Wine of the Week: Sans Liege 2008 “The Offering”

Sans Liege "The Offering" 2008This is my WINE OF THE WEEK!  Curt Schalchlin is probably one of the most talented young winemakers whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet and taste with.  His latest “Offering” is his version of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The Offering is a blend of 41% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 27% Syrah, and 2% Viognier which were aged in 83% neutral French, 10% 2yr French and 7% new French oak barrels. Possibly the most opulent and structured “Offering” yet:  intense smoky aromas jump out of the glass followed by beautiful strawberry and chocolate aromas and flavors on the lush, full-bodied palate.   The wine is robust with more striking fruit, hints of cinnamon, bramble berries and hints of subtle toasty vanilla on the finish.

This is a wine for EVERYONE, all wine lovers alike.  I have made a lot of friends with this one!

Sans Liege 2008 “The Offering” Central Coast
Retail 27.50 – GGWC 23.50  (94 Points GWC)

Chappellet 2007 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 97 Points!

Chappellet Pritchard Hill 2007 Cabernet SauvignonPritchard Hill has been the source for some of the most amazing Cabernets produced in the Napa Valley. The 2007 Chappellet Prichard Hill is just another example of how amazing this site really is!

“77% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Petit Verdot; 8% Malbec; 3% Merlot. Leaping out of the glass with its intensely fruity, keenly focused, layered aromas of black currants, hints of blackberries and crème caramel all tightly wrapped up in youthful vivacity that screams ‘aging potential’, this deep and dramatic effort delivers an equally full measure of generous yet barely evolved flavor on the palate. Its full and supple yet somewhat fleshy palate-feel is may invite early
drinking, but its underlying structure insures that it will improve for years to come.”

Wine Spectator Insider Review:
“Sleek, rich, intense and beautifully balanced, with a complex mix of black currant and black cherry, plus red and black licorice. Firm, focused, expansive and layered, ending with classic Bordeaux-like cedar, tobacco and cigar box notes. Drink now through 2020.”

Chappellet 2007 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon — 97 Points!
Retail 140.00 GGWC 129.99

Textbook 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Fin de Journee”

Textbook "Fin de Journee"I am excited to introduce the latest release from Textbook: the 2008 “Fin de Journee” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.

The fruit was sourced from both the estate in Oakville as well as from two stellar sources in Yountville and Spring Mountain! David Ramey is the consulting wine maker.

The wine is a blend of 93% Cabernet and 7% Merlot, and was aged for 17 months in French Oak. The wine is lush, and flavorful on both nose and palate. Classic Bordelaise winemaking, classic Napa in flavor! Due to small, concentrated berries, the wine has an intense color. The mid-palate is loaded with bright black currant and a hint of coffee flavors. A touch of Merlot added the right amount of acidity to make this a well-balanced wine. The finish lingered for a long time, and its silky tannins should allow this puppy to age nicely for some years to come.

When drinking young, please decant and let it breathe for 2-3 hours. Only 700 cases produced.

Retail 28.00 – GGWC 23.99
Textbook 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Fin de Journee”

Spottswoode 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – 99 points!

SpottswoodeThe 2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was a phenomenal wine in its own right, and the 2007 takes things to another level entirely. Robert Parker gives this rare beauty 99 points and overflows with praise saying:

“…the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon may well be the finest Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Spottswoode. Blended with 3% Cabernet Franc, the production is small. This opulent wine offers up loads of blue and black fruits intermixed with licorice, a hint of lead pencil shavings, and of course, the telltale floral notes that seem to be a part of this estate vineyard. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, but seamless, rather exuberant and flashy by Spottswoode’s standards, but so pure, deep, and rich, one gets the impression that if Chateau Margaux were making Cabernet Sauvignon in St. Helena , it might well taste like this. There is virtually no noticeable oak, given the extravagant richness of the wine, and the balance and elegance, combined with the sensational texture, power, and length, are awesome. This should be a historic Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 30+ years”

With a production of only 2000 cases, and glowing reviews from all corners, this wine will be snatched up in a hurry.  At the moment, my special pricing is such that I cannot advertise it on the website and orders for the Spottswoode 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon are being taken by phone only.

Spottswoode 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Call for price and to order – 415-337-4083

Shane Wine Cellars

Shane FinleyEntering the wine industry less than 9 years ago as a harvest intern, Shane Finley has literally started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. After spending several seasons as an intern in California, Australia, and the Northern Rhône, Shane became Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. While there he had the opportunity to work closely with many notable winemakers including  Dumol, Carlisle, Pisoni Estate and Copain. He later took positions as Assistant Winemaker for Paul Hobbs Winery and then Associate Winemaker at Kosta Browne Wines.

Today Shane continues to work with Michael Browne as well as being owner and winemaker of his own Shane Wine Cellars. A wine-making philosophy which was nurtured around the dinner table and vineyards of Pierre Gaillard has matured and coalesced into a striking series of wines in the Rhône tradition.

Shane Syrah 07 "Unknown"Shane’s  incredibly pleasing 2007 Syrah, “Unknown,” was one of the surprise favorites at our 5th Anniversary Wine Tasting celebration last week.

“Freakishly dark: think magenta tinged squid ink. Intense raspberry, boysenberry, kirsch, slate, and violets explode upon opening. A luscious core is accentuated with dark chocolate, plum, white pepper, espresso, and crème de cassis. Without notice, firm tannins mingle with succulent acidity and shoot through the mid-palate. A lasting finish leaves your palate seduced.” -Shane’s Notes

Shane 2007 Syrah “Unknown” Sonoma County

Of the White Wines we featured at our Aug #WineTasting, the Page Cellars 09 Sauvignon Blanc was the clear favorite ~ http://ow.ly/2ziEF