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WINE DEALS 11/26/23


Somnium Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Rutherford, Napa  Somnium Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a beautifully crafted wine with a pale straw color and vibrant clarity. The aromas are bright and fresh with notes of juicy citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of herbaceousness. On the palate, flavors of ripe melon and lemon zest are accompanied by a bright acidity and minerality, leading to a long, crisp finish. This wine is perfect for warm weather sipping, seafood dishes, and fresh salads.

Sale price: $34.99 
normal price: $68.99

  1. 1) Three Sticks Price Family Estates Pinot Noir 2021, Sonoma Coast:  $55.99
    Three Sticks is a fantastic new Pinot Noir producer owned by Bill Price, Chairman of Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell and owner of Kistler Vineyards. Well-rounded with a balance of rich fruits and woody tannins, the 2021 elicits boysenberry, wild strawberry, and pine needle. With essences of ripe watermelon, Rainier cherries, and vanilla, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now, or in 10 years.


    2) Three Sticks Head High Pinot Noir 2021, Sonoma County:  $22.99 
    Thiscohesive blend produced red fruit characteristics reflecting bright cherry and herbal spices on the nose, red raspberry and cola on the tongue, finishing with a pleasant forest floor undertone.

    3) Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021, Sonoma Coast:  $76.99
    Our 2021 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir will entice you with blueberry on the nose before distracting with a dense core of confected fruits. With a long finish full of lush tannins, you’ll savor this wine for years to come.

    4) Suavia Massifitti 100% Trebbiano 2020, Trebbiano Veronese:  $31.99
    Aged in stainless steel – smells pleasantly fresh and wide of yellow apples with restrained smoky-spicy hints. Full of harmony on the palate, very tasty and salty-mineral in the final.

    5) Les Hauts de Janeil White Blend 2022, Cotes Catalanes:  $16.99
    Pale yellow robe, fresh citrus, granny apple and pear aromas appear on the nose. Juicy acidity with a good volume on the palate. The finish is fresh and saline. Winemaker’s Suggested Food Pairing: Beetroot and Walnut Salad, Guacamole, Veggie Lasagna.

    6) Hermanos Lurton Verdejo 2021, Rueda:  $18.99  Straw yellow color. Fresh aromas of white flowers, freshly mown grass and citrus. Fresh, tasty and fruity. It evokes fresh herbs, mango and grapefruit.

    7) Bodega Piedra Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Coleccion 2021, Mendoza, Argentina:  $17.99  Bright ruby ​​color. On the nose, aromas of red summer fruits predominate with light touches of black pepper. Concentrated palate with red fruits that give volume. It is well structured and the tannins are soft and harmonious. Long finish with coffee notes.

    8) Tenute Nicosia Contrada Monte Gorna Etna Bianco 2020:  $32.99
    Made from the indigenous Carricante and Catarratto grapes grown on high-elevation slopes of Mount Etna, this unique volcanic wine has a brilliant straw yellow color and a delicious bouquet reminiscent of apple, grapefruit, hawthorn and honey. It has an incredibly fresh taste characterized by mineral notes and an attractive nutty edge, with a peculiar aniseed finish.

    9) Hugh Hamilton The Villain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, McLaren Vale:  $26.99
    Good Cabernet is an amalgam of savory notes and black-currant. In McLaren Vale the black currant has a little more stage time giving the impression of sweet fruit while being bone dry, as it should be. The fine dry tannins inherent in the Villain are supported by this plush red fruit. In other words the astringency in the wine gives a hint of dark chocolate, a touch of herbaceousness, and sitting in the background like ‘white noise’, is some French oak. Food Match We love good roast lamb with English mustard – just make sure the latter is not too hot. The richness of Beef Wellington is a wonderful match, as well as good moussaka.

    10) Hugh Hamilton The Rascal Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale:  $27.99 
    Garnet with a purple blush. Blueberry and black tea backed by blackcurrant, cherry wood, and subtle varietal violets. Sweet tobacco leaf, red leather, and plum seeds. A plush palate amply supported by well-placed fine French cooperage. A subtle earthy-charry spiciness leads to a lingering finish of bright
    crunchy fruit. Fine textured gritty tannins balance the fruit weight.

    11) Crossbarn Chardonnay by Paul Hobbs 2022, Sonoma Coast:  $26.99
    Hailing from the cool Sonoma Coast appellation, the 2022 vintage showcases pale straw in the glass and opens with aromas of green apple, lemon zest, and honeysuckle. Alluring flavors of Honeycrisp apple and Asian pear are balanced by a flinty minerality and creamy texture on the mid-palate. A vibrant acidity accented by flaky sea salt provides tension and length that drives a lingering finish with notes of tangerine and guava.
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    12) Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec 2020, Mendoza:  $19.99 
    Intense red color with purplish hues. In the nose, it is an expressive wine with ripe black fruits, violets, spices and tobacco. In the mouth, it is wide and fleshy with a lingering finish.

    13) TOR Vine Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021:  $359.99
    “Yet another example of why we all love this vineyard so much. Our 2021 Vine Hill Ranch leads with beautiful balance, grace, and length. It is almost equal parts red fruit, blue fruit, and black fruits, displaying one of the greatest Cabernet vineyards in the world. This vintage again shows the amazing mid palate and what the slightly ‘cooler’ side of South Oakville can produce. Its rounded texture and balance continue to resonate through the long silky finish. The Vine Hill Ranch wines are always my favorite ‘go to’ wines with a steak, as the mix of richness, freshness and savory-ness is a stunning pairing.”
    —Jeff Ames

    14) Champagne Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve N.V.:  $69.99
    Bérêche’s Brut Reserve is a clear expression of the entire Bérêche domaine; a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier sourced from their home village of Ludes on the chalky Montagne de Reims, the sandy soil of Ormes in the Petite Montagne de Reims and from the clay-limestone soil of Mareuil le Port in the western Vallée de la Marne. The Brut Reserve, with 35% reserve wine, soars from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, green apple and a touch of brioche. The palate is medium-bodied with a great combination of savorynotes and fresh fruit with a vibrant, mineral finish.

    15) Agricola Punica Montessu 2020, Isola dei Nuraghi:  $32.99
    A deep violet color, the wine presents aromas of red fruits and Mediterranean herbs. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with black fruit flavors and soft, saline notes along with elegant traces of capers, rosemary, and black pepper. The finish is long and silky.  Pair with grilled steak, lamb and spicy pasta dishes.  Blend:  60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah.

    16) Barnett Vineyards Andrews Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Dry Creek:  $40.99
    This light straw gold wine is bursting with aromatics. Loaded with passionfruit and honeydew melon the nose turns to lime zest and white pepper. The wine is quite lush for Sauvignon blanc, with lemon custard and kiwi on the palate. Bright acidity balances out the lushness and the wine  finishes with a myriad of tropical fruit. This wine has always been at its best in its youth.

    17) Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, Spring Mountain District:  $218.99  The color of the 2021 Rattlesnake is near opaque purple. The nose is very intense, with blackberry pie, caramel, dark roast coffee, cola, and raspberry reduction pouring out of the glass. Under these intense aromatics hides some volcanic minerality and crushed violets. The wine is ultra rich, plush and powerful on the palate. Darker fruit comes out, mostly reduced cassis matched by intense dark chocolate. The tannins are big, chalky, and matched by the famous Spring Mountain acidity. Dark chocolate covered cherries linger on the finish. This is an intense powerful wine that is barely starting to show the myriad of flavors it has to offer 19-20 years.

    18) Chateau Fonfroide Bordeaux Blanc 2019:  $16.99
    78% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle, 10% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle The color is yellow and bright with gray tints. The nose is complex, intense with blackcurrant bud and citrus aromas. The mouth is fresh and well-balanced with peach and grapefruitaromas.

    19) Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Stags Leap District:  $79.99
    The essence of the proud Stags Leap District terroir in a glass, the 2019 vintage produced a delicious wine of purity, warmth, and grace. Built on a foundation of lush cassis, blackberry, and dark cherry aromas, this long and full-bodied wine is apportioned with a perfume of cardamom, clove, and ancho
    chile. Graphite, chocolate cake, crushed mulberries, and grilled steak notes make an appearance along the way and add to a long and complex finish. Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

    20) Elizabeth Spencer Proprietor Selected Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Rutherford, Napa Valley:  $83.99
    This wine displays a rich, dark garnet hue in the glass.  Aromas of classic cassis, fennel pollen, tobacco, and violets are enhanced by a dusty tannin typical of Rutherford.  The palate expresses
    notes of dark, ripe fruits on the entry and finishes with an elegant structure, integrated acidity, and a lingering finish.

    21) Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” 2020:  $91.99
    One of the many benefits of working with such old vines on the La Crau plateau, Daniel Brunier says, is that because the plants are low-yielding, they are less likely to suffer from hydric stress, even during a dry vintage like 2020. The fruit remains buoyant, balanced, and, in this case, ripe with olive, sage, and velvety black cherry. Tannins are softer this year than they were in 2019, but this vintage is nonetheless bold and ready to age for as long as you’re patient enough to cellar it.  Jane Augustine, Kermit Lynch

    22) Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Reserve La Demoiselle 2020, Languedoc: $21.99 
    60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvèdre. The Carignan vines were planted in 1904! This wine is like taking of whiff of a spice cabinet. The ruby, violet hue nods at the Carignan’s carbonic maceration. The Grenache adds elegance, while the Mourvèdre adds grit. This is a delicious
    everyday red to enjoy!

    23) Negrar di Valpolicella Gran Signoria Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2019, Veneto:  $30.99  Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara.  A deep, bright ruby red in color, it is rich and intensely spicy on the nose, with notes of cherry jam, tobacco and black pepper. On the palate it is full-bodied yet elegant, with gentle, silky tannins and a very long finish.

    24) Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2021, Napa Valley, Los Carneros:  $39.99
    Our 2021 Estate Pinot Noir reveals a wild berry character defined by succulent notes of blackberry and black tea that roll into layers of hawthorn, plum and wild strawberry. The marriage of both black and red fruits embodies the classic Los Carneros Pinot Noir, bursting with the heightened aromatics and excellent freshness that define our Cuvaison estate vineyard. The flavors are bold and expansive on the palate, while a vibrant acidity heightens the long and harmonious finish.

    25) Domaine Brocourt “Les Graviers” Chinon Rouge 2021, Touraine, Loire Valley: $24.99  Immensely drinkable and rewarding, with a brilliant ruby color. Aromas reveal red fruits with a touch of pepper and a warm roasted note. The palate is balanced with flavors of pepper, raspberry, and blackcurrant. Good volume and freshness are supported by relaxed tannins for an enjoyable wine
    in its youth and with some age.

    26) Trivento Eolo Vineyard Malbec 2016, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza:  $88.99  95 Points Wine Advocate  The 2018 Eolo comes from a vineyard planted in 1912 on the banks of the Mendoza River, four hectares in Luján de Cuyo. It fermented with selected yeasts and matured for 18 months 50% in new French oak barrels and 50% in oak foudre. It’s a powerful Malbec with 14.5% alcohol, good concentration and balance and is a little closed and quite young. It’s aromatic and floral with sweet spices, classical and with typical Luján character. It continues on the path toward freshness initiated some years ago. 13,300 bottles were filled in November 2019.

    27) Champagne Pehu Simonet Face Nord Rose Grand Cru:  $79.99  A delicately colored rosé from the north slopes of the Montagne de Reims, this is fruity while also having a crisp texture. It’s a raspberry, red currant flavored wine that is shot through with grapefruit acidity. Perfumed and ready to
    drink.  75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay.

    28) Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve N.V.:  $64.99  A deep golden robe. Delicate vivacious and long-lasting bubbles are the result of more than 36 months of ageing in chalk cellars. With 40% of reserve wines (the maximum possible amount), the blend offers a complex, voluptuous nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans. A precise selection of wines, purposely limited to 60 crus, ensures the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve a deliciously sophisticated harmony. An opulent selection of ripe, sun-drenched fruits such as mango, apricot, and greengage plum combines with dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The reserve wines, some dating back ten years give the wine lushness. The depth of the thousand-year-old chalk quarries where the wine matures offer a touch of praline along with notes of amber and vanilla.

    29) Three Wine Company Old Vine Mataro 2016, Contra Costa County:  $23.99  The 2016 Mataro oozes with ripe and juicy fruit. The nose opens with a rich bouquet of decadent strawberry, candied red fruit, marshmallow, and baking spices. All of this leads to a dense, but remarkably weightless palate, that is brimming with flavors of strawberry preserves, red licorice, pepper, and Chinese five spice. This is a powerhouse wine in its prime, that has incredible purity of fruit, and seamless texture. Delicious.

    30) Francois Villard DePoncins Condrieu 2020:  $69.99  96 points Decanter Full-bodied, with quite noticeable oak at this stage. Wonderful sense of freshness, however, and great precision. Long, lush and generous yet defined, this is a very classic Condrieu in all its resplendent flamboyance.
    Cooling almond and coconut on the finish. From 25-year-old Viognier grown on granite soils in the villages of Chavanay and Vérin, fermented at low temperatures with indigenous yeasts. Spends 11 months in barrel, one third new, six months of which sees weekly lees stirring. (DC)”  (9/2021)

    31) Ettore Germano Barolo DOCG Serralunga d’Alba 2019, Piedmont:  $58.99
    Ettore Germano’s Barolo Serralunga is made from hand-picked fruit from young vines in the Prapò, Cerretta and Lazzarito vineyards.  Young and powerfully composed, this Barolo shows aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, rose, violet and licorice. The wine is elegant, precise and
    clear in the mouth.  Enjoy with roast duck and leg of lamb.

    32) Andis Wines Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge Red Blend 2021, Sierra
    Foothills:  $22.99
      The intense ruby color and a sensational bouquet of dried violet, black cherry, fresh herbs, and cocoa powder will catch your attention. A balanced mid-palate, generous, and round due to the velvety tannins with a lingering finish of dark berries and black licorice.  77% Cabernet Sauvignon – Andis Estate, Rancho Victoria, Brice Station 13%Cabernet Franc – Hawk Creek, Brice Station, Salman Farms 7% Merlot -Miraflores 3% Petite Verdot – Bokisch Vineyard.

    33) Rivers Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, St. Helena, Napa Valley:  $175.99  By Thomas Rivers Brown:  Our small 5 acre piece of this northern St Helena vineyard is really where our Cabernet program found its launching point. Consisting of 5 one acre blocks across 5 different clones,this old creek bed site features a wild spectrum of red, blue and black fruits veering from generously fruited in more giving years to brooding and deep in the small berry, drier vintages. We started here in 2008 and hope to continue with this as our anchor for many years to come. Given all the different blocks, this vineyard provides plenty of material for its own blend but also routinely doubles as the base for our Napa blend.Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96 points “Coming from a valley floor site that’s starting to get some vine age, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard is a full-bodied, rich, savory beauty with lots of darker berry and cassis fruits, some iron, tobacco, and chocolaty notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows the structure and density of this vintage and, I suspect, will warrant some bottle age to show its full potential.” – JD

    34) Rivers Marie Bearwallow Chardonnay 2021, Anderson Valley:  $67.99  In recent tastings it has become clear that both Bearwallow bottlings in 2021 (Chardonnay and Pinot) are the best Bearwallow bottlings to date. The only problem is, I have no idea why. We’ve always loved the site and the farming remains impeccable. Maybe it is vine age that contributes more depth and complexity moving the wine away from its banana candy/tropical fruit dominated palate to something more peachy and white flower dominated. There’s a slight reductive quality too that adds pear and almond paste with the slightest bit of spiciness lingering on the finish. This is a more multi-dimensional Bearwallow and hopefully something we can figure out soon so we can replicate it in future vintages.

    35) Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020:  $32.79  Always an appealing Cabernet Sauvignon, this deep plum-colored vintage showcases a gorgeous Bordeaux-varietal blend, with sandy, fine-grained tannins, and a plush, velvety-rich mouthfeel. Built to age and develop further complexity over time, the wine is ripe and juicy in its youth with aromas and flavors
    of vibrant boysenberry, strawberry preserves, and cassis alongside earthier notes of crushed stone, iron, bay laurel, and cedar. Baking spice elements from the well-integrated oak work well with the more traditional Knights Valley tones of wild lavender and bittersweet chocolate. Poised and lively
    with a structured, juicy, mouthwatering acidity and a finish that’s elegant, long, savory, and pleasing.  Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.