This June we are celebrating our unique collection of Napa wines. With 20% off in store and online all month. Here’s our very own Harry Crowther’s guide to the Napa Valley with some wine reviews and recommendations.


HarryThe most prestigious wine region in the world? Perhaps – depending on who you speak to. I would say yes, outside of Bordeaux and Burgundy, and definitely outside of Europe.

Wine worth shouting about has been produced in Napa sine the 1960’s. There are a few names who have helped pioneer the wine culture here, none more so that Robert Mondavi, who in 1966 established his winery – follow this link for his stunning 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon now on sale at M Wine Store.

So why has Napa become so successful over the years? First and foremost it produces fabulous wines, the obligatory ‘Napa Cab’ has become a world famous wine style; and an essential component of any decent restaurants wine list. Big, bold, ripe black fruit machines with plenty of spice, structure and seductiveness- mean that top Napa Cabs command some of the most premium prices all over the world- think Screaming Eagle or Opus One (also available in store and online)!

Napa Valley is located about one hours drive north of San Francisco. The geographical accessibility of the region pulls in millions of wine loving tourists every year.

The valley runs between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, and boasts a number of particular microclimates at a range of altitudes, allowing vines to ripen grapes perfectly over a long growing season, the longer the ripening period, the more complex the wine.

Climates, altitudes and wine jargon aside, Napa Valley is simply beautiful.

M Wine Store - Napa Valley

This month we are celebrating Napa Country, and indeed Californian wine with our ‘Napa Wine Hamper’. Five bottles of wine that we think showcase the region.

And of course, there are a couple of ‘Napa Cabs’ in there, but we have tried to showcase what the region is doing outside the realms of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Special mention needs to be given to the sixth bottle in our hamper, The Sanford Pinot Noir! From the famous Sanford and Benedict Vineyard; the first to cultivate Pinot Noir in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. Sanford is however better known by many for its star role in the vinous rom-com Sideways, which has just made its debut on stage at M Wine Stores local St. James Theatre. We found it only fitting that this wine be a part of our Napa hamper- even with out the romantic Hollywood blockbuster, it’s seriously good.

Feel free to swing by the store anytime for more questions. I will be putting a few of the following wines into our enomatic tasting machines on the Mezzanine. Come in and take full advantage of our 5-6pm free wine tastings.

All wines below are available to buy online and in the M Wine Store and are part of our Napa Hamper this June. Click on the links to follow them to the M Wine Store webpage…    


 

Sanford PNSanford, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011, Sta. Rita Hills

£64.00 £53.50

Fresh berries reminiscent of summer dominate the forefront of the nose. Behind that there is a leathery truffle-ness that add complexity to the bouquet. The palate is firm yet soft and silky. Drink this now to enjoy the ripe fruits or cellar for a while; the patient drinker will be rewarded with a wine with layers of flavour and complexity.

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Villa-Ragazzi-2012,-Sangiovese,-NapaVilla Ragazzi, Sangiovese, 2012, Napa Valley, California

£47.00 £39.00

Possibly the best expression of Sangiovese we have ever tried outside of Italy. This wine starts with the colour- beautiful ruby red, not too intense, there is an element of translucency to the wine. Aromas of blueberry, red and black sour cherries leap from the glass.

The mouth is far more savoury, the ripeness of fruit manifests across the whole palate. Tannins are mouth filling and waxy. Leather and mulberry dominate the finish in this. A beautiful wine.

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Newton-Unfiltered-2013,-Chardonnay,-Central-CoastNewton Unfiltered Chardonnay, 2013, Napa Valley, California

£42.00

A powerhouse of a Chardonnay. This wine will stand up to most foods given its full body and richness. It is not without balance however. Lots of oak coupled with fruit make this wine beautifully structured and it’s a fabulous example of a Californian Chardonnay. We are lucky enough to be the only stockists of this in the UK!

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Snowden Cab SavSnowden, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Napa Valley, California

£82.50 £69.00

Now this is a Napa Cab. Starting to hit top form with 7 years to its name, the Snowden Cab encompasses everything you want from a Cabernet from this region. Its ripe, juicy brambly dark fruits on the nose. A touch of vanilla and sweet spice to boot.

The palate is long with a beautiful focus and finish. Acidity is crisp and work wonderfully with the firm tannins.

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Come in to see all of the Californian wines we have on sale, please don’t forget to drop an email to the winestore@mrestaurants.co.uk if you have any questions or need advice. 

Thanks for reading and happy drinking!

Harry Crowther
M Wine Store