Staff Favorites - Mellyn Craig

Mellyn Craig


2013 Joseph Swan "Kent the Younger" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-14-2016
The grapes used in the 2013 “Kent the Younger” are from younger vines in the Ritchie Vineyard, which creates a slightly more modern style wine but also some lively acidity. This Chardonnay was fermented in used oak, allowing the elegant pear, citrus and white flower characteristics to shine. I really love the spicy ginger notes that excite the taste buds. The palate on this Chardonnay has a rich, leesy character, but is balanced with zesty acidity. Delectable now, it will also be a great wine with a little age.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Joseph Swan "Bastoni Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-14-2016
If you crave the Zinfandels of the past with a little more balance and less alcohol, the 2012 Joseph Swan “Bastoni Vineyard” Zinfandel is made for you! Joseph Swan has only been making a few vintages of Zin from this vineyard, but they know how to showcase the grapes well. This wine has sweet blue fruits with fresh acidity to keep the fruits balanced without being jammy. There is a wonderful savory note to this wine as well as baking spices like nutmeg and white pepper. This is a complex Zinfandel that will complement food well!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Demi-Long Superiore Brut
Review Date: 02-03-2016
My fellow bubbly drinkers take note! This dry Prosecco is so delicious and a bargain to boot. The bouquet is filled with dried white flowers. The floral qualities carry through onto the palate and as well as peach, apple and lemon pith. The fruits are balanced out with a steely minerality and zesty acid. This pretty bubbly is so tasty that it is almost too easy to drink. I recommend stocking up. I will be!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Frog's Leap "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-25-2014
Dark currant, rose petal, black olive, anise, cedar and dusty, earthy flavors are already showing in this young Cabernet. This wine is structured for the long haul, but is so clean and balanced you will love drinking it at any age.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin 375ml
Review Date: 05-02-2014
This gin is so amazing and complex that it is hard to put it all into words! It is so smooth and clean, yet the most complex gin I have ever had. Juniper, spice, berries, citrus peel, herbs are all there and so balanced. This gin is so gorgeous, that drinking it neat is the best way to enjoy this gin. Buy this now! It is selling fast with both customers and staff!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Bruno Michel "Rebelle" Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-18-2014
The Bruno Michel “Rebelle” offers much more richness than most Extra Brut Champagnes, and with the lovely acidity and minerality characteristics, this makes for a great sushi pairing! The Rebelle will delight your palate with the crisp acidity and luscious apple type fruits. If you like sushi, I highly recommend pairing the two! It goes great with yellow tail, salmon, spicy tuna and many other types of seafood, but it is the wasabi and soy sauce that really makes the pairing special. Don’t hesitate -- treat yourself to sushi and this Champagne tonight!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-17-2013
The Bruno Michel Les Roses will speak to red wine lovers. The characteristics are so similar to a Pinot Noir such as ripe cherry, orange peel, earth and spice. This has the stuffing to pair with many foods. While this is not a Champagne for every palate, it is a special treat for some of us!
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 09-25-2013
The Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs is a Champagne that continues to stand out in our staff tastings. I’m in love with the crisp and bright citrus and apple notes. There is a note of toasted bread, but it is well balanced in focused and complex Champagne. Perhaps the best part of this Blanc de Blancs is that it tastes like it should be drank during a special occasion, but priced to drink on any occasion.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 09-20-2013
For as young as this wine is, it is already showing its great potential. This wine is already displaying elegant floral aromas and blue fruit, with integrated juicy tannins. I look forward to laying down the 2010 Cantemerle for a minimum of 5 years, and enjoying it for many years following!

Fleury Brut Rosé de Saignee Champagne
Review Date: 06-13-2013
If you love Brut Rose Champagnes as much as I do, then you HAVE to try this one from Fleury! With notes of elegant strawberry, vanilla and spice, all wrapped up with balanced acidity. To sweeten the deal, Fleury is a direct import, so this elegant Champagne is a great value!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart