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.
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.
Malescot Saint-Exupery, Margaux Grand Cru Classe 2012Regular price $113.00 Save $-113.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc
Chateau Malescot does have a history to boast having been around since the early 17th century. It is most noted for its previous owners’ ties to nobility, notably King Louis XIV. It is also ranked as a Third Growth Bordeaux. At some point, the labels of the bottles were changed, incorporating a new line of type that still remains on the bottles. The phrase “Semper Ad Altum,” which translates to “always striving higher” is seen on the banner flagged by two lions. The lions are synonymous with the left bank of Bordeaux, reiterating the power and nobility of the wines found there. Today, the Chateau Malescot ship is run by Jean Luc Zuger who is making quite the name for himself in the realm of modern Bordeaux.
The various soil types in these 35-year-old vines are iron, clay, and gravel making this wine a true stunner. While the vinification and ageing of the wine does vary vintage depending, Malescot typically will be fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks. The wine finishes its ageing process in mostly new oak, anywhere from 80-100%. We recommend this bottle to be drunk anytime after 2024, ideally.
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.
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.
Amplify Wines "Subliminal" Cabernet Sauvignon 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Merlot
This wine is the product of a unique partnership of two winemaking families: the Parientes (Nomadic Distribu- tion) and the Porters (Amplify Wines). LA-based Nomadic Distribution launched in 2011 with the aim of exploring and sharing artisanal wines from interesting regions around the world. Amplify’s Cameron and Marlen Porter are from Santa Barbara. Their philosophy is to “amplify the voice of site” and “embrace happy accidents.”
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.
Marco Barba, Gambellara Barbarossa 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Raboso
Marco Barba is the name and face behind this project out of the Veneto region in Northern Italy. Before winemaking became a focus, Marco was a carpenter and moved to the Jura mountains in Switzerland where he bred cattle while tending fruits and vegetables. His interest in biodynamic farming grew, ultimately bringing him home. He thus began a new chapter working with friend, Stefano Menti of Menti Wines, and his father in their family business endeavor. Menti Giovanni Farms nurtured his viticultural passion and he started to vinify grapes from vines that he was managing. Today, Marco Barba is a team of three, including his friends, Giulio and Tommaso. They run the winery in a biodynamic-forward manner with respect for nature.
This is a Merlot-based red blend showcasing biodynamic farming and nonintervention winemaking. This wine ferments in cement, then goes on to ages in steel for 12 months. Like the rest of these wines, it is unfiltered and bottled with a small amount of sulfur.
Bichi, Flama Roja Tecate 2019Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Nebbiolo
Tecate, Mexico is probably better known for its beer, but does, in fact, produce wine with a lengthy history. Before vine planting began in Chile and Argentina, Spanish conquistadors planted vines in Baja California (“lower” California, but part of Mexico). The Spanish Crown at the time of the late 1500s was fearful of this new wine being more popular than their own Iberian wines; production was ordered to stop, but Spanish Jesuit missionaries continued to plant. The Valle de Guadalupe continued to prove its significance even during Prohibition as it lay just outside the US border. Fast forward to 2014. Noel Téllez and his family moved to Baja California from Sonora, which is where “Bichi” comes from, the Sonoran dialect for “naked.” They were naked in the middle of Baja, a theme that lent itself well to the consistently nude figures gracing their wine labels. Noel is full-time proprietor of Bichi, but receives guidance from Beaujolais veteran Yann Rohel. Grapes planted are Misión, (also known as Pais), Tempranillo, and Moscatel Negro, as well as other wild vines that remain to be identified. The wines made are natural, but garner the local name of “vinos sin maquillaje,” or wines without makeup.
“Flama Roja,” or Red Flame, is from the Tellez home vineyard; young vines of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo that are biodynamically farmed. The wine ferments in locally made concrete jars called tinajas, then ages in mixed steel and French oak over the winter. There is no fining or filtering; little sulfur is added.
Altar Uco, Edad Moderna Blend Tupungato 2018Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec
Juan Pablo Michelini is the face behind Altar Uco. His family’s winery, Zorzal, was begun by him and his brothers in 2007 where Juan Pablo is head winemaker. Altar Uco is his latest endeavor, furthering his fresh perspective on the potential of wine in the Uco Valley. The mentality is to produce “quiet wines,” wines requiring as little human intervention as possible. Within Altar Uco are two series, “Edad Moderna” and “Edad Media,” Modern Age and Middle Age respectively.
Edad Moderna are terroir-driven wines, but defined by their shorter time in the winery, reinstating his theory of little intervention. The “Edad Moderna” blend undergoes partial whole-cluster fermentation and aged in cement to retain purity of fruit. This bottle is one of just 6000 produced.
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.
Ceritas, Cabernet Sauvignon 'Peter Martin Ray Vineyard' 2018Regular price $106.00 Save $-106.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
John and Phoebe Raytek have come into their own in northern California. The family keeps busy amidst their many responsibilities. Though they do not own any vineyards, Phoebe, as the Ceritas farmer, still spends much of her time at their many sites, some of them monopole vineyards, and forming relationships with the growers who own them. There is an immense focus on organic and sustainable farming methods. John is the winemaker of Ceritas, spending much of his time in the cellar and in the vineyards. The couple prides themselves as students, and the vineyards their teachers; it is their job to listen and learn from each site. They believe, “it is more important to know what not to do, than what to do,” effectively summarizing the belief of allowing the wine to speak for itself. The grapes are sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains and West Sonoma Coast for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Peter Martin Ray Vineyards is not only a historic site, but also Ceritas’ highest elevation vineyard sitting above Saratoga. The Chardonnay vines were originally planted in the 1920s by their namesake winemaker, Martin Ray. It was a daring move at the time for there was no evident topsoil. Farming at this site is raw and the vines struggle, making for particularly complex Chardonnay. Cellar work is kept to a bare minimum.
Favia, Carbone Red Wine Napa Valley 2017Regular price $90.00 Save $-90.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
The Favia family were noted as the first Italian immigrant family to settle in Napa, navigating from Genoa around 150 years ago. The Carbone name began with commercial vegetable gardens in Contra Costa and Napa County. In 1870, about 125 acres were purchased in Coombsville, eventually called Antonio Carbone Wine Cellar. The Italianate stone structure still stands. The Favia name did not come about until 2003 when Annie Favia and Andy Erickson began a collaboration, both with distinguished resumes to their names. The Favia-Erickson collaboration approaches the estate and vines in a holistic sense, restoring local ecology with native plants and the like. Though the Favia name is still young, the mindset is to continue a legacy existing since the 19th century.
The Carbone line is an ode to the historic estate with a mission to continue the story and care of the restored property. The Carbone Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that sees a little less oak and is meant to be drunk on release.
Ruth Lewandowski, Boaz 2017Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Carignane, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon
When asked to express his viewpoint on organic winemaking, Evan responds: “A winegrower working incessantly in his/her vines, with a mind focused both on the sky above and the soil below, not just the fruit zone, will naturally come to deeply know their vines and their specific place and inevitably seek to eradicate those things that destroy in favor of choosing to support and encourage life. It must start with these connections in the vineyard. Wine made by these people, the ones earnestly and honestly seeking to know their farms, in the end will be organic wine to me.”
Boaz is picked from three parcels of the Testa Ranch in Mendocino CA. A full bodied blend of old vine carignan, VERY old vine grenache, and some skillfully grown cabernet sauvignon, this wine manages to remain focused and light on its feet.
Clos Figueras, Priorat "Serras del Priorat" 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
The year was 1997. A world-renowned winemaker had just shown Christopher Cannan and his wife, Charlotte, an abandoned vineyard just north of the Gratallops called “Figueres.” That same day, the entire Cannan family piled into their car and followed the winemaker, post-haste, to Barcelona. At a simple café, the Cannan’s purchased the 100-hectare estate. Initially, the terrain of the previously abandoned vineyards had to be prepared for planting. (A nearby grove of century-old olive trees needed to be re-worked as well.) Both undertakings were just the beginning of what would become the Cannan family’s quest. They traveled extensively in their spare time to work under some of the best winemakers in the world. Today, their combination of passion for the property and skill in the cellar sets these wines above the rest.
Il Cipresso, Toscana Rosso 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
The cypress tree, emblematic of Tuscany, and thus perfectly appropriate for this “Super Tuscan lite”. Michael Schmelzer, ex-pat winemaker at the helm of Monte Bernardi in Chianti Classico, oversees production of this wine, imbuing it with his philosophy and approach. Grapes are grown organically, and make their way to the bottle with minimal intervention. Once in the glass, it’s all bright fruit expressive of the region.
Chateau La Grolet, Tete de Cuvee Cotes de Bourg 2017Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc
La Grolet is the second property of the Hubert family, proprietors of Château Peybonhomme. Acquired in 1997, this sister site is alive with biodiversity (not to mention fully converted to Biodynamics); twelve of its fifty hectares are made up of
forests, fields, and waters. Steep gravel slopes are prime for planting Merlot, the
number one contender in this blend. A bit of time in new oak marries fruit and wood
tannins, and the in-bottle result is a harmony of terroir and tradition.