A White Lace Gown or two!

Two Desparada Wines with a chocolate bar in a gift basket – $100

One White Lace Gown or two!

Desparada White Wedding

Desperada
2014 ‘Fragment’
100% Sauvignon Blanc ~ Santa Barbara County
Fragment is dedication to the first spark of inspiration. That sudden moment of insight when the whole world recenters and you realize that this is the path that you’ve been after for so long. The wine gets its name from the shard-like quality of these moments: it is precise, whole unto itself yet points toward a larger unity.

“Oh Lord was it worth cashing in all the miles. 2 weeks and nothing but first class and the Four Seasons. Let them suffer through winter, you’re on the South Island, the flink-lock bluster will be there when you get back, for now your life is nothing but soften white Lily petals, Meyer lemon ice, coriander oil, oceanside quilts, fresh opened Uni, orange blossom water, grapefruit, dewy pine, salt spray and late evening bike rides.”

Desparada
2013 ‘Sackcloth & Ashes’
39% Cab Sauv, 17% Cab Franc, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec, 7% Merlot, 7% Sangiovese
California
Growth and change seem to happen fastest when you leave behind your inhibitions and fit into a new whole the smaller moments of living that so often get overlooked. Sackcloth & Ashes has as its center the challenge of letting go of the what has been done in past and moving steadily into the unknown.

This is the memory of the abandoned abbey you discovered when in lithe summer nights, when you were young and alone. Crushed violet, ripped jeans, quarter sawn spruce, blueberry cake, warmed sage, buckwheat honey, anisette, chocolate brownie batter, ancient incense, cherry-skin cigar, palo santo smudge and sassafras bark.

Pick a ‘Story’ a Herman Story Wine or two!

Pick a Story, a Herman Story Wine or two!
You will not want to put either of these down!

These two wines in a gift basket – $125

Herman Story
2013 “Nuts & Bolts”
California

96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A wine that stood out in my Paso Robles tasting was the 2013 Syrah Nuts and Bolts. Made from 100% Syrah that saw 16 months in 70% new French oak, it’s the greatest vintage of this cuvee I’ve tasted and it offers off the hook notes of creme de cassis, melted licorice, caramelized meats, pepper and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, voluptuous and hedonistic, it’s also seamless and balanced, with ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges and blockbuster length. As winemaker Russell From says, “It is a no holds barred expression of Syrah that chases flavor at nearly any cost.” Bravo sir. Give this sensational Paso Syrah a year or so in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2023. Pulling from a number of sites spread throughout the Central Coast, Herman Story’s Russell From makes unabashedly Californian wines that make the most of the beautiful fruit that makes California so special. These are not for those craving tiny, mid-weight efforts and they have rocking textures, tons of fruit and most importantly, always remain a joy to drink. These are gorgeous wines. (8/2015)

Herman Story
2012 Casual Encounters
California

93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A more eclectic blend of 41% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and 4% Tannat (22 months in 55% new French oak), the 2012 GSM Casual Encounters offers lots of sweet red and black fruits, dried flowers, and savory, peppery, spicy notes in its full-bodied, supple and sexy style. It’s ripe and exuberant, but I love its balance. My note finished with “would like to drink a glass.” Pulling from a number of sites spread throughout the Central Coast, Herman Story’s Russell From makes unabashedly Californian wines that make the most of the beautiful fruit that makes California so special. These are not for those craving tiny, mid-weight efforts and they have rocking textures, tons of fruit and most importantly, always remain a joy to drink. These are gorgeous wines. (8/2015)

Give someone Two Red Cars!

 

 

 

Two Red Cars for the Holidays

These two wines in a gift basket – $100

Red Car Wine Company
2012 Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast

“Blended from several amazing vineyard sites, including Ritchie and Hawk Hill, this Chardonnay from Old Wente clones has spent time aging in a modest 10% new oak. It shines in exotic florals and a creamy mouthfeel followed by a dry, bright finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and tangerine. This is one to enjoy entirely on its own or with a myriad of appetizers.” ~ 92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Red Car Wine Company
2010 Syrah
Sonoma Coast

“Deep ruby. Dark cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by notes of cured meat, pipe tobacco and licorice. Deep cherry compote and chewing tobacco flavors show good depth and gain sweetness with air. Smoky herb and bitter cherry flavors dominate the focused, juicy finish, which features fine-grained tannins.” ~ 90 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni

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A Pair of Young Inglewood Wines ~ St. Helena

A Pair of Young Inglewood Wines

These two wines in a gift basket with a wine opener – $200

YOUNG INGLEWOOD
2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE
St. Helena ~ Napa Valley
Aged 20 Months / 100% French Oak /60% new barrels

398 cases made

Growing conditions at Young Inglewood in 2009 were close to perfect, providing the ideal backdrop for the first release of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. We harvested evenly sized clusters of Cabernet Sauvignon with small to medium-sized berries, Merlot with an ideal crop load, and Cabernet Franc with its typical wild clusters trimmed back to concentrate the berries.

Youthful in appearance, the finished wine shows a beautiful nose of blue and red fruits, warm spices and an indulgent cocoa powder character offered by the small percentage of Cabernet Franc included. The palate presents layers of red, blue and black fruits, tea leaves and minerals. Warm spice and a round mouthfeel come from the new oak barrels selected by Young Inglewood to showcase the fruit’s character and mid-palate. The balance of tannin, acidity and good length indicate structure in the wine and the scaffolding for aging. Enjoy now or cellar.

“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and distinguished from the very first taste. Smoke, tobacco graphite, black cherries and plums are some of the many nuances that take shape in this focused, beautifully delineated Cabernet Sauvignon. Although deceptively medium in body, the 2009 is positively bursting with flavor and pure personality. I can’t wait to see how it ages. Sweet floral, notes add lift on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029.” 92+ WA

YOUNG INGLEWOOD
2010 ‘RIGHT BANK BLEND’
St. Helena ~ Napa Valley
Aged 20 Months / 100% French Oak /40% new barrels

120 cases made

Young Inglewood’s 2010 Right Bank Blend is a deliciously dark, mouthwatering wine created from Young Inglewood estate Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Luscious black plum, red berries and warm spice combine with cocoa, dried herb and graphite notes in a balanced complex blend. With its supple body and long silky finish, the wine bears the hallmarks of the gravelly loam soils of Young Inglewood Vineyards.
Drink 2018 – 2023

Right Bank Blend 2010 is the second vintage of our homage to the right bank wines of Bordeaux. Young Inglewood hand harvests at night to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Cold soaking, individual berry sorting and a long slow fermentation all contribute to bring out the nuances of the estate vineyard for this successful translation of terroir into wine. 20 months in French oak and eighteen months of bottle aging result in a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared.

YOUNG INGLEWOOD St Helena 2009 Cab Sauv 2010 Right Bank Blend

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