October 9th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 93+
2014 WindRacer Russian River
Chardonnay, Half Bottles

The 2014 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has lemongrass, orange blossoms and cedar notes over a core of white peaches, grapefruit and green mango. Medium to full-bodied with a gorgeously creamy textured and mouth-filling stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a racy backbone and a very long finish, with some toasty notes coming through. $20/375ml. Our Price $13.95/375ml

Wine Spectator 95
ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino 2013

An intense perfume of juniper, bay laurel, sage, rose and berries marks this silky red. The structure is there, yet superb balance and refined tannins help this retain elegance through the long finish. Almost ethereal in its presence. Best from 2021 through 2036. 10,000 cases made. –BS $65 Our Price $44.75

Wine Spectator 93
FROSTWATCH Chardonnay
Bennett Valley 2015

Delightfully rich and lively, medium-weight yet packed with flavors highlighting tangerine, nectarine and spicy oak, with a long, layered aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more. Drink now.—J.L. 665 cases made. $30 (Back in stock)

2015 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Combining the lush fruit of our warmer Anderson Valley estate vineyards with the rustic elegance of grapes from the cooler “deep end” of the valley. This is a rich and beautifully textured Pinot Noir with velvety tannins and bright acidity. On the palate, flavors of candied cherry and dark plum are underscored by deeper notes of forest floor. The finish is long and supple, with lively fruit and just a touch of French oak. $54 Our Price $42.65

2016 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

Winemaker Notes: Lush, layered and complex, this Bordeaux blend begins with concentrated aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, and dark chocolate. As the wine evolves in the glass, notes of anise, clove and bay leaf emerge, creating an inviting combination of fruit and spice. On the palate, a creamy texture underscores the wine’s richness, while accentuating flavors of ripe plum, vanilla, and roasted coffee that glide to a long, lingering finish. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. $35 Our Price $28.99 (Back in stock)

2016 Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Sauvignon Blanc has tremendous vibrancy and exotic aromatics. Our road map to creating Miller Ranch Napa is simple: cold, stainless steel fermentation to preserve the citrusy freshness, multiple yeast strains to enhance the aromas and enough barrel fermented Semillon to make the texture silky. $25 Liquidation Price $15.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Sourcing fruit from diverse vineyards creates complex aromas and rich structure for the Napa Valley Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides dusty cocoa, currants, and brown sugar. $23 Our Price $18.45

2016 J. Lohr Estates
 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and dense to the rim of the glass. Layered aromas of black currant, blueberry and cherry are accentuated by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder, and dark roasted coffee. High-toned red berry fruit strikes the fore-palate, and follows with brigh acidity and a full structure that is both dense and soft at once. $17 Grape Tray Insider Price $11.95

2017 Priest Ranch Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This wine displays melon, crisp grapefruit and hints of tropical passionfruit that are inviting on the nose and palate. There are also layers of lemon and vanilla that provide a lively mouthfeel on the finish. Perfect for any occasion, especially for a relaxed night in at home. $22 Internet Price $19.99. Grape Tray Email Subscriber Price $15.95

2016 Trefethen Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The nose opens with bursts of green apple, toasted brioche, honeysuckle and lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of clove and tropical fruit. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance. $30 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 92
FORGE Riesling Finger Lakes Classique 2015

Weighty for a Riesling, with a rounded feel and layers of creamed yellow apple, white peach and persimmon flavors. Delivers energy and cut throughout, with lemon pith, citrus oil and chamomile accents filling in. Shows length and range through the finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made. –JM $19 Liquidation Price $13.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2015 VML Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: This wine is bursting with aromas of lavender, sandalwood, dried cranberry and cocoa. The palate starts with ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry. Vanilla and dark chocolate flavors lead into high notes of raspberry. The wine has focused acidity, balanced tannins and a smooth finish that will continue to soften over time. $32 Our Price $27.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 96 pts
Forman 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena, Napa Valley

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is dense, pliant and wonderfully expressive. Ric Forman's wines are always on the restrained side, but the 2015 packs a good bit of punch. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, sage, mint, and rose petal overtones all add to the wine's precision and nuance. In 2015, Forman took in fruit from Thorevilos, which he co-manages with David Abreu, but ultimately decided to add that juice to the Cabernet Sauvignon rather than bottle it separately. Dollops of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec round out the blend. This is one of the classiest wines of the vintage. Drinking window: 2022 – 2040. $115 (Arrives 10/11/18)

Wine Spectator 97
ANTINORI Toscana Tignanello 2015

Red Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases imported. From Italy.—B.S. $135 Our Price $109.75 (Back in stock 10/12/18)



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