Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2010 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 4)
2012 Patricia Green "Ana Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (qty: 2)
2012 Patricia Green "Durant Vineyard-Madrone Block'' Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2012 Patricia Green "Freedom Hill - Pommard Clone" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2012 Patricia Green Cellars "Olenik Vineyard" Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2012 Shea Wine Cellars "Estate" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2012 St. Innocent "Temperance Hill" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (qty: 5)
2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (qty: 7)
2012 St. Innocent "Villages Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
2013 St. Innocent "Villages Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 4)
2013 Ridge Vineyards "Torre Ranch - Monte Bello Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)
2013 Angela "Estate" Yamhill Carlton District Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
2013 Hunnicutt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2013 Melville "Estate - Verna's" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2013 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" (qty: 4)
2014 Dry Creek Vineyard "Endeavor" Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 2)
2014 Once & Future "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma County Zinfandel (qty: 5)
2014 Once & Future "Palisades Vineyard" Calistoga Petite Sirah (qty: 6)
2015 Once & Future "Teldeschi Vineyard - Frank's Block" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (qty: 3)
2015 Once & Future "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma County Zinfandel (qty: 3)
Often the most overlooked wine in the Mount Eden range, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the pedigree of this great vintage. Firm veins of tannin support a core of black fruit, tar, grilled herbs, smoke and incense in a wild, savory mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that dazzles with its exceptional overall balance and personality. This is another fabulous new release from Mount Eden. 94+ (AG)
Most of the fruit for this restrained, savory Cabernet comes from cuttings Emmett Rixford purportedly sourced from Château Margaux in the 1890s. Martin Ray propagated his own cuttings from that selection to plant in this vineyard's shallow, shale-laced soils at 1,800 feet of elevation in the 1940s and 50s, and later Jeffrey Patterson replanted it in the 1980s with a selection from those vines. Is it just a coincidence that, tasting this blind, my thoughts turned to a 1985 Margaux I tasted recently? Maybe it was the gentle elasticity of the texture, the vibrant acidity, the rosy glow streaming through a curtain of ripe, earthy tannins. This feels layered with complexity: Beyond the pure cassis tone you might find lavender, graphite, redwood bark, black olive and green herbs. But you don't need to go fishing for descriptors to appreciate its nuances: just think of it as lovely, integrated, old-school California Cabernet. Buy a case and try not to drink most of it until 2030.
Slightly funky scents of asphalt and sweaty socks come along with graphite, pressed blackberry and New Mexico chile. The palate is led by tobacco-laced zing, opening with boysenberry flavors, and finishing with decent acidity and mouth-coating tannins.
Very Bordeaux-like in terms of flavor, weight and profile, offering trim cedar and dried berry fruit, with jazzy, mahogany-laced wood, mocha and black licorice notes. Lively acidity keeps the flavors fresh.
Brilliant ruby. Wild, intensely perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, candied cherry, incense and sassafras, with a sexy floral overtone. Lush, fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors plus hints of star anise and smoky minerals. Finishes sweet, spicy and extremely long, with suave floral and cola qualities and soft, even tannins.
Vivid red. Fresh, spice-laced red berries and cherry on the perfumed nose. Smooth and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering zesty raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Shows very good energy and focus on the clinging finish, with fine-grained tannins adding grip. (JR)
This estate-grown blend combines blocks and clones from the 200-acre Shea vineyard. Aged in almost 50% new French oak, it’s supple and balanced, with defining layers of cracked rock and gun metal. The cranberry and raspberry fruit remains firm and tight, even after more than a day of breathing. (PG)
Fresh, spicy and light-footed, with a peppery note adding to the perky raspberry and cinnamon flavors, lingering appealingly on the finish. (HS)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard comes from organic vines planted at 860 feet, one of the highest in the Willamette Valley. It has a complex bouquet the is well defined: black fruit, woodland, a touch of tobacco and autumn leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with well-judged acidity, a mixture of red and black fruit with a slight ferrous note coming through toward the finish. Fine. (NM)
Vivid ruby-red. Perfumed, complex scents of black raspberry, mulberry, cola and candied flowers, with a smoky Indian spice nuance adding complexity. Fleshy dark berry and rose pastille flavors are lifted and framed by juicy acidity. Tightens up with air and finishes on a lively bitter cherry note, with lingering spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins.
Deep, vivid red. Sexy raspberry preserve and blood orange aromas are complemented by white flowers and Asian spices. Silky and round on the palate, with tangy minerality lifting pliant red fruit preserve flavors. Balances opulence and vivacity and finishes sappy, focused and very long, with a suave floral nuance.
Crushed red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills. This is one of the most polished, refined and aromatically expressive wines I have tasted from Melville. What a gorgeous, radian and totally sexy wine this is.
Dark and grippy, this has a tarry note over dark purple fruit aromas, a damp earth scent that keeps the wine grounded. The wine walks a fine line between its dark fruit center and the savory elements that surround it. For braised lamb.
A velvety red, offering notes of currant, blackberry and tar, with hints of meat in a dark, brooding flavor profile. This has intensity without obvious weight. Drink now through 2019.
A blend of young fruit and parcels adjacent to the Pinot Gris, the 2013 Pinot Noir Villages Cuvée comes from six vineyards (there are usually four) and sees a judicious 14% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with red cherries and raspberry scents: simple but true. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, dark plum and raspberry at its core with a generous dash of cracked black pepper on the finish. While I would have preferred more complexity, one cannot argue at that price and it should be one to quaff with pleasure over the next 3 or 4 years. (NM)
Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and candied rose aromas are complemented by suggestions of spicecake and musky herbs. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering intense red fruit and peppery spice flavors that slowly gain sweetness with air. This juicy, focused, nicely balanced Pinot Noir has the structure to reward at least a few more years of patience. (JR)
There’s a sumptuous oak character to this pinot, a blend drawn largely from Eola–Amity Hills sources including Zenith, Mark Vlossak’s estate vineyard. It takes a day for that nutty graham-cracker sweetness to recede, and when it does, some beautiful fruit is revealed, dark, concentrated and grippy. This needs a year in the cellar to knit.
Fruit from six vineyards that comprise the winery’s vineyard-designate series is blended into this village cuvée. At first it seems stiff, almost severe, remaining tightly wound for hours. Gradually the fruit emerges, with rhubarb, cranberry and raspberry notes, and highlights of citrus rind in a high-acid finish.
Light and tangy, with a nice zip of acidity enlivening the cherry and black tea flavors. Finishes with modest intensity but real persistence. Drink now through 2019.
*Cellar Selection* The label does not bear the name Angela Vineyard, but the fruit is estate grown. This is a tight, focused, young red wine, with tangy raspberry fruit that touches on black cherry. Vivid and penetrating, it needs plenty of time to breathe, and as it does it reveals subtle layers of mocha and caramel. This has the bones to age. Drink now through 2030.
Fresh and open-textured, inviting for the cherry and dried herb flavors on a light frame, lingering expressively. Fine tannins veil the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,500 cases made.
Coming from the estate Verna's Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and 60% destemmed, the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Verna's Vineyard was fermented in 1.5 ton open-top stainless-steel fermenters before aging 11 months all in neutral oak. It offers pretty and complex notes of strawberries, raspberry, crushed flowers and damp underbrush on the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant and nicely fruited, it has solid precision and focus. In short, this is a terrific Pinot Noir that has lots of character and will drink nicely for 4-5 years. (JD)
Vivid ruby-red. Red fruit preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and allspice. Lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good precision, complemented by a bright mineral quality that gains strength with air. This silky, energetic pinot finishes with strong cut, persistent sweetness and sneaky, interwoven tannins. (JR)
Crushed flowers, rose petals, sweet red cherries and mint lift from the glass in the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Verna's. This is the most ethereal and delicate of the 2013 Melville Pinots. Following the harvest, Melville sold this parcel, so the 2013 is the last Verna's Pinot here. (AG)
There's a very candied red-cherry quality to the nose of this wine from a vineyard that the winery will cease using with this vintage, along with sexy aromas of violet, lilac, clove, cola, peppercorn and rose. A sage-driven character emerges once sipped, giving spice to bright red, slightly sour cranberry fruit. (MK)
They own 120 acres and Greg Brewer of Brewer Clifton is the winemaker. 100% estate. All neutral oak. A third whole bunch. Very small fermentation vats. Very fluid with violets and freshness. Complete. 17/20 points
One of the best values in Pinot Noir out there is Melville's 2013 Pinot Noir Estate and it overdelivers in just about every vintage. Firing on all cylinders on this occasion, with complex red fruits, rose petal and sous bois aromas and flavors all soaring from the glass, it's medium-bodied, ripe and expansive, with lots of Sta. Rita character, integrated acidity and a clean, nicely focused finish. Mostly destemmed (60%) and aged 11 months in neutral oak, it's a beauty to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 4-5 years. Greg Brewer is the genius behind these brilliant wines from the Sta. Rita Hills in California’s Santa Barbara County. I am continually blown away by what they are able to put in bottle, and if you factor in price, these are no-brainer purchases... (JD)
Vivid ruby-red. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry and fresh rose, with Asian spice and woodsmoke accents building in the glass. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet red berry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Shows impressive energy and clarity on the long, focused finish, which features a zesty mineral nuance. Really lively for the vintage and balanced to age. (JR)
The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills is gorgeous. Bright red berries, red currants, rose petals and mint all lift from the glass in a beautifully delineated Pinot endowed with striking beauty. This is a great introduction to the Melville wines and house style. The 2013 is a blend of 16 clones across the property, done with 35% whole clusters. Winemaker Greg Brewer turned out a gorgeous set of 2013 Pinots at Melville. The wines are consistently of very high quality, something that was not easy to achieve in a year with huge yields. As always, Brewer works with small-lot fermentations, a healthy amount of whole clusters for the Pinots (less for the Syrahs), low levels of new oak and minimal racking, which allows for the personality of each site to come through. (AG)
Light but plump red strawberry fruit mixes with sandalwood, dried sage and thyme on this nose of this estate wine from winemaker Greg Brewer. Lots of spicy herbals show on the palate, from peppercorn and cardamom to thyme and oregano, giving deeper character to the light red-fruit core. (MK)
A subtle touch of wood sets off the restrained and all but mute nose where about the only identifiable aromas are green fruit and algae. There is very fine richness to the big-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that deliver fine length and very solid depth. This is certainly very good though it clearly is not at the same level as its other grand cru brethren.
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros has an attractive bouquet with scents of apple peelings, cold steel and flint-like aromas--austere, but nicely focused. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, fine definition and harmony, gently building in the mouth towards what is quite an elegant and saline finish. Give this a couple of years in bottle and you should have a fine Bougros on your hands. (NM)
Very pale lemon-yellow. Vibrant aromas of white peach, grapefruit, lemon and crushed stone. Bigger and sweeter than the Vaulorent, showing grand cru weight but not quite the same energy or cut as the premier cru. This very backward, saline wine communicates an impression of strong dry extract and citrus thrust. The yield here was at least 40 hectoliters per hectare in 2014, according to Séguier. 92+ (ST)
This light-footed white delivers apple, stone and spice flavors that are intense and long. Vivid acidity keeps this defined, while the fruit and mineral elements persist. Drink now through 2018. (BS)