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Old and Rare Cab under $30 - Just Arrived from York Creek - 2005's from the Cellar! - 09/01/2014 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Older rarities from York Creek have been a really huge hit at K&L over the last few years. Delicious wines at very reasonable prices, with a few extra years of bottle age, always draw a crowd. Here are the latest treats we've received in the series...

2005 York Creek

2005 York Creek "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $45) ($24.99)

This is York Creek's "flagship wine;" a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot in the style of the great red wines from Bordeaux. The 2005, a blend from seven individual vineyard blocks with different exposures and elevations ranging from 1500' to 2000', consists of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. Rich, fruity and structured, this as an elegant "mountain Cabernet."

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2014

After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of the 1999 Meritage, which we sold almost 900 cases of, we bring two new wines to you from the fantastic 2005 vintage in Napa Valley. The 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was possibly my favorite wine in the most recent batch of wines tasted from this winery; I certainly thought it was the most crowd pleasing. With a nose packed full of red fruits, a pleasing minty/mountainous tone and a touch of Amaro-like herbal spice this is one complex and alluring nose. Supple, plush and broad on the palate, this Cab has worn its almost 10 years of age extremely well with little signs of oxidization or drying out in flavor. Perfectly ripe black currant, sweet-tinged pipe tobacco, sous bois and layers of super-fine tannin and a touch of vanilla from the oak are all wonderfully apparent in this long and completely drinkable wine. We don’t have nearly as much of this as we did the 1999 so I’d jump on this quick before it is never heard from again.

2005 York Creek

2005 York Creek "Sunny Hill" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $45) ($29.99)

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2014

After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers, Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of the 1999 Meritage, which we sold almost 900 cases of, we bring two new wines to you from the fantastic 2005 vintage in Napa Valley. The 2005 “Sunny Hill” bottling is from one of the numerous single block sites on Fritz’s property high above the valley floor in the famed Spring Mountain District. Fritz told me that the reason he started making all the single block wines was that he really wanted to understand the differences of the blocks of the vineyard. From 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was easily my favorite of all the single block wines Fritz let us taste on this go-around; sadly, we only have about 50 cases of this. The good news is that there plenty of other single blocks as well and all of them are tremendous in their own way. I thought this wine had the most complex and meshed nose of any of the wines we tasted from York Creek, with a lovely, seamless, masculine array of dusty berry fruit, cocoa powder, stone and a touch of olive. Still incredibly youthful and full of vigor, this wine could easily go another 10-15 years, yet is wildly delicious now with its recently maturing black-fruited ripeness, powerful yet ingrained tannin structure and lovely background notes of foresty evergreen and mushroom. This will certainly not last long and once those 50 cases are gone, well, they’ll be gone for good.

50 is the new 30 (delicious 50 year old Rioja under $100) - 09/01/2014 - Spain

1964 Martinez Lacuesta Reserva Especial Rioja

1964 Martinez Lacuesta Reserva Especial Rioja ($99.99)

This is, as you've heard from us before, a legendary vintage in Rioja, the best in the post modern era. There is an intensity to the red fruited flavors here, which are still incredibly fresh, with lovely chalk tones and an orange quality as well - textbook aged Rioja. Silky smooth, with a great core of sweet fruit and even some length yet. Somewhat confusingly, the back label states "vino de crianza," though it should be noted that Rioja labeling laws were far from clear in this era, and many wines labeled as Crianzas were aged longer than most Reservas are today. While this is not the #1 wine of the vintage, it is so drinkable and a steal for the price. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer) - all the bottles direct from this cellar have very top shoulder to bottom neck fills

1966 Martinez Lacuesta Reserva Especial Rioja

1966 Martinez Lacuesta Reserva Especial Rioja ($99.99)

Lovely wine from a vintage we see very little of in Rioja! While this starts out a bit less concentrated and plush than the 1964, it opens with air to show beautiful red fruits, freshly grated, sweet horseradish, and perhaps an even more high toned, chalky quality on display than the '64. A nearly 50 year old gem for under $100! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)