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Live Large: Holiday Magnums from Yountville

December 3, 2009

The holidays are a great time to pop corks on large format bottles – but because very few are produced they can often be hard to find. We’ve assembled a list of what’s currently available from Yountville producers — while supplies last. You can find these wines on the links provided.

Chanticleer has 15 magnums of their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $165 (plus shipping)

Gamble Family Vineyards is offering their beautiful Sauvignon Blanc for a mere $50 in magnum.

Several 2006 Gemstone “Ten” Estate Cabernet Sauvignon magnums are being offered. Order direct via email: $360 per bottle (also available through V Wine Cellar in Yountville).

Goosecross has four Magnums available right now:
2008 Chardonnay 1.5L Mags –  150 bottles produced, $92 retail
Our Chardonnay is grown in the Carneros region. Geoff cold fermented half of the wine, and barrel fermented and aged the other half sur lie to create our food-friendly Chardonnay.
2006 Petit Verdot 1.5L Mags – 60 bottles produced, $195 retail
Our first Petit Verdot  produced from Goosecross, and the first wine release showing our newly designed Goosecross label. The grapes are from our property here in Yountville, single vineyard designation in Yountville Appellation.
2007 Napa Cabernet 1.5L Mags – 210 bottles produced, $136 retail
This is considered an outstanding vintage characterized by small, intensely flavored berries, full flavor maturity without high sugars, and a crop that was somewhat smaller than normal. The grapes are from our property here in Yountville, single vineyard designation in Yountville Appellation.
2006 Aeros Meritage 1.5L Mags – 12 bottles produced, $460 retail
A remarkably opulent, complex blend. The long, mild growing season presented nearly textbook harvest conditions, setting the stage for excellence. Our Winemaker carefully selected our finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec to create this Meritage of extraordinary beauty and intensity.

Grgich has a very small amount of hand-etched 3L of their 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville Selection. Produced from 50 year old vines, this wine is only available through the winery. It’s $308 and you can get it by emailing a request to

Lail Vineyards offers their 2006 J Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon (95pts Parker) for $275 on their website. Join the list and enjoy access to this special large format — but once it’s gone, it’s gone.  

Pina Napa Valley is a small family producer better known for managing many of Napa Valley’s best vineyards. This season a handful of magnums from their Wolff vineyard in Yountville — Cabernet Sauvignon — will be available through the winery for $213.
Tamber Bey offers all of their current release wines in Magnum, including: 
2007 Deux Chevaux Vineyard Chardonnay $105.
2007 Deux Chevaux Vineyard Rabicano (Bordeaux Blend) $125.
2007 Deux Chevaux Vineyard Merlot $105.
2006 Tamber Bey Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. $158.

There you go! Happy Holidays from the Yountville Appellation.

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