2017 February Wine Club Picks

Nothing Gold Can Stay Chardonnay 2014 – Carneros, CA – Red/White Selection
Initial burst of vanilla, backed up by citrus, hints of cardamom, minerality. Sweet oak notes, crème brulée, tropical fruit on the finish. Very smooth across the entire palate, this wine manages to hit every part of your mouth with just enough acidity to keep things fresh. –  92PTS TB
Drink now through 2017 – Suggested Retail Price: $35 Club Price: $27 – To go only

Gehricke Zinfandel 2013 – Sonoma, CA – Red/White Selection
A classic Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, with spice aromas of powered cloves and nutmeg, rounded out with hints of ripe red plum. The palate is smooth at the start, then transitions to a robust mid-palate with sweet, ripe plums and a touch of caramel flavor. Spice continues to follow through to the lengthy finish, adding an extra layer of complexity and depth. –
93 PTS TP
Drink now through 2018 – Suggested Retail Price: $32 Club Price: $28 – To go only

Vendetta Red Blend 2013 – Mendocino & Monterey County, CA –
Vendetta isn’t an ordinary wine. A full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, Vendetta was forged in the back rooms and secret alleyways of a bygone era. Abundantly spicy with notes of pepper and toasted wood, Vendetta boasts juicy fruit, a velvety mouthfeel, and supple tannins. What begins with an intriguing nose of lavender, leather, and graphite, emerges with rich layers of cassis, cherries, and wild raspberries. Concentrated yet elegant, it’s a wine you can’t refuse. – Don’t talk about it. (drink it) 93 PTS SG
Drink now through 2018 – Suggested Retail Price: $30 Club Price: $27 – To go only

Platinum Wine Club Picks

Girard Artistry Red Blend 2013 – Napa Valley, CA
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot.
The Artistry blend showcases aromatics of vanilla and tobacco intertwined with black and red fruit notes. The palate coats with bright cherry on the front, vanilla and mocha followed by blackberry compote and finishing with leather and textured tannins. The structure of the acidity, tannin and fruit present a well-balanced wine that, with a little time to decant, becomes even more expressive. –
95 PTS SDI
Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $60 Club Price: $49 – To go only

Clos Pegase Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – Napa Valley, CA
The 2013 Clos Pegase Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep purple color. This wine possesses heady and complex dark fruit notes of ripe black cherries, plums and blackberries complemented by scents of violets, graphite, black licorice, wild sage and a touch of sweet cedar. This rich yet elegantly styled Cabernet Sauvignon deftly balances fleshy mineral-tinged fruit, ripe tannins and a rich full mouthfeel with a prominent mid-palate lift and a lengthy refined finish. –
90 PTS WS
Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $55 Club Price: $44 – To go only

Champagne Club Picks

Iron Horse Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine 2012 – Green Valley, CA
The 2012 Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs is a special, limited edition, vintage Blanc de Blancs. Iron Horse gives $4 a bottle the National Geographic’s Ocean Initiative, establishing marine protected areas and supporting sustainable fishing practices around the globe. By nose, orange zest, Tahitian lime and minerality. By mouth, lime, tangerine and creamy richness on the finish. Only 800 cases made.
Drink now to 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $55 Club Price: $49 – To go only

Bertrand-Delespierre Brut Tradition 1er Cru NV – Champagne, France
Didier Bertrand and Chantal Delespierre are grower-producers farming 24 acres in the Montagne de Reims, the heart of the Champagne heartland, separating the cities of Reims and Épernay with gorgeous swathes of vineyards mounting as high on the hill as grapes will ripen. Complex lemony, citrus aromas on the nose, with a light toastiness and subtle floral character. Ends with a long, spicy finish. Serve as an aperitif, or with smoked salmon, shellfish, fried calamari, or Asian cuisine.
Drink now to 2021 – Suggested Retail Price: $74 Club Price: $64 – To go only