New Customers Save $30 off $100+* with code SEPTNEW30
New Customers Save $30* with code SEPTNEW30
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Wine Gift Trio Includes:
- Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Ideal for cooler climates with well-drained soils, this pungent variety creates wines with aromas of citrus and stone fruits, backed by a touch of herbaceousness. The Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc delivers a rich texture akin to tropical fruit, yet zingy acidity keeps it fresh and lively as the varietal should be.
- Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend
This Bordeaux blend from Rutherford Hill comes from high quality Napa Valley Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah grapes. The wine demonstrates lively and bright red fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, and plum, with a slight hint of spiciness. The luxurious structure and multi-layered aromatics of this wine showcase the depth, range and elegance of the vineyards in which this exceptional fruit is sourced.
- Black Stallion Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley and Cabernet go hand in hand, and the grape particularly shines in the heart of Napa. This Cabernet is full-bodied and balanced, with black cherry, brown spice and mocha espresso. Smooth silky tannins lead into a long, elegant finish.
- Printed Insert that describes the featured wines
Due to the popularity of this gift, vintages sometimes sell out. Should this happen, we will always substitute with the current vintage.
One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a temperate climate moderated by Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and even winter. Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant difference in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs—the iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and holds water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals; and the silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.
The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.