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 a new vintage of Cabernet as well as some of your favorites! The new release is our 2012 Mast Ranch Cabernet, considered by many to be one of the best vintages the valley has seen. This full-bodied red wine is lusciously fruity and well-structured, a real treat to add to your wine cellar. The second and the third wines in the shipment are some of our most popular wines. The 2011 Jillian's Blend has great complexity and makes for a food friendly and stand-alone wine. Following is the 2010 Jillian's Blend, one of the most cherished vintages by our staff. Bold, yet subdued, this bottle would be the perfect pairing for a dry aged rib-eye, or a cigar by the fire. Last but not least, the 2010 vintage of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a harmonious blend of our two Yountville AVA Cabernet vineyards, Mast Ranch and Flat Rock. The Mast Ranch vineyard supplies the depth and overall structure of the wine, while Flat Rock provides the fruit-forward fullness, a true show stopper.
   
 

2012 Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville

Retail: $75 / Club Laird: $60

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

   
 

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.

   
 

2010 Jillian's Blend, Napa Valley

Retail: $48 / Club Laird: $38.40

Notes: Burgundy red color with complex aromas of candied cherry, pecans, dried cranberries and brown sugar that are enmeshed with velvety tannins and rich flavors of plum red currant, and roasted hazelnuts.

   
 

2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail: $62 / Club Laird: $49.60

Notes: The bright red color is like that of a rare ruby gemstone. The nose has developing aromas of potpourri, spiced fig, and cherry juice, complemented by flavors of vanilla cola, rose petals, and leathery tannins on the finish.

   

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