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New Arrivals – Restocks April 2019

 

AMERICAN WINE

2016 Alpha Omega Two Proprietary Red – 36.98

The wine shiny ruby in color and aromas of spices, such as cinnamon and thyme, and fruit, such as cherries and raspberries, with tobacco leaf, cedar, caramel and hibiscus . On the palate, this wine has a soft but fresh entrance evolving on integrated tannins with beautiful chocolate notes and pipe tobacco with strawberry jam, cantaloupe and lilac.  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc.

2015 Bond Vecina Proprietary Red Wine – 700.00

98+ Wine Advocate – Bottled in early 2018, the 2015 Vecina is deep garnet-purple in color, with baked blackberries, black cherries and blackcurrant cordial aromas that leap from the glass with nuances of roses, pencil lead, menthol and mocha. The palate is full-bodied, very fine and incredibly seductive with a solid frame supporting the generous layers, finishing long and exotic.

2015 Bond Quella Proprietary Red Wine – 700.00

97 Wine Advocate -Bottled in early 2018, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Quella gives aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of tobacco, new leather, iron ore and truffles plus a hint of tree back. The palate is full-bodied, muscular and laden with earth and mineral layers, finishing with persistent savory notes.

2017 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – 28.98

The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produced juicy tropical fruit and lemongrass flavors with a touch of minerality at the end of a long finish that are perfect with a wide range of food, including grilled seafood, chicken, oysters, creamy pastas dishes and summer salads. Arguably one of Cakebread Cellars’ best-ever sauvignon blancs, this Napa Valley classic will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years and beautifully accompany your favorite salad, seafood, poultry and vegetable dishes.

2013 Laird Cabernet Sauvignon Flat Rock – 74.98

94 Wine Advocate – The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Flat Rock Ranch, from another Yountville site, is softer than the Mast Ranch, with sweet tannin, dense purple color, plenty of crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry. There is a nice floral element as well, and the wine finishes full, rich and impressive.

2016 Nickel and Nickel Chardonnay Stiling Vineyard – 47.98

Beautiful floral and Muscat aromas with a hint of flint and stone. Its elegant balance of floral, Muscat, apple and Meyer lemon are wrapped in toasty French oak. A vibrant acidity wets the appetite but this combination of flavor and acidity makes this wine the perfect match with food.

2016 Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 23.98

Aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and black currants. Once in your mouth the wine’s flavors of blackberries, raspberries and cassis provide a perfect combination with the sweet oak and savory spices, creating a rich and full bodied wine experience. The soft tannins and oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.

2016 Sean Minor Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 17.98

This is a medium bodied wine which displays aromas of floral components, red fruit and dark cherries.  On the palate, the Pinot offers luscious flavors of dark cherry, strawberry and violets, combined with subtle layers of spice. The integrated bright acidity and sweet oak nuances provide a lingering finish.

2015 Sean Minor Red Blend Nicole Marie – 17.98

Deep ruby in color and displays aromas of ripe blueberry, dark cherry, cassis and vanilla.  On the palate, flavors of blueberries and dark cherry combined with hints of oak spices that coat the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.

IMPORTS

2016 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Aloxe Corton Les Valozieres 1er Cru – 85.98

An overtly floral nose combines notes of red and dark currant, earth and a whiff of game. The rich and solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors possess the usual muscle of a fine Valozières while delivering fine if not great depth and length on the mildly rustic and youthfully austere finale. Good quality here. – Burghound

2016 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Bourgogne Rouge Gelee Royale – 63.98

A brooding and very somber nose speaks of earth, humus, the sauvage and almost exclusively aromas from the dark side of the fruit spectrum. The rich, delicious and velvet-textured medium weight flavors possess excellent punch and a subtle minerality on the impressively long finish. I do not know how this will be priced but it’s a great example of the genre even if it’s not a true Bourgogne in the normal context. That said, it’s possible to drink very well for less. – Burghound

2016 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru – 225.98

90-93 Burghound –  A discreet but not invisible application of oak sets off more elegant aromas of citrus, white flower, Granny Smith apples and wet stone. There is taut muscularity to the full-bodied and much more mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that brim with minerality on the clean, dry and youthfully austere finale. This will require at least a few years of bottle age and should reward up to a decade’s worth.

2016 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand Vergelesses Blanc Ile-des-Vergelesses – 73.98

2017 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet – 69.98

90 Wine Advocate – A cuvée that was produced from 1.7 hectares around the village and saw 20% new wood, the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Village exhibits pretty aromas of white flowers, lime zest, pear and subtle oak vanillin. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with nice concentration, an open and expressive core and a precise, chalky finish. This will drink very well out of the gates given its charming but classic profile.

2017 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru – 119.98

93 Wine Advocate – Offering up aromas of apple blossom, crisp orchard fruit, dried white flowers and honeycomb, the lovely 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets is medium to full-bodied, satiny and expansive, with a lovely line of animating acidity, a deep core and a long, pure finish.

2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano – 269.98

96 Wine Advocate – Showing ripe and balanced fruit, the Valdicava 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano (with 15,666 bottles produced) offers many very positive attributes. The wine flaunts a slightly contemporary or international side, and it does so with extreme confidence and elegance. Much of that natural balance comes directly from the classic vintage that exhibits both the structure and acidity necessary for prolonged cellar aging. Now, in the wine’s youngest phase, it offers lush primary cherry and blackberry flavors followed carefully by measured spice, toast and red rose potpourri.

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