Thirst Holiday Buying Guide 2016

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Araujo Estate: OK debut of Legendary Wines Argot: One-man Band hitting all the right notes Bedrock Wine Co.: Drink some History! Blackbird: ’12 & ’13 vintages in stock! Carlisle Winery: Zin Master’s first time in Oklahoma! Casanova di Neri: 2011 wines just landed Cayuse: THE cult wine of Washington State! Continuum 2013: Vintage of the Century (so far)! The Crane Assembly: Dave Phinney’s next act… Domaine de la Cote: Raj Parr & Sashi Moorman’s masterpiece DuMOL: 2013 vintage is crushing it! Evening Land Vineyards: Raj & Sashi go to Oregon The Eyrie Vineyards: Rare Library Wines & Verticals Failla: Amazing verticals & Single Vineyard gems! Favia: High-scoring Reds + Rare Whites! Gramercy Cellars: Master Sommelier making magic in WA Hourglass: Best wines they have ever made! Hudson Vineyards: Iconic Chardonnay + Rare Reds! K Vintners: New Releases with BIG Scores! Kamen Estate: Maybe the best wine you’ve never had Kongsgaard: Need we say more…? Lail Vineyards: 99+ -point Cab! Leonetti Cellar: Legendary producer—first time in OK! Lewis Cellars: Under-the-radar magic from Randy & Debbie Martin Estate: 2013 Reserve = best wine they’ve ever made! Mayacamas Vineyards: Library wine! Mount Eden Vineyards: #5 Wine on Wine Spectator’s Top 100! OVID: 2012 & 2013 Red Wine + Experiments! Paul Hobbs Winery: Still the King Pott Wine: Last call on Aaron’s killer 2012s Pulido~Walker: Double your pleasure with 2012 Cabs! RAEN: Carlo & Dante Mondavi’s personal Pinot project! Scarecrow: M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon: “hardly a second label…” Schrader Cellars: 2012/2013 mini-verticals!!! Sea Smoke: California Grand Cru Shafer: 100-point Hillside Select incoming! Turley Wine Cellars: 2014s = Burgundian Zinfandel?!? Vietti: 2012 Cru Barolo & Cru Barbera! Vine Hill Ranch: Best Vintage Yet for the Phillips family!

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All of these wines are available in Oklahoma. If you’re unable to find them, simply ask your local wine retailer or favorite restaurant. For more information on these and all Thirst wines, please visit: www.thirstwine.com.

Retail Pricing Key (per bottle): $ = $40 - $60 $$ = $60 - $80 $$$ = $80 - $100 $$$$ = $100 - $150

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Araujo Estate: “In 2013, this historic estate was sold by Bart & Daphne Araujo to François Pinault, the proprietor of Bordeaux’s Château Latour as well as several other French estates, most notably the tiny diamond with its own appellation, Château Grillet near Condrieu. Pinault also owns Domaine René Engel in Burgundy. This is my first look at the wines under the new ownership. I was among the first to review these wines when the vineyard was owned by the Eisele family, who sold grapes to Ridge in 1971 for the first single vineyard offering from this site. This is a gorgeous set of wines from Bart and Daphne Araujo, and their team headed by winemaker Nigel Kinsman and consulting winemaker Francoise Peschon (of VHR fame).” (Robert Parker) 2013 Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Eisele Vineyard, Calistoga

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91 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard represents a departure from previous editions, as the current team is seeking a style of Sauvignon built on phenolic intensity, energy and tension, all elements that will be new to readers who drink the estate's Sauvignon Blanc on a regular basis. Among other things, the Sauvignon now spends more time in the cellar than it used to. Hints of lime, citrus and white flowers add nuance on the saline-infused finish. It will be interesting to see how this intriguing white develops in bottle. The 2013 was done 65% in stainless steel, 20% in oak and 15% in concrete eggs.” FOUR six-packs available.

2012 Araujo Estate ‘Altagracia’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

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Bordeaux-style blend vinified in the same manner as the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for Altagracia is sourced both from the Eisele Vineyard and from certain other Napa Valley vineyards where we hold long-term grape contracts and which are farmed to our specifications. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec. SEVEN 6-packs available. 91-93 Points Robert Parker | “Araujo’s second wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red Altagracia exhibits beautiful blueberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit which reflects the purity that frequently comes from this vineyard. The tannins are soft, and the wine is lighter than its bigger sibling, but it possesses medium body, velvety tannin, and a gorgeous mouthfeel. Already approachable, this seductive, plush 2012 should age effortlessly for 10-15 years.”

2011 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard, Calistoga

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To produce the estate's flagship wine, three quarters of the 38-acre Eisele Vineyard is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon and its companion varieties, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. The resulting wine is an intense expression of the Eisele Vineyard proprietary clone and terroir, exhibiting characteristic flavors of cassis, blackberry, cedar and chocolate, with a lingering mineral finish. Cabernets from the Eisele Vineyard are highly regarded for their complexity, concentration, weight without heaviness, silky texture and ability to age for decades. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 19 months and bottled in August 2013.

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98 Points James Suckling | 96+ Points Antonio Galloni | 92-95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is simply beautiful. It is easily one of the most complete and compelling wines of the vintage. Rich, flashy and open, especially within the context of the vintage, the 2011 impresses for its depth and polish. Layers of blue and black fruit, savory herbs, mint and licorice come together in this complete Cabernet. A model of total class and elegance, the 2011 is simply remarkable for the year. This is one of the few wines of the vintage with real potential not just for the near-term, but also for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.”

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST ARGOT is the brainchild of Winemaker Justin Harmon. Dedicated to crafting small lots of white and red wine made at the very highest level. Justin was inspired to get into winemaking by an interview he read some years ago with legendary winemaker Sean Thackery. We think this is one of the most exciting new wineries around—and definitely one to watch in the future! 2012 Argot Chardonnay, Sympatico Ranch, Bennett Valley

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2013 Argot ‘Bastard Tongue’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

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94 Points Doug Wilder | 91 Points Robert Parker | “Justin Harmon continues to roll out beautifully made wines with some of his best work coming out of Bennett Valley. From 35 year old Old Wente and Spring Mountain clone. The nose is bright lemon, crème brulee, macadamia and fresh melon rind. The palate is lean and effortlessly light on entry, moving into a polished core of supple fresh fruit, brioche and nuts. Seamless and pure. Drink 2015 - 2018." (Purely Domestic Wine Report) 158 cases produced. FOUR cases available.

93+ points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue is the largest production cuvée (150 cases) and is equal parts Dijon 115 and the heritage Swan clone of Pinot Noir. More strawberry and kirsch are reminiscent of a premier cru from the Côte de Beaune. Some forest floor, earth and spice are also present in this wine, which has loads of fruit, a long, lush mouthfeel, and irresistible personality. The 100% new oak it was aged in is barely noticeable. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.” 75 cases produced. 4 cases available.

2013 Argot ‘Borrowed Jewels’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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94 points Robert Parker | “The only Cabernet Sauvignon produced is the 2013 Borrowed Jewels from Sugarloaf Vineyard in Napa. This is a beauty, with ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit as well as hints of licorice, graphite and camphor. It is full-bodied, dense, inky and ideal for drinking now as well as over the next two decades.” 4 cases available.

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“Morgan Twain-Peterson is one of the most impressive young winemakers I have ever met… Making wines at this level requires talent, passion, hard work and a great palate, none of which is easily inherited. Along with Mike Officer of Carlisle, Twain-Peterson is on a mission to rediscover what he calls California’s old-vine “heritage” vineyards. These historic sites planted by California’s early immigrants, often home to unknown field blends, remain some of the most fascinating vineyards in California. Officer and Twain-Peterson were tired of seeing these old sites gobbled up by industrial-scale wineries, so they decided to do something about it. Bravo… Morgan Twain Peterson continues to produce a fascinating array of wines from old vine sites throughout California… The 2013s detailed below continue his Midas touch with a diversity of historical heritage sites.” (Robert Parker)

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2013 Bedrock ‘Evangelho Heritage Wine’, Contra Costa County

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Evangelho lies just inland from the Sacramento River Delta on banks of sand that can reach 40 feet in depth. Though a warm area there is rarely a day that passes without a serious wind—very much like a Californian Mistral and the antecedent to the fog coming through the Golden Gate—racing through the vineyard. This causes the vines to shut down for much of the hot afternoons, and the result is a wine that seemingly defies conventional wisdom when it comes warm weather sites. Evangelho is the earliest-picked vineyard by weeks in the winery, but it tends to be the lowest in pH and alcohol of the Heritage Wines. This means that the crackling red fruit of Carignane, unctuousness of Zinfandel, and terrestrial perfume of Mourvedre is held aloft by an underlying brightness. Yet another unique terroir only found in this great State. 92 Points Robert Parker | “Sleek and zesty, this wine balances polish with a briary personality. Floral raspberry and spice box aromas combine with lively flavors of dried cherry, smoky sage and pepper, with the tannins easing in on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Palomino. Drink now through 2022. 750 cases made.” TWO cases available.

2014 Bedrock ‘Evangelho Heritage Wine’, Contra Costa County

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92 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Evangelho Heritage Wine is dark, fleshy and supple. Dark cherry, mint, pomegranate, blood orange, smoke, licorice, lavender and mint are some of the many nuances that open up in the glass. This site is planted with a field blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Mataro, Palomino, Alicante Bouschet and Mission. More importantly, it is one of the most distinctive and polished wines in the range.” SIX cases available.

2013 Bedrock ‘Bedrock Heritage Wine’, Sonoma Valley

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Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s old vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Planted between 1888 and 1895 and composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point. Composed of roughly 55% Zinfandel, 30% Carignane, with the balance being the many other varieties scattered throughout the vineyard. 750 cases made. 93-95 Points Robert Parker |“There are 750 cases of this spectacular wine. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of black raspberries, roasted Provençal herbs, pepper, strawberry jam, kirsch and blacker fruits. Full-bodied, heady, savory, broad and expansive, this fabulous wine showcases the remarkable blending and winemaking skills of Morgan Twain Peterson. Drink now-2024.” THREE cases available.

2013 Bedrock ‘Pagani Heritage Wine’, Sonoma Valley

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94-96 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Proprietary Red Pagani Heritage rivals the incredible 2012. An ancient vineyard of mixed black grapes planted in the 1880s, this full-bodied, multifaceted wine offers a stunning display of blue, red and black fruits intermixed with floral notes, a juicy, exuberant personality, and, most importantly, a boatload of pleasure. Drink it over the next decade.” ONE case available.

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This venerable and famed vineyard, planted in the 1880’s, produced perhaps the finest wine we have made yet from the site. As is typical with the vineyard, its ash-rich grey soils and its rostrum of particularly dark mixed blacks varieties the wine is on the burly side of elegance. More Waylon Jennings than Willie Nelson, more Wagner than Mozart. This wine separates itself from the 10, 11, or 12 as in 2013 the stentorian tone found the higher angels of perfume and the flavors run the gamut from an earthen core to celestial heights.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for winemaker Aaron Pott [Quintessa, Château La Tour Figeac, Château Troplong Mondot, Martin Estate] to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential. 2013 Blackbird ‘Illustration’, Napa Valley

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The heart is full of infinite possibilities... Illustration represents the core the heart - of Blackbird Vineyards. Illustration represents the core - the heart - of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird's multi-faceted wine portfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, time and concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that Cabernet Sauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in the Napa Valley. 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 21 months in French Oak barrels (75% new, 25% seasoned). 91 Points Robert Parker | 92 Points Antonio Galloni | “A more savory expression of Merlot emerges from the 2013 Illustration. Hudson and Stagecoach are the primary sources… Smoke, leather, licorice and grilled herbs are some of the overtones that develop as this dark, large-scaled Merlot-based red shows off its explosive personality.”

2013 Blackbird ‘Paramour’, Napa Valley

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Wine and the sensuous go hand in hand... Paramour possesses both sensuality and commanding structure. Merlot and Cabernet Franc have a fragile but irresistible chemistry that flourishes when climate, soils and seasons align. The grapes allotted for this graceful red wine are grown in only the most auspicious conditions. Paramour reveals the passionate relationship between these two varietals and between winegrower and land. 52% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 21 months in French Oak (75% new). 725 cases produced. 93 Points Antonio Galloni | 92 Points Robert Parker | “The Cabernet Franc-based 2013 Paramour has turned out beautifully. Espresso, mocha, soaring spice notes and black stone fruits are pushed forward. Aromatic, inviting and ample on the palate, the 2013 is full of Franc sensuality. Like all of the 2013s, the Paramour needs time in bottle to soften, but it is quite expressive today just the same.”

2012 Blackbird ‘Contrarian’, Napa Valley

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93+ Points Antonio Galloni | 91+ Points Robert Parker | “Cabernet Franc plays the leading role in the 2012 Contrarian. Sweet floral and savory aromatics meld into a core of dark red stone fruits in a deep, resonant wine built on pure verticality. All the elements fall into place in a gracious yet powerful wine. The Cabernet Franc is felt especially in the lifted, floral aromatics that are woven throughout.”

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Vive les différences... Contrarian is crafted by passion and instinct. This textured blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon possesses both an aromatic richness and subtle tannin profile. It exudes an elegance Blackbird Vineyards' wines are known for, while displaying the regal posture that comes from superior Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine to indulge in now and for decades to come, Contrarian's uniquely supple structure flouts convention. 54% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot aged for 21 months in French Oak (75% new). 1375 cases produced.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, has done more than anyone else in the United States to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards, many of which are heritage sites that nearly disappeared until Officer and some of his peers rescued them from the brink of oblivion… Readers who don’t think terroir exists in California should check out the Carlisle Zinfandels and Syrahs… Carlisle is resolute in keeping his wines affordable, a commendable approach I wish were more common throughout California.” (Robert Parker) 2014 Carlisle Syrah, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

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95 Points Robert Parker | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard might be the top Syrah out of this vineyard. It offers killer notes of caramelized plums, smoked meats, licorice, cassis and pepper in a fullbodied, ultra-pure, elegant package. I love its mid-palate and this total blockbuster will knock your socks off over the coming decade or longer.” SIX cases available.

2014 Carlisle Syrah, Papa’s Block, Russian River Valley

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2014 Carlisle Zinfandel, Papera Ranch, Russian River Valley

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2014 Carlisle Zinfandel, Carlisle Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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96 Points Wine Spectator | 93-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “Plush and luxurious, this builds in momentum and complexity. Floral blackberry and cracked pepper aromas open to rich and full-bodied flavors of cassis and bittersweet chocolate, with a hint of citrus zest. Drink now through 2027.” SIX cases available. 96 Points Wine Spectator | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “…exuberant, rich and extroverted to the core. Sweet dark cherry, plum, mint, tobacco, cedar, menthol and spices flesh out in a hugely appealing wine endowed with real depth and intensity. This historic Russian River site was planted in 1934.” SIX cases available.

92-94 Points Robert Parker | 93-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “Deep, dark and layered, the 2014 exudes pedigree from the very first taste. Seamless and polished, with striking depth, the Carilsle is a terrific example of Zinfandel… As always, the Carlisle is most accurately described as a field blend, given that there are approximately 39 other varieties interspersed among the Zinfandel.” SIX cases available.

2014 Carlisle Zinfandel, Montafi Ranch, Russian River Valley

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2014 Carlisle Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard, Napa Valley

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95-97 Points Robert Parker | 93-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard emerges from one of the best sites for Petite in California. All the classic signatures of Palisades are in the glass; intense, dark fruit, powerful tannins and explosive sense of energy. The long, seamless finish suggests a bright future once the elements have a chance to fully come together.” FOUR cases available.

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96 Points Wine Spectator | 93-94 Points Robert Parker | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “Zinfandel doesn't get much better than this. Rich aromas of black raspberry and orange zest open to balanced, complex and luxurious flavors of blackberry, mint and baking spices. A knockout. Drink now through 2027.” TWELVE cases available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Giacomo Neri makes some of the most exciting modern-styled Brunellos in the zone. Neri is a fervent believer in low yields, and while his wines boast notable concentration, they also show remarkable elegance and expressiveness.” (Robert Parker) 2011 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘White Label’ DOCG

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2011 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Tenuta Nuova’ DOCG

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2008 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Cerratalto’ DOCG

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2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Cerratalto’ DOCG

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92 Points Robert Parker | 92 Points Antonio Galloni | “Casanova di Neri's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, menthol, rose petal and mint open up first, followed by a touch of blood orange that adds lovely aromatic lift and brightness throughout. Today, it is quite pretty and expressive.” FIFTEEN six-packs available. 95 Points Robert Parker | “This is another fabulous wine from Giacomo Neri. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a deeply layered expression with bold tones of dark fruit that are softened and enhanced by spice, leather, tobacco and balsam herb. The wine is very beautiful and polished with slightly less depth and complexity compared the outstanding (100 point) vintage that precedes it. Despite the vintage variation, this is a wine of enormous pedigree and importance.” TEN six-packs available.

94 Points Robert Parker | “The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto comes from a more challenging vintage for Casanova di Neri with a cooler growing season and more moisture. Cerretalto is so immensely soft and luscious it is almost too much of a good thing. Rich spice, cherry, chocolate and crushed granite wrap thickly around the palate. Drink: 2017-2026." ONE wood-box three-pack available. 99+ Points Robert Parker | “This is a towering achievement. It is delightful on every level. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is an expressive, exuberant & stunning wine… The bouquet is never-ending with immediate intensity… This wine showed an impressive evolution over the 24 hours I tasted it & delivered solid improvements each time. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, & there's enough power here to move the wine over the palate in seamless fashion. This is a bottle for the back of your cellar.” ONE wood-box three-pack available.

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“Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate, and Christophe Baron, who’s assisted by Elizabeth Bourcier, produces, in this reviewer’s opinion, some of the most distinctive and exciting wines on the planet. As I said last year, there’s no secret here, and Christophe simply has fantastic terroir, works his ass off in the vineyard (everything is farmed biodynamically), and then gets out of the way in the cellar.” –The Wine Advocate (July 2014)

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Perhaps you’ve heard the almost mythical story, how the brash, young French vigneron visited the little-known, redundantly named town and fell in preposterous love with a few acres of useless, stone-covered farmland. While the nay-sayers nayed, Christophe Baron deftly turned that field of stones into the acclaimed Cayuse Vineyards. And the rest, as they say, is history—and a whole lot of spectacular wine.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2013 CAYUSE Syrah, Cailloux Vineyard, Walla Walla

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2014 CAYUSE Syrah, Cailloux Vineyard, Walla Walla

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2013 CAYUSE Syrah, En Cerise Vineyard, Walla Walla

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2012 CAYUSE ‘God Only Knows’ Grenache, Armada Vineyard, Walla Walla

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2013 CAYUSE ‘God Only Knows’ Grenache, Armada Vineyard, Walla Walla

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2014 CAYUSE Syrah ‘Bionic Frog’, Coccinelle Vineyard, Walla Walla

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94-97 Points Robert Parker | 96 Points Wine Spectator | "Starting off the 2013 Syrahs from barrel, the 755-case 2013 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard was cofermented with 5% Viognier and is aged in twice-used French oak. It offers a ripe, voluptuous style in its ground pepper, smoked meats, peat and sweet dark fruits. These give way to a full-bodied Syrah that has solid concentration and good tannin. The Viognier here normally gives this cuvee some early charm, but it should evolve gracefully as well.” Nine THREE-PACKS available.

95-97 Points Robert Parker | " The only Syrah to incorporate Viognier, the 2014 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is co-fermented with 7% Viognier and brought up all in puncheons. The Viognier shows on the nose and it has a floral, perfumed bouquet of ripe berry fruits, plums, orange blossom, fruit cake and mulled spices. Picking up a touch of green olive with time in the glass, this full-bodied, ripe, downright sexy beauty will have two decades of longevity.” Ten THREE-PACKS available.

95-97 Points Robert Parker | "The 2013 Syrah en Cerise, of which there's only 361 cases to go around, sees almost all neutral oak and is always 100% Syrah. Peppery, classic rocks, peat moss, violets and plenty of sweet black cherry and cassis aromas all show here. It is full-bodied, layered, sexy and gorgeously textured on the palate. The texture here is classic Cayuse, and it has fine, sweet tannin that come through on the finish.” Ten THREEPACKS available.

96 Points Robert Parker | "Aged in used puncheons from René Rostaing, the 2012 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard offers lots of framboise, black cherries, bouquet garni and spice to go with a full-bodied, seamless, elegant feel on the palate. It picks up more and more tannin with time in the glass, and needs 3-4 years of cellaring, but should keep for 15 years or more.” Four THREE-PACKS available.

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96-98 Points Robert Parker | "Bionic Frog is arguably America’s most sought-after Syrah. Only 300 cases are made. The full-bodied, beautifully concentrated 2014 Syrah Bionic Frog offers an intoxicating bouquet of black olives, cold fireplace, ash, shitake mushrooms and rare meat in a seamless, layered, multidimensional package. Like the other 2014s, it has the fruit of the vintage, yet stays fresh, crisp and lively. It too will need short-term cellaring.” Four THREE-PACKS available.

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94 Points Robert Parker | " 2013 God Only Knows offers a gorgeous, rich, almost masculine style (especially when it’s tasted next to the No Girls Grenache) in its dark fruits, crushed herbs, mineral and leather scented profile. Even showing a touch of game with time in the glass, this beauty has fine tannin, plenty of fruit and a great finish, all suggesting it will drink nicely for another decade.” Eight THREE-PACKS available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST No Girls Wines is a collaboration between Cayuse Vineyards' owner and vigneron Christophe Baron, general manager Trevor Dorland, and assistant vigneronne Elizabeth Bourcier. The grapes come from the Cayuse La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience—appropriate since the project was ten years in the making. The vines are tightly spaced and planted on an angle, giving No Girls a personality all its own. These are serious wines, not Cayuse seconds. They're focused and pure—food friendly creations that eloquently express the rocky terroir from which they spring. 2011 No Girls Syrah, la Paciencia Vineyard, Walla Walla

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95 Points Robert Parker | "In the same mold, with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already hard to resist, I’d lean towards drinking bottles over the coming decade as well.” Four THREE-PACKS available.

2011 No Girls Grenache, la Paciencia Vineyard, Walla Walla

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94 Points Robert Parker | "The 2011 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is 100% Grenache that was harvested on October 23 and aged 22 months in neutral puncheons. Elegant and finesse driven, with a sweet bouquet of wild strawberries, mint, game, rose petal and dried flowers, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky on the palate, with no hard edges. Already delicious, it will drink beautifully over the coming decade or more.” Four THREE-PACKS available.

2013 was a profound year in the life of Continuum: 1-40-100. 1 celebrates the new estate winery, completed just in time for the 2013 harvest, creating the first 100% grown, produced and bottled wine from our estate on Pritchard Hill. 40 are the years that Tim Mondavi has been growing and crafting world-class wine. 100 honors the 1913 birth year of co-founder and patriarch Robert Gerald Mondavi, represented by the dove on the label. 2013 CONTINUUM RED WINE, Pritchard Hill

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97 Points Antonio Galloni | “Graphite, lavender, sage, cloves and menthol race out of the glass in the 2013 Continuum, a wine that is just as impressive in bottle as it was from barrel. An intensely saline, mineral-drenched wine endowed with serious depth and precision, the 2013 shines with exceptional structural intensity and power, all that despite just having been bottled. In 2013 the Cabernet Franc is way up, which helps give the wine more aromatic top notes as well as greater overall complexity. Simply put, the 2013 is a real knock-out.” (Vinous Media)

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100% of the 2013 Continuum was grown on Pritchard Hill in the western hills above Oakville. Our 38 acres of mature estate vineyard, with an average age of 22 years, has a variety of western and south facing aspects. After fermentation, all lots were drained, with pomace pressed separately, to 68% new small French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. In the end, 30% of potential lots were declassified, as they did not meet Continuum’s standard of quality. The 2013 spent a total of 22 months in barrel.66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot.


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THE CRANE ASSEMBLY BY DAVE PHINNEY It is with great pride that we introduce the newest project from Dave Phinney (of Orin Swift & Prisoner fame). This project is centered around a unique eight-acre vineyard located on the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena. They choose to honor the man who originally planted this land/site and name the winery after him. That man was George Beldon Crane, or simply G.B. Crane. It is believed that G.B. Crane first established grapes on this site in the year 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Although records are scarce, it was most likely planted as a field blend commonly known as “mixed blacks”. This field blend traditionally consisted of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and a smattering of lesser-known grape varieties such as Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and Valdiguie. They purchased the entire eight-acre vineyard only days before the 2012 grapes were harvested. A group of friends with a common goal to preserve this piece of viticultural history and produce a wine that both represented and respected that history. 2014 ‘Disciples’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

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2013 ‘El Coco’ Red Wine, G.B. Crane Vineyard, St. Helena

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Dark crimson in color, the strong, classic Zinfandel aromas of briar fruit and wild strawberries jump out of the glass and are complemented by hints of wet forest floor and high mountain forest. The entry gives way to a rich and textured mid palate of Mexican chocolate, brambly raspberry and a lengthy, caramelized crème Anglaise finish. This wine is a unique expression of old vine Zinfandel grown in the gravel-rich alluvial soils at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range. 93% Old Vine Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah.

Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres of old vine Zinfandel are one of G.B. Crane’s original plantings. Yes, that means that this four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years. The site also boasts a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot. Rich aromatics of dark stone fruits and soft French oak mingle together to frame a very sophisticated entry with more than ample weight. The bright mid-pallet is replete with waves of concentration. High tones of ripe cherries and cassis come together and coat the mouth in richness. The finish is broad and expansive and lingers elegantly for over half a minute. 47% Old Vine Zinfandel, 42% Petite Sirah, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 100% new French oak. TEN cases available.

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As well as the four-acre old vine section there is also a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot. 2012 marks the first release of a Cabernet from this tiny block. Soft hints of toasted French oak dominate the hugely aromatic entry and provide ample support to the generous array of fruit that provide the start to this wine. An immense mid-pallet explodes with a cacophony of dense dark chocolate and ripe Bing cherries. The oak found on the entry lingers and frames an almost endless finish replete with a full complement of flavors and ripe tannins. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot & 1% Petite Sirah. 800 three-pack bamboo boxes produced (200 cases). Twenty THREE-PACKS available.

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2012 G.B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon, Dr. Crane Vineyard, St. Helena


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Originally part of the Evening Land Vineyards program, Domaine de la Côte was purchased by Raj Parr (Sandhi, Evening Land; author of “Secrets of the Sommeliers”) and Sashi Moorman (Sandhi, Piedrasassi, Evening Land) at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. Under his direction, the vineyards were planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented at the time for the appellation. Although the Domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California.

“This new project from Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr… is a hallmark of California’s achievements with this grape. Astonishing energy in this rare bottling.” (Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines) 2013 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir, Bloom’s Field, Sta. Rita Hills

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The single vineyard Bloom’s Field is from a 7½-acre parcel of iron laden clay loam over shale that lies on the western edge of Domaine. Bloom’s Field faces gently to the south but has a clear view west to the Pacific Ocean and therefore is unprotected from the marine influences of wind and fog. These unusually small clusters and berries produce a Pinot Noir of concentration and depth of flavor while the constant cooling winds preserve high levels of natural acidity that give the wines great energy. Bloom’s Field is 100% whole bunches and aged in 20% new oak for 20 months. 771 cases made. 93 Points Antonio Galloni ǀ “The 2013 Pinot Noir Bloom's Field is utterly beguiling from the very first taste. Layers of flavor build through the mid-palate and finish, where the 2013 shows a real sense of verticality in its structure. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and new leather meld into the expressive finish. The co-fermentation of Calera and Mount Eden clones, along with the unique personality of this site yield a Pinot Noir long on complexity and nuance. There is plenty of potential here.”

2013 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir, La Côte, Sta. Rita Hills

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90+ Points Antonio Galloni ǀ “The 2013 Pinot Noir La Côte is powerful and intense, but it is also quite austere. Sweet red cherries, iron, smoke, crushed rose petal, chalk and sage gradually open up in the glass, but the firm tannins clamp down on the mid-palate and finish. It will be interesting to see how the 2013 develops over time… I also tasted the 2010, which Winemaker Sashi Moorman describes as having been like the 2013 at the same stage in its life. We will see.”

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The single vineyard La Côte is from a small section of a 9-acre parcel that faces south-east on a steep slope of broken shale. La Côte lies behind a massive cliff of diatomaceous earth and is protected from the direct influence of the cold marine air from the Pacific ocean. With its south-east exposition the vineyard absorbs the energy of the morning sun and the exposed shale quickly warms the vines from the night time chill. As a result, La Côte is the first vineyard that we harvest and always produces our most opulent wine. Aromas of sandalwood, spruce oil and black plums are followed by flavors of fresh summer cherries, cloves, and hints of orange. Like Bloom’s Field, La Côte is fermented with 100% whole bunches and aged in 20% new oak for 20 months. In terms of approachability, La Côte is later to open up than Bloom’s Field and should be decanted if drinking in its youth. 484 cases made.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “DuMOL continues to be one of the most reliable names in winedom for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Moreover, consumers should not overlook their top flight Viognier and blockbuster Syrahs.” (Robert Parker)

2013 DuMOL Chardonnay, ‘CHLOE’, Russian River Valley

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2013 DuMOL Chardonnay ‘ISOBEL’, Russian River Valley

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2013 DuMOL Chardonnay ‘CLARE’, Russian River Valley

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96 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Chardonnay Chloe, which comes from two great vineyard sources, the Ritchie and Lorenzo, was treated similarly in terms of its aging 12 months on its lees, then four months in tank. Good acidity buttresses a relatively full-throttle, big, rich, honeyed wine, with plenty of apple blossom, orange marmalade, and pineapple notes. There is some underlying minerality as well. This should also drink well for at least a decade.” ONE six-pack available.

94+ Points Robert Parker | 93 Points Antonio Galloni | “Absolutely sensational, the 2013 Chardonnay Isobel comes exclusively from the 32-year-old vines of the Charles Heintz Vineyard. Barrel-fermented and aged 13 months on its lees, then four months in tank, this wine offers up quintessential Chardonnay notes such as white peach, wet stones and hazelnut. It exhibits great acidity, a full-bodied, honeyed texture, superb purity, and a tightly coiled, crisp, zesty finish. It should be even better with another 6-12 months of cellaring and keep for a decade or more.” ONE six-pack available.

95 Points Robert Parker | 93+ Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2013 Chardonnay Clare comes 100% from the Hyde Vineyard and represents a 22-year-old Wente clone of Chardonnay. This wine displays more buttery brioche notes, hints of tangerine oil and lemon blossom, a subtle, discreet use of oak, loamy soil undertones, and a full-bodied, almost premier cru Meursault-like white Burgundy personality. Complex, rich and multi-layered, this is a beauty to drink over the next decade.” THREE six-packs available.

2013 DuMOL Chardonnay, ESTATE Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2013 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is an intense, powerful wine, but all of that energy is presently directed inward. Today, the 2013 is quite closed and unexpressive. Readers will need to be patient, as this tightlycoiled wine needs time in bottle. The Estate is the most explosive of the DuMol Chardonnays.” TWO six-packs available. (+1 six-pack 2012: 95 Points Robert Parker)

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93 Points Antonio Galloni | 92 Points Robert Parker | | "The 2013 Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes Vineyard is one of the more precise, delineated wines in the range this year. Brisk and chiseled to the core, the 2013 offers lovely translucence, expressive aromatics and sculpted fruit.” TWO six-packs available.

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2013 DuMOL Pinot Noir ‘RYAN’, Russian River Valley

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2013 DuMOL Pinot Noir, ESTATE Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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2012 DuMOL Syrah ‘Jack Robert’s Run’, Russian River Valley

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92+ Points Antonio Galloni | "The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard feels especially ripe and powerful in this vintage. There is a real feeling of density and power in the blue and purplish-hued fruit. This is the darkest and richest of these 2013 Pinots, although winemaker Andy Smith adds that this is the lowest alcohol of the 2013 Pinots. That is why wine is rarely about numbers alone.” ONE six-pack available.

95 Points Robert Parker | 94 Points Wine Spectator | “The 2012 Syrah Jack Roberts Run (330 cases aged in one-third new French hogsheads for 18 months) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of charcuterie, smoked meats, roasted herbs, espresso, blackberries, graphite and Asian soy. This meaty, full-throttle Syrah hits the palate with a thunderous layer of fruit in a full-bodied manner. Enjoy this beauty over the next decade or more.” ONE six-pack available.

2013 DuMOL Syrah ‘Jack Robert’s Run’, Russian River Valley

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93-95 Points Antonio Galloni | 93+ Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Syrah Jack Robert's Run Gregori Vineyard is quite a bit more floral and lifted in style than the Eddie's Patch. Rose petal, sweet red berries, mint and pomegranate are nicely delineated in the glass. Overall, the Jack Robert's is quite feminine and gracious in style. There is plenty to look forward to.” THREE six-packs available.

2012 DuMOL Syrah ‘Eddie’s Patch’, Russian River Valley

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94 Points Robert Parker | 94 Points Wine Spectator | “The 2012 Syrah Eddie’s Patch (a 410-case, 100% Syrah aged 18 months in 40% new French oak hogsheads) comes from 16-year-old Syrah vines. Aromas of bouquet garni, roasted meats, blackberries and blackcurrants soar from the glass of this blue/black-colored Syrah. Full-bodied with olive tapenade notes, sweet tannin and an expansive, multilayered mouthfeel, this fabulous Syrah should be drunk over the next 12-15+ years.” ONE six-pack available.

Historically, Seven Springs Vineyard has produced some of the finest grapes grown in the United States and was selected as one of the “Top 10 Vineyards in America” by Food and Wine Magazine. The Wine Advocate has regarded it as “one of Oregon’s finest, most consistent vineyards.” Sixty-five acres were initially planted in the early 1980’s. Today, Seven Springs Vineyard is a 70 acre dry-farmed vineyard that is LIVE certified and has been fully converted to organic and biodynamic farming practices since 2007.

91 Points Wine Spectator ǀ “Fresh and inviting, lively on balance, with tangy citrus and lemon marmalade notes underlying the apple and spice flavors, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 607 cases made.” Thirst Wine Merchants | (405) 942-WINE | info@thirstwine.com | www.thirstwine.com

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Our 2013 Estate Chardonnay comes from a newly planted, three-acre block that was developed in 2008 and farmed organically and biodynamically from the beginning. Our chardonnays are made in the traditional Burgundian style, with long, gentle pressing of whole clusters and a light settling of the golden juice just before transfer to barrel for spontaneous indigenous fermentation. The Estate Chardonnay was fermented and aged in barrels for 11 months with 20% new oak, then further aged in tank for another five months, on lees, before bottling. Ten BOTTLES available.

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2013 Evening Land Chardonnay, Seven Springs Estate, Eola-Amity Hills


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2013 Evening Land Chardonnay, Seven Springs Estate - La Source, Eola-Amity Hills

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La Source Chardonnay comes from our old Dijon clone plantings, planted in 1984 in iron-rich volcanic soil. The minerality of this wine is testament to the beautiful soils, while its fresh acidity serves as a backbone to its opulent, gorgeous fruit. We were relieved in 2013 to pick all the Chardonnay grapes before the rains in the middle of harvest. The Seven Springs Chardonnays are made in the traditional Burgundian style, with long, gentle pressing of whole clusters & a light settling of the golden juice just before transfer to barrel for spontaneous indigenous fermentation. Aged in barrels for 11 months with 25% new oak, then further aged in tank for another five months, on lees, before bottling. 390 cases made. 94 Points Wine Spectator ǀ “Taut, focused, complex & immediately inviting, deftly layering pear, nectarine, citrus, loamy earth & floral aromas and flavors as the finish plays on. Shows good tension between the fruit & savory notes. Drink now through 2023.” TWO six-packs available.

2013 Evening Land Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Estate, Eola-Amity Hills

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Our 2013 Seven Springs Pinot Noir is a representation of Seven Springs Vineyard in its entirety; grapes are sourced from every diverse corner of this magical site, including our old vine, own-rooted Pommard block. Aging occurred in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months.

92 Points Wine Spectator ǀ “Crisp and tangy, with a mineral character running through the raspberry and cherry flavors at the core, coming together with harmony and structural tension on the vibrant finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 3,054 cases made.” Eighteen BOTTLES available.

2013 Evening Land Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Vineyard – La Source, Eola-Amity Hills $$$

2013 La Source Pinot Noir comes from the old vines planted at the highest part of the hill, where the vines have the most exposure to the wind & where the soils are their shallowest. Our pinot noirs are hand-picked, hand-sorted, & destemmed, then treated to a 4-5 day cold soak in open-top oak & concrete fermenters before fermentation begins naturally from indigenous yeasts. Twice daily, gentle punchdowns throughout fermentation encourage soft extraction of tannins. Aging of this wine occurred in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months, which preserves the elegance of the wine. The wines of 2013 at Seven Springs exhibit a classical, elegant restraint that we love. La Source Pinot Noir is wonderfully complex. Detailed with fine tannins & a great vibrancy of fruit are apparent; the concentration of flavor is held in harmonious balance by the wine’s great tension. FIVE six-packs available.

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“A visit to The Eyrie Vineyards where Jason Lett presides is like getting a history lesson in how wine used to be made (and some might say still should be made). From the grape growing through the elevage, this is an artisanal, non-interventionist, unique operation that continues to turn out some of the most fascinating wines on the planet. Knowing Eyrie Pinot Noir’s propensity for longevity, my drinking windows are likely to seem conservative a decade from now.” (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2009)

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93 Points Wine Spectator ǀ “Fresh & inviting, open-textured & appealing, with cherry, floral & mineral flavors gliding smoothly into a harmonious finish. Has terrific presence, depth & persistence. Drink now through 2021.”

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST These Eyrie library releases represent some of the best and most iconic wines ever made in Oregon—or in North America, for that matter. The Eyrie library wines were first offered for sale in 2009 after a landmark tasting of every vintage David Lett made before his death in 2008. 38 Eyrie vintages were poured, from Eyrie’s (and the Willamette Valley’s) first vintage in 1970, to David’s last release, the 2007 Reserve. The South Block Reserve Pinots were never offered for sale—not even when they were young—after the 1975 won the second “Judgment of Paris” in 1979. These are truly some of the rarest wines on earth. Thirst is proud to own a few bottles of the following wines. And now we offer them tom you…

“I urge anyone interested in fully mature, subtle Chardonnay to consider investing. You can buy single bottles at the prices cited below, and there is one complete vertical available (or at least there was as of this writing) at $7,500. I wonder whether they haven’t underpriced these rarities.” (Jancis Robinson, M. W., July 2009) 1993 Eyrie Chardonnay, Original Vines Reserve, Dundee Hills

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1996 Eyrie Chardonnay, Original Vines Reserve, Dundee Hills

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2010 Eyrie Chardonnay, Original Vines Reserve, Dundee Hills

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1986 Eyrie Pinot Noir, South Block Reserve, Dundee Hills

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Jancis Robinson | “Nutty nose – real interest. Lovely subtlety. Great depth. Very complex.” David Lett’s original vintage notes: “Bloom was in late June. A cool summer led to an extended ripening period, but the fall was temperate, sunny and dry. Conditions like 1993’s illustrate exactly why spring and summer weather is trivial in importance when compared to conditions in the fall.” 430 cases made. SEVEN BOTTLES available. Jancis Robinson | “Mealy, buttery nose – ‘Meursault’ style. Very flattering – I can imagine David Lett being slightly worried that it almost tastes Californian!” David Lett’s original vintage notes: “A warm August was followed by a cool September, allowing even flavor development. Cool days and cold nights began in early October, trapping the flavors in the fruit. Yields were slightly below normal levels, but not financially threatening as with 1994 and 1998.” 47 cases made! TWO BOTTLES available.

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Cole Danehower | “Rich mahogany color. Big nose of basil and blossoms, dried earth—truffle? Texture is incredibly supple. There is a sweet core of fruit that is only slightly dried in quality. Butterscotch/caramel edges. Coast the mouth. Flavors hard to describe: like opening the door to an ancient library with a bowl of fresh strawberries on the table. Good balance: detectable soft tannins, supportive acid. Long finish.” -Essential Northwest Wines, June 2014. ONE BOTTLE available.

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93 Points Wine Enthusiast | 91 Points Robert Parker | “From vines planted exclusively in Eyrie's inaugural decade at the original estate, their 2010 Chardonnay is fermented in old barriques, & follows the full-malo pattern… There is plenty of fresh apple as well as pear fruit, but not even a memory of green apple acid, & at the same time a seductive creaminess of texture allied to uncanny levity. A delightfully floral scent wafts atop the fruit. Subtle fruit pip piquancy; bitter-sweet raw almond & hazelnut; as well as saline & sweetly savory notes reminiscent of fresh scallop convey invigoration & saliva-inducement to a delectably long finish. Here is wine from the world's most ubiquitous white grape that's distinctively delicious and genuinely intriguing, a fine value that ought to prove fascinatingly versatile at table over the coming decade.” ONE case available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST VERTICAL: Eyrie Pinot Noir, Original Vines Reserve, Dundee Hills

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Representing a barrel selection from their founding vineyard and always constituting fewer than 250 cases, these wines present a rare chance to own some of these iconic wines in their youth, before the prices start to go up, up, up… Each six-pack contains TWO bottles each of the following wines: 2008 Pinot Noir, Original Vines Reserve…89 Points Robert Parker 2009 Pinot Noir, Original Vines Reserve…92 Points Robert Parker | 92+ Points Antonio Galloni 2010 Pinot Noir, Original Vines Reserve…91 Points Robert Parker | 93 Points Antonio Galloni 2012 Pinot Noir, Original Vines Reserve…94 Points Robert Parker | 93+ Points Antonio Galloni

"FAILLA (FAY-la) is a top-notch source of high quality, European-inspired wines that combine flavor, intensity and elegance. He is all about natural winemaking, securing top terroirs, and putting into the bottle the essence of what the grape and the site have produced.” (Robert Parker) 2014 Failla Chardonnay, Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley

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Loctaed in the Russian River Valley's cool climate Green Valley appellation, Keefer Ranch sits near the headwaters of Green Valley Creek and is planted on gentle well-drained slopes with Goldridge soil. 92 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Chardonnay Keefer Ranch is juicy, flavorful and open, all qualities that are typical of the Russian River. The Keefer Ranch…is delicious.” FIVE six-packs available.

MINI-VERTICAL: Failla Chardonnay, Husdon Vineyard, Carneros

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Grower Lee Hudson has reinvigorated this legendary vineyard with new plantings. This fruit was whole-cluster pressed into a combination of mixed-age French oak and concrete eggs. Each six-pack contains THREE bottles each of the following wines: 2012 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard // 94 Points Antonio Galloni (THREE cases available) 2013 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard // 93 Points Antonio Galloni (FOUR cases available)

MINI-VERTICAL: Failla Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville

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Haynes is one of the oldest continuously producing Chardonnay vineyards in Napa, planted in 1964. It is located in a cool pocket of the southeastern Napa Valley’s Coombsville AVA, in the shadow of Mt. George, the once-active volcano. Each six-pack contains THREE bottles each of the following wines:

2011 Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard // 93 Points Robert Parker (five BOTTLES available) 2012 Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard // 92 Points Antonio Galloni (seventeen BOTTLES available)

2011 Chardonnay, Chuy Vineyard // 92 Points Antonio Galloni (twenty-one BOTTLES available) 2012 Chardonnay, Chuy Vineyard // 95 Points Antonio Galloni (FOUR cases available) Thirst Wine Merchants | (405) 942-WINE | info@thirstwine.com | www.thirstwine.com

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“Dry-farmed, head-trained site tended by Chuy Ordaz since he planted the vineyard in 1964. Very tiny yields from Wente clone planting.” (PinotFile) The vineyard sits at 1000 feet elevation and overlooking the Sonoma Valley. Each six-pack contains TWO bottles each of the following wines:

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VERTICAL: Failla Chardonnay, Chuy Vineyard, Sonoma Valley


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2014 Chardonnay, Chuy Vineyard // 93-95 Points Antonio Galloni (FIVE six-packs available)

MINI-VERTICAL: Failla Pinot Noir, Hirsch Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview (Sonoma Coast)

David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage. At 1500' the Pacific Ocean is visible three miles to the southwest through the redwoods and firs that dot the

slopes and meadows. Each six-pack contains TWO bottles each of the following wines:

2013 Pinot Noir, Hirsch Vineyard … $$// 92 Points Antonio Galloni (FIVE cases available) 2014 Pinot Noir, Hirsch Vineyard … $$$ // 95 Points Antonio Galloni (FIVE six-packs available)

MINI-VERTICAL: Failla Pinot Noir, Occidental Ridge, Sonoma Coast

In 2004, after 20 years in the restaurant industry as a chef in San Francisco, Richard Radcliffe was lucky enough to have found a young, established vineyard above the town of Occidental. After receiving mentorship, taking viticulture classes, reading everything he could get his hands on, and investing in equipment, Richard has taken on all the day-to day management of this vineyard. Each 6-pack contains TWO bottles each of: 2013 Pinot Noir, Occidental Ridge … $$// 93 Points Antonio Galloni (FOUR cases available) 2014 Pinot Noir, Occidental Ridge … $$ // 92 Points Antonio Galloni (FIVE six-packs available)

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A MORE FORMIDABLE WINE DUO THAN ANDY ERICKSON AND ANNIE FAVIA. As a winemaker, Andy has skimmed the absolute top of Napa's cream: Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares and Staglin. Annie cut her teeth under John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison before working out in the vineyards with David Abreu, viticulturist to the brightest stars in Napa's firmament (Harlan Estate, Bryant Family and several of Erickson's clients). Together they could probably create a 98-point wine in their sleep.” (San Francisco Chronicle) 2014 Favia ‘Linea’ Sauvignon Blanc, Coombsville

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Our dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is now in its seventh year. Our team farms the land organically, helping to bolster the vines’ own efforts. The grapes are pressed whole-cluster, and the juice fermented in a combination of neutral barrels and stainless steel, with just a touch of new oak. We prevent malolactic fermentation, in order to focus attention on the nuance and aromatic detail of the wine. 71% Sauvignon Blanc “Clone 1,” 29% Sauvignon Musqué. 224 cases made. 94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Linea (Sauvignon Blanc) is striking. Lemon oil, white flowers and mint take shape in a pedigreed, exquisitely beautiful Sauvignon from a dry-farmed site in Coombsville. The blocked malo style keeps the flavors bright and focused throughout, but it is the wine's textural finesse and feel that place it among Napa Valley's finest Sauvignons.” FOUR cases available.

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Capturing many of the characteristics we love about Californian white wine, Suize exudes sensual aromatics of a myriad of citrus fruits and beeswax, which are generously supported by a vibrant acidity with broad density. This wine is not produced every year, and it is with baited (citrusy, floral!) breath that we share it with you and yours! 100% Viognier. 186 cases produced. FOUR cases available.

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2012 Favia ‘Suize’ Viognier, Shake Ridge Ranch, Amador County


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2012 Favia ‘Rompecabezas’, Shake Ridge Ranch, Amador County

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Our eighth vintage of Rompecabezas, Spanish for “jig-saw puzzle,” is inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone, but of course is decidedly Californian in nature. 30% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 35% Syrah. 485 cases made.

92 Points Wine Spectator | “A bit rustic, this offers plenty of moving parts, from rich, earthy blackberry flavors to cedar, spice and tobacco leaf hints, ending with gripping tannins. New elements emerge with every sip. Drink now through 2026.” THREE cases available.

2011 Favia ‘Quarzo’ Syrah, Shake Ridge Ranch, Amador County

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Quarzo hails from Ann Kraemer’s Shake Ridge Ranch. The intermixed quartz crystals, whittled down from large boulders throughout the vineyard, inspired the name Quarzo, Italian for “quartz.” 98.5% Syrah, 1.5% Viognier. 93+ Points Antonio Galloni | “A rich, powerful wine… Expressive savory and floral notes begin to make an appearance… This is another wine best buried in a cold corner of the cellar for at least another few years.” THREE cases available.

2012 Favia ‘Cerro Sur’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

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2012 marks our tenth vintage producing wine from a stunning two-acre block of Cabernet Franc planted nearly four decades ago at Rancho Chimiles. 62% Cab Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. THREE cases available.

97 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Cerro Sur is a real killer, demonstrating how well these two grapes blend together when crafted by two brilliant viticulturists and winemakers… This is pure genius and a great cuvée.”

2013 Favia ‘Cerro Sur’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

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The fruit for our Cerro Sur (“South Hill”) bottling comes from a breathtaking mountaintop block of Cabernet Franc planted more than 35 years ago on the famed Rancho Chimiles, high in the Vaca Mountains. 83% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. 347 cases amade. Ten THREE-PACKS available.

98 Points Robert Parker | “What a gorgeous effort …the impeccable purity and brilliant craftsmanship integrating tannin and acidity, new oak and alcohol into a high-fashion wine is obvious in this rich, potentially blockbuster and ageworthy wine. This is a sensational effort to drink over the next 25 years.”

2013 Favia ‘La Magdalena’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

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Fruit from the Summit Block of Oakville Ranch could be some of the most sought after and finest grapes grown in the world. We have been making wine from these vines for nearly a decade. 69% Cab Franc, 31% Cab Sauv.

97 Points Robert Parker | “Medium to full-bodied, with flawless integration of tannin and acidity, this is a terrific example of top-flight viticulture and winemaking. The tannins are soft enough to give the wine accessibility now, but it should continue to age nicely for 20+ years.” Eight THREE-PACKS available.

2013 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville (Napa Valley)

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94+ Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the southeastern Napa AVA of Coombsville is slightly more chunky with muscular blackberry and blueberry fruit, full body and a very structured, reserved, backward personality. This is a beauty, slightly bigger and more tannic than the other Favia offerings. Drink it over the next 25 years.” Four THREE-PACKS available.

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Our inaugural offering of Cabernet Sauvignon from our ‘hood in the southeast corner of Napa Valley is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 184 cases made.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, rather precipitately decided in 2005 to pull up their East Coast tent pegs so that he could pursue a dream of making wine in Walla Walla… These are top-notch efforts, and always show the fresher, more edgy and lean side to the region. Normally fermented with varying degrees of whole cluster and aged in neutral oak, they have Old World, classical profiles and will benefit from short-term cellaring and the wines all show firm, concentrated and age-worthy profiles.” (Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate) 2012 Gramercy Cellars Tempranillo ‘Inigo Montoya’, Walla Walla

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85% Tempranillo and 15% Syrah, aged in 2 – 7-year American oak barrels. 85% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah aged in 89% American Oak Barrels, 11% French Oak Barrels.

93 Points Robert Parker | “One of the few wines to see a large percentage of new oak and to show the better for it is the 2012 Tempranillo Inigo Montoya. It has lots of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and vanilla bean notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished profile on the palate. The tannin is perfectly ripe, it has integrated acidity and no shortage of length on the finish.” Eighteen BOTTLES available.

2012 Gramercy Cellars ‘The Third Man’, Walla Walla

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In 2012 we finally found that elusive red-black fruit combination of the best wines of the Southern Rhone. The black fruit of Les Collines is a fantastic blend with the Grenache and Mourvédre from Olsen and Alder Ridge Vineyards. The wines were blended and aged in 2-7 year old puncheons and 225L barrels. 57% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 5% Mourvédre. 650 cases made. 93 Points Robert Parker | 92 Points Stephen Tanzer | “A terrific blend, the 2012 The Third Man is the first vintage to incorporate grapes from a newly purchased vineyard, the Forgotten Hills vineyard, which is just north of Les Collines. Savory, spice-filled and complex, with lots of kirsch, blackberry, herbes de Provence, and hints of minerality… The finest vintage for this cuvee to date…” TWO cases available.

2013 Gramercy Cellars Syrah ‘The Duece’, Walla Walla

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In 2013, we believe this wine takes another step forward. In a story that will continue to unfold, in 2013 we again gained access to the famed Forgotten Hills Vineyard. Planted by Jeff Hill in the early 1990s, the vineyard was one of the first to put Washington Syrah on the map. 100% Syrah aged 18 months in neutral puncheon and 225L barrels. 60% whole cluster. 775 cases made.

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92-94 Points Robert Parker | 92 Points Stephen Tanzer | “Formerly called the Walla Walla Syrah, the 2013 Syrah The Deuce comes mostly from the Les Collines vineyard, yet also incorporates smaller amounts from Forgotten Hills and The Rocks vineyards. It has a lot of Rocks character in its meaty, pepper, lavender, olive and black and blue fruit-driven bouquet. This is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated and balanced Syrah that has solid tannic grip and good acidity. It will benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well for a decade after that.” SEVEN cases available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Winemaker Tony Biagi, who did some terrific work at the Plumpjack winery, has joined Jeff Smith at Hourglass winery where their goal is to keep the estate wines at a high level and upgrade the BlueLine part of the portfolio that emerges from further north in Calistoga. The Blue Line cuvées come from vineyards situated close to the Three Palms and Switchback Ridge vineyards.…” (Robert Parker) 2015 Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc, Calistoga

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2014 Hourglass Merlot, Blueline Vineyard, Calistoga

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The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is a study in contrasting vineyards. Larkmead Lane vineyard is on the same alluvial gravel beds as our Blueline Estate vineyard. As such, it elicits vibrancy and stony minerality, with a crisp Granny Smith apple tang in this varietal. By contrast, the 46 year-old head-trained vines of the Varozza Vineyard in St. Helena yield intensely rich and pure fruit. Between the vineyards and the three fermentations stainless steel, seasoned oak and new oak - we make up to seven distinctly different interpretations of Sauvignon Blanc before blending them to create a complex and layered wine that is both lively and rich.

91-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Merlot Blueline is fabulous. Floral and savory notes open up first, followed by intense dark red and blue fruits. A wine of delineation and nuance, the 2014 possesses terrific balance. I hope it goes into bottle just like this.”

2014 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon, Blueline Vineyard, Calistoga

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92-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, spice, new leather and white flowers race across the palate. Powerful, dense and inky to the core, the 2014 possesses marvelous concentration and opulence.”

2012 Hourglass Cabernet Franc, Blueline Vineyard, Calistoga

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91-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Cabernet Franc Blueline is inky, rich and explosive, with fabulous aromatic nuance to balance the overt fruit. Violets, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice abound as the 2014 shows off its deeply expressive personality and overall class. Mocha, dark chocolate and spice add the final shades of complexity.” ONE case available.

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96 Points Robert Parker | 95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 23-year-old vines) is a killer wine. Aged in a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, this wine displays notes of dark espresso, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, a dense, fullbodied mouthfeel, a fabulous texture and 50+ second length. This amazing example is one of the great Hourglass wines made to date and should drink well for 25 or more years.” FOUR cases available.

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2013 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon, Hourglass Estate, St. Helena

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Situated deep in the heart of the gently rolling hills of Napa, Carneros, Hudson Vineyards produces grapes of distinction from uniquely situated sites. The winemaking team is a collaboration between three people, Lee Hudson, owner and operator, John Kongsgaard, consulting winemaker and Christopher Vandendriessche, production winemaker. We all firmly believe that the wine is made in the vineyard, but the care and the attention to detail cannot stop there. Every effort possible is taken between the vineyard and you to make wines without compromise. 2013 Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros

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94 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Chardonnay was aged for 19 months in 80% new French oak but never reveals that it spent that length of time in so much oak. Crisp, elegant white peach, honeysuckle, and lemon honey are all present in this fullbodied, lovely, pure wine that only shows a whiff of vanillin. It is full-bodied, beautifully fresh, pure and vibrant. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.” FOUR cases available.

2013 Hudson Vineyards ‘Pick Up Sticks’ Red Wine, Carneros

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The 2013 vintage produced exceptionally delicate and aromatic Grenache, atypically we blended in a small amount of the richer “press fraction” juice which added a bit of plumpness to the mid pallet. The Grenache and Syrah were fermented separately in stainless tanks with a max temperature of 80°F to keep from blowing off the aromatics. The Viogner was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak and stirred weekly for 8 months for added complexity. The blend was assembled after one year in barrel and spent another 7 months in 2 year old French oak. Grenache, Syrah and Viogner. Eighteen BOTTLES available.

2013 Hudson Vineyards Syrah, Carneros

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95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Syrah shocked me. It is 100% Syrah, but it sure smells as if some Viognier was co-fermented. It is not a very big cuvée (only five barrels, or 125 cases), but it has the classic Côte Rôtie bacon fat/apricot/lychee character, with dark raspberries and blacker currants. Its deep, ripe dense purple color is followed by a full-bodied, beautiful, velvety textured, lush wine that is super-alluring, gorgeously pure and very French in style. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.” FIVE cases available.

2012 Hudson Vineyards ‘Old Master’ Red Wine, Carneros

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93 Points Antonio Galloni | “What a pleasure it is to taste the 2012 Old Master, Lee Hudson's Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend. Dark, intense and muscular, the 2012 boasts serious depth and fabulous overall balance. The flavors are brooding and inward, yet there is so much going on in the glass. Black cherry jam, spices, grilled herbs and leather open up over time, but it is the wine's pure personality that really shines. What a gorgeous wine this is.” Cabernet Franc & Merlot. 75 cases made. TWO cases available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST "In the top tier of producers in Washington State, wild man Charles Smith fashions singular, exotic wines that never lack for richness or texture. While his wines can push the limits in some vintages and be slightly controversial, there’s nothing controversial or over the top…they have beautiful purity of fruit, clean, integrated acid profiles and solid underlying structure. In almost all cases, given the quality, they represent incredible values.” (Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate) 2012 K Vintners Merlot, Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope

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Ground zero for Washington merlot. So generous yet so classy. Earth, stone dark fruit, dried herbs and subtle spice. So exact, multi-layers. It checks every box. This is it! Washington at its best! SIX cases available.

93-95 points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Merlot Northridge comes from the Wahluke Slope and is made from 100% Merlot that was aged in 60% new French oak. Loaded with fruit, it nevertheless stays graceful & very drinkable. It should drink nicely on release & evolve nicely for upward of a decade.”

2012 Charles Smith ‘BRONCHO’ Malbec, Stoneridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope

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This wine is so kick ass it has its own band, which happens to be from Oklahoma! One wild ride - a bursting kaleidoscope of flavor. 100% Malbec aged in 60% new French barrels (22 months). To be long lived, a classic! And an Oklahoma exclusive! 93 points Robert Parker | “Another terrific wine is the 2013 Malbec Stoneridge Vineyard Broncho. Made from 100% Malbec and aged mostly in neutral barrels, this beauty offers lots of black and blue fruits, violets, scorched earth and licorice in a full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced profile. As a whole, the state hasn't really figured Malbec out, but this is a terrific wine and one of the best examples of the variety out there.” EIGHT cases available.

2013 K Vintners ‘The Creator’ Cabernet/Syrah, Walla Walla

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Native yeast, hand punched down, lengthy maceration of whole berry Cabernet and whole cluster Syrah. Co-fermented, basket pressed, native malolactic. Aged in 70% new french oak for 22 months. 100% whole cluster. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah. From River Rock & Jack’s vineyards. 93-95 points Robert Parker | “The 2012 The Creator offers up a classic bouquet of cassis, lead pencil shavings and hints of herbs to go with a full-bodied, layered and balanced profile on the palate. Possessing fabulous Cabernet character, with rock star texture and building tannin, it will have another 12-15 years of prime drinking.” THREE cases available.

2012 K Vintners ‘The Klein’ Blend, Klein Vineyard, Walla Walla

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96 points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Klein has fabulous Cabernet notes of currants, ground herbs, crushed rocks and graphite to go with a deep, full-bodied, layered, concentrated style on the palate. Give it a few years, it will knock your socks off for a least the following 10-15 years.” FOUR cases available.

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Oh God! First words from my mouth and F**K Yeah! I still can’t believe it. Amazing! This vineyard is located at the Southwestern end of the Walla Walla Valley. This vineyard produces low yields and powerful, unique wines. 41% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc. 1.4 tons per acre; 100% whole berry; co-fermented; 33 days on skins; 80% new French barrique for 22 months.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2013 K Vintners ‘King Coal’, Stoneridge Vineyard Columbia Valley

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From the same vineyard of the Royal City Syrah… all hail the King! 70% Cab Sauv, 30% Syrah; co-fermented; 41 days on skins; 50% new French barrique for 22 months.

95 points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Cabernet/Syrah King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard, which is always a 70/30 mix of Cabernet and Syrah, is a beauty. Giving up lots of black currants, smoked earth, olive and background meatiness, it’s rich, voluptuously textured and concentrated, with tons to love. It’s approachable now due to all the fruit, but this puppy will cruise in the cellar over the coming couple of decades.” SIX cases available.

2013 K Vintners Syrah ‘Motor City Kitty’, Yakima Valley

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The Boushey vineyard was planted by Dick Boushey with the help of Brennon Leighton. This is the highest elevation plot and has a southwestern slope and sandy volcanic soils. Three clones of Syrah are planted on this site: 383, 174 and Joseph Phelps.

96 points Robert Parker | “Hold onto your hats with this puppy, the 2013 MCK Syrah comes from the highest elevation parcels in Boushey vineyard, from altitude close to 1,300 feet. From three different clones and aged 23 months in 30% new 400 liter puncheons, it comes screaming out of the glass with notes of gamey meats, black currants, lavender, flowers and black raspberries. Reminiscent of ripe Cote Rotie, it has full bodied richness, fine, fine tannin, solid concentration and a great finish. Count me a fan of this fabulous Syrah…” TEN cases available.

2012 K Vintners Syrah, Morrison Lane Vineyard, Walla Walla

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Oldest Syrah plantings in the Walla Walla Valley, planted in 1984. A classic K old school Syrah. 100% Whole Cluster Syrah; 42 Days on Skins; 35% New Oak for 19 Months. 93 points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Morrison Lane Syrah is one of the more classic, straight and focused Syrahs in the lineup. Showing lots of blackberry, kirsch, ground herbs and pepper, it’s full-bodied, balanced and even elegant, with plenty of tannic grip. Give it a year and enjoy bottles through 2027.” SEVEN cases available.

2012 K Vintners Syrah, River Rock Vineyard, Walla Walla

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A trail blazing syrah from a rocky-river bed vineyard. Just one word comes to mind: WOW! A great wine. Native yeast, hand punched down, lengthy maceration. Basket pressed, native malolatitc. Aged 25% New French oak, 18 months in barrel. 100% Syrah. SEVEN cases available.

94-96 points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Syrah River Rock Vineyards comes all from The Rocks region and was fermented with 100% whole clusters. Giving up massive minerality, with ground herbs, gunpowder, smoked earth, olive and assorted dark fruits…full-bodied richness, a layered, elegant feel that comes through on the finish.”

2013 K Vintners Syrah ‘The Beautiful’, Walla Walla

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94 points Antonio Galloni | 91 points Wine Spectator | “Lithe and savory, showing green olive, moss and wet leaf notes around a core of black cherry and plum fruit. The tannins are nicely contained, and the finish rolls on without excess weight. Best after 2017. 658 cases made.” TEN cases available.

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100% River Rock Vineyard, owned and farmed by Dana Dibble and planted in 2001. The site is located south of Walla Walla in the old Walla Walla River bed; the soil is rocky and with great drainage. The clone of Syrah sourced is Tablas Creek, which thrives in the big river stone cobble. This is the warmest site in the Walla Walla Valley. 96% Syrah co-fermented with 4% Viognier; 2 Tons Per Acre; 100% Whole Cluster; 45 Days on Skins; 30% New French Oak. As complex as Marilyn Monroe’s evening bag.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2012 K Vintners Syrah ‘The Hidden’, Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope

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100% Northridge Vineyard: loamy, fine sand over silica limestone, these ancient soils above the Missoula Flood plain are some of the best to grow fruit. This site is higher elevation and has cooler evenings, which creates later ripening, lots of minerality and concentration. 100% Whole Cluster Syrah; 48 Days on Skins; 60% New French Oak for 22 Months. A hidden gem! 98 points Robert Parker | “One of the most impressive Syrahs from Washington… The 2012 The Hidden Syrah certainly doesn’t disappoint and has jaw-dropping good notes of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets, lavendar and smoked meats that flow, seamlessly to a volumptuously textured, full-bodied, still young and yet evolved Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and have 15 years or more of overall longevity. This is truly spectacular.” SEVEN cases available.

2012 Charles Smith Syrah ‘Royal City’, Stoneridge Vineyard, Columbia Valley

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Only one is Royal City! Not just in a name, but in everything it is. Green and black olive, dry meat, roasted meat, camphor, warm earth, crushed rock. So elegant. Complex. Concentrated with finesse forever. Located northeast of the Wahluke Slope AVA, across the Saddle Mountains, near Royal City. Very rocky soils, in fact six different kinds, make up the complex profile of aptly named Stoneridge. 2008 was the first year we purchased anything besides Syrah from there, but now we are taking almost the entire vineyard to round out our top tier Charles Smith Wines portfolio. 2 Tons Per Acre; 100% Whole Cluster Syrah; 40 Days on Skins; 60% New Oak; 22 Months Aged on Lees in Puncheons. 99 points Robert Parker | “Another wine that flirts with perfection… it offers up a smorgasbord of aromas and flavors, including kirsch and dark fruits, gamey meats, pepper, liquid rock and olive brine. Insanely textured, with fullbodied richness and power, loads of sweet tannin and blockbuster length, give it a year or so and then drink this incredible Syrah over the following decade.” ONE case available.

In 1980, Robert Kamen came to Sonoma to celebrate the sale of his first screenplay (for the film Taps). While hiking the rugged hillsides of the Southern Mayacamas Mountains, Robert came upon a piece of property with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Remote, without roads, water or electricity, the 280 acres had an immediate visceral impact on Robert. A week later the property was his! In order to pay for the planting of the property, Robert turned back to writing and sold another screenplay, this time for a film called The Karate Kid. Today, Kamen produces tiny quantities of some of the best wines in northern California. And his “day job” as a screenwriter hasn’t turned out too bad either; his credits include Taken, The Fifth Element and A Walk in the Clouds. $$$$

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96 Points Robert Parker | “Kamen’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and his biggest cuvée of 1,800 cases. It’s a spectacular Cabernet, dense purple with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, pen ink and cassis followed by a full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured wine with sweet tannins, stunning delineation, precision (a characteristic of 2013) and great length and richness. This is a stunner – a fabulous wine and, at this price point, very attractive. It should drink well for 25-30 years.” FIFTEEN cases available.

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2013 Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Moon Mountain District

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Fifth-generation Napa natives, Maggy and I began our endeavor in the 1970s planting The Judge vineyard on the Kongsgaard family land near Napa. The inaugural Kongsgaard wines came in 1996. We now produce a handful of wines in our underground winery — a cave dug into the volcanic rock, high on the eastern rim of the Napa Valley where we have planted a spectacular mountain vineyard. We also direct the farming under long-term contracts on several perfect acres in the Napa Carneros and near the winery. These intensely farmed, shy-bearing vineyards and our traditional low-intervention winemaking produce powerful, graceful wines — vivid expressions of vineyard and variety. Production is limited to what we, with our son Alex, can make with our own hands.” (John Kongsgaard)

"John Kongsgaard is in search of the Holy Grail and these are among the most interesting, naturally made wines one will find on Planet Earth." (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate) “Kongsgaard consistently makes the best Chardonnay in California today.” (Eric Asimov, The New York Times) 2013 Kongsgaard Chardonnay, Napa Valley

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The exceptional 2013 wines all have the intense personalities that we find in the very best vintages when nature completely cooperates. Wild fermentations give the individual wines fragrance and richness that make them uniquely Kongsgaard. Robert Parker tasted our 2013s from the barrel and concluded, "Kongsgaard is overflowing with liquid treasures." The Chardonnay Napa Valley is from our blocks of the Hudson and Hyde vineyards, ripened perfectly to give us wine that truly belongs in our Pantheon. 95-97 Points Robert Parker | 93-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The spectacular 2013 Chardonnay (1,500 cases) exhibits notes of white peach, hints of apricots, pineapples and wet rocks and is amazingly full-bodied, fresh, rich, broad and savory with great fruit on the attack. It should turn out to be one of the estate’s finest Chardonnays given its fresh acids and minerality that buttress the wine’s big, bold, exuberant style. Drink now through 2022.” Please inquire about availability.

2013 Kongsgaard Syrah, Hudson Vineyard, Carneros

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95-97 Points Robert Parker | 96-98 Points Antonio Galloni | “Not to be forgotten is the Côte Rôtie-like Syrah (about 300 cases). The full-bodied 2013 Syrah exhibits lots of charcuterie, roasted meat, smoked duck, spring flower, black raspberry and blackberry characteristics. I know of no other Syrah that is remotely similar in style. It tastes like a Côte Rôtie on steroids. Drink now through 2025.” Please inquire about availability.

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The 2013 Syrah is an exotic masterpiece with its dense smoky, gamey intensity and profoundly long finish. Its spiritual antecedent lies in the northern Rhone between the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. With this inspiration we have made one of the most distinctive Syrahs in California from our tiny volcanic vineyard on the Hudson Ranch in the Napa Carneros, which we have made for 20 years. Indeed Robert Parker notes, "I know of no other Syrah that is remotely similar in style. It tastes like a Cote Rotie on steroids - lots of charcuterie, roast meat, smoked duck, spring flower, and black raspberry." Galloni found it to be an "exciting, viscerally thrilling wine with an exotic bouquet of bacon fat, black pepper, grilled herbs, game and graphite. Even with all the intensity, the Syrah remains utterly vivid and nuanced throughout." 320 cases produced


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST In 1977, Robin Lail joined Robert Mondavi for a five-year apprenticeship. She then went on to co-found Dominus in 1982 with her sister Marcia Smith and the brilliant winemaker Christian Moueix. In the following year, Robin cofounded Merryvale Vineyards with Bill Harlan, his partners at Pacific Union and Jon Lail. She served as President of Merryvale for 10 years. In 1995, the Lails sold their interests in Merryvale and Dominus and established Lail Vineyards with Philippe Melka (Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29) as winemaker. 2014 Lail ‘Georgia’ Sauvignon Blanc, Totem Vineyard, Napa Valley

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This exquisite, Graves-like Sauvignon Blanc, Georgia is fermented and aged in all new French oak for 18 months before being bottled. 300 cases produced.

94-96 Points Robert Parker | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Georgia is vaguely reminiscent of the great Haut-Brion Blanc from Bordeaux, which has some Semillon blended with the Sauvignon. This is a fabulous effort from Robin Lail, and again, from the dry-farmed Totem Vineyard in Yountville. Wonderful citrus oil, crushed rock, white flowers, marmalade, melon and grapefruit notes are all present in this full-bodied beauty that soaks up the new oak beautifully and has tremendous precision and freshness. It should drink well for at least 10-15 years based on how the 2004 has evolved.”

2011 Lail ‘J. Daniel Cuvée’, Napa Valley

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The flagship wine of Lail Vineyards, the J. Daniel is the 21st century interpretation of the family’s highly acclaimed Cabernet blends of the past, and is beautifully integrated, elegant and subtly Bordelaise blend that is now 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

94+ Points Antonio Galloni | “Blackberry, cassis, leather and a hint of nutty oak on the rather reticent nose, with suggestions of superripe fruit that may come from some Calistoga fruit. Lush and savory on the palate, with coffee, mocha, clove and herbs nicely accenting the dark berry fruit.” ONE six-pack available.

2013 Lail ‘J. Daniel Cuvée’, Napa Valley

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2012 Lail ‘Mole Hill’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

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Mole Hill is a three-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted in 1993. It is nestled beside a gorge on Howell Mountain at 1700 feet with a western exposure. The gorge acts as a vacuum pulling summer fog up from the valley floor, creating a unique microclimate for the vineyard. In combination with soil depth, this creates a spartan home for the vines, generating a concentration of flavors in the grapes. Mole Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is produced only in exceptional vintages and always in minute quantities. This is only the fourth time in twenty years that we have bottled this single-vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard at the top of Howell Mountain. THREE bamboo-box THREE-PACKS available.

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99+ Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012 (which scored 100 points), but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new French oak. Just under 1,000 cases are produced. Earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, grilled meats and spice are all present in this opaque purple wine. Graphite and floral notes are also present. It is full-bodied and ripe with beautiful purity and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin. It should evolve and age beautifully for 30+ years.” FIVE six-packs available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Leonetti Cellar was founded by my parents in 1977 as Walla Walla’s first commercial winery. What is far less understood is that the presence of our family in Walla Walla spans over a century long into the deep silt loam of this valley. I grew up making weekend and summer trips the short distance down the old dirt road to the Leonetti farm they established in 1906, the same site where my father would come to plant his first commercial vineyard in 1974. Our team works tirelessly to continue to improve on a defined “classic” that my parents have created. It is through our work that you will be witness to new and exciting opportunities that my generation will employ to continue the longevity of Leonetti to many generations after me. (Chris Figgins, Winemaker) 2013 Leonetti Cellar Merlot, Walla Walla

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2013 Leonetti Cellar Reserve Red Wine, Walla Walla

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94 Points Robert Parker | "The only 2013 I was able to taste from Leonetti, the 2013 Merlot is a blockbuster from this team that’s certainly one of the best examples of this variety in the state. Giving up gorgeously pure notes of blackcurrants, licorice, charcoal and Asian spice, this medium to full-bodied beauty has a voluptuous, layered and seamless texture, building, fine tannin and a terrific finish…it will have 20 years of longevity.” FOUR six-packs available. 96 Points Robert Parker | "The 2013 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from estate vineyard and is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. This full-bodied, ripe, yet still elegant Cabernet (which checks in at 14.7% alcohol) has terrific purity, ripe, polished tannin and a great finish. It has the purity and finesse to drink beautifully today, but it will have 20-25 years of overall longevity.” TEN sixpacks available. 96 Points Robert Parker | "Similar to the straight Cabernet release, the 2013 Walla Walla Reserve has even more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend and is 81% Cabernet, 11% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. A touch fresher and more focused than the Cabernet Sauvignon release, this beautiful concentrated, impeccably balanced 2013 will need 4-5 years of cellaring and have 20-25 years of overall longevity.” FOUR six-packs.

2011 Figgins Estate Red, Walla Walla

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96+ Points Robert Parker | "The Figgins 2012 Estate Red Wine is flat-out knockout stuff. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend is ultra-pure, elegant and silky… This is one of the top Cabernets coming out of Washington and readers should not miss it.” TWELVE six-packs available.

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93 Points Robert Parker | 93+ Points Stephen Tanzer | "53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot; from vines planted 1,500 to 1,750 feet above sea level. Pure, complex aromas of cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, mint, minerals, licorice and spicy oak. Sweeter and lusher than the Leonetti Reserve blend I tasted before it but less complex today… The tannins are huge but still a bit less tough than those of the Leonetti Reserve, and the wine’s inherent sweetness shows through on the very long aftertaste. From a cool site in a very cool year.” FOUR six-packs available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Lewis Cellars is a small family winery established in 1992 by Debbie and Randy Lewis, and joined by their son Dennis. Total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. We are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and we thrive on this challenge and the relationships we cultivate in the process. It is our continuing goal to create world class wines. $

2015 Lewis Chardonnay, Napa Valley

95 Points Wine Spectator (’14) | “A bold, rich and creamy style that's remarkably elegant and graceful, with a bounty of ripe flavors built around white peach, nectarine, honeysuckle, fig and floral aromas. Finishes with a long sustained finish that keeps repeating the fruit themes. Drink now through 2021.” FIVE cases available.

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2015 Lewis Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

93 Points Wine Spectator (’14) | “Ultrarich, this offers tiers of tight, vibrant peach, pear, fig and tangerine flavors, turning creamy and polished midpalate and soaring from there. Ends with a dash of toasty cedary oak. Drink now through 2021.” FIVE cases available.

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2014 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

95 Points Wine Spectator (’13) | “Remarkably elegant and refined for a wine of this size and depth, with tiers of plum, blackberry and currant flavors, as well as subtle touches of black licorice that remain pure and graceful on the long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2028.” FIVE cases available.

MARTIN ESTATE is located in Block B of the original Caymus Land Grant, in the heart of Napa Valley's premium Cabernet Sauvignon region now known as the "Rutherford Appellation". They specialize in age-worthy, elegant Bordeaux-style blend from the historic winery home of Napa pioneer Georges De Latour. Martin Estate wines are organically-farmed and 100% grown, produced and bottled exclusively at the estate, which was established in 1887. “This historic property in Rutherford sits on the famous Rutherford Bench, near the iconic Caymus. Aaron Pott has been brought in as the consulting winemaker, and while I have had some experience with previous vintages, these are by far the finest wines I have seen from Martin Estate.” (Robert Parker, October 2014)

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95 Points Robert Parker | “An absolutely magnificent wine from their 7-acre Rutherford Bench vineyard, but a limited production (about 250 cases), this wine exhibits an opaque purple color and a sweet nose of cedar wood, licorice, blackberry and cassis fruit and darker cherries. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, shows decent acidity, very supple but noticeable tannin, and a terrific, multilayered mouthfeel. This is the best wine I have ever tasted from Martin Estate. It should continue to drink well for another 20+ years.” TWELVE wood sixpacks available.

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2013 Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Collector’s Reserve’, Rutherford


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST "Really, you can't do better than Mayacamas Vineyards for California wine profoundness... [they are] the source of some of Napa Valley's most significant wines, both red and white... Mayacamas Vineyards makes some of California's greatest Cabernets, period.”( Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator)

2013 Mayacamas Estate Chardonnay, Mount Veeder

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The 2013 Mayacamas Chardonnay is approachable and giving in its youth – at this early stage, the wine is expressive of both flowers - lilac, lily, honeysuckle and orange blossom - and fruits - full aromas of white peach, kaffir lime zest, cantaloupe, and lychee. On the palate the youthful fruit is tempered by flint, wet stones, pear skin and nutmeg making for a supple yet fresh wine. The fruit was harvested over 3 weeks in September. Fermentation was very cool (60 degrees), and completed over 2 weeks. The wine was aged in very large American oak casks for 6 months, followed by a year in French oak barriques. Only 10% new oak was used. 94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2013 Chardonnay is built on breadth textural richness. Candied lemon, honey and almonds flesh out in a deep, powerful Chardonnay built on explosive energy and breadth. The resonant, unctuous finish is striking.” FOUR cases available.

2009 Mayacamas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder

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Over many decades, Mayacamas Vineyards has garnered a reputation for consistently producing one of the longest-lived, classic style Cabernet Sauvignons in the Napa Valley. Fresh and vibrant in its youth, Mayacamas Cabernet ages effortlessly in the cellar. The 2009 vintage is no exception – the effusive nose is packed with aromas of black cherry, wild strawberry, sage, licorice, fig and red rose, while the bright acidity and firm but elegant tannins suggest much life ahead. Full of spirit and energy, 2009 is a classic year for Mayacamas. In the vineyard, the grapes were harvested early to retain bright acidity and firm tannins. After fermentation in cement vessels built in the 1950’s, the wines aged in mostly neutral wood – a combination of large format foudre and small barrique - for three years before bottling. TWO cases available. The Mayacamas wines have only been reviewed intermittently over the years, and the 2009 Cabernet was one of the vintages with no “professional” reviews. But here’s a rundown of scores from Antonio Galloni over the past several years, going back to his time at The Wine Advocate:

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2004: 95 Points | 2005: 97 Points | 2007: 96 Points | 2010: 95+ Points | 2012: 93-96 Points

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Mount Eden is one of the United States’ great heritage estates and a reference point winery. The Chardonnays and Pinots have a track record for aging spectacularly well. As outstanding as the Chardonnays and Pinots can be, I was also pretty surprised by the quality of the Cabernet Sauvignons. If I am looking for an aged bottle of California Chardonnay or Pinot, Mount Eden is always at or near the top of my list.” (Robert Parker) 2012 Mount Eden ‘Estate’ Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mts.

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In the late 1940s and early 1960s, Martin Ray planted six acres of Chardonnay vines propagated from a Burgundian selection grown in the original Paul Masson vineyard. 20 acres of Estate Chardonnay are now farmed at Mount Eden from which yields average one to two tons per acre, far below the average

for Chardonnay in California. 95 points Wine Spectator | “#5: Top100 of 2015! Spicy, toasty, aromatic oak offers an enticing start, with a fresh, vibrant core of lemon-lime, lemon curd, white peach and stone fruit that is very tight, dense, focused and persistent. Ends with a juicy Key lime aftertaste. Drink now through 2029. 1,986 cases made.” SEVEN cases available.

2009 Mount Eden ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mts.

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The difference in making the Reserve Chardonnay and the Estate Chardonnay lies solely in a curious practice sometimes used in the making of renowned white Burgundies. Chardonnay that has been aged for ten months in barrel is then put it into a stainless steel tank with all the gross lees where it remains for an additional ten months. During that time, all of the sediments (mainly yeast lees) are magically absorbed into the wine, similar to the process of making Champagne. 96 points Antonio Galloni | “The 2009 Chardonnay Reserve shows the Mount Eden style at its very best. ASeemingly endless layers of fruit caress the palate in a silky, utterly polished Chardonnay that should drink well for at least 1015 years. This is a magnificent showing from Mount Eden and proprietor Jeffrey Patterson.” ONE case.

2013 Mount Eden ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mts.

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Martin Ray planted Pinot Noir at Mount Eden in 1945. The budwood came from Paul Masson’s original vineyard near Mount Eden. It is likely the selection came from one of Louis Latour’s finest vineyards and was brought by Masson to California during the 1880s.

94+ points Antonio Galloni| “Dense and powerful, yet also very tightly wound, the 2013 is in no mood to show all of its cards. Still, the intensity of the vintage is impossible to miss. The 35% whole clusters are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. This ample, large-scaled Pinot will reward those who wait. I will not be surprised if the 2013 is even better in another few years, as it holds considerable promise.” FIVE cases available.

2011 Mount Eden ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mts.

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95 points Antonio Galloni | "Fresh, vibrant & energetic to the core, this stunning, beautifully delineated Cabernet Sauvignon might need another decade to show the full breadth of its pedigree, but it's all there. Pinot Noir at Chardonnay get most of the attention at Mount Eden, yet the Cabernet can be every bit as intriguing, just as it is here.”

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In the 1890s, the famed viticulturist Emmett Rixford obtained selected cuttings from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux and planted his famous La Questa Vineyard with these selections, in the same proportions as found at Margaux. In the late 1940s Martin Ray planted his first Cabernet vineyard with cuttings from the La Questa Vineyard. SIX cases available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “This operation has elicited considerable acclaim… First of all is the terroir, a stunning location high on Pritchard Hill, a neighborhood filled with Napa superstars, such as Colgin, Bryant Family, Continuum, and David Arthur. What is so striking about these three cuvees is their opulence, silkiness, purity, and burgeoning complexity. I had heard terrific things about Ovid, and this trio lived up to my lofty expectations.” (Robert Parker) (3 Pack) $$$$$ 96 Points Antonio Galloni | 95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Ovid is another superb, pedigreed wine. Here, too, the style is built on silkiness and total sense of refinement. Weightless, perfumed and silky, the 2012 opens up gradually in the glass, but it remains a bit shocked by its recent bottling. Readers need to be patient here. There is a translucent beauty to the dark red stone fruit, spice and leather nuances, but in the end, the 2012 is really a wine of textural polish and pure pleasure.” 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. FOUR three-packs available.

2012 OVID. Red Wine, Pritchard Hill

(3 Pack) $$$$$ 98 Points Antonio Galloni | 98 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Proprietary Red, a slightly different blend from the 2012 of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, is a much smaller production of 350 cases. This wine, which ratchets up the level of intensity, has an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of blackberry, blueberry and cassis as well as hints of espresso, white flowers, and subtle background toast. The wine hits the palate with a cascade of gorgeous fruit, sweet tannin, great delineation and acidity, and a long, velvety, voluptuously textured mouthfeel. This big, inky, thick, juicy wine should age beautifully for 25-30 years.” TEN three-packs available.

2013 OVID. Red Wine, Pritchard Hill

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2012 OVID Experiment NO. V6.2, Pritchard Hill (3-Pack) $$$$$ V is for Verdot... Petit Verdot, that is. Petit Verdot is a grape that is usually used in very small quantities (like 2% or 3%) in Bordeaux blends, adding deep notes, purple pigment and spiciness to the mix. Ovid's Petit Verdot comes from a tiny block and is unusually rich and balanced -- especially so in 2012 -- which inspired us to give it a more prominent role in our latest experiment blend. Cabernet Sauvignon contributes great structure plus boysenberry and black cherry, while Cabernet Franc adds violets, sage and lush red fruit. Complementing these is the Petit Verdot, with its concentrated and savory bass notes of cardamom, allspice, blackberry and bacon. Experiment V6.2 has depth, dimension, and one more v-word: Verve. How to decode an experiment label: V = Verdot \\ 6 = Block 6 \\ .2 = 2012. 68.31% Cabernet Franc, 19.49% Petit Verdot, 12.20% Cabernet Sauvignon. FIFTEEN 3-packs available.

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2012 OVID Experiment NO. L2.2, Pritchard Hill (3-Pack) $$$$$ The 2012 Experiment L2.2 wine celebrates the intermingling of these iconic grapes. In this concise and polished blend, the articulate Cabernet Sauvignon sets the stage, contributing black cherry, boysenberry, anise and ample tannins, and then the Merlot steps in, rounding out and softening the wine while adding silky texture and plush red fruit. How to decode an experiment label: L = Left Bank \\ 2 = two varieties \\ .2 = 2012. 72.67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27.33% Merlot. FIFTEEN 3packs available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST As a winemaker, Paul Hobbs is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to trufflehunting dog. First hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging, he then joined the Opus One team for their first six vintages before founding his own winery in 1991. 2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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2012 Cobos Malbec, Marchiori Vineyard, Mendoza

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93 Points Robert Parker | “Hobbs has hit the bull’s-eye with his selection of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons. There are 5,800+ cases of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which has some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot in the blend. About 40% of this comes from their estate vineyard in Coombsville. This is just beautiful, an earthy, graphite-laden, crème de cassis-scented wine with plenty of depth, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long, opulent finish. This wine is a beauty, and really over-delivers for a generic Napa cuvée. Drink it over the next 10+ years.” FOUR cases available. 94 Points Robert Parker | “The top of the range, the 2012 Cobos Malbec Marchioli Vineyard is sourced from the oldest vineyards in the Marchioli estate. It's a ripe, heady and floral Malbec with plenty of notes from the creamy oak, but it feels like the fruit has been able to integrate the 100% new oak quite well, which is better than some of its Bramare siblings. Perhaps the natural concentration of the juice from these 80-year-old vines helps the full-bodied palate to feel quite integrated and show good freshness. There is a special vibrancy to the fruit that is structured with abundant, fine-grained, sweet tannins.” ONE six-pack available.

“Aaron Pott is about to become the next brilliant winemaking consultant to burst out from the shadows of consulting with his own bevy of sensational and individualistic wines. His résumé is impressive, having worked with the likes of the late Christine Valette at Château TroplongMondot, Michel Rolland, and John Kongsgaard at Newton. He is doing some terrific consulting work, but he is saving some of his most interesting projects for himself...” (Robert Parker) 2012 Pott 'La Carte et le Territoire' Cabernet Franc, Young-Inglewood Vineyard, St. Helena $$$$

95 Points Robert Parker | 94 Points Antonio Galloni | “A blend of Merlot & Cabernet Franc, it is a beautiful, dense purple-colored wine with lots of mulberry, black cherry & blackcurrant fruit, a lush, opulent, full-bodied texture, & stunning purity as well as depth. Drink this super 2012 over the next 10+ years.” ONE case available.

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94 Points Antonio Galloni | “Searing tannins and layers of pure blue/blackish fruit make a very positive first impression in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Her Majesty's Secret Service. Naturally the tannins need time to soften, but in a vintage in which wines can lack structure, a little bit of spine is a very good thing. Graphite, smoke, licorice and tobacco add nuance as the flavors build to a dizzying crescendo of intensity.” THREE cases available.

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2012 Pott 'Kaliholmanok’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Thomas Rivers Brown “Thomas Rivers Brown (TRB) is the nation’s hottest winemaker. In 2008, he made history as the youngest winemaker to receive a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker – and he received two of them, for the 2006 Schrader “Old Sparky” and 2006 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignons. The next vintage, with the same two wines, he again received two 100-point scores from Parker, and also received two 100-point scores from the Wine Spectator’s James Laube. And it’s been more of the same ever since… He was Food & Wine’s ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2010, and in addition to Schrader, he’s the winemaker behind highly regarded labels like Outpost, Maybach, Revana, Pulido~Walker, and about a dozen others.” -Terroirist

“When Napa Cabernet is debated, Brown’s name is increasingly mentioned. Of all the spectacular Cabernets made in the past decade, his is one of the most inspiring collections. Since 2000, he has made a record ten 100-point wines.” (James Laube, Wine Spectator)

Pulido~Walker is the culmination of a patient journey toward the possible. Under the watchful eye of our winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown (Schrader, Outpost, Revana), we chose two remarkable vineyard sites where the natural alchemy of geography, soil, climate, and clone combine to yield a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon greater than the sum of its parts. 2012 Pulido~Walker Cabernet Sauvignon, Melanson Vineyard, Pritchard Hill (3-pack wood box) $$$$$ What makes Clone 6 especially compelling is its inherent structure. This small berry’s thicker skin gives the 2012 vintage plenty of backbone to balance the more fruit-generous qualities of the valley floor. The wine has enough tannin to buffer the caramelized brown sugar and maple syrup elements that appear year after year. After 20 months barrel aging in 100% French oak, we bottled without fining or filtration. 265 cases produced. 94 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard, which I tasted and reviewed last year right after bottling, has opened up somewhat and displays a dense ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and black raspberry fruit, some creamy oak and a floral underpinning as well as some foresty notes. The wine is medium to full-bodied, rich and ripe, with sweet tannin and a long finish. This beauty should drink well for another 15-20 years.” ONE wood-box THREE-PACK available.

2013 Pulido~Walker Cabernet Sauvignon, Panek Vineyard, Saint Helena (3-pack wood box) $$$$$

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96 Points Robert Parker | “The real superstar is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard, which has an opaque purple color, a scent of pen ink, notes of blackberry, blueberry and cassis along with some subtle background vanillin and baking spices, a wonderful floral note, and an opulent, full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds. This is a stunner to drink now as well as over the next 20-25 years.” 20 wood-box THREE-PACKS available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST BROTHERS IN VISION In a remote, raw territory, where we have looked and admired for decades begins the realization of RAEN. These hills of the Sonoma Coast provide a diversity of soil, elevation and climate that allow for wines of incredible expression, density and length. Our 3 distinct hillside vineyard estates lie within miles of the Pacific Ocean. This climate, these soils and this aspect are diverse and perfect for the ever challenging, tight bunched, thin skinned grapes of Pinot Noir. Our commitment remains to produce the best expression of these sites. For us, RAEN is our creed, ethos and mantra that embody our dream in wine. Our goal is to make Pinot Noir that can sit alongside the finest of the world. Our name RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally. RAEN also reminds us that RAIN becomes wine in our vineyards. –Carlo & Dante Mondavi

“RAEN, meantime, has taken aim directly at California’s avant-garde, a place not necessarily occupied by the Mondavis in recent years. The style of Pinot Noir being made by Carlo and Dante, with a hand from Kristof Anderson (Scribe), has propelled the Sonoma Coast’s more extreme corners to fame, and not a small amount of controversy: bright, evanescent wines with as much mineral as fruit distinction; a reliance on whole-cluster fermentation; a bare minimum of new oak; modest alcohol levels. The wines show a clarity and confidence in their flavors that, to be candid, is rare among most Pinot debuts.” (San Francisco Chronicle) 2014 RAEN Pinot Noir ‘Royal St. Robert Cuvée’, Sonoma Coast

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Royal St. Robert Cuvée is named in the honor of our grandfather who taught us to be committed to excellence. This bottling is a selection of our finest barrels to represent this world class site in wine. Fresh cut wild strawberries fill the bowl with sweet resin, white tea, thyme, forest floor and rose petals. The texture is rich, complex with silky fine-grained tannins leading to a long sumptuous finish. 70% whole cluster • 11 day maceration • Wild-native fermentation • Aged 10 months in 60 gallon French barrels (No new oak) along with 1 puncheon • Bottled without fining or filtration.

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95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Pinot Noir Royal St. Robert Cuvée (Sonoma Coast) is fabulous. Bright, focused and nuanced, the 2014 offers striking purity and exceptional overall balance. Dark red and purplish berries, mint, lavender, sage, licorice and white flowers are all super-expressive today. The lifted, gracious style is hugely appealing.” (Vinous Media). 450 cases produced. ONE six-pack available.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST As winemaker Celia Welch explained, when you taste through the different lots of Scarecrow Cabernet, “sometimes there are too many sopranos, and you need to weed out a little.” The M. Étain (for “Monsieur Étain,” basically French for “Mr. Tin” or “Tin Man”) bottling represents “five great barrels you don’t want to give up.” This wine also tends to get a little of the Petit Verdot grown in the J.J. Cohn vineyard which has never gone into the Scarecrow. Brett Lopez sells off the fruit not used for Scarecrow or M. Etain to the likes of Niebaum-Coppola, Etude and Lail, the label of John Daniel’s daughter Robin Daniel Lail. 2 0 1 3 M . É T A I N Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

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95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon, which is hardly a second wine by any means, offers beautiful blackcurrant fruit with some cedar wood/sandalwood notes, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, and that layered texture that is so enticing. This wine has the sweetness and opulence to be drunk young, but won't hit its prime for at least another 5-8 years and keep for 20-30.”

American Classics | “Year-in and year-out this is one of the most interesting as well as fascinating group of wines and projects in Napa Valley. First, Schrader has two committed owners, secondly a brilliant winemaker in Thomas Brown, and thirdly, one of the true first-growth vineyard sites in all of Napa Valley, the famed Beckstofferowned To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. There is also a new Beckstoffer vineyard in Oakville called Las Piedras. In top vintages, Schrader’s Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines can be as good as money can buy ... anywhere in the world.” (Robert Parker)

Mini-Vertical: Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Las Piedras ‘LPV’, St. Helena

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The Las Piedras Vineyard, a name that translates to “the stones” in Spanish, is an exceptional rolling estate in North East St. Helena district that carries a rich viticultural history dating back to its founding by Edward Bale in the 1840s. An exceptional terroir makes this vineyard unique, where the vines contour to the gentle slope and live in rocky soil that creates a perfectly stressed environment ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones 4 & 337.

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2013 LPV: 98-100 Points Robert Parker | “These wines share the same characteristics with the 2012s and I’ll have a greater peg on them once they’re in bottle, but as you can tell, the production ranges from a very small 240 cases of the Georges III in Rutherford to 640 cases of the Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon LPV. Wines, at least from barrel, that have three-digit score potential include the Cabernet Sauvignon RBS from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon T-6 and the Cabernet Sauvignon LPV from the Las Piedras Vineyard. Bravo!” FIVE six-packs available.

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2012 LPV: 96-98 Points Robert Parker | “There are 600 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV. The best example I have seen of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard to date, it offers lots of flowery, blueberry and blackberry fruit interwoven with notions of lead pencil shavings, loamy soil, unsmoked cigar tobacco, incense and forest floor. This tremendously complex, intense, full-bodied 2012 flirts with perfection as many of Schrader’s amazing wines do. Bravo!” THREE six-packs available.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST Mini-Vertical: Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To-Kalon ‘T6’, Oakville

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Originally planted by pioneer Hamilton Crabb in 1868, To Kalon – meaning “highest beauty” in Greek – is a noble “first growth” estate in Oakville that has established itself as the preeminent source of Napa Valley’s finest grapes. The vineyard is defined by its high mineral content and exceptional drainage and offers optimal north-south sun exposure by day with cool coastal breezes at night which we feel is the ideal environment for growing our Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% Clone 6. 2012 T6: 95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6 is not terribly different [from the other To-Kalon wines], but Clone 6 is believed to be old Bordeaux clones brought over to Napa Valley. The wine has terrific fruit intensity, blackcurrants, blackberry, licorice… Deep, full-bodied, powerful and rich, this, again, shows the vintage’s voluptuous texture, full-bodied power and richness.” Seven BOTTLES available. 2013 T6: 96-98 Points Robert Parker | “These wines share the same characteristics with the 2012s and I’ll have a greater peg on them once they’re in bottle, but as you can tell, the production ranges from a very small 240 cases of the Georges III in Rutherford to 640 cases of the Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon LPV. Wines, at least from barrel, that have three-digit score potential include the Cabernet Sauvignon RBS from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon T-6 and the Cabernet Sauvignon LPV from the Las Piedras Vineyard. Bravo!” Eleven BOTTLES available.

Mini-Vertical: Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To-Kalon ‘RBS’, Oakville

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In the words of Henry Hartman, “success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” With more than a decade of experience in the vineyard we definitely had the preparation part down, however we were happily surprised by the unlimited opportunity given to us by Mother Nature in 2012. The growing conditions were beyond fabulous, provding the double benefit of phenomenal quality as well as grand abundance, a winemaker’s dream. Serendipitous and trouble-free, the pristine conditions of the season delivered a harvest with both marvelous quality and ample quantity, an ideal combination. 100% Clone 337. SOLD OUT 2012 RBS: 96-100 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is one of the potential candidates for perfection. Half the crop was thinned out and the result is a wine with incredible aromas of lead pencil shavings, licorice, crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur, roasted coffee beans and vanilla. The good news is there are 625 cases of this sensational wine.” 2013 RBS: 98-100 Points Robert Parker | “Wines, at least from barrel, that have three-digit score potential include the Cabernet Sauvignon RBS from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon T-6 and the Cabernet Sauvignon LPV from the Las Piedras Vineyard. Bravo!” Fourteen BOTTLES available.

PNV: 2011 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘TFA Cuvée’ PNV—Lot 6, Napa Valley

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For the 2013 PNV auction, Fred Schrader and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown are proud to present a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that offers an enticing mix of ripe black and red fruit flavors with a lusciousness and complexity that carry through to a sophisticated, persistent finish. This cuvée is blended from the most significant vineyard blocks in our program, with specific barrel lots chosen for their enticing and multi-layered aromatics. Purchased at 2013 Premiere Napa Valley Auction for $25,000. Each bottle is hand-numbered and signed by the winemaker. FIVE cases produced.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “From the release of the 2001 vintage, the winery's first effort, Sea Smoke was a near instant success. With the coveted site and a talented winemaking team, Sea Smoke quickly became one of the more sought after Pinot Noirs in California. Sold almost exclusively to mailing list customers, the wine joined the ranks of the "hard to get your hands on them" Pinots like Marcassin, Rochioli, and Kosta Browne.” (PinotFile) 2012 L.D. Sea Smoke ‘SEA SPRAY’ Blanc de Noirs, Sta. Rita Hills

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Late Disgorged Bottling. Hand-harvested in late August of 2012, the Pinot Noir for this methode champenoise sparkling wine is the result of a careful cluster selection from Sea Smoke’s estate vineyard. The grapes were gently pressed following an evening in our cold room, then transferred to stainless tanks to begin a long, cool fermentation, which was completed in once-used and neutral French oak barrels. Following nine months of sur lie aging in barrel, the wine was bottle aged an additional 24 months en tirage prior to disgorging. The wine was finished with no dosage, to preserve its finesse. 100% Sea Smoke Estate Pinot Noir aged in once-used and neutral French oak barrels. The nuanced nose expresses cranberries, lavender, fresh bread and lemon curd. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.

2013 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

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95 Points Robert Parker | “The 2013 Chardonnay is the first vintage to see aging in a new foudre. It offers similar orchard and stone fruits, brioche and white flowers. Its acidity, oak and fruit are all beautifully integrated. One of the few whites from the region to really offer terrific texture and depth, this gorgeous 2013 is full-bodied, layered and fresh, with classic precision and length on the finish. It will have a decade of longevity.” The 2013 Sea Smoke Chardonnay aged for a total of 16 months in 55% new French oak. Please inquire.

2014 Sea Smoke ‘SOUTHING’ Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

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Southing refers to the south-facing hillside bluffs found on our estate vineyard. Each year, our goal for this wine is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. Southing is a true expression of the terroir of Sea Smoke Vineyard: seductive flavors and fine tannins complimented by cool climate acidity. 100% Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir aged for 16 months in French Oak (55% new). 94 Points Wine Enthusiast (’13 vintage) | “Ripe and racy on the nose, this always much-anticipated release shows black raspberry, baked strawberry, wet cement, cinnamon and mace spice and cola on the nose. The palate is surprisingly, refreshingly restrained, with sizzling acidity cutting across the chocolate-dipped black cherries, baking spice, dried oregano and rosemary that show in the mid-palate.” Please inquire.

2014 Sea Smoke ‘TEN’ Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

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95 Points Wine Enthusiast (’13 vintage) | “This is a top bottling from one of the appellation's first superstar wineries. Aromas of baked red cherry and red plum are dusted with nutmeg, clove and a crushed-slate minerality. The palate is lively with dried fennel, white sage and an earthy mintiness, which all give spice to the underlying base of ripe raspberry fruit. It's extremely delicious and deeply layered.” Please inquire.

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Ten is named for the ten Pinot Noir clones found on our estate vineyard. Our most masculine wine, it is brooding and intense, with firm, mature tannins and a long, velvety finish. Ten is not for the faint-of-heart and has been known, on occasion, to convert even the most fanatic Cabernet lover. 100% Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (ten clones) aged for 16 months in French Oak (65% new).


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “Celebrating 30+ years of consistent quality and both critical and commercial success, Shafer Vineyards, one of the most impeccably run wineries in the world, is a wonderful family operation that deserves all the success they have earned.” (Robert Parker) 2012 Shafer Hillside Select, Stags Leap District

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98-100 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is not in bottle, but it looks like another three-digit wine in the making. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% natural alcohol, but tasters will never feel any “heat” tasting it. This is a beauty, with crème de cassis notes mixed with spring flowers a touch of toasty oak, blackberries, blueberries and cassis, as well as licorice, vanillin and a full-bodied mouthfeel. At this stage, it is more voluptuous and opulent than the 2010 was, simply because that’s the hallmark style of the 2012. No doubt this is a 30- to 50-year wine if you want to cellar it properly and nibble on it over a long period of time, but it will be much more approachable in its youth than most Hillside Selects tend to be. This is, once again, a fabulous effort.” Please inquire.

“Probably no one in Northern California has done more for the renaissance and resurrection of old vine Zinfandel than Larry Turley. There are at least 30-plus separate wines, and some super-talented winemakers have worked for Turley – first Ehren Jordan and more recently Tegan Passalacqua. I have praised these wines from the beginning and, to my surprise, older vintages of 10 to 15 years – much older than I generally recommend drinking Zinfandel – have aged remarkably well. While Turley’s Petite Syrahs are probably 50-year wines, most of the Zinfandels are best drunk for their exuberant and robust fruit and personality in their first 8-10 years of life.” (Robert Parker, April 2015) 2014 Turley Zinfandel ‘Duarte’, Contra Costa County

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This wine is comprised of fruit from the turn-of-the-century Evangelho, Mori and Salvador vineyards, planted between 1890 and 1930. As a result of the sandy soils and impressive age of the vines, the wine has some of the softest, silkiest tannins we’ve ever seen in a Zinfandel. 91+ Points Robert Parker | 90-92 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard is pretty, floral and quite aromatic. Midweight and gracious, the 2014 is delicate and light on its feet.” TEN cases available.

2014 Turley Zinfandel, Kirschenmann Vineyard, Lodi

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89-92 Points Antonio Galloni | “2014 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard shows Southern Rhône-like kirsch liqueur, strawberries, and an elegant medium to full-bodied style with plenty of fresh red, blue and darker fruits. Although it seems a far reach to compare Zinfandel to Pinot Noir, this is probably the most Pinot Noir-like of the Turley Zinfandels and an elegant, lovely wine to drink over the next 5-7 years”. FOUR cases available.

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Now in its third iteration, the Kirschenmann is particularly close to our hearts as our winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, owns and farms this vineyard. The ungrafted vines were planted in 1915 in the silica-rich sandy soils of the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2014 Turley Zinfandel, Mead Ranch, Atlas Peak

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Mead Ranch is planted at about 1600 feet on Atlas Peak, on the south eastern side of Napa Valley. The vineyard was originally planted in the 1880s, though our block is primarily from the 1970s. This vineyard is head-trained, planted in red volcanic soil. On a clear day you can see San Francisco; though those are few and far between, and thus this vineyard sees plenty of fog from the bay. The 2013 is intense on the nose; more underbrush and twigs, along with strong red fruit. Pepper, graphite, and beautiful, complex texture & tannin round out this exceedingly approachable and enjoyable wine. 94 Points Robert Parker | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Zinfandel Mead Ranch is one of the most vibrant, pulsating wines in the Turley range. Translucent and full of detail, the Mead Ranch possesses captivating beauty and nuance throughout. The flavors are brisk, precise and delineated throughout.” FOUR cases available.

2014 Turley Zinfandel, Turley Estate Vineyard, St. Helena

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This vineyard is special to all of us here at the winery; right in our backyard, it’s what we see every day at work (and from the family home!) In 2006 we planted 6 acres of head-trained dry-farmed Zinfandel that complements the original planting from ten years prior, all of which are certified organic. In this vintage, the savory herbs and garrigue show off on both the nose and the palate. The texture is broad, lithe, and silky; classy, hedonistic, and very satiating. 96 Points Robert Parker | 92-95 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Zinfandel Turley Estate offers an unusual level of power for the year. Tobacco, cedar, menthol and licorice add nuance, but above all else, the 2014 is a wine of textural depth, especially in the mid-palate, where the wine shows an intensity that most of Turley's other 2014 Zinfandels don't have.” TWO cases available.

2014 Turley Zinfandel, Dragon Vineyard, Howell Mountain

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Dragon Vineyard is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east. These important features, along with the rocky, red volcanic soil, make for a very unique, full-bodied and powerful Zinfandel that is always Larry’s favorite since it goes with what he likes to cook: bold, flavorful, spice-driven meats on an open fire. As with all our mountain wines, we recommend a quick decant if you want to enjoy it in the near future! 95 Points Robert Parker | 92-94 Points Antonio Galloni | “The 2014 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard (15.9% alcohol) is from another Howell Mountain site where Turley has excelled. Beautiful floral notes intermixed with raspberry, black cherry, spice box and pepper are stunningly rich, long and heady. This is a real beauty, full-bodied, opulent and a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.” FOUR cases available.

2014 Turley Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Ridge, Howell Mountain

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95 Points Robert Parker | 90-93 Points Antonio Galloni | “Turley has always excelled with high-elevation sites on Howell Mountain. From a site at 2,600 feet, the 2014 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is a beauty, with floral notes intermixed with cool, bluish fruits, raspberry, forest floor and spice all present in this dense, ruby/purple wine that cuts a broad swath across the palate. Like all of these wines, despite the high-octane alcohol, there is not a sense of heaviness or burn. This is beautiful, pure, rich, multidimensional Zinfandel.” THREE cases available.

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Rattlesnake Ridge is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Located at the top of Howell Mountain at about 2600 feet, the vines see more sun here then they would on the valley floor; however, it is much colder due to the elevation, and can even snow in the winter. All combined, these factors make for a truly unique wine: bold, strong tannins and an acid backbone that can only come from Howell Mountain. This vintage is also framed by pepper and spice, with a broad richness on the palate and strong, savory tannins.


2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST 2014 Turley Zinfandel, Dusi Vineyard, Paso Robles

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The Dusi vineyard was planted by Dante Dusi in 1945 and it is farmed by his family to this day. The vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, planted in soil that is mostly alluvial with some very large rocks. Like our other vineyards in the area, Dusi is on the west side of Paso Robles. The wines are lushly satisfying, with rich fruit and soft tannins.

93 Points Robert Parker | 88-91 Points Antonio Galloni | “From Paso Robles, the 2014 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard (planted in 1945) is the more potent of the Turley 2014s. It is not overripe, not Amarone-like, or showing any heat. This wine has plenty of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, licorice, and roasted herbs that are reminiscent of Mediterranean-styled wine, with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a heady, lush finish. This is impressive, but clearly one of the bigger-boned, larger-scaled Zinfandels in the 2014 portfolio.” FOUR cases available.

2013 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyard, St. Helena

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This wine is pure, organic, single-vineyard estate Cabernet Sauvignon—not a statement that can be made by many! Much darker in the glass than previous vintages, the ‘13 draws you in, with aromas of dark fruit, smoked meats, and garrigue. The sumptuous palate is full of cassis, dark cherries, flowers, and savory herbs, rounded out by well-tuned, fine-grained tannins. This, along with its medium body and great structure, means the wine will age even better than its predecessors—and is also imminently enjoyable with a quick decant! The ’13 Turley Estate is true Cabernet Sauvignon, fascinating and incredibly satisfying to boot. Certified Organic. 25year-old vines. Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak, of which 40% is new. Only natural yeasts are used in the fermentation. 91 Points Robert Parker | 92 Points Antonio Galloni | “Surprisingly open for the vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon Turley Estate is a rare 2013 that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather all hit the palate in a bold, straightforward wine with good overall intensity.” TEN cases available.

A few cases left of Past Releases… 2013 Turley Zinfandel, Ueberroth Vineyard, Paso Robles

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Planted in 1885, Ueberroth is the oldest of our Zinfandel vineyards. Located closer to the sea than any other site we work with, you can smell the salt air from the top of the hill. These ungrafted, head-trained vines are planted on very steep limestone slopes. The high pH of the soil makes for a very high acid wine, elevating the ripe fruit flavors from this historic certified organic vineyard. 95 Points Robert Parker | “Consistently spectacular, the 2013 Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard comes from one of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards in California (planted in 1885). The ungrafted, head-trained vines from steep limestone slopes just down the road from Justin Smith’s Saxum Winery have produced a monster and a fascinating Zinfandel in 2013. This full-bodied tour de force in Zinfandel winemaking should drink well for a decade or more.”

2012 Turley Petite Syrah, Hayne Vineyard, St. Helena

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96-100 Points Robert Parker | “Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard has off-the-charts richness as well as opaque black/blue colors, enormously concentrated red, blue and black fruits intermixed with camphor and creosote notes. It will still be offering provocative and prodigious drinking 30 to 40 years from now.” FIVE cases left.

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The Hayne Vineyard is one of our most exceptional sites; we are honored to have worked with this vineyard and the Hayne family for the past twenty years. The head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel vines were planted in 1902 and 1903.

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2016 HOLIDAY BUYING GUIDE: OUR RAREST & BEST “If forced to inhabit a desert island that only served the wines of a single producer, I would want Vietti’s Luca Currado to be that supplier. He excels at everything he does from his castle perch at the heart of Castiglione Falletto.”(Robert Parker) 2012 Viettie Barbera d’Alba ‘Scarrone’ Vigna Vecchia

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94 Points Antonio Galloni | “Vietti's 2012 Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia is all about texture. Layers of dark red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol all open up in the glass. The Vigna Vecchia is richer, deeper and more explosive than the Scarrone… This is a rare Barbera I would be tempted to cellar. Vintages from the 1990s are still gorgeous.” Two six-packs available (wood-box).

2012 Vietti Barolo ‘Brunate’ DOCG

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95 Points Wine Advocate | 94+ Points Antonio Galloni | “It's hard not to fall in love with the 2012 Barolo Brunate. This is an uneven vintage across the appellation, but Vietti has managed to harness the very best side of the grape during this growing season. The wine is densely concentrated and rich with black cherry, cassis and spice. It shows firm structure at the back with elegantly polished and fine-tuned tannins.” ONE six-pack available (wood-box).

2012 Vietti Barolo ‘Lazzarito’ DOCG

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96 Points Antonio Galloni | 94 Points Robert Parker | “The 2012 Barolo Lazzarito impresses for its precision and class… Iron, smoke and white pepper lift from the glass in a vertical, structured Barolo endowed with real pedigree. In 2012, the Lazzarito reconciles power and finesse like few vintages in the past. For the last few years, the Lazzarito has been knocking on the door of the big boys in this lineup, the Rocche and Ravera. Today, the Lazzarito makes a strong statement that it has arrived.” ONE six-pack available (wood-box).

“VHR, Vine Hill Ranch is nestled between Harlan Estate and Dominus. Not bad for neighbors. The Phillips family has owned Vine Hill Ranch since 1959, but records show the land has been cultivated as far back as 1884. The Phillips family has supplied some of the Napa Valley’s finest estates with fruit for generations, but only began making their own wines with the 2008 vintage. An all-star team led by winemaker Francoise Peschon and viticulturist Mike Wolff look after every aspect of the wines with meticulous care. Although hardly a ‘new’ property, Vine Hill Ranch gets my vote as the single most exciting emerging winery in Napa Valley.” –Robert Parker 98 Points Antonio Galloni | “Majestic and towering in personality, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly great wines of a great vintage. The flavors are bold, intense and driving… Graphite, leather, lavender, tobacco and spices wrap around the virile, imposing finish. Today, it is impressive, but it will be even better in a few years' time.” (Antonio Galloni) 96+ Points Robert Parker | “This is a modern-day classic from Vine Hill Ranch and probably the finest wine they have ever made. Drink it over the next 30+ years.” Fourteen THREE-PACKS available (wood box) Thirst Wine Merchants | (405) 942-WINE | info@thirstwine.com | www.thirstwine.com

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2013 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon, Vine Hill Ranch, Oakville