1) Zingara Ribolla Gialla Brut:  $17.99  Fine and persistent bubbles sparkle in a flute of this amber-colored Spumante. Light-bodied and high in acidity, gentle floral notes combine with a hint of grassiness. Ridiculously fresh and invigorating on the palate with a lingering finish rich with acidity and pleasant mineral notes. 

The following 5 wines are on a presale order so they will be coming in soon!  Pretty cool to be offered these.  COVID has a few good repercussions as I would never have been able to get them but with restaurants closed, I was able to get them.  So I’m taking advantage now as I’m praying the restaurants all come back soon!

2) Colgin Cariad Red Blend 2017, Napa Valley:  $749.99  Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cariad is another sensational wine from Allison Tauziet. It offers a beautiful blue fruit character as well as plenty of violets, tobacco, dark chocolate, and gravelly earth. This beauty is full-bodied, incredibly pure and focused, brilliantly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and, as with the Tychson Hill, I suspect will still be drinking beautifully at age 30. 
Robert Parker 96+ Points: “Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cariad displays a very deep purple-black color. It bursts from the glass with an immediately compelling first waft of blueberry compote, plum preserves, licorice and fertile loam with emerging hints of candied violets, mossy tree bark, oolong tea and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is surprisingly elegant with a firm backbone of ripe, finely pixelated tannins and bold freshness, featuring all the black fruit layers suggested on the nose arranged with beautiful composure, finishing very long on a provocative iron ore note.

Winery Notes:”Cariad, the Welsh word for “love”, is a Bordeaux-style red wine blended from three outstanding vineyards owned and managed by David Abreu. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch are blended with small amounts of fruit from Thorevilos and Howell Mountain, producing a wine of enormous proportions with a classic structure that is the Colgin hallmark: a plethora of vibrant aromas, voluptuous at mid-palate, with impeccable balance and an exceptionally long finish. A wine as seductive as its name.”

3) Colgin Tychson Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley: $749.99  A singular expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that hails from a historic jewel box vineyard; “Tychson Hill,” named after Josephine Tychson, was the first of two vineyards purchased by Colgin in the 1990’s.Ideally situated on the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, just north of St. Helena, and containing some of the rarest volcanic soil found in the Napa Valley, “Tychson Hill” has long been celebrated for its ethereal qualities, as well as floral notes and red fruit distinguishable in every vintage.  “Tychson Hill” reflects a deeper, darker element in the 2017 vintage, a compelling expression of the site with delicious flavors of black cherry, black currant, and molten chocolate. With a sense of purity and a feeling of clarity, the 2017 “Tychson Hill” unfolds with intricacy across the palate. The texture is supported by greater tannins with a dusted cocoa sensation. The balance between sweet ripe tannins and a crystalline acidity give the wine a calculated feeling of precision. These attributes ensure the 2017 “Tychson Hill” has an extended ability to age.

 The philosophy of BOND, founded by California vintner H. William Harlan, is to offer wines from vineyards that highlight very specific sites in Napa Valley. William Harlan, owner of Harlan Estates noticed some vineyards usued for his flagship estate were distinct enough to be bottled on their own, as single vineyards. This inspired him to found Bond Estates. Today, five sites have been carefully selected to best express the richness of Cabernet Sauvignon. These five sites have been named “the grand crus of Napa” by Harlan.

4) Bond Quella Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley: $879.99  The nose is classic Quella: fresh blue fruit and a nod towards minerality. This Quella demonstrates a zest for life that never shouts, but stands in perfect posture with a natural, beaming smile. The texture of the wine is effortless—light on its feet, yet simultaneously deep. The tannins follow an almost choreographed line on the palate. As the finish lingers, it feels remarkably comfortable in its skin for this early stage of its life.  The 2017 Quella comes from a steep, southwest-facing vineyard in the eastern Vaca hillsides, just up from Joseph Phelps’s winery and Denali Estate. Deep garnet-purple colored, it explodes with bombastic scents of stewed plums, boysenberries, crème de cassis and kirsch plus hints of black truffles, tar and damp soil. The palate is full-bodied and velvety, jam-packed with blackberry and plum preserves flavors with lots of savory nuances on the long finish. 95 WINE ADVOCATEThe 2017 Quella is a dark powerhouse. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, sage, menthol, licorice and chocolate infuse the 2017 with tremendous aromatic complexity to play off its natural richness. Savory and brooding, the Quella is a distinctly brooding Cabernet. 94 VINOUS

5) Bond Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Eden 2017, Napa Valley: $879.99  ST. EDEN is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad. Eden is an historical reference to this region’s designation on nineteenth century maps.  The red rocky soil of this north-facing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains. St. Eden, which appeared first in the 2001 vintage, reliably shows great focus, an opulent “sweet” center and notes of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, and roasted herbs. Mineral-tinged and broad on the palate, the wine consistently displays fine-grained tannins and a lush concentration.  SOIL: Iron Rich fractured volcanic rock from a landslide. Northern Exposure.  ELEVATION: 145-188 feet

6) Bond Vecina Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley: $859.99  This girl next door is a perfect-10. Named ‘Vecina’ from the Spanish word for neighbor, and sourced from a site just southeast of the BOND winery, this blend is always powerful, intense and savory. Packed seamlessly with blackberry, black cherry and black-truffle, this is the kind of darkness we dream about getting lost in. Patient cellaring will be rewarded with an “incredible, insanely good Cabernet.” -Jeb Dunnuck 

7) Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley:  $38.99  With this bottling of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockerbox Estate Vineyard is the Yin to the Yountville Estate Vineyard’s Yang – coming together in perfect harmony. Sensuous aromatics layer vanilla, marzipan and graphite without overpowering the intensity of jammy boysenberry and raspberry notes. Lush, juicy texture offers perfect balance to the chewy tannins that follow through the finish.

8) Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley:  $36  ($52.99 at one of the largest retailers in the nation!)  A dark red in the glass, this bold Cabernet Sauvignon opens opens with beautiful red fruit aromas with a touch of fresh currants. It is full-bodied with flavors of fresh herbs, chocolate, mulling spices and a hint of hazelnut. Balanced and round tannins lead to a savory and lively finish.

9) Jermann Ribolla Gialla Vinnae Servus Cella 2017, Friuli:  $30.99  The nose is of popcorn kernels, White floral tones, and under-ripe pineapple. The palate is tropical fruit, lemon zest and floral.

10) Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2015, Veneto:  $33.99  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 94 pts.  The 2015 Soave Classico la Rocca (with 48,000 bottles made) is a wine that expands upon the idea of texture, more so than any other wine in its league. This is partially due to the warm vintage that naturally produces thick, luscious and creamy fruit nuances to begin with. This wine would pair easily with white meat or shellfish, especially if Indian or Moroccan spices are sprinkled over.  Garganega.

11) Renato Ratti Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti 2018, Piedmont:  $23.99  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90 pts.  Here’s another bottle in the little soldier series from this estate in La Morra. Each bottle in this group depicts an old military uniform on its front label. The Renato Ratti 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti is a very fragrant and light expression. The wine reveals wild berry and tangy forest fruit with some bitter almond and a good dose of camphor ash or licorice that builds some nice complexity into the bouquet.

12) Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Tuscany:  $57.99  Decanter 97 pts.  What’s often forgotten in the general hubbub which surrounds Brunello di Montalcino is that this DOCG circumscribes the area of Tuscany where Sangiovese ripens more amply and more beguilingly than anywhere else – though of course this is a grape variety whose resource is such that differences of ripening spectrum based on site do nothing but add to its nuance and appeal. If you want to get a fix on the sheer, disarming loveliness of that ample ripeness, try this wine: glowing, almost exotic fruits, with a little incense spice creeping into the mix, then glowing, soft-textured flavours which brim with summer’s end and autumn’s plenty: ripe plums and berries, autumn leaves, some wild mushroom fragrance and the dark spices which hint at Christmas to come.

14) Brancaia Il Blu Toscana Red Blend 2015:  $83.99  Il Blu is an elegant, refined wine with lovely blueberry and blackberry aromas, leading to flavors of chocolate, blackberry and currant on the palate. Crafted with grapes from two of the estate vineyards, Brancaia Estate and Poppi Vineyard, this full-bodied blend has silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Many wine lovers around the world already consider it a classic – perhaps because it has established a distinctive identity throughout all its vintages, reflecting the character and quality of our vineyards in the Chianti Classico.  Blend: 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  95 pts. Wine Spectator and James Suckling.

15) Allegrini La Poja Veronese 2011, Veneto:  $115.99  WE 93 pts.  Opulent as well as elegant, this structured red boasts aromas of black currant, exotic spice, new oak and fragrant blue flower. Made entirely with native grape Corvina, the velvety palate doles out spiced blackberry, juicy cherry, licorice and black pepper. Firm, polished tannins provide the smooth framework. 

16) Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2019, Piedmont:  $18.99  Coppo has managed the Tenuta La Rocca in Monterotondo in the town of Gavi since the mid-1980s. Gavi, a classic, white Piedmontese wine, is made entirely from the Cortese grape, one of the region’s oldest native varieties. Its name derives from the wine’s original consumer – the nobles of court, or “corte”. Gavi La Rocca comes from marly-calcareous soils that lend it an unexpected mineral complexity.

17) Umani Ronchi Terre di Chieti Pecorino Vellodoro 2019, Abruzzo:  $17.99  The name of Pecorino grape variety, also known as “grape of the sheep”, derives from the strong connection between sheep farming and agriculture, and the presence of this grape variety in the areas of shepherds’ transhumance. In the past this grape variety, thanks to its high aromas concentration, its good alcohol content, and even more thanks to its wonderful acidity which is the most distinctive characteristic of Pecorino, was used to improve the quality of wines produced with other varieties. Pecorino growing had almost disappeared because of its very low productivity, and varieties which were quality wise of a lower level, but which had a higher productivity, had been preferred to Pecorino. Our Pecorino Project started in 2005 and represents the new Umani Ronchi front in its discovery and exploitation of Adriatic native varieties, as well as a strengthening of our position in Abruzzi region. 

18) Massolino Dolcetto d’Alba 2018, Piedmont:  $20.99  91 Points, Wine Spectator: “This red is balanced and fluid, bursting with black cherry, blackberry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Firms up slightly on the finish. Shows fine purity and length.”

19) Donnafugata Sedara Rosso 2018, Sicilia:  $19.99  Offers a fruity bouquet with hints of red fruit (cherry and plum) and spices (black pepper) combined with a light balsamic note of mint. On the palate it shows a good structure with soft tannins and a pleasant freshness. A pleasant red, versatile in food matching, perfect for every day.  Nero d’Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes.

20) Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016, Veneto:  $15.49  This wine is elegant and well balanced, with a good structure and aroma. Ruby red in color with purple hues, it offers light hints of raisins, sophisticated notes of vanilla, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. It has a long, velvety finish and soft tannins.  Blend: Corvina Veronese 40%, Corvinone 30%, Rondinella 25%, Sangiovese 5%.

21) Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2018, Tuscany:  $23.99  This vintage is reminiscent of the powerful fruit of 2015 with the racy structure of 2013. The nose exudes ripe fruit and floral notes of violets and roses, with undertones of cypress and cedar. The palate is lush and full, chewy and laden with fruit. Supple tannins and moderate acidity allow the fruit flavors to shine through, revealing layers of red fruit – cherry and plum – with notes of honeysuckle. A long finish gives way to herbal and spice notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and lingering black tea.  92 James Suckling

22) Poggio al Tesoro Mediterra 2017, Toscana:  $23.99 Ruby red in color with purple tints, this is a fragrant and intensely fruity wine, in which blackberry, plum and cherry are underpinned by spicy notes of white pepper and elegant herbaceous aromas. On the palate, it is fresh, intense, and surprisingly persistent.