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Welcome to our weekly newsletter detailing information and updates on all things wine and spirits.  Look for our communications early each week for upcoming wine tastings, events, and exciting new products.  We encourage you to visit our website at www.ctwineauthority.com for wine details, rating information, to find your favorite wine, or to order directly online.

Featured Wines:

d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 750ML
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 750ML  
sku: 12909

Wine Spectator:

Ripe and open-textured, this is impressive for the way it packs in the cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors and doesn't take the foot off the gas pedal until the mineral-inflected finish has played through. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases imported. -HS

The Characteristics

A medium rich ruby red appearance with a dark centre. The aromatic nose is of ripe juicy red fruit mixed with notes of dark cherry, christmas pudding, green and white pepper corns, plum and boiled rhubarb notes. The palate is easy drinking ripe and juicy dominated by a mix of red berries and savoury characters with lovely soft tannins and a edge of acidity which complements the dry liquorice and herbal notes. Its softness, balance of fruit weight and fruit tannins means it is drinking wonderfully now. The more it opens up the more dark rich concentrated fruit characters evolve.

The Story Behind The Name

The name "Stump Jump" doesn't relate to the English game of cricket (jumping over the stumps at the end of the game), nor the breeding of livestock held in the stumps but relates to the significant South Australian invention - the Stump Jump plough. The plough soon became a worldwide implement for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.

The Vintage

2007 will be remembered as the earliest start to vintage ever and also one of the smallest. While winter rainfalls were a third of normal levels, and yields tiny, quality held up. The drought condition and a very cold spring leading up to the growing season affected the vines fruiting capacity and canopy development, resulting in reduced bunch size, bunch weights and berry size.

Just as vintage was to commence we experienced 50mm of rain which saved our late ripening Grenache and Mourvedre dry grown vineyards. The rain provided enough ground moisture to support the fruit in a stress free state through to the final stages of ripening. This resulted in grapes with concentrated flavours at lower levels of beaume ripeness with excellent levels of acidity.

The Winemaking

This wine is the combination of many individual parcels of wines that flowed down from the many senior wines in our stable including parcels from a range of new growers. Our red winemaking is very traditional and simplistic. All of our reds are fermented in traditional headed-down open fermenters prior to being pressed in our traditional basket-presses, and then matured prior to bottling.more

Reg. $10.99
On Sale $9.99
buy d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 750ML

Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2008 750ML
Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2008 750ML  
sku: 12088

Wine Spectator:

Key lime, passion fruit, melon and nectarine flavors are ripe, juicy and fleshy, with great intensity, a vivid acidity and terrific focus and clarity. Drink now. 15,360 cases made. -MW

Winemaker's Note:

Our 2008 Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant lemon-lime, floral and papaya nectar aromas. Hints of lemongrass, gooseberry and minerals—the signature of this grape varietal—add complexity. The flavors echo the aromas, while picking up lychee, melon and ginger spice. Beautifully balanced, this wine combines bright acidity with a creamy texture. Lemon custard nuances mingle in the fruit-intense finish.more

Reg. $21.99
On Sale $16.99
buy Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2008 750ML

Thank you for your business and continued interest in our products.  We look forward to future opportunities to serve you.


The Staff
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2480 Black Rock Turnpike                                         
Fairfield, CT 06824                                                   
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Monroe, CT 06468

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