Wine Society -Voyager’s Guild – September $45

Pinot Noir  Reserve     Napa Valley  2010          TASTING NOTES

The fresh aroma of wild blueberry with a hint of grenadine and black cherry invites us into this powerful wine. A hint of toasty oak adds complexity. Velvety tannins with balanced acidity provide structure for the long finish


Wine Advocate – December 2011 92 points 
Wine Spectator – December 31. 2011 91 points 
Wins points for its subtlety and finesse, with detailed mineral, raspberry and black cherry fruit that’s deftly balanced and slow to unfold, but does so gracefully, firming on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,117 cases made. ~ J.L.

PRODUCTION NOTES          100%   Pinot Noir

September Wine Society- Adventurers Club $35

Two Wines from Robert Mondavi – Napa Valley 09 Cabernet Sauvignon and Fume Blanc:


Deep, dense and concentrated, the flavors echo intense aromas of blueberry, bramble and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. Bold, yet supple on the palate, the dark, richly fruity flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and long finish.


Wine Enthusiast – June 2012 91 points – Editor’s Choice
Textbook Napa Cab. It’s dry, smoothly tannic and subtle, with blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors nicely intrigued with herbs, tobacco and cedar. Just delicious now and for the next few years. – S.H.


75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

FUME BLANC    Napa Valley –   2009            TASTING NOTES

Fresh aromas of lime, guava and lemon verbena anticipate crisp, mouthwatering flavors of ripe honeydew, lemongrass and honeysuckle with subtle spice notes. The ample mouthfeel and creamy texture is enlivened by zesty acidity and lingering citrus flavors.


Wine Enthusiast – November 2012 90 points


94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon

August Wine Society – Voyagers Guild $55

The August Wine Society at the Voyagers Guild Level will be:  Cepa 21  Tinto Fino, a Tempranillo and the other TWO wines from the Adventurers Club – Juan Gil and Cellar Can Blau… all Three for $55…a $67 Value.



Brand Profile:

This is a new project of the Moro family in Ribera del Duero. The vineyards that are used for Cepa 21 were all planted before 1990 and are planted to Tinto Fino, the purest clone of Tempranillo in the region. The clone which is cultivated in all of the plots belonging to Bodegas Cepa 21 is selected from one hundred year old vines in Pesquera de Duero. The soils are clay with limestone and clay with some sedimentary gravel. The vines are oriented to the south and the yields are 1.67t to 2.09 t/acre.

Wine Advocate:

Score: 90

The 2007 Cepa 21 raises the bar slightly. Also 100% Tinto Fino, it exhibits a bouquet of toasty oak, pencil lead, spice box, and black fruits. On the palate it displays an elegant personality with ample succulent fruit, good depth, and a smooth texture. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019.

Wine Spectator:

Score: 91

This plush, modern red delivers sweet flavors of blackberry and fig compote with spicy accents of vanilla, cinnamon and sandalwood. Round and juicy, with fine tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2017.

August Society – Adventurer’s Club – $35

The August Wine Society- Adventurer’s Club will feature the country of Spain.  These wines are imported by a well-renowned Importer – Jorge Ordonez.  A Monastrell – JUAN GIL from Jumilla and CELLER CAN BLAU from Montsant a Red blend of Carinena, Syrah and Garnacha.




Brand Profile:

The D.O. Montsant is a horseshoe-shaped appellation that surrounds the D.O. Priorat on three sides. Celler Can Blau selected the village of Mas Roig as the base of operations and purchased 60 acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. The Cariñena is planted on sandy clay soil; Syrah on chalky soils and the Garnacha on slate.

Wine Advocate:   Score: 90

The 2009 Can Blau is made up of 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French oak. Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. Cellers Can Blau is a relatively new Montsant estate founded by Bodegas Juan Gil (of Jumilla) in 2003.



Brand Profile:

The origins of the winery date from 1916, when Juan Gil Gimènez built a winery in the heart of Jumilla. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his whole life to the wine business, but it was the third generation who really consolidated the winery. Juan Gil Gonzalez, together with his brother Paco–the founder’s grandsons–forged an image of quality, reliability and efficiency with the present generation trying to maintain and improve as much as possible.

International Wine Cellar:

Score: 90

(100% monastrell): Deep, bright ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, cola, oak spices and black tea. Musky and penetrating, offering spicy red and dark berry flavors that show a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the long, smoky finish.