Rabble Tempranillo 2016
From the Rioja clone and aged 12 months in French oak, the Rabble Tempranillo 2016, Mossfire Ranch Vineyard. Made up of 100% Tempranillo, it is opaque purple-colored, offering up a super-expressive bouquet of bacon, tar, mineral, pencil lead, blueberry, black raspberry, and licorice. Smooth-textured, layered, ripe, and sweetly-fruited, this forward pleasurable, lengthy effort has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now and over the next 10 years.
Volker Eisele Family Estate Terzetto Red Blend 2014, Chiles Valley Napa USA$75.00
Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, one of fifteen grape growing appellations within the Napa Valley Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley's perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity. The four hundred acre estate was originally part of the “Rancho Catacula” land grant, given to Joseph Bollinger Chiles in 1843 by the last Mexican governor of California. The Chiles family later sold a portion of their land to Francis Sievers, a German pioneer. In the 1870's, Sievers founded Lomita's Vineyard and Winery on the site. The original winery building, some of the tanks, and the original press constructed by Sievers still remain on the Estate. The oldest cabernet vines were planted by the Eiseles in 1975 and continue to yield fruit of superb quality. Over the past 35 years the Eiseles have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Volker Eisele Terzetto is a blend of 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Cabernet Franc and 1/3 Merlot, aged 24 months in 70% new French oak from Treuil Cooperage, unfined and lightly filtered.
“The 2014 Terzetto Proprietary Red is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which are co-fermented from their vineyard in Chiles Valley. Nice raspberry and blueberry fruit, sweet tannin, velvety texture, medium to full body, beautiful purity, a floral component and overall a lovely, seductive and compelling style. Drink it over the next 10 years.”
92 –Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate
Branham Jazz 2014, Napa Valley$26.00
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!
Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2012$55.00
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.