CORNERSTAR WINE & LIQUOR
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California
“”The mountain terroir at Mayacamas Vineyards, ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 feet above sea level, provides our grapes with their distinctive, intense flavors. Mount Veeder is a volcanic peak, and the soils on the mountain are complex; they include ash, tufa, sedimentary soils, and lava. Many of the slopes are steep, requiring vineyard terraces.
Annual rainfall averages 50 inches, roughly double that of the adjacent Napa Valley floor. With this abundant rainfall, we are able to dry-farm all of our mature vineyards, only irrigating our young vines for their first five years to establish their roots. Dry-farming on our steep, rocky hillsides produces crops of small, highly flavorful grapes.
The vineyards at Mayacamas have been planted in many stages throughout our history. There remain twenty head-trained Zinfandel vines planted in the late 1880s by the winery’s founder; they produce a tiny, non-commercial crop each year. The oldest wine-producing vineyards are the Chardonnay terraces, planted from 1950 to 1952. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards that surround the winery were planted in the early 1960s. Blocks of Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and more Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted through the late 1980s.”
Having worldwide accolades for their wines the current proprietors (since 1968) the Travers family strive for classically structure varietals taking full advantage of all aspects of their unique terroir.Their wines are seen by many as some of the most ageworthy available here in North America.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
“Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who started weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California. It took less than two decades from their first commercial vintage in 1981 for Burt and Ed to create a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together, they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, raising Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley to among the best winegrowing regions in the world. Here’s a brief history of Williams Selyem’s rise in the sometimes heartbreakingly cruel world of Pinot Noir.”
“For nearly thirty years Williams Selyem has been considered to be one of the premiere California Pinot Noir producers. Why? The one word answer is: Passion. Since 1979, when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams made their first wine and continuing up to today with current owners John and Kathe Dyson and winemaker Bob Cabral, this small production winery has been passionate about creating the best Pinot Noir possible.
Starting out in a two car garage as a winery may have been humble beginnings, but it did not deter Williams Selyem from creating some of the best Pinot Noir in all of California. Through careful fruit sourcing, hand harvesting, and a painstaking thorough sorting of grapes they began to produce wines with a true sense of terroir.
In 1987 that meticulous attention to detail paid off. Their 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir was awarded the best wine at the California State fair and Williams Selyem won the Winery of the Year award, which catapulted them into the national limelight. And while they may have produced wines that have been served at White House state dinners, they have never forgotten those simple origins. The same attention to detail that was given to those early wines is still evident today. Wines crafted from small yield harvests and nurtured through to bottling still show that the team at Williams Selyem are passionate about Pinot Noir.
Fortunately we have been able, over the course of several years, to amass a wide assortment of the lovingly hand crafted wines of Williams Selyem. While we have a wide assortment of over 30 selections, the quantities from each vineyard are limited.” – Robert Parker
2011 Unoaked Chardonnay
2011 Eastside Pinot Noir
2011 Sonoma Pinot Noir
2011 Bucher Pinot Noir
2011 Peay Pinot Noir
2011 Ferrington Pinot Noir
2011 Weir Pinot Noir
Lanson champagne is one of the oldest houses of france their black label has long been the benchmark of vintage quality champagne without the the vintage price tag. Staying with the tradition the family owned property has massive caves of hand huned stones, balanced in an almost perfect parabolic configuration inturn providing an amazing environment to produce a tremendously consistant bubble year in and out. Their youngest wines are a minimum of 3years with 5 being their overall age average. Their wines in keeping woth the old way are predominantly pinot noir and suspended punt high riddled by hand .
“ 1760 François DELAMOTTE created his own Champagne House,
“1798 Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, a Knight of the Order of Malta,
“1837 Jean-Baptiste LANSON, partner and great friend of the
“1937 Victor Lanson decided to focus on the sales of
“2010 To mark its 250th Anniversary, the House of Lanson has launched
Both 375ml & 750ml
“Founded in Oakville, California in 1885 and restored in 1979, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A dedication to winemaking in its highest form, paired with a focus on house style, vineyard ownership and social responsibility, has established Far Niente as one of the world’s great wine estates.”
The meaning of Far Niente :
Amazing wines across the board from their flagship cabernets to Dolce “liquid gold” desert wine and their second all estate single vineyard label Nickel & Nickel….the Far Niente name loosely translated means “without a care” The wines produced however are that of metiuculous refinement. Described by the critics of the wine world using words like : sumptuous, ageless, superlative, just to use a few.
The varitals of Far Niente represent a true homage to Burgundian whites and structured ageworthy Cabernets. Nickel & Nickel wines are the younger brother bringing a more youthful fruit driven presentation to one’s palate. Leaving the amazing expression of a digestive Dolce – certain to make one longing for more.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008,2007,2006,2005 Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Nickel & Nickel
2009,2010 John C.Sullenger
2009 CC Ranch
2010 State Ranch
2008 Branding Iron