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Belair-Monange, The Moueix Family

A Magnum of 2010 Belair-Monange Bordeaux

An absolutely magnificent wine from Christian Moueix and his son Edouard, this wine is right up there with their 2009 and may eclipse it in terms of its potential longevity. Dense purple, with a near-liqueur of crushed rocks and chalk intermixed with blueberry, black raspberry and cassis, this wine is very full-bodied for a Belair, with ethereal complexity and impressive texture and length. I believe this is the first vintage of the wine to be released in an engraved bottle, which seems to be the direction of all the top estates in the Jean-Pierre Moueix stable. More evidence of concerned Bordelais attempting to stop criminals intent on producing fraudulent bottles of these limited production wines. Forget this baby for 7-8 years and then look for it to evolve over three decades-plus. Obviously, the Moueix family has been investing considerable money and effort into this famous vineyard, which was one of Bordeaux's most notable underachievers for many decades. It is certainly back now, with yields cut drastically, and the fruit harvested at a much riper stage, producing a wine that truly exploits this great terroir adjacent to Ausone.

Score: 96 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013


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William Cole Vineyards

A Magnum of 2010 Cuvee Claire Cabernet Sauvignon Signed by the Winemaker, in a Collector's Wooden Box

Layered with complexity, 2010 Cuvee Claire entices with light floral notes and sweet oak on the nose, which leads into bright red cherries. Sip after sip the wine fills your mouth with lush ripe blackberries and blueberries, revealing hints of cocoa, spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate is seamless from start to finish, leaving silky tannins and an impossibly long finish. Beautifully structured, 2010 Cuvee Claire can be enjoyed today or be cellared for many years to come.

“Intense aromas of cassis, licorice and earth jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. A cascade of fruit hides some serious structure in this rich, juicy, full-bodied, young, primary 2010. Bursting with potential, this intriguing wine should be forgotten for 1-3 years and drunk over the following 15+. 93+ points” – Robert Parker


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Dyer Vineyard, Napa Valley

A Magnum of Cabernet Sauvignon

We favor a restrained, balanced style of winemaking that cultivates the unique characteristics of our vineyard. Over 18 years we have refined the varietal selection in our vineyard on Diamond Mountain to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Rain was plentiful in 2010 and lingered into June. A long, cool growing season started with a late bud break and bloom and presaged a late harvest. We saw no days over 100 degrees until late August, when temperatures spiked to 103 for several days running.

Deep garnet color. Primary fruit aromas of huckleberry and cassis with sandlewood and green olive notes. Harmonious and balanced with a bright acidity. Fine, silky tannins provide a firm but supple finish. Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 


Five Vintners 

A Trio of Fine Wines

2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY: The aromas just explode out of the glass with the 2010 vintage, showcasing an amazing range of aromas from mocha and cassis to juicy strawberry.  A lively and rich mid-palate and lingering finish really deliver what you smell in the glass.  This wine is eminently drinkable now, but will certainly age nicely for years to come!  Only 738 Cases Produced.   

2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC, ADMIRAL'S VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY: We just love this ORGANICALLY FARMED one acre vineyard, planted in front of a friend’s house in ’02. This is the eighth vintage bottled from the Admiral’s Vineyard.  The grapes were picked a little bit riper in 2013, pressed whole cluster and fermented cold in stainless steel.  The 2013 vintage is softer than prior vintages, while maintaining abundant pink grapefruit flavors and aromas and a fabulous minerality.  This wine may be a little bit too easy to drink!  Only 557 Cases Produced.  

2012 ZINFANDEL, DRY CREEK VALLEY: This is the first vintage highlighting fruit from the Christie Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, just minutes outside of Healdsburg. This Zinfandel is loaded with flavors and aromas of ripe cherry, black pepper and chocolate. With just a hint of vanilla and toasty oak in the nose, this wine is a great just to sip or to serve with your favorite pasta dishes or braised meats like Coq au Vin.  Only 972 Cases Produced.  


Melka Wines 

A Magnum of Melka Métisse Jumping Goat Vineyard, 2011

Métisse is a French word meaning "a blend of cultures". We chose this name because it embodies both the spirit of our original concept (a blend of Bordeaux varietals - cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot) and our spirit as the winemakers (a blend of French and American). Our first Métisse vintage, in 1996, was the result of blending grape varietals and vineyard sources. A symbiotic relationship between Philippe and his clients led to an extraordinary blend of grapes from all over Napa Valley. Then, in 2003, we met Jim and Stephanie Gamble of Jumping Goat Vineyard. Together, we decided to make a single-vineyard Métisse. It seemed a natural progression for us, and fit our philosophy about wines expressing their native soil. 

This wine was awarded 90 points out of 100 from the renowned wine review group, The Tasting Panel. Today, we offer three distinct Métisse labels. Click on each of the three vineyards from Napa Valley to learn more about each and to purchase our wines.

 

 


Palmeri Wines

A Magnum of 2006 Palmeri Syrah 

Van Ness Vineyard - Alexander Valley

Deep and intense purple hues define the color. The aroma is inviting with hints of licorice, black cherry, violets, and smoky anise. The flavors are powerfully framed by lush mountain Syrah, lasting and brightly balanced. Only 371 cases produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Retro Cellars

A Magnum of 2009 Howell Mountain-Petite Sirah

Retro Cellars proudly presents this old-vine Petite Sirah, rich in flavor and tannin, a California classic. The grapes are grown at 1800 feet elevation in the historic Park Muscatine vineyard on Howell Mountain. As second-generation winemakers, we hope to offer you a retrospective view of the Napa Valley. Only 470 cases produced.

Mike Dunn’s winemaking style can be described as “retro” in that his aim is to allow the terroir to express itself in the bottle, he makes the wine as naturally as possible, and ages the wine in french oak barrels for an extended period of 30 months. Working with the Park Muscatine Vineyard Petite Sirah clones of Durif and Peloursin, which have structure and tannin as their middle name, Mike highlights the fruit flavors through yeast selection and cold-soaking.

“Retro makes one of the best, most consistent Petite Sirahs in California. Even though they used to source their fruit from Howell Mountain and this bottling now is from Pope Valley and Calistoga, it still shows the same qualities of complex interest based on impeccable winemaking. It’s an amazing wine, dry, full-bodied and tannic, with a complex range of berries…93 points” – Wine Enthusiast, Editor’s Selection

 


Viader

A Magnum of 2009 Viader Napa Valley Red Wine Signed by Owner and Winemaker in a Collector's Wooden Box

The blend represented in this bottle is highly influenced by Cabernet Franc, which imparts a unique, violet-like perfume, as well as a rounding softness and considerable elegance of structure to the hillside-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1986 by Delia Viader, VIADER is located 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor. The cines are oriented up and down the steep rocky hillside, a planting method that optimizes sun exposure and vine density and requiring meticulous hand farming. Today, Viader is a thriving family business producing world-class wines from a magnificent, mature estate vineyard property. 

“Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, it has every hallmark of a young Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. It’s dry, smooth and complex in tannins, with balancing acidity and an incredible array of flavors, including blackberry, black currant, cherry, chocolate, dried herb, smoky oak and spice. It has that important but hard-to-define quality of sophistication. It’s delicious now, and it should develop in the bottle for at least 10 years. 95 points.” – Wine Enthusiast, Editor's Selection


Phifer Pavitt Wines

A Magnum of Date Night 2010

Fascinating in its sheer density of flavor, this is a beautifully balanced Bordeaux, brimming with powerful dark berry, pomegranate, cinnamon stick and chocolate brownies. On the palate, immense, bright, and deep, with a summer's worth of fresh berries, velvety tannins, and a hint of chewy dark chocolate that turns to smooth textured vanilla on the satisfying finish. Drink now through 2030.



St Supéry

A Double Magnum of ELU 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon 

Aromas of plum and black cherry permeate this inky, garnet hued Bordeaux blend. Flavors of smooth vanilla and hints of tobacco are present on the long, full finish. This wine is seam- less from the beginning to the last sip; it will age beautifully and develop its flavors in the bottle.

This wine was aged in 64% French oak and 36% American oak barrels (32% New oak).

The grapes for this wine were harvested at night and in the cool early morning hours of September and October to maintain the delicate fruit flavors. Upon arrival at the win- ery, the grapes were crushed and pressed into chilled tanks for settling. The clean juice was racked and fermentation was initiated in temperature-controlled storage. A long, cool fermentation allowed for excellent flavor retention. After final blending, the wine was stablized and prepared for bottling. 

This wine was awarded the coveted Platinum metal at the 2010 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.


Ilaria

A Collection of Fine Wines

Two bottles of 2011 Sergio Red Wine, Napa Valley: The 2011 Sergio Red Wine explodes from the glass with raspberries, blueberries, espresso roast and bacon fat. This full bodied wine possesses richness and concentration yet retains purity and balance. The layered finish reveals perfumed dark fruit, sweet toasted oak, silky tannins and extraordinary length. Aged for 22 months in barrel, 100& French oak. Bottled 2013, 250 cases produced.

Two bottles of 2011 Ilaria Malbec, Napa Valley: The 2001 Ilaria Malbec bursts with aromas of huckleberry compote and black cherry followed by subtle undertones of spice and toasted oak. This dark and mysterious wine has an amazingly supple and voluptuous mouthfeel that builds to a sleek and polished finish.

Two bottles of 2011 Ilaria Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: The 2011 Ilaria Cabernet Sauvignon possesses an expensive bouquet of blackberry, black currant and briary fruits. Aromas of roasted sage, volcanic rock and graphite unfold in the glass showing beautiful complexity and depth. The Ilaria Cabernet Sauvignon reveals gorgeous finesse and a long lasting finish.


Spottswoode Estate

A Magnum of 2011 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Signed by the Winemaker


2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year.

The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs.


Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft.


Bressler Vineyards 

One Magnum of 2000 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon, Signed by the Winemaker       

Winemaker: Mia Klein, Vineyard Manager: David Abreu, Release Date: January, 2004

Only 100 Magnums were made for this sought after release, and are only being used to help raise money for our favorite charities.

From a published review: Brilliant ruby/purple coloration and a medium-full body. The 2000 Bressler boasts a wonderfully sweet bouquet of black cherry liquor, blueberries, white chocolate, minerals, and red roses, soft but present tannins and well integrated wood. You will find a wine of fine balance, purity, seamless character, and an elegant classy style. Flavors of black currants, blueberries, wet stone, tarragon (minty herbs), graphite, and beautifully integrated toasty oak grace the palate. The finish of 25-30 seconds is filled with flavor. Over all this wine is very well built and in context of the vintage, this wine is incredible!  It should drink well over the next 4-6 years. 94 points.


Kelly Fleming Wines

A Magnum of 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Signed by the Winemaker

Our 2011 Cabernet exhibits restraint and elegance, while simultaneously showcasing the true colors and terroir of the Kelly Fleming estate. In order to preserve these qualities, the wine received slightly longer skin contact in tank, and slightly less new oak during barrel aging. This vintage provides a unique opportunity to see Napa Valley Cabernet in a style more reflective of the grape’s heritage in Bordeaux.

Tasting Notes
Vibrant aromas of candied cherry, brambleberry, sweet mint and black licorice intertwine seamlessly with aromas of toasted almond, cinnamon spice, and tobacco box. The palate shows a juicy core of red plum and cherry, perfumed by the distinct savory herb and floral notes that characterize our property. The bright, juicy nature of this wine is balanced by soft, velvety tannins that both coat the palate and support the minerally, refined finish.


Corison

A Magnum of 2006 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Signed by the Winemaker

Harvest Notes: Budbreak came very late in 2006 due to cold, rainy weather that continued well into spring. By early June, the sun finally came out and the vines began to bloom and set fruit. Then in mid-July, before veraison, a nasty ten-day heat wave served to limit berry size and helped the vines catch up. (Careful canopy management was essential to avoid sunburn.) Even, cool weather arrived with August and continued through a very late harvest for a nearly perfect ripening season.

Tasting Notes: Effusive aromas of ripe boysenberries, black plums, chocolate and nutmeg spice jump out of the glass. Juicy, mouth-filling flavors of berry jam, cassis and cardamom follow with velvet tannins. Uncommonly cool nights throughout the ripening season produced wines with spot-on natural acidity to balance the rare concentration from tiny berries.


Chappellet

A Magnum of Pritchard Hill 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

“The Cabernets that emerge from the parched slopes of Pritchard Hill are some of California’s greatest.” – Daniel Sogg, Wine Spectator

 Chappellet wines are crafted to embody the terroir and the intensity of fruit that have made Pritchard Hill famous. Recognized for their signature mix of grandeur, power and purity, these coveted bottlings are the result of a winemaking process that begins in the vineyard, and champions its diversity.

In the winery, renowned winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus—who has been guiding Chappellet’s winemaking program since 1990—individually ferments and ages lots from numerous vineyard blocks to maintain their distinctive character. These lots benefit from an array of maceration and fermentation practices. Adding even more depth and complexity, Phillip has established a barrel program utilizing the finest barrels from elite coopers and forests.


Chimney Rock

A Magnum of 2010 Elevage, Signed by the Winemaker

Chimney Rock’s proprietarily-named red wine blend is Elevage. Crafted from grapes grown across our 37 distinctive vineyard blocks, this wine takes advantage of four different red varieties that capture the essence of our estate. While the first vintage was released in 1990, we remain deeply committed to, and passionately fond of, this blend comprised of Bordeaux varietals.

Elevage, an evocative mélange of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, serves as an artistic portrait of the vintage at the Chimney Rock estate. Experience this blend that evokes finesse and complexity, depth and dimension, and truly highlights the singular nature of the Stags Leap District.


Lorenza Wine

A Magnum of 2013 Lorenza Rosé

Lorenza Rosé is an homage to the lovely rose wines of the south of France. We source our fruit from wonderful old vines grown in sandy soil in Northern California — mourvedre, carignane, cinsult and grenache for a many layered flavor profile. Hand picked at the moment when the fruit is bright and fresh, the grapes are gently pressed and removed quickly from the skins to just reach the pale salmon color, low alcohol and vibrant acidity. Fermented dry, Lorenza Rosé is a great aperitif, a charming companion to almost anything one would eat with a fork, one's fingers or a spoon, and one of the best things to sip on at the end of the evening or really anytime. Look for the wine on the lists of literally some of the best restaurants around and in our favorite specialty wine shops.


Meander Cellars

A Magnum of 2009 Meander Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Signed by the Winemaker

This vineyard has been family farmed for generations and is prized by many of Napa's most respected winemakers. Winemaker / Proprietor: Amy Aiken 

Early morning harvest ensures cool fruit at the sorting table where clusters are hand sorted followed by destemming and gentle crushing. Delivered to tanks, the grapes are then cold soaked for five days prior to inoculation for fermentation. Daily punchdowns are supplemented with pumpovers during fermentation to extract maximum flavor and color. The wine is gently pressed and barreled down for malolactic fermentation. Aged in 100% French Oak, 70% of which is new, for 22 months. Primary Coopers, Nadalie, Gamba and Seguin Moreau. Winemakers' tasting notes: Morisoli Vineyard *AKA* "Liquid Rutherford Dust". Meander Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with intense currant, espresso and licorice notes; the wine is well structured and built to last.

Tasting Notes: This bottling shows off its predigree with style and substance. Mouth coating flavors of black plum and cassis with an intense burst of espresso bean and licorice, it has a dense core of sweet fruit with a fleshy finish. Morisoli Vineyards produces one of thoee rare Cabernets that will continue to evolve for the next decade. Only 24 cases produced.


Rare Cat Wines

A Magnum of 2009 Rare Cat Old Toll Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot.  Single Vineyard, Calistoga, Napa Valley.

PROFILE: Three clones of Cabernet Sauvignon are combined to create a rich wine, black and inky in color with a nose of black chocolate, blackberries, anise, toffee coffee and wet stone.  The Petit Verdot is a lively surprise, with high tones of acid, red cherries, rose petals, beef and tar. The small amount of Merlot with softer tannins contributes dark cherries, briar patch and dried fruit with an enhanced richness in the lingering finish. The Cabernet Franc is a rich, clean example of wild berries, leather, mint and sumac touched by a great palate of clean tannins. (Barrel, tasting notes, June 2009) 


Kornell Wine Company

A Magnum of 2009 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

"great minerality, velvety texture,  pure red sweet cherry and soft integrated tannins… seductive”   

Winemaker’s Description:  "In a cooler year than normal during the growing season, we harvested the grapes before the heavy rainfall of late October under perfect conditions.  The nose reveals ripe red fruit, freshness and licorice in a inviting and seductive package. The mouthfeel has plenty of depth with great minerality, velvety texture, pure red sweet cherry and soft integrated tannins."    - Philippe Melka, Winemaker

The Winemaker, Philippe Melka:  Parallel’s winemaker has been with us from day one, years before our first bottling.  Philippe is the winemaker for several of Napa Valley’s best wines. Food & Wine Magazine’s “One of the Nine Most influential winemakers in       the world” and the "2005 Winemaker of the Year”


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Crocker&Starr

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon "Stone Place" Signed by the Winemaker Pam Starr Housed in Wooden Gift Box

Vintage Notes : This highly collectable wine is “Saint Helena” in its purest form; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart and soul of the 35 year old vines grown on the legendary Crocker Estate. Huge aromas of fresh violet, dark cherry and savory purple plum linger at the rim. Explosive layers of fresh blueberry, cassis, boysenberry and graphite are the leading flavors. Supple tannins and a mouthwatering acidity transition to a full and lingering black fruit finish. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone Place’ strikes a rare harmonic chord of power and elegance. Delicious to drink now, it will definitely age gracefully over the next 20 years.

Reviews & Accolades : Juicy dark plums, chocolate, new leather and cloves are all wrapped together in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that stands out for its juicy, extroverted personality. (WA 94pts)

Harvest Notes : “Magnificent” and ‘viscerally thrilling”… can certainly be used to describe Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons of the 2010 vintage. Although the final results yielded magic in a bottle for some, the growing season posed many challenges along the way. Beginning the season with subnormal temperatures and rain at flowering, the initial crop set 20% fewer berries. Ups and downs throughout summer helped establish thick skins which softened during the typical “Indian” summer finish to the season. The best wines of 2010 are vibrant in color, elegant in texture and loaded with character. We’re absolutely thrilled that you are among the first to acquire our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone Place’.


LaRue Wines

A Magnum of 2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir in a Fire-Branded Wooden Box

THE VINEYARDS

The 2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is solely from the Rice-Spivak vineyard, which is a seven acre vineyard southwest of the town of Sebastopol. The soils on this vineyard are Goldridge sandy loam along with volcanic ash. The Goldridge is very common for the area, while the volcanic ash is quite unusual. This distinctive soil profile along with the clonal selections of Dijon and Swan creates a wine that is balanced with good acidity, fresh aromas and unmistakable minerality.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

This wine begins with aromas of sweet cherry, creamy blueberry, black cranberry, and violets, with subtle notes of rose petals, tea box, and nutmeg-cinnamon spice. On the palate, flavors of candied strawberry, red plum, spicy minerality, and cranberry compote complement a lively, yet balanced acidity. There is a seamless quality to this wine that carries the weight from entry to finish.


Kinson Wine

2011 Lavau Cotes du Rhone Villages

The Appellation AOC Cotes du Rhone 

The People Owner: Benoit and Frederic Lavau

Vinification/Aging
The Production
Traditional vinification, pumping over, and cold maceration. Aged in stainless steel.
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah

This wine comes from select vineyards and offers richness and typicality of South Rhone Valley terroir.
Vineyards are planted on well exposed areas, implying a smaller production for a better concentration and quality.

Perfect with roasted meat, barbecue, dairy-refined cheese, or enjoyed on its own.

Formerly from St Emilion, the Lavau Family has been involved in winemaking for several generations, from Bordeaux to the hills of Tunisia. In 1964, seduced by the richness and quality of the Provencal soil, they decided to settle in the Rhône Valley. 40 years later, the cellar is currently managed by Benoit and Frederic Lavau. The family own 3 cellars in the south of the Rhône Valley, where they are in partnership with 300 grape growers.


Iron Horse

Etched Jeroboam of 2009 Wedding Cuvee

The equivalent of four regular bottles, this gorgeous big bottle is built for a party. Filled with Iron Horse's delicious, dry, golden rose. Limited production.

92 points Wine Enthusiast
This blend is a classic brut, of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each variety plays its best hand, with Pinot Noir bringing rich, ripe raspberries, strawberries and tannins. The Chardonnay brings acidity and tantalizing notes of limes. With a silky, refined mousse, this bubbly is extremely attractive.    (12/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The youngest and freshest sparkling wine in this portfolio is the 2009 Wedding Cuvee, a blend of 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Chardonnay aged three plus years. It reveals a slight reddish hue to its color, but I wouldn't call it rose. Wheat thin, grapefruit, biscuit and a strawberry-like note emerge from this crisp, refreshing, dry, vivacious sparkler with tiny, well-formed bubbles. It will appeal not only to newlyweds, but to all sparkling wine enthusiasts.    (12/ 2013)


Frontier Wine Imports

2013 Laxas Albarino

Bodega As Laxas – Bodegas As Laxas is a family owned and operated bodega located in the Condado do Tea subsection of the Rias Baixas region in northwest Spain near the Atlantic coast. The estate vineyards are terraced with a southern exposure overlooking the Mino River, which separates Spain from the northern border of Portugal. Bodegas As Laxas was one of the first bodegas in the region to be awarded the status of D.O. Rias Baixas. 

History -- The bodega was founded in 1862 and operated continuously until the original bodega was destroyed in a fire in 1960. The bodega was rebuilt soon afterwards and has been continuously updated and remains on the cutting edge of wine technology. In the 1990’s the Rias Baixas regional government had some promotional funds available. The U.S. won over several competing countries for this promotion. Today, the U.S. leads the world in imports of Albarino wines with over 50% of the total Albarino exports from Spain to the U.S. 

Tasting Notes – Clear straw yellow color with green nuances. Fruity and floral aromas of apple, stone fruits, and apricot. Fresh with a touch of acidity to balance the structure and body. 


Relic Wines

2007 Rockledge Vineyard Cabernet

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from the extremely rocky Rockledge Vineyard, planted by Jim Barbour in the early 1990s, this vineyard is a veritable phenolics machine, and it always yields what is unmistakably a hillside wine! A blast of clove, cinnamon, dark cherry, chocolate and anise greet the nose, emanating from a wine with a rich, red hue tinged with purple. This wine is lush and concentrated on the palate, with copious amounts of fine tannins providing structure and age-ability to the dark, rich Cabernet flavors, while enhancing the finish, which is long and graceful. Aged in 100% new French Oak for 23 months.

Reviews

Robert Parker 91+ Points

The elegant, flowery, but backward 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockledge Vineyard offers up scents of gravel, burning embers, black and red currants, and a hint of bay leaf. Fleshy with soft tannins, this cuvee will benefit from several years of cellaring, and should drink well for 20+ years. This tiny estate has a small production, but the quality of its wines is very high.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

Serves up a complex mix of spicy currant, blackberry, cedar, herb, dill and black licorice. Full-bodied, intense, focused and balanced, firming on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 185 cases made.–JL

International Wine Cellar 90 Points

Deep ruby-red. Currant, licorice and chocolate on the ripe nose. Juicy and spicy in the mouth but not yet expressing itself. There's a candied quality to the dark berry and licorice flavors but the wine's sweetness is quite restrained. Finishes with big, slightly rough tannins that will require some aging.

2008 Artefact Cabernet

NAPA VALLEY
92% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 8% SYRAH

2008 in Napa Valley yielded Cabernet Sauvignon with stunning upfront fruit and unctuous textures, IF the vineyard was managed with extreme attention to detail. We were careful and lucky enough to have done the work needed and now find ourselves with a gorgeous wine to present to you. The aromatics are ripe and fruity, with sweet spice and chocolate notes not far behind. The palate has great fruit and extract without being heavy and is framed by full, ripe tannins that coat the mouth, allowing the finish to blossom. 350 cases made.

Review: Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010

The 2008 Artifact [sic] Proprietary Red (92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah aged in 100% new French oak) reveals deep black currant notes intermixed with jus de viand, assorted herbs, pepper, crushed rock and licorice aromas. Deep, full-bodied, layered, impressively built as well as supple textured, this delicious, concentrated, full-bodied powerhouse reveals impressive texture and a long finish. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. - Robert Parker – 93 points