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Wine Spectator: "A soft sparkler, featuring cherry, peach and strawberry notes, with a pillowy finish. Drink now. (Web Only—2013)" K&L Notes: A wine with tiny, long-lasting bubbles, Deligeroy's Cremant de Loire Rosé is a lovely gleaming pink, enticing with a delicate, nervy nose and aromas of fresh red fruit. It's lively on the attack and has lovely aromatic intensity and brightness. Well-balanced in the mouth, this sparkler is enhanced by a fresh but subtle finish. The wine is stored for at least 12 months on racks in freestone cellars before disgorging to make incomparably fine bub... Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Delicate scents of heather and elegant citrus notes carry a kiss of sweetness through this wine. The flavors are all withheld, the finish quiet and pretty, focused on mineral and floral notes. This should develop well over the next several years." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The cherry-colored regular 2012 Chinon Cabernet Franc has a lovely clear and fresh acerbic cherry aroma mixed with raspberries. It is a light to medium-bodied, fruit-driven, silky textured, refreshing red wine with a brisk acidity, ideal for a summer lunch at high noon or with some snacks in the afternoo ...Read More »
The Domaine's masterpiece, the Clos de l'Echo, lies within this calcareous clay soil and is the stuff of legend. This walled vineyard and it's castle earned it's nomenclature from the echo sent back by the castle walls. Once owned by the great French satirist Francois Rabelais and his family, the vineyard was purchased in 1952 by the Couly-Dutheil family and replanted the following year. The Clos de l'Echo is a wine of grand proportion, complex, structured, and very ageworthy. This 2002 is a legendary wine in the making, with great concentration and perf... Read More »
This is a fresh, snappy berry-driven rosé with delicate floral notes. It's bright and crisp, delicious with or without food. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer that oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming, and each and every vine gets special attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are... Read More »
100% Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Philippe Pichard-Jourdan has farmed biodynamically since 2000. This rosé is aromatic and marked by notes of fresh wild strawberry with a clay-like minerality.
Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon with eighty acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectares of Saumur and Saumur Champigny. The estate's Chinon holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. In the most successfu... Read More »
Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand-harvested cuvees are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot planted in 1934, has power, depth and grace; this, their flagship wine, will improve for the next 7-9 years but can be enjoyed now for those of you who like a mouthful of wine.
Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel. Their "Expression" comes from vines up to 35 years old, planted on a hillside with clay and limestone. The terroir is perfect for a youthful expression of Cabernet Franc that's immediately drinkable and fresh, with... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the 2012 Justification was aged 19 months in 47% new French oak. It's an impressive, full-bodied, nicely structured Bordeaux blend that gives up plenty of cassis, lead pencil, black raspberry and toasted spice on the nose. Already approachable, it nevertheless has the tannic structure to evolve nicely for a decade. One of the original estate to focus on Bordeaux Varieties from Paso Robles, Justin Vineyards pulls from a number of estate vineyards and the wines are made by Fred Holloway and Scott Shirley. ...Read More »
J.M. Jean-Maurice Raffault’s famed Chinon estate is now run by his son Rodolphe. The family has been vignerons in Chinon since 1693 and the estate now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. Raffault prefers to harvest his cabernet Franc as late as possible and then vinifies each parcel separately. The fermentation process can last up to a month and he incorporates a daily pump over for maximum extraction of flavor and color. Then the wines get to rest in Bordeaux casks inside his 54 degree limestone cellar while the magic happens.
This is an everyday Cabernet Franc from organic and biodynamic growers Pierre and Catherine Breton. (Their name, coincidentally, is also the local word for Cabernet Franc.) Made from their younger vines grown on gravelly soils, this is the perfect introduction to this producer's range--youthful, with bright cherry fruit, spicy black pepper and savory herbs. Delicious!
Catherine and Pierre Breton are the real life bon vivants vignerons of lore. They are passionate about what they do, they enjoy sharing it with others, and they entertain with a generosity and charm. That they make great wine with such integrity makes our appreciation of them complete. The Bretons farm eleven hectares of vines just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné. They produce Chinon and Bourgueil, as well as a bit of Vouvray, creating honest wines for both early consumption and longer aging. The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "A wine with refined tannins and a pretty fruit, tannin and acid balance. Medium to ful bodied plus a beautiful finish. Drink now." K&L Notes: This delicious red is produced from 60 year-old, dry farmed Cabernet Franc, in the Loncomilla sub-zone of the Maule Valley at this third generation grape growing and winemaking family estate. Juicy black cherry and dark currant fruits are rich and pleasantly fresh as well. This is likely one of the best, if not the best, Cabernet Franc based wines to come out of Chile. (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean wine buyer)
The Château du Hureau is located in the small town of Dampierre sur Loire, about four miles east of Saumur and 15 miles west of Chinon. The Château itself is an impressive sight, with its 18th-century Mansard roof and octagonal tower topped by a boar-headed weathercock, from which the domaine takes its name--a hureau is an old, solitary wild boar. Behind the Château sits the winery carved out of the limestone cliffs in the 13th century and overlooking the Loire river. For wine lovers, the cave is even more impressive than the Château, with numerous paths... Read More »
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, dark ruby with a dense core. Black cherry and blueberry aromas are complemented by cool, chalky verve. At once lush and bright, showing sublime breadth to the dark berry and mineral flavors. This stylish wine saturates the palate on the long finish, with suave tannins and a hint of herbal coolness pleading for patience. With only 12.5% alcohol, this Chinon proves that Cabernet Franc does not need to be overripe to bring forth great wines." (12/2014) K&L Notes: One of Chinon's oldest and most famous sites, Clos du Chêne Vert is located in the actual town of Chin... Read More »
Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon, with eighty acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectacres of Saumur and Saumur Champigny. The estate's Chinon holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. The Domaine's maste... Read More »
Vinous: "Ruby red. Currant, mocha and chocolate on the nose. Creamy in the mouth, but with juicy acidity and a hint of wood giving shape to the dark berry, graphite and spice flavors. Finishes with good breadth and herbal tannins. (JP)" (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Touched with spicy wood, this is a classic smoky wine from Cabernet Franc, ripe while still held in tension by the acidity and dry tannins. It’s dry with red plum and black currant freshness. Drink from 2016." (11/2015)
Wine Spectator: "A light, unadorned style, with cherry pit, damson plum and violet notes, lined with subtle savory and white pepper hints. (Web Only—2015)" K&L Notes: A serious, shy man, Philippe Alliet is the proprietor of this small domaine in Cravant-les-Côteaux, location of some of the best Cabernet Franc vineyards in the Loire Valley. Considered by many to be on of the finest producers in Chinon, Alliet is part of a new generation of Loire winemakers dedicated to low yields, optimally ripe fruit, and fastidious vineyard management. Inspired by the greats of Bordeaux--a region he... Read More »
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This nicely defined, clean-as-can-be middleweight gets very high marks for its balance and its tight line of lingering, raspberry-like, tea-accented fruit, and it stands apart in the varietal crowd as being a little less brawny and a little more refined than is the norm. It is enjoyable right now and will find an easy place at the table, but it will keep comfortably and should grow a bit thanks to its very careful construction." (4/2015) 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Franc Two-Fourteen is the clone, which is of Loire Valley origin. A real juicy, crunchy style of wine ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Pure and fresh, with a savory note framing the white cherry and strawberry core notes. Offers a sleek finish. (Web-2015)" K&L Notes: This is a fresh, snappy berry-driven rose with delicate floral notes. It's bright and crisp, delicious with or without food. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer which oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustain... Read More »
This goes thru a long cold soak in small amphora and then also fermented and aged (12mnths) in amphora. Clos de l'Elu is an older property which was taken over in 2008 by Thomas Carsin and Gregoire du Bouexic. It is located in the small village of Saint Aubin de Luigne not too far from the city of Angers. Under the inspiration of growers such as Jo Pithon they have converted all of their holdings over to biodynamic farming and continue to acquire vineyards and convert as they grow. These wines are at the higher end of what the all too often Anjou region ... Read More »
Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon, with 80 acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectares of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny. The estate's holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. The Domaine's masterpiece, the ... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Features dark olive and singed juniper notes around the core of black cherry and plum fruit. A light charcoal hint holds the finish, though the structure is modest overall. Drink now. 60 cases imported. (Web Only - 2015)" K&L Notes: From vines over 25 years old planted mid-slope in soils that are composed of clay and sand. Aged in neutral barrels and tank, this beautifully balanced Cabernet Franc has a dark, brooding nose of plums, minerals and some berries. Fairly thick on the palate, the ripe tannins are quite present, but also coated by a fairly large dose of red... Read More »
92 points Vinous: "A dark, intense wine, the 2013 Right Bank offers good energy, with plenty of richness throughout. Mocha, espresso, black cherry, spice, new leather and lavender flesh out in a forward, dense wine to drink over the next handful of years. Today, I am surprised to see a bit of heaviness that I don't associate with the Right Bank, while the flavor profile is very much on the dark side of things. More than most other Napa Valley wines, Todd Anderson's wines seem to go through distinct ebbs and flows of accessibility, which makes them hard to pin down. The 201 ...Read More »
This bottling is the finest red wine bottling from Domaine Breton and a top expression of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. The single hectare of old vines in Bougueil yield a mere 20 hectoliters/hectare annually. Breton practices strict organic and biodynamic viticulture with a focused eye on terroir in this particular bottling. Les Perrières was bottled after a full two years in barriques.
In 2008, the famed Loire Valley vigneron Jo Pithon, his wife Isabelle, Isabelle's son Joseph Paillé and his wife Wendy, joined together to start Pithon-Paillé--a négociant not unlike those in the Rhône Valley or Burgundy. The "Dessus Narçay" is sourced from 50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, in the process of being converted to organic farming, in the commune of Cravant les Coteaux. A bright, vibrant Cab Franc from Chinon, a great picnic red for cold cuts.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A delicious blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and a dash of Petit Verdot opens with aromas of concentrated black plum, blackberry, blue flowers and a whiff of leather. The juicy palate doles out fleshy black cherries, crushed raspberries, white pepper, clove and grilled herb while velvety tannins provide the framework. A licorice note marks the close." (8/2015) 92 points Vinous: "One of the great values in Tuscan wine, the 2012 Cupole di Trinoro is simply stunning in this vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice, spice and leather notes jump fro ...Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Bretêche is higher up the slope than Galichets (recommended below), its soils layering clay and limestone over tuffeau. The Caslot family ferments their wines without added yeast and ages them for two or more years in 400- to 500-liter oak casks. This is an ambitious wine, powerfully extracted, clean in its highlights of blue fruit, warm and ripe in the finish. It’s a mouthwatering, juicy pleasure, suited to aging or to decanting for roast meats." (4/2015) Vinous: "Medium ruby. Floral aromas of redcurrant, graphite and tobacco. Supple on the attack, then juicy on t ...Read More »
Notes about the Winery: "The Domaine de l'R is a fairly new, it was founded by Frédéric Sigonneau in 2007, and it is already counted by Chinon amateurs among the ones where cabernet franc shines. Frédéric and his parents have been living next door to Bernard Baudry, he was a childhood friend of Mathieu, Bernard's son. He then worked at Fabrice Gasnier, an organic (and now biodynamic) vigneron 4 km away. Then at the end of the wine school in 2002 he went to Spain where he stayed 2 years, working on biodynamicly-farmed ungrafted vineyards. Back in France... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Vinous: "Dark ruby. Wild aromas of raspberry, mocha and pistachio. Supple on the attack, showing a restrained sweetness to the flavors of red fruits, graphite and vanilla. The tannins are slightly herbal but avoid turning dry on the finish. Almost Beaujolais-like in style, this Cabernet Franc will only be released next year. (JP)" (12/2014) K&L Notes: The is a delicious Cabernet Franc from the Domaine de Saint Just, established by Yves Lambert and his son Arnaud in 1996. The organically farmed vines are planted in iron-rich soils that lend the wine minerality, power and spici... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Mature, with softening blackberry and cassis fruit caressed by elegant spice, toast and mineral notes. Plush, smoky finish allows the fruit and toast to mingle nicely." (5/2006)
The Domaine's masterpiece, the Clos de l'Echo, lies within this calcareous clay soil and is the stuff of legend. This walled vineyard and it's castle earned it's nomenclature from the echo sent back by the castle walls. Once owned by the great French satirist Francois Rabelais and his family, the vineyard was purchased in 1952 by the Couly-Dutheil family and re-planted the following year. The Clos de l'Echo is a wine of grand proportion, complex, structured, and very ageworthy. These wines evolve into the pinnacle of elegance, with haunting aromas of ric... Read More »
A glowing pink Cabernet Franc icewine, something sweetly different from Canada's icewine specialist. Originally developed in the cool wine regions of Germany in the mid-1700s, Icewine is ideally suited for Canada's Niagara peninsula and the Okanagan Valley's climatic conditions. The grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months. The resulting freezing and thawing of the grapes dehydrates the fruit, and concentrates the sugars, acids, and extracts in the berries, thereby intensifying the flavours and adding complexity to the wine made from it. ... Read More »
100% Cabernet Franc. Biodynamically farmed and certified organic. La Folie comes from plots in the village of Champigny itself with vines ranging from 15-50 years in age. Clay and limestone soils. Hand-harvested. Native yeast fermentation in 50 hl concrete vats for 4 weeks. Aged for 12 months in half 38 hl foudre and half in 4-5 year old barriques. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated bright ruby. Much sweeter on the nose and palate than the 2011 version, beginning with scents of blueberry, blackberry and menthol. Rich and ripe in the mouth but at the same time dry and serious, with a deep chocolatey character adding interest to the dark berry flavors. Finishes with substantial but ripe tongue-dusting tannins. From 16- and 20-year-old vines. (ST)" (5/2014) 92 points Vinous: "There is so much to like in Crocker & Starr's 2012 Cabernet Franc. A warm, resonant wine, the 2012 blossoms on the palate with tons of pure varietal character. Gr ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Recently seeking Biodynamic certification, Catherine and Pierre Breton are the "real life bon vivants vignerons of lore," according to importer Kermit Lynch.
The cult following for Pride Mountain has been in full force for years now. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought after wines in California. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications
Inventory: Main Warehouse
According to the winery: "The initial aromatics are tobacco, raspberry and classic Cabernet Franc vegetal varietal notes followed by some pretty herbal notes and a nice amount of black tea. The texture is medium bodied for Cabernet Franc with nice smooth tannins with a distinct palate that brings raspberry, dried tea and a good amount of earthiness on the palate. There’s only 100 or so cases of this wine, so be sure to grab a bottle quick if you’re a fan of the Loire style Cab Franc!"
A red blend with 65% Cabernet Franc--in Oregon? This component comes from the Quady North Vineyard in the Applegate Valley AVA of Southern Oregon, which is much warmer than the Pinot Noir-friendly Willamette Valley. Still, it is a lower-alcohol wine of just 12.6%, from Loire clone Franc blended with Gamay. The winery's vintage note: "We are beyond pleased with the result from our 3rd iteration of the Béton blend. The Cabernet Franc again stands out and is somewhat richer than last years wine, but still very finessed at 12.6% alc. We are reminded of the m... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
About the producer: ":Of the 2000 hectares of the Chinon vineyard, Couly-Dutheil vinifies some 130 hectares of which 90 are their own property located over the three production areas of the appellation. If the quality of the soils, amongst the best in Chinon, contributes to the renown of Couly-Dutheil, their quest for quality in the selection of vintages and love for perfection in maturing adds to their prestige."
Vinous: "Deep ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, dried flowers and graphite. Suave and juicy on the palate, with bitter cherry fruit complicated by notes of tar, tobacco and leather. Finishes firmly tannic, with enticing spices lingering on the aftertaste." (12/2014)
2005 Napa Valley Red Tasting Lot
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2005 Napa Valley Red Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2005 Antinori "Antica" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (90RP, 90WE), 1-bottle of 2005 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, and 1-bottle of 2005 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93CG, 92WS). Of the 2005 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,Connoisseurs Guide writes: "**Two Stars** Once again, Darioush races to the top of the listings with a big, rich, hedonistically overachieving Cabernet, but unlike last year's * * * winner, this one is somewhat tighter and age-demanding than its predecessor. It is in the nature of the 2005 vintage that it seems to produce somewhat less lush, plush wines, and there are those who will applaud and those who will miss the genuine juiciness of Darioush's 2004. By comparison, this wine seems to have a foot in two camps, but that only makes it a bit different rather than less desirable." (04/2008)
This lot contains the following items:
2005 Antinori "Antica" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2005 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Franc (qty: 1)
2005 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
End Date: Feb 10 2016 2:00PM PT