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"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines. As readers will no doubt detect in the commentary that follows, 2014 is certainly an excellent vintage, probably as good as a superlative vintage like 2005. It's only sin is that it happens to have followed two even greater vintages - 2012 and 2013." Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate Issue #221

"I've sung the praise for the wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands for a number of years now, but these latest 2013s might just be the finest wines yet from this windy, cool, yet sunny region.

A warm, even year that allowed growers to harvest at will, the wines have surprising tannic grip as well as beautiful concentration and purity. Where the Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara County and the Sta. Rita Hills are more restrained (I think due more to picking decisions than any inherent terroir factors), these Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands have a wealth of California fruit and texture, while staying nicely focused and balanced. Nevertheless, these 2013s are some of the most tannic wines I've tasted from the appellation and will benefit from short term cellaring. They'll have broad drink windows and the top wines will have a decade or more of longevity. As a whole, 2013 is a solid step up over 2012.

I was able to taste a few 2014s, and this will certainly be another solid vintage. The wines appear to be more fruit forward than the structured 2013s, and I suspect will have plenty of early appeal." Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate Issue #221


Torrin Vineyard The Banshee 2012

Torrin Vineyard The Banshee 2012

While Syrah forms the foundation of the 2012 Banshee, it is the Mourvedre and Grenache that make it so alluring. With layers of dark fruit drawing you in, spice, earth and an almost saline palate keep you coming back. If opening young be sure to give it some time to ... more
BN#556834

Price:$119.99

in mixed case $101.99

SKU 48109

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Torrin Vineyard Maven 2012

Torrin Vineyard Maven 2012

This wine is beautiful. Red fruits, savory undertones, and spice all in a gorgeous envelope of lush ripe tannin. 2012 is a bit like 2009 and may take a couple of years to really unleash its true potential, but with a couple of hours in a decanter in the near ... more
BN#556833

Price:$119.99

in mixed case $101.99

SKU 48110

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PlumpJack Merlot 2013

PlumpJack Merlot 2013

Our Merlot vineyard is in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley, nestled up to the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the west side of the valley. The mild climate and alluvial soils in this region lend this wine great balance and structure. The mild temperatures allow these grapes to ... more
BN#574115

Price:$69.99

in mixed case $59.49

SKU 50793

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Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2012

Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2012

The 2012 Materium embodies the best qualities of the 2012 vintage, the Oakville AVA and a mountain soil profile that all combine for a deeply layered, rich wine. Aromas of cedar bark, bacon, blackberries and white flowers swell out of the glass. On the palate, the experience takes a turn ... more
BN#558096

Price:$139.99

 375ml

SKU 48286

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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

ws 94
Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well at maturity. Aromas and flavors which ... more
BN#556033

Price:$399.99

 1.5L SKU 48433

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Tor Tierra Roja Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tor Tierra Roja Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

ws 96
The Tierra Roja cab is always a fascinating one to make since it is almost directly across the valley from To Kalon, yet comes out as a totally different wine due to its red, rocky soils and different exposure. This wine shows its typical black fruit dominated self with just ... more
BN#555623

Price:$169.99

in mixed case $144.49

SKU 47965

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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

ws 95
Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well at maturity. Aromas and flavors which ... more
BN#567888

Price:$179.99

in mixed case $152.99

SKU 48373

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Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, minerals, and wild herbs. This vintage boasts an outstanding combination of fruit depth and energy, displaying superb intensity to the silky, mineral-driven flavors of raspberry, sage, and forest floor. Conveying an ... more
BN#562118

Price:$234.99

in mixed case $199.74

SKU 48570

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Tor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 Napa Cabernet shows just how great this vintage was from a valley perspective. This is a blend of Mast in Yountville, Melanson on Pritchard Hill, Tierra Roja in Oakville, and To Kalon in Oakville. The blending of these three different vineyards produced what is easily the best Napa ... more
BN#555497

Price:$99.99

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SKU 47966

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Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

ws 92
Dark fruit and baking spices spring from the glass. The palate is dominated by ripe black and red fruit, intense minerality and a tannin profile that is pure unadulterated Hershey, the purest form of Howell Mountain. The slightest chalk and ash notes layered with fruit, anise and forest abound in ... more
BN#558864

Price:$799.99

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SKU 48357

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