2013 HESS COLLECTION
Mount Veeder, Estate Grown
Cabernet SauvignonNormal $65, Today $39
Hess Collection's signature Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. The elevation of this vineyard ranges from 600-1,120 feet, and its steep slopes and sedimentary clay and shale soils restrict root growth, resulting in Mount Veeder's hallmark small berries with intense fruit flavors.
"For the past several years we've been replanting some historic blocks here on Mount Veeder, and the figurative and literal fruits of our labors are beginning to elevate the quality of the wines from our mountain home. It's honestly, simply, exciting. A touch more Malbec this vintage sets the stage for a classic mountain Cabernet led by aromas of wild mountain raspberry and Bing cherry. Malbec trends toward blue fruit, and nothing is quite so luscious as blueberries framed by hints of vanilla, cassis, creamy milk chocolate caramel and oak spice. We watch our Cabernet age in the old barrel chai visitors first see as they walk toward the winery, and the nearly two-year wait in barrel is proving once again to be well worth it." - Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Not yet rated, 2012 93WE, 93RP, consistent 90+ point scores.
All the best, Rex & Michele
Merry Edwards produces some of the greatest Pinot Noir in the United States and the world. Since their inception in 1997, their single vineyard Pinots have continually recieved multi 90+ point reviews one and all. They are rarely on sale. Below you will find three different Merry Edwards single vineyard Pinot Noirs all in very small quantities and highly discounted. All the prices are the lowest in the country and are what would normally be wholesale or even less.
All the very best,
Rex & Michele
2012 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
Only 2 bottles, $58 per
"Most Merry Edwards Pinots are built for the long haul, some moreso than others. The 2012 Flax Vineyard Pinot from Merry is a beast of a wine along the lines of beauty and the beast. This vintage is rich, dense and layered, showing an intense raspberry aroma, spice and a hint of earthy forest floor. It is young and bold, in need of another two or three years in the cellar to come into its own, but when it does it will be one of Merry's finest efforts to date from the exceptional vineyard."
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 17, 2015
94 points / Editors' Choice
"The bouquet of this earthy, aromatic vineyard-designate wine is bursting with freshly picked wildflowers and earth. The palate is mouthwatering in blueberry, strawberry and a bite of sour cherry. Lively acidity keeps the proceedings on a hair-raising ride, before diving headfirst into a long finish of bacon and dark chocolate."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015
"One of the things I admire about Merry Edwards's Pinot Noir is that the single vineyard bottlings are different one from the other. The 2012 Flax Vineyard is more muted and more fruit focused at this stage compared to the Klopp Ranch with less savory character. The tannins are a touch more prominent, but not astringent or out of place given the overall weight of the wine. If you give it time -- a half hour or so -- you'll appreciate that there's a lot going on in the glass. An attractive subtle bitterness in the finish is refreshing because it reminds you that this is not a jammy overwrought wine, but rather a seriously complex one."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015
"Bright and juicy with smooth texture and lovely black cherry and raspberry; spice and mellow acid structure; bright and long. "
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard brings together a very classic sense of Russian River richness with expressive floral and savory notes that add finesse. The flavors are lifted and very nicely delineated throughout. Crushed rose petal, raspberry, mint and white pepper add the final layers of nuance on the distinctly aromatic, high-toned finish."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, May 2015
"Firm and chunky, with a tight, dense core of earth and mineral, laced wild berry and blueberry flavors. This earns points for direct intensity, yet eases off gracefully, ending with a mix of berry fruit."
James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2015
90 points / "Very Highly Recommended"
"Medium ruby; attractive, intense, raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cedar chest and cola; medium-full body; concentrated, deep, textured, red and black fruit flavors ... lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging."
California Grapevine, April 2015
"Here again is a fully ripe Pinot that is long on extract and serious intent, and, while it displays unmistakable kinship with its several like-minded cellarmates, it is the sturdiest and most sinewy of the bunch. It is a big wine to be sure, but it carries nary an ounce of fat, and the firming effects of its ample acid and tannins tag it as one that most definitely needs a wait. It may not reach quite the same heights as its partners from the Klopp Ranch and the Meredith Estate, but it is assuredly worth hiding away for a half-dozen years."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015
"The Flax 2012 is an elegant, aromatic wine that is full bodied, supple in texture, crisp, and finely balanced. It has intense fresh fruit character (plum, cherry, strawberry), with floral, spicy, toasty overtones. Very long finish. Delicious."
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015
"This Week's Wine Picks"
"A pinot with great complexity. Aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, blueberry, currant and white pepper. Wins you over with its depth of flavor."
Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 14, 2014
2013 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
Only 24 bottles, $69 per
"The 2013 Flax Vineyard pinot is quintessential Merry Edwards: Big, bold, meaty and delicious. Merry has a knack for making rich pinot without losing the essential elegance that makes it so charming and seductive. The Flax from this excellent vintage offers notes of earthy forest floor, notes of black and red fruits and spice, coupled with abundant tannins that will prolong the life of this wine for up to ten years or more."
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 10,2016
"This is a Westside Road site known for its rocky soils, and the wine presents sassafras, cherry-berry and roses on the entry before laying down a tightly woven mix of sour, salty cranberry and blood orange. It is softly voluptuous and velvety, though young, with a biting chewiness that should mellow in the cellar. Drink now through 2028."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
"Deep ruby color; smooth, luscious with juicy black raspberry and hints of vanilla oak; bright and long, lovely."
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016
"The Flax is outstanding: refined in character, full bodied, and well balanced, with a very long, crisp finish, suggesting at least a few more years of aging. It has evident richness and aromas/flavors reminiscent of plum, blueberry, cherry, rose petal, and spicy oak."
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015
2012 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
Only 5 bottles, $69 per
"Merry's flagship pinot noir is always sure to please, and the 2012 Olivet Lane is no exception. This is a rich, spicy, perfumed pinot with layered complexity, showing aromas of raspberry, plum and cherry. There is power with elegance, and firm acid and grippy tannins that bode well for long-term cellaring. The persistence of flavor on the palate through a very long finish is almost astonishing. This is Merry Edwards at her best, but then I could say that about her Olivet Lane pinot just about every vintage."
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2014
"Though similarly plush and polished, a thread of red fruit flavors is woven into the fabric of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir, which sets it apart from both the Coopersmith and Georganne bottlings. At this stage, with its charming subtleties, the Olivet Lane is the most expressive of these three single vineyard bottlings. It's not tiring to drink because each sip brings different nuances -- a hint of fruit, some earthiness, where the savory mushroom note come from. In short, it sings."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015
"A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir"
"Sonoma-based Merry Edwards is justly renowned for her Pinot Noirs, and the Olivet Lane wine is one of my favorites. Opulent, with explosive aromas of red fruit and spice, it is rich in texture but polished. A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir."
Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2015
"A beautifully complex, spicy and elegant range of both red and dark pinot fruit is nuanced by background wisps of sandalwood and floral hints. The sleek and wonderfully textured medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, firm and strikingly long and complex finale. This is lovely and built to age."
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2015
"Elegant and silky with juicy cherry, spice and tangy acidity; bright and lively, clean, savory and long."
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014
"Best Bottles to Give This Holiday Season"
"Aromas of oak and rose petals, flavors of black raspberries, cassis and cola, powerful and complex, with big body and long, smooth finish." Read the full article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/wine/article4273629.html
Fred Tasker, Miami Herald, Dec. 4, 2014
"Wispy top notes of dried brush and bark are gradually countered by slow-to-emerge, red cherry fruit in the nose and the flavors that follow with quite solid, somewhat compact, young fruit taking its time in coming to the fore. The wine is blends fleshy texture and fairly tight structure, as Olivet Lane Pinots are wont to do, but there is no lack of fruity solidity here, and it has the depth and focus to grow with cellaring and can be set aside for a few years with complete confidence that its future is bright and assured."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015
"A gorgeous pinot with depth. Complex, with layers of cassis, boysenberry and rose petals. Seamless texture. Impressive."
Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Wine List," Nov. 2, 2014
"(A)ssertive, fragrant, red and black fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of dried herbs and vanilla; moderately concentrated, textured, raspberry and Bing cherry flavors with a note of sweet oak."
Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, November 2014
"From a longstanding source of primo grapes, this Olivet Lane Pinot sings in floral rose and violet while offering damp earth, subtle hints of black raspberry and striking acidity. With well-integrated oak and softly layered tannins, it's on the lighter side of the producer's line-up of wines, building up steam as it goes."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015
"A supple, complex, finely balanced Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. It is rich but subtle; a wine with seamless texture, and a very long, persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, violet, rose petal, cherry, black currant, toast, vanilla, and cedar. A tremendous wine."
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015
One of California's first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974. She went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977 and remained there until 1984. For the next decade, Merry consulted for numerous wineries, large and small, in Oregon and many diverse appellations of California.
In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. It was then expanded in 2010. In this venue, tastings are hosted to educate visitors about Merry's handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture.
Ken was her helpmate in the installation of her first vineyard, Meredith Estate, in 1998. This was followed by Coopersmith in 2001. Long-term leases were then negotiated for Warren's Hill, Flax Vineyard and Georganne. Although most of those earlier plantings were Pinot Noir, in 2014 new Sauvignon Blanc developments got under way at a new property in Forestville and on the lower slope of Meredith. At Merry and Ken's new home property in Sebastopol, a Pinot Noir vineyard has been planted to Merry's Clone - UCD 37.
Along with two regional blends, six vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs are bottled. In 2001, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc was added to the portfolio. Merry is also now making a single-vineyard designate Chardonnay from the venerable Olivet Lane, as well as an occasional late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and late-disgorged-style of sparkling wine.
In 2013, Merry's 40th year as a winemaker, she was not only inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame, she also won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States, just the fourth woman to be so honored.
For those of you who like good Cabernet and occasionally like paying less than the average good Cabernet price, we would like to offer 2014 Substance Cabernet, Columbia Valley. The winemaker is Charles Smith, who is widely respected. This is big black plum and blackberry fruit. The Substance has excellent length and is quite polished while still retaining character. $ 17.50! 92 Parker Review below, 10 cases at this price.
All the best,
Rex & Michele
Depth and layer upon layer, black cassis, dark cherry, tobacco leaf and morels. Then, pushes on to a full palate, that is savory, mineral driven and earthbound. Smooth, long, compelling... in a word: harmonious.
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Tasted out of the barrel, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon should be just as good as the 2013. Seeing all native yeast, 42 days on skins, 12 months in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it offers classic plum and blackberry fruit intermixed with ample licorice, toasted bread and violet aromas and flavors. Concentrated, balanced and the real deal, buy it by the case and drink it over the coming 4-5 years."
Domaine Rene LeClerc Gevrey Chambertin 2013
We tasted a variety of great Burgundy yesterday. Included in that tasting was Rene LeClerc Gevrey Chambertin 2013. This is one of the legendary wines of this very legendary appellation. I have not seen it for sale in the United States since my time at Marty's. This Burgundy is incredible. The purity of the cherry is simply over the top. The fruit is electric and very red. Layers apron layers of extremely exotic Asian spices are pronounced throughout the outstanding length of this Leclerc. We have 50 bottles available, correction only 24 left!! We can offer them at $69. 5% off 6, 10% off 12.
That is a steal . At least at the table today, the Leclerc Gevrey out shined the Meo Camuzuet Clos de Vougeot pictured below and we pay $275 wholesale for the Clos de Vougeot. The best of the season! Rex
Do not know if you guys remember the Prieure Gevrey...this is every bit as good or even better. There were only 46 left - now only 24 left!!!! I bought some for our holidays!! I remember during the tasting Rex said he could drink this wine all day long....this is one of my markers of a great wine...drink all day, food or not, it is spectacular. Michele
We have available the 2012 Laurel Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. One thousand cases were produced. Parker gave it 95 points ( below ) . This is high altitude fruit (800- 1000 ft ) Sonoma Mountain. The small bit have in the glass is explosive with black, blue, and red fruit. There is a core of mocha and pine with explosive chocolate and cherry compote at the finish. We will not be tasting this for an extended period of time because Michele crawled under the bed with the rest of the bottle . 42 bottles available, $79.00, 5% off 6 10% off 12
All the best, Rex & Michele (it is my style....black cherries!!!)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a small cuvée of only 1,006 cases harvested October 6-15, 2012. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak. The history of the site is ancient, with vines having first been planted in the 1880s. Beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. Full-bodied and ripe with sweet tannin, terrific lushness and beautiful purity and density, this is a super-strong effort from Laurel Glen. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. - Robert Parker 95 points
We opened the 2010 Chateau Franc Boudron this weekend. The right bank Bordeaux was in a box of mixed samples which various distributors had left at the shop for us to try. We intentionally opened this bottle without checking any pricing, but given the overall quality of 2010 Bordeaux we expected great things.
The Boudron is drinking now.
The wine pours with immediate violets on the nose and very polished plum and cherry throughout the flavor profile. The tannin layer is not at all aggressive at first pour. This wine is so nice upon opening that you might pour through it before it actually breathes. What we did find is that time to breath did not change the flavor profile it simply became richer and the flavors more pronounced. Michel and I both placed the Chateau Franc Boudron in the $45-$59 category in regard to competitive table worthiness. We then checked the pricing and purchased all they had available because we can sell this lovely
2010 St Emilion at $25.00! 5% off 6, 10% off 12
36 Bottles available.
All of the very best,
Rex and Michele
THIS WINE IS SOLD OUT.
We have 36 bottles of
2011 Metaphora Cabernet Franc available . They produce 90 cases per year. This Cab Franc is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc from the Sierra Foothills (North East of Napa) and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. The Howell Mountain Cab vines are from an elevation of 1800 feet and are old, they were planted in 1966. We have had this bottle open for two days now, and it has become richer, spicier and silkier for the length of that time. There
is black fruit surrounded by viscous raspberry and black cherry components. The structure and acidity of this wine are virtually perfect. That and the length of time it has been open and still gaining complexity leads us to believe that one could cellar this wine for 12 years minimum. Currently the range of spice exhibited by the 2011 Metaphora C.F encompasses chocolate and cigar box, leather, mocha and baking spice. All French Oak was used in this bottling.
The average price of the 2011 Metaphora is $67.00 and no one is below $60.00.
We have 36 bottles at $39.50 and it is easily worth the normal $67.00
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
4 bottles of this wine remain as of 01/07/2017
We have received a one day only deal from the providers of the fabled Sonoma Estate, Fisher Vineyards. The two wines listed below, 2013 Mountain Estate Chardonnay and 2010 Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon are normally very hard to obtain and virtually never discounted.
Both are very low production.We get to taste them once a year, we never miss that tasting, these wines are BLUE CHIP. Both wines offered are at by far the lowest prices we could find in the country, prior to applying any discount. Discounts are applied in any mixture of six.
Shipping includes gift cards and printed reviews at your request. Reviews below.
Wine Tech Sheets below.
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
2013 Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Normal $79, $55 today, 10% off 6 or more ($67.50 was lowest verifiable price on net) only 1200 six pack cases produced, 5 six packs available
"The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is a pretty wine, but it is also much more delicate than it was from barrel, mostly because it was filtered. Dried pear, smoke, spice and white orchard fruit are all laced together in a delicate Chardonnay built on nuance." 91 - 94 points ~Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly crisper acids, a more close-to-the-vest style, with notes of white currants, quince, wet stones and a touch of white peach. The wine is medium-bodied and seems to offer up loads of fruit, but in a zestier, slightly less dramatic style than its 2012 counterpart. It could be only a question of being a year younger." 91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 Fisher Vineyards Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Normal $150, $115.95 today, 10% off 6 or more ($125.00 was lowest verifiable price on net)
only 266 six pack cases produced, 5 six packs available
"Striking in its beauty. A deep, implosive wine, the 2010 wraps around the palate with blue and black fruit, menthol, tobacco, licorice and violets. A surprisingly soft and seamless wine for the year and this Sonoma site, the 2010 is endowed with superb balance, depth and integrity of fruit. This is another beautiful wine loaded with character and personality." 94 Points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Glass-staining ruby. A heady, complex bouquet of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, vanilla and Indian spices, with a sexy floral overtone. Deeply pitched blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors stain the palate, with a smoky mineral note adding lift and back-end cut. Velvety tannins arrive late and add shape to a strikingly long, penetrating finish, which echoes the cherry and spice notes.
94 Points ~ Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
94 Points ~ Vinous Antonio Galloni
Phelp Insignia 2013
Another end of the year blue chip deal. $179 per, best price on internet. Average price $212
First produced from the 1974 vintage, 2013 Insignia marks the 40th vintage of our flagship Napa Valley wine. Deeply pigmented, the 2013 Insignia opens with heady blackberry and plum aromatics laced with baking spices, cardamom and espresso. Focused and fresh, this exceptionally concentrated wine showcases elegant tannin structure and a silky mouthfeel layered with dark fruit, sweet vanilla bean, cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate.
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc
"The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. It's interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50. Rating: 98+ points" The Wine Advocate
"The mighty Insignia shows a vibrancy of purpose and craft in this, its 40th vintage, combining 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Together they find a higher calling of perfumed violet, dark plum and berry along with graphite and an edginess of dried herb. Firm, structured tannins show tremendous potential for aging and decanting. This is a near-perfect effort from a blockbuster vintage. Editors' Choice." Wine Enthusiast - 98 points
"Insignia has been built as a regional blend since its first vintage in 1974, becoming an estate-grown wine in 2004. It's based on cabernet sauvignon grown in six vineyards, from Suscol in the south to sites in Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Rutherford, up to Phelps's Spring Valley Home Ranch in St. Helena. Ashley Hepworth has fine-tuned the style, so Insignia is still a rich wine, but now, especially in 2013, shows the kind of firmness of structure that makes the richness profound. This vintage is fresh and lively, even while it is dense and powerful, as if the power is coming out of the black raspberry fruit as well as the bright, sparkling-fresh mineral tones of the tannins. Delicious now if you give it several hours in a decanter, this is destined to evolve into a classic."Wine & Spirits 95 points
"Extravagant aromas of crushed blackberries, mint, eucalyptus and flint. Full body, round and velvety textured. Rich and flavorful finish. Lusciousness with form. Reserved palate. Very attractive now but better in 2020." James Suckling - 95 points
"Black fruits and violet on the nose, complemented by spicecake and nutty oak. Boasts outstanding purity and density of fruit but the wine's superb sweetness is nicely controlled by its sheer juicy concentration and spice character. Conveys great inner-mouth tension owing to its firm acidity and strong underlying minerality. A terrific early showing considering the recent bottling, with a high-pitched floral element that contributes to the wine's weightless impression. The tannins are beautifully integrated with the fruit but it's hard to imagine that this wine won't shut down at some point. The long, rising finish spreads out horizontally to saturate the palate. Winemaker Ashley Hepworth noted that it was warmer on the home ranch in 2013 than in 2012 but not everywhere elsewhere in Napa Valley." Vinous / Antonio Galloni - 95 points
"Rich and full-bodied, but exhibiting the lift of a brighter red. The dark berry flavors give this an elegant mouthfeel and ease the tannic strength. Tempting now but worth cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2032." Wine Spectator - 93 points
2012 is also available at same price
The proof is always in the glass!