Join Matt Garofalo (of Oconee Cellars, in Greensboro) and Riedel Ambassadors on Saturday March 24th for a live demonstration on the effects that the shape of a wine glass has on each unique varietal and how stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance, and finish of a wine to the senses.
Attendees will get to taste the wines from Wagner Family – Owners of Caymus Vineyards and wines from Silver Oak, the Festival’s Featured Vintner for 2018!
Tickets include a set of four Riedel Veritas wine glasses (MSRP $138).
Purchase your tickets soon as Event will sell out!
Charles Smith CS Cabernet 2015
92 Rated by Robert Parker
One of the best values I’ve tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish. It has real elegance and finesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years.
Regular Price $19.99
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92 Rated Robert Parker
The 2015 Solanera used to wear the ultimate Spanglish label, which said “Viñas Viejas of Monastrell” even if it was always a blend (in this vintage, the blend includes 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera). The revamped 2015 has a completely different label that only keeps the “viñas viejas” moniker. In this wine, from the joint venture with U.S. importer Eric Solomon that started in 1999, they used part of full clusters and sourced the grapes from Casa Marta, a nine-hectare, head-pruned, dry-farmed plot on very stony soils in the north of Yecla at the foot of the Mount Arabí. It fermented in concrete vats and open-top barrels and matured in barrique, each variety separately, for some ten months, after which it was blended and bottled. This is the vintage of the big change in this wine, where, as with the majority of its siblings, there is better balance and more integrated oak, more freshness and better balance. The nose is quite captivating, especially after some time in the glass, when it starts developing some floral aromas, perfect ripeness, no warmth or alcohol and a powerful, yet terribly balanced palate with concentration and elegance, fine-grained tannins and clean, focused flavors. This is my favorite Solanera to date. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017.
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94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California’s Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It’s a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It’s a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. Drink it anytime over the coming 2-4 years. (JD) (4/2017)
Aged Bordeaux Pre-Sale
Below is a list of aged Bordeaux that we will have in stock around November 1st. I chose these wines from an extensive list of aged Bordeaux. I based my selection on winery reputation, score, vintage, and price. These types of wines need a minimum of 10-15 years of bottle aging before they are ready to drink. Lucky for you, most of the aging has been done for you! Most of these wines are from the 2005 and 2009 vintages, which are the best two vintages in the past 20 years for the Bordeaux region of France. Are these wines expensive? Absolutely, what finer things in life aren’t? Are they worth the price? There is only one way to find out. If you are interested in getting any of these wines, please give us a call or stop by the store for more information. They are first come, first get so hurry before they are gone!
Vintage Winery # btls Size Cases Scores Price
|2009||CH BRANAIRE DUCRU ST JULIEN 09||12||750ml||1||96RP, 95 JS||$127.99|
|2005||CH LA CROIX BEAUCAILLOU ST JULIEN 6PK 05||6||750 ML||1||93JS, 91RP, 91WS||$86.99|
|2006||CH SAINT PIERRE ST JULIEN 06||12||750ml||1||93RP||$84.99|
|2005||LA DAME DE MONTROSE ST ESTEPHE 05||12||750ml||1||90RP||$82.99|
|2009||CH LA COUSPAUDE ST EMILION 09||12||750ml||3||94WS, 93RP||$75.99|
|2009||CH LA DOMINIQUE ST EMILION 09||12||750ml||3||93WE, 93RP, 93SWE||$89.99|
|2009||CH LA CROIX DU CASSE POMEROL 09||12||750ml||3||93WE||$45.99|
|2005||CH HAUT BERGEY PESSAC LEOGNAN 05||12||750ml||2||91WS, 90RP, 90ST||$50.99|
|2005||CH BATAILLEY PAUILLAC 05||12||750 ML||1||93RP, 91JS||$123.99|
|2005||CH D ARMAILHAC PAUILLAC 05||12||750ml||1||92ST, 92W&S||$108.99|
|2009||CH DAUZAC MARGAUX 09||12||750ml||1||92RP, 91WS||$74.99|
RP- Robert Parker
W&S- Wine & Spirits Magazine
JS – James Suckling
ST- Steven Tanzer
WE – Wine Enthusiast
WS – Wine Spectator
A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine.
Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries, made even more famous by the addition of winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012, recently retired from Petrus after 44 vintages at the revered Bordeaux chateau. To celebrate his addition to the team, Tapiz created a new “Alta Collection” line of wines using fruit that comes solely from Tapiz’s sustainably farmed San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.
Only $19.99 per bottle!
$17.99 by the case!
Stop by The Oconee Cellar and grab a bottle or a case before it’s all gone!
The Oconee Cellar will be closed tomorrow June 18th so we can all spend time with our Father’s on Father’s Day. Stock up today, we are open until 9:00 pm.
Master’s Week Hours
Monday April 3 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Tuesday April 4 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday April 5 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday April 6 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday April 7 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday April 8 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday April 9 12:30 -6:00 pm
Winery founder Bruce Cohn was introduced to the music industry at an early age. Prior to moving west from Chicago, Illinois, his father sang Italian Arias and his mother was known to have sung with Frank Sinatra in the Chicago nightclub scene. In 1956, the family relocated to the Bay Area and settled in Sonoma County. While at college, studying broadcasting and communications, Bruce became intimately involved with the San Francisco music scene, running a music rehearsal studio by day and serving as a television engineer at night. It was around this time, in 1970, that Bruce met and became the manager of the Doobie Brothers, which he managed for 45 years as they climbed the charts into Rock-n-Roll stardom.
B.R. Cohn Cabernet 2014 Retail $19.99
A bold, rich Cabernet with aromas of cassis, black cherry, mint and violet combine with a bouquet of pungent oak, anise, and warm vanilla. On the palate, lush cherry, caramel, and clove are wrapped in smooth tannin and a long juicy finish.
Excellent with corned beef and cabbage, bacon wrapped fillet mignon, or old fashion spaghetti and meat balls in marinara. Also serve with strong cheese and flat bread on your next vineyard outing or pair with your favorite dark chocolate.
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
B.R. Cohn Chardonnay 2015 Retail $15.99
This Chardonnay is sourced from select vineyards in the acclaimed Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County, where the cool climate allows the grapes to develop ripe, rich flavors, while maintaining a bright and refreshing acidity.
The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy and with his viticulture knowledge he was hired to plant a vineyard for a farmer in Forestville. Within two years he earned enough money, and borrowed some from a local wood cutter, to purchase land of his own. Working side by side on a 60 degree slope, Giuseppe and Luisa planted a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines, which later became known as the Jackass Hill vineyard. Over 100 years later, this south easterly exposure remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County.
To this day, the Martinellis still sell more grapes then are used to make their own wines; about 90% of the grapes they farm are sold to other Sonoma County wineries. Lee Sr. and his two sons, Lee Jr. and George, continue the proud legacy of care-taking the land, and you may meet one of the Martinelli daughters, Julianna or Regina, on the road at various events or at the winery.
Martinelli Bella Vigna Russian River Pinot Noir 2013 $ 39.99
The 2014 Bella Vigna Pinot Noir is sure to become your go-to wine. This approachable wine is bright and fresh, with wonderful aromas of plum, red apple and hibiscus tea. Flavors include juicy cherry pie, currants and hints of cinnamon and vanilla.
Martinelli Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012 $39.99
90 Points Wine Spectator!
The Chardonnay grapes are picked between 24 and 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with wild yeast, resting in 50% new French oak for 10 months before bottling. The wine is neither heat nor cold stabilized, and is un-fined and un-filtered, clarified only by racking before bottling.
Case Production: 495
The 2012 Bella Vigna Chardonnay has aromas of wet slate, lemon oil, lychee and vanilla. The palate is nicely balanced with flavors of green apple, creamy lemon, and touch of minerality.