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Check out these deep sale prices, two very popular wines, great new prices!
||Clos du Val Cab Napa 2006 750ML
Enthusiast: A beautiful young Cab, built along classic Napa lines.
Stands at the elegant end of the stylistic spectrum, with relatively
low alcohol, less ripe fruit and a delicate mouthfeel. Shows flavors of
herbs, cherries and blackberries. Drink now through 2015. Good value in
an upscale Cab. -S.H.
French born winemaker
Bernard Portet and American businessman John Goelet founded Clos Du Val
in 1972. After traveling the world for two years in search of wine
growing regions of great potential, Portet selected two sites in the
Napa Valley- 130 acres in the Stags Leap District for growing Bordeaux
barietals and 180 acres in the cooler Carneros region to launch Clos Du
Val's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay program.
Today, winemaker John
clews joins Portet in delivering our classic, elegant style of wines,
as Clos Du Val has consistently expressed for more than thirty years.
Clos Du Val has created world-class Cabernet Sauvignon since 1972, and
this latest vintage continues the winery's tradition of balanced,
elegant and complex wines made to enjoy with a meal.
purple-black in color, the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has
aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. Intense flavors of black
fruit, dried herbs and a hint of spice fill the mouth. The wine has a
powerful, solid middle and a chalky, lingering finish. Expect this
Cabernet Sauvignon to age gracefully for an additional 5-10 years. Appellation: Napa Valley
Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: Closed top tanks with pumpovers; 30 days with skin contact
Aging: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels
Soil Type: Gravelly clay loams
Age of Vines: 8-25 yearsmore
Suggested Price: $33.99
Sale Price: $21.99
||Beringer Chard Napa 2007 750ML
Parker: Another great bargain is the 2006 Chardonnay Napa. Crisp and
lean, with copious amounts of lemon oil, guava, and nectarine aromas,
it is a medium-weight, dry, refreshing white to enjoy over the next 1-3
Beringer's Chardonnay vineyards span
several sub-appellations in southern Napa Valley, where fog from the
San Pablo Bay works its way north each afternoon during the growing
season, cooling the vineyards and allowing a longer maturation period.
cooler vineyards to the south produce grapes with crisp apple, pear and
citrus characteristics, while vineyards closer to Yountville yield
Chardonnay with a rich texture, and tropical fruit and pineapple aromas
and flavors. Winemakers Ed Sbragia and Laurie Hook chose complementary
lots from each of these vineyards to craft a wine that exhibits bright
fruit, richness and complexity.
When making the 2006 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Laurie kept each lot
separate and used several different techniques to retain the bright
fruitiness in the wine while also adding richness and complexity.
the grapes were gently destemmed and crushed, slightly more than half
of the juice was fermented and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels
to enhance its natural richness and roundness, but she chose to use one
quarter new barrels and limited battonage significantly so aroma and
flavor components from the oak and yeast lees would not be
The remaining juice was stainless steel
fermented to retain more of the pure fruit character. Additionally, to
maintain a balancing crispness in the wine, Laurie chose only 20% of
the wine to undergo malolactic fermentation.
"We are using a mix of barrel and steel
fermentation (a longer, cooler fermentation) to highlight the different
characteristics we get from our four Chardonnay vineyards, and the 2006
vintage is an exciting example of this exploration featuring almost
half of the blend fermented in steel tanks. Lemon zest, apple, pear,
vanilla and toasty spice aromas carry into the flavors with a
refreshing tanginess and a bright fruit finish." - Laurie Hook,
Beringer Vineyards Winemaker
cluster pressed to enhance delicacy, and aged partially in French oak
barrels for a round rich texture, and partially in stainless steel to
retain the pure varietal character of our Napa Valley vineyards. Notes
of apple, pear, citrus, spice, a touch of toasty oak and mineral
character lead to a long finish.more
Suggested Price: $19.49
Sale Price: $12.99
us every Saturday in Fairfield from 1PM - 6PM for an in-store wine
tasting hosted our locally renowned wine manager Owen Carty. Each week
Owen will be sampling interesting and distinctive wines from around the
world. Please stop by and tap into Owen's vast knowledge on all aspects
of the winemaking process.
Thank you for your business and continued interest in our products. We look forward to future opportunities to serve you.
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