Truchard Estate Syrah 2017, Carneros
The 2017 vintage is nearly identical to the outstanding 2016 harvest! A dry winter followed by a warm, dry spring resulted in excellent berry set and an above average crop. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season easily brought the fruit to full maturity. The wines of 2017 are elegant, with intense aromas and flavors. A complex nose of cassis, ripe cherry, and black plum; with a hint of vanilla, leather, and white pepper. The mouth is layered with jammy flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and currants; followed by mineral and cracked black pepper. Mouth-filling tannins provide an opulent finish of fruit and spice.
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Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2017$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 30th Anniversary release of this, their flagship wine. A beautiful wine—dark and mulberry in color as in nose. One scents cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries and Damson plums. I do so love the largely Grenache vintages of Cigare; there’s an unmistakable spiciness to them—orange peel, cinnamon and black pepper. Grenache is not just about fragrance however; any synesthete worth his/her Maldon salt will know that the scent of Grenache is in part highly textural—soft and velveteen. And sure enough, on the palate the wine is also an essence of velours. “Exceptional” – Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences | “The classic Rhone-ish expression of Randall Grahm's fascination with wines of personality, the blend here is 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 16% mourvèdre, 4% cinsault. I have tasted many older versions of this wine and this one is set up to age a long time.” 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast.
Sexual Chocolate 2017$30.00
As you can see from the picture – the front label is a handwritten tome by winemaker, Brandon Allen. Here is what it says, “This bottle originated from a bootlegging operation my Buddies and I had in college. We started making wine knowing it would be used for late night drinking, and that the French are annoying. It took some time, but we finally perfected our Blend, and came up with this full bodied red that pairs well with Wednesday nights and pizza. We use grapes from all over California so we recomend [sic] this be drank [sic] immediately, and shared with girls.”
It’s not getting routine; it just keeps getting better. The 2017 Sexual Chocolate is pure hedonism in a bottle, but crafted with great care and consideration toward quality. Having made the blend for nearly ten years, winemaker Brandon Allen has developed just the right formula for a wine that delivers loads of flavor for a value. The 2017 vintage is mostly a Syrah blend that delivers an intense combo of ripe, dark fruit with a long, smooth finish. This is a wine that can hold its own but is also a most welcome addition to a variety of foods.
Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah 2017$50.00
The Stanton family has grown grapes in the Napa Valley since 1947, and began making their own wine in 1999. With winemaker, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift Wines) and great fruit, there is definitely a winning combination! Stanton Vineyards remains, and will remain, a boutique winery, producing about 800 cases total. This small production allows them to focus on producing both grapes and wine of great character. The 2014 Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah is beautifully integrated with nice oak nuances, a fruit forwardness and a smooth finish. There are ample tannins to allow this wine to develop for a decade and more.
True Stanton Petite enthusiasts will recognize the consistent balance and structure of this Petite Sirah, and rank it among the very best produced by winemaker, Dave Phinney, who has overseen this and every vintage of Stanton Petite Sirah from start to finish. Only 239 cases produced.