September 2021 Release
This year, we are in an incredibly unique and fortunate position. With an opportunity to continue aging our 2019 vintage and re-release highlights from the cellar, we are on track to deliver wines at their pinnacle of drinkability.
The wines included in this shipment are ready to drink now. We chose each bottle for its current vibrancy, lushness, and overall fresh flavor. Get ready to discover a little bit of magic while experiencing the power of the past.
2018 Hill of Thunder Red Blend, Shake Ridge Ranch – Amador County
The 2018 Hill of Thunder blends 63% Zinfandel, 25% Primitivo, and 12% Barbera into a smooth, elegant and fruit-forward wine. Aromas of bright red cherry and soft strawberry lead to flavors of fresh pomegranate, raspberry tart, and berry fruit salad. The Zinfandel brings a nice structure to the blend along with a nice floral, slightly peppery component. The Primitivo adds raspberry notes along with touches of cinnamon spice. Lastly, the Barbera finishes this blend with a bright acidity that makes it a perfect complement to your Italian dishes.
2017 Frediani Petite Sirah, Calistoga
Decant this powerhouse of a wine for at least an hour prior to enjoying or lay it down and get excited to see what it will become in 2 to 5 years — it's a massive wine with lots of grippy and rugged tannins. After opening up, you'll find notes of blueberry and blackberry, natural yeast, and muted butterscotch on the nose followed by brambleberry pie, young plum, and those fantastic tannins on the palate.
2017 Black Sears Zinfandel, Howell Mountain
The 2017 vintage is going to remind you, yet again, why you love Zinfandel. With an unmistakably spicy nose, you will immediately conjure up thoughts of delicious cracked black pepper and artisan steak rub. Velvety and opulent across the palate, this mouthwatering Zinfandel truly sings with flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry compote, caramel, butterscotch and a touch of honey. It is the truest expression of Zinfandel we've had from Black Sears fruit. This is our second to last vintage of Black Sears.
2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Third and Fourth Generation Members Only
Lush aromas of dark fruit, leather, black currants, and molasses intertwined with a fresh herbaceous earthiness. Hints of brown sugar/molasses-based BBQ sauce flavors –– it’s a little spicy and a little sweet giving us thoughts of peppercorns, black tea, molé sauces, maple syrup, and cocoa nibs. A graceful landing across the tongue with a bright minerality that shines through this masculine wine. This wine evolves with each sip you take as you experience great concentration, medium tannins, and a balanced, big finish.