Orders are available for pick-up at Restaurant Nicholas at 160 Route 35 South Red Bank, NJ 07701 during the following times:
Monday: 9:30-3:30; Tuesday – Friday: 9:15am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: Closed
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The 2018 Carl Roy Stag’s Leap District is a wine that was never supposed to be poured anywhere but the finest steakhouses from SF to NYC. But that all changed in March. Even so, when I got the call asking if I would like this Stag’s Leap Cuvée from Carl Roy, I thought it was a mistake. From the most storied AVA of Napa and somehow just $35/btl? Hurry because this one won’t last!
Get in quick before the scores! One of the most beloved brands in American wine has graciously allocated us another ten cases of their explosive 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is absolutely killer. In the textbook 2018 vintage in Napa, where sunny days were a staple from April to October, the Wagner Family crafted a big, powerful Cab with a dark ruby color, with ripe red fruits and silky smooth tannins.
Chad’s latest release is the 2018 Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. This Cabernet-based blend, a rich, teeth-staining wine, delivers way more power, fruit and finish than any other $25 Napa Valley red that I have tasted all year. It features aromas and flavors of black currant, plum, mocha and cigar box, leading to a packed middle core of black fruit. The ’18 Chad Prop Red displays the concentration and length generally found in bottles twice its price (that’s because what’s in the bottle IS twice the price!).
In the excellent 2016 vintage in Napa, winemaker Kian Tavakoli (Opus One, Clos du Val) had little work to do. With ideal weather conditions throughout harvest, clusters came in dark and juicy from both the Coombsville and Rutherford Vineyards where this delicious Napa Valley Cab was crafted from. Deep ruby to the rim with excellent concentration, notes of Bing cherries, raspberry pie and hints of vanilla. On the palate, big wonderfully jammy fruit with young but impressive tannins and great length. The finish leaves notes of black cherry, and baked blueberry pie. This is a steal for the price.
The Gravelly Loam cuveé comes from two well-placed sources on the eastern valley floor that has the porous, gravelly soil that is home to some of the greatest Cabs in Napa. Roots dig deep in the poor soil, drawing mineral groundwater for fresh, vibrant grapes. The vineyards’ position on the valley floor guarantees excellent sun exposure providing for superb concentration. The result is knocked-out Cabernet, loaded with juicy black fruit and a finish that lasts a minute.
A Restaurant Nicholas customer favorite! Seamlessly woven in black cherry and cocoa, Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is sumptuous and seductive in structure and complexity. The palate offers flavors of hazelnut, baked plum, and cloves while brilliant acidity on the finish balances the concentration of flavors and tannins.
If you’re a fan hedonistic Howell Mountain Cabernet, then this should be missed. Packed with immense fruit, this is a Napa Valley powerhouse. Ruby-garnet in color this bold wine presents bright cherry flavors with nuanced undertones of chocolate and clove. Beautiful tannins prop up a sophisticated and persistent finish that just goes on for days.
Oakville is God’s country for Cabernet with a unique climate where the coolness of the Bay meets the up-valley warmth in perfect balance. Porous, iron-rich gravelly-sandy loam lends signature Oakville richness and texture. But with perfect climatic conditions and the ensuing 100-point wines from the rock stars of the wine world, comes a price tag that generally starts with 3 digits. Hard to find a deal unless you know Britt Nichols.
Billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni enlisted Matt Sands (Screaming Eagle, Bryant) and Phillipe Melka (Petrus, Haut-Brion, Ridge, Silver Oak) to craft the 2018 Pursuit Cabernet Sauvignon out of Napa’s most cherished Cabernet vineyards, Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane. There’s nothing close to this pedigree in all of Napa at anywhere near this price. Layers of bright cherry, black fruit, and spice give way to a subtle granite/graphite backbone. Flawlessly structured with lush, silky tannins and a smooth finish.
The Mascot is a blend of Harlan, Bond and Promontory barrels, Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the most spectacular vineyards in the Napa Valley. It’s a bit steep, a Saturday nighter for sure. But when you consider Harlan Estate goes for about $1000 a bottle and Bond and Promontory come in around $500, the Mascot almost looks like a Tuesday nighter. Almost..