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2017 Troon Vineyard Estate Zinfandel
$ 20.00

Just one sip is all it will take for you to know this is not a California Zinfandel. Bright, fresh and mouthwatering, Oregon Zinfandel from our Applegate Valley Estate Vineyard rivals the best Côtes du Rhône wines for sheer pleasure and value. Troon Vineyard is a historic site for Oregon Zinfandel as Dick Troon first planted Zinfandel vines here in 1972. Today, from Dick’s old vines, we produce our Troon Vineyard Estate Zinfandel. The heart of this wine is from our vineyard’s block 1, which was planted in 1987. These over thirty-year-old vines give our Estate Zinfandel its unique combination of rich flavors balanced by a vivacious counterpoint of zesty acidity. The wild card in this wine is a 3% co-ferment of Petite Sirah that gives structure and a subtle earthy character.

As with all of our wines, our Estate Kubli Bench Blanc was crushed by foot, then fermented by our native, natural yeasts in small fermenters. No additives, including commercial yeasts, sulfur, tannins, enzymes, sugar or acids were added to the fermenters. It is bottled after aging in mature French Oak Burgundy barrels for six months.

2017 Troon Vineyard Vermentino, Applegate Valley, Estate
$ 18.00

Our Malbec is very different from the chunky, fruit-forward malbec wines flooding the country from South America. Our 2015 Rogue Valley Malbec is more classically proportioned wine, reminding more of the delicious wines of Southwestern France. Our Malbec is grown on the granitic soils of the Kubli Bench. With a smaller yield than in 2014, this vintage is more defined and elegantly nuanced. Along with tannat, malbec produces Oregon’s richest, deepest wines. While powerful by Oregon standards, our 2015 Malbec is still graceful and balanced, with plenty of refreshing acidity to carry its rich flavors.

2017 Troon Vineyard, Kubli Bench Blanc
$ 25.00

The marriage of Marsanne and Viognier is traditional in southern France, but this combination has found a unique and distinctive personality on the Kubli Bench of the Applegate Valley.  Often these varieties can produce very soft wines, but on the gravel and granite in our vineyard block 12 both of these varieties have discovered their backbone in this zesty and structured wine named for the Kubli Bench soil that gives this wine its enchanting combination of richness and brightness. The rows of Marsanne and Viognier grow next to each other and are harvested at the same time then, as is always our preference, are co-fermented. This is an amazingly versatile wine that matches beautifully with everything from seafood to spicy Asian dishes. We recommending enjoying our Kubli Bench in its youth to enjoy the purity of its fresh fruit flavors.

As with all of our wines, our Estate Kubli Bench Blanc was crushed by foot, then fermented by our native, natural yeasts in small fermenters. No additives, including commercial yeasts, sulfur, tannins, enzymes, sugar or acids were added to the fermenters. It is bottled after aging in mature French Oak Burgundy barrels for six months.

2018 Brooks Note Pinot Blanc
$ 24.00

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Brooks Note's Pinot Blanc is a beautiful corn silk yellow. It begins with citrus, lemon flower, and stone fruit aromas. It has a bright entry, with lemon, apricot, and honeysuckle flavors. It lingers with a long citrus and stone fruit finish. It’s supported by balanced acidity and smooth texture.  It’s perfect for warm summer days.

 

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2018 Brooks Note Rose
$ 24.00

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Notes 

Our dry rose is a blend of Rose from Weir Vineyard, Monroe Vineyard, Monroe Vineyard and 2 vineyards in Marin.  It's crisp and dry, with lots of strawberry and citrus.

2018 Brooks Note Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Futures - 6 Bottles
$ 180.00

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Tasting Notes 

This is my take on a Chablis, made with California fruit.  It was fermented in neutral oak barrels to give it the roundness and viscosity you expect in a California Chardonnay, without the toasty, oaky flavors.  It was aged on the lees for 17 months, with only occasional stirring.  It has not gone through malolactic fermentation, so the crispness is more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay.

The Wine 

In the glass: Deep golden color

Aroma: Honeysuckle, citrus and tropical fruit

In the mouth: Crisp, refreshing entry with citrus flavors and round mouth feel, a little brioche and vanilla highlights the honeysuckle flavors

Finish: Nice long floral and citrus finish, with just a hint of vanilla, oak, and tropical fruit at the end

 

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Oak Cliff Cellars Zin
$ 26.00

Silver Medal – 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

This proprietary blend marries the blue-black fruit of Petite Sirah with the brightness and elegance of Zinfandel. Petite Sirah provides big fruit and tannins, while the Zin provides the brightness and finesse of a lighter, more refined raspberry-strawberry notes and a lingering silky finish. The cab/merlot/cab franc provide more structure and depth. This wine is surprisingly quaffable and easily paired with a variety of foods.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine represent a marriage of the best from three vineyards in two counties – all at higher elevations and all benefiting from cool Pacific breezes at night. Petite Sirah grapes are from Amber View Vineyard in northern Lake County, while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc come from Wild Diamond Vineyard in the southern part of the County. The Petite Sirah has bigger tannins and dark, dense fruit while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc have softer tannins than many Napa Cab blends to the south. Both enjoy shorter than normal harvest periods but fully ripe fruit because of their vineyard elevations of over 2,000 feet. The Zinfandel from Firebrick Hill Vineyard to the west, however, enjoys a cooler climate and longer growing season, resulting in a more refined, layered fruit as evident in this wine’s long, silky finish.

Blend:                         75% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel, 5% Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc
Region:                       Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.5%

Limited Production - 241 Cases

 

V. Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
$ 78.00

HOLIDAY SPECIAL WINE: 
REGULARLY $78 >>  $46 ON 6+ HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOTTLES (MIXED OK)

The Wine

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% barrel fermented and barrel aged for 29 months in 80% new French Oak. A variety of cooperages were featured including Tonnellerie Ermitage, Taransaud, Tonnellerie Vicard, Tonnellerie Baron and others. The alcohol content is 14.3%.

Mr. Hoefliger’s Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep dark cranberry with hints of velvety red and purple

On the nose: Explosion of fruit like strawberries, cassis with touches of spices like basil, tarragon, tomato sauce lingering on Vanilla, cherry and pumpkin bread

On the palate: Soft velvety entrance evolving on tannins with soft dense fruit like black cherries, boysenberries lingering on plums, lavender and lilac.

Limited Production 325 Cases Produced

V. Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
$ 85.00

HOLIDAY SPECIAL WINE: 
REGULARLY $90 >>  $58 ON 6+ HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOTTLES (MIXED OK)

The Wine

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 100% barrel fermented and barrel aged for 22 months on 80% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.4%

Mr. Hoefliger’s Tasting Notes:

Color:  Deep dark ruby with mashed strawberries and Ferrari red on the rim

On the nose:  Strong fruit like Cassis, Cranberries, strawberries and cherries with touches of clay, rosemary, paprika lingering on chocolate, lavender and tobacco

On the palate:  Soft entrance evolving on present silky tannins with some ripe red fruit like red currant, red cherries and touches of coriander and juniper berries.

Limited Production 220 Cases Produced 

 

V. Vineyards 2014 Audace
$ 125.00

The Wine 

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2014 Audace, 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.   CA Clone 7. 100% barrel fermented and barrel aged for 22 months on 80% new French Oak.  The alcohol content is 15.1%

Mr. Hoefliger’s Tasting Notes

Color: Deep dark black ink with touches of Ferrari red and magenta

On the Nose: Beautiful cedar, pencil shavings, graphite with touches of blueberry pie, black cherries, black pepper, geranium, cassis, licorice, dark chocolate, black olive and slate.

On the Palate: Beautiful silky entrance evolving on acidic and fine framed tannins with touches of violet, blackberry preserve and lilac.

 

Jeb Dunnuck, 93 Points:  "The flagship cuvee is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Audace, which normally includes small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc raised in 80% new French oak. The 2014 has a gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, blackcurrants, cedarwood, spice and dried flowers. This carries to a very pretty, polished, elegant 2014 that has the vintages purity, suppleness, and polish front and center. Drink it anytime over the coming 20+ years."

 

V. Vineyards Sonoma Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 90.00

The Wine

92 Points - James Suckling 
91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 V. Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon consists of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon,  2% Merlot. Left 21 days on the skins. 100% barrel fermented ~ Aged for 20 months in 75% new French Oak.  The alcohol content is 14.1%

Mr. Hoefliger’s Tasting Notes:

Color: Shiny and brilliant dark cherry with touches of mahogany and amber on the rim.

On the Nose: Truffle salt, rosemary, tarragon, dark chocolate, soap, red cherry, black currant and violet.

On the Palate: Silky but structured entrance evolving on a fresh mid-palate with touches of lilac, apple, red currant, Mirabelle plum, lingering tannins and peaches.

Limited Production of Less Than 100 Cases Produced 

James Suckling, 92 Points: "A juicy and ripe cabernet with blackcurrants and soft, slightly chewy tannins, which give this medium- to full-bodied wine form and freshness. Drink or hold."

Jeb Dunnuck, 91 Points: "Cut from the same cloth as the 2014, yet with its foot pushed firmly on the gas pedal, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard is an uber ripe, decadent 2015 that gives up lots of plum, graphite, saddle leather, lavender and cedar aromas and flavors. Despite it’s over the top style on the nose, it remains nicely balanced and enjoyable on the palate, with loads of fruit, a big, plump, rounded texture, and fine tannin. It has a lot of baby fat, as well as tannin, on the finish, and should keep for 15 years or more."