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The bright ruby red hues Corinne Cuvée’s inaugural vintage signal the arrival of Moone Tsai’s foray into pinot noir. Aromas of ripe red fruits, complemented by hints of rose petal and fresh herbs mark the wine’s alluring nose. This salutation extends on the attack, inviting inspection by way of ripe wild cherry and raspberry notes, accented by suggestions of black tea, earth and shaved graphite. Fermented in open-top stainless-steel tanks, and aged 16-months in 70% new French Oak, the wine reveals a soft layering of texture, flavors and a delicate acidity. True to its namesake, Corinne, this memorable first offering is pretty and bright, with a fetching freshness, and vitality that will enhance any occasion with delightful anticipation.
$99.00 per Bottle
 With a delicate nose of white flowers, green apple and citrus, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay invites eager inspection. On the palate, the wine beckons reservedly at first, offering soft-spoken hints of fresh white peach laced with tropical fruit, citrus, lightly toasted brioche, and wet stone. Barrel-fermented, and aged 16-months in 37% new French oak, this delicate offering summons fond memories of early summer nights when the sun is low in the evening sky, and the horizon begins to devolve into twilight’s inimitable dusky hues. Light on its feet on the attack, with a pleasing minerality and freshness through to the finish, the wine demonstrates a restrained vitality, coolness, and grace reminiscent of the doe-like athleticism and demeanor of the ever-lovely Venus Williams, the “other” Williams-sister of the famed tennis-duo, who in her own manner and style, managed to amass over twenty Grand Slam titles over an illustrious Hall of Fame career.
$79.00 per Bottle
The whims of Mother Nature were on full display during the 2017 growing season…marked by ample winter rains, a mild spring, hail in June, and intermittent waves of summer heat. A third and final temperature spike in early September compelled a spirited pick from our hallmark block on Bald Mountain, with the end result being a delightfully delicious chardonnay displaying both richness and resolve. On the nose, the wine expresses notes of star jasmine and citrus, giving way to flavors that tempt the palate with a pleasing panoply of lemon candy, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, and (wait for it…), a suggestion of bananas foster and crème brulée. Aged 17-months in 30% new French oak, the wine demonstrates a pleasingly light acidity to provide refreshing counterpoint that balances the wine just so, …from start-to-finish. Teasingly inviting but refined in a way that memorable white burgundies can often be, the wine conjures up the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac’s sultry singer-songwriter, Christine McVie, who in her memorable hit, “You Make Loving Fun” compelled many of us who “never did believe in the ways of magic” to “…begin to wonder why.”
$79.00 per Bottle
 Tasting Notes
The deep ruby red hues of our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet combine with suggestive aromas of black and red fruit and spice…to signal a fragrant alert to the senses. Center-stage, flavors of blackberry, Bing cherry, and dried cranberry arrive en-pointe, with touches of tamarind, anise, pepper, and graphite further piquing the palate. With the wine’s backbone hailing from hillside sites found in the upper and lower reaches of Napa Valley, a fresh minerality and vivacity keynote the wine’s pleasing acidity and elegantly delineated structure. Twenty months of barrel-aging in 40% new French oak frame the wine with dexterity, enabling a graceful and lengthy finish. Agile, pretty, long, and focused, this lovely vintage of our calling-card Cabernet brings to mind the remarkable talents of the acclaimed actress, Natalie Portman, who in in her marquee role as prima ballerina, Nina, earned her first Academy Award as Best Actress, in the unforgettable 2010 film, Black Swan.

$99.00 per Bottle
 Ruby red in the glass, the wine’s nose invites attention, fragrant with aromas of dark Bing cherry and plum, with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, and coriander. Showing off its Howell Mountain DNA, the attack reveals concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry and black plum, accented by trances of pomegranate, tamarind and baking spices. Enhanced by the deft application of sweet oak, the wine’s silky tannins are complemented by a pleasing minerality that in their combination, reveals a pleasing structure that is layered, balanced and bold… closing to a finish characterized by persistence and resolve. Barrel-fermented, and aged 22 months in 50% new French Oak, the wine brings to mind a comparison to Smooth, the memorable collaboration between legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana, and Matchbox-Twenty’s front-man/vocalist Rob Thomas whose talents are prodigiously displayed on the Grammy-Award-winning album, Supernatural. Invoking the memorable refrain from this 1999 Santana masterpiece, our 2015 Hillside Blend may invite you to consider that…

…it's just like the ocean under the moon
Oh, it's the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of lovin' that can be so smooth…
Give me your heart, make it real or else forget about it

$129.00 per Bottle
 With an inviting nose of blackberry, plum, anise seed, and cedar, our signature 100% Cabernet presents a richly nuanced study of power, complexity, and finesse. On the palate, the attack is clearly characterized by the wine’s pleasing acidity, purity, and exceptional balance, giving way to a marvelous mélange of concentrated black fruit, cocoa nib, accented by hints of freshly drawn espresso, wet stone and flint. Smooth, creamy tannins and sweet oak contribute to the wine’s delineated structure and complexity, leading to a long and eloquent finish that resonates with gravitas and purpose. Recalling the masterful screen actor, Morgan Freeman, a comparison of “fine finishes” compels us to recall his portrayal of the humble, but profoundly wise Ellis “Red” Redding, in The Shawshank Redemption, whose soulful grace and substance are conveyed at the close of this remarkable film’s memorable rooftop scene:

“We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders, and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation. As for Andy, he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer.”
$249.00 per Bottle