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April 3rd 2020 Newsletter

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
Chappellet 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature
Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is plump, racy and super-expressive. Raspberry jam, spice, mocha, blood orange and pomegranate are all given an extra kick of textural richness. Unctuous and bold, the 2017 offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. This is a terrific effort. The Signature Cabernet remains one of the very best Napa Valley wines in its price range. Drinking window: 2022 – 2032. $70 Our Price $59.95

WOW-60% Discount!
Wine Spectator 90
WindRacer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015

Lithe and spicy, with creamy accents to the apple pastry, pear tart and dried tropical fruit flavors. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,502 cases made. — KM $40 In-Store Only Price $15.95 (Delicious) Back in stock

Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 Points
2018 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir

 The 2018 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard was all destemmed and will spend 11 months in French oak. It offers a beautiful, exotic bouquet of blueberries, wild strawberries, forest floor, mint, and violets. This gives way to a rich, textured, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that has a wonderful floral character, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. $58 (Arrives 4/8/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 Points
2018 Roar Garys’ Pinot Noir

Complex notes of Asian spice, underbrush, black cherries, incense, and smoke all emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard. This is another medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant, beautifully balanced Pinot Noir from this team. $62 (Arrives 4/8/20)

Wine Spectator 92
FLORENT COSME Vouvray La Motte 2018

A gorgeous, beautifully integrated white, with a velvety texture coating the palate, while notes of orchard blossom, dandelion, white peach and Asian pear intermix continuously. Picks up a savory mineral detail midpalate, meeting sweet spice accents on the long, inviting finish. Drink now through 2033. 600 cases made, 400 cases imported. $25 Our Price $20.99

2018 Kistler Sonoma Mt. Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Kistler plantings on Sonoma Mountain, situated on a hillside bench perfectly suited for growing world class Chardonnay, are interlaced with the rare combination of red volcanic and fine grained chalky soils. The vineyards are planted to California Heritage clones that were selected specifically over the last 30 years to ripen to our balanced wine standards. They are some of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Sonoma County. When coupled with the selections in the vineyard the textbook growing conditions afford a wine that is decidedly Sonoma Mountain in character. Annually some of our earliest vineyard pickings each year, this is a wine driven by a grounded, focused mineral core yet lifted by striking ethereal tones of vibrant light fruit raised at elevation. $75

2018 Frank Family
Carneros Chardonnay, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Hailing from acclaimed vineyard sites, the 2018 Carneros Chardonnay offers a creamy full body complemented by fresh, persistent acidity. Layers of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, and toasted brioche lead to a balanced and lasting finish of vanilla and baking spice. $18/375ml. Our Price $15.69/375ml

2018 Orin Swift Mercury Head
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A familiar nose of pedigree, the wine opens with aromatics of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant, cigar box and a hint of fresh sandalwood shavings and Herbs de Provence—mysteriously intriguing at first but evolving into a thoroughbred with time and air. Dense and layered on the palate, an immediate note of mixed berry strudel topped with fresh cream, fresh black raspberry and soft tannins akin to baking chocolate transition to a finish of both nuance and concentration. Still young, the wine will continue to evolve gracefully while retaining its luscious quality and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon nature. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon $135 Our Price $119.99

Wine Advocate 91
2018 Reverchon Saar
Mineral Riesling Feinherb

The 2018 Saar Mineral Riesling Feinherb (AP 3 19) offers a fine and flinty nose of ripe and slatey fruits. On the palate, this is a dense and charming, fine and elegant, slightly crunchy Riesling with good grip and salty minerals. Fine tannins and a serious finish here. Tasted in March 2019. $15 Our Price $11.95

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

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals bombastic blackberry pie and blueberry compote notes with underlying cassis, dried herbs and unsmoked cigars scents plus a waft of pencil shavings. Full-bodied and jam-packed with black fruits and earthy layers, it has a solid, grainy frame and a long finish with a lively herbal lift. 6,576 cases produced. $125 Our Price $106.99 (Arrives 4/9/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from Hobbs, and it's brought up all in French oak. Black raspberries, bouquet garni, crushed flowers, and honeyed strawberry notes all emerge from this beautifully polished, medium-bodied, seamless effort. With lots of upfront fruit, plenty of underlying depth and structure, and a great finish, it's a winner. Drink it over the coming decade. $62 Our Price $52.99 (Back in stock 4/6/20)

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