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LEVEL THREE RED NOTES

WINE COUNTRY CONNECTION WINE CLUB LEVEL TASTING NOTES

APRIL 2021 SHIPMENT

LEVEL (3) ALL RED

 

2016 POST PARADE STRETCH DRIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Stretch Drive is also terrific and has a supple, sweetly fruited, sexy style. Ample blueberry and strawberry liqueur, fruitcake and spring flower notes all emerge from this full-bodied, massive fruit bomb that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I suspect it will age, but I’d just drink it.”
93 Points

2017 LEWIS RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Winery Notes: “Very short yields in 2017 from a small collection of hillside and bench-land vineyards in Calistoga, Rutherford and Oak Knoll created a wine of Napoleonic stature – compact and powerful with a winning character. A battalion of ripe black fruit and blueberry compote is infused with sultry spices, charcuterie, clove and dark chocolate aromas. Expansive on entry, the broad-reaching palate develops a tailing regiment with crushed rock, toffee and polished tannins.
From Jeb Dunnuck, “the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a big, rich, mineral-laced style that’s going to need bottle age. Black fruits, charcoal, graphite, tobacco, and scorched earth notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, structured 2017 that does well in the vintage…” 92+ Points
Wine Spectator – 93 Points

 

2018 ELEVEN ELEVEN X∙I ESTATE OAK KNOLL DISTRICT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate will thrill readers who enjoy opulent Napa Valley wines. Inky dark fruit, dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and spice blast out of the glass. Unctuous and spectacularly rich, the 2018 is a gorgeous wine in its style. Plush, silky tannins round out the luxurious finish.”
94 Points
 “Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry, eclairs, sassafras, sage, and licorice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, complex, long finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense and brooding Oak Knoll Cabernet for fabulous steaks; drink now through 2035.”
Gold Medal, Exceptional, Cellar Selection
94 Points

2017 LUCE DELLA VITE TOSCANA 

Dark-berry, walnut, cedar and violet aromas with just a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied, layered and rich with ripe tannins and a vivid finish. Shows energy and a velvety texture. Deep and long. Give it two or three years to soften. Try after 2022.97 Points
“… the 25th anniversary of Luce… the 2017 vintage celebrates this birthday properly. Luce is one of the few Super Tuscans of Montalcino. Compared to Brunello it is blended with Merlot adding suppleness and focused on new oak ageing. Deep crimson in colour, full of clove, vanilla and buttery aromas, than brights for black cherry and plummy notes, graphite and cherry flavour, with an earthy mineral finish. Grainy velvety tannins (impressive for 2017 vintage) and firm acidity are well supported by incredibly rich fruit concentration and suppleness. A wine drinkable now with potential for ageing. Drinking Window 2020 – 2040” 95 Points

2018 MARTINELLI ZIO TONY RANCH PINOT NOIR

From Vinous, “The 2018 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch is a magnificent wine that captures all of the Martinelli signatures. Super-ripe red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint and spice build in a sumptuous, beautifully layered Pinot that dazzles from start to finish. The mix of six different clones is one of the factors that yields a Pinot of stunning complexity. Wow! Drinking window: 2020 – 2033.” 97 Points

 

2018 VINEYARD 29 CRU NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 “Plums, Asian spices, tobacco, and lead pencil notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a beautifully polished, elegant texture, and outstanding length. This is another gorgeous 2018 displaying notable purity, balance, and length as well as richness. It can be drunk any time over the coming 15+ years.”
94 Points
#28 Top Napa Cabernet Under $100

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