Second label from Clos Fourtet, Wine Spectator's #9 Wine of the Top 100 2015!
La Closerie de Fourtet is the rare second label wine from Clos Fourtet. Only about 2,500 cases were produced of the 2012 La Closerie de Fourtet and we’re one of jsut a few retailers in the country that have it. The 2012 La Closerie comes from the same estate vineyards that produced the Robert Parker 100 point Clos Fourtet and sells for about half.
In the past, second label Bordeaux have offered tremendous value, but today the best "seconds" offer an even greater value than ever before. Better quality grapes are going in to the second label wines as the selection process for the "Grand Vin", or first wine, has gotten stricter. Essentially, more of what used to be the first wine is now bottled under the second label. The 2012 La Closerie de Fourtet is one of the best value second label wines that we have in stock right now. It’s a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The second vintage of Dave Phinney's Disciples Red, the 2015 has arrived. The new Prisoner! Limited.
previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Disciples Proprietary Blend, which is made from 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah tips the scales at 15.7% alcohol. The Zinfandel plantings date from the 1880s and were better known as the source for Biale’s Old Crane Zinfandel. This wine displays spicy, peppery steak tartare, roast Provençal herbs, and briary black cherry and blackberry fruit. It has terrific body, length, richness and viscosity. It is a sensational Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-7 years."
From the new winery The Crane Assembly, the Disciples 2014 Red has quite a back story. In August of 2012, four friends (Dave Phinney, Darryl Browman, Kevin A. Fox and Bryan D. Sandoli) stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time...they picked the grapes the next morning. Since that first year wines were made from our G.B. Crane Vineyard under the el Coco label and the GB Crane label.