WINES OF THE WEEK
OUR PRICE $44.99
This Malbec is made from grapes grown in the Andes Mountains, shipped chilled to Napa Valley and produced with the same techniques as Caymus' Cabernet. Falling outside standard labeling rules, it does not include a vintage date but is known by the voyage from which it was produced (Voyage 5 is the 2014 vintage). Offering scents of ripe plums and cherries, this wine is powerful and supple, with flavors of French oak and soft tannins.
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Napa Valley Red Blend 2014
SALE $29.99 WINERY $40
93pts James Suckling-The nose of this classic Cabernet-based blend is incredibly flashy with aromas of fresh blueberries, blackberries, super ripe black cherries and underlying tones of earth, crushed graphite, toasted espresso beans and dark chocolate. The French oak is subtle yet present. This powerful wine boasts copious amounts of ripe red fruit, blueberry and plum. Dark chocolate and tastefully integrated oak add complexity to the full-bodied mouthfeel, while the texture and flavors linger on the palate for a good 30 seconds after enjoying.
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
OUR PRICE $26.99
A variant from past Sonoma Coast Pinots, this is a bold, ripe wine with strawberry, black cherry flavors. The sweet aromas of cherry compote, strawberry and toast lead to high-toned tart cherry, raspberry flavors. Initially the bright acidity balances out the ripe fruit flavors but gradually sweetens up with aeration. As the wine unwinds, the notes of black cherries, hard red candy, touch of minerality, cracked pepper, a little citrusy acidity through finish. The oak is well integrated and subtle. Very lively and expressive pinot noir, it conjures up strawberry compote in a glass.
Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
SALE $ 27.99 WINERY $39
92pts Wine Enthusiast-Light aromas of beeswax, crushed chalk and scratch lemon skins emerge steadily on the nose of this single vineyard bottling, which carries lots of life and would thrive in a cellar. The chalky texture of the palate frames red apple, yellow pear, lime rind and sea salt flavors, with lots of acidic sizzle.
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate-Always one of my favorite whites from Fess Parker, the 2014 Chardonnay Ashley’s Vineyard is primarily from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills (all sandy soils) and is barrel-fermented and aged nine months in 30% new French oak. Ripe peach orchard fruits and tons of salty minerality emerge from this fleshy, textured, medium-bodied Chardonnay that has a great mix of richness and freshness. Drink over the coming 2-4 years.
91pts Wine & Spirits-There's clean vibrancy to this chardonnay, grown on a sandy hillside 12 miles from the Pacific. Its juicy yellow-raspberry flavor is confidently ripe, yet tightens in the end on salty coastal acidity, pithy rather than fat.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
SALE $13.99 WINERY $19
91pts Wine Spectator-A suave red, offering concentrated red plum, dark cherry and mulberry flavors that feature notes of black licorice and forest floor. The powerful finish is filled with dark chocolate accents that linger with hints of mint. Drink now through 2020.
90pts Wine Enthusiast-Baked, ripe, meaty and dark, with an herbal note, this powerful, solidly built Cab has hard tannins and a firm structure. Ripe berry, cassis, herb, nutmeg and rooty sweetness vie for attention on a flavor profile that tails off oaky, chewy and ripe.
SPIRIT OF THE WEEK
Cask Strength Waitsburg Bourbon
OUR PRICE $66.99
People often forget that beer, wine, and spirits are agricultural products. Real people farm the grain that makes beautiful whiskey. In the case of the OOLA distillery in Waitsburg Washington, farming is a factor in everything they make. The corn and the wheat for this bourbon is grown in the town of Waitsburg and goes right to the distillery. Not often do we get to drink a true farm to bottle whiskey at cask strength, so jump on a bottle while you can!