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The Collector Wine Club - August 2017

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Alpha Omega Napa Cabernet 2013

Vinous Media Review
Rated 92
Alpha Omega's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is simply fabulous. Ripe, opulent and totally seductive, the 2013 hits the palate with a rush of aromas and flavors and never lets up. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, spice and mint abound in a fleshy, succulent Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with tons of near term appeal. (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 91
The series of outstanding Cabernets from Alpha Omega starts with their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which offers plenty of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some creosote and charcoal, and a touch of background, toasty oak in a full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and pure style. It should drink nicely for 12-15 years.

Wine Tasting Notes
This wine is a mahogany with touches of ruby and sangria in color and contains aromas of hints of cherry, earl grey, lavender and dry herbs lingering on black currant, white pepper and saffron. On the palate, this wine has a big round entrance evolving on dark fruit jam, currant and blackberry lingering on acidity and cherry. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

Alcohol 14.6%

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT 2013

James Suckling Review
Rated 97
A wine with terrific texture and balance. Very polished tannins that are etheral and harmonious. Full-bodied, yet fresh, this is about combining elegance with power. It's so Latour in style. Excellent depth.

Wine Tasting Notes
An internationally-styled, super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the wine is ruby red with violet reflections and spicy aromas of blackberry. On the palate, ripe berries lead to spices and sweet oak on a full body with firm tannic structure.

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Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas 2012

Wine Spectator Review
Rated 92
This historic producer's flagship blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul offers scents of wild honey and lemon custard. The flavors walk proudly between those elements and a citrus peel bitterness, woven amidst the freshness of seltzer and morning dew.

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 91
Incorporating more Roussanne in 2012, the 2012 Esprit Blanc de Tablas checks in as 75% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc, all of which was brought up in larger foudre. Light gold in color, it has a classic Roussanne pear, lemon curd, honeysuckle and white flower-like qualities to go with a medium-bodied, seamless profile on the palate. Starting out lively and fresh, it gains in stature and depth with time in the glass, so a decant is recommended if drinking soon. I'd drink bottles over the coming 2-3 years, but it will have at least a decade of evolution.

Wine Tasting Notes
The Esprit de Tablas Blanc is a classic Esprit Blanc, with aromatics dominated by non-fruit descriptors: mineral, sea spray, grilled bread and a hint of non-toasted oak. The mouth is dramatically rich and broad, with the vintage's acidity showing in the front palate, rich Roussanne in the mid-palate, and a hint of tannin from the Grenache Blanc on the long, nutty finish. A fascinating combination of rich and very dry. Still a baby, this is a serious white to age for up to 15 years or more.

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This club is for the serious wine drinker. The collector of all collectors. The person at the table that everyone looks to when the Sommelier asks “Have you made a wine selection?” You know what you like and you like the finer things in life, and we like that about you. Your monthly hand selected bottles are purchased directly through the winery or their authorized representative. They are stored in our temperature and humidity controlled warehouse to maintain their pristine condition, only the best for the best. The only thing you have to worry about is making room in your cellar for some new favorites.


Join The Collector Wine Club

The Collector 2 Reds Monthly: 1 each of the above reds.

The Collector 2 Reds and 1 White Monthly: 1 each of the above reds and 1 white

The Collector 4 Reds Monthly: 2 each of the above reds.

The Collector 4 Reds and 2 White Monthly: 2 each of the above reds & white

The Explorer Wine Club - August 2017

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Taken Wine Co. Taken Napa Red Wine 2014



James Suckling Review
Rated 93
A full-bodied red with polished and chewy tannins and chocolate and currant character. Shows focus and tension. On it. 60% cabernet, 40% merlot. Better in 2020.

Wine Tasting Notes
Dark garnet red with purple hue. Intense aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries, crushed graphite and earthy notes, underlying deep tones of dark chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla and toasty French oak. This is a smooth and opulent Napa Valley wine that bursts from the glass with blackberries, chocolate, plum, cassis and savory flavors as well. The wine is dense and structured and the finish lingers with notes of espresso and toasty oak. The softness of the Merlot adds a complexity and roundness to the mid-palate making for a great balance. The wine spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. This classic Cabernet blend is ready to drink right now and should continue to evolve for 8 - 10 years.

60% Cabernet, 40% Merlot

Alcohol: 14.5%


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Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet 2013

VinoUS Media Review
Rated 91
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley), all Knights Valley fruit in this vintage, is superb. Raspberry jam, spice, scorched earth, rose petal, cloves and new leather are some of the signatures. Knights Valley is often noted for Graves-like sense of gravel-infused minerality, naturally allied to a California expression of fruit. That is exactly what readers will find in the 2013. (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Tasting Notes
The Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold with black forest fruit and spiced plum, offering undertones of roasted coffee and crushed rock. Caramel and anise come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent finish.

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Malbec

Alcohol 14.5%


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Super Substance Sunset Vineyard Washington Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 91
A total stunner, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is made in a more dense, almost Loire-like style and was fermented and aged in a combination of concrete tank and barrel. Exotic lime, melon, dried herbs and wet stone qualities all emerge from this medium-bodied white that has racy acidity as well as ample texture and depth. Beautifully done, and also unique in that you don't see many Sauvignon Blancs from Washington made in this style, drink it over the coming year or so.

Wine Tasting Notes
What's so super about this wine? One sniff and you'll know. Sauvignon Blanc in the "Loire style." For example, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Is there terroir? No question about it. Caliche, limestone, basalt, pure transparency and focus. For the flavors you figure it out. All I know is that you want this wine. Because I love it!

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol 12.5

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This club is for The Romantics. The Dreamers. The Curious. The Explorers. As a NapaCabs Wine Explorer, you will have the opportunity to discover new wines from many of the best wine growing regions of the world. Imagine tasting a new varietal or producer for the first time, putting your nose to the rim of the glass, smelling ripe fruit, the wet soil from which the vines grew, the terroir of the region. For a moment you are momentarily transported to a different place, to the vineyard, to the cellar, to that country. Now, swirl and take the first sip. Tasting the plush juicy fruit, the warm baking spices of vanilla and cinnamon. The soft tannins coat your mouth. The bright acidity brings the wine to life. And you think to yourself…Wow. This is how we want your experience to be with every shipment of The Explorer Wine Club. Subscriptions now available at Napacabs.com.

Join The Explorer Wine Club

The Explorer 2 Reds Monthly: 1 each of the above reds.

The Explorer 2 Reds and 1 White Monthly: 1 each of the above reds and 1 white

The Explorer 4 Reds Monthly: 2 each of the above reds.

The Explorer 4 Reds and 2 White Monthly: 2 each of the above reds & white


The Entertainer Wine Club - August 2017

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Carchelo Jumilla C Selecto Red Blend 2012 (Spain)

Wine Spectator Review Rated 93 Highly Recommended

Solid tannins give a firm foundation to this focused red, supporting harmonious flavors of plum, licorice, graphite and tar. Juicy acidity keeps this lively. The finish offers an alluring mix of spice and floral notes. Graceful and expressive. Drink now through 2022.

Wine Tasting Notes Elaborated separately then blended and aged four months in French oak, these four varieties come together to shape a well structured, concentrated, and intensely aromatic blend. Very vivid red garnet with significant violet notes and intense robe.The intensity and complexity of this wine is striking, with fruity note blends of hints of berries, floral notes and a distinct spicy character, including cedar, toast, clove and vanilla. The smoothness and freshness, as the seamless integration of acidity on the palate reveals its structure and an excellent aftertaste. Pleased to be finally consumed, taking advantage of the passage of approximately five years in the bottle.

40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol 14.5%

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Treana Paso Robles Cabernet 2014

Wine Enthusiast Review
Rated 94
EDITORS CHOICE

For lovers of the rich and ripe Paso Robles style, this is a high-value wine. Aromas of candied black cherry and vanilla pudding meet with roasted game and crushed gravel on the nose. Vanilla holds strong into the palate, where it blends with blueberry syrup and blackened caramel. Well-measured acidity and chalky tannins complete the experience.

Wine Tasting Notes
Ruby black core with a ruby rim. Deep black fruits like boysenberry and blackberry, along with red fruit notes of pomegranate and red currant complemented with mulling spices, star anise, clove and sweet vanilla. Intense, ripe fruit notes of black currant, blackberry, red cherry along with notes of tobacco leaf, roasted coffee, cocoa powder and a long oak-driven finish. Tannins are velvety and plush while the acidity makes the fruit vibrant, but well integrated

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah

Alcohol 14.5%

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Fess Parker Marcella's Santa Barbara White Wine 2015

VinoUS Media Review
Rated 90
The 2015 Marcella's, Fess Parker's white Rhône blend, is gorgeous. Soft, open-knit and expressive, the 2015 offers striking depth, nuance and freshness. Apricot, mint, chamomile and lightly floral notes are laced into the finish. This is another delicious, flavorful yet mid-weight white from Fess Parker. The Marcella's is done in a combination of roughly equal parts steel and oak. (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Tasting Notes
A white Rhone blend that's quintessential Santa Barbara with bright, fresh acidity backing generous peach and apricot fruit flavors and enticing spice and mineral notes for complexity. Lots of exotic citrus, lime, green herbs and bay leaf notes to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, quaffable and delicious feel on the palate. It's a good summer drinker to enjoy over the coming year or two.

53% Grenache Blanc, 34% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne
Alcohol 14.1%

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This club was created for the everyday entertainer, whether that means you’re entertaining a party of one (the typical weeknight for us) or a party of twenty, this is the club for you. Each month you will receive hand selected wines with outstanding value. Selections may include bold California cabernets to food friendly Italian varietals. We can’t forget about all the great value wine coming from Spain, Argentina, Chile and other great wine growing regions…which, lucky for you, will also be part of “The Entertainer” selections!


Join The Entertainer Wine Club

The Entertainer 2 Reds Monthly: 1 each of the above reds.

The Entertainer 2 Reds and 1 White Monthly: 1 each of the above reds and 1 white

The Entertainer 4 Reds Monthly: 2 each of the above reds.

The Entertainer 4 Reds and 2 White Monthly: 2 each of the above reds & white

The Collector Wine Club - July 2017

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La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This captivating wine is deep and rich, yielding aromas of anise, blackberry, and a touch of sage. It is uncommonly smooth and well balanced, with richly textured tannins and flavors of blueberry and mocha toast. La Jota’s signature line of bright minerality runs the length of this long, satisfying wine. The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon come from La Jota’s Howell Mountain vineyard and the historic W.S. Keyes Vineyard nearby. The volcanic soils of this unique area, high on a mountain plateau, surrounded by whispering forest and bathed in a steady, gentle wind, have been the source of award-winning wines for over a century. This is the birthplace of La Jota terroir.

98 Points Decanter - "A profoundly aromatic nose of mocha and beautiful blackberry fruit. These characters are also shown on the palate, backed up by forward tannins and bright acidity. Everything about it is generous."

95 Points Wine Enthusiast - "This full-bodied, concentrated wine shows plenty of power in its bringing together of the variety with smaller percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. With a huge presence on the palate that lingers and stays in one's brain, it shows a reductive quality of toasted oak along with black pepper, bark and leather saddle,. It's a wine to enjoy from a giant leather chaise, if possible. Cellar until 2023."

93 Points The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain is the largest cuvee (2,675 cases) and a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It’s a beauty. Opaque purple, with notes of licorice, charcoal, lead-pencil shavings, blackcurrants and spice, the wine is full-bodied, opulent, lavishly rich and pure, with sweet tannin and a long finish. This wine is approachable now, but promises to age beautifully for 20-25 years. "

92 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is another deep, intense wine from La Jota. Inky blue/black fruit, smoke, licorice and menthol are all pushed forward in a plush, relatively open-knit Howell Mountain Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring, in part because a good dose of Merlot softens the wine."

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La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2013

The grapes for this unique Cabernet Franc come entirely from a small, hardy vineyard, planted in 1976, located very near our nineteenth century stone winery building. Grafted onto resistant St. George rootstock, this vineyard is one of few that have so far managed to escape the ravages of the root louse phylloxera, and is consequently among the oldest Cabernet Franc vineyards in Napa Valley. These aging vines grow just enough leaves to maintain a perfect grape-to-canopy ratio, and the resulting wine is history in a glass: concentrated in flavor and beautifully balanced. Aromatics of ripe strawberry and rose petal carry from nose to palate, with notes of blueberry, green tea, white pepper, and vanilla. La Jota’s distinctive minerality carries the flavors into a long, ethereal finish.

93 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2013 Cabernet Franc is a real standout. Bold and beautifully perfumed throughout, the 2013 is laced with bold red-hued fruit, mint, rose petal and pine, all of which blossom effortlessly in the glass. Hints of pomegranate, sweet spices and blood orange add further nuance. This expression of Franc seen through the lens of Howell Mountain is absolutely delicious."

90 Points The Wine Advocate - "Cabernet Franc has done well on Howell Mountain, and the 2013 Cabernet Franc (485 cases) is a beauty. It is 100% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new French oak. Gorgeous floral notes intermixed with brambleberry and blueberry, with a hint of dark raspberry and chocolate are all present in this relatively full-bodied, fleshy Cabernet Franc. Its softness and up-front complexity already suggest drinking now and over the next decade or more. "

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Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015

Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay is a wine of distinction, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon peel and orange blossom framed by an herbal note of spearmint and hints of wet stone and shortbread. The elegant, balanced palate is driven by citrus and stone fruit that carry over onto a long finish marked with the distinctive acidity of the Sonoma Coast.

Antonio Galloni 91 Points "The 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is an attractive, open-knit Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lemon confit, hazelnut and dried flowers grace this very pretty, if somewhat hushed, Chardonnay. Veins of underlying salinity add brightness and freshness throughout."

Winemaking notes: Using organic and sustainable farming practices, we carefully nurture Chardonnay in our estate vineyards located on the “extreme” Sonoma Coast. The grapes benefit directly from the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean which provides cool daytime breezes during bright sunny days to ensure proper ripening and chilly evening fogs to guarantee lively acidity for freshness in the finished wines.

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This club is for the serious wine drinker. The collector of all collectors. The person at the table that everyone looks to when the Sommelier asks “Have you made a wine selection?” You know what you like and you like the finer things in life, and we like that about you. Your monthly hand selected bottles are purchased directly through the winery or their authorized representative. They are stored in our temperature and humidity controlled warehouse to maintain their pristine condition, only the best for the best. The only thing you have to worry about is making room in your cellar for some new favorites.


Join The Collector Wine Club

The Collector 2 Reds Monthly: 1 each of the above reds.

The Collector 2 Reds and 1 White Monthly: 1 each of the above reds and 1 white

The Collector 4 Reds Monthly: 2 each of the above reds.

The Collector 4 Reds and 2 White Monthly: 2 each of the above reds & white