Olson Ogden Milla’s Blend 2009 ~ A Rhone Blend for Pinot Enthusiasts

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* Rarely do you find a wine that the world’s most respected wine critics can all agree on…

* Olson Ogden quickly became a fan favorite, with their consistent reviews, realistic prices and new and unique blends.  The winery is closing its doors Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on this fantastic blend.

Here are some of the Reviews….

~ From the Connoisseurs’ Guide:
“…Rich, well-balanced…shows a real sense of winemaking polish from front to back….fresh berries…sweet oak…refined flavors…lively, long-lasting fruit..”
90 points

~ From the Rhone Report:
An electric, fun blend….fruit-driven…beautifully put together, this should have 5-6 years of prime drinking.
89 points

~ From Steve Tanzer:
Aromas of dark berry preserves….Juicy and precise, offering tightly wound blackberry, and mulberry flavors that show very good focus...
90 points

~ From the Wine Enthusiast:
full of flavor…concentrated and thick…the finish is long..”
91 points


2009 Olson Ogden Milla’s Blend
Retails at:  $35.00/btl
Your Price: $25.50/btl + Ground Shipping Included on Case Purchases

 ~ WCC Notes:
Enchanting aromas of raspberry cobbler, vanilla and ripe plum.  Impeccably balanced flavors of ripe red berries, sweet oak, spices and brambleberry vanilla silk.  Very elegantly presented, this is a Rhone Blend for Pinot drinkers, and fans of interesting and unique red wines.   The finish is long and memorable.  Drink now through 2015″.
91 points

Olson Ogden

2009 Milla’s Blend

From a Star Studded lineup of vineyards, that reads like a who’s who list of some of California’s Best, including Alder Springs, Kick Ranch, Unti and Stagecoach.  This unique and delicious Blend is very well balanced, and elegantly presented.   Just 365 cases produced, this wine is sure to impress.

Olson Guys


Olson Ogden delivered some fantastic wines over the last several years.  This is a rare opportunity to stock up on their 2009 Milla’s Blend at a truly fantastic price.  The winery is closing their doors, and this will likely be your last chance to secure a case or two of this delicious wine.   The last 100 cases will be sold on a first come first serve basis….



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Darms Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Brian Mox brings his Lewis Cellars magic to Oak Knoll

Like so many of the superb, yet “under the radar” wineries I’ve come across in my career, Darms Darms Lane 2009 Lane was a complete mystery to me until a few weeks ago. But I was intrigued when hearing about some of the winery’s recent accomplishments, so I decided to do a little digging. What I’ve discovered will convince you (as it did me) that this serious family run venture in the Oak Knoll District of Napa should be added to your list of “must haves” for benchmark Cabernets.

My curiosity was initially piqued when discovering a track record of excellent to outstanding rankings in the press for Darms Lane’s proprietary Cabernet. Known as the “Bon Passe Vineyard”, this bottling comes from a vineyard originally planted in the 1970s, when it was owned by Gil Nickel – of Nickel & Nickel as well as Far Niente Wineries. But in a twist that runs consistent here at Darms Lane, “Bon Passe” – like so much of the acreage here at the estate – was originally a Chardonnay vineyard.

That’s right; Darms Lane – becoming increasingly well-known for blockbuster, 100% Cabernets and Petit Verdots – began life as a Chardonnay stronghold. If Darms Lane has yet to become a household name for many, perhaps more will recognize the historical winery Crichton Hall. And it was precisely that winery – once known for its sultry Chardonnays – which would eventually be renamed: Darms Lane.

Located on Darms Lane road – hence the obvious choice when the time came for renaming the estate – Crichton Hall was in need of replanting by the turn of the century. One of the company’s limited partners – Richard Bump (who would eventually buy out his other partners and become sole owner) stepped up to the challenge. Terroir studies indicated Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals as being more suitable to the vineyard, so Richard set about replanting (and renaming). The rest, as they say is history.

Today, under the wine-making guidance of one of Napa’s most experienced Cabernet experts, Brian Mox – formerly with Lewis Cellars, Etude as well as Laird Family Estates – this beautiful property, nestled against the southern hills of the Mayacamas Mountains is quietly and consistently releasing one great vintage after another. As Steve Heimoff – California editor for Wine Enthusiast – explains:

“Darms Lane is one of those wineries that travels under the radar, but it really is worthy of your attention.”

And now that yours truly has experienced their classically structured, brilliantly balanced 2009, I couldn’t agree more!

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Valentin Bianchi “Enzo Bianchi” 2009 ~ An Argentinean Grand Cru & Editor’s Choice

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Valentin Bianchi 2009 “Enzo Bianchi”Enzo_New_Bottle_2
Editor’s Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine

~ The 2009 version of the Enzo Bianchi – a micro production of only 125 cases – received the Editor’s Choice Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where they reported:
“This inky San Rafael red features power, heat, blackberry and cassis on the nose. In the mouth, it’s full and balanced in feel, with black fruit, baked plum and toast flavors. A clean, almost stony feeling finish suggests minerality. Drink through 2018.”
92 points, Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast

2009 Valentin Bianchi “Enzo Bianchi”
San Rafael – Argentina
MSRP: $59.99
Your Price: $39

WCC Notes: “The 2009 Enzo Bianchi is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec, aged for 14 months in new French oak. Deep, dark inky/purple in color, the wine offers up an extraordinary bouquet of blackberry, black currant, cigar box, Asian spices, black cherries, chocolate and plum. This full-bodied wine is rich and round with a plush velvety texture, seductive personality and a long, captivating finish. It reveals deep, intense flavors, layered complexity, and precision balance.”

Valentin Bianchi – San Rafael

~ With its roots dating to 1910, the estate of Valentin Bianchi is among the oldest wineries in Argentina. Its founder, Don Valentin Bianchi landed in Argentina from Italy and after nearly 20 years would finally realize his vinous dreams of establishing his family’s winery.

~ By 1934, Bianchi acquired critical acclaim by winning the then coveted “Maximum Quality Prize” at the Official Wine Exhibit in Mendoza. The quality equivalent of Grand Cru status, this moniker continues to adorn Bianchi’s greatest selection – the Enzo Bianchi – even today.

~ The winery’s most prized vineyard – source of the “Enzo Bianchi” bottling – is planted specifically in Finca Asti (located in Las Paredes) in San Rafael, Mendoza. The aspect which makes this site so particular is its elevation. Located at 2,400 feet above sea level, this breathtaking vineyard allows for precise growing conditions which benefit the various varietals that are blended to complete Bianchi’s Grand Cru, the “Enzo Bianchi”.

~ One taste and you’ll understand why Don Valentin was so dedicated to the site; and why so many wine lovers to this day continue to be thrilled with the results!

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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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