New Offering Archives


Happy March!

Below are some new offerings that are now available on our website. We’re getting into the swing of spring release season so to be the first to know what I’m bringing into Dean & DeLuca, email me at and I will include you on our release list. If you have any questions about these offerings or others, please let me know!

Checkerboard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
The highly anticipated new vintage of Checkerboard is now available. The flagship bottling is comprised of 99% Cab and 1% Petit Verdot and is made by Martha McClellan. Like the ’07, the ’08 vintage showcases the depth and black fruit that comes off the estate vineyard in Diamond Mountain but has even more focus and fuller tannin than the previous vintage. Proprietors Dennis and Steph opened the wine about two hours before I visited them to taste and I’m in agreement with them that their wine is showing incredibly well now but will benefit even more with another year of cellaring. This is one of the few vineyards and places in the Napa Valley that I would consider taking up camping and pitching a tent in their vineyards.

Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
This is Heidi Barrett's newest winemaking venture that showcases her ability to produce a compelling Cab from the 45-acre Atlas Peak vineyard, Au Sommet, which rests at 2100 feet in elevation, the highest vineyard planting in the Napa Valley. With seven acres planted, Heidi was able to utilize this incredible vineyard managed by Jim Barbour to make this 98% Cab and 2% Petit Verdot. Perfectly layered, this '08 exemplifies a great cool climate, high elevation Cab.

Vin Perdu Napa Valley Red 2009
Into its 5th release, this '09 Vin Perdu or Lost Wine in French, is the result of winemaker Heidi Barrett blending different lots from some of the best lots of Amuse Bouche, La Sirena, Au Sommet and Revana estates. In other words, a delicious Red blend that comes to market at a price far less than the quality in the bottle. The '09 is a blend of 46% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 15% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet & 4% Cab Franc. This should be decanted before drinking.

Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Randy Dunn’s Howell Mountain 2008 Cab has just been released to us and while his yields were down by 50% in his Howell Mountain vineyard, we were able to get an allocation to offer you. Critics are calling this ’08 100% Cab the best vintage of his career. I tasted this ’08 offering back in the beginning of January and thought that it was actually more open than past vintages. While showing pure black fruit and signature notes of cedar, this wine needs more time in the bottle before really beginning to enjoy its full potential.

Buccella Merlot 2009
Deep red cherry and soft mocha fills the glass almost immediately upon opening. As consistent as the ’08 vintage, this 96% Merlot is rounded out with 4% Merlot. Sourced primarily from Hyde Vineyard as in years past, this 339 case production sells out quickly. Rich, yet focused, I would get a few bottles of this. This marks Celia Welch’s first vintage working side by side with winemaker Rebekah Wineburg.

Castalia Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 – this is Terry Bering, 20+ year cellarmaster for Rochioli’s own winery. After tasting this with vintner Terry Bering in February, I’m happy to report that his ’10 is beautiful. Elegant in tannin with the same focused dark raspberry and subtle spice on the finish; this is still one of my favorite Pinots. 2010 was a very small vintage for Rochioli. They came in about 50% less in production; as a result, the Castalia ’10 production was 300 cases. – Kerrin Laz, Wine Director

Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir 2010
Using 100% estate fruit from the Vista Verde vineyard in San Benito, winemaker Bob Cabral has produced another consistent vintage of Central Coast Pinot that emphasizes the region’s ripe, rounded red fruit characteristics with smooth tannin on the palate. Long considered one of the premier Pinot producers in California, this vintage showcases their commitment to high-quality offerings.

Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
Winemaker Bob Cabral sourced primarily from Peay Vineyard and Drake Estate Vineyard for this 2010 offering. Filling the glass with wild berry and cranberry notes, this new release has the weight and acidity to balance out the fruit. Comprised mainly of Dijon clones, this is a great example of what Sonoma Coast Pinots are all about.

Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010
This is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot that showcases the Drake Estate Vineyard and their estate Williams Selyem Vineyard. A full note of black and red berry with a long finish, this ’10 Pinot has medium-bodied tannins and a silky finish. Winemaker Bob Cabral will tell you that is one of the toughest appellation Pinots that he makes but it’s always worth the hard work.

Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2010
Each year we eagerly await the new vintage release of Williams Selyem’s Westside Road Pinot Noir. This is the culmination of sourcing fruit from their neighbors on Westside Road – Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher, Rochioli Riverblock and blending it with their own Estate vineyard. In the glass, this ’10 reveals cherry and pomegranate notes and will show even better with a little age in the bottle.

Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay 2010
Into their third vintage of this unoaked Chardonnay, winemaker Bob Cabral thinks that fermenting the grapes from Drake, Olivet Land and Lazy W Ranch vineyards in 100% stainless steel and no malo-lactic fermentation allows the true fruit aromas and flavors to surface. Bright apple and stone fruit fill the glass with great natural acidity and a refreshing finish. This is a great food wine.

Thanks a lot,


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca