William Knuttel Petite Sirah 2016, D. Rafanelli Vineyard
We have long appreciated the wines that William Knuttel makes – always small production, high quality. Add in fruit from Rafanelli Vineyards and you have a winning combination. The 2016 Petite Sirah, D. Rafanelli Vineyard, Rex & Amarica Block has aromas of blackberry and ripe pomegranate, black plum and black cherry, with well-integrated oak and toast. The wine is opaque, nearly like India ink, with black and deep purple hues. The velvety tannins are meshed in intense blackberry, black cherry and licorice flavors, and the well-balanced finish lingers while concentrated fruit explodes on the palate.
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Owen Roe Ex Umbris 2018$29.00
The Owen Roe Ex Umbris was introduced as a one-time bottling in 2002 after a wild fire struck the vineyard’s surrounding hillsides. The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, they are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive! Now, more than 10 vintages later, we hope you will enjoy this bold Syrah comprised from several exceptional vineyards in the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. The Ex Umbris 2018 is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticeably structured acidity and silky tannins.
Sexual Chocolate 2018$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 2018 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 2018 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.
Stolpman Angeli 2016, Ballard Canyon$76.00
In 2001, Tom Stolpman asked his winemaker to blend the few best barrels and create a wine in honor of his wife, Marilyn, and her Italian heritage. Through this wine, the Angeli family of Lucca would live on. By 2002 he identified the very top part of the Block 5 ridgeline as the vineyard’s standout micro section. Ever since, he has selected the best barrels of this block for Angeli. Not only will the 2016 blossom in the cellar, it blows us away today, right out of the gate. Our favorite type of wine, Angeli combines intense, bright perfume with ripe, rich, and mouth-filling robustness. It’s delicate and pretty while powerful and lasting. 2016 Angeli might be the most hedonistic of the altogether pleasurable, yummy 2016 vintage. Richer and deeper than the higher toned Angeli of the past few years, the 2016 offers immediate gratification. “In every wine we make, our goal is to combine ripe richness with savory liveliness – interesting wines that coat the palate and leave one yearning for more. In 2014, not only did we nail this balance, but the exquisite tight-rope of fresh red fruit and deep ripe yumminess are palpable upon release. No need to wait for tannins to soften or the mid-palate to flesh out, Angeli is a wow wine right out of the gate. In one of our best vintages to date, Angeli already flaunts its pedigree as the best wine of the vintage.” Tom Stolpman.