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NEW RELEASES for Late Summer Sipping

These selections from our favorites – both old and new – are sure to make those last summer moments divine.

YOUNG HAGEN produces very small quantities of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from esteemed vineyard sites at elevation.  The winemaking is extremely natural allowing the great vineyards to shine through.

Winemaker Tim Beranek began his winemaking career at Kosta Browne in 2010.  The next year, he took his second internship with Thomas Rivers Brown at Outpost Winery.  From cellar master to assistant winemaker and now winemaker at Mending Wall wines, he oversees all winemaking production for the other 25+ high-end projects of Brown’s that are crafted there.

Young Hagen is Tim and wife Ali’s personal project.

2016 Platt Vineyard CHARDONNAY
Special Price $59.95
Long-time customers will recognize Platt Vineyard from the other stellar bottlings (Purlieu, Ramey, Littorai).  Known as being “near perfect” and maybe “the greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in California”, it takes a special relationship to source grapes from this site.  When the opportunity arose to work with this special site, Tim couldn’t say yes fast enough.  From the smallest block of Wente Chardonnay clone on the western-most hillside of the vineyard, the clusters from 2016 were tiny, ripe and loaded with bright acidity, translating to a wine with concentration, depth, incredible length and laser focus.  With this level of acidity, the wine will be long lived only become more complex.  Only 110 cases produced.

2016 Riddle Vineyard PINOT NOIR
Special Price $44.95
The third vintage from Riddle Vineyard opens with raspberry, sandalwood and dark cherry on the nose.  Lavender, rose and black tea on the palate lead to a minute+ finish.
REALM CELLARS
Drawing on a shared ethos of entrepreneurship and relentless perfectionism, the Realm team will never be satisfied with the status quo. Every success – and every failure – is an opportunity to learn, adapt and evolve. With grit and determination, we strive to create a legacy greater than any one individual, one that will last for generations.  This cult winery has crafted yet another highly sought after Sauvignon Blanc, one that celebrates the art and precision required of meticulous blending, combining grapes from impeccable growing sites with the judicious oversight of the human hand and palate.

2019 Coombsville WHITE WINE
Special Price $59.95  (A select few retailers lucky enough to stock this wine have it listed for up to $99!)
The Farella Vineyard has all these layers of volcanic tufa, decomposed rocks and ashy deposits – perfect for Cabernet, and as it turns out, Sauvignon Blanc. Farella has a few rows of SB on a slope in the northwest corner of the site, and after bugging Tom Farella for three years, Realm was finally able to secure the fruit in 2009. These grapes form the backbone of Fidelio (formerly known as Ibid), to which small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc from other sites are added for additional complexity. Fidelio is a version of a fine white Bordeaux: expansive on the palate, wonderfully complex, a beautifully structured and concentrated white.
THISTLE & THORN
2017 Napa Valley CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Special Price $44.95
HEINTZ VINEYARD & WINERY is owned and operated by the Heintz family since 1912.  The 50 acre coastal vineyard is located in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast/Russian River Valley/Green Valley (Sonoma County) growing region.  Heintz Vineyard is world renowned for producing exceptional quality fruit  grown by 3rd generation farmer Charles Heintz and the ines are truly hand-crafted from grower to winemaker and represent the best of what the vineyard has to offer.  The wines reveal a true sense of place in the lively aromatics, firm structure and complex character of the fruit that is unique to the vineyard.
2015 Sonoma Coast Searby CHARDONNAY
Special Price $48.95
Bright lemon-gold in appearance, this wine is aroma and acid driven.  Intense stone fruit and tropical fruit aroma are prominent; followed by subtle ripe apple, orange blossom, white flower stoniness.  The aromatics continue on the palate with complex notes of pastry and candied citrus.  Acidity is brisk and racy, with a refreshing juiciness.  A good match with boldly flavored international cuisines, this wine will show beautifully through 2023.
2015 Sonoma Coast Valentina PINOT NOIR
Special Price $49.95
Shows exotic floral aromas with nuances of mixed red fruits including dark cherry, raspberry and pomegranate.  Hints of subtle baking spice notes with graphite and earthy nuances underneath the fruit.  The palate starts out delicate but broadens out for a clean precise finish.  It is a delicate and elegant Pinot Noir expression with depth, drinkability, and staying power in the glass.  The oak is well integrated in support of the silky, seamless balance of the four clones.  The wine will continue to improve over 5 years or more in the bottle.

HOLLYWOOD & VINE
When you hear the words “Hollywood and Vine,” the famous intersection in Los Angeles might come to mind, but for us, the name represents the partnership between friends and a mutual love of wine.  Actor turned director and screenwriter, Doug Barr, relocated to the Napa Valley from Hollywood, in the early 1990’s. Inspired to try his hand at the wine business, Doug called his longtime pal, Bruce Orosz, and together, they created Hollywood and Vine Cellars. Recruiting one of the most talented winemakers in the valley, Celia Welch, H & V released its first vintage in 1998 to glowing reviews.
2015 ‘2480’ Napa Valley CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Special Price $99.95
While late Spring showers limited the quantity of wine grapes produced in this vintage, the quality was unsurpassed in most areas of Napa Valley, and the wine shows every lovely nuance of the vintage. Harvested entirely by hand between September 27 and October 10, the vineyards used in this Cabernet combine the plush, grace and complexity of Rutherford and the bright natural acidity of Oakville bench locations.
From Winemaker Celia Welch, “Dark, jammy notes of cranberry, plum and cherry combine with subtle hints of cedar, smoke and mocha in this exceedingly complex Cabernet.  On the palate, the wine is round and satiny at entry with bright cherry flavors and the vibrancy of fresh plums.  Darker notes of tobacco, spice and mocha build in the finish.”