Wine Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition

Draeger's Market Spring Wine Sale! Spring 2018 Wine Newsletter 'wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy' Vinitaly at DRAEGER'S!
Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 P.M. at Draeger's in SAN MATEO

Join us for a grand tasting of approximately 60 Italian wines. The $50 ticket includes tastes of all the wines and passed hors d'oeuvres. A 20% discount will be applied to all of the tasting wines purchased that day or any pre-sell wines picked up later. A list of the wines will be available approximately a week before the tasting event.

GRAND BORDEAUX TASTING
Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 P.M. at Draeger's in MENLO PARK

Join us for a grand tasting of 30-35 Bordeaux wines. The $30 ticket includes tastes of all the wines and simple appetizers. A 20% discount will be applied to all of the tasting wines purchased that day or any pre-sell wines picked up later. A list of the wines will be available approximately a week before the tasting event.

DRAEGER'S TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 19 from 1-4 P.M. at Draeger's in BLACKHAWK

Draeger's tenth anniversary at Blackhawk Plaza near Danville. $1 tickets good for 1-ounce pours will be sold allowing elective tastings of wines from famous producers likely to include Far Niente, Grgich Hills, Kistler, Duckhorn, J Winery, Talbott Winery, and Patz and Hall. The list will up available on our website a week in advance.

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GOLDENEYE, 2015 ANDERSON VALLEY PINOT NOIR GOLDENEYE, 2015 ANDERSON VALLEY PINOT NOIR

Pinot Noir grapes thrive best in relatively cool climates, so Dan and Margaret Duckhorn settled on the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County rather than Napa Valley as the preferred location for their venture into the world of Pinot Noir. Beginning with a purchased small ranch and vineyard in 1996 and now including at least four vineyards spread over 8 miles with more than 200 acres under vine, Goldeneye Winery has grown into a highly respected producer. Then assistant (now head) winemaker Michael Accurso treated the 2015 grapes to 16 months in French Oak, 55% new. The juice from four vineyards reflected nearly perfect weather and is revealed in the wine's structure: a combination of lushness and beauty, candied cherry and dark plum aromas and flavors, accented with hints of forest floor earthiness and framed by velvety tannins. It will be memorable with meals as varied as grilled ahi to coq au vin to roast beef tenderloin.

Regular: $57.99 Special: $47.99

BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS,
2014 ARISE NAPA VALLEY RED WINE BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS, 2014 ARISE NAPA VALLEY RED WINE

Oak Knoll District just north of the town of Napa was planted with nearly 6000 Merlot vines. It was named Blackbird Vineyard (Merlot is French patois for "little blackbird") and became the estate vineyard for a winery of the same name. Founder Michael Polenske and company (including famed winemaker Aaron Pott) make wines that stylistically lean toward the Right Bank of Bordeaux-leading with Merlot, valued for its round, gentle tannins. Cabernet Franc, prized for its floral aromas, and Cabernet Sauvignon, are sourced from a handful of stellar Napa vineyards. The 2014 Arise blend includes fruit from Hudson, Stagecoach and Crocker & Starr vineyards, as well as Blackbird. Its structure is firm, its balance elegantly positioned between toasty, creamy French oak and rich fruit flavors suggesting plums, cherries, and black currants. It will age well but near term drinking will also be, um, fun. A medium rare standing rib ("prime rib") roast comes to mind as a perfect companion. A Draeger's ground chuck burger does, too!

Regular: $54.99 Special: $47.99

ELK COVE VINEYARDS, 2016 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS ELK COVE VINEYARDS, 2016 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS

For more than ten years Oregon's Elk Cove Vineyards' Pinot Gris has been one of the single most popular versions of that grape on Draeger's shelves. This vintage won a gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Competition. It's a mouthful of peach, apple and spice aromas and flavors built around a solid body of crisp acidity. Adam Campbell is the winemaker, having grown up on the property where his parents, Dr. Joe and Pat Campbell, lived in a hillside trailer for a year after planting their first grapes on an old homestead property in 1974, when there were fewer than ten wineries in the state. 90 points Wine Enthusiast.

Regular: $17.99 Special: $15.99

HUSCH, 2014 MENDOCINO COUNTY CABERNET SAUVIGNON HUSCH, 2014 MENDOCINO COUNTY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The oldest winery (1971) in Mendocino's Anderson Valley is Husch, named for the founders. The Oswald family has owned and grown it since 1979 and makes cool climate wines like Pinot Noir there, but the family's first Mendocino project was developing La Ribera vineyard along the Russian River between Ukiah and Hopland, twenty miles over a mountain range to the east from Philo. The Cabernet Sauvignon grown there is vinified and aged in both French and American oak before blending and bottling. 2014 was a drought year and resulted in a small crop of ripe grapes that made a wine that has snatched gold medals in three competitions and drinks beautifully right now. 91 points Wine Enthusiast.

Regular: $21.99 Special: $18.99

PINE RIDGE, 2016 CHENIN BLANC-VIOGNIER PINE RIDGE, 2016 CHENIN BLANC-VIOGNIER

Draeger's Cooking School is nationally known for its quality of instruction and breadth of interesting and culturally mixed menus. One of the wines often poured in the Cooking School is Pine Ridge's Chenin Blanc-Viognier. This off-dry white blend is loaded with aromas and flavors suggesting peach, nectarine, tropical fruits, honeysuckle and citrus, set off by juicy acidity. Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards sources Chenin Blanc from near Clarksburg in the Delta, harvesting at low sugar levels to preserve acidity, and selects Viognier from Lodi to lend ripe flavors and viscosity. Whether your menu includes sushi or salume or spicy curry or just quality seafood this wine will ramp up the experience.

Regular: $13.99 Special: $11.99

DOMAINE DU GRAND BOURJASSOT, 2015 GIGONDAS DOMAINE DU GRAND BOURJASSOT, 2015 GIGONDAS

Gigondas is a picturesque little French hillside village just northeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As with many southern Rhône appellations its wines lead with Grenache; in this case 22% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre make up the remaining portion of the blend. Pierre Varenne and his daughter Cécile operate this tiny estate that creates wines of intensity and structure from vines that are more than 65 years old. Their finished wine is full-bodied and crimson in color, brimming with dark fruit aromas and flavors accented with a little spice, mocha, and vanilla. It is concentrated enough to set aside for ten years. It's supple enough for tonight's grilled hangar steak-just decant it an hour ahead to allow it to open up!

Regular: $26.99 Special: $21.99

RUSACK, 2016 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SAUVIGNON BLANC RUSACK, 2016 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SAUVIGNON BLANC

The mountains north of Santa Barbara run east to west (mostly), creating one of the most unique wine regions in California. Tucked between two ranges is the Santa Ynez Valley, some 77,000 acres of wine country including the Sta Rita Hills (coolest) in the west end and Happy Canyon (warmest) in the east end. In between is Ballard Canyon which itself runs north to south and whose climate can vary between 40°F and 90°F in a single day. Here Geoff and Alison Rusack make an elegant, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc using grapes from their vineyards along Ballard Canyon Road, as well as from Vogelzang Vineyard in Happy Canyon. Enjoy a luxurious combination of brightness and rich, ripe fruit flavors!

Regular: $20.99 Special: $17.99

MEEKER WINE, 2014 HOSKINS RANCH DRY CREEK VALLEY GRENACHE MEEKER WINE, 2014 HOSKINS RANCH DRY CREEK VALLEY GRENACHE

American consumers have been slow to embrace Grenache (French spelling-it's Garnacha in Spain) but the tide is turning, and we're pleased about that. The grape makes generally medium-bodied wines with pleasing fruit notes, suggestions of white pepper, and a soft mouthfeel. When you drink a Côtes-du-Rhône or a Châteauneuf-du-Pape you're usually experiencing Grenache as the lead grape. Meeker Wine's fruit comes from the southern end of Dry Creek Valley, and this small family-owned winery nailed it making this wine, which just won a gold medal (one of eight medals for the winery) at the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. Think strawberry-rhubarb fruit balanced by just enough brightness, finishing with length and softness.

Regular: $28.99 Special: $24.99

TRUCHARD, 2016 CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY TRUCHARD, 2016 CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY

Truchard wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular, have long occupied a place on our shelves. We value their balance between ripe (but not overripe) fruit, minerality, acidity, spice, and oak that make for an appealing wine. Dr. Tony and Jo Ann Truchard bought land in Carneros just southwest of the town of Napa in 1973 before most people thought it a proper place for grape growing, and were early adopters of drip irrigation. Forty four years later winemaker Sal De Lanni makes Truchard wines, medaling in competitions and appearing in Top 100 lists regularly over the years. Experience an elegant barrel fermented Chardonnay made by a pioneering family winery.

Regular: $29.99 Special: $24.99

SOBON ESTATE, 2016 FIDDLETOWN ZINFANDEL SOBON ESTATE, 2016 FIDDLETOWN ZINFANDEL

If you'd like to experience a full-bodied, lush red wine at a young age (the wine's) one of your first choices might well be a Zinfandel. The wines are naturally big and ripe and have enough tannin to stand up to hearty meals. Lubenko Vineyard near Fiddletown is owned by the Sobon family which makes very good wine at both Shenandoah Vineyards (1977) and Sobon Estate (1989). These are sister wineries in the foothills above Plymouth, California. The ancient head-trained Lubenko Zinfandel vines were planted in about 1910 at nearly 2000' elevation. They yield a dry, brambly wine that offers dark red fruit nuances accented with sandalwood and vanilla. Yum!

Regular: $17.99 Special: $14.99

PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD, 2015 POUILLY-FUISSÉ, “VIELLES VIGNES” PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD, 2015 POUILLY-FUISSÉ, "VIELLES VIGNES"

OK, the French name looks a little complicated, but really, it's simple. Pouilly-Fuissé is a Chardonnay named for its district within the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy. "Vielles Vignes" is French for old vines-these are 65+ years old! You've seen the TV jokes about wine speak terms like "wet stone;" while they're a good laugh the term has meaning. If you can remember the smell of a tumbling mountain stream and imagine it as one of the layers of flavor in a good wine, you've got a head start on this one. In your mind add in hints of apple, pear, honeyed ginger, a little toast, and a flinty finish, and you have it. It's excellent Chardonnay, of a French persuasion.

Regular: $24.99 Special: $19.99

CHÂTEAU VAL-JOANIS, 2017 LUBERON ROSÉ CHÂTEAU VAL-JOANIS, 2017 LUBERON ROSÉ

Draeger's rosé selection continues to expand as our customers embrace the refreshing and food friendly nature of quality wines from several countries. Val-Joanis comes from the Luberon region of France, a mountainous area a few miles north of Marseilles. It's in the extreme southeast corner of the Rhône region, entirely within the Luberon Regional Nature Park. It is recognized for red and rosé wines made from Grenache and Syrah, among other grape varieties. This is a serious medium-bodied wine with distinct red fruit flavors (strawberries, raspberries, etc.) with hints of blossoms in the nose. The wine is dry and a fine match for shellfish, salmon, sushi-even grilled chicken and barbecue ribs!

Regular: $17.99 Special: $13.99

J, CUVEE 20 SPARKLING WINE J, CUVEE 20 SPARKLING WINE

One of the most popular sparkling wines sold at Draeger's is Cuvee 20 from J, the winery founded by Judy Jordan in 1986. (Judy is the daughter of the founders of Jordan Winery, but created J as her own enterprise.) While the winery makes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, sparkling wine is its primary focus. Cuvee 20 is a non-vintage blend ("cuvee") made from nearly equal parts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with 1% Pinot Meunier as well. Its mixture of aromas and flavors might suggest to you stone fruits, apples, almonds, citrus, and toast. A bright backbone of acidity keeps the party going but isn't austere in its come on, so you can enjoy Cuvee 20 as an aperitif without food if you'd like.

Regular: $36.99 Special: $29.99

SAINT COSME, 2016 CÔTES-DU-RHÔNES SAINT COSME, 2016 CÔTES-DU-RHÔNES

One of the most popular sparkling wines sold at Draeger's is Cuvee 20 from J, the winery founded by Judy Jordan in 1986. (Judy is the daughter of the founders of Jordan Winery, but created J as her own enterprise.) While the winery makes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, sparkling wine is its primary focus. Cuvee 20 is a non-vintage blend ("cuvee") made from nearly equal parts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with 1% Pinot Meunier as well. Its mixture of aromas and flavors might suggest to you stone fruits, apples, almonds, citrus, and toast. A bright backbone of acidity keeps the party going but isn't austere in its come on, so you can enjoy Cuvee 20 as an aperitif without food if you'd like.

Regular: $15.99 Special: $12.99

STONESTREET ESTATE VINEYARDS STONESTREET ESTATE VINEYARDS
2013 Alexander Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Alexander Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay

The late Jess (Stonestreet) Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke built a serious wine empire that includes wineries of note in several countries. The one that became their home in 1995 and place where their youngest child, Christopher, was raised is Stonestreet, a 5100 acre wine estate in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County, a few miles northeast of Healdsburg. Some 900 acres are planted to vines at elevations of 400' to 2400' feet on a mix of soils divided into 235 blocks. The remaining land is left available to the cougars, owls and black bears that frequent the area. Christopher, his wife Ariel and their young son live on and manage the Estate. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs makes single vineyard wines reflecting the various peaks, valleys and ledges that have been planted to vines, as well as blends like these wines. The Cabernet offers a ripe and savory combination of flavors of fruits, dried herbs, cocoa and a little vanilla supported by fine tannins (it was made in large upright oak tanks to assist with tannin management). The Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged 11 months, offering aromas and flavors of white peach, apples, lemons, and white flowers.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Regular: $42.99 Special: $32.99
Chardonnay, Regular: $34.99 Special: $26.99

TERMS: Special prices in this newsletter are effective March 14 through May 29 or as supplies last. Should a pricing error occur the posted price in the store will prevail. We offer an everyday 10% case discount for the purchase of 12 or more bottles of regularly priced 750ml-size wines, mix or match. All items in this newsletter are net priced, no further discount.

Collectible Wines

The following wines are a small part of our Collectibles Inventory, held in temperature and humidity controlled storage. Please call in advance to confirm availability.
Vintage Item Price AVA Contents
2006 Salvoni Brunello La Cerbaiola $170.00 Tuscany Brunello
2010 Valdicava $133.00 Tuscany Brunello
2014 Accendo $369.99 Napa Valley CabernetSauvignon
2002 Araujo Eisele $220.00 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Araujo Eisele $279.00 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Araujo Eisele $285.00 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Barrett Vineyard Rattlesnake $188.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Dark Blossom $285.00 California Cabernet Sauvignon
2000 David Arthur $229.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Far Niente $190.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Far Niente $190.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Freemark Abbey Bosche $150.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Freemark Abbey Sycamore $150.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard $325.00 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Jarvis Reserve $239.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Larkmead $120.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Larkmead Solari $224.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Lokoya $225.00 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Lokoya $449.99 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Lokoya $360.00 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Lokoya $264.00 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Lokoya $449.99 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Memento Mori $175.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Mockingbird Green $185.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Mockingbird Red $185.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Mockingbird Red $185.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Morlet Mon Chevalier $197.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Opus One $399.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Philip Togni $150.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Pulido-Walker Panek Vineyard $165.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Pulido-Walker Panek Vineyard $169.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Pulido-Walker Panek Vineyard $185.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Quilceda Creek $200.00 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Quilceda Creek $240.00 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Quilceda Creek $325.00 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Rudd $190.00 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Scarecrow $525.00 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Scarecrow $599.00 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
1993 Spotswoode $120.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Spotswoode $149.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Spottswoode $170.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Spottswoode $183.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Stewart, Nomad $164.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Catena Zapata White Bones $120.00 Argentina Chardonnay
2012 Catena Zapata White Stones $104.99 Argentina Chardonnay
2010 Sanguis Out of Line White $59.99 Santa Barbara Chardonny
2007 Castello Di Ama $205.00 Tuscany Chianti Classico
2013 Female Grenache $299.99 California Grenache
2006 In The Crosshairs $950.00 Sta Rita Hills Grenache
2004 Into The Dark Grenache $250.00 California Grenache
2007 Pictures Grenache $300.00 California Grenache
2006 Raven Grenache $252.99 California Grenache
2011 Sanguis Verve $69.99 Santa Barbara Grenache
2014 Shakit Grenache $299.99 California Grenache
2008 Duel $449.00 Sta Rita Hills Grenache-Syrah
2010 K Vintners Bronco $75.99 Walla Walla WA Malbec
2006 Vina Cobos $216.00 Argentina Malbec
2007 Vina Cobos $280.00 Argentina Malbec
2013 Buccella $125.00 Napa Valley Merlot
2004 Covert Fingers $150.00 California Pinot Noir
2010 Amuse Bouch $225.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Amuse Bouch $250.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2012 Au Sommet $225.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Au Sommet $225.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2014 Bodegas El Nido Clio $49.99 Spain Red Blend
2012 Bodegas El Nido Corteo $136.00 Spain Red Blend
2012 Bodegas El Nido El Nido $144.99 Spain Red Blend
2012 Cardinale $284.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2005 J Phelps Insignia $225.00 Oakville Red Blend
2013 J Phelps Insignia $259.99 Oakville Red Blend
2013 Merryvale Profile Red $202.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Ornellaia $234.99 Tuscany Red Blend
2005 Ovid $250.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2007 Ovid $299.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2010 Ovid $237.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2011 Ovid $240.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2012 Ovid $299.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Ovid Hexameter $299.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Pahlmeyer $175.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2003 Peter Michael Les Pavots $199.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Quintessa $196.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Ramey Pedregal $209.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2012 Rudd $213.00 Oakville Red Blend
2009 Sanguis Gravity $69.99 Santa Barbara Red Blend
2011 Sanguis Mule $71.99 Santa Barbara Red Blend
2013 Sassicaia $249.99 Tuscany Red Blend
2007 Terlato Episode $180.00 Napa Valley Red Blend
2007 Verite La Joie $449.99 Knights Valley Red Blend
2013 Verite La Joie $399.00 Knights Valley Red Blend
2008 Verite La Muse $550.00 Alexander Valley Red Blend
2013 Verite La Muse $399.00 Alexander Valley Red Blend
2009 Verite Le Desire $390.00 Sonoma County Red Blend
2013 Verite Le Desire $399.00 Sonoma County Red Blend
2007 Body & Soul White $275.00 California Rhone White
2011 Moment White $175.00 California Roussane Blend
2005 Atlantis Syrah $249.00 California Syrah
2008 B 20 $282.00 California Syrah
2012 In The Abstract White $282.00 California Syrah
2013 K Vintners Klein $73.99 Walla Walla WA Syrah
2013 K Vitners The Hidden $77.99 Wahluke Slope WA Syrah
2007 Labels $300.00 California Syrah
2013 Male Syrah $299.99 California Syrah
2014 Piranha Water Dance $299.99 California Syrah
2008 Sanguis Prophet $74.99 Santa Barbara Syrah
2012 Stock Syrah $299.99 California Syrah
2009 The Thrill Of Stamp Collecting $219.00 California Syrah
2009 This Is Not An Exit $449.00 Sta Rita Hills Syrah

MAGNUMS & Others

Vintage Item Price AVA Contents
2010 Valdicava Brunello $249.99 Tuscany Brunello
2005 Meyer Family Bonny Vineyard $275.00 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Kathryn Hall 3.L $1,200.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Jordan$139.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Silverado Solo $200.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Chappellet Signature $122.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Groth $155.99 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Freemark Abbey 50th $200.00 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Daou $59.99 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Dumol Isobel $165.00 Napa Valley Chardonnay
2015 Rombauer $73.99 Napa Valley Chardonnay
2012 Domaine Chante Cigale $91.95 France Chateauneuf-D-P
2009 Twomey $99.99 Napa Valley Merlot
2007 Dino Illuminati $89.99 Abruzzo Montepulciano
2011 Nieport Vintage $185.00 Portugal Port
2007 Montevertine La Pengolo Torte 3L $650.00 Tuscany Red Blend
2007 Montevertine Rosso 3L $500.00 Tuscany Red Blend
2011 La Sirena Pirate Red $149.99 Napa Valley Red Blend
2013 Spottswoode $86.99 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc