2017 June Wine Club Picks

Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay – Central Coast, California – 2014 – Red/White Selection
The fruit for this bottling comes from our sites in the Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez appellations We are pleased with this offering because it is a great introduction to the style of our wines. It will always have pretty aromas of citrus flowers and fruit notes of limes and lemons along with toasty notes from oak. On the palate, it will have good structure and plenty of restraint and balance making it a very food-friendly and approachable wine.
Drink now through 2018 – Suggested Retail Price: $35 Club Price: $31 – To go only

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto – Rioja, Spain – 2010 – Red/White Selection
Deep, ripe cherry red, with a clean, bright pink rim. Expansive nose, with dominating ripe red fruit, currants and licorice, rounded off with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, jam and spices. The wine is particularly well-balanced, with a smooth, elegant entry, medium body and sweet, tasty tannins. Ripe fruit, herbs, vanilla and caramel come together to mark a pleasant, agreeable finish. Vina Alberdi is characterized by a notable food-pairing versatility. It is an ideal companion to appetizers, snacks and barbecues, perfect with rice, pastas and stews, and great with lightly-grilled meat and fish.
– 95 PTS JS
Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $29 Club Price: $26 – To go only

Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, CA – 2014
A swirl of herbs from the forest primeval reveals plums and dark berries. The ripe fruits are accented with baking spices and a touch of tamarind. Finishes with a light dusting of cocoa powder. FOOD PAIRINGS: roasted rack of lamb, espresso crusted steak, beef rib roast, grilled steak. – 90 PTS JS
Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $40 Club Price: $34 – To go only

Platinum Wine Club Picks

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Rhone, France – 2012
“Deep ruby. Spicy cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Pliant and juicy, with energetic red and dark berry flavors, subtle sweetness and a hint of candied flowers. Gains weight with air but maintains its freshness, finishing smooth and long, with supple, even tannins.
– 92 PTS WS
Drink now through 2020 – Suggested Retail Price: $53 Club Price: $47 – To go only

Acumen Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, CA – 2013
This full-bodied wine opens with aromas of violets, lavender, fresh rosemary, and espresso. On the palate we find flavors of black cherries, red plums, mountain blueberries, mission figs, and chocolate covered orange peel with sweet clay, freshly turned earth, and pencil shavings giving way to ripe, mouth-coating tannins on the long and powerful finish. An elegant and well-balanced combination of fruit, tannic structure, and acidity, this is our finest Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon to date.
– 90 PTS JS
Drink now through 2021 – Suggested Retail Price: $60 Club Price: $49 – To go only

Collector Club Wine

Goldschmidt “Plus” Game Ranch Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville, CA -2012
~Very Limited~ WINEMAKER: Nick Goldschmidt

Originating from two carefully selected rows of Cabernet Sauvignon from the renowned Game Ranch Vineyard on Napa’s Silverado Trail, with adjacent neighbors such as Screaming Eagle, Gamble Ranch and Nickel & Nickel vineyards. Deep ruby-black; bright fruit aromas of plum and cherry jump from the glass. Also shows mocha, caramel, and violet accents. Fresh pomegranate, cherry, and raspberry flavors are beautifully framed in French Oak. Luxuriously supple mid-palate with fully mature tannins. Finishes with an earthy spice. 166 six-packs
– 95 PTS WS
Drink 2017 through 2025 – Suggested Retail Price: $150

Kinsella Estates Jersey Boys Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Dry Creek Valley, CA -2013
~Very Limited~ WINEMAKER: Thomas Rivers Brown

The hillside Jersey Boys Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon block produces fruit with incredible intensity of flavor. An enticing nose of blueberry syrup and mocha leads to mouth coating fine tannins, intense blue and black fruits, hoisin sauce and a touch of forest floor earthiness. Patience is rewarded with an hour plus decant.
– 94 PTS RP
Drink 2017 through 2023 – Suggested Retail Price: $139