Nov
16
2020

NAPA’S “BEST VALUE” CABERNET OF THE YEAR

Born in the MidWest, to a large Irish family, wine did not play a role in Justin’s life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion for wine was ignited but, instead, attributes it to a series of experiences, places visited, bottles opened and friendships forged. At this point in life, he can not imagine a life without the joys of all things wine!  Times can change…

Argot 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 54.99
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Tasting Notes: A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The  2018 Argot exhibits a series of Napa hallmarks — a piercing purity of black and red currant fruit; paradoxical textures that are both weightless and coating; complexities of ripe powerful blueberries and cassis – This Argot  Cabernet is full-bodied, and loaded with blackstone fruit, ripe and silky tannins, the right touch of well-balanced acidity.  Although showing very well now, this wine offers some good aging potential. This wine is real BARGAIN! 

Vineyards: A triptych of Napa terroirs—Suscol Mountain’s untamed slopes in the Valley’s southern climes; Sugarloaf West’s ferociously steep hillside; Bonny’s Vineyard’s ancient, gravel riverbed on Oakville’s floor; Sage Ridge’s wildly dramatic ridgetop in the far-eastern hillsides.

Winemaker Notes: Singularly great, 2018 is an all-time vintage, achieving rarely experienced heights. A mild summer gave way to Autumnal perfection, allowing both warmer and cooler sites to leisurely ripen crop under ideal conditions. What followed was a deeply developed palate of components that blended into a beautifully complex, complete wine. What arrives in the glass is nothing short of delicious, delivers significant value and massively over delivers. Enjoy!

Also check out:
ARGOT 2018 PINOT NOIR “BASTARD TONGUE” SONOMA COUNTY

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Nov
15
2020

95 Point, Value & Finessed Pinot

Gary and Rosella Franscioni started ROAR Wines with the knowledge that Pinot Noir had a shining future in the Santa Lucia Highlands, and a dream that their farming know-how would translate amazing grapes into amazing wines. Rosella’s Vineyard was planted on their home ranch in 1996, followed by Garys’ Vineyard in 1997 in partnership with the Pisoni family. The first vintage of ROAR was released in 2001, made from these two vineyards. From the beginning, Gary and Rosella’s mission was to make wines that they themselves would love to drink. Their approach was met with critical recognition almost immediately. Two more beautiful vineyards were planted about a decade later: Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Today, Gary and his sons continue to improve and innovate in the vineyards and winery to produce the best quality their land can create.

Roar 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
GGWC 47.99
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The Roar SLH is a great blend of all the vineyards they farm Rosella, Garys’, Sierra Mar. Soberanes and Pisoni.  The 2018 SLH is exquisite, and possibly one of their best releases to date!  Dollar-cost-average this is value in the glass (and savings in your wallet).

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: ”Always a great value, the 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands reveals a vibrant ruby hue as well as ripe cherry and strawberry fruit intermixed with notes of shiitake mushroom, dried herbs, and some meaty, earthy notes. It’s a slightly more finesse-driven wine than some of the single vineyards and is beautifully balanced, has good acidity, and unquestionably plays in the same qualitative ballpark as all of these releases” 

Also check out:
ROAR 2018 PINOT NOIR “PISONI” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 98 POINTS
ROAR 2018 PINOT NOIR GARYS’ SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 95 POINTS

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Nov
14
2020

Frank’s Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

If you want your Turkey Dinner to be accompanied by some great wines, today is the last day to order those Thanksgiving Wine goodies, ang get them out to you in time!
Dear Friends,It is that time of year – The Holidays are around the corner, we will have a time to reflect on things and hope for the best for everyone and continue to live the dream! A time to say “Thank You” and spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Remember and cherish the ones that aren’t among us, the ones that are, and especially those serving our country locally and abroad.

On that note, here are a few suggestions for your Thanksgiving Dinner:

Don’t wait too long to order up your vino, as you don’t want turkey without it!

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Nov
13
2020

A 98 Point Cabernet by Bibiana! ONLY 150 cases produced!

The Nathan Coombs vineyard has been “the” source for some of the best and highest rated Cabernets.  Bibiana Gonzalez Rave-Pisoni was able to source a small amount from this amazing vineyard source and craft it into an amazing wine. As you might remember, she has made some 100 Point Cabernets when she was the Pahlmeyer winemaker, so it is no surprise that she made another almost perfect Cabernet… 98 Points!

Cattleya 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Meeting with the Mentor” Coombsville, Napa
GGWC 189.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: Coming from a site in Coombsville, which is a cooler region of the valley, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Meeting With The Mentor reveals a vivid purple color as well as an Haut-Brion-like bouquet of cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, incredibly elegant Cabernet that, again, has a Pessac-like elegance and purity, with ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a beautiful sense of elegance paired with richness. It reminds me of some of the old school Cabernets from Napa Valley and is going to evolve for upwards of 30 years or more.

Tasting Notes: Born from prehistoric volcanic soils of the Coombsville AVA, this wine showcases motes of blackcurrant, mocha, and cigar box encapsulated in an inky core.  Well-structured, and incredibly fresh in its youth, the wine envelops the palate with dense, concentrated flavors of macerated blackberry, dark chocolate, and coffee.  Persistent, fine-grained tannin and focused acidity create an impossible long, lingering finish that suggest this will reward the senses into the coming decades.

VERY LIMITED, ONLY 150 CASES PRODUCED!!

The meaning behind the name (by Bibiana): “The Meeting with the Mentor is the crucial turning point in the hero’s journey. Our hero seeks guidance and knowledge at the beginning of the quest to overcome the many obstacles blocking the path towards the ultimate reward.  This wine is an homage to the mentors I had over many years of training and education in Bordeaux. Their sage advice has given me the strength and confidence to become the winemaker I am today.”

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Nov
11
2020

Happy Veteran’s Day!

To the veterans of all branches;
To all those who have served, and those who continue to serve,

We salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Let us raise a toast to our veterans.
Happy Veteran’s Day!

All veterans receive 10% off today.
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Nov
10
2020

Top 25 Wines of 2020

The Top 25 of 2020!
 

This might be the weirdest year in wine reviews, but I was still able to taste and review over 2500 wines this year.  My tasting group met via zoom most of the time, but we made it work! We tasted, smelled, and swished a boatload of wines, so to come up with our “own” Top 25 wines that are “the greatest” is not easy. But as always, we try to do our best! My tasting group of 16 wine swishers, wine smellers, wine “evaluators”, and my friends of Bacchus carefully assessed the wines and came up with the following final list!

We do have a tie for FIRST place: Bevan & Cattleya 

Congrats to everyone!

1  – (Tied) Bevan 2018 Ontogeny Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
~ 99 Points ~

1 –  (Tied) Cattleya 2018 Pinot Noir “Belly of the Whale” Petaluma Gap, Sonoma
~ 97 Points ~

3 – DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Ryan” Jentoft Vineyard
~ 98 Points ~

4 – Carte Blanche 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
~ 97 Points ~

5 – Paul Lato 2017 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard, Santa Ynez
~ 99 Points ~

6 –  Shared Notes 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Les Leçons des Maîtres, Russian River Valley
~ 96 Points ~

7 – Aperture 2018 Bordeaux Blend, Alexander Valley
~ 96+ Points ~

8 – The Hilt Estate 2017 Chardonnay  “Vanguard”Santa Rita Hills
~ 97 Points ~

9 – Hobel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon  “The Burl”  Napa Valley
~ INAUGURAL RELEASE ~

10 – Cattleya 2018 Syrah “INITIATION” Santa Lucia Highlands
~ 97 Points ~

11 – DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Chloe” Ritchie Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~

12 – Roar 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
~ 95 Points ~

13 – Keplinger Lithic 2018 Lithic GSM “Shake Ridge Vineyard”
~ 97 Points ~

14 – DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Wester Reach” Russian River Valley
~ 95 Points ~

15 – Patrimony 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
~ 98 Points ~

16 –  Bevan 2018 Tench EE Red (Cabernet Blend) Napa Valley
~ 100 Points ~

17 – Paul Lato 2018 Chardonnay “Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard
~ 97 Points ~

18 – Dragonette Cellars 2018 “Grimm’s Bluff” Sauvignon Blanc
~ 95 Points ~

19 – Kamen 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Sonoma
~ 96 Points ~

20–  Arbe Garbe 2018 Proprietary White, Russian River Valley
~ 94 Points ~

21 – Halcon 2018 Petite Sirah “Tierra” Theopolis Vineyard
~ 95 Points ~

22 – Walter Hansel 2018 Pinot Noir “North Slope” Russian River Valley
~95 Points ~

23 – Melis Family 2019 Rose of Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
~ 94 Points ~

24 – Caterwaul 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
~ 95 Points ~

25 – Riverain 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tench Vineyard, Napa Valley
~ 95 Points ~
 

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Nov
9
2020

HOT NEW Scarlett Cabernet 2018 Release = 20% OFF & FREE SHIPPING


Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.  The wines are made by Mike Smith (Carter Cellars, Bench, 12cs, Myriad, Quivet)
 
Scarlett 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Rutherford Napa Valley
GGWC 79.99  NOW 64.99
FREE SHIPPING ON 12 OR MORE
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This might be the best effort from Mike Smith to date!  The wine has a dense purple hue and the aromas are AMAZING! The color STUNNING! The flavors are MIND BOGGLING! The wine is loaded with black stone fruit and chocolate aromas. On the palate the wine gushes with more chocolate, black currant, jam and some delicate Rutherford dust. The wine is full in body, yet elegant and refined! Gorgeous from start to finish Only 200 cases of this gem were produced, so better jump on this now! Massively scaled for a Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Winery Notes: “Scarlett is powerful, dense and full of flavor. Medium in body, persistent and nicely layered, this wine has a ton to offer. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco, cedar, earthiness and licorice give the wine striking aromatic nuance and dimensions of complexity. The Estate is a classic Rutherford Cabernet long on class and personality. Mike Smith has crafted a gorgeous Cabernet that captures the essence of this site, with an extra kick of raciness that works very nicely.”

Jeb Dunnuck: The 2018 Cabernet showed nicely, possessing the fresher, more elegant style of the vintage. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is textbook all the way, offering a vivid ruby/purple hue, lots of cassis fruit, notes of graphite, tobacco, and subtle oak, medium to full body, and a balanced, pure, seamless texture. It’s unquestionably an outstanding wine.

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Nov
8
2020

Science Has It: Drinking Red Wine Enhances Exercise Performance

Science Has It: Drinking Red Wine
Enhances Exercise Performance

By Robert Locke

 
Can it really be true? You mean, you can just have a glass of red wine and avoid those sweat drenching sessions at the gym? Well, not exactly, but recent studies have shown that red wine does contain one ingredient which has revealed certain health benefits in recent tests. Let us have a look at what these experiments show and look at the pros and cons of that seductive glass of red wine.
 

“I drink red wine on ice to water it down.” -Diane Keaton

First, the good news

We need antioxidants because they can neutralize the free radicals in the body, which damage healthy cells. Fruit and vegetables have generous supplies. But red wine also has quite a few. These are called polyphenols, one of which is resveratrol. This latter one has attracted scientists’ attention. Why?

A University of Alberta study showed that high doses of resveratrol produced similar benefits for the heart and muscular strength as physical exercise.

Now imagine older and disabled people who just cannot get the benefits of physical exercise. If they get enough resveratrol through consuming red wine, nuts, raspberries and mulberries, then that would be a great boost for their health. Researchers say that it might even be possible to take a supplement containing the correct dosage of resveratrol but more studies need to be done.

If you are a teetotaller and want to get the same benefits for your heart, muscles and joints, then try red grape juice instead. Yes, alcohol in small quantities can help to keep cholesterol levels right, prevent blood clots and preserve arteries.
 

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” – Martin Luther

Now, the bad news

Well, not bad news exactly but just a few notes to put all this research into perspective so that you do not abandon the gym for your local wine bar.

Most of the research on resveratrol has been done on animals and in test tubes, and they are not yet able to judge the effects on humans in the long term.

The effects on older people are not yet proved. Dr. Richard Semba, from John Hopkins University School of Medicine, carried out research on 800 senior citizens in the Chianti region in Italy, where red wine is plentiful. But after 11 years, he came to the conclusion that those with higher levels of resveratrol were not protected in any significant way from dying of cancer or heart disease. Those with lower levels had better heart health, he found.

Another great benefit of having a glass of red wine after your workout is that it can help digestion and add to the good bacteria in your intestines. In addition, you will be able to considerably reduce your risk of getting cancer and it will help your mind to stay alert.

That glass of red wine can also help to soothe those sore muscles and make you less sensitive to pain. As in all things, moderation is the key.
 

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” -Oscar Wilde

Nov
7
2020

Sublime 96-100 Point Dumol “Designated Vineyards” Offerings, THEIR BEST RELEASE EVER!

Time flies, as this is the 23nd  release of DUMOL!  I remember meeting Kerry Murphy way back when he started DuMOL and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story.  The “Designated” releases are always something special, and this year is no different.  Andy Smith rolled up his sleeves and put together an amazing selection of limited production wines.

With still lower than normal production levels this vintage will sell out in no time! The 2018 DuMol Designated Vineyards releases are turning out to be quite spectacular! I would say that several of these may be the best ever from this winery. Look for some rave reviews from the wine critics! As you know DuMOL is always in high demand, you can bet that this means the allocation will sell out quickly.

DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Estate” Russian River Valley
~ 98 Points ~
GGWC 99.99
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OK to mix & match with other Dumol wines!

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “The 2018 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard, another awesome bottle of Pinot Noir from Andy Smith. All destemmed and aged 15 months in 45% new French oak, its deeper ruby color is followed by a stunning nose of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, forest floor, and candied orange zest. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it has some background oak to integrate, but offers perfect balance in its tannins and acidity, a great mid-palate, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.”

Andy Smith Notes: “A selection from the highest knoll-tops of our Estate Vineyard, the wine has a deep dark fruitiness that is unique: black cherry, anise, violet and sweet spices—pure, lively, succulent aromas. The palate possesses beautiful concentration with a seamless velvety texture that marries perfectly with bright crunchy acid. Penetrating blackberry and cassis notes find all corners of the palate as the flavors drive toward a single focal point, sleek and focused with nuance to burn.  This pure, sappy, captivating wine will live long in the memory. Don’t hesitate to tuck a few bottles away in a cool cellar for 10+ years; the rewards will be great.“

DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Ryan” Jentoft Vineyard
~ 98 Points ~
GGWC 94.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “Moving to the Pinot Noirs, this is easily the finest lineup I’ve tasted from Andy Smith. These are magical wines that check in at the top of the vintage. The 2018 Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan comes from the Russian River Valley and was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 40% new French oak. This is classic Pinot Noir all the way with its ripe black raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, background oak, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it’s seamless, flawlessly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It’s a stunning example of world-class Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years or so.”

Andy Smith Notes: “There’s a good punch to the aromas, which are simultaneously bright and dark: cranberry, black cherry and rhubarb. Highly perfumed Asian spice, juniper and orange peel lend support. The palate is lively and juicy—the flavors of black raspberry, huckleberry and pomegranate vivid and intense with a lovely inner-mouth floral lift. The wine has outstanding cut and definition with lingering hints of peat moss and sweet tobacco that fan out on the seamless mineral finish.”

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Chloe” Ritchie Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 74.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe is a more rounded, fleshy effort that still plays in the vibrant, more chiseled style favored by this estate. Beautiful crushed citrus, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and white flower notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with a rich yet racy style that carries loads of fruit and texture as well as bright acidity. I love it, and while it’s great today, it promises to shine for 7-8 years and have a gradual evolution beyond that as well.”

Andy Smith Notes: “The wine’s aromas are bright and expansive with yellow peach, nectarine and white flowers. A suggestion of flint and spearmint adds detail. Viscosity and opulence are immediate on the palate with tangerine oil, honeycomb and candied ginger richness. On the deep midpalate, the wine’s texture builds effortlessly: lemon oil, apricot and quince paste. Befitting this structured vintage, the wine is quite chiseled with precise, balancing acidity and flavors of grapefruit pith on the finish. “

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Estate” DuMOL Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 79.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “From the estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and all Mt. Eden clone, the 2018 Chardonnay DuMOL Estate was barrel fermented and spent 11 months in barrel followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Its light gold color is followed by a rocking bouquet of ripe pears, white flowers, nectarines, and peaches. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity and finesse as well as ample mid-palate depth, it’s a terrific, almost Burgundian Chardonnay that’s going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and evolve for over a decade.”

Andy Smith Notes: ”The wine’s aromas are classically intense, mineral and stony, displaying less simple fruit and more savory elements: thyme flower, sage, mint and sweet hay. Lemongrass and lime notes rise up with chamomile followed by honeysuckle richness. The palate is intense, densely packed and wonderfully deep with a core of rich lemon and lime oil. There’s focus, verve and vibrancy in the wine’s long, briny, flinty-mineral finish. Its succulence and obvious richness are quite rare, but the wine’s high natural acidity keeps it mouthwatering and tense at all times. “

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Isobel” Charles Heintz Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 74.99

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Vinous 96 Points: “One of the early highlights in this range, the 2018 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is wonderfully precise and nuanced. The natural richness of this site comes through, but the 2018 is a bit more focused and pointed than it usually is. Exotic floral notes and hints of tropical fruits play off striking mineral underpinnings. This is such a vivid and captivating young Chardonnay.”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Winemaker Andy Smith says that because of the very large crops and big clusters in 2018, there was some inevitable botrytis character in the 2018 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard. Although the nose is youthfully tight, the petrichor and flint aromas open to lemon drop and tropical hints, and the palate, which is tight, linear and bright, hints at more savory layers to come, finishing lifted and ethereal. This vintage has loads of personality and should be very long lived.”

Andy Smith Notes: “Aromas are deep, broad and complex: lemongrass, spearmint, thyme and white flowers. With air, a hint of honeysuckle emerges alongside rich brioche and dried apricot notes. The palate is immediately layered and full, with a sense of deep extract and concentration that comes directly from the vines. Stone fruits, oily citrus and preserved lemon are balanced by fresh, satisfying vibrant acidity. Building texture leads to a long echo of flavor that sails on and on. “

DuMol 2018 Syrah “Eddie’s Patch” Hoppe Kelly Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 94.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Even better, the 2018 Syrah Eddie’s Patch comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 30% stems. It has a touch more vibrancy as well as gorgeous notes of blue fruits, crushed violets, ground pepper, and a touch of loamy earth. With terrific balance, silky tannins, and a solid spine of acidity, it’s another killer Syrah from this estate.”

Andy Smith Notes: “The wine delivers noteworthy purity and tremendous range. Captivating aromas of dark berry fruit and plum are at the wine’s core as white pepper, sesame oil and fresh rosemary add detail. The palate displays a classic lilting element found in the world’s greatest, most memorable wines: the flavors continually push and evolve with each return to the glass. The palate is deep and penetrating with broad layers and a lovely mouth-coating density. Ripe blackberry fruit shifts to graphite and tapenade notes as the wine flows and expands. Its texture fills every corner of the palate, while lingering peppery spices preserve freshness on the finish.”

Also check out a limited supply of the summer releases:
DUMOL 2018 “WESTER REACH” CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 95 Points
DUMOL 2018 “WILD MOUNTAIN SIDE”  SYRAH RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 Points
DUMOL 2018 “WESTER REACH”  PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 Points

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Nov
6
2020

Napa Golden Oldie Cabernet STILL HAS IT – 96 POINTS and SPECIAL PRICING TOO, 15% OFF

Veteran winemaker Ric Forman, who has been making wine in Napa for MANY decades now, has just turned out one of his best Cabernets to date!

Forman 2017 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Reg 124.99 – NOW 109.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Winemaker Notes: “The 2017 Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is quite a phenomenon. It is nothing less than stunning in every respect yet it came from a hellish summer heat experience. Fortunately, we were almost through fermentation before the Napa Valley fires arrived so the wine at least was spared this malady, even if we personally were not, we were terrified. As would be expected from a fully ripe batch of fruit the color is properly plush. After the color experience – WOW – what an explosive nose. How did such beautiful, deep, pure and complex character come from the extreme summer? It can only be explained by the fact that we had an unusually long and wet winter and the vineyard is over 100 feet deep in well-drained gravel. The roots go deep and allow for unusual survival. One wonders if the 2017 was made from blackberries, blueberries or loganberries. All of these beautiful aromas are present plus much more. The 70% new barrel regime is barely noticeable as there is so much fruit to dominate.Flavors, like the aromas, are explosive. Deep berry,some toasty oak, ample extract and perfect balance makes this one very exciting to drink. The 2017 will last a very long time but is also massively drinkable now. Do not miss out on this one!”

Vinous 96 Points: “Forman’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Rich and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2017 has gorgeous depth and a touch of exoticism that is so appealing. Ripe red berry fruit, floral overtones and a touch of spice are all laced together. Just bottled, the 2017 is super impressive, even in the early going. This is an especially racy style for Ric Forman, and yet he clearly got every ounce of potential out of the year.”

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