14 Oct Best of California Class Nov. 5th
Saturday, November 5
In our Event Space
Call 314.863.6282 or email us for reservations
This is it…your chance to sample some of California’s greatest wines all in one sitting. These are the pinnacle of quality for California, including some gems from the exceptional 2012 and 2013 vintages. We’ll guide you through a tasting of these top-tier wines, paired with snacks from our cheese department, at this very exclusive event. Only twelve seats available! Call us for reservations.
2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard, Napa Valley
(includes 10% merlot and 1% cabernet franc; 100% new French oak): Black raspberry, tobacco, espresso, crushed rock and smoky oak aromas and flavors convey a powerful sense of place. Hugely rich and silky, offering a rare combination of inner-mouth perfume and sheer depth of fruit. This is even sweeter than the Roberta’s today! Noble, seamless tannins hit the palate late, allowing the wine to open up spectacularly on the finish. A strong candidate for the cabernet of the vintage. Remarkably opulent for a wine with just 13.5% alcohol.
96 Points, Stephen Tanzer
2012 Bond Quella, Napa Valley
The 2012 Quella (from a steep 9-acre vineyard in the eastern Vaca hillsides) has an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of white flowers, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, and a touch of vanilla and graphite. Full-bodied, like its siblings, with great fruit extract, terrific purity and richness, and high but velvety tannins, this wine should also benefit from another 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for 30+ years.
98 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Continuum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Impressive purity of fruit and definition with black currant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Muscular, well-formed tannins. Electric style. Best ever from here. Drink in 2020.
99 Points, James Suckling
2012 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The 2012 Harlan Estate is reminiscent of their 2002. Probably a candidate for perfection with another 4-5 years of bottle age, the wine is inky plum/purple to the rim and offers a gorgeous nose of scorched earth, blackberry and cassis, forest floor, and a floral, lavender-like component followed by deep, opulent, majestic flavors that caress the palate with high but sweet tannin. This is relatively evolved, and supple and voluptuous for a young Harlan estate – hence the comparison with their compelling 2002. This wine can be drunk in several years and is likely another candidate for 30-50 years of cellaring.
99+ Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Fabulous floral aromas of currants, flowers, stones and rosemary stem. Purity. Full body with a fabulous backbone of chewy tannins with a gorgeous austerity. Elegance with power. This needs at least three or four more years.
97 Points, James Suckling
2013 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The purity of fruit here is terrific with licorice, black currant and oyster shell. Blackberry too. Full body. The finish is overwhelming with such great intensity and grip. High-tensioned austerity. Energetic and intense. Tannins are austere. Drink in 2021.
96 Points, James Suckling