Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley
Dark plum, cocoa, blackberry and sage aromas with powerful, well delineated flavors of dark chocolate covered cherry, macerated strawberry, wild herbs, mineral and touch of caramel. Well balanced with fine tannins, this wine is deep and multi-dimensional. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon – Calistoga, Rutherford, & Howell Mountain 4% Cabernet Franc – Howell Mountain. Will play well for 15-20 years.
L’Ecole No. 41 Perigee 2014, Walla Walla, WA$60.00
The Estate Perigee captures the essence of Seven Hills Vineyard’s characteristic rich elegance, seductive aromas and earthy structure. L’Ecole has been producing wines from Seven Hills Vineyard since 1993. They hand-select our oldest and most distinguished blocks to produce this stunning, flagship wine. Perigee exemplifies this vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry, richly structured elegance. Alluring aromas of cigar box and red currant are accented with flavors of cassis, truffle and earth, on a chalky tannin finish. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon,
20% Mwelot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
Sean Minor Four Bears Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles California USA$20.00
Sean Minor was born in Kansas but he began his career in the wine industry after a formal education in finance from Arizona State University where he also met his wife, Nicole. They moved to California after graduation, where he began working for Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyard. At the same time he took classes at U.C. Davis in Viticultural and Enology in hopes of developing a further understanding of grape growing and wine production. Then Sean moved to the Pacific Northwest after being recruited by King Estate Winery (widely renown for producing Oregon’s largest and most highly regarded Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) to manage the Estate. He met Will Bucklin, King Estate’s then winemaker, and developed an even stronger knowledge of winemaking and gained a lifelong friend. Sean learned firsthand the importance of site-specific viticulture, and ended up leaving King Estate to lead Benton Lane Winery then the family returned to California in 2001 where Sean had the opportunity to manage Renwood Winery and enhance his wine experience growing and marketing some of the Golden State’s best Zinfandel and Syrah. Four years later, he founded Sean Minor Wines.
This lovely Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color and displays aromas of lavender, cedar and raspberry fruit. Flavors of blackberries and raspberries combined with hints of savory spices coat the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.
Cabernet 2012, Frediani Vineyards$240.00
The 2012 Cabernet, Frediani Vineyards is full of toasted spices, sun-warmed earth and wild dark fruits. A wonderful expression of black currants in a lush package of balanced acidity and fine textured tannins. There is definitely that touch of oak with little licorice and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.