Wine Newsletter - Fall 2019 Edition

Draeger's Market Uncorked Fall 2019 / Wine Newsletter

FALL WINE SALE

November 6 through November 12 20% Off! - 7 days only!
  • Our fall wine sale begins Wednesday, November 6 and ends Tuesday, November 12. We'll take 20% off most domestic and imported wines when you buy 12 bottles or more, mix or match, standard 750ml size.
  • We stock over 3,000 of the world's finest wines, hand selected by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wine stewards are on duty 10-6 every day to help you find something new and rediscover old favorites.
  • Some already reduced or net-priced wines are not included. Supplies are limited to stock on hand and all wines are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot hold wine for future purchase.

Upcoming Tasting Events

GRAND CHAMPAGNE TASTING December 7, San Mateo

Join us upstairs in Restaurant Viognier in our San Mateo store for our Grand Champagne tasting from 12:00-3:00 on Saturday, December 7. About 40 sparkling wines from France's Champagne region will be available. Tickets are $50.

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HOLIDAY WINE SHOWCASE TASTING December 7, Blackhawk

Join us in the Blackhawk Cooking School for a Holiday Wine Showcase from 1:00 until 4:00 P.M. Saturday, December 7. We'll be tasting about 35 wines including sparkling, Port, Madeira, Sherry and other special bottlings. Tickets are $35.

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VINE CLIFF 2017 LOS CARNEROS CHARDONNAY VINE CLIFF 2017 LOS CARNEROS CHARDONNAY

Peninsula resident Nell Sweeney and her husband purchased hilly land in a canyon area east of Napa's Silverado Trail in 1985; it turned out to harbor the remains of a defunct winery, once very successful, that had been devastated by phylloxera in the late 1890s. Building on the remaining stone floor and tunnels they little by little returned Vine Cliff to a beautiful and productive winery, making Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville vineyards and Chardonnay from their vineyard in cooler Carneros. Those twelve acres of Chardonnay grapes yield a glassful of barrel-fermented, golden-hued liquid at once pleasingly rich and bright. Cracked crab, mayonnaise chicken salad, lemon chicken-Vine Cliff Chardonnay complements those great meals and many more.

Regularly $44.99 $34.99

BELLA UNION 2016 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON BELLA UNION 2016 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

In 1979 Beth and Gil Nickel and their partners began reviving a defunct, historic winery property in Napa's Rutherford AVA called Far Niente. Their wines, made under the Far Niente, Dolce and Nickel and Nickel brands, have become famous and collectible, with good reason. In 2012 the company was offered a 30-year lease on vineyard land on Bella Oaks Lane, known in the 1880s as Bella Union Roadway, which led to a mine in the Mayacamas Mountains. Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) is grown on that vineyard. Grapes that round out the blend including Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, are purchased from other top quality Napa vineyards. The luscious and concentrated wine is brightly aromatic and deeply flavored, filled with berry intensity, oak, vanilla and baking spice aromas and flavors.

Regularly $84.99 $69.99

JAYSON 2017 NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC JAYSON 2017 NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC

Jayson Pahlmeyer and his family have earned a world-wide reputation for concentrated and approachable Napa Valley red wines and Chardonnay, and are now offering a Sauvignon Blanc under the Jayson label. Argentine-born winemaking star Bibiana González Rave (S.F. Chronicle 2015 Winemaker of the Year) made about half the wine in older (neutral) barrels to highlight the fullness of the fruit, and crafted the remainder in stainless steel. The resulting wine shows off a soft and rich palate offering moderate acidity with a complex and lengthy finish, hinting of peach and pineapple and grapefruit and lime. It's a beautiful and luscious mouthful.

Regularly $25.99 $22.99

JERMANN 2017 VENEZIA GIULIA PINOT GRIGIO JERMANN 2017 VENEZIA GIULIA PINOT GRIGIO

There is truly boring Pinot Grigio. Then there is Jermann Pinot Grigio. Made in the Collio area of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia (usually just called Friuli) region northeast of Venice which butts up against Slovenia to the east, Jermann wines reflect an individuality of style famous throughout the wine world. Silvio Jermann (pronounced "Yer-mann") was in his very early twenties when he created wines that became legend for their richness and depth-regardless of the particular grape. In a district known for high quality wines, both red and white, Jermann Pinot Grigio stands out for its straw-yellow color, mouthfeel (it's partly fermented on the skins), and concentration of peachy, citrusy and nutty flavors.

Regularly $24.99 $19.99

DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK 2016 SEMI-DRY RIESLING FINGER LAKES DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK 2016 SEMI-DRY RIESLING FINGER LAKES

If you appreciate crisp, off-dry Riesling (and you should) you'd do well to investigate the Finger Lakes AVA in west-central New York state. Dr. Konstantin Frank, a professor of plant sciences with a Ph.D. in viticulture, was hired as a janitor at Cornell University's Geneva Experiment Station after emigrating from Ukraine to the United States. Within ten years he had proved that European fine wine grapes could be successfully grown in that cold climate and founded Vinifera Wine Cellars in 1962. Three generations later Dr. Konstantin Frank winery, on Keuka Lake, makes red, white and sparkling wines of serious repute. This semi-dry Riesling is vibrant and medium full-bodied, lusciously balancing ripe fruit flavors with soft acidity.

Regularly $19.99 $15.99

J. LOHR 2017 PURE PASO PROPRIETARY RED J. LOHR 2017 PURE PASO PROPRIETARY RED

Jerry Lohr saw the future long before most people in the wine industry, developing legendary vineyards in Monterey County in the 1970s. He understood, also, that there was something special about the Paso Robles area: varied soils, very warm days, little rainfall, and a very wide (as much as 50°) daily temperature swing-all things that suggested happy red wine grapes. So he planted Paso-region vineyards beginning in the mid-1980s and now farms some 2700 acres there. Just-released J. Lohr Proprietary Red, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Petite Sirah plus a little Merlot, Petite Verdot and Malbec, delivers the beautiful dense focused fruit notes expected from Paso Robles wine, and a soft palate perfect for drinking now.

Regularly $34.99 $29.99

MUGA 2015 RIOJA RESERVA MUGA 2015 RIOJA RESERVA

Rioja wines come from that district in north central Spain, where the vineyards are spread along both banks of the Ebro River. The primary grape is Spain's legendary Tempranillo, and the region is famous, historically, for long-aging its produce in wood barrels before sending it to market-a trick they picked up from the French in the mid- 1800s. Muga quality is a benchmark for the region, and this wine saw 24 months in used French and American oak after fermentation, plus another 12 months in bottle to develop. Its ripe fruit is framed with hints of vanilla, coffee, light smoke, cedar and tobacco, to name a few, in a wine of real elegance.

Regularly $34.99 $29.99

MONSANTO 2015 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA MONSANTO 2015 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA

Chianti is not a grape, but rather a district within central Tuscany. The high-acid Sangiovese grape forms the backbone of the wine, and when vinified with love and care creates a wine that is firm and earthy but ripe. Chianti Classico, one of the eight sub-districts of Chianti and the original, is governed by its own strict rules ("DOCG") and its wines labeled Riserva must be aged in barrel 24 months and in bottle another 3 before release. Monsanto's 2015 Riserva offers the dried cherry flavor nuances often found in Chiantis, layered with aromas and flavors suggesting smoke, leather, herbs, olives and spice. It's meaty and firm with a long finish– open it an hour or two before sipping.

Regularly $26.99 $23.99

DOMAINE DROUHIN 2016 DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DROUHIN 2016 DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR

If you value elegance over weight, and crave ripe fruit rather than jammy fruit in your Pinot Noir you should have a careful look at northern Oregon's Willamette Valley wineries. They are now generally acknowledged to make some of the most graceful red wines on the planet in spite of an often unpredictable climate. In the very top tier of producers is Dundee-based Domaine Drouhin, an offshoot of the French burgundy house that appreciated the winemaking potential in Oregon before most. Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noirs are famous for their Burgundy-like balance between ripeness and acidity, for smooth but not flaccid texture and for hints of earth, berries, and light spice–all woven together with characteristic finesse.

Regularly $43.99 $37.99

VALRAVN 2017 SONOMA COUNTY ZINFANDEL VALRAVN 2017 SONOMA COUNTY ZINFANDEL

Soft-textured, dry, briary, fruity-ripe, mediumto full-bodied–all of these describe the prized style of Zinfandel (the red, not the pink) most often associated with California, where the grape was imported from Croatia in the 1830s. Though Sonoma County is not the only place where the grape shines it leads the pack in production and fame. Valravn Zin grapes, mostly bush-pruned, are sourced from several old-vine vineyard sites in AVAs that include Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley, with vine age ranging from 50 to 105 years! After 9 months in barrel the Valravn delivers the goods: it is rich, ripe but fresh, and bursting with nuances of black fruits, blueberry, and white pepper spice.

Regularly $19.99 $16.99

DOMAINE DES FONDS 2018 FLEURIE BEAUJOLAIS DOMAINE DES FONDS 2018 FLEURIE BEAUJOLAIS

One of the most delicious red wines in the world is made in a district that's legally part of Burgundy but practically in its own world. Beaujolais begins about 15 miles north of Lyon and continues in that direction for some 35 miles; the grape here is deeply colored but low-tannin Gamay Noir ("Gamay"). At the north end is the Beaujolais Cru region, a group of villages situated on granitic hillsides. Fleurie is more or less in the middle of them, its wines considered the most velvety of the group. Domaine des Fonds vineyards average 40 years of age; some are 80-100. This is not soda-poppy Beaujolais Nouveau but rather serious stuff. Lightly chill it and enjoy the beautiful dry, floral, and fruity aromas and flavors such as black cherry, peach, and rose. Not surprisingly, it's wonderful with a wide variety of foods; it is made near Lyon, the food capitol of France, after all.

Regularly $17.99 $14.99

DOMAINE DE L'AMAUVE 2016 SEGURET CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES RESERVE DOMAINE DE L'AMAUVE 2016 SEGURET CÔTES DU RHÔONE VILLAGES RESERVE

Love the fruit and spice in southern Rhône reds? Vicariously visit Seguret, a medieval village a few miles northeast of Orange. It is on the official list of one of the most beautiful towns in France and is home to Domaine de l'Amauve, a family winery whose owner/winemaker Christian Voeux was cellar master/general manager of several famous Châteauneuf-Du-Pape estates. His classic Rhône red blend of Grenache and Syrah was grown organically (certification is expected this year) and aged partly in barrel and partly in tank before blending, offering the full fruit notes you expect from southern Rhône wines as well as hints of spice (and the structure to age several years if you have the patience).

Regularly $24.99 $19.99

STAGS' LEAP WINERY NAPA VALLEY COLLECTION: STAGS' LEAP WINERY NAPA VALLEY COLLECTION:

Grapes were first planted on a property that later became Stags' Leap Winery in the 1870s. The land is situated underneath the Palisades, an imposing ring of rock in the Vaca Mountains east of the Silverado Trail known by Native Americans as a place where stags leaped to avoid hunters. The winery resort closed in 1908, although grape growing has continued steadily for 147 years. Stags' Leap Winery was revitalized and wine production began again in 1972. (There is a different winery with a similar name, leading to some confusion, which explains the difference in placement of the apostrophes on the labels.) Nearly fifty years later the winemaking team of Bordeaux-born Christophe Paubert (former cellar master at Château d'Yquem) and New Zealander Joanne Wing are crafting highly respected wines from the Estate in the Stags' Leap AVA, about 5 miles north of the town of Napa. They also create the Napa Collection, wines from carefully selected vineyards throughout the county. The Napa Chardonnay hails mostly from Carneros, its barrel-fermented creaminess offset by a serious vigor reminiscent of a good white Burgundy. The supple and structured Merlot (93 points, James Suckling) comes primarily from the Oak Knoll district near Yountville, with a little Oakville and Estate fruit in the mix. The Cabernet Sauvignon (94 points, Wine Advocate), also sourced from cooler areas in the south part of Napa Valley, was aged 20 months in French oak. Medium-bodied, deeply colored, plush, and concentrated, it can be enjoyed now.

Chardonnay, Regularly $26.99 $23.99

MERLOT, Regularly $29.99 $24.99

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Regularly $54.99 $49.99

BASARMAGNAC DELORD XO BRANDY BASARMAGNAC DELORD XO BRANDY

Prosper Delord was a mobile distiller and cellar master in Bas-Armagnac in Gascony in southwest France in 1893, moving from farm to farm using his alambic pot still to turn base wines into eaux-de-vie, clear spirit that becomes what we know as brandy after aging in barrels. The company he founded now has brandy stocks dating from about 1900. The Bas-Armagnac district (150 miles south of Cognac) was the first in France to make brandy and has been doing so since the tenth century, using alambic column stills to convert wines into raw spirit. Those eaux-de-vies take on color and a rich, robust palate of aromas and flavors after years of sleeping in barrels. Bas-Armagnac Delord XO brandy is blended from spirits of a minimum 15 years of age, resulting in a brandy that is famously smooth and rich.

Regularly $57.99 $49.99

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TERMS: Prices in this newsletter are valid Wednesday, October 16 through Tuesday, December 31.