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January 17th 2020 Newsletter

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2017 Maxville Napa Big Max Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The nose is filled with fresh pear and yellow apple opening to floral notes with crisp lemon and apple flavors. Pear, apple and citrus flavors continue from the aroma across the palate in a clean, crisp refreshing entry, changing to a creamy mid-palate packed with fruit and texture. The bright acidity energizes the palate, leading to an elegant and lengthy finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc $25 Our Price $6.25

Wine Spectator 91
VOLVER Alicante Tarima Hill Old Vines 2016

This bold red is intense and expressive. Cassis and blueberry flavors mingle with cola, cocoa and licorice notes. Chewy tannins and balsamic acidity amplify the impact. Heady, ripe and in the modern style. Monastrell. Drink now through 2024. 10,000 cases made, 9,000 cases imported. — TM $17 Our Price $14.59

Wine Spectator 92
HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay
Russian River Valley 2018

Luscious, rich and full of creamy white fruit flavors flanked by buttery accents. Spicy plushness lingers into the finish, with some honeyed notes. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made. — KM $30 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS MURIEL Rioja
Fincas de la Villa Reserva 2015

This generous red is rich and round, with ripe tannins and orange peel acidity. Cherry, dried currant, licorice, vanilla and spice flavors are ample yet focused. A balance of traditional and modern styles. Drink now through 2030. —T.M. $20 Our Price $16.99

2018 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of black cherry, allspice, black currant and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouth feel, supported by acidity, silky tannins and a subtle earthy finish. $35 Our Price $29.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2018 Frank Family Carneros Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby in color, the 2018 Carneros Pinot Noir is lively and fresh with a beautiful exploration of rose petal, pomegranate, and cranberry. It shows a wealth of flavor and texture with a full-bodied figure of ripeness and structured acidity. $36 Our Price $31.99

2017 Virginia Marie Lambrix (VML)
Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Incredibly pretty, floral, fruit-centric, and slightly spicy. Oak inspires hints of graham cracker and vanilla, and the finish finds pert acidity, bing cherries, and rose petals. $44 Our Price $21.95 (Back in stock) Delicious!

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Secret Indulgence Tarot
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Petit Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Tarot Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and exuberant nose of warm plums, crushed cherries and crème de cassis with touches of Indian spices, fragrant earth and violets with a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it fills the palate with black berry and earthy layers, finishing with the lovely velvety texture paving the way. $45

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Castello Romitorio Il Toro

A blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah, the 2016 Il Toro is a muscular animal that boldly exposes dark fruit, blackberry preserves, dried cherry, spice, leather and spicy cedar. The blend is unique because it pairs the volume and spicy intensity of Syrah with the density, darkness and structure of Petit Verdot. Softer aromas of sweet fruit cede quickly to tar, grilled herb and rich plum. Pair this wine with grilled T-bone steak. This is a bold and expressive wine that opens a new chapter for Filippo Chia and his talented team. $25 Our Price $19.99

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

The 2015 Reserve Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak (60% new) for 22 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color and quite a toasty nose to begin, giving way to a beautiful perfume of roses and lilacs with a core of cassis, redcurrant jelly and blackberry tart plus a touch of cedar chest. Full, velvety and seductive, it delivers layers of perfumed red and black fruit with a very long finish. 16,637 cases produced. $65 Our Price $44.95 (Back in stock)

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Shafer Vineyards 2016 Relentless

The 2016 Relentless is every bit as stellar as it was last year. Silky, nuanced and beautifully persistent in the glass, the 2016 is super-refined. A natural tendency towards extroverted power is nicely tempered in this super-polished and highly nuanced Syrah/Petite Sirah blend from Shafer. Drinking window: 2020 – 2030. $95

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Pich features very pretty notes of crushed blueberries, blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets and cedar chest plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, packed with vibrant black fruits and plushly textured, this buxom beauty is ready for biz, finishing satisfyingly long and spicy. $57 Our Price $49.95 (Arrives this afternoon)


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