Cellar Craft Showcase

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Many of our wine kits stand apart from our other offerings and have been deemed worthy of Showcase designation. Their distinction may come from breakthrough technology, such as our crushed grape packs (read more below), unique regional wines or any wine which we believe reflects a new level of excellence or discovery for the wine hobbyist. The level of excellence may require extra processing steps and, while designed to be bottle-ready in as little as 6 weeks, may require lengthier cellaring time to show at their peak.

Crushed Grape Packs

All Cellar Craft wines contain crushed grape packs. These grape packs contain the skins and seeds of red wine grapes that have been pressed for their juice. The skins and seeds contain tannins, which provide colour, flavour, structure, and that astringent mouth-feel so characteristic of red wines. By fermenting the juice with the crushed grape skins, the wine has prolonged exposure to the skins, allowing for more tannins to be extracted, enhancing the wine’s flavour, aromatics, colour and body, and giving you a richer, fuller red wine.

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Red Wines

Amarone-Style

Body: Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 14.0
ccs-italy-amarone Full-bodied, bitter chocolate, sour cherry

A super-tuscan-style, known for its richness, this wine is full-bodied, deep garnet colour and richly dry. Notes of plum, sour cherry, raspberry and vanilla gradually marry with anise, bitter chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather and fig tones that develop with age. A long, lingering finish and a higher alcohol of 14%.

 Barbera (Italy)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Barbera Deep  ruby, medium-bodied, oak

A grape with rich history, barbera has been the most popular grape in the Piedmont region in Northwest Italy for centuries. Deep ruby, medium-bodied, and fruity in its youth, it ages to impressive depth and elegance. The oak and tannins have a soft and well-rounded impression that lifts the fruit to a most attractive level.

Cabernet Merlot (Walla Walla Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Cabernet Merlot Intense fruit, spice, coffee

The Walla Walla appellation is very special. Its outstanding reds were what first put Washington on the world wine map. Our offering is the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet and Merlot but typifies the unique Walla Walla profile of intense fruit and spice flavours and aromatics. Notes of currant, cherry and plum are backed by hints of black pepper, anise and coffee. Oaking nicely mellows the tannins and adds a suggestion of toastiness.

Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain Washington)

Body: Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Cabernet Sauvignon Dark fruit, fig, orange peel

Distinctive chalkiness which combines with the powerful, dark fruit qualities create the big, chewy mouth-feel that is a clear signature of Red Mountain Cabernet. Another distinction is a hint of orange peel or Grand Marnier-like aromatics and flavours. Together these two traits make Red Mountain Cabernet immediately recognizable, highly prized, and much sought after. A wine for your best cuts of beef or lamb and luckiest friends.

Cabernet Shiraz (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Cabernet Shiraz Blackberry, cedar, toasted oak

A rush of blackberry, plum, cherry and candied orange fragrances followed by flavours of currant, fig, cedar and spice intertwined with a beautiful balance of toasted oaks. Rich, elegant finish.

Carménère (Chile)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Carmenere Blackberry, coffee, soft tannins

Oak produces soft tannins, subtle toast, and vanilla, providing a terrific backdrop to the aromas and flavours of blackberry, black cherry, tropical fruit, and spice from the grapes. Notes of coffee, mocha, and tobacco can be expected along with a mineral tang that forms as part of the lengthy finish. The wine is medium to full-bodied with bright ruby colour.

Château du Pays

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.0
Cellar Craft Showcase Chateau du Pays Cherry, chocolate, herbaceous

Rich dark berry flavours of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and plum combine with notes of pepper and chocolate for a medium-full red wine that’s sure to please. The finish features a subtle herbaceous note and a suggestion of cedar and violets. If you’re a fan of shiraz, this is a similar wine that should also be in your cellar.

Malbec (Argentina)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.0
Cellar Craft Showcase Malbec Ripe cherry, black currant, clove

The definitive star of Argentina. Our Malbec is distinguished by its dark, dense structure, full, rounded mouth-feel, prominent, lush flavours of ripe cherry, black currant and black berry, subtle notes of clove, vanilla and caramel with background suggestions of earthiness. The bright, vibrant edge is beautifully counter-balanced by oak.

Merlot (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Merlot Plum, cedar, rich

Bold, yet elegant, this Yakima Valley Merlot is big and full in flavour and body with up-front waves of dark berries like raspberry, blackberry and plum. Subtle notes of cedar and mocha follow the fruit, providing a smooth and satisfying finish. A dark, rich and intense red wine – perfect for those who enjoy fuller reds.

Rosso Fortissimo

Body: Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Rosso Fortissimo Full-bodied, cassis, vanilla

A big, full-bodied wine with solid structure and bold fruit notes. Complex cassis, plum and cherry notes balance the bold tannins. Oak contributes toasty vanilla and greater depth in this intense wine.

Shiraz (Australia)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Shiraz Dark fruit, vanilla, black pepper

The wine shows a deep, crimson colour with purple undertones. The up-front aromatics reflect the typical dark fruit notes of blackberry, cherry, and plum, complimented by restrained black pepper which should become more pronounced with age. In the background are subtle layers of toast and vanilla from the oak. The aromas continue to the palate creating a soft, rounded expression of the fruits, spice, and oak. Tannins are in gentle harmony with the overall impression and create a well defined, yet delicate frame for the wine. This Shiraz should be a very good match for a wide range of foods – steak, braised lamb shanks, pizza, chili con carne, pasta with tomato-based sauces.

Shiraz (South Africa)

Body: Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Shiraz Fig, cocoa, boysenberry

This wine shows heightened layers of blackberry, boysenberry, fig, and plum, followed by notes of cocoa, chocolate, and coffee. It subtly shows the trademark black pepper note common to all Syrah and Shiraz. Oak contributes vanilla and toast while harmonizing the many flavours within the wine. A subtle hint of mineral remains in the background then accompanies the fruit through the long finish. Will pair wonderfully with all of your best red meat meals. Sure to impress your guests.

Zinfandel (Lodi California)

Body: Full Oak: Yes Sweetness: 0 % Alc. / Vol.: 13.5
Cellar Craft Showcase Zinfandel Blueberry, dried plum, almond

It starts with an up-front core of blackberry and dark cherry aromas, followed by suggestions of blueberry, raspberry, cranberry and dried plum. Undertones are of chocolate, almond and exotic spice. Ends with an unmistakable black pepper sensation.

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White Wines

Gewürztraminer Riesling (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: None Sweetness: 2 % Alc. / Vol.: 12.0
ccs-washington-gewurz-riesling Medium-full body, peach, melon, mango, grapefruit

Peach and melon undertones from Riesling marry beautifully with the spice, mango, grapefruit and lychee notes from Gewürztraminer. Incredibly elegant with a hint of sweetness. Enjoy young and fresh or cellar for a more harmonious profile. Extremely food friendly. Enjoy young and not over-chilled.

Gewürztraminer (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: None Sweetness: 1 % Alc. / Vol.: 12.0
ccs-washington-gewurz Medium-full body, lychee, mango, grapefruit, honey, spice

A powerhouse of lychee, mango, grapefruit, honey and spice. Off-dry with a lovely, lingering final impression. Enjoy young and racy, or age longer for a more refined profile. Lightly chill and enjoy (pairs very well with Asian food).

Grüner Veltliner (Austria)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: None Sweetness: 1 % Alc. / Vol.: 12.5
ccs-austria-gruner-veltliner Complex, apple, pear, banana, peach

The wine has complex aromatics reminiscent of apple, pear, grapefruit, honeydew, honeysuckle, banana, and peach. The flavours echo the melon, apple, citrus and peach aromas. The medium-bodied wine shows just a hint of sweetness to balance the natural acidity. The finish lingers pleasantly. A very versatile food wine.

Pinot Gris (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: None Sweetness: 1 % Alc. / Vol.: 12.5
ccs-washington-pinot-gris Floral, green apple, honey, balanced sweetness

Displays aromatic notes of green apple and lemon against a floral and honeyed background. Rich mouth-feel with tangy fruit acid balancing the hint of sweetness. Floral and mineral notes persist in the lingering finish. The wine’s full character and charm become most apparent after several months of bottle aging. A good choice for foods rich in butter and oil, garlic and lively spices. Consider for shrimp, crab and fish dishes, rich pastas, cannelloni with ricotta, chicken and most Chinese and Thai dishes. Serve lightly chilled.

Riesling (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Med.-Full Oak: None Sweetness: 1 % Alc. / Vol.: 11.5
ccs-washington-riesling Crisp acidity, green apple, pear, lime, candied tangerine

Classic, intense perfume of green apple, pear and lime with a crisp acidity that defines great Riesling. It also has an opulently textured personality built around a pronounced orange blossom bouquet and spicy notes that together evoke thoughts of candied tangerine. A stunning wine. Serve lightly chilled with a wide variety of foods including fowl, pork and sea foods. Ideal with Chinese and Thai dishes.

Viognier (Yakima Valley Washington)

Body: Full Oak: None Sweetness: 1 % Alc. / Vol.: 12.5
ccs-washington-viognier Full-bodied, creamy, apricot, mango, pineapple, orange blossom

An amazing, full-bodied, aromatic wine with a creamy mouth-feel. Unbelievable aromas and flavours of apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, orange blossom and spiced pear absolutely dazzle the senses. Full, off-dry, lingering finish. Pair it with spicy Asian foods and discover magic! Drink young and not over-chilled.

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