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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

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

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

2012 Kenneth Volk "Pomar Junction Vineyard" Paso Robles Verdelho
Review Date: 5-5-2014
They said there's not a grape varietal that Kenneth met and didn't like. It's fun to be able to able to try an expression of Verdelho from Paso Robles. The wine is sourced from two different sites, one producing more citrus, brighter fruit notes while the other gives a more tropical, round mouthfeel. A very fun and different choice this summer for a refreshing white!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart 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

2011 Kenneth Volk "Santa Maria Cuvee" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-5-2014
I like my Pinot Noir on the softer, more reserved side, and Kenneth Volk really hits the spot with this wine. Soft spices, red cherry and raspberry with underbrush and tea leaf characteristics. Soft and easy drinking with a smooth finish.
Price: $24.99 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

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Ancient Peak is truly an amazing property full of history. Total of 17,000 acres but only 850 planted under vine, there are so many micro-climates, aspect and soil type it will blow you away. their wines comes at great value for the depth and complexity it offer! The 2011 Cabernet is a solid value Cab! Classic green olive tone, red current, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate with meaty, tobacco flavors. Great value delicious cabernet!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Ancient Peak is truly an amazing property full of history. Total of 17,000 acres but only 850 planted under vine, there are so many micro-climates, aspect and soil type it will blow you away. their wines comes at great value for the depth and complexity it offer! The 2011 Zinfandel offers sweet and juicy red fruits such as cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Those fruit characteristics are just perfectly ripe for my palate. After the fruits subsides a hint of peppery and spicy notes lingers behind. Great little Zinfandel!
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Vina Robles is located at the eastern boundary of the city of Paso Robles, planting started in 1999 with total of 19 varieties. Their 2011 Red 4 (Red to the power of 4) stands for the 4 grapes in the blend (35% Syrah, 25% Petite Sirah, 25% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache) and aged 16 months in 30% new French and American oak. The wine show case warm and baked raspberries and cranberries; with secondary earthy notes of smoke and leaves. Ripe and full bodied mouth also lively and easy drinking, easily one of the best value red in our store!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-26-2014
The 2012 Talley Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from their Rincon Vineyard (planted back in 1984, producing more reserved and Burgundian style fruit) and their Rosemary Vineyard (usually produce more lush and full bodied style Pinot Noir). Ripe black cherry notes, dark tea leaves, and soft baking spices. Full fruit flavors finish with some stemmy notes. Age worthy and delicious!
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

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