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Angie An

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2012 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-30-2014
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Olema is a winery we hold near and dear. They are family owned, friendly and produce high-quality wines at a great value. We had the 2011 vintage as part of our wine club offering last year and people went nuts over it! I've never seen so many people coming back for the same bottle of wine. Considering 2011 was a more difficult vintage, can you imagine how great the 2012 is now? With that said, this is a classic Russian River Valley style Pinot Noir (even though the label reads Sonoma County, more than 80% of the fruit is sourced from Russian River Valley). Rich, expressive, with juicy cherry and a silky mouthfeel. Overall, a balanced wine with a good finish--and a great value for domestic Pinot Noir, for sure!
Top Value!

2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-27-2014
This little Bourgogne is actually sourced from Nuits-St-Georges. "Iron fist in a velvet glove"! I love the earthy tone this wine has to offer, along with dense cherry note and a chewy finish. A great deal for Bourgogne Rouge!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 5-19-2014
Pretty, bright, juicy Pinot Noir that offers lots of red floral aromas. There are plenty of dense red fruit on the palate with a long and complex finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Ros
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It's rosé season yet again! When it comes to rosé, the competition is fierce: so many different regions, grape varietals and styles! However the Clendenen Family Mondeuse Rose really stands out in the lineup. This was the very first wine we tasted when we visited this March. Light pink, with good intensity, a touch of earth, light tea leaves and a wonderful rose petal scent to finish, it was also an instant staff favorite once we got it in the store. It's fun, different and very well-made; a must-try for rosé lovers this summer!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Clendenen "Stallion Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-12-2014
What an unique Sauv Blanc! I put my nose in this glass expecting to get a citrus, grassy note but instead I was greeted with lovely, floral jasmine and white peach. It is one of the fuller, rounder styles of California Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted (without the use of oak). It almost makes me wonder if there is Semillon blended in there to lend it richness. I really have to say, the folks at Clendenen Family really get it. I'm impressed with their entire lineup. Every wine has its own signature and displays top quality. Worth a try!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It was very hard to pick our favorite Pinot Noir among so many great choices Ici La Bas offers, but at the end we were charmed by this little Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Small dense ripe cherry fruit, very clean and focus. Savory, baking spices (75% new French barrel) and big lush mouthfeel. There is A LOT of flavor pack into the bottle for only $25 bucks; what's not to love?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Clendenen "Rancho La Cuna" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Viognier
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Did I smell classic Cote Rotie in Santa Maria? The Clendenen Rancho La Cuna follows the French Cote Rotie style of blending in Viognier (10%) with their Syrah. I don't know who thought of this first, but it was genius. In this glass I immediately notice the classic black pepper notes from the Syrah together with the beautiful florals brought out by the Viognier. The nose was focus, sharp, and intense with red cherry, black olive, smoked meat, and savory peppery finish. It is complex, full bodied and made me want to take another sip. Cheers! Here's to another great wine by the Clendenen Family!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2008 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Le Bon Climat" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It doesn't get bigger or brighter than this! This Pinot Noir was super full bodied, lots of ripe fruit upfront but then layers of secondary notes of tomatoes, mushroom, and tea leaves follow. Savory and intense cherry, but still very much in focus on the palate, then... wait for it..... LONG finish. If you are looking for a solid Pinot Noir, no BS, no ifs/buts, then here it is!

2007 Clendenen "Le Pip" Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo
Review Date: 5-12-2014
NEBBIOLO! Oh how I love Nebbiolo!! As a sommelier of a steakhouse in my previous life, there's nothing better than pairing the king of all grapes (Nebbiolo) with the king of all steaks (two pound bone in ribeye). Tasting this wine makes me drool and hungry for a fatty ribeye. This bottle came about as close as I can expect from classic Barolo or Barbaresco: it was intense, highly powerful, with cherry (slightly sweeter than the typical Italian counterpart), white truffles and crushed rose petals. High tannin and acid as you would expect from the varietal--my mouth puckered up immediately! I think I will leave it off here, it's time for me to pick up a steak for dinner tonight!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Roussanne
Review Date: 5-12-2014
I've been a longtime fan of Qupe wines, I find their wines always classic and well made. This rare single varietal Roussanne is truly made for people who wants something different, or the kind of wine that makes the "wine geeks" excited. True to its form this wine is full bodied, with rustic, rustic, rustic notes and a honey wax, oily mouthfeel yet chalky, refreshing on the palate. Did I mention the fun rustic note? Oh, and the long finish. Time to geek out people!

2011 Villa Creek "Willow Creek Cuvee" Paso Robles Rhone Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
This wine is made for the modern Chateauneuf-du-Pape lovers. With 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, 40% stem inclusion and 30% new oak barrels. It offers tons of savory baking spices, dense red cherry and bright raspberries, with a long and spicy finish (hints of both black and pink peppercorn.) Only 600 cases produced.

2011 McPrice Myers "Cremant de la Cote" Paso Robles Grenache Noir Brut
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Now that's a sparkling wine you don't see every day! Made 100% from Grenache Noir. I smell high-toned Granny Smith apples, peachy fruit and chalky limestone minerality, almost like in between a Prosecco and a Cava. Lively big bubbles that falls apart gently on the palate and a smooth finish.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 AmByth Estate "Priscus" Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Do you consider yourself a super wine geek? You are not if you haven't tried Ambyth! This super small winery produces a total of 1,000 cases annually entirely out of the winemaker's own garage, with vines surrounding his house co-existing with chickens, dogs, cats, sheep and cows. Everything is completely organic, biodynamic (I know, I know, you've all heard that before) and... wait for it... 100% natural (HUH?) It means dry-farmed, hand-picked, NO chemicals added, NO yeast added (wild yeast only), NO acid adjustment, NO sulfites added, NO fining and NO filtration. You think you can handle all that? Let's raise the stakes by adding in the Australian owner with cool accent and amazing hospitality, oh, and did I mention all the wines are fermented in amphora (handmade Italian clay pots)? The Priscus is a blend of 33% Grenache Blanc, 33% Roussanne, 21% Marsanne and 13% Viognier with racy acidity, tangy texture, bright yellow lemon, red apple and earthy notes. Very rustic yellow floral aromas combine with hints of honey, dry tea leaves, peanut shell and pretty intense. This wine definitely demands respect! Cheers!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 AmByth Estate "ReVera" Paso Robles Rhone Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Do you consider yourself a super wine geek? You are not if you haven't tried Ambyth! This super small winery produces a total of 1,000 cases annually entirely out of the winemaker's own garage, with vines surrounding his house co-existing with chickens, dogs, cats, sheep and cows. Everything is completely organic, biodynamic (I know, I know, you've all heard that before) and... wait for it... 100% natural (HUH?) It means dry-farmed, hand-picked, NO chemicals added, NO yeast added (wild yeast only), NO acid adjustment, NO sulfites added, NO fining and NO filtration. You think you can handle all that? Let's raise the stakes by adding in the Australian owner with cool accent and amazing hospitality, oh, and did I mention all the wines are fermented in amphora (handmade Italian clay pots)? This wine gave me a lot to think about. It was earthy, dusty, yet clean and focus; black berry, raspberry, some sweet and sour apple on the palate, hints of pink peppercorn, and dare I say... some meat and sweaty notes. It almost reminded me of a sour beer somehow. There was just so much going on in this wine, I guess if one can see through all these flavors and aromas, one will see "The Truth".
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 AmByth Estate "Bailey Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Do you consider yourself a super wine geek? You are not if you haven't tried Ambyth! This super small winery produces a total of 1,000 cases annually entirely out of the winemaker's garage, with vines surrounding his house co-existing with chickens, dogs, cats, sheep and cows. Everything is completely organic, biodynamic (I know, I know, you've all heard that before) and... wait for it... 100% natural (HUH?) It means dry-farmed, hand-picked, NO chemicals added, NO yeast added (wild yeast only), NO acid adjustment, NO sulfites added, NO fining and NO filtration. You think you can handle all that? Let's raise the stakes by adding in the Australian owner with cool accent and amazing hospitality, oh, and did I mention all the wines are fermented in amphora (handmade Italian clay pots)? In true Ambyth fashion, this wine is anything but your ordinary Zin. I got loads of wild raspberries, dried cherries, and black tea, but it's all elegantly put together, not overly intense or jammy. Red flowers and some strawberries that really lighten up the aromatics and makes it lively on the palate. Again, the wine has good acidity (acid is your friend! Especially when it comes to pairing with food) and a touch of spice on the finish. It's a fun and different expression of Zinfandel that you really won't find elsewhere!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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