New Offering Archives

Checkerboard, Sloan, Araujo, Levy & McClellan, Lewis, Sanguis & Ghost Block Offerings


Happy Monday! Hope you had a GREAT weekend. I’ve brought in a lot of new offerings this month including Checkerboard & Vine Hill Ranch (both debut vintages, highly recommend), Sloan (just got 100pts), Lewis, Dalla Valle, Sanguis, Araujo, Spottswoode, Buccella, Levy & McClellan & Ghost Block. We can either ship your wine to you or hold in our temp controlled warehouse until it cools down. I’ve also included some great drinking wines that aren’t as expensive and highly recommend. Let me know if you have any questions about these wines or others and what you’re interested in trying- thanks a lot!

For 12 bottle case purchases, whether solid or mixed, you can receive 10% on the retail below unless it says net. Also, let me know if you’re interested in more of some of the other wines you picked up.

Araujo Altagracia Red 2008 – This is the blend from Araujo that is partly from the estate Eisele Vineyard and other Napa Valley sources. The ’08 blend is 57% Cab Sauvignon Eisele, 20% PV Eisele, 11% Cab Sauv & 6% Cab Franc. Production was small for ’08- 400 cases produced. Francoise Peschon, the consulting winemaker thinks this is a seamless wine from nose to palate. Supple tannin balanced with cassis fruit, graphite & vanilla. $110/btl

Checkerboard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – I met with the owners of Checkerboard a few months ago to visit their new winery and taste the debut vintage. This is their first release to the public. Martha McClellan, winemaker at Sloan and Levy & McClellan, has done an incredible job of making this Diamond Mtn Cab opulent with deep fruit notes and just enough oak to bring some nuance to the fruit. Smooth tannin, with definite ageability. This is one of the best new Cabs to the scene that I’ve tasted in some time. 350 cases produced. It took an entire afternoon to discuss the project and work out an allocation with them. Highly recommend. 12btls available as of right now. $188/btl net.

Ghost Block Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – like this vintage a LOT more than the ’07 – more balanced and a great offering for the price. Made by Rob Lawson, winemaker of Pavi, Mirror and former winemaker for Kapcsandy. This ’08 possesses all that’s good in Oakville – black fruit with some earthy notes, full-bodied. $64/btl net

Lewis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Completely in line with what you’ve come to expect from Randy Lewis’s Reserve Cab – bold and rich, with layers of mocha, dark cassis and a long, fulfilling finish. This is a big Cab and will only taste better if you open and let sit for a few hours. $139/btl

Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2007 – The second label for Bob Levy (winemaker of Harlan and BOND) and Martha McCellan (winemaker of Sloan & Checkerboard). Ampersand is a Bordeaux-style blend that is stunning at its price- sourced from their vineyard off Hwy 29 just north of St Helena. I find this offering to be one of the more compelling offerings that Bob makes – probably because it has layers of nuance as a result of its hillside location. $178/btl net

Sanguis Back Seat Betty Red 2007 - As for the red wines, the dark ruby/purple-tinged, full-bodied 2007 Back Seat Betty, a blend of 83% Syrah, 14% Grenache, and 3% Viognier from five separate vineyards, exhibits sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit intermixed with darker currants, pepper, and meaty characteristics. While approachable, it will be even better with additional aging, and should drink well for 6-10 years.” – 90-92+ Pts, R. Parker $60/btl

Sloan Asterisk Red 2006 – this is the second label to Sloan’s Proprietary Red and will need almost as much time in the bottle as the Prop Red to evolve and show its potential. Unlike other big names, Sloan releases their second label a year after their Prop Red is released. Fleshy red fruit with juicy tannins. Notes of espresso and violet from nose to palate. 24btls avail as of now. $135/btl

Sloan Proprietary Red 2007 – Not sure what it must feel like to get a 100pt wine review but am sure it feels really good, especially when it happens twice! Stuart Sloan’s first 100 came with their ’02 vintage and again with their new ’07. Martha McClellan (winemaker for Levy & McClellan and Checkerboard) still makes their wine and is going strong with creating outstanding offerings. “The 2007 Sloan, now in bottle, has lived up to the extraordinary quality it exhibited from barrel. A world-class, perfumed nose of charcoal, espresso roast, white chocolate, black currants, sweet plums, Asian soy and a Grave-like scorched earth aroma soars from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and seamlessly constructed with a multidimensional mouthfeel as well as a phenomenal finish, this 2007 carries considerable tannin, but at present it is concealed by the wine’s luxurious levels of fruit, glycerin and intensity. This spectacular 2007 should drink well for 25-30+ years.” – 100Pts. R. Parker
$520/btl net

Araujo Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – This new vintage is a blend of 64% Sauvignon Musque and 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 2 of the main Sauvignon varietals planted at Araujo’s Eisele Vineyard. “This beautiful wine, with its focused notes of citrus and stone fruit, delivers fresh flavors, stony minerality, a creamy texture & gorgeous structure that frames the wine perfectly,” said winemaker Nigel Kinsman. $54/btl net

Lewis Barcaglia Chardonnay 2009 – Like last year, the Barcaglia Chard is my favorite. Barcaglia Lane is a small plot of vineyard within the Dutton Estate that is earmarked for Randy Lewis each year. This ’09 possesses similar characteristics of their ’08 – firm structure, with hazelnutty notes that go from palate to finish. Not heavy nor cloying. $69/btl

Lewis Reserve Chardonnay 2009 – this is a powerful Napa Chard that is sourced from Oak Knoll and Carneros. Consistent in style with their ’08 Reserve Chard, the ’09 evolves in the glass with striking minerality that is balanced by its notes of creamy vanilla. Not overblown, this is a good Chard for Cab drinkers. $69/btl

Wolf Family Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – this week, this is my favorite Sauvignon Blanc- completely balanced with citrus and melon notes balanced by natural acidity. My friends that make Sauvignon Blanc for other wineries agree that this is a great one and that says a lot! Even Parker has called this one of the under the radar wineries. Karen Culler has been the winemaker since its inception and does a GREAT job at Wolf. $31/btl

Great Buy Wines
Black Kite, Kite’s Rest, Pinot Noir 2008 – Considered one of the best boutique wineries in Anderson Valley, this ’08 offering is Black Kite’s proprietary offering and drinks the way a Pinot should- deep red cherry mixes with blue fruit and finishes with a little spice on the palate. It’s focused, yet still maintains its balance. Great buy. $45/btl

Lorenza Rose 2010 – AWESOME Rose – about 50% Mourvedre with the rest being Red Rhone grapes (Syrah, Carignane, Grenache)- drinks like a Bandol- dry, crisp, this new vintage won’t tire the palate at all. $20/btl

JCB Chardonnay 2009 – this should be a case purchase for your parties, BBQ, gatherings – tasted it blind and pegged it as a $35-$38 Chard – retail is $28. This JCB is Jean-Charles Boisset, of the French Boisset Burgundy family. The JCB is sourced from his Sonoma County vineyards and is made by Brian Maloney, the former assistant winemaker to Greg LaFollette (Flowers winemaker then DeLoach). Best drinking Chard at this price and a few dollars over! $28/btl

Let us know if you have any questions about these wines!
Thanks a lot,


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca