Wine lovers in Malaysia can celebrate as one of the best brands in the international market makes it’s entrance into the Malaysian wine market.

Hailing all the way from Napa Valley California, internationally acclaimed, award-winning wine brands such as Beringer Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard (BV), Sterling and Stags’ Leap can now be thoroughly enjoyed by wine aficionados across the country.

Stuart Rusted, an international cognoscente winemaker recently selected as one of the 60 international winemakers to take part in the upcoming Ningxia Wine Challenge said, “We are so pleased to be able to bring our wines here to Malaysian consumers, to meet with the increasing demand for quality, premium wines. These Napa Valley wines are considered by many to be the benchmark producers of the Napa Valley, which we are confident that Malaysian wine lovers will appreciate, as their tastes become ever more discerning.”

He told us a story that put Napa Valley’s wines at par with the France’s premium old world wines that the French hold at such high esteem. It was the tale of the Judgement of Paris that took place in 1976.  Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, organised a wine contest in which French judges blind tasted wines of two categories; top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California). And to everyone’s utter surprise, the Californian wines rated best in both categories, which caused a furor among the French wine critics as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines.

An interesting background story indeed to usher in these prized brands into the Malaysian market. We got a chance to taste the wines unveiled

Napa Valley Wine #1: Beringer’s Sauvignon Blanc

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THE MAKING OF

Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc was crafted from select vineyards on the Central Coast and the California Delta. The geographic differences between the two regions bring unique flavors and character that make the Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc an immediately appealing wine.

The Beringer winemaking team worked with the viticulture department to determine when each vineyard reached full maturity. Once fully ripened and picked, the Sauvignon Blanc was cool fermented in 100 percent stainless steel to enhance the freshness of the juice and protect the bright aromas and crisp acidity.

TASTING NOTES

Their winemakers take great care to maintain this varietal’s bright fruit characteristics. The Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc has a wonderfully refreshing grapefruit flavor that is enhanced with intense citrus, ripe stone fruit and white fig. The wine finishes with a clean grassy note and crisp acidity making it a perfect match with grilled fish.

Napa Valley Wine #2: Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic California wines. Their legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional wine making methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyard terroir. From the cool central coast to the warmer northern valley’s, Beaulieu Vineyard California wines reflect the diverse terroir with classic varietal character.

THE MAKING OF

A late ripening varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in warmer coastal regions and inland valleys where high temperatures during the day give way to cool nights. The majority of the 2015 blend comes from vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey. The California coast is known for its warm days framed by coastal fog in the morning and evening. This daily fluctuation in temperatures allows the fruit to develop slowly, encouraging rich, balanced flavors. The remaining fruit came from Lodi and Sacramento counties, which produces fruit-forward flavors with round, silky tannins.

A mild winter across California lead to early bud break in 2015, but limited rain and moderate temperatures through the growing season caused the overall length of the growing season to be consistent with years past. 2015 yields were slightly lower than the previous year, which lead to exceptional quality in concentration of flavors, color and complexity.

The fruit for Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested in the cool hours of morning, when sugars and acids were in perfect balance. At the winery, the fruit was destemmed and crushed before being placed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. To achieve maximum extraction, the juice is pumped over the rising cap of skins three times a day. Then the wine is aged for 10 months in French oak to integrate the aromas and flavors and to add structure.

TASTING NOTES

Beaulieu Vineyard California Cabernet has deep, rich flavors full of dark fruit enriched by layers of oak spices. A bramble of ripe blackberries and dark cherries are accented by hints of cocoa and spice. Smooth, juicy tannins lead to a long and velvety finish.

Napa Valley Wine #3: Stags’ Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2014

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Established in 1893, Stags’ Leap Winery is one of the oldest wine estates within the acclaimed Stags Leap District, producing wines expressive of its unique terroir. With an enduring winemaking philosophy of minimal intervention, and by using the finest grapes from our own 80-acre vineyard and from quality-focused growers, Stags’ Leap wines embody a natural balance, exhibiting both intensity and finesse.

THE MAKING OF

Napa Valley Merlot is crafted with grapes from vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley (south of Gamble). Fruit from Oak Knoll makes up the majority of the Merlot blend, with the remaining fruit sourced from the Stags’ Leap estate and Oakville. Merlot can lose its varietal identity when exposed to too much heat, but the fruit from these select southerly vineyards exhibit fresh fruit character, structure and bright acidity.

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and verasion, harvest was unusually early in 2014. Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing an expressive and structured Merlot.

The grapes for this Napa Valley Merlot underwent a two- to three-week maceration period designed to extract ideal flavor, color and tannin from the skins. Using traditional winemaking techniques, Winemaker Christophe Paubert aged this Merlot in high-quality French oak barrels (35% new) for 16 months. This deliberate lesser percentage of new oak imparts structure, ageability and a slight spice complexity to the wine that still allows the fresh fruit flavors to take center stage.

TASTING NOTES

With freshness emphasizing its southern Napa origins, the 2014 Merlot combines juicy dark cherry fruit, blueberry and light floral violet notes with subtle hints of cinnamon, vanilla, clove and cocoa, imparted from the oak ageing. The generous fruit flavors, polished structure, mouthwatering acidity, silky tannins and lush texture show just how complex and refined Merlot can be.

Napa Valley Wine #4: Beringer’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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With each vintage of the acclaimed Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Beringer Winemaker Laurie Hook chooses the best lots from our reserve vineyards in the Napa Valley, each of which demonstrate remarkable expression of terroir. Beringer’s extraordinary collection of vineyards is the result of a significant and decades-long relationship between viticulture and wine making.

THE MAKING OF

The 2012 vintage began with textbook conditions that continued through much of Harvest. Spring bud break was ideal with steady flowering and even fruit set. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the summer months allowed for optimal ripeness to develop in the grapes and an exceptional quality overall. Grapes for the 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between September 25th and October 27th.

The Beringer reserve vineyards offer Cabernet Sauvignon of such quality that a minimalist approach to winemaking has long defined this special blend. Each vineyard is vinified separately and monitored carefully by Laurie, from the moment the fruit comes into the winery at Harvest. She uses tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and ages the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak (95% new). Each lot was aged for 18 months before selection of the final blend, to allow each vineyard to express the depth of its unique terroir.

TASTING NOTES

The 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has complex layers of black fruit and notes of cocoa powder, graphite and light smoky oak. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and blackberry pastry complement.

 

 

 

 

Napa Valley Wine #5: Beringer’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Sterling Vintner’s Collection is synonymous with outstanding wine of the highest quality from some of the finest vineyards and appellations throughout California. This collection of wines expresses distinct character and charm capturing the most virtuous characteristics of each varietal produced. With a diverse and approachable selection, Sterling Vintner’s Collection offers unique, delicious, award-winning wines crafted by skillful winemaking hands.

THE MAKING OF

The 2015 growing season was a beautiful one marked by pleasant weather and no heat spikes or harvest-time rains. California experienced another dry winter followed by a dry and early spring which brought on an early bud break. The warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer which allowed for beautiful flavor development in the grapes.

Outstanding vineyard sources are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best expression of fine Pinot Noir. The Edna Valley and Monterey County area of California, where the majority of this Pinot Noir is sourced, offer incredible growing conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes.

The Pinot Noir grapes were picked at optimum ripeness when color, flavor and tannin were in sync. Once in the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for two days followed by gentle fermentation in stainless-steel tanks to preserve the delicate nature of the varietal. To give the wine added texture and complexity the Pinot Noir was aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak.

TASTING NOTES

The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Pinot Noir offers notes of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and tobacco spice on the nose. The concentrated palate is rich with good depth and complex flavors of dark berries, black tea, cocoa dust and warm vanilla. The tannins are silky and well-integrated and lead to a flavorful finish. The diverse nature of Pinot Noir makes it a perfect accompaniment to many foods including grilled meats, cheeses and even salmon.

If you want to know more, we have this juicy interview with Samuel Stephens, reknown wine maker, on Napa Valley Wine Delights! 

These wines are distributed by Luen Heng F&B Sdn. Bhd. and will be available in key retailers, hotels and F&B establishments across West Malaysia.

For more information on pricing and availability please contact lha@luenheng.com or 03-91730398.

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