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2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This is an incredibly unique and delicious bottle of wine! Notes of dusty dark fruit, flowers and earthy savor lead to a palate of sweet ripe fruit. Finishing dry with gentle tannin, this wine brings serious character to the table! This will pair perfectly with meals of the rustic variety, with grilled meats in particular.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Clendenen "Rancho La Cuna" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Viognier
Review Date: 5-6-2014
This is easily one of my favorite domestic wines in the store! Highly aromatic, with a nose of savory dark fruit, lavender, herbs, garrigue and cracked black pepper. This wine smacks of the Northern Rhone, but offers accessibility without the requisite 10 years of cellaring. That said, this wine has the chops to sit under the house for another decade.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2011 Villa Creek "Willow Creek Cuvee" Paso Robles Rhone Blend
Review Date: 5-6-2014
I was really impressed during a recent trip to Villa Creek, and am a huge fan of these wines. The 2011 Willow Creek display notes of sappy dark fruit and spice on the nose, which leads to a clean and balanced palate impression. This wine is no light-weight, but carries itself with poise and precision as a result of the underlying mineral notes and fresh acidity. This wine is a true testament to great terroir and great wine making in Paso Robles!

2012 Vina Robles "WHITE 4" Paso Robles White Blend
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Rich and soft, this white coats the palate without being opulent. Clean and crisp, the Vermentino lends a wonderful green spiciness to the back-end making this an incredibly refreshing and easy drinking white. This is the perfect crowd-pleasing party wine!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2011 Pierce Ranch San Antonio Valley Arinto
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Arinto!? I was thinking the same thing. This was my experience with the grape varietal, and I have to admit...I was pleasantly surprised! Aromatically it offers notes of intense lime citrus and chalky minerals. On the palate it carries weight, but has uniformity and linear focus. This wine finishes fresh with great acidity and spice.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! Dark fruit and leather on the nose with hints of cacao, bay leaf and exotic spice. Texturally it offers richness, but finishes dry with fine silky tannins. Those of you who “don’t drink Merlot,” need to give this wine a try!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Another great Bishop’s Peak Pinot! A core of lovely red fruit and some subtle savory notes, it maintains lovely texture and weight on the palate. Finishing dry, with balanced acidity and freshness on the back-end, this is one of the best Domestic sub-$20 Pinots in the store!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is marked by incredible fruit purity. Bright fresh strawberry and white pepper dominate these lifted aromatics. Textually it is ripe on the palate, but maintains enough acidity to keep it fresh. Absolutely delicious!
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2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! Highly charming and expressive, it offers classic cab character of dark plumy fruit, cedar, bay leaf, and olive. Texturally this wine is juicy, but well framed by gentle tannin, acidity and mineral drive.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 4-23-2014
The Vina Robles Red 4 offers a lot character for $15! Very reminiscent of a village-level Cote du Rhone, it bursts from the glass with notes of red fruit, casis, cedar, herbs and smoke. This wine has plenty of ripeness and concentration on the palate, but finishes dry and honest. This is a great wine to keep in mind as we head into the summer party season.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Incredible growers and equally skilled winemakers, the Talley family has crafted another wonderful Estate Pinot Noir! Aromatically it displays red fruit, floral notes and lovely spice. On the palate it exhibits concentration and richness, while maintaining a level of poise and polish that is quite pleasing. Though lovely now, a few years in the cellar are recommended.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Talley continues to produce some of my favorite Chardonnays in California, and the 2012 Estate bottling is no exception. Texturally this Chardonnay displays great balance and refinement. The oak is well integrated, adding weight without becoming overtly rich. Maintaining lively focus throughout, the lovely citrus notes and mineral drive are on full display.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart AG 90 BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 4-15-2014
This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.

2001 Marques de Riscal "Baron de Chirel" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-20-2013
A tremendous reserva from a tremendous vintage. The level of poise and polish is one of the finest I have seen from the 2001 vintage. This is serious wine, for the serious Rioja collector!

Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-30-2010
This is an OUTSTANDING bottle of champagne! By far my favorite rose in our Direct Import lineup, it will definitely be making a guest appearance on December 31st!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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