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August 23rd 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
PAOLO SCAVINO Vino da Tavola-Piedmont Red NV (L 2018 A)

Black currant, violet and rosemary settle nicely into the succulent texture of this red. Firm and elegant, yet shows intensity and fine length. Nebbiolo, Merlot, Barbera and Dolcetto. Drink now through 2024. 1,500 cases made, 500 cases imported. — BS $15 Our Price $9.95

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Wine Spectator 90
SEVEN FALLS Chardonnay Wahluke Slope 2014

Broad and supple, expressing a range of spice and citrus flavors, centering on pear and fig notes. Finishes with polish. Drink now through 2019. 27,000 cases made. — HS $20 Our Price $3.95

Wine Spectator 95
KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition NV

This mouthwatering Champagne is intense, from the floral- and spice-laced nose to the racy frame of acidity to the expansive flavors of grilled nut, mandarin orange peel, black currant and coffee. Stands out for finesse rather than power, with an enticing finish that brings you back for another sip. Disgorged January 2018. Drink now through 2027. From France.—A.N. $160

Wine Spectator 91
2016 Santa Carolina
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia

Ripe and fruity, with touches of elegance to the plush cherry tart, raspberry and red currant flavors, supported by medium-grained tannins. Sanguine notes on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,700 cases made, 650 cases imported. — KM $20 Liquidation Price $13.75 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 93
Bennett Valley 2015

Delightfully rich and lively, medium-weight yet packed with flavors highlighting tangerine, nectarine and spicy oak, with a long, layered aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more. Drink now.—J.L. 665 cases made. $30

2017 Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our 2017 Los Carneros Chardonnay opens up with inviting citrus notes of Meyer lemon and mandarin orange, followed by floral notes of honey suckle, and jasmine. A second breath of wine takes you to a place of minerals, with hints of flint and wet stones. The gentle kiss of oak seems to seep through the fruit ever so slowly. The beauty of this vintage is reflected by the perfect balance between fruit, oak, and acid. The palate exhibits a depth of fruit flavors ranging from golden delicious apple, tangelo, and nectarine. On the finish the wine ends with a medley of honey, citrus, and floral notes. $40

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon
Lewelling Ranch

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019. $75

Wine Advocate 94+
2014 Rudius Farella Vineyard
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard (all clone 4 from the top, rockiest part of the vineyard) charges out of the gate with crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and warm redcurrants with suggestions of bay leaves, camphor, tobacco and fertile loam plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied with a built-like-a-brick-house frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, if finishes with black fruit layers and a compelling herbal lift. 160 cases were made. $90

Wine Spectator 94
BRUNO ROCCA Barbaresco 2015

A pretty red, leading with rose, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors allied to an elegant frame, this is firmly structured, if a bit lacier in texture than many 2015s, with accents of earth, tobacco and tar. Ends with a chalky feel. Best from 2022 through 2040. 151 cases imported — B.S $60 Our Price $46.75

Wine Spectator 96
TENUTA BIBBIANO Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

A deep well of cherry, plum, floral, wild thyme and iron aromas and flavors highlight this complex, vibrant red, which is beautifully balanced and taut, with firm, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity that will allow this to age gracefully. Best from 2021 through 2045. 2,500 cases made, 750 cases imported.—B.S. $30 Our Price TBD (Arrives 8/27/19)

Wine Advocate 96
2016 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
 Oakville Hillside

Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is roja (very red). This wine comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside features red, black and blue fruits with floral and earthy nuances plus pencil shavings and a meaty/savory undercurrent. The palate is full-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of earth and mineral layers. 447 cases produced. $155

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select comes bounding out of the glass with gregarious scents of crème de cassis, warm black cherries, plum preserves and Indian spices with hints of lilacs, garrigue, stewed tea and cigar box plus a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich, boldly fruited and wildly decadent, it has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with loads of earthy and savory layers. $320 (2 bottles remain on our allocation) Please email

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