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Featured Wines: 
Chateau La Cardonne Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2000 750ML
Chateau La Cardonne Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2000 750ML  
sku: 12244

Wine Spectator:
Lovely aromas of crushed berries, chocolate and smoke follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Well-done. Best after 2005. 35,830 cases made. -JS

The now famous 2000 vintage for the Medoc region acheived a 99 point rating from Wine Spectator, the highest bracket designated as "Classic". A combination of the quality and character of the wines from each region are evaluated by the staff and a resulting rating is established.
*see www.winespectator.com/vintagechart

Among the most prestigious regions in Bordeaux, the Medoc is the largest. It encompasses 50 miles of land along the left bank of the Gironde River and the famed appellations of Margaux, St. Julien, Paulliac and St. Estephe are located within this world renowned region. The main varietal of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon.more

Reg. $23.99
Mixed Case Price per Bottle: $21.59
buy Chateau La Cardonne Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2000 750ML

St. Francis Chardonnay 750ML
St. Francis Chardonnay 750ML  
sku: 2497

Our best of tasting was clear - a classy, well-made wine with plenty of fruit wound tightly, some austerity and terrific hints of earth and minerals. A repeat favorite. St. Francis Sonoma Chardonnay is styled to be a crisp, fresh expression of the varietal of classic Sonoma character.

As you will taste, the barrel component adds a toasty complexity to the finished wine. Fruit and pear aromas are complimented by hints of oak and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, our 2006 Chardonnay has ripe fruit flavors, crisp high acid in the mouth, and a rich lingering finish.

The clean, white fruit and melon aromas are offset by a discreet measure of new oak and vanilla which carry onto the palate. The fruit flavors are ripe, medium full-bodied and clean, supported by a fresh, lively acidity, moderate complexity and supple texture. The finish is succulent and persistent, repeating the well-balanced notes of tropical fruit and oak. The fruit is brought to the winery, crushed, and the juice immediately pressed from the skins, and allowed to settle for two to three days at 40F.

The must is racked from the lees into fresh stainless steel tanks and allowed to warm to 50F; the lees are filtered and returned to the racked must. The juice is then inoculated with yeast and yeast nutrient, and once fermentation is underway, 40 percent of the lot is transferred to new French and American oak barrels, where the fermentation is completed at a temperature of 60 to 65F after one to two weeks. The 60 percent of the blend remaining in stainless steel completes fermentation at a temperature of 50 to 55F over a period of three to four weeks.

At this point, the barrel-fermented lots are transferred to tank, the barrels cleaned, and the wine returned to barrel with a slight addition of sulphur dioxide. Over the six months the wine remains in barrel, the fine lees are stirred and the barrels topped roughly once every three weeks. Up to between ten and 15 percent of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The barrel lots are then blended with those in stainless steel and chilled, fined, filtered and bottled.  Rich with notes of citrus, melon and vanilla, this Chardonnay is a fresh expression of the hand-picked classic varietal.

Two thirds of the grapes in this blend were grown in our estate Lagomarsino Vineyard located in the Russian River Valley, the remainder were carefully selected from nearby vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Carneros, choosing only fully ripened fruit.

The fruit is 100% whole cluster pressed and fermented in different lots, then barrel aged for six months in French and American oak barrels prior to blending. Barrels are lees stirred by hand during aging to achieve a rich, lush mouth-feel. This Chardonnay undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation.more

Suggested: $16.99
Our Sale Price: $9.99
buy St. Francis Chardonnay 750ML

Thank you for your business and continued interest in our products.  We look forward to future opportunities to serve you.

The Staff

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