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February 19th, 2019 Newsletter

2017 Wm. Harrison Los Carneros Chardonnay Arrives 2/22/19

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in color and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavors and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish. $95 (Arrives 2/26/19)

2016 David Hill Estate
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Our 2016 Estate Pinot Noir features aromatics of bright cassis, and underlying tones of black currant, anis, and leather. Forward fruit highlights a soft mid-palate with notes of boysenberry through to the finish. Structured tannins and complex oak finish contribute to the current pproachability of this wine. $24 Our Price $16.75 (Arrives 2/21/19)

Wine Spectator 94
ANTHEM Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2014

Offers wonderful richness and focuses on juicy, structured blackberry, cedar, anise and light loamy earth flavors. A very complete and compelling display of power and finesse, showing deft balance. Ends with a long, persistent finish that picks up anise and fresh dirt details. Drink now through 2034. 250 cases made. –JL $110

Wine Advocate 92+
2016 Hess Collection Panthera Chardonnay

The 2016 Chardonnay Panthera saw 100% malolactic fermentation and was barrel fermented and aged. It reveals pronounced butterscotch, crème brûlée and marzipan notes with a core of guava, warm apricots and honeydew melon. Full-bodied with a rich, satiny frame, it coats the palate with stone fruit and savory/nutty layers, finishing with great length. 2,729 cases produced. $45 Our Price $35.99 (Arrives 2/20/19)

2017 Lloyd Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Picked at the peak of ripeness, this Chardonnay is barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in American oak. Left on the lees right until bottling. Flavors of tropical fruits, pear and apple are supported by rich notes of vanillin, leading into a powerful and succulent finish. $39 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 93
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2014

Openly complex and charming, from the initial burst of zesty black cherry and raspberry flavors to the shades of loamy earth, gravel and cedar. Never loses sight of the fruit purity. Drink now through 2030. 250 cases made. –JL $105 (Back in stock 2/22/19)

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 (Back in stock)

2016 Kali Hart Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Kali Hart is Talbott's most fruit-forward expression of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. In the winery, the grapes guide the way with minimal influence, resulting in a luscious, bright wine. Aromas of vanilla and brioche in the aroma lead to notes of mandarin, pineapple and melon contribute to an unctuous, inviting palate. Following the dense tropical fruit flavors, there is a soft, wonderfully clean finish with a touch of minerality and hard spice notes. $20 Our Price $14.99 (Back in stock 2/20/19)

James Suckling 99 Points
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve 2015

The spice and walnut aromas are so enticing. Undertones of blackberries and black truffles. Full-bodied, dense and layered with fantastic tension and seamless tannins. It goes on for minutes. All about classic structure and beauty. Try in 2021. $170 Our Price $149.99 (Arrives 2/20/19)

2014 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet, 6 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Our 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a garnet color with a ruby red rim and bluish tint. It has an alluring nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle and sage. On the palate, it has a broad yet delicate entry and offers cranberry flavors. These flavors are complemented by raspberry and pluot with savory black olive characters on the mid-palate. The wine finishes with silky tannins, cedar and bramble flavors with excellent length and return. This wine is drinkable upon release, but given proper cellaring conditions can be enjoyed through 2038. 97.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.3% Malbec, 0.2% Cabernet Franc. $875/6L

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