We've just come into our third Quarter for the Diamond Series and we're really excited about the selections we've just released to members! Our two main features are from Tetra Winery and from L'Aventure, two highly regarded California wineries. Tetra means "four" and points both to the four vineyards they source for wines and to the fact that four different Bordelaise varietals constitute the wines that make up the winery's portfolio. The four vineyards are located in the coolest growing region in Napa, giving the grapes ample opportunity to develop their characteristics. The Tetra 2007 Propriety Red garnered an outstanding 94 Points from Robert Parker who states, "The 2007 is stunning, opaque purple-colored, with plenty of creme de cassis, creosote, camphor, incense, subtle oak, licorice and oodles of black fruits... [It] has superb purity, full-bodied texture, beautiful richness and depth, and a finish that goes on for at least 40+ seconds...." In keeping with the winery's name, it is a blend of the four varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. It was bottled without filtration or fining, maximizing the textures and flavors! Our second feature comes from Paso Robles winery L'Aventure. Owner Stephan Asseo once stated, "Life is truly a great adventure. You are faced with a series of challenges and decisions, and what you do ultimately guides your life." He also boasts that this family owned winery doesn't need a grandiose ego pushing behind it, as the "wines speak for themselves." We couldn't agree more! The 2007 Estate Cuveehas an opaque ebony center and purple margins. The powerful and complex aromas push graphite, "viande", dark fruit, licorice and tea-leaf, while the rich tapestry of flavors include wild blackberry, tar, gooseberry and acacia. The legacy of this wine of 91+ ratings by Robert Parker since 2000 (with an outstanding 98 Point rating in 2004) is truly remarkable. The consistently high quality really does speak for itself and words hardly do it justice! The Diamond Series features only the highest rated bottles. You may, of course, purchase these or any bottles in the Diamond Series a la carte. But if you'd like to join this quarterly Series on a regular basis, know that membership is limited to 500 members. That said, there are still a few spaces left, so go ahead, treat yourself and your palate to the world's finest!