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Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

This is the week for Carter Cellars, Araujo’s new wine Altagracia II, Tierra Roja, Lewis Cellars, Cliff Lede Poetry and Grace Family Vineyards- wineries all making very different styles of wine but all are well-made and as importantly, balanced. Lewis Hillstone Cab, Araujo Altagracia II and Grace Family Cab are a one-time allocation so orders will be filled as received.

10% discount applies on discountable wines for the new offerings below on solid or mixed cases.

Araujo Altagracia II Red 2007
2007 was a great vintage and like many vintners, Araujo’s “declassified” fruit was still too much of a premium to bulk out and sell. And so they created a 3rd label so to speak. The Bordeaux houses have been doing it for years. This is one of the first I’m seeing from a Napa Valley vintner. They won’t always make a 3rd label, only in vintages when the fruit is so good that they want to keep it. This  ’07 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. They made 413 cases of this and we are one of the only retailers to be able to get this from the winery. Smooth and balanced with Araujo’s Eisele Vineyard characteristics of deep purple fruit and cassis, this Cab blend is a must-have at this price point. This should be your case buy wine. $59/bottle

Tierra Roja Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
I got into Tierra Roja in its 2004 debut vintage and think this is a great example of Eastern bench Oakville Cab. They’re 10 acre vineyard is on the hillside just below Dalla Valle’s Maya Vineyard and just south of Maybach. Production is about 500 cases and this is the only wine they make. Deep red fruit quenches the palate with a long, great finish and is showing even better than the ‘07. If you’ve had past vintages, you’ll want to get this one. And if you haven’t tried Tierra Roja yet, this is a great vintage to start getting into their wine. $120/bottle

Carter Cellars
With Mike Smith of Myriad making their wine, the ’09 vintage for Carter Cellars is great. They are as deep and concentrated as past vintages but still possess structure. I would highly recommend decanting all of these offerings at least an hour before drinking if you are going to drink now.

Carter Beckstoffer ToKalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
This is one of the best buy Beckstoffer ToKalons you will find today. Mike gets the great Block B2, which is entirely planted with the 337 clone. Rich and concentrated with notes of black fruit and a little mocha on the finish. $135/bottle

Carter Beckstoffer ToKalon Grand Daddy Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
This is the first vintage of Grand Daddy – the culmination of a new block for Carter in the Beckstoffer ToKalon Vineyard. This Cab is entirely old vine clone 4 from the A2 block. Ripe, black fruit with sweet cedar and graphite fills the glass. This is just a little bigger and darker than the ’09 straight Beckstoffer ToKalon bottling. If you’re thinking to get some ToKalon from Carter, I would try a little of each. $135/bottle

Carter Hossfeld Coliseum Red 2009
I just used this for a private tasting and it was showing really well. This ’09 is a great Red at the price. The guests were shocked when they discovered the price. A Merlot/Cab blend, this too should be decanted for an hour before drinking. Highly suggest. $79/bottle

Carter Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Coliseum Block is located off of Soda Canyon Road in Napa and reveals dark fruit with a silky texture. Full-bodied, this wine will impress you with its layers of texture. Like last year, it was one of the best showing Cabs in line-ups at this price. $135/bottle 

Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best Stags Leap District Cabs today. Farmed entirely by David Abreu (this is a big deal) and made now by Kale Anderson and the great Philippe Melka (Vineyard 29, Dana Estate, Melka), this ’08 showcases the classic black fruit and graphite that we’ve come to expect from this property. Production was significantly down due to replanting part of the vineyard and because of frost so our allocation is smaller this year. The ’08 Poetry is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cab Franc, 8% Merlot, 2% PV and 1% Malbec. Highly suggest. This wine will be available to ship Oct 28th $150/bottle

Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
With two acres planted and a really small crop for 2009, I have a lot smaller allocation than last year. But as Dick Grace will tell you, the ’09 was very large in quality, just very small in quantity. As elegant and smooth in tannin as the ’08, this wine will benefit from decanting for about an hour if you’re going to drink now and not cellar. $350/bottle net

Lewis Hillstone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
As you’re approaching Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford’s east bench, you’ll  see Hillstone Vineyard, owned by George Biel who also happens to own Hillstone Restaurant Group (Rutherford Grill, Bandera, Houston’s, Gulfstream, etc). With his meticulously groomed Cab, winemaker Brian Mox is making a 250 case production of 100% Cab that is the best Cab of all of their offerings. Inky black and deep purple fruit coat the palate with very long finish of both sweet vanilla oak and mocha. $139/bottle net

Lewis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Long-term fruit sources from Calistoga and Oak Knoll give this Cab one of the most consistent flavor profiles and textures each vintage. The ’09 reaveals round dark fruit with smooth, full tannin. And like past vintages, because of their barrel age program, cocoa dusting finishes off this wine on the palate. $98/btl 

Lewis Alec’s Blend 2009
This is one of my favorite Reds that Lewis makes. Named after their grandson, this ’09 is a full-bodied, super-concentrated blend of Syrah, Merlot and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark wild berries fill the glass from the nose all the way to finish. Warm spice and toasty vanilla round out the wine’s flavor profile. Highly suggest. $70/btl

Lewis Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010
Each year, it’s a crapshoot as to which appellation Chard I like more. This year, the winner goes to Sonoma – but by a very slim margin. The oldest Chard plantings of Dutton Ranch in RRV go into this bottling and while full-bodied and opulent, this ’10 stays in-line with solid natural acidity. $57/btl

Lewis Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
This 2010 Chard from Oak Knoll (just south of Yountville) reveals more minerality than the Sonoma Chard but still offers rich notes of hazelnut and green apple. Winemaker Brian Mox has been sourcing from this Oak Knoll vineyard since making the wine and like all of the wines he makes, there is a great consistency in style with each offering from year to year. $57/btl

Lewis Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
From Mt. Veeder comes this super-refreshing SB that has just enough weight to keep the wine interesting, yet also enough acidity to keep it from getting flabby. Exotic fruit notes dominate the palate with a zesty finish. $43/btl

Thanks a lot,


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca