Some New and Very Exciting Wines!

There are some very exciting products to tell you about. Firstly, our new exclusive from the Stag’s leap district. The Passenger Cabernet. Only 148 cases produced. I brought a bottle to Palm Springs recently as my host is a California Cabernet nut, and I have to say it was an enormous hit. The packaging is stunning, the wine is elegant and delicious and the price is very good given the quality.

The Passenger Napa Cabernet 2010: Passenger is the hot new project from wine broker Kimberly Jones and the “other” Passenger is Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard. The fruit is sourced from a “secret” Stag’s Leap District vineyard. This is a fun project that has taken flight ever since its inaugural 2008 release. Today’s flock, the 2010 vintage, is a mere 148 cases of pigeon (read picture) perfect Cabernet. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has an amazing aroma that jumps out of the glass. Lush, densely concentrated yet elegant. Dark black stone fruit with a touch of toasty vanilla. Well-balanced and structured this wine finishes long with modest and silky tannins. $94.99

Clerico “Pajana” Barolo 2007:
“The 2007 Barolo Pajana is a showstopper. Waves of intense, beautifully delineated fruit flow onto the palate as the wine opens up in the glass. Sumptuous and elegant through and through, the Pajana shows marvelous delineation and clean, minerally notes that underpin the opulence of the fruit. This is a marvelous, totally complete Pajana of the highest level. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.” 96 Points Wine Advocate. We only have 12 bottles, so don’t miss out. $121.99

Foxtrot Pinot Noir 2009: This is a new product from a super elite producer. They make some Chardonnay and Viognier which I am trying to get my hands on. I will have this open in the store tomorrow afternoon after 2:30 for my staff to taste. You are welcome to stop by. Foxtrot Vineyards was established in 2003 by the Allander Family with the primary goal of producing premium Pinot Noir. This Pinot shows bright ruby hues with fresh aromas of blackberry, raspberry, hints of plum and floral and spicy notes on the finish. On the palate the wine strikes a perfect harmony between power and elegance with silky tannins and beautiful red fruit characteristics and classic Pinot Noir earthiness. The finish is long and overall there is great complexity and finesse. $74.99


Clos Des Rocs

A new producer from Burgundy. So well-priced and stunning packaging. Your guests will think you really have pulled out all the stops.

Clos des Rocs Macon Loche Chardonnay 2011: Domaine du Clos des Rocs holds vineyards in Pouilly-Loche and recently 40 acres of Pouilly-Fuissé. It also holds a small plot located in The Mures, the most famous vineyard in Loché, a small village south of Macon. This is a lovely Chardonnay showing aromas of lemon with a bit of precise minerality. The taste is bright, fresh and clean with a nice neat finsh. Not bold or overly wooded it must be appreciated for what it is: bright white and very dry. $25.99


Clos des Rocs Monopole No 2 Chardonnay 2011: Made from a selection of 70 year old vines, the Monopole No 2 is a powerful wine showing notes of pear and hawthorn. The taste is round and generous, full of ripe fruit without sacrificing balance and purity. Olivier Giroux is a thoroughly modern winemaker; however he does not sacrifice the true nature of the grape just for the mass market’s palate! The lovely mineral notes make it a perfect food choice. $41.99

Clos des Rocs Pouilly Loche ‘Les Mures’ 2011: Pouilly-Loché is a small white wine appellation of the Maconnais in southern Burgundy. Its wines are dry in style and made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape. “Les Mures” is one of the most famous vineyards in Loché. Olivier Giroux is a 7th generation winemaker, though his winemaking style is not stuck in time!  His Chardonnay are made in a thoroughly modern style: bright clean and without the overabundance of oak. His wines have been recognized as some of the finest of the region. $33.99

Hang on to your hats!! 20 cases Crianza and 10 Reserva are in store now!

Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza 2008:
The 2008 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza is a blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Garnacha aged for 18 months in French and American oak. It has a mellow bouquet of dried herbs, terracotta tiles and dusky black fruit that is very well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin: tart red berried fruit, laced with tobacco and dried herbs on the dry, crisp finish. This is a superb classical Rioja Crianza. Drink now-2020. 91 Robert Parker  $16.99


Hacienda López de Haro Reserva 2005: Here’s a treat not to miss! “The 2005 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha aged for 20 months in French and American oak. It has a beautiful, rounded, sensual bouquet with hints of over-ripe Satsuma and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of piquancy on the entry. It has crisp acidity and taut tannins on the dry, dusky finish but it remains extremely well-focused.” Robert Parker 92 points $18.99

Dobbes Grenache Blanc 2011: I am a huge fan of Grenache Blanc and I tasted this at Candela on 4th Street, it is served by the glass. Perfect for spring (just arouond the corner) and summer entertaining. In 2009 Joe Dobbes became the first Oregon wine maker to produce a 100%.Grenache Blanc. Typically this grape, quite famous in Spain, was used for blending. The wine became an instant hit! The bright clean goldish color invites you in. Then the soft bouquet of white wild flowers and a little all spice turn slightly petrol. On the palate it’s full but with balanced acidity. This is where it opens up with loads of stone fruit, yeast, orange, Meyer lemon, meringue and cooked fruit cup. Drink now or if you can… wait through 2012. $31.99


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