L'Archetipo, Puglia Litrotto Rosso 2017 - 1 LiterRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, and Susumaniello
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
This a blend of the red varieties found in Puglia made into a liter bottle. The biodynamic farming practices instilled by Rudolf Steiner are implemented. The wine ages in stainless steel on its lees for 36 months for a wine of freshness and minerality.
Tenuta le Farnete, Carmignano 2018Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmignano is an Italian wine region located in the Tuscany region and centered on the city of Carmignano, about 10 miles northwest of Florence. In the 18th century, the producers of the Carmignano region developed a tradition of blending Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, long before the practice became popularized by the "Super Tuscan" of the late 20th century. The Pierazzuoli Family has had the Farnete estate since 1990. The property is located in the town of Carmignano near the town of Firenze. The family operates another property in Carmignano, as well as overseeing an osteria, farmhouse, and their own olive oil production. Their wines continue to win multiple Gambero Rosso ratings.
This is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Carmignano is the only DOCG in Italy that can include the French variety Cabernet Sauvignon, though other IGT and DOC areas may also include the variety. The wine spends eight months in large barrels and eight months in bottle to follow before its release. makes for a fresh, fruity wine that is spectacular with Tuscan cuisine like salumi & finocchiona.
Domaine de la Grange des Peres, Vin de Pays de l'Herault Rouge 2012Regular price $135.00 Save $-135.00
Variety: Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Attaining cult wine status is not easy, and certainly not when the odds are stacked against you. Laurent Vaillé has achieved what others thought impossible. After spending his early career training under masters, like Gérard Chave of Hermitage, he settled in L’Hérault of the Languedoc and purchased his own land in 1989. Here the limestone is hard and abundant and the soil poor. After much energy was put into dynamite and bulldozing, he was able to create a great terroir for his grapes. The critics are now eating their words. He sums it up with this: “Nature gave us a partition of land. It is up to us to interpret it.” “Grange des Pères” means “barn of the fathers.”
Like the rest of southern France, the red wines of L’Herault are common blends of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Rather than being required to adhere to the AOP regulations, the L’Herault VDP has more lenient requirements, including use of international varieties. The 2012 vintage is another outstanding one.
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Toscana Rosso 2017Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah
For many years the wines of the famed region of Montalcino have been recognized as the top wines of Italy. This is still a very true statement today. The central town is perched on the top of the hill and the vineyards are patched together on the hillsides below. The Ciacci family’s history dates back to the 17th century, and their land holdings are some of the most historic in Tuscany. The legendary winemaking estate is located on the south side of the hill around the smaller village of Castelnuovo facing the Orcia Valley. Originally the estate was owned by the church and Francesco Ciacci purchased the property in 1877.
This is an entry-level Super Tuscan from Ciacci Piccolomini. True to the style, this Rosso is made primarily with Sangiovese, and blended with the international varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in cement vats. It is meant to be drunk immediately and often.
Gramercy Cellars, Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot
Gramercy Cellars began with a “sommelier’s palate, a farmer’s thumb, and a winemaker’s soul.” It was the beginning of the story of Greg Harrington, a Master Sommelier who uprooted from restaurants in Manhattan after tasting some stellar Washington wines, and thus began his journey as a winemaker. His approach is Old World, reminiscent of Bordeaux and Rhone, complimented by the terroir of the Pacific Northwest. The process results in seeking old vines, often from single vineyard sites, low intervention, and mostly organic farming. The wines are elegant, age well, representing the best of the cool climate of Walla Walla while offering incredible value.
This bottle is called “Lower East” referring to the eastern location of the Walla Walla appellation within Columbia Valley. While the label denotes Cabernet, this is blended with a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. The wine ages for 17 months in barrel, 17% of which is new.
Isole e Olena, "Collezione Privata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 1.5LRegular price $200.00 Save $-200.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
It is not enough to say that Isole e Olena is held to the highest regard and winemaker Paolo de Marchi has an unquestionable vision. Fourth generation winemaker Paolo De Marchi studied Agriculture at the University of Turin and worked harvests in California and France before returning to the family estate in 1976. He found much need for improvement and modernization in the Chianti Classico region. One of the first projects involved planting single vineyards of international varieties, such as Chardonnay and Syrah. With these steps, Paolo discovered a way to balance tradition with innovation. Isole e Olena is named for the formation of the two estates that were purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s. Over 43 years, he has earned a reputation as “Mr. Sangiovese” and also the “Dean of Chianti.”
Enfield Wine Company, Fort Ross-Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon Waterhorse Ridge 2017Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
Enfield Wine Company is the passion project of John Lockwood and his wife Amy Seese. Founded in 2010, the project is very young, but despite that has recently started to gain attention nationwide. I first started to taste with John in 2013 and have been championing the honest wines ever since. These are truly some of my favorites from California. John only uses native yeast and the wine is never filtered or cold stabilized. John’s passion is contagious and I’m thrilled to pass it along to you.
Waterhorse Ridge is a special vineyard located on a rocky ridge a mere five miles from the Pacific. This site is among the coolest in the California area due to its proximity to the ocean, but is balanced by the volcanic rocky soils and its advantageous afternoon sunlight. The grapes were destemmed, but 20% of the stems were added back. The wine ages for 18 months in different sizes of French oak barrels, 15% of which is new. As John Lockwood said, “The wine is “seductively ripe while maintaining its elegance.”
Cote de Baleau, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Female run by Sophie Fourcade, Chateau Cote de Baleau is a beautiful property positioned on the right bank of Bordeaux in Saint-Emilion. The property was founded in 1643 with a long history of great families having ties to the land. The vineyards are planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is limestone and sand located not far from the famed estate La Gomeire. One of the most impressive things about Chateau Cote de Baleau is the age of the vines, which are over 40 years old; Bordeaux as a whole is still rebuilding much of its old vines.
The fruit undergoes thirty days in a tank where it macerates. The wine ages up to 18 months in oak, half of which is new, before it's released. This bottle could be drunk now with a little decanting, or cellared for several more years.
Priest Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Priest Ranch property was established in 1869 by way of a James Joshua Priest prospecting during the Gold Rush. The historic estate was created in Saint Helena, one of the many appellations within Napa Valley. Fast forward to 2004; the Priest Ranch property combined forces with Elder Valley to become the Somerston property, which is the estate’s present day situation. The property itself is actually over 1600 acres, where grown are many of the classic California varieties, both white and red. The estate even bottles their own olive oil.
This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from multiple blocks across the Somerston estate. They cleverly want to display the differences in elevation that the estate encompasses, from 850 to 1600 feet above sea level. The wine is aged for twenty months in French oak barrels, 40% of which is new oak. This is an excellent bottle to keep in the cedar for a few more years.
Cos d'Estournel, Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estephe 2016Regular price $125.00 Save $-125.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
Cos d'Estournel takes its name from the old Gascogne dialect word “cos,” which means hill of pebbles. This estate has the most unique situation on several contoured hills in which the vines have been planted. The varying soil types also set this Saint-Estephe estate apart from other Bordeaux houses; there are multiple forms of clay, which is where Merlot thrives best, and gravel where the Cabernet does well. The village of Saint-Estephe is the most northern of the Bordeaux appellations, which in turn means it is closest to the Atlantic Ocean. This position near the ocean results in a microclimate resulting in less harsh winters and milder summers than the rest of Bordeaux.
This chateau is a second classified growth of Saint-Estephe and Les Pagodes de Cos is the second label wine at the more approachable price point and drinkability. You can see the two pagodas on the bottle label. This is a classic example of the Saint-Estephe style; a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small amounts of Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc blended with it. It is aged in 30% new oak. This could drink well now or age for another 10-15 years.
La Dame de Montrose, Saint-Estephe 2010Regular price $100.00 Save $-100.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Chateau Montrose is a Second Growth Bordeaux from the appellation of Saint-Estephe. Legend tells it that the name of Montrose came about when sailors on the river saw the flowering heather from a distance; therefore calling it Mont Rose, meaning the pink mount. And so it stuck. Montrose has a highly esteemed list of winemakers attached to its history; previous winemakers and owners of this estate also dabbled in ownership of other First Growth Bordeaux houses. After tasting the 1989 Montrose, the Bouygues brothers became deeply inspired to buy the property when it became available. Beginning in 2006, major renovations began with 55 million euros invested in creating an environmentally conscious winery at the top of its class. And it has remained at the top for over 200 years.
La Dame de Montrose is the domaine’s second wine, also dubbed “the lady” of the Montrose Bordeaux house. Montrose was one of the first Bordeaux houses to make a second wine, which they started in 1860. This bottle measures up in quality and all other aspects to Montrose’ flagship bottle. It is made of about two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by Merlot making up the remainder. This bottle is drinking well in 2021, but could always do with more cellar time.
Hendry, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon HRW 2017Regular price $32.00 Save $-32.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
HRW stands for Hendry Ranch Winery, representing eight generations of family farming in the Napa Valley begun by George Hendry in 1939. Through eighty years of development in this area, the family’s connection to farming continues to grow. Hendry Ranch is over 200 acres situated at the foot of Mt. Veeder, about half of the ranch is devoted to the vineyards. All the wines are made from the estate's grapes.
The HRW Cabernet is an entry-level bottle from the Hendry family. It is a well-made wine that represents good value. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% of which is new. This bottle gets a screw-cap closure for “slow-bottle evolution” and to retain freshness.
Chateau d'Issan, Blason d'Issan Margaux 2016Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau d'Issan is a Third Growth Bordeaux house classified back during the 1855 classification, though the history of the estate dates as far back as the twelfth century. The Margaux estate did not attain its current name until the Essenault family, who owned the property for five generations, renamed it “Issan” ﹘a contracted version of their surname. The Cruse acquired the property after World War II, when it had been left to deteriorate, and since, the family has been able to restore the quality to its former glory. The Lorenzetti family has since joined forces with the Cruse family, operating in tandem.
Blason d’Issan is the estate’s second wine, which translates to the “coat of arms” of Issan. Most of the vines for this wine are over 25 years old, which are the oldest vines of the estate. The wine is a nontypical Margaux wine, as its blend is more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. The ageing process takes place over 14 to 16 months; the barrels used are 35% new. 2016 was an overall excellent vintage in Margaux. On the wine label, you will see the estate’s motto “Regum mensis aris que deorum” which means “for the table of kings and the altar of Gods.”
Meyney, St Estephe, Bordeaux 2017Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot
Château Meyney is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, the subregion on the left side of the Gironde estuary. The estate is a former convent with records dating back all the way back to 1662. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot are planted right up to the banks of the river, making for a serene landscape. The estate has changed hands many times leading to its current owner. CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole and owner of several esteemed Bordeaux houses, purchased Meyney in 2004. Today, the vines are looked after with exceptional care by the Technical Director for CA Grands Crus. Château Meyney is a single block of 74 hectares, all overlooking the Gironde estuary. The placement of the vines is important, as the estuary protects these vines from frost.
The vines are between 35 and 40 years old, although some of their older vines are closer to 100 years in age. The blend is representative of the Saint-Estephe style: driven by Cabernet Sauvinon and blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot. The oak ageing is done in 50% new, taking place over the course of 18 to 24 months, vintage depending. This bottle can be enjoyed now, or could cellar another ten years.
Chateau la Lagune, Haut-Medoc Grand Cru Classe 2010Regular price $140.00 Save $-140.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot
Like many of the historic Bordeaux estates, Chateau La Lagune boasts its fair share of history dating back to the 16th century during the times of King Henri IV. This was during a time when the Dutch began draining the water from the marshes and swamps surrounding the Garonne river; this formed what is now the modern age of Bordeaux. After economic crises and weather conditions that rattled Bordeaux during the 20th century, George Burnet replanted these vines full throttle from a mere five hectares to over 100. Caroline Frey has been leading the charge of Lagune since 2004, bringing with her a serious attention to not just winemaking, but vine health and organic farming.
The vines for the Chateau Lagune range from 40 to 80 years old. The wine is blended before it goes into stainless steel vats to ferment. The wines aged in French oak, 50-60% of which is new, for 18 months before bottling. It is a bottle that is ready to drink now, but would do well with more time in the cellar.
BloodRoot Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Bloodroot is a new project spearheaded by Noah and Kelly Dorrance, who we also know from the Banshee and Reeve Wines project. The winemaking couple have continued networking with other northern California growers. The Bloodroot project is a simple one: to round up value-driven wine and talented growers that result in wines that are drinkable and approachable. A sum of all its parts; the wines represent some of California’s soulful terroir. At the same time, the true identity of the winemakers and sourcing of vineyards is kept anonymous. While these same winemakers continue other projects, those wines are four to five times the cost.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Napa Valley vineyards from a “secret collaboration” of winemakers. The wine is an ode to the olden times of Napa, bringing forth a sense of balance and drinkability.
Clos Figueras, Font De La Figuera Priorat Tinto 2017Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Amplify Wines, "Subliminal" Cabernet Sauvignon 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation, of this growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.
Their vision was to craft a Cabernet Sauvignon made in a style almost forgotten in California – a “humble table wine” that speaks of its origins and brightens a weekday. Made from old vines grown in two different vineyards (Rancho Arroyo Perdido and Giff), this wine is aged 9 months in neutral oak. Its 1970’s California winemaking tradition is underscored by use of native yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation, limited additions of SO2, and no fining or filtration.
Inconnu, Kitsune Red Blend 2018Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Laura Brennan Bissell is an artist by nature, and winemaking did not find its way to her life early. Now based in the Napa Valley, Laura's vision is to make wine from low intervention vineyards and focusing on a style of wine that she says, "she would want to drink." Laura is part of the minimalist movement in the wine world and has trained under some of Napa's top names, such as Steve Matthiasson and Mick Unti. Her label is small production, and done in a style that has been a bit out of fashion for the last 20 years, but the lighter and brighter side of wine is again in the limelight.
Flavors of red berry fruit, black tea, and cherry are incredibly easy to drink with a lift of freshness. No additives show how much craft goes into making these wines.
Chateau La Gurgue, Margaux 2015Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
This historic château has changed hands and names, acquired vineyards, and evolved over the years. The estate has a close tie to the village of Margaux; one of its previous owners was, in fact, mayor of the town. Acquiring the title of mayor has its benefits in the wine world; even more accessible is sought after land; that’s just what was done. One such Camille Lenoir purchased a plot of land named “Curton,” one of the best plots of Margaux. The name of the château comes from a locality of the village. Today the estate is looked after by Claire Villars Lurton, who works diligently with her efforts of delicacy.
This bottle of Margaux is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Verdot coming from 30 year old vines clay and gravel-based soils. The wine sees oak for twelve months, 25% of which is new.
Chateau Poitevin, Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2016Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot
Château Poitevin was founded in the 1950s by René Poitevin as a small family owned property of two hectares in the Médoc. He and his son after him would grow their vines and sell the resulting harvest to the local cooperatives. Guillaume represents the third generation of viticulture for the Poitevin family; changes began with him. After practical and theoretical training in Bordeaux, he changes the ways of the estate by the vinification of his own wines instead of selling. With a clear perspective of tradition and modernity, Guillaume makes several cuvees, Château Poitevin included. He is helped by his wife, Natacha, and a small dedicated team of winegrowers. In 2012, Château Poitevin won the Coupe des Crus Bourgeois; a reward awarded for twenty years of work.
The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot from gravel-dominated soils laced with sand and clay. The wine is then aged in oak for 14 months, 30% of which is new. This is a vin de garde, meant to cellar for another 10 to 15 years. The bottle is of incredible value!
Chateau Laffitte Carcasset, Saint-Estephe Cru Bourgeois 2016Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc
Laffitte Carcasset draws its name from two sources. Josef Lafitte was the attorney for the King of France, whose family owned the estate until 1838 when it changed hands. The name Carcasset comes from the name for the lieu-dit from which it was situated. Through the years, the chateau has changed hands and names a handful of times. In 2016, the estate was sold and now has a new owner as well as a new advisor. Hubert de Bouard, the new advisor, has increased the quality of the wines in a short period of time.
The average age of the vines are 30 years, composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc.
Chateau Fonbadet, Pauillac 2016Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
The Peyronie family, the current owner of Château Fonbadet, has ancient winemaking roots in Pauillac. Their winemaking lineage goes back to the year 1700 according to public records of the time. The Peyronie family has serious roots in other Bordeaux houses in the Pauillas appellation. Pierre’s grandfather was estate manager of Château Lafite Rothschild, while his wife’s grandfather was estate manager at Château Mouton Rothschild. Pierre’s father, Robert, handled the estate in a dynamic forward way between WWI and WWII; he created a vineyard using vines on the verge of distinction or being sold at auction. Today, Pascale, Pierre’s daughter, has taken over after 20 years of training. Its classification is in the makings of the future fifth growths of Pauillac.
This is an incredible wine of the great appellation of the Pauillac appellation. It is a blend of all five of the great Bordeaux varieties.
Corison, Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena Napa Valley 2016Regular price $115.00 Save $-115.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cathy Corison is an absolute force to be reckoned with in the Napa Valley. Her journey started over 45 years ago with a course she took a wine appreciation course at Pamona college on a whim. Biology was a major factor in her falling for wine; she loved the way that wine is a collaboration of living systems, yet still something to be enjoyed. Her schedule following this course was jam packed with tenures and studying. A masters in enology at UC Davis followed. Several stints and internships at big names in Napa helped along the way, including Freemark Abbey and Chappellet. In 1987, the longing to make her own wine needed to show itself. She began buying grapes and barrels and Corison Winery was born. Fast forward to 1995—the purchase of Kronos Vineyard allowed her to have an estate vineyard and also build a winery. Her husband and partner, William Martin, designed the winery. The most recent addition to their estate was Sunbasket Vineyard, purchased in 2015 after sourcing that very fruit for over 25 years!
The Corison Cabernet is sourced from three benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena in the Napa Valley. As is the Corison style, this wine will age gracefully in the bottle. It’s complex, powerful, finessed, with a snappy acidity.
Casanova di Neri, Toscana PietradOnice 2017Regular price $90.00 Save $-90.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
In 1971, the Casanova di Neri Domaine was founded by Giovanni Neri, who saw great potential for vine growing in the eastern area of Montalcino. Cerretalto vineyard was acquired first, followed by their other prized sites. Researching soil types led to many of the vineyard discoveries; it was important to find unique expressions of terroir. Their first vintage of Brunello was in 1978; and the first Pietradonice harvest came later in 2000. The estate has now been passed on to his son, Giacomo. Today the estate covers an expansive 500 hectares of 63 vineyards, 20 olive groves, and forest. Casanova di Neri is complete with a wine resort so you may stay on-premise when you come to visit the tasting room, vineyards, or olive groves.