The Friday List - 3/24/2023
Golden State Greats
We promise we don’t intentionally ignore certain wine categories when scheduling offers. We just have such a diverse range of exciting wines to sell, it can take a while to circle back for a follow-up to previous offers. Today, after an uncharacteristically long gap (two months!) and tours of Beaujolais, the Rhône, Bordeaux, Champagne, Germany, and the Loire, we’re happy to return home to the Golden State. We ran spotlights on Dominus and Shafer Hillside Select—both of which sold out in hours—so today we zoom back out and bring you a big list from the best names of the North Coast.
We open with some fan favorites: Marcassin and Colgin. The former always receives a frenzied response when we offer it, and today should be no different. Husband and wife team Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer are somehow still only getting better after 40 years on the Sonoma Coast, continuing to rake in 100-point scores with nearly every new release. We’ve got several cases of Pinot and Chardonnay available today, including some triple-digit bottlings. Colgin needs no introduction, so we’ll add brief commentary: just like Marcassin, there’s a good argument to be made that Colgin is more dialed into their viticulture and winemaking than ever before, thanks to the relentless pursuit of perfection by winemaker Alison Tauziet and crew.
Three other cult producers represent well in this list: Araujo/Eisele, Realm, and Scarecrow, each with depth, spanning numerous vintages and bottlings, and multiple perfect scores from critics. The Eisele could almost be a standalone offer, with an 8-vintage vertical of their legendary single vineyard Cabernet, plus a lone bottle of their epic Syrah. Realm boasts a good slate as well, and Scarecrow shows off with 4 vintages of grand vin and 5 of Monsieur Étain, the second wine that drinks better than most Napa producers’ first.
Finally, for fans of Napa’s Old Guard, we’ve got a smorgasbord. From the vault, we have a fabulous selection of 90s and 2000s Mondavi Reserve Cabernet, Harlan Estate’s The Maiden, and Joseph Phelps Insignia. Capping things off are seriously enviable older bottlings (back to 1985!) from Dunn, Opus One, and Spottswoode, plus a solid variety of more recent Peter Michael whites and reds.
And if you’re wondering about the conspicuous absence of Abreu today, keep an eye on your inbox this weekend…
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