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The 2021 Newsletter -Volume 5 · Winter Edition- Is Here

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2019 Juan Gil Red Blend

Jumilla, Spain · $16.99 | Sale $14.99

As the weather chills down and the sweaters come out of the closets, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this rich, dark, down-right delicious red blend with you. Juan Gil has been producing excellent Spanish wine for over a century. The family has always dry farmed their vines without the use of pesticides or herbicides. This is easier to achieve in Jumilla, as the climate is hot and arid, leading to powerful wines made with far less concern for insect infestations that cause so many issues in higher humidity areas. The winery is also solar powered and a "Zero Waste" facility. They take their role as organic producers very seriously. The winery motto is "We are the Earth," so there is a high level of gravitas put behind these words. The red blend is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Monastrell - the varietal that the winery is famous for producing - and 10% Syrah. The body is lush and voluminous, revealing ripe aromas of black and red fruits, dark cherry and pomegranate. The big, beautiful fruit is joined by exotic spices and a creamy mid-palate that leads to a smoky oaked finish. Perfect for Cabernet fans!


2017 Familia Montaña Blanco ***

Rioja, Spain · $16.99 | Sale $13.99

Known throughout Spain for their impressive vine age and attention to quality, Familia Montaña has built a stellar reputation for excellence with three generations of hard work and dedication to the land. Interestingly, very little of their wine has been available in the American market because Spain has been drinking it all! You know it is a sign of high quality when a country loves a wine so much they just don't want to share. While most of the white wines of Rioja are a predominance of the Viura grape, this Rioja Blanco is blended with 50% Garnacha Blanca, adding beautiful aromatics and a level of elegance to the fruit. The vines are also much older than you would associate with such an impressive price point; The Viuras were planted in 1953, while the Garnacha, even earlier, in 1935. The wine sees a touch of oak (three months, to be exact) which highlights the burst of passionfruit, lime zest, peach, and white flowers that hit the palate right up front. A creamy, toasty finish gives the wine more gravitas but don't worry, this white does not lack in acidity and stays lively in the mouth.


Moncontour Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut, NV ***

Loire Valley, France · $17.99 | Sale $14.99

The season for celebrations is upon us, and this delightful Brut Rosé will really bring the value to your holidays without skimping on quality. Deep in the heart of Vouvray lies Château Moncontour, one of the oldest wine estates in the Loire Valley, boasting hundreds of years of history and prestige within its vineyards. Since 1994, the Feray family has taken on the task of bringing this incredible château back to its former glory while raising their wines to an even greater level of grandeur. Their Sparkling Rosé is 90% Cabernet Franc from Chinon and 10% Grolleau from Vouvray. It is hand harvested and bottled in the traditional Méthode Champenoise, a labor-intensive process where the wine undergoes a second fermentation in bottle, giving it that delicate bubble we all love so much. Distinctive, dry and elegant, this is not your typical bottle of Crémant. Peach, citrus, melon and strawberry explode from the glass with a creamy, dreamy, fine finish that leaves you yearning for another sip.


2020 Solena Chardonnay ***

Sonoma, CA · $24.99 | Sale $19.99

While attending college in Bordeaux, Laurent Montalieu discovered his passion for winemaking. He graduated with a degree in agricultural engineering and soon landed an internship with Mumm Napa. When that ended, Laurent didn't return to France; instead he fell in love with the terroir of Oregon and moved there.He obtained a job as winemaker for Bridgeview Vineyards, followed by a stint at WillaKenzie. Then he fell in love again and married Danielle Andrus, Gary Andrus's daughter of Pine Ridge and Archery Summit fame. They purchased 80 acres of premium vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and developed the property into Solena Estate.Their winery is devoted to wines that show balance, vibrant acidity and the terroir of Oregon. The 2019 Solena Chardonnay shows that terroir, but also finesse and layers of complexity. Notes of melon, peach and citrus are found on the nose and palate, then graced by a light touch of French oak on the finish.When we tasted this, we knew we weren't in California.This wine shows the delicate, softer style of Oregon Chardonnays. Perfect by itself or excellent with roasted poultry or seafood.An amazing value!

2020 Cadre 'Stone Blossom' Sauvignon Blanc

Edna Valley, CA · $26.99 | Sale $22.99

Edna Valley is the hidden gem of California, and this is especially true for white varietals. Winemaker John Niven's grandfather was the pioneer of the region that began planting vines in Edna back in the 1970s. John's wines for his Cadre label are done in a distinctly old-world style. The Sauvignon Blanc feels like an ode to Sancerre, overflowing with minerality, salty citrus and hints of melon. This vibrant white is not your typical California style, and we are happier for it! 91 points | Wine Enthusiast

2019 Arnot-Roberts 'Trout Gulch' Chardonnay

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA · $49.99 | Sale $41.99

The wines of childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts have become legendary in the past decade in California. They have hunted down the best growers in the state and secured insanely beautiful fruit with a goal of expressing true terroir. After humble beginnings in their basement that started with just one barrel of wine, the project has become so popular that most of their labels are available solely through allocations. The Trout Gulch Vineyard sits only four miles off the ocean, planted in 1980 to the old Wente clone, considered by many to be the heritage clone of Chardonnay in California. It is a cool climate site with sandy loam that brings out a stellar minerality akin to the Chablisian style famous in France. This Chardonnay is intensely aromatic, revealing layers of lemon, citrus, white flowers, mint, and crushed stone. Right now, it is bright, lean and driven by a remarkable acidity. If you can handle waiting, this bottle will only get better with age. 96 points | Vinous

2016 Belle Pente Pinot Gris ***

Willamette Valley, OR · $19.99 | Sale $17.99

2016 Pinot Gris? Did you think Coaltrain was trying to dump some old wine we found in the back? Think again! This is not your typical Oregon Pinot Gris. Brian O'Donnell, owner and winemaker of Belle Pente, prefers to make his Pinot Gris in the Alsatian style. Instead of stainless steel fermenting then right into the bottle, he vinifies half in stainless the other half in large neutral oak barrels. He doesn't bottle until the next harvest, allowing sur lie aging. Sur lie aging allows the fermented wine to stay in contact with dead yeast cells, which release proteins and sugars, giving the wine weight, additional flavors and complexity. Once bottled, the wine will stay in the cellars for at least a year, if not longer, before being released. Needless to say, O'Donnell takes time and care to make the Belle Pente Pinot Gris rich, balanced and layered. It displays flavors of peach, melon with hints of lime, and wet stone. So step outside your comfort zone and try some non-traditional, yet well-crafted, Pinot Gris that will go with virtually any holiday meal you throw at it!

+ Also available: Belle Pente Estate Pinot Noir $39.99

2017 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $21.99 | Sale $18.99

The Buchanan family settled in Oregon way back in the 1850s and eventually established a farm in the Willamette Valley in 1885. They first planted vines in 1974, making them among the pioneers of Oregon viticulture. Their estate Pinot Noir has fruit from their original 1974 plantings, along with other vines at least 16 years of age. Aromas of red berries with notes of brown sugar, dried herbs and spices. On the palate it's nicely balanced, delivering subtle flavors of raspberry and cherry with hints of tea and earth. This is a wonderful value for a true family-owned boutique wine and very representative of the characteristics that have made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir so successful.

91 Points |Sommeliers Choice Awards

2016 Camlow Cellars 'Magna Porcum' Pinot Noir

Green Valley of Russian River, CA · $33.99 | Sale $29.99

Local Sonoma photographer Alan Campbell is the owner of a four-acre Pinot Noir vineyard in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. Due to his love of all things pork, he named it Big Pig Vineyard. Down the road is the Keefer Ranch Vineyard, one of the great Pinot Noir vineyards in California. The estate manager for years was Craig Strehlow. The two men pooled their talents (and names) and created Camlow Cellars. The best lots of the Big Pig Vineyard go into the Magna Porcum bottling. Deep dark color. Full bodied with lots of black fruits and a long rich finish. Unusually powerful for a Russian River Pinot. This is a Pinot for grilled meats and hearty fare. A great value.

2018 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast, CA · $64.99 | Sale $44.99

Since the 1970s, winemaker Merry Edwards has been leading the charge in the Russian River Valley, making the region famous through decades of hard work and incredible wines. She is viewed as one of the most influential women in the wine world, having been touted as Winemaker of the Year multiple times. 2018 was one of the last years she was involved in the wine-making, having retired recently, so keep in mind that this is your final opportunity to taste a wine touched by one of California's greatest winemakers. It is truly a coastal wine, with fruit from vines located mere miles from the ocean. From late afternoon, to sometimes late morning, a cool layer of fog known as the marine layer settles over the grapes, allowing for longer hang times and a deeper flavor profile. Bright bing cherry wafts from the glass with notes of forest floor, anise, rose petal, vanilla, and baking spice layered through every sip.

94 points | Wine Enthusiast

92 points | Vinous

2018 Foppiano 1896 Red Blend

California · $13.99 | Sale $11.99

Growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since, you guessed it, 1896, Foppiano Vineyards is a legacy in California. The 1896 Red Blend was made to honor that history. Petite Sirah, Carignan, Barbera, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel come together in an explosion of black fruit, mulling spices, rose petals, plum, and a pleasant minerality. This blend is lush and delicious, not to be missed.

2019 Owen Roe 'Abbot's Table' Red Blend

Columbia Valley, WA · $25.99 | Sale $23.99

If the interesting blend on this wine wasn't enough to recommend it, the fact that my tasting notes say "delicious all the way through" would seal the deal.Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Blaufränkisch and Malbec come together to create a unique combination (did you say Blaufränkisch?) that blends bright red fruits and acidity, coating the palate with a pleasing and balanced wine which, for the money, can't be beat. The fact that it is from Owen Roe only makes it more appealing; winemaker and co-founder David O'Reilly makes it his mission to use the best estate and purchased Washington fruit to create wines that serve a higher purpose... "Abbot’s Table honors the most fundamental form of hospitality through the ages - the meal." What better way to show friends and family that you care (not to mention your good taste)?

2019 Railsback Frères 'Comme Vous Voulez' Syrah/Grenache

Santa Ynez, CA · $34.99 | Sale $29.99

Brothers Lyle and Eric Railsback began this incredible project with a deep love of French winemaking. This, combined with their drive to reimagine favorite classic regions in their own new world style, led them to found Railsback Frères. Our minds at Coaltrain were all blown at the elegance of this wine! 'Comme Vous Voulez' blends Syrah from Bien Nacido's famous "Z-Block" with the windswept, biodynamic vines of John Sebstiano Vineyard's Grenache. Inspired by both northern and southern Rhône styles, this wine is a lesson in balance. Deep flavor meets juicy personality and an elegant alcohol level of 12.6%. Bold aromatics of dark berries, citrus spices and dried floral notes lead to ripe red berries on the palate and a clean finish driven by minerality. We snatched the last three cases of this delightful red blend, so grab it while you can!

2018 HALL Napa Valley Merlot

Napa, CA · $41.99 | Sale $34.99

Merlot has been a tough grape for many Americans to love. The film "Sideways" did not help matters, putting forth the idea that Merlot is an inferior grape in California. Winemakers like Kathryn Hall have proven that this is not true, in the slightest. Her Merlot is complex and lively, with aromas of black cherry, cocoa and violet that leave a lingering black spice texture and hint of cola. This is by far one of the best Merlots we have had in years from a vintage touted as one of Napa's best.

90 points | Wilfred Wong of

2016 JONATA 'Todos' Vineyard Blend

Santa Ynez, CA · $55.99 | Sale $49.99

Matt Dees, the soil scientist marvel who helms JONATA, is a firm believer that the magic in the bottle comes from care in the fields. A truly sustainable estate, which embodies the concept that integrating livestock and vineyards is essential to the health of the land, JONATA enlists goats, bees and chickens in its overall cycle, while eschewing the use of pesticides and herbicides. Todos is Matt's ode to the red grape varietals of the property, using literally ALL (todos) that they grow in the blend. Leading in 2018 with 45% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot and other varietals, this "kitchen sink" approach allows a wine that can vary from year-to-year and work with what the land provides. Calling 2018 a "unicorn vintage," Dees describes "...robust dark fruit, buoyed by energetic acidity and buffered by soft and coating tannins." Drink on a cold night with a slow-cooked cassoulet.

93 points | Vinous

2017 Peachy Canyon 'Westside' Zinfandel ***

Paso Robles, CA · $19.99 | Sale $17.99

Matt Dees, the soil scientist marvel who helms JONATA, is a firm believer that the magic in the bottle comes from care in the fields. A truly sustainable estate, which embodies the concept that integrating livestock and vineyards is essential to the health of the land, JONATA enlists goats, bees and chickens in its overall cycle, while eschewing the use of pesticides and herbicides. Todos is Matt's ode to the red grape varietals of the property, using literally ALL (todos) that they grow in the blend. Leading in 2018 with 45% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot and other varietals, this "kitchen sink" approach allows a wine that can vary from year-to-year and work with what the land provides. Calling 2018 a "unicorn vintage," Dees describes "...robust dark fruit, buoyed by energetic acidity and buffered by soft and coating tannins." Drink on a cold night with a slow-cooked cassoulet.

93 points | Vinous

2017 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel

Napa, CA · $38.99 | Sale $34.99

As those of you who have watched the movie "Bottle Shock" will remember, the 1973 Chateau Montelena won the famed 1976 Paris tasting where four French White Burgundies and several California Chardonnays were judged by a group of esteemed French judges. That really put Chateau Montelena on the map, and they have continued to be held in very high regard for their Chardonnay and their Estate Cabernet. But what about their Zinfandel? We recently tasted all of Chateau Montelena's wines at the Children's Literacy Dinner and were wowed by the Zinfandel, as well. It has purity, complexity and elegance that is rare in Zinfandel. The tannins are velvety and the classic Zinfandel briar berry fruit is fleshy without being overbearing. It is really a treat to drink this. The Broadmoor served it with a hearty Tuscan sausage and bean soup. It was a perfect pairing.

2019 Martinelli Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel

Russian River, CA · $59.99 | Sale $55.99

The Martinelli winery dates all the way back to the 1880s when a 19-year-old Giuseppe Martinelli and his 16-year-old bride Luisa emigrated to California from Tuscany. They established roots in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and planted their first Zinfandel vineyard on Jackass Hill, so called because local lore said that only a jackass would plant vines there due to the 65 degree slope of the hill. To this day, the Jackass Vineyard is the steepest in Sonoma and is still producing fruit from vines now over 130 years old. In the 1990s, the Martinellis, now in their fifth generation, took cuttings from these treasured vines and planted a vineyard dedicated to Giuseppe and Luisa. For nearly 20 years, legendary winemaker Helen Turley assisted with the winemaking and helped establish a style utilizing native yeasts and emphasizing elegance over power. Today an all- female winemaking team of Courtney Wagoner and consultant Erin Green makes one of California's finest Zins. This is a Zinfandel of tremendous depth and elegance. Although high in alcohol, there is no sense of jamminess. While not inexpensive, compare the quality to a similarly priced Cabernet. No contest. "It's incredible in the mouth, its full flavors delivered in a silky, ultra fresh and lifted frame, and it finishes with loads of floral nuance. Wow!"

97 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2018 Pitch Black Cabernet Sauvignon ***

Napa, CA · $41.99 | Sale $14.99

A recent wine of the month, this was the fastest selling wine in the 40-year history of Coaltrain. In order to get this phenomenal price, we had to buy large quantities, and we still have some to sell. To reiterate the story, after decades working for some of the finest wineries in Napa, winemaker Chad Alexander finally got around to starting his own winery. Unfortunately, then came the onslaught of Covid and the subsequent collapse of the marketplace. Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) is blended with Syrah (15%) for added depth and spice. Flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a rich earthy spiciness and amazing depth for a wine at this price. The tannins are well integrated and it's drinking beautifully now. $42 at the winery. $14.99 at Coaltrain!

2018 Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa, CA · $49.99 | Sale $32.99

The story of Priest Ranch begins over 150 years ago. Joshua James Priest settled this 638-acre property in 1869, and his descendants held it for over a century until it was bought in 2004 by the owners of Somerston Estate. Since its purchase, the new owners have overhauled the vineyards, turning the estate into an award-winning property. The 2018 estate-grown Cabernet just screams Napa. The classic flavors of ripe, jammy berries, oak and licorice permeate the palate with long lingering notes of cassis, black cherry, vanilla, and plum on the finish.

92 points | James Suckling

2017 White Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa, CA · $69.99 | Sale $59.99

This Napa winery is one of the first that gave Cabernet the reputation it has in that special region. It is estate grown, produced, and bottled one mile off Silverado Trail by a French husband and American wife duo. Their three children were harvesting as soon as they could carry grapes, keeping this a family business built on a deep love for winemaking. Gorgeous, well-integrated French Oak (only 35% new), frames sturdy but well-knit tannins and a long, complex finish. Notes of cassis, black currant, wild fennel and cedar make this old-world styled Napa reminiscent of Bordeaux but with an edge of modern fruit.

2017 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Napa, CA · $119.99 | Sale $109.99

Owners of the famous PlumpJack Estate in Oakville wanted to expand their vision to Howell Mountain, and in 2005 they achieved their lofty goal. Seeing themselves as stewards of the land, the Cade winery has been organic in the vineyards and in all winery practices since it's inception. The 2017 vintage is explosive, throwing brilliant blueberry, blackberry, roasted coffee, clove, cinnamon and black pepper at you, with a lush texture and velvety, balanced tannins. 96 points | Jeb Dunnuck

94 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

93 points | Wine Spectator


2019 Château Moncontour Vouvray

Loire · $17.99 | Sale $15.99

Château Moncontour is one of the oldest and largest estates in the Loire Valley. In the 10th century, troglodyte caves were excavated into the cliffs next to the vineyards. Throughout the centuries, they have been used as dwellings, but more recently for vinifying and preserving the precious wines grown on this historical estate. The vineyards are spread out over 140 hectares in the Vouvray and Touraine appellations, with several types of soil that help to add complexity and give precision to the wines. This pale lemon-colored wine is crisp, clean and beautifully-balanced on the palate. Notes of apple and white flowers make this Chenin Blanc a great addition to any holiday party.