Reds of South America

Join us on Thursday, March 15th from 6-8pm for our latest Winemaker Social event! We'll be featuring select South American reds from Via Pacifica Selections. Their CEO, Cristobal Fernandez will be on hand to guide us through wines from Chile's Casas del Toqui and Argentina's Manos Andinas. While Cristobal is not the "winemaker" for these wines he comes from a 3rd generation winemaking family and is intimately familiar with these producers. We'll be doing a flight containing a Casablanc Pinot Noir, a Mendoza Malbec, and two Cabernet Sauvignons (detailed below) for only $14. We'll also be offering special prices on these wines in the Wine Cellar next door so come on down and explore some of South America's treasures with us.

“Hands from the Andes” or Manos Andinas is named for the handcrafted wine made in partnership with small and passionate South American grape growers practicing sustainable and family viticulture for generations. Each grower's small production is vinified separately as a parcel to maximize their own expression and character. In Chile's cool, Casablanca valley, this region has a Mediterranean climate with cool misty nights and hotter days that provides excellent growing conditions for top quality cool climate varieties, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc as well as this Pinot Noir. This hand-harvested Pinot  is aged in selected French oak for over 6 months, rotating the barrels daily to improve the wine balance and texture. The last stage is a 4-month bottle-aging period for the wine to settle ($12 retail in the Orchard Wine Cellar). 

 Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes but on the eastern side and 500 kilometers from the coast. This famous Malbec region generally enjoys wide day-night temperature variation, poor alluvial soils, low rainfall but ample pure Andes irrigation water. All of which contribute to fruit-forward wines that are well structured and easy to enjoy. The Manos Andinas Reserva Mabec is cold soaked and fermented in stainless steel tanks with gentle pump overs to avoid over extraction and after is aged in selected French oak for over 6 months. That this wine can also be had for $12 is the Cellar is a great deal!

The first Cabernet is the Casas del Toqui Barrel Series that has a very complex nose with hints of tobacco, spices and black fruits, and a soft hint of vanilla. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has been aged in oak barrels for 8 months. The second Cab is the Gran Toqui with a full 14 months in oak. It also has 5% Petite Verdot and 5% Syrah added to the 90% Cab. Its a warm and lovely big bodied Cab retailing at $22 with the Barrel Series coming in at $16 a bottle in the Wine Cellar.

 

 

 


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Bonavita Red

    #1 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 2 bottles)

  • Laya

    #3 Laya

    From Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain, a unique blend made with the Garnacha Tintorera grape. Not only is the skin red, but so is the flesh. This provides a sturdy structure and noticeable tannins. Aged only 4 months in oak, this wine has luscious red and black fruits with hints of spice. Definitely one you should try, especially at this price! (behind by 9 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #4 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 12 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Broc Carignan

    Broc Carignan

    From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.

  • Gewurz

    Gewurz

    A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!