2013 PINOT NOIR
Your Price: $39.99/btl
My #1 pick this year… and an indisputable favorite poured by-the-glass in Yountville, Black Kite is one of California’s rising star Pinot producers, whom the Pinot Report alerted readers has “burst on the scene with outstanding wines.” It was authored by Jeff Gaffner, who is responsible for making the renowned 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages, which was the Wine Spectator’s #1 wine of the year. There were only 8 barrels of this striking Pinot produced… The fruit for their Sonoma Coast Pinot came from the famed Glass House Vineyard located in the wind-swept Petaluma Gap AVA. Black Kite previously made a single vineyard Pinot from Glass House which retailed for $60. This is the same fruit, but since Black Kite lost the vineyard source for future vintages, they declassified this juice, making it an incredible value.
Retails at: $65/btl
Your Price: $45/btl
With a production of just 4 barrels, this rarely bottled varietal from James Joseph was created from some of the best Cabernet Franc on Diamond Mountain. Composed by the same winemaker that makes the popular Steps Reserve and Witchery Wines, this wine is a top-prize for your cellar and a stunner on your dinner table.
ESTATE, OLD VINE
Retails at: $49.00/btl
Proving to be top contenders on California’s Zinfandel scene, Gus Gamba’s old vine Zinfandels are quickly gaining world-wide acclaim. Robert Parker recently alerted readers, “… Gamba’s name is going to have to be included with some of the stars of Sonoma, such as …. Carlisle, Bedrock and even the superstar Turley“
JOHN DORY VYD
Retails at: $70/btl
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With terrific pedigree, Walker Station’s elaborately flavored Chardonnay unfolds extravagantly in glass with beautiful lychee nut, poached pear, honeysuckle, and crème brulee. Authored by legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs, a mere 110 cases were produced.
Your Price: $45/btl
Formed from some of the absolute best Cabernet Sauvignon on Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder, elevated with 32% Petit Verdot and 18% Merlot from the winemaker’s vineyard on State Lane in Yountville, this compelling, sexy and seductive blend should not be overlooked…
Retails at: $75.00/btl
Bursting with brightness, there’s a palpable balance of power & finesse that’s literally breathtaking…
I’ve often heard Alfred Gratien’s Brut Champagne referred to as a baby Krug… From The Wine Spectator, “Rich, with hints of brioche and honey accenting the patisserie apple, mandarin orange peel and candied ginger flavors…” 93
HOLLYWOOD & VINE
“2480” NAPA VALLEY
Retails at: $90.00/btl
Your Price: $79.99/btl
A profound statement for Cabernet Sauvignon. Hollywood & Vine is crafted by Celia Welch, (Scarecrow, D.R. Stephens, Barbour, Dalla Valle & Staglin…) This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was born from pristine vineyard sites in Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain and St. Helena…
Retails at: $55/btl
Your Price: $45/btl
As the second label for Purlieu, a rising cult producer whose Cabernets range $95-$200/btl, Le Pich delivers a seriously high level of quality, without the soaring price tag that often comes with it. It’s made by Julien Fayard, who learned his craft at Chateau Lafite Rothschild as well as gained valuable, first-hand experience as Director of Winemaking for Philippe Melka…
2014 PINOT NOIR
Originating from the truly iconic Rochioli Vineyard, the nearly impossible to acquire Castalia Rochioli Pinot Noir is so enchanting, that it will literally speak to your soul. Rochioli Vineyard produces unforgettably distinct, powerful fruit that’s both riveting and enchanting… qualities that have made it one of the most renowned Pinot vineyards in California.
2015 FELINO MALBEC
A storybook introduction into Mendoza malbec, Viña Cobos’s new 2015 Felino malbec seduces your senses with captivating aromas of exotic spices, crushed berries, lavender and espresso. Founded by Paul Hobbs in 1998, Viña Cobos set out to explore the true character of malbec from different regions throughout Argentina.