Happy Hour Wine Tasting Featuring Bennett Valley Cellars, Arietta Winery, Buty Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars! With Special Guest Luca Zanin Owner of Bennett Valley

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 06:00 PM

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“Someone said drink the water, but I will drink the wine / Someone said take a poor man, the rich don’t have a dime / Go fool yourself, if you will, I just haven’t got the time / I’ll give you back your water, and I will take the wine.”

Frank Sinatra
The Voice

 

Water and wine are the only two things that I drink for the most part and hey why do we need water at all wine is 80-85% water!!

OK… I know I said one more but really this is the last Happy Hour Wine Tasting.   Only one more Happy Hour tasting this year and we will be featuring four different wineries two from California and two from Washington State we will be serving 10 wines and I have included all the wines from these producers that we have in the store on this offering.

This tasting is a belly up to the bar, hang out with your friends and the food is casual, this is not a sit-down dinner- a true “Happy Hour” style event… but with GREAT wines.  Our Host this evening is the owner of Bennett Valley Cellars Luca Zanin and chef Toni will be making some tasty treats to accompany the tasting wines.  We only have space for 25 tasters and the fee for this event is $55 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 

 

 

Bennett Valley CellarsArietta WInes, United States, California, Oakville | Kazzit US Wineries &  International Winery GuideButy Winery, United States, Washington, Walla Walla | Kazzit US Wineries &  International Winery GuideSleight of Hand Cellars
Happy Hour Wine Tasting Featuring Bennett Valley Cellars,
Arietta Winery, Buty Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars!
With Special Guest Luca Zanin Owner of Bennett Valley
Wednesday, October 20th
6:00pm

2019 Bennett Valley Cellars Bin 5757 Chardonnay Sonoma County
List Price: $22.00               Your Price: $19.36
A good amount of juicy tropical fruit here on the nose with hints of white flowers and a touch of wet stone like minerality.  Bright and refreshing on the tongue with a good amount of juicy fruit and a nice freshness to the finish.  Finish 40+            Very Good +

2019 Bennett Valley Cellars Chardonnay Bennett Valley
Price: $32.00       Your Price: $28.16
A nice touch of lightly toasted oak spice here on the nose with vanilla and cinnamon spice notes here ripe peach and apple fruit with a nice touch of stone like mineral nuance.  A good amount of ripe tree fruit here with a lovely balance and just a touch of oak spice with a bright fresh finish.  Finish 45+ Excellent

2018 Bennett Valley Cellars Pinot Noir Bin 6410 Sonoma County
Price: $21.75       Your Price: $19.14
Pretty cherry pie like fruit on the nose with hints of flowers and a touch of cola like spice here very pretty nose.  Smooth and velvety on the tongue with bright fruit and a nice freshness to the finish along with that brown spice and a nice touch of earth.  Finish 35+               Very Good +

2017 Bennett Valley Cellars Pinot Noir Bennett Valley
Price: $39.75       Your Price: $34.98
Has a nice touch of funky earth here on the nose with red berry fruit with hints of brown spices, a bit funky on the nose.  A smooth and silky wine on the tongue with good hand of spice and that funky earthy note lingering through the finish.  Finish 45+      Excellent

2017 Sleight of Hand Conjurer Red Blend
Price: $31.50       Your Price: $27.72            Quantity in Stock: 69
43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, and 21% Merlot The 2017 Conjurer was aged for 12 months in 25% new French oak. Hailing almost exclusively from our Estate Blocks in the Walla Walla, Red Mountain, and Horse Heaven Hills AVA's, this wine shows tremendous weight and concentration; while holding on to its elegance. The mouth-filling palate and medium-weight, fleshy tannins, are buoyed by food-friendly acid and a long, long finish. This wine has a gorgeous nose dominated by herbal notes from the Cabernet Franc, as well as savory Christmas spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, and a flavor profile of dark fruit, like plum and blackberries.

2016 Sleight of Hand Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Price: $55.00       Your Price: $48.40
Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist has a Bordeaux like weight and richness as well as impressive notes of creme de cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and lead pencil. It's not massive yet is medium to full bodied, with good acidity and ripe yet present tannins, all of which give it a focused, brilliantly balanced style on the palate. Give the bottle another 2 3 years and I suspect it will evolve gracefully for two decades.

2017 Sleight of Hand Levitation Syrah Columbia Valley
Price: $52.50       Your Price: $46.20            Quantity in Stock: 11
Our 2017 Levitation Syrah is a blend of Lewis Vineyard, Les Collines Vineyard, and Stoney Vine Vineyard (our Estate vineyard located in the Rocks of Milton Freewater). Only 10% new French oak was used, and the final blend is composed of almost 50% whole cluster. The resulting wine is exotic and aromatic, full of dark red and purple fruits like plums and brambly blackberries, savory undertones of fresh game, perfectly integrated tannins, and fresh acidity. The finish is persistent and lengthy, and this wine should age beautifully for the next 10-12 years. We hope that you share this wine with your friends and family and celebrate the joy of life like we do every day here at Sleight of Hand Cellars! Cheers!

 

2018 Arietta On the White Keys
Price: $62.50       Your Price: $55.00
The Arietta White Wine “On The White Keys” is a blend of hillside Sauvignon Blanc and old vine Semillon. We ferment and age the White Keys for nine months in a combination of new and second-use oak and stainless steel barrels. The label incorporates the manuscript of the Arietta movement from Beethoven’s last piano sonata, Opus 111. The key to the name “On The White Keys” is the melody of the Arietta theme, which is played in its entirety on the white keys of the piano.
The sensationally good 2018 vintage in Northern California gave us a brilliant 2018 Arietta White Wine On The White Keys.   We continue to pursue our ideal of a white Bordeaux-styled blend with a bright and mouthwatering entry, and a grandly expansive finish.  The 2018 White Keys, a blend of 87% hillside Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma Mountain and 13% old vine Semillon from the Hyde Vineyards in Napa/Carneros, takes us as close as ever to this ideal.
Wine Critic Antonio Galloni comments: “The 2018 On The White Keys is bright, precise and wonderfully nuanced. Orange peel, mint, apricot and light tropical notes all develop in the glass in this nuanced Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend. The 2018 stands out for its tension – this is a wine built on precision and total class; it is one of the better vintages I can remember tasting.”
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc 87%, Semillon 13%
Fruit Sources: 87% Sonoma Mountain, 13% Napa
Elevage: Barrel fermented and aged 10 months in 34% New French Oak, 34% Second Use French Oak, 32% Stainless Steel
Production: 415 cases

2018 Arietta Quartet Napa Valley Red Wine
Price: $65.75       Your Price: $57.86
Sometimes the most normal, drama-free vintages produce the most compelling wines.  Such is the case with 2018, which from the beginning was a fairly textbook growing season.  Vineyards thrived, with the adequate soil moisture, consistent sunshine, and a late summer which stretched well into September.  Yields were generous, but given the nearly ideal season, so were the resulting wines.  From harvest, through fermentation, and as the wines were going to barrel, it was clear we were witness to something special.  Our periodic tastings of the wines from barrel were pure pleasure, and blending the final wines was more hedonistic than it was academic.
Winemaker Andy Erickson notes:  With all four of our Bordeaux varieties performing at virtuoso level, the 2018 Arietta Quartet is an ode to joy.  The wine is almost flirtatious from the glass, with alluring aromatics and a deep but vivid color profile.  Fresh raspberries, cocoa, and hazelnut are some of the first descriptors that come to mind when the wine is poured.  As it opens, notes of baked blueberry pie, toasted almond, and smores on the campfire bring a smile.  On the palate, the texture is tightly woven and smooth, even with the grand intensity of the fruit that penetrates the palate.  This is a layered, serious offering, with a solid framework, a sound foundation, but with a soft, playful shape reminiscent of a Frank Gehry design.  The defining feature of this blend is undoubtedly the purity and core strength of the fruit—red raspberry, wild strawberry, and preserved cherry.  It is the power of this fruit that holds together the myriad layers of savory and spice—vanilla bean, nutmeg, sandalwood, flint, and juniper berries, just to name a few.
While this wine was exceedingly enjoyable directly from the bottle, without decanting, it will certainly benefit from aging in bottle, which will only heighten the intensity and help to meld together the many components that went into its formation.
Blend:  51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Fruit Sources: 51% Coombsville, 48% Carneros, 1% Pope Valley
Elevage: 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
Production: 1486 cases

2016 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyard Napa
Price: $78.00       Your Price: $68.64
The sources of the Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards are the superb southwest facing G and I Blocks in the Hudson Vineyards on the Napa side of Carneros. 
 Coming on the heels of a prolonged multi-year drought, the 2016 growing season was defined by near-ideal conditions.  Rain in March and early April allowed the vines to start the spring with ample moisture in the soil, made for healthy canopies and balanced vines.  A dry, mild summer, with only one short heat event, helped the fruit ripen with deep color, intense aromatics, and ample natural acidity.  Some growers are commenting that the quality of the wines is perhaps on par with the much-heralded 2013 vintage.
 Notes from winemaker Andy Erickson: “The 2016 Arietta Merlot, as is true with most vintages, is 100% Merlot.  The grapes come from the oldest vines planted on Hudson Vineyards, from a block Lee Hudson has referred to as the “Merlot Cathedral.”  The vines indeed are statuesque, deeply rooted, and able to ripen the fruit gradually and fully.  The wine from 2016 showcases the strength of this great terroir, presenting the full spectrum of Merlot character.  Notes of blue and black fruits dance with aromas of baking spices, cocoa, pot de crème and graphite.  On the palate the combination of fresh acidity and rounded but structured tannins is palpable.  This wine is a reminder of just how impressive Merlot can be when grown on the right soils, in the cooler climes of the Napa Valley.  It will be pure pleasure to taste this wine over the years as it develops in the bottle.”

 

This tasting is a belly up to the bar, hang out with your friends and the food is casual, this is not a sit-down dinner- a true “Happy Hour” style event… but with GREAT wines.  Our Host this evening is the owner of Bennett Valley Cellars Luca Zanin and chef Toni will be making some tasty treats to accompany the tasting wines.  We only have space for 25 tasters and the fee for this event is $55 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

 

All the wines from these producers that we have at Wine Watch

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2015 Arietta On the White Keys
Price: $72.50       Your Price: $63.80            Quantity in Stock: 4
Arietta White Wine On The White Keys, a white Bordeaux-inspired blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, is Arietta's first and only white wine. In 2005 Arietta's winemaker Andy Erickson sourced three outstanding blocks of hillside Sauvignon Blanc on Sonoma Mountain, and with the addition of two tiny blocks of old vine Semillon farmed by the highly respected Napa/Carneros grower Larry Hyde, fashioned a wine of remarkable complexity. The brilliance and pungent vibrancy of the Sauvignon Blanc has been preserved by fermentation of a substantial portion of the Sauvignon Blanc in stainless steel barrels. The balance of the Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the Semillon, was fermented in new Chateau oak barrels, an important factor in achieving length and ageability. The Sauvignon Blanc provides rich citric mouth watering acidity. The Semillon provides viscosity, lengthens and polishes the wine, and gives it a sheen of beeswax and floral scents. Arietta On The White Keys shares with the red wines Arietta's goals of quality, depth, vibrancy, and complexity, with much credit due to extreme care in vineyard selection and blending.

2017 Arietta Quartet Napa Valley Red Wine
Price: $65.75       Your Price: $57.86            Quantity in Stock: 6
Arietta Quartet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from carefully chosen vineyard blocks in the Napa Valley. Aged for 22 months in 35% new French oak barrels, Arietta Quartet is approachable upon release, but rich enough to age well for ten years or more. The label features a drawing of the instruments of the string quartet by eight year old Libby Hatton, a future proprietor of Arietta, over a manuscript fragment of the famous Cavatina movement from Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 130.
The aromas coming from the glass after pouring the 2017 Quartet are delicate yet exuberant. Floral notes and red fruit aromatics are fresh and focused. Notes of red cherry, rose petal, black tea and bay laurel are among the first scents noted. The color of the wine is dark black-purple with a red note around the rim. This opaque dark hue belies the bright energy and focus of the wine. On the palate, the wine has a remarkable intensity, though it is balanced and well proportioned. Red raspberry, baked cherry, vanilla bean and crushed stones are some of the impressions as the wine hits the palate. The flavors build into an intense, long finish with polished tannins and lingering red fruit flavors.
While this wine will age for a decade or more, it is immensely appealing immediately after opening.  – Andy Erickson, Arietta winemaker
Blend: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Fruit Sources: 67% Coombsville, 30% Carneros,
Elevage: 22 months in French oak barrels, 35% new
Production: 998 cases

2016 Arietta Quartet Napa
Price: $75.75       Your Price: $66.66            Quantity in Stock: 6
The origins of the Arietta Quartet were wines under the label "Arietta Claret" made in 2004 and 2005 from Bordeaux varietals grown at the top of Howell Mountain by noted viticulturist David Abreu. In 2006 we changed the name of the wine to Arietta Quartet, allying the four Bordeaux varietals in the wine (everything except Malbec) to the musical subtext of the brand. Since 2007 we have created Arietta Quartet from first class blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot sourced from several of the finest growers in Napa. Most lots are kept separate for the first fifteen months after harvest, at which time blending commences in earnest, and the wine is continually "tweaked" until bottling. In 2009 a superb close-spaced three acre vineyard in Coombsville, planted to the four Quartet varietals by David Abreu in 2003, became the new core of the Arietta Quartet. Since 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has been the dominant variety in the Quartet, along with generous amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and a hint of Petit Verdot. The percentage of new oak employed (50-70%) is lower than the other Arietta red wines, making the Arietta Quartet the most approachable upon release.

2014 Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa
Price: $165.00    Your Price: $145.20          Quantity in Stock: 1
The Cabernet Franc is solely from the 2.3 acre Hudson Vineyards H Block, a shy-bearing, volcanic, southwest facing slope, which naturally yields just three tons per acre.
The Merlot is grown in the Hudson Vineyards G and I Blocks, which lie immediately below the H Block. Typically, the two varietals are picked simultaneously and co-fermented, assuring a marriage of the varieties. The Cabernet Franc provides the cassis, blueberry, brown sugar character, while the Merlot brings dark chocolate to the aroma and a chewy richness to the finish. Harvested near the extreme of ripeness, the wine is fermented with its indigenous yeast, macerated with the skins for six weeks, and then aged for twenty months in mostly new French oak barrels. Naturally clarified by traditional Bordeaux racking, the blend is bottled without fining or filtration. The intense concentration masks the substantial tannin, which assures an evolution in bottle of at least ten years.

2016 Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa
Price: $150.00    Your Price: $132.00          Quantity in Stock: 21
Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyards is Arietta’s flagship blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. First produced in 1996, the wines of Arietta are inspired by our passion for classical music.
Coming on the heels of a prolonged multi-year drought, the 2016 growing season was defined by near-ideal conditions. Rain in March and early April allowed the vines to start the spring with ample moisture in the soil, made for healthy canopies and balanced vines. A dry, mild summer, with only one short heat event, helped the fruit ripen with deep color, intense aromatics, and ample natural acidity. Some growers are commenting that the quality of the wines is perhaps on par with the much-heralded 2013 vintage.
Notes from winemaker Andy Erickson: “This blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot takes the expression of the Hudson Vineyard terroir to a new level of complexity. The core of the “H Block” cuvée comes from thirty-year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted on a rare volcanic outcropping just above the Hudson “Merlot Cathedral.” The 2016 vintage was co-fermented, taking just the heart of the Merlot block and harvesting it on the same day as the Cabernet Franc. As usual, native yeast fermentation, and a long, carefully controlled maceration helped to meld together the two varieties, bringing forward the best of what they have to offer. After aging for twenty months in two-thirds new French oak, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration to preserve the power and subtlety of the vintage. Aromas of lavender, orange blossom, and anise are in harmony with the ripe Napa Valley fruit profile. Solid and well textured, the wine flows across the palate, blackberry, currant, and black cherry flavors mixed with hints of dried flowers, flint, and black licorice. This vintage of “H Block” will certainly age for decades to come.”
Blend: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, co-fermented
Fruit Sources: 100% Hudson Vineyard, Carneros
Age of Vines: 29 years
Élevage: Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, 68% new
Production: 411 cases

2014 Arietta Variation One Napa
Price: $111.00    Your Price: $97.68            Quantity in Stock: 3
Arietta Red Wine Variation One is a blend of Merlot and Syrah, also from the Hudson Vineyards. The Syrah, from Hudson's Hermitage selection grown in gravel unusual in the Carneros, is co-fermented with the Merlot to give the blend a wild and penetrating quality. If the H Block wine is an homage to the Right Bank of Bordeaux, Variation One is a Napa Valley original. The plum and licorice aromas of Merlot blend imperceptibly with the forest floor, wild game qualities attributable to the Syrah in a wine without antecedent anywhere in the world. The vinification, barrel ageing, and bottling are similar to the Arietta H Block wine. Variation One may be served young, especially with wilder dishes, but the powerful, if supple, tannin will support its evolution in bottle for at least ten years.

2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyard
Price: $84.00       Your Price: $73.92            Quantity in Stock: 1
(94 Points) The 2014 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is gorgeous. Surprisingly, it is also richer, deeper and more pedigreed than the Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage. Exquisitely layered and supple, the 2014 possesses striking depth to match its creamy, inviting personality. Layers of plum, black cherry and mocha build into the supple, inviting finish. Naturally the 2014 is quite young. It can be enjoyed today, but readers who appreciate the complexity that develops only in bottle will have to be patient. Vinous

2017 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Price: $150.00    Your Price: $132.00
Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced in the 2003 vintage. Since 2007 the core of the wine has been a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon in Coombsville, a small vale just east of the town of Napa. Lying in the shadow of Mt. Saint George, the vineyards undulate downwards toward the town of Napa. Planted by viticulturist Mike Wolf in 1995 and still under his management, the vineyard incorporating the Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon block is recognized as one of the finest, if not the finest site for this varietal in Coombsville. The soil is primarily volcanic, and the Arietta block has a southwestern exposure which is the most favored in this relatively cool climate. The grapes require longer than typical hang time (often until mid-October), and develop great depth of flavor without exceeding 25.5 brix. For additional layering and complexity we blend into the Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, or Merlot, depending on the character of the vintage. Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon is raised in 75-80% new French oak for twenty months before bottling the second July after harvest.

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2019 Sleight of Hand Magician Riesling
Price: $22.50       Your Price: $19.80            Quantity in Stock: 3
Bright, crisp and juicy are the hallmarks of this Riesling, full of green apple and pear notes, juicy minerality and refreshing citrus notes. The subtle sweetness is perfectly balanced by the acids, and if ever there were a perfect wine for spicy foods, this is the one!

2017 Sleight of Hand Chardonnay Enchantress Columbia Valley
Price: $31.50       Your Price: $27.72            Quantity in Stock: 9
(91 Points) “Made from the Wente clone and brought up in neutral oak, the 2017 Chardonnay The Enchantress is fresh and vibrant, yet has plenty of richness and depth. White flowers, crushed citrus, and some brioche notes give way to a medium-bodied effort that has loads to love.”  Jed Dunnuck

2016 Sleight of Hand Archimage Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley
Price: $55.00       Your Price: $48.40            Quantity in Stock: 6
(95 Points)  “A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 The Archimage Reserve has a bright, floral character as well as beautiful blue fruits, graphite, and lead pencil nuances, background oak, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and fine tannins. It has all the right components but needs 2-4 years of bottle age to show at its best.”

2015 Sleight of Hand Archimage Red Blend
Price: $55.00       Your Price: $48.40            Quantity in Stock: 35
The 2015 Archimage is an incredible blend of 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot. It was aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak. Our Estate fruit from the Walla Walla, Red Mtn., and Horse Heaven Hills AVA’s make up the majority of this exceptional blend. It has a gorgeous, deep garnet color, with savory, spicy, and dramatic aromatics, combined with pretty floral notes from the Cabernet Franc. A rich, plush mouthfeel, balanced with terrific acidity, leads to flavors of dark cherries, toffee, tobacco leaf, graphite, and anise, and the refined tannins give this wine an extremely long finish. Drink this over the next 15-20 years!

2015 Sleight of Hand Sorceress Grenache Syrah Columbia Valley
Price: $52.50       Your Price: $46.20            Quantity in Stock: 5
The Syrah for this wine is from Les Collines vineyard in Walla Walla Valley and the Grenache hails from Upland vineyard on Snipes Mountain; vinified with 50% whole clusters.

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2018 Buty Chardonnay Conner Lee Vineyard
Price: $42.00       Your Price: $19.75            Quantity in Stock: 113
This dazzling chardonnay offers lovely richness, intense aromatics and beautiful fruit. Intricate and enticing aromas of white flowers, golden apple, Asian pear, black tea and wild honey rise from the glass. The palate strikes a seamless balance between opulence and vibrant acidity, adding length and nuance to the lush orchard fruit flavors, with hints of marzipan, cinnamon and brioche emerging on the long, satisfying finish.

2015 Buty White Blend Columbia Valley
Price: $25.00       Sale $22.00          Quantity in Stock: 13
Sémillon dominates our classic white blend. The sand, silt-loam filled soils and cooler temperatures of Spring Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley nurture our sauvignon bringing bright acidity to the blend. Muscadelle from Lonesome Spring River Ranch is responsible for the florals in this verve-filled wine. A portion of the wine is lees aged in mature oak and the balance aged in a concrete tank. Forty barrels produced.

2016 Buty Beast Wildebeest Columbia Valley Red
Price: $19.75       Sale $12.50          Quantity in Stock: 84
The folks at Buty Winery showcase fruit from three prized vineyards Phinny Hill in the Horse Heaven Hills, Conner Lee Vineyard in the Columbia Basin and their own Rockgarden Estate in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater for this remarkable and approachable blend of Left Bank Bordeaux with Cotes du Rhone. Indeed, it's made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (28%), Merlot (16%), Malbec (12%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) with Syrah (24%), Mourvedre (7%) and Grenache (3%). While the barrel program is 100% French oak, only 6% of the wood was new, allowing for a theme of Chukar Cherry and dried currant with herbal notes of lavender and sage. Juicy acidity akin to strawberry and boysenberry makes for a bright approach with well managed tannins.

2016 Buty Rediviva of the Stones Rockgarden Estate Walla Walla
Price: $63.00       Your Price: $45.00            Quantity in Stock: 13
Certified Organic Vineyard this wine is a blend of 81% syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Mourvedre which spends 22 months in French oak, 257 cases produced of this wine and total production is only 3000-3500 cases. This wine has that textbook earth of the wines from this region, a very mineral crushed rock like note to the dark plum and dark currant berry fruit with notes of fine herbs, mint and sage with peppery spice, dried meats. This wine is a little monster on the tongue with a host of dark berry fruit, plum, cherry and currant with a host of that spice and earth from the nose coming through on the finish. finish 50+ Excellent +

2016 Buty Merlot Cabernet Franc Connor Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley
Price: $45.00       Sale $39.60          Quantity in Stock: 5
With alluring aromas of red berries, cinnamon, ginger spice and sweet cream, along with luscious flavors of jammy red fruit and dusty cocoa powder, this dynamic and elegantly flowing wine shows why Conner Lee is considered one of Washington’s greatest vineyards!
Because 2016 was a particularly spectacular Cabernet Franc vintage at Conner Lee, this gorgeous wine includes the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc in more than a decade. As a result, the nose displays alluring layers of red berries, cinnamon, ginger spice and sweet cream, along with undercurrents of dusty cocoa powder. On the palate, jammy red fruit and floral notes mingle with savory hints of roasted red pepper coulis, all underscored by firm, rich tannins and lovely energy. A must for any collection!
Blend: 59% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc

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