Wines To Go Buy This Week

Wine of The Week – Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir - 92 Points

Napa’s Frank Family Vineyards is better known for Cabernet Sauvignon than Pinot Noir, which might be exactly why this Pinot stands out. The grapes are sourced form Carneros, both from their own Lewis Vineyard and other Carneros sites, and were harvested between September and October. Grape clusters were de-stemmed, and the berries were cold soaked for four days in stainless steel open top fermenters, with daily punch downs.

Wine of The Week – Cliff Lede Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard- 95 Points

Beckstoffer is a name synonymous with exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is always highly sought-out and few producers are lucky enough to get some. Cliff Lede makes terrific Cabernet and so they know intrinsically how to treat highly prized To Kalon fruit. And this is clearly evidenced in their 2014 Cabernet.

Wine of The Week – Vina Robles 2016 Rosé - 90 Points

A rosé by any other name is merely a pink wine. Rosé is not an easy thing to make in spite of the abundance of them that clutter store shelves. Frankly, most of them are generic and tedious. But hailing from Paso Robles, a location known for big extracted wines, come a lithe yet deftly bold rosé.

Wine of The Week – Left Coast Cellars 2016 White Pinot Noir - 90 Points

Oregon is known for Pinot Noir. The Van Duzer Corridor it is the only break in Oregon’s Coastal Range that borders the western side of the Willamette Valley. This gap allows Pacific Ocean air to flow eastward into the Willamette, moderating the summer heat.

Wine of The Week – 2015 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay - 91 Points

For 25 years Landmark Vineyards has produced what has become a signature wine,

Wine of The Week – Millennial 2015 Pinot Noir - 93 Points

Santa Barbara has earned a just reputation as a solid Pinot Noir producer. There are many notable well-known Pinot’s here, but what is happening under the radar in the County is also just as impressive. Millennial Wines, a very small producer based in Lompoc, has turned out a stellar Pinot Noir that can rival some of the bigger producers.

Wine of The Week - Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Reserve Tawny Port - 93 Points

To celebrate their astonishing 325 years in the wine business, Taylor Fladgate has released a special Port in a unique bottle, reflecting their history and heritage. Made of traditional Portuguese varieties - Toiriga Nacional, Toiriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, and Tinta Amarela, various blends were pulled from their 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old Tawnies to create this celebratory anniversary blend. You’ll find sweet plum, black cherry, fig, roasted nuts, notes of apricot, spicy hints of black pepper, and mocha. There are more subtle notes of licorice, nutmeg, prune and butterscotch. Dense and velvety on the palate, a solid acidity supports the viscosity, making this an ideal Port with food. The bottle itself, a squat bulbous dark glass bottle, is based on a design from 1692, and considered the first British shipment of Port to England in that particular bottle shape. Not only is this a superb Port but it offers superb and unique packaging.

Wine of The Week – 2014 Addendum Cabernet Sauvignon, Skellenger Lane – 93 Points

Actor turned vintner Fess Parker formed his eponymous winery in Santa Barbara in 1989. Though Mr. Parker passed away in 2010 his family has continued his aspirations by adding to the winery’s offerings from outside of Santa Barbara. From Rutherford, one of Napa’s best Cabernet Sauvignon regions, their new venture, Addendum, fresh out of the gate shows immense promise. Addendum is a line of Napa Cabernet Sauvignons and their Skellenger Lane is a ripe opulent, rich and concentrated wine. Spending 28 months exclusively in new French oak there is an obviousness to that decision however the oak, while pronounced, is also well integrated into the structure of the wine, so as to allow the fruit to co-star. The nose is lush, rich, resonant with sweet berry and vanilla oak. There is a wonderful viscosity with this wine; a velvet liquidity. The 2014 offers notes of plum, black cherry, black berry, blue berry, slightly sweet menthol and camphor. It is big and bold but gracious and harmonious, much like Mr. Parker was.

Wine of The Week – 2014 Cirque du Vin – 91 Points

Peachy Canyon is one of Paso Robles’ older wineries having started in 1988 by Doug and Nancy Beckett, whose focus has always been Zinfandel. Though they produce a strong line of Zinfandels, they also make other reds and notable for 2014, the Cirque du Vin. Made from 35% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Verdot and 8% Zinfandel, this wine has an amazing array of taste levels. On its face there are notes of black cherry, black berry, plum, boysenberry and blackberry, a solid acidity and a rustic judicious use of oak. As it spends time in the glass additional back notes of sage, fresh thyme and cranberry compote make themselves known. Fermented in stainless steel and then pressed directly into a combination of Hungarian, French and American oak for two years you’d rightfully assume this should cost more. It’s relatively easy to make an expensive wine, just add money. But to make an inexpensive wine and do it well, that takes talent and Peachy Canyon’s Cirque du Vin is a perfectly executed wine and at a price point that belies its structured components.

Wine of The Week –2014 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc– 90 Points

Cabernet Franc is a particular grape. It’s home is France’s Loire Valley and there are as many expressions of it throughout the 600 mile long valley as there are producers, ranging from earthy and rich, to light and fruit driven. In California, Cabernet Franc is often over treated with too much oak, it’s over ripe and has lost is delicate soul with reductive winemaking techniques.

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