VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
The 2012 A to Z Pinot Noir invites with vibrant aromas of juicy berries, cherries, lavender and violets, evolving to clove, game, smoke and cherry tobacco. A succulent, focused attack has flavors of blue and red fruits, flowers and earth, then deepens with hints of mocha, gingerbread, green tea and cacao. A very ripe tannic structure is balanced by perfect acidity, giving shape and elegance to the concentration of lush fruit. A beautiful, complex, forward wine results, walking a tightrope between richness and elegance. Built for midterm aging, the captivating A to Z Pinot Noir once again sets the standard for the superior 2012 Pinot Noir vintage in Oregon.
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“Akishika Super Dry”
Muroka Nama Genshu 500ml
RICE TYPE: Yamada Nishiki
RICE POLOISHING: 60%
SMV: +18Acidity: 2.2
Muroka Nama Genshu 500ml
This is a namazake [unpasteurized] and also genshu [undiluted], which means no water has been added to it after the completion of the production process, resulting in a full-bodied, very dry sake with pronounced acidity and sweet-fruit tones. In spite of its high alcohol content, this sake does not have an alcohol dominated aftertaste and will continue to show greater depth as it ages---yes, ages! We find that this sake improves and mellows with age, even after opening.
Akishika Brewery is situated in mountains between Kyoto and Osaka in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island, a rich land of terraced rice paddies and dense bamboo forests. All of the rice used at Akishika Brewery is locally grown, contracted to local farmers committed to “bio-dynamic” (junkan) farming practices. The 6th generation brewery owner of Akishika, Oku-san, is also proud to have pioneered new methods of seasonal composting and flooding of the fields that enable him to grow all his rice naturally, without additives or chemical pest control. As Mr. Oku says, “I grow the rice carefully so you can taste the true quality of the rice.”
Founded in 1886, Akishika has acquired a reputation amongst connoisseurs as a producer of top-quality sake with a robust and unique character. Because they are also dedicated to not using any charcoal filtration, the full flavors of their carefully grown rice are able to shine.
Akishika is a very small brewery: a staff of just 5 people work during the winter months to produce the year’s sake. Most of their sake is consumed locally––and quickly!––so we are very excited to be able to bring a limited quantity to the United States.
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WINEMAKER: PIERRE SEILLAN
VARIETAL:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Knights Valley
ELEVATION: 750 feet
AGING: 15 months, 100% new French oak barrels
Wine Rating 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (10/2015)
92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(5/2014)
92 points Vinous (1/2015)
"The 2012s are the most showy and forward of the three vintages, which is not surprising, since the vintage is flamboyant and they are already three years of age. Even as impressive, but showing more truffles, charcoal, graphite and camphor, along with blackberry and cassis, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota (1,017 cases). This wine shows even more fruit than its sibling and is bigger, bolder and slightly broader across the palate. All these wine are highly recommended and are brilliant efforts, but will probably need coaxing and patience in the cellar, given their rather bigger-than-life styles and richness. The winemaker behind the Anakota high-elevation mountain vineyard sites in Knights Valley is no other than Pierre Seillan, the Bordelais guru who makes the fabulous wines of V̩rit̩ from the same proprietor, the Jackson family. There are two cuv̩es from various elevations in Knights Valley, the lower elevation called Helena Montana and the higher site, the Helena Dakota. Production of these cuv̩es ranges from the smallest in 2013, with just over 500 cases of each produced, jumping to 700-800 in 2014 and a whopping 1,000-1,300 in 2012 -the most generous of the three vintages. These are all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% French oak and are meant for long, long-term aging. I would suggest that these may be, potentially, the longest-lived wines being made in Knights Valley..." (RP) (10/2015)
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