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November 28th 2017 Newsletter

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2012 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037.

Wine Spectator 91
J Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

An impressive offering, undeniably rich and concentrated, with potent dark berry and licorice flavors. Offers an element of finesse and refinement, enhanced by aromatic floral scents. Drink now through 2024. 19,064 cases made. –JL$40 Our Price $31.99 (Arrives 12/2/17)

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Department 66 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66

A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and a splash of Carignan, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66 IGP spent ten months in roughly 30% new barrels. This inky colored, downright sexy 2014 offers terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets and chalky minerality. Big, concentrated and textured, yet still playing in the more elegant style of the 2014 vintage, this beauty will drink well for a decade. $38 (Back in stock 12/2/17)

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 94
BRICK HOUSE Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Les Dijonnais 2015

Such a mouthful of lithe, supple fruit, offering delicate yet expressive notes of raspberry, stony mineral and savory spice. Long, lingering finish is framed by refined tannins. 575 cases made. Drink now through 2024.—T.F 2014 $52 Our Price $47.99 (Back in stock 11/29/17)

Wine Spectator 93
THE FOUR GRACES Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Expressive and supple, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward a minerally finish. Drink now through 2024.—T.F $32 Our Price $20.35

Wine Spectator 93
ANDREW RICH Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Marine Sedimentary 2014

Polished and elegantly complex, with expressive raspberry and savory tea aromas and supple cherry, crushed stone and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2024.—T. F $45 Our Price $34.99 (Arrives 11/29/17)

2015 Roth Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Winemaker Notes: Bright, fruit-forward aromas and a rich, full palate of raspberry, Bing cherry and clove spices. Balanced by sweet oak and lush tannins, this bold and complex wine is a direct expression of its Sonoma Coast origins. $28 Our Price $18.45 (Arrives 11/29/17)

Wine Spectator 89
CLIFF LEDE Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2016

Spicy and expressive, offering lemon sherbet, ruby grapefruit and lime zest flavors. Fresh and vibrant, with shadings of lemon thyme on the finish. Drink now. 7,700 cases made. –MW $25 Our Price $19.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 Points
2013 The Paring Red

The 2013 Red is bold and pungent to the core. Black cherry, mocha, black olives, spices, lavender and sage hit the palate in the 2013. This is an especially serious, structured wine for the money. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The Franc is felt in the wine's savory, expressive personality. This is a delicious wine for the money. $25 (Back in stock 11/29/17)

Wine Spectator 94
CHÂTEAU CANON St.-Emilion 2014

A fresh, pure style, with lots of floral and black tea notes out front, followed by a tightly focused beam of red currant, plum and raspberry coulis flavors. The finish sports a mouthwatering chalky spine and lovely perfume that should develop more with time. For fans of minerality. Best from 2022 through 2032. 6,665 cases made. –JM Our Price $74.99 Limited

Wine Spectator 97
CROFT Vintage Port 2011, Top 100: 2013, Rank: 13

Effusively juicy, rich and concentrated, showing plenty of snap to the crisp and well-spiced flavors of wild berry, dark currant and plum tart. Orange-infused chocolate notes linger on the exotic, mocha-filled finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. 5,000 cases made. –KM $93 Our Price $63.99 (Back in stock this afternoon) Limited

Wine Spectator 95
DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2016

This is dreamy, with creamed melon, pear and green fig flavors gliding along, framed by light brioche and meringue flavors. The long finish just lets the fruit hang beautifully. Offers refined opulence. Drink now through 2022. 800 cases made. –JM $50 Our Price $41.99 Limited

2015 Vice Versa The Magnificent Seven Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (M7)

Winemaker Notes: It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the magic of The Magnificent Seven. After a strict declassification process, we use only the best juice from the heart of each block to compose this breathtaking rendition of our vineyards working in harmony with one another. Intellectual, complex, and incredibly concentrated, this is a wine of paradox and balance. Density, richness, and audacity are seamlessly interwoven with poise, finesse, and a sense of weightlessness that is mesmerizing. With such a limited quantity available, it is an experience to be cherished. 1 Barrel (25 cases) produced. Market Price $500 Limited

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