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  Sampler Archives
In the Archives section you can still find great deals on great wines that were offered in recent months. The wines listed below change often as the stock is depleted so get your sampler discounts while you can!
     
 

 

     
     
  Double Cross Vodka $39 with FREE Engraving  
     
  Bottle of AssClown Cabernet Sauvignon $19  
     
  4pk Pio Cesare Single Vinyard for $349  
     
  6pk Pio Cesare Everyday Wine for $99  
     
  6pk Slutty Zin Sampler for $199  
     
  8pk DONATI Sampler $139  
     
  6pk Heitz Sampler $169  
     
  8pk FABLEIST Sampler $159  
     
  12pk 99VINES Sampler $99  
     
  6pk NATURAL Sampler $99  
     
  6pk HISPANO Sampler $89  
     
  12pk JORGE Sampler $139  
     
  3pk JERSEY Sampler $45  
     
  6pk CdP Sampler $175  
     
     
     

 

 

 


Double Cross everyone you know
this Holiday Season...

$39.99 with FREE Engraving!

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Ideas:
Mommy's Juice
Dad's Stash
Congrats 26.2!
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Cheers Neighbor!
Father Philip Florio
Good Luck!
Frank D. Pagliaro
#1 Barrista
Happy Birthday
The Big 5-0!
Yo... Don't Touch My Shit!

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I'm not one to tout the gimmicky vodka flavors here on North Union Street. You'll never find ridiculous concoctions like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Whipped Cream or Fruit Loops at FranksWine, sorry. I think that segment of the business is just wrong... it's totally marketed for the just-at-21-year-old-if-not-younger demographic. I'll leave that to the big-box stores.

Call me a purist.

Double Cross Vodka starts with spring water drawn 200' below the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and blended with estate-grown organic Winter Wheat. It's distilled 7 times and then filtered 7 times. Talk about a smooth... this one is smoof as butta!

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Dr. Jan Krak is the master distiller behind Double Cross which gets it's name from the ancient double cross symbol in the Slovak coat of arms.

"Everybody is always looking for the next innovation in vodka that creates that boutique product," says Krak. "In the '70s it was Smirnoff and Absolut in the '80s. Now it's Grey Goose. But as these brands grow in size they begin to become too commercial. They have to make so much of it and move to so many different distilleries they lose that uniqueness. We think we have a real opportunity, while we're still small enough, to be a real boutique brand in the next few years."

Krak chose FranksWine to be the first in Delaware
to offer FREE ENGRAVING on your own bottle!

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Engraving text is limited to 20 characters and 2 lines.
Now how awesome will it be when you walk into your office on Christmas Eve with a black gift bag for everyone on your list with their own personalized bottle of Double Cross!

Order 12 or more bottles and get a $100 FranksWine
Gift Card for you to spend anyway you wish...

It's best to pre-order to guarantee delivery!
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(specify 20 characters in "comments" section of order form)
$39.99 per bottle

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AssClown Cab!

Impatient Assclown
Steals Wine for his Girl
on Valentine's Day!

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Yes, you read it right! On Valentine's Day this now-famous - at least among my 3,520 facebook friends - assclown walked into Frank's Union Wine Mart on North Union Street to find a nice bottle of wine for his sweetheart. Scott and I both greeted the Phillies fan as he entered the shop and strolled into the wine room like countless others that day. Usually we'll give folks a few minutes to browse before we ask if they need help, but this classy wine aficionado had already picked out a bottle of Tuck Beckstoffer 2010 Est 75 Cabernet Sauvignon... nice selection, Mr Assclown! He proceeded to the counter with the bottle in his hand. Scott and I were both occupied with other customers at the time and we were not near the check-out counter. Mr Assclown waits impatiently for about 20 seconds, but decides that was too long... so he walks out with his girl's gift! How romantic. He didn't even stick around for his free Valentine's Day gift wrap. Scott followed him out only to see him hurriedly pulling out of the lot in his shiny white Volvo SUV.

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This obviously irked the hell out of us especially after reviewing the surveillance video. Hmmm, what to do? Well, I posted a picture of Mr Assclown on Facebook and within 24 hours it was LIKED by 64 friends, hilariously commented on by 66 and passionately shared by 46 AND the story was picked up by DelawareOnline.com where 195 others shared it from that site. This guy is certainly getting around town!

Posted on February 14, 2012 by Patricia Talorico
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"Don't mess with Frank!"

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Impressed and amused by everyone's interest I pulled out my iPhone the next morning and made a video and posted it to YouTube which so far has been viewed by 502 people... oh boy! I'm sure that number will double by the end of the day today!

Poorly-dressed Assclown Steals Wine!

So, what about Mr Assclown's wine of choice? How is it? I popped a bottle in his honor Saturday night... glad he has good taste in wine! So good in fact that I decided to buy a bunch of it and slap a nice discount on it. The Tuck Beckstoffer 2010 Est 75 Cabernet Sauvignon will be our featured wine for the week... If we can track down Mr Assclown he'll be at the shop pouring it all weekend!


Tuck Beckstoffer 2010 Est 75
Cabernet Sauvignon

(Affectionately now known as "Assclown Cab")
(Regularly priced at $24.99)
$19.99 until it disappears!

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The 2010 is a blend of vineyards from Lake and Napa Counties. Beckstoffer finds these diverse, high quality vineyards to compliment one another perfectly. The high altitude rocky vineyard sites in Lake County deliver angularity, complexity and austerity while the Napa Valley fruit provides deep concentration and focus.

This wine is dense and tremendously focused, with a wonderful nose and palate of cedar, blueberry, saddle leather and white pepper. The finish showcases a perfect balance of acid, tannin and sweet toasted oak. Meticulous, detail oriented winemaking and complete attention to detail has produced a wine of tremendous presence and complexity that must be tasted to be believed... just ask Mr Assclown!

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Rhone Valley
... Santa Barbara-style!

Read the follow-up to Stolpman Saga

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Peter was just a young boy back in the late 80’s when his parent’s decided to purchase the 220 acre ranch just north of Santa Barbara that would later be known as Stolpman Vineyards. Peter and the developing vines have practically grown up together these past 20 years, and it is no stretch of the imagination that Peter’s life pursuits would eventually lead him back to his namesake roots-as Director of Operations of Stolpman Vineyards.

Having 220 acres as your own private playground inspired dirt wars and quad racing. When the boyhood rabble rousing finally wore off and Peter found himself in his teenage years he became involved in the more serious side of wine production, participating in pre-bottling blending sessions & punch downs (pictured below).

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After high school, this astute young man found himself on the opposite coast, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University. He immediately entered into management at an industrial supply company back in Los Angeles, always feeling the lure of his family’s vines just a couple hours away. Pete felt compelled to spend his weekends on the Central Coast soaking up as much knowledge of the industry as he could with Winemaker Sashi Moorman and Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano.

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Peter awakened to the magic of the wine industry and informed his parents of his yearning for a career within the family business. Both hesitant and delighted by Peter’s growing passion in wine, Tom Stolpman was weary about just handing over the reigns of the vineyard to his hardworking son. Peter was encouraged to learn the ins & outs of this heart run industry - from production to sales. This propelled Pete on an adventure of a lifetime - making Shiraz in the Barossa Valley, Sangiovese in Chianti Classico and returning to California to work under Master Sommerlier Peter Neptune at the Henry Wine Group, one of the largest wine distributors on the West Coast. It was here that Peter was awarded Fine Wine Specialist of the Year in 2008 at 26 years old, the youngest salesman to receive this award to date. More importantly, he also met his fiancé, Jessica Simmons, here during training!

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Today, leading with youthful passion and dedication, Peter is partner of Stolpman Vineyards, with his parents, Tom & Marilyn. He manages the day to day happenings, all wholesale markets and coordinates Sashi, Ruben and the Tasting Room, inspiring the pursuit of extraordinary vineyard crafted wines specializing in Rhone varietals... these are about as close to Rhone Valley that you’ll find outside of France, in fact, they’re more Rhone-style than California-style!

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Stolpman 2010 Estate Syrah
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$19.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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2010 was one of Stolpman’s most challenging vintages (the most challenging, being the 2011!). A long, cool growing season over Spring and Summer was abruptly upset by a heat storm that pushed the mercury into the triple digits for consecutive days at the end of September. It was a real test of their dry farming, and fortunately, the vines passed the test with flying colors. The vineyard experienced some sun burn on the berries and a few scorched leaves, but the vines pulled from their very deepest roots to find water and keep themselves hydrated. It was miraculous to behold!

Glass-staining purple color! Deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, olive tapenade and fruitcake, with smoke and violet notes gaining power with air. Rich and broad but almost shockingly energetic, offering sweet, liqueur-like blackberry and boysenberry flavors and exotic spice and floral pastille qualities. Intense and focused on the extremely long finish, which strongly repeats the floral and spice notes. Although this wine will be enjoyable upon release, Peter is confident it will continue to give pleasure for 10+ years. 5,000 cases produced.

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Stolpman 2010 La Cuadrilla
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$16.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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This 2010 vintage is a beautiful wine for early drinking... yum! 42% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 22% Petit Syrah and 2% Viognier are blended to tank before bottling to make this extremely versatile and delicious offering. Classic Southern Rhone aromas of sage brush, red & black fruits, fresh tilled earth and hint of summer jasmine.

It delivers a classic array of bright black cherry, black currant, violets, garrigue, and licorice on the nose. Beautifully intense and rich aromatically, it doesn’t lose a beat on the palate and is medium to full-bodied and loaded with fruit, showcasing notable purity, a voluptuous texture, and big, mouth coating tannin that emerges on the finish. 1,200 cases produced.

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Stolpman 2010 Golden Point
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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This is Stolpman’s first release of Golden Point, an really cool blend of 64% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay and 15% Sauvignon Blanc from their Estate vineyards. Inspiration for this wine comes from the white wines of the iconic
Domaine de la Grange des Peres in the South of France. This French winemaking estate was started just a few years before Stolpman, and shares many similarities: limestone soils, maritime climate and luminous sunlight filled days in the summer.
Laurent Vialle, the proprietor of Grange des Peres, and another fellow pioneer like Tom Stolpman, sums it up perfectly, “Nature gave us a partition of land. It is up to us to interpret it.” At Stolpman, this wine is one of the best interpretations of terroir - abundant sunlight (golden fruit), cool nights (vibrant acidity) and concentration with restraint (limestone soils).
This beauty is bright and fresh, displaying a classic profile of white peach, mineral, lime peel, and hints of flowers to go with a medium-bodied, pure, focused palate. This continues to build in the glass, and while there is beautiful richness and depth, it stays very classy and overall elegantly constructed. Copious notes of tangerine oil, ripe melon, honeysuckle and caramelized grapefruit jump from the glass of this wine with zesty acidity as well as purity... a gorgeous white! 380 cases produced.

 

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The Single Vineyard Wines

Click onto each wine for individual tasting notes

Pio Cesare 2012 Piodilei Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$36.49 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Pio Cesare 2010 Fides Barbera d’Alba
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$36.49 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Pio Cesare 2000 il Bricco Barbaresco
Regularly Priced at $199.99
$145.99 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Pio Cesare 2003 Ornato Barolo
Regularly Priced at $179.99
$131.39 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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The Everyday PIO Wines

Click onto each wine for individual tasting notes

Pio Cesare 2013 Cortese di Gavi
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$17.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case!

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Pio Cesare 2012 Dolcetto d'Alba
Regularly Priced at $24.99
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Pio Cesare 2012 Moscato d'Asti
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$14.39 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Winemaker Eric Miller

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Most of you know this guy as the winemaker at Chaddsford Winery. You also know that I've always been a huge supporter of local wines... mainly because of thisguy. I've known him for 28 years and he's tops on my list of really cool people in this great wine industry.

Eric Miller's lifelong career in wine has covered the spectrum from winemaker and grape grower to winery owner and wine personality. He pioneered two important East Coast wine regions, and co-founded New York State's first farm winery, Benmarl Vineyards, and later, Pennsylvania's largest and best known winery, Chaddsford Winery. Along the way he and his wines have been acclaimed by every major national and international wine writer and publication, and he has been awarded numerous awards and distinctions, including the American Wine Society's prestigious "Award of Merit" - given to just one American wine professional annually.

In 2011 Eric and his wife Lee Miller sold their interest in Chaddsford Winery and he expanded his career into consulting, teaching, and writing about wine, including his book, The Vintner's Apprentice. In 2013 Eric began his latest wine venture, the production of the [Ee'z] Napa Valley Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, in partnership with his step-son eric Stauffer.

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Back on March 6th of this year I got an email from long-time customer Mike Schubert:

Rumor has it that Eric Miller and his winemaking son are going to release a small batch of zin from grapes grown on Howell Mountain (I think that's correct). Maybe 40 cases. Are you getting any of it?

So I quickly shot Eric and email and this was his reply:

The Zin project is one we are doing with number 2 son, eric, who went to UC Davis, got his eno-degree and decided to stay. Got a job as cellar master at Domaine Carneros, where his wife is a big cheese. But he complained that he only makes bubbles and Pinot Noir, so we decided to make some Zin. I love mountain Zin (but I really love any kick ass Zin) and found some Howell Mt stuff; thus a small winemaking partnership and tax deduction for visiting the west coast kids came into being. For him it's building a brand. For him and me it's inhaling the drug of Zin we both love. For Lee it's doing the horrible, miserable, shoot-me-now office stuff. For eric's wife, Erin - or Bubbles O'Grady as we call her - it's a way of keeping him out of trouble. So how about if we get together for lunch and drink some?

Obviously I jumped on Eric's lunch offer, so we met at Xavier Teixido's Harry's Savoy Grill with wine writer Roger Morris and their better halves. We geeked out on the details of his Zin over a 2 hour lunch.

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(Left to Right: wine writer Roger Morris, his wife Ella, Lee & Eric Miller,
restaurateur Xavier Teixido, and Frank Pagliaro)

So 9 months and 13 days later 15 cases - total production was a mere 74 cases - of Eric's wine rolls through my door on North Union Street!

I'm happy to say that my good friend Eric Miller chose FranksWine to be the exclusive retailer of his [Ee'z] 2013 Howell Mountain Zinfandel.

Here's what Eric has to say about it:

To make the 2013 vintage, we started with perfectly ripe, beautiful fruit from 80 year-old Zin vines at the Beatty Ranch on Howell Mountain. They smelled of fresh fig and blackberries. This vineyard produces surprisingly high acid fruit at peak ripeness, so no acid additions were needed. We started the fermentation with a non-saccromyces yeast to enhance the fruitiness, then at 10° brix we added a special saccromyces to finish the wine up to the higher alcohol we desired. Malolactic fermentation was performed in new French oak barrels to integrate the fruit, alcohol, oak, acid and tannins together over the 18 month period of aging. The result is this rich, powerful, juicy wine, with just the balance we wanted to achieve to be able to call it a truly "Slutty Zin".

[Ee'z] 2013 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$33.33 with 6-pack Purchase!

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~ Immigrants ~
Where would the wine biz be without 'em?

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As a young boy, Ron Donati grew up in South San Francisco, the son of a first generation Italian-American family. One of his fondest memories was the sights and smells of his grandfather making wine in his basement. I can relate to that because my Dad is right off the boat from Italy, and my Mom from Brazil. Like most Italian immigrants, Albino Donati made his own wine for the family dinner table. As an adult, Ron became a successful entrepreneur with a penchant for making quality products that were attainable to all, not just a select few. This same passion serves as the foundation and guiding mission of Donati Family Vineyard today. These guys make some pretty stellar wine at prices way below where they should be. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they're not from Napa or Sonoma.

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Paicines is located in the center of coastal California, a little over an hour from San Jose to the north and Monterey to the west. Years after the early Mission vineyard plantings were long abandoned, the Paicines growing region was rediscovered 35-40 years ago by Almaden (one of the many crappy jug wine producers of the early 80's, ew!) It was again deserted as a bulk brand growing region for more lucrative areas, and is now being reclaimed, this time as a high-end grape growing region. Donati Family Vineyard is the only brand located in the Paicines appellation, although there are approximately five other vineyards located in the appellation, growing primarily Bordeaux varieties. Neighboring appellations are home to Calera Wine Company, Chalone Vineyard, Leal Vineyards and DeRose Vineyards.

The quaint town of Paicines, population 204, consists of a country store, restaurant, and post office, all in one convenient building. Sounds like the Donati's have a lot of time on their hands... maybe that's why they're making such great wine?!

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Donati 2012 Ezio Cabernet Sauvignon
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100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French, American and Hungarian oak for 23 months. Black cherry, leather, and toast aromas explode from the glass, but not in an over-the-top Napa way. So incredibly balanced with a rich mid-palate, lush tannins and soft acidity. If this Cab was from Napa Valley it would easily be twice the price! 1,246 cases produced.


Donati 2014 Cabernet Franc
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82% Cabernet Franc ~ 11% Merlot ~ 7% Grenache

Aged 20 months in French & American Oak. It has a bursting bouquet of boysenberry and dark chocolate and those flavors come right through on the palate of berry, tannins and not even a hint of green-ness that you get in a lot of Cab Franc. I don't know how they do it?! 535 cases produced.

 

Donati 2013 Claret
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48% Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 30% Merlot ~ 9% Malbec
12% Cabernet Franc ~ 1% Petit Verdot
2,816 cases produced.

Critical Acclaim
91 Points


Wine Enthusiast - "All five Bordeaux varieties are blended into this wine that offers boysenberries, violets, black pepper and sweet tar on the nose. The palate is decorated with a complex mix of blackberry, purple florals, dark chocolate and espresso bean, proving meaty and well spiced. Editor's Choice"

 

Donati 2015 Pinot Blanc
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100% Pinot Blanc (not to be confused with Pinot Grigio OR Sauvignon Blanc!) fermented in stainless steel. Aromas of banana and honeydew melon prep your palate for the tropical notes... BAM, Springtime in a glass! It has a creaminess to it which cleans up nicely with a crisp, crunchy-acid finish.

248 cases produced.

 

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Oldie but goodie!

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It seems that every week we hear about a winery that has been sold to some massive company for millions of dollars and we think - wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those guys. That being said, it’s getting increasingly difficult to find high quality, family-owned wineries that, most importantly, have some sort of historical significance in the wine industry. Lucky for us, all of that can be found in Heitz Cellars of California.

As most of our customers know, we are the first to toss the idea of brand loyalty in favor of the new, the interesting, the exotic, and the exciting. We haven’t carried Heitz wines in quite a few years and every now and then they’ll come in conversation while we’re tasting through some other outstanding California wines. After tasting through a line up of their wines this winter we knew we absolutely had to bring them back! And knowing how incredible these wines are, we want to open the whole line-up and let you judge for yourself. They say the proof is in the pudding, in this case, it’s at the bottom of a bottle of wine... so grab your favorite corkscrew and let’s get ready to
chug-a-lug some Heitz!

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Some quick history...

Alice and Joe Heitz purchased their first vineyard in 1961. Once upon a time, Joe was destined to become a veterinarian, and although the animal lover in me can’t even begin to image what he would have done for that particular field, what he did for California wine is nothing to scoff at. After changing his mind about working with animals, Joe got a Master’s Degree in enology at UC Davis, worked alongside the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff of Beaulieu Vineyards,and started the Enology Department at Fresno State. He did all of that, and then he went on to create one of the great icon wines of California! And now, his son, David Heitz, runs the winery with his wife, which has grown to over 1,100 acres. Sadly Joe is no longer with us, but his wife Alice continues to consult with the winery while her son and grandson have kept the dream going for 57 years.

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Heitz original barrel cellar built in 1898

In 1965 Alice and Joe started a partnership with Tom and Martha May of Oakville, California. The wine that was created from that partnership would forever cement the Heitz name in the history books of wine and in the minds of wine consumers the world over.

In 1999 Wine Spectator picked 12 wines for their Wines of the Century issue; Heitz 1974 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet was on that list. For some context, other wines deemed worthy of such a prestigious title included Chateau Petrus, Penfolds Grange, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, and 1921 Chateau D’Yquem, incredible company for a California wine with less than 40 vintages to show. For 52 years now, Martha’s Vineyard has been the flagship of Heitz Cellars.

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Heitz Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Regularly Priced at $26.99
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The Sauvignon Blanc captures the liveliness of the grape with its bright, crisp flavors. Refreshing and light, this wine has the joie de vivre to make every occasion a bit more exciting.

Heitz Cellars 2015 Chardonnay
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The Heitz name is the deeply ingrained in the culture of Cabernet connoisseurs that some people are surprised to discover that Heitz has been making Chardonnay since the wineries founding. The 2015 Chardonnay has a classic, lively fruitiness and richness on the palate that captures the essence of the varietal.


Heitz Cellars 2014 Grignolino

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Previous owner of the Heitz’s original vineyard, Leon Brendel, christened the property “The One & Only”, an homage to the only varietal he planted - Grignolino, often referred to as ‘the little strawberry’ in its native Italy. Heitz’s Grignolino lives up to its namesake with intensely aromatic strawberry, lychee, and peach aromas - California’s own Beaujolais.

Heitz Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauv
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From the quality of their fruit to the execution of every detail in the cellar, Heitz sets the highest standard for Napa Valley Cabernet. Superbly crafted from estate-grown grapes, their Cabernet is consistently noted for its incredibly flavor that exemplifies the 100% varietal wine.

Heitz Cellars 2013 Zinfandel
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The Heitz Zinfandel is a medium-bodied wine that delivers the unadulterated characteristics of the varietal. Marvelously balanced and softly rounded, the delicious core of wild berry flavors picks up a touch of spice before building to an elegant finish.

Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Port
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Inspired by his travels to Portugal, David Heitz planted eleven indigenous Portugal varietals in the early 90’s. In the 1994 Heitz introduced Ink Grade Port, an American take on a classic dessert wine with amazingly smooth, rich flavor.

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The Fableist Wine Co!

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Not only do these wines have the most legit labels in the industry, this winemaker duo from California has put some of the best juice in the bottle! The Fableist is a collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones. Curt, owner and vintner of the heralded winery, Sans Liege, is known for his critically acclaimed Rhone varietal wines. Andrew, winemaker of Field Recordings spends his days planning and planting vineyards and has stood foot in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast.

Together, they produce The Fableist, a collaboration that gives special attention to the craft and story behind each wine. Oh, and you can find Curt and Andrews own wines here at FranksWine on North Union Street... they’re pretty bangin’!

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Laura Lamprecht is the highly energetic and enthusiastic owner of Specialty Wines who brokers some of the hottest - and eclectic! - garagistes in California. She seeks out all of the cool, tiny producers that the big national distributors don’t have time for because they’re peddling plonk like 19 Crimes, Apothic and KJ... yeah, we’re snooty;-) I’ve been buying wine from Laura for the past 30 years and she’s still as passionate today about the wine biz as she was when I first met her.

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Fableist 2017 Zinfandel
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100% Zinfandel. Black cherry and cinnamon on the nose with images of sugar plum fairies dancing through your head. Hints of black tea and plum skin as you take your first sip, leaving you grateful for Paso’s precious Zin. Aged for 9 months in American oak... 3,478 cases produced.

 

Fableist 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
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84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Tempranillo... 10 months in French oak. Vibrant black currant, cedar and vanilla hit your tongue, as you’re warmed by the comforts blackberries and cherries. A strong finish wraps you in a fond embrace. 880 cases produced.

Fableist 2017 Chardonnay
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Welcome the comforting aromas of ripe peach, ricotta and graham crackers, feel this fresh mid palate roll into a bright finish. Like us, this wine is young and energetic, but still respects the classics. Barrel aged in French oak and stainless steel. 1,250 cases produced.

Fableist 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
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The 2017 is 100% Sauvignon Blanc greets you with a mix of mangoes, straw and fresh grass on the nose. Thirst quenching acidity, but full finish. Drink by the case! Aged 8 months... 75% in new French barrels and 25% stainless steel. 1,100 cases produced.

 

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I got 99 problems and this wine ain’t one!

99 VINES for $99.99!

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Okay... if you’re not into hip hop then that header made absolutely no sense to you. If you got it, then high-5s and fist bumps back atcha! To answer your question, no, these wines are absolutely notanother “celebrity wine”... they’re are totally legit and pretty amazing juice made by Scotto Cellars in Lodi, California.

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It’s not very often that we taste through 10 wines from a single winery and end up liking 8 of them enough to build a tasting promo around them. We were introduced to 99 Vines a few weeks ago and, in a moment that can only be compared to the first time we discovered what a Turduckin is, knew we had found the Holy Grail of dinner wines. 99 Vines touts an incredible array of California wines that are delectably spot on, each and every varietal. And they are an outrageously good value ~ $8.33! per bottle when you mix 12 bottles ~ which means the world when you’re stocking up for family and friends for the upcoming holidays. So in the interest of making the next three months of your Holiday food fests as stress free as possible, we’re setting up a veritable cornucopia of these heavenly bottles of juicy goodness.

 

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99 Vines Wines from Lodi, California
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Zinfandel ~ Shiraz ~ Pinot Grigio
Pinot Noir ~ Chardonnay~ Merlot
Moscato~ Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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Natural wine. What exactly are people in the biz referring to when they call a wine natural?

What else is in there that wouldn’t be natural, is it not tested on animals, is it GMO free, has it been blessed by shamans, is it untouched by human hands, is there a natural spring that runneth over with Pinot Noir?

Well...no. By the simplest definition, Natural Wine is wine in which nothing has been added, and nothing has been taken away. Which is, unfortunately, to say that many other wines do have things added to them and do in fact have things taken away before they’re put in a bottle on the shelf. And that, my friends, is pretty much where most people stop being agreeable on the subject.

Natural wine is regularly touted as superior because it is unadulterated - there are no additional sulfites added, there is no artificial color extract or enhancer, there are no powdered tannins or acidification processes, the alcohol isn’t balanced out by centrifuge separation (all things that do wildly happen in the world of wine). We’ve had people tell us that they sold off their entire cellar (dead serious!)
after they realized how superior natural wine is and we’ve had people tell us that it’s a crock of shit if they can’t produce a reliable, identifiable wine vintage after vintage.

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We’ve had white zinfandel, and we’ve had dry rosè, we’ve had orange wine, we’ve had blue wine, we’ve had canned wine, and now we have natural wine. But wait! That’s not entirely true, because natural wine, by it’s own definition is the OG wine, your grandmother’s wine, the wine before all other wines, and therefore it is inarguably better than every other wine! This is the argument we see batted back and forth month after month in various publications, on online wine boards, and by natural wine suppliers the world over. Our job isn’t to tell you what is better or what is right, our job is to bring you delicious wine, and if you find something enlightening in it, then we are all the more excited. Our humble opinion here at FranksWine is as simple as this - drink good wine. And to that end, Populis from Les Lunes in California is exactly that, damn good wine.


Les Lunes and their early release brand, Populis, was a garage project started in 2014 by a group of four UC Davis enology grads. Their combined experiences have seen them working in New Zealand, the Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, the Loire, and Faugeres, with Natural and conventional wine makers alike. Their combined vision to create wines that are a reflection of California and its unique ability to produce wines of all styles has allowed them to create wines that pay respect to the times and places of California that they love.

When Michelle first brought us Les Lunes and Populis there was no doubt that they would be the perfect wines to host a “Natural Wine Tasting”
with. They are expressive, delicious, thought-provoking, and most importantly, excellent representations of Natural Wines that aren’t weird for the sake of being weird.

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Populis 2016 Wabi-Sabi Red Blend
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Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. The 2016 Populis “Wabi-Sabi” Red Blend was born from the desire to create a lighthearted, naturally made, extremely drinkable wine from our favorite vineyard sites. Made up of Carignane, Zinfandel and Syrah, this wine has the backbone and rusticity of Italy and Southern France with the pop of fruit that only California brings to the table. Chill it down and drink it up!


Populis 2017 Rosé
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Carignane has a long, storied history in California, with many, many old-vine plantings. We love our old-vine Carignane rosé because it has beautiful fruit and aromatics, but a distinctly mineral, savory and dry finish. This wine is best contemplated over the course of an evening, or crushed on your front porch!


Populis 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
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What do you get when you make wine from one of the oldest Sauvignon blanc vineyards in California that has never received a drop of water from irrigation in its entire 70 year existence? You get a Sauvignon blanc that tastes nothing like the mass-produced and overly commercialized wines of New Zealand. So, no jalapeño, no green tomato, no cat-piss. Instead, you get light, flinty, and mouthwatering minerality that comes only from a vineyard that is farmed for quality instead of quantity.

 

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Hispanobodegas... Say what?

 

Hispanobodegas... that’s a mouthful! And so is this trio of Spanish juice. It has been two months ago to the day since I sent Derrick to a wine luncheon with Pablo Rodriguez, the young representative of Spanish wines from Hispanobodegas. Wine has been a staple of Spanish culture in Andalucia since well before you were born, or you great grandparents were born, or your great-grandparents were born!

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Here’s Derrick’s recap of the day:
The history of wine on the Mediterranean coast has been a significant cultural touchstone dating back to the Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors, and continues in the 21st century, thousands of years later. Sitting at the Columbus Inn just up the street from FranksWine
and talking with Pablo while tasted through several captivating wines I was reminded of just how massively diverse the world of Spanish wine is. Even Don Quixote, a book written over 400 years ago, alludes to wine over 40 times! Wine is as pivotal to Spanish culture as burgers and BBQ are to ours. It was critical that we bring in some of the wines represented by Hispanobodegas to show off, once again, how much Spain has to offer a world of wine drinkers.

The thing I found most exciting about Hispanobodegas is that the three wineries that the organization consists of are fairly new in the own rights, the earliest of which was established in the 70’s. However, they are built on the bones, the knowledge, and tradition of wineries that are centuries old. Everything modernizes in its own way, and creating a company was just a next step for these families, wine has been an integral part of their lives for generations. They also represent three of the key wine making regions of Spain - Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Rueda, a trifecta representing almost half of all Spanish wine production and the regions from which some of the most iconic producers originate. Their wines have been show-cased in Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, and the Parker Club, but what matters more than anything is that they are delicious, classic examples of Spanish wine and we are super excited to share them with you.

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Garci Grande 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
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You would swear that you were in the tropics drinking Garci Grande - Pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, and mango, it is a fruit basket that will whisk you away to a beach laced with palm trees and rolling waves. This is a quintessential wine for any Mediterranean food - shellfish and white fish, Paella, rice in fish broth, and anything grilled.

Valdelacierva 2014 Rioja Crianza
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Spanish crianza tempranillos showcase exactly why oak aging can be such a useful tool when it’s not abused. Ripe red fruits are perfectly balanced by just a touch of balsamic and toasted aromatics. It still has a touch of sweet ripe fruit on the palate, but again follows with a nice tannic backbone with a little savory toffee note.

12 Linajes 2014 Ribera del Duero Crianza
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Crianza from Ribera del Duero - Tempranillo of a difference breed. A little tougher, a little more muscular, a little more aggressive, tannic, and loud. Grab a hunk of cheese, grill some lamb, open a 12 Linajes and get yourself ready to fight some windmills. This was undoubtedly Don Quixotes wine of choice.

 

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We’ve had Jorge Ordoñez wines on our shelves for years now and watched as their business has grown to not only represent some of the best wines in Spain, but also represent the heritage of Spanish wine and gastronomy as vineyards the world over are being replanted to “international” varietals. From Viura and Xarello, to Hondurrabi Zuri, Bobal, and Mersegura, Jorge Ordoñez is on a mission to show that “what makes Spain unique is an extensive history of viticulture and enology, and a wealth of extremely old vineyards of indigenous varieties”.

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(Jorge Ordoñez tending to his vines)

Over the past few weeks the FranksWine Crew tasted through a pretty extensive lineup of Jorge wines to revisit some old selections and also try some new bottles that we were entirely unfamiliar with - the goal being to put together a line-up of wines that represent some of the lesser known regions and varieties of Spain. Well, we nailed it for you! We’ve always had a soft spot for the black sheep and the odd ball wines of the world - just because something isn’t mainstream doesn’t mean it’s not ridiculously delicious,and that was exactly what we were after knowing full well that we would find all that and more with Ordoñez wines.

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Nisia 2016 Verdejo
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Nisia represents the quality that Verdejo can achieve when it’s truly loved. Hand-harvested into small baskets and fermented in a combination of large used oak and stainless steel to retain the super fresh quality of the fruit followed by 8 months on the lees to round things out and add a creaminess to perfectly balance the super bright acid. Nisia is all about ripe fruit, beautiful florality, super refreshing acid and minerality, it is the maximum expression of the Verdejo variety.


Breca 2017 Rosé
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Breca is a spectacular example of Garnacha rosè made from 50+ year old vines. Extremely dry weather and diurnal swings produce a rosè that is really concentrated in flavor with super linear acid. Breca is made from the original clones of the Garnacha varietal in Calatayud and like so many of the Jorge Ordoñez wines is a beautiful example of it’s particular style.


Rio Madre 2016 Graciano Rioja
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Rio Madre is the result of the efforts of Jorge Ordóñez and Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine from D.O.C. Rioja. Mostly known for its role in adding complexity to the wines of Rioja Alta and Alavesa, Graciano is a varietal that thrives in Rioja Baja due to the hotter climate. Graciano is a late ripening variety that typically cannot ripen fully in Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Ordóñez discovered the quality of vineyards and Graciano in Rioja Baja, and partnered with Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine, a super rare treat from Spain that is wildly underappreciated. Dark brambly fruit, slightly spicy, superbly silky tannins. Good luck finding another Graciano this delicious.

Triton 2016 Tinta de Toro
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During the Middle Ages, Toro was the Spain’s most famous winemaking region. It has been mentioned in literature by Alfonso IX the King of León, Juan Ruiz the Archpriest of Hita, Quevedo, Luis de Góngora, and Miguel de Cervantes. In 14th Century Sevilla the sale of any foreign wine was prohibited, save the wines of Toro, and thank god they’re still around. These wines were also the wines that accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World. The wine is rich and fruity, characterized by smooth, integrated tannin, and a long, elegant finish, the result of extremely dark, sweet berries.

 

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Saturday is for drinking wine... let’s do it Jersey-style! BJ Vinton of Whitehorse Winery in Hammonton New Jersey (YES... Jersey! Insert all Snookie and Pauly D jokes here) has been knocking down our door to get in here and pour his exceptional East Coast wines for months... and we’re SO glad he was persistent!

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Last week Derrick, Greg and I tasted through the whole line-up and hand selected three wines that we felt really encapsulate what BJ and his father Brock have been doing at Whitehorse for the past few years. Brock is a seasoned wine geek, spending years exploring the wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux before getting involved with wineries in Napa, Mt. Veeder, Lodi, and Paso Robles in California.

BJ wasn’t far behind,following in his father’s footsteps while working in Cognac, Bordeaux, and Beaujolais while he sought his own path down the wine route. In 2013 the family purchased 40 acres in New Jersey, planted 18 of those to 10 different varieties, and built a beautiful wine making facility, and I don’t see these ambitious wine lovers turning back any time soon.

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Whitehorse Winery ‘16 Vintners White
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Whitehorse’s signature dry white blend of Albarino, Riesling and Vidal Blanc.
This fantastic summer white shows off with notes of grapefruit and lemongrass following through to a dry and refreshing finish.


Whitehorse Winery 2017 Rosé
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A blend of Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon
An exuberant rose that features a lovely, bright nose with strawberries and red fruits. Crisp and dry with a refreshing finish and classic Provencal minerality.
The perfect light, delicious, warm-weather wine!


Whitehorse Winery 2015 Vintners Red
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A dry blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon, & Petit Verdot.
Aromas of dark, ripe red fruit with a medium body. A complex, well layered wine that represents the signature style of Whitehorse Winery.

 

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These French Rhones are DIVINE!

Damn it’s been a long time since we dusted off the Chateauneuf-du-Pape rack and opened up some true stunners from the Rhone Valley here on North Union Street! Wait no more...

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the wine so dope, they named it after the Pope! Pretty much every picture you see of the Pope drinking wine, he’s using a straw?! Guess he doesn’t want to spill this Domaine de la Charbonniereon his whites!

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There’s a long history in CdP (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and they have set some astounding precedents for French wine as a whole. There are a few reasons why the wine is now known as the “Pope’s New Castle”, and the name is well earned. In the 14th century, the Papal court was moved to Avignon (right on the Rhone river), Pope Clement is reported to have ordered the planting of vines around the same time, and John XXII is given credit for creating a Papal vineyard.

The point is, the Popes are crazy about the stuff and for good reason. Excellent examples of CdP are not nearly as common or as often sought out as Bordeaux, Burgundies, or, these days, Cult Napa Cabs, but they are everything a wine should be and more - dense, rich, structured, complex, age-worthy, and above all, deeply satisfying when paired well with food.

Did I mention qualifying bottles of CdP are embossed with the Papal Seal? They literally have the Pope’s stamp of approval, it does not get cooler than that!


D omaine de la Charbonniere was brought to our attention here at FranksWine a couple of months ago and Derrick, Greg & I have been hoarding on a small stack of these wines, patiently waiting for the day that we can pop the corks on these puppies, and it’s finally here! The Charbonniere estate has been in the Maret family since 1912 when Eugene Maret bought it for his wife who was born in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, he set the bar kind of high. But if his next goal was to impress her with astounding wine, he has more than exceeded.

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Eugene’s grandson and grand daughters, Caroline and Veronique, now run the estate. They focus on Organic and Sustainable wine practices and each vintage, both in the vineyard and in the winery, is treated individually, they don’t adhere to any strict blending rules or aging regiments. They tailor each new year to the weather, grapes, and land, creating distinct, beautiful wines that truly tell a story of their family. Stop in this weekend to hear about it!

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Charbonniere 2016 CdP Blanc
Regularly priced at $44.99
$32.39 with a mixed 6-pack

b1

40% Grenache Blanc ~ 20% Roussanne ~ 20% Clairette
93 Points Wine Spectator

Fresh and lively, with lots of green almond, pear and white peach flavors liberally laced with verbena and acacia notes. A bright mineral streak and a twinge of star fruit add length and cut to the finish. Drink now through 2022

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Charbonniere 2015 Vacqueyras
Regularly priced at $29.99
$21.59 with a mixed 6-pack

b2


60% Grenache ~ 40% Syrah
91 Points Wine Spectator

Blend from near Sarrians, the 2015 Vacqueyras combines lovely ripe cherries with tarry, plummy notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a long, supple finish and should drink well for up to decade.

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Charbonniere 2015 CdP Rouge
Regularly priced at $44.99
$32.39 with a mixed 6-pack

b3

70% Grenache ~ 15% Mourvedre ~ 15% Syrah
93 Points Wine Spectator

A rich, yet silky and suave, style, with raspberry pâte de fruit and mulled red currant flavors infused heavily with incense, dried anise and black tea notes. The long finish shows a sandalwood echo and a wellburied mineral hint. So charming, this is approachable now, but there’s no rush. Drink now through 2030.

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Charbonnière CdP Vielles Vignes 1.5L Mag
(very limited quantities)
Regularly priced at $134.99 Magnum

$107.99 per bottle ~ 20% Off while they last!

v5

70% Grenache ~ 30% Mourvedre
94 Points Wine Spectator

A lovely licorice snap note leads off, followed quickly by crushed raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Rich yet restrained, with light shiso leaf, iron and incense details weaving throughout. The silky finish lets the fruit linger with a sustained hum. Drink now through 2035.

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