1st bottle red:  Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 “Petalos” Mencia, Bierzo DO 

For the wine snob

Pétalos Mencia is sourced from estate vineyards and rented vineyards in and around the village of Corullón. The vines range in age from 40 to 90 years old and are planted at varying elevation and varying slope. This is the first vintage vinified in the new winery, and you will immediately notice the enhanced elegance and freshness afforded by the new cooler, damper underground cellars.

For the rest of us:

Black cherry and red plum fruit flavors are ripe and fresh in this graceful, polished red, with good density and balanced structure. Leafy and cocoa notes add interest. A modern style. Drink now through 2023. 300 cases imported.


1st bottle white: L’Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley

For the wine Snob:

The 2017 Semillon (there’s 15% Sauvignon Blanc in the blend) was barrel fermented and aged all in French oak. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to tank and allowed to settle. A beautiful Indian summer October brought in plentiful sunshine, warm days, and cool night temperatures producing an ideal balance of flavor development, acid retention, and mineral notes in the majority of wines. A near-perfect vintage in the door.

For the rest of us:

Refreshing with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows pretty orange blossom with layers of honeysuckle, honeydew melon, and lemongrass that persist through to a clean, succulent finish..


2nd bottle red: Alvaro Palacios 2018 “Camins Del Priorat” Priorat DOCA

For the wine snob:

Camins del Priorat is sourced from a combination of estate vineyards and purchased grapes. All the vineyards are in and around the village of Gratallops. The grapes are destemmed and softly crushed. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel, cement and large wooden vats. The wine ages for 8 months in barrels and wooden vats before bottling.

For the rest of us:

Primary notes of  blueberry and cassis flavors that slowly deepen on the back half while picking up a hint of cola. Slow-building tannins frame a long, supple finish that leaves a resonating floral note behind.


2nd bottle white: L’Ecole No. 41 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

For the wine snob:

Over 30 years of meticulous vineyard management and winemaking experience are fundamental to the quality of our wines and reputation for excellence. L’Ecole is engaged in growing and making 100% of their wines. The Chardonnay was harvested in the cool early morning hours and promptly delivered to the winery for immediate pressing. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to tank and allowed to settle. The juice was then racked off of the solids into mostly second and third year tightgrained French oak barrels. The wine was aged sur lie and stirred for six months. 

For the rest of us:

This 100% classic Chardonnay offers an inviting mix of baked apple, Asian pear, and stone. With lemon oil and brioche on the mid-palate, this wine lively builds to a long mineral finish.


1st bottle reserve red: Robert Foley Vineyards 2015 Charbono, Napa Valley

For the wine snob:

Charbono is one of the lost grape varieties – almost. Recent reports indicate there are only about 90 acres of this variety in existence, half of this in Napa. The original cuttings were imported to Calistoga in the Napa Valley from the Savoie region in the French Alps in about 1880. Its original name was Doux Noir, or “soft black,” later called Charbonneau (carbon water). Subsequently, Charbono was wiped out in Europe by the phylloxera root louse infestation. Some believed it to be the Italian grape variety Dolcetto but this was proven not to be the case through genetic testing.

For the rest of us:

The 2015 Charbono is lighter in body and lower in alcohol than many red wines, but intoxicating with unique complexity. Aromas display elements of grape jelly, Italian herbs and spices, and red rose petals. The midpalate is quite delicate. A lively acidity helps create a long, lingering finish. This is a very versatile food wine!

 


1st bottle reserve white: Paradigm Winery 2018 Rose of Merlot, Oakville

For the wine snob: 

This Rosé is made of 100% Merlot grapes from our Oakville Estate. A total of 180 cases produced, all estate grown. This particular wine by Paradigm is only sold at Paradigm Winery in Napa Valley, and, Nirvana!  That’s right.  We made a trip to the vineyard several years back and pretty much begged them to sell us this wine so that we could have it on the list and in our wine club.  Thanks Paradigm!

For the rest of us:

The color is a beautiful pale salmon pink. The aromatics are clean and fresh of strawberries, honeysuckle, and pink grapefruit.  Crisp acidity and flavors that match the aromas carry the wine across the palate.


2nd bottle reserve red: Davis Family Vineyards 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

For the wine snob:

When the Davis Family acquired the property in 1995, the vineyard had been abandoned for nearly 20 years. It took three years (and a lot of hard work) to get the ancient vines to produce fruit again. 70 cases were produced in 1998! That being said, these vines may have returned to form, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still perform on their own schedule. Guy Davis makes several passes through the 2.8 acres, picking vine by vine, because the vines ripen at different times. This meticulous process is used to ensure that every single berry and cluster are at the perfect point of ripeness. The old vine crest on our label pays tribute to the old vines that started it all at Davis Family Vineyards.

For the rest of us:

 This “Old Vine” Zinfandel boasts prominent red cherry fruit that aligns seamlessly with rustic spice.  The concentration of this Zinfandel creates a layered wine with undertones of brambleberry, anise and currant.  Deeply rooted vines add character with minerality that integrate the raspberry and cherry with long, layered notes of blackberries and plums.