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American Wines


A trip to Pinot Camp in Oregon in 2008 (yes, three days of intensive Pinot Noir study, tough work, especially the gala dinners) have converted me (Simon Taylor) into a total Oregon Pinot-phile.


This is the one place in the world which can engender Pinots to rival Burgundy in terms of finesse and longevity. This should not be surprising: after all the northern Willamette Valley, source of 82% of the state’s wine, is the same latitude as Burgundy, and has a very similar climate, albeit being drier in summer (which might necessitate drip irrigation but does keep the vines healthier), and mildly cooler - 68 degrees F being the July average. Harvests are usually at the end of September. Ever since 2008 we have been the sole importer of the splendid Brooks Pinots.


Here at SVS we find California tricky. Wine produced in the Sunshine State seems to fall into two camps - the huge sea of cheap, nastily sweetened fruit-juice purveyed by Gallo et al; and the highly superior wines of boutique wineries with prices to match.


The unique feature of California is of course, the grape variety Zinfandel. Related to the Italian Primitivo, this was introduced to the States around 1830. If cropped low it makes terrific wine, either fresh and fruity for immediate consumption or denser and more black-fruited for keeping. It’s a great accompaniment to a good big steak. We try always to have some of the great Ridge Zins in stock.

USA

  • Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, California, 2015

    Product Code: AVA315

    Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, California, 2015

    “The real deal, a plush and concentrated Napa Valley Cab.; opens out slowly but delivers a dense mouthful of ripe black fruit, decent tannins and a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Ridge, Lytton Springs, 2016

    Product Code: RID216

    Ridge, Lytton Springs, 2016

    “69% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignan and 2% Mourvèdre from numerous parcels, based on very old vines, and all aged in exclusively US oak...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Ridge, Geyserville, 2016

    Product Code: RID116

    Ridge, Geyserville, 2016

    “Superb Zin blend: 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignan, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet, the Zin from a single site. So exciting young - all cassis,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
    More Info
  • Scotto, Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel, 2016

    Product Code: SCO116

    Scotto, Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel, 2016

    “This includes a dollop of old vine fruit: it’s lively and fruity, with flavours of red cherry, rhubarb and even peach nectar. Rather fun. Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 70cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Bedrock Wines, The Whole Shebang, Twelfth Cuvee, California, NV

    Product Code: SHE1NV

    Bedrock Wines, The Whole Shebang, Twelfth Cuvee, California, NV

    “A cross vintage blend (bottled off a solera system to ensure consistency) of about eight different grape varieties - Zinfandel and Mediterranean -...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
    More Info

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