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Anakota Helena Dakota Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Anakota Helena Dakota Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
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This wine offers complex red fruits, floral, coffee, minerality, and elegant tannins. The 2012 Helena Dakota vineyard was aged 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels and has a cellar aging potential of 20 years.

HELENA DAKOTA VINEYARD

This 12.4 acre vineyard runs southeast to northwest on the eastern side of scenic Highway 128 and possesses slopes of up to 15 degrees. Prevailing westerly winds pass over a large, cold pond and blow uphill, parallel to the rows of vines. These cooling breezes slow down the ripening of the grapes and result in wines that are packed with elegance, complexity and finesse. A pure mountain stream and rocky ridge separate this vineyard from the Helena Montana vineyard.

COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

APPELLATION: Knights Valley

ELEVATION: 750 feet

ALCOHOL: 14.5%

AGING: 15 months, French oak barrels
mb5281114$95.88
Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine 2011
Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine 2011  
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Although this wine has much more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 2007, the wines seem to be more like sisters than cousins. The 2008 stands not in the shadows of 2007, but right next to it. It is a wine that although different in structure, nevertheless possesses all that it needs to satisfy now and in the future.

46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23%, Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
rws44714$63.52
Bond Pluribus Red Wine 2009
Bond Pluribus Red Wine 2009  
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rws44069$354.66
Bryant Bettina 2010
Bryant Bettina 2010  
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The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.

Blend: 73.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Cabernet Franc, 12.5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot

Donald L. Bryant, Jr., is driven by the pursuit excellence and realizing the full potential of his extraordinary Pritchard Hill estate. Investing in his passion for wine, the St. Louis businessman acquired the 13-acre vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey in the late 1980s and replanted it with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon using modern viticulture practices. The first vintage was released in 1992, and soon after Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon won critical acclaim and became internationally recognized as a world-class wine. Don Bryant’s goal is to celebrate the first-growth vineyard terroir while paying homage to the great winemaking traditions of Bordeaux.
rws49346$429.99
Bryant Cabernet 2010
Bryant Cabernet 2010  
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Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from a 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. This First Growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom Bryant has worked closely for over 12 years. This wine is a beautiful expression of our unique terroir and a testament to the dedication of Bryant's winemaking and vineyard team to produce the finest possible wine from this site.
rws49344Regular price: $572.66Sale price: $479.99
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2012
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2012  
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A rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak.

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).
rws26507Regular price: $163.32Sale price: $149.99
Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux 2011
Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux 2011  
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rws24299Regular price: $699.99Sale price: $619.99
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2010
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2010  
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We can find the first evidence of Château de Beaucastel as it exists today in the sixteenth century. In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet. The manor house will be built then with the arms of Beaucastel sculpted in the stone of a wall of the drawing room. In 1687, Pierre de Beaucastel was appointed Capitaine de la ville de Courtezon by Louis XIV, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism. Louis XIV's letter, also signed by Colbert, is still visible at the Château. In 1909, Pierre Tramier leads the wine estate and then transmits it to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, a scientist that developped Beaucastel. Jacques Perrin continued the efforts of his father until 1978 and gave its noble letters to this wine. Today, the estate is under the hands of Jean-Pierre and François, Jacques Perrin's sons that continue the beautiful story of Château de Beaucastel. Marc, Pierre, Thomas, Cécile, Charles, Matthieu and César, the 5th generation, work today all together with them. Beaucastel is first of all a family story, the story of Famille Perrin. Their main strength is to be able to mix the talents of each member of the family to run the wine estate under common values: absolute respect for land and terroir, biodynamic as a philosophy of life, the research of truth, balance and elegance.
rws49664Regular price: $599.56Sale price: $499.99
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011  
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rws56223Regular price: $173.33Sale price: $149.99
Chateau Pontet Canet 2011
Chateau Pontet Canet 2011  
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rws56224Regular price: $100.00Sale price: $89.99
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003  
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The 2003 Syrah Moritz Vineyard is characterized by its extraordinary balance and purity. This saturated ruby/purple-colored, elegant Syrah offers up sweet aromas of black fruits, flowers, espresso, and white chocolate. Rich, long, velvety-textured, and well-balanced, it should drink well young, hit its peak in 5-7 years, and last for 15-16.
rws37324$61.90
Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggots Range 2004
Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggots Range 2004  
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Situated in a natural ampitheatre with 360 degree aspects, this vineyard is dry grown and produces small crops of deeply concentrated Syrah with high tannin levels.

The yield here rarely exceeds two tonnes/acre and is often much lower. This old gone ungrafted Syrah vineyard has a unique character which I describe as 'the full meal followed by the cigar'!

This wine is made in the same manner as all the Syrah vineyards and shows it's individuality purely due to vineyard influences.

This wine develops slowly and positively for a most complete tasting experience.
rws36707$100.00
Colgin IX Estate 2013
Colgin IX Estate 2013   
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rws60348$479.99
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2006
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2006  
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This product does NOT include a gift box.

As legend has it, the Benedictine Monk, Dom Periginon invented Champagne. That is not the whole story.

A few facts first. Champagne is 3 different things; First, it is a sparkling wine made in France. Second, It is a geographic area in France about 1 hour from Paris, and the only area where Champagne, the wine, can be produced. Finally it is a name associated with large deposits of limestone (chalk) in the earth. This deposit is present in the Champagne region, but is also found in Cognac. The Cognac region has an area referred to as Fine Champagne. These Cognacs are not made with Champagne (the drink), but the grapes used in production comes from an area which also has a large Limestone layer. The first commercial sparkling wine was produced in the Limoux area of France about 1535. They did not invent sparkling wine, no-one knows who first made it.

Dom Perignon, the man, was born about 1638. His full name was Pierre Perignon. He was a Benedictine Monk at the Abbey of Hautville near Riems in France. Wine was already being made in the Champagne region before Pierre was born. Dom Perignon's legacy to the world was a procedure for production of Champagne. This included riddling the ageing bottles so the sediment can be removed, adding a dosage for a secondary fermentation, and use of corks to seal the bottles. These steps combined with the availabilty of stronger bottles which could hold the added pressure, allowed the commercial production of Champagne to begin in about 1700. Dom Perignon died in 1716. His famous statement "I see stars" was uttered upon his first taste of Champagne.

Dom Perignon, the Champagne, was first produced in 1936. Moet et Chandon which purchased the Abbey of Hautville 120 years earlier produced a super cuvee which celebrated the Monk's exploits. The Champagne is only produced in exceptional vintages; in 2 styles, the Brut and the Brut Rose, and in 2 sizes, 750ml bottle and 1.5L bottle. The name has become synonomous with class and stature. A gift of Dom Perignon will express that only the best will do.

On the nose: The immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasted notes, along with hints of licorice.

On the palate: The wine's opulence – contained and succulent, round at heart – reveals itself in the mouth. The envelope slides and stretches, and the wine becomes more complex and edgy, silkier than it is creamy. The whole eventually melts into an exquisite bitterness tinged with the briny taste of the sea.
rws14792Regular price: $159.99Sale price: $139.99
Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  
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rws41533Regular price: $106.99Sale price: $93.99
Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1.5L 2013
Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1.5L 2013  
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The Sorì Tildìn vineyard was acquired by the Gaja family in 1967. It was first produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1970. The word "sorì" is the Piedmontese word for a hilltop with a southern exposure. "Tildìn" was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey.

Color: Deep purple.
Aroma: Complex aromas of toast, minerals, sour cherries, cedar and spices.
Taste: Displays the roundest tasting profile of all Gaja single-vineyard wines. The rich body, subtle texture and fine, ripe tannins are typical for this wine of great finesse, the quintessential expression of the land and the Nebbiolo grape. This wine has extraordinary aging potential--more than forty years in outstanding vintages.
mb7317068$51.16
Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014
Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014  
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VINEYARD: This blend marries several outstanding vineyards from around the Russian River Valley, taking advantage of varied climates, with each vineyard contributing its unique site characteristics to the extended layers of richness and complexity.

TASTING NOTES: This vibrant Chardonnay opens with fresh, bright layers of citrus zest, lemon blossom, and green apple. Exquisite aromas of candied pear, vanilla, almond butter, and crème brulée develop as the wine rests in the glass. Tightly woven flavors of butterscotch and raw honey lend mid palate weight while being delicately balanced with invigorating natural acidity. Delightfully intense upon entry, the seamless transition from first sip to the lingering finish is effortless.

Vineyards: Westside Farms, Bacigalupi Vineyard– Goddard Ranch, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Rochioli Vineyard, Allen Vineyard, Lazy W Vineyard, Martinelli Vineyard– Parnell Ranch

Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Aging: 8 months in 35% new French oak

Alcohol: 13.8%

pH / T.A.: 3.29 / 7.0 gm/L

Production: 5,039 Cases
gz1017315Regular price: $37.17Sale price: $28.99
High West Distillery 'Yippee Ki-Yay' Blended Straight Rye Whiskey, Utah
High West Distillery 'Yippee Ki-Yay' Blended Straight Rye Whiskey, Utah  
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A blend of straight rye whiskeys, aged from 2-16 years, finished in Syrah and Vermouth wine barrels.

Nose: Cinnamon stick, cassis, star anise, dried thyme, rose petal and fruit leather; with time in the glass it opens up to notes of black cherry, rich cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and subtle clove
Taste: Bold cinnamon spice and orange rind, followed by silky layers of vanilla, blackberry, and dried herbs
Finish: Clover honey, black currants, and subtle mint
rws59475Regular price: $79.99Sale price: $59.99
Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend 2013
Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend 2013  
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From the creator of "The Prisoner", Papillon is a full and rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The fruit originates from some of Napa Valley's most celebrated appellations including Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Marked with intensity and grip, the aim is to showcase a wine that's as fitting as the label photographed by the renowned Greg Gorman, and hand model Vince Tofanelli - a 3rd generation grape grower and friend. Papillon takes flight upon release with aging potential up to 8 years.

Composed of all five Bordeaux varieties, Papillon is a Cabernet based red wine. The goal was to make a stand alone wine that incorporates all the majesty of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtleties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the power of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Winemaker Notes
The wine casts a dark shade of crimson with a tinge of magenta on the rim of the glass. Classic aromas of currant, cassis, and plum are instantly present along with soft French oak notes and some cedar box accents. Rich and opulent, flavors of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, mocha, espresso, and black licorice welcome the palate. The density and concentration is succeeded with round and silky tannins providing an incredibly long finish.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Aged 16 months in French oak, 15.1% Alc./Vol.
rws46760$54.99
Penfolds Grange 2009
Penfolds Grange 2009  
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RWS27333Regular price: $399.99Sale price: $299.99
Peter Michael Chardonnay ma Belle Fille 2012
Peter Michael Chardonnay ma Belle Fille 2012  
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A core of lean citrus and vivid minerality, layered with baked apple and nectarine. The name translates to “My Daughter In-Law” in honor of Emily Michael, Paul Michael’s wife.
rws42711$229.99
Pisoni Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013
Pisoni Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013  
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A blend of barrels and different vineyard blocks from their mountainous property, the 2013 vintage shows beauty, purity and structure. It has a seductive perfume of violet, blackberry and wild strawberry that fills the glass. Hints of baking spice and lavender follow. This vintage has a high level of tannins, a result of the rocky, high-elevation soil and meager seven inches of winter rainfall. The finely integrated tannins give a great deal of breadth to the wine and an expansive feel on the palate. The growing season was cool, giving great acidity. This natural acidity, along with the structure, will deliver a wine that will reward years of cellaring. Allow it time to rest in the cellar before opening. And if patient, the wine will age up to two decades.
rws42712$74.66
Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon 2013
Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon 2013  
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mb1792647$164.50
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon  
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After a cold and wet beginning, the 2005 vintage developed into a wonderfully moderate growing season that had plenty of sun and some decent hot temperatures, but contained no really aggressive heat spikes. This helped the grapes to mature very evenly and deeply with beautifully ripe flavors and rich, round tannins and allowed us to pick the vineyard calmly over several weeks when each block had reached its peak.

This wine jumps from the glass with an animated nose of flowers, black cherries and ripe plums liberally inflected with aromas of cedar shavings, cigar box, wet river rocks and graphite. It cascades across the palate revealing rich layers of black cherries, Crème de cassis and blueberries intermixed with generous hints of black tea and cardamom, leading to a reverberant exit of spiced plums and kola nuts followed by a lengthy mouth coating finish. While drinking well now, it will benefit from and open up more fully with some additional time in bottle and should continue to develop more weight and complexity over the next 10+ years.

Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, their mission is to produce world-class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of this land, they farm the vineyard organically, tap into their solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state-of-the-art underground production facility. The Staglins are passionate about their business, their land, their philanthropy and for the meaningful relationships they develop with each passing day. They hope this passion is evident when you enjoy their wines.
gz8341517$157.05
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2005
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2005  
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs was created to commemorate Thibaud IV, Comte de Champagne, who planted the first Chardonnay vines in France in the 13th century. First released in 1957 with the 1952 vintage, it is produced exclusively from the delicate first pressing of costly Chardonnay grapes grown to greatest perfection in the vineyards of the communes of the Côte des Blancs, named for the suitability of its microclimates to that vine variety. Champagne Taittinger's extensive vineyard holdings of 600 acres include several parcels in the 100 percent-rated villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, and assure the consistent supply from year to year of the most exceptional Chardonnay grapes available.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is elaborated and brought to maturity in the 13th century chalk cellars once the property of the Abbey of Saint Nicaise, where each step of the méthode champenoise is performed traditionally. Following harvest, the grapes are pressed immediately in press houses located among the vineyards, yielding a first pressing, referred to as the "cuvée," which is followed by two more pressings, referred to as the first and second "tailles." The greater part of the juice, and that of the finest quality, is extracted in the "cuvée;" neither of the "tailles" are used in Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. In all, no more than 100 litres (approximately 26 gallons) of juice per 160 kilograms (approximately 350 pounds) of fruit may be extracted from the combined three pressings. The must is then transported to the vinification facility, where a cool fermentation takes place under temperature controlled conditions. Following this, a small portion of the wine, usually approximating five percent, is matured for a few months in small, 225-litre, new oak casks. Blending takes place in the early spring, followed by a slow secondary fermentation at 45 to 50 F in Taittinger's cool cellars from which the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle. Prior to dégorgement, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is aged four to six years, twice the legal minimum for vintage champagne, to fully capture the subtle bouquet, complexity and body of the Chardonnay grape.

This superb Champagne, produced only in years exceptional enough to declare a vintage, is appropriately presented in an antique-style bottle of XVIIIth century design. Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, a Champagne of great refinement, elegance and delicacy. The clean, aristocratic Chardonnay fragrance is offset by warm, toasty nuances, which carry onto a palate of finely- balanced, generous white fruit flavors underscored by a fine, crisp acidity and subtle mineral notes. The refined, toasty finish is lasting and complex.
RWS27502$163.52
Verite Le Desir 2013
Verite Le Desir 2013  
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Le Desir—predominantly Cabernet Franc supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot — shows layers of concentrated fruit, exotic spice, opulent aromatics and a plush suede texture.

Blend: 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
mb5286048$309.99
Vinos de Benjamin Romeo Contador 2002
Vinos de Benjamin Romeo Contador 2002  
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rws34515Regular price: $235.29Sale price: $175.00