|We are near the end of the month, and approaching spring when new vintages are released, consequently many of the distributors that we work with are quietly trying to make their monthly numbers and delete their stock without depleting the value of their wines in the general retail market. THAT IS WHERE WE COME IN! Below you will find a variety of California wines which are normally are 30% higher in this market. Each price listed either matches or beats any verifiable prices on the net. We have tasted each wine and loved them, they simply were not priced competitively at the time. Now they are, take advantage.
All the very best, Rex & Michele
2014 Frog's Leap Cabermet
Average Price $53
The 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon is classic in every way: intense aromas of dark fruits, blackberry and cassis with lovely overtones of mocha and coffee bean. The flavors are subtle and nuanced while precisely balanced and deep. It is a wine for the cellar, of course, but will not disappoint in the shorter term paired with a nice rack of lamb or perhaps a Chateaubriand.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "One of my biggest gripes in the business is how everyone oohs and aahs at the colors of wine and when a red wine is dark the crowd just goes crazy and make comments like, "This must be a great wine because it is so dark!" This conclusion that color indicates quality is so far from the truth-many wineries even add a secret ingredient called mega purple to darken their red wines; this addition has no aroma or flavor value. The 2014 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon shows a medium ruby color and exhibits beautiful aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, dried brown stalks, pleasant dust and rich earth. The wine's bright finish makes it sublime with a rack of lamb. Drinks well now and will certainly improve with bottle age. (Tasted: September 28, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
2014 Mount Veeder Cabernet
Today's Price $41.00
Mount Veeder vines speak a language all of their own. Becoming fluent in that language, fully understanding all of its subtleties and nuances is the trick to making great wine from mountain vineyards. Over the years, Mount Veeder has come to know the contours, dips, and ridges of the mountain-and the sequence of ripening that is the key to it all. A Mount Veeder harvest is a Zen-like art of moving across a three-dimensional chess board. Take the uphill side of the vine only, or the downhill side, or just the north, south, east, or west section. They pick only what's ready and at peak flavor and ripeness. It's a complex endeavor and needs to be carved with precision, matching areas of the block that are at the same level of ripeness, and leaving other areas to mature another week or more.
Deep ruby with intense dark fruit aroma of black currant, followed by wet earth, mushroom, and caramelized sugar. Hints of dried herb and the classic California bay that is a signature of Mt. Veeder round out the nose. Earthy flavors that evoke the mountain, along with dark chocolate, black olive, and sweet bay leaf. The palate is long and rich with classic cassis flavors that linger. The soaring structure and acidity ensure its age-ability for years to come.
2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot
Average Price $50, Local Price $48-$55
Today's Price $39.00
This gorgeous wine displays intense aromas of ripe cherry, followed by more nuanced elements of cedar, sweet spices, orange peel and cigar box. On the palate, layers of black raspberry and spiced plum mingle with more savory notes of nutmeg and pencil lead. With firm, well-integrated tannins that extend the finish, this beautifully structured Merlot also promises great ageability.
Wine Spectator - "Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027." WS90
Wine & Spirits - "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings along some crisp tailoring. It's a clean wine with stamina, coasting on soft cherry flavor, darkening to blueberry length. A simple pleasure." W&S90
2015 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
Today's Price $27.00
Exotic aromas of passion fruit, papaya, ginger and star fruit leap from the glass, along with layers of grapefruit and melon. On the palate, a lovely Semillon-driven silkiness provides delicate weight to this wine, while crisp, refreshing acidity and vibrant citrus flavors draw the wine to a lingering finish with notes of Meyer lemon and Kaffir lime.
Blend: 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Semillon
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "The Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is always on my shortlist of wines I have to taste each year. The newly-released 2015 exhibits dried citrus, brown leaves, and savory herbs. The palate's firmness invites a plate of grilled oysters accented with smoky bacon. Drinks nicely now. (Tasted: November 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA) " WW93
Tasting Panel - "Smooth, peachy nose; juicy and crisp with clean, racy style; lively, balanced and long. A steal at this price." TP91
Wine Spectator - "Fragrant and succulent, with melon, lime and passion fruit flavors accented by spice and orange sherbet hints. Features a smooth, supple frame and juicy accents. Drink now" WS90