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July 12th 2019 Newsletter

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2016 Beringer Luminus
Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Chardonnay
Retail $39. Our Price $14.95

James Suckling 92 Points: Attractive freshness and gently flinty citrus fruits. Aromas of melon and hazelnut nougat follow and lead to a palate with lemon, grapefruit, grilled peaches and nectarines. Layered and textural. Some pithy grip to close. This has attractive freshness and composure. Drink now. $39

Wine Spectator 91 Points: Rich and plush, this has plenty of buttery notes to the ripe apple, pear and dried ginger flavors. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2020. 12,000 cases made. — KM $39

Wine Spectator 92
BERNHARD OTT Niederösterreich
Am Berg Gruner Veltliner 2017

Lovely aromas of lily, rose, vanilla and coconut accent the peach and pineapple flavors in this white. A firm structure and dense texture make this complete. Multidimensional, with enough acidity for balance, and the body helps out. Persistent saline finish. Grüner Veltliner. Drink now through 2027. 1,320 cases imported.—A.Z. $21 Our Price $18.69

Wine Spectator 90
BODEGAS BRECA Vino de España Rosé 2018

This deceptively pale-colored rosé is quite rich, aromatic and dense. Berry, watermelon, spice and vanilla flavors mingle in a plush texture, with just enough acidity to stay focused. Drink now. 15,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. –TM $11 Our Price $7.95

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2015 Bootleg Prequel Proprietary Red Blend

One of the newer estates under the Jackson Family umbrella, Bootleg is managed by Kristy Melton, who’s turned out a brilliant Syrah blend in 2015. Made from 85% Syrah and 15% Petite Sirah, its deep purple color is followed by a peppery, meaty, dark fruited beauty that has full-bodied richness, complex notes of olives and spice, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a pleasure-bent 2015 that should keep for a decade. $40 Liquidation Price $22.95 (Limited to stock on hand)


2017 Walter Hansel Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc fruit is grown on our Vineyard Manager's property located in Lake County. We hand select the vineyard section and specific vines based on cluster size, weight and ripeness. Notes of melon, fig and pears with a creamy undercurrent; the vibrant acidity will make it food friendly with a variety of dishes. $17 Our Price $12.55 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Hall Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Half Bottles

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers an earthy/savory nose with notes of fertile loam, tree bark and smoked meat over a cassis and black cherry core with touches of roses and menthol. The full-bodied palate delivers great expression and plenty of character, supported by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note. $35/375ml. Our Price $28.65/375ml

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River

A crazy good value, the 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir is the appellation release from this team and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across Green Valley, Laguna Ridge and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest all flow to a medium bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. $40 Our Price $29.99 (Back in stock)

2016 Chappellet Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: From its enticing aromas of black tea, cherry, cedar and smoke to it silky richness and long, complex finish, this wine shows why Chappellet loves mountain-grown Merlot. On the palate, a core of black cherry is encircled by layers of dark chocolate, currant, cassis and graphite, as well as oak-inspired hints ofvanilla, clove and spice. $52 Our Price $44.99 (Delicious) Arrives this afternoon

2018 Stewart Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This wine opens with a fragrant array of boxwoods, nettles, and gooseberries, reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is textured and anchored with layers of Key lime and grapefruit, leading to a lengthy finish with fresh, balanced acids. $25

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
2013 Peter Franus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. A host of graphite, grilled herbs, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky fruit in a rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is going to take at least a few years to fully come together. This is an unusually big, opulent wine from Peter Franus, but all the elements are in the right place. $48 Liquidation Price $36.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 91
HONIG Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018

Succulent peach, nectarine and dried mango flavors are intense and vibrant, showcasing plenty of style, with a note of honeysuckle lingering effortlessly. Drink now. 49,820 cases made.—MaryAnn Worobiec. $19 Our Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 94
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Volcanic 2017

Vibrant yet graceful, featuring expressive raspberry and tart cherry aromas and spirited orange peel, spice box and dark tea accents that take on complexity toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027.—T.F 266 cases made. $42 Our Price $36.99

Wine Advocate 95-97+
2014 Immortal Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon Slope

As for the 2014s, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Slope from the Hidden Ridge vineyard does not suffer in comparison with the extraordinary efforts of 2013. Still a barrel sample, its riveting richness, concentration, texture and density represent another legend in the making. Crème de cassis, licorice, blackberry, earthiness and spice are all present in this magnificent example of Cabernet Sauvignon that should age eautifully for 25-30+ years. $97 (Arrives 7/16/19)

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