Banshee “Mordecai” Red Blend 2015$28
All of the elements of this wine are made with the house philosophy (think: bright flavors, focus, energy, good with food), with the overreaching mandate that it is absolutely delicious. The very rough and unscientific formula is this: about a third Bordeaux varieties, about a third Rhone varieties, and about a third other varieties dominated by Zinfandel with a bit of of this or that peppered in to add interesting accent notes. Carignan sourced from a 45-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Redwood Valley continues to expand its influence in Mordecai, acting as a bridge between the Rhone and Bordeaux lots. The 2015 Mordecai has an enticing nose of pepper, violets, cigar and cassis. On the palate it is a mouthwatering mélange of red berry and plum flavors backed by earthy tones of herb roasted meat and fresh black trumpet giving way to a spice-laden finish.
Red Blends are what it's all about with this great combo of Rabble Red Wine 2014, L'Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2013 and Marietta Arme! All 3 are great red blends from different appellations. Rabble is from Paso Roble, Marietta is from North Coast California and L'Ecole is from Columbia Valley in Washington. Great way to enjoy your Christmas Roast Beef!
Bokisch Garnacha 2014$26
The gorgeous Bokisch 2014 Garnacha catches the eye with a bright crimson red color. It has bright floral aromatics of rose petals, cassis, orange peel and wild strawberries ending with a slight toast. It is juicy and has an essence of strawberry rhubarb pie on the palate with some cranberry, raspberry and a touch of apple cider. This medium bodied wine has sophisticated dry tannins up front with a nice, long finish.
Bokisch Tempranillo 2014$28
The Bokisch Tempranillo 2014 is for you! Deep Purple. That is what meets your eye as you twirl this gorgeous wine in your glass. Aromas of Bing cherry and ripe Santa Rosa plums combine with hints of cedar smoke, sage and cocoa powder. The Bokisch 2014 Tempranillo exhibits a mélange of dark berries on the palate with dark chocolate, carob and tart raspberry plum jam. The beautifully structured tannins make this a perfect wine for aging in the Spanish tradition of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2012$55
Starting in late 1954 people throughout France began reporting UFO sightings. The sightings were popularized by heavy media attention, and became a concern for the citizens of France. The most common shape of the crafts reported were cigar shaped, called “Cigare Volant.” The people of Chateauneuf du Pape were so concerned by the sightings and the effects the UFOs may have on their wine, that the mayor banned the UFOs from landing in their vineyards. Tipping his hat to this story and the famous wine, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards named his Chateauneuf style wine Le Cigare Volant. The Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2012 is a beautiful wine – dark, mulberry color, and a first nose of dark, cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries, Damson plums and cherry/chocolatedance on the palate. It is sleek and racy with a lively acidity, very soft tannins and great persistence. This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for very long aging and development. “Exceptional” – Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences | “The classic Rhone-ish expression of Randall Grahm's fascination with wines of personality, the blend here is 35% Mourvedre (for its blueberry fruit), 34% Grenache (for cherry and peppery notes), 20% Syah and 9% Cinsaults. I have tasted many older versions of this wine and this one is set up to age a long time.” | July 9, 2015. 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast.
Branham Jazz 2014, Napa Valley$26
Jazz! The Branham 2013 quartet continues to bring down the house! Presenting the group from
the Napa Valley: zinfandel (40%), petite sirah (20%), syrah (20%), and cabernet
sauvignon (20%). Sitting in for a short solo is the accomplished “Branham Rockpile
fruit.” Encore after encore, this proprietary blend never fails to satisfy the eye and
palate. Refined melodies of black-plum, dark berries and coffee notes are enhanced
by a purposeful symmetry of balanced tannins and acidity. Pair with music!
Brutacao Family Vineyards Quadriga Red Blend 2013 Mendocino County California USA$29
To celebrate their Italian heritage, Brutacao Family Vineyards created a wonderful proprietary blend of 45% Sangiovese, 33% Primitivo, 11% Barbera & 11% Dolcetto. With aromas of spice cake, boysenberry and blueberry, this unique blend exhibits white pepper & dark fruit flavors followed by a long satin finish. Reminiscent of traditional Italian field blends, but with richer, brighter and more fruit-forward flavors, the velvety smooth texture of delicious wine pairs well with everything from casual dining to your fanciest meals. 500 cases produced.
CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014$108
With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery. The CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 dazzles with its opulent, brambly blue and blackberry layers, balanced by dark chocolate and an incredibly welcoming personality. This gorgeous wine is unusually open, resonant and richly layered. Hints of smoke, tar, licorice and minerality add complexity to the intense dark fruit. “This is a wine I want to drink, not merely taste”, says winemaker Danielle Cyrot. All the elements come together in an effortless, inviting wine loaded with layers of intrigue.
93 points Wine Advocate
92 points Wine Spectator
92 points VINOUS
Cain Cuvee NV12, Napa Valley, USA$40
The Cain Cuvée project began over twenty years ago and it is still a work in progress. That is the beauty of wine: each vintage is new, and each vintage is different. The NV11 is a blend of wines from both the 2010 and the 2011 harvests, two of the cooler years in the past two decades. Expect freshness and a bit more structure than usual. Cain Cuvée is not your typical Napa red wine; no big, inky, oaky blockbuster here. This Cuvée is intended to sit lightly, refreshingly on your palate. There is all the fruit that you could want, but the Cain Cuvée is not fruit juice. It is, most assuredly, fine wine for serious wine-lovers who value complexity, balance, and finish. The Cain Cuvée is for those who know that wine doesn’t have to be big to be good.
Capo Creek Grenache Noir 2015$38
Heady and fruity notes of black raspberry and cherry. This light bodied Capo Creek Grenache Noir 2015 seems to be perfect with almost everything….literally! We like it with a Cotswold cheese-covered Pierogi (Mary’s classes coming,) but it also pairs well with checking homework and laundry.
Capo Creek GSM 2015$36
Dark berries and leather. The Capo Creek GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) 2015 brings a complex dusty earthiness to the party. Perfect with mushroom risotto, lamb and other earthy dishes like the forest floor when you trip during a hike and find yourself face down in the ferns with dirt in your teeth.
Columbia Valley Duo$58
In Latin, the name for the Ex Umbris Syrah is a reference of truth emerging “from the shade” or “from the dark,” and it was first released from a vintage influenced by hillside fires near Owen Roe’s vineyard sources in Washington. The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, they are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive! The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, they are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive!
Long ago, during the 17th century, the O’Neills and O’Reillys were two revolutionary Irish families. They formed a rowing competition to reserve rights to some highly regarded land. The two rowing teams agreed that the first to touch the land, after rowing across the lake, would become ruler of the land. O’Neill’s boat was falling behind so a member of the crew grabbed his own sword, cut off his hand and threw it ashore, winning the title to rule the land. This land still remains in the family. This generous fusion in the Owen Roe Sinister Hand 2015 of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault is easily approachable while displaying undeniable complexity. The Grenache portion of the blend contributes cranberry and raspberry candied fruit notes, while the Syrah delivers darker fruits and savoury characteristics. Mourvedre enhances the structure and richness of the body and provides delicate aromas of violets. The partially carbonic macerated Cinsault brings liveliness and tropical fruit flavors to the blend.