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March 16th, 2018 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 93
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2016

Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $26 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 3/20/18)

Wine Spectator 92
ROMBAUER Chardonnay Carneros 2016 Magnum

Rich and creamy, with seductive vanilla-scented oak that adds texture and nuance to the solid core of green apple, pear and melon flavors. Drink now. 200,000 cases made. –JL $78/magnum

Wine Spectator 90
2016 JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET Bourgogne Les Ursulines

A smoky version, offering black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors to match the toasty oak. This is succulent and leaves spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 715 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson $20 Our Price $15.99

2015 Ghost Block Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Intense, overt aromas of dark cherry & blackberries explode out of the glass. This wine is an elegant & balanced Oakville Cabernet on the palate with enticing flavors of deep red fruits and great structure & body;lengthened by the integrated oak notes of vanilla. These silky tannins make this wine very approachable with a long lasting finish and ready to drink upon release but bound for many cellars. $70 Our Price $64.99 (Arrives 4/20/18)

Wine Spectator 92
PRUETT Lucky Lauren Red Sierra Foothills 2015

Deeply structured but with a polished exterior, offering expressive blackberry, orange zest and smoky dried herb accents that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Syrah and Cabernet. Best from 2019 through 2028. 180 cases made. –TF $29

Wine Spectator 90
ACCENDO Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2015

Firm and vibrant, offering a mouthwatering mix of Key lime, lemon and green apple flavors that mingle with a hint of minerality. Shows terrific focus and persistence. Drink now. 330 cases made. –MW $60 Our Price $51.99

Wine Spectator 94
MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino Vigna delle Raunate 2013

There is a core of sweet, ripe cherry fruit shaded by spice, earth and tar flavors in this dense red, which is rich and vibrant, with a long, tension-filled aftertaste echoing fruit and spice. Best from 2022 through 2037. 120 cases imported —B.S. $55 Our Price $42.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
BODEGAS ALTO MONCAYO Garnacha Campo de Borja Veraton 2015

Round and juicy, this lively red shows ripe flavors of kirsch and mulled plum, with chocolate and licorice accents. Heady but not heavy, with bright acidity and spicy and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made. –TM $30 Our Price $23.95

Wine Spectator 93
BILLECART-SALMON Brut Rosé Champagne NV, Half Bottles

A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. –AN $50/375ml Our Price $41.99/375ml (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
LEWIS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

Matches intensity with refinement, with subdued oak shading rich dark berry, espresso, graphite and cedar notes, ending with a long, full finish that echoes the core flavors. Best from 2021 through 2033. 1,700 cases made. –JL $100 Our Price $89.99

Wine Spectator 93
DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey Clos des Myglands 2015

Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 1,400 cases imported. –BS $53 Our Price $43.99

Varichon and Clerc Blanc de Blancs Privilège

Winemaker Notes: This pale and brillant gold wine has white fruit aromas with numerous fine bubbles.The palate is elegant, longlasting and well balanced between freshness and fruit. Lively mineral attack giving way to aromas of white flowers and exotic fruit. $13 Our Price $10.49

2014 Maxville Napa Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: Garnet red in color our Cabernet Franc has warm nutmeg and ripe blueberry aromas elegantly supported by hints of vanilla and an opulent texture with a persistent silky finish that keeps you wanting more. $57 Our Price $47.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2014 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon 3D Dr. Crane Vineyard

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 3D Dr. Crane Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) sports a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant nose of violets and potpourri over a core of crème de cassis, blueberry compote and chocolate box with a waft of Chinese five spice. Full-bodied and chock full of exotic spice and floral notions, it has a firm, grainy backbone and a long, perfumed finish. $145 Our Price $129.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2015 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby red color, bursting with aromas of earthy raspberry and orange peel, along with savory notes of anise and white pepper. The palate delivers dense dusty, berry flavors with lively acid and tannin structure, which carries on with a long and lovely finish. $35 Our Price $29.99

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Chateau Siran Margaux

The 2015 Siran is a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot picked between 17 September to 12 October. It is raised in 25% new oak plus one-year barrels. It is a little richer and more opulent than its neighbor, the 2015 Dauzac, due to the higher proportion of Merlot. It veers to more red fruit here, wild strawberry and later cassis. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, very well defined with a keen thread of acidity. It grips the mouth, implying that there is more Cabernet than there actually is. I like the volume here, and unlike previous vintages that seemed to show some warmth on the finish, here the finish is much more linear and controlled, fanning out gracefully but with power emanating from that Merlot. This is likely to be proprietor Edouard Miailhe's best wine in recent years. $44 Our Price $34.95 (Arrives 5/2/18) Delicious!

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