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This collection includes one bottle of each PlumpJack Family 2016 Cabernets: PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
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The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley. Our winery is small and family operated. Our focus has always been on quality over quantity.
At A. Rafanelli Winery, we work hard at maintaining a tradition of producing premium grapes and handcrafting world class wines. We believe that the wines are first made in the vineyard and then achieve their maximum potential through traditional winemaking practices such as open top fermentation and non-filtration.
Our quaint and rustic winery sits on a knoll overlooking the scenic Dry Creek Valley and is surrounded by some of our terraced hillside vineyards. The winery consistently specializes in some of the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
With a warm, dry spring hastening the onset of budbreak, the 2013 growing season began full of promise. The perfect weather persisted for flowering and fruit set, producing smaller canopies and small berries with intense concentration and firm tannins. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, the consistent, moderate temperatures, lack of major heat spikes, beautifully long season, and a very early harvest made for one of the most superb vintages in Napa Valley’s history. Our grapes were hand-picked between September 16th and 27th, fermented individually in small tanks, aged in 100% new French oak barrels and bottled after 23 months in barrel on August 28th, 2015.
On the nose, this wine is full of black fruit aromas enlivened by notes of black tea, savory spices, chaparral and tobacco leaf. In the mouth, the wine envelops the palate with super plush, fine-grained tannins and intense flavors of brambly fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate, overlying a core of superb minerality that continues into a lingering and deliciously satisfying finish. Notes winemaker Francoise Peschon, This wine, with its generous aromas, flavors and supple tannins, reflects the fine terroir of the vineyards and the extraordinary vintage.
"Debut vintage of the Araujos' new venture. Mid (not deep) crimson. Light and lifted on the nose. Very distinctive. Very racy and new wave. Françoise Peschon is the winemaker, Michel Rolland the oenologist. Polished. The winery that bought the rest of the grapes kept them on the vine for another three weeks! Very long. Drink 2018-2030."- Jancis Robinson
"Accendo's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a surprisingly open-knit, succulent wine for the year. There is good lift and creaminess throughout, but less of the energy, depth and structural intensity that is such a signature of this vintage. Mocha, black cherry, spice, and tobacco are some of the notes that open up in the glass. This is one of the more supple, accessible 2013 Cabernets readers will come across."- Vinous
This approachable 2016, delivers notes of rainier cherries, currants, elderberries, incense, forest floor, and dried herbs with bright acidity, adding freshness and verve to the long persistent finish.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
In 2016, the vineyard sources remained mostly the same as we continued to work with our favorite local growers to craft this wine. The majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Ink Grade (on the back side of Howell Mountain), which provides the framework
and structure to carry this wine. We headed south incorporating vineyards in Pope Valley, Stags Leap District and Oak Knoll that complimented the abundance of tannin, color and structure already in place. This diversity and range within Napa Valley has allowed us to craft a wine which showcases the unique Napa Valley terroir in an approachable, elegant style.
The fruit for this 100% Cabernet was grown at 2400 ft. in the Mayacamas mountains north of St. Helena, prime territory for producing concentrated, intense wines. A classic mountain Cab by winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno.
Amiral de Beychevelle
The rigorous selection process undergone by the grand vin results in the creation of its younger brother, Amiral de Beychevelle. Despite being made from young vines, Amiral de Beychevelle benefits from the same growing techniques, meticulous sorting, and traditional barrel ageing.It has the same elegance and finesse as its older brother, but reveals its character more quickly, offering wine-enthusiasts the full vivacity of its youth. It can be kept for up to fifteen years, depending on the vintage.
"Saturated ruby-red. Highly nuanced, Graves-like aromas of black plum, raspberry, warm stones, tobacco, minerals and nutty oak. Sweet, suave and wonderfully fine-grained wine with a fleshiness given shape by harmonious acidity. A step up in intensity from the '03 bottling, with the petit verdot component adding aromatic character and structure. Finishes with lingering sweet notes of cherry and currant."- Steven Tanzer
The aromas of this wine exhibit profound notes of fresh loam, dusty cocoa powder and crushed rock. In the mouth, spicyblack licorice, dried laurel and delicate violet nuances balance the ripe, juicy, briary black fruit components. On the palate, itis seamless, complete from start to finish, showing the luxurious velvety tannins that are the signature of Eisele Vineyard andending with a long graphite note. Notes winemaker Matt Taylor: This wine is expressive of earth, chocolate, mineral and darkfruit notes, yet the superb silky tannins that persist through the extended finish, and the acidity that preserves freshness, combineto create a balanced, youthful and rich wine with years of ageing potential.
Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot.
Araujo is considered one of the greatest Napa Valley wines of all time, and "the object of a cult like no other among California wine lovers" according to Robert Parker. One of the most extraordinary vineyards of Napa Valley Araujo's Eisele Vineyard, which boasts a 40+ year history of producing compelling wines.
Made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine exudes heady aromas of black currant, blackberry and dark plum, enhanced by touches of anise, smoke, cinnamon and cola. In the mouth, the fruit notes are pure cassis spiced with nutmeg and sarsaparilla, leading to more earthy notes of loam, graphite and espresso. The wine is dense and concentrated but balanced, its core sweetness embraced by firm but silky tannins; the wine seems to dance across the palate into a lingering finish of spice and minerals. Notes winemaker Françoise Peschon: Beginning with soft creaminess on the attack, becoming powerful and rich in the mouth, and finishing with a supple sweetness, there is tension in this wine that holds your interest throughout. It is a wine of power, persistence and grace.
This vertical includes:
2004- 95 points Wine Spectator, 94 points Robert Parker
2007- 98 points Wine Enthusiast, 98 points James Suckling
2008- 97 points Wine Spectator, 92 points Robert Parker
- Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts are two of the most dynamic, young winemakers in California leading the charge for site specific wines with balance and integrity
- Vineyard sources range from the Sonoma Coast, Santa Cruz Mtns, Napa Valley and Moon Mtn AVA's
- They produce a variety of wines from Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Trousseau and Gamay. As well as limited amounts of Ribolla Gialla, Rose, Zinfandel and an Old Vine White
- Production methods are firmly planted in the "old world" with generous use of whole clusters, natural fermentations, very limited use of new oak (only in Cabernet) and modest alcohol levels
Comprised of 85% Sangiovese and a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this laid-back Chianti offers red-skinned berry and baking spice aromas. The palate is simple, with easygoing tannins and ripe red cherry and clove flavors. Enjoy soon.
Blacksmith Cellars is a 1,500 case winery that rests upon the vision, dedication and hard work of one man, Matt Smith. Passionate about both the science and art of wine, he approaches his craft in ways that seem simultaneously systematic and inspired. He makes his wines in a warehouse located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda - across the bay from San Francisco. Because he doesn’t own a patch of vineyard, he’ll make wine from whatever comes through his network of growers - or even the spot market. Originally from Virginia, Smith was studying Chemistry at Sonoma State University in the early 19990s when he was hit by the winemaking bug. A stint at Beaulieu Vineyards was followed by an enology degree at Fresno State and then being hired as assistant winemaker to Sam Dashe, a fellow “urban winemaker” who became an important mentor. Smith struck out on his own in 2004 with an Alexander Valley Cabernet. With that first wine, Sam established his method of doing all the jobs himself: tending the vines, picking, sorting, crushing, pressing, punching down, blending and bottling. From the start, Blacksmith Cellars has received critical accolades and plenty of fans, but the need to maintain control of his process and vision has restrained any temptation to grow the winery to beyond what Smith can do solo. Happily for us, he has also resisted the temptation to raise prices. From Blacksmith Cellars we can get an artisan product - delicious, well-made wine from top appellations at an affordable price.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
An exclusive 6-pack vertical of some of the very finest vintages to ever be produced from our Howell Mountain Estate including 2 bottles each of:
2011 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
“Dark red cherries, wild flowers, mint, savory herbs, mocha and licorice... Deep and beautifully layered, the 2011 stands out for its delineation, energy and pure vibrancy.”
92pts - Antonio Galloni
2012 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is gorgeous. (It) dazzles with its rich, textured fruit and incredibly welcoming personality. Hints of smoke, tar, licorice and menthol add complexity to the intense fruit. This is a wine I want to drink, not merely taste.”
95pts - Antonio Galloni
2013 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain “Gloriously pure notes of mulberry, graphite, blackberry and blueberry soar from the glass and cascade over the palate. The wine is full-bodied, there is nary a hard edge to be found in this opulent, velvety texture, pure, rich, stunning Cabernet Sauvignon.”
94pts - Robert Parker
A potpourri of aromas explode from the glass with notes of raspberry coulis, black cherry, cedar, cocoa nib, boysenberry, mint, graham cracker, and a hint of lavender, rose and bay.The palette follows with bright flavors of red cherry and strawberry jam before tertiary elements of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and fresh plums take over. This wine is full-bodied displaying archetypal Howell Mountain tannin balanced by an elegant structure.
96 points Wine Advocate
95 points Wine Advocate
As for the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, this is young and promising with intense crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, licorice, forest floor and earth. It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot. Powerful (15.6% natural alcohol), the wine is neither hot, nor rustic. Its plush tannins and long finish suggest a future of a good 20+ years, even though it is already approachable. 95+ points
The wine starts out with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, chocolate covered raspberry, currant, holiday baking spices, and coco nibs. In the palate are flavors of black fruits, chocolate truffles, cinnamon, caramel, cherry cola, and baked blueberries. The velvety tannins and mouth coating texture of this wine make it an exceptional example of what Howell Mountain can offer. This wine will keep delivering for years to come.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 1% Malbec
Pretty aromas of ripe boysenberry, dark cherry and cassis, coupled with scents of sweet oak and herbal spice, introduce plush, deeply concentrated, black fruit flavors bolstered by bright acidity and well-structured tannins. This classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a long, lovely finish featuring savory fruit, spice and mineral tones. Delicious now, it will age gracefully in bottle for another 7-10 years.
Elegant and expressive. An exciting revival of a classic style. Our Cabernet has the best characteristics of traditional California and old world Bordeaux.
Intense fruit aromas of black cherry, plum accented by vanilla, caramel and rich toasted oak. Full on the palate with good concentration and considerable structure on the finish.