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2012 Russian River "Jouissance"

Luscious, generous, and hedonistic. Black raspberry, cherry cola, plums, cassis, chocolate, and tilled earth on the nose.  Similar dark and juicy fruit flavors explode on the palate, expanding throughout the mid-palate while also revealing hints of red fruits and underlying layers of pepper, vanilla bean, espresso bean, cinnamon, clove, and chocolate.

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2012 Sonoma Mountain "Red Dog Vineyard" Pinot Noir

Subtle and alluring, with a finish that goes on for a long, long time. Spices, wood, florals and citrus - this wine has too many descriptors to list here, but you can bet this wine will please the most discerning of palates. The mouth feel is soft and rich, with a considerable acidic lift. Toward the back, it reveals an earthen and tannic strength, and the finish is long and dominated by fine, dry tannins and dried spices and fruits. With age this wine deepens and softens, rewarding the palate, while also exhibiting an even more exotic nose as the bouquet develops.

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2012 Sta Rita Hills "Fiddlestix Vineyard" Pinot Noir

This is a bold Pinot Noir, rambunctious in its youth and promising to unfold with grace into its maturity. The nose is densely packed with rich fruits, black cherry, cassis, blackberry, grape blossom, citrus zest, orange blossom, wet slate, cardamom, and blood orange. Intense fresh fruits lead the palate, settling on the mid- palate with focused, ripe flavors of grape, black cherry, cassis, and currants, intermixed with holiday spice, woody notes, cola, and tobacco notes. Brilliant acidity provides brightness and balance while structure, always a strong suit for this wine, is emphasized by mouth-filling tannins. The spicy aromatics continue through the long finish.

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2011 Carneros "Sangiacomo Vineyard"

The wine opens with bold and powerful aromatics. Lemon zest, tangerine, honeydew melon, lychee fruit, marzipan. A second layer reveals key lime pie, honey, fresh baked bread, wet stone, and hazelnut. The palate is bright, with forward notes of citrus and a mid-palate of star fruit, pear, and citrus flavors. A rich mouth feel develops and mingle with tropical fruit and holiday spices for a long finish. Pair this with grilled meats, seafood, pastas with olive oil or cream sauces, Asian cuisine...the combination of its rich mid-palate, smooth tannins, and acidic structure make this wine unusually versatile at the table.

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2011 Carneros "Toyon Farm"

This wine produces a perky spiciness that melds effortlessly into a rich and palate coating smoothness. Opening with ripe cherry notes, well-spiced with pepper, graphite, and clove, over top aromas of dried plum and strawberry and cranberry.  The palate is dominated by an almost visceral layer of mouth-coating tannins and mid-palate flavors of cherry, plum, strawberry, orange peel, and balanced with a bright, palate-lifting acidity.

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2011 Carneros Chardonnay

Announced by rich aromatics of melon, pear, and fig accented with Granny Smith apples and tangerine. Chalky, wet stone and graphite add nuance, topped with decadent creme brulee and brioche. Intense palate weight and luscious fruit tannins fill the mid-palate,finishing mouth-filling minerality. Citrus flavors are intermixed with peaches and cream and citron notes and just a hint of pineapple.  Cardamom, and toasty biscotti notes, liven the palate, leading into the finish which is long, layered, and complex.  The tannins, minerality, and acidity that are the calling card of well-raised, true Old Wente Chardonnay are in full display.

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2011 Carneros Pinot Noir

Rose and violet mix with strawberry, cranberry, and cherry. Ripe plum fills in along with the usual darker touches of graphite, cola, clove, and pepper. The palate is full of textural, mouth-coating tannins lightened with a bright acidity. Fresh cherries, raspberries, and plum dominate. The fruit moves towards a long, tannic finish with earthy spices and piquant minerality. This wine is perfect in its youthfulness.

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2011 Coombsville - Napa Valley "Haynes Vineyard"

The nose begins with a subtle strand of straw, honey, and a softened whiff of cedar. The nose opens further to a rich melange of spicy melon, figs, dates, and meringue. The palate is immediately bright and fresh, and the mouth-feel is significant and rich, expansive and increasing in intensity. Crisp apple and ripe pear notes emerge from the full-bodied mid-palate, touched with tangerine and orange blossom. The finish is a lengthy and powerful amalgamation of ripe fruit, baking and holiday spices and mouth-filling minerality with a soft, tannic grip. The nose continues to evolve, revealing nuances throughout the finish. This is a Chardonnay worthy of cellaring.

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2011 Coombsville-Napa Valley "Mink Vineyard"

This is a Pinot Noir that emphasizes elegance and grace, without sacrificing weight and profundity. A nose of blueberry, cherries, and huckleberry pie, floats atop dried currant notes, mushrooms, and wet stone. The palate reveals more stoniness rounded with plum, chocolate and currant, spiced with notes of pipe tobaccos. As always, the finish is dominated with the fine, chalky and mineral tannins coating the entire palate and lingering long into the finish. A singular California Pinot Noir.

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2011 Oregon "Shea Vineyard"

Always brimming with earthy, organic aromas, and this vintage is no exception. The rich, tilled earth is peppered with light toasty notes, dried floral perfumes, clover, rose petal and geranium flower. Rich and ripe, the nose shows plenty of blackberry, huckleberry, and wild strawberry. The palate is rich and broad, generous with plum, blackberry, blueberry, with mouth-coating, chocolatey tannins.

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