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6)  Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2015:  $30.99  #12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017  From vines averaging over 80 years in age planted throughout the diverse state of California, this wine aims to reflect the perfume, freshness, and spice that makes Zinfandel so utterly delicious.  Wine Spectator 93 pts.  Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026.

7)  Bootleg Prequel Red Wine 2014, Sonoma:  $36  Winemaker Kristy Melton blends 92% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah in this powerfully ripe and fruity red wine. Cherry vanilla, leather, tobacco and meat are supported by generous oak and huge, smoky tannin. The texture is creamy and plush.

8)  Hedges La Haute Cuvee 2014:  $57.99  Gorgeous deep garnet color. Wow! Really intense dried fig, cassis and dried rosemary. Blackberry, black pepper and sage pair nicely with cinnamon and cumin. A hint of earthy cocoa shows itself as well. A bright and full entry really excites the palate. The wine sends shots of blackberry, cinnamon and cocoa flavors out and you end with an intensely structured and full finish. This is a wild, complex, “savage” Cab that will definitely mellow on the palate (but not aromatically) over the next 10 to 20 years and seems to constantly change with every sniff and taste.

9)  Martinelli Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel 2015, Russian River Valley:  $57.79   94 points Vinous  “A rich, boisterous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is explosive in the glass. Here, too, the flavors are bright and vibrant. Red-toned fruit and expressive floral notes abound. Voluptuous and intense, the 2015 possesses tremendous thrust in its flavors and overall feel. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains considerable freshness and acidity to play off the forward fruit. (AG)”  (3/2017)

10)  Justin Justification 2014, Paso Robles:  $49.79  WE 93 pts.  This blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot is quite ripe on the nose, with lavish black-currant fruit as well as dried dill and fennel touches. Impressively soft and thick, the tannic structure coats every corner of the mouth, carrying flavors of black cherry, mint-laced chocolate and black truffle.

11)  Michele Chiarlo LaCourt Barbera D’Asti Nizza 2013:  $44.79  The 55-acre Tenuta Aluffi is one of the most prestigious estates in the southern part of Asti, near the town of Nizza Monferrato, a choice area for exceptional-quality Barbera.  Shows forward aromas of violets and spice before ripe flavors of black plum, dark chocolate and wild cherry. The wine has coiled, tangy acidity and a velvety texture.

12)  Lillian Syrah 2013, Santa Barbara:  $78.99  ($110 suggested retail)  Certain gifts are given to the winemaker in California: the fruit will always ripen, it will never suffer from a lack of depth of character, of power. It is not my nature to lean away from these gifts or try to deny them by picking excessively early or by overcropping the vineyard. I choose instead to lean in, to meet the fruit where it is. The goal with the syrah, as with all Lillian wines, is to work with these historical, noble varieties in a sun-drenched place but work with the fruit in such a way to give the wines levity and lift. A certain transparency and fineness of detail. The syrah, as a result, is not particularly syrah-like. It doesn’t scream out the usual cocktail of blackberries, bacon fat, and lavender. It always feels a bit more about the people and the places than the variety. The wines are lavish, but there is refined rocky quality in them that defies description.  Beautiful!

13)  Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Napa Valley:  $17.99  #57 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017  A cooling ocean breeze and morning fog during the warm growing season make Napa Valley an ideal climate for Mason’s Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has lovely orange blossom and boxwood floral aromas. Medium bodied and well-balanced with a round and juicy texture, the palate presents pear and fresh tart apple flavors, complimented by a lingering, bright finish.

14)  Pazo Senorans Albarino 2016, Rias Baixas D.O.:  $22  #35 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017  Wine Spectator 91 pts.  This big white is round and polished, with good weight and solid acidity behind the pear, blanched almond and white tea flavors. Ginger and briny notes give this a savory character. A muscular style. Drink now through 2022.

15)  Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough:  $12  #40 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017  Here at Matua, Sauvignon Blanc is pretty special. That’s because back in 1974, we produced NZ’s very first Sauvignon Blanc. 10 years later, they were making it in Marlborough. Now, Marlborough Sauvy is world famous for its unique, fresh flavors. For this wine, we’ve chosen grapes from across Marlborough, giving you the best crisp and tropical flavors Marlborough has to offer all in one sip!

16)  Garofoli Podium Verdicchio Dei Castelli De Jesi Classico Superiore 2014:  $32  Top 100 Wine of 2017, Wine Spectator  Alluring aromas of acacia flower, beeswax, citrus and a whiff of honey float out of the glass. The elegant, linear palate offers green pear, grapefruit, lemon zest, almond and mineral framed in racy acidity. Give this time to fully develop.

 

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What is Sauer Grapes all about?

I love wine. I love learning about special vintages, discovering new labels, finding gems that no one else knows about, and most of all, I love sharing my knowledge of wine!

At Sauer Grapes, we always have one dry still rose, three sparkling wines:  one Champagne, one rose and one something else, five whites and five reds on the menu—always a $4 glass, $6-9 glass and a $10-14 glass—and the menu changes weekly.  The more expensive glasses are always still very great deals! You can also pick any bottle off the shelf to open.  If you don’t finish it, State law lets you take it home.  There is a $4 corkage but I beat everyones’ prices so you can’t drink cheaper anywhere!. We also offer great craft beers, delicious tapas plates, and a variety of unique specialty foods to take home.

You’ll find I am a huge advocate of Grower Champagne. The Champagne region in France is dominated by a handful of brand names and they produce a mass-market commodity. By contrast, Small Growers, or “récoltant-manipulants,” handcraft their limited quantities of Champagne from individual villages and parcels where the inherent qualities of the vineyards imprint themselves into the wines. These winemakers are brave souls in an industrialized age: growing vinifying and bottling their own Champagne and offering it to the world as their lives’ work.

Marie Sauer

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