Thursday, April 4, 2013 - A great week in tasting new releases

Spring has sprung. Or at least new offerings have begun to see their way out of the cellars and vintners are stopping by our wine offices to taste their new offerings with us. Check out some photos of some wines I really enjoyed trying these past few days. I know there's a home for each and every one of these great new offerings at DEAN & DELUCA.



Above photo: The new vintage of 2010 Drinkward Peschon, Entre deux Meres aka Between Two Mothers - a longtime favorite Cab known amongst those really into the good Cabs. Made by Francoise Peschon of Araujo and VHR and Lisa Drinkward of Behrens Winery. They are friends, they are mothers, their daughters are friends. It all works out, makes sense and tastes delicious. Think dark mocha and espresso with deep red fruit when tasting this 673-case production Napa Valley Cab.



Photo Above: Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards ( by on Tuesday and shared with us his current vintages of Pinots as well as his second line-up called Cep. The Peay single vineyard designated Pinots are all 2011 and are some of the best offerings I’ve tasted from them. The only problem? Harsh weather conditions killed the production size so as a result, we’re dealing with very small production – a few hundred cases of each for instance- for this 2011 sensational Peay vintage.


Cep is a little larger in production due to the 2011 vintage declassification of Peay single vineyards. Their 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2012 RRV Rose of Pinot Noir and 2012 Hopkins Ranch RRV Sauvignon Blanc are clean, bright and very easy to drink and delicious all-around from the tempting nose to the satisfying finish. I’m such a fan of these wines that I immediately asked vintner Andy Peay if I could include in the wine hall at our new D&D in Singapore and Bangkok. Now those visiting or living in those two cities will also be able to enjoy the hard work of vintners Andy, Nick Peay and Vanessa Wong.






Julien and Elan have proven to make one of the best Roses and Sauvignon Blancs under their Azur Winery label ( and are now making a more cellar-worthy Red and Sauvignon Blanc called Empreinte. The focus is on single vineyard, single varietal and single vision. Their Rutherford SB debut release is 2010 and is barrel-aged from Green Vineyard. Their 2009 Cab is coming from Yountville and has the complexity to be cellared for another 4-6 years. If you look closely, you’ll see an imprint of their hand ingrained in the label. Julien’s winemaking style is just in my wheel house – he focuses his attention on balance and keeping the wines pure. Solace is their new less expensive label and their Rutherford SB is a great offering at $26 per bottle.


It’s been a good week tasting some great wines. Now I’m closing down my computer and heading out in the rain to visit VHR in Oakville to taste their new 2010 Cab.

- Kerrin Laz, Wine Director

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