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August 4th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 96
2015 Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs
 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate sports a very deep purple-black color and is scented of bright red and black currants notes with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush, mossy bark and damp soil, plus suggestions of lavender and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy backbone supporting the muscular fruit, with plenty of earth layers coming through on the long, savory finish. $450 Our Price $399.99

Wine Advocate 91+
2017 Orin Swift Cellars
Proprietary Red Machete

Composed of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, aged for 12 months in oak (38% new), the 2017 Proprietary Red Machete sports a deep garnet-purple color. It has a fragrant nose of black cherry compote, blueberry pie and dried mulberries with hints of candied violets, dark chocolate and roses. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, the palate delivers tons of opulent fruit and a plush texture, finishing long and perfumed. 12,440 cases were made. $55 Our Price $42.99

James Suckling 90 Points
2018 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

This has a very rich and fleshy feel with intense, ripe peaches that pervade the nose and palate. There’s a really concentrated feel here. Ripe, too. Drink now. $17 Our Price $11.95

Wine Spectator 90
DELAMOTTE Brut Champagne NV

Crisp and minerally, with smoke and chalk accents underscoring the rich notes of lemon curd, glazed apricot and spring blossom, this chiseled Champagne is elegant and well-knit. Drink now through 2022. 6,500 cases imported. — AN $65 Our Price $39.99 (Arrives 8/5/20)

Wine Advocate 90
2016 Frank Family
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple in color and displays expressive notions of baked plums, warm cassis and licorice with hints of bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy black fruit and earthy sparks, finishing chewy. $52 Our Price $44.99

2018 Francois Crochet Sancerre

Producer Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape in Sancerre, and there is no mistaking it at Chez Crochet. For such a forceful and “minerally” white wine, it shows a tremendous amount of beauty and delicacy. There are aromas of kefir lime, lemon, lemon peel, ripe green melon, cucumber, freshly crushed limestone rocks and gunflint. $30

Wine Spectator 92
TAMBER BEY Chardonnay
Yountville Sans Chêne 2017

Aromas of fresh Key lime give this a zesty persona, along with a vibrant core of lively flavors that dance on the palate. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JL $36 Our Price $30.99

Wine Enthusiast 94
2018 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir

This is an outstanding wine for the price, made from a majority of estate-grown grapes across the appellation. Given 10 months in French oak, 27% of it new, it is designed to be delicious out the gate, with a lush opulence that is soft, broad and supple across the palate. Plummy and brimming in dark cherry and cola, it finishes with moderate structure and baking spice. Editors’ Choice. —V.B. abv: 14.5% Price: $38 Our Price $29.99

2018 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc begins with enticing aromas of lemongrass, lychee, passionfruit, melon and pineapple, followed by hints of white nectarine and lime. On the juicy palate, a subtle viscosity is perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity that adds precision to the citrus and tropical fruit flavors, while driving the wine to a bright, zesty finish. Blend: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon. $29 Our Price $23.99

Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 Points
2016 Alban Patrina Estate Syrah

The 2016 Patrina is another beautiful, elegant wine that has classic Alban depth and richness as well as notes of crème de cassis, smoked meats, iodine, and hints of bacon fat. Unfortunately, quantities are down 50% due to berry shrivel, yet the wine is a stunning, full-bodied, silky Syrah that will drink beautifully for a decade. Patrina is bacon, smoked meats, and deep fruit, all framed with what one can reasonably call the ‘Alban Style’. It’s dense, concentrated, dark, and long with restraint. 60% new French oak, 26 months program 100% Estate Syrah. $48 (Back in stock 8/5/20)

2017 Duckhorn Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Lush, energetic and intense, this gorgeous Cabernet begins with aromas of blackberry, huckleberry and chocolate, as well as hints of mint, cardamom, clove and graham cracker. On the palate it displays lovely brightness, with firm, resolved tannins framing flavors of boysenberry and black currant. As it evolves in the glass, subtle sweet and savory notes are revealed, carrying the wine to a long, focused finish. $78 Our Price $62.99

Wine Spectator 92
LUJON Cabernet Sauvignon
 Walla Walla Valley 2016

Broad-shouldered yet agile, with expressive blackberry and cherry flavors accented by bay leaf and espresso notes, building richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 602 cases made. — TF $25 Our Price $18.99

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