27 Aug

Nevada’s Sapphire Wines to Carry BBW Portfolio

“We are pleased to announce Sapphire Wines in Nevada will be carrying the entire Big Bang Wine portfolio throughout the state including: McIntyre, Cambiata, Rail2Rail, Clos de la Tech and Longoria. Under the direction of Larry Sapperstein and his family, Sapphire has become one of the premier distributors for both northern and southern Nevada. They have a strong book of high-quality producers and a sales force that is educated, aggressive and well-connected. Welcome aboard Sapphire!”

Sapphire

27 Jul

Wine Enthusiast – 2009 Clos de la Techs

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud Pinot Noir
91 Points Cellar Selection
From the estate vineyard of a winery founded in 1994 by Silicon Valley mogul TJ Rodgers of Cypress Semi- conductor, the grapes must be picked by a special tractor-on-wires because they are so steeply plant- ed. Like the other 2009s, this Pinot Noir is characterized by strong tannins, meaning that it will last. Unlike the others, this one boats a more mushroom- driven nose between shiitake and porcini, with a touch of mocha. The palate reveals caramelized raspberry, graphite and silty flavors.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir
93 Points
While impressive now for its weight and flavor profile, this should evolve well, thanks to its heavy tannins and ample concentration. Right now, there is wet earth and prominent mint on the nose. The palate also picks up spearmint, with sagebrush, licorice and tobacco as well. The tannins emerge at the end of the sip, and will continue to smooth out beyond 2020.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge Pinot Noir
93 Points Cellar Selection
Opaque in its deep purple color, this micro- chip-toting bottle fills the nose with the wet clay and menthol aromas. On the palate, graphite and black volcanic rock come with a touch of caramelized fruit and dark spices, such as black pepper, that take hold. Still rich with tannins, this will continue to emerge until 2024 if not longer.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Valeta Sunny Slope Pinot Noir
90 Points
This particular Valeta vineyard is 2,350-feet above the Bay Area in a site that deals with lots of wind, rain and sometimes snow. The aromas are menthol, wet clay and mocha, and the palate delivers dark chocolate and pasilla chile. The tannins are a constant from Clos de la Tech, so hang onto this one to 2018.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Pinot Noir
92 Points Cellar Selection
The most affordable offering in the Clos de la Tech portfolio, it offers cinnamon and other baking spices plus caramel on the nose. These are followed by a palate rich in cola nut, cranberry, tar and cherry flavors. Like its sister wines, this is loaded with tannins, so expect steady evolution and improvement through 2019.