New Cabernet Sauvignon
A couple weeks ago we welcomed back the Merlot from Bianchi Family Vineyards, a line of small production wines that we once carried and are now available again in Florida. This week we are pleased to bring back their Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all of their varietals, this is a hand-crafted red that delivers on exceptional structure and taste.
A deep red Cab in the glass, it offers aromas of dark ripe berries and plums. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and the palate gives flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, and a hint of dark chocolate. Smooth tannins lead to a lingering and lasting finish. The Bianchi Cab is easy to drink on its own, or pair it with bolder cheeses and full-flavored tapas.
We are pleased that these well-made ones are once again available, so come in and try the Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc
In addition to making great wine, the people at Quivira Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, are committed to the health of the planet in every way. Using bio-diversity as its mantra, the vineyards are cultivated sustainably, and herbs and flowers are grown on the vineyard to help enrich the soil and add nutrients. Wine Creek, which runs through the property, has been brought back to life as a spawning ground for Sheephead and Coho. Healthy beehives and cows, chickens, and pigs round out the pastoral scene.
The Quivira Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc remains true to the varietal in every way. It is clean and expressive both on the nose and on the palate. It is complex, refreshingly crisp, and and its flavor profile is not muddled by excessive manipulation of the grape. Bright tropical fruit flavors take center stage, while the balanced acidity brings you back for another sip.
Aged 80% in stainless steel with the remaining 20% in new French oak and acacia wood barrels. Only 6595 cases of this beautiful Sauvignon Blanc were produced.
New on the Proprietor’s List
Black Boar Zinfandel
It is no secret that we at Naked Grape love our Zinfandels, as do many of our regular customers. This varietal, which is often called America’s grape, offers bold flavors with luscious fruit on the palate and spiciness on the finish. Zinfandel is one of those wines that makes your taste buds stand up and take notice.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Black Boar Zinfandel from Quivira Vineyards in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley to our proprietor’s wine list selections. This is a Zinfandel with incredible richness and concentration, yet it still offers amazing balance. Dark cherry and blackberry flavors take center stage on the palate, with a round and velvety mouthfeel. Notes of warm baking spices become evident on the back palate with a finish that is robust and satisfying.
Only 1200 cases of this beautiful Sonoma Zin were produced, and we are pleased to add it to our list. If you are a Zinfandel fan, come in and treat yourself to a glass or a bottle of Black Boar Zinfandel.
New Washington State Red Blend
It’s no secret that wines made from Washington State grown grapes have a unique character all their own. For example, Washington state Merlots taste nothing like their California counterparts. A Washington state Merlot is richer, fuller, and deeper in flavor, often more than a Washington Cabernet.
This week we introduce a delicious red Washington state blend from Christopher Michael Wines. An interesting blend of Syrah, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Grenache, this blend offers a supple texture and rich flavors on the palate. Harvested in a year that was particularly good for Washington state vineyards, the flavors are ripe, showy, and concentrated. Cherry and blackberry fruit flavors lead to a spiciness of nutmeg and other baking spices. The finish is silky and lingering. This is an easy to drink red blend that delivers a great mouthfeel.
If you are a red blend lover, then the Christopher Michael Washington Red needs to be on your list of must try wines.
Sip the Breeze!
A New Verdejo
As we begin to enjoy what passes for winter in South Florida, we often relish sitting outdoors and being comforted by the gentle breezes that make us feel a slight chill in the air. Along with enjoying those pleasant breezes, you can now sip them in your wine glass. Come in and enjoy a glass of Las Brisas–the breeze–a new Verdejo that we are new offering by the glass. Light and crisp and just perfect as a patio sipper, it offers aromatics of ripe citrus with a well-balanced and racy palate that wakes up your taste buds. Sunshine yellow in the glass, it is a great wine to pair with creamy cheeses, spicy charcuterie, and chicken or seafood based dishes.
Come in this week and try a glass of Las Brisas–a wine that proves that you can enjoy the breeze in more ways than one!
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white varietals in the wine world. Crisp and refreshing, it is a versatile wine that accompanies many cuisines and many types of cheeses. However, Sauvignon Blanc is a varietal that is very prone to taking on flavor characteristics of the region where it is grown. It is a grape that terroir changes greatly.
Pouilly-Fumé is a Sauvignon Blanc that comes from the upper Loire Valley in France, near the same region as Sancerre. Like its neighbor, Pouilly-Fumé is crisp and offers great flavors of minerality on the palate with a clean citrus finish. It is aromatic of minerals and lemon. Because of its balanced acidity, it accompanies seafood, creamy cheeses, and sauced dishes beautifully.
We have recently added the Domain Seguine Pouilly-Fumé to our wine list. It is a delicious example of the French Sauvignon Blancs from the Upper Loire.
Past New Wines
A 100% Varietal
One of the lesser-known and more difficult grapes to grow, Mourvédre is probably best known as one of the components in the classic GSM blend. Because it requires exposure to hot sun during the day with little leaf shading and very moist earth, it can be a tricky grape for vintners to grow. It is also highly susceptible to diseases such as powdery and downy mildew. Known as a classic Rhone varietal, it is, therefore, most commonly seen on wine bottles as a blending grape. It adds color, body, and structure to other varietals when used in a red blend.
It is not common to see 100% Mourvédre very often as it requires longer hang time on the vine in order for the sugar levels in the grape to produce the maximum flavor. When a 100% varietal is bottled, the resulting wine is highly aromatic giving a palate that is ripe with blackberry with notes of ginger and leather. It often will have a full and rich mouthfeel.
We are pleased to bring you a 100% rare Mouvédre from Sculpterra Vineyards. A small production bottling–only 262 cases–it is a delicious and deep red that is packed with deep berry flavors. Velvety in structure and mouthfeel, this red offers complex layers of flavor and a long finish. Delicious on its own, it is also complemented by full-flavored cheeses and heartier entrees.
If you are looking to treat yourself to a rare and beautiful red, try the Sculpterra Mourévedre. It will be a celebration on your palate!
Niner Estate Sangiovese
A traditionally Italian red grape varietal that is used to make Chianti, Sangiovese–which comes from the Latin meaning “blood of Jove”–poduces wines that have a fruity character of strawberries and spice. When it is aged in oak barrels, this adds a deeper richness to the wine’s palate. Planted in the USA in the late 19th century by Italian immigrants to Napa, the grape initially floundered. Today, US growers have been able to balance the amount of sunlight and breeze to create highly drinkable and sought after wines that rival those from Italy.
Niner Estates, whose Pinot Noir we featured this past weekend, produces a Sangiovese that is expressive and flavorful without being overly fruity.The nose offers aromas of candied maple bacon, red fruit, and smoke. The palates expresses itself with bright cherry and balanced acidity with soft tannins. The mouthfeel is warm and the finish is long and satisfying.
A medium-bodied red that can be enjoyed on its own, it also pairs well with a variety of foods such as medium-bodied cheeses, traditional Italian fare, or lighter seafood or chicken dishes. It is a highly versatile wine. Only 1290 cases produced.