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Classified Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018The blueberry and dark-chocolate aromas are very attractive and follow through to a full body, round and juicy tannins, and a hazelnut aftertaste.
Glenville Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017This wine come from a famous winery that sells their wine at a MUCH higher price point! This is an outstanding wine for the price, a hearty, full-bodied and well-integrated wine offering high-toned red currant, citrus and cassis. Juicy, structured and broad in appeal, it has ample oak and tannin to stand up to the fruit.
Glenville Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Due to its inland location, the conditions in Alexander Valley are ideal for growing Cabernet. With the largest fluctuation in temperature in Sonoma County, only the toughest reds can survive in Alexander Valley. Temperatures dip down into the mid-’40s at night with a huge spike in temperature in the afternoon making it an ideal climate for Cabernet Sauvignon to thrive. The richness of this wine is balanced out by flavors of black cherry and blackberries and a fine, smooth finish. Exceptionally well paired with baby lamb chops or New York Strip, this wine is full-bodied with flavors and aromas of black fruit.
Glenville Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Located in the high elevation vineyards of Sonoma Valley. This single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon is built to last. Known to be the birthplace of California’s commercial wine industry Sonoma Valley is an exceptional place to grow Cabernet. This wine was developed in a high elevation vineyard giving it the proper sunlight to grow a robust tannin structure and exceptionally well-balanced flavors of juicy black cherry and plum fruit. This wine is youthful and firmly structured with a long, soft finish. Best served with a tomahawk steak or short rib.
Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Deep ruby in color with intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, red and black cherries and currants interwoven with sweet spice, floral and mineral notes. The palate has a big, round, silky arc with smooth tannins, impeccable balance, and a long, flavorful finish. A versatile food wine, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
Goldschmidt Hilary Goldschmidt Charming Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Deep garnet-purple; concentrated aromas of chocolate and black cherry alongside notes of cinnamon and hazelnut. The entry of this wine is juicy with a silky-smooth texture that builds through the mid-palate. Blackberry and black current flavors are supported with well-integrated oak. Nicely balanced and shows the fresh acidity on the finish that Oakville is known for.
The Prisoner Wine Company Cuttings 2017Deliciously smooth with flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, and cocoa. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, black currant, vanilla bean, brown spice, and wild berries. Inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from idyllic sites for the propagation of new vines, this Cabernet Sauvignon showcases some of our favorite hillside vineyards. Cuttings combines the deep, intense flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon with the structure and richness of Petite Sirah and Syrah. A small amount of Zinfandel adds a nice layer of complexity and spiciness.
Aperture Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Vermillion Red Blend 2016The quality of wine is based on the quality of all its inputs - good vineyards, smart farming, pure and focused winemaking - ultimately attention and TLC at every step. We make this wine from the vineyards to the bottle, working closely with grape growers from awesome little vineyard sites in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and the Sierra Foothills. We've sought out interesting sites with great dirt, farm them with care and thought, and use traditional winemaking to craft honest wine and make an artisanal red wine blend to match any occasion, any food, any time. Vermillion is a terroir-driven, delicious, hand-crafted wine to be enjoyed any night of the week.
Aperture Chenin Blanc 2018What began as a small-batch wine crafted for the perfect pairing with fresh seafood at one of my favorite hometown restaurants has turned into a classic favorite. Coming from the rich clay loam soils of an old California Chenin Blanc site, this brightly lifted wine gives nuanced notes of quince, apple, and stone fruits with a weighted foundation provided by a delicate barrel influence.
Aperture Sauvignon Blanc 2018A striking bouquet of intricate tropical flavors and the stunning floral aromatics of the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc produce a uniquely decadent expression of the varietal. Our custom barrel-fermentation, adapted from my experience at Haut Brion in Bordeaux, creates a distinct richness on the palate. that is balanced by the varietal's quintessential bright, natural acidity
Robert Foley Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018Inaugural vintage. This is crafted in the style that we personally prefer, avoiding the heavy hands of malo-lactic fermentation and excessive oak. The aroma offers suggestions of vanilla, lemon and butterscotch, which are also delivered in the avor pro le on the palate. Medium in body, there is a delightful liveliness from ample and integrated natural acidity, that also provides for a long mouth- watering nish.
Duckhorn Decoy Blue Label Cabernet 201890% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Combining mountain and valley floor fruit from the most acclaimed wine regions in Napa Valley, including Rutherford, Yountville, Atlas Peak, Stag’s Leap and St. Helena, this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, intricate and delicious. On the palate, classic flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, dark chocolate and violets are framed by silky tannins and a lovely underlying energy that draws the wine to a bright, juicy finish.
Duckhorn Decoy Blue Label Red Blend 201843% Merlot, 25% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Tempranillo. Our pinnacle red blend, this bold and luxurious wine combines the finest Napa Valley Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo to create an alluring and complex wine. On the palate, velvety tannins accentuate the generous fruit, with gorgeous flavors of black raspberry, cherry, cassis, briary spice and sweet French oak lingering on the long, delectable finish.
Duckhorn Decoy Blue Label Pinot Noir 2018Crafted using grapes from the finest Pinot Noir regions on the Sonoma Coast, including the Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Carneros, this alluring wine combines silky sophistication with a bright cool-climate energy. On the palate, soaring flavors of blackberry, red currant, cherry, cedar and sweet baking spices glide to a long, vibrant finish.
Au Contraire Chardonnay 2016Color: Gold with green tints. Nose: Pronounced lemon citrus core with tree fruits of pear and crisp apple lined with a floral note of jasmine. Palate: Citrus and tree fruits are complemented by a hint of brioche and toast. Food Pairings: Pairs well with shellfish, cream sauces, roasted chicken, fish, and zesty grilled vegetable dishes as well as mild gouda and soft cheeses.
Elouan Pinot Noir 2017Our 2017 Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir is a beautiful dark scarlet in color, with aromas of dried cherries and blackberry, high fruit notes with hints of vanilla and clove spice. The flavors are structured and balanced with bright red raspberry and cherry, boysenberry jam fill the palate, complemented by subtle notes of white pepper. Full bodied this Pinot Noir is complex with a smooth lingering finish. Pairs with roasted lamb chops with garlic and herb red potatoes, wild mushroom polenta, or goat cheese and walnut endive salad with raspberry balsamic drizzle.
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay 2016Vibrant and inviting, this wine captures the essence of Chardonnay grown on the cool, windswept Central Coast. Aromas of jasmine, vanilla bean and passion fruit rise from the glass revealing this wine's youthful charm. On the beautifully fruit-driven palate, layers of green apple, grapefruit and pineapple are framed by subtle oak and a refreshing acidity that carry the flavors to a bright, focused finish.
L'Umami Pinot Noir 2018
Bogle Phantom 2017Phantom, the mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone.
Spring Street Chardonnay 2017Medium golden color with aromatic sweet vanilla oak, baked Fuji apple, lychee and Bosc pear notes. The palate begins creamy and then hints of cinnamon spice followed by dried apricot and pineapple and backed by passionfruit and guava. The wine finishes with silky vanilla and juicy honeysuckle flavors which finish long and soft on the palate. This Chardonnay is excellent with wild caught, grilled Salmon and served with whipped garlicky mashed potatoes and served with steamed and sautéed broccolini. Great with soft cheeses, great artisanal breads and good oil as well as creme brûlée.
Spring Street Monterey Pinot Noir 2017Medium garnet color with pretty ripe cherry notes and classic Pinot Noir aromatics. The palate is generous with creamy vanilla and French oak flavors which envelope the silky cherries elegantly. This silky little Pinot then coats the tongue with smooth crushed, ripe raspberry flavors and textures and finishes dry again with ripe bing cherry and subtle clove flavors.
DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon 2018The 2018 vintage shows characteristics that are rich and sophisticated on the nose with currant, black cherry, cedar and eucalyptus, and displays undertones of briary blackberry and wet gravel. Ancillary aromas of coffee and cocoa are rounded out nicely with notes of crushed sage and baking spice. Full bodied and formidable on the palate, offering enticing and juicy wild blackberry, Oregon blueberry and crisp black cherry flavors. Hints of plum and mulberry are accentuated with fig, black olives and fine leather. Excellent structure and harmony between the pure fruit core and firm, supple backbone of polished tannins. Finish is surprisingly elegant for a wine of such power. Silky and smooth, ending on lovely notes of sweet cherry and boysenberry.
Böen Tri Appellation Pinot Noir 2018Dark plum with ruby red highlights. Aroma of cherry cola, cranberry, herbs. Bursting with bright fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry, and blackberry
Willowbrook Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018At Willowbrook, winemaker Joe Otos takes great care in ensuring that his Chardonnay echoes the traits of the Napa Valley, where the region's Mediterranean climate and geology have consistently produced such quality wines that the tiny growing region has been able to enjoy an unparalleled reputation. This chard comes from a vineyard in the southern part of Napa Valley, bordering the Carneros. Marine influences help moderate the summer daytime temperatures, providing a cooler and longer growing season than elsewhere in the valley, preserving fruit profiles and acidity while attaining full ripeness. The grapes are 100% clone 96, picked at 24.2 Brix and whole-cluster pressed. The Chardonnay is filled with delicious notes of red apple, followed by a hint of melon. When it first hits the palate, you'll notice lively acidity that's combined with flavors of peach and lemon meringue, complemented by a touch of gingerbread. Need we say more? But it continues with a finish of crisp, clean minerality, which is perfectly balanced by the oak that you know and love. Rich and oaky, but lively and food-friendly at the same time. Enjoying a Chardonnay from the famous Napa Valley can always be done without a food-partner, but this beauty pairs naturally with a white fish in a buttery sauce or a late summer harvest vegetable mix. You really can't go wrong. 100 % Chardonnay. 93 points - just wine
Willowbrook Russian River Pinot Noir 2018"Our Estate vineyard on Burnside Road makes up more than half of this wine. It is a small meter by meter vineyard planted with a mix of Dijon clones, 115 and 667, with some Pommard clone 4, Joseph Swan and Calera clones. Its rich, well-drained Goldridge soil, provides the unique flavors that make this part of the Russian River so coveted-has become known as the Sebastopol Hills region. The other major component of this Pinot comes off the Martinelli Ranch on River Road. It is 100% Dijon clone 828. This area is more on the flats next to the Russian River, more of a solid clay region, that gets much warmer than our Estate, which is why the clone 828 is ideal. It is a clone known for its lushness and ability to handle a little more warmth than other Pinot clones. Lastly, we added a small amount, 12%, of our single-vineyard Pinot from Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard, known as Kaufman Sunnyslope, is 100% Dijon clone 777. The wine from this vineyard is partially crushed, 25% is left as whole clusters which line the bottom the fermenter. The grapes are allowed to ferment naturally. The resulting wine offers amazing structure and depth that you typically do not see from the neighboring Russian River, and the Kaufman is used in this blend to add structure, depth, and layers of complexity. The wines were all aged separately in small French oak vessels, mostly using wood from the Allier, Bertrage, and Troncias regions. These acclaimed forests add a wide range of flavors, oils to this rich pinot."... Joe Otos, Winemaker Beautiful raspberry aromas, offset by decadent hints of chocolate orange and rose, introduce a precisely-balanced acidity which gives way to suggestions of forest floor and striking depth of ripe berry fruit. The silky mouthfeel is well complemented by structured, nuanced tannins. Hints of plum, cherry, and Christmas spices mingle on the finish along with vibrant flavors of cassis and vanilla, a product of the wine aging in premium French oak barrels. This is a natural food-pairing wine and we recommend doing so with lightly-spiced Indian dishes, chicken fajitas or creamy camembert, and figs.
Vina Robles The Arborist Estate Red Blend 2017
Glenville Napa Valley Merlot 2017Located in the prime Napa Valley AVA. This single-vineyard Merlot represents the finest fruit of Napa Valley. Typical of Napa Valley. The grapes and the fruit are very powerful, yet complex. Aged 20 months in French oak barrel its well-integrated oak and sizable structure give it weight and breadth. Aromas of raspberries, black cherry, blueberries, and plum with a palate of raspberry jam and notes of vanilla. A real crowd pleaser! Exceptionally well paired with grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, or all on its own.
Glenville Lake County Petite Sirah 2017Located in the high elevation vineyards of Lake County giving it an abundance of sunlight. This single-vineyard Petite Sirah is built to last. Typical of Lake County, beautiful mountain fruit, elevation starts at around 1,100 feet giving the grapes the perfect amount of sunlight to ripen. Aged 20 months in French oak barrel. Inky dark purple and tannic with incredible concentration and intensity of flavor. Aromas of blackberries and blueberries with a slight hint of black pepper and licorice to balance out the palate. Exceptionally well paired with grilled baby lamb chops.
Glenville Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 2019Located in the high elevation vineyards of Lake County giving it an abundance of sunlight. This single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and light. Typical of Lake County, beautiful mountain fruit, elevation starts at around 1,100 feet giving the grapes the perfect amount of sunlight to ripen. Aromas of ripe stone fruits and citrus notes, lead to flavors of grapefruit, lime, and melon. A classic version of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc. Drinks like Sancerre! Exceptionally well paired with branzino.
Glenville Russian River Chardonnay 2018Located in cool Russian River Valley AVA. This single-vineyard Chardonnay shows nice acidity and has the perfect amount of oak and cream flavor. Typical of Russian River Valley cool temperatures come about at night giving light varietal grapes the perfect temperature. Aromas of golden Apple and lemon peel with hints of sweet vanilla and spice. Rich creamy mouthfeel with balanced acidity and a lingering finish . Exceptionally well paired with lobster.
Stealth Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Stealth 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the celebrated style of Napa Valley – a style venerated for its rich, luscious texture and concentrated layers of sweet, dark fruit, perfectly integrated with toasted French oak. The tannins are so fine they make your Grandmother's freshly whipped cream feel coarse by comparison. This vibrant young Cabernet Sauvignon is a joy to drink, but if you're looking to add to the collection of dusty bottles in the cellar, it will continue to develop lovely complex characteristics over the next decade.
Harken Wines Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2019Harken Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented to create a rich Chardonnay exhibiting a classic profile of tropical fruit and Bosc pear alongside warm oak aromatics. The luscious palate suggests crème brulée and buttered toast, and finishes with fresh acidity.
Charles & Charles Post NO. 35 Blend 2017This wine is a 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aromas of olive, smoke, mesquite, huckleberry and black raspberry are followed by plump, smoky blue- and red-fruit flavors, with the tannins giving a firm squeeze. They need some time to settle in, but there's plenty of enjoyment to be had.
Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla. Pairs with all beef preparations including thick grilled Cowboy steaks, Tri-Tip, roasts, stews and burgers GOLD, Best of Class – 2017 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition Double GOLD – 2016 Taster’s Guild International Wine Competition Best of Class, Best of Region, 95 points – 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition
Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018The fruit for our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from two of our estate vineyards in Paso Robles – Huerhuero and Creston Valley. Huerhuero Vineyard, in the hilly terrain between the El Pomar and Geneseo Districts, benefits from the moderating Pacific breezes that blow through the Templeton Gap in the afternoon as well as its limiting calcareous subsoils. Creston Valley Vineyard has a picture-perfect high terrain, southern exposure, and shallow soils with noticeable granulated limestone. Both of these vineyards produce Cabernet Sauvignon with an overall balance of expressive flavors and structure. All the blocks were handpicked and sorted in the early morning to ensure the quality and uniformity of ripeness. Then the fruit was destemmed and gently crushed into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Pumpovers took place regularly to enhance color and help extract tannins from the skin. After pressing, the wine was racked into barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. While the majority of wine was aged in French oak, we also used some American and Hungarian oak barrels for added nuances and complexity. After 8 months of aging and extensive blending trials, a bit of Petit Verdot was added to enhance the structure. The final blend was then aged in barrels for an additional 12 months to fully integrate before bottling. Accolades : * 93 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast, April 2020 * 91 Points, Best of Paso Robles AVA, Gold Medal - Harvest Challenge, December 2019 * Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2020
Domaine LaFage Tessellae Old Vines Blend 2017A joint venture between Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, Tessellae old vines is assembled from vineyards on schist that Jean-Marc Lafage farms near Maury in the Agly valley.
Domaine LaFage Novellum Chardonnay 2019Chardonnay shows up in some remarkable places but few as breathtaking as the Roussillon where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. From vineyards just a stone's throw from the beach and within view of the historic Mont Canigou, Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage have created Novellum, a refined, aromatic and elegant Chardonnay that is aged in tank and neutral French barrels.
Domaine LaFage Bastide Miraflors 2017
Domaine LaFage Miraflors Rose 2019It’s always nice to find a delicious, light, juicy rosé outside of Provence. Sourced from Grenache Gris and Noir vines some nearing 80-years-old, together with a portion of younger Mourvèdre, this is made from early-picked grapes to ensure a fresher style and pressed without crushing for an incredibly pale hue. On the palate there’s delicate white peach, orange peel and strawberry flavours underpinned by crisp minerality.
Domaine LaFage Cuvee Nicolas Grenache Noir 2018Fabulous notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets to go with medium-bodied richness, fine tannin and a supple, pretty profile on the palate, with class and elegance. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years.
Domaine LaFage Narassa 2017An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah. Almost too good to be true, the 2017 Narassa is based on 82% Grenache and 18% Syrah, with the Grenache coming from the black slate soils of Maury and the Syrah from the higher elevation, sandy, granitic soils of Saint Martin de Fenouillet. Brought up all in used barrels, this full-bodied, deep, meaty Syrah reminds me a top California GSM blend and has a rocking nose of white pepper, black olives, cedarwood, and ample black fruits. At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price.
Rowan's Creek Kentucky Bourbon WhiskeyBringing your nose to the glass and your olfactory is treated to caramel and vanilla layered on herbal and floral notes. The mouthfeel starts oily but finishes dry. On the palate you are treated to sweet caramel, vanilla, dusted in floral notes... finishing notes of oak and a lingering spiciness.
Willett Pot Still Reserve BourbonNose is "vanilla lemon cake." The palate is a balance of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. I'm not sure if they made the opulent bottle to match the Whiskey or vice versa.
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 year oldA nose of allspice, orange peel, anise, oak, char and caramel. The palate is sweet; hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by ryespice and mint. Long finish; warm butterscotch and caramel.
Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyAngel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. We guide each batch's conditioning, blending our handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. It's typically aged for up to 6 years. While we lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or "the Angel's Share," what's left behind after we're done is truly worthy of envy. Once it's deemed ready, we finish our bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Our port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste. We use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance. Gold color laced with reddish amber hues, nearly copper in tone. You'll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup and toasted nuts. Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate will tease your palate. Clean and lingering sweetness finish with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades.
A. Smith Bowman Distillery John J. Bowman Single Barrel Straight Bourbon WhiskeyOur John. J. Bowman Bourbon commemorates the great, great uncle of Abram S. Bowman, who founded A. Smith Bowman Distillery. We hand select some of the oldest barrels in the warehouse to produce a single barrel bourbon with hints of toffee, leather, figs, and almonds. John. J. Bowman was awarded World's Best Bourbon in 2017.
Angel's Envy Rye WhiskeyFirst, notice the crystal clear quality with a rich reddish amber color. You smell citrus, caramel candy, maple sugar, vanilla oak, hazelnut, spice and sherry wood. You'll taste sweet rum sherry wood and soft oak with a finish that's both sweet and dry as well as quick and easy.
Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey 12 year oldBlack Saddle is a whiskey bought and aged by the owner of Frank-lin as a family reserve. Black Saddle is truly the single best 12 year old bourbon in the market. This product is not made to mix and even diluted with ice. Drink straight in a snifter glass and no more than one ice cube to preserve this distilled work of art.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Roundstone Rye 80 ProofRoundstone Rye® is a very unique rye whisky, made completely from scratch at our distillery in Purcellville, Virginia. This pre-Prohibition style rye whisky is made from 100% rye grain, sourced locally when available. It is mashed, fermented, distilled, and aged completely in our distillery, before bottling it at a very sippable 80 proof. Aged it in new Minnesota white oak casks for a period of just under two years, the whisky is smooth, woody, with that true grain character achieved in a relatively young whisky. Roundstone Rye has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose. Roundstone Rye is a superb sipping whisky, a great whisky in Manhattans, or your favorite rye whisky cocktails.
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 15 year oldSweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 15-Year-Old then moves into notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice, and vanilla. The finish leaves a long and lasting mouthfeel perfect for enjoying as bourbon the rocks, or whiskey neat to truly appreciate the full flavor profile.
Basil Hayden's Dark RyeThis blend explores the harmonious combination of 3 distinct liquid profiles for one memorable whiskey. It begins with Kentucky Rye, providing a firm base of spicy rye, rich oak, dried fruit and subtle molasses undertones to build on. Canadian Rye from our award-winning Alberta Distillery is skillfully layered in. This unique rye provides depth to the notes of dried fruit and a more viscous mouth feel than a traditional rye. It's then finished with a touch of California Port blended in directly to add complementary juicy, ripe fruit without muddying the existing wood notes. The end result is a whiskey full in flavor and still delicately nuanced. Basil Hayden's Dark Rye is always perfect sipped on the rocks as well as in a Boulevardier.
Duke Spirits Grand Cru Founders Reserve BourbonIn the pursuit of finding the perfect balance and expression, Duke Grand Cru Kentucky Reserve Bourbon exquisitely marries the classic and bold flavors of aged Kentucky bourbon with the finest French Oak Grand Cru wine barrels in the World. Meticulously crafted, a rare 9 yr. old selection of our Kentucky Straight bourbon then delicately rests in these barrels until a unique and graceful balance is found. Not all barrels are created equal, so our master blender has sought out the rarest and finest French Oak barrels to honor and enhance the great flavors of our aged bourbon. These barrels have gracefully aged some of the most stunning 98-100 point scoring single-vineyard California Cult Cabernets. Barrels represent a very key element to the evolution of flavor. The age, tight grains found in the French Oak, originating from centuries-old forests, and, the perfect level of toasting ultimately provides a canvas rarely explored. "If he was going to have a drink, It had better be a good one." ... John Wayne "The Duke"
David Nicholson Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyIn 1843 a grocer by the name of David Nicholson started distilling his original bourbon recipe in the private back room of his St. Louis general store on North 6th Street. Unbeknownst to its forefather, a legacy was born. Half a century his recipe had been passed down for generations. Eventually, the legendary Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle and W.L. Weller handcrafted Nicholson’s iconic “43” bourbon at the Stitzel distillery. The Van Winkles owned the brand until 2000 when it was acquired by Luxco. Still possessing the outstanding character for which it earned its original popularity in 1843, the David Nicholson legacy lives on unchanged, unfettered, and unmatched. This extra-aged-ryed bourbon has a full-bodied flavor and a distinct, spicy taste.
Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea Voyage No.17 BourbonInspired by the original Jefferson's Ocean which was new-filled bourbon barrels, the Jefferson's Ocean: Aged at Sea takes older bourbon barrels and brings them around the world. Stopping in 5 different continents and crossing the equator 4 times, this truly is a bourbon of the world. Exceptionally hand-crafted. Ridiculously small batch.
Legent Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyA collaboration between two whiskey legends, Fred Noe of Jim Beam and Shinji Fukuyo of Suntory. Legent is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey finished in wine and sherry casks. Legent transcends the broader whiskey category. It's a perfectly balanced and rounded bourbon that's also complex and layered. On your palate, it starts like a bourbon - rich, warm and oaky. Then, like a Japanese whisky, it features complex layers and a. bright, smooth, unexpectedly long finish.
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Small Batch Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 3 year oldPeerless Straight Rye Whiskey is a well balanced Rye, bolstered by sweet tones of maple, brown sugar and light citrus sweetness. Finish with a hint of oak & no burn on the throat. Due to our carefully unique distilling process, Peerless offers a smooth taste that differs from many other Ryes. Peerless Rye is a palatable sipping Rye to be savored with friends and family.
Spirits of the Apocalypse The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFrom the creators of The Walking Dead comes a limited-release Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey like no other. With a light caramel nose, taste of fruit, and a smooth and spicy finish, this whiskey is crafted for the living but sought out by the dead.
WhistlePig Double Malt Straight Rye Whiskey 18 year oldDave Pickerell built WhistlePig in pursuit of crafting the world's finest and most interesting Rye Whiskeys. After years of devotion to patient aging and innovative blending, we've turned our attention to experiments with grain - in particular, the bygone practice of malting rye. Before industrial catalysts were introduced to increase efficiency, farmer distillers would malt a small portion of their rye harvest in order to access the grain's starch content and set off the fermentation process. Floral, earthy flavors imparted by malted rye would add nuance to the bold, peppery spice character of classic rye whiskey. To harness these flavors for our oldest expression of WhistlePig yet, we selected a whiskey distilled from 79% rye, 15% malted rye, and 6% malted barley. These grains form a harmony that spans the flavor spectrum, at once soft and floral, rich and savory, and full of spice. Its complexity is only heightened after 18 years in the barrel. Sweet and aromatic, with toasted oak, berries, and nutmeg nose. Elegant and spicy, mildly fruity, and pleasantly floral. Vanilla and oak notes appear with time. Wonderfully long, clean, and spicy finish.
Pinhook Rye Humor Cask StrengthProofed at 114, this straight rye whiskey's deep and dense aromas of dark chocolate, candied black licorice, and vanilla extract set the stage for robust flavors of raisins, tobacco, cinnamon stick, and sarsaparilla.
New Riff Distilling Single Barrel BourbonNew Riff Distilling’s core Bourbon expression is a genuinely high-rye, full-bodied whiskey offering savory, spicy character, bottled at Barrel Proof without Chill Filtration. Featuring a mash bill of non-GMO grains at 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, it represents a new riff on Kentucky’s most hallowed whiskey traditions. Aged four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels, there are no shortcuts taken in our production. All New Riff whiskeys are made with the full sour mash Kentucky Regimen; all carry an age statement and are always bottled without chill filtration. At New Riff, single barrel expressions are a way of life. As former Kentucky liquor retailers, we are intimately familiar with some of Kentucky’s most famed private barrel Bourbon selections ever, and we bring that experience to New Riff. A New Riff Private Barrel selection, whether for trade or private clients, offers an unparalleled experience, replete with tasting notes and an immersive process in our warehouse. Each New Riff single barrel has been tasted and approved by our production panel. Our retail and on-premise partners then select each of their private barrels themselves. In the end, you can taste a New Riff Single Barrel knowing it was fully vetted and thoroughly tasted and approved. Appearance: Extra rich, unfiltered deep amber color. Nose: Butterscotch rounding into fresh oak, with hints of vanilla and rye spice. Taste: Broad, fulsome mouthfeel, leading to a sweeter vanilla accent, before a gathering of rye spices (clove, cinnamon, mint, dark berry) into the finish. Finish: Long, rye-led finish, with brambly red-black fruits amid white pepper and clove.
Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2019Limestone Branch Distilling Co. has impressed with its limited release bourbons over the past three years. Over this time they’ve reused, and more interestingly, re-charred the same barrels each year to finish their bourbon for their limited releases. Surprisingly, this didn’t create a miss-mash of convoluted flavors but instead created a warm and potent-tasting whiskey that were some of my favorite finished whiskeys each year they were released. In 2019, they took a different approach, and according to the company, poached some of their best 9 and 12-year-old barrels to create this year’s blend. This is a straightforward blend that presents its flavors well, is easy-drinking, but also might not necessarily blow you away. It definitely leans on the darker, heavier side of the flavor wheel with its oak, chocolate, and spice. Thankfully there are veins of sweetness throughout that provide a sudden and welcomed contrast. In any other year, this year’s Yellowstone Limited Edition would probably make more of a splash. It just comes at a time when many other blends have been hitting it out of the park (Little Book Chapter 3, Lux Row Double Barrel, and Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch). Still, that doesn’t diminish what this release does well. It delivers a nicely constructed, and gentle overall intensity bourbon that makes it a really nice sipper. Nose : Cherry, vanilla custard, oak, and light orange citrus. Warming and pleasant, with a gentle intensity. Palate : Oak, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, dark sweet fruit, and leather. It has a soft delivery with a thin mouthfeel and tastes less than its stated proof. Finish : Spice, oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. Medium length finish that is slightly dry with a slow ramp-up of heat.
Corner Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 10 year oldThe enigmatic Corner Creek brand was bottled for years at a famous little family-owned distillery in Bardstown. Recently the brand moved production to the Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood production and relaunched with this new 10-year-old expression. The source is a secret, but there's no question that Corner Creek has the connections to find some seriously delicious bourbon and this new expression is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous no-age-stated Corner Creek. They've selected their choicest stocks for this product and bottled them without chill-filtration. Even at 88 proof, this bourbon exhibits great richness and texture, wonderful depth, and a believable balance. This is the sort of bourbon that appeals to the most novice drinker (due to its approachable character) but will be interesting enough to satisfy even the most jaded bourbon nut. Please note that due to the lack of filtration you'll notice some haziness in the whiskey. This is completely normal and means your bourbon is packed with flavor. K&L is the only store in California selling this exceptional offering.
Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 7 year old
New Riff Distilling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in BondThe Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 represented a watershed moment for American whiskey. For the first time, a group of Kentucky whiskey makers stood up for the quality of Bourbon, demanded an end to spurious blending and rectifying practices, and required legal protections for the best of the best. In fact, compared to international regulations governing the quality of other great aged spirits such as Scotch and Cognac, we find that America’s Bottled in Bond Act, now going on 120 years old, is no less than the highest quality standard of any country in the world. Rather than reserve Bottled In Bond for special or limited releases, it is the signature of all of our whiskey. Aside from barrel proof single barrel bottlings, ALL New Riff whiskey will be Bottled in Bond. Yet the highest quality standard in the world is not high enough for us: we are taking the standard one step further by dispensing with chill filtration to ensure that not a single molecule of flavor is sacrificed for cosmetic appearances. We are firmly grounded in Kentucky’s revered Bourbon legacy, but this is our riff. A new riff on arguably America’s greatest whiskey tradition: Bottled in Bond Without Chill Filtration.
Macallan Triple Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 year oldThe uniquely complex combination of sherry seasoned European oak casks, sherry seasoned American oak and ex-bourbon American oak casks, delivers the extraordinarily smooth and delicate character of this 15 year old single malt. A lighter style Macallan with a more complex character, the exquisite and expert marriage of this trinity of spirits delivers a sublime whisky with a natural rich straw color and decadent flavors of orange and chocolate.
Macallan Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year oldThis distinguished single malt is matured exclusively for twenty-five years in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. Laying undisturbed in the same casks for a quarter of a century, the maturing spirit transforms to create this luxurious single malt whisky characterized by its rich flavors of vanilla, dried fruits and ginger spice with a long finish and rich mahogany color. Colour: Rich mahogany. Nose: Citrus, balanced with cinnamon, sherry and wood smoke. Palate: Full and rich, with dried fruits and a hint of wood smoke. Finish: Long, with dried fruit, wood smoke and spice.
Macallan Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year oldThe Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Years Old forms part of our Sherry Oak range which features a series of single malt whiskies matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. A full bodied palate of mature oak, ginger and raisin flavors is complimented by a light mahogany natural color.
Macallan Estate Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyA rich and complex whisky containing rare spirit distilled from our home grown barley, selected for its unique character. The Macallan Estate delivers a subtle hint of citrus which balances the traditional sherried richness, resulting in a complex single malt with an extraordinarily long finish. Estate offers a unique opportunity to experience rare spirit made from our precious estate-grown barley and honours the birthplace of every bottle of The Macallan. Conker, chestnut hue in appearance. Warm, comforting and homely notes of cinnamon. Wood spice and orange oil, opening into dried fruits with a sweet lemon, banana and caramel. The palate is soft and warming with wood spice, opening into a dry oak flavor spiked with candied raisin and fresh fig. Moving into a sweet fresh orange and delicate fresh citrus. A sweet citrus twist finish.
Macallan Edition No. 5 Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyVanilla and toffee with notes of oak, nutmeg, ginger, lemon basil and pear aroma. Fresh and sweet with caramel moving into poached peaches and ripe pear. Quickly followed by a toffee sweetness with light oak spices in the form of nutmeg and hints of ginger in the background. Long and sweet finish and a sunlight barley color.
Macallan Classic Cut Limited Edition
Macallan Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year old 1.75LThe Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old forms part of our Double Cask range which marries the classic Macallan style and the unmistakable sweetness of American oak. This is a fully rounded single malt in perfect balance, with flavors of honey, citrus and ginger. Color of Harvest Sun. Nose creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak. Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel. Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.
Macallan Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year oldThe Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old forms part of our Double Cask range which marries the classic Macallan style and the unmistakable sweetness of American oak. This is a fully rounded single malt in perfect balance, with flavors of honey, citrus and ginger. Color of Harvest Sun. Nose creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak. Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel. Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.
Penfolds Grange 2012Color: Dense and imposing. Dark... RED! Nose: Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange. (Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the first splash into the glass - exuberant, lifted, flamboyant. An aromatic 'multi-cultural' chromatogram brazenly unfolds: First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive and liquorice (Dutch?). Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans (Kenya?) 30 seconds later... Palate: Fresh and refined. Nervy. Red liquorice, gravy reduction flavours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start? Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/fleshy - structurally complete and even throughout. A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive - a film encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length. A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights! Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year's Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said.
Penfolds Grange 2013Color: Opaque black core, dark red rim. Nose: An aromatic assault / surge / eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction ... coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry. This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers - all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak. And yet, so 'classy' - a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness - belying both age and upbringing (élevage).
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Gran Cru Classe 2016
Opus One Napa Valley Red 2016The Opus One 2016 is remarkably elegant and bright offering sumptuous aromas of fresh red and blue fruit, baking spices and vanilla, and a delicate fragrance of spring florals. The initial bouquet is augmented by more nuanced notes of sage, rosemary, and black olive. Juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis flood the palate and creamy, fine-grained tannins deliver a delightfully round structure. Harmonious and lively, the flavors linger to create an enduring finish with touches of dark chocolate and espresso.
Penfolds Grange 2014Deep plush garnet throughout from core to rim. Quite simply, an unmistakable youthful 'Grange' nose. Awakened primary fruits and stylish oak interlocked and indistinguishable. As expected. Savoury, not fruity. Tastes flavours remind of slow cooked beef ragout, chicken liver game terrine. Red liquorice also apparent. Integrated oak - spicy, almost 'non-American' oak ... but it is. As it always is. A core of 100% new Quercus alba. Poised yet powerful. A balanced, tightly-knit and woven structural 'tapestry'. Not to be constrained by dimension or frame. Tannins with attitude! Nonetheless respectful. Type? Slatey tannins ... alluvial, silty (certainly not muddy!). Long and lingering - tactile impressions indistinguishably and slowly fuse/merge into an aftertaste memory. Until the next sip!
Penfolds Grange Vertical 3 Pack 2012/2013/2014 2012The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia's most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilizing fully-ripe, intensely-flavored and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognized as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. GRANGE 2012 - "Complete. Stylistically, most closely aligned to the 1963 Grange and yet stridently extolling its personality. I can’t quite remember when or where… and probably not about wine, but recently scribed: Luxury that treads lightly!" -PETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER GRANGE 2013 - "Undoubtedly will soon be universally proclaimed to be a classic 'Penfolds vintage' … and indeed over time certified a classic ‘Grange vintage’! Not unlike the 2008 Grange – á la style / weight / disposition / cellarability. Sensorially supersaturated, verging on overwhelmingly generous. Beware - superlatives abound. No matter, despite the chatter, a seriously very good drink! Indulge without guilt." - PETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER
Lamborn Family Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage XIV 2016"Rich and fragrant notes of blueberry and blackberry permeate the glass, accentuated by light mocha and vanilla undertones. The palate is greeted with deeply rich blue and black fruits, a whisper of tart cherry, and superseded by a dense and chewy lingering mouthfeel from front to back. The medium toast French oak accompanies the ‘Howell Mountain dust’ and moderate silky tannins. An enchanting mountaintop Cabernet, this lavish and elegant wine well-represents the remarkable Lamborn vineyard." - Heidi Barrett, winemaker (Screaming Eagle Wine Maker ) The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout, and wrapped up as the Valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August, followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are developing beautifully and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift Mother Nature has given us: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. We hope you enjoy our 14th vintage of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ! 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Solid, seamless, with an incredible sense of flow, the To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon artfully achieves elegance with intensity. Dark wild berries, cocoa powder and a hint of licorice provide the aroma and flavor profile. Broad, full tannins create a velocity that drives the wine through its lengthy finish.
Bevan Ontogeny Propietary Red 2017
Bevan McGah Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014The McGah is the livelier of the two, with more vibrant flavors and a finish that seems to go on for minutes. I have opened them up side by side, three times and have yet to be able to pick out a favorite. Seductress or Minx? Refinement or hair pulling? It comes down to your mood and how you want to dance. Ballroom or disco?
Fiftyrow Alice Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Another 95 pt. plus vintage and the great fruit from the Alice Block has produced a 2016 Cabernet that is our best to date. It has the typical expression of the area and is instantly recognized with its distinctive Rutherford dust. Deep garnet in color with aromas of jammy blackberries and opulent dark plum while oak influences of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove round up the nose. The palate is supple, lush and voluptuous with flavors of black currant, tobacco, plum and dark chocolate, concluding with a lengthy, fruity finish
Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits elegant aromas of ripe raspberry, plumb and black cherry, with notes of rose petal, cinnamon and all spice. The subtle oak spice tones are well integrated with the fruit and floral aromas in this wine. On the palate there is a silky texture with smooth tannins and long lingering finish. Flavors of candied cherries, and blackberry kirsch are intermixed with secondary notes of vanilla bean, mocha and coca nibs. The 2017 is showing well at a young age, however the wine has a nice tannin structure to age gracefully for the next 7-10 years.
Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2016The aromas from this deep purple wine will command your attention even with the glass an arm's length away. The round, enveloping harmony of the aromas resonate with classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon highlights: dark fruit, exotic spice, aromatic wood, and ethereal floral notes. The palate experience is precise, layered and drawn out, well after consuming the first taste. Notes of crushed blackberries, clover oil, spearmint and cocoa nibs are expressed seamlessly in the glass. As with many exceptional creations, there is a quality that leaves you immediately wanting more, while also wanting to take time to reflect on the initial experience.
Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2017
Scarlett Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. The mid palate is a silky flow of abundant blue and black fruits, followed with an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The integrated structure and polished tannins carry through to a detailed and long finish.
Cervantes Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 MMXVI Cabernet Sauvignon gives up gregarious notions of warm red and black currants, black raspberries and warm plums with hints of chocolate mint, pencil shavings and tilled loam plus a waft of lilacs. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is built like a brick house with super ripe, super firm tannins and bags of bold, expressive, multifaceted fruit, finishing very long and mineral-laced. 545 cases were made. "The 2016 vintage in Napa Valley is being heralded as one of richness, density, and varietal purity. The second vintage from the hillsides of the Cervantes ranch blessed us with a growing season that was long, warm but relatively mild. These conditions allowed the grapes to fully mature with a noteworthy balance between tannin, acid, and aromatics. At the winery, the grapes were carefully sorted and delivered to the tanks without crushing. We fermented with careful attention to preserving aromas and freshness while extracting the right amount of tannin and building the mid-palate. The wines were drained and pressed to French oak barrels for 22 months of aging to further contour the mouthfeel of the wine and plait the many layers of flavor and texture. The resulting wine has an ever-growing list of aromas, from raspberry and sage to cardamom, orange peel, cedar, black licorice, and newly tanned leather. The longer the wine sits in the glass, the more layers are revealed. The wine’s brilliant red-purple hue hints at its dense fruit core, which is followed on the palate by a rush of baking spices, incense, orange oil, and completed by a mouthwatering, savory finish. It has “great bones,” a proper tannic scaffold to support the wine as it ages. While accessible now with a careful decanting, the 2016 Cervantes will continue its beautiful journey and gain complexity over many years to come" ...ANDY ERICKSON / WINEMAKER
Saxum Broken Stones 2017Our Broken Stones cuvee is Syrah based, with a large portion of Petite Sirah and Grenache and a splash of Mataro. It is aged for 18-20 months in mainly new, French barriques. It is full-bodied, rich, and intense, but also reveals great purity, focus and complexity. The Broken Stones is a multi-vineyard blend, utilizing all the vineyards that we source from. Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Click here to download notes on previous releases of Broken Stones.
Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2017I always have a soft spot for our Terry Hoage Vineyard. It is almost always the most approachable in our line up. A wine that you can enjoy while letting the others rest a bit. There's great spice from the Syrah but luscious red fruit from the Grenache. My favorite part might be the core of salinity that it displays. Maybe that doesn't sound like a tasty descriptor, but I find it fascinating and it begs you to take another sip to try and figure out where that vein is coming from.
Domaine de la Romanee Conti Corton 2016Surpassing the 2015 rendition, the 2016 Corton Grand Cru is the finest wine that the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has produced to date from the holdings of Prince Florent de Mérode. Wafting from the glass with notes of cassis, currant leaf, raspberries, and menthol, discretely framed by new wood, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and intense, gaining in-depth and dimension as it sits in the glass, with tangy underpinning acids and powdery tannins, culminating in a long finish. Aubert de Villaine recounted that the Domaine replanted a third of Corton-Bressandes while also grafting over the Mérodes' young vines to their own massal selections of Pinot Fin. While this is built for four decade's evolution in the cellar, the balance and concentration are such that it could be drunk with pleasure in its youth.
Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanée St. Vivant 2016
Chateau-Margaux Margaux 2000It seemed that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality, never before attained, at least in terms of style. Throughout the barrel ageing time, these first impressions were gradually confirmed. The wine has now acquired a slightly tighter texture but has kept such a soft and especially long finish that it seems to go on forever.
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016The 2016 Insignia is fresh and focused on entry with expressive cocoa powder, graphite and earthy spices. Elegant and complex with a supple, creamy texture and bold tannins, this latest vintage offers luscious ripe plum and blackberry character with hints of roasted coffee and dark cherry throughout the palate to a long, velvety finish. The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a mild winter resulting in early bud break for some blocks at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the red varieties yielding classic Cabernet Sauvignon from each of our vineyards. The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a mild winter resulting in early bud break for some blocks at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the red varieties yielding classic Cabernet Sauvignon from each of our vineyards. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc from estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: 29% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap District), 23% Suscol Vineyard (South Napa), 20% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll District), 18% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap District) and 10% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena).
François-Louis Vuitton Cuvée Privée du Château Malartic-Lagravière
Goldschmidt Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot 2017Beautiful red raspberry, black cherry and deep complex aromas. Shows red plum, red currant, blackberry, and a touch chocolate. Full and round mouth feel with soft tannins. A cabernet drinker's Merlot.
Goldschmidt Fidelity Meritage 2017Color is a purple hue with a red middle. Aromas of fresh blueberries and red cherries. The touch of French vanilla oak rounds out a very enticing and complex nose. The palate is again fruit driven. Bright and well-structured with red fruit flavors and a supple finish. Tremendous value for a red blend from a winemaker of more than 30 years in the Alexander Valley. Drink now or over the next five years.
Goldschmidt Katherine Goldschmidt Crazy Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Nicely focused red cherry and red raspberry aromas. Loaded with red berry fruit flavors with a touch of caramel, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. Well-structured, smoothly textured, and medium bodied. Pronounced white pepper and spice in the finish.
Goldschmidt Hilary Goldschmidt Charming Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Deep garnet-purple; concentrated aromas of chocolate and black cherry alongside notes of cinnamon and hazelnut. The entry of this wine is juicy with a silky-smooth texture that builds through the mid-palate. Blackberry and black current flavors are supported with well-integrated oak. Nicely balanced and shows the fresh acidity on the finish that Oakville is known for.
Goldschmidt Singing Tree Chardonnay 2018Light straw color; aromas of lemon-merangue pie, citrus, and melon. Shows juicy grapefruit, passion-fruit, and white peach flavors. Bright and zesty, with a medium-weight mid-palate and lightly oaked.
Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc 2019Light straw color; aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit, melon, and sub-tropical fruits. Initially bright in the mouth but gains considerable weight on the mid-palate. Shows stone-fruit, lemon, and guava flavors. Focused acidity, round texture, and just a dab of sweetness in the finish.