Tuscany has long been a DouxVin go-to favorite for one of our most-loved varietals—Sangiovese. Few red wines promote the relaxed pleasure derived from a top-notch Chianti Classico. To be able to relax over a summer barbecue with a 90+ point wine from an artisanal producer like Castello di Ama, provides a respite from daily pressure and stress. And as this offer represents such a terrific value, this an opportunity not to be missed.
Castello di Ama sits 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. This is the heart of Chianti Classico, a bucolic rolling landscape of woods, vineyards and olive groves. The property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti. Over the last quarter century they have replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking capabilities to make this one of Tuscany’s showcase producers.
2015 Chianti Classico “Ama”
Raspberry and cherry flavors are immediate in this elegant, balanced red, followed by accents of earth and spice. … well-proportioned. Drink now through 2022.
Robin Lail is a legend in Napa hailing from one of the most storied and famous historical families in the Valley, dating back to 1879 when her great -granduncle, the iconic Captain Gustave Niebaum founded Inglenook. Robin grew up among the vineyards of Inglenook, pioneers of fine winemaking in the Napa Valley. Inglenook was passed down to Robin’s grandfather and then to her father, John Daniel Jr., a true innovator (he was the first to put ‘Napa Valley’ on his labels and pioneered varietal labeling) and wine industry leader who produced legendary wines.
Robin was recently featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine’s May 2020 Issue. A terrific story, well worth the time to read—ideally with a glass of Lail Cab or SB on hand.
“The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, from vineyards in Yountville and Coombsville, was barrel fermented in 30% new French oak and aged in stainless steel. It opens with beautiful peach blossoms, fresh green apples and lemonade notes with touches of lime leaves, coriander seed and paraffin wax. Medium-bodied, refreshing, elegant and with impressive intensity, the palate delivers impactful citrus and savory layers with a zesty kick to the finish.”
“A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot from a multitude of vineyards, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint reveals a saturated purple color as well as classic notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and hints of new leather. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, ripe, and textured, it's a smoking good, affordable effort well worth seeking out. It will evolve for 10-15 years or more.”
“What is the most overlooked terroir in California? It’s a question I am asked often. The answer is always the same: The Santa Cruz Mountains. These rugged hillsides just south of San Francisco are home to some of the world’s greatest vineyards and wines."
- Antonio Galloni
California’s Best Kept Secret, Vinous Media
Mindego Ridge winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of DouxVin’s absolute go-to sources for amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Elegant wines that age beautifully, at prices that are well below their market value. Meticulous care of the vineyards, where very shoot on every vine is touched many times during the growing season – pruning, training, lateral removal, fruit thinning, and every other aspect of vine maintenance is performed by hand. Mindego Ridge implements a comprehensive farming program to achieve optimal vine health and fruit quality, adopting best practices from organic, sustainable and biodynamic farming disciplines.
We are pleased to be able to offer a discounted 6-Pack collection that includes two bottles each of the extraordinary and highly-regarded 2016 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as the 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir – which is not typically offered outside of the tasting room.
This wonderful Mindego Ridge 6-Pack contains two bottles of each:
2016 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
100% estate grown, with only about 340 cases produced. 15% new oak, 75% neutral oak and 10% stainless steel aging, provide wonderful layers to the wine, while allowing the beautiful fruit to express itself. Medium-bodied and elegantly textured with green apple, white peach and pear flavor profiles.
94 points Jeb Dunnick
2016 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
100% estate grown, single vineyard Pinot Noir from the 8.7 acre home vineyard. Made in small lots by non-interventionist methods – hand sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch downs. Aged for 11 months in ¼ new, ¾ neutral French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Beautiful drinkability now, with exciting cellaring potential. Only 640 cases produced.
95 points Jeb Dunnick
2018 Mindego Ridge Rosé of Pinot Noir
This item is very limited. Only 77 total cases were produced. Fresh and vibrant, offering flinty mineral notes layered with rose petal, hints of strawberry, watermelon, and a delightfully bright finish. The perfect way to kick off a special day.
Family run since 1937, Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix is the owner and producer of several prestigious crus, including Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Trotanoy, and Château Hosanna in Pomerol; Château Bélair-Monange Premier Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Émilion; and, in Napa Dominus Estate and Ulysses.
The renowned and globally famous Christian Moueix joined the family business in 1970. Initially directing the company’s viticultural activities, he later assumed commercial responsibilities before becoming President in 1991. Passionate about viticulture, he added to the firm’s vineyard holdings through the acquisition of remarkable vineyard sites in Pomerol including Château Providence and Dominus Estate, a 124-acre vineyard in Napa Valley acquired in 1982. He has been named Winemaker of the Year by both Wine Spectator and Decanter.
2012 Château Providence, Pomerol
Moueix’s first release was in 2005 following the purchase of the property which, due to its location next to Chateau Lafleur and Hosanna, he saw as having great potential. Testament to the quality of the fruit, the vineyard was rolled into Lafleur Petrus. The wine, due to the gravelly clay, has a supple, plum fruit character.
94 points Wine Spectator
2010 Chateau La Serre
La Serre is one of the absolute little gems of Saint-Emilion, a property right at the top of the village, surrounded by many illustrious estates, and year after year producing fabulous under-the-radar wines. Floral nose with an expression of ripe dark fruit.
94 points Wine Spectator
2016 L’Hospitalet de Gazin
Château Gazin is located on the north-eastern part of the Pomerol plateau, between Châteaux Petrus and Lafleur-Gazin. L’hospitalet de Gazin, the second wine of Château Gazin, has been produced since 1986 from the fruit of younger vines. An elegant, supple, charming wine, it can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle.
Château de La Tour, owned by Francois Labet who has directed both Château de la Tour and the family estate since 1984, is one of the most fabled wine producers in Burgundy, renowned for its exceptional Grand Crus from the famed Clos de Vougeout.
In response to a request to create a Bourgogne Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that would be accessible for everyday enjoyment, the Labet label was created by Francois in honor of his father, Pierre. All of the Labet wines are made at the family’s estate; sourced from contracted old vine vineyards with complete oversight, receive the same attention as the Grand Crus and made with the same care and techniques as their Chateau de la Tour wines.
Was $360 a 6-pack. Now $220
Sourced from Veilles Vignes, these are wines of purity, complexity, and freshness that punch way above their weight! Ordinarily selling for $60, the 2016 Francois Labet Pinot Noir and Chardonnay may be DouxVin’s best current value opportunity.
The same personal touch we give to you can now be extended to your family and friends with DouxVin Gift Cards. When the lucky recipient reaches out to us, we’ll compose a customized selection of wines and deliver it to them.
We have a broad selection from lovely everyday wines to special occasion indulgences and collectibles. The perfect, personalized gift for the novice or expert wine lover.
Contact Warren directly for a custom Gift Card amount and/or to purchase personalized cases of wines you love, or to explore special DouxVin favorites new to you. We will customize a selection just right for you.
I first discovered Mastroberardino and this remarkable wine at VinItaly a number of years ago and it has become a DouxVin favorite ever since. When I’m looking for a opulent, powerful red to accompany a rich meat dish (think Osso Buco), few wines represent a more pleasant accompaniment than Taurasi, especially a Riserva from such a renowned producer in a stellar vintage. And it’s drinking beautifully right now. Fewer than 50 bottles of this remarkable wine remain available.
Mastroberardino is one of the leading wineries and wine families in all of Italy in terms of production, market impact, and innovation. This is one single family with a winemaking history which dates back to the early 18th century, and which is largely responsible for the viticultural success of Campania's remote Irpinia area.
The Mastroberardino family have earned themselves a place in Italy’s viticultural history as a guardian and protector of indigenous grapes of Southern Italy’s Campania region. The family has not just worked to maintain these varieties, but Mastroberardino has successfully turned would-be extinct grapes into world class varieties.
2014 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Reserva
Deep ruby-red in color, complex and intense aromas of black fruits and tobacco complement undertones of cherries and plum skins. On the palate, the Radici Taurasi Riserva is enveloping, elegant, and persistent, with a long finish of blueberries and mulberries.
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94pts Wines & Spirits:
“This vintage of Mastroberardino’s flagship wine is delicious, saturating the palate with fruit and spice flavors. The aglianico grapes come from the family’s Montemarano and Mirabella Eclano estates, where the vines grow in sandy or clay soils at elevations of 1,150 to 2,100 feet. The wine’s roasted-beet richness lends earthy ballast to the flavors of ripe plum and woodland berries, cinched together by tannins that feel firm and polished. Those flavors surround a core of blackberry minerality that centers the wine, lending structure along with smoky savor. The finish is long and balanced, indicating many years of life ahead.”
Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s most historic family owned winery. It remains fiercely independent through the generational ownership by the Hill-Smith family. DouxVin was honored recently to host Yalumba scion Jessica Hill-Smith at an iconic dinner late last year when we enjoyed selections from the wines below among others.
Yalumba’s longevity and success is a result of patience, collaboration and progressive thinking. There is foresight to embrace the natural terroir to craft wines with individual character and a sense of purpose, a spirit to reinvest in the land upon which it operates and the knowledge to serve as a leader in the industry. It is committed to sharing stories of provenance gathered over more than 168 years of history of family winemaking.
Our six pack offering includes two bottles of each of the following:
2015 Yalumba Tri-Centenary Vineyard Grenache
The Tri-Centenary (Nursery) vineyard, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, is the source of the Tri-Centenary Grenache. This single vineyard Grenache comprises some 820 gnarly old bush vines that were planted in 1889. This very limited wine is made only in the best years; the wine has bright fruit tones (think pomegranate, wild strawberries, violets, red petals) and pairs well with Peking Duck.
96 points James Suckling
2014 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Blend
The Signature is a celebration of wine and people – more than 50 vintages, 50 names and 50 stories. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz with the average vine age at 35 years. It over delivers based on price. Pair with Steak au Poivre. A perennial DouxVin favorite.
95 points Decanter
NV Antique Muscat
Finish a great meal with this luscious and intense dessert wine made from Muscat grapes. The grapes are picked late for sweetness and aged in barrels for up to 10 years. Pair with any dessert with carmelized sugar or savory sauces such as molasses, caramel and maple syrup.
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Contact Warren directly for personalized cases of wines you love, or to explore special DouxVin favorites new to you. We will customize a selection just right for you.
In Portugal, DouxVin’s “go to” winery is Quinta de la Rosa, where the Bergqvist Family has been making exceptional Port for over 200 years. Since the 1990’s they have branched out to produce some gorgeous still wines. Until recently, Portuguese still wines were not on the radar screen of consumers. Fortunately that has changed. Portugal is producing world class wines from indigenous varietals they have diligently protected, that have been growing since the time of the Romans and that over-deliver for their price.
Quinta de la Rose is fortunate to have a great diversity of vineyards which not only run along the banks of the River Douro, but also climb up to 400 metres above sea level. The majority of vineyards are south and southwest facing (the most coveted orientations) and are planted with an assortment of vines of both age and variety. All vineyards are classified as Grade A by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP).
Our six pack offering includes two bottles of each of the following:
2017 Quinta de la Rosa Estate Red
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional (60%) and Touriga Franca (12%) with Tinta Roriz (8%), Sousão (5%) and the rest sourced from an old vineyard, mixed field blend. The grapes mainly come from the Lamelas vineyard planted more than 30 years ago. Quite approachable as a young wine, it can either be drunk now or aged for 5 or more years.
91 points Decanter Magazine/Recommended Selection
2016 Quinta de la Rosa La Rosa Reserve Red
Traditional port varieties, mainly 60% Touriga Nacional with the rest being mixed field planted vines from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. The wine would be best served with red meats and more powerful dishes. It also goes well with cheese, especially the Serra cheese found in Portugal. It is a wine that can be drunk now or aged for up to 10 years.
94 points Wine Advocate
NV Quinta de la Rosa - 20 Year Tawny Port
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. Made in the Quinta de la Rosa “house” style of slightly drier, not cloyingly sweet style. Tawny ports can be drunk chilled as an aperitif or at the end of the meal either on their own or with dessert or cheese. This Tawny is a blend of ports with an average age of twenty years. Every year the grapes are picked by hand in September/October and trodden by foot in granite lagares. Each year Quinta de la Rosa keeps back some of the best quality port and uses these to make up the 10 and 20 year old tawny blends.
95 points James Suckling
For true aficionados, a limited number of old ports are also available, including the 30-year Tawny and a rare vertical composed of the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2012 vintage Ports. Please contact Warren for more information.
We all eagerly await the releases of Wine spectator’s Annual Top 100 list, especially the Top 10 Wines of the year. Last year, the 95-point 2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay was ranked #7 on this most reputable list.
DouxVin has been a strong supporter of Ramey—the wines are superb, especially their coveted single vineyard-designate bottlings, and we were fortunate to have been allocated a precious few cases. We are pleased to offer three-packs of this special wine for only $210 including sales tax and delivery.
2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Ramey's Hyde Vineyard is located on the rolling hills of the Napa side of Carneros. The vines are exposed to the cool marine air coming from the Petaluma Gap, which helps provide a cooler growing season. The vines were planted in the '90s on top of ancient creek beds full of Haire Clay Loam and plenty of scattered rocks. After harvest, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, then undergo full native malolactic fermentation in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 30% new François Frères French oak barrels.
“Precise and powerfully structured, with intense Asian pear, apple and ripe citrus flavors that feature rich, savory notes. Displays concentrated minerality on the spicy and textured finish. Should blossom in the cellar.”
—Kim Marcus. WS-95 Points. Highly Recommended.
“In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.”
—Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
If you are also interested having DouxVin create a custom collection for you, or if you are looking for any specific wines, please contact Warren directly.