tart, grapefruit-like character, which shows strongly in the young wine, while Semillon has flavours of honeydew melon and sweet honey that take a bit longer to come out. together the two grapes make a lush, balanced wine with great up-front fruit and a satisfying, rich finish.
The Food: Pan Roasted Digby Bay Scallop, Yam Puree, White Truffle Oil & Salsa Verde.
Ageing: The citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc make this wine tempting to drink right away and after three months the Semillon will rise up to give a mellower white wine. It will improve for at least a year, giving deeper flavours of melon and honey as it goes.
February: California Petite Sirah-Zinfandel (Return from Limited Edition 2005)
The Region: Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Amador County is sometimes called 'California's Piedmont'. With vineyards running from 150 to 2900 feet in elevation, and summer temperatures ranging from 80 to over 100 degrees F, the excellent growing conditions have encouraged diversified plantings.
The Wine: Grippingly tannic, bold and deeply coloured Petite Sirah compliments the jamminess of Zinfandel, taming the abundant blueberries and blackberries with a hint of dark cherry and vanilla. Full-bodied with a lingering palate and peppery spice, this is a wine of unprecedented power and length.
The Food: Apple Cider Brined Thick-Cut BBQ Pork Chops.
Ageing: This is a wine that shows best with ageing. After one year the blackberries will come out, and at two years will tame the tannins grip, showing the black pepper and rich dark fruits.
The Region: Germany's most famours growing region, the Mosel Valley, with its mineral-laden soils, produces some of the world's finest off-dry wines.The sheer mountains and rugged steep slopes make the most of the northern sunshine, but they also mean that vineyard work must be done by hand, and yields are very low. This results in carefully crafted, very intensely flavoured wines.
The Wine: Traminer is the parent of the more familiar Gewürztraminer and Spätlese is a German wine term meaning 'late harvest', indicating a wine made from fully mature grapes that are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have higher sugar levels. This is a gently golden-coloured wine, unmistakeable in its heady, aromatic intensity, with a pungent fragrance of lychee, tropical fruit and rose petals. Its flavours are ample, lusciously fruity and spicy.
The Food: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.
Ageing: The intense fruit character will be apparent immediately in this rich wine making it a tempting sipper right away, but the deeper floral characters of rose petal and lychee will become more apparent after six months to a year.
The Region: From the green damp north to the arid south, Spain is the country with the most land under vine in the world. Mancha is Europe's largest denominated wine region and its hot, dry growing conditions yield intensely flavoured red grapes.
The Wine: Tempranillo are deep blue-black berries, high in colour and in extract, with delicate aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon's small berries yield high tannins and intense structure, while Monastrell adds grip, earthiness and ripe red fruit. Lush, tannic and complex, with intense black fruit flavours of black cherry, raspberry, black currant and notes of plums and tobacco, the wine takes gracefully to oak, adding layers of vanilla, cedar and rich coffee nuances.
The Food: Mediterranean White Bean Salad, Marinated with Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano & Fine Herbs.
Ageing: With soft acidity and lush tannins, this wine is enjoyed after only three to six months, but the black fruits, cherry and plum notes will take six months to show well, and the vanilla/coffee nuances will show best after one year.