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2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles RhŰne Blend
Review Date: 4-30-2014
Rich, perfumed fruit jumps from the glass carrying over to a palate of baked blackberry and plum, candied cherry, earth, cigar box smoke & spice, and soft tannins. Great weight and texture are this wine's calling card and it will be a hit at any summer BBQ.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Review Date: 4-30-2014
Blend of Rincon & Rosemary vineyards aged on French Oak. Fresh black cherry, cola notes, a stem tinge, and a great earthy, mineral streak lend to the complexity and balance of this Pinot Noir. While delicious now, patience with this wine will be very rewarding!

2013 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-30-2014
An incredible offering from Talley Vineyard's value priced lineup. This is a very focused and vibrant wine, with fresh Granny Smith apple, vibrant, tangy citrus zest, and a great mineral drive. Ridiculously undervalued $14 Chardonnay!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-16-2014
The secret is out: Talley makes incredible wine, and now we can barely keep it on our shelf. Their Chardonnay has been a favorite to sell for parties, weddings, and just about any get-together that needs both a crowd-pleasing wine and a wine that goes the extra mile for the "serious wine drinkers" of the group. Bright apple and mild toast (15% new oak) show on the nose, continuing onto the palate with hints of tropical fruit and mouthwatering acid. Once again, the texture shines in this Chardonnay, which has a creamy palate yet fresh, bright, and clean fruit flavors.

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-16-2014
The 2012 Chardonnay from ABC is just unfair to other Chardonnays in the $20 range. Everything is done right with truly impeccable balance; creamy mid palate, texture, citrus and stone fruit, mild toast, and great mineral and acid to really round out the whole package. Serious wine for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-16-2014
This wine is made from estate fruit grown in vineyards with an ocean view, giving a hint of salinity among zesty acid, a bright mineral streak, and ripe pear, peach, and citrus flavors. This is classic Sonoma Coast, another serious and balanced Chardonnay offering from Fort Ross!
Top Value!

2012 Shenandoah Vineyards "Special Reserve" Amador County Zinfandel
Review Date: 3-9-2014
Our longtime staff and customer favorite Zinfandel from the Sobon Estate winemakers returns better than ever in 2012! Brambly and full of lush red fruit, this zin is ready to take on any picnic or backyard bbq. Shenandoah is an awesome party wine and crowd pleaser at $10. Stock up!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah/Grenache
Review Date: 2-21-2014
This Syrah/Grenache is full of red cherry, pomegranate, red currant, cola, rose hip, and mild smoked meat with a great mineral streak and perfect balance. While it is slightly closed now, it should open up in the next few months and continue to develop over the next eight years. Stunning!
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 1-14-2014
In 2011, Seven Hills made no reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, instead adding much of that wine to their entry-level Columbia Valley Cabernet. This packs quite a punch for $20. The reserve vineyard wine adds a bit of powerful black fruit, hefty mineral, and darker tannins to the already prevalent plum, raspberry, cocoa and fresh herbs. Fruit-forward, yet focused and well-structured, this is a very strong offering from a superbly consistent winery.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-2-2014
Rich and toasty, yet fresh and focused, this Champagne is chock full of stone fruit and hazelnut. As mentioned, this is a lot of wine for the price!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan SeŮor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 8-29-2013
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!
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2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-1-2013
isit Saarloos & Sons immediately, enough said! We had a great time with the Saarloos brothers as we learned some family history and drank some kick ass wines! Check out the website to watch the great videos from the vineyards and see a really fun side of winemaking. This Cabernet is full of bright red berry fruit, great acid and tanin balance, and will be a delight to drink with family and friends at your next feast!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Syrah (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-28-2013
This was another favorite wine of ours from the ABC/Qupe lunch. Dense red cherry and blackberry, currant, plum, bacon fat, game, pepper, and well integrated tanins taking over all senses. I still can't wrap my head around how bright and youthful this 2001 Syrah is showing. Do not miss out on this wine for your next feast! This wine, especially in magnum, will be drinking well for easily another 5+ years!
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2010 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Grenache
Review Date: 3-28-2013
This is a wine that makes me look forward to summer bbq's! Bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, floral and lightly spicy, with soft peppery spice and tanins. A truly refreshing, low abv red to sip outside with chicken or lamb fresh off the grill.

2010 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-21-2013
This blend of five different Brewer Clifton vineyards is a great summation of their style. Green apple and tropical fruits abound with bright acid and floral notes bringing all the pieces together. Round and textural on the palate, this is the most approachable and immediately rewarding of Brewer Clifton's chardonnays.

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