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The first issue where my illustrations are exclusively featured throughout the entire catalog.

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  • 1. FALLFALL & H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 1 HOLIDAY 2011 Est. 9 9 Est. 1994 Est. 199 4 A Taste of What’s Inside Taste of What’s Inside Nickel Nickel Nickel & Nickel PlumpJack PlumpJack Kapcsándy Kapcsándy Rombauer Rombauer Caymus Caymus Opus One Opus One Ramey Ramey Lewis Lewis
  • 2. GREETINGS FROM NAPAH ey there. The name’s Pope, Mark Steven Pope, AKA “The Bounty Hunter.” For seventeen years now, we’ve made it our business to track down the hottest wines the world has tooffer. We’ve never been more focused on value either. We’re after wines that over-deliver atevery price tier and this lineup represents our best finds with that goal in mind.As merchants, negociants and vintners, we are Our Wine Scouts, AKA your Personalafforded special access to a treasure trove of Sommeliers and Wine Country Advisors.great wine. We taste between five and One thing’s for sure, the world of winesix thousand wines every year and can be confusing, complex and, let’shave longstanding relationships with face it, downright pretentious. Oursome of the world’s best wineries Wine Scouts are here to makeand winemakers. Consider us your it simple and enjoyable. Theyultimate Wine Country insiders. We create a personalized wine shoppinglive here in Napa, work with the local experience by getting to know youwinemakers and grape growers and and the wines you like so that theyeat and drink with them in our Wine can make recommendations thatBar & Smokin’ BBQ digs downtown. you’ll enjoy. What’s more, theyWe often get the early scoop on handle all the details of getting thewhat’s really happening in the wine from our cellar in Napa Valley towineries, vineyards and cellars (lucky your doorstep in perfect condition. Withyou). This means we have access to the a Wine Scout in your little black book,truly “great stuff” long before most other you’ll always have the best wines in yoursources even know about it. The fact is, we glass and you can rest assured that the answers tostay ahead of the curve and find the wines you want all your wine needs are only a phone call away.before you know you want them. A Word on Wine Scores.Customer Service. While many of our wines regularly make the top-tierWe realize that we only exist as a company because of of the critical rankings, we don’t publish scores in ouryou. We know that you’re looking for superior quality catalog. Every critic and blogger out there has his or herand superior service, and we’re going to deliver both. own rating system and it’s impossible to be consistent (andWhether you place an order online or give us a call, you’ll don’t you just love retailers who rate their own wines?). Webe assigned to a Wine Scout who will make sure your only sell great stuff and we go to press before many scoreswine gets the white glove treatment it deserves. From are posted. Some wines are never submitted for rating andtemperature controlled storage to shipment tracking, our frankly, you know what you like…let us help you find it.goal is to make your experience seamless. Our tasting notes try to accurately describe the wine’s flavor profile and unique characteristics. You can decide from there. So, open a great bottle of wine tonight, give this catalog aOUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES Est. 1994 read, tell a friend and reach out for one of our Wine♠ Integrity and Quality (in business and in our wines) Scouts. You’ll be glad you did. And rest assured, “if it’s not great, we don’t sell it.”♠ Teamwork and Honesty (we call it not having to watch your back)♠ Good Friendships and Trust (AKA, customer service)♠ Good Living and Plain Talk (’nuff said) “Lots of people talk about taking the mystique Mark Steven Pope out of wine… but Mark Pope and the Founder & CEO Bounty Hunter are actually doing it.” Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions 800.943.9463 – San Francisco Chronicle MERCHANT ♠ NEGOCIANT ♠ VINTNER
  • 3. LEGENDS OF THE FALLH ere they are in all of their glory…our most anticipated offering of the year, the Bounty Hunter “Legends of the Fall.” This lineup is avirtual “who’s who” of top California producers with their finest wareson display. It’s about rarity, pedigree and certainty.This is the perfect gift for the valued client or connoisseur who has it all asthe reputation of these producers resonates around the wine world. Feelfree to spoil yourself too. Packaged in a handsome branded Bounty Hunterwooden gift box, the presentation and wines in this package willimpress any collector of highly coveted reds. “Legends” always sells out before the holidays, so step up to the plate whileit’s still within your grasp. When this one-of-a-kind offering is gone, it’s gone for good. ’07 Beringer “Private Reserve” Cabernet ’06 Joseph Phelps “Insignia” • Napa Valley Sauvignon • Napa Valley One of Napa’s Insignia remains one of the Valley’s most most enduring names, Beringer saves acclaimed proprietary reds. Robert Parker called their best work for their Private Reserve the ’06 “a superb effort” and likened it to “a Cabernet. Cherry-picked from the choicest California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac cuts of their formidable cellar, it’s been their or St.-Julien.” There are nearly four decades of pièce-de-résistance since 1977. sustained excellence behind this wine. ’07 Matriarch by BOND • Napa Valley ’08 Kapcsándy “Estate Cuvée” • Yountville Bill Harlan’s Bond project conforms to the From the same property that was the core of same ridiculous standards that took Harlan Beringer’s “Private Reserve” program, the Estate to the top of the mountain. The Kapcsándy family is redefining what’s possible Matriarch blends lots from the project’s in Yountville. With everything from multiple five single-vineyard sites into an exercise in “100-point” scores to wowed sommeliers, this Napa Valley pedigree. estate is taking no prisoners. ’09 Caymus “Special Selection” Cabernet ’07 Merryvale “Profile” • Napa Valley Sauvignon • Napa Valley The only wine With one of the finest Profiles ever made, to be named Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Merryvale has announced its return to the Year” twice and it keeps getting better with elite. We attended a blind tasting full of wine each release! Chuck Wagner and his family pros where this was ranked at the top of an continue to elevate their game, and Special exceptional lineup of Napa’s heavy hitters. Selection remains a benchmark. ’06 Rudd “Oakville Estate” Proprietary ’07 Duckhorn “Monitor Ledge” Cabernet Red • Oakville As Robert Parker noted, Sauvignon • Napa Valley One of Duckhorn’s proprietor Leslie Rudd “has been hell-bent rarest gems, their single-vineyard Monitor Ledge to build (Rudd) into not only one of the finest Cabernet is a treat for the senses. Fans of their (wineries) in Napa Valley, but in the world…” wildly popular Merlot will recognize the house This is a soaring display of Oakville fruit. style with an extra notch or two of intensity. ’06 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon • ’08 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon • Alexander Valley The rock concert vibe Oakville The Oakville icon continues the at their release party is all you need to know legacy of founder Gil Nickel with a Cabernet about this winery’s place in the pecking order. that speaks to their enviable address. This is Regularly one of America’s favorites, Silver another serious thoroughbred from a winery Oak has a style and consistency that has known for breeding winners. earned them legions of loyal fans. ’08 Frontier Justice • Napa Valley Utilizing ’08 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “S.L.V.” • fruit from Andy Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane property Napa Valley What better way to celebrate in St. Helena, this is one of the finest Cabernet the 35th anniversary of the “Judgment of Paris” Franc blends being produced in Napa Valley. wine than to raise a glass of the Cabernet that Beckstoffer fruit intensity meets white glove left the French crying in their quiche? Stag’s cellar treatment in a “big red” that’s top flight. Leap Wine Cellars is among Napa’s greats. One bottle of each wine listed – includes branded wooden gift box. 1WLOFF1112 ............................................................ $1495.00 (Net item – no discounts apply). • 800.943.9463 1
  • 4. GR E AT G I FT SRising Stars The World CupThe next generation of “cult wines.” Serious flavor abounds in this collection ofThrough our countless tastings over the international superstars. Our travels takecourse of the year, we’ve put together a us to distant shores to find “great stuff” tolineup of producers whose stars are on bring home, and this group represents somethe rise. Some of these have already of our most compelling discoveries.received big scores from the press, “Go-to gifts for the wine lover.” Heralded vintages, countless mileswhile others are waiting for the big – Wine & Spirits Magazine on the road and an unwaveringpoint hauls that are sure to come. We commitment to quality on the part oftasted literally hundreds of new releases to put these the producers who yielded these gems. Take a worldselections together, and we can assure you that these all tour… no passport required!have our seal of approval. ’08 Château Tanunda “Noble Baron” Cabernet Sauvignon • Barossa Valley (Australia)’07 Mirror Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’09 Le Clos du Caillou “Quartz” • Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)’07 Quill Cabernet Sauvignon • Diamond Mountain ’07 Clos Manou • Médoc (France)’09 Coup de Foudre Pinot Noir • Santa Rita Hills ’09 Frédéric Magnien “Croix-Viollette” • Côte de Nuits-Villages’09 Blackbird “Arise” Red • Napa Valley (France)’09 Pharaoh Moans Syrah • Paso Robles ’05 Biscardo Amarone • Valpolicella (Italy)’07 Terry Hoage “The 46” Red • Paso Robles ’08 Puro Uno “Limitado” Malbec • Mendoza (Argentina)1WRSTF116 ................................$474.95 (Net item – no discounts apply). 1WWCUF116 ..............................$374.95 (Net item – no discounts apply).Add a Bounty Hunter branded wooden gift box ...................$35.00 Add a Bounty Hunter branded wooden gift box ............. $35.00The California Six-ShooterConnoisseur Case A six-pack that comes out with its pistols blazin’!There’s a little something of everything here for folks Featuring rare reds and delicious whites, there’s awho can’t get enough of California. From Napa to reason this is always one of our most popular gifts.Mendocino, we have you covered. What ties theseselections together is that they’re plenty hard to find ’09 Broken Spur Merlot • Napa Valleyin one place, and the whole lot has passed muster with ’08 Russian Hill Pinot Noir • Russian River Valleyour tasting panel. Anyone who loves California wine is ’08 Long Meadow Ranch “Ranch House Red” • Napa Valleygoing to send along their heartfelt gratitude when thecorks start flying out of these beauties. ’08 Tin Star Cabernet Sauvignon • Howell Mountain’08 Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’09 Pursuit Chardonnay • Sonoma Coast’08 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’10 Tablas Creek “Patelin de Tablas” White • Paso Robles’07 Madrigal Merlot • Napa Valley 1WSSHF116............................... $199.95 (Net item – no discounts apply).’09 Waypoint “Blue Farm” Pinot Noir • Carneros Add a Bounty Hunter branded wooden gift box......................$35.00’08 Director’s Cut “Cinema” Red • Sonoma County All prices include ground shipping.’09 Horse & Plow “Harvester Red” • Mendocino (Shipping inclusive price not applicable in AK, HI, MA, PA’07 Pursuit “Campfire Red” • Napa Valley and TX. For these states, a fixed ground shipping credit will’08 Road Agent Red • Lake County apply to the total shipping charge.)’09 Pezzi King Zinfandel • Dry Creek Valley CUSTOM & CORPORATE GIFTS’10 Conundrum White • California’08 Merryvale “Hyde Vineyard” Chardonnay • Carneros “If it’s not great, we don’t sell it.” So give us a budget’09 Streamside Sauvignon Blanc • Napa Valley and leave the rest to us. We’ll track down the wines you want and help you create something truly one-of-1WCCAF1112............................. $399.95 (Net item – no discounts apply). a-kind for your company, clients or your friends.Add a Bounty Hunter branded wooden gift box...................$50.002 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 5. GR EAT GIFT SWild Cab Ride The Flavor SaverLike a big city “step on it” Cab ride across You could go to the corner store and flyyour palate. The King of red grapes is blind or realize we’ve done the workshowcased in this trio whose producers have already. This trio far over-delivers in thethe vineyard sites and standards to make “taste-per-dollar” department. They just“great stuff” happen. Rare and delicious taste expensive.Cabernet is but a phone call away! ’09 Broken Spur Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley’09 Lewis “Mason’s” Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’09 Stickybeak Pinot Noir • Sonoma County’08 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’10 “Silver” by Mer Soleil Chardonnay • Santa Lucia’09 The Vigilante Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley Highlands1WWCAF113 .............................. $174.95 (Net item – no discounts apply). 1WFSAF113 .................................. $79.95 (Net item – no discounts apply).Compass Collection The Dynamic DuoA waypoint is the intersection of coordinates on a How can two wines this tasty and complex check in forGPS, a precise identifier of a place. In wine, terroir is so little dough? You just have to know where to look!expressed much the same way with individual sites Lucky for you, we have friends in the right to speak through the wine in the glass. These three ’07 Ridge Runner Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valleysingle-vineyard gems showcase the importance ofbirthplace for a great bottle of wine. ’09 Streamside Chardonnay • Edna Valley’09 Waypoint “Brittan” Pinot Noir • Willamette Valley 1WDDUF112 ................................ $44.95 (Net item – no discounts apply).’08 Waypoint “Melrose” Proprietary Red • Rutherford’09 Waypoint “Donum” Chardonnay • Carneros All prices include ground shipping.1WCCOF113.............................. $139.95 (Net item – no discounts apply). (Shipping inclusive price not applicable in AK, HI, MA, PA and TX. For these states, a fixed ground shipping credit will apply to the total shipping charge.)Pinot ParadiseVersatile, silky and always a solid bet on the dinnertable, Pinot Noir is being collected and drunk likenever before. We showcase three quality examples MAKE YOUR GIFT SPECIAL...of the noble grape here. It’s a gift that’s sure to get theattention of the Pinotphile in your life! ADD A BRANDED’09 “Meiomi” by Belle Glos Pinot Noir • Sonoma County WOODEN GIFT BOX’09 Pursuit Pinot Noir • Carneros 6 btl. $35.00 12 btl. $50.00’09 Waypoint “Michaud Vineyard” Pinot Noir • Chalone1WPPAF113 ..................................$99.95 (Net item – no discounts apply).Cellar StaplesThis is a very safe bet when you know someone loves OR A BOUNTYwine, but don’t know exactly what makes them tingle. HUNTER GIFT BOXThese three crowd-pleasers are sure to hit the 1 btl. $4.50mark. You can thank us later for making things easy… 2 btl. $5.50’09 Pursuit Pinot Noir • Russian River Valley 3 btl. $6.00’09 John Galt Proprietary Red • Napa Valley 1.5 L $5.50’09 Fort Ross Chardonnay • Sonoma Valley1WCSTF113 ................................. $99.95 (Net item – no discounts apply). • 800.943.9463 3
  • 6. OP US O NE S peaking in international terms, Opus One may be Napa Valley’s most sought-after wine. From London to Hong Kong and beyond, it’s a beacon for connoisseurs and a symbol of what’s possible in California. The visionary partnership between the late Robert Mondavi and the Rothschild family of Bordeaux has transcended what’s normally achievable for a wine and it has become almost a category unto itself. Its regular appearances on the world’s top wine lists (and auction catalogs) attest to the overwhelming demand for Opus. Whenyou want to drink – or give – something that makes a meal animprinted memory, look no further than Oakville’s iconic estate.’08 Opus One Proprietary Red • Napa ValleyWith Oakville Cabernet pulling the wagon on the blend, it’sno surprise to find a core of deep black fruits, licorice and cassis with Opus One Winerysandalwood, cloves and baking chocolate notes lending a hand. Its lithe, muscularframe and ample fruit tannins promise a cellar run worthy of this wine’s reputation.1WOON08PR3 ....................$184.95 btl. (Available to ship October 1, 2011. Net item – no discounts apply).LE WI S R andy Lewis first caught the wine bug in Europe as a professional race car driver. But ’09 “Ethan’s” Syrah • Napa Valley A fruit bomb with guts, Ethan’s is a forceful presentation of brambly boysenberry, blackberry and when he returned stateside to allspice flavors with a texture bordering on creamy. This compete on the Indy circuit (he will redline your pleasure sensors. ran at the Brickyard four times), 1WLEW09SY3E ....... $44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case the allure of the vine still floated somewhere inside his ’10 Chardonnay • Napa Valley One ofhelmet. So when he left pit row for good, he and their best whites yet, the 2010 is a deftly balancedhis wife Debbie decided to make a run at the wine blend of lemon custard, orange peel, lemongrass andbusiness. As they fed the monster, it quickly went mineral flavors with just enough ripeness to remind youfrom something of a small-scale hobby to a full-blown that it’s Californian. This will score well.second career. Throw in a group of loyal fans, a slew of 1WLEW10CH3 ........ $49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed caseimpressive critical scores and reviews and voila! Theynow find themselves with a family winery of their own ’09 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valleyin Napa Valley. Yep… the accelerator is still down for Even as an infant in barrel, we knew this was goingthe old speedster. to be special. Crushed purple fruits, Asian plums and red berries just don’t quit on the mid-palate and there’s a bass note of barrel spice to bring it across the finish line. 1WLEW09CS3 ......... $89.95 btl. $80.95 btl./mixed case MOST WANTED CLUB Each quarter you’ll receive six exceedingly rare wines of exceptional quality. Five reds and one white. Because great stuff doesn’t come in great quantity, membership is limited. Straight shooting, great drinking and a posse worth joining! See page 16 for more details.4 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 7. CAYM USF olks often forget that there was a time when Napa Valley wasn’t “Napa Valley.” Prunes and walnuts paid the bills and farmers madethings work. Proper dirt farmers. Get up early, roll up your sleeves,and take care of business farmers. “To hell with you” farmers. Lifein a Napa vineyard (or field) was a lot closer to the lyrics of a HankWilliams song than a lifestyle feature on the Food Network. ChuckWagner and the Caymus clan don’t need any reminders. They’ve beendoing it in Napa for more than 100 years.The late Charlie Wagner, Chuck’s dad, was a pretty clear example ofthe Caymus work ethic. The man was riddled by seven .22 caliberbullets at the hands of a disgruntled former employee and recovered.He was crushed under the weight of a falling eucalyptus tree in the fieldand recovered. He beat colon cancer and recovered. All in a day’s work. Caymus VineyardsYet the fiercely independent Charlie left the decision to go whole hog into thewine business in the hands of his (then) 18-year old son over a conversation at the kitchen table. Sell it all and moveabroad, or get in the game with a purpose. Chuck went all in.The fundamentals that laid the groundwork for Caymus still steer the ship. It is first and foremost a family business,and each release is treated as part of a greater legacy. When the goal is quality with a long view and the shipcaptains aren’t beholden to outside investors, they can sail on the tack that has always landed them safely ashore.There’s every reason to stick to a winning formula.The fact that Caymus makes world class wine is the result of dedication, determination and old-fashionedvalues. Family comes first and farming is a close second. Throw in their longstanding reputation, winemaking talentand eye for great vineyards and it’s no wonder they’ve come out on top. Their success speaks for itself.’09 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’09 “Special Selection” Cabernet As we tasted with the Caymus team Sauvignon • Napa Valley about a mile from their winery at the Any conversation about the elite Rutherford Grill, the last line of our tier of Napa Valley Cabernet must tasting note spoke volumes of our involve Special Selection. It’s impression: “Best young Caymus the only wine to be named Wine Napa ever?” Yes, it’s that good. Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” twice, It belongs in the discussion of their and you are simply not going to best work and frankly tastes like believe how good this release is.a more useful expression of Special Selection. Black A virtual explosion of sweet blackcherries, vanilla, raspberry compote, toffee... this is fruits, kirsch, wild berries and decadent layers of oakliquid candy for adults. toast wash over the palate in endless waves. Special1WCAY09CS3..........$66.95 btl. $60.25 btl./mixed case Selection fans, this belongs in your cellar. 1WCAY09CS3SS .... $110.95 btl. $99.85 btl./mixed case “I’ve recently made some impressive new friends in town. If you are planning a trip to Wine Country and are looking for the ultimate luxury experience, then you need to check out They have a select portfolio of the finest properties in all of wine country ranging from small cottages nestled among the vines to expansive world-class estates and beyond. Explore the major wine growing regions of Northern California, Europe, South America and Australia, and tour the world’s gourmet capitals from San Francisco to New York and Paris to Bologna. Wherever your destination, you can be assured that an experience of a lifetime awaits you. Visit – you’ll be glad you did!” – Mark Steven Pope, AKA, The Bounty Hunter • 800.943.9463 5
  • 8. JAN ZE N C laus Janzen originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique “Bacio Divino,” arguably Napa’s most successful Tuscan-inspired red. When he branched out into Cabernet, he did so with the philosophy that it would be the vineyards rather than the blend that would drive the program’s success. So, like many other notable Cabernet producers, Claus turned to vine guru Andy Beckstoffer for fruit to help supplement the ’08 “Cloudy’s” Cabernet Sauvignon meager yields from his • Napa Valley This is a statement Cab from Cloudy’s estate plot. the Janzen estate in the hills east of St. Helena. A With the help of lauded powerhouse red, it serves up an array of dark fruits,winemaker Kirk Venge, he has created a range of Napa blackberries, graphite and subtle oak notes with a broad,Cabernets with completely unique personalities, and the coating mouthfeel. Do not fear flavor!critics have taken note. 1WJAN08CS3C ........$99.95 btl. $89.95 btl./mixed case’08 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley ’08 “Beckstoffer To Kalon” CabernetRobert Parker gave the ’08 a thumbs-up, finding “sweet Sauvignon • Napa Valley As one of theblack currant fruit intermixed with licorice, camphor, finest Cabernet sites in the entire New World, Andyroasted herbs, and underbrush. Also full-bodied, Beckstoffer’s Oakville jewel is the playground for around and generous…” He went on to call it “one of Murderer’s Row of high-scoring producers. This ’08 is nothe best values in Napa.” That should help make your exception in its purity of fruit with cassis, black cherriesbuying decision a little easier! and baking chocolate getting it done in a big way.1WJAN08CS3 ..........$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case 1WJAN08CS3B ....$124.95 btl. $112.45 btl./mixed caseRA ME Y D avid Ramey continues to be one of the reference point talents of the California wine industry. Robert Parker has called him “one of California’s most influential winemaking consultants” and a Wine Spectator feature on his work was entitled “The Master’s Touch.” He’s equal parts professor and mad scientist with tenures at Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd – including some ridiculous scores – to his credit, and the vineyard network he has established for his own brand includes some of ’08 “Hyde” Chardonnay • Carneros the best farmers in California. The most compelling of his three single vineyard As such, we offer Mr. Ramey’s Chardonnays in ’08, David’s Hyde is simply latest batch of eye-poppers for gorgeous. Lemon blossom, honeycomb, tropical your consideration. Get ‘em fruits and white flower petals mingle effortlessly. while you can… It’s Puligny by the Bay! 1WRAM08CH3HY... $59.95 btl. $53.95 btl./mixed case’07 Claret • Napa Valley An otherworldlyvalue given David’s talents and the wine’s pedigree. ’08 “Annum” Cabernet Sauvignon •Wine Spectator called this release: “rich, flavorful, full- Napa Valley Robert Parker: “Deep, sweet blackbodied and expansive, with a mix of cedar, currant, currant, blackberry, camphor, truffle and graphitecigar box, tar and mineral. Firm and focused, its aromas jump from the glass of this full-bodiedelegance and refinement are impressive.” This is effort. With additional texture and layers as well as aa very solid bet. sweet inner core of tannin backed up by extraordinary1WRAM07PR3C ........$37.95 btl. $34.15 btl./mixed case fruit, depth and glycerin…” Fans of David’s reds know what to expect when he tees it up. 1WRAM08CS3A ...... $89.95 btl. $80.95 btl./mixed case6 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 9. KAPC SÁNDYN apa insiders have been paying attention to what the Kapcsándy (Kop-shon-dee) family has been doing since the day they purchased State Lane in 2000. For years,the Yountville property was the backbone of Beringer’s “Private Reserve” Cabernet,and it was a rocket waiting to be launched as a stand-alone estate. The Kapcsándysused their decades of experience importing Bordeaux to fine-tune the varietal selectionswhen they replanted, and staked their claim to a very special patch of dirt. The fruitis now in the winemaking hands of Denis Malbec (he was literally born at ChâteauLatour) and it’s no surprise that Robert Parker has called the winery’s efforts “afabulous success story, and one of the reasons why the wine world can be soexciting.” (Along with a couple of 100-point scores we might add). As always, withwines of this magnitude and scarcity, there is never enough to share.’08 “Endre” • Napa Valley Bordeaux ’08 “Estate Cuvée” • Napa Valleycollectors know that an estate’s “second label” offers Robert Parker: “A dense ruby/purple hue is followedthe chance to save a whole lot of money. Essentially by a gorgeous bouquet of espresso roast, chocolate,declassified barrels from the top cuvée, it has the exact blackberries and black fruits. Full-bodied withsame breeding. Brooding black cherry and plum flavors extraordinary elegance as well as tremendousare dusted with a generous amount of oak spice, and the texture, intensity and length, this singular wine shouldbalance here is impeccable. drink well for two decades.” He also pasted a pretty big1WKAP08PR3EN ...... $79.95 btl. $71.95 btl./mixed case number next to it if that’s your thing. Limited availability. 1WKAP08PR3E................. $149.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).Call to inquire as to availability of the ’08 State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon: 800.943.9463. If you like “perfect” wine, that is. ROM BAUERT he restaurant juggernaut that is Rombauer Vineyards finally comes to the pages of our catalog! Founded in the early ’80’s by former pilot Koerner Rombauer,the family has built the winery into one of the most popular and recognizablebrands in the country. Their Chardonnay is nearly a category unto itself with itsfull-blown rich, buttery mouthfeel. It has become such a reference point that it hasnearly overshadowed their reds, which is where we think they’re actually doing theirbest work. Decide for yourself as we’re offering both their flagship white and red…while we have them, of course.’10 Chardonnay • Carneros About as ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valleypacked with flesh and flavor as they come, this is a July A steak house favorite, this is the sort of big red4th fireworks display in your mouth. Creamy vanilla, that’s not afraid to wrestle a grilled hunk of meat.butter, and tropical fruits finish with a richness bordering Black currants, dark berries, mocha and fine-grainedon unctuous. If this is the style that tickles your pleasure tannins meld into a classic Napa Cab that tastes like itcenter, Rombauer remains the gold standard. should cost a whole lot more.1WROM10CH3 ................... $32.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). 1WROM08CS3 ........ $42.95 btl. $38.65 btl./mixed case INTERNATIONAL WINE ACCESSORIES “We’ve partnered-up for our wine accessories. From handmade leather wine totes and corkscrews, to decanters, crystal stemware and various sundries, we’ve enhanced our selection for your use and enjoyment. Mouse on over to to complete your collection.” – Mark Steven Pope, AKA The Bounty Hunter • 800.943.9463 7
  • 10. P UR S UI T T he hunt is on, and the chase continues. We track down “great stuff” wherever it hides, but take particular pride in that which we call our own. For our Pursuit brand, we tap into our deep connections here in Wine Country and secure incredible juice from top houses. We start early in the process so that we can guide the finished product and ensure that it’s up to our exacting standards. While confidentiality agreements are involved, we assure you that the sources at our disposal are some of the absolute best in California (it’s good to have friends). You probably wouldn’t believe where this stuff was born, even if we could tell you.This lineup is the result of countless hours of tasting, blending, haggling and arm wrestling… in that order. Wehave delivered what we know to be substantial “taste-per-dollar” by aggressively chasing select lots fromgrowers and producers whose track records are beyond reproach. You don’t have to pay major league money toplay with this set. The wines just taste really expensive.Our core values include life, liberty and the pursuit of great wine. Proof’s in the bottle… if you don’t love it,we want it back.’09 Chardonnay • Sonoma CoastArguably the finest Pursuit Chardonnay to date. Orangezest, lemongrass, coconut and subtle, smoky oak makefor the sort of glass that commands your attention.The mothership for this gem is one of the best knownproducers of California’s most popular white winevarietal. 250 cases made and they never last long.1WPUR09CH3SC ......$27.95 btl. $25.15 btl./mixed case’08 Syrah • Napa Valley Are you ready forsomething serious for the cellar? We only made 100cases of this head-turner and most of them will getgulped down at our wine bar with kick-ass BBQ.A basket of dark berry fruits meets a touch of sweet oakand white smoke on the finish. The day this blend wasfinalized, we smiled at a job well done.1WPUR08SY3.......... $32.95 btl. $29.65 btl./mixed case Mark Steven Pope, AKA The Bounty Hunter.’09 Pinot Noir • Carneros Our Pursuit Pinot Actual photo in Colorado, circa 1988.has become a rock star in its own right. Sourced fromsome of the finest vineyards in a district acclaimed forBurgundian fruit, this is awfully fun to drink. Bing ’09 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napacherry, cinnamon and raspberry fruits are propped up Valley We took a different tack in ’09 andby fresh acidity on the finish. It’s the sort of Pinot that sourced primarily from a vineyard in a very seriousmakes you want to take another sip. And another… neighborhood on Howell Mountain. It has a bit of that1WPUR09PN3C........$34.95 btl. $31.45 btl./mixed case telltale Howell graphite note and grip to complement its dark berry fruits and creamy texture. This is a man-sized ’08 “Campfire Red” • Napa Valley Cab that’s going to make a lot of friends. The Campfire roars again! One of the finest 1WPUR09CS3 ......... $49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed caseversions yet, this is all about plum, mocha and spicenotes with supple fruit tannins firming up the finish.This has been the most popular Pursuit wine since itsinception, and we don’t expect that to change! “’s best affordable luxuries.”1WPUR08PR3 ......... $44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case – Playboy Magazine8 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 11. SIGNOR E LLOO ver the last few years, this winery has stepped up its game in a serious way, and the press is starting to figure it out. They’ve always had great fruit – the Silverado Trailisn’t a bad place to grow Cabernet – and now they’ve added the prodigious talents ofconsultant Luc Morlet to lend a hand. In accessing the skill set of a guy who has run thecellar at places like Newton, Peter Michael and Staglin, it’s clear that Signorello isaiming towards a new level of quality. We’ve been keeping an eye on this estate forawhile and can tell you with absolute certainty that their wines have never been better.’08 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon • ’08 “Padrone” •Napa Valley Robert Parker noted that this, Napa Valley The cellar’s“exhibits a deep plum/garnet/ruby/purple color as well best lots find their way intoas a promising nose of charcoal, scorched earth and Padrone. Parker loved itsblack currants. Young, rich, full-bodied and dense, it “intense aromatic profile consisting of charcoal, forestis approachable now…” This is the one to enjoy while floor, underbrush, black currants and plums. Full-the big brother comes together in the cellar. bodied, rich, dense and concentrated, it seems more1WSIG08CS3E ........... $54.95 btl. $49.45 btl./mixed case approachable than the Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is also much more to it.” A microscopic 200 cases made. 1WSIG08PR3P ......$124.95 btl. $112.45 btl./mixed case “Today it is rare to find service and customer focus at the level I consistently enjoy with Bounty Hunter Wines.” – Jonathan L., Farmington CT Signorello Vineyards VI N EYAR D 7 AND 8P erched at the top of Napa’s acclaimed Spring Mountain, Vineyard 7 and 8 is a property that must be experienced firsthand to get a sense of its grandeur. The recently completed winery and caves were designedwith a singular purpose: to maximize the utmost control over the winery’s opulent expressions of Spring Mountainfruit. It’s a winemaker’s toy store, and the puppet master is none other than Luc Morlet whose work with PeterMichael (and his own Morlet project) has become highly regarded in wine circles. Assistant winemaker WesleySteffens, whose family happens to own the place, has four years of cellar experience at Harlan Estate under his beltand kitchen scars from a culinary stint at the French Laundry. These are people who are well-versed in qualitycontrol standards. Their production is tiny, and they’re relatively new to the market, so you may not have heardof them yet. With wines like these, that will change in the near future…’08 “7” Cabernet Sauvignon • Spring ’08 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon • Mountain Sourced from several Spring Mountain Robert neighboring vineyards on Spring Parker: “…a wonderful nose of spring Mountain, this is pure hillside thunder. flowers, blackberries, blueberries, and Round black cherry fruits and layers of cassis. The wine is opulent and rich, spice are amped up by a lavish coating of with nicely integrated oak, a full- French oak on the finish. This has already bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish. It done well in critical circles, so the clock is is approachable now, even though it is still very young, ticking. but should age nicely for 15 or more years. Impressive.”1WV7808CS37 ............. $79.95 btl. $71.95 btl./mixed case Alas, there’s not much of it to share… 1WV7808CS3E.....$129.95 btl. $116.95 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 9
  • 12. N I CK E L & NI CK EL T he Nickel & Nickel project has captivated us since its inception by its scope and ambition. Producing more than 25 single-vineyard, single-varietal releases that are grown, fermented and aged as separate and individual wines is a daunting logistical challenge. It starts with the right fruit, of course, which explains the wide net they’ve cast in enlisting the best sources. From plots of Russian River Chardonnay to tiny parcels of Napa Valley Cabernet, it’s clear the winemaking team does plenty of homework before putting a vineyard name on a Nickel & Nickel label. As a sister winery to the renowned Far Niente, they have the resources to do things on their own terms. We’re going to pat ourselves on the back here for figuring out from day one that this was going to be a producer worth backing.’08 “Harris” Merlot • OakvilleA gorgeous example of mid-valley Merlot, thiscan hang with its spotlight-hogging OakvilleCab cousins. Bright black cherry fruit with a subtlecinnamon/spice edge speak of a pedigreed propertyand quality winemaking. Nickel & Nickel Winery1WNNI08ME3H ......$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case ’07 “State Ranch” Cabernet’08 “Darien” Syrah • Russian River Sauvignon • Yountville Robert Parker notedValley There’s no mistaking the roasted meat and that “There is a lot going on in this outstandingcharred earth overtones of the nose. It’s all Syrah, Cabernet… it reveals some minerality along withbaby! Blue fruits and blackberries sing harmony, but white chocolate and black currant characteristics, butthis is foremost about the sultry, exotic nature of the structure dominates at present.” This is a seriouswine with major attitude. wine from a serious vintage.1WNNI08SY3D .......$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case 1WNNI07CS3SR ........ $89.95 btl. $80.95 btl./mixed caseCH A P P E LLE TY ou’ve heard of Pritchard Hill? The district east of St. Helena that Wine Spectator dubbed “America’sGrand Cru?” Well Chappellet is Pritchard Hill, the ’08 “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley When you consider this wine has Pritchard pedigree, it might be onefirst winery to exist on a swath of real estate that now of the best Cabernet values in Napaclaims Bryant, Colgin and Continuum as members of Valley. Densely concentrated and full ofthe elite. But make no mistake about it, without the blue fruits, sweet berries and cinnamon-vision of Donn and Molly Chappellet in the late ’60’s, clove flavors, it’s simply a pleasure to drink.this hallowed pocket of Napa Valley might never have 1WCHA08CS3S ........ $47.95 btl. $43.15 btl./mixed caseattracted the sort of talent and ambition that it hasover the years. And wine lovers might have been ’08 “Pritchard Hill” Cabernetdeprived of a whole lot of exceptional Cabernet. Sauvignon • Napa Valley The bigRaise a glass to the founding family of one of Napa’s dog. Regularly on the end of “are you kiddingmost remarkable neighborhoods. me?” scores, we expect this vintage to’09 Chardonnay • Napa Valley follow suit. Layered flavors of black cherries, Always a winner. Peach and tropical notes ripe plum and anise are in perfect balance, get a whack of oak vanilla on the finish, and and the richness and tannins just won’t quit. this is packed through with richness. World-class stuff. If you like them with a little bit of attitude, 1WCHA08CS3P ....$134.95 btl. $121.45 btl./mixed case you’ll be back for more of this belle dame.1WCHA09CH3 .........$31.95 btl. $28.75 btl./mixed case10 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 13. PLUM PJACKR obert Parker has praised this estate for its “consistently brilliant wines,” and, as the founders of the estate have said, “PlumpJack is aboutdemystifying the wine buying experience and removing the intimidationfactor.” Considering that philosophy is also one of our guiding principles,we figured we had a pretty good fit with their overall vibe. Themomentum around this project has been building for several years, and itnow sits among our most popular offerings. We’ll take that as a good signthat we’re knocking on the right doors to deliver the goods!’10 “Reserve” Chardonnay • Napa ’08 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon •Valley A massive mouthful of ripe tropical and Napa Valley Regularly one of our first catalogbanana flavor notes, this is like a flavor trip to an selections to sell out, we expect the ’08 to follow suit,exotic island. Accented with a little oak and sweet especially with a Parker review like this: “a gorgeous nosespice, this is a delicious showcase of what this winery of crème de cassis, licorice, and graphite. Flawlessly putis capable of producing. together, with delicate tannins, full body and elegance1WPLU10CH3R ................... $45.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). combined with power, this impressively pure, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon is already’09 Merlot • Napa Valley Intensely fruited drinkable.” Sorry folks, six-bottle limit.and loaded with flavor, it’s ratcheted-up and built for 1WPLU08CS3E .................... $81.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).speed. Plums and dark berries are dressed up witha decadent undercurrent of mocha-vanilla and oakspice. PlumpJack fans know that this is one oftheir secret weapons.1WPLU09ME3 ..................... $49.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). CADE P lumpJack’s sister winery CADE has been all over the press of late. Hailed as one of the “greenest” wineries ever built, its perch on Howell Mountain provides the sort of views that make people lose all sense of reason and start figuring out how to move to Napa Valley. But make no mistake… this isn’t about being a mere showpiece property. Robert Parker noted, “As one might expect, given the quality of the ’08 “Napa Cuvée” Cabernet Sauvignon PlumpJack wines, the • Napa Valley Sourced from four top-flightCade offerings are serious.” Winemaker Tony Biagi vineyards (including Andy Beckstoffer’s Dr. Craneis afforded access to the sort of spare-no-expense and George III), this should be on your Cabernetvineyards that make great stuff possible. Keep close radar. Black cherries, red fruits, kirsch and toffee aretabs on this new leader in both cutting-edge design all dolled up for the evening and sport a plungingand exceptional winemaking. neckline. Everyone goes home happy here. 1WCAD08CS3N ......................... $59.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).’10 Sauvignon Blanc • Napa ValleyA local favorite (it’s no easy task to impress Napa ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon • Howellbuyers), this is how “SB” is supposed to be done. Mountain Robert Parker wrote that this “revealsGuava, melons and minerals play off of one another a beautiful, rich blue/purple color, a layered texture,like a jam band going full tilt. Clean and refreshing sweet cassis and blueberry notes, background mineralityfrom entry to finish. and light tannin. This impressively endowed, full-1WCAD10SB3 ...................... $25.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). bodied Howell Mountain Cabernet is surprisingly approachable…” Get it while we’ve got it! 1WCAD08CS3H.................... $71.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). • 800.943.9463 11
  • 14. RI D G E RU NNE R T he Ridge Runner rides with the sole purpose of delivering value where it counts – in your glass. Wednesday night reds, BBQ specials you can stock by the case, pool party no-brainers… however you want to think of these, the consistent theme is “taste-per-dollar.” Not every occasion calls for expensive wine. We get it. That doesn’t mean that you have to muscle down swill or apologize for what you’re serving. Here’s to drinking wisely and economic recovery! ’08 “Longrider” Red • North ’07 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valley Coast One of the most popular glass It’s awfully tough to find tasty Cabernet with actual pours at our wine bar and BBQ joint, this varietal character for this kind of dough, especially just seems to go with everything. Red from Napa in a gangbuster year. Blackberry and fruits and balanced ripeness with nary a cassis fruits with a sexy core of juicy purple flower notes harsh line in sight. When the grill starts in a bottle of wine that truly over-delivers. What you smoking and there are thirsty campers with don’t buy, we’ll drink ourselves! empty glasses in hand, look no further. 1WRRU07CS3NV ...... $18.95 btl. $17.05 btl./mixed case1WRRU08PR3L ........ $14.95 btl. $13.45 btl./mixed caseSTREAMSIDE T he Streamside concept is pretty straightforward: crisp, delicious white wines that over-deliver in the bottle. We’re talking about crowd-pleasing cocktail wines and perfect kitchen sipping companions as you whip up a culinary masterpiece. Block parties where you want to drink well and not break the bank? Something tasty to have on hand for those who don’t like reds? Yes and yes. We’re not sure why finding truly delicious white wine at bargain prices is so difficult, but a wade through the Streamside will convince you that this is where you should cast your fly. ’10 Streamside Chardonnay • ’10 Riesling • Santa Lucia Highlands Napa Valley Napa Chard for this kind of Based on the response to the ’09, we had to bringmoney? Oh, yeah. And it’s as clean as a Montana Riesling out for an encore! Stopping fermentation withstream with no oak to compete with its yellow-skinned just a little sugar left, we also made sure it had enoughfruit, citrus and high-toned acidity. Here’s a stream acidity for balance. Cantaloupe, honeydew and floralworth a refreshing dip. flavors will cure what ails you. 100 cases made.1WSTR10CH3 .......... $16.95 btl. $15.25 btl./mixed case 1WSTR10RI3 ............ $16.95 btl. $15.25 btl./mixed case’10 Pinot Grigio • California ’09 Sauvignon Blanc • Napa ValleyOK, we heard you! Find a delicious Pinot Grigio with An ultra-clean palate weight showcases its nuances ofactual complexity for not a lot of dough. Done and pink grapefruit and citrus zest. It’s just round enoughdone. With delicate flavors of green-skinned melon and to keep your attention, but it never forgets that it’ssweet spices with a fresh finish, you may have just supposed to pop on the palate. Mmmm, good.found your new house white. 1WSTR09SB3 ........... $16.95 btl. $15.25 btl./mixed case1WSTR10PG3 ........... $16.95 btl. $15.25 btl./mixed case NEED A GIFT FOR THAT SOMEONE WHO LOVES GREAT WINE? Send them a Bounty Hunter Gift Certificate! We’ll include a card for any occasion and a catalog and introduce them to a Wine Scout to personalize their experience. This is shopping made easy and a gift they’ll enjoy!12 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 15. WAYPOINTA waypoint is the cross section of two coordinates on a GPS, a precise and unambiguous place. A fingerprint on the earth, if you will. In the scope ofthe wine world, one’s waypoint is everything. As any winemaker will tell you,it is impossible to make great wine without great fruit, or, to be more precise, theadage that “it all starts in the vineyard” exists for a reason. Yet not all vineyards arecreated equal.For our single vineyard Waypoint program, we have partnered with sites andgrowers whose skill we can trust to deliver the goods in high style. Their namesare on the bottle too, so there’s no hiding from responsibility and quality in the vineyard. It’s truly a “we’rein this together” approach. Join us in raising a glass to a lineup of very different personalities as determined by theirgrowing conditions and location. “They’re right there in Napa ... and they have connections.” – NBC’s “The Today Show” ’09 “Michaud” Pinot Noir • Chalone Grown in limestone packed soil – a geological rarity in California – this channels Burgundy like nobody’s business. Hard red candy, orange peel and Asian spices are brilliantly held together by the grip Sonoma Coast of its natural acidity. This is a textbook example of a wine tasting like a place.’09 “Blue Farm” Pinot Noir • Carneros 1WWAY09PN3M.......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed caseOur first foray into Carneros hit the mark! It sportsan ultra-seductive nose with layers of sandalwood and ’09 “Brittan” Pinot Noir • Willametteincense laced through the primary fruits of cherries Valley Flashy and not afraid to flaunt it, this is pureand plum. This is “silk pajama” Pinot that begs you fruit attitude. It’s like a basket of black cherries andto take another sip. crushed wild raspberries. Deep purple in color and offering up some sexy oak on the finish, this will make1WWAY09PN3BF......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case fast friends among those who like revving the engine.’09 “Donum Estate” Chardonnay • 1WWAY09PN3B........$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed caseCarneros Farmed by acclaimed Carneros growerAnne Moller-Racke (she’s been honing her craft in thedistrict for more than 25 years), this is what Chardonnayis supposed to taste like. Lemon meringue and tropicalnotes, subtle toast and brioche and a mineral-flecked finish “I’ve been friends with the folks at Vinothèquemake for a wonderful combination. Wine Cellars for quite some time now. For1WWAY09CH3D.......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case beautiful custom-built or stand alone wine cellars in your home or business, give them a call.’08 “Melrose” Proprietary Red • They’ll get it done right.”Rutherford Built on a platform of Petit Verdotfrom Andy Beckstoffer’s Melrose property, this is – Mark Steven Pope, AKA The Bounty Hunterfor those who want the heart of darkness in theglass. An emphatic core of black fruits, white smoke,espresso and warm earth signify a muscle-bound redfrom an amazing estate.1WWAY08PR3M .......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 13
  • 16. CABERNET SAUVIGNON’08 Banknote “Counterfeit” • Sonoma ’07 Grassi • Napa Valley Wine Spectator County Pay attention Cab lovers… was suitably impressed with this decadent there’s no funny money involved ’07, calling it, “Tightly wound, firm, here, and this is one of the steals intense, concentrated and balanced, of this entire catalog! Blackberries offering a vivid core of black fruits,and cherry preserves meet mocha and oak spice in a with hints of blackberry, black licorice,glass of wine that bears zero relationship to its price mineral and dusty, loamy earthtag. We threw this into a lineup of notable Cabs (we notes. Maintains its focus and ends with a sensewon’t name names) that go for $50+ and this finished of elegance and subtle detailed flavors.” Wesecond in the tasting. You’ll thank us later for finding procured the last of it for this catalog offering andyou a new house red. availability will certainly become an issue.1WBAN08CS3C ..........$17.95 btl. $16.15 btl./mixed case 1WGRA07CS3N ........$59.95 btl. $53.95 btl./mixed case’07 Cornerstone • Howell Mountain This one had our tasting panel calling for an encore. Robert Parker wrote that “It possesses the most concentration, sweetest fruit, and ripest tannin as well as considerable new oak andminerality. However, the wine’s ripeness and richnessbalance out the toasty oak. This big, mountain-styledCabernet should age effortlessly for 15-20 years.” Thecombination of Howell Mountain terroir and a smilefrom Mother Nature in ’07 makes for a memorablebottle of Cabernet.1WCOR07CS3H ........$74.95 btl. $67.45 btl./mixed case’08 Faust • Napa Valley The folks at Hall Winery Quintessa know a thing or two about world-class wine, and Faust has the same cellar magicians waving their wands. ’08 Hall • Napa Valley Upping their game They utilize the same facility and employ every year since they launched, we now a healthy whack of Rutherford estate fruit almost expect great press for Hall. With for Faust, a Cabernet that’s shot through consultant David Ramey directing the with dark fruits, black cherries, cigar box orchestra, it’s no surprise that Robert Parkerand toast. When you consider the stratosphere that called this “A dense, full-bodied wine withQuintessa is playing in, “Faustian bargain” doesn’t seem lots of crème de cassis, charcoal, licoricelike such a bad thing, does it? and forest floor, the wine is opulent and already delicious and powerful.” People never seem1WFAU08CS3 .............. $49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case to believe us when we tell them that we’re going to sell out of this wine. We’re going to sell out of this wine.’08 Fuse • Napa Valley The team behind 1WHAL08CS3 ........... $47.95 btl. $43.15 btl./mixed case Signorello decided to put some of their resources towards an entry-level Cab, and damned if they didn’t do it right! ’07 Hill Family • Napa Valley Doug Hill Sweet black fruits and a cherry-berry edge has been farming in Napa for more than define the rarest of beasts: an inexpensive 30 years, so when a miracle vintage likeNapa Cabernet that actually tastes like Cabernet. If the ’07 comes along, you’d better believe heresponse to the ’07 version of this was any indication, knew what to do. This is just a mouthfulyou want in on this deal. of candied red fruits, cassis and spice with a wonderfully juicy mid-palate. Thanks to the1WFUS08CS3 ........... $21.95 btl. $19.75 btl./mixed case press heaping eye-popping scores and praise on the year, 2007’s are rapidly becoming an endangered species. Time to step up. 1WHFA07CS3 ...........$44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case14 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 17. CABERNET SAUVIGNON’08 Meyer Family “Fluffy Billows” • ’09 The Vigilante • Napa Valley Oakville Continuing the Napa Cabernet Score! The third installment of the Vigilante tradition that his father began at Silver is the best one yet (those of you who have Oak, Matt Meyer should take a bow for this tried the previous vintages will be suitably one. It wowed us at “Taste of Oakville” – impressed by the consistency). Lush plum, arguably Napa Valley’s toughest room to raspberry and vanilla flavors are both make a statement – and we secured every supple and generous with a finish that wraps the tongue bottle we could. Cassis, blueberries, black in a warm embrace. This has become one of ourcherries and sweet cloves make a cavalry charge across most popular Napa Cabs for good reason… and thethe palate, and it hangs with wines double or triple price tag won’t hurt your feelings either.its price. This inaugural release is going to fluff your 1WTVI09CS3............$29.95 btl. $26.95 btl./mixed casebillows. 298 cases made.1WMEY08CS3FB ......$44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case ’08 Tin Star • Howell Mountain Oh, man. This is going to put a big ol’’08 Pride Mountain • Napa/Sonoma smile on your face. One of our portfolio This magnificent property literally straddles selections, this was sourced from a the county line on the top of Spring pristine Howell Mountain vineyard and Mountain, hence the unusual appellation. crafted by one of the most sought-after The vines don’t care which county they’re winemakers in California. Layers of supple black in! Wine Spectator noted “This tight, well- cherries, purple flowers, melted chocolate and a touch structured red is firm, with dried currant, of graphite make for one delicious glass of wine. Ifblackberry, black licorice, anise, cedar and gravel flavors you don’t love it, we want it back. It’s that simple.leading to a full body. Ends with a cleansing, refreshing 1WTST08CS3 ...........$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed caseaftertaste.” Pride’s reputation for quality is well-deserved in Cabernet circles, and we’re thrilled tooffer their wares to our clientele.1WPMO08CS3..........$65.95 btl. $59.35 btl./mixed case’08 Switchback Ridge • Napa Valley Winemaker Bob Foley and grower Kelly Peterson sure make a helluva team. A perennial Cabernet favorite of our crew, Robert Parker wrote of the ’08 Switchback: “A deep plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a tight but promising nose of forest floor, brooding red and black fruits and earth. Careful coaxing is required tohelp the nuances emerge. Full-bodied, with elevatedbut sweet tannins… rich and promising.” We wishthey all tasted like this!1WSRI08CS3 .............$74.95 btl. $67.45 btl./mixed case YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH CAB For more feature Cabernets visit our feature producer pages: Lewis on page 4, Caymus on page 5, Janzen and Ramey on page 6, Rombauer on page 7, Pursuit on page 8, Signorello and Vineyard 7 and 8 on page 9, Nickel & Nickel and Chappellet on page 10, PlumpJack and CADE on page 11 and Ridge Runner on page 12. • 800.943.9463 15
  • 18. QUARTERLY WINE CLUBS MOST WANTED CLUB A “who’s who” of the most respected and sought-after wines in the business, as well as the next generation of superstars from around the world. Each Quarter You’ll Receive Six exceedingly rare wines of exceptional quality. Five reds and one white. Your Chance Because great stuff doesn’t come in great quantity, membership is limited. Want Examples? Past shipments have included wines from these producers: Bond, Duckhorn, Gaja, Justice, Hourglass, Saintsbury, one-of-a-kind Premiere Napa Valley auction finds and more! 24 Truly Exceptional Wines ..............$2400 per Year Maximum of $600 per quarter. Call your Wine Scout for details, 800.943.9463. (Price does not include taxes or shipping). OR Reference Pack Wine Club Each quarter you’ll receive three bottles of a specific varietal with detailed descriptions to help you along in your ongoing wine education. June: Pinot Noir • September: Syrah/Shiraz • December: Cabernet Sauvignon • March: Chardonnay Education never tasted so good! YREF3B....$89.95 – $149.95 per three-pack each quarter “Can’t say enough about the selection of wines you guys send to me every month – have not had one I did not like!” -Gustavo F., CA16 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 19. BOUNT Y HUNTER SPIRITS For the higher senses DUNCAN TAYLOR RARE AULD WHISKYI n 1938, Duncan Taylor & Company began laying down casks from premium Scottish distilleries and have made older and rarer whiskies available to connoisseurs throughout the world. Their Rare Auld collectionis an assemblage of single malt whiskies of extraordinary quality from some of Scotland’s eliteproducers (many from distilleries that have long been disbanded). Each cask is matured to its apex, some aslong as 45 years, then bottled individually at cask strength with no chill filtration or coloring. Pure, intense andimmaculate, these are regarded as the prize trophy of any enthusiast’s collection. 1969 Duncan Taylor 1965 Duncan Taylor Macallan Cask #8360 Tomatin Cask #1910 Single Speyside A distillery that certainly Known for its pristine water source, needs no introduction, Macallan is, Tomatin was one of the most and will always be, the mark that all innovative and favorite whiskies of whisky strives to become. This rare the 1960’s. After 42 years in cask, this single cask bottling starts with loads of single malt exhibits aromas of citrus cinnamon and clove spice with layers and stone fruits and spice notes with of red fruits and caramel. On the palate flavors of spice cake batter, maple, and it gains depth and complexity while a long mouth-coating finish. Whiskiesfinishing like liquid Christmas cake. Fewer than 36 of this caliber come around none too get itbottles remain of this treasure. Cask strength at 92 proof while the gettin’ is good. Cask strength at 86 proof1SDTA69WH3M........ $599.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). 1SDTA65WH3T ......... $449.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). ARDBEG... ISLAY ATTITUDEW ithout question, Ardbeg is the most important emerging Islay distillery. Claiming the peatiestwhisky in the region, there is an unmistakablehedonism at the heart of its production. In theglass, these whiskys are as nuanced as theyare powerful with a strong emphasis on senseof place and unique individual expression.Perhaps it’s the use of an old school Boby mill,water piped in from the local loch or the recentaddition of ex-sherry and new French oak casks, butthere’s something about the Ardbeg malts that takes Islay whisky to a highly elevated level. Ardbeg “Corryvreckan” Single Ardbeg “Uigedal” Single Malt Named after the Ardbeg Uigedal famous whirlpool north of Islay (3rd largest in (oog-a-dal) is a special vatting that marries the world), this malt is a force of nature. Ardbeg’s traditional smoke with ex-sherry The nose swirls with an abundance of salty casks. The nose is aromatherapy for ocean air, tarry smoke and chocolate, whisky lovers – it’s full of smoke, leather, while the palate draws you in with intense pine, dried fruit and chocolate. The palate pepper, currant and dark cherry fruit is unbelievably smooth and decadent, with characters. It’s a wonderfully seductive melted chocolate, honey, fig and tobacco. whiskey with a true sense of place – in your The finish is a Devil’s Food cake dessert for liquor cabinet! 108.4 proof the higher senses. 114.2 proof1SARDNVWH3C ......... $89.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). 1SARDNVWH3U .........$74.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). bounty hunter spirits page 1
  • 20. SP I R I T S 1976 Celtic Heartlands High West 21yr Rye Whiskey • “Bunnahabhain” Single Utah Just as it was in the days of the old Malt Whisky • Islay When it west, rye whiskey is the king of “high west.” comes to rare whisky, Jim McEwan’s This 21-year-old is an intensely flavored Celtic Heartlands selections are sipping whiskey with layers of cinnamon, among the most coveted. Aged in roasted nuts, dried fruits and a core of Fino sherry and Château d’Yquem vanilla and caramel that finishes with a casks, the Bunnahabhain (boon-uh- sweet kiss of molasses. As Malt Advocate hav-in) is rich with honey, sherry and toffee with editor, John Hansel stated “This is one subtle notes of marzipan, coffee and clove. Its soft, smooth rye whiskey…I could drink majestic, deep and sublime flavors glide across the this stuff all day long.” Best rope up a few bottles palate like poetry in a glass. It comes fit for a king before it rides off into the sunset. 92 proof in an elegant decanter and branded gift box. 1SHWENVWH321 .... $149.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). Cask strength at 98 proof 1SCHE76WH3B ........ $324.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). Maison Surrenne Tonneau #1 Petite Champagne • Cognac 1990 Gordon & MacPhail’s Starting in 1922, Maison Surrenne cellar- Macallan “Speymalt” Single masters filled an oak tonneau (barrel) with Malt Whisky • Speyside small lots of old petite champagne Cognacs Gordon & MacPhail is the only independent – some dating back to the 1800’s. They bottler allowed to purchase new make spirit topped off the barrel every year for 79 years, (fresh made whisky) and age it in their own always with petite champagne eau-de-vie of warehouse. This is clearly a distinct advantage the highest quality. Spirits guru F. Paul Pacult over other independent bottlers. This 20-year- characterized it as “seductive and understated old Macallan is rich with flavors of caramel, scents of high cocoa content chocolate, sherry, coffee and bittersweet cocoa and a pear drops, dark caramel, oaky vanilla extract and caressing long finish that begs for another sip. honey… a classic whose rarity makes it all the Macallan whisky of this age will usually set you back a more special.” With fewer than 200 bottles available few bills, so it’s a good thing we’ve got your back. 86 proof for the entire planet, securing this extremely rare 1SGMA90WH3M ...... $164.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). treat quickly is essential. 83.8 proof 1SMSUNVBR3 ......... $299.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). Four Roses “Bounty Hunter Single Barrel” 10yr Straight 1980 Baron de Lustrac Bourbon Whiskey • Kentucky “Domaine de la Croix Pelanne” Just about every whiskey journalist of note is • Bas Armagnac Where Cognac raving about the resurgence that Four Roses focuses on the art of blending, Armagnac has made. So naturally, when we started showcases the singular expression of the hunt for a Bounty Hunter exclusive terroir. No one does it better than Baron single barrel bourbon, we called on Master de Lustrac. Distilled from 100% Bacco, Distiller Jim Rutledge for help. He culled out the a rare grape seldom found in Armagnac, top 10-year-old barrels from his private collection this bottling has an amazing full-bodied and we selected our favorite for the keeping. intensity. Scents of caramel, honey and The result is a deep intense nose of brown sugar and cinnamon/clove spice with a rich, textured, maple with delicate nuances of plum, fig and roasted creamy finish that last on the palate. This is what marshmallow that is quintessentially bourbon and great brandy tastes like. 84 proof quite extraordinary. Cask strength at 126 proof 1SBDL80BR3CP ......... $124.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). 1SFRONVWH310 ......... $84.95/btl. Save 10% on 6 bottles or more. whiskey runner quarterly club You’ll receive two bottles each quarter: one single malt or blended Scotch whisky and one other top-shelf whiskey $249/quarter maximum from around the world (Ireland, USA, Canada, etc.). (Price includes shipping to CA addresses only).bounty hunter spirits page 2
  • 21. SPIRIT S WHISKY LEGENDS W hen only the best of the best will do, here it is – a collection of the finest malt whiskys Scotland has to offer. From the iconic, to limited edition and extremely rare, we’ve secured six bottles of the finest drams and packaged them in a branded Bounty Hunter wooden gift box. Like our popular “Legends of the Fall” case of wine, the Whisky Legends is all about rarity, pedigree and certainty. Trying to impress the boss or the most discerning whisky lover? We’ve got you covered this holiday season. Limited availability. ♠ Johnnie Walker “Blue Label” Blended Whisky • ♠ 1997 Duncan Taylor Octave “Macallan Scotland Distillery” Single Malt Whisky • Speyside (aged ♠ 1999 Talisker “Distillers Edition” Single Malt in an Octave sherry cask) Whisky • Skye (aged in Amoroso sherry casks) ♠ 1992 Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky • Islay ♠ 1995 Oban “Distillers Edition” Single Malt (aged in Pedro Ximenez casks) Whisky • Highlands (aged in Montilla Fino ♠ 1995 Murray McDavid “Highland Park sherry casks) Distillery” Single Malt Whisky • Orkney (aged in Château Lafite Rothschild casks) 1SWLEF116 ..............$749.95 for all 6 (Net item – no discounts apply). SMOKIN’ ACES THE MANHATTAN PROJECT F or those who like peat smoke, here’s a collection from Murray McDavid that’s sure to light your fire. Malt Master Jim McEwan hand-selects whisky D o you know someone who wants to make cocktails just like the top mixologists in from Laphroig, Bowmore and Tobermory distilleries New York and San Francisco? and matches them with the appropriate cask from top With the right ingredients and Bordeaux houses. They are then ACE’d (additional a few simple instructions, anybody cask evolution) for a few months, taking on extra can create classic cocktails from depth and character. This is where bagpipes and the comforts of your kitchen. berets collide into something truly amazing – Here’s our recipe for The welcome to island whisky paradise. Manhattan, featuring some famous bartender “secrets” along with all the ingredients ♠ 1999 Murray McDavid Laphroig Château Lafite you’ll need to become a Manhattan master. Rothchild Cask Single Malt Whisky • Islay ♠ 2002 Murray McDavid Bowmore Château One bottle of each ingredient listed below along with Latour Cask Single Malt Whisky • Islay recipe and instructions. ♠ 1995 Murray McDavid Tobermory Château ♠ Michter’s Small Batch Rye Whiskey • Kentucky Climens Cask Single Malt Whisky • Mull ♠ Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth • Italy 1SSACF113 ................ $234.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). ♠ Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur • Italy X.O. À GO-GO ♠ Luxardo Maraschino Cherries in Syrup • Italy S it back while Léopold Gourmel takes you through a journey into the aging process of his three X.O. Cognacs. Starting with the “Age du fruit” 1SMPRS1134 .............. $124.95/kit (Net item – no discounts apply). aged at 10-years, then to the “Age des fleurs (flowers)” “Received the Manhattan Kit and I have mastered at 15-years and arriving at the “Age des epices (spice)” The Manhattan. Delicious and I am not a cocktail at 20-years. One 200ml bottle of each expression in a rustic wooden crate and branded gift box. drinker! Great package, recipe card and we love Remember, nothing says Happy Holidays like the the YouTube video, quite informative.” sweet kiss of Cognac. – Michele H., Virginia 1SLGONVBR3X2 ..... $124.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).bounty hunter spirits page 3 • 800.943.9463
  • 22. SP I R I T S Mañana Añejo • Tequila Don’t English Harbour “Reserve” let the logo of a man taking a siesta fool 10-year-old Rum • Antigua With you, this company doesn’t rest. From nearly every Caribbean island producing start to finish, this artisan Tequila is the some variation of dark rum, few have result of countless hours of doing the finesse and complexity like English it right. For their crown jewel, they Harbour. This reserve bottling is distilled carefully select Los Altos Highlands from molasses in copper stills, and aged agave, pot distill, and age over two years. The 10 years in used whisky and bourbon resulting Añejo is rich, with intense tropical fruits and barrels. As spirits journalist F. Paul Pacult honey, boasting spicy oak overtones with a delicate described, its “… refined with long, and balanced texture. This is true sipping Tequila that roasted flavors of pipe tobacco, fruit cake, will never leave your hand. 80 proof candied walnut, and brown sugar. A wonder to 1SMANNVTE3A .......... $59.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). behold.” Like the smell of coconut oil on a swimsuit model, it’s simply irresistible. 80 proof Chinaco Lot #79 Negro Extra 1SEHANVRU310 ........ $99.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). Añejo • Tequila The pinnacle bottling from Chinaco, this 5-year-old Square One Organic Rye Vodka Añejo comes from small lots of a few • Idaho When it comes to vodka, and numbered and reserved barrels. Each everything else of consequence, starting with barrel is selected for its complexity and the best ingredients available is essential. then bottled by hand into a signature When founder Allison Evanow started at all-black vessel. Lot #79 has a unique square one (pun intended), she sourced spicy, peppery nose with a nucleus of the purest ingredients possible – pristine sweet agave nectar and hints of caramel and char. spring water from the Teton Mountains and The palate is dark and rich with a complimentary organically certified North Dakota-grown rye. smoky aftertaste that lingers for what seems like The result is a subtle nose of honeysuckle and an eternity. This is a chic and classic rarity. 86 proof wildflowers with the slightest essence of rye, 1SCHINVTE371 ........ $249.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). and a palate that’s clean with a core of sweet grain. All too often the “O” word is thrown Sombra Mezcal • Oaxaca Good around as marketing shtick, however, in this case, it’s a Mezcal is hard to find, so when famed testament to outstanding quality. 80 proof Master Sommelier Richard Betts partnered 1SSONNVVO3R ........... $37.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). with Sombra to create this delightful treat, we took notice. Hand-harvested Espadin Blackwood’s Small Batch Gin agave from Oaxaca are slowly roasted in • Scotland And now for something a rock pit over a mesquite fire and then completely different…Blackwood’s small ground, brewed, and expertly distilled. batch gin. Made from hand-gathered The result is an intense earthy and spicy botanicals available only in the Shetland nose with layers of citrus and smoke that’s Islands, this is gin unlike any other. smooth and warming to the palate, with a For a little over thirty days each year, clean and fruit-driven finish. Like a breath the sun will shine over this bitterly cold of earthy smoke, Sombra is proof that world class Arctic terrain stimulating the growth of agave spirits do exist outside of Tequila. 90 proof everything from wild mint to angelica root, 1SSOMNVOS3............. $44.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). which gives this spirit its unique character. Subtle flavors and aromas of coriander and elderflowers accentuate the core of juniper and citrus, resulting in a powerful and robust Scottish style gin with a delicate, “The finest quality spirits you clean finish. The perfect compliment to always can find anywhere.” looking on the bright side of life. 95 proof -Tim S., Whiskey Runner Club Member 1SBLANVGI3 .............. $44.95/btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).bounty hunter spirits page 4
  • 23. MONTHLY WINE CLUBST he Bounty Hunter’s founding principle is, “If it’s not great, we don’t sell it.” That includes the wines in our Wine Club. We do the hardpart and you simply get great wine. Satisfaction guaranteed. BLOOMBERG MARKETS’ “FAVORITE WINE CLUB” The Double Barrel Club Club Pinot Each month, you’ll receive two of our Each month you’ll receive three great bottles highest-caliber reds – one bottle from a of Pinot Noir from around the world on your pinnacle California producer and another doorstep. This is the ultimate wine club for from an acclaimed international estate. the Pinot aficionado or interested student. Straight shooting, great drinking and a posse $139 per month worth joining! Membership is limited. Maximum of $299 per month Gold OR Standard Club Killer Cab Club Each month you’ll receive three of our Each month you’ll receive three of our top- best reds, or two reds and one white. A shelf Cabernets or Cab-based blends. There’s great way to augment your collection and a reason this is our most popular club. discover new favorites. $149 per month $139 per month OR California Silver Spur Club Connection Club Each month you’ll receive three great Can’t get enough of California? Well, we’ve reds, or two reds and one white. Makes a got the club for you! From Napa Cabernet great gift for the wine lover in your life. to Santa Barbara Pinot and every fabulous $99 per month Golden State red in between, this is your all-access, backstage pass to the rock stars of Bronze Star Club California wine. Each month you’ll receive two great reds and $129 per month one white. Talk about bang for your buck! $49 per month (Prices of all monthly clubs do not include taxes or shipping). Join a Bounty Hunter Wine Club today and enjoy full access to some of the world’s greatest wines and receive these exclusive benefits: ♠ Rare and boutique wines from established producers and rising superstars (most of these great wines are not generally made available to other customers or the general public). ♠ Monthly tasting notes, detailed wine information and “ultimate food pairings.” ♠ Save 20% anytime on full and mixed case purchases of Bounty Hunter’s own brands (excluding Justice). ♠ Save 20% on a case or 15% on six-bottle purchases on any club selections – there’s no expiration date on the discount! (While allocations last. Discounts do not apply to the Most Wanted or Double Barrel Club). ♠ Special VIP treatment when visiting our Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ in Napa. ♠ Elite “members-only” access and discounts to top-rated hotels and entertainment venues. Go to for a complete listing. • 800.943.9463 17
  • 24. P ROP R I E TA RY REDS ’08 Joseph Phelps “Insignia” • Napa Valley A Napa legend with decades of success, Phelps has done it again. Robert Parker wrote of the ’08: “The color is an inky/ purple and the wine shows lots of cassis, blueberry, graphite and floral notes, good acidity, stunning concentration and purity, and a long finish.” He also tacked a pretty serious number on the review, no surprise given what’s in the bottle. The first California proprietary red remains among the very best. 1WJPH08PR3I .......$174.95 btl. $157.45 btl./mixed case Joseph Phelps Vineyards ’07 Krupp Brothers “The Doctor” • Napa Valley As owners of Napa’s’08 Alpha Omega “II” • Napa Valley acclaimed Stagecoach Vineyard, the Previously a “tasting room only” release, Krupps get to high-spot a very we convinced our friends at A-O to carve special property for their own wine. out some cases of “II” for our catalog. This exotic blend wants to play doctor Getting the same impeccable cellar with your tongue with a flavor profile treatment from Jean Hoefliger and Michel of ripe Bing cherries, red spices, plum and cocoa. There Rolland as their top cuvées, this is a were sharp elbows among our tasting panelists to seeflavor explosion. Black cherries, blue fruits and a saucy who would take this home… always a good sign!vein of sweet oak speak of the quality of what this house 1WKBR07PR3D ....... $59.95 btl. $53.95 btl./mixed caseis producing for a whole lot less than what their big gunsfetch. Aren’t second labels fun? ’07 L’Ecole 41 “Perigee” • Columbia1WAOM08PR3II ........$41.95 btl. $37.75 btl./mixed case Valley One of Washington’s most important producers has just issued a’08 Ehlers Estate “One Twenty Over reminder of why they’ve earned that Eighty” • St. Helena As a distinction. This is flat-out gorgeous winery owned by a major foundation for juice. Bordeaux-inspired in the best cardiovascular research, Ehlers thought it sense, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate appropriate to name this blend after the loved its “nose of pain grille, pencil lead, “ideal” blood pressure reading. Purple mineral, violets, black currant, and blackberry leading berries, cherry liqueur and subtle to a wine with superb volume and concentration, French oak flavors have plenty of impeccable balance and loads of savory black fruits.”heart themselves, the result of biodynamically farmed You need to try this.fruit from a mid-valley Cabernet sweet spot. All of this 1WLEC07PR3P ........$54.95 btl. $49.45 btl./mixed caseestate’s profits go to support the foundation, so theconnection between red wine and a healthy ticker has ’08 Long Meadow Ranch “Ranch Housenever been more direct. Red” • Napa Valley An1WEHL08PR3O....... $44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case easy-drinking foil to their brooding estate Cabernet, the Ranch House’09 John Galt • Napa Valley Who is John is all about soft lines, bright fruit Galt? In this case, he’s an idealistic vision of and supple tannins. Black fruits a Napa Valley red whose price will speak and dark berries get a caress of vanilla on the finish to those who prefer to preserve capital. and the flavor party speaks to the fruit grown on this Accented by black fruits and boysenberry magnificent estate west of St. Helena. Get the steaks with some blueberry and oak toast framing ready! They’re doing mighty fine work up on the Ranch. the mid-palate, this is a sumptuous red with 1WLMR08PR3R ...... $28.95 btl. $26.05 btl./mixed case serious length and complexity. If you’relooking for a sexy Napa red that delivers flavor andvalue in spades, its time to go Galt.1WJGA09PR3 .......... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case18 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 25. PROPR IETARY R E DS’08 “Open Range” by Casey Flat Ranch ’09 Waters “Interlude” • Columbia • Capay Valley Opening a new Valley Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate grape frontier in a region known for world- has called Waters, “one of Walla Walla’s class produce, Open Range is delivering finest new producers.” High praise indeed Napa-type quality without the gilded price for a couple of young guns that keep tag. Cabernet, Syrah and Mourvèdre swim turning out winners. Interlude is not to be together here in a dense pool of cherry, trifled with as its core of brambly black plum, strawberry and cedar. Think of a fruits, wild berries and spice are escortedlip-smacking red from Provence with a little extra by fruit tannins with the size and attitude of ahorsepower and you’ll know what it’s all about. night club bouncer. It’s balanced and delicious, but it1WORA08PR3 ........... $17.95 btl. $16.15 btl./mixed case most certainly will kick your ass if you get out of line. 1WWAT09PR3I ......... $31.95 btl. $28.75 btl./mixed case UNIQUE BLENDS TO COMPLEMENT YOUR CELLAR! For more Proprietary Red wines, see our feature producers Kapcsándy on page 7 and Signorello on page 9, as well as our exclusive Legends of the Fall gift collection on page 1. Kapcsandy Winery BL ACKB IRD W e’ve been excited about this project from the day they took flight. A winery focused on the traditional “Right Bank” varietals of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, they enlisted the right winemaker to give life to their vision. The hyper-talented Aaron Pott’s turns at Troplong Mondot and La Tour Figeac (not to mention Quintessa) speak to years of experience with Bordeaux blends. And the guy’s mentor was none other than Michel Rolland, arguably the world’s most influential consulting winemaker. Aaron’s a bright boy, and you can be certain his formidable knowledge is being put to good use at Blackbird.’09 “Arise” • Napa ValleyAn exercise in harmony, this offers a beautiful nose of blackberries, cocoa powder, cherry and spice. On the palate, alittle toffee edge kicks in and turns on the charm in a big way. St. Émilion with Napa attitude!1WBLA09PR3A .................................................$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 19
  • 26. P I NOT NO I R’09 Banshee • Sonoma County A new entrant into the value category, we couldn’t help but be impressed by this little gem. It shows actual varietal character at an entry-level price with some earth and minerality settlingunderneath the primary fruits of Bing cherries and darkberries. Considering the vineyards involved, it doesn’tseem possible to sell this for twenty bucks, but youwon’t hear us complaining. Freeman Winery1WBAN09PN3 ........... $19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case’09 Cazar • Sonoma Coast Wine Spectator ’08 Freeman • Sonoma Coast has been all over the fact that 2009 We’ve been on board with these guys was a benchmark year for California from the early days, and they’re Pinot. They went so far as to call finally getting their due in the it, “clearly one of the state’s most press. Wine Spectator called this releasesuccessful vintages to date.” Cazar captured a bit “Impressive for its finesse. Fragrant,of the magic here combining plum, rose petal and delicate and elegant, with aromas of wilted rose, ripefresh cherry nuances into a supple, textural flavor cherry and plum, with hints of sage and mineral. Full-experience. With Pinot as fickle as she is, it’s always a bodied, ending with the same elegant mix of flavors.”good idea to stockpile the winners. Great people and great wine. What’s not to like?1WCAZ09PN3 ..........$24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case 1WFRE08PN3...........$43.95 btl. $39.55 btl./mixed case’09 Expression 38° “Gap’s Crown” • ’09 Knez • Anderson Valley Sonoma Coast Expression has Blended from Cerise and Demuth – two been knocking the critics dead of late of Mendocino’s most heralded Pinot sites thanks to wines like this stunner. A – this newcomer had us scrambling to succulent display of fruit purity, one the phone to secure our stash. Anthonycan pick up raspberries, black cherry preserves, white Filiberti, winemaker for cult sensationsmoke and a little winking note of barrel toffee. This Anthill Farms, is the captain of the cellarone’s built for speed and is seductively dangling a set here too. Wild black fruits, rose petals and baking spiceof keys in front of you… deftly toe the line between librarian and home1WEXP09PN338 ........$47.95 btl. $43.15 btl./mixed case wrecker. You will thank us later. 1WKNE09PN3 .......... $31.95 btl. $28.75 btl./mixed case’09 Fort Ross “Sea Slopes” • Sonoma Coast From their jaw-dropping ’08 Russian Hill • Russian River Valley vineyard towering above the Pacific, This producer keeps showing up in this is a Pinot born of “extreme our catalog because they keep raising farming,” and boy is it tasty! eyebrows in our tasting panel. TastedCreamy raspberry, crushed berries and vanilla bean blind, two of us thought this wasflavors are packaged into a clean, completely balanced a $60 wine! A supercharged core of black cherry,mouthfeel and finish. When you look at the typical raspberry and spice showcases a deft blend of vineyardprices for wines that are born in such difficult growing lots from this lauded Pinot Noir region. Take note here.conditions, this is a complete and utter steal. You’ll love it too!1WFRO09PN3S ........$24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case 1WRHI08PN3........... $31.95 btl. $28.85 btl./mixed case JOIN ONE OF OUR FASTEST GROWING WINE CLUBS: CLUB PINOT! Love great Pinot Noir? So do we! Each month, you’ll receive three rare and delicious Pinots from around the world: California, Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand… wherever we unearth great stuff. Get your Pinot fix the easy way – or give a membership as a gift – let us do the work! Flip back to page 17 for details.20 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 27. PINOT NOIR’08 Saintsbury “Toyon” • Carneros ’09 Stickybeak • Sonoma Coast As our favorite of Saintsbury’s All-Star Flat out one of the best values in single vineyard lineup, Toyon is just California Pinot that we’ve tried this year. one kick-ass bottle of wine. Red $20 Pinot Noir simply doesn’t taste like berries, cinnamon and a fantastic squirt this. Raspberry and cherry cola meetof black fruits on the mid-palate get the flavor party in orange rind and red spices with the sortmotion. This is one of the founding wineries of Carneros, of complexity and length that willand they haven’t lost anything on their fastball. have you re-ordering this by the case. This is the1WSAI08PN3T........... $51.95 btl. $46.75 btl/mixed case kind of house Pinot that we can happily get behind. 1WSTI09PN3 ............. $19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case’09 Sequana • Santa Lucia Highlands James McPhail earned his Pinot stripes with gigs at Merry Edwards and Gary Farrell, and it’s the grape he considers to be his true calling. He’s proved his point with this Monterey beauty, apool of sultry dark berry, tea and spice flavors. We werefloored by the entire Sequana portfolio, but this got thenod for its commendable “taste-per-dollar.”1WSEQ09PN3 ..........$32.95 btl. $29.65 btl./mixed case GOT PINOT? It’s all the rage, and delicious too. See our Pinot gift collections on page 3 and our feature producers: Pursuit on page 3 and Waypoint Hanzell Vineyards on page 13. For great Burgundies and wines by Magnien and Livera, visit pages 25-26. LIOCOW hen the longtime sommelier at L.A.’s famed Spago decided to team with a French import specialist for Lioco, their plan was to craft wines of sanity. Tired of seeing the parade of overwrought showboats that cravedattention like a Hollywood starlet, the goal was to turn down the volume without changing the tune. Specifically,they focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and worked with growers who shared their belief that there can betoo much of a good thing when it comes to ripeness and fat. Over the last several years, they’ve fine-tuned theirsourcing to include some of California’s finest practitioners of vineyard magic (as evidenced by the namesbelow). When wine industry veterans decide to make wine for themselves, good things tend to happen.’09 “Hanzell” Chardonnay • Sonoma ’09 “Hirsch” Pinot Noir • Sonoma Valley For the first time in more Coast David Hirsch is one of the than 50 years, Hanzell has let another godfathers of coastal Pinot Noir, and this winery put its name on a label. Lioco is a drop-dead gorgeous example must be doing something right! Lime of what his vineyard can produce. blossom, grilled pineapple and lemon Raspberry and spice, cinnamon andzest sing with vibrancy, a testament to this singular cherry candy, the list goes on… this is a fascinating,Chardonnay property and the cellar team responsible complex and utterly delicious showcase of what’sfor the finished product. possible in California Pinot.1WLIO09CH3H ........$44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case 1WLIO09PN3H ........$59.95 btl. $53.95 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 21
  • 28. GR E AT RE D S’08 Borra “Fusion” • Lodi In the “taste-per- ’07 Ottimino “Von Weidlich” Zinfandel dollar” department, Fusion is making • Russian River Valley Sourced a lot of noise without asking much of exclusively from a plot of ancient vines in your wallet share. All juiced up with Russian River, this is right in the wheelhouse notes of plums, berries and sweet, of the Zin aficionado. Those inimitablesmoky oak, this is one of those wines that seems flavors of raspberry, boysenberry and vanillato disappear in the glass far quicker th an it should. that mark old-vine Zinfandel are supportedThis practically has “house red” stamped on it. by chocolate and baking spices on the finish. It’s a1WBOR08OR3F ........ $17.95 btl. $16.15 btl./mixed case supple and thoroughly delicious reminder that Russian River wasn’t always Pinot country.’08 Director’s Cut “Cinema” • Sonoma 1WOTT07ZN3V ........ $31.95 btl. $28.75 btl./mixed case County Francis Coppola’s project in Sonoma is getting its ’09 Owen Roe “The Sinister Hand” • own star turn thanks to blends like Columbia Valley With a litany ofCinema. Alexander Valley Cab and Dry Creek Zin big-time scores for their work in Washington,and Petite Sirah collide in a wild flavor interplay Owen Roe has earned quite the devotedof dark fruits, blueberries, anise and spice. With following. This focused, pure release dancesCoppola’s trademark standards for quality in play, this across the palate with kirsch, blackberries andhas the sort of brooding intensity that would make raspberries showcasing the ripe Grenache that’s leadingMichael Corleone proud. the way. There’s no press on this new release yet, but1WDCU08OR3C ......$34.95 btl. $31.45 btl./mixed case we’d wager a bottle or two that’s going to change soon… 1WORO09OR3S ...... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case’09 Gus Rivers • Napa Valley Don’t let his size fool you… Mr. Rivers brings ’08 Road Agent • Lake County The Road the attitude to back up his bark. Agent comes rolling down from the hills A Zinfandel-based blend (including a of Lake County packin’ heat! Loaded sizable whack of top-quality Oakville for bear with its ripe, Cab-driven blend,fruit), it’s pure decadence in the glass. Blackberries, it’s a hand cannon of black cherry,white smoke and raspberries are shot through with lifted mesquite wood and cherry liqueurripeness and a finish that’s damn near chewy. A Bounty flavors that’ll make you feel like you’re the oneHunter catalog exclusive. getting away with highway robbery. Sourced from1WGRI09PR3 ............. $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case one of the single best growers in all of Lake County (or California for that matter), we expect’08 Jus Soli “Windsor Oaks” Zinfandel you’ll be back for more of this bandit. • Russian River Valley 1WRAG08PR3 ...........$19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case Winemaker Tom Garrett can claim experience at Turley on his résumé, so ’07 School House “Mescolanza” • he knows what he’s doing when it Spring Mountain One of the comes to saucy Zinfandel. This one coolest, rarest and most unique wines inis going to get a score from somebody with its classic Napa, this is produced from a one-acre parcel“Zinberry” nose and a briary, jammy mouthful of flavor. that represents the oldest vines on SpringJust 200 cases were made, so give this a ride before our Mountain (with some plants well over thewine bar pours it all for thirsty patrons. century mark), Zin-based with Petite Sirah1WJSO08ZN3 .......... $25.95 btl. $23.35 btl./mixed case and Carignane lending support, it’s a surprisingly elegant (given the vine age) presentation of red berries, rhubarb’07 Madrigal Merlot • Napa Valley and spice. This delicious red is a direct link to Napa Quietly and consistently putting out one Valley’s frontier days as a wine region. of Napa’s best value Merlots, we’ve been 1WSHO07OR3 ....................$39.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). telling folks for years that Madrigal is worth a look. Ripe blue fruits, black currants, mint and oak toast highlight thisrelease, among an increasingly endangered group ofwines from the heralded ’07 vintage. It’s also ready to goright now, so get your order in and let ’er rip!1WMAD07ME3........ $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case22 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 29. GR EAT RE DS’08 Vagabond Petite Sirah • Napa Valley Whoa! If wine could be measured in terms of pure opulence, this is the Sultan of Brunei. As Robert Parker noted, “This wine has plenty ofminerals as well as a hint of violets, a thick, opaquepurple color, huge tannins, but also massive fruitand concentration.” Seriously… be careful withthis one. We will not be held responsible for whathappens when the corks start flying.1WVAG08PS3 .......... $39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case “Thank you for the great service. I’m glad to find you.I have a very hard time finding the wines I like where I live. I can assure you that with your great service, I will become a repeat customer!” – Bill D., Jackson MS BROKEN SPURB roken Spur is our project dedicated to red wine value. Sourcing fruit from top vineyards throughout California, the wines are priced at such a levelthat essentially they taste like another rung or two up the ladder in terms offlavor and style points. They’re meant to be drunk young and often, and inspiremore in the way of conviviality than philosophical musings. They’re basicallyliquid reminders that wine (and those who love it) needn’t be taken tooseriously. Dig in your spurs, get your corkscrew ready and be prepared to save abuck or two! ’09 Zinfandel • Oakville ’09 Merlot • Napa Valley Sourced from the heart of Cab country, this Think Merlot can’t hang with the big boys? Weis a mouthful of attitude. Boysenberry, vanilla and have proof to the contrary. Blue fruits and plumraspberry flavors bring seduction with each sip. It’s a notes get a kick in the pants with some spice accents,wine list favorite at our BBQ haunt in Napa. and it flashes the sort of fruit tannins on the finish that1WBSP09ZN3 ............$19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case belie its price tag. 1WBSP09ME3 ......... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case ’10 Pinot Noir • Carneros Grown in Carneros soils that have long been ’09 Cabernet Sauvignon • Napa Valleyrecognized as great vineyard sites, this is going to move We took the gloves off with this one, boys and girls!quickly once folks get their lips on it. Bing cherry, Black fruits and currants are built for speed oncinnamon and red fruits with just the right balance the palate with a little oak dusting that provides a solidbetween red wine satisfaction and Pinot elegance. tailwind. Cab fans, come and get your fix!1WBSP10PN3 .......... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case 1WBSP09CS3 .......... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 23
  • 30. I TALY ’09 Collazzi “Liberta” • Toscana Yes, there is value in Tuscany if you know where to look. “Liberta” is the value-proposition blend from a wine estate whose architecture was conceived by some fella named Michelangelo. This super-Tuscan is all about youthful vibrancy and flavors of blue fruits, wild dark berries and supple oak undertones. If you like your Tuscan flavor vacation to have a little sunshine, we have you covered. 1WCOL09IR3L ..........$19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case ’07 Macarico “Macari” Aglianico • Vulture The soils below “Vulture Mountain” on the instep of the boot produce some of the most compelling and delicious wines in all of Italy. This’05 Biscardo • Amarone One of our favorite ridiculously seductive ’07 had us Italian treats is all sexed up with this scrambling for adjectives. Decadent, release. The decadent dried fruit perfectly balanced flavors of blackberries, dark character from the ancient Amarone chocolate, red spices and oak toffee caused a repeated production method is one of the most refill situation. Seriously. You need to try this. exotic flavors in the wine world, and 1WMAC07IR3M ...... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed caseit’s packed with muscle here. Purple berries, blackfruits, pepper and a subtle raisin backbone come ’07 Novaia Ripasso Superiore •shining through in the glass. There is no shame in Valpolicella Classicoenjoying a little intensity. Perhaps the defining quote of our last trip1WBIS05IRA ........... $64.95 btl. $58.45 btl./mixed case to Italy came after one of our compatriots sniffed this gem… “They’ve turned up the’09 Casa Sola “Superstrada” • Chianti incense machine in the bordello tonight.” Classico One of our favorite Shamelessly ripe, heady and amped up importers decided to take matters into to the max, this “baby Amarone” is their own hands and partnered with an anything but a baby. Chocolate-covered cherries, outstanding Tuscan property for a special plums and a cabinet full of exotic spices guarantee a export blend. All dolled up for our happy ending for all parties involved.shores with wild black fruits, warm soil and a decadent 1WNOV07IR3R ....... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed caseoak undercurrent, this isn’t your father’s Chianti.Modern lines, fabulous texture and a charming Italianaccent. What more do you want?1WCSO09IR3S ..........$37.95 btl. $34.15 btl./mixed case YOUR OWN PERSONAL WINE SCOUT’07 Castello di Neive “Albesani Santo (AKA, SOMMELIER) Stefano” • Barbaresco Vintages vary, winemakers change, great new wines pop We recognize that some of you refuse to up everyday…. There’s so much to keep track of and all believe our endorsement without a “score” you really want to do is enjoy a great bottle of wine. from someone else. Why? Why? We know what we’re doing! (Deep breath). That’s where we come in. Our Wine Scouts are OK, have it your way… Robert Parker’s seasoned wine industry professionals – trusted advisorsWine Advocate: “A rich fabric of dark fruit, fresh roses, – dedicated to helping you along your personal winenew leather and menthol completely cover the palate. journey. They’ll help you find the wines you wantThe Santo Stefano is impeccable in its generous, based on your palate, interests and budget. It’s theirenveloping fruit. The intensity and sheer depth of the passion, their job and your gain.fruit manages to virtually bury the tannins…”1WCNE07IR3A.................... $69.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).24 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 31. FR ENCH RE DS’07 Clos Manou • Médoc Now this is how ’09 Potel-Aviron “Vieilles Vignes” Bordeaux is supposed to taste! Ripe • Juliénas We’ve been telling enough to appeal to New World everyone within earshot that Cru fans while retaining that inimitable Beaujolais from 2009 is legendary juice. undertone of Bordeaux soil, it’s a Hell, even the guys in the Côte d’Or brilliant mélange of dark fruits, were singing its praises… that neverroasted espresso, barrel char and graphite. Make happens. Fresh raspberry and purple fruits are caressedno mistake, this is definitely a French wine, but it has a by lovely spice and that subtle Gamay grip on the finish.certain pep to its step that’s normally only found with Seriously, if you can’t gulp this down with a smile onbig boy price tags. We approve! your face, you may need a different hobby.1WCMA07IR3 .........$49.95 btl. $44.95 btl./mixed case 1WPAV09IR3VV ........ $21.95 btl. $19.75 btl./mixed case’09 Domaine Faiveley “Clos des ’09 Domaine La Tour Penedesses Myglands” 1er Cru • “Montagne Noir” • Mercurey Here’s a tip… stockpile Faugères Approach carefully, pull all the 2009 red Burgundy that you the cork and stand back. It’s a monster! can afford. We did just that based on This nearly black wine from southern our buying trip last year, and haven’t France flashes the sort of ripenessregretted it for a moment. The wines are just that that keeps ’em coming back for more. Sweet blackgood. Here we have a classic presentation of cherry, cherry liqueur, blackberries and garrigue with supple oakloam and spice wrapped around a brilliant core of silky undertones have the volume turned up in a big way.tannins and fresh acidity. When these ’09’s disappear – This one wears stiletto heels with leather pants and daresand the word is definitely out – don’t say we didn’t give you to complain about a chance to own them… 1WDTP09IR3MN ...... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case1WDFA09IR3CM .................$44.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).’10 Domaine La Fourmente “Amour de Fruit” • Côtes du Rhône Oh my. The first sip of this with a braised lamb dish at a restaurant in Paris and we were in amour. There’s so much bang for the buck here with clean (dare wesay refreshing) acidity to wash away the vibrant flavorsof strawberry preserves, Asian spice and raspberrytart. This is one to own by the case. You’ll thank uswhen winter hits.1WDFO10IR3AF .......$21.95 btl. $19.75 btl./mixed case’09 Gavignet “Les Bousselots” 1er Cru • Nuits-St.-Georges Philippe Gavignet doesn’t miss a fat pitch, and Mother Nature hung a curveball in ’09. His Bousselots bottling was the favorite from our cellarvisit and we snatched up every drop he had. Redberries, brown spices, a subtle chocolate note and a whiffof dried truffles tell you everything you need to knowabout the terroir this vineyard offers. A quintessential redBurgundy from a perfect growing season.1WGAV09IR3LB ....... $74.95 btl. $67.45 btl./mixed case • 800.943.9463 25
  • 32. FRÉDÉRIC MAGNIEN As one of the most talented young winemakers ’09 “Croix-Viollette” • Côtes de Nuits- Villages Produced from a vineyard kissing Gevrey- Chambertin, this is a liquid party. Hard red candy, in Burgundy, Fred purple flowers and brown spices deliver the goods with Magnien can coax every sip. Yes, you should own this. magic even from 1WFMA09IR3CV......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case difficult vintages. So what happens ’09 “Vieilles Vignes” • Chambolle- when a gift from the Musigny Oh, the magic of old vines! Fred directswine gods like 2009 comes along? His domaine turns this fruit like a maestro flicking a baton. Sappyinto an adult playground. Magnien aficionados take cherry and violet overtones find minerals and spicenote… we recommend you pay close attention to this box playing background harmony in one seriouslyoffering as there may not be its equal anytime soon. seductive performance.’09 Rouge • Bourgogne Drinking the entry- 1WFMA09IR3VV ...... $67.95 btl. $61.15 btl./mixed caselevel wine from Fred’s cellar is like dating the leastattractive Victoria’s Secret model. Raspberries, black ’09 Grand Cru • Clos Vougeotcherries and sweet cedar pack a mighty wallop in the glass. Tasting notes don’t do this justice. Simply put, this isBuy now and savor it for years to come. “last meal before the gallows” kind of juice. If you can1WFMA09IR3R ........$26.95 btl. $24.25 btl./mixed case afford the Ferrari, you buy the damn Ferrari. It’s about that simple. 1WFMA09IR3C .................. $199.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). W hether you’re planning a visit to France, or cellaring a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it’s always a good thing to know how to pronounce it. We’ve put together a cheat sheet to help navigate your trip (beret not included). Bourgogne – boor gawn yah Côtes de Nuits-Villages – koht du nhwee vee lahj Côtes-du-Rhône – koht du rohn Vieilles Vignes – vee-yay veenPHILIPPE LIVERA H ow do you know Philippe Livera is a no-nonsense farmer and winemaker? Just before you descend into his frigid cellar in Gevrey-Chambertin, there’s what appears to be an old bathtub and an array of intimidating implements… it’s a deer cleaning station (as evidenced by the homemade venison links that dangle above his barrels). It’s his version of vineyard pest control. His hands-on approach extends to his grapes with several of his vineyard parcels just steps from his front door, and with his impossibly long and slow malolactic fermentations – seriously, his cellar is bone- chilling – he coaxes the maximum complexity from his precious grapes. Just don’t wander among his vines wearing antlers…’09 Rouge • Fixin Fixin (feek-zeng) is a lot easier ’09 Grand Cru • Chapelle-Chambertinto enjoy than it is to pronounce. Its lack of Grand Cru This tiny Grand Cru parcel has long been amongvineyards means it’s overlooked by label chasers, but our favorites, especially in phenomenal vintages. Itsremains a serious value for real fans of Burgundy. lighter color belies the flavor intensity that lurksThis charmer is shot through with red berries and beneath the surface: black cherries, cranberries,sandalwood spice notes that seem to expand with every orange zest and smoke all play a role. This one willsip. You’ll love it. age like Sean Connery.1WLIV09IR3F ......... $43.95 btl. $39.55 btl./mixed case 1WLIV09IR3CC ................ $159.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).26 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 33. LE CLOS DU CAILLOUE very year we make a buying trip to France to get a read on things and check out the previous year’s harvest in barrel. We kick stones all over the country and experience an incredible array of wines, yet one thing remainsconstant: Clos du Caillou’s cellar is a mind-blowing experience, often at the very top of the greatest hits list.It’s the type of tasting session that reminds us why we kiss the family goodbye and get on a plane in the first place.If you love Rhône wine – hell, if you love wine period – do yourself a favor and give these a test drive. If there’sanything left over, we’ll happily drink it ourselves.’09 “Vieilles Vignes” • Côtes du Rhône ’09 “Reserve” • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Basically a declassified Châteauneuf If you’ll pardon the frankness, our thanks to an old political dispute, this tasting note from the cellar ended thusly: is a screaming bargain. Loaded “This is #$%! ridiculous.” Set this down with brambly black fruits and a sweet, next to anything you have ever tasted seductive finish, this is one to enjoy by from the Rhône and call us back if itthe case while the big brothers mellow in the cellar. doesn’t hit you dead square in the middle of your1WCDC09IR3VV .....$26.95 btl. $24.25 btl./mixed case pleasure zone. 20 cases imported. 1WCDC09IR3R .................. $199.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply).’09 “Quartz” • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Remember back in the day when Mike Tyson came out in nothing but black shorts, black shoes and a white towel and was the embodiment of destructive simplicity? Same delivery in liquid form here. Kirsch, blackberries,charred earth, Asian five spice and toasted bread with adevastating left hook. Wow!1WCDC09IR3Q ......$109.95 btl. $98.95 btl./mixed case “They have the best access to a wide range of wonderful wines.” – Food and Wine Magazine BUBBLES & POR TS parkling wine and sweet treats for you and yours! Everything from Dom to Dow’s Port is available for your enjoyment. Call your Wine Scout at 800.943.9463, or visit us online for more great stuff. • 800.943.9463 27
  • 34. SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’07 Andrew Hardy “Little Ox” Shiraz ’09 Errazuriz Carmenère • Aconcagua • McLaren Vale If you like Valley One of Chile’s first families your wines with big press and a little of wine is well-versed in sending great price tag, this should fit the bill. Robert stuff our way. Sweet black fruits and Parker’s Wine Advocate wrote it “displays spice notes are accented by a little touch a Port-like bouquet with notes of black of the Carmenère peppercorn edge in cherry, blueberry, and mocha. Medium their “Don Max” bottling. It’s a singleto full-bodied, smooth-textured, layered, and succulent, vineyard release from one of the crown jewels ofthis pleasure-bent effort has a remarkably long their enviable estate holdings. Don’t worry… itfinish for its modest price. It over-delivers big-time.” just tastes expensive.See what we mean? 1WERR09IR3 .......... $22.95 btl. $20.65 btl./mixed case1WAHA07IR3 ............. $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case ’08 Puro Uno “Limitado” Malbec • Lujan de Cuyo This new project from an increasingly fashionable slice of Mendoza grabbed our attention from the first sniff. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:“(A) Deep color; nose of exotic spices, incense, floral notes, and black cherry; good depth and length.” This is the sort of wine that has top winemakers from around the world flying to Buenos Aires for a chance to play with high altitude Malbec. 1WPUN08IR3 .......... $44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case ’07 St. Hallett “Blackwell” Shiraz • Barossa Valley A longtime favorite of ours from Down Under, this brings serious swagger and bravado. Wine Spectator called it “Smooth and’09 Colomé “Estate” Malbec • velvety, showing a spicy mineral edge Calchaquí Valley to its lingering dark berry and licorice Past vintages of this fabulous Argentine red flavors.” It’s one of those special reds that have done very well with the press (it made has all the flavor and intensity you could Wine Spectator’s “Top 100” list last year) want without veering off into a caricature wine. A and we think this might be their best one scant 500 cases hit U.S. shores. yet. Deep, intense flavors of black cherry, 1WSHA07IR3 ...................... $34.95 btl. (Net item – no discounts apply). smoky oak and layers of spice combine in a decadent mouthful of flavor. There’sserious drinking pleasure to be had here, but if you waitfor the points, we won’t have it to share.1WCOL09IR3 .......... $29.95 btl. $26.95 btl./mixed case “I have been very happy with the wines I’ve’08 Cousiño-Macul “Finis Terrae” • purchased from Bounty Hunter. (The wines) – Maipo Valley As Robert Parker’s whatever the price – have been a big hit with Wine Advocate proclaimed, “If there the many wine lovers in our family. The fact that is anyone delivering more bang-for- you are even able to find great wines at these the buck than Arturo Cousiño and his prices is a tribute to what you do there.” namesake winery Cousiño-Macul, I’d like to know about it.” This Cabernet- – Gary H., Californiabased blend brings the thunder with ripe red fruits,toffee, tobacco leaf and integrated oak. Fans of Bordeauxblends with New World sex appeal will find a friendhere. 300 cases imported.1WCOU08IR3 ......... $29.95 btl. $26.95 btl./mixed case28 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 35. WOR LD-C L ASS WH IT ES’10 Amayna Sauvignon Blanc • Leyda ’09 Bridesmaid • Napa Valley Valley This Chilean beauty might This bridesmaid showed up at the wedding be the best South American Sauv with attitude and bad intentions. A Blanc we’ve ever tried. Stunningly Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend, it takes good for the money, it leans more the white Bordeaux model to another towards the realm of grass and hay, level. Creamy peach and floral overtonesbut there is something undeniably thirst-quenching are kissed by a steely, almost stony finishabout the lees and mineral notes that decorate the flavor that really ratchets up the intensity andprofile. This will rock your world. sophistication. That dress bunched up on the floor1WAMA10IW3 ...........$21.95 btl. $19.75 btl./mixed case would indicate that everyone had a good time. 1WBRI09OW3 ...........$19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case’09 Barraud “La Roche” • Mâcon- Vergisson The southern ’09 Sierra Madre Pinot Blanc • Santa stretches of Burgundy offer incredible Maria Valley Hello, there! This value when the right producer is newcomer came out of nowhere involved. This is a glorious bottle and our jaw hit the floor. Baked pear, of Chardonnay that would be twice melon, apple and subtle spices swimas much from a northern neighbor. Ripe, almost New effortlessly across the palate with aWorld fruit components of orange peel, tropical fruit and creamy texture pulsing through the mid-palate. Pull acrème brûlée lavish the palate with precise Burgundian cork here and we’ll wager you’ll be back for more.acidity cleaning it all up. Very impressive. 1WSMA09PB3 ..........$24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed case1WBAR09IW3LR ......$33.95 btl. $30.55 btl./mixed case ’10 Tablas Creek “Patelin de Tablas”’09 Boyer-Martenot “Cuvée RGS” • • Paso Robles Channeling the Meursault For the last several Rhône roots of their partner Château years, we’ve visited this cellar with a Beaucastel, Tablas Creek knocked singular mission: find the best barrel it out of the park with this debut of Chardonnay in the place and have release. Based on the vastly underrated Grenache it bottled just for us. A gorgeous Blanc, this is a wine geek’s white that will still translateexpression of Meursault’s charm, this is orange to anyone with working taste buds. Lemon, bananamarmalade, white flowers and a little caramel with a and honeysuckle flavors highlight a rich, mineral-ladenfinish that explodes with minerality. We tasted about 25 mouthfeel. It’s just sexy juice.barrels in order to make this selection… we continue to 1WTCR10OW3P ......... $24.95 btl. $22.45 btl./mixed casesuffer for your benefit.1WBMA09IW3CR.....$69.95 btl. $62.95 btl./mixed case “…A favorite…specializing in uncommon bottles.” — Sunset Magazine CARNEROS INN “Privacy is a rare thing these days and I know just the place to find it. Next time you head to Napa, call the Carneros Inn for luxury accommodations (the view from the cottages aren’t too bad either). Nice place to rest your hat.” – Mark Steven Pope, AKA The Bounty Hunter • 800.943.9463 29
  • 36. CH A RD O NN AY’10 Alpha Omega “Unoaked” • Napa Valley The name says it all… all fruit vibrancy and no wood. It’s like a Chablis with sexy tan lines. It’s plenty round from lees contact, butthe focus here is apricot, apple and pear notes withoutany interference from barrels. This house continues tothrill our tasting panel.1WAOM10CH3 ........ $34.95 btl. $31.45 btl./mixed case’08 Melanson “Stone’s Throw” • Napa Valley Produced from a tiny patch of Chardonnay grown on Pritchard Hill, this took our catalog by storm last year, and it Alpha Omega Winery is back for an encore! Thoroughly ripe and fleshy, its core of citrus fruit is overlaid ’08 Olabisi “Ceja” Chardonnay • by a creamy mid-palate and a healthy Carneros Winemaker Tedinfusion of toasty oak. This is pure New World juice Osborne’s been on a roll with Winefrom a winery whose star is on the rise. Spectator. They reviewed this release1WMEL08CH3S ......$35.95 btl. $32.35 btl./mixed case as “Intense, fresh and vibrant, offering lively pear, apple and fig notes that are’10 “Silver” by Mer Soleil • Santa elegant, clean and full-bodied, shaded by light smoky, Lucia Highlands The sister to Mer toasty oak.” It’s no surprise that it was grown by the Ceja Soleil’s tropical fruit basket, this juice is clan – one of the most respected farming families in fermented in cement tanks with zero oak Carneros. Only 200 cases produced. contact, and the unique ceramic bottles 1WOLA08CH3C ......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case used for this wine pay homage to the tanks that gave the wine life. A favorite of chefs ’09 Pursuit Chardonnay • Sonoma and sommeliers thanks to its food-friendly Coast Arguably the finest Pursuitlines and texture, it leans towards a cool-climate profile Chardonnay to date. Orange zest,of green apple, lemon zest, and pink grapefruit and its lemongrass, coconut and subtle, smokylip-smacking finish seals the deal with style. Enjoy oak make for the sort of glass thatchilled... you and the wine. From the Wagner family of commands your attention. The mothership for thisCaymus Vineyards fame. gem is one of the best known producers of California’s1WMSO10CH3S ......$26.95 btl. $24.25 btl./mixed case most popular white wine varietal. 250 cases made and they never last long.’08 Merryvale “Hyde” • Carneros 1WPUR09CH3SC ......$27.95 btl. $25.15 btl./mixed case As one of the benchmark Chardonnay properties in California, Larry Hyde’s ’08 Rudd “Bacigalupi” • Russian River fruit only lands in dedicated hands. Valley Robert Parker flipped, writing Merryvale brought on renowned “(it) possesses terrific complexity and consultant Michel Rolland to help richness as well as abundant notes of leesyamp things up in the cellar, and this luscious white brioche intermixed with honeysuckle,qualifies as an attention-getter. Citrus fruit, pear and white peaches, pineapples and orange blossoms. Thespice are impeccably balanced by a mineral edge to the complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, lusciousfinish. Hyde magic strikes again! wine displaying a superb texture and density as well as a1WMER08CH3H .....$44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case long finish with a hint of minerality.” Tick, tock… 1WRUD08CH3B ....... $74.95 btl. $67.45 btl./mixed case ADD SOME SUNSHINE TO YOUR DAY For our feature Chardonnay producers, see Lewis on page 4, Ramey on page 6, Rombauer on page 7, Chappellet on page 10, PlumpJack on page 11, Streamside on page 12 and Waypoint on page 13.30 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  • 37. CHAR DONN AY’08 Saintsbury “Brown Ranch” • ’09 Trinitas “Proprietor’s Reserve” • Carneros The first word of our Napa Valley Better stand back, tasting note was “Wow!” This could kids. This one means business. be the best Chardonnay Saintsbury Absolutely dripping with full-bore has ever made. Lime blossom, tropical fruits, creamy oak vanilla andminerals and lemon meringue are carted across the melted butterscotch flavors, this is a no-palate by a wave of creaminess infused with acidity. holds-barred palate attack. The style isn’t for everyone,Seriously, we kept going back to the well again and but if big and buttery is your thing, step on up!again here. It’s a spectacular bottle of wine. 1WTRI09CH3P ........ $34.95 btl. $31.45 btl./mixed case1WSAI08CH3B........... $39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed case ’09 Waypoint “Donum Estate”’07 Sonoma-Cutrer “The Cutrer” • Chardonnay • Carneros Russian River Valley A rare Farmed by acclaimed Carneros grower single vineyard release from one of Anne Moller-Racke (she’s been honing California’s most popular Chardonnay her craft in the district for more than 25 specialists. It boasts all the ripeness years), this is what Chardonnay can and textural hedonism you’d expect be in capable hands. Lemon meringue and tropicalwith pineapple, white flower, fig and hazelnut notes, notes, subtle toast and brioche and a mineral-fleckedbut it retains the backbone that Russian River fruit can finish make for a wonderful combination.deliver. We managed to pry this release away from their 1WWAY09CH3D......$39.95 btl. $35.95 btl./mixed casetasting room, but it ain’t gonna last long.1WSCU07CH3C ....... $37.95 btl. $34.15 btl./mixed case WIN E ONLINEW e taste over 6,000 wines a year and hundreds of rare spirits, and only a fraction make the grade. Many of them are made in such small quantities, it would be impossible to feature all of them in our catalog. To seek out thetruly rare and unique gems, please visit you’re there, make sure to sign up for our email list. From Rising Stars, seasonal favorites, the famous SaturdayNight Specials, to the Spirited Discussion, our emails keep you up to speed with not only the hottest wines and spirits,but the best deals in the business! We also feature a nifty new way to send multiple gifts to multiple addresses. Foryour business connections, your favorite family members, or just because, it’s shopping made easy!And don’t forget to become a fan of Bounty Hunter on Facebook, follow our blog and subscribe to our YouTubechannel. Simply follows the links below and join our network of friends and wine lovers online. Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: Bounty Hunter Blog: • 800.943.9463 31
  • 38. STEALS & DEALSReds’10 Cusumano Nero d’Avola • Sicilia ’08 Road Agent Red • Lake County The next generation in Sicily is showcasing The Road Agent comes rolling down from the one of their traditional specialties on a world hills of Lake County packin’ heat! Loaded for stage. Exotic dark fruits caress the palate with a bear with a ripe, Cab-driven blend, it’s abrambly undercurrent of earth and fresh grape skins that hand-cannon of black cherry, mesquite wood andmake for a wonderfully ripe and juicy wine. This is a cherry liqueur flavors that’ll make you feel like you’re theremarkable “Wednesday night red.” one getting away with highway robbery.1WCUS10IR3 ......................... $12.95 btl. (Net item - no discounts apply). 1WRAG08OR3 ............... $19.95 btl. $17.95 btl./mixed case’08 Et Cetera Merlot • Sonoma Coast ’08 Ridge Runner “Longrider” Red • The guy who made this used to run the North Coast One of the most popular pours winemaking for an outfit called Duckhorn, so you at our wine bar and BBQ joint, this just seems can bet he knows a thing or two about Merlot. to go with everything. It’s about red fruits and This is just fun to drink with black cherries, balanced ripeness with nary a harsh line in sight.creamy berries and the sultry, smoky undertones this When the meat starts smoking and there are thirstysensual grape often delivers when it’s handled the right way. campers with empty glasses in hand, look no further.1WECE08ME3........................ $13.95 btl. (Net item - no discounts apply). 1WRRU08PR3L ...$14.95 btl. $13.45 btl./mixed caseNV Messenger “Number Two” Red • ’08 Torre Quarto “Don Marcello” • California Yowza! This one got our Puglia From one of Italy’s most remote undivided attention from the first sip. It has regions, “The Don” rules with an iron fist. depth for days with purple berries, cherries Muscle-bound black cherries and sweet, exotic and a little savory note fighting for space in one spice mesh perfectly with a finish with enough coglioni tojuicy mouthful of red wine. Number Two works for you! keep the substantial fruit in check. Very impressive.1WTMENVOR3NT ................ $11.95 btl. (Net item - no discounts apply). 1WTQU08OR3DM................. $14.95 btl. (Net item - no discounts apply).’10 Newport Arms Shiraz • South Whites Eastern Australia Value-priced Aussie reds needn’t sacrifice guts and gumption. ’09 O’Reilly’s Pinot Gris • Columbia This Shiraz brings spice, acidity and nuance to Valley Produced by the team behind Owencomplement its sunny disposition and ripe red fruits. 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  • 39. bounty hunter wine bar, wine shop & smokin’ bbq “There are two reasons to go to Bounty Hunter: ribs and beer-can chicken…. Oh, add a third reason: the wine.” – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle “Visitors are flocking to Napa to try dishes like the ribs at Bounty Hunter.” - The New York Times 975 FIRST STREET, NAPA, CA 707.226.3976 Open Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 10pm Friday & Saturday, 11am to Midnight Honored with the “Award of Excellence” in Wine Spectator’s 2011 Restaurant Awards issue, August 31, 2011 STAY ON OUR MAILING LIST! SHIPPING INFORMATION Want to keep up with the latest from Napa? We ship your package via the fastest, safest, Give us a ring at our Headquarters at most cost-effective courier for its destination. 800.943.9463 or visit our website As shipping laws are changing every day in the wine business, please call your Wine Scout for to stay in the saddle. more information and rates. 800.943.9463Legal Mumbo Jumbo...We make no representation to the legal rights of anyone to ship or import wines into any state outside California. All alcoholic beverages are sold in California and titlepasses to the buyer in this state. The buyer is solely responsible for shipment of alcoholic beverages. By placing an order, you authorize us to act on your behalf to engagea common carrier to deliver your order to you. Alcoholic beverages may be sold and delivered only to persons who are at least 21 years old. In placing your order, yourepresent to us that you are least 21 years of age and the person to whom delivery will be made is at least 21 years old. When your alcoholic beverages are delivered, Printed onthe person receiving the delivery will be required to show identification proving that he or she is a least 21 years old. We reserve the right to correct all pricing errors. Recycled PaperAll contents ©Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions, 2011 • 800.943.9463
  • 40. PSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE VOLUME XL • 800.943.9463 PAID WWW.BOUNTYHUNTERWINE.COM • US $3.00 BOUNTY HUNTERVIP CODE CUSTOMER NUMBER Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 4 Page 7 Page 11 Page 13 Page 10 Page 18 Page 21 Page 26 Page 30 Signorello Page 9 Lioco Page 21 Over the last few years, this winery has This winery has fine-tuned their sourcing to stepped up its game in a serious way, and include some of California’s finest practitioners the press is starting to figure it out. of vineyard magic. Vineyard 7 and 8 Page 9 Broken Spur Page 23 Their production is tiny and they’re relatively These are meant to be drunk young and often, new to the market, so you may not have heard and inspire more in the way of conviviality than of them yet. That will change in the near future... philosophical musings. They’re basically liquid Chappellet Page 10 reminders that wine needn’t be taken too seriously. Wine lovers might have been deprived of a Check out our new wines from France, Italy, whole lot of exceptional Cabernet if the the Southern Hemisphere, our Steals & Deals Chappellet’s hadn’t been the first on Pritchard Hill. and more!