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April 23rd 2019 Newsletter

2018 La Galope Cotes de Gascogne Rose

A pale pink and wonderfully fresh Rosé with succulent red berry flavors, a lively, fruity palate and lingering finish. Pair with tapas, mixes salads and a really big glass. $12 Our Price $9.75

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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio
Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2017

This balanced, light-bodied white offers a lively mix of peach, passion fruit, floral and pink grapefruit zest notes, with tangy acidity and a floral finish. Drink now through 2021. From Italy. 25,800 cases made —Alison Napjus $16 Our Price $13.25

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2017 Ghost Block Sauvignon Blanc
MorgaenLee Vineyard

Winemaker Notes: This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe yellow fruits, including peach, apricot, and guava. The wine has lively acidity of white grapefruit and subtle hints of peach, with a beautiful balance between minerality and fruit. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a complex long-lasting, refreshing, clean finish. $25

Wine Spectator 92
GREEN & RED Zinfandel Napa Valley Chiles Canyon Vineyards 2016

Sleek and elegantly complex, with expressive cherry, sweet anise and pepper flavors that glide on a long finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,590 cases made.—Tim Fish $27 Our Price $21.99 (Arrives 4/24/19)

Decanter Magazine 93 Points
Domaine Besson Givry Rouge ‘Le Haut Colombier’ 2016

Impressive, sappy and alluringly perfumed with plenty of summer pudding fruit, notes of rose petal and violet and subtle vanilla oak. The tannins are very fine here, complemented by chalky minerality. Textured, youthful and long on the palate, this would reward cellaring. $30 Our Price $26.49

Wine Advocate 93+
2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Le Petit Vice

This is a new second wine meant as a means for consumers to discover the Vice Versa brand. Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, blending fruit from St. Helena, Pritchard Hill and Yountville and aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Petit Vice is deep garnet-purple colored and opens with expressive crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry tart with hints of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, pencil lead and menthol plus a waft of coffee beans. It's full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth with wonderfully plush yet firm tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and spicy. 500 cases produced. $75

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

Wine Spectator 90
PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast Riviera 2017

Ripe, with mocha and espresso accents to the concentrated dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. Dark chocolate notes lengthen out nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 7,366 cases made.—K.M. $25 Our Price $19.99

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

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Winemaker Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Ideal wine with lighter summer fare such as salads, pasta, grilled meats; exceptional with fish on the grill. $14 Our Price $5.95

2016 Levendi Sweetwater Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: A big, exuberant nose of mocha and black cherry aromas, cradled with notes of five-spice and black licorice. The palate had a pleasant jammy entry with plum and black cherry fruit. Plushy, velvety fruit on the finish with soft tannin to remember that it is really Cabernet. $55 Our Price $47.99

2017 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay Magnum

Winemaker Notes: This wine appears light straw in the glass with aromas of toasted brioche, baking spices, and candied lemon rind. On the palate, the Carneros Chardonnay is full-bodied and creamy yet balanced by lively acidity; with nuanced flavors of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, melon, and subtle hints of oak toast.$75 Our Price $65.99/magnum (Arrives 4/24/19)


Winemaker Notes: Flirting with perfection, the 2016 McGah Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, flawless and a compelling Rutherford beauty. Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. The mid palate is a silky flow of abundant blue and black fruits, followed with an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The integrated structure and polished tannins carry through to a detailed and long finish. This blend from five of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks on the estate showcases what an amazing terroir the McGah Family Vineyard is. Allow two to three years for it to mellow out or enjoy it in its prime five to ten years out. It’s an absolute pleasure to release this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $70

Wine Advocate 95+
2016 Vice Versa Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon (coming from vineyards in St. Helena, Pritchard Hill and Yountville), aged 20 months in 65% new French oak, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a little closed to begin, soon giving way to notions of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves and blackberry compote with wafts of mocha, licorice and fertile loam plus hints of cedar chest, lavender and unsmoked tobacco. It's very big, rich and full in the mouth and chock-full of taut black fruit and earthy layers, supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with epic length. 450 cases produced. $150

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