Essential Reds Sampler

Essential Reds Sampler

  • Price $72.00

Unfortunately, the 2016 Anthesis Pinot Noir shown here is no longer available. As a delicious substitute, our Chefs have replaced it with the 2017 Anthesis Pinot Noir.

This six-bottle bundle of reds offers a wide range of grape varieties from California, Washington, Oregon, and France. Highlights include a classic Syrah from Grape to Bottle, made by Richard Sowalsky in California from the Abba Family Vineyard; the Airfield Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Miller Family in Washington; and the delicious, fruit-forward Anthesis Pinot Noir from Oregon. The 2016 Domaine De Maridet GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre) adds some Old-World style to the offering with a rich and fruity wine from the Languedoc-Rousillon area in Southern France. To round out the offering, the Le P'tit Paysan Zinfandel Cabernet bears bright fruity flavors and a peppery kick, and Steve Clifton's Palmina Sangiovese brings full fruit flavors.
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Collection includes 6 x 500 mL bottles (2/3 of a standard-size wine bottle) featuring the following wines:
  • 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Zinfandel Cabernet: Cabernet Pfeffer is an iconic American grape even though you’ve likely never heard of it. Neither had Ian Brand, who’s worked with vineyards in San Benito for years, where Pfeffer vines have thrived for a century. When Ian first tasted Cab Pfeffer’s bright, fruity flavors and peppery kick, he knew he had something special that’d be a delightful pairing with food—especially if he blended it with Zin. “It’s very rustic,” Ian says, “but that just gives you more food-pairing options.” This wine is 78% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Pfeffer.
  • 2016 Palmina Sangiovese: Palmina Sangiovese is unquestionably Californian, with its full fruit flavors—but it does justice to the Sangiovese grape’s Tuscan roots with its complex, savory flavors. Steve Clifton is one-half of the duo behind the Brewer-Clifton label, which routinely earns high scores—including a top-10 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2014. Whether he’s making wine for critics or Palmina, his line of food-friendly wines, Steve starts with the best grapes he can find. He sourced Sangiovese from Linden Hills Vineyard, whose vines are valued far beyond their fruit: The best Sangiovese vineyards in California were planted with cuttings from Linden Hills.
  • 2016 Airfield Estates Cabernet Sauvignon: Airfield Estates Cabernet Sauvignon is old-school New World, meaning it deftly balances plush, bright fruit flavors with spice and savory notes from aging in oak. By contrast, many New World Cabs are overtly oaky and sweet. The grapes for this wine come from some of Airfield’s prime vineyards in Yakima Valley, Washington, all close to the winery facility. This ensured a short trip from vine to crusher, for as concentrated and fruity a wine as possible.
  • 2016 GTB Syrah: California’s Central Valley is known for vineyards extending beyond the horizon. Tucked among them are small, quality-minded growers—and one of veteran winemaker Richard Sowalsky’s favorites is the Abba family. Their eight-acre plot looks like a small slice of France’s Rhône Valley, where Syrah reigns. The Abbas’ 20-year-old Syrah vines yield grapes on a par with those Richard used when he crafted robust reds for top Napa wineries Clos Pegase and Robert Mondavi.
  • 2016 Domaine De Maridet GSM: Nowhere in France does an ambitious winemaker have more opportunity than in Languedoc-Roussillon. Almost every other region dictates which grape varieties can be planted and when the grapes can be picked. Unrestrained Languedoc-Roussillon, while short on prestige, is long on hidden treasures—like Domaine du Maridet. Domaine du Maridet Red Blend is rich and fruity—similar to the classic “GSM” trio of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre you find in southern Rhône wines. This wine’s Carignan adds tannins and a subtle savory note.
  • 2017 Anthesis Pinot Noir: Each year winemakers in the Willamette Valley clamor to get Pinot Noir grapes from the Stermer and Briscoe vineyards. Most are out of luck—but not Richard Sowalsky, our in-house winemaker. He has the track record to assure the farmers that Anthesis—our label dedicated to the best vineyards—does their coveted grapes justice. His 2016 Anthesis earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, outscoring many of Oregon’s biggest names. Richard believes this new Pinot is even better.

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