USA

There is something of a renaissance going on with the wines of the USA: a resurgence of interest in these fascinating wines and a buzz about ‘New California’. The funny thing is there has been no radical shift in winemaking recently, just more of a recognition that the big, showy style of wines are now history and that we have all been a bit slow in catching up with what is being produced! The wines are clean, fresh and vibrant, as well as being approachable even in their youth, and ‘approachable’ should not be misconstrued as ‘simple’. The best wines of California and Oregon are a match for any the world over – something we have known since the famous Paris Tasting of 1976. If you haven’t tried these wines for a while we urge you to give them another chance, they should confound and charm you. California’s success can almost be to the exclusion of the other states, particularly on the East Coast, but bottles from the Pacific North-West are more widely seen, with Oregon’s Willamette area being the American home of Pinot Noir while Washington State has a wider roster of performers. California, beyond its gallons of semi-sweet ‘jug’ wine, turns its hand to Chardonnays in Sonoma and Carneros plus Cabernets and Merlots in Napa to occasionally trump the best of France. ‘Rhône Rangers’ excel south of San Francisco while California’s very own Zinfandel is given a home throughout.

Areas within USA:

California

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  1. Bogle Vineyards Merlot, Clarksburg
    Bogle Vineyards Merlot, Clarksburg, California 2015
    Merlot 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    An elegant, soft, silky Merlot with aromas of cherries and spice. The palate is full of fresh red...
    £14.95 per bottle
  2. Wente 'Morning Fog' Chardonnay, San Fran
    Wente 'Morning Fog' Chardonnay, San Francisco Bay 2016
    Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    From this long established family firm comes a wine with enticing aromas of tropical and citrus...
    £14.40 per bottle
  3. Wente 'Beyer Ranch' Zinfandel,California
    Wente 'Beyer Ranch' Zinfandel, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay 2014
    Zinfandel 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Classically fruity Zinfandel with aromas of plums with hints of raspberry and blueberry. It is...
    £14.40 per bottle
  4. Cline Cellars Syrah, Sonoma, California
    Cline Cellars Syrah, Sonoma, California 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz 14.0% Vol
    USA > California
    The warm days and cool evenings in Sonoma provide ideal conditions for ripening Syrah. Concentrated...
    £14.40 per bottle
  5. Cline Cellars Viognier, Sonoma
    Cline Cellars Viognier, North Coast, California 2017
    Viognier 14.0% Vol
    USA > California
    Rich and distinctive aromas of peaches, apricots, orange-blossom, and honeysuckle. It is full...
    £14.40 per bottle
  6. Rodney Strong Chardonnay
    Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Sonoma County 2015
    Chardonnay 14.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Attractive apple and citrus flavours together with some spicy caramel and vanilla combine to give a...
    £19.50 per bottle
  7. Cuvaison Pinot Noir, Napa/Carneros
    Cuvaison Pinot Noir, Napa Valley/Carneros 2015
    Pinot Noir 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Plenty of concentration, complexity and length in this blend of fruit from Napa and cool Carneros....
    £28.00 per bottle
  8. Cuvaison Chardonnay, Carneros
    Cuvaison Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley 2014
    Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Very much in the Burgundy tradition, even the winery's name is French! The fruit for this wine is...
    £24.50 per bottle
  9. Bogle Vineyards Chenin, Clarksburg
    Bogle Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California 2016
    Chenin Blanc 11.0% Vol
    USA > California
    A delightful floral nose of blossom leads on to a classic Chenin palate of honey, green apples and...
    £14.95 per bottle
  10. Angel's Flight White Zinfandel
    Angel's Flight White Zinfandel, California 2016
    Zinfandel 10.5% Vol
    USA > California
    A juicy refreshing rosé packed full of crushed strawberry and raspberry fruit. The finish is...
    £8.60 per bottle
  11. Foxcover White Zinfandel, California
    Foxcover White Zinfandel, California
    Zinfandel 9.0% Vol
    USA > California
    Coral pink in colour. Delicate and refreshing with soft fruit flavours of strawberries and...
    £7.95 per bottle
  12. California Creek Zinfandel Rosé
    California Creek Zinfandel Rosé 2017
    Zinfandel 10.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Light-bodied and medium-sweet, with aromatic sweet berry fruit, fleshy peach and juicy watermelon...
    £7.30 per bottle
  13. Napanook, Moueix, Napa
    Dominus, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley 2012 (Shrewsbury Oddment)
    Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Deep and complex with aromas and flavours reminiscent of asian spices, lavender, and cedar with...
    £199.00 per bottle
  14. Shafer 'Red Shoulder Ranch' Chardonnay
    Shafer Vineyards 'Red Shoulder Ranch' Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2015
    Chardonnay 14.9% Vol
    USA > California
    This is full of wonderful tropical fruit aromas with explosive fruit on the palate. 100% barrel...
    £54.00 per bottle
  15. Shafer Vineyards TD-9, Napa Valley
    Shafer Vineyards TD-9, Napa Valley 2015
    Merlot 15.3% Vol
    USA > California
    Dark and rich with plenty of sweet ripe fruit but also lots of complexity with notes of chocolate,...
    £60.00 per bottle
  16. Napanook, Moueix, Napa
    Dominus Estate, Napanook, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon 14.0% Vol
    USA > California
    Fresh aromas of strawberries with hints of caramel, sage and mint. On the palate it is rich and...
    £64.00 per bottle
  17. Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel
    Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, Clarksburg, California 2015
    Zinfandel 14.5% Vol
    USA > California
    This is concentrated stuff, made from old vines. The dynamic Bogle team has produced a wine in...
    £16.50 per bottle
  18. Elysium Black Muscat, Quady - Half
    Quady Elysium Black Muscat, California 2015 - Half
    Muscat/Moscatel 15.0% Vol
    USA > California
    Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It is wonderful with blue cheeses, with...
    £13.90 per bottle
  19. Essencia Orange Muscat, Quady - Half
    Quady Essensia Orange Muscat, California 2015 - Half
    Muscat/Moscatel 15.0% Vol
    USA > California
    From 100% Orange Muscat with an aroma reminiscent of Orange Blossom and Apricot, and a lingering...
    £12.90 per bottle
  20. Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon
    Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Herby blackcurrant flavours with ripe, mature tannins balanced with cedar and some spicy oak....
    £23.30 per bottle
  21. Shafer Vineyards Cab Sauv, Napa Valley
    Shafer Vineyards 'One Point Five' Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag's Leap, Napa 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon 15.3% Vol
    USA > California
    This is an elegant and silky wine with dense, rich blackcurrant and plum fruit intertwined with...
    £74.00 per bottle
  22. Ridge Vineyards Cab Sauv, Santa Cruz
    Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Complex and fruit-laden from hills just south of San Francisco Bay. It has bags of blackcurrant and...
    £55.00 per bottle
  23. Wente 'Charles Wetmore' Cab Sauv
    Wente 'Charles Wetmore' Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Bay 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5% Vol
    USA > California
    From an old company established in 1883, this wine shows all that experience with wonderful aromas,...
    £19.50 per bottle
  24. Cline Cellars Ancient Vine Mourvedre
    Cline Cellars Ancient Vine Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County, California 2015
    Mourvèdre/Mataró 15.5% Vol
    USA > California
    Mourvèdre needs plenty of sunshine to ripen properly and it certainly gets it here! A rich,...
    £19.95 per bottle

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