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Buffalo, MN 55313
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As a family company, Oyster Bay’s vision and passion is to become one of the world’s truly great Super-Premium winemakers.
Proudly New Zealand owned, Oyster Bay takes its name from a nearby bay in Marlborough, on the tip of NZ’s majestic South Island. The winery’s reputation has been built from vines grown in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, now recognized as one of the world’s great wine-growing regions.
Oyster Bay’s philosophy is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavors. With each varietal, the quality begins in the vineyard, where each vineyard block and parcel of wine treated individually. The fruit is crushed, gently pressed and the juice is cold settled.
Buffalo Wine & Spirits is now featuring one red and two whites from Oyster Bay. Pale straw green in color with brilliant clarity, Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic with lots of lively, penetrating fruit characters. A concentration of tropical and citrusy/grapefruit flavors with an abundant bouquet, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing.
In addition to sauvignon blanc, Oyster Bay also makes outstanding chardonnay from their Marlborough vineyards. Clonal influences, that is to say selecting the perfect “breed” or genetic strain of the chardonnay grape, in the vineyard have been very important, providing smaller berries and enhanced flavor intensity. A combination of barrel and tank fermentation and the stirring of lees (grape skins and other sediment) in oak barrels, achieves maximum softness and integration.
To retain all the natural assertiveness and flavor, no malolactic fermentation takes place, leaving the wine refreshing and crisp, with a concentrated aroma, and flavors of green apples, ripe citrus and peach, balanced with subtle oak. The finish is long, with a creamy texture.
Rounding out the Marlborough aspect of Oyster Bay’s portfolio is their delicious, pinot noir. With every passing vintage, Oyster Bay works with more established vines from a steadily growing number of small vineyard blocks, each site chosen specifically for its uniform soils of moderate fertility providing for slow ripening and enhanced flavor development.
Fruit flavor is always the primary focus of pinot noir, but of course there are many opportunities to influence it with traditional winemaking techniques to add subtlety and complexity. Oyster Bay uses both barrel and tank fermentation and matures the wine with a mix of new and older French oak. Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate Pinot Noir at its best; fragrant, soft and flavorful with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and gentle sweet fruit tannins to provide serious structure and length.
Oyster Bay’s winemaking philosophy, to produce elegant and assertive wines with glorious fruit flavors, can be traced through every single step of the winemaking process; from the painstaking way they choose their vines and vineyards, to the exact moments they choose to plant, pick and process the grapes. To boot, these wines are great values! Both the Oyster Bay Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are on sale for $9.99 and the Pinot Noir is on sale for $14.99. Perfect summer wines that will pair well with all of the season’s occasions!
Two estate vineyard sites–Desert Wind Vineyard and Sacagawea Vineyard–provide the fruit for Desert Wind wines. Both vineyards lie at the foot of the Saddle Mountains in the Wahluke Slope AVA, a sub-appellation of Eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley region known for its fierce summer conditions.
The climate here is extreme, and it is not uncommon for summer temperatures to reach 110°F. Winter days may be as cold as 14°F. With an annual rainfall of only 7-8 inches, the vines require irrigation during the hot summer months. The soil is rocky and shallow with excellent drainage.
Ruah is Desert Wind’s flagship, Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Rich aromas of smoked cedar, ripe blackberries, and currants follow through to the palate. Sweet plums plop onto the palate, and the structre of raspberry acidity, and green peppercorns make this a great foil for grilled steak. Drink now or cellar 3-5 years.
This vintage has not been rated, but previous vintages (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009) all received 89 or 90 points from Wine Spectator. Now on sale for $17.99 (reg. $21.99).
Brewed and bottle-conditioned at Notre Dame d’Orval monastery, one of only 10 Trappist monasteries in the world that brew beer, Orval was founded around 1070 AD in the pastoral Belgian countryside. Three different malts, two types of hops, Belgian candi sugar, complex fermentation with multiple yeasts, dry-hopping and bottle conditioning all contribute to great character and complexity. This vintage-dated and unique beer can be cellared up to five years.
According to legend, Princess Matilda was passing through this region in about 1070 with her lady in waiting. She stopped at a clear spring and trailed her hand in the water – and her wedding ring, a gift of her recently-deceased husband, slipped off her finger and sank. Distraught, she knelt and prayed fervently for its return . . . and a trout swam to the surface with the ring in its mouth, returning it to her. She is said to have claimed “Truly, this is a golden valley!” (French: Or = gold; val = valley) She gave the land to the church, and the trout with the gold ring can be seen to this day in the Orval logo.