Robert Craig Affinity 2012
Hatched from the Cabernet-infused mind of Bob Craig in 1993, this Bordeaux-inspired wine is a blend of the Left Bank Five (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec) with Cabernet Sauvignon commanding the lead on the dance floor. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this hillside property is unusually racy, and mineral laden, even for a boulder strewn, Napa Valley vineyard. The addition of the other four Bordeaux varieties is necessary for the depth, dimension and layers that are present in the wine each vintage; Petit Verdot for color, Malbec for weight, Cabernet Franc for structure and Merlot for luxurious mouthfeel. The fruit is hand picked and hand sorted, then kept in separate lots during fermentation and barrel aging. The resulting Cabernet has an affinity for braised meats, grilled fish, hearty pastas, good books, fireplaces and summer evenings on the patio.
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Behrens & Hitchcock The Heavyweight 2012As this champion steps into the ring one last time, fans will be rewarded with a punchy nose chock full of earth and loam, blackberry and mint. The powerful and lush mid-palate is loaded with juicy berry, clove and mineral notes. There is plenty of intensity in this well-structured wine, and it finishes with nuances of cigar box and dried herbs. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Muhammad Ali - 1942-2016
Sigalas Santorini 2016Straw-blonde color with light shades of green. Subtle nose of citrus fruit. Excellent structure, full-bodied with rich mineral character and crisp acidity with a long aftertaste. Serve with fish, seafood and white meats with light sauces.
Ulacia Txakolina Rose 2016Wine does not have to be complicated. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Julian and Maia Ulacia's simple but functional winery above the small fishing port of Getaria, a few kilometres along the coast from San Sebastian. A pneumatic press, two rows of stainless steel tanks and a bottling line. And from the tanks flows pale-coloured, refreshingly dry white wine with a hint of spritz and a vibrant citric bite. Unique, original…and delicious with the local tuna and anchovies. But where Ulacia has the edge over neighbouring producers is the quality, concentration and ripeness achieved in the vineyard, and our blind tastings consistently show Ulacia to be the most intense and most complete of Txacoli wines.
The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2014Our winemaking team works with a family of growers to source a diverse variety of grapes from premier vineyards throughout California. The resulting wines are interesting blends of distinct quality and character. Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with balanced acidity.
Catena Zapata Alta Chardonnay 2015The Catena Alta Chardonnay shows an intense green-yellow color with golden highlights. The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as Jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity. Food Pairing: Pair this full-bodied Chardonnay with full-bodied fish like sockeye salmon and tuna, any dish featuring Mousseline sauce, or an old-school classic like Lobster Thermidor.
Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014The 2014 Odette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District delivers notes of blackberry liqueur, blueberry cobbler, wild lilacs and incense laced with underpinnings of crushed rocks and graphite. The full-bodied mouthfeel is seamless and riveting, revealing the focused layers of intense dark fruit that collide with an elegant richness and tension that creates an effortlessly endless finish. Enjoy this wine over the next 25+ years.
Vice Versa Le Petit Vice Cabernet Sauvignon 2015We believe in allowing the essence of our vineyards to shine through. We strive to craft fine, world-class wines that are distinctive expressions of their regions. Wines that are hedonistic and seductive, but so authentic they speak of their grape varietals, individual vines, soils, climates, and the people who help create them.
The Debate Three Vineyard Collection 3 Pack 2014TO KALON WA 92+, DR. CRANE WA 95+, MISSOURI HOPPER WA 95+ Beckstoffer’s TO KALON 2014 Nestled at the edge of the Mayacamas Mountains in the center of Napa Valley, To Kalon receives just a touch of morning fog and full day sun to produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with complex layers. Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation 23 months 100% French Oak; 70% New Case Production: 200 “From the famous Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is another relatively hefty wine at 15.1%. It is very backward for a 2014, and in many ways, just as tannic and structured as its 2013 counterpart. Dense black currant fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, blackberry and unsmoked cigar tobacco are present in this wine, which is not really a blockbuster, but rather an elegant take on the To Kalon Vineyard. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years.” Robert Parker 92+ Beckstoffer’s DR. CRANE 2014 Dr. Crane is situated on the west side of St Helena which has gravelly loamy soils and a very warm climate. Of all the sites, Dr. Crane is the warmest, and has the most extracted style. Because of this the wine has a very rich and velvety palate with candied fruit on the finish. Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards: 100% Beckstoffer Dr.Crane Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented 23 months 100% French Oak 70% New Case Production: 200 “The profound 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard (15.1% alcohol) is another La Mission Haut Brion lookalike. Rich, with notes of charcoal embers, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, violets and a touch of wood spice, it is full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, layered and impressive. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.” Robert Parker 95+ Beckstoffer’s MISSOURI HOPPER 2014 Missouri Hopper is a spectacular vineyard situated in the hourglass of the Napa Valley, which gives it a cooler climate than neighboring To Kalon Vineyard due to the influence of the bay. Missouri Hopper yields Cabernet Sauvignon that has a balance of ripeness and power with finesse and elegance. We believe this is one of the most exceptional sites Napa Valley has to offer. Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards: 100% Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented 23 months 100% French Oak 70% New Case Production: 200 “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper Vineyard has an opaque purple color and a youthful blackberry and black raspberry-scented nose with some notes of lead pencil shavings, forest floor and tobacco leaf. It is full-bodied, rich in fruit, and incredibly youthful and backward for a 2014. A big boy at 15.2% finished alcohol, it would benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. It is certainly capable of lasting 20 or more years..” Robert Parker 95+
Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos Prima 2014Prima 2014 Region: Toro D.O. Winery: MAURODOS, BODEGAS Y VINEDOS Grapes: 85% Tinta de Toro, 15% Garnacha Vintage: 2014 Color: Red The grapes for Prima are sourced from vines between 10 and 50 years of age. The vineyards for this wine are growing in sandy-clay soils with gravelly subsoils. Vineyards are trained both en vaso and to wire. The younger estate vines were planted at higher density than existing plantings. This 2014 vintage is uniformed in quantity and quality with balanced phenolic ripeness, aromatic intensity, precise fruit, smooth tannins and well measured aging. Winter was relatively warm, with below average rainfall and rapid bud break. Early flowering in the beginning in June due to a frost-free Spring. Veraison came early and harvesting started September 8th. Harvesting took place for four weeks with perfect weather conditions and occasional storms refreshing the grapes, which had no impact on the health of the fruit. The grapes are harvested by hand with a selection of grapes in the vineyard. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled, conical, stainless steel tanks which allow for caps to naturally be broken very softly during pump overs. The wine was aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels of different ages. Bottled in February 2016.
Rack & Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Bourbon Barrel Aged 2016Introducing Rack & Barrel Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Reserve. Exceptional Lodi Cabernet aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels to give it a uniquely bourbon oak flavor. Enjoy notes of brown sugar and toffee to an already robust and flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Booker Vineyard White 2016A blend mainly of Roussanne and Viognier, the 2016 White has an alluringly savory nose of lightly browned toast, salted almonds and fresh hay over a core of ripe apricots, poached pears and white pepper. The full-bodied palate has a lovely phenolic grip and seductive oiliness to the texture, with tons of savory-laced stone fruit flavors and great length.
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014The superb 2014 vintage gave the 2014 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy.
Freelander District One Cabernet Sauvignon 2016The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is the fourth Cabernet release from Freelander and from California. Aged in and American French oak, it shows massively rich flavors of blackberries and cassis. This medium-bodied wine shows lush mouthfeel, balance and complexity. The ripe, sweet tannins and a touch of toasted oak complete the gentle finish.
Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell 2015
Venge Scout's Honor 2016Aromas of stone fruits, crushed blue herbs, violets, cherry, anise, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super-ripe blackberry, pepper spice, and an enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra long finish with a touch of barrel tannin at the end.
The Crane Assembly Disciples 2016Production : 68 barrels To replicate the style and structure of the wines of the G.B. Crane Vineyard we began sourcing from other iconic vineyards in the area. Starting in 2014 with the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and the Milat Vineyard in St. Helena, these vineyards can be considered "disciples" of the ancient vines of Crane. We continue to source grapes from these two vineyards and have found other such bespoke vineyards to compliment the blend. Every year the search will continue and vineyards will be added. The goal is to create a blend that combines these wines, separate among equals, they are the disciples of Crane. Tasting Notes Complex and evolving from first taste, unique aromas of granite, brambly fruit, mixed berry cobbler, forest floor and smoke open from the glass. More aromas abound; black plums and boysenberry compote that carry through to the palate that is lush, rich, big and brawny. The finish is lingering and persistent and the wine is definitely addictive. Winemaker: Kevin A. Fox Blend Composition 95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah Winemaker’s Notes Complex and evolving from first taste, unique aromas of hot granite, brambly fruit, mixed berry cobbler, forest floor and smoke open from the glass. More aromas abound—black plums, boysenberry compote—that carry through to the palate that is lush, rich, big and brawny. The finish is lingering and persistent, and the wine is definitely addictive.
Montauk Wine Company Summer Rose 2017MONTAUK WINE COMPANY IS LAUNCHING A NEW LINE OF VARIETAL WINES MADE IN THE NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND AND OUR FIRST RELEASE IS “2016 MONTAUK SUMMER ROSE’ “ INSPIRED BY THE GREAT ROSES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE THIS WINE IS OUR EAST END REPRESENTATION REFLECTING THE SPIRIT AND BEAUTY OF MONTAUK. TH LABEL WAS DESIGNED BY RENOWNED VISUAL ARTIST MICHAEL DWECK BASED ON ONE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM HIS ICONIC BOOK OF ‘MONTAUK THE END” RECENTLY RE-ISSUED IN 2016. THE WINE IS MADE UP MOSTLY OF SYRAH BLEND, SALMON IN COLOR AND TASTING NOTES DESCRIBED AS A “LIGHT-BODIED, DRY ROSE’ WINE WITH CRISP ACIDITY AND FRESH STRAWBERRY AND JUICY CANTELOPE NOTES.
Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Showing the warmth and generosity of the growing season, this wine offers effusive aromas of Bing cherry, ripe strawberry and plum. As it evolves, additional aromas of molasses and ginger reveal themselves, along with a savory whiff of sagebrush that echoes Red Mountain's desert environment. On the palate, the wine has notable presence and depth. The entry is creamy and fine-grained, and a voluminous mid-palate displays gorgeous flavors of black plum, marionberry and grenadine, with notes of nutmeg and hazelnut adding complexity to the juicy fruit.
Opus One Napa Valley Red 2015
Louis M Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Deep, rich flavors of plum, cherry compote, fig and cranberry weave through those layers of spice that include cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. They are all accented by earthy truffle notes in a full, long finish. This dense, rich and well-structured wine is held together beautifully by polished, assertive tannins. The depth and structure show the wine's potential to age gracefully a decade or more.
Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon 2016This "crazy value" Napa Cab was sourced from a couple of top "Cult" wineries in the Valley (SHHH...their wines sell for between $75-150/bot!). Deep, rich and plush with classic Napa Cab fruit, it drinks like a wine costing 2-3 times as much!
The Prisoner Wine Company Derange Red 2016“Rich and enticing aromas of blackberry, vanilla bean, baking spices, dark chocolate, and caramel. The palate is overly luscious and giving with notesof dark cherry and blueberry leading to an opulent, velvety finish.“-Winemaker’s Notes
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons - a "Napa Valley" and the venerable "Special Selection". Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" - a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.
Erna Schein Front Man 2012Front Man returns to the stage in 2012. From the earthy nose full of toasty oak and sweet fruit, to the luscious palate full of chocolate-covered blueberries, walnut liqueur, tobacco and nutmeg, this Merlot-based beauty hits all of the right notes. The texture is lush and creamy with bright acidity that plays on and on, and never drags.