New Offering Archives

 

Below are new releases that I’ve brought into D&D in the past few days- busy time now and I’m still working to finalize a few more big releases next week. And you should also look at the Under Construction Sale wines at the bottom- some great deals on really good wine-

CAB/CAB BLENDS 

Futo OV Red 2008 – this is Futo’s second label that you won’t see in the marketplace (unless it’s on the gray market with inflated prices) because there are less than 500 cases produced and I’m the only one getting it direct from the winery. This is a full-bodied offering that will need a little time to tame down but it is UNBELIEVABLE at this price. Remember, these are barrels that blended together better on their own so it’s not the leftover juice or lower quality fruit. Made by Mark Aubert, vineyard managed by David Abreu – this is a remarkable team. One time allocation. $115/btl

Grace Family Blank Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – More subtle floral notes and aroma than the ’07- I think more balanced and better blended. Blank Vineyard is on the Rutherford Bench and showcases earthier notes than Dick Grace’s St Helena vineyard. $155/btl

Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – this is Jeff Smith’s flagship Cab (he also has Cab under his Blueline Vyd label) and is 100% Cab. Sourced from his vineyard just south of Calistoga and east of Silverado Trail in the Vaca bench. Opulent and concentrated, well-layered. Blue and purple fruit. Made by Bob Foley (Switchback Ridge, Robert Foley). One time allocation. $165/btl net

Lindstrom Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – LOVE this wine and think it out drinks some of the more expensive Cabs. Cabs from the Stags Leap District are varied in style – this one is extremely layered and loaded with nuance and deep fruit. Not overly extracted but shows purity in fruit and tannin. Lindstrom is located on the west side of the SLD in the hillside. Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Keever, Kelly Fleming & Corra) has been their winemaker since their inception. Highly recommend. $95/btl

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 2008 – $206/btl net

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 2008 1.5L – 1btl - $500/btl net

PINOT NOIR 

Gros Ventre (pronounced Grow Vahny) First Born Pinot Noir 2009 – This is the new Pinot project to get on board with- I predict in one more vintage, it will go from being hard-to-fine to impossible. Fortunately, I tasted their debut vintage with winemaker/owner Chris Pittenger the other day before it got released. Chris learned how to make Pinot while at Williams Selyem and then from one of the best producers- Marcassin. The First Born ’09 is full-bodied but tastes like Pinot- rich, blue fruit- Pommard and 115 clone. 100cs produced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. $57/btl

Gros Ventre Baranoff Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 – This ‘09 Baranoff Vyd located in RRV reveals brambly berry notes and a long finish BUT it’s not a cloying sweet Pinot, like some of the RRV offerings. Made of 7 Pinot clones, all co-fermented. 50 cases produced. $48/btl

OTHER RED 

Skinner Grenache 2009 – one of the great finds of the past few months, considering how well-made and not expensive this offering is. The Skinner family is in El Dorado and this 100% Grenache offering is made by Chris Pittenger, of Gros Ventre. Supple fruit and great silky texture. A go-to wine for any day of the week - $26/btl

Skinner “1851” Red Blend 2009 – this blend is comprised of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah – a delicious Rhone-style blend that will drink well with most food. Cool climate so think of Northern Rhone reds – cool fruit, good acidity. GSMs are my favorite red wines to drink before dinner. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. $30/btl

Skinner El Dorado Syrah 2007 – I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a Syrah of this caliber at this price. Like all the other Skinner offerings, this is great Syrah. A little rustic but still full of lush, deep fruit. A little spice on the finish. A great example of the potential that El Dorado has when you’re farming practices are as impeccable as theirs. $25/btl

WHITE & ROSE 

Lieff Sauvignon Blanc 2009 - $24/btl – this is made by Jeff Ames, who is also winemaker for TOR Winery. Balanced, easy-drinking. More citrus notes than melon.

Paradigm Rose 2010 - $26/btl

 

SPECIAL PRICING:All prices are winery retail down to discounted new pricing. I specifically brought these into inventory for our Under Construction Wine Sale at the St Helena Wine Hall because we’re doing some major renovations and improvements to the store. This is a way for us to off-set the noise and hammering in the store.

RED  

Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – from $55 to $45
Cornerstone Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – from $59 to $37/btl
Dalla Valle, Casa Dalla Valle Red 2005 – from $89 to $60/btl
JAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – from $42 to $35/btl
Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – from $60 to $39/btl
Rudd Crossroads Field Blend 2005 – from $50 to $40/btl
Rudd Crossroads Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 1.5L – from $150/btl to $95/btl
Sabina Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – from $75 to $43
Salva Tierra Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 – from $30 to $20/btl
Switchback Ridge Merlot 2005 – from $65 to $42/btl
Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah 2006 – from $65 to $42/btl
Tofanelli Charbono 2005 – from $33 to $26/btl

WHITE  

Antica Chardonnay 2009 – from $35 to $28
Huge Bear Chardonnay 2007 – from $40 to $30/btl
Oakville Grocery Chardonnay 2008 – from $25 to $17/btl
Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay 2007 – from $40 to $32/btl

Thank you!

 


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
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