We had a great time at the Classic Cafe tasting Monday night. We have tasted and loved each wine 3 times now, so thought you guys might be interested. There is a link that will discuss the wines in more details.
Please scroll down for a couple of wine deals. A highly rated Tempranillo and a great deal on an Oregon Pinot.
And if you are in the Dallas Metroplex, see the wine tasting offer at the bottom.
Have a great weekend! Rex & Michele
2014 Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Oregon
- 56 bottles available, $34 per 10% off 6
- 92 points Wine Spectator " broad, generous and deftly balanced"
We purchased an end of month deep deal on the Erath Estate Pinot. We opened it last night with friends in the wine business. We were all very impressed , particularly considering the price.the Erath displays rich, mocha laced tannins. The flavor profile is cherry, raspberry and very fresh. The finish is long with a smoky roasted hazel nut aspect. The Erath is a normal $40 or more in this market. read more
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.
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
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!
Patz & Hall's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs consistently earn 90+ ratings from leading wine publications, particularly Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast andWine Advocate, which endorsed Sonoma as a "viticultural Shangri-La for Pinot Noir (and) Chardonnay."
Patz & Hall has been one of the most prominent names in the cult and collectable arena of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today, we would like to offer two Patz & Hall wines. Both are very hard to obtain and both are offered at some of the best prices nationally. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay listed below, is discounted to the lowest price nationally at $29.50 when purchasing a case. The Jenkins Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir is not only legendary in and of itself, the Jenkins Ranch vineyard has been producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs since the late 1960s. These wines have not been offered in the state of Texas until today.
All the best, Rex & Michele
Patz & Hall formed their partnership in 1988, produced their first Chardonnay in 1994 (Carr Vineyard Mt. Veeder Chardonnay), and their first Pinot Noir in 1996 from Hyde Vineyard. The wines are a joint effort between winemakers James Hall and Anne Moses and the sales and marketing team of Donald and Heather Patz. Between them, they have made wine at Flora Springs, Honig Cellars, Far Niente and Cain Vineyard.
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a benchmark for that appellation and their other single-vineyard Pinot Noirs (they work with about 15 vineyards) are consistently in the top echelon of California. They source grapes from regions ranging from the Santa Lucia Highlands to Mendocino County. There are two vineyards they source Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from: Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino and the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros. Production is approximately 10,000 cases of Pinot Noir per year and 15,000 cases per year of Chardonnay. Although known for distinctive single vineyard bottlings, the lesser priced Sonoma Coast appellation Pinot Noir is a consistent performer year after year.
The winery was bought by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in mid-April 2016. The sale included the inventory of wines and interests in the winemaking facility and visitor's center in Sonoma. The wines will still be made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. All four of the founding partners including winemaker James Hall will remain with the winery to ensure continuity.
The wines are sold on the website and some releases enter the retail marketplace. A visitor's center is located in Sonoma just north of the Eighth Street wineries, within biking distance of Sonoma Square. Several tasting options are available for drop-ins and seated appointments. from pinotfile
Jenkins Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013
$55.00 per, 5% off 6, 10% 0ff 12, can mix
94 Points Wine Enthusiast | December 2015
"This wine comes from a vineyard planted in the early 2000s in the Sebastopol Hills by Charlie Chenoweth for the Jenkins family, a country music trio consisting of Nancy Jenkins and her two daughters. It is inviting and seductive in black cherry and baking spices. Tightly wound, it has nuance and a lingering afterthought of savory pepper and meat." - Virginie Boone
93 Points Wine Advocate | December 2014
"From Dijon clones 667 and 777, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch spent time in 60% new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by beautiful aromas of wild mountain blue and black fruits, sweet raspberries, forest floor and spring flowers. As this meaty, rich, complex Pinot sits in the glass, notes of slow-cooked pot roast and bouquet garni also emerge. Already delicious, this beauty should continue to age nicely for 7-10 years." - Robert Parker
91 Points Wine Spectator | September 2015
"Dense and layered, with complex dark berry, fresh earth, cedar, sage and licorice notes. Gains depth and muscle, making a strong showing on the finish, where the flavors are intense and persistent. Drink now through 2021." - James Laube
91 Points Vinous | May 2016
"Full medium red. Aromas of dark plum and licorice complemented by torrefaction notes of roast coffee and smoked meat. Sweet, plush and easygoing, showing good flesh to its red fruit and spice flavors. Less penetrating and delineated--as well as less tannic--than the other 2013 pinots here, this wine is accessible already. 2015 - 2020" - Stephen Tanzer
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013
$32.75 per , 5% off 6, 10% 0ff 12, can mix
$29.50 lowest price on web with case pricing
93 PointsWine Enthusiast
"A well-crafted blending from several marquee vineyards within the producer's portfolio, this is a subtle, flirty and floral white, vibrant and dusted in minerality. An intense back beat of oak and power balances on the finish, in between a flurry of complex, compelling pear, apple and salty hazelnut." - Virginie Boone
The proof is always in the glass!