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A bright and juicy vintage from this small backyard vineyard in Coombsville, this vintage of Mink Vineyard Pinot Noir abounds in fruit notes we love from this vineyard. Darker fruits blend with notes of cocoa to balance the bright juiciness of blueberry and plum. Fine, chalky tannins and minerality balance the hedonism of the Mink fruit and beckon you in for another mouthwatering sip. Age in the bottle will reveal the underlying depth of this wine as it evolves and broadens on the palate.
The 2018 vintage possesses a beautiful balance of ripeness and elegance. Aromas of dried roses, geranium and potpourri rise above boysenberry, cherry, and plum fruit notes. In its youth, it is laser focused and firmly structured. In the glass it gradually unfolds displaying its richness and concentration - and hinting of the rewards of patience with this wine. Look for greater depth to develop over the next 3 - 10 years.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary bottling displays a deep garnet-purple color and bold scents of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves and black cherry compote with fragrant wafts of underbrush, lavender, chocolate box and wild sage. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with bright, energetic black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with loads of floral and mineral sparks.
The 2018 marks the tenth vintage of Buoncristiani Chardonnay, a wine that focuses primarily on fruit, minerality and balanced acidity, with secondary flavors of integrated new French oak richness framed by a full mid palate and a lingering finish.
The 2018 Sun Chase Pinot Noir is a massive, complex, nuanced wine of black cherry, orange peel, pine needle, black plum, slate, black tea. The incredibly silky entry opens to a seamless palate with tremendous length, with flavors of plum, clove, forest floor, morello cherry, tangerine oil, and rose oil, which persist for over a minute following the finish.
The 2018 Brothers Blend is an apt entrée into the Ellman line-up of wines. Approachable, and then some, it offers a deep, opaque violet cast, billowing with intense aromas of crème de cassis, blackberries, espresso and cigar box. On the palate, complexity abounds with lush red and black fruits, from cranberry and raspberry to black cherries and plums, giving way to notes of cacao, as well as hints of herbal and floral notes such as rosemary and violet. Incredibly soft and polished, it packs excellent density without a rough edge in sight. With mouth-coating tannins giving way to a fresh finish, it pairs instantly with your favorites on the grill from a nice boerewors or Presa Iberico, to the garden’s bounty, like summer squash and zucchini.
This 2018 Bacigalupi Chardonnay has a nose of citrus and peach blossoms. The palate opens with fresh White peach and Meyer lemon with brioche toast on the finish. We aged the wine in Boutes cooperage for 11 months with 40% new barrels. Bacigalupi probably has the most classic Russian River profile of all Flanagan's Chardonnays. They believe in letting each site express itself. That means that each of their wines has a barrel program and wine chemistry unique to that vineyard site in a given vintage. This is terrific wine from one of Sonoma County’s top Chardonnay sites and will age gracefully for many years.
The nose shows notes of Rangpur lime, jasmine, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate the wine has Bosc pear and toasted almond. The wine has bright acidity and an elegant minerality is wonderfully textured and very food friendly!
The 2018 Flanagan Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers an expressive nose of Rose Petals and Orange Blossom. On the palate the wine has very fine tannins, great acidity, and displays flavors of red plum skin and Rainier Cherry. The key to producing top flight Pinot Noir is sourcing from great vineyards. The sites that were the source for this wine have the right climate and soils to produce world class Pinot Noir. The winemaking is focused on balance and allowing the sites and the vintage to express themselves. The result is a wine that is delightful to drink on its own but also excellent with a meal.
The 2018 Herson Family Vineyards Access Merlot is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga. It’s aged 18 months in French Oak barrels, 30% new oak. It has a dense purple color and reveals notes of cocoa, chocolate, Asian plum sauce and black cherries. It is a sensual, layered and full-bodied wine that is balanced, complex, distinctive, and connected to its Napa Valley terroir. The wine will age well for a decade or more. No technological gimmicks were used making this wine. It was crafted by one of Napa Valley’s iconic winemakers who puts his trust in his instinct and palate when crafting wines that are among Napa Valley’s finest.
The 2018 Herson Family Vineyards Influence Chardonnay is balanced, complex, and distinctively connected to its Carneros terroir. It is gently floral on the nose and has a silky texture, rich ripe fruit and compelling freshness on the palate. There are notes of ripe apricot, pink grapefruit and hints of lemon and lime peels. It has a long finish with delightful acidity balanced by ripe fruit. No technological gimmicks or additives were used making this wine. It was crafted by one of Napa Valley’s iconic winemakers who puts his trust in his instinct and pallet when creating wines that are among Napa Valley’s finest.