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November 5th 2019 Newsletter

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Wine Advocate 92
2017 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines

Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Zinfandel Old Vines features exotic spice accents over a core of blueberry and boysenberry compote, crushed black cherries and berries with notes of cinnamon stick and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has loads of spicy black and blue fruits in the mouth with firm, ripe tannins to frame and juicy acidity, finishing long and very spicy. 12,000 cases produced. $30 (Arrives 11/6/19)

We purchased the last 22 cases in stock, so this really is LAST CALL!
James Suckling 92 Points
2016 Beringer Luminus
Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Chardonnay

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 Internet Price $19.99. Grape Tray email subscriber price $14.95

Wine Spectator 92
TAMBER BEY Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Deux Chevaux Vineyard 2016

Fleshy and dark in profile, with warmed fig and black currant compote flavors leading the way. Offers ample toast and cocoa notes on the finish, but delivers abundant fruit and solid drive. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,500 cases made. –JM $60. Our Price $46.99 (Arrives 11/6/19)

2017 Lujon Walla Walla Syrah

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Walla Walla Syrah is co-fermented with 3.5% Viognier and was sourced from Cougar Crest Vineyard. The grapes were harvested 9/30/2017 and stemmed into 1.5 ton fermenters with mostly whole berries. Cold soaked for 2 days at which point inoculation occurs. We use various yeast for fruit expression and moderate tannin extraction. Fermentation lasts approximately 3 weeks at which point the free run is racked and barreled separately from the press wine. It’s aged for 23 months in French oak barrels with approximately 10% new oak. This is a beautiful fruit forward style set in a firm but elegant frame. Blueberry, plum and vanilla entice the nose into full and round mouth feel with soft tannins that linger on the finish impeccably. $25 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 88
ALBERT BICHOT Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit 2017

The flavors of this white verge on peach, with a core of straightforward apple and light earth notes. Persistent on the lingering, lemony finish. Drink now. 1,129 cases imported. — BS $30 Liquidation Price $20.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2018 Failla Sonoma Coast PINOT NOIR

Winemaker Notes: A benchmark wine of vintage, variety, and place. Bright red fruit, floral splashes, juicy pomegranate, and wild herb express structure with finesse and elegance. $39 Our Price $35.99

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Stack House
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley comes mainly from declassified mountain fruit. It is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 85% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it features bombastic notes of black cherries, crème de cassis and warm plums with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead, menthol and forest floor. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, it has bold freshness and tons of black fruit layers, finishing on a spicy note. 5,000 cases made. $35

Wine Spectator 96
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Upper Terrace 2017

Seduces you immediately, with expressive violet and dark raspberry aromas that open to polished and brilliantly structured blueberry, savory anise and tea flavors that take on richness on a long finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,850 cases made. — TF $110 (Arrives 11/6/19)

Jeb Dunnuck 96-98 Points
2018 Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah

The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there's some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It's a magical Syrah from Tensely, and my money is on it being the finest to date. $42 (Arrives 11/13/19)



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