DAOU Soul of a Lion 2017
The 2017 vintage displays richness, elegance and balance—the hallmarks of a superb growing season that allowed for extended ripening. A deep, complex bouquet reveals notes of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plum and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied, layered and complex, while smooth, silky tannins lead to a persistent finish.
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck
97 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
12 in stock
Sean Minor Four Bears Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles California USA$21.00
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.
J Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018$60.00
This year marks the fourteenth anniversary of J. Lohr’s heartfelt partnership with National Breast Cancer
Foundation, Inc. The Touching Lives initiative began when the Lohr family designated the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a commemorative release in honor of founder Jerry Lohr’s late wife. Carol Lohr passed away in 2008 due to complications from breast cancer.
Today, $3 from every purchase of J Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, whether at your local restaurant, wine shop, or online is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since the program’s inception, sales from J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard releases have supported early breast cancer detection, access to mammograms, patient navigation systems, and the delivery of HOPE Kits (a gift box of comforting items) to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. These programs continue to build on a partnership that has funded over 6,500 mammograms for women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
The 2018 vintage of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses this classic valley floor site in an approachable way. Savory fruit elements wrapped in a barrel signature of hazelnut and cocoa powder. Firm and angular in structure with red and blue fruits on the finish.
Oakville Cross Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Jack and Ruthie Rydman moved to Oakville in 1973, and in 1999 they planted two acres of their property on Oakville Cross Road with 2100 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The vineyard backs up to Silver Oak, so you know they’re in prime Cabernet territory!
The Oakville AVA produces many of the most prized Cabernets in the Napa Valley. As expected, their vines produced exceptional fruit which they sold to nearby wineries. In 2005, because the fruit was of such high quality, they decided to go into the wine business themselves. Their premiere release has been met with rave reviews making their decision to make the leap from grower to vintner all the more sweet.
The signature Oakville Cross 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has spent two years aging in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. Harvested in mid-October, this Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe with vibrant plum and cherry with a hint of vanilla and anise. Long soft finish — ready to drink now, will age gracefully 10+ years. They use the glass closure, the Vino-Seal. Sexy, cool and efficient. Does not impart any flavors to the wine. Doesn’t dry out or change shape, ever. Perfect for a great great Napa Cab!