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6)  Saint Jacques Ultreia 2015, Bierzo by Raul Perez:  $19.99  The 2015 Ultreia St Jacques is the entry-level red for the Ultreia range and is amazingly good for the price. Produced from old vines, this is a serious wine, with juicy fruit, a fine palate and good freshness for the conditions of the year. They have included new vineyards that they have been working for the last four or five years, so they are able to bottle a little bit more wine. This is a great value. 24,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017. 93pts WA

7)  Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Oakville:  $96.99  The Wine Advocate 93 pts.  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Oakville is from an Oakville vineyard. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, some licorice and spice box are all present in this dense purple-colored wine. It is full-bodied, impressively endowed, with moderately high tannin. This wine will bene­t from another 2-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for another 20-25 years.

8)  Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa:  $202.99  1.5 l.  96 points Vinous The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard is arguably the most complete of the wines as it has everything; expressive aromatics, tons of concentration and the structure to back it all up. Beautifully layered in the glass, with all of the creaminess and textural allure that is the signature of so many of the finest Oakville Cabernets – the 2013 possesses stunning balance to match its dark personality. Even with all of its purely hedonistic opulence on full display, the Sullenger delivers tons of nuance and impeccable balance. (AG)

9)  Quilt Chardonnay 2015, Napa:  $28.99  Ripe Fuji apple, buttery and toasty oak, honeydew melon, salty caramel, Meyer lemon and tropical fruit. Apple tart, caramelized pineapple, buttered toast, salty popcorn and lemon curd with notes of honey and melon. The finish is long and satiny. The layers of this wine blend seamlessly together, as if you tossed ranch dressing, on a double cheeseburger, with a slice of pizza and fried pickles inside.

10)  Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2014:  $33  (Suggested retail:  $40)  91 points Wine Enthusiast  This wine is sourced from multiple sites across the appellation, including Rochioli, Mill Station and Laughlin Road, all of the vineyards relatively cool. Light and mineral-driven, the wine presents as crisp and subtle in oak, allowing for exotic fruit and floral elements to show and a richness to develop slowly toward the finish. (VB)” (9/2017)

11)  Opolo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Paso Robles:  $30  WE 92 pts.  This longtime winery recently released new labels, and this bottling is one of the first releases to wear the slicker style. Lavish aromas of blueberry, black currant and caramel lead into a palate full of soft chalky tannins that carry flavors of tangy plum skin, bacon fat and crème de cassis. This will age very well, but is tasty now.

12)  Cerreto Barolo 2013:  $47  The Wine Advocate 93 pts.  This is a beautiful wine that showcases the classic characteristics of the harvest. The 2013 Barolo opens to sassy spice and cinnamon with dark fruit and balsam herb. This is a firmly structured wine with a firm tannic backbone that serves to support and frame the dark and exuberant fruit found at its inner core.

13)  O. Fournier Centauri Red Wine 2009, Chile:  $19.99 Deal price, usually $26  “The 2009 Centauri Red Blend is composed of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, with the balance Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French oak. In the glass it is full-bodied, dense, layered, and long. Relatively forward, it can be approached now but will drink well for a decade. It is an outstanding value.” -Jay Miller

14)  Chateau Puech-Haut Tete de Belier Rose 2016, Saint Drezery:  $32  The Wine Advocate 93 pts.  The Mourvèdre dominated 2016 Saint Drezery Tete De Belier Rose is reminiscent of top Bandol Rosé and has a rich, textured and complex style in its white cherry, melon and spice aromas and flavors. It’s one of the finest Rosés out there and will drink nicely over the coming year.

15)  Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon 2013:  $26  Decanter 92 pts.  Broad, soft and generous in style, but also a tad soupy. Violets and vanilla meld together on top of subtle leather notes, restrained plum and forest floor. This will most likely develop fast. Drink 2017-2024.

16)  Copain “Tous Ensemble” Pinot Noir 2015, Mendocino County:   $9  Wells Guthrie received his winemaking training in France and built up his Copain brand over the years before selling to Jackson Family Wines in 2016.  aroma is layered with fresh red fruits, rose petal, and vanilla. The body is redolent of damson plums, red apple skin and bing cherries, with a silky texture and smooth tannins.

17)  Dreissigacker Riesling Organic Trocken 2015:  $20.99  This organically produced Riesling comes from the loess, loam and limestone vineyards in and around the village of Bechtheim. Don’t let the gentle slopes of the Rheinhessen fool you, the wines here can be some of the best expressions of terroir out there. Fermented and rested in 100% stainless steel this wine pops with aromatic character and texture. Aromas of peach, wet herbs and mineral up top with a plenty of body and texture to coat the palate while giving off subtle notes of caraway, steely minerals and a dry focused finish.

 

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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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