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2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Rosé
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This is one of my top rosé picks for the summer! Incredibly light in hue, resembling in color the rosés of Provence. Marked by refreshing acidity and an intriguing saline character, this is a wine unto its own. There is softness to the mid-palate, and just enough fruit to please a crowd. This wine will make repeat appearances for me in the months to come.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Kenneth Volk "Bien Nacido" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-7-2014
What is not to like about this Pinot? Soft red fruit fruit with light spice and mild wood notes in the background. There is a richness of fruit in the mid-palate, but it maintains balance and lightness throughout. Gentle tannin and acid make this an elegant, approachable and delicious Pinot for near term consumption.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Kenneth Volk "Pomar Junction Vineyard" Paso Robles Verdelho
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This is an incredibly refreshing and interesting white. Classic notes of white flowers and melon fruit, are complemented by a dense yet focused palate impression. Finishing dry with crisp acidity, this is a unique wine to add to your summer white rotation.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2011 Denner "Ditch Digger" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 5-6-2014
Denner is a very exciting winery, whose experimentation with Rhone varietals has lead to some very interesting wines. The Ditch Digger offers sappy pomegranate fruit concentration on the palate, with notes of pipe tobacco and bacon fat. This wine is no light-weight, but maintains fine tannin and polished edges throughout.

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 County 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.
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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

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