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Region: California > Napa
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
The just-released 2012 Nichols Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a KNOCKOUT. Drawn from a steep hillside planting perched at 1,800 feet in elevation. In 2011, the vineyard barely eked out 1.5 tons per acre. A year later, yields were a healthy 3 tons/acre. Hand-harvested in the first week of October under perfect conditions, clusters were larger than normal, berries fabulously concentrated and juicy. read more »
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 vintage was extraordinary in Agrelo. Perched at nearly 4,000 feet in elevation, Balbo's tight-spaced Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards enjoyed a long, drawn-out growing season. "We always get plenty of sunshine in Agrelo, so ripeness is never a problem. But the wonderful thing about 2012 is the acidity and the tannins. It's not often I put out a Cabernet Sauvignon that I can honestly say reminds me of Stag's Leap, but 2012 is one of them." read more »
Grape type: Pinot Noir
The 2012 Foris Pinot Noir Maple Ranch is glistening ruby/black to the rim, infused with flashy aromas of black raspberry and cherry, tinged with sweet spice and a hint of chocolate. Rich, silken in texture, sweet and voluminous on the attack, and densely packed with crushed-red-fruit preserves, all the natural opulence of the vintage is braced by what Tanzer calls a "sappy, penetrating finish."
$50 on release. $24.99 today. Slim pickings after its IPNC debut — just 100 cases are now up for grabs. STRICT LIMIT of ONE per MEMBER! Shipping included on 4. read more »
After three years in bottle, the 2010 Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Riesling remains locked in suspended animation. Pale green-gold to the rim, infused with piercing aromas of ripe apple, lemon-lime, nectarine, and peach pit. Rich, juicy and kissed with sweetness — densely concentrated and richly textured, all of the natural opulence of the vintage braced by riveting acid backbone. Drink now for its marvelous crispness and vibrancy, or age for 5-7 years in a cool cellar.
A whopping 95 points from Decanter Magazine — Britain's highbrow competitor to Wine Spectator — one of the highest scores ever garnered by a New Zealand white. 91+ from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. $30 on release. Just $18.99 this morning. Only 60 cases. Sorry in advance. read more »
The extraordinary growing season of 2012 would give birth to just such a vintage. The 2012 Louis Latour Viré-Clessé Les Champs is pale green-gold to the rim, infused with piercing aromas of apple, pear, and quince, tinged with anise and orchard pit. Vinified in stainless steel to avoid muddling this luscious white Burgundy's exquisite fruit purity, the attack is both fleshy and juicy, finishing with the bracing limestone backbone that lured the monks of Cluny to Viré 900 years ago.
$30 on release. As good as white Burgundy gets at just $17.99 today. 100 cases are up for grabs. Shipping included on 4. read more »