It's that time of year again! We were able to buy some amazing wine at great prices for the holidays! This premium mixed case has everything you'll need for a great Thanksgiving (or for drinking next weekend)! 5 Reds (including a super-premium Cab), 5 Whites, 1 Champagne (it’s pink and amazing!) and 1 Rosé (Yes, Rosé is for all seasons!). As always, free shipping is included!
Silverado Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon SOLO 2013 ($124.99): Smooth and elegant, the 2013 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon offers bold aromas of cherry and raspberry that carry over onto the palate. Sweet black fruit flavors with a layer of lightly toasted oak and cola. This is a full-bodied Cabernet with an exquisite core of lush flavor. “The Millers purchased their Silverado Vineyard in 1978; originally planted in 1884, it was one of the first vineyards in what would become the Stags Leap District. Cabernet grows to luxurious textures and gentle tannins in these gravelly loam and clay soils, particularly in 2013, the vintage that produced this powerful and gracious wine. As Senior Editor Luke Sykora pointed out, “It’s a luxury wine that’s delicious rather than aggressive—it’s smooth, sweet and inviting.” As ripe as it is, the fruit feels healthy, the tannins layering rich earthiness into the flavor.” -94 Point W&S
Charles Heidsieck, Champagne Rosé Réserve ($64.99): A sophisticated powdery pink robe with luminous glints of wild rose. Delicate, vivacious bubbles are the result of an ageing period or 36 months. A base of 20% of reserve wines, white and red, give this rose blend a subtle, yet complex nose. The initial fragrances from the 5-6% of elegant red wines are redolent of home-made strawberry jam mixed with the fruitiness of blood peach. A meticulous selection of crus gives the Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve the rich warm notes of gingerbread and cinnamon. The deep powerful mouthfeel - the result of ageing in thousand-year old cellars - offers a burst of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry nestled in velvety whipped cream. "Twinkling salmon lights in the glass. Intriguing citrus aromas pour out, backed up by toasty, honeyed tones. The Pinot Noir character really shows through in a rich, opulent style. This rosé Champagne would be delicious with seafood." -Decanter 95 Points
Stolpman La Cuadrilla 2017 ($21.99): This wine comes from our good friends at Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon, CA. Stolpman is known for their world-class Rhone varietal wines. They are one of the few vineyards in the world that has a full-time vineyard crew (aka La Cuadrilla). The crew works with the wine maker to come up with the blend (10% of Stolpman Production). 100% of the profits go back to the crew in the form of a yearly bonus. 2017 broke the pattern of the challenging and low-yielding odd-numbered vintages of 2011, 2013, and 2015. The vintage started with much-needed rain fall through March – allowing for healthy yields - and then was punctuated by two heat spikes mid-harvest. The heat lent extra juicy ripeness to the 2017 Cuadrilla. Dark and Intense, the 2017 Cuadrilla shows delicious suppleness through the palate.
Jeff Runquist 1448 Red Blend 2016 ($17.99): Mostly Petite Sirah & Petite Verdot. Nose of smoke, black fruit and chocolate with a long, smooth tannin fruit-filled finish. Jeff Runquist makes many one-varietal wines and the 1448 is the blend of the best juice left over. "1448" is the elevation of the winery in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Pair with any barbecued red meat.
Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($14.99): This versatile Sauvignon Blanc from France is straw colored with yellow flecks in the glass. On the nose, I get a tropical bouquet of pineapple, banana and dried grass. On the palate, it is bright, round and balanced with a medium body and medium plus acidity. The flavor profile is pineapple, banana, lychee and nicely integrated minerality. The finish is long and has some clean citrus notes. This Sauvignon Blanc is very food friendly and would go well with shrimp scampi.
Love Story, Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio 2017 ($16.99): Sartori di Verona is a 4th generation family winery driven by a profound love for their city of Verona. For over a century, Sartori has made wines that respect local tradition yet embrace innovation. Ownership in premium vineyards allows for control from vineyard to bottle with a steadfast focus on quality. Fresh melon and pear with a hint of almond. An ideal accompaniment for light appetizers, fish or most seafood.
American Pioneer Wine Growers, Bee's Box Chardonnay 2016 ($17.99): The Bee’s Box story began with a bee that grew to a swarm. Unsure of what to do with a swarm of bees on a property full of guests, we did what anyone would do – we Googled it. And so, with a brand-new bee suit, a Youtube video, and a glass of wine, we set out to create our own bee’s box on the property to keep everyone safe – not least of all, the little pollinators who chose us as their home. As we became more attached to our little friends, we also became more aware of their plight (habitat loss, disease, and overuse of pesticides). Already passionate about all aspects of sustainability, we wanted to do something to help protect them. And so, Bee’s Box Wine was born. Great wines that give back 10% of the profits to organizations fighting to protect these little pollinators who have sustained us for so very long. So let’s fight the good fight together, glass of wine in hand, and say cheers to good food, fine wine, and our beautiful little pollinator friends. Our debut release of Bee’s Box Chardonnay delivers a fragrant nose of ripe tropical fruits with pineapple, pears, and melon layered between tones of vanilla, roasted nuts, and mocha. The voluptuous palate offers a rich crème brulee texture where tantalizing flavors of fruit compote finish with an enticing blend of baking spices.
Black Stallion, Chardonnay Carneros 2016 ($16.99): Black Stallion Estate Winery Chardonnay opens with overflowing aromas of melon, white peaches, lemon and vanilla, followed by lush flavors of yellow apple, pear and coconut. Rich and full on the palate, bright fruit and creamy notes lead into a lingering finish. Sip this wine on its own as an aperitif or pair alongside goat cheese, salad and dishes such as crab, lobster, grilled shrimp or roast chicken. ”A clean and bright white with sliced apples, lemon zest and hot stones. Hints of malo. Medium body and lots of fruit. Yet, it remains bright and fresh. Clean and crisp. Drink now.” -92 Points James Suckling
Finca El Portillo, Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($13.99): Straw yellow with hints of green. Delightful aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and passion fruit. A refreshing, crisp, and persistent palate of lychee, mango and pineapple. Serve as an aperitif or with seafood, salads, pizza, sushi and white meats.
Bibi Graetz Toscana Grilli del Testamatta 2016 ($26.99): Bibi Graetz founded his winery in 2000 on the grounds of his family’s home, Castello di Vincigliata. Located in the hills of Fiesole just north of Florence, the Castello is surrounded by 7.4 acres of vines that were planted by Bibi’s parents in 1971. A graduate of the Academia dell'Arte in Florence, this artist-turned-winemaker began producing classic Tuscan varietals in the 1990s when the family’s vineyard contracts began to expire. In collaboration with consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini, Bibi produced his first vintage in 2000 and the wines quickly gained critical acclaim. In 2006, Wine Spectator named Testamatta as its top Tuscan wine, describing it as, "One of Tuscany's true cult wines.” Beginning in 2004, Bibi took over full winemaking responsibilities. He keeps grapes yields to a minimum, ferments his Sangiovese in small open-top wood vats, does pigeage by hand and matures his finished wine in French oak barrels. 100% Sangiovese
Stolpman Estate Rosé 2017 ($19.99): The moderate summer and healthy yields of 2017 allowed for a rose harvest that lasted over a week. This time lapse allowed for a nice continuum of ripeness, from the first lots that went into the Vin Gris portion, to the later picks that were fermented whole-grape. The spread in ripeness further contributes complexity and helps us with our goal of combining freshness with richer textures. Wild, fresh strawberries pop out of the glass and flow through the front palate alongside firm peach texture and flavor. When young the wine is crisp to the point of light crunchiness and oozes with vibrant energy. The mouthfeel, ala 30% Carbonic fermentation, provides structure and depth with hints of rhubarb and spice. Enjoyed cold, the wine is brilliantly refreshing, with hints of mint leaf and citrus. The dry finish pairs with a wide variety of light fare, or drunk on its own, ensures that the bottle is drained perhaps a bit too quickly.
Tormaresca, Torcicoda Primitivo 2014 ($20.99): The red Primitivo grape grows primarily in Italy’s Puglia region, in the heel of Italy’s geographic boot. There, it makes black, fruit-filled, jammy Primitivo wines with low acidity and medium tannins. Recent research indicates that Primitivo, like the very similar Zinfandel grape in California, is a clone of an ancient Croatian grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski. The 2014 vintage exhibits an intense ruby red color. The nose is rich and ripe with notes of plum, raspberry, licorice and vanilla. Elegant in style, the wine is full-bodied and supple with generous fruit and spice and vibrant acidity. "Plenty of dried ripe fruit and hints of spices. Full body, round tannins and a fruity finish. Nicely done. One of the best primitivos out there." Pairs well with dishes in rich sauces, poultry and seafood." -JS 91 Points