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Spit or Swallow?

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When I met with Terlato's Heather Shapiro a few months back to taste through her lineup of California wines I didn't do what I usually do: spit.

I'm sure most of you reading this wouldn't have either, but as a retailer I usually start tasting with reps at 10am. My day would be disastrous if I didn't spit. I wouldn't set a good example for my crew; I'd be considered one of those lush retailers in the biz (you know who you are); I'd be taken advantage of by saavy suppliers; I'd make rash decisions and would likely have a shop filled with crap wine; and Nina would have probably left me 25 years ago. Yup, it'd be a clusterfuck alright.

But I just couldn't help myself.

It was a Friday afternoon after a crazy busy week of dealing with bridezillas during the height of wedding season. So I needed a drink... I was not in the wine-analyzing frame of mind. The more I tasted these wines the better they were... and so I fell into the trap and bought more than I would have if I had spit.

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It's not a bad thing to be stuck with 20 verticals of a great Bordeaux-style Napa Valley wine from 3 stellar vintages, but a part of me feels like a sucker and I'm reminded of it every time I walk by the endcap display.

So I wanna see them go away.

I can't wait to re-taste these wines on Saturday morning with my fingers crossed that they'll be as good as they were on my spitless day. Hopefully I'm not put in that scenario where wine always tastes better on vacation. You know what I'm talking about? We've all been there: you have a bottle of Chianti while vacationing in Italy and it's the best goddamn wine in the world. Then you come home and I locate it for you, but it just isn't as good. Has nothing to do with the juice in the bottle - nope - it's all about the Tuscan sunshine, you're beautiful wife sitting across from you with her hair blowing in the breeze and your cell phone back at your hotel room locked in the safe.

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Take a Drive to North Union Street this weekend and have a taste for yourself... spitting is optional. Terlato's Heather Shapiro will be here from 12noon to 4pm pouring all 4 wines, and the FranksWine crew will do the same on Sunday from 12noon to 4pm! We'll have a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, spreads and crostini from our DiBruno Bros section to complement the wine!

Devil's Peak ~ Napa Valley

Anthony Terlato, a leader in the wine industry for over 60 years, is a particular devotee of Bordeaux blends and has been enjoying and cellaring those wines since the early 50s. When he began producing his own wine in California, he wanted to pay tribute to some of his favorite Bordeaux wines with a selection of their varietal blends. And thus the "Peak Series" of wines of Napa Valley Bordeaux blends were born to honor some grand crus of Bordeaux. Devils' Peak is the second blend in the series, following the traditions and methods of the St. Émilion region, which is dominated by Cabernet Franc, some Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon which produces a premium wine with a lovely aroma. These wines are multi-faceted and supple with a finesse that lingers on the finish.

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I tasted through 7 vintages with Heather and together we chose the consecutive run of 2007, 2008 and 2009 as the best of the group... and WOW... wait until you try her 2013 Russian River Chardonnay!

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Terlato 2007 Devil's Peak
Regularly Priced at $69.99
$49.99 w/ 6pk Purchase OR $42.99 w/ 12pk Purchase

66% Cabernet Franc ~ 24% Merlot
5% Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 3% Malbec

"A Bordeaux-inspired, Cabernet Franc-anchored wine of elegance and finesse, this is supple and fleshy, marked by roasted herb, cedar, mineral, dried berry and graphite flavors. Full-bodied, with black cherry, plum and spice notes peaking through on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2019. 812 cases made." -James Laube
Wine Spectator 90 Points

Terlato 2008 Devil's Peak
Regularly Priced at $59.99
$40.99 w/ 6pk Purchase OR $36.99 w/ 12pk Purchase

50% Cabernet Franc ~ 39% Merlot
5% Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 6% Malbec

You have to love a California Bordeaux-style blend that front loads with a plurality of Cabernet Franc. Black plum and black cherry aromas with a hint of tobacco. On palate it provides a deep black fruit flavor with a slight roasted nut element. Mellow tannins and a good overall balance. This is drinking beautifully right now but will easily age another decade or more. 900 cases produced.

Terlato 2009 Devil's Peak
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$34.99 w/ 6pk Purchase OR $29.99 w/ 12pk Purchase

50% Cabernet Franc ~ 38% Merlot
7% Malbec ~ 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

"This Cabernet Franc-based blend has rich flavors of red and black cherry jam, cherry liqueur and tobacco. The oak influence shows in the form of toastiness and wood spiciness. With its smooth tannins, this wine will drink well now with a great steak. Aged in French oak for 22 months.
738 cases."

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points

Terlato 2013 Russian River Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $34.99
$20.99 with 12pk Purchase!

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The Terlato Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2013 comes from the Russian River Valley, universally recognized as the best Chardonnay location in California. The unique soil and climate here allows Russian River Valley Chardonnays to rival the great White Burgundies of France. Light yellow color. Dutch apple pie, spice and nutmeg aromas. Creamy texture, weighty but balanced acidity. Barrel aged for 9 months in French oak. 1,240 cases made.

 

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You Get 2 Bottles of Each Red for 249.99!!
You Save $109.95... That's 31% Off!!!
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~ OR ~
ADD 6 Bottles of Chardonnay for $100 more!

FranksWine TERLATO 12pack Sampler Case!
You Get 6pk Vertical + 6 Chards for Only $349.99!!
You Save $219.89... That's 39% Off!!!
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