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March 5th 2021 Newsletter

Wine Tasting at VRW $5/person
Today’s Tasting, 3/5/21 (2:30 PM-5:30 PM): 2018 Thread Feathers Atlas Peak Napa Cabernet and 2018 Cardano Estate Black Fruit Napa Cabernet


2018 Thread Feathers Atlas Peak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This gem was sourced from the top of Atlas Peak, just a stones throw from the stagecoach vineyard. Wine exudes blackberry, mocha, and blueberry compote on the nose, extenuated by sweet vanilla. The palate shows dark fruit, with cassis, plum and cedar orbiting around Gorgeous mid palate, with full-bodied richness, ripe tannins and terrific balance. Case Productions: 380. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. $75 Internet Price $34.99

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2018 Cardano Estate Black Fruit Napa Cabernet

While a small step up in price, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Fruit is worth it and is one of the top values found in the vintage. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, it has classy, complex notes of blueberries, blackberries, unsmoked tobacco, leather, and white truffle. It’s one of those wines you could smell all night, and it doesn’t disappoint on the palate either, offering full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and ultra-fine tannins. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15 years or more. Internet Price $75

Saturday Tasting, 3/6/21 (12:30 PM-3:30 PM): 2015 Carmel Road Panorama Pinot Noir and 2018 Walter Hansel Estate Pinot Noir


2015 Carmel Road Panorama Pinot

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Panorama Pinot Noir is absolutely delicious. The wine has intense aromas of black cherry and blackberry with hints of baking spices and black tea. It is rich and juicy on the palate with layers of oak complimenting the black cherry core. Silky, well integrated tannins exude wonderful balance, elegance and a long finish. Made with 100% Pinot Noir. $35 Our Price $13.95

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Estate

The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate, aged in 60% new François Frères barrels, has a medium ruby color and aromas of cured meats, red and black cherries, graphite, dried earth and tobacco leaves. The medium-bodied, satiny palate explodes with concentrated earth- and spice-laced fruits, gently grainy, super fresh and finishing very long and uplifted. 861 cases produced. $40

Tasting Alerts: Instagram-Vintage Reserve Wine


Vintage Reserve Wine Hours
Tuesday-Friday 12 Noon-6:00 PM
Saturday 12 Noon-4:00 PM


Vintage Reserve Wine (VRW)
1552 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 109 Fresno, CA 93720 Via Montana Center (NE Corner Shepherd and Champlain-Two doors south of Big 5 Sporting Goods) vintagereserve.biz. 559-878-3953


Wine Advocate 92
2017 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, containing 4% Petit Verdot, was aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with energetic red and black currants, blackberry preserves and black forest cake notes with hints of bay leaves and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with juicy black fruit and red fruit accents, framed by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with lovely freshness. 620 cases made. Internet Price $75 (Arrives GT 3/11/21)

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points
2018 Saxum Broken Stones

Made in the more meaty, powerful style that this cuvée has shifted to, the 2018 Broken Stones is 49% Syrah, 21% Graciano, 13% Petite Sirah, 8% Grenache, and 7% Mataro, and a splash of Viognier. Killer stuff, it has a massive Syrah nose of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, game, and crushed violets. With full-bodied richness, a bright, juicy texture, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish, it's a thrill a minute and can be enjoyed today or cellared for a solid decade. Market Price $129-212. (4 bottles available at GT for $149/bottle)

2018 Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Red Blend

Winemaker Notes: With the Alma de Cattleya Red Blend, concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate, and star anise burst from the glass, as soft, supple tannins and bright acidity envelop the palate. Internet Price $26 (Available GT)

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James Suckling 94 Points
2018 Schrader Double Diamond
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

An elegant, fruit-driven cabernet sauvignon with notes of red fruit and spices. Fresh herbs, such as thyme. It’s full-bodied and well balanced. The texture is pleasant and smooth with elegant tannins. The finish is long and flavorful. Internet Price $75 (Available GT and VRW)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 Points
2018 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir Chimera is compelling. Bright, sculpted and energetic, the 2018 is just singing today. Sweet red cherry, mint, blood orange, spice and rose petal all race out of the glass. The Russian River Pinot here has often been a bit juicier, but the 2018 is done in a style that emphasizes aromatic depth and focus. Of course, the wines were just bottled about six weeks ago, so there may be some bottle shock. In any event, the 2018 is superb." 100% Pinot Noir - 40% Starscape Vineyard, Russian River, 27% Widdoes Vineyard, Russian River, 20% Sale Vineyard, Russian River, 5% Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, 5% Wilson Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, 3% Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands $30 (Arrives this afternoon at GT)

2018 Lewis Reserve Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: From an outstanding vintage, our 2018 Reserve Cabernet is a full-throttle bottle, packed with fruit yet balanced with a fine-tuned chassis. Showy and complex, the wine is obsidian dark, layered with black currant, berries, coffee and sweet oak spices. Fleshy on entry, the palate soars with brazen youth in a firmly framed structure that tails away with chocolaty fine-grained tannins. $175 Our Price $159.99 (Arrives this afternoon at GT)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 95 Points
2018 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Black Chicken

The 2018 Zinfandel Black Chicken is dense and explosive in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, cloves, new leather, licorice and earthy notes abound. This is an especially potent, brooding Zinfandel, with all of its elements in total harmony. Drink it over the next 10-20 years. $50 Our Price $42.99 (Available GT)

Vinous 93 Points
2017 Capiaux Pisoni Pinot

The 2017 Pinot Noir Pisoni is a pliant, succulent wine that shows the textural richness that is such a signature of this Santa Luca Highlands site. Mint, wild flowers and blood orange perk up the bright red berry fruit nicely. Pisoni Pinots can at times be a bit heavy, but Sean Capiaux deftly balances fruit intensity with vibrancy in this inviting, beautifully crafted Pinot $50 (Arrives this afternoon at GT)

Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points
2017 Saxum The Hexe

The 2017 Hexe is another gorgeous, sexy 2017 that's a joy to drink. Offering loads of blackberries, chocolate, white pepper, black licorice and bouquet garni-like aromas and flavors, it's full-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless, and gorgeously put together. Drink this stunning wine over the coming 10-15 years. 58% Grenache, 27% Mataro, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Tempranillo. Market Price $190-$275. 3 bottles available at $170/bottle. Please call Brock at 559-994-0682


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