grilled romaine heart, housemade focaccia croutons, shaved parmesan, crunchy anchovies with a roasted shallot and LOCAL feta caesar dressing
spinach, butternut squash*, Virginia country ham, fried shallots, mulled cider* vinaigrette
Chop House Salad
romaine and red leaf greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, smoked bacon, LOCAL hard boiled duck egg, crumbled Maytag bleu cheese and creamy buttermilk-peppercorn ranch
Chop House Entrees
All of our Entrées are hand cut and prepared from fresh prime cuts. Preparation - Seasonal Rub: tri peppercorn rub; House Rub: sea salt, cracked black pepper, smoked paprika and cumin; Shenandoah Growers Garden Rub: parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage and lemon zest
12oz N.Y. Strip
8oz Filet Mignon
6oz Petite Filet Mignon
12oz LOCAL Pork Chop
8oz Duck Breast
LOCAL Polyface Chicken Breast
8oz Salmon Filet
8oz LOCAL Trout Filets
LOCAL Twin Oaks Tofu 'Steak'
Sweet and Tart
soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and thickened with sugar
hoisin based sauce made with fresh mangoes, ginger and cilantro
lime, lemon and orange zests and juice, cilantro and sesame oil, tangy citrus flavors
LOCAL Whiskey cider jus
LOCAL whiskey, LOCAL cider and fresh LOCAL thyme
a classic style "demi glace", of duck stock, red wine and tomatoes
an A1 style housemade sauce
LOCAL herb and vinegar pesto sauce
LOCAL Basil Aioli
housemade mayonnaise with LOCAL basil and garlic
sautéed garlic, shallots and roasted parsnips
Hot and Spicy
fire roasted chilies, tomatoes, garlic, shallots and rice wine vinegar
Horseradish Crème Fraiche
housemade crème fraiche with fresh horseradish, garlic and lemon zest
Ghost Chili BBQ
Carolina style bbq with LOCAL vinegar and pickled ghost chilies
Chop House Sides
Choice of 2:
LOCAL smashed potatoes
with brown butter and crème fraiche
Wade's Mill grits
with housemade bacon and sage
LOCAL chevre mac n cheese
with garlic oil and sea salt
Sweet potato casserole
with maple marshmallows and candied pecan crumble
with roasted mushrooms and bell pepper
Duck fat fries
with peach ketchup
chef's choice of seasonal LOCAL produce
All burgers are 6oz, served on toasted challah buns with lettuce and tomato, duck fat fries, housemade peach ketchup and a housemade pickle
smoked gouda, smoked bacon and mango hoisin bbq
LOCAL Chuck Burger
aged cheddar, crispy onions, smoked bacon and peach ketchup
LOCAL Steak Burger
house-ground steak, caramelized onions, LOCAL steak sauce, and gruyere cheese
Virginia Cheese Plate
grilled focaccia bread, LOCAL honey-spiced walnuts and LOCAL seasonal fruit compote
Blue Mountain Barrel House Dark Hollow 25oz. 10% ABV
Dark Hollow blends the miracle of two craftsbrewing and distillationto create a work greater than the sum of its parts. An Imperial Stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels still dripping with uncut whiskey. For 100 days the young beer patiently breathes in and out of the wood, gaining complexity, character, and serious attitude. Can be enjoyed immediately, or five years later, when you dust off the last vintage bottle from your cellar to share with good company. Available as long as each batch lasts, November-April.
Old Hill Cider Yesteryear Traditional Hard Cider 25oz. 7% ABV
Our traditional cider, made from a blend of Virginia's finest heirloom apples including Pippin, Winesap, and Stayman. Just shy of dry with a kiss of spicy citrus, this cider is crisp and palate cleansing. Yesteryear offers the opportunity to step back in time and experience a beverage similar to those consumed in early America.
Wines By The Glass
Poema Cava Extra Dry
NV Penedès, Spain. sustainably grown
Rosemont Lake County Sunset White
NV LaCrosse, Virginia
2012 Mosel, Germany
Les Petits Roucas Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Langedoc, France
Barboursville Pinot Grigio
2011 Barboursville, Virginia
Domaine Du Coing Saint Fiarce Chardonnay
2011 Loire Valley, France
Grayson Cellars Chardonnay
2011 Central Coast, California
Portillo Pinot Noir
2011 Uco Valley, Argentina
Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec
2012 Uco Valley, Argentina. biodynamic
2010 d'Abruzzo, Italy
Bula Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah blend
2011 Monstant, Spain
Lovingston Rotunda Red Merlot blend
2011 Nelson County, Virginia
Saint Cosme Syrah
2012 Cote du Rhone, France
Hedges Family Estate Cabernet Merlot Syrah
2010 Columbia Valley, Washington
Bodega Benegas Luna Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Mendoza, Argentina
Cave Ridge Rambling Rose, Shenandoah Valley NV
Located in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, Cave Ridge Vineyard produces wines only from grapes grown at our vineyard under sustainable farming practices. The Rose is a semi-dry blend of Viognier, Traminette, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
Bluestone Vineyard Beau, Shenandoah Valley NV
A sweet gold wine named for the vineyard's sweet golden retriever. A Vidal Blanc-Traminette blend inspired by travels in Germany; it is sweetened to 3% residual sugar. Bluestone Vineyard uses only locally sourced and estate grown fruit. Silver Medal 2013 Virginia Governor's Cup.
Barren Ridge Vidal Blanc, Shenandoah Valley 2011
A complex, dry white wine, with a buttery mid palate and apricot finish. This dry white offers the perfect balance of acidity and freshness. Bronze Medal-2013 Virginia Governor's Cup.
Bluestone Vineyard Moscato, Shenandoah Valley 2012
After fermenting 2/3 of the crop dry, the remaining third was frozen at subzero temperatures for half a year, and then used to sweeten the rest of the batch. Slightly fizzy, it might remind you of sparkling apple cider, peaches, and honey. Bronze Medal-2013 Virginia Governor's Cup.
Jefferson Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Monticello 2011
Melons and lemon peel on the nose, followed by bright, polished acidity carrying flavors of the same, as well as honeysuckle and grapefruit.
Extended aging on lees in stainless steel captures a generous concentration of subtropical aromas and flavors of inherent volume and aging potential, presenting a firm, ample and harmonious structure. Juicy and bright pear, passion fruit, and hints of citrus on a gently herbal frame.
Jefferson Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay, Monticello 2011
Rich pineapple and vanilla aromas precede delicious granny smith apple, honey, and pear notes across the palate. Balanced with a little creaminess and a bite. Hints of oak in the finish add weight, grace and elegance.
Michael Shaps Chardonnay, Monticello 2008
With special care and attention to details, this wine shows that Virginia can make an elegant Chardonnay with a lot of character. Made with 50% new oak and a native fermentation that lasted six weeks, the result is a Chardonnay with unique character and a complexity of aromas that are held together with the richness of French oak. The "sur lies" aging gives the wine weight and complexity that integrates well with the acidity and fruit structure.
Rudi Wiest, Mosel, Germany 2011
It features vibrant notes of green apple, pear, Meyer lemon and fine minerals laced with aromatic honeysuckle and orange blossom. Pineapple, guava and ripe nectarine flavors that linger with notes of honey and spice. The plush finish is creamy and rich.
Argyle, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2011
Youth in a glass is what this is, spry and light on its feet and smelling of spring with lime blossom, white lilacs and just a hint of lychee. The palate shows a medium-dry style that opens with floral notes and a taste of Turkish delight and finishes with a minerality reminiscent of wet river stones.
Kilikanoon Mort's Block, Clare Valley, Australia 2009 $34
A medium bodied Riesling with a fragrant and flowery bouquet leads into an elegant and fine palate. Bright and lively lime and pink grapefruit with a strong undercurrent of chalky minerality, and peach and green apple flavors neatly tied together with crisp acidity.
Tablelands, Martinborough New Zealand 2011
Medium-bodied, fruity with a dry finish. Straw color with green highlights a nose of ripe tropical fruit, lime zest and stone fruit. The palate is concentrated with flavors of nectarines, apricot and citrus fruit. Juicy, spicy and herbal; the long full finish is balanced with vibrant acidity.
Allan Scott, Marlborough, New Zealand 2012
The aromatics are distinctly tropical, the initial sweet passion fruit then gives way to hints of lime, classic gooseberry, and dried herbs. But it is the palate where this wine embodies all that is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Smooth and fruit driven, with a burst of energy from the firm lively acidity with a lingering mouth-watering finish.
Maison Foucher Lebrun Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France 2011
This is classic Pouilly-Fumé with aromas of lemon, sandalwood, hay, white flowers, nectarine and a hint of ginger. Quite dry, but still smooth as glass with concentrated aroma replays on the palate. Lots of acidity here too for refreshment.
Clos Pegase, Napa Valley, California 2007
Lightly oaked in style, complex and full bodied, supple in texture, and intensely flavored. Firm acidity and a long finish, tasting of spicy oak, lemon peel, vanilla, grapefruit, and lemon grass.
The Supernatural, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 2010
Organically grown grapes sourced exclusively from our north-facing hillside estate. Naturally vinified, The Supernatural is unique with flavors of passion fruit and guava, spice and honeysuckle, lime and a luscious long palate.
Domaine Girard - Sancerre La Garenne, Loire Valley, France 2011
This is everything one hopes for when thinking about Sancerre: it is bright, lively, pleasantly aromatic, has zippy acidity but low astringency. Pale yellow. Fresh pear and orange on the nose. Pliant, refreshingly bitter citrus fruit flavors are firmed by tangy minerality and pick up a light herbal quality with air. Appealingly sweet on the finish, which repeats the orange and herb notes. It is a wonderful food wine that is as versatile as it is easy to drink.
Blue Quail, Potter Valley, California 2011
A full bodied, delicately fragrant wine with floral notes, hints of pear, apple, and vanilla with clove and ginger spice. Guinness McFadden has been growing grapes organically for over 40 years. Blue Quail's wines are stainless steel fermented and held with zero malolactic fermentation.
Evesham Woods, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
Farming of the 13-acre estate vineyard on the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills ridge, an area already proven to have one of Oregon's best micro-climates for Burgundian and Alsatian varieties is entirely organic. This blend of 85% Pinot Gris and 14% Gewürztraminer has added hints of Kerner, Rieslaner, Pinot Blanc, and Traminer. Floral aromas and notes of wet stone contribute to this light citrus and mineral driven white with refreshing acidity.
Elk Cove Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012
If you've yet to try Pinot Gris from Oregon, this is a great place to start. Elk Cove is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wineries. Sweet and unctuous aromatics and crispness on the palate from vibrant citrus and grapefruit. True to Elk Cove Vineyards' style, a rich mouthfeel leads to a full and satisfying balanced finish.
Maso Poli, Trinteno, Italy 2011
This luminous Pinot Grigio offers a beautifully perfumed bouquet as well as structure and staying power. An open, floral bouquet leads to ripe, round fruit as this gorgeous white caresses the palate all the way through to the harmonious, polished finish. A small percentage of the wine is aged in oak and this adds density and complexity.
Force of Nature Pinot Gris, Santa Maria Valley, California 2012 $42
Delicate yet flavorful, light golden in color with a complex, fruit-scented nose that reveals layers of mango, jasmine tea, cinnamon, and cantaloupe. Smooth, smoky toasted walnut and honey balance the fruits, and give way to a crisp, lingering finish full of freshly cut grass and peaches.
Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2011 $35
This Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple and pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla and fresh coconut with a slight butterscotch. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing minerality. The flavors on the palate are predominantly citrus, lemon-lime and peach.
Domaine des Gerbeaux Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France 2011
Not to be confused with Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire Valley (made from Sauvignon Blanc), Pouilly- Fuissé is firmly Burgundian and made from 100% Chardonnay. This great example exhibits bright lemon acidity. On the palate a rounded creamy mouthfeel is detected, with integrated oak and wonderful balance. Pear and apple characters marry happily with a freshening citrus streak on the elegant finish.
Stuhlmuller, Sonoma, California 2011
With vibrant cool citrus aromas as well as notes of pear and green pineapple, this is a fresh and inviting expression of Chardonnay. On the palate, pear, citrus oil and lemon custard flavors are supported by sophisticated hints of white almond, clove, jasmine and wet stone. Gorgeous acidity adds to the fresh, elegant and age-worthy character of this Chardonnay.
Elizabeth Spencer, Sonoma, California 2012
This wine is very mineral in the nose, with a hint of candied pear and lemon peel. Although lean, the entry is defined by a suggestion of tropical fruits, including pineapple and kiwi. There is a delicate zing to the midpalate that is reminiscent of pineapple rind. The finish persists with the sweetness of warm climate fruit, green apple and pear notes.
Frank Family Winery Carneros, Napa Valley, California 2012
This polished, refined Chardonnay does an excellent job of capturing a wide spectrum of varietal flavors in a style that combines elements of brightness and richness. Fruit forward and balanced, delivering scents of pear, apple, butterscotch and pineapple, laced with delicate floral notes of honeysuckle. The attack is layered with succulent stone fruit flavors and buttery, toasted pastry dough. The lively acidity, combined with a rich creaminess and almond toffee flavors, give this wine a long, pleasing finish.
Flowers, Sonoma Coast, California 2008
This is a chardonnay of balanced depth and complexity with a crisp acidity. Medium bodied with aromas of white peach and lime citrus. Stone minerals and luscious melon equally contend for attention in this mouth filling and delicious wine, while the lean acidity refreshes the palate.
Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2010
In broad strokes, there is beautiful freshness to this wine, with clearly delineated vineyard character. At the same time, the modest crop size in 2010 has contributed to amazing concentration, spotlighting notes of spiced tropical peach, pear, honeydew, clove and narcissus. The mid-palate is vibrant and bright, combining delicate, mouthwatering acidity with rich fruit, all surrounded by subtle, oak-inspired notes of cinnamon, spiced toffee and roasted almonds.
Matrot Meursault, Burgundy, France 2010
The Matrot family has owned vineyards in Meursault for three generations. Thierry Matrot has used every possible organic technique in the cultivation of his vines. As a result, the domain's wines have a purity, character and a genuine sense of terroir. A buttered toast nose, with a little bit of oak and some hazelnut-flavored fruit. Quite explosive for a village wine, quite floral with a good balance of racy acidity and meaty fruit, with a rum butter finish.
Signorello Estate, Napa Valley, California 2007
The 2007 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes is fashioned from 30-year old Chardonnay vines planted along the Silverado Trail. Its attractive nectarine, orange marmalade, and white peach-scented bouquet is followed by a full-bodied white exhibiting crisp acidity, good underlying minerality, and a subtle touch of oak.
Sparkling Wines and Other Whites
Les Cinq Pattes, Bordeaux, France 2011
Unoaked, young and fruity, a blend of three grapes working in harmony to produce an exceptional overall effect. The Sauvignon Blanc gives freshness and citrus character; Semillon brings body and richness; and Muscadelle contributes floral notes and aromatic lift.
Sophora Sparkling Cuvee, New Zealand NV
A sparkling Rosé made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has an attractive pink blush" color and luscious palate with a lasting, refreshing mousse. Delightful floral aromas and juicy red berry, cherry and pink grapefruit flavors with a balanced acidity and a creamy, decadent finish.
Delicate red berries and fresh herbs on the nose; crisp, prickly and fresh on the palate, subtle fruit shaped by good acidity. Pale rosy pink in color with a distant hint of fresh-fruit sweetness, but with the tart acidity and a pleasant dry finish. This elegant bubbly will be a real treat for alfresco sipping before or after dinner or paired with dinner salads and veggie dishes.
The Furst Gewürtztraminer, Alsace, France 2010
Aromas of lychees and roses, with a full-bodied, creamy texture. Good, fresh-fruit acidity and a distinct spiciness on the palate.
Chateau Gaillard Cremant de Loire Brut, France NV
The Chateau Gaillard vineyard is cultivated according to biodynamic agriculture's methods in order to protect the ancestral wine quality of this vineyard. The grapes are carefully hand-picked in small baskets, a blend of Chenin (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) for a better balance and richness. Slightly blush in color with notes of honey and crab apple. Round and fruity on the palate with small and persistent bubbles, it has a long aftertaste.
Since 1984, Cameron Winery has fanatically produced sustainably farmed, non-irrigated pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco from the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. The 2011 has a racy acidity of fresh lime, citrus peel, and a clean, pure finish. This year's Giovanni, normally 100% Pinot blanc, has been blended with 20% Pinot Grigio. The addition of a little pinot grigio gives the pinot blanc more weight to the wine, but fear not, it is still very refreshing.
Chateau de la Selve Saint Regis Viognier, Rhone, France 2011
Lemon yellow color with a beautiful brilliance. Aromatic and mineral nose of peach, citrus and a hint of mint. The body is finely balanced, fresh and fruity. Small, organic production.
Bethel Heights Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2010
Estate grown, certified sustainable. Primary aromas of deep mineral, wet stone, citrus and white peach. The palate is a dense concentration of peach, golden delicious apples, and flint, framed by firm acidity.
Fidelitas Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington 2007
A crisp and viscous wine, balanced fruit and oak with pear and fresh fig aromas. Its rich, full finish is the result of sur lies aging for seven months in small, French oak barrels. A perfect companion to scallops, chicken-all food light and delicious.
Rudera 'Tradition', Stellenbosch, South Africa 2009
De Tradisie is an elegant, barrel-fermented 100% Chenin Blanc, made in a dry, refreshing style. Complex nose of pineapple, rose petals and orange blossoms. The tropical, citrus flavors follow through on the palate, with oranges leading grapefruit, quince and cinnamon onto a rich but refreshing palate. It is a well-balanced wine with great integration of oak and a lovely long and crisp finish.
Rudera 'Robusto', Stellenbosch, South Africa 2008
Robusto is a bold, barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc, made in a richer, full-bodied style. From the first release in 2000 the Robusto has set the pace for serious Chenin Blanc in South Africa. Quince and grapefruit bouquet, with fresh fruit salad and pineapple on the nose and it follows through on the palate. Good crisp acidity balances the sweet fruit flavors. A taut yet big wine with structure, texture and length will reward aging.
Breton Vouvray Sec "La Dilettante", Loire, France 2010
The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, just after receiving their organic certification in 1991. 100% Chenin Blanc from a plot of 50-year old vines, vinified in stainless steel tanks. A distinctively gorgeous wine. Pear, persian melon and pineapple dominate the nose and a silk textured, luscious palate with subtle chalk inflections in its lingering finish.
Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut, California NV
Founded in 1981, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. As the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. Complex minerality runs through this sparkler, tinged with sweet vanilla and strawberry flavors, but not overtly fruity. With light richness and firm acidity.
Trump Estate SP Rose, Albemarle County, Virginia NV
This Brut Rose is made via Méthode Champenoise with estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes were picked at night by hand and gently pressed to ensure that this wine retains all of its best qualities. After a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrel aging, the wine gains complexity by aging on the yeast lees in the bottle for 22 months. A beautiful salmon hue, the nose of this Brut is of rose petals, blackberry, and light toast. The crisp acidity and minerality are balanced well with the notes of red fruits that are brought by the Pinot Noir in the blend.
Chapuy Champagne Brut, France NV
Medium-bodied, dry. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this NV Brut has a lovely straw-yellow appearance and a lively fine mousse in the glass. Slightly floral on the nose with a full flavored, floral and fruity palate. This finish is fresh, aromatic and structured.
Taittinger "La Francaise" Brut, France NV
A rich Champagne, beautifully elegant, touched by yellow fruits, apples and just the right amount of weight. There are final hints of toast, spice and creamy coconut milk, giving a Champagne that is as much about wine as about bubbles.
Perrier-Jouët "Grand Brut", France NV
This is what you expect a prestige Champagne to look, smell and taste like. Poised and stylish, it layers sharp citrus fruit with spicy wood and light toast. Layers of citrus, tangerine and flower blossoms unfold elegantly; lime and grapefruit accents add interest, and above all it comports itself with impeccable balance, precision and grace.
A later than average harvest resulted in beautiful concentration of aromatics and supple tannins. An elegant red, complex and inviting, showing currant, mint and herbal tones. Twelve months of oak aging produced a well balanced structure.
Cross Keys Vineyards Meritage, Shenandoah Valley 2011
This classic blend of 43% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 27% Petit Verdot has great red fruit extraction and smooth connected tannins. Fifteen months in new and used oak give the wine a smooth, velvety finish with notes of vanilla and spice.
Barboursville Barbera Reserve, Barboursville 2012
One of the most popular red wines of Northern Italy, Barboursville Barbera delivers black plum fruit, dark cherries and a touch of mint on the finish. Medium bodied with well integrated tannins and lively acidity.
Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Monticello NV
Combining a light, delicate palate weight with intense flavors of bright raspberry and cherry fruit, the Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc is tempered by soft white pepper, cinnamon, and baking spices. Polished acids and elegant, satiny tannins round out the finish. Virginia Governor's Cup 2012 Gold Medal Winner.
Bluestone Vineyards Pinot Noir, Shenandoah Valley 2011
This light red has a bright acidity and a subtle flavor profile that evokes wild berries, mushrooms, and the terrior. The tannic structure is soft and approachable.
Linden Claret, Blue Ridge 2010
Ripe aromas of black plums and black cherry preserves. A blend of 46% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Warm and weighty on the palate, smoke and rosemary with gripping tannins. Aged in older French, American, and Hungarian oak for 14 months.
Cave Ridge Vineyard Syrah, Shenandoah Valley 2010
Cave Ridge Vineyard produces wines only from grapes grown at our vineyard under sustainable farming practices. One of a handful of Syrahs grown and produced in Virginia. It tastes of cherries with a subtle black pepper flavor.
Michael Shaps Monticello Cabernet Franc, Monticello 2008
Made in a traditional old world style, this is a heavily extracted wine designed to highlight the aging potential of Cabernet Franc. Rich dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. The tannin extraction is evident, but does not overwhelm the wine. The concentration of fruit, balanced by oak provides for a lengthy finish.
Bluestone Vineyards Merlot, Shenandoah Valley 2010
Bluestone Vineyard is committed to crafting small-batch wines from locally sourced and estate grown fruit that showcase the very best in each varietal and each vintage. A medium-bodied wine with softer tannins than its Bordeaux style relative. Virginia Governor's Cup 2013 Bronze Medal Winner.
Independent Producers, Columbia Valley, Washington 2011
This 100% Merlot from Washington State can easily be mistaken as a fine French Bordeaux if you are looking at the bottle and label. Independent Producers focuses on the terroir for this food-friendly single-vineyard Merlot. Surprisingly multidimensional, it has lovely notes of raspberry, blackberry tart, and earth.
Atalon Paulines Cuvee, Napa Valley, California 2010
This Right Bank styled blend (77.1% Merlot) pays homage to the strength of Atalon's matriarch. Dark ruby in color and aromatic notes of dark cherry, plum, currant, integrated oak, spice, toast, tobacco and underlined by a fine trace of minerality, a nod to the majestic geology of Napa Valley and to Pauline's enduring spirit.
Burgess Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, California 2008
This Merlot demonstrates a unique and intense varietal personality with pronounced aromatics, pure and fruity. Plush ripeness, fresh red currant flavors, blueberries, black cherries, with a hint of mint. Elegant and gentle tannins, aged in French oak.
Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington 2007
Dense and chewy, featuring a sweetness and suppleness that make the earthy cherry and blackberry flavors weave through the tannins, emerging on the long finish with finesse.
Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, California 2009
Minor is a dynamic, family-owned winery tucked along the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley. Challenged by the rocky volcanic soils of this mountainous vineyard site, the vines at Stagecoach produce fruit of extraordinary quality and intensity. Loaded with rich ripe fruit and spice notes, touches of toasty oak and grip from the fine tannins on the lengthy finish.
Yalumba The Scribbler, Barossa Valley, Australia 2010
A densely weighted blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Shiraz, with blackcurrant fruit and dark berries, spices and licorice complementing fresh floral aromatics of herbs and mints. The Shiraz is nicely layered within a tightly integrated and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon palate.
Black Stallion Cabernet, Napa Valley, California 2010
This vintage is full-bodied and balanced with a savory nose of blackberries, cassis, spice and a hint of peppermint. Flavors of black cherry, mocha, brown spice and caramel unfold gracefully with smooth, silky tannins and a long elegant finish.
Ventisquero Grey Single Block, Apalta Valley, Chile 2010
Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and cured tobacco. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and spicy licorice. Elegant with a good volume, round ripe tannins and a long, clean finish. Vina Ventisquero practices sustainable farming and is the first Chilean winery to voluntarily adopt measures to offset CO2 emissions.
Hendry HRW Cabernet, Napa Valley, California 2008
Grapes for the HRW series wines come from our 117-acre Napa Valley vineyard. Spicy, cherry aromas with cedar and cigar notes. Medium-bodied with straight forward berry and cherry on the palate. Significant structure means this wine can stand up to short ribs and steaks with ease.
Twenty Bench, Napa Valley, California 2012
Aromas of fresh red-fruits and blackcurrant dominating the nose. Harmonious flavors of cassis, blackberry, cigar box, dark chocolate and vanilla spice. Length, and finesse on the palate, a balanced wine with firm structure and silky tannins.
Round Pond Estate, Napa Valley, California 2011
A balanced wine with depth and approachability to accompany a wide variety of fare. Aromas of cherry cola and grilled dark fruit complemented by savory yet subtle sage, cloves, and dried lavender. The bouquet prepares the palate for a complex marriage of black and red fruits with great depth and freshness. Hints of cinnamon, chocolate, rhubarb and tobacco wrapped nicely with lush tannins, warm herbs and spices, and plush velvety tannins, all perched atop mouth-watering acidity.
Worthy Sophia's Cuvee, Napa Valley, California 2008
An outstanding example of Napa Bordeaux varietals (82% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec), it displays loads of white chocolate, cassis, licorice, and a touch of subtle smoke in a medium to full-bodied style. Silky tannins and plenty of concentration characterize this wine, which has no hard edges.
L'Ecole No. 41, Walla Walla Valley, Washington 2010
This complex Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the diversity of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley. These prestigious vineyards are certified Salmon Safe. With an elegant, old world structure, this sophisticated Cabernet shows aromas of dark fruit, earth, and fresh herbs. A seamless core of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry mingle with notes of tobacco and leather on a dusty tannin, richly structured finish.
Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, California 2010
Dark ruby-garnet color, complimentary to the rich dark aromas of black cherry, Santa Rosa plum. Intertwined with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and toast. The entry is soft, with dark cherry and berry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and mouth feel, full bodied, rich and opulent.
Stuhlmuller, Alexander Valley, California 2010
This is a big, voluptuous wine with intense aromas of black currant, black berry, olive, clove and cardamom. The palate shows lovely depth and concentration, with chewy tannins, enlivening acidity, rich layers of black cherry, chocolate and spice.
Sequoia Grove, Napa Valley, California 2010
Sourced from a combination of their estate Rutherford district vineyards and top Napa growers, the bouquet offers a nose of ripe cherry and blackberry aromas with earthy cedar and baking spice accents. The palate unfolds to reveal richer, darker flavors of plum, toasted hazelnut, and graphite. It is full in the mouth, with polished tannins and flavors of toasty oak on the finish.
Stonestreet Monument Ridge, Alexander Valley, California 2009
Supple, sweet with ripe dark cherries, mocha, plums, spices, mint, minerals and graphite are woven together in this effortless, totally captivating wine. A dense, juicy and silken cabernet with harmonious acidity and suave tannins.
Frog's Leap, Napa Valley, California 2011
The winery's primary focus is on sustainable farming and in understanding and appreciating the soil. Classically proportioned, deeply fragrant, beautifully balanced. Aromatics of black currant and cigar box are followed by rich flavors of plum and green tea.
Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, California 2008
Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This stylish, graceful, harmonious red defines finesse. Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish.
Chateau Fleur de Rigaud, Bordeaux 2009
The Chateau is in the town of Sainte Radegonde just south of St. Emilion. An approachable blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet. Deep crimson in color, with aromas of currant and cassis. Abundant blackberries and black cherry on the palate. Well structured, smooth in texture with a rich, satisfying mouthfeel.
Domaine Sorin Tradition, Côtes de Provence 2010
According to Robert Parker, Luc Sorin is one of southern France's hottest winemakers. His 28- acre organic vineyard is located along the Bandol border (part of it is actually within Bandol), but in spite of enjoying all the benefits of the sun-drenched Bandol micro-climate, he is entitled only to the Cotes du Provence appellation. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvédre. Powerfully flavored, a deep, dark and full-bodied wine. With complex aromas of blackberries and peppers, with a big load of Mourvedre's leather and mineral characteristics.
Domaine La Guintrandy Visan, Cotes du Rhone 2011
Dark ruby with violet highlights, blend of old vine Grenache (90%) and Syrah (10%). Spicy nose of red fruits. Well structured on the palate with cherry, prune and spice. Harmonious, long finish. Barrel aged and bottled without filtration.
Clos de Nines L' Oree, Coteaux-du-Languedoc 2008
Deep, dark and brilliant ruby blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Aromas of berry with a rich and seducing texture. Complex balsamic, spice and wild berries balanced with mocha and cacao notes.
Chateau Fort Lignac - Haut Medoc, Bordeaux 2009
Fort Lignac is from the Medoc, Bordeaux's premier sub-region that sits on the left bank. The predominance of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon (25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is a striking feature of it's bouquet and flavor. Coffee and cassis are on display in it's aroma and on the palate. There is excellent fruit concentration, including black currant and cherry notes, with modest tannins in the finish.
Thibault Grand Chaillots, Burgundy, France 2010
The domaine has been in the Liger-Belair family for 250 years and their vines are up to 70 years in age. The whole of the domaine is cultivated in biological agriculture, both the treatment of the vines and the soil maintenance. Jammy and rustic on the nose. Round and silky-textured fruit which is very juicy, with some tannin. Sweet and racy acidity on the finish.
Domaine du Cayron, Gigondas 2010
Founded in 1840 and managed by the Faraud family for four generations. The 5th generation is represented by three sisters under the watchful eye of their father. Harvested by hand, the lowtech magic starts with old fashioned stomping. The blend of Grenache (70%), Cinsault (15%), Syrah (14%) and tiny quantities of Mourvèdre is deep ruby in color with intense aromas of black raspberry, mulberry and violet. The palate is vibrant, with seamless red and dark berry preserve flavors. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity and finishes with excellent cut and spicy persistence.
Chateau Rausan Segla Margaux, Bordeaux 2006
A big, ripe chocolate-flavored wine with spice, new wood and a smooth, polished character. Rich, with black currant jelly flavors, the richness is balanced with a lively freshness and subtlety in its tannins. The finish is long, the flavors echoing the nose.
Domaine Jean Michel Gaunoux Pommard, Burgundy 2009
Directed by François Gaunoux and his daughter Claudine, this small family estate of 10 hectares, produces excellent Pommard between tradition and modernity. Like these Perrières 2009, a round wine, generous, smooth and powerful and already delicious with expressive aromas of red fruit jam, blackberry, toast.
Patrick Lesec Pierres Dorées, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Made from 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre, displaying notes of black truffle, blueberry, damp earth, and licorice. A structured wine very much in keeping with the style of the vintage, it is full bodied, concentrated. Juicy red fruits on the palate, with silky tannins and a sneaky licorice quality in the finish. There's a compelling delicacy about this wine that allows for immediate gratification.
Noble Vines 667, Monterey, California 2010
Warm days and cool nights in Monterey Valley are perfect for developing ideal flavor concentration and balance. This pinot noir is an expression of the classic French style. Rich aromas of fresh red berries, over light notes of vanilla, damp earth, and minerals, with a hint of licorice. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder and delicate hints of sage.
Wither Hills Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2011
Alluring spice, fresh wild berry compote, black olive and subtle earthy undertones. These layers of sumptuous fruit and spice are bundled together with bright acidity and fine ripe fruit tannins. Wither Hills state-of-the-art winery is committed to sustainability through wetland conservation program, conversion to organic production and Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand accreditation.
Lincourt, Santa Rita Hills, California 2009
The 2009 Pinot Noir is a beautiful example of the classic Santa Rita Hills AVA - delicate, subtle and endlessly layered. Black cherry and leather go with velvety tannins, the wine is aged in oak for 14 months. To ensure the vitality of their land and the authenticity of the wines, Lincourt uses sustainable methods in all farming, winemaking and business practices.
Patricia Green Cellars Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
One of the best value Oregon Pinots noirs for 15 years, fresh and mouthwatering with sweet black berry and cherry fruit flavors and Patty's trademark full-bodied style. There's a bit of very appealing field herbs and earth in the mix and a smooth silky finish.
Emeritus Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2011
With a muted nose initially, the bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark berries and plum with oak cask and stem in the background. Soft and smooth on entry, with moderately full-bodied flavors of cassis and black plums underlain with firm, mature tannins.
Sequana Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California 2010
This distinctive Pinot Noir's source is a tiny vineyard in cool Green Valley; the winegrower is James MacPhail, whose own MacPhail Pinot Noirs are so good. The wine itself is dry and silky and firm in acidity, yet soft in fine tannins. You might call it noble. Eruptive with cherries, sweet smoky bacon, raspberry granola and oaky sandalwood. Gorgeous, seductive and brilliant, a truly great Pinot Noir that is impeccable now.
Pali Fiddlestix Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, California 2009
Medium ruby in color with an expressive nose of bing cherry, cranberry, blueberry, and iron. The palate is pure and layered, with black cherry, berry, briar and graphite notes backed up by lush tannin and good acidity. This is a rich wine that remains light on its feet, a beautiful combination of juicy fruit and classic Pinot flavors.
Ken Wright Cellars Freedom Hill, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
Wright is known for his single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. The vintage of 2011 was a cool one in Oregon, yielding wines with a distinctly Burgundian cast. With moderate tannins, high acidity and lower alcohol, take inspiration from the wine's fruit, floral and spice notes. An earthy nose of red plum and rose mingles with hints of wild mushroom and game. Gentle cherry and cranberry fruit underlie flavors of smoke, pine and earth.
Tolentino, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina 2012
Tolentino is the name of a little town in Italy where President Javier Catena's great grandfather was born at the end of the 1800's. Tolentino wines are sourced from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley. Chocolate and black fruit flavors with silky tannins, a natural balance, nice concentration and a distinctively smooth, long finish.
Catena Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina 2011
Classic to form, this wine is a juicy, mouth-filling wine with deep, dark flavors of plum, cassis, and blackberry jam. There is good minerality, spice, and pepper as the wine finishes. The grapes are sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza, where the ground holds deposits of calcareous soils, clay, and importantly, limestone. The Andes Mountains stand guard on the western edge of the region, trapping the rain clouds that provide vital precipitation to the grapes growing below.
Famila Zuccardi Q, Mendoza, Argentina 2010
Inviting scents of cedar, Asian spices, lavender, and black cherry on the nose. A plush, dense, layered, pleasure-bent Malbec, aged in French oak for 12 months. Voluptuous, ripe fruits, plum and cassis with soft notes of tobacco and black pepper.
Angulo Innocenti La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina 2011
The aromas are dark, even a bit brooding, at first with building aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and mocha. Then ripe, bright, and juicy on the palate with gorgeous blackberry, black plum, and currant accented by notes of spice, mineral, and berry blossom. Stays vibrant and juicy on the bright, clean, finish with currant and cherry flavors lingering nicely. Aging half the wine in used oak barrels allowed this to open up without gaining any heavy oak accents and leaves it perfectly positioned for anything from steaks on the grill to party sipping.
Colomé Estate Malbec, Salta, Argentina 2010
Bodega Colomé vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed and represent the unique character of cooler climate Argentine Malbec. Smooth and plump with intense, ripe fruit: black plum, spice and cherry fruit. Not overtly oaky, an elegant and rich wine with a succulent and muscular structure of round velvety tannins.
Hullabaloo Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California 2011
Taking advantage of some strong old timer grower relations, we have been able to source some wonderful old vine Zinfandel from several Napa Valley vineyards. Classic characteristics of fresh cracked pepper, raspberries, black cherries and briery fruit. Full-bodied with plush textures and good acidity as well as a nice mouthfeel.
Seghesio, Sonoma, California 2012
The Seghesio family first planted Zinfandel back in 1895! Seghesio's Zin is busty, with plush and spicy blackberry and raspberry fruit, but it's got some extra acidity because of the cool 2011 vintage. It is precise in its focus on ripe berries and briary spice, and it is particularly wellbalanced with fine energy and a long, firm finish.
Wisdom Old Vine, Monterey, California 2010
This vintage is consistent with our mission to make rich Zinfandel in a balanced and elegant "claret style" that enhances a wide variety of food without being overbearing. The flavor profile is one of raspberries, bright plum and dark spice.
Saldo, Northern California 2011
Orin Swift Cellars owner/winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Deciding he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel, what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA. Dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberry and blackberry, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate there is strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. The entry is mouth coating and leads into a mid palate with structure and good acidity. The finish is bright and long with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness.
Orin Swift The Prisoner, Napa Valley, California 2011
Mostly Zinfandel, complimented with 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache and 1% Malbec. This dark purple colored blend opens with a mild blackberry, earthy, and smoky oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty black raspberry and plum blended with notes of black pepper and hint of cherry vanilla. The finish is dry with gentle, dusty tannins.
Kilikanoon The Lackey Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia 2010
Kilikanoon has selected premium parcels of Shiraz to craft an unassuming wine of upfront character and appeal. The nose displays rich dark fruits, spicy plums, and licorice. The palate packs a punch with ripe, spicy plums, dark cherries and quality oak to provide a richly rewarding and lingering finish.
Michael David Sixth Sense, Lodi, California 2011
A black-as-night Syrah true to it's roots, with flavors of dark red fruit, bacon and toast, with a wall of vanilla and oak. It's juicy, jammy and surprisingly well integrated; deep and intense flavors last throughout the glass.
Petite Cochon Rouge, Lodi, California 2009
Shows a deep brooding purple color, beginning with aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and briary blackberry fruit touched off with hints of white pepper, mocha, mineral, smoke and savory spices. The flavors match the aromas and are dense and concentrated with medium to full bodied richness. The wine is soft and supple textured and the finish is long with finegrained, powdery tannins.
Tooth & Nail 'The Glutton', Paso Robles, California 2011
A wine that recalls Cote-Rotie and Chateauneuf du Pape, bright in fruit and brooding in its earthen intensity. The nose offers a concentrated bouquet of wild game, strawberry jam, brambly berries, croissant, crushed violet and sweet cigar wrapper. It is a beautifully layered effort, and on the palate shows olive tapenade, herbs du provence, boysenberry, venison stew and spicy tobacco leaf. A full-bodied wine throughout, it finishes with sweet beet, soft tannin and pink peppercorn spicing.
D'Arenberg "Laughing Magpie" Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2009
Highly perfumed bouquet, abundance of black fruits, savory charcuterie, and a suggestion of violets; seamless and beautifully poised, with the acidity providing contrast to the lavish levels of fruit; a well constructed example of the style.
BorsaoTres Picos, Campo de Borja 2011
Big, ripe fruit welcomes you as only low yields of Garnacha can express. Less than two tons per acre are harvested from the warm slopes of Moncayo and the results are rich and forthcoming; the palate is awash in the spiced plums on the nose and bring on blackberries, mulling spices, a sweet leathery top note and vivacious acidity.
Cellers Can Blau, Montsant 2011
A blend of 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French oak. Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way.
Juan Gil, Jumilla 2011
Wonderfully aromatic, mixing dark fruit with sweet spice, black pepper, and smoky oak. The fruit for this wine comes from old vines grown in chalky limestone. On the palate, 100% Monastrell delivers pure fruit flavor. The tannins are rounded out smoothly by just enough oaky, spicy richness that still allows the beautiful dark fruit to take center stage.
Altos de Luzon, Jumilla 2007
A blend of 50% Monastrell, 25% Tempranillo and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested by hand. Roasted plum and raspberry aromas offer accents of vanilla, dill and dry wood. The palate is big, a little soft and chubby in the middle, with savory, herbal black fruit flavors that are meaty and deep. Finishes earthy and herbal.
Castillo Perelada 5 Fincas, Empordà 2006
Castillo Perelada owns 5 Vineyards in the north-eastern corner of Spain, each of them with their own geological conditions. The 5 Fincas, or farms, is a blended red of Merlot, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc. Intense and enveloping aroma of ripe fruit, with spicy and roasted notes. It reaches great volume in the mouth. It is fleshy, well-structured with fresh acidity and silky tannins.
Dehesa La Granja, Zamora 2005
This unfiltered Spanish Tempranillo opens with a mild oak and mild blackberry with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum and black licorice blend with hints of minerality, old oak, and spice. The finish is dry and it sticky tannins show very nice length.
Marqués de Murrieta, Rioja 2007
This Reserva, made from Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo, exhibits cedar, cigar box, and bright red fruit flavors, with lively, sweet tannins on the finish. It is well-defined and speaks of its place. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, well-defined entry. Crisp red fruit, sage and a touch of orange rind vie for attention, while the oak is succinctly well-integrated.
Callejo Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2007
Deep ruby in color with an explosively perfumed nose of black raspberry, cured tobacco, fresh rose and sexy oak spices. Lush but lively, with vivid red and dark berry, supple texture and a late hit of cola. Gains sweetness and energy on the finish.
Bibbiani's "wine of the people" (85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Malvasia). Poggio Vignoso is a simple, delightful food wine that can be enjoyed with virtually anything. Surprisingly firm, admirably balanced, with dried cherries and floral notes.
Famiglia Pasqua Passimento, Puglia 2010
Rich, ripe aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and dried cranberry emerge from the glass, accompanied by floral tones and a hint of smoke. The grapes are partially dried before fermentation. It shows an intense bouquet of red berries with hints of spices and an extremely soft and round finish, with velvety tannins. This Passimento will be delicious when paired with deeply flavored fatty proteins like duck, beef and pork.
Demarie Barbera D'Alba Superiore, Piedmont 2009
Barbera is the wine that best represents the tough, headstrong and discrete character of the Piedmont winegrower. An intense fruity bouquet of prune and mulberry with a hint of spice. Dry, fresh and fragrant, this wine lingers on the palate with traces of plum, blackberry and cherry. Fitting throughout the meal, pair with grilled meat.
Argiano NC, Tuscany 2010
The Non Confunditur is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 20% Sangiovese. Open, expressive fruit, spices, licorice and herbs. Relatively fleshy with excellent depth, structure and hint of oak with a fruity leathery finish.
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe, Piedmont 2011
Langhe Nebbiolo is a lovely expression of Nebbiolo with lively and earthy berry fruit floating atop fine tannins and great acidity. The wine has savory floral aromas and in the mouth shows tar and red cherries with moderate tannin, a medium-weight body, and sufficient acidity to hold the wine in balance This Cantina's wines holds up to the producer's excellent reputation.
Blends and other Reds
Château Musar "Jeune" Rouge, Bekaa Valley,Lebanon 2010
Chateau Musar has been producing wine in Lebanon since the 1930s, and planted its vineyards in one of the world's oldest wine-producing regions. An engaging blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Delicate, earthy undertones accent flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, cranberries and spicy aromatics.
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa, Australia 2011
Sweet plums and red cherry fruits are wrapped around a core of juicy redcurrant. The palate combines layers of fleshy fruit with a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable, this is a wine of medium weight but full on flavor. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Warwick Three Cape Ladies, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2009
This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Dark berry and stewed fruit aromas fuse with spicy pepper flavors which complement the full bodied ripe tannins.
Benegas Lynch Meritage, Mendoza, Argentina 2006
From the most antique vineyards of Finca Libertad, a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, menthol and smoky oak. Supple and nicely concentrated flavors of black fruits, mint, toast and chocolate. Finishing sweet, with burnt brown sugar and dusty tannins.
Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah, Walla Walla, Washington 2008
The 2008 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah combines the power of Walla Walla Merlot with the elegance of Old World Right Bank Bordeaux blends. The nose is extremely refined and complex with scents of bright currant, clove, licorice, wheat, cigar box, almond paste, and orange extract. The palate is rich with bright acid and ripe cherry flavors, and polished tannins linger on a very long finish rich with notes of roasted coffee.
Ports and Dessert Wines
Broadbent Madeira Colheita, Madeira, Portugal 1996
Lighter and brighter in color and flavor than longer-aged wines. A pre-dinner sipper as well as an excellent introduction to Madeira. According to the importer, this is the first Colheita to be introduced in America. Smooth in the mouth with a great balance of citrus acidity to keep the sweet fruit in check. The mélange of walnut, orange zest and raisins provide for a bit of complexity.
Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny, Barrosa Valley, Australia NV
A pale tawny in color, this complex sweet wine features notes of vibrant almond, honey, fig and citrus. Fine spirit characters balance the sweetness producing an elegant drying finish. It's silky in texture, intense, ripe, and very sweet, it will finish off your meal in style.
Feist 10 year Tawny Port, Portugal, NV
A fine sipping port, caramel in color with a nose of raisins. Smooth butterscotch palate has richness of mouthfeel and generous nutty oak character. Notes of dates, figs, brown spice and walnuts with a nice, medium length and round finish.
Quinta Do Infantado Ruby Port, Douro Valley, Portugal NV
Estate-bottled, a rarity in fortified wines exported from the Duoro. Joao and Catherine Rosiera run this family's estate in the heart of Gontelho, a region known for the quality of its wine. The fruit of their steep, terraced vineyards is still foot-trodden, a sign of just how serious the commitment to traditional methods is at Quinta do Infantado. Elegant and rich, this dark, juicy port has an excellent balance of fruit, acid, sugar, and tannin. Not too sweet and not too big, an excellent introduction to the world of port.
Château Gravas Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2004
A blend of 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon this Sauternes shows a lovely pale golden color with deep golden highlights, and it offers aromas of candied fruits backed up by a hint of exotic mango and guava. On the palate, it is ample and fleshy, leading into a silky and long finish.
Rudera Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2008
Rudera Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc is exclusively produced in exceptional years when conditions are conducive to enable natural botrytis to accrue on premier parcels of grapes. Rich mouth-feel and layers of tropical flavors, apricot, and some marmalade. The delicate yet firm smoky, oaky flavor expanding in the mouth. Fairly sweet and full; lovely texture and good length and balance.
CrossKeys Vineyards Ali d'Oro, Mt. Crawford, Virginia 2009
This brilliant wine celebrates the history and culture of CrossKeys. Named for the proprietors' father, Ali, this late harvest Traminette combines the rich complexity of fruit with spice, honey and perfectly balanced acidity.
Château de Caladroy, Muscat de Rivesaltes Languedoc, France 2010
A sweet, yet light, dessert wine, the aromas explode with floral notes of orange blossom and ripe peaches. On the palate creaminess and freshness are perfectly balanced to please the taste buds. The elegant finish reveals hints of classic Muscat flavors of rose petal and lychee mingled with the clean, citrus flavors of sun ripened oranges and aromatic Sicilian lemons.
Local Chop and Grill House strives to not only provide a unique gathering place that creates a friendly social atmosphere, where one can catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy a casual and classy environment that appeals to a wide range of guests, but to also take our successes and give back to our community. A percent of all of our sales will go back into the community through local non- profits, United Way and other forms of outreach. Our plan is to compliment local restaurants and work together with them to promote local and regional produce, meats and other products and to consider the impact that our business practices and choices will have on the environment. These results will give our efforts a sense of purpose and meaning beyond our basic financial goals.