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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!

2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah
Review Date: 5-12-2014
I usually mark my favorite wines in a tasting lineup by drawing a little heart next to it, and when I went back to see my notes, there were three hearts next to the Bien Nacido Syrah. Yup, that's how much I love this wine, never had a bad bottle from these guys. The reason why I love their Syrah is how elegant and balanced they are. I get lots of black olive, pepper, and blackberry aromas followed by leathery, earthy flavors and a cured meat sensation. Always bright on the palate with good acidity (remember, acid is your friend), and a complex and silky finish. Go ahead, try a bottle and then you can draw a little heart next to your notes (or whatever it is you do... )

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 Vina Robles Paso Robles Petite Sirah
Review Date: 5-12-2014
There is NOTHING petite about this Petite Sirah! It's got big brambly red and black fruits. Ripe plums, dried rose petal, and big purple violet florals. It's dense and weighty on the palate and layered with more big fruits and chocolate aromas. Looking for a big wine tonight? Then try this Petite Sirah!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Vina Robles "WHITE 4" Paso Robles White Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
This wine brings me to Hawaii (mentally)!!! Ripe tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple right off the bat, then the honeysuckle, peach pit, peach skin, and some fresh ginger. Super lively and easy to drink and has a long finish. Just take a sip and close your eyes... we are in Hawaii.....
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 5-9-2014
Cote du Rhone wines are supposed to be minimum 40% Grenache by law except for vineyards north of Montélimar. Guigal is one of the few wineries that is part of this exception; they use Syrah as the dominate grape. In addition to paying the highest price for their Cote du Rhone fruit, Guigal is also one of the few wineries that makes their own barrels to cut down cost and raise quality. I've had their Cote du Rhone for many years and they never disappoint!
Top Value!

2012 Château Pesquié "Le Paradou" Grenache Vin de France
Review Date: 5-9-2014
Old vine power!!! Grenache, for me, are usually very flashy, high in alcohol and super fruity/juicy... Not exactly what I would consider a "serious" wine, rather than more of a "fun" wine. However, Chateau Pesquie utilizes 75+ year-old vines to produce this concentrated, earthy, spicy and complex little wine. Don't let the price tag fool you, there's a lot of wine for the low price!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2012 Bastide Miraflors "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes Catalanes
Review Date: 5-9-2014
A great value red! The 2012 Vintage is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. Old vine, deep concentrated flavor from the Syrah and juicy elements from the Grenache. Very easy drinking and paired well with my bacon wrapped filet mignon. Cheers!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional
Review Date: 5-5-2014
In case you were wondering, Touriga Nacional is one of the main grapes used in making Port. Technically, the winery is not supposed to have the word "Touriga Nacional" printed on label according to EU law (for now, it's "administratively approved" by our own TTB bureaucracy, however--sorry, EU!). And it is extremely rare for a winery outside of Portugal to even plant this varietal. In any case, this wine is quite a treat, a combination of blackberry, blueberry and floral violets bursts out of the glass followed by hints of earth and a lively mouthfeel and finish with some soft, mocha notes. It was quite a unique experience, worth a try for sure!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Kenneth Volk Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Easily one of the best Cabernets under $25 in the store! The character of the fruit is ripe blackberry and red currant, with some spicy oak notes (but not overly sweet). This wine is fresh and lively; I notice tons of red roses behind the fruits. Solid tannin, full-bodied, long finish and has age-ability.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Malmaison, Moulis-en-Médoc
Review Date: 3-26-2014
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This 24 acres property was one of the oldest winery in Medoc (dated back to the middle age). They were restored by the famous Ch. Lafite Rothschild. They now produces some of the finest value Bordeaux blend, very limited amount is ever imported to the U.S. The 2009 is their best showing by far. Malmaison uses a higher percentage of Merlot in their blend so the wine is much more approachable and be enjoy at a younger age. This is one of the best value for 2009 Bordeaux and we don't have much more in stock. I recommend trying a bottle now!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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