2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 750ml 2-Pack
In 2008, Wellington's Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon again has Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in the blend. They use both of these traditional Bordeaux grapes in their Victory Reserve, and also do blending trials to see if they will improve their Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Youthful medium dark red color. Aromas of black currant and cherry with notes of mocha, cedar, caramel, black pepper and spice. The oak is well integrated and not overpowering. The entry is full and supple without being overly sweet or heavy, the mid-palate fruity with lively acid; the finish a bit chewy still, with lingering fruit and oak. With over 2 years of bottle age, this wine already has a smooth, long finish, but still has the stuffing to evolve for several years.
2009 Merlot 750ml 2-Pack
The Wellington Merlot is frequently referred to as a "Cab lover's Merlot," but this is somewhat less so in the 2009 vintage. Classic Merlot aromas of cherry, allspice and tea dominate, with nuances of licorice, tarragon and black pepper adding complexity. The entry is rich, plush and mouth-coating, with bright acid and soft tannins leading to a long, lingering finish with licorice and spice in the aftertaste. This wine has the versatility to complement many foods or to enjoy by itself.
2008 Syrah, England Crest 750ml 2-Pack
Aromas: blackberry and blueberry, with unmistakable Syrah smoky / gamy / bacony notes. Lush, full and round, with enough chewy tannin to ensure several more years of life.
The Duke 750ml 2-Pack
This is a medium bodied red with enough acid and tannin to make it a good match for burgers, pizza, stews, etc. The dominant primary aromas are blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, with notes of licorice, sage, sandalwood and brown spices.
2008 Mohrhardt Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2-Pack
Mohrhardt Ridge (pronounced "more heart") is only five miles from the Pacific Ocean, in the new Ft. Ross - Seaview appellation, a very cool site for Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine from here has a consistent, unique character year after year, regardless of vintage. Wine reviewers have commented (more than once) that the Mohrhardt Ridge Cabernet is reminiscent of a St. Estephe (the coolest of the major Bordeaux communes).The intense aroma is kind of hard to describe, but has mulberry , cassis and cranberry fruit, with notes of cocoa, smoke, rhubarb, clove, leather, spices and herbs (marjoram?). The entry is sweet, the texture walks the line between firm and velvety - smooth without being soft. Enjoyable now, but certainly has all the right stuff to age for 5-7 more years.
2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Raspberry, rhubarb, black pepper and cola aromas. Smooth and fruity, easy drinking.