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Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse

Ryan Woodhouse

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2016 Hilliard Bruce "Venus" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-11-2019
Perhaps unsurprisingly this bears a lot of resemblance to the Estate Chardonnay, it's a best barrel selection...the wine is essentially an even more powerful, defined expression of place that is hand-selected by the winemaker as the best 50cs worth of Chardonnay grown on the estate in a given year. Again ripe citrus rules the palate with astounding minerality and verve. This gives Grand Cru Chablis and run for it's money.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart
VN 94

2016 Hilliard Bruce "Sky" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-11-2019
A bright, floral, exotic Pinot Noir with aromatics soaring from the glass. Ripe red fruits, Asian spices, clove, sandalwood. The flavors are just as vibrant and expressive as the nose suggests with red berry fruits reverberating across the palate. Fine, silky tannins add detail to the soft texture and perfectly judged acidity keeps the whole experience delineated and focused. Seriously well put together Pinot Noir in a crowd pleasing, seductive style. Priced to moved.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart
JD 93 VN 92

2015 Hilliard Bruce "Estate" Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-11-2019
A pure, bright, mineral infused rendition of Chardonnay from this great vineyard site in the Sta. Rita Hills. Grown on sandy soils with diatomaceous earth and fine gravel. Piercing yellow fruits, ripe citrus, oyster shell like salinity. Lovely freshness and drive. This is a one time deal at this price point, don't miss out.
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VN 92 JD 91

2016 Grand Napa "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-05-2019
A big, luxurious, structured, reserve level Cab that totally over delivers at this heavily discounted price point. Powerful dark fruit, blackcurrant, cassis, bramble, scorched earth, exotic oak spices. Juicy and succulent enough to drink now, but also showing plenty of structure to last 8-10 years in the cellar...maybe more. Made from a top barrel selection of Grand Napa's lots from across the valley with fruit coming from: Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Oakville and Atlas Peak. The fruit is fermented in tiny one ton, open top tanks and punch-downs are done by hand; this is boutique, labor of love wine making as employed by Napa's top cult Cab producers. It then rests for two years in super high-end Seguin Moreau French oak. No expense spared here; this is up there with the crème de la crème of the region and at a fraction of the typical asking price.
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RP 93 JS 92

2016 Grand Napa Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-05-2019
This is top notch, classic, Rutherford Cabernet for an absolute song! After being offered a parcel of these highly rated, yet under-the-radar, Grand Napa wines for a fraction of their SRP, we tasted very diligently on several occasions and time and time again I was just floored by the quality, power and balance the wines possessed. The Rutherford Cab starts out with an explosive nose of briary, blackcurrant fruit with tobacco leaf, cedar and that celebrated "Rutherford Dust" quality. The palate is luxurious and suave with lush fruit, very fine, polished tannins framed by classy high-end French oak. It's rich and powerful but not high-octane or jammy. Really concentrated and intense but refined at the same time. This combination of quality (first and foremost) plus press (94+WA) and discount (60+% off) doesn't come around very often. We're stocking our cellars with this beauty for the next decade plus. It might be that long before we see this type of deal again!
Drink from 2019 to 2019
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RP 94 JS 92

2017 Routestock "Route 121" Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-28-2019
Wow! Doesn't this little fire cracker over deliver! So much flavor and energy packed into this bottle. I has the rich, unctuous, textured fruit you expect from Carneros Chardonnay but with tons of verve, zesty acidity and subtle flinty character. Real intensity of flavor and personality. This is a perfect party wine, a crowd pleaser for Summer BBQs. It's increasingly rare to see Carneros AVA Chardonnay under $20 and one of this quality, at this price it just about unheard of. Super impressive.
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WE 92

2015 Varner "El Camino Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-28-2019
A delicious and very intriguing wine with a complex interplay of richness and minerality. To use a Burgundian lens, this wine talks to me like Corton-Charlemagne because of it's broader palate presence and density. The wine is quite rich and weighty on the palate with a soft mouthfeel. Flavors are ripe stone fruit, peach pit, brioche, almond paste and some honeycomb nuances. The wine has just started to take on some lovely nutty, bottle age character adding to the complexity. But it's not over yet...the finish of the wine brings saline minerals, flinty elements and fine crystalline acidity to beautifully balance the wines more forward components. There's so much going on here for such an inexpensive wine...especially at this special feature price!
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Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
RP 93 VN 92

2016 Aquinas North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-25-2019
I was super impressed by this wine as this price point! It really drinks like a much more expensive, luxurious Cab. Bold, dark fruits, lovely ripeness but without being jammy. Blackcurrant, dark chocolate, cedar notes. Lush, rich texture, smoky, vanilla oak framing the fruit but not overwhelming it. Very nicely done and at an every day price point. Great stuff!
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Price: $15.95 Add To Cart
WE 91

2017 The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-22-2019
Wow! Just about as delicious a Pinot Noir as you'll ever find at this price point. The wine is purposefully crafted to show the drinkability, bright fruit and silky texture Pinot Noir has to offer but at a stunningly low price! We've been promoting this wine for a couple years now and it's GREAT to see the 90+ scores starting to come in...the wine certainly deserves it. Not much can hold a candle to this in the sub-$15 category.
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Price: $11.95 Add To Cart
JS 91 WE 90

2016 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-20-2019
Generally speaking Paso Robles is know for bigger, jammier styles of Cabernet but that is not the case with Bishop's Peak. The fruit is sourced from the much cooler sub-AVA of Santa Margarita Ranch in the very south western tip of the region, close to San Luis Obispo. Here the cooling ocean influence is much more pronounced and the wines tend to be a little more elegant and structured. This bottling from Talley / Bishop's Peak is very classically styled with mulberry, cigar box, red currant, crushed rocks, and graphite. Medium plus bodied, with notable but refined varietal tannins. Stony minerals, mingle with cassis and plum with a subtle whiff of oak spice. Classy stuff...top value.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 VN 90

2017 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-20-2019
Talley's wine are among my favorites in all of California and their Bishop's Peak range of wines give people everyday drinkability without having to sacrifice quality. As the label states - hand-picked, hand-crafted and aged in French oak. This is seriously great Chardonnay at bargain basement pricing. Sourcing from their own vineyards and neighbors, these wines are from the same stable as the 96 point Rosemary's Chard, made by the same winemaker Eric Johnson...and the pedigree is clear to see or rather taste! Bright, flinty aromas of orchard fruits, pie crust and white blossom. The palate is focused and mineral intensive with salinity and verve. A juicy, generous texture fills in without masking any of the subtle complexities. Beautifully judged. Crowd pleasing but also refined and detailed. Drinks WAY above it's modest price point.
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VN 91 WE 90

2016 Margerum "M5" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend
Review Date: 02-20-2019
A simply stunning Rhône inspired red blend…for sure one of the best $20 wines I have ever tasted from anywhere. Period. This wine really illustrates the ability of California's Central Coast...especially Santa Barbara County... to produce knockout Rhône varietal wines at exceptional values. Everything melds together so seamlessly in this wine. It's rich without being heavy, structured without being harsh. It has beautiful length and balance on the palate. A very complete wine that is absolutely singing right now but will continue to do so for 5+ years for sure.
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2016 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-20-2019
The wine has one major flaw...it's just way too good for the price. Seriously...I think this wine would be taken much more seriously if it were twice as expensive and it definitely would hold it's own on the quality front. The Varner brothers have been crushing it with their Foxglove label for years now but this release is a notable step up in quality in my humble opinion. Lovely purity, perfectly ripe fruit, saline / coastal minerality and just the right textural weight without any new oak. This is the definition of a wine punching above its weight and I'm just thrilled to see some of the country's top critics recognizing that and shouting it loud and clear.
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2016 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 02-19-2019
The return of a best seller with a new name and package! The Nor'Wester from Greystone / Grey's Peak is basically a declassified bottling from their top notch, organically farmed estate in Waipara Valley. We had this wine omce before under the Thistle Ridge label. Winemaker Dom Maxwell is a highly regarded talent producing some of the countries most highly rated wines. Our long relationship with the team and Grey's Peak allowed us first dibs on this highly scored bottling. The wine delivers authentic Pinot Noir varietal characters of berry fruits, sous bois, smoke, clove, freshly turned earth. Medium bodied with food friendly acidity and fine tannins. Lovely length and balance of fruit vs savory elements. A very complete wines for the money thanks to our direct import program. Don't miss it.

2015 Aaron "Citizen" Paso Robles Red Blend
Review Date: 02-18-2019
Bursting from the glass with blueberry pie, boysenberry and clove. Inky concentration, rich succulent fruit, scorched earth, ripe refined tannins. A powerful wine for sure but one that is beautifully put together and polished. Aaron Jackson is making some phenomenal wines down in Tin City and this is a real highlight of his range. Very reminiscent of some cult producers in the area...but at very reasonable price points...for now. This is one bandwagon you want to be on for sure.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
JD 95 VN 95

2017 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Wow, this is a big, bold wine. A boisterous nose of smokey dark fruit, plum, black cherry, garrigue, sweet baking spice, embers and cracked peppercorn. Voluptuous, mouth-coating texture, big but ripe tannins with plenty of flesh and succulent fruit coating them. Quite a blockbuster style (at least in its youth) but executed perfectly with every element finding its place harmoniously. Powerful stuff from Tensley.

2014 Site Wines "Stolpman Vineyard" Roussanne Santa Barbara County
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Site's Roussanne starts out with a beautiful floral nose of honeysuckle and jasmine. Peach pit, spiced apricot preserve, almond croissant...interesting. Lush, full bodied and rich but with nice freshness and focus on the finish. A really lovely rendition of the varietal.

2016 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Another stunning bottling of UU Block from Foxen; this is consistently delicious every year. The 2016 is packed full of caramalized baked pears, preserved lemon, subtle oak tones, saline minerals and oyster shell. The wine has real volume and intensity without being heavy or creamy. Stunning length on the palate and the flavors repeat and re-emerge time and time again. I love this vineyard...thanks once again Bien Nacido!

2016 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Crafted by the same winemaker (Anthony Biagi), in the same winery as Amici's $200 Cabernets from Spring Mountain, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Missouri Hopper and Morisoli vineyards. Amici have been racking up huge scores recently (98 points from Jeb Dunnuck for their 2015 Spring Mountain Cab) and to be honest I can't think of any other winery that has the prestige and pedigree they do...where you can still buy some of their offerings for such reasonable price points! Here's a rocking bottle of Cab, from the same stable, that you can afford to drink any night of the week. It's very easy to see why The Wine Advocate pegged them as one of the very best value producers in California...and right now we have an even hotter price than usual!
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2017 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-15-2019
The Olema label from Amici Cellars consistently rates as one of our best values in the store. The 2017 Chardonnay is no exception packing a whole lot of wine into a very inexpensive price point! Keep in mind this is a sub-$15 Chardonny crafted by the same winemaker and in the same winery as Amici's $200 wines from Beckstoffer To Kalon / Missouri Hopper and Morisoli Vineyards. Amici have been racking up huge scores recently and to be honest I can't think of any other winery that has the prestige and pedigree they do...where you can still buy some of their offerings for such reasonable price points!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
JD 91 JS 91

2016 O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Whilst this wine is only due for official release on March 1st 2019, tasting with O'Shaughnessy at last year's Premier Napa Valley still sticks in my mind as one of the highlights of the event. O'Shaughnessy's wines consistently deliver power, structure, and balance. The interesting mix of Bordeaux varietals on their Howell Mountain estate (including some obscure ones - St. Macaire) make their way into the wines, and whilst only in small percentages I believe they give they wines a distinct advantage over some competitors when it comes to layers and multi-dimensional complexity that is present here in spades. This is undeniably one of the strongest showings from a sub-$100 Napa Cab I have come across to date.

2014 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Red Blend Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 02-14-2019
With this bottling winemaker Jeremy Weintraub demonstrates his formidable blending skills taking Syrah (75%,) Grenache (20%) and Viognier (5%) and combines them into a focused torrent of brambly, exotic fruit, scorched earth, garrigue notes and rubbing spices. Concentrated and bursting with flavor but not overly heavy or extracted. There's a lovely balance of hedonistic fruit with savory undertones of smoked meat dried herbs. I think Rhone wine drinkers will enjoy this every bit as much as folks who typically look for California red blends. It's a perfect illustration of how this "site" can deliver richness and restraint when handled by a master in the cellar. Awesome stuff.

2014 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 02-14-2019
Anyone who knows me or pays attention to my wine selections already knows I'm just a little bit obsessed with Grenache. I think it's a grape that deserves more attention and can make truly exceptional wines in a variety of styles. Larner Vineyard in Ballard Canyon is one of the most celebrated plantings of Grenache in the country. This exact block of vines previously went to Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non. Now Jeremy Weintraub does just as stellar of a job crafted this perfect fruit into one of the best bottlings of this varietal you find anywhere. The pure, lush, exotic, mouth-filling, Grenache is bolstered by 20% Syrah (fermented whole cluster) also from Larner. The Grenache see time in large 500L neutral oak Puncheons while the Syrah gets splashed in new French oak barriques to polish the tannins. It is quite simply one of the most stunning wines I've tasted to date, and for me puts winemaker Jeremy in an elite group of winemakers I believe to be pushing California wines to new heights.

2016 Leviathan California Red Blend
Review Date: 01-28-2019
The ultimate crowd pleaser! This is a wine that is purpose built for those with hedonistic vinous tendencies. In other words, it's for you folks out there that just can't get enough rich luscious fruit, exotic oak spices, ripe silky textures and mouth filling flavor. A bold, powerful blend of top notch fruit from across northern California. All of this is then seamlessly woven together by iconic winemaker Andy Erikson who has crafted cult wines such as Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Staglin, Dalla Valle, and Ovid. In 2004 Andy founded Leviathan with the idea of making a truly unrestrained California Red. The founding idea remains true to this day: One Blend - One Focus - Leviathan.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 92

2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 01-15-2019
A Napa icon in fine form. Everything people have come to know Silver Oak for is on full display with their 2013 Napa Cab release. Big, deep fruit (blackcurrant, cassis, plum) loamy earth, polished toasty oak, ripe, fine tannins, and beautiful length. A rich style but not over the top; the oak profile is classic Silver Oak but not distracting from the quality of fruit from this fine vintage. The legend continues.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2014 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-15-2019
This has the exact flavor profile I expect when I think of Rioja. It's beautifully done. Earthy, loamy characters with deep brooding dark red fruits, leather, umami spice and cured meat. Medium bodied with lovely interplay between fruit and savory components. A good structural frame but accessible from the get-go. Fantastic value. A dependable wine that delivers the goods time and time again.

2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6L)
Review Date: 01-15-2019
A Napa icon in fine form. Everything people have come to know Silver Oak for is on full display with their 2013 Napa Cab release. Big, deep fruit (blackcurrant, cassis, plum) loamy earth, polished toasty oak, ripe, fine tannins, and beautiful length. A rich style but not over the top; the oak profile is classic Silver Oak but not distracting from the quality of fruit from this fine vintage. The legend continues.
Price: $1,199.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2015 Snowden "Brothers Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-09-2019
A powerful wine with great structure complimenting the boisterous dark fruit. Exotic floral notes and subtle oak spice lead the way into blackcurrant, ripe plum, espresso, cool embers, dry earth and cedar. Full bodied but dry. Not overly jammy but still mouth-filling. The wine has a long finish with good tannin integration suggesting at least mid-term ageing potential if you can resist the wine's more hedonistic, youthful allure. It's increasingly rare to find wines of this quality and with such emphatic critical acclaim at this price point...so I suggest jumping on this one like we did!

2015 Bee Hunter "Docker Hill Vineyard" Mendocino Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-07-2019
A lovely expression of varietal and place. Soaring aromatics of forest berries, pomegranate, sandalwood, clove, bramble, truffle oil, loamy earth. Fresh and vibrant with beautiful purity of fruit balanced by some more savory and spice elements. Elegantly textured but nicely concentrated and flavorsome. Really well executed Pinot that checks all the boxes. Definitely a producer to keep your eyes on - huge potential here.
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WE 96

2017 Pax "Sonoma-Hillsides" Sonoma County Syrah
Review Date: 01-04-2019
A real statement wine. Pax has produced a distinctive whole cluster driven style with 100% stem inclusion and fermentation in concrete. Fruit comes from some of the most celebrated cool climate Syrah sites in California including Griffin's Lair, Nellessen and Castelli-Knight vineyards. Aromas of tart blackberry jam, bramble fruit, bracken, cracked peppercorns and cocoa nib. Medium bodied with sinewy tannins and plenty of mouth filing fruit. Whiffs of smoky reduction and gamy characters hark back to Cornas or St.Joseph. A wine built for the long haul with boundless energy and drive.
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2015 Avennia "Valery" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 12-11-2018
A seriously impressive bottle. Explosive aromas of ripe plum, red currant, briary undergrowth, pipe tobacco and wintergreen. Medium to full bodied but not at all heavy or jammy...just perfectly ripe flavors and refined tannins. A wine that really has one foot in Bordeaux and the other in Washington! Avennia's "Valery" (named after the patron saint of St. Emilion, France) pays a fitting homage to the great wines of the right bank. I think this will probably age with the best growths in St. Emilion too...it's a very serious wine that continued to improve and flesh out over three days of tasting.

2015 Avennia "Gravura" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Avennia is a real staff fave here at K&L where we tend to enjoy wines with a little more elegance and poise that are food friendly and hold up well in the cellar. This is a beautiful wine from this producer that specializes in stunning Bordeaux style blends from Washington state. Highly aromatic with blue fruits, floral tones, cassis, freshly picked mint, cedar and gravelly minerals. Medium bodied with fine grained tannins. Lovely food wine, great focus and purity. Very refined and precise. Great value!

2012 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 12-05-2018
As I poured the new release of Roederer Estate's 2012 L'Ermitage around the office two things were said time and time again..."I think this is the best domestic sparkling wine there is"...and..."this tastes like actual Champagne." We hold Champagne in very high regard here at K&L, I think it's the most adored category in store and there are very few sparklers from elsewhere that can compete qualitatively. That said, Roederer Estate's top L'Ermitage bottling is a perennial challenger that measures up very favorably to it's French cousins at a very reasonable price point. I once had lunch with Roederer Estate's winemaker Arnaud Weyrich (who worked for many years at Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims as Chief Technical Officer) who told me the same exacting methods and quality checks that are used for Cristal are applied when producing L'Ermitage. The very best parcels from the very best vintages, reserve wines dating back 10+ years, 5+ years of ageing on lees, extra time ageing on cork before release. This is the real deal and the wine truly speaks for itself. A luxurious toasty nose, brioche, Tarte Tatin, freshly zested citrus. Lovely weight and texture on the palate, fine bubbles, mouth-watering acidity and saline minerals. Long, long persistence on the finish, stays with you for many minutes. Wow.

2016 Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 11-26-2018
A rich, explosive nose of ripe red fruit, Asian spice, mocha tones and summer berry compote. Soft, silky and mouth filling. This is a straight up crowd pleaser if ever I tasted one. Great all around party wine, drinks perfectly on its own or with food. Low tannin, rich fruit, beautifully polished and complete. I was excited to sell this wine just on the strength of how good it tastes...then Decanter dropped a 96 point score so we doubled down! How often do you get 96 points of deliciousness for under $20?
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Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
DC 96

2016 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-26-2018
A California Chard for white Burgundy lovers! This is a beautifully focused, bright, mineral driven Chardonnay with tons of verve and brisk ocean air qualities. No big, gloopy / oaky / buttery here...this is more like Chablis, with zingy citrus tones, green apple, salty minerals, freshly baked bread and a bright crisp finish. A lovely Chard for seafood...maybe Crab or scallops. Amazing value when you consider it is entirely estate grown and bottled, from mature vines, in the super-premium region of Sta. Rita Hills. This is very tough to beat...don't miss this razor sharp price!
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2016 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-26-2018
Gainey is truly a stalwart in Santa Barbara County. This 4th generation farming family have been integral to the growth of premium wine from the region. With estate plantings dating back to the early 1980's, the Gainey family have been instrumental in forging the excellent reputation of Sta. Rita Hills grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. When you look at the price tag on this estate grown and bottled, Sta. Rita Hills AVA wine you might be surprised by how inexpensive it is! But don't be fooled, this is the real deal, cool-climate Pinot that defines the region. Bright red fruits, bramble, dusty spice, juicy acidity from the cool ocean breezes and lovely lingering minerals from the white diatomaceous soils. A balanced, pure, quaffable wine with lots of character and drive. Such a value when you consider many of their neighbors are at least twice the price!
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WE 93 VN 92

2016 Limerick Lane "Estate" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-19-2018
A very concentrated and vibrant expression of Zinfandel with a lovely balance of richness and energy. Blue / purple fruit and violets abound. Asian spice, pepper and smoke. Gobs of juicy fruit, bright acidity and brambly qualities. A very intense wine but not overly alcoholic or extracted...just one with clear pedigree and class. I can see why the critics universally went nuts over this wine...It's quite a stunner and really stands out in a crowd. It has an obvious freshness and vitality from the much needed rains that finally came to California during the winter of 2015/16.

2015 Seghesio "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-19-2018
This wine declares an incredible average vine age of over 70 years...some contributing plantings date back to 1895! Seghesio is one of THE leaders in Old Vine Zin and this bottling is a perfect example of their work. Combining fruit from several ancient vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander Valley it perfectly captures the rich, wild, jammy fruits of classic California Zin. And whilst there is no shortage of power and ripeness here, the wine also has great balance and length on the palate. A very classic expression of Zin that is as timeless and the vines from whence it came.

2015 Chalk Hill "Estate" Chalk Hill Red Blend
Review Date: 11-19-2018
A simply delicious proprietary blend of Bordeaux varietals that is packed with luscious dark fruit, baking spice, dark chocolate and cedar. Really shows its class with lovely purity and highly polished, silky tannins. This can stand shoulder to shoulder with much more expensive propriety reds from the big guns in Napa Valley. A seriously impressive wine from the folks at Chalk Hill, and a perfect gift wine for the holidays with is big points and luxurious heavy bottle.
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Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2014 Stolpman "Hecho Por Ruben" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 10-17-2018
As much as we talk about soil and climate influencing wine, it's also a very "human" beverage. From cultivating the land to tending the tending the vines and crushing the grapes; the human hand is integral to how a wine tastes through every stage of the process. Few hands are as experienced or as skilled as those belonging to Ruben Solorzano. Ruben has farmed Stolpman's estate for 25 years. He knows every block intimately and is dedicated to the very best farming possible. He is known by everyone in the regions as THE vine whisperer and is respected by all whom know him. Starting in 2008 the Stolpman family encouraged Ruben to step from the vineyard into the cellar and make a wine based on his personal assessment of the many hundreds of blocks he has spent much of his life farming. The result is simply stunning and tangible proof that great wines are truly made in the vineyard!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WE 93

2015 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-15-2018
Following up on the best selling 2014 Chardonnay this new 2015 Dierberg release, from their home estate vineyard, is simply stunning. Packed with perfectly ripe golden tree fruits, salted butter, rye toast, and saline minerals. A mid-weight wine with lots of flavor intensity and cool climate acidity. The flavors just go on and on. The crystalline acidity is so refreshing and food friendly. It's easy to see why so many of the regions top producers make single vineyard designates from this "Grand Cru" site...most for a lot more money than the winery's own bottling...especially at our super sharp price! Fantastic value for money here.
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2017 Abbazia di Novacella Schiava Alto Adige
Review Date: 10-08-2018
A strikingly elegant, playful wine packed with crunchy berry fruit, woodsy spice, leaf litter and sandal wood. Drinks somewhere in between Gamay and Nebbiolo...at least that was my take. Totally delicious and crazily inexpensive.
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2014 Woodward Canyon "Artist Series #23" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-06-2018
A Washington classic. The Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cab is a perennial benchmark Cab for the region. Sourced from some of the oldest and most celebrated parcels of Cabernet in the state this is a truly legendary bottling. Fruit from Champoux, Sagemoor and Woodward Canyon's old vines (planted in 1977) combine to produce and luxurious Cab with rich, plush fruit underpinned by savory, fine grained tannins and wrapped in exotic, smoky oak. This can be enjoyed now with a good decant or put away for 10-15 years comfortably. There is so much pedigree and quality wrapped up in this bottle is shocking we can offer it at such a modest price.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Review Date: 10-06-2018
A typically powerful, brooding, intense wine from Andrew Will. The 2013 Sorella is almost monolithic at this youthful stage but it easy to see the pedigree, purity and refinement in this 20+ year wine. Tightly wound smoky black fruits, scorched earth, dried herbs, pipe tobacco and briary notes. The tannins are muscular but interwoven with sleek, polished ripe fruit and perfectly integrated oak. After time in the decanter the nose broadens and gives more floral notes, hedgerow and blackberry. Clearly a wine with world class potential that is worthy of a spot in any cellar. We're delighted to be offering it at by far the best price in the country after taking a serious position on this epic wine.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Orin Swift "Eight Years in the Desert" California Red Blend
Review Date: 10-02-2018
Like the Prisoner of old this wine is sourced from premier Zinfandel vineyards across the state from the Sierra Foothills to West Side Paso. Dave told me he couldn't (or wouldn't) be able to tell me the exact composition as he blends the wine with a strictly imposed double blind tasting process. He doesn't want anything to influence him away from simply making the best tasting California Red Blend he can. The wine comes from some 200+ potential lots, all small individual ferments that he singles out one at a time and incorporates into the master blend. This wine is everything you'd hope it would be and more and is sure to be a top seller this approaching holiday season (if there's any left by then)!
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Jonata "La Miel de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc (375ml)
Review Date: 10-02-2018
Mostly vin de paille style wine made from dried fruit. Unctuous, honeyed, wonderfully complex nutty, sherry-esque notes. I’m looking forward to showing off this wine during the holidays.
Price: $44.95 Add To Cart
ST 93

2014 The Paring (Jonata) Red Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 10-02-2018
So here’s where you can make a very savvy purchase: Jonata estate fruit that doesn’t quite make the cut for the wine above trickles down into this Paring bottling—for twenty-five bucks! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. Aged in the very best French oak money can buy, including Taransaud and Sylvain. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s a ludicrous value for the money, mostly intended for by-the-glass pours in restaurants—but we got our hands on some!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2014 Jonata '"El Desafio de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 10-02-2018
This wine really shows the Screaming Eagle connection. Dominated by 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is very serious wine that will age like the very best Cabernet based wines from anywhere in the world. 20-plus years of potential…if you have the patience! Very reminiscent of Left Bank Bordeaux, with tons of black currant, cassis, cedar, tobacco, graphite. Fine but grippy tannins, subtle wisps of oak. Stunning.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart
JD 97 RP 93

2015 The Hilt "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-02-2018
A perfect reflection of Sta. Rita’s soil and climate, capturing the cool sunlight, saline breezes and white soils. White flowers, crunchy orchard fruit, oyster shell, brown butter, raw almond. Lovely drive and brightness.

2014 The Hilt "Blanc de Blancs" Sta. Rita Hills Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 10-02-2018
The diatomaceous and flint soils in Sta. Rita Hills, plus the cold, ocean-influenced growing conditions seem to lend themselves perfectly to sparkling wines, though you don’t see too many people producing them. This bottling is one to take notice of. Super focused and racy; citrus, quince, rye toast, chalky acid and electric acidity.
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart
JD 93 RP 92

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