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January 23rd 2018 Newsletter

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2017 L’Aventure Willow Creek District Rose

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 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 91
KENDALL-JACKSON Pinot Noir Vintner's Reserve 2014

Deftly balanced, this is slow to build nuance and complexity, unfolding to reveal tiers of spicy raspberry, black cherry and wilted rose. Though medium-weight, the flavors build intensity and nuance. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.-J.L. $20 Our Price $16.99

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 (Back in stock)

2013 Joullian Carmel Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant, very dark cherry-garnet color with a ruby rim. Perfumed, deep spicy black cherry, cassis, anise, white truffle and cedar nose. Rich cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit is complexed by nuances of spicy anise, dark coffee and cocoa that finish with refreshing acidity and ample round, fine tannins. $35 Liquidation Price $22.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2015 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The Overlook Pinot Noir is created by sourcing grapes from the finest cool climate vineyards of California, so the wine created captures the essence of that vintage.Aromatic and complex with ripe red cherry, strawberry jam, pomegranate, brown spice and attractive autumn forest and floral notes. The palate is crisp and beautifully balanced with a mix of ripe red fruit and spice on entry, with savory tobacco and leather notes and a broad mineral texture on the mid-palate. Attractive fruit, spice and savory elements interact through the finish, framed with wonderfully fine tannins. $21 Our Price $17.99

2014 Mazzocco Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Brambly flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry with a drop of spice greet the nose while the palate is loaded with dark berry fruit, cherry cola and a smidgen of pepper. This Zinfandel's core is framed with ripe tannins, accented by toasted almonds and cacao. $22 Our Price $18.99

Vinous 91-92
2016 Daou Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

(60% new French oak): Bright violet color. Ripe dark berry and floral aromas pick up subtle tobacco and pungent floral and herb nuances as the wine stretches out. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight on the back half. Youthfully tannic on the sharply focused, persistent finish, which features lingering suggestions of candied rose and mocha. $35 Our Price $19.75

Wine Advocate 92
2005 Chateau Coutet

Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Coutet has a slightly muffled bouquet at the moment: honeysuckle, dried quince and a dab of kerosene in the background. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with plenty of botrytized fruit, tensile and linear in the mouth with fine mineralité, though missing the sheer ambition and dimension of the Climens ’05. Nonetheless, one can appreciate the tensile nature of this Barsac that should give 20 to 30 years of pleasure. Market $36-$98. Our Price $65.85

Wine Spectator 94
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2016

Delicious pear, green apple and green melon flavors show both a creamy and a racy feel, while light meringue, acacia and honeysuckle notes fill in through the finish. Thoroughly delicious. Drink now through 2022.—J.M. 200 cases imported. $50 Our Price $40.99

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

2015 Bevan Cellars Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This is a Chardonnay lover Chardonnay. It has lively acidity, with Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon notes and the textural energy that will make it a natural to pair with food. It is still a Bevan Cellars wine, so there is the unctuousness that we have in all our wines. $50 (Arrives 1/26/18)

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

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
Walter Hansel Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley

The 2015 Pinot Noir The Estate Vineyard boasts off the charts intensity, richness and texture. Soaring aromatics and a core of dark red and bluish fruit are front and center. Racy and voluptuous to the core, the Estate captures all the intensity of this vintage. This is a dazzling Pinot from Stephen Hansel, not to mention one of the best values readers will find. $38 (Arrives 1/26/18) Limited

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard offers up a compelling earthy/savory nose of tree bark, tilled soil and black truffles over a core of blackberries, black cherries and black currants with touches of clove, sage and cedar chest. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, the firm, ripe, grainy tannins and lively acid superbly support the generous, muscular fruit, finishing long and multilayered. 325 cases produced. $215 (Arrives 1/26/18) Limited

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