Luxury, Let It Bathe Over You

Ah, Luxury. We all love it when we can get it. Fine jewelry, fast cars, extravagant dining, beautiful people and yes, decadent wine. There are few portfolios that can boast the number of amazing brands that personify luxurious wines as we here at Wine Trends. These are wines of great repute that are highly sought and often times challenging to acquire. Start looking because no one deserves to be bathed in luxury like you do!
We know that time is running short and you are running and asking: What can I buy for the person who has everything? What is the perfect bottle to bring to the party at the wine geek’s home? What can I serve for dinner tonight and impress? What can I drink in front of the fire tonight and forget all of this?
We have the answer, Luxury.
Below is only a sampling of the amazing list of wines available from the Wine Trends’ portfolio. Check out the full portfolio when you have the time. Meanwhile, these wines are available at your local wine shop and ready to please.
Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon: ($79.99)
This wine has aromas of raspberry, dried cranberry, cherry cola, berry compote, and fruit leather with cinnamon, clove, graham cracker, and slight tobacco from the oak. It's rich and dense with large, balanced tannins. The palate has flavors of pomegranate, rhubarb, piecrust, allspice, and fresh red fruits. Overall, it's a great representation of what can be made from Howell Mountain fruit.
Duckhorn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($69.99)
Beautifully fragrant wine with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf, and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as well as notes of red currant, cedar, and sweet spice. Firm and youthful tannins on the long finish add structure.  
Duckhorn Napa Merlot: ($49.99)
With firm tannins and exceptional length, this wine shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice, and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry, and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth.
Ehler’s Estate Merlot: ($48.99)
Ehler’s Estate is a non-profit winery where proceeds go to teaching hospitals throughout the U.S. focusing on cardiac care and research. The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the University of Cincinnati are all recipients of these grants.

The 2011 Merlot is luscious, rich, and illustrates the full potential of the Ehler’s small, biodynamically farmed estate. A combination of licorice, tea, vanilla, dark chocolate, and red raspberry define this wine. It has a bold and juicy structure that supports the intense fruit.
Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir: ($49.99)
Quintessential Anderson Valley aromas of savory herbs, and wild berries soar from the glass. On the palate, a plush, dense mouthfeel supports lush flavors of raspberry and blackberry, as well as hints of licorice and red apple skin. Oak-derived notes of clove, brown sugar and vanilla pave the way to a supple finish hinting at sweet leather and loamy earth. 91 Points Wine Spectator
Heitz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($54.99)
The 2009 Napa Cabernet is rich and lush with a striking garnet hue. The wine is immediately captivating with its delicious aromas of crushed blackberry and notes of cassis. Deep berry flavors explode in the mouth in a delightful integration of varietal complexity. This 100% Cabernet is a big wine to linger over.
Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon:  ($54.99)
Hess Collection's Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from their estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. You’ll enjoy traditional red fruit aromas and flavors of the dominant Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine, led by bright cherry and wild mountain raspberry. The added blend of malbec is true blue, with blueberry joined by notes of vanilla, cassis, creamy chocolate caramel, and oak spice.
Joseph Phelps Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($74.99)
The 2012 vintage marks the fortieth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon release from Joseph Phelps Vineyards. This latest bottling highlights beautiful aromatics of dark fruit, cigar box, dried herbs, and graphite notes. Expressive bing cherry, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry layer this silky smooth wine of great depth and personality. Richly nuanced with supple tannins and a lingering velvety finish.
Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet: ($74.99)
The 2010 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Rich and decadent, this deep ruby Cabernet Sauvignon displays gorgeous aromas of ripe blackberries and black cherries with notes of fresh mint, cocoa, vanilla, and nutmeg. The concentrated and well-structured palate is rich and pure with ripe black fruits, firm yet supple tannins, and a refreshing beam of acidity that carries through to a long and persistent finish.
Miner Napa Chardonnay: ($32.99)
Sourced from select low-yielding vineyards in Napa Valley, this Chardonnay is characterized by crisp apple, ripe melon, and citrus flavors gently balanced with toasty French oak. The team at Miner Family Vineyards uses malolactic fermentation in moderation to retain the wine’s bright acidity. More than a decade after its Chardonnay put Miner on the map, this wine remains a classic.
Patz and Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: ($47.99)
On the nose, aromas of cherry, raspberry, and plum mingle with notes of cedar, tobacco, smoked meat, fine herbs, and forest floor. The mouth feel is rich and fleshy, offering flavors of black cherry, raspberry, brown sugar, and cardamom. Fresh, enlivening acidity from the relatively cool growing season balances this wine’s weight, and leads to a long, satisfying finish.
Patz and Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay: ($44.99)
"New oak dominates this brisk, young Chardonnay," according to Wine Enthusiast. "It’s elaborate in tropical fruit, Asian pears and green apples, with fine, tart acidity making the mouth water, as well as a buttery creaminess from lees and 100% malolactic fermentation.”

The aromas offer ripe peach, pear, toasted almond and marzipan layers, alongside intriguing cinnamon, carnation and spice notes   somewhat reminiscent of a great Gew├╝rztraminer. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast 
Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir: ($69.99)
Deep violet in color, this lush pinot noir carries expressive aromas of wild berries, rose petals and cola. The palate, silky and balanced, explodes with dark raspberry, plum, clove and cocoa. Ripe currant and blackberry harmonize over a long, toasty finish supported by round tannins.
Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay: ($54.99)
Lively aromas of citrus, nectarine, and yellow flowers. The supple texture and seamlessly structured palate are layered with white peach, apricot, lemon zest, and Gravenstein apple. Notes of minerality linger over the long, pleasurable finish
Rombauer Napa Carneros Merlot: ($32.99)
Deep ruby color with a crimson hue. Subtle  nuances of cherry and mint aromas support an abundance of mulberry and plum fruit. A soft bouquet of lush plum, cedar and hints of  blackberry are framed with silky tannins. Blue berry essence builds on the back palate for a smooth finish.
Shafer Merlot ($59.99)
Deep colored, heady aromas of ripe black cherries, peppery spice rack, and cigar box are emitted from this wine’s fragrant bouquet.  Provocative, aromatic displays of ripe berries layered over rich velvety tannins produce an impeccable multi-layered mouth feel. Elegantly compliments grilled steak, braised short ribs, rack of lamb and aged cheese such as Blue, Brie and Camembert.