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The 2017 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from ultra premium Hillside blocks in the Eastern Vaca Mountain range. Expect to find a dark purple color, intense black and blueberries, white pepper spice, violets, vanilla, toasty French oak, white chocolate, a broad mid palate with balanced acidity, depth of flavor, and a fleshy sexy round 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 2019 UV Vineyard Chardonnay is a gorgeous, intense, racy wine of great purity. The nose is layered with lemon curd, lemon zest, orange blossom, Asian pear, oyster shell, and raw almond. On the palate, the wine is ample, yet with great tension and drive, with acidity lifting flavors of lemon curd, hazelnut, fresh pear, and pastry flour with just a hint of fresh sage.
This rich, dark Cabernet brings together precision, elegance, structure and depth. The nose blooms with aromas of juicy berries, caramel and currants, with a subtle touch of graphite behind. In the mouth, layers of luscious black and purple fruits unfurl with juicy plum, brûléed boysenberries, spicy notes of clove and anise, and a black, volcanic minerality. Well-knit tannins structure the dense, round texture and carry the long finish through sweet blue fruit and warm, gentle spices.
The 2017 Flanagan Syrah from Bennett Valley has th e char acter istic savor y bouquet we get year after year . It opens with notes of cinnamon, coriander,and bay leaf. The palate has pomegranate, sage, and a remarkable savory note. As alway s the wine has a surprising amount of tannin structure for Syrah from the New World.
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 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 nose displays white peach and citrus blossoms. On the palate there are notes of ripe lemon, fresh pear, and almost ripe peach. This is a clean, bright style of Viognier and a perfect first course wine.
This wine is another pillar in the argument that Bennett Valley should focus on Rhone varieties. This is a quintessential Viognier and a lovely example of what the grape can do in California when it is well farmed, not over-ripe, and made in a balanced way.
By popular demand, this 2016 Audēre Red Blend (42% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc, & 1% Malbec) best-seller is topping the charts with an increased total production of 239 cases . In typical bold fashion, it comes out guns blazing with lots of extract, some serious tannin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It is an exuberant, rich wine with red cherries, oodles of black fruits, and coffee notes. Very reminiscent of the inaugural 2013 Audēre, this is sure to please even the biggest Sideways-Loving, Merlot-Hater...and yes, the rumors are true…. this label glows-in-the dark! Turn off the lights and see for yourself.
With only 239 cases produced, the 2017 Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay may just be the best Chardonnay produced to date. Being the second Chardonnay vintage that Phillip Corallo-Titus worked on with Ralph, there’s more acidity and balance than in previous vintages. Robert Parker’s Erin Brooks described this vintage as having a “softly, savory character” and a “long, juicy finish”. Jeb Dunnuck mentions that this wine reminds him of an old Meursault: “it’s full-bodied, ripe, and opulent, yet has good acidity.” This is a delicious wine that showcases more sophisticated restraint than previous vintages while carrying the typical elegant style you’ve grown to love. Be sure to chill it down until the lions change color, and then you’ll know you’re at the proper serving temperature!
The 2014 Le Barrettage is deep dark blackberry in color. Enticing aromas rise from the glass in this appropriately aged offering: plum and cherry-like fruit with nuances of white pepper, green tea, cardamom spice, and sweet toasty French oak. It’s delicious and mouth-coating across the palate, ripe and concentrated, with silky smooth balance and refined pure flavors. The dense texture of the wine enhances the long lingering flavors and mirror the aromas. A blend of two different Syrah blocks, Grenache for liveliness, and a tiny slash of Petite Sirah for added power; it will pair beautifully with a huge array of cuisine. This delicious proprietary “Rhone style” blend from La Sirena was given additional time in bottle before release because honestly, it just keeps getting better!