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March 1st, 2019 Newsletter


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Gold Medal Denver International
Wine Competition
2016 Estancia Reserve Meritage Red

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Meritage expresses the true terroir of Paso Robles. A firm, tannic backbone from Petit Verdot, sweet cherry and chocolate aromas along with structure from Cabernet Sauvignon, and a rich round texture from Merlot all come together to create a classic blend. Blend: 47% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot. $32 Our Price $15.95

Los Angeles County Fair 94 Points
and Best of Class Gold Medal
2016 Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot

Winemaker Notes: This elegant and medium bodied wine has delicate aromas of violet and rose petals, complex flavors and long silky textures, with layers of strawberry and raspberry leading into a long and refined finish. $12 Our Price $7.45

Wine Spectator 95
BEDROCK The Bedrock Heritage
Sonoma Valley 2017

Brooding but not a bruiser. Finesse combines with power, offering fervent blackberry, fruitcake spice, ground pepper and orange zest accents that build intensity toward big but polished tannins. Zinfandel, Carignan, Mataro, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. 750 cases made. Drink now through 2026.—T.F $50

2018 Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rose

Notes from Anthony Lynch: The Corbières Gris de Gris is back in stock—that’s why we’re here. It has a delicate, pale salmon color, tantalizing as ever, and it is succulently fruity on the nose and palate. “Succulent” in the sense of biting into a ripe fruit—or, rather, a cornucopia of ripe fruits—and feeling them burst under your teeth, spattering your taste buds with delectable flavors of fresh citrus and berries. And then, the finish: crisp, dry, lip-smacking as ever. Rosé season lasts 365 days, my friends, and the calendar has just renewed! $17 Our Price $12.39

Wine Spectator 94
BUCKLIN Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch 2015

This distinctive and plump yet focused and refined version shows personality, with flavors of blackberry, fruitcake spices, black licorice and smoky pepper. 700 cases. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $24 Our Price $21.99 (Back in stock)

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of candied cherry, ripe strawberry with hints of mushroom, white pepper and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel. $25 Our Price $19.95

Back in stock!
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 Internet Price $19.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $17.95)

2017 Cakebread Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This wine has a pretty, floral nose with fresh citrus, orange blossom and white peach, but the real treat is in the mouth. The viscosity coats the palate; it is weighty on the tongue yet well balanced with acidity. The finish is clean with a nice zing and lingering minerality intertwined with pear and apple lemon. $45 Our Price $36.95

Wine Spectator 90
POSEIDON Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros 2016

Offers concentrated flavors of Fuji apple, Key lime pie and ruby grapefruit that are supported by fresh acidity. Lemon meringue notes extend on the spicy and lightly buttery finish. Drink now through 2022. 3,460 cases made. –KM $28 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 93
LA CREMA Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

Expressive and well-structured, with lively and layered raspberry, violet and flint notes, finishing with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 14,339 cases made. –TF $30 Our Price $26.99

Wine Spectator 93
ALBAN Syrah Edna Valley
Patrina Alban Estate 2015

Dark and potently built, with expressive blackberry, pepper beef and fig aromas that lead to brooding flavors that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Hands off for now. Best from 2021 through 2026.—T.F $48

2015 Odette Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon redefines approachability - a fusion of fruit flavors that include wild blackberries, mulberries, sweet cherries and cocoa dipped blueberries invade your senses followed by wispy notes of forest floor and bittersweet chocolate. An exuberant, multi-dimensional mouthfeel is complemented by dynamic acidity that forges freshness, energy and length to the palate. Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot. $57

2015 Caymus Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A blackberry hue, with scents of rich leather, cooked caramel, berries and forest floor. Youthfully forward on the palate, supple and appealing with rich concentration. Tannins are abundant, yet fine, and persist throughout a layering of textural sensation. The richness of this wine correlates with the fine dust of the Napa Valley soils. Finish expresses oak (French barrel) and Caymus fruit-forward impressions. This wine is tannic, rich and squared off by our signature suppleness. $200 Our Price $169.95

Wine Advocate 95+
2016 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

The deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. It's beautifully perfumed with fragrant earth, lavender, oolong tea and chocolate-covered cherries with a core of warm cassis, crushed wild blueberries plus a compelling waft of roses. The full-bodied palate has a firm yet somehow wonderfully elegant frame thanks to super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and background freshness supporting the perfumed black fruit layers, leading to a very long finish. $140



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