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Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 11-29-2017
This is just plain fun. A crowd pleasing Brut Rose that would be perfect for all occasions. Light strawberries, fresh raspberries, and watermelon are all harmoniously wrapped together, while the fresh acid and tight bubbles do all the work.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-08-2017
Once again Banshee and folks have knocked out of the ball park. The philosophy of growing grapes with sustainable practices and a hands-off wine making approach shows on this wine. The wine is lush and elegant and takes on the volcanic characteristic of its soil. Rustic, but rich on the palate, this Pinot Noir gives you all the talking points of spectacular Willamette pedigree. Ripe juicy cherries, a meaty earthiness and silky tannin can all be found, but the complexity of spice, cocoa, and quality of fruit are what impresses most.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Spottswoode Napa-Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 10-29-2017
Spottswoode first started making wine in 1982 and have been practicing organic farming since 1985. Their latest Sauvignon Blanc offering might be the best domestic Sauvignon Blanc I have tried this year. Three-quarters of the fruit underwent whole-cluster pressing and was aged in 54% French oak barrels, 41% stainless steel tanks, and 5% concrete eggs. The wine is packed with lemony freshness, with notes of honey and orange peel. The acid is perfectly integrated and harmoniously plays with the rich mouthfeel. The finish is long and lingers on the palate.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Thomas Fogarty Vineyards has been making quality wine for over thirty five years in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They are devoted to practicing organic and biodynamic farming in order to preserve the land for generations to come. All of their wines are expressive, but the 2013 Pinot Noir stood out to me. Fresh raspberries, a touch of elegant wood is accompanied by bright acid and a long dry finish. Beautiful floral tones and a touch of earthiness round out this stellar wine.

2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Antica is a property owned by the famous Antinori family. Their family has been making wine for six hundred and thirty years and have always held the highest standards of wine making. Their latest release of Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. A touch of brown sugar and plentiful blackberries can be found upon first approach. The palate offers bright cherries and herbs, velvety tannin and nice minerality. A soft refined finish is complemented by a chalky almost ash like characteristic that is a testament to the grapes and terrior.

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-02-2017
"Let's get tropical", to quote the famous Jackie Moon. This Chardonnay is loaded with exotic and tropical fruits. Pineapple, Mango and candied lemon are pronounced on the nose and follow to the palate. This has a tremendously rich mouth-feel and deliciously juicy acid. Soft wood spice, dried herbs and a touch of menthol help add complexity that lingers on the finish. This would go great with Caribbean style grilled shrimp skewers.

2014 Law Estate "Beyond Category" Paso Robles Red Blend
Review Date: 05-24-2017
This is a special treat for anyone who loves California blends. Comprised of 50% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Grenache and 15% Petite Sirah. The wine is a rich and powerful wine that is jam packed with dark cherries, cocoa, blackberries, and a perfect amount of smoke. Add a touch of licorice, soft integated wood firm acid and finish it off with a long opulent finish.
Price: $71.99 Add To Cart

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
The latest Chardonnay offering from Jax Vineyards is everything I expect from Napa Valley. A touch of vanilla on the nose, and a generous helping of apple and stone fruit on the palate. Beautiful fresh acid balanced by a rich mouth feel help add texture and focus, while soft spice and and a long finish complete this really well made wine.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Lost Blues "Good Fences" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Grenache
Review Date: 04-26-2017
I poured this wine at a customer tasting event recently, and boy was it a hit! A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. A medium-bodied, rich wine that has a beautiful velvety texture. Loads of blackberry fruit and tobacco are complemented nicely with hints of bacon fat, olives and herbs. This bottle is a killer example of Santa Maria Valley wine.

2014 Beckmen "Estate Purisima Mountain" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 04-26-2017
This latest offering of Syrah from Beckmen is one that absolutely speaks to me. Blackberry, pepper and bacon fat are all layered nicely on the nose. A soft and approachable full-bodied wine that offers plenty of generous fruit. Boysenberry richness gives way to a long, refined finish. Really great wine for under $30.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Winzergenossenschaff Konigschaffhausen Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris) Baden
Review Date: 04-25-2017
This was such an interesting try. Pinot Gris from Germany.. awesome! A beautiful nose of pear, granny smith apples and honey, delicately express themselves when you first approach the wine. Having seen no oak, the wine is bright and minerally with a rich full body. Pineapple and kiwi round out this outstanding wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Mignanelli "Nelson Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-24-2017
This was the first time I've tasted this Pinot Noir and I was very impressed. Delicious cherries and fresh savory herbs are prominent on the nose. Tart acid, red beets, and sage fill the palate while supple clean wood is softly integrated. This is exceptional Pinot Noir coming out of Santa Cruz Mountains.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-24-2017
This is classic Santa Cruz style Chardonnay. A bright and fresh wine that is harmoniously balanced with bright juicy acid, clean fresh fruit and a rich complex body. Not afraid to let the grapes speak for themselves, this embodies the purity of wine making.