COLLECTIBLE AND CELLAR WORTH WINES
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CONTINUUM 2014 HAS ARRIVED!
With their 2014 vintage, they celebrate their 10th Continuum release! This wine, while having beautiful vibrancy and richness of body, is more approachable than the well-regarded 2013 vintage. A dense purple robe and vibrant violet rim lead to aromas of cassis, cardamom, espresso and graphite. 2014 shows purity of site and fruit; a core of black plum and cherry, intertwined with layers of exotic spice, heightened by ripe, polished tannins, natural vibrancy and a long silky finish. This vintage reveals the harmonious balance of fruit, site and season from our Sage Mountain Vineyard at Continuum Estate. It has all the body and age worthiness to carry forward for decades to come. Very expressive already, 2014 Continuum is an estate blend.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot
2014 Continuum (750 mL)
Continuum 2014 (1.5L Magnum)
99 Points, James Suckling
“Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it’s hard not to drink now. This harkens back to the great Mondavi reserves of the 1970s in texture and construction.”
96 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni
“A raw, intense wine, the 2014 Continuum reveals serious intensity. Next to some of the more recent vintages, the 2014 is a bit more lithe and linear in feel, but like the 2013, it shows darker tonalities of fruit and terrific energy. Mocha, black cherries, graphite and cloves add the final shades of nuance. Although it is early, the 2014 is shaping up very nicely. Range: 93-96”
SMALL PRODUCTION, ALLOCATED, COLLECTIBLE REDS
Realm 2014 Moonracer Red $439.99
96 Points, The Wine Advocate: Realm’s estate wine comes from their new home vineyard, where all the renovation is taking place, at the 22-acre Stags Leap estate. Only 400 cases were made in 2014 of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Estate-Moonracer, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot from four separate Cabernet clones. While the wine remains the same, each “bottle” is completely different, which is rather amazing. This wine shows plenty of floral notes, white chocolate, red and blackcurrants, cedar wood and loamy soil undertones. It is a beauty – elegant, yet intense and authoritative. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
Saxum 2014 Paderewski Vineyard $159.99
95 – 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate: The 2014 Paderewski Vineyard comes from a warm site located high up off of Peachy Canyon Road (I wasn’t able to get the exact blend but it’s normally a mix of Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, with a splash of Tempranillo). It offers sexy, full-bodied, broad, rounded and powerful notes of candy corn, black raspberry, chocolate and chalky minerality. The 2014s in general show concentrated, rich profiles as well as broad, supple tannins, and this has both in spades.
Lail 2014 J. Daniel Cuvee Red $299.99
(95-97) points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “The barrel sample of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the identical sources) exhibits beautiful, sweet tannin, loads of charcoal, a full-bodied flavor profile of blue and black fruits, softer tannins and a more open-knit, up-front appeal than the somewhat firm and more closed blockbuster 2013. In keeping with this vintage character, the wine is very showy, charming and should drink beautifully when released in a year or so, evolving gracefully for at least two decades.” — Robert Parker, Jr.
Department 66 2014 Pharaon $189.99
Old-Vine Grenache and Syrah. 95 points from Robert Parker – Smokey, sweet oak escapes the glass followed by powerful aromas of black plum, blackberry pie, vanilla bean, violets and freshly cut flowers—all enveloped by a hint of dust and pencil lead. The entry is massive and lush with ripe red fruits, black raspberry, currant and pronounced minerality. Overall, the finish is concentrated yet balanced with beams of acidity and seamlessly integrated tannins that linger on the palate.
Blackbird Vineyards 2012 Illustration Red $114.99
Illustration represents the core – the heart – of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird’s multi-faceted wineportfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, timeand concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that CabernetSauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in Napa Valley. – Winemakers Notes
92 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni: “The 2012 Illustration, Blackbird’s Merlot-based blend, brings together power and silkiness with unusual grace. Drink this supple, racy red over the next handful of years, while the flavors remain juicy and vibrant.”
91 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “A Merlot-dominated cuvee (75%-80% Merlot), the 2012 Proprietary Red Illustration is a sexy, chocolatey style of wine offering notes of ink, kirsch and black fruits. Lush, medium-bodied, deep, sensual and hedonistic, it can be drunk over the next 7-8 years. ”
Blackbird 2012 Contrarian Red $109.99
The 2012 Contrarian opens with expressive notes of succulent black fruit and pepper. On the palate, flavors of blackberry and mocha complement silky layers of intricately structured, fine-grained tannins that hold great density and weight. The lush mid-palate leads to a supple, approachable and harmoniously-precise finish. This wine is gratifying now and will age gloriously with time in the cellar. With no frost, a mild spring and summer, and a peaceful fall, the Contrarian benefitted from what some say was an ideal growing season. – Winemakers Notes
93 Points, James Suckling: “A firm and juicy wine with blackberry, hints of new wood and cedar. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Long finish. A blend of 54% cabernet franc, 23% cabernet sauvignon, and 23% merlot. Drink or hold.
93 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni: “Cabernet Franc plays the leading role in the 2012 Contrarian. Sweet floral and savory aromatics meld into a core of dark red stone fruits in a deep, resonant wine built on pure verticality. All the elements fall into place in a gracious yet powerful wine. The Cabernet Franc is felt especially in the lifted, floral aromatics that are woven throughout.
Cayuse 2013 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah $112.99
94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – “Starting off the 2013 Syrahs from barrel, the 755-case 2013 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard was cofermented with 5% Viognier and is aged in twice-used French oak. It offers a ripe, voluptuous style in its ground pepper, smoked meats, peat and sweet dark fruits. These give way to a full-bodied Syrah that has solid concentration and good tannin. The Viognier here normally gives this cuvee some early charm, but it should evolve gracefully as well. As I’ve said numerous times, Christophe Baron and assistant winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier produce some of the most singular and impressive wines out there.”
Cayuse Vineyards 2014 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah $114.99
96-98 Points. “Always the most exotic in the lineup, the meaty, iron, black olive and floral-scented 2014 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard has a big core of ripe tannin and sweet fruit in its full-bodied, exuberant style. Given the polish to its tannin, it should drink nicely in its youth, but I suspect it will be at its best from 2020-2034.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $369.99
Rated 94 Points by The Wine Advocate & 95 Points from Wine Spectator! Building upon a remarkable debut, the 2012 Schrader LPV from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard benefited from ideal growing conditions throughout Napa Valley. Using a complement of clone 4 and clone 337, the Schrader LPV is provocative, exceptionally rich, and deeply compelling. The wine offers a luxurious mouth feel and distinctive fruit core that displays aromas of blueberry and blackcurrant mixed with an underlying essence of crushed rock minerality, a testament to this wines terrific range. Truly delicious, the Schrader LPV fulfills on the promise and the multi-dimensional flavor profile of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard.
ORIN SWIFT 2014 MERCURY HEAD $119.99
This 2014 Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our BEST SELLERS & cannot seem to keep it on the shelf, but we do have it in stock right now! An alluring hue of dark garnet sits in the glass, encircled by a glowing ruby rim. Immediate aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry and classic cassis are supported by undertones of lavender, jasmine, sage, tobacco, cigar box and the slightest touch of anise. Rich and vibrant upon entry, flavors of dark plums, figs and black fruit transform into sweet vanilla and dark chocolate framed by velvety and plush tannins. The wine finishes with great length and a touch of acidity—an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in the Napa Valley.
2011 Gallica Wine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $149.99
A touch of recalcitrant weather, heroic viticulturists, and winemakers summoning up all their techne only begin to describe the dramatic 2011 growing season. In years such as these, sites with perfect drainage and optimal exposure speak volumes. The 2011 Gallica Cabernet bottling is stylish, serious, and aromatically expressive. Tannins are remarkably fine. The elevated Oakville site performed beautifully, favoring notes of crushed rock, exotic cardamom, and the enticing perfume of oolong tea. The modest addition of Petit Verdot offers its usual signature of fresh flowers and vibrant color.
Release date: Spring 2014
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Petit Verdot 3% AVA: Oakville – Coombsville Nineteen months in 70% new French oak barrels 92 Points – Vinuous
Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - $499.99
Crafted from the oldest, most balanced and most intensely flavorful Cabernet lots grown onthe J. J. Cohn Estate, this impressive wine shows dark aromas of spiced plums, blackberries,mocha and cassis. Its dark complexity is equally evident on the palate, where the wine is atonce refreshing and somewhat mysterious. The layers of complex flavors reveal themselves with time in the glass, shifting and swirling between bright fruit and dark vanilla/caramel tones.
98 Points – The Wine Advocate – “The classic 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon included fruit from the 2-acre, old vine parcel that is nearly 70 years of age. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious notes of spring flowers, blackberries, black raspberries and wet rocks. The wine’s gravelly minerality and spectacular opulence and density make it an instant classic. This massive, full-bodied 2012 should drink beautifully for 15-20+ years. It showed incredibly well last year, and it still reveals the potential to possibly merit a 3-digit score – it’s that special.”
Arietta 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $144.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Gorgeous, expressive aromatics meld into dark red stone fruits in a Cabernet of pure breed and class. These cool sites in Coombsville yield a Cabernet built on savory aromatics, perfume and depth. There is so much going on in the glass that words prove superficial in trying to describe just how beautiful the 2012 is. Majestic. That might do it. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are brilliant. This is a fabulous showing from top to bottom.- 96 Points, Vineous
Carte Blanche 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $134.99
“A very good effort, the forward 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up notes of red and black currants, licorice, underbrush and a hint of roasted herbs It is a medium-bodied, soft, round wine to drink over the next 7-8 years.” – Wine Advocate, December 2013
SEA SMOKE 2013 TEN PINOT NOIR $109.99
A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of dried blueberries and fresh blackberries, then a myriad of spices, lavender and black cherry. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish.
95 Points, Wine Enthusiast: This is a top bottling from one of the appellation’s first superstar wineries. Aromas of baked red cherry and red plum are dusted with nutmeg, clove and a crushed-slate minerality. The palate is lively with dried fennel, white sage and an earthy mintiness, which all give spice to the underlying base of ripe raspberry fruit. It’s extremely delicious and deeply layered.
KOSTA BROWNE 2015 SONOMA COAST PINOT $109.99
Every dark cherry you can imagine, dark fruits, coastal freshness and touches of citrus peel form an intense bouquet. Dark and opulent fruits. Structured and mouth filling. Cherry, black plum, slight savory notes with a smooth and lengthy finish.
94 points, James Suckling: Lots of the blue fruits and dried flowers on the nose. Oyster shell too. Medium to full body, linear and vibrant. Energetic. Clean and intense finish
Raen 2015 Royal St Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir $74.99
Royal St. Robert Cuvee is named in the honor of our grandfather who taught us to be committed to excellence. This bottling is a selection of our finest barrels to represent this world class wine site. Fresh cut wild strawberries fill the bowl with sweet resin, white tea, thyme, forest floor and rose petals. The texture is rich, complex with silky fine-grained tannins leading to a long sumptuous finish.
Loring Wine Co. 2015 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir $56.99
92 – 94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): A classic expression of this site in the Sta. Rita Hills, the spice-filled 2015 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is medium-bodied and seamless on the palate, with a complete, balanced feel and tons of red plums, spice, crushed berry fruit and floral characteristics. It will easily be an outstanding Pinot Noir and have upwards of a decade of longevity.
WINES FROM OTHER GREAT PRODUCERS THAT ARE IN STOCK OR AVAILABLE:
Rivers-Marie, Williams-Selyem, Sitar, Pisoni, Donum, Del Dotto, Pali Wine Co., Brewer-Clifton, Robert Foley, Shea, Bergstrom, Ken Wright and many others. Contact us to find out more.