Arietta “Quartet” Proprietary Red, Napa Valley ~ The Screaming Eagle Connection

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2011 ARIETTA “Quartet” Proprietary Red, Napa ValleyArietta Quartet 1

*From Stephen Tanzer, one of the toughest critics in the industry…

Dark red-ruby. Expressive aromas…Dense and sweet…boasts excellent energy...” 92-94

*Accomplished Napa winemaker Andy Erickson (Made Screaming Eagle from 2005-2010 with 2, 100 Point Wines, & assisted at Harlan Estate…)

*The Vineyard, located in the red hot Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley, was planted by world renowned viticulturist David Abreu…

$64.99/btl + Ground Shipping Included on Case Purchases

Dark red-ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, pepper, mocha, leather, menthol and coffee. Dense and sweet but youthfully tight, with a sappy impression of firm acidity energizing the mid-palate. Finishes savory, peppery and perfumed, with a firm tannic spine. Not a thick wine but one that boasts excellent energy and supporting spine.”92-94 Tanzer

2011 ARIETTA “Quartet”
Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
62% cabernet, 19% cabernet franc, 17% merlot & 2% petit verdot

At a tiny fraction of the price that you would see a bottle of Screaming Eagle or Harlan Estate going for in the marketplace, Arietta’s “Quartet” packs in more bang for your buck in this price range than seemingly possible.   An expertly crafted blend by accomplished winemaker Andy Erickson

During Andy’s five year tenure making Screaming Eagle, he expertly crafted two 100 point perfect wines, the 2007 & 2010.   Andy was also the former assistant winemaker at Harlan Estate, is currently involved in his own label Favia, and is also winemaker at cult producers Dalla Valle, Dancing Hares and Ovid…  If you still aren’t quite convinced, Stephen Tanzer who is well known for being one of the toughest critics in the business raved about the 2011 Quartet and awarded it 92-94 points.   I strongly recommend securing a 15 bottle case of this magnificent red for your cellar….

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Spotted Owl Vineyards Mountain Cuvee 2008 – Ultra Rare Mount Veeder Stunner

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2008 Spotted Owl Cuvee Cabernet Blend, Mt Veeder

* The Wine Spectator dubbed the SOV (Spotted Owl Vineyards): “Sensational

* Our last email on Spotted Owl SOLD OUT in 4 hours Don’t miss this opportunity to secure this incredibly rare, mountain grown wine.

* Sourced from the rugged slopes of Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley, (800-1700 ft elevation).

* This explosive Cabernet Blend was crafted by Rolando Herrera, (Mi Sueño, Stags Leap, Vine Cliff, & Paul Hobbs)

*With the tiny production, this wine is nearly impossible to find….

* NOTE: At nearly 1/2 off retail, this extraordinary wine will sell out with lightning fast speed.  I strongly recommend replying as soon as possible to secure a 15-pack or two.  This wine will pay dividends in the cellar for years to come.  It outperformed $75 Cabs at our last tasting….

2008 Spotted Owl CuveeMt. Veeder, Napa Valley
Retails at:   $45.00/btl
Your Price: $26.99/btl + Ground Shipping Included on case purchases

Winery Notes:
Seductive, sophisticated & complex – If this wine could dance it would Tango!  This luscious, full bodied wine combines the intensity of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of cool climate Syrah fruit grown on Mount Veeder. Deep dense purple color with alluring aromas of dark berry fruit, fleshy plum, black cherry fruit hosted with slight mocha overtones follow through to the palate in this complex and layered wine.  The sensuous entry melts into a rich velvety core of dark fruit with a balanced and structured mid-palate displaying blackberry, ripe wild berry currants, cedar  and a hint of vanilla..

2008 Spotted Owl Vineyards
Mountain Cuvee, Mt. Veeder

It’s discoveries like this that make the job both exciting and rewarding.  This rare, 2008 Cuvee from the renowned Mt. Veeder AVA in Napa Valley was expertly crafted by one of our favorite winemakers, Rolando Herrera.  Rolando spent 10 years at Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars, working under legendary winemaker Warren Winiarski .  He later took a position as the assistant winemaker at Ch. Potelle, and also as the winemaker at Vine Cliff Winery before becoming director of winemaking at Paul Hobbs Consulting.

Our tasting panel was struck by the beauty of this wine.  It outperformed Napa Cabs at 2-3 times the price at our tasting…  With the limited availability of this incredibly rare Cabernet Blend, orders will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

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2009 Buoncristiani O.P.C. Proprietary Red ~ A Stunner & Unanimous Critic’s Choice


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2009 Buoncristiani
O.P.C. Proprietary Red,
Napa Valley

* “Just gorgeous. Floods the mouth with decadent black currant, cherry, chocolate, anise….flavors that stun for their addictive deliciousness….. rich, ripe tannins…. near perfect. The wine is a blend of Bordeaux varieties and Syrah, from esteemed vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach and Caldwell.”
~ 95 points (Editors’ Choice)
Wine Enthusiast

* Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate alerts readers that the O.P.C. is, “…another terrific wine…violets and plums caress the palate… opens up in the glass. Silky tannins contribute to an impression of finesse and total harmony.”

* A lip-smacking combination of 40% Cabernet, 30% Syrah, 16% Merlot, and 14% Malbec from a star studded line up of super premium vineyards around Napa Valley….

2009 Buoncristiani O.P.C.
Proprietary Red
Retails at:  $50/btl
Your Price: $39/btl

WCC Notes: “Deep violet/purple in color; explosive aromatics of chocolate covered blueberries, blackberries, plum and a hint of mint chocolate burst from the glass. A rich, velvety mouthfeel coats the palate, and the fine tannin structure, and impressive dark fruits caress the palate and lead to a long luxurious finish that will leave you and your palate in awe….”

~ Buoncristiani O.P.C. ~

Launched in 1999 by four brothers who were born and raised in Napa Valley, the 2009 Buoncristiani O.P.C. resulted from a culmination of their experience, trials and tribulations, and oh yeah, stupendous vineyard sourcing…. Sourced from some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious vineyard sites, including Stagecoach, Caldwell & Hyde Vineyards, this impressive blend will have even the most sophisticated Meritage drinker grinning from ear to hear, planning a way to squeeze more of this gorgeous wine into their cellar…. With its impressive 95 point review and “Editors Choice” from the Wine Enthusiast, the 2009 will sell out quickly! I strongly recommend securing a 15 bottle case of this magnificent bottling while supplies last…

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