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November 17th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 89
2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Even Saint Cosme's "lowly" 2016 Cotes du Rhone looked good on my recent visit. It's mostly Syrah, blended from vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard, offering lovely floral and peppery aromas, dark fruits, medium to full body and a softly dusty finish. It should drink well for 6 years. $15 Our Price $12.99

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Wine Spectator 90
LAFOND Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2015

Buttery, with plenty of creamy accents to the ripe apple, pear tart and lemon curd flavors. The richly spiced finish has hints of savoriness and toasty notes. Drink now through 2021. 2,390 cases made. –KM $23 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 91
LEMELSON Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Thea's Selection 2015

Expressive black cherry and forest floor aromas open to refined and balanced dark raspberry, bitter chocolate and spice flavors that finish with minerally tannins. Drink now through 2023. 12,133 cases made. –TF $34 Our Price $29.99

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 Liquidation Price $6.45 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 93
FERRATON PÈRE & FILS St.-Joseph White La Source 2015

A light honeyed edge adds intrigue to the core of apricot, yellow apple and star fruit flavors, while heather and salted butter notes fill in on the finish. Provides opulence without sacrificing freshness. Drink now through 2019. 800 cases made. $30 Our Price $26.95

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Casarena Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard

Tasted side by side with the 2014, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard feels a lot fresher. This is an old, balanced, traditional vineyard that yields wines with very good depth and natural balance. There is perfect ripeness here and a notable absence of those green pepper aromas that often mask the personality of many Cabernets. These old vines yield very concentrated juice and it shows in the tannins and acidity, which show in perfect harmony. 30,000 bottles produced. $30 Our Price $23.75

Wine Spectator 91

A rather racy version, with pineapple and quinine threads enlivening the core of white peach, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Bright mirabelle plum notes add length on the finish. Very pretty. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases made. –JM $30/750ml Our Price $18.95/375ml

2016 Ghost Block MorgaenLee Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe stone fruits, mainly white peach and yellow melon. The wine has lively acidity of yellow fruits and hints of peach. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a crisp and complex long –lasting, refreshing finish. Varietal Content: 100% Sauvignon Blanc $22

Wine Spectator 91-94

Offers showy flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and fig, gaining excellent definition from singed spice, graphite and anise notes that add considerable range. –JM Our Price $42.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in this harmonious rosé . There's tension to the knit of vibrant acidity and chalky texture, driving this to a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $70 Our Price $58.99

Wine Spectator 93
RIDGE Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch 2015

Deep and potently structured, with distinctive spice box and licorice aromas and densely layered flavors of blackberry, cracked pepper and smoky herbes de Provence that finish with big but ripe tannins. Best from 2019 through 2025.—T.F. $40 (Arrives 11/23/17)

2015 Sea Smoke Southing Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The ever-changing nose of the Southing exhibits dark fruits, such as Blackberry and plum skin, as well as some baking spice and fresh flowers (Violet & Lilac). The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity. Market $66-$140. (3 bottles available at $79/bottle. Please email

Wine Advocate 96
2010 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Estate

The 2010 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard brings together all of the elements of the house style. Layers of fruit emerge effortlessly from this textured, totally beautiful Chardonnay. Despite its richness, there is more than enough underlying minerality to buffer the fruit. This is the most nuanced and detailed of the 2010 Chardonnays from Aubert. Dried apricots, flowers and mint are some of the many notes that linger on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. Market $126-$165. (3 bottles available at $129/bottle. Please email

2013 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 6 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim, it has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036. $750 Our Price $699.99/6L Limited

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