WINES OF THE WEEK
AVAILABLE TO SAMPLE AT OUR FOOTHILL & 4TH STREET LOCATIONS
AUGUST 14 - AUGUST 20
Orin Swift Cellars
OUR PRICE $44.99
Due to limited quantities, this will not be open to taste!
2015 - Not yet Rated!
2014 - 94pts Wine Spectator Top 100 #6
2013 - 94pts Robert Parker, 93pts Wine Spectator
2012 - 93pts Wine Spectator
A brooding hue and viscous consistency, powerful aromas of creme de cassis, boysenberry, and ripe cherries are complemented by a soft minerality and hints of dark chocolate. The entry is smooth with dark plums and a charred meatiness that floods to create a velvety texture that lingers.
Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
OUR PRICE $69.99
93pts Robert Parker-One of the best-run and now superstar wineries in all of Napa is Cliff Lede. Starting with their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, a beautiful example of this AVA, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color, floral notes intermixed with crème de cassis , graphite and forest floor. It is full bodied, but with the elegance, finesse and lightness of being, despite its intensity. The wood is pushed to the background, and the wine is beautifully pure and long.
Santa Barbara Syrah 2015
OUR PRICE $26.99
92pts Robert Parker-The 2015 Syrah Santa Barbara is another inky colored wine that should represent a terrific value. Full-bodied, sweetly fruited, unctuously textured and balanced, it has tons of black fruits, pepper and spice, solid mid-palate concentration and a great finish, all suggesting it will drink nicely for 4-5 years at the minimum.
91pts Vinous- Tensley's 2015 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) shows just how appealing the vintage is. Dark, racy and voluptuous to the core, the 2015 possesses terrific richness and intensity. Layers of black cherry, plum, dark spice and leather are fused into the deep, generous finish. This is another superb value from Joey Tensley and his team. The 2015 was just bottled, so readers should plan on cellaring it for 6-12 months, although that will be a challenge.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
OUR PRICE $21.99
A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise.
White Blend 2015
OUR PRICE $22.99
Aromatic and striking, the 2015 Conundrum White Wine continues to add to its loyal following. Light in color -- calling to mind shades of straw or sun-kissed blond hair -- this wine opens with the evocative scents of apricot, pineapple, honeysuckle, and coconut. A slight flintiness of wet stone adds a layer of interest, due to a small portion of the wine being fermented in concrete tanks. Entry on the palate is creamy and soft, with lush flavors of Asian pear, Hawaiian fruit, apricot and brown spice. The finish brings just a wisp of acid to balance the richness of the fruit, with the distinct characteristics of each varietal in this blend creating a lasting harmonious impression.