Cain 2012 Five, Napa Valley: $179.00
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec. Recently released after 2 years of cellar-aging, this is drinking beautifully in its youth. Round, plump, juicy, savory, and fruity. Elegantly complex that will reward a long meal as it develops in the glass. The floral-herbal perfume seduces to the very end of the finish. The fine, mouthwatering tannins and layers of complexity exudes distinctive character of the vineyard. Decant, give it some air and this sleepy giant will come to life.
“Love the aromas of blackberries, black olives, stones and tree bark. Forest floor too. Full body with powerful, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine. Latour style of Bordeaux. Muscular.” James Suckling: 97pts
Darioush 2013 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: $169.00
Generous and concentrated on the palate, this dynamic wine delivers tis signature of alluring, savory blueberry and blackberry fruit, freshly ground espresson and aromas of anise, dried sage and cigar box. Persistent dinish of dark fruits unfolds to reveal notes of graphite, toasted hazelnut and seamless, finely-knit tannins.
“…this is a luxuriously thick and decandent wine, integrated in tannin and oak, with a length on the palate” Wine Enthusiast 93pts
Darioush, 2012 Signature Merlot, Napa Valley: $118.00
There are aromas of vibrant dark fruits, plum and blackberry, with a delightful nuances of savory herbs, black tea and allspice. Rich bittersweet cocoa and hazelnut spice flavors coating from aging in the barrel. There is lushness, complexity and fine texture as a result of a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
(6 bottles available)
Flowers, 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: $105.00
Light straw hue. Lively aromas of Meyer lemon zest and lime blossom are underscored with hints of crisp Comice pear and crushed, coastal stones. The palate confirms the nose and is heightened by a driving minerality and vibrant acidity that carries through the lingering finish. Wine & Spirits: 90pts
Flowers, 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: $105.00
Deep garnet hue. Aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry savoury dried herbs, violet and forest floor lift elegantly from the glass. On the palate, layers of blood orange and hibiscus are framed by fine-grained tannins, coastal minerality and brilliant acidity that culminate in a lengthy finish. Wine & Spirits: 90pts
Gloria Ferrer, 2012 Etesian Sonoma Pinot Noir (srewcap closure): $55.00
Named after the Eastern Mediterranean wind of warm summer days, this wine possess a wealth of intense ripe cherry, red raspberry, cinnamon and smoke on the nose, this wine is sure to entice a companion. On the mouth, you will find smooth supple flavors of black cherry, plum and light oak to really seal the deal of love. A carnivore companion.
Gloria Ferrer, 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir: $63.00
Raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of cedar oak announce the character of this distinctive and earthy Carneros Pinot Noir. On the palate, you will find concentrated fruit of black cherry and ripe plum complimented by well-integrated oak spices. This wine’s medium acidity leads to a perfectly balanced dry and fragrant finish.
“…it’s open and fragrant with scents of fat cherries, Mandarin orange and maple syrup, creamy in the middle, gripping in the end…” Wine & Spirits Magazine 92pts
Groth 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville: $128.00
Beautiful dark cherry color with aroma notes of plum, dried cherries, and toasted hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is round and juicy with firm full tannins, rich fruit flavors of huckleberry and a dried cherry sweetness fade into the warm spicy finish with hints of blackberry.
“A balanced and beautiful red with chili, black currants and blackberry character. Full body, round and firm tannins and a long, long finish. A beautiful Groth…” James Suckling 93pts
Groth 2013 Chardonnay, Napa Valley: $69.00
Long cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives this Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity. It is very enjoyable when young or with a few years of aging.
“From a relatively cool hillside site within the Oak Knoll District, this wine dances in lemon and green apple, completely crisp atop a fuller-bodied style embraced in oak. Luxurious on the palate, it finishes with a bite of salty brine.” Wine Enthusiast 91pts
Groth 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley: $60.00
“…nicely ripened white melon fruit spreads out beneath this ample effort’s mildly weedy, vaguely straw-like varietal veneer, and a bit of enriching oak…appreance. On the palate, it is a somewhat fuller and richer rendition and stays in very comfortable balance all the way to a lengthy, well-focused finish….best suited to a service with flavorful fare such as poached salmon or chicken sauteed in plenty of butter.” Connoisseurs’ Guide: 90pts
Groth 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley: $60.00 (12 bottles available)
Long cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives this Chardonnay layers of fruitness and complexity. It is very enjoyable when young or with a few years of aging.
Hanzell 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma: $128.00
Exquisite aromas of Bosc pear, green mango, lemon zest and jasmine mingle with scents reminiscent of brioche, anise and dusty slate. White the expansive flavors echo the aromas, there is saline quality that gives a savory tone to the overall impression. The taught structure gives the sense of a lighter weight. As it breathes, the mouthfeel gains richness and texture, suggesting great things over the next ten or more years for those patient enough to lay some away in their cellar.
Hanzel 2013 Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma: $169.00
A sweet-savory quality to the aromas with the black cherry fruit being complemented by scents of juniper berries, orange peel, teriyaki and forest floor. The flavors are a little more dark and ripe with notes of blueberry, plum and cocoa as well as brandied cherries. Ample mouth-coating tannins have a gentle, velvety quality, but leaves no doubt that this will be a very long-lived wine. Decanting one to two hours before serving.
Justin, 2013 Isosceles, Paso Robles: $139.00
(75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc) Intense and complex aromas of ripe black fruit, baking spice, sweet tobacco,leasther cocoa, oak barrel and sublte smoky eucalyptus accents. It is full-bodied wine with rich black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and licorice spice notes. Followed by savory, herbal and mint notes, dark chocolate and smoky oak on the mid-palate. The finish is long, crisp with complexity intermingle between savory, red cherry and sweet spice with hints of violet.
Justin 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles: $69.00
Aromatic black fruit of cherry and blackcurrant jam, baking spice, dried leaf and sweet tobacco. It is full-bodied with consistent fruit flavours with savory herbal notes, mint and a hint of violet. The finish is clean, long and layered with lingering dark fruit surrounded by soft chewy tannins balanced by crisp acidity and subtle flora notes.
Schramsberg 2013 Blanc de Blanc: $75.00
It has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, mango, apricot, lemon, and white peach. The fruitful fragrance intermingles with hints of fresh bread, vanilla cream pie, and rose petals. Freshly sliced Gravenstein apples, zesty citrus, and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate.
“Delicious lemon-meringue aromas make a great start for this medium-bodied Chardonnay-based wine. Flavors are lively, lemony, with baking-spice accents. A buttery, creamy element carries into the lingering, tangy finish. EDITORS’ CHOICE” Wine Enthusiast: 92pts
Viader, 2012 Proprietary Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley: $238.00
(66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Cabernet Franc) Explosive aromatics of ripe red fruits, cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry and rose petals, with burnt caramel notes. The ripeness of fruit contributes to a superb mouthfeel that is bold and balanced with incredibly smooth supple tannins. Intense spice grace the finish. This vintage especially lives up to its popular nickname for the Viader blend, “Liquid Cashmere.
“It exhibits lots of spice box, cedarwood, fruitcake, black currant, plum and Asian soy characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, supple textured, soft, round, seductive personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. “ The Wine Advocate: 93pts
Whitehall Lane 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley: $69.00
The plush red raspberry and cherry flavors and aromas leap from the glass. This Merlot has an amazing core of ripe, jammy berry and currant fruit that is beautifully framed by toasty oak. It is supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish.
“The wine displays tobacco leaf, black cherry and a touch of chocolate in a medium-bodied, fleshy, lush and delicious style meant for consumption over the next 7-8 years.” The Wine Advocate: 89pts
Whitehall Lane 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: $86.00
There are graceful aromas of black cherry and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine is plush with pleasing flavors of plum, blackberry and creamy oak. These wonderful fruit flavors balance beautifully with the soft structure and lingering finish.
“With a healthy helping of Merlot, as well as Petit Verdot and Malbec, this Cab is soft and well integrated, high in acidity with layers of bright, just-picked raspberry. Lurking in the underbelly of its soul are elements of cedar and dried herb.” Wine Enthusiast: 90pts, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wine: 90pts
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