Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing nose of blackberries, bayleaf and graphite; on the palate the wine is full bodied, and reminiscent of cocoa-dusted dark chocolate trues, cloves and blackberries.
Krug Grande Cuvée 164eme Edition Champagne NVThe 164th Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is absolutely brilliant and one of the best iterations of this iconic wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. This is not surprising, as it is from the base year of 2008, though the team at Krug utilized reserve wines all the way back to 1990 in this version. The final cépages is forty-eight percent pinot noir, thirty-five percent chardonnay and seventeen percent pinot meunier, with the wine spending eight years in the Krug cellars sur latte. The beautiful bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, white peach, fresh-baked bread, very complex soil tones, white flowers, incipient smokiness and just a hint of the caraway seed to come with bottle age. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and seamlessly balanced, with a great core, utterly refined mousse, superb focus and grip and a very, very long, complex and zesty finish. The vibrancy of the exceptional base year of 2008 is very much in evidence here and this is destined to be one of the all-time great Grande Cuvées. 2017- 2065+
Joseph Drouhin St Veran White Burgundy 2015Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin : "A wine that smiles and makes you smile! It is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate".
Robert Keenan Spring Mountain Reserve 2013Winery Note: 2013 marks the 37th vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery and the 13th consecutive vintage of “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard now in its sixteenth year has hit full maturity. This year’s blend consists of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 from our “Upper Bowl” estate vineyard, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 15 from our “Big K” estate vineyard and 5% Merlot from our “Mailbox” estate vineyard. Deep aromatics, piercing and precise, a full rich saturated mouth feel, and a long lasting multi-layered finish define this exemplary blend. The 2013 Reserve Cabernet also shows a distinctly savory note on the finish that appears to be a signature aspect of the entire vintage. Enjoy now or decades from now. Cheers!
Domaine du Claouset Chateau Lapinesse Sauternes 2014 375mlProduced from a manual harvest with several tries to select only the perfectly botrytised grapes, the musts obtained by direct pressing are settled and vinified at low temperature. Maturing 12 months in stainless steel tanks. Shiny golden yellow. Pretty aromatic expression of quince, melon and dry apricot. Pleasant floral aromas and candied fruits.
Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2014Winemaker Note: This wine has a deep garnet rim with a dark burgundy-hued core. A nose of sweet vanilla, cigar and blackberry carries over onto the soft, voluptuous palate. Ripe fruit flavors are accented with notes of licorice, graphic slate and unsweetened chocolate powder, while hints of dark roasted coffee show up on the very edges of the tongue.