"Produced with a blend of white varieties, hand harvested in 20 kg cases at optimum ripeness. Soflty pressed, as in the 60s, the must goes into concrete tanks for their debourbage; then into stainless steel tanks for the alcoholic fermentation. Once this is completed, the wine will go with its lees into vats and botas of 300 lts and 500 lts that have been previously used by two, three or more wines."
Ancient Peaks Renegade Red 2015
"The 2015 Renegade is loaded with deep berry aromas that reveal accents of toasty oak, baking spice, cedar and tobacco. The texture is broad and velvety, offering concentrated flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, black cherry and cocoa that are powerfully framed by savory notes of bacon fat and pepper. Plush tannins and lengthy fruit converge into a smooth, seamless finish."
Wind Gap Trousseau Gris 2014
"Clean brilliant aromas of minerals, grapefruit and flowers are followed by zesty tangerine oil and more exotic floral aromas. On the palate the wine is fresh and weightless with a kiss of melon, rose petals, more intense grapefruit elements and a delicate red fruit finish."
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016
"Succulent, fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are accented by Key lime, mango and ruby grapefruit notes. Shows nice intensity on the long, expressive finish."
-90 points, Wine Spectator
Field Recordings 'Fiction' Red
"Daybreak, I load the van and set out. The path quickly changes from highway to frontage road, to side road, to no road. Addresses begin to dwindle, the buildings become fields, but I’m not looking at the road. Eyes wide open for the thick lines of vines rolling through any river basin or over any outcropping along the horizon. I must continue every day. These lines will come together to create the next vintage tale.
"Citrine and pale colour. Fruity fragrance with smooth marks of tropical fruits. Slightly acid but fresh on the mouth. The end is smoothly sweet."
Essentially Geared Wine Co 'Bubbles'
"Seek the everyday uncommon"
Grand' Arte Alvarinho 2016
"This is a southern and warmer take on Alvarinho than is found in northern Portugal. It brings out the ripe perfumed character of the grape. Apricot and golden plums show both the fruit and the generous texture. Drink this wine starting from late 2017."
-90 points, best buy, Wine Enthusiast
Domaine les Grands Bois
Sante Cecile Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016
"This Côtes du Rhône Villages takes root in the scrubland. Grenache and Syrah bloom under the Provençal sun and our beautiful mistral, to give an aromatic and ample wine."
Week of 12/07
Folkway 'Revelator' Red 2015
"A deep yet bright sanguine red, the Revelator emits flavors of kirsch, currant, pomegranate, leaden pencil shavings, and molten chocolate. With moderate tannins and balanced acidity, the palate is layered with flavors of dripping-ripe bing cherry, cola, black olive and menthol. Drink now through 2023."
Folkway Black Ridge Vineyard Red 2013
"A gorgeous example of a high-elevation mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the ruby purple color is accompanied by aromas of black currant, perfectly ripe plum, black licorice, anisette, and tellicherry peppercorn. A full-bodied yet delicate mouthfeel slowly reveals sweet berry, espresso, cherry cream cola, and anisette, with a subtle, yet firm, silky finish. Drink now through 2021."
Intrinsic Red Blend 2016
"This wine opens with refined notes of raspberry, white tea leaves, a hint of fresh mint and lavender. The flavors are layered with milk chocolate, fig reduction, dark plum and licorice root, and the texture is angular, yet sophisticated, with chocolate ganache details in the finish."
'I Am' boxed Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc
Week of 12/17
Melville 'Terraces' Pinot Noir 2014
"The silky and finesse-oriented 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces (60% destemmed and aged 14 months in neutral oak) offers tons of dried flowers, spice, red currants and sweet cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, nicely textured and polished style. Like the Indigene, it has no shortage of building tannin, but is impeccably balanced. This is a beautiful wine that will be better in another year and will have a decade of longevity."
-95 points, Wine Advocate
Corazon del Sol Malbec 2015
"Corazon del sol crafts captivating Malbec and Grenache-based wines that capture the best of Argentina’s unique, high altitude terroir. Cultivated in the Uco Valley, which is situated in Mendoza on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, our vines enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year."
Louis de Sacy 'Originel' Champagne
"Aromatic, with smoke, ripe damson plum and blackberry notes riding the creamy mousse, layered with accents of lightly charred toast, golden raisin and roasted nut. Tangy finish. Drink now through 2018. 11,600 cases made."
-90 points, Wine Spectator
Gen 5 Chardonnay 2015
"This restrained wine integrates its firm acidity nicely, which provides a backbone for the hints of white peach, lemon curd, dried apple, ground white pepper and smoke. A bit shy today, but try with charcuterie or other light fare to open it up. Drink now through 2016. 3,000 cases imported."
-91 points, Wine Spectator
Louis M Martini Anderson Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"The dark violet hue of the Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is indicative of its decadent blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors. Earthy notes of truffle, smoky cedar and dried herbs unfold around this wine's assertive tannins that will soften with age. Rich, expansive and well-structured with a long, lingering finish, this wine has aging potential of a decade or more."