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The needle goes through the cork and extracts a small amount of wine. When the needle is removed, the cork self-heals - no hole, and no air enters or escapes. It allows you to taste a wine that you are laying down, and to drink your favorite VC wines without opening a whole bottle.
The 2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is from Black Sears Vineyard at 2400 ft blended with some Napa Valley Zinfandel. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines. This wine shows the terrior it was born from while maintaining elegance and grace.
Bright, medium ruby color with purple overtones. The wine offers generous aromas of violet, plum, anise, cassis, and mint with restrained floral overtones. On the palate, the wine has well-balanced clean fruitiness. Elegant and light on the palate, with medium body and medium ripe tannins with juicy plum, cassis, blackberry, and dusty coffee notes in the background, all magnified on a long and subtle finish
Brown Vineyard produces some extraordinary wines. These wines have richness not common in Zinfandels without being overly alcoholic or sweet. There is a balance in the acidity from the warm days and extremely cool nights.
The 2013 Brown Vineyard Zinfandel has bright aromas of cherries, plums and cinnamon, and hints of oak. This wine is rich and smooth with supple tannins and excellent acid balance. The flavors are cherries and raspberries with hints of vanilla and cinnamon spices. The wine finishes with cherries and a little oak.
The D-Cubed Cellars Napa Valley Zinfandel has intense aromas of black cherries and plums, with hints of black pepper and tea leaves. Full bodied with supple tannins in your mouth. There is wonderful balance which leads to the long black cherry finish. This wine is tasty!
The 2014 Korte Ranch Zinfandel is both complex and intense. The wine has aromas of bright blackberries and plums with nice cedar and tobacco behind the fruit. The structure and tannins are smooth in this full bodied wine. This vintage of Korte Ranch has flavors of berries and hints of cedar and oak that meld into the long finish, which is loaded with berries and hints of smoky oak.
Our 2016 Jemma is marked by a deep ruby hue, with brooding, intense aromatics of spice and smoked charcuterie, laced with a dark fruit profile of cassis, pomegranate and bing cherries. Muscular and weighty on the palate, the intense fruit character is precisely framed by polished tannins and an enduring, lengthy finish. A happy pair with an impromptu date night and steak frites!
The 2017 Brothers Blend is a favorable introduction to the Ellman suite of wines. An instant favorite in any setting, it’s filled with aromatics of black cherries, cassis and star anise. The expansive palate ranges from freshly picked blackberries and boysenberries to dark chocolate and baking spice. With substantial heft yet refreshing acidity, it maintains a versatile style, pairing well with your favorite choice for the brai, be it ribeye or barbequed spare ribs, even Maitake mushrooms!
The 2018 Caryn Renae Sauvignon Blanc embodies the classic character of this varietal from head to toe – from its brilliant lemon hue to aromatics of gooseberry, boxwood and freshly cut grass, to young pineapple and lemon.
The nose has notes of lavender and rose hips along with fragrant red fruits. The palate has red and black current with black tea and soy notes. The 2013 Serenity Way is rich and intense.... and at the same time elegant. This wine can proudly stand with great Cabernet-based wines from anywhere on earth. Try it in a lineup of top Bordeaux and Super-Tuscan’s just for fun!
The 2015 Vintage provided beautiful fruit. Because of a cool foggy spring we had very low crop yields. This resulted in especially concentrated fruit from the steep hillsides in Bennett Valley. We harvested our 2015 Merlot on September 13th, which, was even earlier than 2014. The volcanic hillsides that are the source for our Merlot produce very small berries that have tremendous intensity and structure. Farming at the highest level, picking for balance, and making the wine with minimal intervention all contribute to what we believe is one of the top Merlot wines made in California.