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2014 Tendu White Wine (1L) $19.99
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 »
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 »
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "There is touch of candy and distant suggestions of peaches to be found in both the aromas and flavors of this explicitly champenized offering, but the wine is fixed first and last on articulate yeast and is a complete sparkler that hits all of the right marks. It comes with a fine and decidedly creamy mousse and exhibits a little more depth as well as an extra measure of richness when compared to most of its Brut cousins, and it is kept buoyant and bright from beginning to end by its enlivening, seamlessly fit acidity." (11/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "This is sleek and precise, ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* 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." (9/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts of the year, Roederer's latest is yet again a sleek and spirited wine of great freshness and verve. It hews to the crispness and pert delicacy that we associate with fine Blanc de Blancs, but it musters a full measure of yeasty richness even while maintaining its lively step, and it is one of the few of its type that is ...Read More »
Maybe they should rename this wine 'Simply Yum,' since it's hardly a conundrum anymore. Once again a blend of popular and esoteric white grapes (including in no special order: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and Muscat), this a quintessential sipper offering copious amounts of ripe, silky fruit, tropical in nature, along with vanilla notes, honeysuckle and melon.
A low alcohol Moscato crafted from Muscat Canelli grapes grown at Mondavi's Wappo Hill Vineyard in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District. From the winery: "Catching your attention immediately are the seductively rich peach and lychee fruit, orange blossom, and jasmine aromas of this sweet wine. The Moscato's wonderfully balanced acidity meets this intense flavor with a perfectly refreshing lift as the concentrated flavors ride across the palate in an ultra-rich wave."
90 points Antonio Galloni: "A broad, deeply expressive, generous white, the 2013 Côtes de Tablas Blanc is all about volume and texture. The flavors are bright, savory and mineral, but at the same time all the elements are shaped by the warm, dry growing season. This is a decidedly big, creamy wine for the year, yet all the elements are in balance. Still I would give the 2012 at least a few more months to settle down. The blend is 39% Viognier, 29% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 12% Roussanne." (7/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another delicious white (and one that’s almost always a super value), the 2013 C ...Read More »
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." (9/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This grape is obscure for California but excels in this bottling, with intriguing aromas of yellow melon, crushed white rocks and an array of citrus, from tangerine peels to kumquats. The palate is a lime shade of green, featuring flavors of lime blossoms, Key lime pie and kaffir lime leaves, but also shows limestone minerality and a hint of passion fruit." (9/2015)
Inventory: San Francisco
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)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Exotic and extremely aromatic, with notes of lavender, flowers, mint, lychee nut and citrus blossom, the 2012 Malvasia Bianca is intense, laser-focused and yet also rich and layered on the palate. A knockout medium-bodied dry white, it should continue to shine through 2014." (8/2013)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Lemon, nectarine and dusty mineral aromas are lifted by a gingery topnote. Silky and perfumed in the mouth, displaying complex flavors of white peach, melon, beeswax and chamomile that are braced by juicy acidity. A rich yet sharply focused wine, finishing with impr ...Read More »
Grown on their Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Joseph Phelps makes Eisrébe as a nod to German ice wines. From 100% Scheurebe (shoy-RAY-buh) grapes, the Napa Valley latitude does not allow for natural freezing on the vines as in Germany. Rather the late-harvested grapes are lightly frozen in the winery before being gently pressed to extract only the most concentrated nectar while leaving much of the water behind. The finished dessert wine sports 8% alcohol and 22.5% residual sugar. From the winery: "The 2014 Eisrébe is delicately nuanced with crisp app... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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.
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.
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 »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh-squeezed apple juice, grapefruit spritzer and nearly sweet cherry aromas sit atop minerality on the nose of this blend of 46% Viognier, 19% Verdelho, 19% Vermentino and 16% Sauvignon Blanc. There’s a lot of tart acidity, with a lingering apple flavor." (12/2014)
89-91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Trousseau Gris Fannucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is bright and focused, but it is also a bit less ample through the mid-palate than the 2013. Typical savory herb and floral notes add nuance. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 puts on a little more weight in aging, or if it remains on the compact side. (AG)" (1/2015) K&L Notes: Antonio Galloni: "Jolie-Laide is one of the most exciting new projects I have come across in some time. Proprietor Scott Schultz cut his teeth as a sommelier at Bouchon, in Yountville. That led to a cellar job at Realm and then to Pa... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
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.
The Roussanne fruit was harvested very mature, however at lower sugar levels than expected. The wine was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to fully express its true varietal characteristics of honey dew melon, stone fruit and crushed white flowers. Apricot and mineral notes highlight the palate leading to a rich, creamy body reminiscent of a nutmeg spiced lemon meringue. A well balanced finish features approachable acidity highlighted by flavors of Pommello fruit and wild clover honey.
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 »
From Bedrock; "Michael Havens and I both think this is one of the strongest Albarinos to date. In a reverse from the last couple of years the fruit from Stewart Ranch, planted on clay, was the stronger of the two lots showing beautifully precise aromatics hinting at the tropical, nice density and crackling acidity. The Watson Ranch lot contributes nice structure and a distinct steely citrus character. This will be a major part of my own summer wine consumption!" Morgan Twain Peterson
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.
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Enthusiast: "The film director’s sparkling ode to his director daughter delivers aromas of apple blossoms, pear cider and chalk. An apparent sweetness on the palate is cut with a pithy grip, the apple-juice base leveled with ample lime elements." (5/2015)
Aromas of lemon zest, kumquat, lemongrass, and ruby red grapefruit. Although it displays some restraint at first, it soon opens up to notes of honeydew melon, white rose and fresh herbs. The palate is light on its feet, with lean, zippy acid holding together a core of flavors that span honey mandarin, lemon curd, and green apple. The finish stays tight and clean, with a kiss of agave nectar and wet stone. Aiming to preserve the intense fruit and aromatics of these varieties, this blend was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel. Hand-picked in the ea... Read More »
From the Winery; Another first release for Lumen, this lush white wine from Camp 4 Vineyard in Los Olivos is a real beauty. Made from 100% Grenache Blanc, red Grenache's light-skinned cousin. Barrel fermented in two-thirds stainless steel and one-third neutral oak barrels. Aromas reminiscent of fresh-spun cotton candy and sweet jasmine, with flavors of lemon curd and honey on the palate. Wet stone mineral notes linger through the finish. 260 cases produced.
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
50% Vermentino, 40% Grenache Blanc, 10% Picpoul. According to winemaker Mick Unti: "It is not often you think of a Dry Creek Valley white wine when looking for something to have with raw oysters, but this Cuvée Blanc has what it takes—mineral flavors in a dry, un-oaked white with excellent acid balance. While our 2014 Cuvée Blanc is richer and slightly more full-bodied than in previous years, it is bright, floral and crisp. We are, after all, suckers for high acid white wines. Cuvée Blanc is a soulful alternative to the other whites grown in this valley.... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Oranges and tangerines are the dominant flavors of this lively, dry white wine. It’s marked by brisk acidity, with a touch of creamy oak. A bit direct, but enjoyable nonetheless, it’s a fine cocktail sipper, or to drink with little appetizers, especially smoked white fish. (SH)" (4/2010)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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 »
95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, honeyed and elegant, its concentrated orange and apricot flavors wrapped in layers of vanilla, nutmeg and cream. Deliciously sweet and balanced, it's a wine to drink by itself for dessert. Terrific now, might improve. Riesling and Chardonnay." (4/1997)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
From the winery: "One of the smallest production wines we make is the coveted Dry Muscat. In a market flooded with endless supply of sweet Muscat (or Moscato), this dry-style Orange Muscat stands out amongst the crowd. Crisp and pleasant, with notes of honeysuckle and peach, the 2013 vintage offers up a unique twist on Muscat. We source Orange Muscat grapes from Santa Barbara County, then ferment it in 100% neutral French Oak to capture its exotic and heady aromas, light straw color, and long lasting finish. We recommend the 2013 Dry Muscat as an aperit... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City