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Ryan Woodhouse

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2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-20-2019
A complex nose of red forest berries, leafy undergrowth, bramble, subtle cardamon and star anise. Exotic, aromatic and lifted but also savory with earthy, leafy components. Every minute in the glass reveals new aromas. On the palate the wine is youthfully vibrant and fresh. Juicy red berry fruits, baking spice, a subtle framing of oak that's fully integrated. Lithe and energetic. Lovely Pinot Noir showing the pedigree of this Pisoni / Franscioni owned and farmed vineyard. And what a steal at this price!
Top Value!
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WE 93

2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-20-2019
I continue to be super impressed with the wines from Matias. This Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay is simply delicious. It combines the richness and purity of fruit you'd expect from this top site, with a fresh, zesty quality that gives beautiful drive and mouthwatering acidity. Pure fruit expressing golden orchard fruit, apple strudel, ripe peach, honeyed apricot and almond butter. These beautifully ripe, rich flavors and balanced by a fresh, lemon curd like tangy acidity and a wet stone mineral tinge. A very complete wine with lovely poise and complex layers. Drinking beautifully. Incredible price.
Top Value!
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WE 93

2017 B.R. Cohn North Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-20-2019
A sensational deal in Pinot Noir. Tasted blind this could be easily mistaken for $30+ Russian River Pinot. A sophisticated nose of bright cherry fruit, earthy spices, soft, supple mouthfeel, exotic oak spice. Very suave and silky for such an inexpensive wine. Top Value!
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart
WE 92

2015 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-20-2019
Darker fruited and more brooding than the Spring Mtn bottling; deep, red to black fruits. Soil, hot stone and graphite underpins blackberries, plum, blackcurrant, sage and black pepper. Huge intensity framed by classic Howell Mtn tannin. Perfect for hearty winter pot roast or braised short ribs.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2015 Robert Craig Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-20-2019
Explosive wine from Robert Craig - the nose shows intense blue / black fruit: cassis, huckleberry, redcurrant, cedar, bramble and fresh tobacco leaf. Medium plus to full bodied, but not sweet. Refined mountain fruit tannin, structured but not astringent. Opens with air, it's drinking beautifully already but 10-15 years of longevity seems comfortable. Sharp price here.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
JD 94 VN 93

2016 Maitre de Chai "Stampede Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Vines were planted in the 1940s, own rooted. Soils are decomposed granite right at the base of the Sierra Nevada. Winemakers Marty Winters and Alex Pitts describe this wine as an ode to Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards, for his classical style of restraint and finesse. I’d say they nailed it—it’s a very elegant style, nothing in excess.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2016 Mike and Molly Hendry "R.W. Moore Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
From vines planted in 1905–06 in what is now known as the Coombsville sub-AVA of Napa Valley. Just two miles northeast of downtown Napa, this vineyard is also known as the “Earthquake Vineyard.” Potently aromatic, silky tannins, and high-toned fruit. Pure and powerful.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
WE 93

2017 Carlisle "Piner-Olivet Ranches" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Mike Officer is one of the true guardians of old vine Zinfandel in California. His passion for these old vineyards centers around a very specific subregion in the Russian River Valley. Piner-Olivet is the intersection of two roads at the epicenter of old vines in the region. Fruit comes from: Carlisle (1927), Papera (1930), and Montafi (1926). Incredible stuff.

2017 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Sourced from mostly 130-year-old Zinfandel vines, this is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. One of the most ageworthy Zins out there, this often lasts for 10- to 15-plus years. Still one of the best values in all of the wine world.

2016 Ledge "Dante Dusi Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Planted back in the 1920s, these head-trained, dry-farmed vines visible from Highway 101 are some of the most sought-after in the region. Winemaker Mark Adams, longtime assistant winemaker at Saxum, brings a huge skill set to the table. This particular wine is fermented wild, 50% whole cluster, and aged in neutral puncheons (double size barrels). The wine has a lift and vitality unlike many other Paso Zins. Check it out.

2018 Bedrock Wine Company "Bedrock Vineyard - Heritage" Sonoma Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Ground zero for Bedrock is this 131-year-old block in Sonoma Valley. Mostly Zin, but 27 varieties in all, including around 20% Carignan and 5% Mataro. One of the best examples of an old vine field blend you’ll find anywhere, and being Bedrock’s eponymous site, and home vineyard, you have to think this one gets even a little more attention to detail. This is exactly what I mean when I say that Zinfandel is the crown jewel of California’s vinous treasure.
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart

2017 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Probably my most recommended Zinfandel, period. You get the unrivalled vineyard knowledge and sourcing of the Bedrock team, plus their expertise in the cellar, for an absolute song. The average vine age here is 80-plus years, coming from vineyards such as: Evangelho, Bedrock, Nervo Ranch, and Teldeschi Ranch.
Price: $23.95 Add To Cart
WS 93 VN 91

2015 Ramey "Woolsey Road Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A lovely example of a full-bodied California Chard done right. Big, rich fruit, poached pears, pie crust, brioche, crème brûlée. Lovely palate weight and texture. Stony minerals, well-judged oak and a savory, nutty lees character to counterbalance the big fruit. Classic style from a classic producer.

2017 Hartford Court "Four Hearts Vineyards" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A layered wine. Rich and flavorful, yet with plenty of energy and acidity. From old vines. Dense core of baked, caramelized orchard fruit, lemon curd, clove, river stone, and wisps of jasmine giving lovely floral lift. Round and creamy on the mid-palate, but drawn out long and fresh by the balanced acidity. Very complete.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
JD 97 RP 96

2015 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A lovely wine from a little vineyard at the northwestern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Fruit is grown by husband-and-wife team, David and Stacey Gollnick. The wine is expertly crafted by none other than Ehren Jordan of Failla. I love the combination of fresh, bright, cool climate SCM Chardonnay with Ehren’s silky, lush, more exotic style of Chard. Beautifully done.
Price: $44.95 Add To Cart
VN 93 JD 92

2017 Morgan "Highland" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Keep an eye on Morgan’s wines. This longtime stalwart has been reaching new heights, with winemaking now under the tutelage of Samuel Smith. The 2016 and 2017 vintages have been moving in a more Burgundy-inspired direction. This has some lovely, subtle reductive notes mingled with pristine and powerful fruit, plus wisps of oak spice and flint.
Price: $23.95 Add To Cart
WE 93 WS 91

2016 Presqu'ile Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
I love what has been happening at Presqu’ile lately. In 2015 they brought in Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac as a consultant, and within the first couple of vintages the quality has skyrocketed. The Santa Maria Valley bottling is estate fruit plus old vine Bien Nacido. While remaining very focused and linear, it has lots of power and phenolic density. Serious concentration of flavor.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
WS 90

2017 Joyce "Submarine Canyon" Monterey County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Russell Joyce’s wines are definitely worthy of your attention. This incorporates fruit from a few different sites including Zabala in Arroyo Seco. Beautifully refined Chard. Perfectly ripe but with plenty of freshness and vivacity. What a steal at this price.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2017 I. Brand & Family "Escolle Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Another wine from Ian Brand, this time from the other side of the Salinas Valley in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Escolle vineyard, owned and farmed by the Caraccioli family, has quickly become one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the region. Again, the acid line is pure and focused, but here Ian has built a bit more texture and phenolic power, with more lees contact and some subtle, nutty oak. This one will age beautifully. Another bargain given the quality and pedigree.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2017 Le P'tit Paysan "Jack's Hill" Monterey County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
From Ian Brand, SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” 2018. From the western foothills of the Gabilan Mountains, planted in iron rich, decomposed granite soils, this very expressive, flavorful wine also has precise acidity that keeps the whole thing on a knife edge. Exceptional value. Don’t miss this one.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WE 92

2017 Madson Wines "Ascona Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Hand-picked from just three rows of Syrah in the young but widely heralded Ascona vineyard in the summit subregion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Exactly what I love from true cool climate Syrah: violets, freshly ground peppercorns, dark berries, smoked meat. Lithe and energetic on the palate from the whole cluster fermentation.
Price: $32.95 Add To Cart

2017 Madson Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A rare departure from the Santa Cruz Mountains for Madson, but this is pure Pinot perfection. From a cool site in Anderson Valley and fermented 100% whole cluster, the wine is a hauntingly aromatic, elegant expression. Matured in a once-used French oak barrel (yes, just one barrel) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Price: $36.95 Add To Cart

2016 Madson Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A bright, fresh, racy style from mature vines growing in Portola Valley. The small berries of the Wente clone of Chardonnay and the Franciscan shale soils make for a powerful but linear style of wine, unadorned by oak, and crafted very deliberately minimalist, to let the quality of the fruit and the complexity of the soil shine through.
Price: $22.95 Add To Cart

2016 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-03-2019
The new 2016 release of Napa Cab from Amici Cellars is their best yet. Coming from what I believe to be the best vintage in many years (even better than 2013 in my book) and from increasingly high-end vineyard sources, this bottle drinks well above its price point, especially at our sharp promotional retail of $39.95! It picked up triple 93 point scores from top critics, to boot. The wine is bursting with big, ripe layers of purple fruit like plum, huckleberry, cassis, and blackcurrant that are lifted by hints of bay laurel and spicy oak. It's very juicy and energetic on the palate, and the lush fruit is nicely complemented by fresh acidity and fine but present tannins. Drinking nicely now, this will continue to open up over the next 1-3 years and should drink nicely for at least 7-10. The guys at Amici continue to produce some of the finest wines in the valley and this bottling is a screaming value.
Top Value!

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary Edition" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-03-2019
Deliciously drinkable Cabernet that is beautifully executed in a very classic style. Chateau Ste. Michelle are a true stalwart of Washington wine and have fantastic mature vineyards across the Columbia Valley. Year after year they consistently produce some of the region's top quality wines at very reasonable prices. This bottling is a perfect example of that. It's a special selection of their Columbia Valley Cabernet bottled in Magnum format to celebrate their 50th vintage. The winery priced it at $50! The wine shows a nice combination of red and black fruits: blackberry, redcurrant, plum, cedar, cigar box. Medium bodied with a nice texture and weight but not at all sweet. I think this could pass for a solid bottle of Haut-Medoc from Bordeaux. It's very food friendly too. With this ridiculous deal on a delicious Magnum of Cabernet - consider the bulk of your holiday gift shopping done! This commemorative 50th Anniversary bottling from Chateau Ste. Michelle is perfect for gifting and way over-delivers for the price. A great-looking label, a crowd-pleasing Cab and a stunningly low price.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
DC 93

2017 BOLD Wine Co. Monterey County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-26-2019
Who said you can't find legit, delicious Pinot Noir under $20!? This bottle is very serious for the money. Classically cool climate styled, crunchy berry fruits, leaf litter, sous bois, dusty spices. Bright and juicy on the palate with fresh acidity and great length. Unfined, unfiltered, very authentic, contemporary California Pinot Noir executed for a steal of a price point. Measures up well against good Bourgogne Rouge or a village wine like Savigny-Lès-Beaune or Marsannay with that slightly wild, earthy, red fruited profile. Food friendly and versatile; a great new "house wine" for lovers of cool climate Pinot Noir.
Top Value!
Price: $18.95 Add To Cart
WE 93

2016 Paul Dolan Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-23-2019
A stellar deal in Cabernet. Paul Dolan's wines have long been known to savvy buyers and folks in the wine business as some of the best values in California. This is a perfect illustration of that quality to price ratio. Estate grown, CCOF certified organic grapes, 94 points and a Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast and still under $20! This wine is powerful and rich with dense, dark, plummy, blackcurrant fruit. Smoky spices, broad rich texture, concentration and varietal tannins. A real mouthful of Cab with a lovely, authentic, non-manipulated feel. What a bargain at this price.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WE 94

2015 Happy Canyon Vineyards "Piocho" Santa Barbara County Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-22-2019
A screaming deal at our market low price. This rocking Bordeaux-style blend is made for Happy Canyon Vineyards by none other than legendary Santa Barbara County winemaker, Doug Margerum! Happy Canyon Vineyard is well known as one of the premier sites in the region and their pristine fruit is coveted by many of the area's best winemakers. This packs briary, brambly, deep red fruit, with crushed rock minerality, subtle cigar box, plum, bay laurel, and graphite. Medium-plus-bodied with great structure balancing the fruit. Unbelievable value for this end-of-vintage, hidden price deal. Don't miss it.
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WE 94

2015 Leeuwin Estate "Prelude" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 08-08-2019
Leeuwin's Prelude is always a great value even at its typical $25-30 price point...but at this price it's a total no-brainer. Classic Margaret River Cab with cassis, red currant, hints of eucalyptus and cedar. Medium plus bodied, fine tannins, fresh, lifted acidity complementing the soft, fluid fruit. Accessible and complete, a great bottle of wine and one that demonstrates fantastic value for money.
Top Value!

2015 Elio Grasso "Ginestra Casa Matè" Barolo
Review Date: 08-08-2019
What I liked about this bottling is the broad drinking window. No doubt this is a big, powerful, hugely structured wine...but it also has lovely pure fruit, well refined tannins and most importantly - immaculate balance from start to finish. Sure it needs a good decant if you're drinking it young (I actually tasted this wine on day two) but there's plenty to enjoy now if you get thirsty!

2015 Kir-Yianni "Ramnista" Naoussa Greece
Review Date: 08-08-2019
I'll second one of my colleagues below - this wine reminded me of a Nebbiolo based wine...that combination of floral tones, savory allure, grippy tannins, linear feel on the palate. Great little food wine for grilled meats and anything oily / fatty. Black and blue forest berries, dried herbs / flower petals, scorched early and shaved oak. Medium bodied, nice firm structure. Pretty serious little wine.

2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-08-2019
This is dynamite Cabernet by any measure. A perfectly struck balance of power and precision. This beautiful wine from Farella combines the richness and concentration of Napa Valley with the freshness, structure and length of great Paulliac. Coming from the oldest Cabernet vines in the area (planted in the late 1970s) and from one of the cooler sub-regions of Napa, this is highly aromatic wine with crushed violets, blue fruit, cassis, pencil shavings, graphite and sandalwood. Medium plus bodied but long and linear rather than thick and broad. No excessive extraction or jamminess here; the mouthfeel is akin to polished, modern Bordeaux. A powerful, structured wine with great ageing potential, purity and poise. Very serious wine...one I hope others in the valley can emulate...this is Napa Cab done very well - bravo!
Top Value!

2016 Cantina Terlano "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva Alto Adige
Review Date: 08-06-2019
I've probably tasted half a dozen or so vintages of this wine from Terlano now and it has never once failed to impress me. The 2016 might just be the strongest release I've had yet. With stunning purity and textural presence on the palate, this wine captures the highly aromatic nature of the grape, without losing any focus or freshness. Round and supple but with precise acidity, endless verve, and persistent minerality. A captivating white wine that is truly world-class.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 RP 95

2014 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-31-2019
Another killer release from Matt Dees and Jonata. I love the concept of "Todos" that encapsulates all the varieties grown on this stunning Ballard Canyon estate. It truly captures this rocky, sandy, sparse, chaparral dotted landscape. Briary red fruits, spiced plum, warm dust, smoked meat and leather. Cigar box notes emerge with time in the glass. It really unfurls and becomes complex with a little decant. Medium bodied, lovely balance of restrained fruit and layered savory aspects. The structure of the wine makes it a great accompaniment to grilled meat or hearty roasted mushrooms. If you can imagine it, it's kinda like northern Rhone Syrah meets left bank Bordeaux...with just a dash of California ripeness thrown. Fascinating stuff all around!

2016 DeLille "Chaleur Blanc" Columbia Valley White Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 07-26-2019
Year after year I love this wine. Delille have perfected the style and it's a faithful rendition of classical White Bordeaux. Working at K&L we have the privilege to taste a lot of the finest wines Bordeaux has to offer. I truly believe Delille's Chaleur Blanc can stand shoulder to shoulder with the white wines of Domaine de Chevalier, Château Smith-Haut Lafitte and Château Carbonnieux. The aromas are complex and beguiling - citrus peel, preserved lemon, jasmine, golden plum. It is barrel fermented but not dominated by oak flavor. The texture is stunning, the persistence seemingly endless. Intense stony minerals are infused through out. Clearly this will age but it's already drinking beautifully and the oak is perfectly integrated. A very special white wine that I hope you will check out - it just may become your favorite too!
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2017 Château de L'Ou "Compartir" Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge
Review Date: 07-26-2019
I love Grenache and a wine like this is exactly why. Effortless power and deliciously ripe fruit. Smooth, suave mouth-filing texture. Great Grenache like this can have both the exotic, lifted aromatics Pinot Noir, plus the power and density of Napa Cab without any need for patience. It's a pop and pour hedonistic experience and one that fans of rich, explosive wines will come back to time and time again.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
JD 96

2018 Villa Maria "Taylor's Pass" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-25-2019
So just about everyone in the wine world knows that New Zealand makes some downright delicious Sauvignon Blanc (among many other things). However this brilliant bottling from Villa Maria is compelling evidence that they make world-class Sauv Blanc that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best of Sancerre and alike. The 2018 Taylor's Pass combines NZ's unrivaled ability to produce explosively aromatic, fresh, zesty expressions of this grape with intense minerality, palate presence, length and complexity. This is not just a simple fruity wine, it has layers of citrus, feijoa, kumquat, key lime, bread crust, stony minerals, salt, cilantro. It's fascinating, electric, dynamic wine that people need to taste.
Top Value!

2014 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 07-25-2019
Another ripper from Leeuwin. This has to be one of the most consistent producers on the planet. Their Cab is always a benchmark expression of Margaret River Cabernet complete with aromatic red / black fruits, mint, subtle eucalyptus notes, warm earth, sandstone, and cigar box complexities. Medium weight with appropriate varietal tannins but remaining highly accessible even as a young wine. Tasted again on day two and three - the wine continues to drink beautifully with no signs of deterioration suggesting it will hold up very well in the cellar. A bargain for such quality and pedigree.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2017 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-24-2019
Hiding in plain sight, Freemark Abbey continues to put out simply delicious wines at very reasonable prices and never seems to get caught up in the rapidly spiraling price increases of modern day Napa Valley. This benchmark Chard, coming in at under $23 with a huge 94+ score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, is the most recent example. Capturing classic aromas and flavors of yellow stone fruit, toffee apple, baking spices, and almond paste, this is soft and well rounded on the palate, but has bright, refreshing acidity to balance the creaminess. This is a crowd-pleaser from a super-dependable producer that continues to over-deliver year after year. Top Value!
Price: $22.95 Add To Cart
RP 94

2016 Domaine Lafage "Fundacio" Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 07-18-2019
This has a lovely combination of big rich fruit and more subtle savory aspects. The nose has ripe, powerful fruit and dried flowers, it's explosive and inviting. The palate delivers on that promise of big saturated fruit but also gives some nice earthy / stony qualities from the granitic soils of the region. Full bodied but well balanced and not sweet. This is classic Lafage wine making - pedal to the metal but always maintaining complete control.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
JD 96

2015 Sixto "Frenchman Hills Vineyard" Columbia Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-17-2019
Glossy, smooth, creamy Chardonnay with perfectly ripe stone fruits and tingling mineral underpinnings. This classy wine from K Vintners shows just how, in the right hands, Chardonnay can be both rich and restrained. Grown at 1,700ft on pure basalt volcanic soils this wine is very expressive and flavorful but not over-oaked and weights in at just 13.5% alc. Deeply discounted and decidedly delicious.

2017 Seabold Cellars "Olson Vineyard" Monterey Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-10-2019
A lovely example of contemporary California Chardonnay. A piercing acid line and saline minerality drive flavors of crisp orchard fruit and pie crust across the palate. Some nutty almost Meursault like flavors linger in the back. I love the focus and precision of this wine. A million miles away from the largely defunct stereotypes of oaky / buttery CA Chard. This will stand toe-to-toe with Premier Cru Chablis no problem.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2016 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 07-10-2019
I'm so delighted this wine got the huge score it deserves! Te Kahu has been a long time favorite here at K&L...we've been raving on about the Gimblett Gravels region in New Zealand for quite some time now. Indeed in previous years the big brother of this wine - Craggy's $70 "Sophia" bottling has enjoyed huge critical acclaim (even a 100pt score), while Te Kahu has slipped under the radar, known only to those clued in it's ridiculous value and consistency. But now the cat is out of the bag as it were, and we had to fight to get a good allocation of this highly pointed vintage of Te Kahu. For those unfamiliar with the Gimblett Gravels growing region the best European equivalent is Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux (home to Chateaux such as Haut-Brion, Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pape Clement, Domaine de Chevalier). The soils are extremely rocky, 30 feet of pure riverbed gravel for the vine roots to penetrate. The resulting wines have powerful fruit and structure, with distinctive mineral undertones. Try this wine with grilled rack of NZ lamb and you'll be in your happy place!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 97 JS 93

2016 Marietta "Game Trail" Estate Yorkville Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-10-2019
Tasted blind this wine could pass for a $100+ bottle of Howell Mountain Cab. And I say that in all sincerity and admiration. The wine has formidable concentration and power. Black and blue fruit, cassis, liquored blackberry, graphite, pencil shaving and singed cedar. The fruit is bold and delicious, it has mouth-coating texture, fine, long-chain tannins and wonderful purity of varietal expression. The quality here so far out-performs the modest price point it's ridiculous. A very special wine I implore you to try, you won't regret it. A Cab lovers delight.
Top Value!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
VN 94

2016 Rafael Palacios "As Sortes" Godello Valdeorras, Spain
Review Date: 06-21-2019
This is a wine that will make you sit up and pay attention. It somehow reminds me of some of the finest Chenin Blancs I have tasted from South Africa...maybe it's the decomposed granite soils and pronounced minerality the regions both express...Golden, ripe stone fruit, stone ground flour, freshly baked bread. Tingling acidity laced with stony minerals. A finish that goes on and on...real sneaky persistence on the palate. A complex and layered white wine that I found quite compelling.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

2016 Rafael Palacios "Louro" Godello Valdeorras
Review Date: 06-21-2019
I love Godello for its natural ability to convey sense of place. This wine is full of sandy, granitic minerality and an almost saline element. Its crystaline acidity is very refreshing but the wine has a lovely textural softness on the palate. Super versatile with food and equally quaffable without. What a dynamite little wine this is.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2017 Three Sticks "Price Family Estates" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2019
A powerful, serious, structured Pinot Noir with dark, intense forest berry fruit with real depth and brooding, layered character. Some briary, stemmy components add complexity and texture. More floral, high-toned elements emerge with air. On the finish - spiced citrus peel and dried herbs kick in as the wine resonates long and assertive on the palate. A great candidate for mid-term cellaring but also delicious now with and good decant. Serious stuff from Three Sticks.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2019
Wow! This new release from Hartford Court is just off the hook. It tastes just like one of their high-end single vineyard releases but at less than half the price! Explosive aromatics of bing cherry, sandalwood, clove and warm earth. For me a perfect, benchmark expression of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The palate is highly polished, pure fruited and silky soft. Waves of ripe lush fruit ebb across the palate. The finish is lifted with exotic Asian spices, judicious French oak and heightened bright acidity. So pure and well well made. It's stunning that Hartford Court can put out wines of this caliber at this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
JD 95

2016 Alexana "Terroir Series" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2019
Upon opening the bottle the wine's brilliant aromatics were immediately apparent with ripe berry fruits, maraschino cherry, baking spices and bramble leaf. The wine's palate is soft and fruitful. A juicy, mid-weight texture with plenty of fruit and vibrant acidity. Dusty spices return on the finish that is elegant and lifted with perfectly judged acidity. A very complete wine that has a high "drinkability" factor due to its purity of fruit and moreish, mouthwatering finish! I really enjoyed a visit to Alexana's estate last year and it's great to see the wines getting the huge critical recognition they most certainly deserve!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
WS 94 WE 91

2015 Wines of Substance "Klein Vineyard - Bx" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-13-2019
Striking a deft balance between exotic, ripe, flamboyant modern Cabernet and gravelly, structured, savory old school Bordeaux. Tasted in a lineup of top notch Cabernet from Napa, this wine stood up very well showing beautiful layers of flavor: cassis, blackcurrant, loganberry, hot stones, pencil shaving, oak spices. Full bodied but not jammy in the least. Well defined, varietal tannins give great structure and length. We took one final parcel of this wine before it's gone for good, and with the huge and well deserved score from Jeb it's gonna move fast. 98 points from under $60!
Price: $59.95 Add To Cart
JD 98

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Pierre Mineral "Vieillie En Fut" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($39.99)

Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Ships as a 1.5L Due to Bottle Size/Shape) ($69.99)

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (ships as 1.5L due to shape of bottle) ($74.99)

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut ($13.99)

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne ($29.99)

1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac ($69.99)

2012 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion ($26.99)

2012 Calera "Ryan" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir ($59.99)