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February 18th, 2020 Newsletter

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2014 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: From the beautiful Silver Pines Vineyard at nearly 1000 ft. elevation on Sonoma Mountain, this Pinot Noir is a blend of clones UCD 23 and Pommard. The masculinity of clone 23 blends beautifully with the perfume and complexity of Pommard. Tiny yields produced a powerful, complex wine that will age beautifully for years to come. $55 Our Price $16.25 (Back in stock 2/19/20) Delicious!

Wine Spectator 92
2018 HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay
Russian River Valley

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. $30 Our Price $24.99

2018 Magnolia Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A beautiful expression of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple in color with a medium-full body that is well balanced and approachable. Silky smooth tannins balance the black cherry, juicy plum, and subtle oak characteristics. There is a freshness to the finish that invites another approach. Clone 4 and Clone 15. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $35 Internet Price $22.95. Grape Tray Email Subscriber Price $19.95

2018 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: With a brilliant garnet hue, the Luli Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with powerful aromatics of Bing cherry, strawberry cream, and baked plum. The morning fog and coastal breezes that pour into the Santa Lucia Highlands envelop the palate in the form of rose petal, blackberry crumble, red currant, and sage undertones. These rugged slopes stress the vines, producing fruit of exceptional complexity and structure, which reflect in the wine’s lively acidity and elegant tannin. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock 2/19/20)

2017 Joseph Carr Paso Robles
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The wine shows notes of black cherry, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavors of blackberry and sweet spice emerge on the palate, bolstered by a firm acidity, velvety tannin, and a long finish. $23 Our Price $17.99

2018 The Calling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: A vibrant nose with enticing aromas of white peach, white roses and honeysuckle. The crisp acidity on the palate is balanced by bright fruit notes of Gravenstein apple, pear and stone fruit that linger with a refreshing, elegant finish. $30 Our Price $24.39

2017 Domaine Vocoret Chablis, Burgundy

Winemaker Notes: The Kimmeridgian (limestone-rich) soils that run through Chablis give the wines their characteristic minerality, which can also be described as gunflint, chalk and, in the wines of Vocoret & Fils, the taste of a wet stone. An exceptional village-level Chablis with three-fourths of the fruit coming from the famous “Les Pargues” vineyard in Prehy and the balance comes from a village-level vineyard located just next to Montee de Tonnerre. This wine captures the typical Chablis character with steely minerality, focused citrus expression and firm acidity. Serve as an aperitif or with oysters, seafood, snails, charcuterie, goat cheese, Gruyere cheese. $27 Our Price $22.99

2016 CIRQ Treehouse Vineyard
Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Fresh cranberry, pomegranate and dense raspberries, softly muddled with cardamom, cinnamon and coriander with a small amount of dried blood orange zest. Multitude of soft red fruits, schnozberry, wrapped in thin red apple skin. Creamy, with an eddy of velvety taffeta, fine tannins that linger and settle deeply throughout, boomeranging from front to back then resting on the mid palate. $195

Wine Advocate 94+
2017 Eisele Vineyard Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Bottled in late July, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is a real step up from previous vintages, springing from the glass with vibrant lime cordial, orange blossom and grapefruit notes with touches of allspice, honeysuckle, ripe pears, white peaches and struck flint. Medium-bodied with a suggestion of satin to the texture and a fantastic intensity of exuberant citrus fruits and mineral notes, it delivers a very long, refreshing finish. This should age beautifully! $100

2015 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is maroon in color with a garnet hue. It has an enticing nose of maraschino cherries, blackberry bramble and brisket with notes of clove and star anise. Mouthwatering with a juicy entry, this wine has a fruity mid-palate of currant with toasted vanilla and roasted brown sugar character from American oak barrels. Structured tannins provide an elegant character with a long and expressive finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking through 2041. $80 Our Price $79.95

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 94 Points
2016 Torbreck The Struie Barossa

A blend of Shiraz from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Torbreck's 2016 The Struie brings hints of cracked pepper and mint together with big blueberry fruit, and somehow those turn savory by the long, tannic finish. It's full-bodied and firmly structured, wonderfully aromatic and intoxicatingly complex, and it represents a terrific value in the Torbreck lineup. Drink 2018-2030 $50 (Arrives 2/20/20)

Wine Advocate 97 Points
2016 Torbreck The Factor

Torbreck's 2016 The Factor incorporates what winemaker Ian Hongell calls their "most structured Shiraz, from a lot of ironstone soils." It spends two years in French oak barriques, half of which were new, so it shows hints of cedar pencil shavings and toasted coconut layered over ripe blackberries and spice. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it finishes long, with terrific energy and drive. It should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines from this lineup. Drink 2020-2040. $140 Our Price $89.99 (Arrives 2/20/20)



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