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June 29th 2017 Newsletter

94 Points Best of Monterey Toast of The Coast Wine Competition
2014 Cru Montage Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale Golden color. Aromas of white peach, nectarine and lime. Fruity yet full body and an elegant crème Anglaise, melon and Meyer’s lemon finish. 100% Chardonnay $20 Our Price $15.75

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Wine Spectator 94
JUSTIN Justification Paso Robles 2014

Smooth-textured, graceful and refined, with a tenderness to the texture and tannins. Features a warm, inviting mix of red and dark berry flavors and subtle shades of licorice, light mocha and savory herbs, revealing floral scents and a long, persistent finish that echoes the core essence. Drink now through 2035.—J.L 11,000 cases made $50 Our Price $38.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
WRATH Chardonnay Monterey Fermata 2014

Buttery and rich, featuring concentrated flavors of pear, apple compote and baked peach, with tropical notes. A full-bore style that is filled with spiciness. The finish lingers with cream and toasted coconut accents. Drink now through 2022. 446 cases made.-K.M. $35 Our Price $26.99

2014 Rombauer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Vibrant purple-black hue with expressive aromas of fresh cherry pie, blackberry, currant and hints of spice. The wine is medium- to full-bodied with a bright, fresh palate brimming with black cherry, fresh baked pie crust, sweet vanilla and currant. Supple tannins carry through to a lingering finish with layers of delicious fruit. $55 Our Price $46.99

Wine Spectator 93
REGIS BOUVIER Marsannay Clos du Roy 2014

A taut, austere style, with a structure like a steel spring, waiting to release the cherry, currant and mineral flavors. Shows fine purity and elegance, presenting a long, juicy aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035. 264 cases imported.-B.S $33 Our Price $29.99

2016 Beckmen Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: In the glass, this wine’s zesty tangerine, mango, and tropical aromas mingle with creamy golden notes and a hint of herbs. With the first sip, more citrus flavors bloom in the mouth beside a rivulet of pineapple, then blossom into a lavishly textured mid-section. The wine finishes with a lovely crisp minerality. Enjoy when young and fresh, or over the next two to three years. $20 Our Price $14.29 (Arrives 7/5/17)

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Clone No 1 Purisima Mountain

Slightly less aromatic than the Block 6, which is a touch more high toned, the 2014 Syrah Clone No 1 Purisima Mountain (100% Syrah aged 16 months in 45% new French oak) reveals terrific, meaty, savory notes of black fruits, smoked earth, chocolate and caramelized meats. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated and nicely structured on the palate, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep through 2025. $50 Our Price TBD (Arrives 7/5/17)

Wine Enthusiast 91 points
Kendall-Jackson 2013 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, 3 liter

This is a tasty and accessibly priced Chardonnay. It packs in lots of fruit flavor, vibrant acidity, rich texture and layers of oaky spice while showing a rare sense of seamlessness. Very Californian and compelling. $68/3L. Our Price $39.99 (Three 3 Liter bottles in stock)

2014 Vice Versa Le Petit Vice Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows the extraordinary pedigree of its vineyards. Dark red. Pure, refined and enticing aromas of ripe black and blue berries, dark chocolate, bay leaf and spice. The palate is quite impressive with it's concentrated, expansive and mouth-coating texture. Pliant, mineral and pure with sophisticated ripe tannins leading to a long beautiful finish. $75 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2015 Killian Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, light gold color with an open star jasmine, citrus blossom nose above red apple, stone fruit and hints of smoky oak. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh apple and pear, and are framed in a richly bodied mouthfeel that finishes with balanced acidity and just a hint of fruit sweetness. This will be one of the best aging of the Killian Chardonnays and should be optimally balanced about a year after release. $26 Our Price $24.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 95
MEYER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Strikingly complex and detailed, with supple, harmonious blackberry, currant, anise, licorice and crushed rock flavors. Gains depth while holding focus and persistence. Drink now through 2032. From California.—J.L. 1,200 cases made. $70 Our Price $59.99 (Arrives 6/30/17)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 97 pts
2014 Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

A stunning, breathtaking wine, the 2014 Clos Fourtet is without question one of the stars of the vintage. Deep yet also wonderfully nuanced, it exudes energy and transparency. Enticing scents of violet, lavender, mint and chalk add to the wine's chiseled personality. The 2014 has gained considerable depth, volume and intensity since I tasted it from barrel as a young wine, but without losing its intensely mineral, understated personality. Today, it is exceptionally beautiful in every way. The blend is 89 % Merlot, 7 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 % Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. 2020 – 2039. Our Price $83.95

California Wine Advisors 97 Points
Checkerboard Cabernet Sauvignon King’s Row 2013

This new show-stopper launches forth with alluring notes of caramel, monumental black fruit, deftly balanced tannins and hints of white chocolate across an ultra-silky texture. This immensely age-worthy winner features alluring hints of Mexican chocolate and walnut brownies on the voluptuous finish. Decanting recommended prior to 2020 and savor every sip of this dreamy red through 2025+. Bravo! $165

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