HIDDEN GEMS : Louis M.Martini 2016

Our Hidden Gems of the week is a bottle of Louis M.Martini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This wine is remarkable for its distinctly layered wine with notes of ripe dark plum, black currant and sage. Rich and full-bodied, this superbly balanced wine has an expansive mid-palate and an exceptionally long finish. Its refined […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BONARDA

Bonarda (Charbono) is a black grape variety with a complicated history. Originally from Savoie, eastern France, it is now mostly planted in Napa Valley, California, where it is known as Charbono, and in Argentina, where it goes by the name Bonarda. In the vineyard, Bonarda is usually one of the last varieties to be harvested, […]

WINE LEGEND: Insignia 2002

The summer months of 2002 were consistently warm and promoted remarkably strong colour and flavour vine development in Napa Valley. It helped healthy vineyards withstand the September heat wave and ripen to full maturity. The 2002 Insignia is one of the stars born that year. This is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, […]

WINE TRAVEL: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley is a renowned Californian wine-producing region north of San Francisco, USA. It’s the most famous and prestigious wine region of the New World with hundreds of vineyards. Its wineries range from small, family-run estates to landmarks. Climate, geology and topography are three essential components in what makes Napa Valley a first-rate viticultural area. […]

WINE LEGEND: Clos du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Clos Du Val estate was founded by the Goelet family in 1972 in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa Valley, USA. The winery owns 320 acres and specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, a favourite of the region. In the history of North American winemaking, the Cabernet Sauvignon produced by the estate in 1972 is legendary. It […]

WINE LEGEND: Quintessa 2016

“Quintessa is a temple to a single Bordeaux-style Rutherford wine.” – WINE SPECTATOR Quintessa Estate is located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, California. It makes just one wine from its 113-hectare estate, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that consistently rates highly by critics. There are plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon is a black grape variety rich in color, tannin and acidity. Its maturation usually takes place in oak barrels in order to develop smoke, vanilla, and cedar flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect grape variety for making wines that age well thanks to its high level of tannins and acidity. To ripen, it […]