Champagne & Napa Cab. Tasting Sat. 7/7

05 Jul Champagne & Napa Cab. Tasting Sat. 7/7

Saturday, July 7
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

We’re going to pop bottles of Terry Thiese Farmer Fizz this Saturday. DO NOT MISS OUT! To round out the bubbles we’ve also selected some stunners from Robert Craig winery up on Howell Mountain. We’re excited and you should be too! Yum!

Multi-Vintage Pierre Peters “Cuvée de Reserve” Blanc de Blancs Brut, Le Mesnil sur Oger
On Sale $63.99
Cotes de Blancs 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, In principle, the wine is a constantly refreshed ‘solera’; half is the new vintage, ’13, & the other half is the previous blend. Located in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Péters also sources from the Grand Cru villages of Oger, Avize & Cramant. The juice goes through full malolatic & sees no oak. “brilliant color, very clear, precise & complex on the nose, displaying fresh lemon fruit aromas. Intense & complex, as well as super fresh & clear on the palate, this elegant wine offers a stunning fruit intensity and a firm and mineral structure.”
93 points The Wine Spectator

Multi-Vintage Moussé Fils l’Or d’Eugene “Blanc de Noirs,” Valle de la Marne
On Sale $48.99
80% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir from Cuicles. The Moussé family have been Champagne growers since 1750, with young Cedric Moussé representing their 12th generation. They are practicing organic, with a state-of-the-art solar powered winery. The name L’Or d’Eugene is a tribute to Cedric’s great grandfather, Eugene Moussé, who first started making this wine 90 years ago. L’or refers to the green clay in the soils of their vineyards, which they consider “gold.” Pinot Meunier is king at Moussé, they make the only Special Club that is 100% Pinot Meunier.
91 points The Wine Spectator

Multi-Vintage Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier 1er Cru Brut, Montagne de Reims
On Sale $78.99
70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Vilmart & Cie is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest champagne producers of any type in the regions.” P. Liem Established in 1890, Vilmart & Cie has always been a récoltant manipulant (RM) making Champagne only from their estate vineyards since its inception. Laurent Champs, the 5th generation of the family, has been at the helm since 1989. The vineyards in Rillly-la-Montagne are all farmed sustainably & certified organic. Vilmart’s NV Brut Grand Cellier is pure class. A slight hint of oak frames the stone fruit, brioche, spice, smoke & floral notes. Creamy, open-knit & inviting, the Grand Cellier is super-expressive today.
93 points The Wine Spectator

Multi-Vintage Gaston Chiquet Rose Brut, Valle de la Marne
On Sale $52.99
52% Pinot Meunier, 24% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir (some of which is still red). From Grand Cru vineyards in Aÿ, & Premier Cru vineyards from Dizy, & Hautvillers. The vines at Gaston Chiquet average 25 years old. Nicolas Chiquet represents the 8th generation of his family to grow and bottle wine under the family. Precise aromas of redcurrant and blood orange, with a sexy floral nuance adding complexity. Spicy red berry & citrus fruit flavors are given spine & focus by juicy acidity.
91 points The Wine Spectator

2014 Robert Craig Chardonnay “Gap’s Crown,” Sonoma Coast AVA
On Sale $46.99
Racy, mineral laden, structured, precise. The “Gap’s Crown” is a hillside vineyard, located in the Petaluma Gap, on the western side of Sonoma Mountain. Notable for its stony soils, low yields, & cool growing temperatures, this vineyard produces fruit with high natural acidity & stunning vibrancy. Only 526 cases produced.
Merch Notes

2014 Robert Craig Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ” Affinity,” Napa Valley AVA
On Sale $62.99
Delicious black raspberry & blackcurrant fruit, some spice box, licorice & incense are all present in this supple textured, medium to full-bodied, opulent wine, which is sexy, lush and ideal for drinking over the next decade or more. The color is a healthy, dense purple & the wine full-bodied & textured, with a beautiful finish & real harmony.
92 points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2014 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder AVA
On Sale $79.99
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder comes from a vineyard once owned by the late Robin Williams called the Pym Rae (now owned by the Tesseron family from Bordeaux) that sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Blueberry, blackberry & cassis are all present in this full-bodied wine that displays the high-elevation bluer fruits that Mt. Veeder can provide. There is a floweriness & full-bodied richness, big extract, but great balance. There is no rusticity. This beauty should drink well for at least 25-30 years.
95 points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate