2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
We are approaching the end of the month and that is when some deep deals hit our desk. Distributors are trying to meet their monthly goals. We tasted this wine in the summer but the pricing was not competitive. The 2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot is volutptuous black fruit finishing with delightful raspberries. The structure is robust enough that Cabernet drinkers will appreciate this wine. The tannin layers are velvety and immediately table worthy. We have 48 bottles available at $48.00, this is the national low.
$59.00 is the national average on this wine. Deal starts & ends today.
All the best, R&M
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2015
Shafer's 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. AG 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2016
Blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Blue fruit. Spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. White pepper. Merlot with hints of malbec and cabernet franc. Drink now. JS 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
This is a robust, dense and tannic wine, with 8% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It needs time to unravel what are now just mere suggestions of coffee and black-cherry jam, with seasonings of cedar, peppercorn and dried sage. Full bodied, ripe and highly structured, this should be enjoyed in years to come, through 2023. Cellar Selection. - V.B. WE 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
(WA88-90 points) A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it's going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr. WA 90
2013 OPUS ONE
Very allocated. Pre-Arrival Price
Limit 6 bottles per person
$260 per bottle
The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond... This will always be beautiful to drink. 100 Points James Suckling
Dark cherries, plums, smoke, licorice, new leather and menthol race across the palate in the 2013 Opus One. Firm yet also voluptuous, the 2013 has it all. The combination of fruit and structure is superb. Today, the 2013 reminds me of the 2010 when it was young, especially in its energy and pure power. The flavor remain quite primary, one of the signatures of this great Napa Valley vintage. 94-96+ Points Antonio Galloni
Red and black fruits, graphite, incense and incipient cedar meld together in a youthfully reserved bouquet that should blossom in bottle. On the palate the 2013 is more seriously structured than its polished 2012 sibling, framed by savory structural tannins. This is built for the cellar and is the latest in a string of recent successes. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot 94 Points Decanter
Seductive from the get-go, with a supple entry to the layers of complexity, mixing flavors of mocha, currant, plum, licorice, spice and cedary oak. Well-proportioned, showing a grip of fine-grained tannins that will benefit from cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2028.
90 Points Wine Spectator
We have 5 cases of the 2012 Ancien Carneros Chardonnay. They made a total of 520 cases. This is a full bodied Chard made in the style of white Burgundy. We tasted it at room temperature and found zero flaws. This Chard has extreme complexity due in large to the components used in its creation. The vines are from the original Wente and Robert Young clone plantings. The fruit comes both the Napa and the Sonoma side of Carneros. Though both sides get the cooling breezes which Chardonnay so loves. Mineral components are different with the Napa fruit being richer in volcanic soil and Sonoma fruit polished by kimmeridgean minerality, so when blended in a single bottleing the result is a multi- layered combination of flavors. Both new and old French Oak was used in the finishing, so there is oak but this Chard is in no way over oaked. The flavor profile carries a component of lemon meringue and honey dew from the beginning to the finish but along the way there is peanut and pistachio, orange blossom and zest. The nose is filled with flowers and that floral component is found at mid palate and continues through a big finish of apricot and spice. Oh and there is butter, the kind which develops in Premiere Cru Chassagne, and this Chard will remind one of Chassagne Montrachet. The lowest price we could find on this release is $40.00 and at forty we think it blows away the $60.00 Chards we have tasted.
We are able to offer the 2012 Ancien Carneros Chardonnay at Normal $40.00 - Sale price $35.00 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12,
5 CASES ONLY
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
P.S. Excellent structure, this one will drink an easy 5 years. R
2012 Ancien Carneros Chardonnay
about the vineyard...
Our Chardonnay owes it style, depth, and structure to intensely ﬂavored, low yielding, heirloom clones growing in two Carneros vineyards: on the Napa side, the Toyon Farm and on the Sonoma side, the Sangiacomo family's Vella Ranch. We hand-selected the cuttings ourselves, from older vineyards in the Carneros area. These cuttings are reputed to have origins tracing to Paul Masson who imported them from Burgundy in the early 1940's, from none other than Louis Latour's
renowned Corton Charlemagne vineyard. These selections are often referred to as "Old Wente" or "Robert Young," denoting the sourced mother blocks in the 1960s.
about the vintage...
A cool, consistent, balanced vintage, 2012 made people up and down the wine-producing valleys smile. There was little to no frost through bud break. A mild and dry spring encouraged good fruit set. And the summer saw consistent stretches of sunny days with temperatures peaking in the mid- to low-80's--perfect conditions for ripening. Temperatures remained cool and the rains held off throughout the harvest, allowing the fruit to naturally and evenly ripen, developing good sugar levels and full, rich, ripe tannins.
about the wine...
We aspire to guide our Chardonnay toward a layered, complex, and expressive style that develops gracefully in the bottle and shows enticing minerality, vivacious fruit, length and structure. For us, the watchword is balance. We pressed the grapes as whole clusters, settled and fermented entirely in French oak from four different coopers, chosen for their unique synergism and support of the fruit on the palate. Nearly half of the barrels were new. We used a variety of yeasts, including native strains, and fermentation proceeded evenly and slowly, averaging a cool 55°F. The wine was aged on its yeast lees, which were stirred weekly through the spring. 520 cases produced.
Announced by rich aromatics of melon, pear, and ﬁg accented with Granny Smith apples and tangerine. Chalky, wet stone and graphite add nuance, topped with decadent creme brulee and brioche. Intense palate weight and luscious fruit tannins ﬁll the mid-palate,ﬁnishing mouth-ﬁlling minerality. Citrus ﬂavors are intermixed with peaches and cream and citron notes and just a hint of pineapple. Cardamom, and toasty biscotti notes, liven the palate, leading into the ﬁnish which is long, layered, and complex. The tannins, minerality, and acidity that are the calling card of well-raised, true Old Wente Chardonnay are in full display
2012 ANCIEN Russian River "Jouissance" Pinot Noir
ouissance, means "extreme joy" in French
If you like great Pinot Noir, we highly recommend that you make room in your stash for this one.We were tasting a variety of wines yesterday with a few clients and friends. Included in the wines we opened were a couple of big Syrah blends and a Zin, so when I realized there was still a Pinot to try our palates were pretty well coated. We popped the Pinot regardless and were immediately taken back by it vibrancy and intensity of flavor. The nose is crushed berry with flowers and spice. The
flavors are bright red cherry to start then a hint of dust and some candied cranberry sneaks into the mid palette where white pepper and hints of orange zest emerge and grow through the finish. Ancien makes wine in a very Burgundian style and it shows in the intensity gf the 2012 Jouissance.The tannins are enticing and integrated,the structure has grip and the acids are dancing. All factors of pruning back the vines to low yields All Dijon clones were planted in this little vineyard years ago. This is a WOW wine even following a line up much bigger in body.
They made 185 cases of the 2012. This wine is
NORMAL $49.00 We have 5 cases available $35.00 PER BOTTLE..
All of the very best, Michele and Rex
P.s, One day later;
We let the Jouissance breath overnight . Today the flavor profile is a dark roasted cherry. The black pepper and orange zest is still there. This Pinot got really big overnight and is wonderful today leading me to believe there is at least another six years of optimum drinking. R
Terroir & Technique...
Gilbert Perez's two acre vineyard in the southwestern corner of the appellation, only nominally protected by the coastal hills and open to the maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean, is the single source for these grapes. The soils here are sandy loam and very well drained, typical for the Russian River Valley. The cooler sections of Russian River, near Sebastopol, are known for producing explosive and aromatic fruit flavors balanced with acidity and earthy aromas. All seventeen rows are planted with Dijon 115 clones, which tend to add perfumed aromas and light spice notes to the lush fruitiness obtained from the soils.
About the Wine...
We fermented in our one ton, open-top tanks, layering the bottom 25% of each tank with whole clusters of fruit, adding structure and spice notes to the back palate and balancing the otherwise plush fruit of Gilbert's Vineyard. A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged entirely in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling. Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling. 180 cases produced.
Behind the Labels
in the bottle leads to art on the bottle...
Our winery name, Ancien, was chosen in homage to those who have toiled the land in pursuit of vinous perfection for the last 8,000 years. The beautiful art on the labels on each of our bottles reflect the reverence we have for the rich traditions in winemaking, traditions that should not be forgotten. There is, of course, a story behind both...
While working an internship in France early in his career, Ken had the opportunity to travel through Burgundy. The age of the vines and the depth of tradition in this part of France was especially inspiring for someone who had grown up on the West Coast of the US - where the oldest buildings are not much older than 100 years. While traveling along the famous Route des Grand Cru in the north of Burgundy, a sign caught his attention. Leading the way to Roman ruins, where ostensibly the first grapes were planted in the region, the sign simply read "Les Anciens" or "The Ancients". The seed was planted.
Several months later, an art show in a trendy morning spot near downtown Napa featured the work of local artist Jim Hubert. His work immediately caught Ken's eye and the vision of the label with Jim's art quickly coalesced in his mind. Jim's work, often referred to as "Naive Art" in style, portrayed simpler times. He was inspired by time spent in the Peace Corps in Latin America and his travels through Southern France, Spain, Italy and Northern Africa. The bright colors and references to the simplicity of farming life were appealing, fun, and fundamental. Ultimately, Jim was commissioned to paint the first work: "Dionysus in Harbor" that is used on the Carneros Pinot Noir label. As time passed and the Ancien portfolio grew, Jim subsequently painted an appellation specific label for each new wine. Each label is inspired by some aspect of the vineyard or the appellation of origin and incorporates a reference to ancient wine culture.
Sadly, Jim passed away in 2015. He is sorely missed, but the vibrancy of his art continues to bring smiles to our faces and encapsulates both the reverence to tradition and the enjoyment of the moment that wine brings to us. We updated our label after Jim's passing, a big part of that was enlarging and further highlighting his work and its part of what Ancien is. Cheers to you, Jim!
We had a one day purchasing opportunity this week. We purchased a variety of wines in 3 and 4 case lots from a distributor ( excellent temperature control ) who needed to raise some quick cash. We did a lot of research in making our selections, but now that they have arrived we are pulling corks to verify that the proof is in the glass. Today's offer is a big red Italian, small production, of impeccable vintage and definitely yummy good in the glass. Oh and by the way it is half its original release price
2010 Cirulli Ginepreta
The 2010 Ginepreta is a Cabernet, Merlot blend. The flavor profile is
a lush, mouth coating combination of rich wild berries showing both black and red fruit. White Chocolate and cocoa flavors are obvious both on the nose and throughout the finish. This bottle is one you can pour immediately after opening. It was at the "Oooh baby, Oooh baby" plateau the minute we pulled the cork. The Ginepreta was released at $55.00 . We can offer it today at $27.00, 5% off 6, 10% off 12. (36 bottles available)
All of the very best, and at a discount
Rex and Michele
2010 Cirulli Ginepreta Umbria
Here's a blend of 85% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that offers succulent plum, black currant and prune flavors layered with notes of oak, spice and cocoa. While rich fruit and smooth tannins make this appealing now, fresh acidity gives this some staying power. Drink through 2020. 89 points Wine Enthuiast
* Price: $55
* Designation : Ginepreta
* Appellation: Umbria, Central Italy
* Date Published: 2/1/2014
There is a deal on N.V. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut.
$35 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12
Though you can purchase it a few dollars cheaper inother states, thelowest price we have found in Texas is $39.00. The Feuillatte Brut is comprised of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. This shipment just arrived, the bubbles are very tight and the flavors are very fresh. 92 Spectator (review below) .
"Rich and creamy, showing the dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake, with lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors. Clean citrusy acidity integrates beautifully and provides an elegance to this refined Champagne. Drink now through 2020" Wine Spectator: 92 Points
We have had the pleasure of tasting the 2012 Inglenook Cask Reserve at a variety of tastings and dinners over the last few months. What stands out is a haunting combination of cherry at the front front palate which is then joined by mellow plum and cassis, entirely wrapped in exotic spice and mineral. The more breathing time you give the cask the more complex it becomes. The average price nationally is $71.00. The lowest price in the state is $70.00. We have been allotted 60 bottle which we can sell at $61.50. This is a serious " cellar treasure" wine. Reviews below.
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There have been a number of changes of late at Inglenook, so I was anxious to taste the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask. This wine was first created in 1949 and during that era, through the 50s and early 60s, was considered one of the finest wines of California. This is the best, young Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon I have tasted during my professional career of 35 years. Dense ruby/purple with classic crème de cassis, but underlying minerality and spice box. The wine is full-bodied, but not over-the-top, yet nevertheless authoritative, rich and quite long. There is a thickness and concentration I haven't seen from this estate in many a year and this wine should age beautifully for 20-25 years at the very minimum. 93+ (RP) (10/2014)
93 points Vinous
A bold, dramatic wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask offers plenty of the radiance of the vintage, along with sweet floral and spice notes that add lift to the expressive red fruit. Deep, unctuous and supple throughout, the 2012 Cask is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Dark cherry, raspberry jam and mocha with attractive smoky savory underpinnings add the closing shades of nuance in this very pretty, silky Cabernet Sauvignon from Inglenook. The 2012 has really blossomed over the last year. This is the last vintage the designation 'Cask' was used for Inglenook's Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 is in a great spot right now, where all the elements have come together and the wine is super-expressive. (AG) (10/2015)
93 points James Suckling
A firm and silky red with currant, light chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Ultra-fine tannins. Full to medium body, delicately austere tannins and a pretty finish. Second wine of Inglenook. Drink or hold. (5/2016
We just got a call, we have been allocated 3 cases only of the 2013 Frank Family Cabernet to sell at $39.50 per. This should match the lowest price in the country, Normal pricing locally is $58.00 per
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
2013 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
91 Points! "A beautiful elegance can be found in the 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 20 months in one-third new French oak. This is a good value for a Napa Cabernet. The color is a healthy dark ruby purple, the wine offers up beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit and is suggestive of a high-class Pomerol. The oak is pushed way to the background and the wine is medium to full-bodied with supple tannins and a long finish. Drinkable now, it should continue to evolve gracefully and hopefully even improve over the next 10 to 15 years. " The Wine Advocate
90 Points! The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is dark, fleshy and expressive. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, mint and cloves are all laced together. Effortless and gracious, the 2013 will drink well pretty much upon release. This is an especially delicate, lifted wine for the year. All the elements are nicely balanced throughout. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, October 2015
90 Points! A Napa cab with ripe dark fruits on the nose as well as milk chocolate and some sage character. Balanced with fine tannins and ripe fruit character plus a medium finish. Drink now. James Suckling, January 15, 2016
Agricola Punica Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2013
We have great pricing on a very cool Italian Red from the area of Sardinia. The wine is 2013 Montessu . This wine is a blend of Carignano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
The flavor profile is bright in raspberry and plum flavors, all the while laced with forest and black pepper. Very multidimensional, this wine is a definite pairing with steak, lamb and various roasts, particularly pork shoulder. Emilliano Monchiero, the Kobrand Italian Som gave us another deep deal. This wine is now $26.00. Previously that was the wholesale.
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
91 Points- A Mediterranean wine
Floral scents and bright red berry flavors give this carignan-based blend a bright and lifted appeal, with notes of bay leaf, tobacco and peppery spice that mark it as a Mediterranean wine. Dark mineral notes cool the lasting finish. - Wine & Spirits -June 01, 2016 - Joshua Greene 91 POINTS
91 Points - Impeccably balanced wine
Juicy blueberry and red cherry flavors are lifted by zippy mineral and spice notes, showing excellent clarity and cut. Turns sweeter with air, delivering superb energy and focus on the very smooth, long finish. I quite liked this very precise, impeccably balanced wine. - VinousMedia.com January 01, 2016 - Ian d'Agata
NOTES ABOUT THE REGION:
Montessu comes from Sulcis Iglesiente, a region within southwest Sardinia whose brown earth has sandy soil that is a mixture of clay and limestone. This combines with warm, well-exposed terrain to form ideal conditions to produce great red wines. The blend's predominant grape is Carignano, a Spanish variety found throughout the area which gives Montessu soft, elegant tannins and high pH. Exceptional wine growing conditions are also ideal for the International varieties Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which has recently been planted. Low base production per area (0.6 millimeters) and the climate conditions favor optimal phenolic maturation. The final blend for Montessu is a mix of grapes balanced for the best results in the specific conditions of each harvest.
The proof is always in the glass!