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Relic Ritual Red 2012 Product #29027 (In Stock)
Relic Ritual Red 2012 Relic Ritual Red 2012

There’s just so much to love about this wine.  Start with Bandol’s Mourvedre grape in the staring roll – there are a whopping 11 acres of it in all of Napa, so you don’t often see it playing the lead.  Then, add red fruit from juicy Grenache and blue fruit and minerality from 110 year-old Carignan grown at the end of Pickett Road in Calistoga (right next door to one of California’s best and most famous Cabernet vineyards).  Round things out with a bit of meaty Syrah and juicy, structured, Petite Sirah, and you’ve got a luscious, highly drinkable, red that will knock your socks off at Thanksgiving and for years to come!

Even more Rhone-like than usual in 2012, starting with rich aromas of creamy black plum and blackberry, licorice, mocha, and brambly garrigue - the blend of crushed rosemary, lavender, and thyme plus a touch of black olive that's the hallmark of a fine Rhone red.  On the palate the flavors stay in the Rhone mode with generous black fruit and garrigue coating your mouth but the texture turns a bit more New World rich and plush. With air, the flavors just get more and more complex and complete as the fantastic black olive and sappy herb notes really come to the fore and accents of anise and white pepper emerge. As you'd expect from old vine Mourvedre and Carignan, there's powerful mineral and tannic structure here, but this ripe, deeply flavored, red will mellow out nicely with a rich meal or a year or two in cellar.

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Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011 Product #28444 (In Stock)
Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011 Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011

From the legendary Frediani Vineyard, in Calistoga, just up the road from Araujo and next to Hundred Acre’s new vineyard.  Current owner/farmer Al Frediani’s father purchased this site shortly after arriving in the USA from Italy in the early 1900s.  Al, now 92 years-old, worked the vineyards as a child and personally planted the Petite Sirah vines in the late 1940s.  Since then, he’s never watered the vines, never sprayed them with insecticides, and more or less them along – other than occasionally pulling up a weed here and there.

The combination of 2011’s cool weather and the well-drained soils created unbelievable complexity and elegance in what is fast becoming one of Napa’s benchmark Petite Sirahs.  The aromas are fabulous, exploding with dark black plum, blackberry, dusty cocoa and hot rock scents.  The palate is every bit as big, rich, and unctuous as you’d expect from Petite Sirah, but shows unusual elegance and poise for such a big wine.  Black fruits, white pepper, bitter chocolate, and purple floral flavors shimmer across your lounge before the masses of fine tannin kick in for support.  I love how well integrated the alcohol is and the very, very, loooong finish with layers of warm fruit compote, spice, and more.  Drink now and for the next half-dozen years or so.

"Generous and expressive, with plenty of rose petal and violet aromatics up front, showing cigar box and red licorice details to the core of plum, wild blackberry and cherry. White pepper and crushed rock details gain momentum on the finish, while dense, velvety tannins give the flavors plenty of traction. Drink now through 2025."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2012 Product #29026 (In Stock)
Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2012 Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2012

If you want to know why so many people are super-excited about California Pinot Noir in 2012, just taste this stunner.  Rich and pretty aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry, raspberry, damp earth, vanilla bean, cinnamon and clove from first pour and just get deeper and more luscious with air.  The flavors are beautifully fresh and focused with fine intensity to the crushed cherry and red berry fruit and accents of fresh turned earth, blood orange, and sweet spice.  I love the texture of this year's Kashaya - silky smooth and pure and focused on the palate before a just right squirt of acidity makes your mouth water over the sweet, dusty, tannins. The finish just sails on and on - Bing cherry, black cherry, strawberry, earth, red licorice, flavors layer on top of each other before drifting away and leaving you ready for another sip.

This would certainly be a great bottle to enjoy with Thanksgiving dinner right now, or – if you can keep your hands off it – for turkey days and fine feasts for years to come.  Fewer than 300 cases made.

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Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011 Product #28443 (In Stock)
Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011 Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011

Mike Hirby sourced the 2011 Avion from a tiny vineyard at 1200 feet elevation in the gorgeous hills between Sonoma and Petaluma. It’s a cool site that gets plenty of afternoon sunshine but also cooling breezes and frequent morning fog – perfect conditions for getting ripe Pinot fruit flavors while retaining fine acidity and keeping alcohols modest.  In 2011, yields were miniscule but quality outstanding in this raspberry and white pepper-scented wine of fine focus and delineation.  Just 150 or so cases made.

“From a vineyard above Durrell in the Petaluma Gap, at an altitude of 1,100 feet; 100% destemmed fruit. Good full red. Deep, scented aromas of crushed cherry, strawberry, briary raspberry and wild herbs. A creamy, spicy fruit bomb on the palate, with lovely depth and energy to its sappy red berry and sour cherry flavors. Hints of licorice and white pepper and some high-pitched spiciness give lift to this enticing wine. Finishes with firm but edge-free tannins and lingering notes of spice and wintergreen.”International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Product #29025 (In Stock)
Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Mike Hirby picked a great time to gain access to Cabernet Sauvignon from one of Napa’s most exciting sites – the Kenefick Ranch in Calistoga.  A great Calistoga site like this - across the road from Frediani and Araujo’s world-famous Eisele Vineyard – was the key to making good wine. Blending in juice from Oakville and adding dashes of Merlot and Cabernet Franc for plushness and aroma allowed Mike to make one of the very best 2011 Napa Cabernets we’ve tasted at any price point.

It takes a little time in the glass or a vigorous swirl to coax the aromas out of this very young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but then you'll be rewarded with very pure, deep, scents of red currant, black cherry, coffee, dark chocolate, spicebox and crushed herb. It's a big wine in the mouth, with rich, powerful, Napa Cab flavors of currant, blackberry, mocha, vanilla, spice, cedar, violet and more.  The powerful flavors and rich texture are nicely balanced by fine-grained tannins and juicy acids, making this an outstanding match for grilled or roasted meat today and an even better candidate for improvement in cellar over the next decade plus. This is a very winning bottle of Cabernet that frankly outperforms most of the $100+ 2011s we've tasted to date. An exciting, delicious, and deeply satisfying bottle of Napa Cab.

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