White Oak Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Russian River
Aromas of stone fruit with hints of fresh cut hay along with notes of kiwi fruit and citrus blossom come forward from this wine. On the pallet, flavors include tangerine, muddled thyme and hints of almond all balanced with crisp acidity, leading to a lingering finish.
Domaine Laporte Sancerre La Comtesse 2016, Loire Valley$42.00
Domaine Laporte is the result of a perfect blending of two renowned Sancerre families. Founded in 1850 in the village of Saint-Satur, Domaine Laporte was run until 1986 by René Laporte. A visionary chair of the Sancerre appellation for 20 years, René was a pioneer in producing low-yield, high-quality Sancerre during a time of overproduction.A well-known winegrower from Chavignol, Henri Bourgeois purchased the domaine from René, keeping the old vineyard, cellar and house – and maintaining the excellent reputation. Now under the watchful eyes of Henri’s two grandsons, Arnaud and Cedric Bourgeois, Domaine Laporte is one of the most highly respected estates in the Loire Valley. Ripe stone fruits accompanied by herbal and floral notes, the palate is enriched with a subtle nutty, honeyed character. Undoubtedly an opulent style of Sancerre, but finely poised too and certainly not lacking freshness.
Paradigm Merlot 2014, Oakville$53.00
Made by famed winemaker, Heidi Barrett, the 2014 Merlot is medium dark ruby in color with clean aromatics of ripe plums and cherries layered with light touches of spice and sweet French Oak notes. The nose is amazing. Soft across the palate yet
flavors are explosive and exciting. Ripe jammy fruit with a very silky texture and mouthfeel. The tannins are quite moderate in this beautiful Oakville Merlot. We love the balance here between the acidity, fruit, and oak. Nice length too. Flavors persist for several minutes.
94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignont