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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

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 Villa Creek "Bassetti Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah
Review Date: 5-12-2014
If the Villa Creek "Willow Creek" is supposed to reflect a Chateauneuf-Du-Pape wine, this Bassetti Vineyard 100% Syrah would certainly reflect a Cornas. Again, made in a more modernistic style. This 9-acre vineyard is located only 4 miles from the ocean. Made with 70% stem inclusion and 20% new oak, the wine offers plenty of intense black olive, pepper, big black fruit and some violet florals. There's a bittersweet chocolate note that came from the oak, finishing with solid tannins. I believe the wine has ageability and will be even more delicious in a few years!

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!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

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

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

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 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 Waiting List 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!

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Talley Estate has always over deliver on quality of wines. Their 2012 Estate chardonnay is 70% from their Rincon vineyard planted back in 1984. Expressive lemon, honey, just ripe apple follow by little bit of vanilla and crushed nuts. It's extremely well put together; you can feel the body and intensity, layers of complexity and long finish, but overall very balanced and makes you want to take another sip!

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-26-2014
I love Au Bon Climat wines! For me they are the perfect bridge between a new world and old world style winery. Their 2012 Chardonnay was just pretty, juicy apple, ripe lemon up front with hints of Burgundy minerality (some chalk, hazelnut notes). My favorite about their wines is always the palate texture, it goes down silky smooth, crisp, elegant, not flabby or heavy at all! Definitely worth a try!!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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