FALLFALL & H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 1       HOLIDAY 2011                Est. 9 9                Est. 1994                Est. 1...
GREETINGS FROM NAPAH     ey there. The name’s Pope, Mark Steven Pope, AKA “The Bounty Hunter.” For seventeen      years no...
LEGENDS OF THE FALLH    ere they are in all of their glory…our most anticipated offering of     the year, the Bounty Hunte...
GR E AT G I FT SRising Stars                                                                                       The Wor...
GR EAT GIFT SWild Cab Ride                                                                                                ...
OP US O NE                     S                     peaking in international terms, Opus One may be Napa Valley’s most so...
CAYM USF   olks often forget that there was a time when Napa Valley wasn’t    “Napa Valley.” Prunes and walnuts paid the b...
JAN ZE N                                   C                                   laus Janzen originally made his mark on the...
KAPC SÁNDYN    apa insiders have been paying attention to what the Kapcsándy (Kop-shon-dee)     family has been doing sinc...
P UR S UI T                                      T   he hunt is on, and the chase continues. We track down “great stuff”  ...
SIGNOR E LLOO     ver the last few years, this winery has stepped up its game in a serious way, and the      press is star...
N I CK E L & NI CK EL                             T   he Nickel & Nickel project has captivated us since its inception by ...
PLUM PJACKR    obert Parker has praised this estate for its “consistently brilliant wines,”     and, as the founders of th...
RI D G E RU NNE R               T    he Ridge Runner rides with the sole purpose of delivering value where it counts – in ...
WAYPOINTA      waypoint is the cross section of two coordinates on a GPS, a precise and       unambiguous place. A fingerpr...
CABERNET SAUVIGNON’08 Banknote “Counterfeit” • Sonoma                            ’07 Grassi • Napa Valley Wine Spectator  ...
CABERNET SAUVIGNON’08 Meyer Family “Fluffy Billows” •                           ’09 The Vigilante • Napa Valley       Oakv...
QUARTERLY WINE CLUBS                          MOST WANTED CLUB                    A “who’s who” of the most respected and ...
BOUNT Y HUNTER SPIRITS                                                                                                    ...
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Bounty Hunter Holiday Issue 2011
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  1. 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. 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 www.BountyHunterWine.com MERCHANT ♠ NEGOCIANT ♠ VINTNER
  3. 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). www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 1
  4. 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. 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 places.able 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). www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 3
  6. 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. 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 beautiful-places.com. 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 www.Beautiful-Places.com – you’ll be glad you did!” – Mark Steven Pope, AKA, The Bounty Hunter www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 5
  8. 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. 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 www.BountyHunterWine.com to complete your collection.” – Mark Steven Pope, AKA The Bounty Hunter www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 7
  10. 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! “...world’s best affordable luxuries.”1WPUR08PR3 ......... $44.95 btl. $40.45 btl./mixed case – Playboy Magazine8 “Because basically, people just want great stuff.” ®
  11. 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 www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 9
  12. 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. 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). www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 11
  14. 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. 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 www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 13
  16. 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. 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. www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463 15
  18. 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. 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 often...best 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. 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. 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 www.bountyhunterwine.com • 800.943.9463