Former Screaming Eagle Winemaker Soars with 2018 Leviathan!

Plus a great price on 2018 Mer Soleil Chard...

 

We are running out of superlatives to describe Andy Erickson's Leviathan project. With the 2018 vintage, he has once again made a big, bold, bodacious beast!

Andy Erickson is an A-list rock star winemaker with a résumé that includes Harlan, Staglin and, of course, Screaming Eagle. Those wines go for as much as two grand a bottle. We offer his Leviathan today for the screaming price of just $29.99.

Opulent, rich and impeccably balanced, the 2018 Leviathan is a beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc. Plump black and red fruits converge with touches of earth, herbs, spice and cocoa to create a powerful wine you will not soon forget. The finish is silky and there is no doubt it will age beautifully. In so many dimensions, it is a spectacular bottle of wine.

Check out the full story on the 2018 Leviathan below - and scroll down further to catch our hot price on the 2017 Mer Soleil "Reserve" Chardonnay - then quickly click the  Big Yellow Button  to load up!

2018 Leviathan  Proprietary Red
California
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Powerful and intense, the 2018 Leviathan oozes with flavors of ripe black cherry, black plum, blackberry, espresso bean and cocoa powder. The finish is rich and complex, with bursts of vanilla, minerals, baking spices and opulent chocolate flashing across the palate and just enough chewy tannins to make you smile. It is exactly the kind of red you expect from Andy Erickson!

Founded by Erickson in 2004, Leviathan produces one one wine, a powerful Cabernet based red sourced from premium vineyards across California. Big, dense, plush and powerful, it is meant to be the ultimate sub-$50 Cali red blend. If you like the Zinfandel-based Prisoner or Orin Swift's Abstract, then you are going to love this flashy powerhouse. 

Given the pedigree of the fruit sourcing - which includes classic Northern California appellations such as Coombsville and Red Hills, the skilled winemaking of Andy Erickson, and the quality, intensity and sheer deliciousness of the resulting wine, the 2018 Leviathan would still be a steal even at fifty bucks. At today's special price of $29.99, it is a mind-blowing opportunity for big red lovers!

To our palates, this is the best Leviathan yet. We award 93 points. The three previous vintages have earned ratings of 94 points from Jeb Dunnuck. Jeb's not yet weighed in on the 2018, but it's clear James Suckling is as big a fan as we are...

"Blackberry and asphalt aromas with some violets and rose petals. Medium to full body. Some carbon to the dark fruit. Tasty and delicious. Chewy now, but we like it already. Drinkable now, but will improve with age."
- 93 Points, James Suckling (2/14/20)

The winery price is $40. Median online retail is $37. Given the pedigree of this wine, both of those amounts are quite fair. Thanks to a special buying opportunity, we offer this mammoth Cabernet-based star for just $29.99. It is a stunning value.

Vin Chicago Price: 29.99

Classic California Chardonnay at a Sweet-Spot Price!

2017 Mer Soleil  "Reserve" Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
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With an explosion of citrus and orchard fruits, a wonderful creamy texture and a ton of complementary tones, including fresh cut flowers, honey and toasty spice, the 2018 Mer Soleil "Reserve" Chardonnay is downright delicious.

Mer Soleil was founded over 30 years ago by Chuck Wagner of Caymus with the mission of planting the best Chardonnay vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands and producing a unique, intense, oak influenced wine that stands out from the crowd. Today, Chuck's son, Charlie is the winemaker and that goal has clearly been achieved!

This 2017 vintage is a perfect mix of rich, ripe, creamy and clean. Look for an immediate pop of lemon curd, ripe Honeycrisp apple, apricot, fresh flowers and honeycomb. As the finish approaches, there are irresistible bits of toasty baking spice and pie crust along with a just-right balance of acidity that encourages you to go back for another sip of this  tasty treat.

We found 119 online listings with a median retail of $28. At our price this one is a can't miss for Chardonnay lovers!

Vin Chicago Price: 19.99
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