On February 7, 2017, former NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe's Walla Walla Valley winery released their 2014 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon. Soon to be available through Marram Fine Wines in British Columbia, the 2014 vintage received an impressive 93 points from Steven Tanzer in Vinous. Tanzer's wine scoring methodology places the wine at "Outstanding". The winery began with the planting of a single estate vineyard in 2007 and has since expanded to include three estate vineyards. Click here to read more about Steven Tanzer's detailed review and tasting notes...
Stellenbosch wine producer Bruwer Raats has been honoured with their third 5-Star rating from South Africa's definitive Platter's Wine Guide for their 2014 MR de Compostella Bordeaux blend. This is the third vintage to receive the coveted award, following in the footsteps of the 2009 and 2013 vintages.
The MR de Compostella, or "constellation of stars", is a joint effort that saw its first vintage in 2004, made by winemakers Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve. It is an elegant Bordeaux blend that has consistently received high praise from wine critics both in South Africa and abroad. Other accolades for the MR de Compostella include:
MR de Compostella 2014:
- 95 Points from Tim Atkin SA Report
MR de Compostella 2013:
- 94 Points from Tim Atkin SA Report
- 95 Points from Neal Martin in the Wine Advocate
MR de Compostella 2012:
- 96 Points from Neal Martin in the Wine Advocate
- Top 100 Cellar Selection in Wine Enthusiast (2015)
Winemaker Bruwer Raats says that this consistent excellence is one of the benchmarks they have set for themselves. "The MR de Compostella has gained a name for itself as being a consistently high quallity wine and having the Platter Guide confirm this with its third 5 stars makes it really special." The Platter Guide was the first of its kind in South Africa and 36 years on, it remains very popular amongst consumers there. Raats continues, "A five-star rating is not easily achieved, so we are very pleased."
Marram Fine Wines is pleased to share with you the following new releases from PlumpJack! They'll be arriving in Western Canada soon, so lok for them on the shelves at your local fine wine shop or at your favourite restaurant. The highly acclaimed 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet from Oakville scored 94 Points at Wine Spectator and was granted 96 points by Robert Parker. If you're a restaurant, bar or retailer looking to add these wines to your wine selection, please contact us for details.
- 2013 Oakville Estate Cabernet – NEW RELEASE
- 2014 PlumpJack Napa Valley Merlot – NEW RELEASE
- 2014 PlumpJack Syrah – NEW RELEASE
- 2015 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay – NEW RELEASE
2013 Oakville Estate Cabernet -- Wine Spectator Tasting Notes:
"Charming from the first sip, this is openly rich, dense and fruity,concentrated and focused, built on a core of
gravelly graphite, cedar and blackberry flavors. Turns creamy, with mocha-scented oak adding a tempting dimension.
Drink now through 2030."
Whitehall Lane Winery and the Leonardini Family of Napa Valley are pleased to introduce Jason Moulton as their new winemaker.
Mr. Moulton is excited by the prospect of working with the Leonardini Family's 150 acres of vineyards and taking the wines to new heights. "I started my winemaking career in Rutherford and now I am excited to be back in Rutherford," Moulton said. "I've learned a great deal working with some fantastic people over the last decade and really look forward to bringing the best out of Whitehall Lane's vineyards."
Mr. Moulton has moved through the ranks from cellar worker to cellar master, assistant winemaker to winemaker, most notably at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville and most recently at Brassfield Estate Winery in the High Valley AVA of Lake County.
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For additional information, please visit www.whitehalllane.com.
In March, 2016, Miner Family Winery announced the release of "Emily’s Cuvee," an eponymous offering made in remembrance and in honour of Emily Miner, co-founder of Miner Family Winery, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2011. The blend is described by the Miner family website as being "as expressive and elegant as our muse". The red blend is "decadent and rich", "layered with aromas of black fruit and hints of mocha, espresso and toasted oak."
As a tribute to Emily Miner, ten percent of sales of Emily’s Cuvee to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. To read more, please click here or visit the Miner Family Winery website.
2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Receives 96 Points from Wine Advocate's Robert Parker.
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged in 80% new French oak. A beautiful, saturated purple color offers up blackberry, crème de cassis, licorice, charcoal and camphor. Full-bodied, yet still youthful and tight, it is bursting with terrific purity, texture and length. This big, classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon will hit its prime in 10-15 years, and last 30 or more years, based on how older vintages from this sector have aged. It’s a beauty."
You can read more about the other outstanding reviews Mr. Parker gave to Plumpjack wines on their blog. These included:
- 2013 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 100 points
- 2013 PlumpJack Syrah – 91 points
- 2013 PlumpJack Merlot – 90 points