Aerena Crown in Shadow Rose - 2018, California, USA
Oakley, a vinyard nestled where the San Francisco Bay meets the Sacramento River Delta is a terroir in transition, featuring ancient vines alongside modern housing developments. The clay loam soil vineyard produces grapes with sophisticated freshness and bright acidity. Because of the strong winds that come off the Sacramento Delta, the warm summer days cool off dramatically at night, allowing for more evenly ripened fruit. The only rosé from the San Francisco Bay AVA, Crown in Shadow is remarkably crafted from 135-year-old vines. A blend of Carignan and Mourvedre, Crown in Shadow, is a youthful pale pink Vin Gris. Lively aromas of strawberry, pear and tangerine on the nose. Spectacular citrus and stone fruit expressions bring a soft attack, turning to zest, on the mid palate. A point of bitterness on the back of the palate pushes through to the finish of cola, cherry and lemon.
Castellani La Cattura - 2015, Tuscany, Italy
Castellani is using organic methods of winemaking, aging 12 months in Frech oak barrels, and blending 90% Teroldego and 10% Syrah grapes from Poggio al Casone estates. A wild intensity and deep violet aromas of red berries, blackberries do an herbal dance around floral flavors, white pepper, cassis and dark chocolate, with licorice accents. Medium-bodied, fresh, velvety with well integrated tannins moving gracefully to a smooth, mellow, and silky rosewater finish.
90 Points Wine Spectator, 93 Points James Suckling
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon - 2017, Napa Valley, USA
“From Michael Mondavi’s portfolio, this affordable Cabernet is concentrated in red berry and savory leather, a nod to the small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah that are included in the blend. French oak provides a hint of vanilla and cardamom, while the medium-bodied palate and attractive finish is washed in coffee.”