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January 9th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
ROTH Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2015

Complex aromas of creamy oak, mocha, gravel and dark berry combine for a dense, rich and concentrated effort that's firmly tannic, with a seam of elegance. Drink now through 2030. 18,635 cases made.—James Laube $28 Our Price $22.25

Hot Buy! Wine Enthusiast 90
2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells

The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. $18 Our Price $8.45 (Limited to stock on hand)

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Wine Spectator 92
BOOKWALTER Protagonist Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rich and polished, defined by a core of refined tannins, wrapped in textured flavors of black cherry, espresso and toasty spice that glide through the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 1,400 cases made. –TF $60 (Grape Tray Insider Price $24.99) Arrives 1/10/18

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 (Back in stock 1/10/18)

2016 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $20/375ml. Our Price $17.99/375ml

2015 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautifully rich, yet balanced California-style Chardonnay that represents what the Arroyo Seco appellation has to offer. In addition to classic Chardonnay flavors of apple and pear, Arroyo Seco fruit consistently provides aromas and flavors of tropical and stone fruits. 90% barrel fermented, this is a distinctly robust and full-bodied Chardonnay perfectly balanced with ample acidity and ripe fruit character. $22 Our Price $12.95

Wine Spectator 91
ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône White 2015

Juicy, with good weight to the core of heather, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes, laced with piecrust and almond details. Stays fresh and racy through the finish, revealing a buried quinine accent. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. –JM $22 Our Price $18.99

2014 Frank Family Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows its Rutherford base with bountiful aromas of cocoa, red currant, cinnamon and blackberry; full bodied with moderate tannins and a long finish, the wine sings with flavors of chocolate, kirsch, and eucalyptus. $55 Our Price $46.99

Wine Spectator 90
CHÂTEAU LA PRADE Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Dark and ripe, with a lush edge to the plum sauce and dark fig notes that's held in check by a charcoal frame. Bitter orange and Campari hints flash through the finish, with a briary feel as well. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made. –JM Release Price $17 Our Price $22.75 Last Call!

Wine Enthusiast 93
2014 Sinor-LaVallee SLO Syrah

This feral and gamy wine shows roast lamb, rosemary, dried fennel, rose petal and forest floor aromas on its dynamic nose. The palate leads with explosive acidity, before waves of Concord grape and blackberry flavor take hold. It’s light on its feet but has some textural firmness, finishing on rosemary, lavender and game notes-MK $28 Our Price $23.99

2014 Bon Anno Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. $24 Our Price $21.39 (Back in stock 1/10/18)

Wine Advocate 94+
2015 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 Liter

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification. $390/3 Liter. Our Price $339.99/3 Liter

2015 Far Niente Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon has deep concentrated aromas of chocolate-covered cherries alongside bright floral notes. The entry of this wine is juicy with a silky-smooth texture that builds through the mid-palate. Mouthwatering dark cherry flavors are supported with well-integrated oak. This wine is an excellent balance of lush, mouth-filling tannins and bright, fresh acidity on the finish. $170 Our Price $146.99 (Arrives 1/10/18)

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Wine Advocate 96
2014 Denner Vineyards The Ditch Digger Denner Vineyard

Up with some of my favorite wines from winemaker Anthony Yount, the 2014 The Ditch Digger Denner Vineyard is a sensational blend of 60% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre, and the balance Counoise and Cinsault. It offers a polished, elegant, yet full-bodied and textured style to go with killer purity in its sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit, dried herbs and pepper aromas and flavors. The purity here is truly fabulous and this is up with the top GSM blends coming out of California. Drink it any time over the coming decade. $70 (Arrives 1/10/18)

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