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August 2017

Ep. 027 Jeffrey Stambor, Winemaker Beaulieu Vineyard

In Rutherford, just north of Oakville lies the Georges De Latour vineyards. While Mr. De Latour lacked creative naming for his vineyards, he found some of Napa’s greatest land for growing cabernet sauvignon. From these amazing properties the great André Tchelistcheff created some of the best wine available from Napa Valley. The weight of that history and sense of place is not lost on Jeffrey Stambor who today, as winemaker at BV, fosters that tradition of excellence. Stambor approaches winemaking at BV with the French sensibility of expressing what the land gives him rather than creating character in the winery.

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Jeffrey Stambor, Winemaker, Beaulieu Vineyard

 

BV Clone 4 NV

2012 BV Reserve Clone IV Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

This medium to full bodied wine offers aromas of dark cherry, earth, cocoa, graphite and leather. The lush texture shows flavors of blackberry, plum, cocoa, coffee, leather, balanced acidity and grippy tannin. This wine will age beautifully for the next 10 to 15 years.

 

SRP: $165

 

 

 

BV Clone 6 NV

2012 BV Reserve Clone VI Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

A touch darker and heavier than the Clone IV.  Complex aromas of blackberry, currant, earthiness, and sweet spices. Wonderfully balanced on the palate. Deep fruit flavors intermingle with mouthwatering acidity and luscious tannin. Long, long finish. You’ll love this wine now but will be much happier with it in 10  to 12 years.

 

SRP: $165

 

 

 

BV 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon NVBV 2013 Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine screams NAPA CAB! Very pretty and complex nose, loaded with flowers, cocoa, classic Rutherford dustiness, mint, and black olives. Velvety mouth feel leads to dark and complex fruit flavors with a distinct earthiness. Great acidity and youthful tannins show through the long intriguing finish. This wine is a classic. Wait at least five years before opening, but this wine will age gracefully for decades.

SRP: $145

 

BV 2013 Rarity Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum) NVBV 2013 Rarity

A special project by BV. Only 10 barrels produced available only in magnums. This special bottling was a blend originally intended to go into the Georges de la Tour Private Reserve but winemaker Jeffrey Stambor was so intrigued by this blend he decided to make a special bottling.

An elegant shy nose hints at luxurious dark fruit, pencil lead, vanilla and baking spices. A very rich, bold mouth-feel shows dark fruits and extraction one finds in cult cabs. Let this big boy rest.

SPR: $1250/ 1.5L

 

 

 

Ep. 026 Joe Harden, Winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery

Without the influence of Robert Mondavi Napa Valley would still be a world-class wine region, but it wouldn’t be the same as it is today.  While his eponymous winery sold to a large corporation more than a decade ago, the wine making team there strives to assure that Mr. Mondavi’s influence and philosophy live on today.  Joe Harden is responsible for making the Bordeaux wine varieties for Robert Mondavi Winery. A former pro basketball player, Harden grew up in Lodi, the son of wine grape growers, who sold grapes to Mondavi. Upon leaving the hard court he returned to the world of wine and landed an internship, which turned into a job as winemaker, at Robert Mondavi. Even though he’s a young man, the responsibility of maintaining the tradition of Robert Mondavi does not escape Harden, and he’s making some fabulous wines from Mondavi’s To Kalon and other great vineyards.

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Winemaker Joe Harden
Joe Harden, Winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery

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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc

Aromas of white flowers, green apple and light citrus, with a touch of passion fruit, cream fraiche.  The medium textured wine has a restrained elegant complexity with flavors of lemon, tangerine, with a supportive salinity and a touch of spice on the long finish.

 

SRP: $52

 

 

2014 RMW Maestro 750ml Bottle Shot2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro, Red Blend, Napa Valley

This Bright garnet wine is named as a tribute to Robert Mondavi. It presents  forward aromas of jammy red fruit, spice box, oak and eucalyptus. Although the nose is forward the flavors are elegant showing fresh red berries, plum, and violet, bright orangey acidity, cola notes, silky tannins and a long lingering finish.

 

SRP:  $50

 

RMW_Reserve_CabSauv_750ml_20142014 Robert Mondavi Winery The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon, Oakville, Napa Valley

(Pre-release tasting) From the historic To Kalon Vineyard, this wine has a restrained and elegant nose leading with an earthy aroma combined with cocoa, coffee and a pronounce minerality. In the mouth this super young wine has a grippy, in your face, tannin structure made for aging that’s balance out by bright acidity. Delicious dark fruits hides behind the big structure waiting to time to reveal itself in time. This wine needs five to ten years, but  is sure to become harmonious, balanced, and for those with patience to wait, a true Napa Valley classic from a dream vintage.

SRP: $172.50

Ep. 025 Emilien Boutillat, Winemaker, Armand de Brignac

A lot of marketing efforts are being made to convince consumers that Champagne is not just for special occasions. While that’s true, some bottles are meant for times of celebration and opulence. Just by looking at the unique metalicized bottle of Armand de Brignac one can tell these cuvees are for special times. Produced by the Cattier family, who have been making fine Champagnes for 11 generations, Armand de Brignac produces five multi-vintage cuvees. Hip hop star and mogul Jay-Z loved the wine so much he bought the brand in 2014. Winemaker at Armand de Brignac, Emilien Boutillat is a native of Champagne who is committed to creating wines that express the best of Champagne.  While talking with Boutillat and tasting his wines, one can tell his efforts are succeeding.

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Emilien Boutillat, Winemaker, Armand de Brignac (photo courtesy of Armand de Brignac)

 

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Armand de Brignac, Brut Gold MV

A  blend of 40% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir and 20% pinot meunier, from the 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Classic Champagne nose of citrus, green apple, toasted brioche and sweet spices. Silky elegant texture. Bight linear acidity brings on flavors of stone fruit, hints of red berries, white flowers and hints of vanilla.

SRP:  $300

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Armand de Brignac, Rosé

A blend of 50% pinot noir, 40% pinot meunier and 10% chardonnay,  from the 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Very pretty salmon color. Delicate dark fruit nose with hints of strawberry jam. Fresh cherries lead the flavor but balanced by floral and even nutty notes with great acid and a long finish.

SRP: $450

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Armand de Brignac, Blanc de Noirs, Assemblage Two

100% pinot noir from the 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages. Less than 3000 bottles produces, each individually numbered.

Very bright silvery color. Aromas of stone fruit, apple, citrus and mint dominate this complex bouquet. Flavors of silky peach, and fresh apricot lead to a flinty minerality and mouthwatering acidity. Long complex finish begs you to drink more. Will cellar beautifully for years to come.

 

SRP: $850

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