RN74 Wine List Review

RN74

301 Mission Street (b/w Fremont & Beale)

San Francisco, CA

P: 415.543.7474

http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rn74.php

RN74 Wine List Review

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RN74 has a huge wine list with a number of very expensive wines.  In this review we mainly focus on wines that sell for less than $100.

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 (Doyard Cuvee Vendemiaire, Champage, Non-Vintage | $89 | 2.3x | WS 92). Mark-up of 2.3x translates into a retail price of $38, and Wine Spectator rated this wine 92 points.

Burghound – Burg | International Wine Cellar – IWC | James Suckling – JS | VinoServant Top Pick – TP | Wine Advocate – WA | Wine Spectator – WS |

 

VINOSERVANT’S TOP WINE VALUES AT RN74

 

Sparkling Wines

50+ selections that range in price from $58 to $850

 

Doyard Cuvee Vendemiaire, Champage, Non-Vintage | $89 | 2.3x | WS 92

 

White Wines

200+ selections that range in price from $42 to $6,400

 

2010 Danube, Remix, Edna Valley, Gruner Veltliner | $42 | 1.9x

2010 Bailly-Reverdy, Loire Valley, Sancerre | $48 | 2.1x | TP

2010 Vacheron, Loire Valley, Sancerre | $68 | 2.4x

 

2010 Sandhi, Santa Barbara County, Chardonnay | $55 | 2.0x | TP

2007 Domaine Paul Pernot, Bourgogne | $55 | 2.4x | WS 87 | TP

2009 Domaine Guy Roulot, Bourgogne | $78 | 2.2x | BURG 86

 

Red Wines

400+ selections that range in price from $47 to $21,000

 

2010 Vivier, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir | $59 | 1.8x

2010 Vivier, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $59 | 1.8x

2006 Soliste, L’Esperance, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $115 | 1.7x | TP

2009 Littorai, Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $148 | 1.4x | WS 91 | TP

 

2009 Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Bourgogne | $70 | 2.3x | BURG 87

2008 Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-Cote de Beaune | $72 | 2.4x | WS 88 | TP

2008 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Vosne Romanee | $115 | 2.4x | BURG 90

2007 Domaine Hubert Lignier, Morey Saint-Denis | $168 | 2.1x | BURG 87

2005 Domaine Arlaud, Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru | $240 | 1.7x | WA 90

2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche, Echezeaux, Grand Cru | $245 | 1.9x | BURG 93

2004 Domaine Jospeh Roty, Charmes Chambertin, Tres Vielles Vignes, Grand Cru | $253 | 1.6x | BURG 92 |

2005 Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru | $279 | 1.9x | BURG 93

 

2007 Lagier Meredith, Mount Veeder, Syrah | $47 | 1.1x | WA 94 | TP

2007 Wind Gap, Sonoma Coast, Syrah | $63 | 1.7x | IWC 92 | TP

2008 Wind Gap, Sonoma Coast, Syrah | $76 | 2.3x | WA 93

2009 Peay, Les Titans, Sonoma Coast, Syrah | $99 | 2.1x

 

2010 Domaine Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage | $64 | 2.4x | WA 89

2009 Jean-Louis Chave, Silene, Crozes-Hermitage | $66 | 2.4x | WS 91 | TP

2009 Domaine du Colombier, Crozes-Hermitage, Cuvee Gaby | $88 | 2.1x | WS 92 | TP

2009 Domane Combier, Crozes-Hermitage, Clos de Grives | $110 | 2.4x

2007 Domaine Auguste Clape, Cornas | $170 | 2.1x | WA 92

2008 Thierry Allemand, Cornas, Chaillot | $188 | 2.0x | WS 93

2005 Domaine Auguste Clape, Cornas | $200 | 1.8x | WA 92

 

2007 Stonestreet, Mountain Monument Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon | $47 | 1.2x | WA 94 | TP

2008 Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $65 | 2.2x

2006 Long Meadow Ranch, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $76 | 2.0x

2000 Chateau Quinault, L’Enclos, St. Emilion | $150 | 2.1x | WS 91

 

Sparkling Wines

50+ selections that range in price from $58 to $850

Doyard Cuvee Vendemiaire, Champage, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $38 at Vineyard Gate

  • $89 at RN74 | 2.3x

92 points Wine Spectator: This has nice depth, with whole-grain toast, vanilla, coconut and roasted almond aromas and flavors. The citrus undercurrent and vibrant structure drive the flavors to a long, creamy, mineral-tinged aftertaste.

 

White Wines

200+ selections that range in price from $48 to $6,400

 

2010 Danube, Remix, Edna Valley, Gruner Veltliner

Retail Price: $22 at Backroom Wines

  • $42 at RN74 | 1.9x

Description from Back Room Wines: Grüner, the white grape of Austria, is hardly seen in California. This comes from the Edna Valley, Central Coast. Owned by Master Sommelier Willi Sherrer. There’s no oak nor butter yet it’s creamy and quite rich. Peaches, apricots, fresh herbs and white pepper smells and flavors. It’s a tasty treat all by itself and even better with fresh fish, simply prepared.

 

2010 Bailly-Reverdy, Loire Valley, Sancerre

Retail Price: $23 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $48 at RN74 | 2.1x

Description from Importer: This excellent domaine produces classic, letter-perfect Sancerre: fruit, acidity, and minerality are all in perfect harmony, making them incredibly food-friendly and endlessly enjoyable.  The present domaine was created in 1988, but the vineyards have been in the family since the turn of the century.  The current generation, led by Franck Bailly, and most recently his nephew Aurelion (son of Franck’s brother Jean-François) has continued the family’s tradition and improved upon it with remarkable consistency and quality.

 

2010 Vacheron, Loire Valley, Sancerre

Retail Price: $28 at Beltramo’s

  • $68 at RN74 | 2.4x

Description from Importer: A vibrant and steely 100% organic/biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc from a mix of flint and chalk soils in the heart of Sancerre. Aromas suggest grapefruit zest and gunflint; in the mouth the wine is pure and fresh, with plenty of mineral energy and citrus-inspired flavors. This is classic Sancerre-limpid and clean, with lots of freshness and lovely energy.

 

2010 Sandhi, Santa Barbara County, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $28 @ the Winery

  • $55 at RN74 | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: The fruit for this bottling comes from our sites in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez appellations. The average age of the vines is over 25 years and is from specific parcels of Wente selection. The wine is pale gold in the glass with a toasty nose and citrus hints of lime peel. The palate is vibrant with good structure showing plenty of restraint, balance and salinity. The wine’s expressive aromatics and generous texture are balanced by a lively acidity and great uplift in the finish. This is a nice entry-­‐level offering and is a great introduction to the style of our wines.

2007 Paul Pernot, Bourgogne

Retail Price: $23 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $55 at RN74 | 2.4x

87 points Wine Spectator: Enticing flavors of flowers, citrus and mineral mark this elegant white, which has enough intensity to linger on the finish, with a hint of vanilla. Drink now. 300 cases imported. –BS

 

2009 Domaine Guy Roulot, Bourgogne

Retail Price: $35 at Beltramo’s

  • $78 at RN74 | 2.2x

86 points Burghound: A very fresh nose features notes of straw, pear and citrus that leads to racy and vibrant middle weight flavors that exhibit a touch of minerality on the persistent if not particularly complex finish. To be fair, and clear, this is delicious and well-made, just not especially deep. Drink: 2013+

 

Red Wines

400+ selections that range in price from $47 to $21,000

 

2010 Vivier, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $32 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $59 at RN74 | 1.8x

Winemaker’s Notes: This climate has us truly excited.  Depth and concentration characterize the wine from this rocky vineyard above the fog line in the Petaluma Gap.  Our 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has a finesse of fruit and spice, and, thanks to its structure, will age gracefully.  We plowed through last year’s production, so stepped it up for 2010.

 

2010 Vivier, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $32 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $59 at RN74 | 1.8x

Winemaker’s Notes: Twenty ten in the Willamette Valley reminded Stéphane a lot of Burgundy – a challenging vintage that rewards the skilled.  Vibrant cherry and sous bois notes make for an uncompromising wine that shows an old-style texture.  This wine is focused, and designed for the table.  It is ethereal and singing, and will leave your palate fresh.

 

2006 Soliste, L’Esperance, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $68 @ the Winery – SOLD OUT

  • $115 at RN74 | 1.7x.

Winemaker’s Notes: Visually, L’ Espérance is vibrant with bright red robe (color) and the clarity of fresh red fruit. The nose displays tart raspberry and groseilles (red currants) nuances, a touch of cinnamon, vanilla and strawberry rhubarb. L’ Espérance is a charmer, with exuberant tight expression of red fruit, raspberries, wild strawberries and red currants that are interlaced with soft sandalwood, spice, and floral aromas. The finish is layered with tart black cherries and rhubarb, firm acid and subtle delicate flavors.

 

2009 Littorai, Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $107 Average Price Wine-Searcher & $65 Release Price

  • $148 at RN74 | 1.4x

91 points Wine Spectator: Generous up-front blackberry and wild berry fruit turns supple, refined and full-bodied, with watermelon and black licorice notes woven in on the finish, where this tightens. Drink now through 2018. 498 cases made. –JL

 

2009 Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Bourgogne

Retail Price: $30 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $70 at RN74 | 2.3x

85 to 87 points Burghound: A pretty red berry fruit and earth suffused nose leads to nicely rich and vibrant flavors that display some rusticity on the serious and moderately structured finish.

 

2008 Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-Cote-de-Beaune

Retail Price: $30 at Beltramo’s

  • $72 at RN74 | 2.4x

88 points Wine Spectator: Bright black cherry flavors, with hints of tar and spice, are married to a light-bodied frame. This is open and accessible now, with balance and moderate length. Drink now through 2015. 250 cases imported.

 

2008 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Vosne Romanee

Retail Price: $48 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines

  • $115 at RN74 | 2.4x

88 to 90 points Burghound: A very pretty and very Vosne nose of violets, spice nuances and seductive pinot fruit aromas complements textured, precise and pure flavors that possess fine volume, solid depth and much better than average length for a villages level wine. Worth considering as the wood is already almost integrated.

 

2007 Domaine Hubert Lignier, Morey-Saint- Denis

Retail Price: $80 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $168 at RN74 | 2.1x

87 points Burghound: his is also relatively elegant if slightly more deeply pitched with red and blue berry fruit aromas nuanced by obvious earth and underbrush hints that introduce somewhat more structured medium-bodied flavors that posses a racy and dusty finish and attractive mouth feel. 2012+

 

2005 Domaine Arlaud, Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru

Retail Price: $145 at Benchmark Wine Group

  • $240 at RN74 | 1.7x

90 points Wine Advocate: A 2005 Charmes Chambertin displays aromas and flavors of black raspberry and stewed rhubarb, comes onto the palate with impressive sweetness but formidable tannins, and finishes with impressive length but relative simplicity and thus a bit disappointingly for a Grand Cru.

 

2007 Domaine Francois Lamarche, Echezeaux, Grand Cru

Retail Price: $127 at SF Wine Trading Company

  • $245 at RN74 | 1.9x

90 to 93 Burghound: An expressive nose blends red and blue pinot fruit, violet, rose petal and smoked jerky that is trimmed in noticeable oak that continues onto the rich, seductive and suave flavors that finish with lovely power and depth. This is on the oaky side at present but the underlying material appears up to the task of integrating it with a few years in bottle.

 

2004 Jospeh Roty, Charmes Chambertin, Tres Vielles Vignes, Grand Cru

Retail Price: $160 at Vinfolio

  • $253 at RN74 | 1.6x

92 points Burghound: Notably riper if not more elegant spicy red fruit aromas nuanced by hints of game, smoke, tea, leather and lovely violet notes framed in moderate toast levels combines with sappy, dense and naturally sweet full-bodied flavors that possess a really seductively suave texture and a supple but precise finish that is hugely long. The wood is a bit better integrated here and it’s clear that this is a 2004 built to age.

 

2005 Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru

Retail Price: $150 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $279 at RN74 | 1.9x

91 to 93 points Burghound: A subtly toasty yet elegant nose featuring a pretty mélange of earthy red and blackberry fruit aromas underpinned by ripe tannins and a strikingly long finish that is both fresh and beautifully detailed. The wood has already been absorbed on the palate and there is a seductive sweetness to the finish

 

2007 Lagier Meredith, Mount Veeder, Syrah

Retail Price: $40 at Artisan Wine Depot 

  • $47 at RN74 | 1.1x

94 points Wine Advocate: this gorgeous 2007 Syrah Mt. Veeder displays a dense purple color in addition to a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, raspberries, and cool black currants as well as power and richness allied to elegance and burgeoning complexity. Its texture, purity, full-bodied mouthfeel, ethereal style, impeccable precision, and overall high quality suggest it will provide plenty of pleasure for a decade or more.

 

2007 Wind Gap, Sonoma Coast, Syrah

Retail Price: $36 at Pismo Wine Shop

  • $63 at RN74 | 1.7x

92 points IWC: Vivid ruby. High-pitched, seductively perfumed bouquet displays fresh dark berries, licorice, olive tapenade, incense and flowers. Fleshy dark berry and violet pastille flavors are given a firm edge by youthful tannins, which are slowly absorbed by the intense fruit with air. Gains power on the finish, with the spice and cola notes echoing. This textbook syrah is already delicious but is built to age.

 

2008 Wind Gap, Sonoma Coast, Syrah

Retail Price: $33 at Woodland Hills Wine Company

  • $76 at RN74 | 2.3x

93 points Wine Advocate: A spitting image of a top Saint Joseph, the 2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast sports brilliant, classic aromas of smoked bacon, cracked pepper, and gamey black fruits on the nose. Violets and assorted floral notes show with air, and this has fantastic purity and focus. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with a supple, fresh profile, brilliant detail, and a seamless, yet well-structured finish. Beautiful now, this should continue to shine for 8-10 years.

 

2009 Peay, Les Titans, Sonoma Coast, Syrah

Retail Price: $47 at Arlequin Wine Merchant

  • $99 at RN74 | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: The Les Titans (“the Giants,” named after the Old Growth redwoods that stand guard over the Syrah blocks) is a blend of 4 clonal selections farmed in three locations throughout the vineyard.  The nose of the 2009 Les Titans has the characteristic white pepper, beef blood, iodine and blue fruit aromas often found in this cuvée.  The attack on the palate is focused and intense, not broad and rich, with iron/mineral flavors underpinning the fruit and floral notes. The medium tannins frame the fruit and suggest a propitious and harmonious future. The 2009 Les Titans is very much in the style of the 2009 La Bruma Syrah with a slightly meatier, more masculine and less floral profile. We suggest you age for 5-15 years depending on your stylistic preference.

 

2010 Domaine Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage

Retail Price: $27 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $64 at RN74 | 2.4x

87 to 89 points Wine Advocate: The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage revealed lots of minerality, excellent concentration of red and black currants as well as cedar, licorice and black olive characteristics, and medium to full body. It should turn out to be a crisp, elegant Crozes with a Burgundian sensibility.

 

2009 Jean-Louis Chave, Silene, Crozes-Hermitage

Retail Price: $28 at Solano Cellars

  • $66 at RN74 | 2.4x

91 points Wine Spectator: A dark, slightly beefy style, with roasted chestnut and tobacco notes followed by coffee, tar and steeped black currant fruit. The tarry edge lingers through the finish. There’s nice old-school character to this. Drink now through 2014. 150 cases imported. –JM

 

2009 Domaine du Colombier, Crozes-Hermitage, Cuvee Gaby

Retail Price: $42 Release Price:

  • $88 at RN74 | 2.1x 

92 points Wine Spectator: Opulent but solidly built, with a tar and anise underlay to the ripe, almost flashy blackberry, cassis and linzer torte flavors. There’s also lots of sweet spice and roasted apple wood, with a plush finish. Best from 2012 through 2015. 400 cases made. –JM

 

2010 Domaine Pierre Gonon, Saint Joseph

Retail Price: $42 at Arlequin Wine Merchant

  • $90 at RN74 | 2.1x

Description from Back Room Wines: Gonon’s Syrah vineyards are all hillside, old vine, sandy-granite soils. Traditional winemaking: partially destemmed, neutral cask aged…authentic Syrah but not dirty nor funky. Intense and balanced, the wine smells and tastes of cherry liqueur, red grapefruit, rosemary, sweet plums, violets, game, smoke. Its perfume fills up the room.

 

2009 Domane Combier, Crozes-Hermitage, Clos de Grives

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines

  • $110 at RN74 | 2.4x

Description from K&L: Laurent Combier’s top cuvée is Clos des Grives, from a hedgelined, enclosed vineyard located just east of the domaine and next to the property of Alain Graillot. The soil is rich with red clay and chalk, along with plenty of alluvial stones. The four and a half hectares of Syrah were planted in 1954. Yields are low, about 30 hl / ha or 2 tons to the acre. The upbringing is similar to that of Domaine Combier, apart from the fact that he uses 25% new oak for the cuvée, while the rest goes into oak that has previously seen 1 or 2 wines. This wine’s wonderful nose combines black fruits, violet, pepper, spice, vanilla and a touch of smoke. New oak flavors lift the wine well. Dense and long. Almost more Hermitage than Crozes. 13% abv.

 

2007 Domaine Auguste Clape, Cornas

Retail Price: $80 at The Rare Wine Co.

  • $170 at RN74 | 2.1x

 

90 to 92 points Wine Advocate: A bigger wine, the 2007 Cornas exhibits notes of scorched earth, new saddle leather, blackberries, cassis, figs, and tobacco leaf. Luscious by Clape’s standards, it should age nicely for 15 years. The master of Cornas, this estate continues to fashion a beautiful array of wines. With his son, Pierre-Marie, in charge, Auguste Clape enjoys a well-deserved retirement. In addition to outstanding Cornas, Clape also produces a very good Cotes du Rhone and Vin de Pays, both made from fruit grown just outside the Cornas appellation. 2007 is a slightly lighter vintage in Cornas than 2006, but the sweetness of the tannins, and the precociousness of the wines make the 2007 Cornas much more approachable than usual

 

2008 Thierry Allemand, Cornas, Chaillot

Retail Price: $95 at The Wine House & $105 Release Price

  • $188 at RN74 | 2.0x

93 points Wine Spectator: Tannic, but fresh and driven, with a sappy kirsch and plum core laced with singed bay leaf, tobacco and tapenade notes. The long, structured finish has excellent flesh for the vintage. Drink now through 2019. 134 cases imported. –JM

 

2005 Domaine Auguste Clape, Cornas

Retail Price: $110 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $200 at RN74 | 1.8x

92 points Wine Advocate: The 2005 Cornas reveals fabulous aromas of acacia flowers, scorched earth, blackberries, dense cherries, and damp forest floor. Full-bodied with high tannin, but equally high extraction and richness, patience will be required for purchasers of this superb Cornas. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020+

 

2007 Stonestreet, Mountain Monument Ridge, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $40 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $47 at RN74 | 1.2.x

94 points Wine Advocate: The biggest production cuvee, the inky/purple-tinged 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge is fabulous. Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc aged 16 months in 76% new French oak casks, it reveals abundant aromas of creme de cassis, graphite, ink, licorice, and fruitcake in a full-bodied, Pauillac-like style with plenty of sweet tannin.

 

2008 Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $30 at K&L Wines

  • $65 at RN74 | 2.2x

Winemaker’s Notes: Medium dark ruby, this wine has aromas of sweet black cherry, blackberry and Santa Rosa plum. The oak is very well integrated with a light spice, clove, vanilla and toast. The depth in the nose has a complexity of dark chocolate and a hint of dried herbs. The entry is soft with dark fruit flavors and well resolved tannins. Velvety, floral, juicy and rich, this wine has great sex appeal. Alcohol 14.5%.

 

2006 Long Meadow Ranch, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $38 at Solano Cellars

  • $76 at RN74 | 2.0x

 

Winemaker’s Notes: Unmistakably Cabernet Sauvignon from “up the hill” at Long Meadow Ranch. The lovely, earthy aromas remind me of the ranch on a warm autumn afternoon. There is plenty of vibrant, forward fruit (plum, black cherry, dried cranberries, blackberry cobbler) to provide a counterpoint and additional layers of interest. The pleasing entry is both structured and broad and yields to an integrated, balanced mid-palate in which all the flavors deepen and blend. The finish is characterized by lingering sweet fruit and a seamless, mouthwatering texture. This LMR Cabernet Sauvignon will surely complement a broad range of everyday and special dishes. Enjoy!

 

2000 Chateau Quinault, L’Enclos, St. Emilion

Retail Price: $70 at Vinfolio

  • $150 at RN74 | 2.1x

91 points Wine Spectator: Complex aromas of earth, spice, meat and berries follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Reserved and full of finesse. 5,415 cases made

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