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Varietally on target, reliable year after year, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cuvee consistently over-deliver value wines of outstanding quality. The Hope family has been making Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon since 1990. In 1996, when the Hopes established Treana Winery, the Liberty School brand officially became part of Hope Family Wines. Liberty School wines are made in a traditional style. Fruit driven, they are crafted to reflect true varietal character. The wines are barrel-aged, employing very little new oak. Oak is used as a building component rather than a flavoring agent.
A big brand, made by a small, close family, Liberty School is the home of delicious wines that are easy to enjoy.
nextSectionopens with aromas of black cherry, plum and violets, followed by subtle flavors of strawberry and allspice on the mid-palate. Firm yet supple tannins finish off this approachable, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon
nextSectionThis Cabernet pairs well with a grilled sirloin, lamb chops, or chocolate truffles.
nextSectionTerra Rosa is a rich purple Malbec with an exotically perfumed nose, an elegant mouthfeel, smokiness and ripe blueberry flavors with inviting, complex textures.
nextSectionWhen the time comes to choose a dinner wine, it's got to be Malbec. Here's why: Malbec has softer tannins compared to some of its red counterparts, like Cabernet Sauvignon, which means Malbec goes well with lean cuts of meat like flank, sirloin and skirt steak.
nextSectionA ripe and prettily forward example of Central Coast Pinot Noir – without venturing into that super oaky, super concentrated fruit bomb style. Lots of ripe and rich fruit, but clean with good acidity and excellent balance. Drink with just about any pasta or meat. Aged for 6 months in used French barrels.
nextSectionPairs well with a wide range of foods—fruitier versions make a great match with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes; bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.
The story behind Master’s Keep is even more interesting. In 1997, Wild Turkey was running out of space in their warehouse so they transferred the barrels to stone warehouse at the old Stone Castle Distillery. Due to some water damage the barrels were moved to a different stone warehouse on the property. Finally, the barrels were moved back to the Wild Turkey distillery in 2010. Cool story but why does any of this matter? You’ll notice the proof of Master’s Keep is 86.8. That’s because of the aging environment. Stone warehouses have far less temperature swings and as a result affect the finished product.
nextSectionCoconut, orange peel and a sweet wood. Spicy with ground cinnamon or some kind of savory spice. There’s an interesting sweet and herbal taste. Kind of like sweet tea. Overall, it’s woody there’s no doubt about that but we're not sure what else to expect from a 17 year old bourbon. The oak is powerful at times but in a really enjoyable way. The fact that it’s an 86.6 barrel proof makes it one of the more interesting pours we’ve had this year.
In “not very hard to believe” news, Russian President Vladimir Putin—he of shirtless horseback riding fame—did something shocking and internationally insensitive. Along with Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (no stranger to controversy himself), Putin helped himself to a 240 year-old bottle of Spanish wine belonging to a Crimean winery. Continue Reading...
As a new generation of wine drinkers emerges in the U.S., the world of wine has begun to adapt to their preferences, with some regions coming along quicker than others. In Bordeaux, some have dragged their feet in evolving with the times.
In fact, Bordeaux has slowly fallen out of favor with Americans in general. Where it was once ABC, Anything But Cabernet, it’s become ABB, Anything But Bordeaux. Continue Reading...
As much fun as nouveau, avant-garde approaches to winemaking can be, no great innovation comes without a deep, unwavering love, and respect for what came before it. Respect thy elders, or something like that.
That is why a wine like Cheverny will never, ever die. Continue reading...