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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

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

2012 AmByth Estate "Amphora" Paso Robles Rosé
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 produce total of 1000 cases annually entirely out of his 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 all heard that before) and..... wait for it.... 100% natural (HUH?) It means dry farm, hand picked, NO chemical added, NO sugar added, NO yeast added (wild yeast only), NO acid adjustment, NO sulfites added, NO finning and NO filtraion. You think you can handle all that? Lets 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 (hand made Italy clay pot)? Rose Amphora, perhaps got its name from the darker ruby red almost clay color this rose possess. This is by no mean you everyday sip by the pool, juicy light rose at all. The aromas of intense earl grey tea, jasmine flower, tart cherry, and blood red roses come rushing through. Great acidity structure and high intensity. Definitely some clay/chalky notes on the finish and almost a touch of almond/peanut skin, incredibly unique and one of a kind!
Price: $34.99 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

2012 Kenneth Volk "Jaybird" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-5-2014
This Chardonnay offers bright yellow apple, pleasant floral notes with sweet lemon. Easy drinking yet complex. Good acidity and doesn't feel weighty on the palate. Makes sense after hearing the wine is unoaked but sees some lees contact. Solid $15 Chardonnay!
Price: $14.99 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

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