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Our 50 Harvests Meritage 2014 is featured in the Daily Meal's "Drinkable Gifts Fit for Any Occasion"

This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (75 percent) and petit verdot (25 percent) from winemaker Mitch Cosentino. Back in the day it was Cosentino who bottled Napa Valley’s very first Meritage wine. Leather and black fruit aromas fill the nose. The palate is stuffed with cherries of all sorts, blackberry and pepper spice. The exceedingly long finish shows off minerals, earth and a light dusting of cocoa. This is a fantastic Bordeaux-informed blend from one of California’s masters.

John McClelland, Wine Industry Pioneer, Passes Away

Sadly, we must announce the peaceful passing of John McClelland on December 5, 2018.  John left his imprint on us not only as a great human being but also a pioneer in our industry with more than 60 years of dedicated service.  His background included memorable stints as the President and General Manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook. He served as Chairman of the California Wine Institute and has held leadership positions at the Wine Growers Association and the Association of Wine Educators along with being named a Supreme Knight in the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. He was a guiding force over the entire range of the JMC Luxury Portfolio as an advisor to Winemakers Paul Scotto and Mitch Cosentino as well as CEO Anthony Scotto III.  We will miss John's enthusiasm, knowledge and guidance but his name will live on as the masthead of J. McClelland Cellars and the Luxury Portfolio.

Blue Lifestyle Minute

Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m Anthony Dias Blue with the Blue Lifestyle Minute. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like Napa Valley. If you’re looking for a superb Cabernet Sauvignon, Try the J. McClelland Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. For only $45, it's smooth, rich and tangy; with a velvety backbone of firm acidity; with a ripe plum and a berry fruit finish. Visit to purchase this wine along many other award-winning wines.

Terrorist: California New Releases

California time again! I’m really excited about a lot of the wines in this report.

J McClelland wows with a Napa Malbec and Petit Verdo...

2013 J. McClelland Petit Verdot- California, Napa Valley
SRP: $45
Inky purple color. On the nose, waves of juicy dark plums, blackberry, black currants, along with violets, pepper, cardamom, chestnuts. Full-bodied, bold grip to the tannins, medium acidity keeps it lively. Black cherry, cassis and blueberry, dark and punchy fruit, laced with pepper, violets, cedar, coffee and iron. Lots of depth, cellar-worthy for 5-8 easily, but gorgeous now, especially with air or time in the decanter. Includes 10% Malbec, aged 26 months in French oak. (91 points)

2013 J. McClelland Malbec- California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll
SRP: $45
Bold purple color. Bold purple color. Rich, intoxicating aromas of blueberry, blackberry, summer plums, violets, chestnut, cocoa, graphite, vanilla – complex, evolving aromas that will pop with cellar time. Structured well but velvety, yet vibrant acidity. Tart black cherries, currants, the fruit is rich but tangy. Complex elements of tobacco, pencil lead, sage, paved road, with some earthy/rocky soil elements. Long time ahead, but this is a stunner of a Napa Malbec already. 100% Malbec. (91 points)


James Suckling: 93 Points

2013 J. McClelland Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"A super red with berry and chocolate character. Hazelnuts, too. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a savory finish. Drink or hold."

— James Suckling



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