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Small production wines from a few of our favorite families.

2019

The Wonderland Project “No. 9” Cabernet Sauvignon

ATLAS PEAK, NAPA


Regular Price

$50

Exclusive Club Price

$35

12 Cases Available

(Email Clare or Chester to Purchase)

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Matt Ahern

Wonderland’s No. 9 Cabernet is all about the access to a top vineyard on Atlas Peak by winemaker Matt Ahern. Atlas Peak is known for robust, powerful Cabernet, even by Napa standards, and No. 9 lives up to that promise. The wine shows an impenetrably dark purple hue that hints at what’s to come, and the nose delivers with aromas of sun-kissed blackcurrant, hints of cedar, and a powerful wave of blackberry jam. On the palate, it boasts a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. Hints of wild bay laurel, graphite, and violets frame a deeply fruited powerhouse that’s all about wallops of cassis and dark plums. The wine takes another step after an hour of air, softening around the edges and delivering more complexity—a sign that it’ll improve with some time in the cellar, if you can keep your hands off it now.

This is the sort of bottling we’d expect from Matt Ahern, one of the best-connected guys in the Los Angeles sommelier scene. That’s why, when he left his day job as a broker of exotic and rare wines to start The Wonderland Project, we knew it would be a label to keep an eye on.

This is only the first vintage of his No. 9 Napa Cabernet, and there’s a reason that the French Laundry was first to pick it up—it’s a stunning value at its list price. Matt sources the fruit from a high-altitude, secret-to-the-rest-of-the-world vineyard in the famed Atlas Peak district of Napa, using connections that he built over his years as a go-to-guy for allocated and rare wines.

The site has been organically farmed since 2004, and the wine shows off the concentration and power you’d expect of a vineyard at 1,600 feet of elevation, where the fog burns off easily and the grapes are forced to grow thick skins that translate to extra power in the finished wine. A bit of well-judged new oak helps with a silky mouthfeel, and adds a hint of spice before the wine is bottle unfined and unfiltered for maximal flavor and impact.

2010

Grable “Patience” Cabernet Sauvignon

KNIGHTS VALLEY


Regular Price

$75

Exclusive Club Price

$69

18 Bottles Available

(Email Clare or Chester to Purchase)

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Michael Grable

Michael grew up among the vines in Napa and Davis and vowed to return one day. In 2002, that day finally arrived… Michael and Amy moved to wine country from San Francisco, chasing the sun and a dream. They searched for the perfect garden and stumbled on an even better one… a 20 acre vineyard in unknown, unspoiled, unimaginably glorious Knights Valley. Inspired by the creek, the redwoods and the wildlife, they quickly committed to becoming stewards of the land. And inspired by the gnarled and beautiful, decades-old Old Wente vines, they quickly determined to grow and make terroir-driven wines that they would love to drink and share.

Together, the team of two set out to create a magical world where friends would gather and wildlife would flourish. Michael would tend the vines, and Amy would make the wine.

Michael is a wine lover with a green thumb, a nature enthusiast, a weather junkie and a natural farmer. He jumped into the vineyard with both feet, both hands, a tractor and his beloved frost fans. Michael made vineyard health, sustainable farming and water conservation priorities. He collaborated with seasoned and cutting-edge vineyard managers and looked to famed water-witch Laurie Woods for guidance on water management.

Amy is propelled by the notion that no guest shall go thirsty. The Grables shared the bounty of their first harvest with Peter McCoy, the property’s former proprietor and winemaker. Peter became both mentor and friend, and Amy started that first ‘02 vintage with her mentor at her side, making wine by hand, drop by drop, in a cool cave in Napa. Over the years, she honed her craft through course studies in winemaking and continued extensive hands-on experience.

2017

Outpost Zinfandel

HOWELL MOUNTAIN, NAPA


Regular Price

$58

Exclusive Club Price

$55

18 Bottles Available

(Email Clare or Chester to Purchase)

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Outpost

Outpost was established in 1998 with the vision of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of this magical place. Truly one of the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel growing regions, the unique terroir of the Outpost vineyards – the hard, rocky red soil, high altitude, gentle cooling breezes and sunny western exposure – produces fruit of incredible intensity and richness, with a distinctive spice you simply cannot find anywhere else.

Capturing the essence of the land’s rugged terrain, Outpost creates world-class 100% varietal bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache from our own hand-cultivated, organically farmed 28 acre estate vineyard. We also produce a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and ‘Immigrant’ red blend, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, from our 9 acre True vineyard. The guiding principle of our wine-making program is to realize the full potential of these unique pieces of land, to create a living history of vintages with immense character and true sense of place.

Sharing this philosophy and intrigued by the potential of the estate’s magnificent vineyards, winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has crafted the wines from the beginning.

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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