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January 15th 2021 Newsletter

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Wine Advocate 92 Points
2016 Carmel Road Panorama Pinot Noir

The 2016 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard was aged in 28% new French oak for 16 months. It has a pale to medium ruby color with scents of crushed cranberries, red and black cherries, rhubarb, warm earth, black tea leaves, rose petals, dried citrus peel and tree bark—a pretty interplay of ripe fruits and perfumed earthy character. Light to medium-bodied, it's elegant and silky textured in the mouth, with a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and great juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 305 cases produced. $35 Our Price $16.99 (Discounted 51%) Available GT and VRW

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2019 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Russian River Valley Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from white pear and apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of warm Creme Brulee with a balanced and elegant finish. $19 Our Price $11.39 (Available GT and VRW)

2017 Frank Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Half Bottle

Winemaker Notes: Our signature Cabernet Sauvignon opens to inviting aromas of dark plum and cherries, unfolding into oak tones of cinnamon and graphite. The palate offers flavors of hazelnut, cloves, and intense berry fruit with brilliant acidity on the finish, providing an intriguing and full-flavored experience. $30/375ml. Our Price $24.99/375ml (Available GT)

Vinous 88 Points
Domaine Vincent Dampt 2019 Petit Chablis

The 2019 Petit Chablis was cropped at 45hl/ha and aged for 7 months in 30% used barrels and 70% stainless steel. It has far more freshness and precision on the nose than the preceding vintage, light smoky notes emerging with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a rich opening, but unlike the 2018 there is more acidity here, leading to a bright, slightly saline finish. This is worth seeking out. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Available GT and VRW)

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2016 Cambria Clone 4 Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Clone 4 Chardonnay is bright and crisp with fresh citrus, apple and white peach fruit characters. The sur lees aging resulted in a slight fullness on the mid-palate that balances the elegant acidity of the wine. $30 Internet Price $12.99 Email subscriber price $10.95 (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir

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 (Available GT and VRW)

2019 BENITO FERRARA
GRECO DI TUFO VIGNA CICOGNA

Winery Notes: 100% Greco from Vigna Cicogna, the estate’s flagship cru of 1.5 hectares 15 to 60 year-old vines Calcareous clay soils with outcroppings of yellow sulfur Fermentation and maturation in stainless steel for 7 months before bottling. $35 Our Price $28.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92
FORT ROSS Chardonnay Fort Ross-Seaview Fort Ross Vineyard 2018

Powerful, with savory richness to the mix of intense fresh cut apple and pear flavors. Crunchy acidity fills the finish, which features buttery hints to dried sage and tarragon accents. Drink now through 2025. 608 cases made.—Kim Marcus. $44 Our Price $37.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
2019 Domaine Vincent Dampt Vaillons Premier Cru Chablis

Yeasty funk on this wine's otherwise shy nose speaks of youth and complexity. The palate comes in with vivid freshness that pervades a creamy, concentrated and layered midpalate that has a pithy, mouthwatering texture and real focus. The finish is alive and lasting, with pure lemon freshness. $40 Our Price $31.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Jeb Dunnucki 92-94 Points
2018 Calon Segur Capbern, St-Estèphe

From the team at Calon Ségur, the 2018 Château Capbern is another smoking good Saint-Estèphe. In 2018 it’s a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot that will spend 18 months in 60% new French oak. This ripe, sexy wine (it hit 14.6% natural alcohol) sports a deep purple color as well as blockbuster notes of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, crushed flowers, and scorched earth. Despite all the fruit and texture, it stays beautifully balanced, has classic Saint-Estèphe earthy minerality, ripe tannins, and a great finish. $30 (Arrives GT 1/19/21)

Wine Advocate 91-93 Points
2018 De Sales Pomerol

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 De Sales rocks up with expressive blackberries and black cherries notes with an undercurrent of tilled soil, truffles and mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied, it has a solid structure of ripe, rounded tannins and impressive freshness, finishing with bright black fruit layers. $36 (Arrives GT 1/19/21)

James Suckling 93 Points
2018 Domaine Faiveley Clos des Myglands Mercurey Premier Cru Burgundy

This is always beautiful with dried strawberries, flowers and hints of rosebush. Medium-to full-bodied with a round yet poignant tannin background and fresh acidity. Lively Mercurey. Drink or hold. $55 Our Price $47.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 94
CHÂTEAU KIRWAN Margaux 2018

This drapes wonderfully, with its range of warmed cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserve flavors displaying a cashmere feel while warmed anise, alder, juniper and bay details peek in throughout. Rich yet defined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2036. 7,500 cases made. — JM $55 (Arrives GT 1/19/21)



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