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View in Browser.'s June 15, 2022 Monthly Newsletter.

This month we had 112 winery updates and 52 wineries releasing wine.

Another month with over 100 updates. That's a lot for the hot month of June.

We spent a long weekend at Ch�teau De La Planchette, a 12th century castle in Mignerette, two hours south of Paris.

Ch�teau De La Planchette.
I can check off 'staying in a castle' on my bucket list, even though it was never on my bucket list.

Wine Boxes at Le Clerc.
Went to a local Le Clerc which is like a huge Costco. I've never seen such a large selection of grocery items. There were four aisle of box wine. My first wine closure survey in August 2009 I ask "What is your opinion of the following closures for a wine that is NOT recommended to be aged before drinking" and besides options Screw Cap, Synthetic Cork, Natural Cork I also included "Bag-in-box" and few subscribers questioned why I would include 'bag-in-box' as a serious option.

Wine Boxes at Le Clerc.
I first discovered boxed wine when my family was visiting our French family in Brian�on, France in the 80's. Supposedly the Australians were the first to popularize the BIB (bag-in-box) phenomenon in the 1960s. Unlike the cheap boxes of Franzia swill in the US, box wine in France is actually good. The advantage is you drink a glass worth of wine and the cryovac bag just gets smaller and doesn't allow air exposure therefore your wine stays fresh and unoxidized. I have a 5-liter of white in my refrigerator and a 5-liter box of red in my cabinet.

2015 Clos Graneveuve Bordeaux
The wine area had a ton of wines including large formats. I considered buying it but I need a big party to open it up.

Mia and me
We got dressed up one night (all it takes is a white shirt and bow tie) and my daughter loved it. That night we cooked an excellent rib roast and paired it with a few Bordeaux reds.

And now, onto the wine releases...

June 2022 Wine Releases

  • Ackerman Family Vineyards; 2021 Ros� of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Acquiesce Winery; 2021 Grenache Ros� ($28), 2021 Cinsaut Ros�
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards; 2019 Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Barrel Select Pinot Noir (284 cases, $72)
  • Alpha Omega Winery; 2021 Napa Valley Ros� Reserve ($85)
  • �Maurice Cellars; 2021 Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah �Ros� (100 cases, $25)
  • Aptos Vineyard; 2020 Santa Cruz Mountains All Rise Ros� of Pinot Noir ($25), 2019 Santa Cruz Mountains DaLarDi Vineyard Opening Remarks Pinot Noir ($44), 2020 Santa Cruz Mountains Lester Family Vineyard De Novo Chardonnay ($36)
  • Bartholomew Winery; 2021 Columbia Valley Malvasia Bianca (82 cases, $22), 2021 Columbia Valley Muscat Blanc (51 cases, $19)
  • Bella Grace Vineyards; 2021 Amador County Syrah Ros�
  • Bevan Cellars; 2019 Napa Valley Oakville Tin Box Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($195), 2019 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Sentinel Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($195), 2019 Napa Valley Saint Helena Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($195)
  • Crescere Wines; 2019 Sonoma Coast Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir (70 cases, $120), 2019 Sonoma Coast Platt Vineyard Chardonnay (92 cases, $100)
  • De Novo Wines; 2018 Alexander Valley Ros� of Cabernet Sauvignon ($28)
  • DuPuis Wines; 2021 Anderson Valley Cul Sec Ros� (45 cases), 2021 Anderson Valley Etoile Ros� (45 cases)
  • Flat Rock Cellars; 2021 Pinot Noir Ros� ($21)
  • Gamble Family Vineyards; 2019 Heart Block Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gundlach Bundschu Winery; 2021 Sonoma Coast Ros�
  • Hall Winery; 2018 Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Montagna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($275)
  • Highway 12 Winery; 2020 Sonoma Valley MacLeod Vineyard Reserve Fum� Blanc (100 cases, $28)
  • Homefire Cellars; 2019 Daydream Zinfandel, 2019 Berry Farm Proprietary Red Wine
  • Hoopes Vineyard; 2021 Napa Valley Ros� Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot/Syrah/Merlot ($38)
  • Iconic Wines; 2020 California Sidekick Merlot ($18)
  • J Dusi Wines; 2021 Clairette Blanche
  • James Cole Estate Winery; 2021 Ros� Grenache/Mourv�dre/Counoise/Cinsault (50 1.5L cases, $85 per 1.5L), 2019 Napa Valley Privado Red Wine Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon (385 cases, $125)
  • Jean Edwards Cellars; 2019 Napa Valley Atlas Peak Philary Vineyard Syrah, 2020 Cooper�s Cuvee Red Collar Rose� of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Napa Valley Rutherford Malbec, 2019 74-41 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • King Stag Wines; 2019 California King Stag Ros� ($11)
  • Kiona Vineyards Winery; 2021 Red Mountain Estate Bottled Ros� of Sangiovese ($22)
  • Las Jaras Wines; 2021 Mendocino County Rosato Primitivo/Sangiovese ($32), 2021 Cuv�e Zero Zero Superbloom Mourv�dre/Marsanne/Roussane/Carignan/Viognier/Grenache Noir/Grenache Blanc/Picpoul Blanc ($28). 2021 Mendocino County Old Vines Ros� Zinfandel, Carignan, Petite Sirah ($28)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2021 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($45)
  • Lorenza; 2021 Lodi Clements Hills Terra Alta Vineyard Picpoul Blanc ($28)
  • MacRostie Winery; 2019 Sonoma Coast Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir ($62), 2018 Sonoma Coast The Loch Pinot Noir ($95)
  • Maggy Hawk Vineyard; 2021 P�t-Nat Sparkling Wine ($35)
  • Maison Noir; 2021 Willamette Valley Free Gamay Noir ($30), 2021 Gamma Ray Gamay Noir/Pinot Noir ($30)
  • McClain Family Cellars; 2021 Central Coast Santa Ynez Valley California Dreamin Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mirror Wine Co; 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($110)
  • Nichelini Winery; 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Ros�
  • Peachy Canyon Winery ; 2020 Paso Robles Incredible Red Zinfandel/Syrah/Mourv�dre ($18)
  • Pedroncelli Winery & Vineyards; 2021 Signature Selection Chardonnay, 2020 Mother Clone Zinfandel
  • Pelletiere Estate Vineyard and Winery; 2021 Paso Robles Mayson Ros� (75 cases, $36)
  • Perchance Estates; 2020 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon ($215)
  • Pomum Cellars; 2021 Yakima Valley Dutchman Vineyard Idilico Albari�o ($17)
  • Revana; 2021 Willamette Valley Alexana Ros� of Pinot Noir (80 cases, $36)
  • Smith Story Wine Cellars; 2021 Sonoma Mountain Brave Carbonic Red Syrah (80 cases, $36)
  • Taft Street Winery; 2021 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Catie�s Corner Vineyard Ros� of Pinot Noir (260 cases, $25)
  • Tangent Winery; 2019 Edna Valley Paragon Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($17)
  • Tank Garage Winery; 2021 California Wild Child Ros� Grenache/Mourv�dre/Cinsault/Counoise ($28)
  • Teneral Cellars; NV California Sierra Foothills All In Zinfandel, 2021 California Sierra Foothills Ros�, 2020 California Fair Play Tempranillo
  • The Four Graces; 2021 Ros� of Pinot Noir
  • Tolosa Winery; 2019 1772 Cuve� Pinot Noir, 2021 1772 Sea Bed Chardonnay, 2019 1772 Salaal
  • Trinitas Cellars; 2021 North Coast Rose Pinot Noir/Carignan/Petite Sirah/Mataro/Zinfandel ($30)
  • Villa Creek Cellars; 2019 Maha Backlit Petite Sirah/Mourv�dre/Grenache/Carignan ($98), 2019 Maha Understory Grenache/Carignan/Mourv�dre ($98)
  • Vinoce; 2021 Napa Valley Coombsville Chardonnay ($33)
  • Wheeler Farms; 2021 Napa Valley St. Helena Cabernet Franc Ros� (157 cases, $38)
  • Zeitgeist Cellars; 2021 Napa Valley St Helena Chenin Blanc, 2019 Napa Valley Oakville Station Cabernet Sauvignon

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Till next month.

Neil Monnens

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