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2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-9-2014
This wine really displays the more savory-side of Pinot Noir. Notes of dried fennel, flowers and and exotic spice, this wine is showing some development in the bottle. Earthy to the core, this Pinot also exhibits classic red fruit aromas and flavors on the palate, as well as a bright refreshing acidity. A great bottle to drink and ponder over the course of an evening!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Kenneth Volk Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-8-2014
This rich and fruit-driven Cabernet offers notes of ripe sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit, as well as underlying hints of tobacco and graphite. Clean and fresh, this Cab has rounded edges throughout and a dry finish.
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2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Roussanne
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This Roussanne achieves the perfect balance of richness and precision. Offering notes of fleshy orchard fruit and honey, its wonderful texture follows through on the palate. This is a must-try for fans of Rhone Valley whites.

2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah
Review Date: 5-7-2014
An absolute benchmark for Syrah in California. Tremendous purity and varietal correctness, this Syrah offers the classic combination of rich dark fruit and savory meaty character. Beautifully balanced by fine tannin and fresh acidity, it represents the type of highly affordable and highly enjoyable wines we are all looking for in life! A few will be finding their way to my cellar very soon.

2011 Villa Creek "Bassetti Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah
Review Date: 5-7-2014
Looking for something to get that special “wine geek” in your life? Look no further! The 2011 Villa Creek Bassetti Syrah is not your proto-typical Paso Robles Syrah. Highly aromatic, it really displays the savory side of Syrah. Notes of dark fruit, herbs, smoke rose and exotic spice. Like all the Villa Creek wines, it carries great weight but does so in a balanced, polished and precise way.

2007 Clendenen "Le Pip" Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo
Review Date: 5-7-2014
A nose of sappy red fruit and rose, this Nebbiolo spills across the palate with mouth-coating richness. True to form, it finishes dry with that classic grippy Nebbiolo acid/tannin structure. An honest wine, and a great domestic Nebbiolo.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This is an incredibly unique and delicious bottle of wine! Notes of dusty dark fruit, flowers and earthy savor lead to a palate of sweet ripe fruit. Finishing dry with gentle tannin, this wine brings serious character to the table! This will pair perfectly with meals of the rustic variety, with grilled meats in particular.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Denner "Ditch Digger" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Denner is a very exciting winery, whose experimentation with Rhone varietals has lead to some very interesting wines. The Ditch Digger offers sappy pomegranate fruit concentration on the palate, with notes of pipe tobacco and bacon fat. This wine is no light-weight, but maintains fine tannin and polished edges throughout.

2012 Vina Robles "WHITE 4" Paso Robles White Blend
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Rich and soft, this white coats the palate without being opulent. Clean and crisp, the Vermentino lends a wonderful green spiciness to the back-end making this an incredibly refreshing and easy drinking white. This is the perfect crowd-pleasing party wine!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2011 Pierce Ranch San Antonio Valley Arinto
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Arinto!? I was thinking the same thing. This was my experience with the grape varietal, and I have to admit...I was pleasantly surprised! Aromatically it offers notes of intense lime citrus and chalky minerals. On the palate it carries weight, but has uniformity and linear focus. This wine finishes fresh with great acidity and spice.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! Highly charming and expressive, it offers classic cab character of dark plumy fruit, cedar, bay leaf, and olive. Texturally this wine is juicy, but well framed by gentle tannin, acidity and mineral drive.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 4-23-2014
The Vina Robles Red 4 offers a lot character for $15! Very reminiscent of a village-level Cote du Rhone, it bursts from the glass with notes of red fruit, casis, cedar, herbs and smoke. This wine has plenty of ripeness and concentration on the palate, but finishes dry and honest. This is a great wine to keep in mind as we head into the summer party season.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Incredible growers and equally skilled winemakers, the Talley family has crafted another wonderful Estate Pinot Noir! Aromatically it displays red fruit, floral notes and lovely spice. On the palate it exhibits concentration and richness, while maintaining a level of poise and polish that is quite pleasing. Though lovely now, a few years in the cellar are recommended.

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Talley continues to produce some of my favorite Chardonnays in California, and the 2012 Estate bottling is no exception. Texturally this Chardonnay displays great balance and refinement. The oak is well integrated, adding weight without becoming overtly rich. Maintaining lively focus throughout, the lovely citrus notes and mineral drive are on full display.

Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-30-2010
This is an OUTSTANDING bottle of champagne! By far my favorite rose in our Direct Import lineup, it will definitely be making a guest appearance on December 31st!
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