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May 8th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2015

Lively and focused, with expressive black cherry and bacon fat aromas and sleek blackberry and spice flavors that take on tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2021. 210,000 cases made. –TF $18 Our Price $15.95

Wine Advocate 91+
2015 Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple in color, 2015 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of crème de cassis, licorice and dark chocolate with hints of dried mint, earth and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruit and menthol flavors. Structured with a firm backbone, it finishes with great length. $20 Our Price $14.95 (Arrives 5/9/18)


Winemaker Notes: Inviting aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries. refreshing in the palate with hints of fresh watermelon, cherries and good mineral. $11 Our Price $8.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 89
CHÂTEAU MONT-REDON Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2015

Ripe and racy, with a delicious beam of red currant and raspberry pâte de fruit laced with light anise and singed apple wood notes. A light mineral edge adds length and cut. Drink now through 2019. 5,000 cases imported. –JM $15 Our Price $10.95

Wine Advocate 93+
2015 Donum Ten Oaks Russian River Pinot Noir

The 2015 Pinot Noir Ten Oaks is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a very pretty nose of crushed cranberries, red cherries and pomegranate with suggestions of lavender, rose hips, dusty soil and dried Provence herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, finely crafted, refreshing and elegant, offering fine-grained tannins with a bit of stemmy chew and finishing with lingering earth layers. 150 cases were made. $72

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 (Back in stock 5/9/18)

Decanter 93 Points and Enthusiast 92 Points
2015 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet

Decanter: A very clean and fresh medium-plus bodied wine with great complexity. Juicy, approachable and refreshing melange of black fruit and capsicum notes.

Wine Enthusiast: Elegance mixed with bold fruit is what this overachieving Cabernet is about. Aromas of blackberry, dried black plum, spice and cocoa suggest high quality. A focused palate and textural grip holds cherry and cassis flavors that are ripe and backed by notes of chocolate and coffee. Drink through 2022. $22 Our Price $16.25 (Arrives 5/10/18) Great Value Cab!


Winemaker Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Ideal wine with lighter summer fare such as salads, pasta, grilled meats; exceptional with fish on the grill. $14 Our Price $10.95

Decanter 94 Points and Suckling 92 Points
2015 Finca El Origen Malbec Gran Reserva

Decanter: Spiced blackberry fruit nose with subtle vanilla and clove spice notes. Concentrated minty palate with ripe, rounded tannins. A punchy wine!

James Suckling: Hot stone and blueberry character on the nose. Medium to full body, medium chewy tannins and a savory finish. A year of bottle aging will bring this around beautifully. $30 Our Price $23.95 (Arrives 5/10/18)

2015 Jon E Vino
Los Carneros St. Laurent

Winemaker Notes: Mostly grown in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, St Laurent is indeed a rare breed. It is naturally low in alcohol, low in tannin and high in anthnocyanin (red color and pleasing mouthfeel).

Tasting notes: Perfumed, floral, spice, fresh and intense. Cleansing acidity. One friend offered: “as if Cru Beaujolais and Dolcetto were blended”

Pairing Suggestions: Any spicy cuisine; charcuterie and farmstead cheese; oysters – raw, baked or grilled. Any dish that serves up savory umami personality. $30

Wine Spectator 94
TOR Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros
Torchiana Beresini Vineyard 2016

Showing flashes of jazzy oak around a core of zesty green apple, pear and melon flavors, this white gains depth and persistence as it sails along on a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 375 cases made —J.L $65

2013 Sinskey Los Carneros Napa Valley Merlot

Winemaker Notes: The aromas are of beautiful red berries and jam. The amazing thing about the aromas are that they behave like perfume: light and lifted with red berries, bramble, violets and chocolate. The second year of the drought rendered fruit of amazing concentration and flavor without over ripe characteristics with a brilliant mid-palate acidity that is framed by medium firm tannins and a rich, long finish. $46 (Arrives 5/9/18)

Wine Spectator 98
ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino
Riserva 2012

This delivers intense balsamic notes of juniper, wild rosemary and sage, along with rose, cherry and berry aromas and flavors. Elegant and saturated with flavor, supported by a vibrant structure. Ends with energy and refined tannins. Best from 2022 through 2040. 750 cases made. –BS $150 Our Price $114.99

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

Wine Advocate 97
2014 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

The bigger, richer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah aged 16 months in 50% new French and American casks. This is a bigger wine and close to 2% higher in alcohol at 15.5%. There are 11,000 cases of this big, full-bodied, boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon that has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of underbrush, forest floor, tobacco leaf and oodles of blackcurrants and black cherries, with a touch of woodsmoke. The full-bodied wine hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, fruit and purity. This is a beauty – dense, rich, and structured, but capable of lasting 20 or more years. CA Market Price $40-57 (3 bottles available at $34.95/bottle)

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