Le Colonial Wine List Review

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Le Colonial

20 Cosmo Place

San Francisco, CA

P: 415.931.3600

http://lecolonialsf.com

 

Le Colonial Wine List Review

We recently ducked into Le Colonial for dinner on a Saturday night, and the restaurant was jam-packed.  All in and all it was a great experience. We ordered a bottle of the 2007 E. Guigal, Gigondas ($60) and 2007 Perrin, Vacqueyras, Les Christins ($57).  Both wines are rated over 90 points and they were excellent.

As with all VinoServant reviews, you will see the price at the restaurant followed by the mark-up over retail, and if applicable, a rating from one of the publications listed below (2006 Iron Horse, Classic Vintage Brut | $65 | 2.3x | WS 90). Mark up of 2.3x translates into a retail price of $28 a bottle, Wine Spectator rated this wine 90 points and it is one of our Top Picks at Le Colonial.

Burghound – Burg | Wine Advocate – WA | Wine Enthusiast – WE | Wine Spectator – WS |

 

VinoServant’s Top 20 Wines at Le Colonial

2006 Iron Horse, Classic Vintage Brut | $65 | 2.3x | WS 90

1998 Dom Ruinart, Brut, Champagne | $210 | 1.5x | WA 92

 

2010 Cliff Lede, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc | $48 | 2.1x | WE 90

2010 Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $65 | 2.2x | WS 92

 

2009 Orogeny, Green Valley, Sonoma County, Chardonnay | $49 | 2.0x | WS 89

2007 Domaine Pierre Matrot, Meursault | $82 | 2.1x | WS 89

 

2009 Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Gewurztraminer | $40 | 1.8x

2008 Palmina, Tocai Friulano, Honea Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley | $42 | 1.9x

 

2009 Copain, Tous Enseble, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir | $59 | 2.1x | IWC 90

2008 Merry Edwards, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $72 | 1.8x | WE 94

2007 Saintsbury, Stanly Ranch, Carneros, Pinot Noir | $92 | 2.3x | WS 92

 

2009 Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $45 | 2.2x | WS 91

2009 A. Rafanelli, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $62 | 1.3x

 

2009 Ortas, Cave de Rasteau, Reserve, Cotes-du Rhone | $33 | 2.1x | WS 88

2006 Capafons-Osso, Sirsell, Priorat | $52 | 2.4x | WE 91

2007  Perrin, Vacqueyras, Les Christins | $57 | 2.2x | WS 90

2007 E. Guigal, Gigondas | $60 | 2.2x | WA 92 to 94

 

2007 Provenance, Carneros, Merlot | $44 | 1.7x | WS 86

2007 Trefethen, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, Cabernet Franc | $76 | 2.1x

2006 Round Pond, Rutherford, Cabernet Sauvignon | $95 | 1.9x | WE 92

 

Sparkling Wines

39 selections that range in price from $39 to $475

2006 Iron Horse, Classic Vintage Brut | $65 | 2.3x | WS 90

Domaine Chandon, Etoile, Napa Valley, Brut Rose, Non-Vintage | $70 | 2.4x | WS 90

Roederer, Extra Dry, Champagne, Non-Vintage | $92 | 2.3x | WA 90

1998 Dom Ruinart, Brut, Champagne | $210 | 1.5x | WA 92

 

White Wines

66 selections that range in price from $29 to $135

2009 Paul Dolan Vineyards, Mendocino County, Sauvignon Blanc | $45 | 2.4x | WS 87

2010 Cliff Lede, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc | $48 | 2.1x | WE 90

2010 Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $65 | 2.2x | WS 92

 

2009 Orogeny, Green Valley, Sonoma County, Chardonnay | $49 | 2.0x | WS 89

2007 Domaine Pierre Matrot, Meursault | $82 | 2.1x | WS 89

2008 Colin-Morey, Saint-Aubin, Premier Cru, La Chateniere | $87 | 2.2 | Burg 89

 

2009 Martin Codax, Rias Baixas, Albarino | $33 | 2.4x | WA 86

2010 MacMurray Ranch, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Gris | $35 | 2.1x

2010 Tablas Creek, Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles, Rhone Blend | $39 | 2.4x | WA 89

2009 Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Gewurztraminer | $40 | 1.8x

2008 Palmina, Tocai Friulano, Honea Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley | $42 | 1.9x

 

Red Wines

93 selections that range in price from $36 to $395

 

2009 Copain, Tous Enseble, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir | $59 | 2.1x | IWC 90

2008 J Vineyards, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir | $66 | 2.4x | WE 87

2006 Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast, Pinotage | $67 | 2.4x | WS 89

2008 Merry Edwards, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $72 | 1.8x | WE 94

2007 Saintsbury, Stanly Ranch, Carneros, Pinot Noir | $92 | 2.3x | WS 92

2008 Joseph Drouhin, Gevrey-Chambertin | $92 | 2.1x | WE 89

2007 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay | $105 | 2.0x | Burg 89

 

2009 Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $45 | 2.2x | WS 91

2009 Titus, Napa Valley, Zinfandel | $52 | 2.3x

2009 A. Rafanelli, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $62 | 1.3x

 

2009 Ortas, Cave de Rasteau, Reserve, Cotes-du Rhone | $33 | 2.1x | WS 88

2006 Capafons-Osso, Sirsell, Priorat | $52 | 2.4x | WE 91

2007  Perrin, Vacqueyras, Les Christins | $57 | 2.2x | WS 90

2007 E. Guigal, Gigondas | $60 | 2.2x | WA 92 to 94

2007 Broc Cellars, Dry Stack, Bennett Valley, Grenache | $62 | 2.3x

2009 Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage | $65 | 2.2x | WA 90

 

2007 Provenance, Carneros, Merlot | $44 | 1.7x | WS 86

2007 Paradigm, Oakville, Napa Valley, Merlot | $90 | 2.1x

2008 Duckhorn, Napa Valley, Merlot | $105 | 2.1x | WE 92

2007 Trefethen, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, Cabernet Franc | $76 | 2.1x

2008 Terra Valentine, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $78 | 2.2x | WS 89

2006 Round Pond, Rutherford, Cabernet Sauvignon | $95 | 1.9x | WE 92

2007 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan | $120 | 2.1x | WA 91

2007 Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de LaTour, Cabernet Sauvignon | $195 | 1.8x | WA 95

Sparkling Wines

39 selections that range in price from $39 to $475

 

2006 Iron Horse, Classic Vintage Brut

Retail Price: $27 at JJ Buckley & $30 at Wine.com

  • $65 at Le Colonial | 2.3x 

90 points Wine Spectator: This crisp wine has pinpoint focus, with aromas of Asian pear and cinnamon and complex flavors of green apple, toasty yeast and mineral that linger toward the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2015.

Winemaker’s Notes: The most traditional of the Iron Horse Sparklings. A classy blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, aged an average of four years on the yeast in the bottle. Wonderfully rich and creamy, it sends all kinds of memory bells that say “champagne”, though the fruit is unmistakably Green Valley of Russian River Valley. It is vintage quality in every sense of the word.

Food pairing The ultimate food wine. Goes with everything–sushi, fried, salty and spicy dishes, rich chicken soup (guaranteed to cure whatever ails you), with popcorn on movie night. The best no-fat dessert is Brut and fruit – a handful of fresh berries in summer or sliced mango in winter. Alcohol 13.5%.

Domaine Chandon, Etoile, Napa Valley, Brut Rose

Retail Price: $29 at Empirewine.com

  • $70 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

90 points Wine Spectator: Well-crafted, intense and concentrated, with mature, appealing black cherry, candied apple, melon and spice. Clean and refreshing, it offers delicacy and finesse.

Roederer, Extra Dry, Champagne, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $40 at The Wine House

  • $92 at Le Colonial | 2.3x

90 points Wine Advocate: The NV Extra-Dry Carte Blanche is based on the Brut Premier, but receives a higher dosage of 16 grams per liter. Even though the Carte Blanche naturally shows a bit more sweetness than the Brut Premier it also maintains considerable focus and energy. Here the expression of fruit tends towards brighter, more floral white fruits, green apples/pears. The wines balance and length are first rate. This is Lot # L033633C101132. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.

1998 Dom Ruinart, Brut, Champagne

Retail Price: $140 at K&L Wines

  • $210 at Le Colonial | 1.5x

92 points Wine Advocate: The 1998 Dom Ruinart Brut Vintage is simply gorgeous. This taut, focused Champagne is currently quite shut down and appears to be holding back much of its potential. Still, the wine possesses plenty of density in its ripe Chardonnay fruit, smoke and minerals, with a long, subtle finish. All this wine needs is time in bottle. If past vintages are any indication, the 1998 should age beautifully. Readers who enjoy fresh wines will find plenty to admire in this wine now, but those who enjoy Champagnes with a little age on them will want to wait a few years before enjoying this fine effort. This is Lot: AEE2AD, disgorged July, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.

White Wines

66 selections that range in price from $29 to $135

2009 Paul Dolan Vineyards, Mendocino County, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $19 at Fine Wine House

  • $45 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

87 points Wine Spectator: Bright and crisp, offering lemon-lime, melon and passion fruit flavors that are as aromatic as they are refreshing. Drink now. 4,050 cases made. –MW

 

2010 Cliff Lede, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $20 at Artisan Wine Depot & $25 at Wine.com

  • $48 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

90 points Wine Enthusiast: A fine, crisp Sauvignon Blan, offering lots of sweet citrus fruits, honey and spcies that venture into real complexity. The flavors of tangerines, Aisan pears, Meyer lemons and green apples are rich and intricate, brightened by fine acidity.

Winemaker’s Notes: Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon greet the nose with floral, high notes of peach blossom. Pineapple and lychee are supported by fine-tuned minerality. A luscious mid-palette expands into a rich and long finish. Blend: 99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon. Alcohol 14.7%.

2010 Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $30 @ the Winery & $40 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $65 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

92 points Wine Spectator: Smooth and silky, with spicy details of nutmeg and quince joined by pure, ripe honeydew melon and cantaloupe flavors. Pear, lemon zest and apricot notes are elegant, lithe, and wonderfully juicy on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 9,005 cases made. –MW

2009 Orogeny, Green Valley, Sonoma County, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $25 at Sherry-Lehman

  • $49 at Le Colonial | 2.0x

89 points Wine Spectator: Bold, rich, intense and layered, this full-bodied white has spicy, floral scents, with flavors of ripe pear, fig and light cedary oak, finishing with mineral and anise notes. Drink now through 2016. 2,032 cases made. –JL

2007 Domaine Pierre Matrot, Meursault

Retail Price: $39 at Arlequin Wine Merchant & Benchmark Wine Group

  • $82 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

89 points Wine Spectator: An elegant style, fresh and clean, showing apple, lemon and mineral flavors matched to a vibrant structure. Offers fine length, with echoes of citrus. Drink now through 2017.

Winemaker’s Notes: This wine is wonderfully elegant and pure with notes of lime, acacia blossom and roasted nut leading to precise, intense and precise flavors that remain round, accessible and intense yet possess the underlying tension and acid/fruit balance that suggests that this will reward 4 to 6 years of cellar time. A quality villages that is worth your consideration.

2008 Colin-Morey, Saint-Aubin, Premier Cru, La Chateniere

Retail Price: $40 at Zachys

  • $87 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

89 points Burghound: A more intensely floral nose also reveals hints of white peach and pear with a background touch of sulfur. The seductive, pure and mouth coating flavors possess ample amounts of dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the punchy but balanced and notably dry finish.

2009 Martin Codax, Rias Baixas, Albarino

Retail Price: $14 at K&L Wines

  • $33 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

86 points Wine Advocate: The Martin Codax label is now under the Gallo umbrella and produced in large quantities. The 2009 vintage was outstanding in Rias Baixas so the 2009 Martin Codax Albarino has a bit more depth and concentration than has been the standard recently. It was aged sur lie for 4 months and displays a pleasant nose of spring flowers and lemon zest. Crisp on the palate with good balance and moderate length, it will drink nicely for another 1-2 years.

2010 MacMurray Ranch, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Gris

Retail Price: $15 at Wine House & $18 at Wine.com

  • $35 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Gris possesses an expressive fruit-forward character, exhibiting rich aromas of fig, white peach, and pear. The bright aromas and complex varietal characters of citrus and elements of spice add both weight and interest to the wine. The flavors of peach, spicy pear and citrus meld together in a rich core, resulting in a round mouth feel which complement its crisp, clean finish. Blend: 97% Pinot Gris, 2% Chardonnay and 1% Viognier. Alcohol 14.1%.

2010 Tablas Creek, Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles, Rhone Blend

Retail Price: $16 at Napacabs & $17 at JJ Buckley

  • $39 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

89 points Wine Advocate: The 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc (50% Grenache Blanc, 33% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 7% Marsanne) shows the richness of Grenache Blanc in its white peaches, flowers and jasmine. It is a beautifully delineated white, as well as a terrific value. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.

2009 Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Gewurztraminer

Retail Price: $22 @ the Winery

  • $32 at Zuni Café | 1.4x
  • $40 at Le Colonial | 1.8x

Winemaker’s Notes: The fruit nurtured in the vineyard dominates with tropical flavors of lychee, ginger and citrus. Cold harvest nights insured good acidity and our cellaring regime in oak casks resulted in a dry, crisp, yet rounded wine with hints of yeast.

2008 Palmina, Tocai Friulano, Honea Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

Retail Price: $22 at Wally’s Wine & Spirits

  • $42 at Le Colonial | 1.9x

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 release of Palmina Tocai Friulano is a bit crisper and yet a bit rounder on the palate. Picked earlier than in the past, the wine shines forth with a light, spun straw color with light chartreuse highlights glinting from the glass. A “briny perfume” reminiscent of oceanic waves crashing on rocks is joined by just ripe apricot at first swirl. The wine unfolds with white citrus flower and nuances of springtime delighting the senses. It is no wonder this wine is released in the spring , as it is fresh and sprightly! A round and rich texture brings key lime, nectarine and limestone notes to the palate along with a hint of pineapple core, wild blooming sage and marzipan. The wine lingers in the mouth with a zesty hint of hazelnut and white peach on the pleasant, refreshing finish.

Red Wines

93 selections that range in price from $36 to $395

2009 Copain, Tous Enseble, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $28 at K&L Wines

  • $59 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

90 points International Wine Cellar: Bright ruby. Subtly aromatic nose of cherry, mocha, cinnamon and musky herbs. Smooth and expressive, with dark cherry and spice flavors and an appealing pliant texture. Nicely concentrated and seamless, with very good finishing breadth and cling. Aeration allows this wine to stretch out so give it an hour or so in a decanter if it’s on your upcoming drinking list.

2008 J Vineyards, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $28 at Beltramo’s

  • $66 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

87 points Wine Enthusiast: Pretty and polished, an elegant, lighter style Pinot Noir to drink now with rich pork, lamb and beef dishes or grilled salmon. It’s silky and satiny, with pleasant wild strawberry, cherry, red currant, licorice, cola and cedar flavors

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a lush, full wine exhibiting the expressive character of the Russian River Valley. An excellent growing season provided a wine of great depth, with elegantly composed layers. Aromas of milk chocolate, rose petals, and wild blackberry fill the glass. As the wine opens there are hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry are fully integrated with the subtle oak tannins.

2006 Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast, Pinotage

Retail Price: $28 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

  • $45 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.6x | TOP PICK
  • $67 at Le Colonial | 2.4x 

89 points Wine Spectator: Smoky, savory herb, blackberry and currant fruit is complex, rich and layered, tight and structured, ending with firm tannins. Drink now through 2014. 733 cases made. –JL 

Description from K&L: Forget everything you think you know about Pinotage – the Fort Ross version stands in a class all its own. This unique blend of pinot noir and cinsault thrives on the chilly Sonoma Coast, developing complex aromas and flavors that enchant from the get-go. Ruby-hued with aromas of mulberry, roses, black tea and spice, the wine opens up on the palate with layers of briar fruit, plum and root beer. Its firm acidity, ripe tannins and tight-knit character will help it develop over the next few years, but it can easily be enjoyed now with hearty fare.

2008 Merry Edwards, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $39 at Ryebrook Wine & Spirit Shop

  • $72 at Le Colonial | 1.8x

94 points Wine Enthusiast: Hard to keep from falling in love with this wine. It’s so luscious in bright, spicy wild cherry, raspberry and root beer flavors. With a satiny texture and brilliant acidity, it’s stunningly drinkable now, but should hold and develop over the next six years.

Winemaker’s Notes: The opening fragrance of this Pinot reveals scents of crushed, sweet red cherries, ripe raspberries and jasmine tea. As the appealing aroma expands and unfolds, its floral perfume exhibits hints of violets, blueberries, licorice and nutmeg. The palate is sweet and savory with a smooth, sleek mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins extending the full finish. This wine’s gentle, approachable character belies its potential for long-term aging.

2007 Saintsbury, Stanly Ranch, Carneros, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $40 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $92 at Le Colonial | 2.3x

92 points Wine Spectator: Supple, elegant and stylish, showing rich blackberry and blueberry fruit, with pretty loamy, earthy shadings. Gains traction and depth, ending with firm tannins and a pleasing mineral edge. Drink now through 2013.

2008 Joseph Drouhin, Gevrey-Chambertin

Retail Price: $39 at Wine House & $50 at Wine.com

  • $92 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

89 points Wine Enthusiast: A powerful, concentrated wine, pushing tannins while also showing great berry fruits and fine, juicy acidity. It does need to age to soften the tannins

Winemaker’s Notes: Gevrey-Chambertin is a wine with a beautiful, bright ruby color. Intensely fruity on the nose, the aromas are reminiscent of black cherry, wild blackberry and licorice. The woody character is subtle and marries delicately with the other aromas. As the wine evolves, there are more complex notes, such as mild spice, nutmeg and leather. Later still, mushroom and damp earth nuances make their appearance. Although present on the palate, tannin is never astringent but blends itself harmoniously with the natural freshness and “gras” (velvety texture) of the wine. The same aromas encountered earlier on the nose are found again in the aftertaste. Gevrey-Chambertin could be served with beef bourguignon, coq au vin, grilled meat and great cheeses. Alcohol 13.0%.

2007 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay

Retail Price: $53 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $105 at Le Colonial | 2.0x

89 points Burghound: A more elegant and less obviously earthy nose that is perhaps even fresher and features pure red pinot fruit that is followed by delicious and equally pure middle weight flavors supported by good concentration, refined tannins and excellent length at this level. A very fine villages that is worth a look.

2009 Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $20 at Wine.com

  • $45 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

91 points Wine Spectator: Deep and well-structured, with smoky wild berry aromas and layered black cherry, cracked pepper and loamy earth flavors that are wrapped in ripe but firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017.

Winemaker’s Notes: The aromas center on brambly fresh blackberry and deep, dark boysenberry. There is an uncommon brightness and vibrancy to the fruit flavors here: dark-fleshed plum and blackberry expand on a plump, round mid-palate accented by just a pinch of black pepper. Full-bodied and bold, the clean, lingering finish exemplifies the quality of the vintage. Enjoyable upon release, this Zinfandel will age nicely through 2016. Blend: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 2% Grenache.

2009 Titus, Napa Valley, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $23 at Napacabs

  • $52 at Le Colonial | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: Ripe aromas of spicy, briary dark fruit are wrapped in molé spice, cardamom, and milk chocolate shavings on the nose and translate through to the palate with the addition of black cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, sweet plum, white and black pepper, anise, and burnt raw sugar. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lush and offers hints of sweetness on the palate along with a dusty cocoa quality. This Zin’s long, spicy finish is enhanced by black cherry, licorice, and soft oak spice and toast. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage with a maximum suggested aging time of eight to ten years from vintage. We also recommend decanting this wine for about an hour prior to drinking.

2009 A. Rafanelli, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $47 Average Price Via Wine – Searcher

  • $50 at The House of Prime Rib | 1.1x
  • $62 at Le Colonial | 1.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: With ripe jammy and briary fruit aromatically arousing your senses, and backgrounds of caramelly oak dancing on your palate, this Zin celebrates our signature style.  Always pleasing this is a wine that is youthful and will not disappoint after a couple of more years in the cellar.

2009 Ortas, Cave de Rasteau, Reserve, Cotes-du Rhone

Retail Price: $16 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $33 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

88 points Wine Spectator: This fresh red delivers a beam of black cherry fruit laced with hints of lavender and warm stone. Drink now. 6,000 cases made. –JM

2006 Capafons-Osso, Sirsell, Priorat

Retail Price: $22 at Wine.com

  • $52 at Le Colonial | 2.4x

91 points Wine Enthusiast: Reedy, attractive, classy aromas of red fruits, tobacco and fine herbs are like a red carpet entering the gala. The mouth is structured and tannic but not hard or biting; flavors of red berry, plum and cherry lean towards sweet, while the finish is long, medicinal and on the money. Drink now through 2014.

Winemaker’s Noters: “Sirsell,” the Catalan word for a grapevine tendril, is a smooth, single-vineyard Priorat wine produced from Capafons-Ossó’s Mas de l’Amoros property. The grape varieties grown in the vineyard, whose name translates as “Lovers’ Lane,” are Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine possesses a dark ruby color with aromas of ripe blackberries, Mediterranean herbs and sweet spice. Lively and fruit-forward, this wine is also surprisingly round with mature tannins and a very long finish.

55% Garnacha pais, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cariñena

2007  Perrin, Vacqueyras, Les Christins

Retail Price: $25 at Fine Wine House & $28 at Wine.com

  • $57 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

90 points Wine Spectator: Dark, with a nice juicy beam of blackberry and crushed red currant fruit backed by graphite and dark licorice notes on the finish. This fleshes out nicely in the glass. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2010. 4,580 cases made.

Winemaker’s Notes: The Vacqueyras les Christins comes from 20 acres that are leased by the Perrin family and managed by the Beaucastel team. The vineyards are within the commune of Sarrians, south of the Dentelles de Montmirail, between Carpentras and Vaison-la-Romaine, and the vines have an average age of 50 years. Clearly a wine from a warm place, with an amber hue and a rich texture, the nose is of morello cherries, flowers and licorice. On the palate it shows an unctuous texture and is rich and concentrated. Alcohol 14.5%.

2007 E. Guigal, Gigondas

Retail Price: $27 at Artisan Wine Depot & K&L Wines

  • $60 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

92 to 94 points Wine Advocate: The best Gigondas from Guigal that I have ever tasted will certainly be the 2007, which is still aging in tank and large wood vats. His general blend here is about 55-60% Grenache, around one-third Mourvedre and the rest Syrah. This remarkable Gigondas is scheduled to be bottled within the next several months. Dense plum/purple, with notes of garrigue, crushed rock, blueberry, and black raspberries, the wine is full-bodied, with stunning purity, a multi-layered texture, and a long finish. It should drink nicely for 10-15+ years.

2007 Broc Cellars, Dry Stack, Bennett Valley, Grenache

Retail Price: $26 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $62 at Le Colonial | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: Our third varietally designated Grenache wine to come from the rocky soils of the Dry Stack Vineyard located in the Bennett Valley AVA, a cooler sub-region of the Sonoma Valley Appellation. Wines possessing exotic aromatics and rich fruit flavor are what make this vineyard and region so unique. The ’07 Grenache shows red fruits, along with kirsch, clove, black currants and pepper spice. This wine is concentrated and focused, yet retains elegance and restraint through its balance.

2009 Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage

Retail Price: $29 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $65 at Le Colonial | 2.2x

90 points Wine Advocate: Denser, with more blackberry fruit such as well as hints of licorice and cassis, the medium to full-bodied, wonderfully pure, dense 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is a winner and a big-time sleeper of the vintage. This rich, full, multi-layered wine should drink well for 10-15 years. 2009 is Alain Graillot’s finest vintage since 1990.

2007 Provenance, Carneros, Merlot

Retail Price: $25 at Wine House & $28 at Bevmo

  • $44 at Le Colonial | 1.7x

86 points Wine Spectator: The ’07 Provenance Merlot has aromas of black currant and tobacco lead to sleek flavors of cherry, spice and olive; drink now through 2015.

2007 Paradigm, Oakville, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $40 at Wine House & $45 at The Cellar Online

  • $90 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: A near perfect growing season in 2007 allowed us to make some beautiful wines. This Merlot has ripe black plum and red cherry-like aromas. Oak is used only as an accent for the fruit component. Sweet dense ripe Merlot flavors flow across the mid-palate. Bright, pure flavor, a fat round middle and intensity of flavor with good length are the characteristics of this tasty Merlot.

2008 Duckhorn, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $50 at Wine.com

  • $105 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

92 points Wine Enthusiast: Shows the soft, mellow feeling a fine Merlot should possess, although it’s certainly tannic enough, in the Duckhorn style. However, the tannins are intricate and accessible, and frame lush cherry, red currant, licorice and cinnamon spice fl avors. Hard to resist now, and should hold over the next four years.

2007 Trefethen, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, Cabernet Franc

Retail Price: $34 at Wally’s & $38 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $76 at Le Colonial | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: Intriguing nose of red fruits, violets, and tree bark with sage. Lovely spice character, firm tannins graced by silky texture. Persistent finish with hints of dusty dark chocolate. Wonderful with wild mushroom pasta, grilled pork tenderloin, and fennel crusted salmon. 

2008 Terra Valentine, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $35 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $78 at Le Colonial | 2.2x 

89 points Wine Spectator: True to Spring Mountain, this weaves together a savory mix of dried herb, mineral, dried berry, cedar and licorice flavors that are pleasantly rustic, full-bodied and firmly tannic. Cellar and/or decant. Best from 2012 through 2020. 2,343 cases made. –JL

2006 Round Pond, Rutherford, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $50 via Wine – Searcher

  • $95 at Le Colonial | 1.9x

92 points Wine Enthusiast: Cellar Selection. A worthy followup to the 2005 bottling, the ’06 shows similarly explosive flavors of blackberries, cherries, blueberries and violets, with plenty of new oak. It’s bone dry and tightly wound in tannins now, and needs time, but should make for a fine bottle. Best 2011–2014.”

Winemaker’s Notes: This singular wine is a rich and elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Highlighted by complex aromas of wild berry, cinnamon, cloves and pepper, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays typical Rutherford structure with boysenberry syrup, blueberry and plum accents. Balanced, with lively acidity, and suedy tannins, this wine emphasizes cool fermentation, early pressing and lees stirring adding to depth on the palate. Aged for 22 months in Tronçais and Allier tight grain new French oak, this wine will cellar beautifully up to 15 years.

2007 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan

Retail Price: $55 Woodland Hills Wine Co. & $58 at The Wine House

  • $120 at Le Colonial | 2.1x |

91 points Wine Advocater: The outstanding 2007 Smith Haut Lafitte offers up notes of charcoal, sweet black currants, licorice, and spice box. This delicious, medium to full-bodied, pure, deep, rich effort with silky tannins builds incrementally across the palate. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. Bravo!

2007 Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de LaTour, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $105 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $190 at Le Colonial | 1.8x

95 points Wine Advocate: The phenomenal 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is the greatest BV Private Reserve made since the 1970 and 1968. The good news is 11,000 cases were produced. The return of this superb Napa classic is fabulous news, and the brilliance of this wine is evidenced by its opaque purple color and its big, sweet, blackberry, cassis, subtle smoke, graphite, and spicy oak-scented nose. Dense and full-bodied with sweet but substantial tannins, thrilling levels of concentration, texture, and richness, and a heady finish, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last three decades or more. It’s time to once again fill your cellars with the BV Private Reserve, one of the historic names in California wine folklore

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