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Payout Red Blend California 2010

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We are thrilled to offer you this fantastic value today. Payout is a sure bet  for anyone looking for a luscious Cabernet blend that over-delivers. Behind the Old West font and whimsical gambling-inspired artwork stands a sumptuously serious homage to Old World viticultural technique and refined artisanal expression. Winemaking wunderkind Brian Graham meticulously tracks down top notch  fruit from some of Napa and Sonoma’s finest vineyards and turn them into a brazen blend that expertly marries Napa’s fruit-driven sensibilities with the gracefully structured soul of a Bordeaux. Brian only produced a small amount of this selection, so true lovers of Bordeaux-style blends shouldn’t risk waiting on purchasing this wine.

About the wine

Payout may be named after a gambling term, but the grapes winemaker extraordinaire Brian Graham finds for this limited-production label are always sure bets. Once again, Brian makes his way all over the North Coast appellation that Napa and Sonoma call home, passionately pursuing prime fruit. Once they’re secured, Brian deploys a hefty measure of the Old World techniques he honed to perfection while learning his craft in Bordeaux and Burgundy back in the day. It’s a terrific approach that yields a terrific blend that combines fruit-forward Napa power with well-structured Bordeaux finesse. Robust aromas of dark red fruits, boysenberry, and currants arrive on the nose, where they’re exquisitely subdued by hints of cedar and opulent dark chocolate. A lush palate transition is marked by pronounced pops of boysenberries and strawberries, which are gracefully balanced by suggestions of maple and roasted coffee. Supple tannins lead the experience to a long, silky-smooth finish. 500 cases of this brazen beauty were created, so act accordingly.  

Winemaker: Brian Graham
AppellationNapa Valley
92 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
Grapes89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Syrah
VineyardsUndisclosed North Coast AVA vineyards
ABV: 14.1% 

About the winery & vineyards

Winemaking is an art form to Brian Graham. But this doesn’t mean he treats it as a snooty practice. Indeed, his limited production labels like Payout and Parlay are presented with a touch of gamblin’ hall whimsy that seems to tie in nicely to his native Texas roots. Brian remains coy on precisely where he sources the fruit to make labels such as this sublime Bordeaux-style blend. Brian’s well-honed reputation for tirelessly searching up and down the Napa/Sonoma region and beyond for fruit that meets his exacting standards is second to none. His passionate penchant for picking perfect grapes shines brightly through Payout, making it a seriously fun selection for wine lovers to add to their collection.

About the winemaker

Brian Graham’s journey toward making Payout started with a large gamble. The Texas native managed a wine store in college, and became so enamored with viticulture, he rolled the dice and moved to France. He made his own luck in the Old World by attending classes at the University of Bordeaux and picking up stints at several Burgundy and Bordeaux chateaux, where he ambitiously absorbed every speck of knowledge he could. This well-honed, old-school acumen lays the foundation for Brian’s impressive approach to winemaking; one in which the true voice of the fruit informs him of the next step and not the other way around. It’s an outlook that’s led him to become one of Napa’s busiest vintners. 

92 pts - Alex Casella, WSET Advanced

"Impressive! Opaque purple gaze with an abundance of phenols on the nose for this price-point and Bordeaux Blend style. Boasting notes of blackberry jam, strawberry, boysenberry, black pepper, grilled herbs and dark chocolate. A restrained yet juicy wine with so much character that truly delivers thoroughly on the finish and mid palate. I’m scratching my head on how this wine could be priced so attractively. Buy by the case for BBQs all summer long. This will age finely for the next 3-7 years, but in such a fantastic place now."




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A Sure Bet for “Case Buy” - Don’t Miss it!
Under $15 California Cab Blend - Don’t Miss it!
Under $15 California Cab Blend - Don’t Miss it!
Brian Graham produces a bold blend that combines fruit-forward California style power with well-structured Bordeaux finesse.
Brian Graham produces a bold blend that combines fruit-forward California style power with well-structured Bordeaux finesse.
Rare - 500 Cases Produced
A Sure Bet for “Case Buy”
Lowest Price in the Country
2017-4-20 23:59:00 -08:00:00
#review=Alex Casella, WSET Advanced:
92 / 100
Free shipping on 6 or more bottles - mix & match all wines!
2017-4-21 00:01:00 -8:00:00
93pt Fantastic Value Cab Blend - Don’t Miss it!

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