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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Crisp, tart, melon, tangerine and bubble gum-like aromas jump from the glass of this 2013 Chenin Blanc/Viognier (80% and 20% respectively). Aged totally in stainless steel, it no doubt has much of its malolactic fermentation blocked given its crisp acid profile." (11/2014) K&L Notes: Vintage after vintage, Pine Ridge's Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend has impressed drinkers and critics alike. And now, what started as an experiment in the early-1990s, has become one of the winery's most sought after wines. From the winery: "Brilliant and refreshing, this bottling of our re... Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Turbine Proprietary White is a Rhône Ranger blend of 27% Grenache Blanc, 27% Viognier, 26% Marsanne and 20% Picpoul Blanc. This may be the first California white I have tasted with Picpoul Blanc in it, so old dogs can learn new tricks. With 13.9% alcohol, it displays lots of quince, white currant and white flower characteristics, gorgeous fruit, medium body, and no evidence of oak. With a luscious texture, as well as terrific purity, this is an example of why California is now the epicenter for great wines. A revelation, it can be consumed over ...Read More »
97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that encourages a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 or longer." (12/2014)93 points Wine Spectator: "This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its compl ...Read More »
Toasted nuts, double cream brie, oysters and roast game bird; these are a few of our favorite things, when we're pairing rich California sparkling wine from Domaine Carneros. The Champagne house Taittinger, which knows terroir when it comes to sparkling wine, established this sparkling wine house in the Carneros appellation in 1987. The winery's notes on this brand-new vintage: "The 2010 harvest was marked by a cool late spring, which delayed bud break. The berry size was unusually small, however, slightly more clusters than typical, produced a near norm... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character." (12/2013)91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers. Drink now through 2015." (9/2013)90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again takin ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is sublet, floral and lifted. Flowers, mint, lemon and spices meld together in a gracious, impeccably refined Roussanne-based white Rhône loaded with class and style. The 2012 Esprit is 75% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc." (7/2014)92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-hued yellow. High-pitched aromas of tangerine, green apple and white flowers, with a gingery nuance adding complexity. Sappy, spicy and penetrating, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Firm and dry on a finish showing excellen ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "An elegant mixture of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, this classic Brut is aged four years en triage and was last disgorged on July 18, 2014. The dosage includes the winery’s Thomas Road Pinot Noir. Golden in color, it is inviting in complex layers of baked apple, pear, honey and graham cracker while offering a light, sophisticated feel on the palate." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Just released. The winery's note: "The most traditional of the Iron Horse Sparklings. A 'classic' 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, aged an average of four years on the yeast in the bottle. Won... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This is a highly aromatic wine, pungent with guava jelly and ripe tropical scents, and not subtle in the least. The blend of 39% Viognier, 29% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 12% Roussanne provides a palate dominated by fragrant tuberose flowers, which translate to strong white flower flavors throughout." (2/2015)
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Good Value** It may be that its fairly high percentage of Pinot Noir affords this impressive non-vintage Brut with a sense of substance and depth not usually found at the price, or it may be the wine's ample autolyzed richness does the same. Either way, the wine is long on character, all of which is quite good. It has a fine, creamy feel, and an insistent stream of small bubbles with lengthy flavors to match, and it is made all the more attractive yet by its reasonably modest price." (11/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This historic producer’s flagship blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul offers scents of wild honey and lemon custard. The flavors walk proudly between those elements and a citrus peel bitterness, woven amidst the freshness of seltzer and morning dew." (2/2015)
From Wine Enthusiast on the last vintage: "(#10 on their top 100 of 2014) Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery’s take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable." (12/2014)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character." (12/2013)91 points Wine & Spirits: "*One of 100 Best Buys of 2011* This estate-grown blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gains added richness from oak-aged reserve wines. The reserves broaden the texture, contributing almond tones to the clean, fresh ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light and floral, this subtle dessert wine is made from Scheurebe grapes, more often found in Austria than California. It provides this wine with fresh apricot and honey on the palate, lingering yet low enough in alcohol and power to be enjoyed as either apéritif or digestif, its sweetness greatly restrained." (3/2015) K&L Notes: This is 100% estate-grown Scheurebe from Phelps' Spring Valley Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena. From the winery: "The 2013 Eisrébe has aromatic layers of honey, apricot, marmalade and tropical fruits. The texture is viscous with flavors of... Read More »
69% Vermentino, 27% French Colombard, 4% Chardonnay Vermentino was harvested between July 31st and August 6th, 2014 at 18-19.3º brix. The Chardonnay was August 8th at 19.3º brix and the French Colombard on September 6th at 22º brix.
Few European grapes have such a tidy analog in California as does Albariño: from the damp, breezy Atlantic coast of northwestern Spain to coastal California, and the salt-laden winds and fog of the Pacific Ocean. Thus far, it's an obscure varietal in California, for sure. But there are a surprising number of Albariños on the West Coast; add the Cambiata to your next tasting lineup or enjoy with shellfish.
Inventory: San Francisco
Arinto (or Pederna) is a white wine grape grown in the hot wine regions surrounding Lisbon, on the central coast of Portugal. The variety's naturally high acid content makes it well suited to this region, where varieties with less robust acid structures struggle to retain sufficient acidity in the hot, humid climate.
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Grenache Blanc Alice is another outstanding white from winemaker Anthony Yount. Showing plenty of stone fruits, apple and distinct minerality, it has medium-bodied richness, good overall texture and a classy, dry and refreshing finish. Enjoy this beauty over the coming year or two." (8/2014) Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Grenache Blanc Alice is laced with hints of almond, dried pear, sage, light honey and chamomile. This mid-weight, textured Grenache Blanc is emphaises softness and texture over minerality. The 2013 should continue to drink well for another year or two ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill is a bit of an oddity, as it emerges from Muscat vines that are planted throughout Jackass Hill, suggesting the white grapes might have once been part of a field blend. This exotic, moderately sweet dessert wine offers lovely freshness in its floral and tropical infused flavors." (1/2015) K&L Notes: From the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County, the vineyard is named for the kind of person it takes to farm grapes on it. The Muscat of Alexandria vines are over 100 years old and actually interspersed amongst similarly... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
After three decades, Edmunds St. John has a devoted following that seek out Steve Edmunds wines where "the earth speaks." This limited production white is based in Vermentino from the Fenaughty Vineyard in California's El Dorado Hills.
90 points Wine & Spirits: "**Best Buy** Once ubiquitous in California, Colombard is native to Gascony, where Yannick Rousseau grew up. He makes this from 40-year-old vines in the Russian River Valley. It’s relatively neutral but also brisk and mouthwatering, with the refreshing chlorophyll tones of cucumber skin. It’s a versatile palate cleanser, suited to light fish." (10/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
Abrente is a joint project between Michael Havens and Bedrock Wine Company's Morgan Twain-Peterson. Inspired by the wines of the Iberian Peninsula, it's fresh and crisp and unbelievably delicious. The grapes come from the Stewart Ranch in Carneros. The 2013 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2012 bottling garnered 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
Bright and vibrant and orange in color with perfect clarity. Almost Neon in appearance. The nose is has aromas of citrus peel, jasmine, rose, fresh cut grass, black tea and honey. Tannin backed by racy acidity with minerals, peach flesh, orange, coconut, and marzipan. It is clean, precise and balanced. The finish has yeast (lees), tannin, vanilla and honeysuckle. Aromatic in the finish leaving the earthy and woody flavors on the palate long after each sip with lingering citrus peel.
2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Horizontal
Bid on this 3-bottle 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Horizontal (OWC), including 2-bottles of 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis FE 203-3e Roussanne Vin de Paille (97RP, 94ST) and 1-bottle of 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203 2D Grenache Vin de Paille Eleven Confessions Vineyard (94ST, 90RP). Of the 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis FE 203-3e Roussanne Vin de Paille,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 2005 Atlantis Fe 203-3e Roussanne Vin de Paille is a 100% Roussanne cuvee possessing 352 grams of residual sugar per liter. While it is a stunning effort, when tasted next to the two Mr. K. whites, it comes in slightly below those two out-of-this-world offerings. Incredible aromas of honeysuckle and marmalade are classic late-harvest Roussanne, and the wine’s sweet style is beautifully balanced by terrific acidity (12.5 grams of acid per liter). " (06/2008)
This lot contains the following items:
2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis FE 203-3e Roussanne Vin de Paille (qty: 2)
2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203 2D Grenache Vin de Paille Eleven Confessions Vineyard (qty: 1)
End Date: Apr 19 2015 11:00AM PT
Made from Grenache and Mourvédre grown in Spur Ranch’s limestone rich clays and Grenache and Cinsault from the granitic bluffs above the Arroyo Seco River. Picked below 22 brix, with bright natural acidity. Fermented in several lots with some native and some cultured yeasts. The Arroyo Seco appellation is comprised mainly of alluvial deposits from the Ventana Range. The Cedar Lane Vineyard, on a mesa overlooking the river, is well protected from the Salinas Valley breezes, which is important for the shy-setting Viognier grape. Rhone whites from this regi... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This Rhône white blend is very dry and bright in acids, with a racy mouthfeel that stimulates the palate. The flavors veer toward wildflowers, apricots, vanilla and oak, but they thin out and turn oaky and bitter." (10/2005)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Contrarian, Linne Calodo's Rhone white, bristles with energy and tension. White peaches, jasmine, crushed rocks and lychee all ring out in this precise, beautifully delineated wine. This is a fabulous showing from Matt Trevisan. The 2012 is 57% Grenache Blanc, 27% Pinot Blanc and 16% Viognier. Matt Trevisan makes some of the most compelling wines in Paso Robles at Linne Calodo. The 2011s I tasted were consistently brilliant. The late released 2010s are also strong, but less consistent across the board." (7/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery: "Contrary to popu... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse