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Small production wines from a few of our favorite families.

2018

Rossi Wallace La Grande Roche Cabernet Sauvignon

NAPA VALLEY


Exclusive Club Price

$42

12 Bottles Available

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Chateau La Grande Roche

Chateau La Grande Roche is a brand within the Forman Vineyard family of wines. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard property which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true clos-like fashion. It is 100% estate grown and is generally predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on the vintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot as minority components of the blend. The brand was created in 1984 to insure that the Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains. Certain lots of wine each year, because of the extremely tight specifications of quality for the Forman Vineyard Cabernet, become necessary to isolate and thus go into the Grande Roche blend. The wine is treated in the cellar in the same fashion as that of the Forman Cabernet Sauvignon -- just not aged in new barrels. Because of the superb quality that this small estate produces even the Grande Roche Cabernet Sauvignon is always extremely impressive and certainly represents incredible value. Production is limited -- ranging from 350-600 cases annually.


2018

Keplinger "Lithic"

AMADOR COUNTY, CA


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$82

14 Bottles Available

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Helen Keplinger

Helen was first recognized as a winemaker to watch by the Wine Spectator in 2011. She was named 2012 Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine, and was honored with the cover and feature article of the June 15th 2014 Wine Spectator. After completing her MS of Enology at UC Davis, she worked with Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Michel Rolland, and David Abreu. Since 2004, she’s been the winemaker for some exciting projects, including Cellers Melis (Priorat), Kenzo Estate, Fort Ross, Sarocka, Scullly, Arrow & Branch, and Bryant Family Vineyards. Now she solely focuses her time on Keplinger Wines.

“In 2004, I moved to the Priorat region in Spain to start the winery for a group of partners who had purchased a vineyard there. Over the next three years of living there full-time and then traveling back and forth from Napa Valley, I became steeped in the culture, lifestyle, food and wines.

My husband, DJ, visited me often and we traveled throughout southern France, the Languedoc, and the Rhone. We became even bigger fans of the regional wines, as well as the complete Mediterranean way of life – the kitchen gardens, local fresh food, anything slathered in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt – all of which are enhanced by the delicious, food-friendly wines. These wines and ideals are a big part of our lives in Napa, so it was only natural to begin our wine project with California Grenache and Syrah, and vineyards that would allow them to touch their full potential.

Great wine is only possible from great vineyards – we select vineyards, farm grapes, and make wine by this mantra.
At our core, we are wine lovers, and we thoroughly enjoy the process of seeking out exceptional vineyards ideal for a specific varietal, and farming for the highest quality. We sweat the details with pleasure – focusing on small quantities made from small wine lots, respecting and responding to the uniqueness of each site and year. Working hard but with finesse, we believe in gentle winemaking to create wines of balance and complexity that are true to their varietal and speak of their terroir and provenance.” - Helen Keplinger

2011

Betz "Clos de Betz"

COLUMBIA VALLEY, WA


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$56

0 Bottles Available

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Betz Family Winery

Since their first vintage in 1997, Betz Family Winery has had a single-minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and age-worthy, and which showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. After 28 years at the helm of Chateau St Michelle the Betz started their own winery with 150 cases.

By carving out specific vineyard blocks and being meticulous in the vineyard and cellar they are able to achieve the quality they aspire to, the result being highly-acclaimed wines that compete on the world stage.
As importantly over the years our winery culture has become a way of life in which everyone – our growers, winery team and customers are family.

Today, Betz Family Winery is headed by two families, committed to be true to their heritage, their family members and true to what Betz embodies: wines of dimension and pleasure that allow the character of Washington to shine through.

Who's Making These Great Selections?

Sommelier

Clare Gillette

Clare Gillette joined Classic in 2017 as our Director of Wine Sales to manage and grow the wine merchants operations for all three of our Classic locations. Before moving to Texas, Clare spent a significant time in the wine importing and distribution side of the business working with some of the most sought out, collector-worthy wineries and portfolios from all over the world. It was during college that she caught the wine bug, leading her to graduate with a Viticulture & Enology degree and to pursue Sommelier studies.

From Willamette to Burgundy, the Rhone Valley to Napa, or Piedmont to Champagne, Clare has travelled to meet winemakers and visit iconic vineyards as a forever student of the vine. Her expertise and relationships in the wine industry have been integral in elevating our Classic wine community and providing a higher level of value and service to you as our client.

Sommelier

Chester Cox

Chester brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Chester has worked in Fort Worth since 2003 where he spent 11 years as a sommelier at Del Frisco’s. That experience and level of customer service led Chester to spend the next handful of years creating experiences and finding hard-to-get wines for clients at Kent & Co. Wines and Ellerbe Fine Foods. During this time he also started a cellar management business that allowed him to organize, manage and stock cellars from 200 to 90,000 bottles.

As his consecutive, five-time award of "Fort Worth’s Best Wine Expert" by Fort Worth Magazine can attest to, Chester's level of expertise combined with years of concierge style customer service will help elevate your experience as a client with us.

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