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September 26th 2017 Newsletter

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54% OFF-WOW! 2013 Congress Springs Monterey Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes from Melissa Robles, Winemaker: This Monterey Pinot Noir has flavors of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, with a silky finish. Suggested Food Pairings: Pairs well with lamb, pork, cheese, and poultry. $16 Our Price $7.35

Wine Spectator 88
MOHUA Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Mouthwatering grapefruit, lemon and green apple flavors are vivid and intense, with a hint of dried mango on the finish. Drink now. 46,000 cases imported. –MW $14 Our Price $9.75

2014 David Clinton Teldeschi Vineyard Dry Creek

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Ancient Vine vintage from Teldeschi Vineyard showcases the rich fruit and flavor concentration associated with vines of this age and pedigree. Building on the style we have demonstrated in previous vintages, this wine shows vibrant aromas and fresh flavors of raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry, with slight notes of licorice, tar and vanilla. The finish on this wine is not bashful, filled with spice and black pepper that integrate with and complement the wine’s tannins. The wine’s bold flavors and complex, yet balanced structure allows it to pair nicely with a broad range of food styles, including pasta dishes, grilled meats and vegetables, and barbecue. $29

Wine Spectator 90
TAITTINGER Brut Champagne Prélude NV

Fine and lacy in texture, this clean-cut Champagne in an aperitif style offers a subtle mix of patisserie apple and pear, lemon zest, pickled ginger and orchard blossom notes. Fresh, with a lightly toasty finish. Drink now through 2019. 600 cases imported. –AN $95 Our Price $76.95

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. –KM $35 Our Price $26.99

2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. Blended with over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. $12 Our Price $6.25 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
LUCIA Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

Rich, full and expressive, offering tiers of blackberry, wild berry, plum and raspberry flavors enlivened by zesty acidity and supported by fine-grained tannins, which makes the finish long and lively. Drink now through 2023. 410 cases made. –JL $45

Wine Spectator 92
SHAFER TD-9 Napa Valley 2015

Powerful and finely textured, with concentrated dried cherry, dark currant and roasted plum flavors that are filled with lively minerality. Richly spiced, showing dried herbal notes on the chiseled finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2022.—K.M. $60

James Suckling 92 Points
2015 Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate and berry aromas with hints of spices and walnuts. Medium to full body. Very fine tannins and a clean and fresh finish.

Winemaker Notes: An exquisitely balanced cabernet sauvignon to be highlighted. Its spicy and fruity character outstands. The intense ruby red color anticipates a complex, appealing wine. On the nose, the freshness of the red fruit and the herbal notes like freshly cut grass complements the spicy notes of black pepper, clove, and cinnamon, as well cedar and tobacco. Great freshness on the palate, good acidity, sweet tannins and great intensity for a very well-integrated wine with a persistent finish. $18 Our Price $14.65

Wine Spectator 95
CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Gigondas 2015

A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay fill in throughout. Muscular and energetic, this is built for the cellar. Best from 2019 through 2030.—J.M $43 Our Price $38.99

2014 Renteria RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This 2014 Pinot Noir is a beautiful wine that captures the terroir of the Russian River Valley. Generous notes of red cherry and fresh wild strawberry sail over a hint of baking spices, dusty earth and sweet tannin. The mouthfeel is rich, round and juicy, the bright acidity carrying the nuanced flavors through an echoing finish. $48

Wine Spectator 93
ANTHEM Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012

A classically styled Cabernet that's firm in structure and taut in focus and flavor, with a direct core of gravel and cedary oak—scented dark berry, licorice and savory herb flavors. Ends with drying, gripping tannins but also dense fruit and oak flavors. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases made. –JL $95 (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 $64.99

2015 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Produced from tiny yields, the 2015 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir possesses an incredible combination of richness and elegance. Vibrant aromatics rise from the glass and are decipherable long before you bring your nose to the wine. Fresh raspberry, violets, wild strawberry, baking spice and forest floor fuse to develop remarkably complex expression. On the palate, the presence of acid and weight derived from the vineyard’s cold evenings and fog-blanketed mornings offers voluminous reach, producing rich texture and fine-grained tannins that lead into a beautiful, long-lingering finish. This wine will age gracefully for over a decade. Decant and enjoy it over a long meal—or lay it down to rest in the cellar. $85 Limited

Wine Spectator 94
ALTAMURA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Ultrarich and extracted, offering a powerful array of blackberry, licorice, gravelly earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Never eases up on torque and authoritative presence. Best from 2021 through 2035. 3,500 cases made. –JL $115 (Arrives 9/29/17)

Back in stock! Antonio Galloni Vinous 97 pts
Krug NV Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition

Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring. $190 Our Price $154.95

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