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New Offerings from Kapcsandy, Orin Swift, Brewer-Clifton, Cobb and Faust 

 

Below are new offerings below ranging from great every-day drinking to cellar-worthy potential. Let me know if you have any questions about these wines or others. And again, we will hold your shipping until fall when temps cool down if you'd like; otherwise, I would at least ship 2-day. 10% off on mixed or solid cases on wines that are discountable. Thanks a lot!

CAB/CAB BLEND

Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee Red 2008

The Estate Cuvee is my favorite offering each year that Kapcsandy produces. While the Roberta’s Reserve and Estate Cab are considered more age-worthy, I think the Estate Cuvee shows more fleshy fruit and doesn’t need years and years to start showing its potential. This recently garnered a huge review and deserves it. 2008 was a tiny vintage for Kapcsandy. Normally the Estate Cuvee production is around 1000 cases; the 2008 is 825 cases. Due to limited allocation, orders will be filled as received. $159/btl net

“The 2008 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is spectacular. In fact, I rated it the same as I did the 2007. A dense ruby/purple hue is followed by a gorgeous bouquet of espresso roast, chocolate, blackberries and black fruits. Full-bodied with extraordinary elegance as well as tremendous texture, intensity and length, this singular wine should drink well for two decades.” – R. Parker, Wine Advocate 97pts.

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
After the write-up in the NY Times, this has once again become highly allocated. The new ’08 vintage is a great-drinking Cab. Made by Charles Thomas, who used to make Rudd, has fashioned this ’08 as a rich Cab that can be enjoyed now after letting it sit for about a half-hour. As you probably know, this is Quintessa’s second label and is drinking well now. $62/btl

Miner Oracle Red 2007
The ’07 Proprietary Red from Dave and Emily Miner is one of the best vintages they’ve produced. Coming from Stagecoach Vineyard (located off of Silverado Trail south of the Stags Leap District), this is about half Cab with the remainder being Cab Franc, Merlot, Malbec and a little PV. Not as extracted as some of the Cab blends coming out of Napa but maintains a full-bodied structure and purity. Like many of the ‘07s, this has great lasting potential. $90/btl

Orin Swift Papillon Red 2008
Beginning with the 2005 harvest, vintner and winemaker Dave Phinney began his venture into the Cab world with the creation of Papillon. But this is no ordinary Cab blend. The ’08 Papillon is as concentrated and full-bodied as previous vintages and showcases fruit coming from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley – Lewelling, Ink Grade and Morisoli to name a few. The ’08 Blend is predominately Cab with PV, Merlot and Cab Franc rounding it out. This wine should be decanted for at least an hour before drinking. $58/btl net


PINOT NOIR

Brewer-Clifton Mt Carmel Pinot Noir 2009

2009 is a great vintage for Pinot Noir and Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton have made some of the best Pinots and Chards coming out of CA. This single vineyard Pinot comes from the Mt. Carmel Vineyard, which is devoted to 15 acres of Pinot Noir and 7 acres of Chardonnay. The ’09 Mt Carmel possesses a balance of Sta Rita Hills briary and plum fruit with earth. 36btls are available. $66/btl

Cobb Jack Hill Pinot Noir 2007
This is one of the best Pinots I’ve tasted in the last few weeks. Ross Cobb, the winemaker, and David, the father and vintner, just released this. Ross used to work with Williams Selyem and Flowers before starting Cobb. They work differently than other wineries in that they release when they think their offerings are starting to show their potential. This ’07 Jack Hill comes from Jack Hill Vineyard, a 2-acre plot near Occidental. Rich notes of briary fruit with layered spice- this is a powerful Pinot Noir and will show even better with more time in the bottle. 24btls are available. $70/btl net


WHITE


Brewer-Clifton Mt Carmel Chardonnay 2009
A rich, hazelnutty Chard that many wine critics think mirrors a great Burgundy. I agree. This ’09 Mt Carmel Chard is a worth Chard for even the non-CA Chard drinkers. Yet despite its opulence, your palate won’t tire from drinking this. Highly recommend. $66/btl
 

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Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
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