L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Walla Walla Valley
This wine is a blend of seven prestigious vineyard sites representing four unique soil types in the Walla Walla Valley. Its old world structure, dense dark fruit flavors and elegant tannins exemplify the best of Walla Walla. With an elegant, old world structure, this sophisticated Cabernet shows aromas of dark fruit, earth, and fresh herbs. A seamless core of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry mingle with notes of tobacco and leather on a dusty tannin, richly structured finish.
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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knights Valley, CA$43.00
Tucked into the foothills of Mount Saint Helena on the remote eastern edge of Sonoma County, Knights Valley experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season that develops dark fruit aromatics. The 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold with black forest fruit and spiced plum, offering undertones of roasted coffee and crushed rock. Caramel and anise come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent finish.
MC4 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016$75.00
The Martin & Croshaw vineyard is located in the St. Helena appellation of Napa Valley. The vines grow in an ideal location on a gently sloping hillside on the west side of the valley with excellent soil (Boomer gravelly loam) for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337 and 6 were selected for the 2000 vines which are carefully oriented to fully capture the unique terroir of the site. They farm organically, and work is done by shovel and sweat. Irrigation is limited and they selectively thin the grapes to produce a concentrated, full bodied wine. It is a labor of love and of friendship.
The MC4 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a gorgeous wine, sporting a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed wild blueberries, black cherries and mulberries with touches of cigar box, baking spices and dark chocolate plus a waft of sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features appealing restraint, with taut, muscular fruit and fantastic tension, finishing long and softly textured. This is a relatively new, single-vineyard wine co-produced by two couples—Paul and Lisa Martin and Fred and Darcy Croshaw. The grapes come from a tiny one-acre, organically farmed vineyard to the north of Ehlers Lane in St. Helena. The style of these three vintages tasted is fresh, elegant and understated, possessing bags of energy and expression at what appears to be a very reasonable price.
Happy Canyon Piocho Bordeaux Red Blend 2015, Happy Canyon Valley, California, USA$37.00
Piocho Ranch was acquired by Thomas J. Barrack Jr. in 1992. Out of a love for the countryside and a ranchers life, the Barrack family developed rolling acres of vineyards. The peaceful and beautiful property sits nestled in the Happy Canyon Valley, a perfect location for growing grapes and riding horses. Two regulation sized Polo fields are groomed with the same care as the finest golf courses in the world. Piocho means “Where the two rivers meet and go to heaven.” The Happy Canyon Piocho 2015, a Bordeaux blend, has an inviting deep ruby color. Ripe black currant, cherry, espresso and smoky oak show on the nose. This wine is lush, sweet and open-knit, with a pliancy to its flavors of dark berries, licorice and chewing tobacco. The Happy Canyon Bordeaux Red Blend 2015 exhibits deep aromas of spice, dark bing cherries, wood, burnt blackberries and jam. On the palate there are slight herbal/floral flavors with minerality, dried violets and tobacco all surrounded by dense fruit. This a truly lovely wine that is wonderful to drink today when paired with big rich cuisine such as Santa Maria Tri-Tip. The wines structure will allow it to mature and age nicely for at least another decade! Dusty, slow-building tannins give grip to the finish, which repeats the cherry and licorice notes.