Dearest Club Laird Members,

We hope that you have had a fabulous start to the New Year. Here at Laird, we have been taking advantage of the quiet season to prepare for another great year ahead of us. The rain has brought us beautiful greenery that covers the surrounding rolling hills, the sky is pale blue, the air is brisk, and the vines are bare.
   
   
We are so excited about this current wine club shipment because we are releasing some new vintages of Laird wine! Fresh off the bottling line is the 2014 Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Grigio. This is a great light white wine to enjoy as an aperitif or to pair with fresh oysters or Dungeness crab. Second in the line-up is a wonderful winter white wine, the rich and toasty 2012 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay. This wine is the perfect balance of acidity and creaminess that one looks for in a chardonnay. The third wine in the shipment is one of our most popular wines. The 2011 Jillian's Blend has great complexity and makes for a food friendly and stand-alone wine. Another new release wine is the 2012 Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. This full-bodied red wine is lusciously fruity and well-structured, a real treat to add to your wine cellar.
   
 

2014 Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Grigio, Sonoma-Carneros

Retail: $20 / Club Laird: $16

Notes: Clear white gold color gives way to vibrant aromas of lemongrass, sweet elderflower, citrus and honeysuckle. The palate is quite complex with upfront flavors of nectarine, tropical flower, sun-kissed citrus, followed by a clean mineral finish.

   
 

2012 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay, Sonoma-Carneros

Retail: $30 / Club Laird: $24

Notes: Whiffs of fresh buttered corn, subtle streaks of caramelized oak, and vanilla incense aromatics lead into a rich palate redolent of lemon curd spread onto a toasted croissant; bright acidity equalizes an hedonistic texture almost resembling lanolin. Showing a ripe and lasting finish of roasted citrus fruits and toasted almonds, this Chardonnay is sure to deepen in complexity over the next year to two.

   
 

2011 Jillian's Blend, Napa Valley

Retail: $44 / Club Laird: $35.20

Notes: Enticing aromatics of fresh tobacco leaf, star anise, clove, and a flash of rhubarb lead into a bright bramble berry entry backed with a hint of smokiness and an approachable, moderate tannic structure on the palate. A hefty tapestry of tart cherry, baking spices and espresso offer a satisfying finish.

   
 

2012 Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville

Retail: $75 / Club Laird: $60.00

Notes: A rich sanguine color introduces a bouquet of cherry jam, charred cedar wood, and underlining tones of mint. Full-bodied with low acidity and leathery tannins are softened by an essence of chocolate and roasted coffee. A true amaranth of wine, it will never fade.

   

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR SHIPMENT

If you wish to make additions or other changes to your shipment, either call us at (707) 257-0360 ext. 26 or email us at cknippen@lairdfamilyestate.com. The deadline to customize is Tuesday, February 10th. You may also visit www.lairdfamilyestate.com to see our current wine list.

Gratefully Yours,

Clarke, Madeleine, Scott, Andrew, Terra and Rebecca

Laird Family Estate
5055 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558

(707) 257-0360 ext. 26
cknippen@lairdfamilyestate.com