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December 29th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 94

DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2014

A fleshy and layered red, with gorgeous spice cake, melted licorice, singed alder and warm espresso notes leading the way for a core of steeped blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit. Everything pulls together, with velvet-coated grip extending the finish. Best from 2019 through 2029. 500 cases made. $78 Internet Price $60.99 (Grape Tray Insider Price $49/bottle. 7 bottles in stock)

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2015 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Monterey Pinot Noir is spectacular. The wine has bright cherry aromas that are layered with notes of spice, Earl Grey tea, and hints of vanilla and toasted oak. On the mouth, you get juicy black cherry flavors, with hints of mocha and well-balanced tannins. A silky texture leads to a long finish. $20 Our Price $14.35 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 91
DUC DE ROMET Brut Champagne Prestige NV

This juicy, lively version features ripe black cherry, candied lemon zest and grated ginger flavors set on the fine mousse. A crowd-pleaser. Disgorged July 2016. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $35 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 96
DOMAINE DE CRISTIA Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance 2015

This has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.—J.M 150 cases imported. $75 Our Price $64.99

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Martinelli Zinfandel Lolita Ranch

At the higher end of the alcohol spectrum, these Martinelli Zinfandels are powerful wines for sure, but I hasten to add that they are beautifully balanced and in terms of flavor, tannin and complexity, they represent the pinnacles of ripeness in every sense. Medium garnet colored, the 2015 Zinfandel Lolita Ranch sports notes of baked black cherries, dark chocolate, Indian spices and potpourri with savory hints of grilled meat and yeast extract. Big, buxom and gloriously full-bodied (and then some), the tannins are marvelously velvety and the richness is nicely offset by lively acidity, finishing with epic length. $60

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Hayfork Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch offers up notions of crème de cassis, black pepper, cedar chest and dried herbs with touches of tilled earth, menthol and mossy bark. Big, rich and full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy texture, lively backbone and long, spicy finish. $75

2014 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. $20 Our Price $13.95

Wine Advocate 95
2014 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Reserve

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby/purple-colored, notes of sweet crème de cassis, blackberry, charcoal and toast are present in the subtle but intense aromatics. The wine is full-bodied and classically crafted, building incrementally on the palate and displaying full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a potential to age for 25-30 + years. This is a beauty. $165 Our Price $124.95

2015 William Harrison Sangiacomo Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant gold in color, this wine has expressive aromas of vanilla, all spice and citrus blossom. With an underlining hint of minerality, the clean and pristine palate leads with layers of Meyer lemon, lime rind and baked apple. Hints of white peach, Asian pear and stone fruits underscore the racey acidity. Leaving you with a memorable and crisp finish. $38

Vinous 90 Points
Argiolas Costera Cannonau di Sardegna 2014

Deep ruby-red. Lovely musky aromas of red cherry, sage, and flowers. Then bright and fresh, intensely flavored and impeccably balanced, offering lovely violet lift to its red fruit and wild herb flavors. Finishes softly tannic and long. Drinking window: 2016 - 2019. $18 Our Price $14.49

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

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a very pretty nose of fragrant earth, red and black currants, black plums and underbrush with hints of cigar box and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with expressive earth and black fruit flavors, supported by a seamless backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long. $250 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
TAITTINGER Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Comtes de Champagne 2006

A vivacious Champagne, with fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead, rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases imported. –AN $170 Our Price $149.99

James Suckling 97 Points
Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley Bettina 2013

There's a phenomenal nose to this wine with crushed berry, wet earth, wet slate and hints of flowers. Full body with a chewy tannic structure, yet soft and polished. Powerful and rich. Muscular and toned. Has form. Slightly austere tannins. This needs at least four to seven years of bottle age. The high percentage of merlot from Howell Mountain gives this wine a real edge and beauty. A blend of 62.3% cabernet sauvignon, 30.2% merlot and 7.5% petit verdot. Sourced from David Abreu’s three vineyards, Madrona, Thorevilos and Howell Mountain. $375 Our Price $230.95 (Arrives 12/30/17)

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Wine Spectator 97
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2015

This is loaded with beautifully rendered fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors that are seamlessly intertwined, while warm fruitcake, melted black licorice and black tea notes chime throughout. The finish ripples with energy, showing finely beaded acidity and a terrific graphite edge. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made. –JM $85 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Vice Versa • Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven

A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made. Market $500 (Limited)

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