1st bottle red:  L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This Syrah (85%), Grenache (16%), Mourvedre (2%) originates from Columbia Valley, Washington.  It was hand harvested and fermented in giant 1.5 ton stainless steel tanks. Fruit was handled gently throughout the process with hand punch downs.  Racked in 100% small oak barrels over 18 months.

 

For the rest of us:

The best new world dark fruit out there with a bit of spice!  You will get boysenberry on the front end followed by peppercorn and licorice.  Tannins are delicate and the finish is incredibly smooth. L’Ecole consistently produces incredible wines that are fruit driven and never dissapoint.  Best served with slow roasted barbecue pork and friends!

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1st bottle white:   Vollenweider 2015 ‘Felsenfest’ Riesling Dry, Mosel

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Riesling (practicing organic) originates from Mosel Germany.  More specifically, Wolfer Goldrube and Kröver Steffensberg sites of the estate.  Fermentation process occurs in stainless steel tanks with bottling occurring each May.      

 

For the rest of us:

Crazy nose on this wine. Almost smokey!  Super dry and crisp with a strong lemon and apple flavor profile throughout.  Best served with something fried! Grab a bucket o’ chicken and your group of friends and go with it!  


2nd bottle red:   Owen Roe 2016 ‘Abbot’s Table’ Red Blend, Columbia Valley

For the wine snob:

This blend of Sangiovese (47%), Zinfandel (22%), Blaufrankisch (19%), and Malbec (12%) originates from Columbia Valley Washington.  More specifically, this wine comes from Red Willow, Angiolina, Union Gap, and DuBrul vineyards.

For the rest of us:

This is a fruit bomb blend that everyone loves.  We call this the ultimate people pleaser! You will get black currant, blueberry, cherry, with a bit of white pepper spice!  The fruit on the nose is just the start of this smooth complex blend of bright fruit. It’s just fun…you will love it. Best served with friends and family with burgers on the patio.  Any day now the snow will be gone and the sun will come back out!


2nd bottle white:   L’Ecole No. 41 2015 ‘Luminesce’ White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

For the wine snob:

This blend of Sauvignon Blanc (50%) and Semillon (50%) originates from the Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.  This wine is whole-cluster pressed and completes primary fermentation in neutral French oak barrels. This was followed by sur lie fermentation in tight grained French oak barrels.  Fermentation is completed in steel tanks. Case production is limited to 1,280.

For the rest of us:

This wine has a TON of fruit!  You will get kiwi on the nose, followed by lemongrass as white peach flavors from start to finish.  Speaking of the finish, it just goes and goes forever! Tart finish that you will love. This wine is best served with mussels provencal and good friends.


1st bottle reserve red:  Villa Creek 2009 Carignan, Redwood Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Carignan originates from the Redwood Valley of Mendocino, California.  Fermentation occurs after a 2-day cold soak. Elevage takes place in 40% new French puncheons and 60% neutral barriques. Furthermore, the wine rested for 4.5 years to soften the tannins.  Case production is limited to 220.

For the rest of us:

This is a must try wine for any red wine lover.  Get your friends to try and guess the varietal. You will get a fruit explosion of plum with tobacco spice.  This is a wine you can bite into. It is chewy! Best served with beef brisket and good friends.


1st bottle reserve white:   Davis Family Vineyards 2014 Sparkling Rose de Noir, Dutton Ranch. Russian Ranch Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This sparkling Rose (100% Pinot Noir) originates from the Dutton Ranch in the Russian River Valley.  This vineyard produces grapes for many of the top players in the game. Kistler, Schramsberg, Jax, and Davis Family just to name a few.  Cool temperatures for this part of the vineyard make for an ideal growing temperature.

 

For the rest of us:

Guy Davis has hit a home run with the help of a tremendous grower/winemaker in the industry by partnering with the Dutton family.  This Rose is bright and fun. It is crisp, clean, and dry. Subtle sweetness persists throughout. With spring just around the corner, this is a must have in your refrigerator for whenever the need arises.  Best served with your best group of friends (no food needed), and what else can we say?! #roseallday


2nd bottle reserve red:   Montenidoli 2008 ‘Sono Montenidoli’ Rosso, Toscana IGT

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% certified organic Sangiovese originates from Tuscany, Italy.  Only the finest of Montenidoli’s grapes are selected for this wine from various vineyards.  Maceration occurs in tanks followed by 12 months of aging in barriques. This wine stays in the bottle for a minimum of three additional years.    

 

For the rest of us:

This is a super high end bright and youthful wine with long future ahead.  Drink now, or in 15 years. Heck, buy a case and have it on special occasions over the years.  You will get intense and tight fruit at first. Once it opens, you will experience the symphony the awaits you.  Intense fruit followed by a dry finish. Best served with braised short rib and your favorite friends.