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Resident SOMM Patrick Travis, C.S. landed in Cali yesterday to assess the 2014 vintage. Here he is pictured in Dry Creek Valley in all his glory. And here I am on North Union Street in Wilmington Delaware writing my weekly email promo. There's something seriously wrong with that scenario. But wait a minute! P-bot - as he's affectionately known here at FranksWine - is a BIG DEAL. We all know that because he reminds us everyday.

Pat has been at FranksWine since the ripe age of 21... I remember him taking such an interest in the subject of wine while most of his friends were drinking warm Milwaukee's Best and ice cold Jagermeister. That was more than 10 years ago and he's been a huge part of what makes FranksWine one cool wine shop.


Last year P-bot took a one year hiatus to live in Napa Valley to soak in the biz on the production side and work on his certification for Certified Sommelier. He finished top of his class (must have been the training here at FranksWine!) and now he has those fancy C.S. initials at the end of his name. Damn Pat.. you really are a BIG DEAL!

On top of all that Pat has been training to run the Chicago Marathon with the FranksWine.com Marathon Team on October 12th. He says he wants to help Cystic Fibrosis (our Team charity) "one step at a time" as he trains for his 1st marathon and makes an effort to fundraise for CFF. Yeah Pat... now we all see where you're coming from... you seriously are a BIG DEAL!


Okay... so back to Sonoma!

One of the reasons that Pat is out in Sonoma is to find great wine to bring back to North Union Street. We usually rely on our suppliers to introduce us to new selections, but to really know what's hot and what's not you gotta be out there.

Jeff Sarfino and Debra Matalone of Lanterna Wines seem to nail down exactly what we're looking for at the shop... like these Sonoma County wines from Brack Mountain Wine Company.


Brack Mountain Wine Company is located in Sebastopol, California and their Enos Estate Vineyards and wine cave is located in the Dry Creek Valley. Dan Fitzgerald & John Harvey craft multiple labels (Bench, L'Oliveto, Cyprus, Daniel and BARRIQUE) from esteemed vineyard sites in Sonoma County using old world methods (picking vineyards at lower brix, low temperature fermentations using indigenous/vineyard yeasts, and aging in neutral French oak).


Winemakers Dan & John sit confidently at the helm of Brack Mountain's production. They bring decades-long experiences at such esteemed houses as Williams-Selyem, Coldstream in Yarra Valley, Arcana, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, etc., but together create a unique voice at Brack Mountain. In 2012, they moved their winemaking into a state of the art facility in Sebastopol (with neighbors like Flowers & Chassuer) and took autonomous control over all aspects of their production.


So after all that name-dropping you've gotta realize that these wines are pretty freakin' stellar! Pat, Susan and I thought so when we first tasted them... and now we want to turn them on to you!


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Barrique 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $19.99
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Wine - Pale yellow hue in the glass, this wine opens with abundant layers of brioche, lemon zest and toasted hazelnut. The palate is creamy, textured with macadamia nut and traces of lemon meringue which lingers on the lengthy, mouthwatering finish

Vineyards - The 2012 Barrique Chardonnay is sourced from three of Sonoma County's most prestigious growing regions: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. These AVA's reflect a variety of micro---climates and soil composition, providing a diverse selection of blending components for the winemaker.

Vintage - After two challenging years of weather, in 2012, Mother Nature gave growers one of the best harvests in recent history. Growing conditions throughout the year produced an abundant crop of mature grapes with balanced flavors and good structure. A wealth of California coastal weather- fog in the morning, and warm sunshine in the afternoon- often sent temperatures into the mid 90s, quickly cooling off after sunset. The daily cyclical temperature shift often hit 50 degrees, and continued into September ripening fruit evenly and slowly. Fruit quality was exceptional.

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Barrique 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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Wine - The 2013 Barrique Pinot Noir is dark ruby red in color. The nose presents a rush of wild berries with a hint of hibiscus. The palate is broad and structured with lots of cherry fruit, a little espresso, and notes of vanilla on the finish.

Vineyards - This wine is sourced from three vineyards, two which are located on the north extremity of the Russian River Valley, the warmer end of the valley, that results in a lush style of wine. In an area devoted primarily to Zinfandel, these rare Pinot Vineyards are highly sought after for their ripe, dark fruit and deep color. The third vineyard is owned by the Sangiacomo family and is located in the historic Sonoma Carneros AVA, a cooler region that delivers bright acidity and earthiness.

Vintage - The 2013 growing season offered growing conditions that were as close to perfect as they come. Early winter rains were followed by a warm, dry spring, resulting in an early growing season that saw no frost. Summer was warm, but without the usual heat spikes to shut the vines down or produce sunburn. Ripening occurred earlier than usual, and was very even. The wines are bright, energetic, with beautiful aromatics and full of complexity.

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Barrique 2012 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine - The 2012 Barrique Cabernet Sauvignon shows an inky, dark extraction with a vibrant nose of plum, blackberry and toasted bread. The palate is finely textured with dusty tannins giving way to a silky mouthfeel. The long finish is favored with black cassis, toffee and brambly berry fruit.

Vineyards - The vineyards are located along the southern extremity of Alexander Valley, along the Western bench of the Mayacamas. These soils are rocky and volcanic, with excellent early and mid---day sun exposure. The water stressed vines thrive only because the Mayacamas peaks protect them from the harsh afternoon sun.

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