La Cravantine, is a sparkling rosé of 100% Cabernet Franc, bone-dry, super fresh and with bubbles so tiny and fine, it puts most “real” Champagne’s to shame. Appealing strawberry and mineral scents are encased in a firm structure with a dry and spicy quality in the palate. This wine is versatile. It’s perfect with just about any fish, fried food, or enjoy it on it’s own.
When I think of Old Forester bourbon I think super smooth, very approachable. I found this barrel on the 4th floor of Rickhouse L. Tasted at 117.9 proof & rectified down to 90 proof. Heavy caramel notes, roasted peach, with hints of burnt orange & cinnamon. Perfect for a mid day bourbon while you watch the news.
95 Points, Vinous
Chad Melville in his first year of taking the reigns from legendary winemaker, Greg Brewer churned out an extraordinary Pinot Noir using 16! clones from the winery’s estate vineyards. The wine is a knockout and at the price one of the best values anywhere. 95 Points and a rave review from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni. Not to be missed!
Winemaker Patrick Brunet’s tiny Domaine Robert estate consists of 50-60 year old vines, deeply rooted in the granitic soils of Fleurie. 2018 produced concentrated, structured Beaujolais, delicious today but with the bones to improve in the bottle over the next decade. Pretty remarkable for wine that comes in under $20 on cases.
The 2019 Effet Papillon Rose is made 100% from Grenache (as many of the best Southern French Roses are). Pale salmon in color, it boasts aromas of bright red fruits, orange rinds and a hint of lemon zest. It’s incredibly smooth and dry, making it a great food wine– but this Rose is serious with depth and complexity, making it worthy of enjoying on its own.
Everyone’s wine cabinet has taken a big hit this week and it’s time to call in the reinforcements with the “Cabin Fever” case. Four customer favorites, in one convenient package and priced at less than $20 per bottle (15% OFF!), packed and available for CURBSIDE OR FREE VAN delivery to your doorstep.
92 Points, Wine Spectator
With their access to an abundance of the best vineyards in the most choice AVAs in the valley, the Wagner’s set out to make Quilt– a Cabernet blend from a patchwork of the top sites in Napa (Oakville, St. Helena, Coombsville, Atlas Peak, Calistoga and Howell Mountain). The 2017 is a massive, show stopping Cabernet, a seamless blend that earned a rave 92-point review from the Wine Spectator in their most recent report.
The Tenuta Sette Cieli ‘Yantra’ 2018 is a wine you probably never heard of but need to try. Tenuta Sette Cieli or “The Estate of Seven Skies” named for the view atop the tiny estate, perched up on a hill overlooking Bolgheri from nearly 1300 ft. This is one of my favorite “Tuesday Nighters” in recent memory.