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."
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. "
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.
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.
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
James Suckling 90pts "A soft and fruity red with subtle tannins, light chocolate and currant character. Medium finish. Succulent and delicious. Drink now. " An abbreviation of the Latin word for promise – "promissio" – Promis is a light garnet wine with a bright, fruity aroma and deep jammy flavors. The texture is supple and elegant, with a balanced body and lingering finish. The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery's current owner.
The proprietary name Promis (pronounced proh-MEESS) was created by the Gaja family to denote commitment, expectation, fulfillment, and hope. The promise of quality and the reward of diligence and excellence. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) which consist primarily of loam and clay. The climate – hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights – is ideal for the grapes grown here.
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Grapes: 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese
Soil: Loam- and clay-rich terre brune, brown soils.v T
asting notes: A delightful wine that combines elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced and approachable in its youth with considerable aging potential (5-8 years).
Wine Spectator 90 Points This plush red delivers ripe, generous flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, lilac and vanilla, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Harmonious and lively.
Sourced from estate vines primarily 15- to 25-years-old, Vall Llach’s Embruix (pronounced “Embroosh”), means “bewitching” in Catalan and the name, along with the symbol of a full moon on the wine’s label, is testament to the winery’s interest in biodynamic winemaking. Immediately agreeable, but with a powerful repertoire of rich aromas, flavors and textures, this is a wine that satisfies both the connoisseur and casual consumer alike. With notes of sweet almond, blackberry jam, fennel seed and toasted oak found both in the nose and on the palate, this wine is meant to consume now or can age for up to 15-20 years. 35% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage Considered a dry vintage, due to the successive heat waves that hit the province of Tarragona from the month of May to the end of August, 2012 is said to be characterized by an uneven grape maturation in all regions of Priorat except for the very coolest. As the village where Celler Vall Llach is located lies closest to the Mediterranean sea, it is known to have cooler temperatures than other parts of Priorat. The growing season in Porrera typically lasts much longer and the grapes grown in the rocky hills surrounding the village are harvested later – a winning combination for achieving a perfect phenolic maturation. In the winemaker’s words, “over the spring and summer months, the scarce rainfall meant that our grapes were very healthy and we had no problems with botrytis. We did not observe any water stress in our vines throughout the summer months and our grapes ripened healthily all the way to harvest.”
VINEYARDS Situated in one of the D.O.Q. Priorat’s oldest towns, Porrera, the relatively “young” vines that make up this wine are located on steep slopes comprised entirely of slate, known locally as llicorella. Due to the steep slopes’ inability to retain water and the dry, fiery climate, even the clusters that come from Vall Llach’s youngest vineyards are small and dense, providing the Embruix with its characteristic “bewitching” quality.
WINEMAKERS NOTES Sourced from estate vines primarily 15- to 25-years-old, Vall Llach’s Embruix (pronounced “Embroosh”), means “bewitching” in Catalan and the name, along with the symbol of a full moon on the wine’s label, is testament to the winery’s interest in biodynamic winemaking. Immediately agreeable, but with a powerful repertoire of rich aromas, flavors and textures, this is a wine that satisfies both the connoisseur and casual consumer alike. With notes of sweet almond, blackberry jam, fennel seed and toasted oak found both in the nose and on the palate, this wine is meant to consume now or can age for up to 15-20 years. The estate suggests serving this wine between 58-60ºF. Only 1,124 9L cases were produced.
VARIETY BLEND 35% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Mastroberardino family has rescued and relaunched the ancient Greco di Tufo vine, which was near extinction. Novaserra, made from rigorously selected grapes, has great organoleptic complexity. The label features details from a painting by De Rosa, which can be found on the ceiling of the winery’s cellar.
Tasting Notes: Deep straw yellow color. Prominent hints of apricot, pear, apple, peach, citrus, green almond, with hints of sage and mineral notes. Good acidity on the palate, mineral, flavours of ripe fruits. Great structure and a distinctive sapidity. A good pairing with vegetable soups, white meats, shellfish and elaborated seafood.
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.
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 2014 vintage offers a complex, layered expression of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with inviting aromas of warm cherry cobbler, butter crust, cinnamon, clove and Mexican chocolate, as well as hints of menthol and fresh leather. On the plate, this wine is smooth and elegant, with creamy tannins supporting abundant layers of sweet, pure fruit. Bright acidity provides an energetic note that supports the rich flavors while adding length and focus to the finish.
90 points | Wine Spectator “Intense and flavorful, with earth-scented anise and red berry themes built on fine-grained tannins that impart structure, focus, and persistence.” - James Laube
90 Points | Wine Spectator “10 Charming California Pinot Noirs: New reviews of 2014 reds from the Sonoma Coast”
“Time to catch a ride along the coast on the Pinot express... Patz & Hall (2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir) is a regional blend from a handful of sites, including Dutton Ranch and Chenoweth Vineyard (some of which are bottled on their own). It will be fascinating to see how this winery evolves now that it’s part of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates." - Augustus Weed
92 Points | Wine Enthusiast “This wine astounds in big, juicy waves of jammy cherry, strawberry and forest floor, its fruit sourced from Gap’s Crown, Dutton Ranch, Goldrock Ridge and Jenkins vineyards, among other sites. Textured and layered, with powerful force, it shows richness and concentration but also fresh acidity.” - Virginie Boone
Winemakers Notes - "Loads of ripe cherry, red berry, butterscotch, and toffee in the nose with smoky wood right behind the fruit. Juicy raspberry and strawberry on the palate. A soft and supple mouthfeel gives way to spice, chocolate, and caramel in the finish. Also shows the underlying herbal note so characteristic of Alexander Valley reds."
Crazy Creek Alexander Valley - Nick Goldschmidt has three daughters and three single vineyard wines named for them. The Katherine Cabernet out of Alexander Valley is fruit forward while offering smooth, soft tannins.
#36 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015
An intense and complex nose of ripe fruits, lime, fennel and mint. The apple, melon and peach fruit flavors carry on giving power to the wine which is deftly balance by brisk herbal notes and hints of mineral from the slate soils. A wine that really evolves in the glass and lingers with you, very adaptable for a wide array of dishes.
100% Godello From selected grapes from the oldest plots of Godeval - an average age of 50 years old at an altitude of 500 meters. Grapes are harvested by hand with fermentation using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. No malolactic fermentation. Aging in stainless steel for 6 months.
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!
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
New. Interesting. Diverse.
The big world of wine can be intimidating. So many different regions, varietals, and pairings. How can you be sure you're going to buy a wine you love?
Well, we can't say you are going to love every wine featured in
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We will help sort through the hundreds of labels that are out there. Some wines may have received 90+ point scores, some not, some may not even submit their wines for scoring. Guess what. It doesn't matter. All that matters is that you are exploring the world of wine and figuring out what wine you Love! The Weekly Gem will showcase small producers, interesting varietals, great values and new arrivals for everyday drinking or special occasions. Cin Cin!