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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!

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

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!

2012 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Bishop's Peak is Talley Estate's second label. The 2012 Pinot Noir is a great wine with many old world "Burgundy" flare; Earthy, pretty red rose, just ripe cherry with some savory notes on the palate. A great value pinot for under $20!!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

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