Thirsty Thursday!!

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Time: 04:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free


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ValleyLibrary Release

The 2012 Beran (pronounced ‘baron’) Library Release Zinfandel was winery only for years, this summer at a private tasting they offered us a few cases for the shop, once we tasted it we got greedy!
You won’t believe this wine is 8 years old, just incredible fruit and seamless integration from the first sip through the finish. 

Joe Wagner, who learned from his father Chuck, grew up making Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. In many ways he has surpassed his heritage with the creation of Belle Glos, Steorra, Quilt, and Boen to name just a few!

91 Points Wilfred Wong 
"The 2012 Beran Napa Zinfandel is so different from the Zins that I cut my teeth on when I first started drinking wines, some 40 years ago.
In those days the wines were in the 12-13% alcohol range, and the best of them were pretty okay.
This wine, weighing in at 15.4%, has become the standard that today's wine drinkers find enjoyable.
Loaded with berries, smooth on the palate.
The wine 
rested for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak before bottling."

Our Thoughts on this wine....
 Aside from the vintage, what makes this special is they added a splash of Petite Sirah.
You also don’t see a lot of Napa Valley appellation Zins out there as the cost of land drives the plantings to Cabernet and Chardonnay.
Even at this bottle age, it is a bright, vibrant purple with a deep black core.
Black cherry, dark chocolate with a hint of sweet pipe tobacco, pepper spice and cedar. Rich and mouth-filling with ripe flavors of cherry and cocoa and a dustiness of fine-grained tannins on the persistent finish.
Drink for next 3 years. 
Pairs perfectly with a big steak, roast lamb, chili, hearty stews/soups, beef or pork short-ribs and rich paté.

Special Private Sale for
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Elsewhere at $54.99
Our Regular Price
Special Sale Price

$28.00  a bottle
$144.00  for six ($24.00)
 55% Savings over the regularr price!

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Wagner Family

In 1971, Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner and his wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner asked their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner, who had just graduated from high school, if he would be interested in joining them in starting up a winery. If Chuck declined the offer, Charlie and Lorna were planning to sell out of their ranch in Napa Valley and move to Australia. Chuck accepted his parents’ offer to launch the winery, Caymus Vineyards.

The Wagners produced their first vintage in 1972, consisting of 240 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, Caymus has focused their efforts in the production of quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Today’s production is 65,000 cases.

Caymus Vineyards remains 100% family-owned by the Wagners. Charlie, Lorna Belle, and Chuck worked together as a remarkable team for over 30 years building Caymus Cabernet. Today, Chuck, his two sons, Charlie and Joe, and one daughter, Jenny, have joined the family team. Farming grapes remain the priority with the family, farming about 350 acres of choice Napa Valley land.

 The Wagners took the name Caymus from the Mexican land grant known as Rancho Caymus, given to George Yount in 1836, which encompassed what eventually became the town of Rutherford and much of the surrounding area.

 For five generations, my family has lived and loved the Napa Valley. Our grandfather settled here in the 1800s and from that moment forward, we've grown to understand there is simply no substitute for an intimate knowledge of the land that only comes by "living" in the vineyard. Working the land with our own hands has given us insights into California winemaking that can't be found in any book or corporate farm manual.

Chuck Wagner continues to direct the world-reknown Cabernet program at Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley; Charlie is making exquisite Chardonnay at Mer Soleil in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County; Joseph is making fine Pinot Noir under the Belle Glos label in the coastal areas of California; Jenny is learning the ropes here at Caymus and ah yes, our longtime winemaker for Conundrum, Jon Bolta, continues his craft of making that puzzling, white wine blend.