Lots to catch up on! I’ve got 2 new Rewined Candle scents: Mimosa and a special edition: Carmenere. The Rewined company traveled to Chile to learn about this grape varietal. Get it while you can! $22 or 2 for $40!
All new Italian pasta and Taralli crackers. Just the best dry pasta you can find! And the Taralli crackers can be addicting!
Cheyenne wants to offer smoked barbecue meats to pick up twice a month. I need your input on what days you’d like me to have this for you to pick up, Monday-Sunday? He’ll be offering:
Pork Butt, whole or pulled (smoked over 100% hickory) $46.00
Rib Racks (smoked over 100% cherry) Full $32.00 1/2 $17.00
Chickens (over 100% cherry) whole $15.00 1/2 $9.00
Beef Brisket, whole or sliced (over 100% hickory) whole $85.00 flat $52.00 point $52.00 (whole brisket comes with burnt ends)
This Saturday, live jazz and blues with Lyndsey and Friends, 2 sessions: 7-8:30 or 8:30-10 or stay the whole time, you’ll want to with Lyndsey’s great voice!
Italian/French Wine Festival 4-6 pm with expert Kevin Kelley. Tons of wine, older vintages, Barolos, Barbarescos, tons of deals! Light bread and cheeses. $25 pp but $15 can go towards a wine purchase. It’ll be a blast!
I’ll also have Raul’s Carne en Su Huego available for pick up 4-6. If you haven’t had this, it’s wonderful! It’s his signature dish. Unique beef based Mexican stew with bean in a spicy green broth and garnished with radishes, onions, cilantro and bacon, yummy! $14.99 quart Please order in advance! I’ll have only a little extra!
Tuesday: Meet one of my favorite winemakers: Matt Cline, crazy talented! Details at the end of this email!
Thursday, the day before Valentine’s: “Romantic Wines with Zoe” and new artisanal chocolates paired with each wine, $15 per person. And chocolate gift boxes available for sale. They’re beautiful!
Valentine’s Day: a whole special lineup: 4:30-6:30 Oysters steamed to order and salty, fresh oysters on the half shell with expert Stephen White (who makes my delicious Momma’s Pickled Shrimp).
5-7 Bubbles Sampling with Jeff
7-9 Eddie Bush and Julie are back! $12 cover but you can credit this towards a wine purchase to go!
And now for some great new wines:
1) Michael David Petite Petit 2011: $16.99 A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, offering a joyous explosion of color and fun! It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate.
2) Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2012, Santa Lucia Highlands: $18.99 ($28 online!) Aromas of creme brulee, green apple & floral. On the palate, the rich flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty oak and refreshing citrus with bright acidity. Incredibly food-friendly!
3) Robert Biale Founding Fathers Zinfandel 2011: $34.99 Only 4 cases available! Blackberries, ripe red berries, plum preserves, crushed rock, toffee, oatmeal cookie, prune/raisin, brown spices, espresso, and toast. Silky, nuanced, finely-balanced, and elegant, Founding Farmers possesses the hallmarks that built Napa Valley’s reputation for world-class quality. Anticipated drinking range: 2013 to 2020.
4) ZD Carneros Pinot Noir 2011: $33.99 ($43.99 at one of the largest retailers in the nation, $50 online!) This 100% Pinot Noir from Carneros is the product of a single vineyard and is made with certified organically grown grapes. The wine spent ten months in French oak before being bottled. From winemaker Chris Pisani: “A medium ruby color and aromas of dark cherries, briary strawberry and subtle hints of vanilla and lavender give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, cedar, and toast. This wine also has a good acid/tannin balance that should allow for great aging potential in the years to come.”
5) Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay 2011: $39.99 This vintage of Les Pierres is full of complex flavors. Aromas of lime, grapefruit and lemon are mixed with the familiar, flinty, mineral notes that are a defining characteristic of our Les Pierres Vineyard. These are accented with hints of caramel, fresh cream, nutmeg and honey. The citrus flavors of grapefruit, lemonade and lime are accented with Les Pierres’ classic stony minerality, caramelized oak, and spice that nicely balance the citrus flavors. Our careful approach to oak aging and fermentation creates a round, full mouth-feel with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature bright, lively acidity and a long lingering finish of nice barrel spice.
6) Beringer Quantum 2010: $48.99 ($65 on website) 92 POINTS “Offers an assertive mix of flavors, with dried currant, plum, blackberry, dill, cedar and mocha-laced oak. This is well-structured, firming nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. A new Bordeaux-style blend from Beringer. Drink now through 2022.”-James Laube, WINE SPECTATOR, May 31, 2013
7) Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard 2011, Dundee Hills: $26.99 Crazy price and I bought it all! Cody Wright’s winery, just some super fun stuff! Rhubarb, cherry pie, leather, tar, raspberry, black earth, barnyard, pumpkin pie, cognac.
8) Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard 2011, Dundee Hills: $25.99 Equally crazy price! Carmel, black cherry, chocolate, red earth, boysenberry, blackberry, cinnamon, sage, wet earth salt, strawberry, thyme, rose.
9) Bryon Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2011: $19.79 “Medium ruby color; deep, stewed cherry and plum aromas with earthy notes; deep, stewed plum flavors with earth and spice notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, ripe Pinot with just enough toasty complexity.” 92 Points PinotReport
10) Ferrari-Carano Siena 2011: $16.99 Great price for this wine! delicious aromas and flavors of fresh-picked blackberries, cola, cinnamon, cherry pie and vanilla bean. Sweet oak notes of spice, roasted marshmallow, caramel and vanilla complement lingering, bright red and black berries. Siena has tannins that are soft, harmonious and mouth coating with lovely viscosity, depth and a tremendous finish.
11) Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Red Blend 2011, Napa: $23.99 Proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel. A serious blend, is a little fun and definitely delicious. The aromas of red berry and sweet oak leap
from the bottle. Flavors of ripe, jammy cherry and berry fill the mouth with velvety tannins lingering on the finish.
12) Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet 2011: $11.79 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “The Best Cabernet in the world for $17, 2010 and 2011 Louis Martini Sonoma” – Robert Parker (via Twitter) (11/ 2013)
13) Colene Clemens “Margo” Pinot Noir, Estate Chehalem Mountains 2011: $36 aromas of red bing cherry, mingled with floral and citrus tones and hints of barrel spice and forest floor. Entering the palette with both focus and energy and revealing a firm but rounded texture, this wine shows good flesh with core flavors of cherry and raspberry shaded with hints of barrel toast. Well supported by a firm underlying framework of well intergrated tannin and a brisk acidity
14) Neyers Zinfandel Vista Luna Borden Ranch 2011: $24 On Deal! by all definitions of the varietal, a beaut. That is to say, not a beast. Its medium-full body has a very refined, silky feel, with spice nuanced raspberry/rhubarb pie flavors punctuated and woven together by lively, lip smacking acidity, without being sharp. There is some mild, sinewy tannin (think Angelina Jolie’s, not Brad Pitt’s, biceps) flowing through the center, and just smidgens of sweet oak lingering way in the backdrop. A Zinfandel for contemporary tastes for restraint, yet not without complexity – almost the opposite of what many people think about Lodi Zinfandel today.
15) Torbreck Woodcutter’s Semillon 2009, Barossa Valley: $14! Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, the Woodcutter’s Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard. Medium bodied with a pristine lemon hue this youthful Semillon offers delicate scents of calamansi, limestone, candle wax, and toasted brioche. The copper-pink skins of this robust, age-old ‘Madeira Clone’ flesh out the palate, lending notes of almond kernels, soft pineapple, roasted cashew and white peach. Underlying notes of citrus oil and minerals maintain the wines freshness whilst a crisp spine of razor-like acidity neatly lace together the finish. Although beautifully enjoyable in its youth with sashimi and fresh shellfish this wine will continue to increase in complexity with time and should provide compelling drinking over the coming years.
16) Neyers Sage Canyon Red 2011: $24 Rhône Blend of 45% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah Like a rock-solid Southern Rhone red, this is floral (lavender), spicy (anise, mint, black pepper), ripe but not jammy, balanced and medium/full bodied. An excellent food wine!
17) Tierra Divina REDS 2011- $12.99 “A wine for the people” It literally says that on the bottles. This is made by Patrick Campbell, former winemaker and owner of Laurel Glen winery. Tierra Divina was always a side project for him but then he sold Laurel Glen and started focusing on high quality Tierra Divina vineyards in Lodi. Old vines, super dense and fruit forward. Zinfandel/Carignane/Petit Sirah.
18) Fisher Vineyards Whitney’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2011: $63 I got the last 6 pack. Hardly any of this amazing Chardonnay. At my private, exclusive lunch with Juelle Fisher, everyone of us wowed at this wine! Named after their first daughter and current winemaker: tantalizing aromas of honeydew melon, lemon zest and apricot with a hint of fresh pineapple. On the palate flavors of ripe fig, green apple and apricot dance with wet stone minerality and bright acidity, culminating with sweet marzipan lemon meringue for a long finish. A truly scintillating chardonnay that should continue to evolve over the next 10-15 years.