This is the big one. Catered hors d’oeuvres, and four PREMIUM wines. $25 per person.
2014 Sokol Blosser “Big Tree Block” Pinot Noir; $74.99
Dundee Hills, Oregon
For 47 years, even before there was an Oregon wine industry, the Sokol Blosser family has been perfecting Pinot Noir. Since founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, the family has pursued winemaking excellence through environmentally friendly techniques. Today, situated on a certified organic 85-acre property in the Dundee Hills appellation, and farming another 43 acres of vineyards in Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills, B Corp-certified Sokol Blosser remains committed to a sustainable approach. This respect for nature has consistently captured the terroir of the region, showcasing its essence through the brilliance of its estate fruit. Now with the second generation of Sokol Blossers at the helm, the winery is poised to enter a new millennium of winemaking and sustainability under the guidance of CEO and Co-President Alison Sokol Blosser, along with winemaker and Co-President Alex Sokol Blosser.
The single block program showcases the variation and nuanced expressions of the different vineyards on the estate. All the fruit for this program is grown in the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills. Notes of bright Bing cherries and a bit “brambly” like wild strawberries. A bit of that traditional cola with some great peppery spice, tobacco and dusty minerality in the finish. One of the best American Pinot Noirs I have ever had. Amazing depth and complexity. - $7.50 Sample
2015 Purple Angel by Montes; $84.99
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Purple Angel has been recognized as one of the best wines of Chile and consistently the best Carmenere perhaps in the world. The vintage is believed to be one of the best ever and is one of the highest rated wines of 2015 at 99 points. Now seen as their flagship wine, Purple Angel is the best of Montes. Founded about thirty years ago, they found fame right away with a great value in their Montes Alpha series. A killer everyday Cabernet for only $9.99. What was once thought to be an extinct grape varietal Montes embraced the idea of premium Chilean Carmenere. The Purple Angel is almost always 92% Carmenere blended with about 8% Petite Verdot to add some structure and some additional acidity. Aged 18 months in all new French oak barrels for a soft, spicy finish.
“… ripe red and black berries over a backdrop of sweet spices. Dark chocolate and mocha notes from aging in French oak combine very well with the variety's characteristic fruity aromas… palate is well structred with soft, ample tannins.” - $8.50 Sample
2016 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape; $89.99
Rhone Valley, France
The Rhone Valley of France is most well known for rich fruit forward blends of Grenache and Syrah. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the most celebrated region of the Southern Rhone Valley. Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe has been run by the Brunier family for six generations, since 1891 to be precise, and they released their first vintage in 1895. The estates vineyards are planted on the renowned plateau, La Crau. The increased elevation with great direct sunlight produces a Chateauneuf with incredibly intense juicy fruit.
The Chateauneuf-du-Pape region by law can only grow 13 select grape varietals. The three most prominent are featured in this wine with a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. This is among one of the most traditional blends seen around the world frequently now seen labeled as just “GSM”. The remaining 5% of the wine is a number of other primary varietals grown in the region such as some Cinsault and Clairette. The wine is settled in concrete tanks for 10 months and then aged in extremely large wooden foudres(similar to large oak barrels, have been known to be as large as 30,000 liters) for an additional year.
This vintage is among one of the highest rated in recent history. Reviews cite flavors of black raspberry, currants, black cherries, strawberry, violets, lavender, sage, licorice, and five-spice powder. One of the reasons these wines are so critically acclaimed has to do with the complexity and depth of flavor, definitely on full display in this amazing red. - $9.00 Sample
2015 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon; $59.99
Napa Valley, California
Faust is part of the Huneeus Vinters collection of simply outstanding wines. Vintner Agustin Huneeus and his wife Valeria founded the Quintessa estate in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley in 1990. Now run by the father and son team of Agustin and Agustin-Francisco they have established a number of other incredible winery projects including Faust that make up the Huneeus Vinters portfolio. Faust was started to showcase the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the diversity of the Napa Valley by sourcing from estate vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford, as well as small lots from spectacular mountain AVAs such as Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain.
The 2015 Faust is really one of the best Cabernet values under $100. They do blend a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot with the Cabernet Sauvignon to add some depth and complexity. After 19 months in 100% French oak small barrels the wine has an incredible softness and rich, spicy finish.
“A dense yet fresh red with a blueberry and blackberry character and hints of tobacco and dark chocolate… Layered and beautiful. Juicy fruit at the finish.” - James Suckling 95pts - $6.00 Sample