Winery: Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Les Vins Georges Dubœuf developed Hob Nob in 2007 with a goal of producing New World style wines that are “approachable, yet stylish and sophisticated”. Deutsch Family was founded in 1981 by Bill Deutsch and has grown over the years with a portfolio of over 170 international brands, including giants such as Yellow Tail and Josh Cellars. Winemaker Georges Dubœuf is one of the largest and most famous wine merchants in France, and is viewed as “single handedly popularizing the annual Beaujolais Nouveau phenomenon”.
Motto: “At the center of it all.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Languedoc region of southern France. “Part of the wine” was aged in oak for 8 weeks.
Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick edges in colour, with aromas of flowers, black pepper, black cherry and a hint of oak. Tasting very similar to the aromas with black pepper dusted cherry, floral nuances and a trace of leather. Finishing soft and plush with black cherry, vanilla and oak. A bit generic, and uninteresting, but overall innocuous and easy drinking for the $8 price.
100% Pinot Noir
Pays d’Oc IGP
Produced & Bottled by Hob Nob Vineyards
Estate: Pascal Jolivet is regarded as “one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley”. Founded in 1987, the estate consists of 120 acres of vineyards that extend across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Pascal Jolivet is committed to natural winemaking in both the vineyard and cellar processes.
Philosophy: “To let nature take its course as much as possible.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from “different terroirs throughout the appellation including estate vineyards in the villages of Bué, Verdigny and St Gemme”. Fermented using native, wild yeasts.
Tasting Notes: Amber-coral in colour with aromas of rhubarb, herbs and chalk minerals. Red currant, rhubarb, and strawberry flavours are supported by a food friendly acidity. Red grapefruit and clean minerals comprise the refreshing, dry finish. Charming and direct, an amiable companion to a wide array of dishes.
100% Pinot Noir
Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator
Brand: Lost Angel Wines are a brand of Foley Family wines, which was founded in 1996 by vintner William Foley II. Foley Family Wines encompasses vineyards in California and the Pacific Northwest and includes brands such as Sebastiani Vineyards, Chalk Hill Estate and Three Rivers Winery. Foley places an emphasis on “the average American wine lover” that enjoys well-made wines ranging in both style and price.
Philosophy: “Create bangin’ wines that seduce the palate with scandalously good flavors.”
Winemaking: Each property contracted with Foley Family Wines is committed to sustainable farming practices.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, spiced oak and vanilla. Tart cranberry, pomegranate and black cherry flavours culminate in a lengthy finish of vanilla and spiced oak notes. Not the best for sipping on its own, I recommend pairing with food and decanting for at least 30 minutes, as the fruit softened up and became less aggressively tart. [I paired it with cheesy mushroom penne and seared, black pepper faux meat.]
82% Pinot Noir, 18% Syrah
Vinted and Bottled by Lost Angel Wines
Winery: Tony and Michelle Soter founded Soter Vineyards in 1997 with an “uncompromised commitment to quality and an ardent reverence for the environment”. Mineral Springs Ranch is their estate vineyard, consisting of 240 acres of “savanna-like oak woodland and grazing land”. Their vineyards [and those of their growing partners] are certified sustainable.
Philosophy: Committed to protecting the environment, with the “intention to convey place as an essential character in everything we make”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from their growing partners in the rolling hills of the North Valley of Willamette Valley. They view their partner vineyards sites as “satellite estate property”, as their partners mirror their commitment to sustainability and crafting great wines. 52% was aged in “previously filled French oak”, 48% in stainless steel barrels. Certified Salmon Safe and Sustainable.
Tasting Notes: Pale pink-coral in colour with aromas of hibiscus flower, pomegranate and wet slate minerals. A mouth puckering acidity encases fresh cranberry and cherry flavours. A harmonizing, clean fruit finish sustains the refreshing character of each sip.
100% Pinot Noir
Produced and Bottled by Soter Vineyards
Enjoy now thru 2020
Winery: Celler Jordi Lluch is a family winery located in in Sant Quintí de Mediona, in the heart of the Penedès region of Catalonia, Spain. The family has been making wine for many generations, but only started producing for the public in 1984. The Vinya Escudé label was created in 1992 when they began bottling their wines. The estate consists of 25 hectares which are supplemented by neighboring growers to meet their needs.
Tasting Notes: Coppery pink in colour with aromas of strawberry and a hint of funk. Dried strawberry and leather notes are complimented by mellow, consistent bubbles. A pleasantly bitter element lingers on the dry finish. Like a fizzy fruit roll up, an enjoyable change of pace combining bubbles and rosé.
100% Pinot Noir
Produced by Jordi Lluch