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The 'Rockstar Vintage' of 2012 Brunellos Have Arrived!

"If you love elegant, age-worthy Sangiovese, then stock your wine cellar with 2012 Brunello"- Wine Enthusiast

"A Rockstar Vintage." - James Suckling

"One of the most promising young Brunello vintages I have tasted in the last few years." - Antonio Galloni

"5 Star Vintage" - Brunello di Montalcino Consorzio

The critics have spoken loud and clear with enthusiastic praise for the 2012 Vintage of Brunello di Montalcino. We have also tasted these Tuscan treasures and wholeheartedly agree; they are fantastic and worthy of your time. Although endowed with the structure to age, the generosity of fruit and gorgeous texture make these wines surprisingly accessible now. In essence, you have the best of both worlds.

The unusually dry, hot conditions during the growing season resulted in small, dark Sangiovese Grosso grapes which produced wines with concentration and great depth of flavor. There is no drop off with these wines as the flavors build from the first taste, continue through mid-palate and culminate with a long-lasting finish.The wines are stunning with expressive aromatics, perfectly ripened fruit and well-integrated tannins.

Brunello's di Montalcino are world class wines, which should be experienced by anybody who loves full-bodied red wines. The 2012 vintage is a great vintage to explore now and to stock up as these are cellar-worthy as well. Below are a few of our favorite selections from terrific producers. Saluti (Cheers)!

COLLEMATTONI 2012 BRUNELLO

COLLEMATTONI 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR "HOT WINES" 96 POINTS - "This is very Burgundian in style, with effusive cherry, strawberryand floral aromas and flavors riding a supple texture until the characteristic Sangiovese tannins emerge on the finish. Elegant, complex and long overall. Best from 2021 through 2035."

 

$49.95 750ml [305368] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

  

LA COLOMBINA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

LA COLOMBINA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "This red combines power and elegance, with bright acidity and dense tannins. Cherry and plum fruit are accented by leather, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2020 through 2035."

 

$39.95 750ml [305349] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 

LA SERENA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

LA SERENA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Enticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2,280 cases made."

 

$49.99 750ml [303092] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

COL D'ORCIA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

COL D'ORCIA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Bright and freshly fruity with plum, cherry and walnut undertones. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Really beautiful and bright. One of the best wines in years from here. Drink or hold."

 

$44.98 750ml [302668] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY


One of the Best Malbecs We've Tasted in A Long Time!

Founded in 1995 by a group of Italian wine-making luminaries, including Alberto Antonini of Antinori and Antonio Morescalchi, Altos Las Hormigas has always been evolving. Their pioneering Terroir Project is an integral part of the burgeoning appellation system in Mendoza, and strives to show Malbec's diversity of expression according to its origin. After seeing the immense potential of the Uco Valley, the team decided to stop using new oak and small barriques; and instead go with older, untoasted, large oak foudres across the board. Furthermore, they teamed up with Pedro Parra, who many consider to be the world's foremost authority (and only PhD) in terroir, to find the ideal sites for their plantings as well as a way to assess the ideal ripeness of their fruit. Parra literally dug thousands of soil pits in the Uco Valley searching out the spots with the highest concentration of limestone in the soil, and the results are quite simply staggering!

Luis Guitierrez, in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, awarded it 95 points, commenting: “The [Appellation Gualtallary] Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality…[the tannins] feel very fine-grained."

We couldn't agree more, and feel that this is one of the best Malbecs we've tasted in a long time. An incredible value at $35! Quantity is limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS 2014 "GUALTALLARY" MALBECALTOS LAS HORMIGAS 2014 "GUALTALLARY" MALBEC

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - The other appellation Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality. I was a little disappointed with the performance of this wine in 2013 and was looking forward to 2014. The soils here are rich in calcium carbonate, but in the shape of caliche (a kind of marl with plenty of chalky material, iron and clay), which provide for more tannic wines. The de-stemmed grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts without the use of any pumps. The wine matured in used, untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for a period of some 18 months. It feels fresher, perhaps a little herbal and definitely more ethereal than the Altamira. Yes, it's more tannic, because the tannins are abundant, but they feel very fine-grained. This year I favor Gualtallary over Altamira. There is more complexity here. 9,333 bottles produced and filled after a light filtration in January 2016."

$34.99 750ml [383441] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


A Robert Parker 95 Point, Super-Impressive Cabernet Sauvignon!

Odette is the third winery owned by business partners Gavin Newson, Gordon Getty and John Conover. With the success of their Plumpjack and Cade wineries, the partners were thinking of adding a third when the opportunity to by a 45 acre historic vineyard arose. The property was originally owned and planted by the Steltzner family in the palisades of Stags Leap district just east of the Silverado Trail. Like Plumpjack and Cade, Odette has been converted to organic farming maintaining a painstaking program of natural cultivation that will result in organic certification at the end of the required transition period. "Change is good, green is good, organic is good," says Odette partner John Conover about the estate's environmentally proactive approach to winemaking. "We're doing it because it's the right thing to do as stewards of the land."

ODETTE 2014 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

ODETTE 2014 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

From proper farming to excellent wine making, these partners have done a phenomenal with Plumpjack & Cade and now Odette seems to be doing incredibly well and is on the radar for the Napa Cabernet collectors!

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has terrific aromatics of graphite, spring flowers, and some blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant, but also substantial and long, this is super-impressive, rich wine can be approached now or cellared for 20 or more years."

$120.00 750ml [248430] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


A High Scoring, Head-Turning Pinot Noir from the Mondavi Family!

This is the 3rd release of Raen, a project put out by Carlo and Dante Mondavi, grandsons of the famed Robert Mondavi. Carlo and Dante are fourth generation vintners born and raised in Napa Valley who “cut their teeth” working under Tim Mondavi at the Robert Mondavi Winery as well as Opus One. The two brothers credit their dad Tim for the passion they share for Pinot Noir. Tim is a big Burgundy fan and was a pioneer for California Pinot Noir through the 1970s. These two young men put in hard work to get where they are today and we have the highest level of respect for them along with the entire Mondavi family.

RAEN 2015 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST

RAEN 2015 PINOT NOIR "ROYAL ST. ROBERT CUVEE"

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi follow their brilliant 2014s with the equally captivating 2015s. Raen focuses on coastal sites where fruit can ripen at relatively low sugars. The wines are fermented with ambient yeasts and see a good deal of whole clusters. In tasting, the Raen Pinots convey the essence of site with tremendous depth and intensity, but no excess weight. Perhaps even more importantly, these are wines of real personality and breed. Don't miss them."

"Raen's 2015 Royal St. Robert Cuvee is an exotically beautiful, almost overwhelming wine endowed with superb depth and intensity in all of its dimensions. A burst of ripe red and purplish-hued stone fruits rushes across the palate. Rose petal, lavender, spice, blood orange and spice overtones follow in short order. Ripe and racy, but not at all heavy, the 2015 is a real head-turner. All of the depth of the year comes through, but there is also tremendous aromatic intensity and bright acids to balance things out."

$59.95 750ml [252980] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


A High Scoring Napa Valley Cabernet from a Rock Star Winemaker!

Bob Foley is a rock star in the wine industry and we are happy he never quit his day job of wine making to pursue his dream of playing guitar! If there was a Napa Valley hall of fame he would have our vote amongst inductees! Seriously though, Bob has been making wine since the late 1970s and has worked crafting some of Napa's finest cult wines including Hourglass, Paloma, Pride Mountain, Switchback Ridge and School House to name a few. While busy making wine for these awesome producers, Bob found the time to open and operate the Robert Foley Winery which has been in production for almost 20 years earning him a reputation for producing very expressive wines that finish gracefully. 

Every so often our California wine staff attends a Robert Foley tasting which features every producer he makes wine for. It's a room full of deliciousness where all the wines show incredibly well boasting a big, rich, full –bodied style that's dense and chewy with silky, integrated structure. That tasting is always one of the highlights of our Napa trip!

ROBERT FOLEY 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 750mL

 

ROBERT FOLEY 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS! - "The delicious, fruit-forward, dense purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits plenty of roasted espresso notes intermixed with cassis, chocolate and toasty oak. Opulent, full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should continue to drink well for 10-12 years."

 

$85.95 750ml [256600] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


Wine Advocate's Smokin' Good Head Turner!

Today, we have two fantastic wines from importer Eric Solomon who continues to bring us delicious wine at compelling prices. Solomon is unquestionably one of the best value importers in the world and continues to develop successful partnerships with winemakers in both France and Spain. The Chateau Juvenal wines show Solomon's signature fruit-driven style and are full-bodied wines packed with flavor at prices which are an uncommon value.

The Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck writes, "These latest 2015s are gorgeous wines and certainly the finest lineup I've tasted from this estate." Both benefit from the magic touch of well-known consultant, Philippe Cambie whom wine critic Robert Parker has called, "The God of Grenache." Cambie has earned his reputation by producing numerous 100 Point wines in the Rhone. Under his guidance, Chateau Juvenal is making delicious wines from Ventoux in the Rhone Valley.

Ventoux is a wine growing appellation in the southeastern part of the Rhone with vineyards blanketing the south and west-facing slopes of Mount Ventoux. This optimal location is blessed with intense sunshine which allows the grapes to achieve a good level of phenolic ripeness, while the cooler temperatures moderate this effect and allow the grapes extended hang time. The results show in the perfectly ripened fruit which maintain remarkable freshness.

The Grenache/Syrah blend called La Terre du Petit Homme received a 91-93 Point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate with the review calling the wine a "Head turner" and a "Smokin' good effort." We simply call this wine an incredible value, which completely over delivers at less than $16.00 per bottle.

Perseides is a smaller production wine made of 100% Grenache. This wine boasts great depth and intensity with polished tannins and a seamless texture. It also happened to receive a score of 93-95 Points by the Wine Advocate, which called it "a real tour de force". The review speaks for itself stating, "There are under 300 cases made and it offers an incredible bouquet of jammy blackberries, spring flowers, licorice and rose petals. Full-bodied, voluptuous, rounded and downright sexy, it should knock your socks off right out of the gate."

Both wines offer a lush and richly textured profile of pure fruit flavors and completely over deliver for the price. Enjoy!

CHATEAU JUVENAL 2015 VENTOUX LA TERRE DU PETIT HOMME

 CHATEAU JUVENAL 2015 VENTOUX LA TERRE DU PETIT HOMME

 

WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "Tasted out of barrels, the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux la Terre du Petit Homme is a head turner. Made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah, it’s a full-bodied, incredibly pure red that offers ample notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, garrigue and crushed flowers. It has a touch of oak to integrate, beautiful mid-palate depth and a great finish. It’s a smokin’ good effort that will have a decade of longevity.

 

$15.98 750ml [350047] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

CHATEAU JUVENAL 2015 VENTOUX PERSEIDESCHATEAU JUVENAL 2015 VENTOUX PERSEIDES

 

WINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS - "A real tour de force is the 2015 Vin de France Perseïdes, which is 100% Grenache that was brought up all in stainless steel. There are under 300 cases made and it offers an incredible bouquet of jammy blackberries, spring flowers, licorice and rose petals. Full-bodied, voluptuous, rounded and downright sexy, it should knock your socks off right out of the gate."

 

$29.99 750ml [350048] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


Two Fantastic New Tequilas! 

CONTIGO PLATA TEQ 750 NOM-1438

CONTIGO PLATA TEQ 750 NOM-1438

This very smooth silver tequila is made with Agave produced in the Highlands (Amatitan, Jalisco) and the Lowlands (Los Altos).

Gold Medal 2017 San Francisco International Spirits Competition
Nose - Sweet and floral, with green tropical fruits and nuances of white pepper.

Flavor - Distinctively smooth, crisp palate of lime zest, grapefruit and tropical 
flavors with the taste of pure authentic roasted Agave on a citrus finish. 

Contigo drinks like a sipper: a reposado or and anejo, watch out Margarita!!!

Sale $23.99 Normally $29.99 750ml [111202] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY


EL MACHO ANEJO TEQ 750 NOM-1438EL MACHO ANEJO TEQ 750 NOM-1438

Every glass tells the story of this anejo’s origin and craftsmanship, born from generations of experience and traditionally crafted.

A dark Añejo tequila (40% ABV) aged 24 months in American oak whiskey barrels. Made from 50% highland and 50% lowland Blue Weber agave, imparting earthy and vegetal flavors with herbaceous, spicy characteristics and citrus fruitiness. The rich volcanic lowland soil produces smaller agave plants with earthy vegetal flavors and spicy characteristics. The iron rich Highland soil produces sweeter, juicier citrus flavors.

Sale $38.99 Normally $49.99 750ml [111200]  QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY


Save Nearly 20 Percent On The Latest Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet!

Yes, it's here! Each year around this time, Chateau Montelena releases its "Montelena Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon. This perennial over-achiever is one of the more consistent, highly rated, and age-worthy wines produced in California. Once again, Bo Barrett and his winemaking team have crafted a wine with such distinction and disposition that its one-word description is "AWESOME!" The 2013 vintage is being regarded as the best vintages in decades. Acclaimed wine critic Antonio Galloni sates that 2013 is "a modern-day classic" and "quality is simply extraordinary"; Robert M. Parker, Jr. says the vintage is "one of the all-time classics". So if you don’t want to take our word for it, then at least take theirs!

To celebrate the new release of this iconic wine, we are selling this wine for $129.95 per bottle, which is almost 20% below what the winery is selling it for! (For reference, they have it listed on their site for $160.00 per bottle.) Folks, this wine has sold out in previous vintages, and with the hype of the 2013 vintage, we suspect this vintage will sell out, too!

CHATEAU MONTELENA 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "THE MONTELENA ESTATE" NAPA VALLEY

 

CHATEAU MONTELENA 2013 "MONTELENA ESTATE" NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS! - "Montelena's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is unctuous, deep and concentrated. A wine of gravitas and power, the 2013 possesses remarkable textural richness, with a demi-glace like sweetness that is unusual for this wine and that lends an exotic feel throughout. The tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit, but they are very much present. Patience will be key. Iron, smoke, tar and licorice are some of the many notes that infuse the voluptuous finish."

 

$129.95 Winery Price $160 750ml [244040] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


Stunning Pinot Noir Value to Grab by the Case!

This Pinot Noir from Michel Sarrazin is a stunning wine which illustrates the brilliance of the 2015 vintage in France. A combination of old vines carefully tended to by a skilled winemaker from a fantastic vintage has resulted in an aromatic and flavorful overachiever. Sarrazin’s Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes unfolds gracefully on the palate with great intensity, purity of fruit and silky smooth texture.

The grapes for this wine are sourced from old vines (vieilles vignes) more than 50 years old planted in the rolling hills of the Cote Chalonnaise. Harvest is by hand and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled cement tanks. The wine is aged in older Francois Frères oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the intensity of flavor.

The 2015 vintage in Burgundy has been hailed by critics as extraordinary with comparisons to 2005, 2010 and the legendary 1990 vintage. As this wine illustrates, there is a remarkable balance of perfectly ripened fruit, juicy texture and silky structure which remains fresh on the palate. The warm, dry growing season resulted in pure, healthy fruit of such quality that the gap between expensive wines and the more affordable bottlings has narrowed considerably. In short, 2015 is a great vintage to buy Pinot Noir from Burgundy at all price levels.

MICHEL SARRAZIN 2015 BOURGOGNE ROUGE VIEILLES VIGNESMICHEL SARRAZIN 2015 BOURGOGNE ROUGE VIEILLES VIGNES

This is a forward, accessible and pleasing wine which will appeal to lovers of Pinot Noir from both France and California. This wine over-delivers with an incredible quality to price ratio and is a great wine to purchase by the case and enjoy over the next few years.

Bright ruby in color. On the nose, expressive aromas of fresh cut flowers, perfectly ripened cherries, red berries and brown spices leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine is dry, medium-bodied and polished with wonderful texture and silky tannins. With air, the wine gains complexity as darker fruits emerge with notions of boysenberry and Marionberry mingling with cherry, raspberry and cinnamon spice. The finish is long lasting and very satisfying. Drink now through 2022.

$19.95 750ml [311178] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY


A 91 Point Editor's Choice at a Fantastic Price!

Casa Santos Lima is a family owned and operated company dedicated to the production, bottling and selling of Portuguese wines from around 400 hectares of vineyards. Most of Casa Santos Lima’s estates are located in Alenquer, 45km north of Lisbon, in a region where wine production is centuries old and the typical rural landscapes are gifted with enormous beauty. The vineyards are planted on gentle slopes with altitudes between 100 and 220 meters benefiting from an excellent sun exposition and a climate slightly tempered by the nearby Atlantic Ocean, only 25 km away from the property. Casa Santos Lima is the largest producer of “Vinho Regional Lisboa” and is one of the most awarded Portuguese wineries in both major national and international wine competitions. A maritime influence provides fresh summer nights along with gentle winters that are key to the production of quality grapes in this region. This climate helps produce wines with great acidity and a youthful freshness.

CONFIDENCIAL 2013 RED RESERVECONFIDENCIAL 2013 RED RESERVE

WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - EDITOR'S CHOICE - "Six months in a mix of French and Portuguese oak has given this wine a rich, smooth character. Produced from a field blend of more than 40 different varieties, the wine is stylishly structured and ripe with blackberry fruits. It is still young and although it is drinkable now, it will be better from 2017."

Tasting Notes: Dark red fruits greet the nose upon smelling; black pepper, ripe plum and midnight garden florals extend the invitation to taste with Pavlovian flair. The foreshadowing in the nose continues as tastes of fresh, vibrant fruits and spices help showcase this big, bright concentrated wine. Mixed berry and plum fruits abound as uplifting acidity and rounded tannins keep the wine from becoming heavy. Fire up the grill or enjoy with charcuterie and cheeses as this hearty balanced red is ready for summer.

$9.95 750ml [383545] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


The First in a Series of New Whiskies from Highland Park!

Valkyrie is the first in a series of three special Viking Legend releases. This limited-edition single malt reflects Highland Park's identity as "the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul." The Orkney Islands were ruled by the Vikings for centuries, and later the monarchies of Denmark and Norway, before joining Scotland in 1468. Because the islands have been so isolated from the mainland, Viking heritage has remained a part of their culture to this day. This design was inspired by a Norwegian stavkirke (wooden church) that is decorated with ornate carvings and features a lion battling dragons.

Plunging down from the dark heavens, the Valkyries would descend like avenging angels on horseback to comb the battlefields for the bravest of the fallen warriors, heroes fit to enter the great Norse god Odin's hall, Valhalla. Valkyrie celebrates the rich Nordic ancestry on Orkney, which was once part of a vast Viking kingdom and its packaging was designed by internationally renowned designer and Viking Soul, Jim Lyngvild.

Exquisitely balanced and delivering wave upon wave of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit and has just been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, scoring 99 out of 100.

HIGHLAND PARK VALKYRIE

 

HIGHLAND PARK VALKYRIE

The natural amber hue of highland Park Valkyrie belies the intense warmth of its fiery depths. A dramatic opening with the sharp tang of sweet green apples and ripening lemons gives way to bewitching oriental spices that tease the senses with a promise of a long, slow seduction. Creamy vanilla - voluptuous and silky smooth - wraps itself around sweet preserved ginger and luscious dark chocolate, soothing and enticing in equal measure with tantalizing hints of salty black liquorice and the crackle of a smoldering bonfire. Exquisitely balanced, the long and lingering finish delivers waves of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit.

 Sale $67.99 Normally $74.99 750ml [111510] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


Just Released Spectator’s Highly Rated Burgundies!

We just read the latest wine ratings from Wine Spectator which included great reviews for a Burgundian producer we have featured for years. Marchand Tawse is a relatively new domaine which has quickly established itself as a producer of high quality Pinot Noir at prices which are more than reasonable. Domaine Tawse makes wines that have great purity of fruit with complexity increasing at the Premier Cru level.

Burgundy's Domaine Maume has long been celebrated by serious collectors for its old-vine, séléction massale plantings in Gevrey-Chambertin. These fine village, premier cru and grand cru vineyards are the envy of many a vigneron. In 2012, the Maume family decided to sell, passing the torch to Moray Tawse and Pascal Marchand of the newly formed Maison Marchand-Tawse.

Maison Marchand-TawseThese two friends and wine legends, along with winemaker Mark Fincham are said to be more Burgundian than the locals. In fact they have converted the vineyards to organic and biodynamic farming plowing many of their vineyards by horse. Seeking traditional vinifications that reflect the conditions of the vintage more than following a set recipe, they have been able to create wines that are intense and airy, complex yet accessible, and ethereal yet incredibly precise. What’s more, their buoyancy makes them dance across the palate.

Maison Marchand-TawseSadly, with many of the frost and hail issues over the past few years, there is less wine available from Burgundy. The good news is the remaining crops were of very high quality resulting in outstanding wines. Domaine Marchand Tawse in particular bottles very little as you can see in the small case production numbers listed the Wine Spectator reviews. Of those cases, precious few make it here. As such, we only have a limited amount of the wines featured in this email.

Discover the deliciously complex wines of Domaine Marchand Tawse. Supplies are very limited. Enjoy!

We will be tasting the wines of Marchand Tawse with winemaker Mark Fincham on Thursday, May 25th. Reservations are not necessary to enjoy these wines.

MAUME BY DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CHAMPEAUX 1ER CRU

 

MAUME BY DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CHAMPEAUX 1ER CRU

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Powerful and spicy, this red reveals cherry, currant, light herb and tobacco flavors, allied to a moderately dense, tightly woven structure. Offers plenty of intensity and a long, saturated finish. Best from 2020 through 2036. 100 cases made."

 

 $89.99 750ml [334501] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 

DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 VOLNAY LES FREMIETS 1ER CRU

 

 DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 VOLNAY LES FREMIETS 1ER CRU

 WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - " A bright, elegant style, this is harmonious, with a silky texture surrounding a core of cherry, spice and earth flavors. The lingering finish echoes berry fruit and spice. Best from 2019 through 2032. 88 cases made."

  

$68.99 750ml [345882] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 

MAUME BY DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 BOURGOGNE ROUGE VIGNE BLANCHE

 

MAUME BY DOMAINE TAWSE 2014 BOURGOGNE ROUGE VIGNE BLANCHE

 WINE SPECTATOR 89 POINTS - "A smoky note in the aroma complements the cherry, earth, licorice and graphite flavors in this velvety red. Balanced, ending with macerated cherry and spice flourishes. Drink now through 2021. 198 cases made."

 

$31.99 750ml [350052]  QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 


Best Price in the Country on High Scoring Syrahs!

We just made a special purchase of two fantastic 2013 Northern Rhone Syrahs from Delas Freres. Both wines are delicious and were offered to us as vintage closeouts as the distributor needed to make room in their warehouse. These wines display a combination of power and finesse and feature dark fruit flavors with notions of cracked pepper. We were shocked to be offered these wines from the appellation of Crozes Hermitage at such exceptional prices and are pleased to be able to pass along the savings. In fact, we are able to offer both wines at the best price in the country-by far!

Jeb Dunnuck who reviews wines from the Rhone for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate is an unabashed fan of Delas Freres. He writes, "As a whole, you can't go wrong with this estate and the quality is incredibly high... the wines always show textbook appellation characteristics." He awarded Grands Chemins 92 Points calling it, "gorgeous, with a silky style that just begs to be drunk." He further stated that the bottles wouldn't last long in his house! Writing of the Le Clos bottling, Dunnuck scored the wine a point higher at 93+ points and noted its increased structure and concentration. This wine also shows more complexity.

Delas Freres was founded in 1835 and over the years has acquired vineyards in most of the northern Rhone appellations. We consistently carry their wines in the store as Delas always produces high-quality wines.

These wines offer proof that wine from the Northern Rhone don't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Enjoy these wines at exceptional pricing while we have it. Both are limited in quantity and will not last. When they're gone they're gone.

DELAS 2013 CROZES HERMITAGE GRANDS CHEMINS

 DELAS FRERES 2013 CROZES HERMITAGE DOMAINE DES GRANDS CHEMINS

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Already gorgeous, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins comes all from the Les Chassis region of Crozes (this is the flatter plain that stretches west from the Rhône river); it was raised in a combination of stainless steel and smaller barrels. It offers classic violet-tinged black and blue fruits, tapenade, bay leaf and peppery notes in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky style that just begs to be drunk. While bottles wouldn’t last long at my house, it will cruise for another 10-15 years on its balance."

 

Sale $23.95 Normally $33.99 750ml [350030] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

DELAS 2013 CROZES HERMITAGE LE CLOS

 

DELAS FRERES 2013 CROZES HERMITAGE LE CLOS

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "Similar to the Domaine des Grands Chemins, yet with additional structure, the inky purple/ruby colored 2013 Crozes Hermitage le Clos has lots of minerality in its smoky, meaty, dark fruited profile. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, structured yet balanced, give it 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more."

 

Sale $37.95 Normally $49.99 750ml [350035] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


The 97-Point Dominus Estate has Landed!

Finally…the much-anticipated 2014 Dominus Estate is here! One of Napa Valley’s most revered Cabernet-blends is back, and will sell out quickly just like every year prior! One of the most respected wine producers in the world, Christian Moueix is on a personal quest for perfection in grapegrowing and winemaking. It is a journey that began in Bordeaux and continues today at Dominus Estate, where he has instilled his philosophy and inspired his team to share his values. To walk the vineyard with Christian is to witness a commitment to the land, a strong sense of purpose, and the modest soul of a man of the vines.

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wine. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus. His love of Napa Valley lingered, and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook Vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard, and in 1985, became its sole owner. He chose the name “Dominus” or “Lord of the Estate” in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.

DOMINUS 2014 PROPRIETARY RED ESTATE NAPA VALLEY

 

DOMINUS ESTATE 2014 PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 97 POINTS! - "The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix’s belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years."

 

$229.99 750ml [216170] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 


Staff Favorite Rose Back in Stock at Lowest Price!

Every year we await the release of the Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé. The wait is over and this dry and flavorful thirst-quenching wine is now in stock at Hi Time. This staff favorite is fresh, aromatic and crisp with vibrant intensity of flavors which give sheer pleasure. We believe so strongly in this wine that we bought every bottle we could. In fact, we are the only Orange County retailer with this wine and we are able to offer it at the lowest price in California!

The Commanderie de Peyrassol comes from the foremost appellation for French Rosé, the Côtes de Provence. The grapes are sourced from fully matured vines with an average age of 25 years. The blend is comprised of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Mourvèdre. Harvested separately during the night when temperatures are coolest, the grapes are then de-stemmed and pressed. After fermentation they are aged in stainless steel vats to preserve freshness..

The wines of Peyrassol fully express the quality of the terroir and several centuries of know-how. Wine has been produced from this favored site for more than 800 years. Generations of wine growers have nurtured the vineyard and its vines which are is located at an elevation of 330 metres on the lower slopes of the Massif des Maures. The soil consists of clay and limestone which is ideal for viticulture. All this contributes to Commanderie being considered amongst the top Rosés being produced in Provence.

COMMANDERIE DE PEYRASSOL 2016 PROVENCE ROSECOMMANDERIE DE PEYRASSOL 2016 PROVENCE ROSE

Highly sought after yet surprisingly affordable, this is a great Rosé to stock up on and have on hand throughout the summer. It is the perfect refreshment to open for guests or enjoy by the pool and pairs with most any food. One sip is all it takes to understand why this Rose is so popular with our staff and customers. Enjoy!

Flat-out gorgeous with classic salmon-pink coloring. The nose is expressive with aromas of rose, wild berries, raspberry and citrus. On the palate, the wine is fresh, refined and dry with refreshing acidity and a silky palate feel. Flavors of fresh strawberries, melon and citrus are enhanced with a touch of minerality on the lengthy finish. Very harmonious.

$17.98 750ml [306006] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY