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March 29th, 2019 Newsletter

2016 Conundrum Red

Winemaker Notes: Sourced from premier California winegrowing regions, Conundrum Red features dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. With a deep, inky hue almost as dark as blackberries, this wine opens on the nose with scents of chocolatey coffee, sweet oak, fresh plums, floral blossoms and the earthiness of a forest floor. The palate starts off soft, then turns grippy – it peaks with a combination of fruit and textural tannins, before being dominated by the character of ripe berries and plums. As the finish tapers off with the taste of blackberries, spicy notes add complexity to every sip. $25 Our Price $19.99

2017 Bellenda San Fermo Prosecco Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Winemaker Notes: This delicate and slightly aromatic prosecco, obtained from the natural fermentation of the Glera grapes of the Conegliano hills. With a strong and fruity taste, compact foam, very fine and persistent bubbles. As an aperitif, it combines fish-based appetizer dishes, tuna carpaccio, swordfish carpaccio. Considered among the best sparkling wines in Italy $22 Our Price $18.99

Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 Points
2016 Ferraton Côtes du Rhône Samorens Rouge

The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorens is a 50/50 split of Grenache and Syrah that’s completely unoaked and brought up all in concrete. Rounded, sexy and even voluptuous, with terrific purity in its black raspberry, violet and incense aromatics, this medium to full-bodied beauty has no hard edges, silky tannin and a great finish. $17 Our Price $10.69 (Arrives 4/2/19)

Wine Spectator 90
FERRATON PÈRE & FILS Côtes du Rhône White Samorëns 2016

Bright and lively, with racy verbena and honeysuckle notes pulling a core of yellow apple and melon rind flavors along. Shows a flash of lemon curd on the finish. Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Marsanne. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made. –JM $15 Our Price $10.69 (Arrives 4/2/19)

Wine Spectator 91
BREWER-CLIFTON Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2016

Intense flavors of honeydew melon and pear tart dominate this supple white. The richly spiced finish shows some pastry notes. Drink now through 2022. 4,135 cases made. –KM $36 Our Price $29.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2016 Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer Notes: Focused and refined, this Oakville beauty is filled with black cherry, mocha and blackberry. A full bodied Cabernet with silky tannins which are complemented by savory flavors and vanilla. Approachable now, but will cellar beyond a decade. The Rock Cairn vineyard in Yountville is 30 years old and has deep gravelly loam with western facing exposure. 100% certified organic vineyard. Composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Malbec; 6% Petit Verdot $72 Our Price $64.99 (Arrives 4/17/19)

2016 Levendi Stagecoach Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: A big, robust classic Cabernet Sauvignon, with cassis and mocha. This wine shows the characteristic briary Atlas Peak attitude. Brambly flavors with intense notes of new leather and sweet black cherry jam. Soft, ripe mountain tannin on the finish as proof of provenance, with an expandingly rich palate. $84 Our Price $71.99 (Arrives this afternoon) Delicious!

2016 Napa Cellars Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Napa Cellars 2016 Chardonnay displays the classic Napa Valley Chardonnay characteristics indicative of this region. Aromas of peach, bright apple, and graham cracker excite the senses. Flavors of pear, crème fraiche, and pie crust are complimented by a creamy texture with balanced acidity and a nice, lingering finish of crème brulee and white peach. $22 Our Price $13.95

2015 Terroir Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and a hint of Malbec. The Terroir Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredibly food-friendly wine. A nose of blackberry, cassis, and chocolate with hints of vanilla gives way to a deep palate of dark cherry, ripe plum, and mocha. The vintage of 2014 lent winemakers supremely ripe fruit, the outcome of which is shown in the deep red hue of our staple Cabernet Sauvignon. $27

2017 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 offers lush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with effortless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, Chablis-like acidity. $57 Our Price $52.99

James Suckling 95 Points
Tenuta di Biserno Toscana
Il Pino di Biserno 2015

A very subtle but promising nose with dried lavender, conifer, dried herbs, nutmeg and even citrus. Full-bodied with ripe but tightly wound tannins that coat the mouth with dark and dried-fruit flavors. The acidity lifts this long through the finish, which is grainy and stony. A blend of cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. Drink in 2022. $55 Our Price $46.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2016 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% St. Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals notions of scorched earth, tar, tilled black soil and fungi over a core of blackcurrant cordial, aniseed, dark chocolate and espresso plus a waft of tobacco. Full-bodied, concentrated and very earthy in the mouth, the rich, black fruits are superbly framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. $80 Our Price $74.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2016 Fait Main Teeter Totter Napa
 Cabernet Sauvignon

Readers looking for value in Napa Valley should snatch up the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon as it will easily compete with wine that costs 3-4 times its going rate. Made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from throughout the valley, this beauty boasts a saturated purple color as well as a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, licorice, toasted spices, and tobacco. Deep, full-bodied, and powerful, it still has the class and purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. It's a no-brainer to enjoy over the coming decade. $65 (Delicious)

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