Coming up this week: Annual Holiday Stroll + Tasting with Ozone Vodka!

Don’t forget to join us on Thursday, December 3 from 5-7pm, for a
Tasting with Ozone Vodka!Check out our selection, too!
Ozone Vodka 1.75L – $17.99
Ozone Flavored Vodkas 750mL – $10.99
Blood Orange, Melon, & White Peach
Free tasting.  Kindly reserve your spot.
Kindly call the store (401.846.7993), respond to this e-mail, or stop by to R.S.V.P.

Save the Date!
Our annual “Hearty Reds for the Holiday Table” Wine Pairing Class will be held on Sunday, December 20th! Sheryl will once again we be serving sliced tenderloin with John’s top picks for the holiday table. More details to follow!As always, reservations are required for our tasting classes.
Cost of attendance is $10, which may be applied toward any in-store purchase.
Kindly call the store (401.846.7993), respond to this e-mail, or stop by to R.S.V.P.

 

Don’t miss out on this featured wine!

2012 Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated 96pts

Regularly $99.99 | Sale Price $89.99
+ 10% 6-bottle discount (net: $80.99/bottle)

“Another outrageous effort is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon). Its opaque purple color is followed by aromas of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, charcoal and flowers. Dense, full-bodied, multidimensional, long, silky and opulent, this stunning Cabernet can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

These 2012s, made by winemaking consultant Mark Herold for proprietor Robert Kamen, are the finest wines yet produced by this small boutique operation located largely with the relatively new AVA of Moon Mountain. There are 1,800 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon, only 150 cases of the Cashmere, 125 cases of the Syrah, and less than 100 cases of the Cabernet Franc.”

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Our Top Picks for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Happy Thanksgiving
from Bellevue Wine & Spirits!
Looking for something special to pour on Thursday? We’re happy to help! First up: three wonderful Pinot Noirs from Calera, followed by a selection of our favorites for pairing with your Thanksgiving dinner! With the myriad of flavors in the Thanksgiving meal you need wines with some fruit and structure but not over the top or too tannic.  We have selected many below that we tasted Sunday at our Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Tasting and the crowd loved them.
Pinot Envy
Josh Jensen, owner of Calera Vineyards, was the  pioneer of Pinot Noir in California. Josh’s 2012 single vineyard Pinot Noirs are spectacular, full throttle wines, great for Thanksgiving. Inventory is limited so please accept our apologies if we sell out before we receive your order.

Calera Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard 2012 – $89.99 plus 10% 6 bottle case discount
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 98pts
Deeper and richer than the Jensen, the blockbuster-style 2012 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1975 and wasn’t harvested until October 4. A big, rich, layered Pinot Noir that offers tight, reserved notes of blackcurrants, truffle, crushed rocks, forest floor and sassafras, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful acidity and building, fine tannin that come through on the awesome finish. With air, it turns more and more mineral-laced and earthy, showing even a touch of gaminess. This beauty has terrific depth and richness without ever being over the top. Still a baby, give it a few years in the cellar, and enjoy bottles over the following decade.

Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard 2012 – $59.99 plus 10% 6 bottle case discount
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 96pts
The 2012 Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from 26-year-old own-rooted vines and was harvested September 20 to October 17. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, its semi-opaque ruby color is followed by sensational notes of ripe currants and darker fruits, scorched earth, smoked meats, licorice and chalky minerality. Big, rich, full-bodied and layered, with a huge core of fruit that never seems over the top or heavy, this elegant, profound Pinot Noir can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more.

Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard 2012 – $84.99 plus 10% 6 bottle case discount
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 96pts
A thrilling Pinot Noir that comes from a 13.8-acre vineyard planted in 1975 on mostly on limestone, at an elevation of 2,200 feet, the 2012 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard was harvested September 24 to October 21 and was aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a dark ruby color to go with a big, sweet nose of cranberry, wild strawberries, crushed flowers, forest floor and spice. Full-bodied, layered and elegant, with a supple, rounded and sexy texture, it packs plenty of fruit, yet is graceful, beautifully balanced and seamless. It’s hard to resist now, yet should cruise for a decade in the cellar.

Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Our favorites

Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne NV
Cleanse the palate with our favorite Champagne.  80-100% rated 1er and Grand Cru vineyards Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Muenier. A vibrant Brut, pairing high-toned cream, vanilla, and butter aromas with zesty fruit flavors and lively acidity. It’s focused, harmonious, and lush, staying sprightly on the lingering finish. $39.99

Freemark Abbey Viognier 2012
Brilliant greenish straw color introduces the vibrant aroma of ripe banana, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya and Angel Food. Very pleasant and full with great viscosity and balance; a refreshing wine that yields both complexity and a pleasurable lingering experience. $24.99

Caymus Conundrum White Blend 2013
This delicious blend is one of the best of its type from California. It’s a complex wine, with an array of ripe, concentrated flavors – pear, honey, fig, vanilla, peach and nectarine, finishing with lots of character and a dash of spice. Delicious. $19.99

Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015
This is the gold standard in Nouveau, and certainly always popular. An excellent foil for holidays dishes like turkey and ham–lentil loaf, too. This new vintage is deeply colored, with flavors trending to ripe berries: black current, blackberry and blueberry. $11.99

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2014
Rich scarlet-red, with opulent aromas of blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of caramel. Flavors reminiscent of ripe raspberries, strawberry jam, warm gingerbread, and a hint of toffee. Perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, plush on the mid-palate with a wonderfully supple texture and a long, pure and persistent finish. $49.99

Gruet Brut Blanc de Noir – $16.99
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier – $14.99
Truchard Roussane – $24.99
Smith-Madrone Riesling – $27.99
Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Riesling – $24.99
Newport Vineyards Riesling – $14.99
Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir – $13.99
Calera Vin Gris Pinot Noir – $19.99
Estancia Pinot Noir – $13.99
Mark West Black Pinot Noir – $12.99
Simi Pinot Noir – $19.99
Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir – $39.99
Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir – $49.99
Caymus Conundrum Red Blend – $19.99
Gloria’s Old Vines Zinfandel – $18.99
Summit Lake Zinfandel – $29.99

Beers, Ciders, and More!

Our favorite: Sonoma Cider Reserve Dry Zider (22oz)
Aged for 7 months in American oak barrels that formerly aged Zinfandel wine, this dry, pleasant cider has notes of wild berry and bramble with bright, tart apple. Each 22oz bottle is hand-wrapped & numbered. $13.99

Sonoma Cider (4pk) – $8.49
Available in Anvil, Hatchet, and Pitchfork!

Downeast Cider Cranberry (4pk) – $8.99

Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger Shandy (6pk) – $8.99
Narragansett Big Mamie American Pale Ale (6pk) – $9.99
Grey Sail Great Ketch India Pale Lager (4pk) – $10.99
Sam Adams Utopias (24oz Limited Release) – $249

Spiked Seltzer Cranberry (6pk) – $9.99
Also available in Grapefruit, Lime, and Orange!

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George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015!

George DuBoeuf
2015 Beaujolais Nouveau
…Est Arrivé!Just in tme for Beaujolais Nouveau Day – November 19th – and Thanksgiving!   $11.99 / bottle

Please join us for our
Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Wine Pairing Class
Next Sunday, November 22nd, from 3-5pmPlease join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Turkey and Wine Pairing Class.  Sheryl will once again be roasting a fresh Helger’s Turkey with all the fixings.  New this year Sheryl has added her favorite Holiday appetizer, a selection of smoked fish. John will pair and discuss wines and sparkling wines to go with the smoked fish and the Thanksgiving Turkey. Join us and decide for yourself what you think should be served at your Thanksgiving table. As always, reservations are required for our tasting classes.
Cost of attendance is $5, which may be applied toward any in-store purchase.
Kindly call the store (401.846.7993), respond to this e-mail, or stop by to R.S.V.P.

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Another Stunning 2012 NV Cabernet, Upcoming Vodka Tasting, & More!

2012 Revana Family Vineyard
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Regularly $149.99 | Sale Price $139.99
6-bottle case $124.99 per bottle

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate emerges from the best four blocks on the property, where the soil is a bit rockier. The combination of Clone 7 Cabernet & the location, on the northern side of St. Helena across the street from Vineyard 29, yields a rich, sumptuous Cabernet built on pure texture and volume. Blue and black fruit, smoke, spices & menthol meld into its creamy, layered finish. This is a very strong showing from Revana & winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.” – Antonio Galloni rated 94pts

“A classy effort, rich, rfined, pure and elegant, offering tiers of blackberry, wild berry, floral and spice aromas, supported by spicy, cedary oak and fine-grained tannins. Ends with a burst of mocha and black licorice. Drink now through 2028.” – Wine Spectator rated 94 pts

Wines from the esteemed Araujo Estate – All on sale!

If ‘First-Growth’ classification were awarded to California vineyards, Araujo Estate would certainly be recognized as such. Recently purchased by Château Latour, the property is impeccably maintained and produces some of the region’s best wines. Please find our offerings below, with tasting notes from Araujo Estate’s expert winemaking team.

2013 Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc – $94.99
“The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc has evolved beautifully during its extra year in the caves, and the extended elevage is expressed in the added energy, tension, and texture of the wine. The complex layers of citrus and tropical fruits give way to an exultant, persistent mineral finish. Future vintages of this cellar-worthy white wine of the Araujo Estate will continue to benefit from our new regimen of patience in the cellar.”

2011 Altagracia – $124.99
Antonio Galloni rated 92pts
“The Eisele Vineyard has again shown its ability to deliver wines of distinction in atypical vintages. The minerality and quality of tannins which are Eisele hallmarks couple with fine, generous texture to give us a delicious wine of particular vitality and elegance. 2011 Altagracia bears the signature of this unique place.”

2012 Altagracia – $134.99
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 93pts
“This Altagracia is a generous wine reflecting the exceptional quality of the vintage. The 2012 vintage is balanced and harmonious, offering beautiful ripeness with no excess. The wine reflects the character of the eastern parcels of the Eisele Vineyard, and its fine-grained tannins provide a perfect foil for the intensity and richness of the layered fruit.”

2012 Eisele Vineyard Syrah – $199.99
“This delicious wine shows dark, rich purple in the glass, and displays a racy nose of smoked meat, bitter chocolate, coffee bean, licorice and a hint of violet. In the mouth, it develops opulent flavors of ripe, dark fruit lifted by floral notes, ending with impeccably fine tannins. The 2012 Syrah shows tremendous purity and intensity, while capturing the expression of the varietal.”

2011 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – $449.99
Antonio Galloni rated 96pts
“The Eisele Vineyard terroir showed its pedigree in 2011. This Cabernet is vibrant and fresh, layered with distinctive minerality and nuance. The ethereal tannins are simply melted throughout, supporting a delicious texture and prolonged by a lingering finish. The 2011 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet combines deep energy and elegance with a sense of restraint, providing great pleasure even at this early stage of its life.”

2012 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – $494.99
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated 96-98pts
“Shaped by ideal growing conditions, the distinctive personality of the Eisele Vineyard shows its class by way of precision, restraint and elegance. As a result, the 2012 vintage offers exceptional amplitude and depth. The opulent, layered palate is structured by extremely refined tannins and prolonged by characteristic minerality, the hallmarks of Cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard.”

Don’t forget about this great value!

Maraia Barbera del Monferrato 2013
Regularly $13.99
Sale Price $10.99
* Purchase 6-bottle case and receive 10% discount! *
(Net: $9.89/bottle)
In Piedmontese dialect, the term Maraia is synonymous with little rascals. Liveliness, exuberance, and sometimes a bit mischievous, this is a fitting name for this young, fresh, fragrant wine. The grapes used in producing Barbera del Monferrato come exclusively from best vineyards located in the community of Maranzana in Asti province. The grapes are hand-picked, destalked and softly pressed.

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced; its sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course meats, boiled or roasted.

 

Join us for a tasting with Ozone Vodka!

December 3, 2015 from 5-7pm

Check out our selection in the meantime!
Ozone Vodka 1.75L – $17.99
Ozone Flavored Vodkas 750mL – $10.99
Blood Orange, Melon, & White Peach

This Week’s Featured Wine + Last Call for Woodchuck ‘Pink’ Private Reserve!

This week’s featured wine…
Maraia Barbera del Monferrato 2013Regularly $13.99
Sale Price $10.99

* Purchase 6-bottle case and receive 10% discount! *
(Net: $9.89/bottle)

In Piedmontese dialect, the term Maraia is synonymous with little rascals. Liveliness, exuberance, and sometimes a bit mischievous, this is a fitting name for this young, fresh, fragrant wine. The grapes used in producing Barbera del Monferrato come exclusively from best vineyards located in the community of Maranzana in Asti province. The grapes are hand-picked, destalked and softly pressed.

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced; its sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course meats, boiled or roasted.

As October winds down, don’t forget to pick up a 6-pack of Woodchuck Private Reserve Pink Hard Cider! Its bright pink packaging not only visually promotes the battle against breast cancer, but sales of the beverage also support a Vermont-based nonprofit which lends funding to programs to help cancer survivors live well after recovery.

At 5.5% ABV, Private Reserve Pink has a delicate body and a balanced full apple flavor. Pink has a similar carbonation and feel as Woodchuck Crisp, but continues with a little something more. Grape skin extract gives the cider its a pink hue, while adding a somewhat floral nose and underlying texture. Never been easier to fight cancer and support your drinking habit at the same time. Be sure to try our other Woodchuck ciders, too!

$10.49 / 6-pack

 

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Whispering Angel is BACK + Great White Burgundies on Sale! 

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2014
Sale Price $19.99

Whispering Angel is back – and it’s still on sale! Far and away our best-selling rose, this highly-rated rose is splendidly pink in color and has a fresh, fruity aroma. It is crisp and dry on the palate, has a sweet, tangy flavor with hints of strawberry and lemon, and presents a pleasant, clean finish… A perfect pairing for your favorite fish or chicken dish!

Great White Burgundies on Sale
10% discount on 6 bottles  || 15% discount on 12 bottles
Louis Latour Montagny 2013 – $19.99
Our best selling white Burgundy this summer!
Sebastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014 – $34.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 92pts! *Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2013 – $34.99

Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2013 – $47.99

Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis 1er Cru Vaucopins 2013 – $47.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 90pts! *

Louis Latour Meursault 2013 – $59.99

Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2013 – $72.99

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne 1er Clos Saint-Marc 2013 – $99.99
One of my favorite of the vintage! Tastes like a Grand Cru.

Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos des Hospices 2013 – $124.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 92pts! *

Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2012 – $149.99
Stunning Grand Cru Burgundy!

Save the Date – Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 PM
Annual Holiday Tasting to benefit the Newport County YMCA Strong Community Campaign.
Join us in the beautiful new banquet rooms at Newport Vineyards for over 150 wines & 50 micro-brews.
With cuisine from Brix Restaurant and many of the island’s best restaurants, and music by the Honky Tonk Knights.
Tickets are $65 per person.
NEW this year! VIP Tasting starting at 4:00 PM sponsored by Sage Cellars – $150 per person.

Legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Legendary Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
In Napa Valley, Cabernet is king – and we have selected some of our very best for this sale!

 

2010 Freemark Abbey “Sycamore” Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 94 Points
Sale Price $89.99
“The brilliant 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard (another Rutherford site on Bella Oaks Lane) is a blend of 85.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 28 months in barrel. It boasts an opaque purple color, terrific notes of licorice, creme de cassis, charcoal, forest floor, baking spices and earth, as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel with great fruit intensity and purity. This savory, mouthfilling beauty is best drunk over the next 20-25 years. Now owned by Kendall-Jackson, but with long-time winemaker Ted Edwards still firmly in control, Freemark Abbey has produced a large assortment of wines ranging from very good to exceptional.”
2012 Caymus “Special Selection” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 94 Points
Sale Price $169.99
“Exhibits a delicious, up-front core of juicy dark berry, blackberry, black licorice and creamy, toasty, vanilla-scented oak. Appropriately tannic and structured, this is made in a style you can drink now or cellar for up to a decade. Drink now through 2026.”Just released! This is the “Special Selection” bottling, following on the heels of the regular 2012 Caymus Napa Valley bottling which (while celebrating the winery’s 40th anniversary) was one of the the most popular wine we’ve sold in 2015. We are awaiting reviews and scores on the wine, but given the quality of the 2012 vintage in Napa, and the fact that the regular bottling received 96 points from Robert Parker, it’s a safe bet to assume this is going to be incredibly well received by the press. Please note that due to bottle length, this wine will need to be shipped in styrofoam packaging.
2012 Joseph Phelps “Insignia” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 96-100 Points
Sale Price $199.99 (750ml) | $424.99 (magnum)
“An inky/purple color is accompanied by wonderful aromas of smoky black currant and blackberry fruit interwoven with incense, camphor, charcoal and new oak. The wine is deep, multidimensional, full-bodied, rich and opulent with a voluptuous texture. Even as a barrel sample, this stunning effort is irresistible. This deep, prodigious 2012 should be approachable when released and age effortlessly for 25-30 years. The 2012 Insignia (17,500 cases expected to be produced; 14.5% alcohol) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It will be bottled after spending 24 months in new French oak. This looks to be a killer effort, and is probably the greatest Insignia since the 2001 and 2002.”
2010 Joseph Phelps “Insignia” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Enthusiast Rated 97 Points | Antonio Galloni Rated 96 Points
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 95 Points
Sale Price $199.99
“This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice. Despite its fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030. Prime for cellar selection.” – Wine Enthuasiast”The 2010 Insignia has totally closed down in bottle. Dark plums, graphite, pencil shavings, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass, but today the 2010 is in no mood to show all of its personality. Today the Petit Verdot seems especially pronounced. The tannins are sweet, layered and impeccably balanced, which makes me think the 2010 will enjoy a long drinking window once it softens. The 2010 is a beautiful, silky Insignia, but it needs time. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 2% Malbec.” – Antonio Galloni”A gorgeous, intense bouquet of pencil shavings, spring flowers, cassis, blackberries; subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a complex mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced in recent years. Should age easily for 20+ years.” – R. Parker
2012 Stag’s Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 97-100 Points
Sale Price $234.99
“The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 appears to be the finest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid eighties. It boasts a dense purple color, complex notes of spice box, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrant jam, mulberries and spring flowers, as well as a full bodied, opulent personality. It is a profound example of this iconic wine that went through a period of mediocrity in the mid to late 1990s prior to being sold. Drink now through 2038.”
2012 Lail Vineyards “J. Daniel Cuvée” Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 100 Points
Sale Price $249.99
“Absolutely perfect and one of the monumental wines of my long tasting trip in Napa is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée. I didn’t see this from barrel last year. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak and representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sources: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and one in Howell Mountain. Robin Lail and winemaker Philippe Melka hit pay dirt with a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet that reminded me of 1989 Chateau Montrose when it was young. Sweet almost truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental, yet full-bodied mouthfeel, and an extravagant, layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date at her winery. Drink it over the next 25-35 years.The Lail Family can trace their wine history back five generations to 1879, when their great-granduncle Gustave Niebaum founded none other than the iconic Inglenook Vineyards. Robin Lail, who is essentially the force and face of Lail Vineyards, was also a co-partner of Dominus with Christian Moueix until he purchased her interest. They produce four wines, Blue print Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship wines, Georgia Sauvignon Blanc and J. Daniel cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery, with winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, continues to have the Midas touch.”
2010 Grgich Hills Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Sale Price $179.99
“Before he moved to Calistoga Miljenko “Mike†Grgich lived on the estate where a storied vineyard grows that produces the grapes for his winery’s Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, a vertical collection of which was showcased to a group of wine writers late last month. “It is the second oldest cab vineyard in Napa Valley,†said Violet Grgich, vice president of sales and marketing for Grgich Hills Estate. The oldest vines, planted in 1945, now belong to Scarecrow and are of the same Inglenook clone as the Grgich vines, and also planted on St. George rootstock like Grgich’s vines. Grgich Hills Estates’ Yountville vineyard, planted in 1959, has “loose clusters†so that “every berry can get sunlight,†said Mike Grgich, Violet’s father.”
2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Res. Georges de Latour
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 94 Points
Sale Price $134.99
“The deep ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is BV’s flagship wine. It boasts sweet notes of charcoal, burning embers, vanillin, tar and copious quantities of blackcurrant fruit. In keeping with this generously endowed vintage, the wine is supple, full-bodied, multidimensional and opulent. It will drink beautifully young and last for 20-25 years.There is no question that Beaulieu Vineyards, an iconic estate in Rutherford that made so many great Cabernet Sauvignons in the fifties, sixties and early seventies, is returning to form. A lot of the credit must go to the brilliant international wine consultant, Michel Rolland, who works primarily on the Private Reserve program. The current group of 2012s showcase that beautiful vintage very nicely.”
2011 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Antonio Galloni Rated 92 Points
Sale Price $64.99
“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is one of the most open, young Dunn Cabernets I have ever tasted. Sweet red berries, cinnamon, wild flowers, cedar and tobacco are all laced together in a supple, racy Cabernet that is already drinking well. The 2011 is quite delicate today, almost uncharacteristically so. Once again, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was made entirely from Howell Mountain fruit. Randy Dunn’s 2011s are surprisingly open, supple and expressive at this stage. Dunn describes 2011 as a year in which the spring frost took with it a considerable amount of the crop. Even though yields are low, the 2011s speak much more to finesse than power. This is a rare vintage that holds considerable early and medium-term appeal, which as Dunn fans know, is a bit unusual for this typically tannic, structured Cabernets.The cool 2010 and 2011 vintages often get lumped together, but really they were quite different. Late spring rains delayed veraison and a mild summer and early October rains meant that growers needed to be extremely vigilant. At Dunn, it was the latest and fastest harvest in their history, starting October 29th and finishing in just five days. The 2011 is made entirely from softer lots of Howell Mountain fruit. Winemaker notes: “Our 2011s have subtle notes of vanilla and smoke, intertwined with black fruit characterisitics. Their chewy tannins and long finish will not disappoint our Dunn wine lovers.”
2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
J. Suckling Rated 100 Points | R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 97 Points
Sale Price $199.99
“Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017.” – J. Suckling”The 2009 Dominus saw about
40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years.” – R. Parker
Dominus, Napa Valley 2012
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 99 points
Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedarwood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20-25 years.

The California outpost of Pomerol and St.-Emilion’s famed proprietor, Christian Moueix has been working at this iconic vineyard, Yountville’s Napanook, for over twenty years. Many decades ago this was the origin of some of the great Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons. 

The 2012 and 2013 vintages were two of the greatest for Christian Moueix at Dominus in his long and distinguished career. Think of these as more modern day versions of the 1991 and 1994, two extraordinary early vintages at Dominus. Christian Moueix considers 2013 to be the greatest vintage of his illustrious career. Production was tiny for this estate, with only 2,000 cases of the 2013 Napanook produced and 3,500 cases of Dominus. The harvest was extremely early, beginning on September 10 and finishing on September 26. Analytically, the 2013s have the highest levels of extract and tannins ever measured at this estate. Fermentations were easy, and lasted three weeks.
2012 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
R. Parker’s Wine Advocate Rated 98-100

$239.99
only 1 six bottle case available
“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is not in bottle, but it looks like another three-digit wine in the making. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% natural alcohol, but tasters will never feel any “heat†tasting it. This is a beauty, with crème de cassis notes intermixed with spring flowers, a touch of toasty oak, blackberries, blueberries and cassis, as well as licorice, vanillin and a full-bodied mouthfeel. At this stage, it is more voluptuous and opulent than the 2010, simply because that’s the hallmark style of the 2012. No doubt this is a 30- to 50-year wine if you want to cellar it properly and nibble on it over a long period of time, but it will be much more approachable in its youth than most Hillside Selects tend to be. This is, once again, a fabulous effort.Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste.”

 

Wines for your Late-Summer Barbecue & Just In: Whispering Angel Magnums!

Hoping to make the most of your grill in these last few weeks of summer?
Here’s another great wine for barbecuing!
Marchesi Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Poggio alla Badiola Toscana 2012
Regularly $16.99 / Sale Price $14.99
10% discount on 6 bottles, net bottle $13.49
15% discount on 12 bottles, net $12.74
From the Badiola vineyard of Chianti, Tuscany; at an altitude of 500m, this vineyard has a medium-limestone richness and a distinct backbone. Planted with Sangiovese and Merlot, all with southern exposure, at high density and cultivated Guyot style for the Sangiovese and spur cordon-training for the Merlot. The wine is deep ruby in color, with intense aromas of fresh red berries and cocoa. Soft and smooth on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries; well-balanced, with great depth and a long finish.

 

Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2014
Magnum – $39.99


Whispering Angel is, far and away, our best-selling rosé of the summer – and, unfortunately, we’re out of stock of the 750 ml as is the RI wholesaler. We are being told by the wholesaler the  750 ml  will be out of stock for a few weeks and with summer winding down, we’re not sure how long 750s will be available once back! To keep up with demand, we’ve brought in the magnum size (great for sharing with friends) and recommend that you stock up while we have them! These are typically much more expensive, but John was able to negotiate a great price, which we’re passing on to you. Splendidly pink in color, this highly-rated rosé has a fresh, fruity aroma, is crisp and dry on the palate, has a sweet, tangy flavor with hints of strawberry and lemon, and presents a pleasant, clean finish… A perfect pairing for your favorite fish or chicken dish!
Albert Bichot Macon Villages 2013 – $14.99
Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2013 – $21.99
Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse 2013 – $25.99
JJ Vincent Marie Antoinette Pouilly Fuisse 2013 – $35.99
Ch̢teau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 2013 Р$44.99
Ch̢teau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Les Brules 2013 Р$69.99
Dom. Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2013 – $47.99
Dom. Long-Depaquit Chablis Vaucopins 1er Cru 2013 – $47.99
Dom. Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 – $85.99
Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2013 – $89.99
Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 – $99.99
Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Hospices 2013 – $125.99
Olivier Leflaive Corton Charlemagne 2013 – $174.99
Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2013 – $72.99
Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Poruzots 2013 – $94.99
Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Les Cloux 2013 – $34.99
Domaine du Pavillon Aloxe Corton Marechaudes 2013 – $76.99
Albert Bichot Fixin 2013 – $34.99
Faiveley Mercurey Framboisiere 2013 – $39.99
Domaine du Clos Frantin Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2013 – $79.99
Domaine Adelie Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martin 2013 – $45.99
Faiveley Mercury Mazis Chambertin 2013 – $329.99
Don’t forget – 2013 Burgundies are arriving now! 2013 was another very short vintage in Burgundy, and the best producers had an even shorter crop since they dropped a good amount of fruit to assure ripeness. The whites are very expressive and enjoyable at a young age, but will age for 5+ years. The reds are very good, though not quite as forward, and I suspect will also age quite well. Please find below some of the wines we purchased at pre-sell that have just arrived. We tasted all of the wines before ordering and all are are great wines.

Mix-and-match twelve bottles for case discount of 15%!

A Rosé for Now + A Cabernet for Later!

Rosé for now and Cabernet Sauvignon for later…

One of the most popular rosés from the 2014 vintage thus far has been the Château d’Esclans Rock Angel, which bears some similarities to the already impressive Whispering Angel, is slightly more refined, yet bolder, but still affordable; pick up a bottle to drink with dinner tonight or this weekend. Still, we’re always thinking ahead, and we’re so pleased to have secured four six-bottle wooden cases of the Grgich Hills Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Produced at their estate in Yountville, this wine is rarely available outside the winery, but we are thankful that our relationship with them has allowed us to offer their wines to you. This is one wine well worth picking up now and stashing away for later. Please find more information below!
Château d’Esclans Rock Angel Rosé 2014
$29.99 (per bottle)
Eligible for 10% case discount.
Notes from the winery: “It started with a whisper… And now it’s time to rock! Grapes grown from estate vineyard, consisting primarily of Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino). Harvesting conducted from sunrise to noon, with grapes sorted by optical eye, electronically and manually, three times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8° to avoid oxidation. Free run juice and first slight pressing. No maceration.”
James Suckling rated 94 points: “This is a wonderful, subtle and intense roseÌ with sliced peaches, apples, pears, minerals, salt and oyster shell. Full bodied with a fabulous center palate. Great purity. Almost has a volcanic character. Superb length. Almost entirely grenache and rolle. Great ever from here.
Grgich Hills Estate
Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

$194.99 (per bottle)

Eligible for 10% six-bottle case discount.
Notes from the winery: “We relied on indigenous yeast for fermentation and then aged the wine in French oak barrels for 21 months before moving the wine to large oak casks for six months just before bottling to achieve the perfect level of oak. Rich with blackberries, cassis and mocha with a long, elegant finish, this is a full-bodied and well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Having the patience to cellar this wine will reward you in the glass years from now. Serve with simply roasted meat dishes or all by itself to fully enjoy the wine’s complex flavors.”

Celebrate July 4th with Great American Wines! 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these great American wines! We’ve selected both a great-value wine & a top-rated wine suitable for pairing with any backyard barbecue.
Sauvignon Blanc
Pair with Grilled Oysters or Little Necks
Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma 2013 – $9.99
By far our best-selling Sauvignon Blanc, and an incredible value. Blended with a touch of Semillon.
Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma/Napa 2014 – $37.99
This was our favorite surpass wine of our visit to California last January; always one of the best Sauvignon Blancs produced in California, but the 2014 may be their best ever.
Chardonnay
Pair with Grilled Swordfish or Lobster 

Simi Chardonnay, Sonoma 2013 – $14.99
Well-deï¬ned, with fresh, forward flavors of nectarine, peach, and lemon, lifted by a lightly toasted and warm oak character. Great value.

Kistler McCrea Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain 2012 – $81.99

Kistler is known for producing benchmark CA Chardonnay and it shows in this layered, complex exemplary wine. Wine Advocate rated 94 Points!

Rosé
Pair with Grilled Salmon or Lobster
Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir, Oregon 2014 – $14.99
A supple, fruit forward wine with lots of fresh, red fruit flavors balanced by a lively acidity and clean finish.
Calera Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Central Coast 2014 – $19.99
Beautiful aromas of crushed rose petals, ripe strawberry, tangerine peel, and orange marmalade accent the brightness of this delightfully dry rosé.
Pinot Noir
Pair with Burgers, Grilled Chicken or Sirloin
Estancia Pinot Noir, Monterey 2013 – $13.99
Rich aromas of cigar box, black cherry, and oak, with concentrated, jammy, dark fruit flavors. Medium-bodied with a long finish.
Belle Glos Las Alturas Santa Lucia Highlands 2013 – $39.99
Intriguing aromas of sunbaked blackberry, ripe plum, black licorice and hints of candy apple. Its flavor is reminiscent of blackberries, raspberries, and warm cherry pie, with a wonderful dark chocolate characteristic. Wine Spectator rated 94 Points!
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pair with Grilled Rib-Eye
Pedroncelli Three Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek 2012 – $15.99
Rich aromas of raspberry, sage, and spice lead into flavors of ripe raspberry and dried herbs on the palate. Bright acidity and a hint of vanilla toasted oak.
Lail J. Daniel Cuvée, Napa 2012 – $299.99
Celebrate in style with this wine rated 100 Points by Wine Advocate! Full-bodied and sweet, yet earthy; blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by hints of mocha and licorice. Superb purity and an extravagant, layered texture with an incredible finish.