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Full ruby-red color. Slightly wild scents of blackberry, black pepper and smoked meat. Bigger and somewhat sweeter and easier on entry than the Boushey Vineyard example, projecting a slightly high-toned ripeness to its dark berry, spice, cedar and floral flavors. There's just a bit more texture and stuffing here to buffer the wine's rather powerful tongue- and toothdusting tannins. This, too, is a substantial, concentrated wine with serious potential longevity. The nose of the Boushey Syrah is more perfumed and complex but this wine is sweeter and suppler. (vinified with 65% whole clusters) – Steven Tanzer

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$45.00
 
SKU: 18ESSY

We did not harvest Sparrow until quite late. The vines were ready almost a month after last year which let us slowly ripen as opposed to picking mid-September. It is interesting to see the difference as the wines which get more hang time seem to have more volume and nose which one would assume the opposite. We all need to get together and taste to see what we think!

 

Malbec grape being a slip skin (the skin is not attached to the pulp) generally loves a hot dry environment.  2017 allowed our Gamache Malbec to shine with classic blue expression, chewy tannins and bright happy plum notes.  Picking extra early allowed us to maintain freshness to retain the subtle secondary baking spice notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.  – Anna Schafer Cohen

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$38.00
 
SKU: 17CVMB

Nose of grilled bread, warm spice and orange peel.  There is a bright quality to the wine, but the dark flavors persist of burnt orange, dark fruit, rhubarb.  There is a strong minerality in the finish.  Although light in color the wine is strong and built well. 

94 points

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94 points

The 2017 Night Owl Estate Blend is a more Merlot-dominated cuvée that checks in as 56% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 40% new barrels, it's still vibrant purple/ruby-colored and has a Pomerol-like bouquet of ripe black cherries, cassis, dried violets, tobacco, and damp earth. Ethereal, medium to full-bodied, with beautiful tannins and considerable elegance, drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck

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$60.00
 
SKU: 17ESRB

Dark, deep red. Baking spices, cloves, pepper, grilled bread. Medium acidity and density for a Malbec. Tannin hits the roof of the mouth, while plum juice, cinnamon, exotic star anise, and clove fill the palate. Beautiful savory and secondary notes. Long pleasant finish that will open up with more oxygen. This Malbec holds a significant amount of tannin and would be happy in your cellar for a year, or with a lengthy decant before drinking.

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$47.00
 
SKU: 17ESMB

93 points

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93 points

The 2017 Artist Series Schafer from Schafer checks in as 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc that spent a full two years in 40% new French oak. Deep ruby-colored with a meaty, spicy style in its red and black fruits, tobacco, dried spice, and loamy soil aromas and flavors, it gains freshness and purity with time in the glass and is a seamless, medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textured effort. It's a terrific value to enjoy over the coming decade or more.

- Jeb Dunnuck

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$40.00
 
SKU: 17CVRB

95 points

- Wine & Spirits

94 points

More Pauillac notes of cassis, tobacco, and cedar pencil emerge from the medium-bodied 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Owl & Crown, which has a balanced, pure, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's another classy wine that will keep for 15+ years, if you're so inclined. There are a scant 268 cases produced.

- Jeb Dunnuck

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$75.00
 
SKU: 17ESCS