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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Revealing the great blending skills of Beringer’s winemaking team, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a winner. Having purchased Private Reserves for many years, I can attest that they age incredibly well. The 1991, one of the great successes of that vintage, is still aging beautifully at nearly 25 years of age. The sensational 2012 (10,000 cases) boasts an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of charcoal, burning embers, creme de cassis, chocolate, blackberries and licorice. The long, complex, compelling, full-bodied texture along ...Read More »
94 points Wine & Spirits: "Jay Heminway got his start in Bordeaux as a college student in the 1960s, working a summer with Alexis Lichine. He founded Green & Red in the eastern hills of Napa Valley in the 1970s, focused on zinfandel. This wine grows at the highest vineyard on the estate, topping out at 1,800 feet, where he planted a northeast-facing slope in the late 1990s. It’s a fruit-driven zin, the freshness and sunny aspects pointed up by his team’s work at the new sorting table installed in 2013. All that fruit seems to glow from within, surrounded by scents of bay and wild ...Read More »
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94 points James Suckling: "Unctuous red with blueberry, blackberry and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, very fine tannins and a fresh, clean and beautiful finish. Better in 2018 but already a joy to taste." (1/2016) 90-92 points Vinous: "Clos du Val's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty wine with lovely balance and an understated personality to match. Plums, black cherries, tobacco, cedar, flowers and mint are laced into the silky, expressive finish. Overall this is an attractive, mid-weight Cabernet built on a classic sense of structure. It should drink well for the next decade or mor ...Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "For all its plumpness, this feels sophisticated, its sense of fatness coming from abundant, perfectly ripe tannins rather than jammy, overripe fruit. Its clean, dark berry flavors are harmonious and lasting, the structure seeming at one moment supple and easy, at the next more deep and stony. Give it another five years in the bottle before pouring it with a standing rib roast." (2/2016) 90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is terrific... Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, spices, mint and gravel meld into the voluptuous, racy finish. There are plenty of ...Read More »
For the last two years we've had the distinct pleasure, and honor, of being able to blend our own Chardonnay with the team at Talley Vineyards. Last year this bottling was a huge success with our customers and we think it is every bit as good this year. Just like last vintage the 2014 comes from Talley's non-contiguous Oliver's Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. This year we had many more barrels to blend with which made our jobs tougher but the final wine that much better. The final blend this year came from five barrels all French oak, one of which w... Read More »
92 points Rhone Report: "The 2008 Martinelli Syrah Hop Camp Vineyard "Gravel Lens" (Grave lens refers to the rare soil characteristic of alluvial soil layers interleaved with layers of gravel) is a big, beautifully fruited Syrah that possess touches of northern Rhone like qualities mainly on the nose. Blackberry, cracked pepper, mineral, and hints of chocolate all emerge, and this fleshes out over the evening and gains floral and violets characteristics, as well as notable complexity and a layered profile. This full-bodied, beautifully textured Syrah has an overall seamless feel ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tightly structured and quiet in oak, this wine instead exudes bright notes of lemon peel and orange blossom, offering plenty of well-traced minerality on the palate. It finishes lean and crisp, refreshing enough to enjoy all night long.(VB)" (11/2015)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Unusually dry and crisp, this gives up tangy green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors backed by electric acidity, rather light body and a touch of enervating astringency that’s unusual in a white wine. Fresh oysters, please." (2/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "Bright and brisk from the outset and a wine that reins in ripeness without sacrifice of keen Chardonnay fruit, this tangy offering is true to the racy Carpe Diem style and sports plenty of acid yet never wanders into lemony austerity. It shows a nice sense of polish and is complete without being big and bold, and it will make a fi ...Read More »
From the winery: "Monterey County is one of the best appellations in the world for producing Chardonnay. This region benefits from cool morning fog and afternoon breezes that result in a long growing season, producing intense fruit flavors balanced with vibrant acidity. Mer Soleil Silver is a pure, clean expression of our estate-grown Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. The grapes that go into this Chardonnay are of the highest quality for a number of reasons: the unique climate, our vineyard location on east-facing slopes, vine-to-vine uniformity, low-yie... Read More »
91-93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Rebel Rebel Quinta del Mar Vineyard is laced with succulent red cherries, plums, leather menthol and spices. Plump and forward in style, the 2014 offers plenty of appeal in a distinctly open-knit, juicy style." (8/2015) K&L Notes: A forward-style pinot noir. It opens with a nose of Herbes de Provence, Spanish lavender & lilac. On the palate, it tastes of black fig and sage, allowing for a balanced, midsize tannin structure.
Inventory: Redwood City
From the winery: "Rich and dense, the 2013 Brunswick Petite Sirah is a beautiful expression of a world class vineyard. Aromatics of fresh black cherries, blueberry cobbler, and dark chocolate, the wine hits the palate with a rush of accompanying flavors. The wine crosses the mid palate and fills the mouth with balanced acid and tannins to match the wines' density. Enjoy with grilled anything, or on a cool autumn evening on the patio. Pack a toothbrush!"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red-ruby. Tight aromas and flavors of dark berries and licorice complicated by tobacco, spicecake and flowers. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with a touch of sweetness counterpointed by sound acidity. Nicely avoids the greenness of the vintage and finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, good energy and moderate length." (6/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a classic Napa Valley floor Cabernet, enhanced with handfuls of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Dusty in red currant and herb, it offers mellowed tannins and a peppery underbelly." (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "Well-balanced, if shade ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Chateau la Grande Roche is the second label from noted winemaker Ric Forman.
94 points Vinous: "Pine, menthol, savory herbs, licorice, dark cherry and plum notes emerge from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshed out beautifully while retaining a classic, mid-weight profile. My sense is that the 2011 will develop along the lines of the 1994, a wine that remains distinctly floral, savory and medium in body, with less of the explosiveness of years such as 1985 or 1997, but with tons of class and style. It is going to be interesting to find out. The 2011 was bottled just a few months ago, so I will not be surprised if it ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2013 Merlot is a beauty. Rich, concentrated, fleshy and fat, this wine from their own vineyard displays plenty of berry fruit, judicious use of toasty oak and a long finish. This is sexy, plump and succulent. Drink it over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2015)
From the producer: "The nose reminds us of fall, with bright ripe cranberry notes, hints of forest, brown sugar, golden brown marshmallows, and cinnamon. This Zinfandel has a dominant presence right when it hits the front palate, which leads into a broad mid palate and enjoyable mouthwatering finish. The acidity perfectly balances out the bright fruit from the core and makes this wine perfect for food pairings or enjoying on its own."
90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a strong dose of smoky, toasty oak that will benefit from short-term cellaring. The woody presence makes the texture gritty and grainy. Finishes with layers of depth, showing notes of citrus, fig and green apple. Drink now through 2020." (12/2015)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Black cherry, loamy underbrush and high-pitched exotic spices on the nose and palate. Creamy-sweet and highly concentrated. More of a fruit bomb than the sharply focused, perfumed 2011 release but Bill Hunter assured me that in spite of this wine's impression of sucrosite, it finished with less than two grams per liter of residual sugar." (5/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Umino (200 cases produced) exhibits sweet plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, a fleshy, opulent mid-palate, and a long, pure, well-endowed finish. ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Brawny, with an explosive concentration of blackberry, this intense wine offers hints of tobacco, smoked meat and black licorice elevated on the palate. Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, it finishes on a bittersweet note and with some black pepper." (9/2015) Wine Spectator: "Firm, with a tight core of dried dark berry, savory herb, cedar, tobacco and sage notes, tilting toward progressively drier tannins. (Web-2015)"
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Smooth and tangy in dark plum and cassis, this vineyard-designate leans toward the savory side of the variety, yeasty and tasting of tobacco and tar. It finishes with a swirl of mocha." (12/2015)
Another project from celebrated Central Coast duo, winemaker Sashi Moorman and sommelier Rajat Parr, LWC was founded to bring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from excellent vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills region, at a great value.
Inventory: Redwood City
Though the current vintage has yet to be reviewed, the 2013 vintage garnered 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Dark gold in color, this is a viscous, ripe and creamy white, layered in minerality and fresh-cut stone fruit. From a mighty mountainous vineyard, it offers bold, full-bodied flavor and texture, a testament to its site, and finishes big in juicy Golden Delicious apple and pear."
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a hearty Meritage employing all five red Bordeaux varieties. The color is black and the fruit equally dark and rich, offering muscular tannins around rich notes of blackberry, cedar and herb. (VB)" (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Proprietary Red Meritage, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, reveals surprisingly soft, round, easygoing flavors of black cherries, black currants, spice and earth. Medium-bodied, charming and more sensual and seductive than the more expensive 2010 Signature, the Meritage ca ...Read More »
95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Back on track after its relatively austere showing the year prior, Hillside Select rebounds in 1996 with one of its richest, most succulent renditions to date. Currants, black cherries and sweet oak abound still, and the wine does a fine balancing act between being slightly supple and polished and still having an appropriate backbone of varietal tannins. It outdoes the vintage in terms of its richness and range and sheer wealth of fruit, and it has the right pieces in all the right places to grow for a good many years." (3/2007) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A drought year produced the ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(Note from 08/1998 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 12/2008) This wine reveals a murky plum/purple color. Outstanding aromatics soar from the glass, offering aromas of licorice, blackberry liqueur, truffles, underbrush, smoke, and meat. The wine's unctuousness, full body, and supple texture result in a decadently rich, lavishly endowed Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-7 years. (93 points 8/1998; 94 rating: A rating was given for this wine in the review, without a tasting note.)" (12/1998) K&L Notes: Jackass Vineyard was planted in the late 1800s on hilly ter... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (a block within the Durell Vineyard planted on gravelly riverbed soils) is 100% barrel-fermented and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Made from a combination of Old Wente clones and some of the newer Chardonnay clones, it exhibits a terrific wet rock/powdered stone-like minerality along with beautiful aromas of exotic fruits (mangoes and tangerines), great intensity, full body, terrific acidity, and 14.8% alcohol. This beautiful Burgundian-styled Chardonnay should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. One of the most ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "An elegant, understated style, with pretty black cherry, currant, cedar and tar notes, turning dry and tannic. Best from 2001 through 2006. 1,100 cases made. (JL)" (7/1999)
Jancis Robinson: "Uncomplicated ripe cassis and plum. Bit of spice and violet. Dark fruit-dominated palate with black tea and spice, a little smoky and some chocolate. Only slightly grippy tannins and a nice mouthfeel. Well-balanced nice finish. (MD)" (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot, Bridesmaid’s 2012 Proprietary Red Blend exhibits floral notes intermixed with notions of unsmoked cigar tobacco, underbrush, red and blackcurrants and a hint of sweet cherries. (RP)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: So apt and colorful a term, you wonder why the ... Read More »
94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Chardonnay Solomon Hills is quite a bit brighter than the Bien Nacido, with more of citrus-inflected profile and plenty of mineral-infused cut. Lime, lemon oil, white flowers and white pepper add the final notes of complexity. This is another strong showing. (AG)" (8/2015)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beauty from Hartwell, this 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits blackberry and cassis, splendid concentration and purity, full-bodied texture and a stunning richness. This vineyard is from the Stags Leap AVA, and this is a relatively powerful and concentrated effort from that area. This is a real star. Drink it over the next 15+ years." (10/2014) 93 points Vinous: "A deep, inky wine, Hartwell's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is all about texture. Blue and black-toned fruit, cloves, leather, violets and licorice flesh out in a sweet, layered Cabernet Sauvignon. The style is fl ...Read More »
92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Satisfaction Kessler-Haak Vineyard, is the most aromatic and lifted of the three Pinot Noirs I tasted from Steve Clifton's new La Voix label. Sweet tobacco, herbs, rose petal, pine, mint and dried cherries are woven together in a distinctly feminine Pinot Noir built on a sense of delicacy. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an exotic flair on the mid-weight finish. It will be interesting to see what happens when Kessler-Haak becomes a regular part of the lineup starting in 2015. I was quite taken with the new Pinot Noirs I tast ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Plum and blueberry combine to nice effect in this wine that is dense and chewy at the beginning but yields softer textures as it goes. A sprinkling of cocoa and cinnamon accents the finish." (6/2015) Wine Spectator: "Offers bold aromas of red currant and toast, with racy, supple flavors of black cherry, spice and rosemary. Drink now through 2020. 3,284 cases made. (Web Only, 2015)"
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain has good freshness and acidity, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, lovely texture and good vibrant acids. Only 480 cases were produced and the wine emerges from a relatively high elevation of their high-elevation estate vineyard (about 2,000 feet). Drink over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (7/2014) K&L Notes: It’s for good reason that Cabernet Sauvignon plantings dominate Napa Valley. But what happens when your estate isn’t suited to producing top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon on every planted acre? While the Keenan estate was orig... Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "This is superb wine with dark chocolate, berry and spice. Extremely perfumed. Full body, super silky tannins. Great finish. This is so delicious. Ripe yet fresh. Tannins are polished and elegant." (7/2015) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The seductive 2012 Proprietary Red Bettina offers up a more Margaux-like femininity compared to the overwhelming power and richness of the Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a blend sourced from three of David Abreu’s vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos and Lucia. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, underbrush, blackcurrants, black cherries, l ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
93 points Robert Parker: "The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2002 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Olivera reveals aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, creosote, and acacia flowers. Heady, full-bodied, and viscous, with tremendous opulence as well as fleshy fruit, this mind-blowing Syrah may be even better than my numerical rating suggests. Already showy, I would opt for drinking it over the next 5-7 years. I can’t say enough good things about Behrens and Hitchcock. This is the type of winery operation that gives hope to aspiring home winem... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
This "new California" Chenin Blanc was listed in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Top 100 Wines: The Best of the West Coast in 2014." Since-departed wine critic Jon Bonné explained this wine's appeal in this tasting note: "Winemaker Craig Haarmeyer preaches 'Sacramento terroir,' and this taps nearby Clarksburg’s best-known grape for a profound barrel-fermented Chenin. Austere on one side, almost like crushed oyster shells, but then revealing the grape’s full, funky apple-pulp side, with maitake mushroom and green olive accents, and a wonderful fullness to ... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A step back from the Rincon and Rosemary releases, yet still a stunner, the 2013 Pinot Noir Stone Corral comes from sandy soils and exhibits pretty notes of rose petals, crushed rocks, candied watermelon and strawberries. Showing more and more minerality with time in the glass, it's medium-bodied and focused on the palate, with vibrant acidity, excellent purity and a clean finish. It lacks a touch of length compared to the other two single-vineyards, but I suspect will evolve similarly." (8/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby-red. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evok ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Vivid yellow. Ripe pear and melon aromas are complicated by orange zest, sea salt and smoky minerals. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering fleshy orchard and citrus fruit flavors and an exotic touch of jasmine. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note of pear skin, with strong mineral cut and lift." (12/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
According to the winery: "Notes of black licorice, anise seed, and alluring perfume dance in and out without dominating. The finish is full of watering, pleasing fruit and polished tannins. This wine shows beautifully now, and will only become more complex with cellaring."