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WineRelease.com's July 15, 2015 Monthly Newsletter.

Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 2,099 winery listings strong.

We had a full house again this 4th of July, with two families staying with us in St. Helena. On the 3rd, the guys watched the kids in the morning while the girls got a mani/pedi. In the afternoon, the girls took the kids to the Calistoga pool and we went to Flora Springs and tasted through their wines while enjoying their air conditioned salon (it was a hot one that day). We then had a tour and sit down tasting at Corison Winery and enjoyed their 2002, 2009 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignons. We then went to WM Harrison winery to finish the day.

That night, as has become our 'tradition', we got a few babysitters one night and hit one of St. Helena's great restaurants, Archetype. We started with cocktails at La Condesa (my wife swears by the Prickly Pear Margarita) and a salsa sampler platter, then our crew of eight walked down the street to spend the rest of the night at Archetype.

The next day found our entire crew at Calistoga’s 4th of July parade, followed by naps at home. Pascal and Melanie Levensohn of Levensohn winery and their lovely daughter, Aurelia, joined us for dinner at the house, where we opened a magnum of 2002 Failla Syrah brought by Pascal and I pulled out a 2002 Domaine Fougeray de Beaclair "Les Damodes" Vosne-Romanée, 2002 Sanford Pinot Noir and Jerry brought a 1974 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and we paired them with our typical American meal of grilled steaks, corn on the cob, and a green salad, with vegetables from the garden.



On Sunday, we did lunch at the The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, enjoying some really nice views, cocktails, wines and their fabulous seasonal menu. The six kids managed to devour eight pizzas, straight from the wood fired oven. It was a great way to end a fun weekend.



Housekeeping note: I am going to re-survey the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Paso Robles wine region "Reader's Choice" surveys that were done in 1996. Over the next few months I will be sending out requests for your opinions. Please reply.



And now, onto the wines...

July 2015 Wine Releases

  • Abacela Winery; 2013 Blanco Dulce Albariño (111 375ml cases, $30 per 375ml)
  • Alpha Omega Winery; 2012 Napa Valley Proprietary Red
  • Altamura Vineyards & Winery; 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($90)
  • Au Bon Climat; 2013 Santa Maria Valley Clendenen Family Vineyard Le Bon Climat Viognier (300 cases, $18), 2013 Santa Maria Valley Clendenen Family Vineyard Le Bon Climat Gewürztraminer ($18), 2010 Santa Maria Valley Clendenen Family Vineyard Le Bon Climat Pinot Noir ($40), 2010 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Estate Plantings Petit Verdot ($35), 2008 Santa Maria Valley Clendenen Family Vineyards The Pip Nebbiolo ($25)
  • Bet the Farm Winery; 2014 Gamay Noir
  • Bremer Family Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Merlot ($75)
  • Broman Cellars; 2013 Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine Syrah/Cabernet Franc (421 cases, $36)
  • Chalk Hill Winery; 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Croze; 2014 Napa Valley Viognier (125 cases, $30)
  • Darioush Winery; 2014 Napa Valley Oak Knoll Signature Viognier ($41)
  • Dragonette Cellars; 2013 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc ($28)
  • Dunham Cellars; 2013 Four Legged White ($15), 2013 Lewis Vineyard Riesling ($19.50), 2014 Late Harvest Riesling ($38 per 375 ml), 2014 Shirley Mays Chardonnay ($25)
  • Evening Land Vineyards; 2014 Seven Springs Vieilles Vignes Gamay
  • Falkner Winery; 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fulcrum Wines; 2013 Gap's Crown Pinot Noir, 2013 Brosseau Pinot Noir, 2013 Landy Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 On Point Christinna's Cuvee Pinot Noir, 2013 Sonoma Coast On Point Pinot Noir
  • Gary Farrell; 2013 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (11,267 cases, $45), 2013 Russian River Selection Chardonnay (5,861 cases, $35)
  • Grayson Cellars; 2014 Merlot, 2014 Zinfandel
  • Ken Brown Wines; 2014 Santa Barbara County Vin Gris of Pinot Noir (137 cases, $25)
  • Les Trouvés; 2013 Red Wine Mourvedre/Grenache/Syrah ($25), 2013 White Wine Roussane/Marsanne/Viognier ($18)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2013 Alec's Blend, 2013 Ethan's Syrah, 2013 Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Syrah
  • Malk Family Vineyards; 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (344 cases, $29.50)
  • Martin Ray Winery ; 2014 George Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (50 cases, $25), 2013 Green Valley Pinot Noir ($40), 2013 Napa Valley Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
  • Mellowood Vineyard; 2013 Syrah
  • Moffett Vineyards; 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay (231 cases, $40), 2013 Screenplay Chardonnay (218 cases, $25)
  • Myriad Cellars; 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)
  • Nichelini Winery; 2014 Caterina Reserve Sémillon
  • Nichols Winery & Cellars; 2001 Soleil and Terroir Edna Valley Pinot Noir (380 cases $48)
  • Northstar Winery; 2014 Columbia Valley Stella Blanca White Blend, 2012 Walla Walla Valley Malbec
  • Oakstone Winery ; 2013 Fair Play Alicante Bouschet ($28)
  • Ojai Vineyard; 2013 Santa Barbara County La Cote Pinot Noir (90 cases, $49)
  • Outpost Estate Wines; 2013 Grenache, 2013 Zinfandel, 2012 The Other Petite Sirah
  • Rancho San Miguel Winery; 2013 Rancho San Miguel Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Redmon Family Vineyards; 2012 Napa Valley St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (350 cases, $99), 2012 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (350 cases, $59)
  • Rideau Vineyard; 2013 Central Coast Tempranillo ($40)
  • Rivers-Marie; 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($65), 2013 Corona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($80), 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon ($90), 2013 Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($90), 2013 Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), 2013 B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay ($50), 2013 Joy Road Vineyard Chardonnay ($50)
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (125 cases, $18)
  • Stags' Leap Winery; 2014 Napa Valley Amparo Rose ($27), 2012 Napa Valley Winemakers Muse Red Blend ($43), 2013 Napa Valley Viognier ($32)
  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards; 2013 Summit Chardonnay (100 cases, $14)
  • Taft Street Winery; 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris ($16)
  • Tero Estates; 2012 Estate Grown Petit Verdot (70 cases)
  • W.H. Smith Wines; 2014 Sonoma Coast Little Billy Rosé of Pinot Noir ($29)
  • Westbrook Wine Farm; 2010 Lodi Sandy Patch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Willful Wine Co. (formerly Daedalus Cellars); 2014 Oregon Jezebel Pinot Noir ($19)

August 2015 Wine Releases

  • Alloro Vineyard; 2013 Pinot Noir, 2013 Riservata Pinot Noir, 2013 Justina Pinot Noir
  • Arista Winery; 2013 Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2013 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 Anderson Valley Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 Russian River Valley Two Birds Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 Russian River Valley Harper’s Rest Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 Russian River Valley Banfield Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Bacio Divino; 2013 Bacio Divino Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Janzen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Lucie Chardonnay
  • Blackjack Ranch Winery; 2013 Black Cap Reserve Chardonnay
  • Bremer Family Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Côte Bonneville; 2013 Syrah ($65)
  • Jean Edwards Cellars; 2012 Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Napa Valley Seventy Four-Forty One Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Napa Valley Rutherford G3 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lewis Cellars; 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Hillstone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Merlot, 2014 Napa Chardonnay, 2014 Sonoma Chardonnay
  • Nichols Winery & Cellars; 2000 Nichols Vinas del Sol Vineyard Reserve Merlot (350 cases $48), 2004 Nichols D'Anbino Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (310 cases $52)
  • Rideau Vineyard; 2013 Central Coast Château Duplantier Cuvée Red Wine ($49)
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2011 Gunselman Bench Cabernet Sauvignon (75 cases, $35), 2011 Phinny Cabernet Sauvignon (50 cases, $35)
  • Saunter Wines; 2013 Napa Valley Swagger Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Saxum; 2013 James Berry Vineyard Red Wine, 2013 Paderewski Vineyard Red Wine, 2013 Terry Hoage Vineyard Red Wine
  • Seven Stones Winery; 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Silver Oak Cellars; 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Small Vines Wines; 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2013 MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2013 Russian River Valley Baranoff Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Tudor Wines; 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands Nacina Riesling
  • VIADER Vineyards & Winery; 2012 Proprietary Red Blend, 2012 V Petit Verdot Blend


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