El Jefe [grande] Tempranillo 2018 1L
We tasted and loved El Jefe (Grande) which translates to 'the Big Boss'! This is an honest, solid red wine from Spain, authentic in taste and charming in style. Made by a family dedicated to high quality (like us! the Murray family is always looking for high quality wine with a great quality/price ratio!), El Jefe is deep, fresh and flexible enough to handle a wide variety of foods. Made of 100% Tempranillo, the main grape of Rioja, this is sourced from a single family estate in the northern table lands called ‘La Meseta’ which is farmed with sustainable and organic methods. Traditionally fermented in cement to preserve purity of fruit and fresh tannins, look for berry, white cherry, plum, stone and mocha notes. Serve this unoaked, lower alcohol (12.5%) red with Spanish-inspired foods such as grilled meats, beans, sausages, cured ham and/or sheep's milk cheeses, and/or with pizza, pasta and appetizers. Or use it to make the most delicious RED SANGRIA! Comes in a handy liter bottle, too, so you really get an amazing value...
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BlanCat Estate Malbec Parcel Selection 2017The family of Javier Catena has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza for four generations. The great grandfather of Javier Catena, President of Bodega Cuarto Dominio, was born in the little town of Tolentino in Italy at the end of the 1800’s. He was a vineyard worker there until he sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898. When he arrived to Mendoza, he was taken aback by the splendor of the Andes, by its landscapes and by the people that received him so warmly. He was convinced he wanted to follow his dream here and planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. Up until that point, Malbec was a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola supposed it would find its perfect place in Mendoza. Domingo, Javier’s grandfather, decided to continue fulfilling his father’s dream and took the family winery to the next level, becoming one of the largest vineyard owners and building one of the biggest wineries in Argentina. During this time, Javier’s father, Jorge Catena, studied enology in Mendoza and started working in the family winery in the mid 1960’s. Jorge specialized in winemaking and oenology. At the end of the 1970’s, Jorge believed that in order to produce the best wines of Argentina and to be able to compete against the greatest wines in the world, he must learn the latest technologies and winemaking techniques, so he decided to travel to California to study at the University of California at Davis. He also traveled several times to Europe and to Australia, and focused the majority of his studies on the French winemaking techniques. When he returned, Jorge continued working in the family winery, following his father’s dream. In 2006, Jorge decided to pursue a different path and started a new project with his sons. In 2008, Bodega Cuarto Dominio was born, to which Javier Catena was named President. For this wine, fruit is sourced from both the family's estate vineyards and trusted vineyard partners in the Uco Valley. Within these selected vineyards, the top parcel is selected to create BlanCat Parcel Selection Malbec. All fruit is hand harvested. The wines spend 10-12 months in 100% French Oak; 2nd and 3rd use barrels for subtle, integrated oak influence. Wines are filtered and cold stabilized prior to bottling and release.
Bieler Family Born To Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2017In 2005, the Bieler family sold Chateau Routas and established Bieler Père et Fils to focus solely on Dry Rosé in Provence. After a big success with that winery, the Bieler Family turned their attention to the U.S. and wanted to make wines from both Washington State and California. 'Born to Run' was born from 10+ years of experience crafting American wines, and is a blend of 50% Columbia Valley fruit and 50% Lodi California fruit -- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We tasted and loved its big, juicy, rich personality. The forward, soft, jammy California fruit is complemented by the dark, structured, brooding Washington State fruit. 'Part of the fun for me is making a wine that’s a little unexpected. A wine that’s equal parts edgy and traditional. It’s about phenomenal fruit and thoughtful winemaking, driven by the desire to craft wines with soul. To pull it off, I team up with like-minded winemakers who bring a sort of kinetic energy to the hard-won journey that begins in the vineyard and ends in the glass. People like venerable Washington State winemaker, Charles Smith. Comrades like Joel Gott and Roger Scommegna, who share my spirit of adventure. Together, we make the kind of wine we love to drink.' Charles Bieler When he was 22 Charles Bieler dropped out of school, painted a 1965 Cadillac Deville pink, and drove it straight into a wine industry he knew nothing about. For two years he lived out of his Caddy, touring the country and selling his father's Rosé out of the trunk. Over 20 years later and he still runs on that same passion and hustle. So grab a bottle and get in! Put the top down. And never look back...
Monte Degli Angeli Piemonte Pinot Noir 2018From the region of Piedmont of northern Italy, this well-made Italian Pinot has red and black fruit flavors with hints of vanilla, chocolate and purple flowers. Quite complex and long for the price, this is smooth, ripe and supple. Made by two quality-driven brothers, Antonio and Paolo Sperone, who also produce delicious, well-priced Barolo which we also carry. Serve with grilled tuna, roasted chicken, lamb, or with light pasta dishes, especially topped with shrimp and plum tomatoes.
Monte Antico Rosso 2015This is a delicious Tuscan red made of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Monte Antico means 'Ancient Mountain,' and the wine is made from hillside vineyards with at least 25 years of age from Pisa, Maremma and Chianti Classico. Monte Antico is the proprietary label of respected Italian wine importers, Neil and Maria Empson who have been promoting Italian wines for over 30 years. Their winemaker is Franco Bernabei who fashions the wines from vineyards which have the perfect combination of complex soils including fine limestone, rich clay, and the famous Tuscan galestro (a unique rocky soil). Although this is considered a Super Tuscan, due to the addition of Cab and Merlot, we thought it tasted traditionally Italian, and that the expression of Sangiovese was perfectly enhanced by the Bordeaux varieties. It has warm aromas of red fruits, vanilla and hints of spice and earth with more of the same on the palate. Serve with pasta, pizza, steak and arugula salad, or after-dinner with fine Italian cheeses.
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2018The new vintage 2018 just arrived of this tasty Sauvignon Blanc! Southern Right is a small production estate located in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation of South Africa. Founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994, Southern Right's Sauvignon Blanc remains a local and international best seller with its classic minerality complementing the variety's grapefruit and tropical fruit. It has been rated the best South African Sauvignon Blanc in the Wall Street Journal and has won numerous Gold and Silver Medals. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards. With each bottle sold, Southern Right makes a contribution to Southern Right whale conservation.
Rhiannon Red 2018As one of our top selling reds in the shop, and in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, we are recommending Rhiannon Red, named for the Goddess Rhiannon from Celtic mythology. A flavorful red made of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Barbera, this was made by Rutherford Wine Co., named Family Owned Winery of the Year at the 2012 New York International Wine Competition. 'Rhiannon' pays homage to the family's Welsh roots. The Goddess Rhiannon is a figure of power and mystery in Celtic mythology, associated with magical birds and horses and the contrasting qualities of change and steadfastness. Crafting a distinctive blend, likewise, balances change and steadfastness: the uniqueness of each harvest must consistently express the winemaker's personal vision. Rhiannon 2018 is the eight vintage of this luscious, red fruit-driven red which Robert Parker has called ‘a mind-boggling value’. Aged in French and American oak, it has red and black currant fruit, sweet dark cherries, licorice and soil nuances. It's a fullly loaded, jammy, California fruit-bomb. Serve with white and red meats, stews, chili and soups, or with hard aged sheep's milk cheeses and aged Gouda-style cow's milk cheeses topped with Fig Jam and/or black olive tapenades.
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2016The Castello d'Albola state is situated in Radda at the heart of the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation, where grape cultivation has a legacy dating back to the time of the Etruscans. In the 15th century, the Acciaiuoli family commissioned Castello d'Albola to plant the highest vineyard in Chianti Classico because it was perceived as a symbol of status. Over the centuries, many noble Tuscan families have owned the property and the estate has earned many accolades for its wines. In 1979, the Zonin family acquired Castello d'Albola promising to uphold the estate's excellence for future generations. Castello d'Albola wines have earned the iconic 'Gallo Nero' symbol from the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium that guarantees the highest winemaking standards. The estate is planted to Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia del Chianti and this Chianti is made of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo. The estate is also a stunning example of Tuscan Renaissance architecture. The Zonin family owns important vineyard sites across the Italian peninsula, but this property is where Gianni Zonin, his wife and three sons enjoy an intimate family connection. With some of the most historically important vineyards in the Chianti Classico denomination, Castello d’Albola represents the tip of the Zonin- quality pyramid. The 2011 vintage was named TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2015 #46
Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018This delightful Pinot Noir made by the Masters family in California is the perfect red to serve for Easter. Supple, charming, medium-bodied and delicious, it will not only be a crowd pleaser, but it will also pair well with traditional dishes such as spiral ham, pork tenderloin, leg of lamb or roasted turkey. Pinot Noir is a delicate grape variety that requires optimum growing conditions so the Masters' are careful to source fruit from the best vineyards. 60% comes from the Clarksburg region where the clay and loam soils coupled with the cool weather of the Sacramento Delta balances the acidity and the fruit. 40% is from Monterey with its sunshine, Pacific winds and Santa Lucia Mountain influence. Look for violets, red berries, cherries and vanilla. Aged 12 months in French oak, pair with salmon, chicken, sushi rolls and cheeses in addition to 'Easter' fare, and its handy screwcap makes it super convenient for large family gatherings.
Cavicchioli 1928 ProseccoThe Cavicchioli family has been cultivating vines in the San Prospero province of Modena in the Sorbara DOC for over 100 years. Then in 1928, Umberto Cavicchioli began bottling the wine under his family name; today, it is Umberto’s two grandsons, brothers Sandro and Claudio, who are in charge. Claudio looks after the commercial side of the family business and Sandro is the winemaker. The family’s focus on vineyard ownership, low yields and DOC production has been instrumental in establishing Cavicchioli as one of a leader in high-quality Lambrusco and Sparkling wines. This Prosecco is a DOC Spumante Extra Dry. Spumante simply means sparklilng in Italian, and Extra Dry is usually fruitier than a Brut. But in this case, this Prosecco is actually on the drier side, making it crisper and more food-friendly. Made of 100% Glera grapes in the province of Treviso, the grapes are handpicked in the vineyard before heading to the winery for temperature controlled fermentations. Look for ripe lemon, white flower, ginger and bread aromas followed by a crisp, thirst quenching palate of more citrus, flowers and green apple with hints of mint and minerals on the finish. Serve as an aperitif or with white fishes, shellfish, goat and sheep's milk cheeses and more... As seen on the The Today Show Author: Edward Deitch Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 'To lighten things up on Thanksgiving, have it with a glass of bubbly, such as Cavicchiolis 1928 Extra Dry Prosecco from Italy. The 1928 refers to the year the Cavicchioli family started to bottle the wine under its own name. This refreshing sparkler has just a touch of sweetness (extra dry in the sometimes odd parlance of wine) with apple, lemon and herb notes that will easily invite you to pour yourself another glass. Consider it as an aperitif before dinner as well.'
Matias Riccitelli Hey Malbec! 2018Hey Malbec! is SUCH a fun and delicious wine from Mendoza. Winemaker Matías Riccitelli is the son of legendary Argentine winemaker, Jorge Riccitelli, who made the wines at Catena for many decades. A breakout star from a young age, Matías was born in Cafayate, Salta, a small village in northern Argentina where winemaking is an omnipresent trade and way of life. He grew up between Cafayate and Mendoza, studying and working with his dad, who was his winemaking mentor. From there, he went on to travel much of the wine world, learning along the way, and returned to Mendoza to serve as chief winemaker for two of Argentina’s top wineries, Fabre Montmayou and Bodega Norton. Matías Riccitelli started his boutique winery in 2009, located in Las Compuertas at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level - in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera. All harvests are conducted by hand and fermentation takes place in small concrete vats and concrete eggs. Purity and delicacy in winemaking are prized by Matías and great care is taken in preserving the fruit’s singularity in order to obtain vibrant wines. Hey Malbec! is made of 100% Malbec from Compuertas and Uco, harvested manually in small cases around 20 kg to ensure the integrity of each bunch. Whole-bunch fermentation takes place in open tanks, crushed by foot twice a day and then aged in concrete vats for 8 months.
Iuli Barbera del Monferrato Umberta 2018Fabrizio Iuli calls himself a barberista , for his love, focus and dedication to the Barbera grape. Located in the small town of Montaldo in Monferrato, which is the home of many of Piedmont's top Barbera's, the Iuli estate is organically farmed by Fabrizio, and his old vine vineyards have a strong core of limestone which adds a distinctive terroir . We had the incredible opportunity to visit Iuli, hike around the vineyards and taste wine out of barrel and bottle with Fabrizio. His wines clearly have a purity, honesty and joyfulness to them that we just love. They are also seriously complex at the same time. This 'Umberta' is the first wine of the estate; the name comes from the fact that 'Umberto' is one of the most common names in Piedmont. 'King Umberto' who was born in Torino was the son of the first King of unified Italy in 1861. The 'Umberta' is made of 100% certified organic Barbera and aged in stainless steel. Unfined and unfiltered, Fabrizio only makes about 1000 cases per year. Rich, ripe and zesty red and black fruit aromas lead to plush black raspberry, licorice and plum flavors on the palate. This is one of my house reds to serve with just about anything calling for a red. I have officially become obsessed with Barbera, naturally from Piedmont, and I hope the world will discover its virtues! Quick note on the label: Fabrizio decided in the 2013 vintage to finally stop the exhausting process ( aka madness !) of proving to the Italian government that his wine was 'real Monferrato'. Maybe his tiny hometown of Montaldo is too small for even fellow Italiano's to know about! But we were there, and we walked his vineyards, and this wine is indeed made of 100% Barbera in Monferrato, regardless of the VdT designation versus the DOC. Iuli is set among the last band of dramatic hills and valleys before descending into the rich flatlands of the Po river valley, with the Alps as a backdrop on a clear day. If you're headed to Montaldo, chances are it is to see Fabrizio Iuli. His family figures prominently and colorfully in the town's history. In the 1920s, his grandfather, Gioacchino Natale Iuli, like many young men from the countryside, was courted by a factory job in Lombardia. In a twist of fate, Gioacchino heard that a burgeoning marching band had been formed in Montaldo, so he packed his bags and headed back to become its clarinetist and to start a family. The first vines were planted around 1930. Fabrizio's grandmother, Ernestina, established a little osteria in their living room, a place with warm food and warm hospitality that became a gathering point for the village. There was much conviviality and Iuli Barbera flowing. Though no longer an official restaurant, the feeling continues to this day with Fabrizio and his wife, Summer Wolff, cooking up a storm and popping bottles. It is a place that sucks you in, where time seems to stand still, if only temporarily. Today, Fabrizio is the only winegrower in the town. His first commerical vintage was 1998, with his Barbera called Rossore. The grapes found in his vineyards are Baratuciat (a nearly-extinct white variety from the Val di Susa), Slarina (a red Monferrato variety also almost lost), Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, and, of course, Barbera. There are 35 contiguous hectares of land in one valley, with 16 hectares planted to vine. Certified organic, the land has never seen any chemicals. Despite being ridiculed by neighbors, Fabrizio's grandfather and father never succumbed to pressure to buy products they felt were meant to fix something that wasn't broken. The isolation of the place suits Fabrizio's desire to instigate and protect biodiversity. The thick surrounding woods keep the prospect of a monoculture at bay. They contain many white truffles in the season; they also house many wild boar, who can and do devour a crop of grapes. Some end up at Cascina Iuli in the form of 'Barbera Pig' stew. The wines are Piedmontese to the core, ultra-reflective of the poor, but limestone-rich soils and northernly climate with cool nights. Each wine has a reason for being; each wine has extreme drinkability without losing seriousness or intrigue. They are concentrated in their fruit, but also have a lightness and florality that feel very "Iuli." In the cellar, Iuli's trajectory over the years has become increasingly non-interventionist. Fermentations are carried out spontaneously, with a little so2 added after malolactic fermentations. The tradition in the area is to use concrete tank and large oak cask. Fabrizio wouldn't dream of deviating from that lineage. He adores, collects, and restores small concrete vessels. There's a room in the cellar in which they're lined up like little misfit robots waiting to be deployed. The wines are aged slowly and statically, bottled unfined and unfiltered, when taste and an auspicious moon deem they're ready. *** DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE WINEMAKER -- FABRIZIO IULI --- VIP EVENT FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2020 FROM 4 - 6 PM ***
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2018Cloudline is one of the best values for high quality Pinot that we have found. With its pure, ripe fruit flavor, balanced acidity and a silky, smooth texture, Cloudline is an exuberant glass of wine. The talented winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss oversees the production of Cloudline, as well as making the wine at her family's estate Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Look for a ripe core of cherries, raspberries and red plums with accents of violets, vanilla and roses. Veronique Drouhin-Boss' family has been growing and making fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in France's Burgundy region since 1880 under Maison Joseph Drouhin. She herself has been making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley for over 20 years… serve this fine quality value with salmon, chicken, cheeses, beet salads, baby lamb chops and more.
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc 2018Made by two fifth generation, quality-conscious brothers, this is a Cheverny Blanc from the Loire Valley, made of Sauvignon Blanc and a small percentage of Chardonnay (85/15), which is required by law in this appellation. The complex soils of deep limestone and chalk give this white incredible complexity and Loire-style terroir with 10 - 65 year old vines. Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898 in the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert. To our delight, they have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors, producing a true, classic Cheverny that is both simple and elegant. The Delaille brothers have focused their attention on growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in northeastern Touraine. Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cot constitute their red grape holdings, creating youthful reds with great aromatics. Until finally achieving A.O.C. status in 1993, Cheverny was widely regarded as one of the best V.D.Q.S. (Vin de Qualité Superieur) of the Loire. However, some argue that this A.O.C.-in-waiting designation was a political maneuver by the I.N.A.O. to keep Cheverny’s delicious, sprightly Sauvignon Blanc out of competition with the other more famous appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Kermit was the first to discover the charm and value of Cheverny back in 1978 when he imported the Domaine Jean Gueritte. He took on the Cheverny of Domaine du Salvard in 1992, a year before the status change in the appellation.
Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016Owned and managed by the new generation, Matrot is producing classic wines with a few modern changes such as the stelvin closure (screwcap!) for their ‘everyday’ white here, which is made from de-classified Meursault. We love the antique, traditional label of the house. The Matrot domaine is one of the oldest estate-bottlers in Burgundy and one of the largest and most important properties in Meursault. It is widely represented on the wine lists of France’s greatest restaurants, and has been distributed in the United States for over thirty years. Thierry Matrot and his wife, Pascale are the owners. The domaine farms about 3/4 of its 45 acres, with an average age of vines at 30 years. Thierry Matrot works towards the achievement of one major goal: to produce a wine that retains its elegance while maximizing both the fruit and the native essence of the soil. In order to accomplish this goal, he relies upon his wine making philosophy: “wine is made in the vineyards – and far less than people think, in the cellar." 100% estate-bottling has been practiced at the domaine since Thierry’s grandfather, Joseph Matrot, took it over in 1908. In their article ' Summer’s Winners: 20 Wines for $20' The New York Times reported: 'The white Burgundy section of the chardonnay galaxy emphasizes texture and stony mineral flavors over scads of fruit. Matrot is a textbook example of a basic Bourgogne Blanc, creamy yet zesty and refreshing, not especially substantial yet with enough intrigue to invite repeated sips in search of the mysterious flavors at the heart of good white Burgundy.'
Yá Cuvée 23 Brut Reserva 2015‘Ya’ means ‘Yes!’ in Spain and we say ‘YES!’ to this estate grown sustainably farmed Cava, made from handpicked fruit, 100% free run juice (mosto flor) and high quality methods (i.e. aging 2 ½ years on the lees before disgorging like a true Champagne), making it especially perfect for 'good bubbly' drinkers looking for a tasty bargain. The Sumarroca family owns vineyards in the Penedes, planted to local grapes (Parrellada, Macabeu and Xarel-lo,) plus a little Chardonnay to enhance the delicacy of this Cava. Fresh, dry and clean with lemon citrus, white flower, mineral, anise and a hint of croissant in the nose and on the palate, this is simply delicioso and a truly elegant sparkler. Cava pairs particularly well with sautéed shrimp, fried calamari, fried artichoke hearts in lemon, cold asparagus salad, sheep's milk cheeses such as Manchego and Serrano Ham, and/or with a main course of fresh white fishes like Cod with yellow Spanish rice and vegetables.
Stafford Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018Stafford Hill is the 'second label' of famed Holloran Vineyard Wines, and is an outstanding value for handcrafted, small production wines. The Stafford Hill wines are produced from the same vineyard sources and use the same hands-on, traditional winemaking approach as the Holloran wines. Made from p rimarily Holloran Le Chenaie Vineyard with volcanic soils in the Eola Amity Hills located near Salem, Oregon. These are elegant Oregon wines made in a classic style. The Pinot Noir has limited use of new oak to keep the wine fresh and approachable for everyday drinking. Beautiful wines and great, everyday values. Small lots, mix of indigenous yeast and cultivated yeasts. 100% destemmed, hand punch downs. Malolactic fermentation is also natural and occurs in barrel. Aged 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 10% new. Only 1200 cases made. The lots used for this wine are aged for 11 months in up to 15% new French oak. The nose offers sweet cherry fruit and forest underbrush, with food-friendly acidity and structure on the palate, and a floral perfume in the mouth and finish. Made in the style of traditional Burgundy, the fruit is sourced from non-irrigated vines with fermentation occurring in small open-top tanks that are punched down by hand. Many of the lots are fermented with native yeasts, and all malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediment may occur over time.
Lola Wines California Pinot Noir 2017Lola Pinot Noir from California, embodies an easy-going, charismatic, full of flavor style which will be ultra tasty at Memorial Day BBQ's, PLUS it's an American wine to honor our veterans on the holiday with friends & family. Aged six months in oak, Lola Pinot has sexy, opulent flavors of ripe cherry, rose petals, chocolate and crème de cassis, and will please everybody in the backyard. Lola conveniently has a screwcap closure which we LOVE, especially outside in the summer when things are fun, casual and unpretentious...perfect with grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs and more! Founded by winemaker Seth Cripe in 2008, Lola Wines offers incredible values in classic California wines. A Napa Valley-based boutique winery with the vision of creating high quality, but approachable wines, the winemaking approach at Lola pays tribute to the old-world tradition with carefully selected vineyards and handcrafted in small batches. Lola’s portfolio consists of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Dry Riesling from Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Mendocino and Santa Lucia Highlands. At Lola, Seth does not believe in reinventing the wheels—he just makes lovely wines that are genuinely good, honestly priced, and simply delicious. His Pinot Noir here is made in a traditional manner with 20% whole clusters in open top fermenters and punch downs by hand. Only 2200 cases made.
Smith and Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2017In the mid-1970’s, the Smith horse ranch and Hook cattle ranch located in the highlands of Montery County became a winery when Nicky and Gaby Hahn founded Hahn Estate and Smith & Hook wineries. Smith Vineyard, home to their namesake winery, and Hook Vineyard, just to the southeast, are located above the Salinas Valley in California’s rugged Central Coast appellation. Among the family’s inaugural releases in 1980 was a Cabernet Sauvignon produced from those two vineyards and Smith & Hook Cabernets are still going strong today. This wine here has become of our best-selling Cab's in the shop. The fruit for this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from four prestigious appellations of the Central Coast: Arroyo Seco for structure and backbone; San Antonio Valley for rich plum and currant flavors; Hames Valley for dark skin color and intense blackberry and spice aromas; and Paso Robles for black cherry notes and seductively round and supple tannins. The result is a spirited, layered and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon. After harvest, the Hahn's barrel-ferment Smith & Hook in French oak, beautifully melding each vineyard’s distinctive flavors into a robust and richly layered blend. It is then aged in French oak up to 10 months. Fragrant aromas of plum and black cherry find balance with hints of vanilla, cola, cloves and cocoa dust. Right on the heels of all that aromatic intensity are interwoven layers of blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, dark plums and mocha. This wine is full bodied with supple tannins and a long, generous finish.
St. Francis Chardonnay 2018This classic California Chardonnay hails from Sonoma and Carneros. Hand picking and whole cluster pressing give the wine rich and concentrated fruit flavors, while barrel aging for 6 months in French and American oak, and malolactic fermentation give the wine the creamy and buttery vanilla flavors that Chardonnay drinkers love and crave. Just over 50% of the fruit for the wine comes from the cooler appellation of Russian River Valley. Look for pear, citrus and toast flavors, and serve this Chardonnay on its own, or with buttery shellfish dishes, grilled salmon with tropical fruit salsa, or creamy cheeses with fresh pears and citrus fruit spreads.