Today’s Deal ~ 2014 Hogwash Rosé of Grenache

$16.99/bottle or $13.99/bottle on 6+

Hogwash Rosé

BELIEVE IT!!!  From the GURU of Napa Valley winemaking himself, Tuck Beckstoffer, comes the 2015 Hogwash Rosé.  With the rise in popularity of rosés Tuck decided to let it ride HIGH ON THE HOG with this one and he NAILED it!!!  Perfectly adaptable for any of your favorite summertime dishes and it HITS THE SPOT for a warm day by the pool.  At just $13.99/bottle on six + it’s what I like to call a no-brainer!!

Tuck Beckstoffer is one of the most renowned names in all of winemaking.  Bringing us beautiful wines like Semper which are some of the best pinot noirs and chardonnays on the market today…to the ultra-exclusive and limited production Mockingbird Wines that are sourced from mega-vineyards like Missouri Hopper and Las Piedras.

The 2015 Hogwash is a perfect example of what EXCELLENT rosé is meant to be!  With its beautiful PINK CORAL hue and MILD FRUITY aromas, this wine just begs you to polish off a bottle.  CRISP flavors of WATERMELON, STRAWBERRY, and RHUBARB are in full effect on the finish that is DELIGHTFULLY DRY and BRISK.  As Tuck Beckstoffer put it best, “The design is as simple as the winemaking itself, basic components, clear expression, and simple satisfaction.”

 

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Winery Tasting Notes:  This wine is purely and simply summertime in a glass. The 2015 Hogwash Rose displays a pale salmon-pink color and a beautiful and lively nose that showcases aromas of watermelon candy, red cherries, red current and rose water. Medium bodied, it has incredible vibrancy that combines with its great finish to create a wine that is both a very serious rose wine but has something for everyone.”

Cheers,
Jay

We Surge into France with a Winner from Louis Latour

Marsannay_LouisLatour.155340Focusing on wines produced in California, Oregon and Washington has always been Carpe Vino’s sweet spot…and our comfort zone.  After 13 years zeroed in on West Coast juice, I’m comfortable rating us as experts of the region.

We’ve made a case for not straying far afield principally because we’re giving our customers what they want.  We seldom get requests for imported wines, and that’s no doubt because we’re located in the middle of California wine country.  I’m sure wine merchants in Marseille find the reciprocal to be true:  they don’t field many orders for Rombauer Chardonnay.

Truth be told, another reason we’ve not ventured far from wine regions with which we are familiar is there is a huge learning curve in mastering the basics and the nuances of Old World wines.  Understanding the appellations, chateaus, winemakers and even the language of French wines, for example, is clearly intimidating.

Italian wines also present substantial barriers, but are a bit less complicated.  The rest of the world—South Africa; Australia and New Zealand; Argentina and Chile—are much more user friendly.

What all of these diverse regions share is they are “hand-sells,” in wine industry parlance.  For the uninitiated among us, we’ve got to open bottles for tasting; plus there is an educational imperative:  People don’t buy what they don’t know or understand.

As Carpe Vino’s business has grown and we need greater access to more and more wine, we have made a commitment to consciously break out of our mold. . .to commit to seeking out new wines no matter where they are made, and perhaps equally important, to challenge ourselves to broaden our collective understanding of wines from around the world.

I personally embarked on this track a few years ago by traveling to some the great wine regions of the world.  Thus far I have explored Italy, Spain and South Africa.  In October, I’m serving as host for a group of 26 Carpe Vino Wine Club members on a “Pilgrimage to Provence”.   I’ll be in France for two weeks, and I hope to soak up as much insight as possible and tell the story when we return.

As long as I am able, I hope to make at least one international trip each year to see, smell and taste the greatest wines on the planet where they are vinted. These are cursory explorations at best, so we’ll work with our brokers and distributors to do a remote journey by sampling wines here in Old Town and bring the best tasting and best values into the shop.

We’re taking baby steps; we’re learning on the job.  In that quest, here’s my first selection for your consideration:

2011 Louis Latour Marsannay, Cote d’Or, $21

(Retail $28; Average on Wine Searcher.com, $25)

Two characteristics of this wine were immediately appealing to me beyond its translucent cranberry color in the glass:  it is 100% pinot noir from Burgundy and the fruit is much more restrained and subtle than the amped cousins to which we’re accustomed in California.  And the alcohol comes in at just 13%, resulting in a wine that in my mind is relentlessly respectful when paired with food. . .as the good Lord intended.

Right down to the label, there is an elegance and sophistication to this wine that bespeaks a 200+-year heritage and seven generations of family controlling the company. . .largely a négociant-based enterprise that seeks out the best juice and  fruit in Burgundy to make/blend amazing wines using both classic techniques and 21st century technology.

At a price point of just over twenty dollars, this wine is an excellent and affordable entry into the world of Burgundy.  And with a score of 89 points from Wine Spectator, it’s a winner.

You won’t find this wine at K&L, BevMo; it is in very limited distribution and fine wine shops in the Golden State, principally SoCal.

From the Louis Latour web site:  “Marsannay is the village marking the northern gateway to the Côte d’Or on leaving Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and home to the Ducs de Bourgogne. This village marks the beginning of the Route des Grands Crus which follows the N6 highway through the Côte d’Or. Wines from Marsannay are generally lively and robust; characteristics that come from the rich iron soil. Marsannay received its Appellation Contrôlée in 1987 in recognition of the consistently high quality of its wine.”

Wine Spectator Tasting Notes (89 Points):  “Black cherry is the main flavor theme, with touches of boysenberry, spice and mineral. Ripe and firm, displaying fine balance and length. Best from 2015 through 2021.”  –Bruce Sanderson

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Of a lovely ruby red color, the Marsannay 2011 reveals a nose of cherries and licorice. It is round and elegant in the mouth with smooth tannins.  Food Pairing:  Roasted duck, “coq au vin,” lamb stew, mature cheeses.”

Alcohol:  13%
Cases Produced:  2,500
Blend:  100% pinot noir
Winemaker:  Nathalie Bobard

If you managed to wade through the full story about Louis Latour Marsannay, you’re a great candidate to push the “Buy Now” button and place an order.  Regular discounts apply.

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 Merci!

Short-End Wines Abound at Carpe Vino

When you move as much wine as we do at Carpe Vino, what routinely occurs is that we end up with odd lots of wine, especially when we hold big sales—such as Wine Thing in February—or when we buy a pallet of an awesome value and move on to the next big thing before it sells out.  There is a term for this eventuality that was co-opted from the movie business for a wine called “Short Ends”; it is slang for the un-shot 35mm film remaining on reels.  Short Ends is a Napa blend made from awesome wine that did not make the cut for the winery’s premiere label.

So, I’m borrowing the term, Short Ends, as shorthand for the collection of wines we’d like to bring to your attention.  The short list below comprises hot-selling wines that you may have purchased in the past few months.  Best pricing and remaining stock are shown with each wine, so we invite you to order online or give Jay Johnstone a call (530-823-0320) to snag your favorites.  This is what we have remaining on hand; in some cases, we may be able to reorder.

GruettGrandRose10.1818532012 JellyRoll Syrah (Rim Rock Vineyard, SLO), $34.95 ($24.95 on 6), 4 cases

2013 Pezzi King Chardonnay (Sonoma), $22 ($14.99 on 6), 3 cases (1 of 2012)

NV Gruet Brut Rosé (New Mexico), $16.99 ($14.99 on 6) 5 cases

NV Gruet Blanc de Noir (New Mexico), $16.99 ($14.99 on 6) 5 cases

2013 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc (RRV), $15.99, 8 bottles

2012 Betz Besoliel Red Blend (Washington), $49.95, 2 cases

2012 Double Eagle Red Blend (Napa), $75, 22 bottles

If none of these wines ring your chimes, there is always the option of visiting the Friendly Confines in Old Town and finding something in our racks and stacks.  We’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

Cheers,

gary

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The Perfect T-Day Wine is Pinot from Albatross Ridge

albatross.203513Here’s the deal:  If you are looking for a killer pinot noir to accompany your Thanksgiving bird (it’s the perfect pairing), I’ve got the answer:  the 2012 Albatross Ridge Pinot Noir.  This wine was a selection for our $75 Wine Clubs in November, and we’re getting behind it in a big way.  Priced at $55 at the winery, you can take home three bottles for just $40 each.  We have just 10 cases remaining, so don’t delay.

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Here’s the story behind this wine:

Though these days Drew purchases the vast majority of what we offer at Carpe Vino, I’m always on the hunt for tasty stuff whenever I’m on the road in Wine Country (which seems to be just anyplace in California these days).  Back in August, I was visiting a friend and faux cousin, Dan Moffat of Santa Cruz, and ended up having a great wine experience that resulted in a major purchase.

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Dan and I bonded years ago when we worked in the telecom industry, and we get together more frequently now that we both live here in paradise (that would be California).  During my stay, Dan served as matchmaker and introduced me to Albatross Ridge winemaker, Garrett Bowlus, a water polo teammate of his.

Garrett invited us up to his hilltop vineyard to taste his wines, and the timing of our drive just happened to overlap with the Pebble Beach Concurs d’Elegance.  We pulled over for 20 minutes to watch an entourage of incredible classic cars stream into Carmel.  I’m a life-long car guy, so blending two of my favorite things into one day was heaven.

So was the Bowlus Vineyard, perched at about 1,250 feet, where we sipped pinot and chardonnay with cool breezes in our faces, surrounded by 360-degree views of deep valleys.  Garrett’s grandfather piloted sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley in the 1930s, hence the name and the image on the bottle. . .it is easy to imagine an intrepid adventurer taking flight here.

 Expansive views of fog-shrouded Carmel Valley reach right to the ocean.


Expansive views of fog-shrouded Carmel Valley reach
right to the ocean.

Garrett, 31, is a very big man, and he is totally immersed in winemaking.  In the photos accompanying this piece, you can see how much taller Dan is than me (he is wearing sunglasses).  Yet Garrett towers over in him in the other photo.  If the setting didn’t make me feel small, the company sure did.

We sat in the shade of a huge tree and tasted two vintages each of pinot and chardonnay.   We lingered there for a long time, and Garrett and I compared notes about being part of a father/son team (his dad is his partner).  My gut was this wine had all of the deliverables:  fabulous flavors, great back-story, ultra-limited supply.  I planted the seed of doing a deal, and though it took several months, we eventually came to terms.

One element of the agreement was I would pick up the wine.  Garrett gave me an address in Pacific Grove, which seemed odd to me.  It ended up being his house, and the 25 cases were sitting in his living room.

Now that’s boutique.

photo 3At the end of the day, it’s all about the wine, and this juice transports your palate somewhere it’s never been before.  Actually, the wine has not been released yet; though it has been in the bottle for a year, Albatross Ridge won’t start selling it until later in November.  We’ll be the only retailer in this part of the world, and since we purchased 25 cases, we took almost 10% of the 300 cases comprising the 2012 vintage.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Bright aromatics of red fruits, red cherry, earth and sandalwood lead into flavors of tart cherry and wild raspberry framed by a long mineral-driven acidity with a touch of spice.”

By the numbers:

Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Cases Produced: 300
Blend:  100% pinot noir
Winemaker: Garrett Bowlus

I’ve got my three bottles reserved for Thanksgiving—just in case we sell out—which is what I expect will happen.  You can come into the shop for a taste, or just embrace my story and give the “Buy Now” button a peck.

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Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving,
gary

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Caymus Celebrates 40 Years of Making Cab

Here’s the deal:  Winery-priced at $60 per bottle, purchase six or more bottles of 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon for $54.95 each

Caymus_40annivCabI’ve been selling wine for nearly a dozen years now, and the longer this goes on the more I understand how much I have yet to learn. . .or even comprehend.  I always get excited learning something new, and that’s happened twice in the last week (too bad it doesn’t happen every day!).

First, I’m reading Rajat Parr’s 2010 insider’s tome titled “Secrets of the Sommeliers,” and it is one of the finest books I’ve encountered when it comes to demystifying the process of tasting wine.  If you are confused about malolactic fermentation or don’t understand how tannins influence wine, this is a must read.  And, you’ll understand why sommeliers are challenging chefs in the personality-driven world of fine dining.

I purchased this book and then, oddly enough, was invited to an industry tasting for a dozen people, mostly somms—at Michael Mina, one of San Francisco’s hottest restaurants and part of a group of top joints around the country.  Rajat Parr is wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and he is a partner in Sandhi, a Santa Barbara winery from which we have sourced a recent Wine Club selection.  With those intersections, I had to go.

Lunch was predictably awesome, but what was monumentally remarkable was the four glasses in front of me containing wine awarded a total of 393 points from Steve Heimoff, former California wine critic for Wine Enthusiast magazine.  In more than 25 years with WE, he awarded only five wines perfect scores of 100 points, and two of them were on the table:  the 2006 Cardinale (a Bordeaux blend) and the 2007 Véritén (mostly merlot).  Two others were 96 and 97 points.  For once, I didn’t spit. . .I enjoyed every drop.

Heimoff was at the luncheon, and when asked about what makes a perfect wine, his opinion is the key is structure. . .a near perfect harmony of fruit, tannins and acid.   Parr concurred in his book, saying”  “Structure which is sensed in the mouth, on the tongue and in the back of the throat, is the architecture of wine.”

Hmmmmmm.

This is the long way to the point of my pitch today. . .that few California wineries have had as much experience as Napa’s Caymus Vineyards in mastering the component of structure through its Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.  This vintage, Caymus is marking its 40th anniversary with a celebratory label for its Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, and, because of bumper yield, case production is up slightly.

Caymus is just one of the brands produced by the Wagner family, starting in 1972 with 240 cases of cabernet sauvignon.  Chuck Wagner, whose family has farmed in Napa for five generations, is the patriarch responsible for Caymus; his three children are also winemakers:  Charlie is responsible for Mer Soleil and Silver; Joe handles Belle Glos (a top-selling line of pinot noir in Carpe Vino); and Jenny oversees Emmolo.  The winemaker for Conundrum, a blend of five white varietals, is Jon Bolta.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “This wine exemplifies our style of
cabernet out of a great vintage—deep
color, rich, concentrated and balanced.
 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing
our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Chuck Wagner

In his book, Rajat Parr offers this advice for learning how to judge wines:  it is essential to “. . .begin and end with the classics.  If you want to be a good taster, you must have reference points.  You must know the Old World wine regions backward and forward.  Most great wine being made elsewhere in the world—from Napa to New Zealand—gets its style and its identity from the wines that came before it.”

It is Parr’s opinion (shared by many of the elite Master Sommeliers) is that the only wines being made in the United States that exhibit Old World classic identities are Napa cabs and Oregon pinot noir.  And included in the heady realm of a classic cab is my Gary’s Wine Deal of the Week, Caymus Vineyards 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine is consistently among the top performers in the region based on critical reviews, and this hallmark vintage will surely please as well.

Gary’s Impression:  I opened a bottle and tasted it over two days, and I’ve got to say it blossomed overnight.  It’s classic cab in every respect, and for a ’12, remarkably approachable.  The nose is assertive; flavors bright and forward.  Tannins are silky slick; fruit and acid have reached an accord that could serve as a model for the Ukraine.  And the finish just doesn’t know when to call it a night.  Just be patient and let this wine limber up before you start sipping.  This wine would be a welcome bedfellow with Chef Alexander’s braised beef cheeks.

Best advice from your senior taster at Carpe Vino is to purchase six and open over time.  And don’t delay jumping on the “Buy Now” button because this wine won’t stay in stock forever.

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“Under the Tuscan Sun” In a Bottle

PROSECCO_DOC_Blue_VDOHow often has a sip of wine triggered a memory or summoned an emotion for you?  Our very special offer today, six bottles of Val D’Ora Prosecco for $10.99 each, does it for me.  It transports me to two places:  two weeks in Umbria spent hanging out with Gary Capps—a co-owner of Auburn’s Tres Pazzi—and attending a dinner during a writer’s symposium at Meadowood in Napa a few years ago when I had the good fortune to be seated next to Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun.

My visit to Italy was in 2007 on the heels of a divorce, and I relished the opportunity to escape my reality in a distant place.  It was pivotal sequence for me of being immersed in a remote village culture and being welcomed at Gary’s annual retreat with great food and rustic wine.  The villa was always full of wine lovers, and I know we drank a bit of Prosecco.

And then chatting with Ms. Mapes for almost two hours is a random experience I won’t forget.  She spoke to a group of wine writers in the afternoon and then joined us for dinner.  She arrived late and sat next to me at the end of the table, where we consumed a magnificent meal paired with an ocean of Napa’s finest wine.  We didn’t drink prosecco that evening, but I bought her book and rented the movie (with Diane Lane and Sandra Oh) and in my mind’s eye, I can see myself seated outdoors with a huge Italian family consuming liters of the stuff.

Val D’Ora Prosecco has been absent from the racks at Carpe Vino for a very long time, but it’s back and you’ll want to stock up for summer, starting with our Memorial Day weekend kickoff.  It is the perfect beverage for enjoying near your pool, during any kind of cookout or camping, as an aperitif welcome toast or just to pop open after a tough day slogging in the mines.

The thing that makes prosecco so appealing and friendly is it is a frizzante wine—a semi sparkler with millions (perhaps billions) of tiny bubbles that coat your tongue with a tickle and leave it refreshed and begging for food.  It is a fabulous palate cleanser and unlike traditional Champagne with the big bubbles, you’re in little danger of risking a head trip.  It is only 11% alcohol, about the same as a Triple IPA.

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Winery Tasting Notes:
  “This wine is made from 100% of the most Superior Prosecco di Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. fruit after careful selection and pressing of the best grapes of the year, the must is carefully fermented at controlled temperatures to obtain an elegant straw colored sparkling wine with aromas of white wild flowers and notes of green apple. It has tiny bubbles with a frothy feel on the palate. Enjoy chilled.  Suggested serving temperature: 6-8 °C (42 to 46 °F)
Suggested food to accompany: as aperitif, during whole meal, in particular with fish or shellfish.”

Serving chilled, and keeping it cold, is the key with this wine.  If it starts to warm up, it just isn’t the same, so keep it on ice or in the refrigerator after you open.

This wine is retails for $12.99 per bottle and we’ve got 28 cases that arrived yesterday on offer for $10.99 when you purchase six or more.  That’s a modest 15% savings, but at this low price point there just isn’t much room.

Besides, we’re the only joint in the region currently stocking this just-released juice.  So take off your shoes off and crush the

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. . .or you may just want to come in and pick up a case.

Salute!

gary

Get Your Pitcha on the Cover of the Rolling Stone

I haven’t presented a Gary’s Deal of the Week in a long time, mostly because we have so many capable staffers pitching wine to our beloved customers.  So perhaps I should change these offers to Gary’s Wine Deal Every Now and Then. . .

Whatever, this week I have something incredibly special for you, a very limited wine that was a part of our $75 Wine Clubs in March, the 2009 Derenoncourt Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County).  This is a first for us, but when we were able to score the Derenoncourt for the Wine Club, we secured an additional amount to offer more widely.

DerenoncourtHere’s the deal:  This wine was pictured on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine in February, and it scored 90 points.  We are the only retailer in Northern California to selling this juice, and only 880 cases were produced.  The single bottle price is $45, but purchase a three-bottle case (sorry, it’s not wooden) and the price goes down to $40 each.

Here’s how I described the wine to our Club members:

But the thrill we’ve never known

Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture

On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

When a wine makes the cover of Wine Spectator magazine, it’s parallel to a rocker making the cover of Rolling Stone.  And it doesn’t happen very often. . .over the past year or so, only three wines have had their big moment. . .including the 90-point ’09 Derenoncourt Cab from Lake County. It was front and center on the February 28, 2014 cover alongside the headline, “Editors” Picks—Wines to Discover in 2014.

We got behind this wine a few years ago when the 2007 vintage was released, again scoring 90 points from Wine Spectator (the 2006 vintage earned 92 points; there was no 2008 release).  Here’s the cool part. . .as far as we know, we’re the only source for this wine in Northern California. Google it for yourself.

French Winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt’s California project has been a huge hit; he produced seven wines for the current vintage, and two are sold out already (most wine is sold through the winery’s web site).  Pricing ranges up to $175 per bottle; only two wines are under $100 ($90 and the Red Hills cab at $45).
We’re fortunate to get this juice, so please enjoy!

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Our popular entry-level Cabernet from the volcanic soil near Clear Lake is back after a one-vintage hiatus, and in 2009 this wine is hitting new heights of depth and complexity. Harvested at optimum ripeness before the October rains, the grapes’ remarkable concentration and ample acidity gave a wine that strikes the perfect balance between brightness and richness. An enticing nose of fresh plum, caramel sauce and vanilla give way to buoyant yet dense flavors of candied cherries, ground black pepper, and cinnamon, overlaid with lively tannins and a dark minerality. A joy to drink.”

Wine Spectator Review, 90 Points:  “This offers plenty of muscle to the flavors of red and dark berry, red and black licorice, and cedary earth and oak. Notably dense and concentrated for a Lake County Cabernet. Drink now through 2023.”  –James Laube

Alcohol Level:  15.5%
Cases Produced:  880
Winemaker Name:  Stéphane Derenoncourt

This is wine is akin to being one of the Ohio Rockefellers.  Same pedigree, same name, same resemblance. . .just a little different than the New York bluebloods. For the wide margin in price, it is an awesome opportunity to enjoy wine from one of the most celebrated winemakers on the planet. Derenoncourt has brought a new luster to the Red Hills and his cab delivers huge flavors that will stand up to any steak you throw at it.

I haven’t asked you to do this in a long time, so I hope you remember: take your index finger and mash the “Buy Now” button and we’ll get you your three bottles just as soon as we get off the phone with UPS!  Enjoy!

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Cheers,

gary

Here’s an Awesome Paso Cab for Just $11.99 on Six

These days at Carpe Vino, I am very content to do what I am told (mostly), so when Drew shoved a bottle of the 2010 Paso CabAncient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon at me and said “See if this would make a good Gary’s Deal,” I said “Sure.”

Without even tasting it, I sensed it was a slam-dunk because we have a great track record with this Paso Robles-based winery.  When Drew said we could offer it at $11.99 on six bottles, $5 off the winery price of $17 (a 29% savings), it seemed to be a no-brainer.  The last wine we sold from Ancient Peaks was their Zinfandel, and the stuff simply flew outta here.

I had a bit of flashback when I uncorked the bottle.  Last February I went on a nearly two-week So-Cal swing pulling my 15-foot, 1958 DeVille trailer, and I spent much of the time in Paso.  Heading up the 101, I made it a point to stop in Santa Margarita to visit the Ancient Peaks tasting room.

The town is really sleepy and the modest commercial activity is centered exclusively on El Camino Real.  It was late when I pulled in, and I was starving.  Fortunately, a diner was open and I remember ordering a Monte Cristo sandwich.  I was the only person in the joint, and the fries were cold. . .an unremarkable experience.

Just down the street, the Ancient Peaks tasting room was something else entirely.  Small space but nicely done.  The staff was very knowledgeable, as was the other person tasting. . .an Ancient Peaks wine club member who was as ardent an evangelist as any of our 900 clubbers in Auburn.  I didn’t visit the estate, but it’s out there somewhere in the wilderness beyond Santa Margarita.

I shared the bottle with my beloved Ellen at her house, paired with two of the best filet mignon we have ever had—sourced from our very own Longhorn butcher shop on the north side of Auburn.  I nailed the steaks at a tick past MR; anything beyond that would have been a disaster.

The Ancient Peaks Cab was a righteous sidekick to this world-class steak.  Okay. . .it’s no substitute for a Mount Veeder Cab or a killer bottle from Howell Mountain, but listen to G$, it packs a helluva punch for under 12 bucks.  We’ve got ONLY 20 cases, kids, so first-come, first-served.

Winery Tasting Notes:  The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers warm aromas of dusty black cherry and plum with hints of cocoa and anise. Dense, layered flavors of black currant and blackberry are accented by notes of vanilla, tobacco and spice. Plush tannins glide into a lengthy, luscious finish.

Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon (91%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Malbec (3%), Petit Verdot (2%)
Cases Produced:  9,025
Alcohol:  13.9%
Winemaker:  Mike Sinor

Thanks to our flood last Monday, the cash registers have been silent at the Friendly Confines.  Now that the water has stopped flowing, slosh over to the “Buy Now” button and do your part to jump start cash flow.  Stop in for a slurp and I know you’ll take six home.

(CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW)

Cheers,

gary

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28 Cases of Butter Chardonnay Arrive Tomorrow…AGAIN!

Since July of 2012 when we frist started carrying Butter Chardonnay it instantly became one of our “Best Selling” wines at Butter ChardonnayCarpe Vino.  We sold nearly 50 cases until all of a sudden there was none to be had!  A couple of months went by and we were told that “Butter” would once again be released in January.   Since then we have sold nearly another 100 cases but inventory always seems to be sparatic!  With “Fourth of July” upon us I thought I better stock up on the best damn chard for the buck…the 2011 Butter Chardonnay!  Everytime this baby comes into Carpe Vino, there are no promises on how long it will last (or how fast we can re-order), so please, please, don’t miss this great buy!

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Delivering on its name, this wine has an ethereal creaminess on the palate, woven with smooth vanillin scented oak. Tropical flavors of pineapple and honeydew intertwine delicately on the mid palate and linger on to the finish.”

To Purchase…Click On any Highlighted Text or CLICK HERE!

2011 Butter Chardonnay (California) $17.99/bottle down to $14.99/bottle on 6+!!!

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