Vinopolis Monday June 23 Newsletter

June 23, 2014
Jump Start Sale

Arrowood from the Arrowood Era:
Richard Arrowood is an iconic winemaster who has been making wine exclusively in Sonoma County for more than for 45 years. From 1974 through 1990, he created the wines for Chateau St. Jean, where he developed some of the first vineyard-designate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Sonoma County.
The Arrowood Estate
He and his wife, Alis, founded Arrowood Winery with the 1985 vintage. Each year, they made extraordinary small-lot varietals and vineyard designates. Richard was the winemaster at Arrowood Winery until June 2010, when he resigned his position to devote himself full-time to making wines for his estate winery, Amapola Creek Vineyards and Winery.Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2009 ($31.95) $18 special
Wine Advocate 89 points
 “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon packs serious punch. Juicy dark berries, plums, raspberry jam, grilled herbs, tobacco, cedar and sweet spices jump from the glass. The 2009 opens up beautifully with a little air. The style remains hearty and at times a bit rustic, but there is nevertheless plenty to admire here. The 2009 is predominantly Sonoma Valley fruit (85%) and includes a dollop of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This is an exceptional level of quality for a wine with a production level in excess of 10,000 cases.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA
The average price listed is 50% higher- $27 / bottle
De Lancellotti ‘Onelia’ Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 ($49.95) $39 special
Soter North Valley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 ($34.95) $29 specialOmero Cellars Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris 2013  ($21.95) $19 special
Omero Cellars Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($24.95) $20.90 special
Omero Cellars Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir 2011 ($39.95) $33 special

Reynvaan Walla Walla Valley Grenache Blanc 2012 ($59.95) $49 special
Reynvaan ‘Queen’s Road’ Walla Walla Valley Estate White 2012 ($64.95) $51.90 special
Reynvaan ‘The Classic’ Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($79.95) $69 special

Opus One Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2010 ($249.95) $219 special
Antonio Galloni 97 points

“One of the highlights among the more recent releases, the 2010 Opus One is flat-out gorgeous. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, cassis and pencil shavings are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. The 2010 stands out for its exceptional minerality, tension and pure power. Readers will have to be patient. This is a picture perfect rendering of this great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintage.”FRANCE- CHAMPAGNE
Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne NV 375ml ($99.95) $79 special
Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne NV 750ml ($219.95) $179 special

Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2011 ($249.95) $219 special
Stephen Tanzer 96 points “Pale yellow.  Bracing aromas of lemon, ginger, chalk and spices.  At once dense and penetrating, with outstanding citric cut to the complex, slightly high-toned flavors of lemon zest, white pepper, minerals and subtle resiny spices.  Here, too, the wine’s intense chalky character gives it an impression of stronger acidity than the numbers would suggest.  Boasts terrific fruit intensity, and the wonderfully precise finish goes on and on.  A great showing today, and one of the superstars of the vintage.”

Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2011 ($249.95) $219 special
Antonio Galloni 95 points
 “(these vines were planted in 1970):  Reticent aromas of citrus zest, warm stones, baked bread and white flowers.  The palate offers compelling sucrosite perfectly buffered by a bright lemon flavor and an underlying crushed-rock character that stands in for the wine’s average acidity.  Very young but already long on personality.  Finishes with piquant saline and stone notes.”

Chandon Briailles Savigny les Beaune Forneaux 2007 ($39.95) $33 special
Burghound 87-89 points
 “This too is quite pretty and more expressive still with better aromatic depth as well with moderately earth red pinot fruit that carries hints of smoke, underbrush and a gamey character that is also reflected by the detailed, dusty and lightly mineral suffused flavors that are ever so slightly riper and finish with solid balance.”

Chandon Briailles Pernand Ile Vergelesses 2007 ($49.95) $39 special
Burghound 89-91 points 
“A notable step up in elegance is in evidence, particularly on the pure, complex and airy nose that offers up notes of red and blue fruit, wet stone and a touch of forest floor that continues onto the intensely minerally flavors that possess better overall ripeness as well as a tension filled, precise and driving finish. A really lovely effort that is balanced and understated.”

Chandon Briailles Aloxe Corton Valozieres 2007 ($59.95) $49 special
Burghound 87-89 points
 “Not surprisingly, this offers a completely different expression with fresh and overtly rustic earthy dark berry fruit aromas that introduce big, rich, full and serious flavors that possess plenty of volume and a robust muscularity if limited elegance on the solidly persistent finish. A wine of powerful but not nuance.”

Chandon De Briailles Corton Bressandes 2007 ($99.95) $79 special
Burghound 91 points
 “As is usually the case, this is the most elegant of the three Corton grands crus, displaying a beguiling, fresh, airy and layered nose of stone, red berry fruit and a subtle hint of the sauvage that continues onto the fresh, energetic and equally stone suffused medium full flavors that possess excellent detail and precision on the presently understated and restrained finish. I like the balance and the mid-palate concentration is such that this should amply reward 6 to 8 years of cellar time.”

Chandon Briailles Pernand Ile Vergelesses 2003 1.5 LITER ($119.95) $99 special
From the winery 
“The wine is of great aromatic finesse on the nose, very intense, and develops scents of red fruits tending to liquorice and spices. Its structure is straight-line and tannic; it possesses great power and long persistence on the palate. Wait around 5 years before opening.”

Chateau D’Oupia Les Heretiques Vin De Pays 2012 ($11.95) $9.90 special

Jean-Louis Chave Saint Joseph ‘Offerus’ 2010 ($34.95) $27 special
Stephen Tanzer 91 points “Deep, vivid ruby.  High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of cherry, black raspberry and fresh flowers.  Offers an array of red and dark berry flavors that gain flesh and sweetness with air.  Packs a serious punch but comes off as energetic, with no excess weight.  Closes with resonating spiciness and sneaky, fine-grained tannins that fold smoothly into the sappy fruit.  Jean-Louis noted that there is a bigger dose of Chave domain fruit than usual in this year’s version of Offerus.”

Jean-Louis Chave Saint Joseph ‘Offerus’ 2006 ($34.95) $29 special
Wine Spectator 91 points 
“Very bright and racy, with mouthwatering damson plum, crushed cherry, lavender, iron and tobacco notes that race through the well-focused finish. Long and pure, with a lingering spice note.”

Ganevat Poulsard Cuvee de L’Enfant Terrible 2012 ($79.95) $59 special very limited 1 bottle available
Distributor note
 “From vines planted in 1959 and grown on white and gray marl. Tiny yields, as low as 10 hl/ha. Less than 200 cases produced.”

Ganevat Savignin-Chardonnay Oregane 2011 ($89.95) $69 special very limited 1 bottle available
Distributor note
 “Blue and white marl soil, vineyard planted in 1973 and 1977.”

Ganevat Vieux Macvin Du Jura NV 750 ML ($69.96) $59 special
Distributor note
 ” 2/3 unfermented must of Savagnin from 2003 vintage and 1/3 Marc of Savagnin from 1992 vintage. Blended in 2003, aged in barrel for 8 years before bottling. ”

Ganevat Vin Jaune 2004 375ML ($89.95) $77 special
Distributor note
“100% Savignin from vineyards planted in 1948 on blue marl soil. ”

Grati Vin Santo Del Chianti Rufina 1995 500ML ($34.95) $27 special
: The Grati family has been growing grapes and olives in Rùfina (east of Florance in the Chianti Classico region) for five generations and their vin santo is only produced in the best of years. A blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese, this wine is deep amber in color, light to medium bodied with subtle sweet notes of honey and golden raisin. Oak tannins give a long finish to this wine and provide a slight rancio character, with lingering notes of almond and caramel. An enjoyable rustic Vin Santo.

I Greppi Greppicante Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2009 ($29.95) $17.70 special
James Suckling 92 points 
“Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and currants follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a berry, mineral and spice aftertaste. Lasts a long time. Best after 2012”

Quintarelli Rosso Ca Del Merlo Veneto IGT 2004 ($99.95) $89 special

Quintarelli Primofiore Veneto IGT 2010 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Quintarelli Primofiore Veneto IGT 2010 1.5 LITER ($179.95) $149 special

Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Veneto 2005 750ML ($99.95) $89 special
Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Veneto 2005 1.5LITER ($249.95) $219 special
Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Veneto 2005 3LITER ($599.95) $499 special

Allegrini Valpolicella 2013 ($17.95) $14 special
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Corvina Veronese IGT 2010 ($24.95) $18 special
Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2010 Palazzo della Torre is 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese that is air-dried until December after the harvest. That brief appassimento has shaped a delicious wine with loads of cherry and dark spice. It’s a great value with the depth of concentration and length that would match a wine double this price. Drink 2013-2018.”

Numanthia Termes Toro 2011 ($31.95) $26 special

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2010 ($29.95) $18 special
Wine Spectator 90 points, James Halliday 94 points “Bright colour and personality, this represents excellent value, as the bouquet reveals a depth of dark fruit and complexity of character often seen in more highly regarded bins from Penfolds; bright fruited, layered and long, there is an evenness to this wine that rings true with the house style and will be certain to engage and please avid consumers of the brand.”

Shingleback Red Knot Shiraz 2012 ($17.95) $14 special
Wine Spectator 90 points 
“Fresh and sleek, with a vibrant feel to the red berry and blackberry flavors, hinting at mint as the finish lingers on a polished texture. Drink now through 2016.”

Shingleback Davey Estate Shiraz 2011 ($24.95) $18 special
The Tasting Panel 90 points 
“Juicy and bright with tangy blackberry and plum; lively acidity and life; fresh and racy with depth and a long finish.”


Arriving This Week

Felsina 2010

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2010 ($34.95) $28 pre-arrival special 3 cases available
James Suckling 93 points, Antonio Galloni 92+ points
 “Classicists, on the other hand, will flip out over the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva. Black cherry, plum, smoke and menthol notes all jump out of the glass. The 2010 is translucent yet also rich, powerful and impeccably balanced. Ideally readers should cellar the 2010 for at least a few years, but that is going to be difficult considering how beautiful the wine is today.” AGFelsina Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Rancia 2010 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 pre-arrival special 3+ cases available
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Rancia 2010 1.5 LITER ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special 6 magnums available
Antonio Galloni 95+ points
 “The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is cool, inward and reserved at this stage. Much less expressive than it was from barrel, today the 2010 appears to be in a closed phase. There is so much tension in the glass, though, and I can hardly wait to see where the 2010 goes over the coming years. A burst of mineral and floral infused fruit lingers on the polished, nuanced finish. Today, the 2010 seems to bring together the finesse of 2004 with the structure and power of the 2010. A pretty magical combination, if you ask me.” 

Felsina Fontalloro Tosacana IGT 2010 ($59.95) $51.90 pre-arrival special 3+ cases available
Antonio Galloni 94+ points
 “The 2010 Fontalloro (Sangiovese) is impeccable. A sweet, open bouquet melds into expressive red fruits. Compared to the 2010 Rancia, Fontalloro is a decidedly more delicate, feminine wine. All the elements are very nicely balanced. I expect the 2010 will enjoy a fairly broad window of drinkability. Today I give the 2010 a very slight nod over the 2009, only because I think the 2010 will age a little longer, but both are striking.”

Burgundy of the Week
New Arrivals from

Frederic Esmonin

With approximately 10 acres of vineyards, Frédéric Esmonin’s small estate is based at ‘Les Estournelles’ in Gevrey-Chambertin. Frédéric’s father, André, was a highly respected Gevrey grower who produced the grand cru Mazis-Chambertin for the Hospice de Beaune. Farmers in the truest sense of the word, their wines were sold to houses like Leroy and Jadot until the late 1980’s, and continue to fly under the radar in comparison to their more famous neighbors. Along with Jadot, Frederic Esmonin has a large share of the Estournelles property, along with holdings in several revered vineyards, inclduing Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Clos-Prieur’, Mazis-Chambertin, and Ruchottes-Chambertin.
Frederic in the cellar
In the vines they work  ‘lutte raissonée’ and regularly plough their soils, working under biodynamic practices for the past ten years. The wines are made with 100% destemmed grapes and cold macerated for 4-5 days before the fermentation begins. Judicious use of oak ( as much as 60% of their barrels are new oak), excellent concentration and lasting freshness make these wines very attractive in their youth and finely structured red Burgundies, well worth aging. Sourced from some of the highest pedigree vineyards in France, Frederic Esmonin’s wines are an incomparable value in fine Burgundy, and we are please to offer them here today.Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Estournelles 2012 ($89.95) $69 special
Stephen Tanzer 92+ points
 “Good deep, bright red.  Vibrant, captivating aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and crushed stone.  Silky-sweet, pure and stylish, with intense, rather cool blue and black fruit flavors complicated by spices and minerals.  Most impressive today on the sappy, bright, slowly building finish, which throws off notes of medicinal black cherry, pungent crushed stone and earth.  This classically dry, saline wine, from one of the highest sites in the village, needs at least five years of patience and will probably be better with a decade of aging.  Boasts near-grand cru intensity.”Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin 2012 ($49.95) $39 special
Stephen Tanzer “(a blend of several parcels):
  Medium red.  Tangy aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and mocha.  Supple and lively on the palate, with sweet red fruit flavors hinting at an element of dried berries.  Finishes with slightly drying tannins.  I’d drink this over the next five or six years.”-Stephen Tanzer

Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Vieilles Vignes Les Jouises 12 ($59.95) $49 special
Stephen Tanzer 92 points
 “(from 62-year-old vines in a lower-lying vineyard planted on deeper clay and limestone soil):  Lovely high-pitched perfume of raspberry, red cherry, iron, rose petal, red licorice and spices.  Densely packed, rich and concentrated, displaying excellent precision and fruit intensity.  Tightly wound but not at all dry, finishing with building but sweet tannins and solid mineral spine.  The crop level here was a modest 32 hectoliters per hectare and it shows.  A superb vintage for this bottling.”

Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Lavaux St Jacques 12 ($89.95) $69 special
Stephen Tanzer 90(+?) points
 “Good bright, dark red. Very pure, mineral-tinged aromas of blackberry, licorice and violet. Juicy and tight in the mouth, even a bit bound-up, with a firm spine of acidity and spicy tannins currently cutting off the wine’s fruit. In a youthfully tough style and in need of patience.”

Frederic Esmonin Mazy Chambertin 2012 ($149.95) $138 special
Stephen Tanzer 92 (+?) points
 “Impressively deep, bright ruby-red color.  Very ripe aromas of blackberry, kirsch and game; clearly the most sauvage of these 2012s.  Big, chewy and concentrated, with a slightly high-toned, chocolatey ripeness to the cassis and blackberry flavors.  The tannins are ripe but still a bit rough.  Can’t match the Estournelles Saint-Jacques for refinement but this is a much riper style.  This, too, calls for patience.”

Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes Chambertin 2012 ($149.95) $138 special
Stephen Tanzer 94 (+?) points
 “Good deep red with ruby highlights.  The nose began tight and oaky but opened with air to show enticing scents of dark raspberry, cherry liqueur, violet and licorice.  The richest and sweetest of this set of 2012s, showing noteworthy concentration and breadth to the captivating flavors of berries, flowers and stony minerality.  Wonderfully stuffed for an Esmonin wine but with no excess weight–and not a hint of rusticity.  Finishes very long and perfumed, with utterly fine-grained tannins.  Showing remarkably well following the recent bottling; in fact, I may well be underrating it today.”

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Staff Pick Roses

Ameztoi Txakolina Rubentis Rosado 2013 ($21.95) $18 staff pick special 2+ cases available
“Who’s ready for summer in a glass?  Just a hint of CO2 brings a perfect amount of liveliness to this beautiful Txakolina Rosé  from the Basque region in Northern Spain.   50% Hondarrabi Zuri and 50% Hondarrabi Beltza, indigenous varieties from this region, express a freshness with just the right amount of elegance.  This is a dry rosé with notes of strawberry, stone fruits, honeydew melon, and just the right amount of zesty acidity to really balance out those fresh fruits.  This is a favorite in the backyard, paired with a delicious BBQ, great friends and good times.  Cheers!”
Peyrassol Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose 2013 ($24.95) $21.90 special 2+ cases available
“The vineyards of Commanderie de Peyrassol were founded in 1256 by the Knights Templar in the backcountry of Provence.  The soils are a dry clay and limestone.  Philippe Austruy now owns the estate.  His rose is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah that undergoes a cold maceration before fermentation.  The wine is dry and shows hints of rose petals, chalk and raspberries, with a snappy acidity.  It is lovely on its own as an aperitif or with light dishes such as asparagus with a lemon viniagrette, green olives, or goat cheese.”

Abbatucci Gris Imperial Rose 2013 ($31.95) $28 special 12 bottles available
“If your search is for a Rose unlike any other, look no further. 100% Sciarellu from Corsica, this rose is light on fruit and rich with minerality and floral aromas. Notes of melon and citrus on the palate and tart acidity make this wine a great companion for grilled dishes and a welcome addition to any picnic or cookout. ”


    Rose Recap   
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Corsini Langhe Rosato Rosini 2012 ($14.95) $9 special 2+ cases available
Domaine Berangeraie Cahors Rose 2013 ($11.95) $9.90 special 2+ cases available
Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Rose 2012 ($19.95) $11.90 special 10 bottles available
Carrel Vin de Savoie Rose 2013 ($14.95) $11.90 special 2+ cases available
J Christopher Christo Irresisto Rose 2013 ($14.95) $11.90 special 2 bottles availableEvesham Wood Tempranillo Rose 2013 ($17.95) $14 special 7 bottles available
Manissy Tavel Rose 2013 ($17.95) $14 special 2+ cases available

Domaine Pepiere la Pepie Rose 2013 ($19.95) $16 special 2 + cases available
Collotte Marsannay Rose 2013 ($19.95) $16 special 14 bottles available
Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($19.95) $16 special 6 bottles available
Matello Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($19.95) $16 special 1 bottle available

Stoller Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($21.95) $18 special 9 bottles available
Lafond Tavel Roc- Epine Rose 2013 ($21.95) $18 special 2+ cases available
Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose 2013 ($24.95) $19 special 2+ cases available

Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Mainbray Rose 2013 ($29.95) $21.90 special 16 bottles available
Pegau Pink Pegau Rose 2013 ($24.95) $21.90 special 2 bottles available
Bergstrom Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($29.95) $24 special 21 bottles
Peyrassol Chateau de Peyrassol Provence Rose 2013 ($27.95) $24 special 12 bottles available
Clos St Magdeleine Cassis Rose 2013 ($39.95) $33 special 8 bottles available

Bebame El Dorado Rose 2013 ($19.95) $16 special 6 bottles available
Cabernet Franc/ GamayCharles Joguet Chinon Rose 2012 ($24.95) $19 special 1 bottle available
Charles Joguet Chinon Rose 2013 ($27.95) $24 special 23 bottles availables

Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2013 750ml($14.95) $10.90 special 2+ cases available
Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2013 1.5 LITER ($29.95) $26 special 6 magnums available
From the winery “With the glass held still, the fruit comes to the fore with a rich range of nuances: cherry, apple, peach, pineapple and even white blossom and fennel, not found very often in this wine. And not forgetting the omnipresent pastry shop aroma produced by the fine lees. On the palate the three-way relationship of bitter-acid-sweet flavours makes the tasting a true joy, intense and long, very long… leaving excellent sensations in the aftertaste which make you want to come back for more. ”

Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel Rose 2013 ($21.95) $18 special 19 bottles available
Winemaker’s note 
“Deep, bright pink, with purplish glint. Expressive nose of red fruits : fresh strawberry, blackcurrant bud. Round attack, powerful and full-bodied, with a beautiful and spicy complexity.”

Chateau de Calavon D’Aix en Provence Rose 2013 ($21.95) $18 special 2+ cases available
Chateau notes
 “Château de Calavon, a domain of 115 acres, is located in Lambesc, in the heart of the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation. It is the first winery to be founded in this village. Owned by the Audibert family for five generations, it is now run by Michel Audibert and his team.  The vines are planted on terraces facing southeast, in stony soil that is a mixture of limestone and clay. The grape varieties grown for rosé wines are Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Cinsault. No pesticides, herbicides, or chemical products are used in the vineyards, as the estate is in the process of converting to organic production.”

Clos Cibonne Ribouren Provence Rose Traditionelle 2012 ($27.95) $24 special 7 bottles available
Importer note 
“Tasting Notes – Aromas of orange peel with spicy notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant with fruit tones and saline notes.  Pairings – Green tomatoes, saffron, curry, grilled chicken”

Clos Cibonne Tibouren Provence Rose Vignette 2012 ($31.95) $28 special 8 bottles available
Importer note
 “This rosé is made from our oldest Tibouren vines. It creates a perfect match with bouillabaisse or traditional Mediterranean fish soups.  Tasting Notes – Intense color, on the nose it is spicy with hints of quince and roasted nuts. The palate is bold and fresh with a long finish.  Pairings – Fish, lamb, curry”

Marquiliani Sciaccarellu Rose 2013 ($31.95) $28 special 4 bottles available
Importer note
 “Perfumed on the nose, then an ethereal touch as it spreads across the palate.  To know it is to love it.  92% Sciaccarellu, 8% Syrah”

Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rose 2013 ($31.95) $28 special 20 bottles available
Importer note
 “The Rosé is produced from several parcels that comprise slightly less than 7 hectares of vineyards.  The vineyards are clay and limestone, situated on a gentle slope with a north – northwest exposure.  The blend is Grenache (55%), Mourvedre (31%) and Cinsault (14%).  This Rosé is vinified by pressurage direct, the must is chilled to 12 degrees Celsius, the wine ferments at 18 degrees Celsius until it is completely dry; then, the wine is bottled during the first three months of the following year after a light filtration.  Production tops out at about 40,000 bottles per annum; approximately 6000 bottles are allocated to the US market.”

Abbatucci Faustine Rose 2013 ($39.95) $34.50 special 6 bottles available
Producer’s note [translated]
 “This rose is made from a selection of Sciacarello, Barbarossa and, in some vintages, Vermentino, by direct pressing of whole grapes.  It is aged in stainless steel tanks.  Pink rose petals give way to a subtle note of citrus and red fruits.  Very silky and soft, this rose shows a touch of peach and apricot.  Excellent as an aperitif, it makes a fine accompaniment to grilled meats.”

Lucien Crochet Sancerre Pinot Noir Rose 2013 ($37.95) $33 special 15 bottles available
Importer notes 
“Made exclusively of Pinot Noir harvested from several parcels … a mix of Oxfordian “caillottes” and Kimmeridgian “marne”.  This Rosé is made using the direct press method with the whole berries entering the pressoir.  The musts ferment in temperature-controlled cuves (85%) as well as a small percentage in older barrels (15%).  The fermentation occurs over three weeks.  The wines is bottled in the spring of the following year.”

Kapscandy Grand Vin Rose 2010 ($59.95) $49 special 1 bottle available
Robert Parker 92 points
 “The Cabernet Sauvignon-based 2010 Grand Vin Rose is naturally a more structured, powerful wine than the Roberta’s. Far from an easygoing Rose, the 2010 is going to need at least another 6-12 months in bottle. It is a powerful, imposing wine that will pair beautifully with a wide range of foods. Crushed flowers, mint and anise are all layered into the precise, striking finish. The 2010 is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot that spent 18 months in neutral French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”

Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rose 2013 ($37.95) $31.90 special 23 bottles available
Importer’s note
 “This stunning rose is a delicious reminder of Bandol’s rightful place at the top of the rose hierarchy.  It is right at home with a bowl of black olives and a sunset.  40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 20% Grenache.  30 years average vine age.”

Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose 2013 ($39.95) $33 special 2+ cases available
Importer note
 “The Bandol Rosé from Pradeaux is perhaps the most serious wine in this category. Robust, rich, and complex with an ability to age gracefully, this wine is based on Cinsault (50%) and Mourvèdre (50%), taking its slight orange tint from the latter cépage.  The younger vines of the domaine (average age: 25 years) are utilized to produce a rare rosé with staying power and exceptional complexity.  The Rosé is vinified by a direct pressing for 24 hours followed by fermentation in cement tanks at a controlled temperature of 18 degrees Celsius for about 15 days; the malo-lactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is usually bottled in mid-April of the following year.  We import approximately 600 cases (7200 bottles) annually of this exceptional wine.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Time to Say Goodbye 

Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale 2002 ($119.95) $79 special
Robert Parker 96 points (2002 retrospective in 2012)
 “Made from the estate’s finest fruit and aged 23 or more months in a combination of French and American oak, it comes from multiple sources in Sonoma, including the Monte Rosso Vineyard (now owned by Gallo). A wine of great stature and richness, it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color along with a stunning bouquet of loamy, dusty soil, lead pencil shavings, rème de cassis, kirsch liqueur, licorice and barrique smells. Full-bodied and opulent, with some tannin still to be shed, it is a classic, All-American style of northern California Cabernet Sauvignon that is approaching middle adolescence. It has another 20-25 years of life left. Bravo! Richard Arrowood sold his winery to Kendall Jackson and thus is no longer responsible for the Arrowood wines. However, he did make the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale, which is a fabulous effort.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA