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October 5th 2018 Newsletter

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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

2017 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Rose

Winemaker Notes: This is a dry elegant style rosé with a beautiful light pale pink color. The fresh and lively wine offers bright aromas of watermelon, raspberry, and lemon with flavors of wild strawberry, citrus zest, hints of melon. It is soft and flavorful on the palate with a long crisp finish. This versatile and flavorful wine would be enjoyable on its own or with food. Try it with light pasta and rice dishes, grilled fish, and a wide array of cheese. Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Merlot $13 Liquidation Price $7.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 98
GRAHAM Vintage Port 2000, Half Bottles

Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. 9,000 cases made. –JS $62/375ml. Our Price $48.95/375ml

2015 Frank Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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 $48.99

Wine Spectator 92
JEFF COHN Smoke & Mirrors California 2015

Ripe and jammed with fruit, offering zesty black cherry, licorice and fresh black pepper flavors that pick up speed on the finish. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2024.—T. F. $25 Our Price TBD (Arrives 10/19/18)

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Hayfork Wine Co Llewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch reveals warm black plums, black cherries and mulberries notes with touches of eucalyptus, cigar box, tapenade and truffles. Medium to full-bodied with impressive intensity and a pleasantly chewy frame, it finishes on a lingering savory note. $75 (Arrives 10/10/18)

Wine Spectator 94
MACAULEY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2012

The jazzy oak coats flavors of espresso, vanilla bean, mocha and tobacco amid velvety blueberry, cassis and berry pie notes, ending with a long, broad, full-bodied aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 212 cases made. –JL $150 Our Price $139.99 Limited

Wine Advocate 97-99
2016 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru

The 2016 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was assessed from a blend of all the component parts (except the young vines) that I previously tasted separately, as I have done over the last decade. The final blend will be 80% new oak, whereas my sample contained 100%, although this was discrete and enmeshed with the fruit. It has a fascinating bouquet, much more nuanced than those from a decade ago, dark fruit, a little earthier, with the stem addition lending it more freshness and even, dare I say, slightly green—and I mean that in a very positive sense. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a core of slightly candied black cherry and blackcurrant fruit framed by quite “strict” tannin and a fresh, marine-influenced, brine-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. There is a sense of harmony and completeness here that, even over 20 years tasting at this address, I have rarely encountered. You can just feel the frisson in this wine. One of the finest wines from the Côte d'Or in 2016. It's that simple. $627 (Arrives 10/24/18) Limited

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 97+
Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne

The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. Drinking 2016 – 2046. $200 Our Price $129.99

Opus One Overture

Winemaker Notes: A timeless expression of our estate vineyards, Overture is a multi-vintage reflection of the winemaker’s artistry. Full bodied but approachable in its youth, Overture shows generous dark fruit aromas and flavors with a soft, supple mid-palate. As a fine wine, Overture will develop profoundly over time. $130 (Arrives 10/9/18)

Wine Advocate 96+
2014 Kamen Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

The biggest cuvée that Herold makes for Robert Kamen is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, at 2,100 cases, from a vineyard dominated by the volcanic basalt elevation between 1,100 and 1,500 feet. It sits above the iconic Monte Rosso Vineyard, owned by Gallo. Blueberry and blackberry fruit, forest floor, dusty/loamy notes, roasted herbs and meats all jump from the glass of this opaque purple wine. It’s dense, rich and built for long-term cellaring, this wine can be approached now because it is a 2014, but likely will evolve for 25-30 or more years. $95 Limited

2015 Lewis Cuvee L Napa Valley, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Straight from James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, Last of the Mohicans, comes our 2015 Cuvee L – a noble savage from an outstanding vintage with great depth of character. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with the strength of a grizzly and the soul of a chief this onyx and indigo wine is cloaked in tiers of blackberry with a quiver of clove and cedary oak spices. Broad paths of richly rendered fruit trail into hand-hewn tannins reflecting nature’s winding ways. $500/magnum (Arrives 10/19/18)

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