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Warren Egnal
 
March 28, 2020 | Warren Egnal

Yalumba - The Most Historic Australian Winery

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The Most Historic Australian Winery

 
Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s most historic family owned winery. It remains fiercely independent through the generational ownership by the Hill-Smith family. DouxVin was honored recently to host Yalumba scion Jessica Hill-Smith at an iconic dinner late last year when we enjoyed selections from the wines below among others.
 
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Yalumba’s longevity and success is a result of patience, collaboration and progressive thinking. There is foresight to embrace the natural terroir to craft wines with individual character and a sense of purpose, a spirit to reinvest in the land upon which it operates and the knowledge to serve as a leader in the industry. It is committed to sharing stories of provenance gathered over more than 168 years of history of family winemaking.
 
Our six pack offering includes two bottles of each of the following:
 
 
Yalumba Grenache
 
2015 Yalumba Tri-Centenary Vineyard Grenache
The Tri-Centenary (Nursery) vineyard, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, is the source of the Tri-Centenary Grenache. This single vineyard Grenache comprises some 820 gnarly old bush vines that were planted in 1889. This very limited wine is made only in the best years; the wine has bright fruit tones (think pomegranate, wild strawberries, violets, red petals) and pairs well with Peking Duck.

96 points James Suckling

 
 
2014 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Blend
The Signature is a celebration of wine and people – more than 50 vintages, 50 names and 50 stories. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz with the average vine age at 35 years. It over delivers based on price. Pair with Steak au Poivre. A perennial DouxVin favorite.

95 points Decanter

 
Yalumba Signature Cabernet
 
 
Yalumba Antique Muscat
NV Antique Muscat
Finish a great meal with this luscious and intense dessert wine made from Muscat grapes. The grapes are picked late for sweetness and aged in barrels for up to 10 years. Pair with any dessert with carmelized sugar or savory sauces such as molasses, caramel and maple syrup.

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 

$285

 
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As always, these curated collections reflect our “all-in” pricing strategy that includes sales tax and delivery.

 
 
 
Contact Warren directly for personalized cases of wines you love, or to explore special DouxVin favorites new to you. We will customize a selection just right for you.
 
 
                                                           
Warren Egnal
 
March 24, 2020 | Warren Egnal

Quinta de la Rosa - A 200 year-old Port House Branches Out

 
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A Special 6-Pack Offer

$255

 
In Portugal, DouxVin’s “go to” winery is Quinta de la Rosa, where the Bergqvist Family has been making exceptional Port for over 200 years. Since the 1990’s they have branched out to produce some gorgeous still wines. Until recently, Portuguese still wines were not on the radar screen of consumers. Fortunately that has changed. Portugal is producing world class wines from indigenous varietals they have diligently protected, that have been growing since the time of the Romans and that over-deliver for their price.
 
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Quinta de la Rose is fortunate to have a great diversity of vineyards which not only run along the banks of the River Douro, but also climb up to 400 metres above sea level. The majority of vineyards are south and southwest facing (the most coveted orientations) and are planted with an assortment of vines of both age and variety. All vineyards are classified as Grade A by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP).
 
Our six pack offering includes two bottles of each of the following:
 
 
La Rosa Estate Red
 
2017 Quinta de la Rosa Estate Red
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional (60%) and Touriga Franca (12%) with Tinta Roriz (8%), Sousão (5%) and the rest sourced from an old vineyard, mixed field blend. The grapes mainly come from the Lamelas vineyard planted more than 30 years ago. Quite approachable as a young wine, it can either be drunk now or aged for 5 or more years.

91 points Decanter Magazine/Recommended Selection

 
 
2016 Quinta de la Rosa La Rosa Reserve Red
Traditional port varieties, mainly 60% Touriga Nacional with the rest being mixed field planted vines from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. The wine would be best served with red meats and more powerful dishes. It also goes well with cheese, especially the Serra cheese found in Portugal. It is a wine that can be drunk now or aged for up to 10 years.

94 points Wine Advocate

 
La Rosa Reserve Red
 
 
 
20 yr Tawny Port
NV Quinta de la Rosa - 20 Year Tawny Port
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. Made in the Quinta de la Rosa “house” style of slightly drier, not cloyingly sweet style. Tawny ports can be drunk chilled as an aperitif or at the end of the meal either on their own or with dessert or cheese. This Tawny is a blend of ports with an average age of twenty years. Every year the grapes are picked by hand in September/October and trodden by foot in granite lagares. Each year Quinta de la Rosa keeps back some of the best quality port and uses these to make up the 10 and 20 year old tawny blends.

95 points James Suckling


As always, these curated collections reflect our “all-in” pricing strategy that includes sales tax and delivery.

 
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For true aficionados, a limited number of old ports are also available, including the 30-year Tawny and a rare vertical composed of the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2012 vintage Ports. Please contact Warren for more information.
                                                           
Warren Egnal
 
March 23, 2020 | Warren Egnal

#7 WS Top 100 - Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

 
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#7 on Wine Spectator's Top 100

2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

 
We all eagerly await the releases of Wine spectator’s Annual Top 100 list, especially the Top 10 Wines of the year. Last year, the 95-point 2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay was ranked #7 on this most reputable list.
 
Ramey Hyde Vineyard
 
DouxVin has been a strong supporter of Ramey—the wines are superb, especially their coveted single vineyard-designate bottlings, and we were fortunate to have been allocated a precious few cases. We are pleased to offer three-packs of this special wine for only $210 including sales tax and delivery.
 
 
Ramey Chardonnay 2016
2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Ramey's Hyde Vineyard is located on the rolling hills of the Napa side of Carneros. The vines are exposed to the cool marine air coming from the Petaluma Gap, which helps provide a cooler growing season. The vines were planted in the '90s on top of ancient creek beds full of Haire Clay Loam and plenty of scattered rocks. After harvest, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, then undergo full native malolactic fermentation in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 30% new François Frères French oak barrels.
 
 

$210

Only seven of these three-packs are available for purchase.

 
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“Precise and powerfully structured, with intense Asian pear, apple and ripe citrus flavors that feature rich, savory notes. Displays concentrated minerality on the spicy and textured finish. Should blossom in the cellar.”

Kim Marcus. WS-95 Points. Highly Recommended.

 
 
“In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.”

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

 
If you are also interested having DouxVin create a custom collection for you, or if you are looking for any specific wines, please contact Warren directly.