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WineRelease.com's November 15, 2014 Monthly Newsletter.

Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 2,072 winery listings strong.

In the Napa Valley, fall is in full force. Each weekend, driving up the Trail through the Valley, we can smell the grapes fermenting, while watching the leaves change colors. October always seems to be a very festive month around our house, with close and extended family birthdays.

We hosted a lunch in St Helena for 25 in celebration of my mom’s 85th birthday. It ended up being the only day in a series of a few weeks where we had a much needed rain, so we had to move the party inside. We started with my ‘famous’ butternut squash soup, paired with 2012 Mendocino Kimmel Four Blocks Collection Merlot, then did a surf and turf with grilled lobster tails and steak two ways, served with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. With the surf & turf combo (and 25 guests), we were able to break out a number of really fun wines, including 2012 Wrath Ex Anima Pinot Noir and 2012 Bacio Divino.

Two weeks ago marked the 21st birthday of Bistro don Giovanni restaurant in Napa, one of our all-time favorites. Giovanni hosted a wonderful private party, filled with amazing food (including his signature flatbread pizzas, his famous beet salad served a la toothpick, and countless other delicacies) and delicious wines. We saw many friends who are long time wine country icons, including the lovely Margrit Mondavi.




Last weekend was a rare San Francisco weekend for us, where we indulged in Bon Appetit’s 3rd annual Grub Crawl and I actually got to hang out a bit with Bon Appetit's Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton. Over the course of 5 hours, we hit five up and coming restaurants in SF’s Hayes Valley, sampling their delicacies. Our favorite was probably the Two Sisters bar & book exchange. Their custom infused cocktails were fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif or a digestive after a night at the theater.




We’re looking forward to the onset of crab season and the start of the holidays, we are in Napa this weekend with good friends.


And now, onto the wines...

November 2014 Wine Releases

  • Agharta; 2009 Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60), 2010 Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)
  • Airlie Winery; 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($16), 2013 Willamette Valley Dry Gewürztraminer ($15), 2012 Willamette Valley Riesling ($15)
  • Alexana Winery; 2012 Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard Signature Pinot Noir (250 cases, $75), 2012 Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard Best Block Pinot Noir (120 cases, $125)
  • Alloro Vineyard; 2013 Chardonnay
  • Alpha Omega Winery; 2012 Napa Valley ERA ($215), 2012 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($160), 2012 Sunshine Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($160)
  • Amici Cellars; 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45), 2012 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($80), 2011 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), 2011 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), 2011 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), 2012 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay ($65), 2013 Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc ($40)
  • Ancillary Cellars; 2013 Sonoma Coast Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir (275 cases, $50), 2013 Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir (175 cases, $50), 2013 Sonoma Coast Sun Chase Vineyard Whole Cluster Pinot Noir ($55)
  • Antelope Valley Winery; 2012 Sangiovese
  • Arkenstone Vineyards; 2013 Napa Valley Loupe Rosé (50 cases, $32)
  • Array Cellars; 2012 Washington Chardonnay, 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012 Dijon Clone Chardonnay
  • Auclair Winery; 2011 96 Cedars Red Wine
  • August West; 2013 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay (71 cases, $38), 2013 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay (96 cases, $38)
  • Balboa Winery; 2012 Walla Walla Valley Red Wine Merlot Syrah/Malbec/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc ($26), 2012 Walla Walla Valley Eidolon Vineyard Estate Malbec ($34)
  • Black Kite Cellars; 2012 Anderson Valley Kite's Rest Vineyard Pinot Noir (898 cases, $48), 2012 Anderson Valley Redwoods' Edge Pinot Noir (198 cases, $60), 2012 Anderson Valley Stony Terrace Pinot Noir (200 cases, $60), 2012 Anderson Valley River Turn Pinot Noir (197 cases, $60), 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir (348 cases, $55), 2012 Sonoma Coast Glass House Vineyard Pinot Noir (145 cases, $48)
  • Bogle Winery; 2014 Nouveau Petite Sirah
  • Bonaccorsi Wine Company; 2012 J.L. Bonaccorsi Chardonnay, 2012 J.L. Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir, 2012 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir, 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
  • Brand Napa Valley; 2012 Napa Valley Proprietary Blend (91 cases, $225), 2012 Napa Valley Brio Cabernet Sauvignon (234 cases, $125)
  • Broman Cellars; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (200 cases), 2012 Proprietary Red Wine (200 cases)
  • Brookdale Vineyards; 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (500 cases, $45)
  • Bucklin; 2012 Ancient Field Blend Zinfandel (732 cases, $34), 2012 Bambino Field Blend Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Alicante Bouchet/Syrah/Grenache/Carignane (1,182 cases, $24), 2012 Mixed Blacks (48 cases, $38), 2012 Old Hill Ranch Grenache (98 cases, $38), 2012 Old Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (512 cases, $32)
  • Cabot Vineyards; 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (120 cases, $32), 2011 Nash Mill Vineyard Pinot Noir (72 cases, $42), 2011 Marier Vineyard Syrah (46 cases, $30), 2011 Marier Vineyard Zinfandel (94 cases, $25), 2010 Humboldt County Syrah (140 cases, $28), 2010 Klamath Cuvee Syrah (220 cases, $20), 2009 Le du Comte Syrah/Grenache/Syrah/Viognier (94 cases, $42)
  • Cadaretta; 2012 Syrah, 2012 Windthrow
  • Cambiata Winery; 2013 Lodi Old Vine Rail 2 Rail Zinfandel (1,200 cases, $18)
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2012 Napa Valley Lot 555 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,000 cases, $29)
  • Cameron Winery; 2012 Clos Electrique Rouge and Blanc (272 cases, $69), 2012 Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir/Chardonnay (250 cases, $69)
  • Carica ; 2011 Mendocino Famed Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah ($39)
  • Carlisle Winery & Vineyards ; 2012 Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard Mourvèdre (114 cases, $40), 2012 Russian River Valley Two Acres Red Wine (249 cases, $44), 2012 Napa Valley Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah (129 cases, $48), 2012 Paso Robles James Berry Vineyard Syrah (175 cases, $48), 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard Syrah (192 cases, $43), 2012 Sonoma County The Derivative White Wine (334 cases, $34), 2012 Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel (639 cases, $46), 2012 Russian River Valley Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel (128 cases, $40), 2012 Russian River Valley Papera Ranch Zinfandel (665 cases, $46), 2012 Russian River Valley Saitone Ranch Zinfandel (467 cases, $46), 2012 Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel (335 cases, $43), 2012 Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch Zinfandel (239 cases, $45)
  • Caroline Cellars; 2010 Pinot Noir ($14), 2009 Marechal Foch ($10)
  • Carr Vineyards and Winery; 2012 Cabernet Franc, 2012 Morehouse Vineyard Syrah, 2012 CrossHatch Grenache/Syrah, 2012 CrossHatch Merlot/Cabernet Franc
  • Chanticleer; 2012 Napa Valley Sangiovese (600 cases, $48)
  • Cornerstone Vineyards; 2012 Oregon Willamette Valley White Label Chardonnay ($40)
  • Deovlet Wines; 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay ($35), 2012 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay ($28), 2012 Sta. Rita Hills La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir $48), 2012 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ($38), 2012 Santa Barbara County Sonny Boy Red Blend ($40)
  • DeSante Wines; 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dry Creek Vineyard; 2012 DCV10 Estate Chardonnay, 2012 Sailors Cuvee, 2012 Malbec
  • Duck Walk Vineyards; 2012 Pinot Meunier ($23), 2012 Blue Duck Cabernet Sauvignon ($23)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2012 Russian River Valley Green Valley Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir (654 cases, $58), 2012 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (316 cases, $50)
  • Écluse Wines; 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Edge Hill; 2012 Napa Valley Mixed Blacks (210 cases, $150), 2010 Napa Valley Abel 1833 Cabernet Sauvignon (123 cases, $195)
  • Enkidu Wine; 2013 Mendocino County Alder Springs Chardonnay ($35), 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2013 Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard Barbera
  • Falkner Winery; 2012 Rock Creek Vineyard Syrah
  • Foxen; 2012 Tinaquaic Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2012 Range 30 West, 2012 Vogelzang Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Freemark Abbey Winery; 2010 Rutherford Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fulcrum Wines; 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (150 cases, $55), 2012 Landy Vineyard Petite Sirah
  • Grassi; 2013 Ribolla Gialla (400 cases, $34)
  • Heibel Ranch Vineyards; NV Etzio Zinfandel Dessert Wine
  • Herman Story Wines; 2011 Late Bloomer Grenache (563 cases, $48), 2012 Casual Encounters Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre/Tannat (1,063 cases, $48), 2012 White Halk Vineyard Syrah/Viognier (469 cases, $48), 2012 Bold Cutter Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot (643 cases, $48)
  • Ironstone Vineyards; 2009 Sierra Foothills Estate Grown Reserve Meritage
  • J.K Carriere; 2012 Willamette Valley Antoinette Pinot noir (160 cases, $65) 2012 Willamette Valley Anderson Family Pinot noir (115 cases, $65) 2012 Willamette Valley Gemini Vineyard Pinot noir (70 cases, $65) 2012 Willamette Valley Shea Vineyard Pinot noir (160 cases, $65)
  • Joseph Jewell Wines; 2011 Russian River Valley Rubies Pinot Noir ($52)
  • Joseph Swan Vineyards; 2012 Russian River Valley Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (122 cases, $45), 2012 Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (186 cases, $45), 2012 Russian River Valley Cuvée de Trois Pinot Noir (2,493 cases, $35), 2009 Russian River Valley Great Oak Syrah (81 cases, $30), 2009 Russian River Valley Mancini Zinfandel (424 cases, $30)
  • Kelleher Family Vineyard; 2010 Brix Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ken Brown Wines; 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Pinot Noir (265 cases, $55)
  • Kenefick Ranch; 2011 Petite Sirah ($45)
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2012 River Village Cellars Chambourcin
  • La Sirena; 2012 Napa Valley Grenache (326 cases, $45), 2011 Napa Valley Le Barrettage Syrah (177 cases, $80)
  • Lamborn Family Vineyards; 2012 Diamond Anniversary Zinfandel, 2011 Vintage IX Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Latta Wines; 2011 Wahluke Slope Northridge Vineyard Malbec (302 cases, $55), 2011 Snipes Mountain Upland Vineyard Grenache (290 cases, $45)
  • Lewelling Vineyards; 2012 Napa Valley Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (416 cases, $51), 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (715 cases, $51)
  • Lindstrom Wines; 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir ($65)
  • Lobo Wines; 2013 Chardonnay, 2011 Lobo Pinot Noir ($42)
  • Margerum Wine Company; 2012 Santa Barbara County M5 Reserve Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre/Counoise/Cinsault (110 cases, $40)
  • Mayacamas Vineyards; 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($45), 2009 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($85)
  • Merus Wines; 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (944 cases, $160)
  • Mosby Winery; 2008 Montepulciano, 2009 Montepulciano, 2010 Montepulciano
  • Newton Vineyard; 2012 Napa Valley Yountville Unfiltered Malbec (225 cases, $65), 2012 Unfiltered Merlot ($60), 2012 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon ($60)
  • Nichelini Winery; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Nichols Winery & Cellars; 1998 Nichols Vinas del Sol Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (345 cases $58)
  • Ojai Vineyard; 2010 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Syrah (187 cases, $45)
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2013 Unknown Pinot Noir
  • Pomum Cellars; 2013 Morrison Vineyard Riesling (57 cases, $16), 2013 Upland Vineyard Riesling (163 cases, $16), 2011 Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot/Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc (345 cases, $22), 2012 Shya Red Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petite Verdot (232 cases, $38)
  • Rasa Vineyards; 2011 QED Southern Rhone-Style Red (556 cases, $50), 2011 Principia Reserve Syrah (125 cases, $85), 2011 Kiona Vineyard Plus One Cabernet Sauvignon (175 cases, $75), 2011 DuBrul Vineyard Creative Impulse Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon (240 cases, $95), 2011 In Order to Form a More Perfect Union Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc (250 cases, $95)
  • Relic; 2012 The Archive Old Vines Carignane, 2012 The Archive Pinot Noir
  • Reynvaan Family Vineyards; 2012 Stonessence Syrah, 2012 Unnamed Syrah, 2012 In The Rocks Syrah, 2012 Contender Syrah, 2012 Foothills Reserve Syrah, 2012 In The Hills Syrah
  • Rhys Vineyards; 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard Alesia Pinot Noir ($45), 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard Alesia Syrah ($45), 2012 Alder Springs Vineyard Alesia Chardonnay ($39)
  • Rideau Vineyard; 2013 Santa Ynez Valley Estate Roussanne ($38)
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (50 cases, $30), 2010 Reserve Inspiration Red Wine (50 cases, $45)
  • Robert Keenan Winery; 2011 Spring Mountain District Mailbox Reserve Merlot (200 cases, $64)
  • Robert Rue Vineyard; 2012 Wood Road Reserve Zinfandel (348 cases, $22)
  • Rombauer Vineyards; 2012 El Dorado Zinfandel ($34)
  • Saviah Cellars; 2013 Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($25), 2013 Walla Walla Valley Barbera ($30), 2012 Walla Walla Valley Une Vallee Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot ($35), 2011 Walla Walla Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($45), 2012 Walla Walla Valley Reserve Syrah ($45), 2011 Walla Walla Valley The Stones Speak Syrah ($55)
  • Siduri Wines; 2013 Castro Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45), 2013 Elsbree Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45), 2013 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir ($49), 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (4,306 cases, $22)
  • Silverado Vineyards; 2011 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Six Hands Winery; 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Viognier, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Prestige, 2012 Petite Sirah
  • Skinner Vineyards; 2012 El Dorado Cuvee 1310 (174 cases), 2012 El Dorado Cuvee 2740 Grenache/Syrah/Petite Sirah/Mourvedre/Viognier (174 cases), 2013 El Dorado Stoney Creek Vineyard Picpoul Blanc (63 cases), 2011 El Dorado Six Horse Zinfandel (160 cases)
  • Sleight of Hand Cellars; 2012 Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Spenker Winery; 2012 Estate Zinfandel ($27)
  • Spring Valley Vineyard; 2012 Walla Walla Valley Sharilee Petite Verdot, 2012 Walla Walla Valley Nina Lee Syrah
  • Stony Hill Vineyard; 2013 Napa Valley White Riesling ($27), 2013 Napa Valley Gewurztraminer ($24)
  • Story Winery; 2012 Barbera, 2012 Primitivo
  • Syzygy; 2009 Columbia Valley Red Wine Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec (738 cases, $25)
  • Tero Estates; 2011 Columbia Valley Brook Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec (136 cases, $35), 2011 Columbia Valley Deep River Blend Malbec/Cabernet Franc (94 cases, $29), 2011 Rattlesnake Hills Old Vines Malbec (94 cases, $36)
  • Tertulia Cellars; 2012 Grenache, 2012 Malbec
  • Three Monkeys Wines; 2007 Stags Leap District Bénit Cabernet Sauvignon (293 cases, $60), 2006 Napa Valley Shizaru (83 375ml cases, $30)
  • Torii Mor Winery; 2012 Olalla Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2012 Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Tudor Wines; 2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Nacina Pinot Noir
  • Vino V Wines; 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc ($22), 2013 Santa Barbara County Confundida ($25), 2012 Santa Maria Valley Solomon Hills Vineyard Chardonnay ($32), 2012 Santa Barbara County Kick On Ranch Pinot Noir ($37), 2012 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah ($37)
  • Westport Winery; 2013 Elk River Riesling
  • Whitehall Lane Winery; 2013 Carneros Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir ($48)
  • Woodinville Wine Cellars; 2011 Columbia Valley Indomitable, 2011 Merlot
  • X Winery; 2010 Napa Valley Amicus Syrah ($45)
  • Youngberg Hill Vineyard; 2012 Natasha Pinot Noir, 2012 Jordan Pinot Noir
  • Zerbra Cellars; 2009 Reserve Nebbiolo, 2012 Malbec
  • Ziata Wines; 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (225 cases, $45)

December 2014 Wine Releases



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