HERE’S THIS WEEKS DEALS

1) Angelo Negro Angelin Nebbiolo 2018, Langhe:  $21.99  Intense ruby red color with orange highlights with ageing. Fresh bouquet with hints of rose, blackberry and blackcurrant. Soft flavour, rightly tannic, persistent and well balanced.

2) Yarden Brut 2011, Galilee:  $30.99  OU Kosher.  WE 88 pts.  Made strictly by the Champagne method; blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; toasty from two years with tirage yeast.

3)Yarden Chardonnay 2017, Galilee:  $21.99  OK Kosher.  Notes of fresh lemon, ripe pear and fresh flowers, rounded out with hints of apricot, cream and French oak. Displaying full body with pleasing acidity, the wine is both flavorful and drinkable.  Try serving the wine with seared salmon with crispy skin, a whole smoker roasted chicken or pumpkin ravioli.

4) Mt. Hermon Indigo Red 2016, Israel:  $16.99  OK Kosher.  The 2016 Mount Hermon Indigo displays raspberry, cherry and plum fruit notes with hints of earth, smoke and aniseed. With a silky medium body, this flavorful blended red makes for great everyday enjoyment.  Ready to drink upon release, the 2016 Mount Hermon Indigo should stay in good drinking condition for some three years from vintage. Pair this wine with hamburgers with smoky roasted mushrooms, barbecued beef ribs, or some really good pizza.

5) Yarden Malbec 2014, Galilee:  34.99  WE 89 pts.  Inky red violet to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of black cherry and anise. It is smooth on the palate, with flavors of bramble fruit, black plum, fennel bulb and black pepper. The tannins are soft, dropping off before the cherry and anisette finish.

6) Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Galilee:  $34.99  OK Kosher.  Made from a number of the finest Cabernet vineyards in the Golan Heights. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits ripe red and black fruit characters layered with hints of earth, spices and French oak. Full-bodied and aromatic, this wine is complex and elegant. Though enjoyable upon release, the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon will improve significantly with a few more years of bottle aging, and will remain in excellent drinking condition for 10-15 years and beyond. The wine goes wonderfully with full-flavored dishes such as an herb-crusted leg of lamb, pan-seared ribeye steaks, or duck braised in Merlot with shiitake mushrooms.

7) Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Russian River Valley:  $41.99  Wine Spectator 93 pts.  A pretty thread of orange water adds an aromatic lift to the core of nectarine, apricot and lemon zest flavors, set on a succulent, fleshy frame. Dried ginger, honeysuckle and melon notes linger on the long, expressive finish. From California.

8) Galerie Latro Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Knight’s Valley:  $49.99  Usually:  $59.99  Cheapest price online:  $67.99!  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 93 pts.  Deep purple-black colored, the 2015 Latro Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers up warm blueberry and plum notions with hints of black soil, stewed tea, menthol and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the fruits flavors completely fill the mouth, with blue fruit preserves and a lovely perfumed nature, featuring plush tannins and plenty of freshness defining the long finish.

9) Galerie Plenair Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa:  $49.99  Usually:  $59.99  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92 pts.  Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pleinair Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon delivers pronounced baked berries, prunes and warm black currant cordial notes with touches of baking spices, olives and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it has concentrated baked black berry and savory layers with soft, velvety tannins and balanced freshness, finishing on a spicy note.

10) Boen Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Lucia Highlands:  $26  WE 88 pts.  Quite dark in the glass, this bottling is extremely rich and heavy, starting with aromas of black cherry, caramel, gingerbread and waffle cone. It’s thick and jammy on the palate, with tangy black cherry and powerful licorice spice. 

11) Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley:  $33  Special price!  The wine hails from vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, and is a rich and opulent Napa red wine with intensity, structure and power. It opens with rich aromas of black cherry and cardamom with a touch of black licorice. Spreading across the palate are flavors of red plum, black currant and cherry. The fine-grained tannins are silky and soft with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, lingering finish.  James Suckling 95 pts. This is wonderfully balanced and refined with plum and currant character. Medium to full body. Juicy and delicious currants, berries and cherries on the finish. Succulent. Shows reserve. Drink or hold.

12) Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Columbia Valley:  $33  Usual price:  $44!  2016 vintage – 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. 28-31 day maceration. Aged on fine lees and racked once before bottling. Aged in 43% new French oak barrels. This is just a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley! This medium bodied wine is both lithe and expressive, with embracing tannins wrapping gently around a focused core of dried herb-accented black cherry and licorice flavors, dancing with finesse on the finish. Ceres, the ancient goddess of agriculture, is the muse of the winery. This Roman deity embodies the region’s rich agricultural history and the family’s farming roots.

13) Drouhin Rose Rock Pinot Noir 2016, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon:  $33  WE 92 pts.  Editor’s Choice.  A superb value, this is a dark, supple, even sensuous wine with deep fruit flavors of blueberry and cassis. Notes of dried Mediterranean herbs and a dark dive into baker’s chocolate contribute to a complex weave of flavors. There’s real polish and power here, though this is among the winery’s lowest-priced Pinots. 

14) Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Pinot Noir 2015, Russian River Valley:  $65  Should be $80!  This pure 777 clonal is ruby red and starts with sweet, pure red fruit and red apple skin aromas with more intriguing earth and toast notes emerging as the wine opens. On the palate is pure deliciousness where a sweet cherry and tart cranberry tension is joined by darker undertones of earth, mushroom and cola. This wine has great bones: refreshing acidity framed by subtle crème brulee notes from the barrel. Tasting great now, but will continue to evolve with time. Waiting a beat or two for this wine will be tough, but worth it!

15) Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma Coast:  $49.99  “We love our blends. And we are lucky to craft killer blends with fruit from truly great vineyards. This is not an afterthought for us. And this 2016 Sonoma Coast is a good one. Like many of the other wines from this vintage, the color is a surprisingly deep dark garnet. On the nose there is deep red and blue berry fruit with generous spice and toast notes. The palate delivers a rich blend of dark cherry, raspberry and tangy pomegranate fruit flavors. This is an impressive wine that has some breadth, concentration, and a nice line of acidity that keeps it fresh and super drinkable. Great balance and nice long finish. A great all around Pinot. The balance and concentrated flavor profile makes it a great pairing with about just about everything. We’ll leave it to you to figure it out.”

16) Root Stock Route 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley:  $23  The aromas of this wine are very classic Napa Valley, seducing you with notes of blackberry, bay laurel, cocoa and dusty plum. The palate is expansive throughout with mouth-watering flavors of black plum, mushroom, chocolate and savory hints of bay leaf. The wine fills the mouth with richness, fruit, a bright acidity and just enough natural grape and oak tannin to lengthen the wine into a great lingering aftertaste. The use of four Bordeaux varietals adds to the complexity, depth and interest of this finely crafted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

17) Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Russian River Valley: $41.99  The aroma of the 2018 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is compelling, virtually reaching out and grabbing our attention. Yellow peach, melon, guava and crisp Fuji apple are accented with hints of tropical mango and pineapple. Lime, Minneola tangelo and orange blossom lend citrus notes. Accents of dry summer grass, vanilla-toned panna cotta and toasted crème brûlée create complexity. An underlying minerality adds further sophistication. The rich palate coats the tongue balanced with hints of yummy Creamsicle and Ruby Red grapefruit. Refreshing acidity and a mouthwatering finish cap the sensual experience of this exceptional Sauvignon Blanc. Delightful now, with bottle age, this wine will be a knockout!

18) Roncier Rouge 2019, Vin de France:  $12  This wine is an eclectic blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Mourvèdre and Grenache. The Pinot Noir’s red fruits and smooth texture dominate, giving a soft wine with acidity and light tannins. Drink now.  
And now for some deals on some of my favorite wines from Napa.  Watch for a Virtual Tasting coming up Wednesday May 27th!:

19) Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2016, Napa Valley:  $184.99  Great price!  Thirtieth Anniversary Special Edition  Antonio Galloni, Vinous 97 pts.  The 2016 Proprietary Red is fabulous, just as it was from bottle. Silky, supple and also quite structured on the palate, the 2016 is a stunningly beautiful, vivid wine. Dark cherry/plum jam, bittersweet chocolate, rose petal, lavender, spice and menthol build into the huge, unctuous finish. There is so much to like.  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

20) Pahlmeyer Merlot 2016, Napa Valley:  $84.99  James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019  97 pts.  This super-concentrated Merlot is brimming with blueberry, bilberry and bitter-chocolate aromas. Plush tannins provide a deep and firm foundation for the rich body. Impressive now, but with the structure for long aging. Drink or hold.  96.5% Merlot, 2.5% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

21) Pahlmeyer Jason Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley:  $74.99  Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon has deep purple color in the glass, and displays classic varietal expression through an aromatic profile of intense floral notes, ripe blackberry, white pepper, and hints of leather and vanilla. On the dense, creamy palate, sweet plum, raspberry and ripe blueberry characters are accented by hints of cinnamon stick and brown sugar. A touch of earth contributes complexity over the long, luxurious finish.

22) Pahlmeyer Jason Red 2017, Napa Valley:  $52.99  Great price!  $60 on the website.  Jayson Red Wine displays dense, vivid red color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, blackberry jam, and ripe strawberry play over underlying hints of anise with a warm touch of cassis. The deep fruit extends over a smooth palate supported by well-integrated tannins. This is an appealing, approachable wine, with mouth-coating intensity and hints of chocolate on the finish.

23) Pahlmeyer Jason Chardonnay 2017, Napa Valley:  $46  If you like good quality, buttery chardonnay, don’t go any further!  Yum!  WE 94 pts.  Editor’s Choice!  A thick oak-influenced white wine. with weight and breadth across the palate, this is undeniably delicious and in full possession of its richness and concentration. The layered flavors of stone fruit, pear and nutmeg are lifted by focused acidity that cannot be denied.

24) Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Napa Valley:  $28.99  “Our 2018 Jayson by Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc reveals bright pear and white peach aromas with tropical notes of pineapple and hints of fresh cut flowers. The palate is clean and focused, with crisp green apple notes and a rich, round palate with wet stone on the lingering finish. Balanced acidity makes this wine a perfect pair for oysters, crab cakes, or lobster bisque.”