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Wines of the Week | May 9, 2016
May 9, 2016 3:11:00 PM
Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
WHF Price: $39.98
The much sought-after latest release from Yao Family Wines - The Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – is here! At $39.98 a bottle, this wine is a steal. Stock up now, because supplies will not last.
Robert Parker awarded the 2010 and the 2012 vintages 90 points, and the 2013 vintage promises to be even better. 2013 exhibited superior growing conditions allowing wines a fine, smooth tannic structure, perfect development of complex flavors, and good acidic brightness. The 2013 Yao Ming Cabernet is about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with small lots of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot blended in for extra richness and finesse. Aged in 65% new oak, the wine exudes seductive and fruity aromas of black currants, dark cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, graphite, and baking spice. On the palate, bursts of chocolate-covered cherries with polished, grippy tannins that demonstrate plenty of ageing potential (about 10-15 years), a rich, smooth mouth feel, and a long finish.
Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2013
WHF Price: $22.98
Are you a fan of Caymus Cabernet and enjoy California Chardonnay too? You will love the Mer Soleil 2013 Reserve Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Made by winemaker Charlie Wagner (his father, Chuck, makes Caymus!), Mer Soleil in English means “Sea” and “Sun,” two elements that go into this beautiful, golden-colored wine. The Santa Lucia Highlands lay next to the Pacific Ocean creating morning fog to give the grapes bright acidity and refreshing minerality. The sun ripens the grapes so that the wine is rich, opulent and fruity. Mer Soleil exhibits aromas of apple, lemon, peach, vanilla and butterscotch. On the palate, the wine is integrated, round and smooth with notes of tree fruit, tropical fruit, nuts, baking spice all lifted by refreshing citrus and wet stones. Pair with creamy seafood dishes, salads, cheddar cheese, or even a steak!
Earning 90 points from Cellar Tracker, The Mer Soleil 2013 Reserve is drinking perfectly right now! Come and get some. We have one of the best prices in town, hands down.
(And if you prefer unoaked Chardonnay, we also carry the Mer Soleil Silver Santa Lucia Highlands Unoaked 2014 in its distinctive silver ceramic bottle. Pair with salmon, pork, or curries. $18.98/btl.)
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Wine Spectator Top Picks!
Abadia Retuerta Sardon de Duero 2011
WHF Price: $22.98
This remarkably well-priced Spanish red of mostly Tempranillo was awarded high marks by both Robert Parker (92 points) and Wine Spectator (94 points) and was #15 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2015! We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves.
Wine Spectator - "Alluring for its plush texture and impressive for its depth, this red delivers plum, currant, licorice, tar and mineral flavors that are rich and focused. The firm tannins are well-integrated, kept lively by fresh acidity. Smoke and floral notes mingle on the long finish. Drink now through 2031. 30,000 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Seleccion Especial is a blend of Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, bottled after 16 months maturation in oak. 2011 was a good vintage for all varieties and basically for all their different vineyards, which range from 740 (Negralada the lowest) to 820 (Valdebellon, the highest) meters altitude and produced a very balanced blend, with clean aromas, good harmony and integration of the oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a lush texture, ripe and round, big-sized but balanced as all varieties ripened homogeneously. 460,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2018."
Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Domaine Sainte Claire” 2014
WHF Price: $16.98
Now that we’re well into Springtime and the weather is warming up, we turn to refreshing white wines to enjoy on their own and to pair with food. This lovely Chablis earned 91 points from Wine Spectator and was #47 on its Top 100 Wines of 2015! A chalky, fruity aroma gives way to a palate full of lemon, lime, green apple, and quince. Made from the Chardonnay grape, the Domaine Sainte Claire bottling is rich, elegant, and pairs well with seafood. Drinking perfectly now, this delicious wine will last until 2020.