Louis Martini

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For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Louis Martini Vineyards:

Our 10-acre Thomann Station Vineyard sits behind the winery in the vast warmth of the Napa Valley floor, as it has since the days of Louis M. Martini. Our backyard vineyard – named for the Southern Pacific Railroad fruit packing stop that once called this land home – has deep gravelly loam soils. Ideal for growing Petite Sirah, Thomann Station was planted entirely to this varietal in 1996. It is here at Thomann Station that Louis P. Martini was among the first to introduce wind machines in 1951 to combat frost in the vineyard. Today, we craft our small lot Petite Sirah from the grapes grown at this Napa Valley vineyard.ghost pines

Considered the jewel in the crown of Louis M. Martini Winery, our Monte Rosso Vineyard is among the most highly regarded grape growing sites in California. Nestled on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, near the town of Agua Caliente, the property cultivates complex and intense Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Originally planted in 1880, the vineyard fell victim to phylloxera and was replanted in 1890 with Zinfandel vines that persist in meandering up the slopes today. Louis M. Martini purchased the property in 1938 and renamed it “Monte Rosso” for its mountaintop setting and bright red, volcanic soils. His original plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon from that same year produce fruit for our family’s wines to this day.

With rich gravelly loam soils washed down from the surrounding hills in the heart of Chiles Valley, the Ghost Pines Vineyard produces intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Nestled 12 miles east of St. Helena in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, the Chiles Valley appellation has a natural wind tunnel that cools the valley floor. Ghost Pines Vineyard rests 700 feet above sea level, where warm summer days prevail. The hot, dry air is tempered by cooling fog in the mornings and evenings, giving Merlot and Cabernet grapes the ideal conditions for developing pronounced, well-structured fruit flavors.

Tucked away in Napa Valley‘s most remote grape growing region, under the palisades of Howell Mountain, Sun Lake Vineyard enjoys abundant sunshine year-round. A former walnut orchard in the Pope Valley sub-AVA, Sun Lake was planted to wine grapes in 2003 using an advanced trellising system that optimizes sun exposure on the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Resting 800 to 1,000 feet above the Napa Valley floor, the vineyard is protected from the morning fog most of the year, resulting in greater extremes in temperature. Limited water encourages the vines to produce smaller berries and clusters, giving the wine more intense aromas and flavors. Cold nights temper the abundant sunshine, affording the grapes a lengthy growing season with plenty of time to develop incredible flavor characteristics for our Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

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2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

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Gallo Wines

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Since brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began to turn their dream into reality over 80 years ago, the roots of the Gallo family tree have extended deep into the Winery. Today their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren work in the Winery, carrying on the family tradition and values – a strong work ethic, a drive for perfection and a focus on quality.

The Gallo family still believes family ownership is the most effective way for the Winery to continue as a world leader in the wine industry. Today, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine.

Vision & Values

Our founders – Ernest and Julio Gallo – built our company by turning challenges into opportunities and change into growth. Today, that spirit defines the Winery’s culture.

At E. & J. Gallo Winery, we place a premium on relationships with our distributors, customers and employees, and we focus on ways to grow together for the future. With a solid foundation, a clear vision and the collective talents of our people, E. & J. Gallo Winery is stronger than ever.

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2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

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Riunite Wines

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When you pour a glass of Riunite, you’re experiencing a true Italian original. There are many wine brands out there, but no other has the rich heritage of Riunite. We’ve been a part of everyday moments since 1950!

It all started in 1950 with the Cantine Cooperative in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. A small band (or cooperative) of wine producers got together with a shared passion to make great wines. Today, we are still going strong as Italy’s largest wine exporter. Our passion for wine, friends, family and food brought us together many decades ago. That’s why Riunite is still bringing friends and families together today.

The year 1973 found the Riunite brand the top seller in the U.S. among wine imports, due in no small part to catchy advertising that made the wine a household name. These ever increasing sales numbers came to a peak in 1985 of 11.5 million cases, a record which still stands as of 2012.

Riunite has settled into a quieter profile in recent years. However, while the wine has seen a 2001 floor of 1.77 million cases and the ads are no longer the fixture they once were on American television, it has seen a resurgence. In 2006, the look of the bottle and label was redesigned. And in August 2009, VB Imports began a “Reinvent Riunite” campaign which urged people to create commercials based around the famous campaigns of their heyday.

In 2012, an advertising campaign directed at younger women and linked to the introduction of two new varieties based on increased popularity of sweeter varietals, Riunite Sweet Red and Riunite Sweet White, was designed by Modea, a small award-winning advertising agency that specializes in digital campaigns. The slogan, “Just Chill” headlines the campaign which features a website designed to appeal to young women.

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Banfi Toscana IGT Summus

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GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese – from estate clones selection – (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Syrah (25%). summus

METHOD OF PRODUCTION Produced only in favorable vintages. The 3 varieties are vinified separately in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with variable macerations from 10 to 18 days. After alcoholic fermentation, the individual varietal wines, are transferred to barriques where they stay separate for 12 months. Subsequently, they are blended and the wood aging continues for an additional 8-10 months. Bottle aging follows for 6 months.

THE WINEMAKER COMMENT Castello Banfi’s innovative spirit and winemaking expertise is demonstrated in all its wines, but none embodies these qualities as prominently as SummuS. A wine of towering elegance, SummuS is an extraordinary blend of Sangiovese (used regionally to make the famed Brunello di Montalcino) which contributes body; Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit and structure; and Syrah, elegance, character and a fruity bouquet.

Super Tuscans are an unofficial category of Tuscan wines, not recognized within the Italian wine classification system. The origin of Super Tuscans is rooted in the restrictive DOC practices of the Chianti zone prior to the 1990s. During this time Chianti could be composed of no more than 70% Sangiovese and had to include at least 10% of one of the local white wine grapes. Producers who deviated from these regulations could not use the Chianti name on their wine labels and would be classified as vino da tavola – Italy’s lowest wine designation. By the 1970s, the consumer market for Chianti wines was suffering and the wines were widely perceived to be lacking quality. Many Tuscan wine producers thought they could produce a better quality wine if they were not hindered by the DOC regulations.

 

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Banfi Poggio alle Mura

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Banfi Poggio alle Mura 

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Dedicated vineyards sloping down from the historic Poggio alle Mura Castle crowning our estate. We chose this patch of land, particularly suited to grow Brunello Sangiovese, to plant the first vineyard resulting from over a decade of research to isolate the optimal selection of clones to produce consistently outstanding Brunello di Montalcino. The vines were planted in 1992. Altitude: 210-220 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.

GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Sangiovese, from a combination of estate selected clones.

METHOD OF PRODUCTION: The grape harvest is followed by a maceration of 12-13 days. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature – controlled hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks (27-29°C). About 90% of the wine is aged for 2 years in French oak barriques – manufactured according to Banfi’s specifications – and the remaining 10% in Slavonian oak casks. Before release, the wine is bottle-aged for an additional 12 months.

THE WINEMAKER COMMENT: The first result of more than two decades of experimental research, Poggio alle Mura is a superb example of the best synthesis of terroir, selection and technological innovation. Estate-bottled from the splendid sun drenched vineyard adjacent to the Castello this Brunello encompasses a full body and complexity unique to the genre.

 

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male given name which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In 1879 the Province of Siena’s Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese

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Wines of Italy

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Wines of Italy castello-banfi-belnero

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.

Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans started their own vineyards in the 2nd century B.C. Roman grape-growing and wine making was prolific and well-organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrel-making and bottling.

Although vines had been cultivated from the wild Vitis vinifera grape for millennia, it wasn’t until the Greek colonization that wine-making flourished. Viticulture was introduced into Sicily and southern Italy by the Mycenaean Greeks, and was well established when the extensive Greek colonization transpired around 800 BC.[4][5] It was during the Roman defeat of the Carthaginians (acknowledged masters of wine-making) in the 2nd century BC that Italian wine production began to further flourish. Large-scale, slave-run plantations sprang up in many coastal areas and spread to such an extent that, in AD 92, emperor Domitian was forced to destroy a great number of vineyards in order to free up fertile land for food production.

During this time, viticulture outside of Italy was prohibited under Roman law. Exports to the provinces were reciprocated in exchange for more slaves, especially from Gaul where trade was intense, according to Pliny, due to the inhabitants being besotted with Italian wine, drinking it unmixed and without restraint. It was customary to mix wine with a good proportion of water which may otherwise have been unpalatable, making wine drinking a fundamental part of early Italian life.

As the laws on provincial viticulture were relaxed, vast vineyards began to flourish in the rest of Europe, especially Gaul (present day France) and Hispania. This coincided with the cultivation of new vines, like biturica (ancestor of the Cabernets). These vineyards became hugely successful, to the point that Italy ultimately became an import centre for provincial wines.

Depending on the vintage, modern Italy is the world’s largest or second largest wine producer. In 2005, production was about 20% of the global total, second only to France, which produced 26%. In the same year, Italy’s share in dollar value of table wine imports into the U.S. was 32%, Australia’s was 24%, and France’s was 20%. Along with Australia, Italy’s market share has rapidly increased in recent years.

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