Current Club Release
2017 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, $80 per bottle
This deep ruby wine opens to primary aromas of cherry, mixed berries, and plum with hints of graphite. Secondary aromas show graham cracker, vanilla, spun sugar, toast, coffee and cola. The entry is bright, and like the aromas, the flavors expanding on the palate show primarily fresh red fruit integrated with oak influences of toast, graham cracker, and vanilla. Ripe tannins are soft and polished, and acidity is bright and juicy. The finish is long, with red fruit continuing to the end.
Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley | Barrels: 100% new French oak, 18 months
2017 Cabernet Franc, $60 per bottle
Cabernet Franc is often used as a blending grape but is lovely as a single bottling. The grape contributes finesse. Although Cabernet Franc is commonly a pale red color, ours is deep ruby, almost purple. The nose shows briar, sage, forest floor, plum, black berry, brown sugar, violet, and coffee. The entry is light, expressing fresh fruit flavors with a sweet milk-chocolate nuance. Firm, dusty tannins are balanced by the moderate acidity, and the wine finishes with a lingering cherry cream flavor.
Varieties: 89% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley | Barrels: 30% new French oak, 18 months
2017 Petit Verdot, $60 per bottle
Petit Verdot is a thick-skinned grape expressing a dense, deep ruby color. Aromas are dark and brooding, with blackberry, black cherry, fig, mocha, dried herbs, and savory truffles. Oak Barrels contribute a caramel and toasted marshmallow nuance, along with some baking spices. The entry is juicy, with mouthwatering acidity. A rich mid-palate leads to flavors of dark plum, black cherry, mocha, coffee, and dark chocolate. Ripe, pronounced tannins are present from start to finish. Enjoy this wine with Miso Marintated Sturgeon
: 98% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
: Napa Valley | Barrels
: 50% new French oak, 18 months
$200, plus shipping and any applicable state tax