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Angie An


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2012 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba
Review Date: 6-30-2014
In case if you are wondering what this "Kalinda" brand is all about (like I did eight months ago when I first started working here), here it is: Kalinda is a brand created by K&L. We work with wineries and grape growers from different regions of the world to bring you a high-quality wine at a great value. The Riesling this year is sourced from one of the top producers in Rheingau (although I can't tell you exactly who it is...) and is crisp, refreshing and expressive, with white peach, jasmine and honeysuckle aromatics. On the palate it's just slightly off dry; combined with the lower abv and lively minerality it's a perfect wine for BBQ, summer pool party and to pair with any salty and/or spicy food.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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Club Price: $8.99
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2012 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-30-2014
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Olema is a winery we hold near and dear. They are family owned, friendly and produce high-quality wines at a great value. We had the 2011 vintage as part of our wine club offering last year and people went nuts over it! I've never seen so many people coming back for the same bottle of wine. Considering 2011 was a more difficult vintage, can you imagine how great the 2012 is now? With that said, this is a classic Russian River Valley style Pinot Noir (even though the label reads Sonoma County, more than 80% of the fruit is sourced from Russian River Valley). Rich, expressive, with juicy cherry and a silky mouthfeel. Overall, a balanced wine with a good finish--and a great value for domestic Pinot Noir, for sure!
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2011 Domaine la Collière "La Fontaine" Rasteau
Review Date: 6-30-2014
If you like a rich, flavorful and full-bodied GSM blend, this is a bottle for you! Sourced from the oldest vines of the estate (around 50 years old). This bottle drinks like big-time Chateauneuf-du-pape, without the big price tag.

2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-27-2014
This little Bourgogne is actually sourced from Nuits-St-Georges. "Iron fist in a velvet glove"! I love the earthy tone this wine has to offer, along with dense cherry note and a chewy finish. A great deal for Bourgogne Rouge!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Rosé
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It's rosé season yet again! When it comes to rosé, the competition is fierce: so many different regions, grape varietals and styles! However the Clendenen Family Mondeuse Rose really stands out in the lineup. This was the very first wine we tasted when we visited this March. Light pink, with good intensity, a touch of earth, light tea leaves and a wonderful rose petal scent to finish, it was also an instant staff favorite once we got it in the store. It's fun, different and very well-made; a must-try for rosé lovers this summer!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Le Bon Climat" Santa Maria Valley Viognier
Review Date: 5-12-2014
I have to admit I'm usually not a California Viognier fan, I started my sommelier and blind tasting journey by learning all the classic characteristics of classic varietals and Viognier is always associated with "huge floral, ripe lychee fruit, high alcohol, low acid and slight bitter finish," which is fine if we are talking about air freshener but not exactly something I usually like to sip on. However, I was blown away with the quality of Clendenen's Viognier! It was elegant and reserved, not super floral; there's a slight leesy cheese note in the background, it's very well structured on the palate, full-bodied but not over-the-top. There's also a honey, waxy finish. Absolutely impressive and made me re-think about the characteristics and quality of domestic Viognier all over again!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Clendenen "Stallion Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-12-2014
What an unique Sauv Blanc! I put my nose in this glass expecting to get a citrus, grassy note but instead I was greeted with lovely, floral jasmine and white peach. It is one of the fuller, rounder styles of California Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted (without the use of oak). It almost makes me wonder if there is Semillon blended in there to lend it richness. I really have to say, the folks at Clendenen Family really get it. I'm impressed with their entire lineup. Every wine has its own signature and displays top quality. Worth a try!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It was very hard to pick our favorite Pinot Noir among so many great choices Ici La Bas offers, but at the end we were charmed by this little Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Small dense ripe cherry fruit, very clean and focus. Savory, baking spices (75% new French barrel) and big lush mouthfeel. There is A LOT of flavor pack into the bottle for only $25 bucks; what's not to love?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Clendenen "Rancho La Cuna" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Viognier
Review Date: 5-12-2014
Did I smell classic Cote Rotie in Santa Maria? The Clendenen Rancho La Cuna follows the French Cote Rotie style of blending in Viognier (10%) with their Syrah. I don't know who thought of this first, but it was genius. In this glass I immediately notice the classic black pepper notes from the Syrah together with the beautiful florals brought out by the Viognier. The nose was focus, sharp, and intense with red cherry, black olive, smoked meat, and savory peppery finish. It is complex, full bodied and made me want to take another sip. Cheers! Here's to another great wine by the Clendenen Family!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2008 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Le Bon Climat" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It doesn't get bigger or brighter than this! This Pinot Noir was super full bodied, lots of ripe fruit upfront but then layers of secondary notes of tomatoes, mushroom, and tea leaves follow. Savory and intense cherry, but still very much in focus on the palate, then... wait for it..... LONG finish. If you are looking for a solid Pinot Noir, no BS, no ifs/buts, then here it is!

2007 Clendenen "Le Pip" Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo
Review Date: 5-12-2014
NEBBIOLO! Oh how I love Nebbiolo!! As a sommelier of a steakhouse in my previous life, there's nothing better than pairing the king of all grapes (Nebbiolo) with the king of all steaks (two pound bone in ribeye). Tasting this wine makes me drool and hungry for a fatty ribeye. This bottle came about as close as I can expect from classic Barolo or Barbaresco: it was intense, highly powerful, with cherry (slightly sweeter than the typical Italian counterpart), white truffles and crushed rose petals. High tannin and acid as you would expect from the varietal--my mouth puckered up immediately! I think I will leave it off here, it's time for me to pick up a steak for dinner tonight!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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!

2008 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Le Bon Climat" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-12-2014
This Chardonnay means business! Sourced from old vine estate fruit, you can really taste the complexity and intensity from the fruit. It's round, bold and spicy; everything you could expect from a quality bottle of Chardonnay!

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

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