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Christian Navarro's Favorite Things of 2020!
December 29, 2020

Christian Navarro's Favorite Things of 2020!

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It is surreal that we are at the end of 2020, but we are. We did it. We survived.Words can’t express the gratitude that my team and I have for your support and encouragement throughout the year. Despite all of 2020’s challenges, you allowed us to continue doing what we love most: serving you with incredible food, beverages, and experiences.

As hard as this year has been, I have learned the importance of enjoying daily pleasures the best that I can. Below are 20 items that brought a smile to my face (and stomach) this year. I know they will do the same for you!

Happy Holidays,

Christian



NV Beau Joie Prestige Brut

Wally's Price: $69

Floral and yeast notes on the nose give way to crisp Fruit flavors of citrus and apple. Pinot Noir provides the firm body and structure. Great balance between the fruit and acid keeps this zero dosage Champagne from being overly dry. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2006 Dom Perignon Rose Champagne

Wally's Price: $380

This graceful 2006 shows lovely freshness, featuring a pronounced note of pink grapefruit granita layered with finely detailed accents of toasted nut, lemon thyme, smoky mineral and crystallized honey. Plushly creamy in texture, with a steely streak of acidity well-knit throughout and firming the lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029. - Wine Spectator

96 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


NV Eric Phillippe Extra Brut Rose Champagne

Wally's Price: $85

The Brut Rosé is a delicate balance of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with maceration on the skins for 52 hours bringing out its elegant salmon color. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain

Wally's Price: $79

Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacamas range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites. - Producer Notes.

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM




2018 Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet

Wally's Price: $75

A ripe yet attractively fresh nose offers up notes of white orchard fruit compote along with an abundance of citrus and soft floral nuances. There is better energy to the beautifully well-detailed flavors that conclude in a lemony and very dry finish. This too is a very fine Puligny villages. -Burghound.com

92 points, Burghound

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Marciano Estate Blanc

Wally's Price: $115

Visually, the wine has a beautiful light gold color, boasting aromas of jasmine, lemon zest, beeswax, chalk, and pineapple. On the palate, the wine greets you with an elegant freshness that builds into a gentle yet generous midpalate, offering complex layers of tangerine, white peach, guava, lemon rind, and a crisp minerality that leaves you with a clean, lingering finish. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2019 RUMOR Rose

Wally's Price: $35

A new Rosé on the block and a passion project of a long time patron of Wally's. The grapes - Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah - come from vineyards founded over 750 years ago that have been producing wine ever since. Rumors is a Rosé of depth that can work as an apéritif as well as hold its own with anything grilled. We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in the United States of this versatile Rosé. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2107 Opus One

Wally's Price: $385

A remarkable wine for the year, the 2017 Opus One is a dense, full-throttle beauty. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours give the 2017 its racy personality. Exotic, beautifully perfumed and impeccable in its balance, Opus One is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. In 2017, Opus One has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95+ points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2015 Jonata Todos Red Blend

Wally's Price: $50

In the words of Jonata Winemaker Matt Dees, the rough recipe for the “Todos” blend is “~50% Syrah, ~30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and ~20% chaos.” A blend of both red and white varietals from the Rhône, Bordeaux and Italy, this avant-garde blend manages to successfully express the expansiveness of the property from which it comes. The nose is massive and dark, containing aromas of bramble, mesquite and burning embers. The palate is laden with roasted black and blue fruits, glued together by tree sap and black pepper. A truly unique powerhouse of a wine. - Decanter

94 points, Decanter

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2014 Crown Point Estate Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $150

Extremely dense in the glass, this epic bottling offers lavish and penetrating aromas of black currant and elderberry jam on the nose alongside seared beef, chocolate cake and a pinch of violet. Expertly balanced, polished tannins make for a soft mouthfeel yet firm structure, carrying flavors of black fruit, chocolate and grilled figs that lead to an espresso note on the finish.
- Wine Enthusiast

95 points, Wine Enthusiast

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2016 Patrimony

Wally's Price: $295

The 2016 Patrimony is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 30 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep purple-black color and explosive, unbelievably layered nose of lilacs, violets, vanilla, espresso, rooibos tea leaves, underbrush and cinnamon stick aromas mingling over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry pie, black cherry preserves and pure blackcurrant fruit with an undercurrent of iron and graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate gives up stunningly explosive flavor layers. It has an unbelievably ripe, pixelated frame and fantastic juiciness, finishing very long, lifted and layered. This is stunning. -Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

98 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2017 Memento Mori Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $100

Memento Mori’s latest new release, the 2017 Memento Mori Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon, is a world exclusive that you will only find at Wally’s. Incorporating fruit from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyards as well as Weitz vineyard, Oakville Ranch and Vine Hill Ranch, there are only 55 cases of this rare bottling making this is one of Memento Mori’s most exclusive releases ever. Place your order today and taste along with Christian and Adam to learn the story behind this extremely limited Napa Valley Cabernet. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental

Wally's Price: $65

The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It's enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years. - Wine Advocate

95+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2013 Aleksander Red

Wally's Price: $84

This wine presents a deep ruby core and teases with faint aromas of ripe plum and tobacco. It is a subtle introduction to the classic Old World-style performance that follows on the palate. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Wolves Wally's Blend Whiskey

Wally's Price: $160

Wally’s Blend is a variation of Wolves’ signature blend. It consists of: (1) Whiskey distilled from finished Stout craft beer, aged in French Oak for 9 years, (2) whiskey distilled from finished Pilsner beer, aged in New American Oak, Char 3, for 5 years, (3) Rye whiskey that cuts the beer distillates with spice and heat, and (4) a single malt whiskey distilled from two-row malted barley and aged in used French Oak for 9 years. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Volcan Tequila Reposado

Wally's Price: $55

Tequila Reposado showcases precision and harmony between terroir and wood. It is a blend of both American and European Oaks to exemplify the complexity and also finesse of our chosen agave. A true expression of singular terroir focus with 100% Highlands,intertwined with duality of oak and experimentation over time.- Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


Beluga Gold Line Russian Vodka

Wally's Price: $150

Beluga Gold Line is a limited edition product. Needless to say, it is dedicated to the true connoisseurs of strong spirits. Unlike other Beluga varieties, in this series our trademark blend of artesian water and malt spirit passes through not three but five rounds of filtering. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


Hanabi Lager

Wally's Price: $20 per bottle

When Nick Gislason, Screaming Eagle’s winemaker, wasn’t making his world famous Cabernet Sauvignon, he was crafting his other love- Hanabi Lager. Nick has been working for more than a decade to discover and reinvent what lager brewing means to him, from both a farming and winemaking perspective. He approaches the art of lager brewing with a winemaker’s perspective and palate. He sources heirloom varieties of barley from interesting terroirs around the world, and embraces the seasonal differences as a means of honoring the agricultural origins of his beers. Using time-honored brewing techniques that coax out complex flavors, and with the patience of a winemaker, he allows these beers to ferment and mature slowly, at their own pace, to deliver incredibly delicious beers of precision and intention. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Marciano Estate Olive Oil 250ml

Wally's Price: $35

Ripened under the Napa Valley sunshine on our organic St. Helena estate, these olives are harvest by hand and pressed the same day to capture a fresh and vibrant first press olive oil.

The award-winning Marciano Estate olive oil is a unique blend of Leccino, Maurino, Nocellara and Pendolino varietals enhanced by Spanish Arbequina to create a perfectly balanced and aromatic oil defined by hints of pepper and green fruit. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



Heller Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wally's Price: $18

Homemade cookies - like grandma used to make. Heller Chocolate Chip Cookies are baked from scratch using simple ingredients and sold exclusively at Wally's.

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

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