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A true Napa Valley (and Bordeaux) legend, Opus One is the story of a shared dream of two great men of wine: Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. Having met for the first time in Hawaii in 1970, the partners eventually agreed to launch a wine together in the Napa Valley. The joint venture they named Opus One produced its first vintage in 1979 and opened as a winery in 1991.
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The PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense, opulent wine that honors its Oakville terroir with great structure and balance. Notes of blackberry and cherry on the nose carry over onto the palate, and intriguing threads of black pepper, mint, vanilla and spice throughout the aromas and flavors enhance the wine's complexity.
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is a beauty. Bigger-boned and framed than many 2014s, with more structure, this is classic Oakville material, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of graphite, blackcurrants, Christmas fruitcake and spice box. Full-bodied and opulent, with moderate tannin, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 20 or more years."- Wine Advocate
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec
"The least expensive wine in the Cade portfolio is their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 % and 9% Malbec. This is a soft, juicy, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon that fits the vintage profile. Beautifully dark ruby/purple with plenty of cassis, black cherry and plum, the wine is medium to full-bodied with supple tannins and lushness in a front-end loaded, consumer-friendly style. Drink it over the next decade." -Wine Advocate
Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operated winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder David Adelsheim has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for his "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, together with Winemaker David Paige who has been with Adelsheim since 2001, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.
With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays aromas of cocoa, pomegranate and raspberry on the nose and the palate as well as a light touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins.
Antiquum Farm is unusual in its ability to ripen lush fully mature deep dark fruit, and yet retain abundant natural acidity, given its high elevation vineyard: formerly Old School Vineyards, winemaker Stephen Hagen bought the property in 1999 and planted about 21 acres of wine grapes. Their 800 feet elevation is considered the viable elevation limit for growing Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Diurnal variation is extreme which tends to allow the grapes to hold onto acidity. The soil is uniquely bellpine, a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material. It is the most depleted of all classified vineyard soil types in Oregon.
This vineyard produces grapes with loads of fine-grained fruit-driven tannin. Generous treatments of French oak (40% in the Juel) never overwhelm the unique attributes of this site. There is a vibrant tension between shining acidity and opulent depth of fruit. Deep bramble and confectionary fruit are offset by singing tropical notes, rose and hints of lavender and violet. Background notes of aged balsamic, tobacco and blood orange are present, too.
"The 2015 Brouilly Reverdon, which had been bottled about one month prior to my visit, has a powerful but primal bouquet, clearly laden with plenty of fruit. The definition is here though. The palate is fleshy and supple on the entry but then those tannins cloak the mouth, without overwhelming, finishing in quite a sensual style. This has much more to give but it should be given 3-4 years to allow the terroir to really be expressed. What are you waiting for? This is a knockout Brouilly." -Wine Advocate
Dehlinger Winery is located in the heart of its 45 acre vineyard on a ridge of red gravelly soil in Sonoma County's cool Russian River Valley. The influence of maritime fog from the Pacific Ocean 13 miles to the West creates a climate favorable for hillside grape growing. What’s most surprising about this winery is that Dehlinger is one of those labels which has turned out consistently marvelous wines for over 30 years, but with no marketing, a modest web presence and even lack of phone number on the label, so only the most devoted followers have a clue.
Dehlinger produces two soil-specific Pinots. Their Goldridge Pinot Noir, with its bright aromatics, appealing red fruit flavor profile and approachable structure, pays homage to the deeper Goldridge soils where the vines tend to grow more vigorously.
According to a recent article from Antonio Galloni, “All of the 2014 reds are rich, powerful wines that are likely to require at least a few years to soften. The introduction of small amount of whole clusters and an increasing use of larger format barrels in some of the wines are among the choices that are will play a role in how the Dehlinger wines evolve stylistically in the coming years.”
Complex and compelling, this generous wine reflects the diversity of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, vibrant layers of red and black fruit mingle with hints of violet, dried herbs, black licorice and graphite. The flavors echo the aromas, with lovely black currant and licorice elements supported by firm, impeccably balanced, tannins and an excellent structure. Good acidity helps to carry the juicy dark fruit notes through to a long, satisfying finish.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Owner Phil Jones founded the winery after working at Windemere Winery while a student at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. He later worked as a wine marketing specialist for luxury brands in the California Coast. His discovery of Mendocino County Pinot Noir led him to found Maryetta Wines.
Winemaker Damon Bailey began his professional career at Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley making premium Burgundian varietals. His love for Pinot Noir propelled him to New Zealand, where he was recruited by the country's most awarded producer, Villa Maria Estate. Returning to Napa Valley, he became a distinguished winemaker for Hunnicutt in St. Helena and Quixote Winery in the famed Stag’s Leap district before moving to Maryetta. He crafts the wines at Venge in Napa Valley.
This wine comes from organic grapes which are fermented in whole berry clusters with native yeast. It is aged one year in 1-2 year old French oak.
The 2015 Rickshaw Pinot jumps out of the glass with high-toned aromas of red fruit and earthy notes. In the mouth it possesses bright cherry, candied kumquat and mossy evergreen notes.
Rickshaw is part of the Banshee family of wines. It is sourced across California from sustainable vineyards, enabling them to craft the highest quality wine at the lowest price possible. The Pinot Noir is a classic expression of the grape, hailing from cooler climates with that California kiss of juicy fruit.
Endlessly energetic, this Pinot is the ultimate versatile wine, working well as an aperitif to pairing with king salmon or skirt steak with chimichurri.
Vinification Fermented in stainless steel and aged 10 months in French oak.
Tasting Notes An elegant and fine nose, with notes of ripe red fruits and some minerality. Smooth mouthfeel with balanced and ripe tannins.
Each quarter features a selection of three red wines, with rotating themes like producer, region, varietal, etc. Includes tasting notes and food recommendations.
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This Barolo is a rather rich ruby red with orange reflections. The nose expresses balsamic and spice characteristics with clear hints of forest floor and menthol and ethereal touches of chocolate and tobacco. Elegant and silky in the mouth with a rich, dense structure that persists to the long, harmonious finish.
"This red is rich and polished, offering sweet cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors. Presents stern tannins on the finish, with an aftertaste of sweet spice and savory notes. Best from 2016 through 2030."- WIne Spectator
Just when we thought this one would never grow up, we find it moving past primary fruit with elegant characteristics of cedar, tea and tobacco. Even so, expect the '97 to remain lively for a few years to come as it still offers big mouthfeel, dark color, with flavors of chocolate and black fruit. A long finish of mocha, vanilla and spice is tied up with the classic tannins of the Stags Leap District.
"Very deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, this has a powerful nose of blackcurrant cordial, kirsch and prunes with plenty of baking spices and dark chocolate. Very big, full and rich in the mouth, it has a firm level of velvety tannins, crisp acid and a very long finish."- The Wine Advocate
"The first vintage for Jennifer Williams, 2006, was a low-crop year, with only 2,743 cases produced. The final blend harkens back to the first two vintages of Spottswoode, in being almost 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5% Cabernet Franc with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon). This wine is flowery with terrific fruit intensity and classic Spottswoode elegance and purity. Deep ruby/purple color, youthfulness still to this day and plenty of breadth, depth and richness. An underrated vintage, sandwiched between 2005 and another great one, 2007, this is a sleeper year and a beautiful wine that should drink well at least for another 20–25 years. Drink 2016–2041."- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
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A deep ruby color. Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor, and small red fruit.
"An impressive barrel sample, the 2014 Bandol Cuvee Classique shows surprising depth and concentration in the vintage. Notes of dark fruits, mineral and peppery, Provencal herbs all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant 2014 that should drink reasonably well on release."-Wine Advoate
Opaque, dark purple color; Young, primary, wild and expressive aromas. Briary blue and black fruits with complex roasted meat and savory rhubarb notes, then a deep underlying autumnal loamy character Red currant and blackberry jam on the fruit-filled lively entry then wet gravel, iron and tapenade complexity. Building midpalate, chewy density and fruit sweetness. Mouthwatering finish with a dusting of bittersweet cocoa powder and broad round tannins. Decant for an hour in its youth and drink between 2016 and 2024.
Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.
"Deep ruby. A complex, perfumed bouquet evokes dark berries, cola, smoked meat and mint. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that are firmed and lifted by juicy acidity. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which hangs on with very good tenacity and a whisper of fine-grained tannins. A fine effort for the vintage and delicious right now."-Vinous Media
The Pesquera Tinto's cherry red color reveals its youth and fruitiness. Its aspect is clean and appears to be glyceric. On the nose, the wine's intense bouquet reveals the best dark fruit marked by impeccable wood aromas. Hints of fallen leaves and spices such as vanilla. On the palate, the smooth entry becomes lush with abundant ripe tannins and an excellent balance between its acidity and heat. The presence of the well-integrated oak complements the fruit and spice beautifully to display a wine of great balance. A refined, long-lasting and elegant finish.
Pairs perfectly with roasted meats, farm yard poultry, veal stews as well as semi-cured cow and/or goat cheese.
"Black cherry and red plum flavors are fresh and lively in this juicy red. Light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this focused. Balanced and energetic. Drink now through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."- Wine Spectator
Alto Moncayo Veraton offers attractive collection of balsamic notes, as well as notes of chocolate and black fruits. It is very warm in the mouth and has an extremely pleasant finish. 100% Garnacha from Borja.
"Opaque ruby. Fresh red and blue fruits on the highly perfumed nose, complicated by candied lavender, vanilla and five-spice powder notes. Juicy, deeply concentrated raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a smooth, supple texture, and mocha and white pepper notes emerge with air. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with supple, even tannins folding steadily into the plush fruit."- Vinous Media
Blend: 50% Garnacha, 50% Samso
"Graceful and harmonious, this red shows good depth, balancing juicy cherry and berry flavors with notes of vanilla, mountain herb and mineral. Drink now through 2022."-Wine Spectator