Branham Jazz 2014, Napa Valley
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!
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2016$34.00
Patelin is French for village or community and the Patelin wines from Tablas Creek use fruit from neighboring vineyards as well as their own. The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from several of the top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity. The 2016 Patelin de Tablas has a dark, Syrah-driven nose that is creamy, meaty, minerally, and a little bit wild. A little blue fruit lurks underneath and comes out with air. The mouth shows both Grenache and Syrah's influence, with black plum, boysenberry, chalky minerality and nice powdered sugar tannins that come out on the finish. Decant if you're drinking now, or age for up to a decade for secondary and tertiary flavors of meat and earth. Very Highly Recommended – Dan Berger's Wintage Experiences.
Rabble Red Blend 2015$23.00
The Rabble Red Blend 2015 comes from the Mossfire Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles. Aged in French oak, it is made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Brooding purple with dark rimmed color. The nose blooms first with red cherry, ripe plum to dark raspberry with hints of anise seed and ending dusty suede. The palate is explosive, lush ripe fruits give way to supple tannin, layers of dark and bright berries with balanced acidity and firm yet restrained structure. The strong finish lingers of black tea and plum.
Stolpman Angeli 2014, Ballard Canyon$76.00
In 2001, Tom Stolpman asked his winemaker to blend the few best barrels and create a wine in honor of his wife, Marilyn, and her Italian heritage. Through this wine, the Angeli family of Lucca would live on. By 2002 he identified the very top part of the Block 5 ridgeline as the vineyard’s standout micro section. Ever since, he has selected the best barrels of this block for Angeli. Not only will the 2014 blossom in the cellar, it blows us away today, right out of the gate. Our favorite type of wine, Angeli combines intense, bright perfume with ripe, rich, and mouth-filling robustness. It’s delicate and pretty while powerful and lasting. 2014 Angeli might be the most hedonistic of the altogether pleasurable, yummy 2014 vintage. Richer and deeper than the higher toned Angeli of the past few years, the 2014 offers immediate gratification. “In every wine we make, our goal is to combine ripe richness with savory liveliness – interesting wines that coat the palate and leave one yearning for more. In 2014, not only did we nail this balance, but the exquisite tight-rope of fresh red fruit and deep ripe yumminess are palpable upon release. No need to wait for tannins to soften or the mid-palate to flesh out, Angeli is a wow wine right out of the gate. In one of our best vintages to date, Angeli already flaunts its pedigree as the best wine of the vintage.” Tom Stolpman.