New Offering Archives


Below are new wines that I was able to secure for Dean & DeLuca. Please let me know what you’re interested in as many of these are extremely allocated. 10% on mixed or solid cases applies on discountable wines. There is also a special priced pack on Shafer offerings. We’re finally experiencing summer here so I would recommend holding on shipping until temps cool down.

Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
This Napa Valley Cab is a GREAT buy. Just tasted it this afternoon and think it drinks like a $70 bottle of Cab. The final blend was predominately Cab with a little PV, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Sourced from their Estate vineyard with a little Cab coming from Stags Leap, I would recommend this as a great drinking Cab that only needs about a half-hour to open before drinking. Dark fruit, concentrated with a satisfying finish, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another Cab of equal quality at this price. $50/btl

Dana Estate Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
This is the first bottling that Dana Estate created from their Rutherford bench vineyard located at the foot of their winery. I’ve been a fan of their wines since their inception and the ’08 is another knockout vintage. The ’08 Helms Cab is a 312 case production and reveals the same deep, full-bodied concentration in the nose to the palate to the finish. This is one of the few Napa Cabs that will age beautifully with time in the bottle. $365/btl net

Shafer Vineyards 5pk with Special Pricing - $475 net
In this 5pk, you will receive the following:
2 bottles - ’09 Shafer Red Shoulder Chardonnay
2 bottles - ’07 Shafer Relentless
1 bottle- ’07 Shafer Hillside Select

Shafer Red Shoulder Chardonnay 2009
More elegant than the ’08 vintage, this ’09 Chard drinks more like a French Burgundy. Hazelnut and tropical fruit tones lead the wine with fresh acidity. Sourced from Carneros, this Chard from Shafer continues to evolve in the glass after pouring. I like this vintage for its ability to shine without heavy oak as the persistent characteristic. $52/btl net

Shafer Relentless Red 2007
Named in honor of Elias Fernandez, the winemaker that is relentless in creating high-quality wine each vintage, this ’07 Red is showing its potential and will continue to age well for the next few years. Comprised of Syrah and Petite Sirah, the ’07 Relentless is a considered a Field Blend and is lip-smacking, teeth-staining good. Ripe and gutsy, I would suggest drinking this with some food so you can see its true potential.

LAST CALL – Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
If you missed out, now’s your chance to try a bottle or two of Merus. I was able to get a few more 6packs of this great vintage of Merus before they move into their ’08 vintage in the fall. This highly-concentrated Cab is big, bold and powerful with notes of rich blue and black fruit. It’s layered and shows its quality in the finish. $195/btl.

Thanks a lot,


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca