98 points - limited
Limited new Chardonnay from cult producer Paul Lato. First time available! Limited.
98 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Showing a touch more oak (it was brought up in 70% new barrels), the 2015 Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard offers classic notes of white peach, pineapple and buttered stone fruits intermixed with spice and hints of toasted nuts. It's ripe, beautifully textured and full-bodied on the palate offering tons of richness and depth as well as a great finish."
The Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard is a classic Paul Lato Chardonnay built on texture and resonance. Candied lemon, orange peel, spices and butter blossom in the glass. The flavors are quite rich, yet there is a sense of energy that keeps things in focus. Bright saline notes add lift on the finish. It is both rich and precise. Ideally it needs at least a few years to integrate the oak a little more fully. This is a terrific example of Santa Maria Chardonnay.
New release of Caymus' 2017 Cabernet now available! Caymus makes one of Napa Valley's most popular Cabernet Sauvignons and the 2017 is another stellar wine.
previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has a dense opaque purple color, a kiss of blackberry and cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel with ripe tannin and a long finish. It is very Caymus in its immediate accessibility, but has plenty of staying power and depth. This is lush, full, intense and pure. Drink it over the next 15 or so years."
Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons – a “Napa Valley” and the venerable “Special Selection”. Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through “hang time” – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to “hang” on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine’s fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla. The new Caymus 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley release is one of the best cabs in years!
★ 95 Points
A blockbuster new Cabernet blend from Hestan Vineyards. Usually only available to mailing list members we have a small amount of this tiny production Cabernet while our allocation lasts!