Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Limited Edition Wine Kits

It's that wonderful time of year! The time of year when our outstanding selection of wine kits expands to include some rare and special breeds.

This fall's limited edtion WineExpert kits sound so good, we may have to just make them all. These kits represent a diverse cross section of the world's favorite wine regions. These delicious wines hail from Piedmont and Veneto, Italy; Paso Robles, California and Murray Darling, Australia.

Read up on each varietal and check out the videos, too. We're sure there will be one or two that piques your interest.

We will be accepting pre-orders through December 6th. Each kit makes approximately 30 bottles.

Winexpert Barbera -- $139.99

The Region: Piedmont, Italy
Piedmont is one of Italy’s most famed and beautiful wine regions. Situated at the base of the Alps, Piemonte in Italian means “at the foot of the mountains”. Piedmont has a cool continental climate with a hot growing season and severe winters. Vineyards grow along steep hillsides making this region as picturesque as it is productive.

The Wine
Known for its higher acidity and lower tannins, Barbera is a very approachable wine. The LE15 Barbera is medium bodied with a sour cherry nose and a bit of earthiness. Bright, red fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry, with a hint of spice, tie it all together. Fresh acidity and smooth silky tannins make this a wine that can easily be enjoyed with or without food.

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 13.5%
Available for Pickup or Delivery after: January 8, 2016

Winexpert Pinot Grigio Verduzzo -- $135.99

The Region: Veneto, Italy
Located just North of Venice, The Veneto stretches across most of the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. The Veneto is known to experience hot summers and cool winters, and thanks to its proximity to the sea, less extreme weather than other Northeastern regions. Visitors to The Veneto area have more than just wine to drink, with the picturesque city of Venice absorbing the majority of the region’s tourism.

The Wine
This unofficial “super venetian” white is a blend of the vibrancy of Pinot Grigio with fresh citrus and pear complemented by the honeyed and ripe pineapple notes of Verduzzo. The zesty freshness and acidity is balanced by rounded tropical fruit flavors and a bit of nuttiness leading to a crisp, clean finish. This is a Pinot Grigio with a bit of pop.

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Light-Medium
Alcohol: 13%
Available for Pickup or Delivery after: January 8, 2016

Winexpert Mosaic Red -- $139.99

The Region: Paso Robles, California
Located along California’s famed Central Coast, between the busy cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco you’ll find Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso experiences a long growing season of warm days and cool nights which makes for vibrantly ripened grapes and beautiful wines. In addition to the abundance of vineyards, the region is also known for its mineral rich hot springs.

The Wine
Like a true mosaic, the varietals in this wine each contribute their individual personality to create a harmonious blend. Merlot and Zinfandel bring round fruit notes while Petit Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon provide structure and complexity. Mosaic Red has aromas of red fruit with an undertone of smoke and spice. Flavors of juicy blackberry, raspberry, spice and smooth tannins give way to a lingering finish.

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium-Full
Alcohol: 14%
Available for Pickup or Delivery after: February 12, 2016

Winexpert Gewurztraminer Verdelho Muscat -- $135.99

The Region: Murray Darling, Australia 
The Murray Darling is a vast region that sees the meeting of Australia’s two rivers, The Murray and The Darling near the city of Mildura. One of the most significant grape growing regions in Australia, the Murray Darling is over 350 kilometres (220 miles) wide and produces about 20% of Australia’s crush. The combination of heat, irrigation and fertile soil produces grapes which create soft, generously flavored wines.

The Wine
The trio of grapes that make up this wine are as distinctive as the blend itself. The wonderfully floral Gew├╝rztraminer headlines as Verdelho’s tropical fruit characteristics play off of Muscat’s infamous grapey flavor. The resulting wine has a perfumed nose with vibrant flavors of pear, grapefruit, lime and mineral and an off-dry finish which makes this wine refreshingly fun to drink.

Sweetness: Off-Dry
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 12%
Available for Pickup or Delivery after: March 11, 2016

Winexpert Fourtitude with Skins -- $163.99 

The Region: Riverland, Australia
Woven around the Murray River, the Riverland is a beautiful region of South Australia, located about 2½ hours north east of Adelaide. Blessed with vast open spaces, the region enjoys a consistent Mediterranean climate with long days of sunshine. The result of this agricultural haven is sun-kissed, vibrantly ripened grapes.

The Wine
This powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot showcases the quality and richness of the grapes from southern Australia. Crimson-purple in the glass, Fourtitude has aromas of blackcurrant, cedar and spice. Intense, mouth filling flavors of blackcurrant, plum, cherry and spice blend seamlessly to a long dry finish.

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5%
Available for Pickup or Delivery after: April 8, 2016