2017 April Wine Club Picks

Bravium Russian River Valley Chardonnay- Russian River, CA – 2015 – Red/White Selection
This decadent yet balanced offering from cool-climate Russian River Valley vineyards opens with candied pineapple and key lime pie aromas, accented by notes of white flowers, brown spice, toast, vanilla, butter, and honeycomb. The palate reveals a viscous, mouth-coating texture, framed by tropical fruit and lemon meringue flavors. Hints of citrus and honeydew melon give way to minerality and refreshing acidity. A smooth finish and subtle oak undertones round out this ultra-complex Chardonnay.
Drink now through 2017 – Suggested Retail Price: $30 Club Price: $26 – To go only

Oak Cliff Cellars Rogues Blend – Lake County, CA – 2013 – Red/White Selection
A proprietary blend that marries three primary varietals native to the Rhone Valley of France: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This classic-style blend resembles the Southern Rhone Chateauneuf du Papes blends in which the spice of the Grenache, lavender fragrance and perfumed berries of the Mourvedre and the dense, tannic fruit of the Syrah are united in a way that creates an earthy, yet explosive combination of flavors suitable for pairing with a wide variety of savory dishes or by itself. Only 243 cases produced.

Drink now through 2020 – Suggested Retail Price: $33 Club Price: $28 – To go only

B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa, CA – 2014 –
The 2014 B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an exciting expression of layered fruit, with tiers of dense dark berry and delicate touches of mocha and chocolate. The aromas speak for themselves and carry through to the refined palate. Core flavors of blackberry, pomegranate and black currant reduction are framed by notes of cappuccino, bitter-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. This wine presents well-integrated oak from the fourteen month, 90% French oak regimen. A persistent finish lingers on the palate, echoing the core flavors and reminding us of the finesse of this Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy on its own or pair with slow-roasted beef brisket, blackened swordfish atop herbed couscous, or a wild mushroom tart with chevre topping.
Drink now through 2020 – Suggested Retail Price: $33 Club Price: $27 – To go only

Platinum Wine Club Picks

Shafer Merlot – Napa Valley, CA – 2014
From a superb vintage, this wine introduces itself with enticing perfumy aromas of cherries and briar fruit that fill not just the glass but the space around the glass. This Merlot shines with juicy, chewy flavors of cherry pie, blackberry, strawberry, minerality and soil – an elegant, mouth-filling wine whose lengthy finish will leave you wanting more.. The wine’s ripe fruit and savory earth make it excellent choice with pan-fried pork chops with sautéed onions. Drinks well now. –
92 PTS V
Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $58 Club Price: $49 – To go only

Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa, Valley – CA – 2014
Caymus Winemaker’s NEW Napa Cabernet (Joe Wagner) Deep, dark brick red to blood plum. A seamless blend of creme de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, charry meat, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice, and vanillin. Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis. Cowboy-cut, grilled rib eye steak with bearnaise sauce; lamb chops with balsamic reduction; or a charcuterie platter with smoked duck breast, dry-cured pork sausage, figs, pecans and sliced apple. –
90 PTS WW
Drink now through 2023 – Suggested Retail Price: $49 Club Price: $43 – To go only