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Small-production wines are our specialty. Since 1987, we have provided our customers with California’s most unique and prized bottlings.
• Rare, vineyard-specific gems
• Micro-production wines; from value bottlings to top-rated cult classics
• Dozens of new wines debuted in our shop every year
• Countless bottles that rarely, if ever, make it out of state
• Wine clubs for every taste and budget…delivered directly to your door
Through our distinctive wine clubs and jewel-box store situated in San Francisco’s Union Square district, Napa Valley Winery Exchange offers a uniquely personal and attentive wine buying experience. Our staff of highly skilled wine professionals not only assist our customers, but are also an integral part of our tasting/selection process.
A textbook Sierra Foothills old-vine Zinfandel from the region's most revered vineyard, from the first pour this fabulous Zin exudes noble class and complexity. Aromas of blackberry, black fig, dried black cherries, and blackcurrant sport accents of black tea, dates, bacon, tobacco, vanilla, and lavender. These flavors are echoed on the palate with additions of Sichuan peppercorn, earthy/rooty spice, and a core of iron-laced minerality that ties the whole package neatly together. The finish is long and perfectly focused with a superb balance of tannin and zest.
115 cases produced
NVWE Notes: Bright and notably citric at opening, this wine fans-out forthright scents of lemon meringue pie, grapefruit zest, pear skin, vanilla wafer and hazelnut over more reserved aromas of white peach, pineapple core and nutmeg. The wines youth is much more evident on the mid-palate, where citric notes dominate and the rich body is stiffened by zest, yet the finish proves considerably more expressive, and the stone fruit, citrus, vanilla wafer and hazelnut flavors linger impressively. Extended airing revels an altogether different wine, as the fruit and aroma flesh out and everything becomes more generous and harmonious. Destined to be a lovely dinner companion, it wants another year or so to fully reveal its considerable charms. 136 cases made.
NVWE Notes: Surprisingly Italianate in its blending of authentic varietal character and drying minerality, this is a versatile dinner wine at a fine price. The nose offers pretty scents of walnut husk, stone fruits and minerals, over background hints of red berries. Things are supple, yet more expressive and focused on the palate, where flavors of quince, kiwi, peach pit, preserved lemon, nut husk and dried fruits roll into harder mineral elements at the finish. Everything lingers nicely, and it’s neatly poised for service with classic Mediterranean-style octopus, grilled fish and the like. 994 cases produced.