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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Our Coombsville Cab comes from a highly esteemed Napa winery and has scores of 94-95 points on its two most recent vintages.

Originally intended to carry a price tag of over $125, we negotiated 4 barrels of this incredible wine and offer it at over 50% off.

Current Releases

2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Regular price $40

Compare at: $80 
(intended price to list members for this exact bottling)

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Recognition

This winery and winemaker has a long and storied history, dating back to the late 1970s. They have multiple high-90 point wines and appearances on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year. This wine is on sale right now, with another label, but it will set you back almost $1000 for a case. Honestly, it was a bit of a coup to get our hands on this, but we couldn't be more excited!

Tasting Notes

The Sonoma Coast appellation consistently produces world-class Pinot varietals, and this 2016 Pinot Noir is no exception.  On the nose, dark red fruit and hillside florals explode from the glass. This full-bodied pinot boasts blackcurrants, plum, vanilla and a touch of black pepper on the finish. The finish is impressively long – a fantastic wine!
 
Best paired with: Friends who like to drink exceptional red wine and anything from cool nights & campfires to warm summer sunsets by the lake.  Veggies-on-the-grill, shrimp-and-grits, hamburgers, or even your local butcher’s best cut of filet mignon, this wine has the ability to complement nearly anything you care to cook Monday-Sunday.  It has a foundation that will make it a much-loved favorite and the complexity that will impress even your most diehard Cabernet-loving friends.

Wine Stats

- Blend: Pinot Noir
- AVA: Sonoma Coast
- ABV: 14.6%


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2018 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular price $36
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Recognition

Napa Cabs from this producer consistently score 94-96 points across the board 

Tasting Notes

This is one explodes from the glass with notes of dark fruit, savory spices, and a hint of oak. On the  palate, you get a sense of place with the typical spicy notes indicative of the higher elevation cabernets, with tannins that are neatly integrated for its young age.

The wine saw a significant portion of new French oak and had a nice rest in bottle before its release. This will age gracefully for the next decade+ and at this price, you're going to want to stock up!

Best paired with: Grilled meats or vegetables, hard cheese, and even heavier fish dishes

The Story

This is another casualty of unexpected restaurant closures in 2020. This wine was destined for high end, East Coast restaurants, but the winery made a quick pivot and sold the cases to us for a song!

Wine Stats
- Production: 106 cases
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- AVA: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
- ABV: 14.6%
- Drinking window: This wine will evolve for 15+ years, but the impatient wine drinker is also rewarded
- Comparable Price: $140

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2018 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular price $58 Compare at: $125+
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Recognition

94-95 points on the most recent two vintages from The Wine Advocate

4.6 rating on Vivino with almost 1,000 ratings on Bordeaux blends from this producer (top 1% of wines from Napa Valley!)

Tasting Notes

This one bursts out of the glass with a nose of dark cherries and blackberries. Quintessential Napa Cab! One person described the first sip as “Pure velvet” and the finish long but with clarity and crispness.

Coombsville is a relatively new AVA (approved in 2011) and it immediately denoted wines recognized by their typically soft but significant tannins, which provide excellent structure and mouthfeel, along with underlying layers of earth and mineral flavors. If you’re into the “tastes like” thing, it is Stag’s Leap District for me.

Best paired with: Filet mignon, hamburgers, portobello mushrooms, cheese (especially hard cheeses) or nothing at all! The finest red wine glass you own and a good wine-friend.

The Story

I have to confess. We didn’t intend to buy this wine. Let me explain.

We purchased another wine – a fantastic pinot noir – from a stellar producer we had worked with before. When this got to our bottling facility, there was a “whoopsie” and a barrel of grenache was accidentally poured into the tank with our pinot just before bottling. I guess the barrels looked very much the same...

We had a problem. There is no unmixing wine. Luckily, we were working with an upstanding partner who also happened to do small projects for other wineries and private clients. We walked through the options and he sent me a sample of this particular cabernet. I tasted it, was blown away, and negotiated a deal to make everyone whole.

This wine was destined for a winery who would charge $125 per bottle for it. Luckily, we don’t have any of the expenses of those big-name wineries, so we are offering it for less than half of that price.

Wine Stats

- Production: 99 cases
- Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot
- AVA: Coombsville, Napa Valley
- ABV: 14.6%
- Drinking window: This wine will evolve in the bottle beautifully for 15+ years, but it spectacular right now!
- Comparable Price: $125

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2016 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular price $42 Compare at: $100-$120
(price for Napa Cabs from this producer)
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Recognition

Napa Cabs from this producer score 94-95 points across the board from well-known wine publications

 Tasting Notes

This is one of the silkiest Cabernets you will come across. After nearly two years in a significant portion of new French oak and a nice rest in bottle, this is beautifully integrated wine from one of the iconic AVAs in Napa Valley.

On the nose are earthy notes, with hints of vanilla and cigar box. On the palate, its fine tannins are present but not overwhelming and melds nicely with a bit of mushroom, deep red fruits and a sweet spice that I can't quite put my finger on.

Best paired with: Grilled meats, pizza, hard cheeses

 

The Story

This wine was offered to us when, like others in our portfolio, the restaurant wine market completely cratered in 2020. We weren't necessarily looking for a Cabernet, but when we taste high quality wine and the price is fair, it simply had to be done. 

Unlike many of the wines we come across, this one had just the right amount of age that it is just starting to show some secondary characteristics that are quintessential Napa Valley Cab.

 

Wine Stats

- Production: 110 cases
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- AVA: Oakville, Napa Valley
- ABV: 14.5%
- Drinking window: This wine is in great form today and should easily spend the next decade in your cellar - if you can wait that long!
- Comparable Price: $120

 

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2007 Ballard Canyon Reserve Syrah
2007 Ballard Canyon Reserve Syrah

2007 Ballard Canyon Reserve Syrah

Regular price $50 Compare at: $150
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Recognition

Consistently 93+ points from multiple reviewers for Stolpman Syrahs from this producer; this Reserve outshines previous releases.

Arcadian wines have been called "genuine benchmarks" with winemaker Joe Davis recognized as a top 100 most influential winemaker in the U.S.

Tasting Notes

Dense, rich, and vibrant, with no hint of its age besides some slight brick-like color towards the edge of the rim in the glass. The nose gives up dark blue fruits that grows as the wine wakes up from its slumber. On the palate, there is a beautifully rich assemblage of black cherry, spices, white flowers, and mint

Best paired with: Roasted lamb with flavors like allspice, cloves, or mint

The Story

This wine was never supposed to be available outside of the winery, and Joe Davis, proprietor at Arcadian Winery, planned to sell this Reserve bottling for $150 per bottle. 2020 being what it was, some plans laid early in the year did not materialize for him and 80 cases of this wine was made available.

“In 2007, I set aside 5 of my favorite barrels and aged them additional year [in addition to the 22 months for our normal bottling]. These came to be known as Don Julio after my cellarmaster who so loved this wine. After bottling, we tucked them away for a long slumber.”

This is the handwritten note we received from Joe when he sent a sample to us. Says it all!

Wine Stats

- Production: 40 cases
- Blend: 100% Syrah
- AVA: Ballard Canyon (Stolpman Vineyard)
- ABV: 14.4%
- Drinking window: now-2025

- Comparable price: $150

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2016 Russian River Valley Syrah
2016 Russian River Valley Syrah

2016 Russian River Valley Syrah

Regular price $38 Compare at: $60-$70
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Recognition

Consistently 94-95 points from multiple reviewers over the last five vintages.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 growing season, like many in Northern California, provided ideal conditions for almost all varietals. High-elevation vineyards were used for this wine, and the low-yield vines produced grapes of incredible quality. 

This wine is everything that Syrah should be - bold without being jammy. On the nose, concentrated blackberries. The big fruit is structured with medium tannins and hints of bacon fat and white pepper on the finish.  

Best paired with: Grilled meats & vegetables (lamb is the classic pairing), beef stew, comfort food and a cool fall evening.

The Story

We found this when tasting through the small lots of wine available from a well-known Sonoma producer.

This particular wine had been resting in neutral oak, well-cared for by the cellarmaster for the last two years. Under normal circumstances, the wine would have been bottled by the producer and distributed through their restaurant program. But that channel was nearly shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we were able to secure 4 barrels (100 cases) of this stellar Syrah.

Wine Stats

- Production: 100 Cases
- Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
- AVA: Russian River Valley 
- ABV: 14.5%
- Drinking window: 2020 - 2030

- Comparable price: $60 - $70

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2017 Yountville Deux
2017 Yountville Deux

2017 Yountville Deux

Regular price $32 Compare at: $100+
(price of Bordeaux blends from this producer)
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Recognition

Recent Bordeaux blends from this winery scored 91-93 points from Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling.

Tasting Notes

Deux means two. But you knew that. This blend of Cab Franc and Merlot is phenomenally rich and if you managed to snag a bottle of our Diamond Mountain version of this wine a couple of years back, this wine is a step ahead! 

The wine delivers focused dark fruit and vanilla aromas, with a core to match that surround the  fine tannins. Yountville is one Napa's smaller AVAs and probably better known for The French Laundry, but its location near the southern end of the Valley means that it is slightly cooler and has a bit longer growing season. That allows for the depth of flavor to develop in red wines without super-high alcohol. 

Best paired with: If it goes in your mouth, it will go with this wine. Five Guys? Absolutely. Cold pizza by the light of the refrigerator, you bet. Maybe avoid spicy foods though. 

The Story

Summer of 2019, I (Brian, Claudine co-owner) was vacationing in Provence and met the owner of a well-known Napa winery in Calistoga. One thing led to another, and a few weeks later, I found myself in their cellar, crawling over barrels that needed to move to make room for the rapidly-approaching harvest. We were able to negotiate incredible pricing on these delicious wines on two conditions: we had to commit to purchasing a bit more wine than we normally would - and we had to take possession quickly. As Retherfords, we appreciate a serious deal and relish a serious challenge (in that order) and this proposal afforded ample opportunity for both. 

Wine Stats

- Production: 214 cases - most ever 
- Blend:  50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot 
- AVA: Yountville, Napa Valley 
- ABV: 15.0% 
- Drinking window: 2019-2029
- Comparable price: $100+

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2017 Yountville Malbec
2017 Yountville Malbec

2017 Yountville Malbec

Regular price $28 Compare at: $75+
(price of comparable wine from this producer)
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Recognition

Recent Bordeaux blends from this winery scored 91-93 points from Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling.

Tasting Notes

Deceptively smooth, elegant, with a long (and very purple) finish. 

Indeed, this is not an $8 Argentinian Malbec (that said, if I only had $8 to spend on a bottle, I am going with a Malbec from Argentina). Taste it blind next to your favorite $40 blend and we're sure this one will win - hands down. 

Best paired with: You name it. This wine is versatile enough to pair with anything: from cold Chipotle leftovers to a sous-vide steak dinner.

The Story

Summer of 2019, I (Brian, Claudine co-owner) was vacationing in Provence and met the owner of a well-known Napa winery in Calistoga. One thing led to another, and a few weeks later, I found myself in their cellar, crawling over barrels that needed to move to make room for the rapidly-approaching harvest. We were able to negotiate incredible pricing on these delicious wines on two conditions: we had to commit to purchasing a bit more wine than we normally would - and we had to take possession quickly. As Retherfords, we appreciate a serious deal and relish a serious challenge (in that order) and this proposal afforded ample opportunity for both.

Wine Stats

- Production: 104 cases 
- Blend: 75% Malbec, 12.5% Cabernet Franc, 12.5% Merlot 
- AVA: Yountville, Napa Valley 
- ABV: 15.2% 
- Drinking window: 2019-2026
- Comparable price: $75+

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