Crafted from fruit grown on Santa Barbara County’s Piocho Ranch, this rich, multidimensional blend consists of 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc introduces a fantastic suavity to the flavor profile, which displays a complex medley of mulberry, black cherry, bright spicy oak, and currant rarely found […]
Unlike his quirky character in Twin Peaks, actor Kyle MacLachlan has passions other than Douglas firs, black coffee, and cherry pie. A longtime oenophile, he has recently introduced his own label, which is named for a famous stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Rich with mint, currants, and blackberry, this release has a satiny […]
Owner Stuart Sloan debuted his label with the 2000 vintage, which was made with the assistance of a who’s who of consultants that included David Abreu and Michel Rolland. The result was well worth the investment, and Sloan has continued to attract ardent fans ever since. Today, revered Napa winemaker Martha McClellan crafts this outstanding […]
John Shafer and his son Doug have been producing brilliant wines from Napa’s Stags Leap District since the 1970s, and this dark beauty further enriches their legacy. Aged a full four years prior to release (three years in Alliers and Tronçais oak barrels and one year in the bottle), this pure Cabernet Sauvignon weaves together […]
From the amazingly diverse Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, this Bordeaux-inspired Meritage blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carménère into a harmonious composition of vanilla, licorice, and black currant. Aged for 18 months in toasted French oak, this wine has a wonderful elegance.
Crafted from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a unique microclimate in Napa’s Rutherford Bench, this fine red wine possesses great depth of flavor and a richness that could be matched only by a great amarone. Smoke scents and flavors of dark plum, bitter chocolate, and dried herbs dominate the latest release of this ultrarich […]
Blessed by the influences of David Abreu, Andy Erickson, and Michel Rolland, Ovid—located on Pritchard Hill—produces spectacular Bordeaux-style wines in its custom-made concrete fermenters. This latest release, which was aged for 18 months in French oak in the winery’s on-site caves, exhibits a pronounced black-currant liqueur flavor and hints of melted asphalt, graphite, and sun-baked […]
Vintner and 23-year racecar veteran Randy Lewis, who drove in five Indianapolis 500 competitions, met cyclist Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de France, where—thanks to their shared passions for racing and wine—they formed a bond of friendship. Happily for oenophiles, they also decided to collaborate on a wine. Armstrong chooses the final blend of […]
Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, this superb red wine, which contains 84 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, combines nutmeg aromas and deep cassis undertones with flavors of dark raspberry and vanilla to create a sublime sensory experience. This is perhaps Lancaster’s finest release yet.
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