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2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
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2014 K Vintners "Roma - River Rock Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-09-2018
This is a whole lot of wine for the money, and one of my favorite wines from K Vintners that I've tried. This Cabernet from Washington has 20% Syrah blended in which adds lovely perfumed elements and an overall balance to this wine. This Cabernet has intense, bold fruit flavors such as raspberry liqueur, sour cherry, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke and medium tannin structure. If big, juicy wines are your thing, give this a try!

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2013 Louis M. Martini "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is a gorgeous Cabernet that definitely deserves all the praise it has received. Louis Martini's Monte Rosso Vineyard lies in the Mayacamas Mountains and is named for its rich, red volcanic soil. This 100% Cabernet is dense and concentrated, but has a lovely softness that provides balance and finesse. Black cherry, dark chocolate, sandalwood and spice are expressed on the nose and palate with well-integrated oak. This intense Cabernet will have a long life ahead of it.

2015 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-23-2018
Domaine Serene makes one of my favorite Chardonnays from Oregon, and their 2015 really delivers. Bright citrus, brioche and honey aromas jump from the glass while the palate has melon, lemon and cedar notes. Spent a little over a year in 40% new French oak, but this wine remains incredibly balanced from its crisp acidity. This is a serious Chardonnay that is well worth its price.

2014 Domaine Serene "Yamhill Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-23-2018
This is one of Domaine Serene's entry-level wines that comes from their estate vineyards in Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill Carlton. The cuvée is very approachable and intended for near-term consumption. Ripe red fruits, dried herbs and dark chocolate are expressed on the nose while the palate unfolds more layers of spice and coffee. Fresh and silky on the palate, this wine will please many Pinot Noir lovers!

2013 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-01-2017
If you haven't explored the wines of Coombsville, you certainly should, adding this wine to the top of your list. Farella's Cabernet Sauvignon really showcases the flavor elements of this southeastern Napa AVA with intensity and elegance. There are aromas of graphite, blue and black fruits that carry over to the palate with smokiness and spice. Two thumbs up!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Syrah
Review Date: 11-09-2017
This wine packs a real punch for ten bucks! This Syrah from Columbia Valley in Washington is juicy, bold and the perfect party wine that will surely please your wine guzzling guests. Dark fruits, spice and smoky flavors fill the palate with a finish that is long, flavorful and super smooth.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 10-13-2017
The 2017 fall releases from Ridge have dropped and they are just as we'd expect from the famous Zinfandel producer - fabulous! Lytton Springs, situated in the Dry Creek Valley, is always an incredibly approachable, elegant Zinfandel that is a great introduction to Ridge. It is not overwhelmed by new oak (only 15% is new) and is layered with dried herbs, oak spice and black fruits. This iconic wine will only get better as time goes on, but don't be afraid to enjoy now!

2015 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 10-13-2017
This is a Zinfandel based blend that's simply well-made with fruit from a famous, classic Sonoma vineyard. Pagani Ranch contains some of the oldest vines dating back to the 1880's and Ridge has been sourcing from them since 1991. The 2015 blend consists of mostly Zinfandel, with​ Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah adding color, fullness and dark elements to the wine. No doubt, this is a rich wine with brambly berry fruit, some spice and hints of floral notes as well. The intense flavors and aromas will certainly please all fellow Zin lovers.

2015 Januik Columbia Valley Red Wine
Review Date: 10-05-2017
This impressive Januik blend is sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley including Weinbau, Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Lady Hawk and Alder Ridge vineyards. This complex, multi-layered blend is primarily Bordeaux varieties, with a touch of Syrah and Grenache. Black cherry, strawberry, dark chocolate and coffee notes hit the nose while the palate is soft and supple. This is a delicious wine with a great price to match!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-05-2017
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. THIS IS A CHAMPAGNE STEAL!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Neyers "Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-28-2017
This is a truly impressive Cabernet! Full and soft, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is super aromatic with layers of blackberry, black cherry, toasty oak, minerality and earth. The fruit is not too ripe and perfectly harmonious with the tannin structure on the back end. This is definitely a top pick for me around 50 bucks!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-24-2017
No summer would be complete without this essential, K&L favorite rosé. It is super aromatic and fruit forward, showing juicy watermelon and fresh strawberry while remaining dry and refreshing. This rosé is a no-brainer, and at $9.99 (1.5-liter $19.99) you can't beat it!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-20-2017
This was a standout wine for me at our last Rhone staff tasting. The concrete aging contributes a lovely mineral element that's well integrated with the bold fruit, herb and dried flowers. The balance of this wine is impeccable, and with some time in the cellar, I know this will get even better.

2015 Chateau de L'Ou "Velours Noir" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 09-19-2017
Look no further for you next grilled meat pairing! This 100% Languedoc Syrah shows beautiful dark fruits, mineral, black pepper and some subtle menthol character that is balanced with mid-palate tannic structure. Although this wine is aromatic and expressive now, don't hesitate to lay it down in the cellar.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
Review Date: 09-19-2017
When I started here at K&L, Domaine de la Reserve d'O was one of the first direct imports I loved from the Languedoc. There is not only a female winemaker, but the estate vineyard is certified biodynamic and organic and the wines have minimal sulfur added. This wine is a blend all estate fruit, mostly Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. This wine if playful, approachable and expressive with a great balance of savoriness, dark fruits and spice.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
2011 may have been a difficult vintage, but it does not show in this rose from Louis Roederer. Ripe red fruits and blood orange are paired with floral, toast and orchard fruits. The refreshing acidity is in perfect balance with the complex flavors and aromas in this Champagne and can be enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
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2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2008 Louise Brison "Cuvée Tendresse" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
The other night, our Champagne buyer opened up this wine alongside the 2010 Louis Brison Brut Champagne and I was completely blown away by the quality of the two. The 2008 harvest in Champagne saw warm, dry days that allowed ripening while cool nights preserved acidity, which certainly shows . Zippy acidity and refreshing citrus dominate in this wine and it maintains great balance. I'd love to see how it evolves in the years to come!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2013 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2013 Inglenook Cabernet is a gorgeous bottle of wine that drinks well above its price. It is composed of all-estate fruit with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% of Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot with 50% new French oak barrel aging. This wine shows exceptional balance with rich dark fruit that is nowhere near overdone, finishing with dusty tannin and medium acidity. Additionally, there are more layers of graphite, meatiness and cedar. Grab a couple to age in cellar... if you can wait that long!

2013 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
This is a crazy deal for Napa Cabernet from Howell Mountain. Burgess, established in 1972, was one of only a couple dozen wineries in Napa Valley at the time. This winery has a long history with winemaking and it shows in this bottle of Cabernet. The concentration of dark fruits, rustic notes and herbal characters make this red interesting and approachable. On the mid-palate there is some grip but then finishes with fine tannins. This is delicious now, but certainly can age for a decade!
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2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-02-2017
This is one of our best Champagne deals at K&L! For right under $30, you get all 2010 fruit that was vinified and aged in French oak barrels and has a perfect balance of toast and freshness. On the forefront there are floral, yellow apple and citrus notes followed by bright acidity and minerality. ​This is a fantastic bottle of bubbly to enjoy before dinner with appetizers!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-01-2017
Gainey's Pinot is a great representation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA with its cherry cola, warm spice, tea leaf and tart cranberry notes. This is 100% Gainey estate fruit, harvested just 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean so you get that cool, marine influence in the wine.​ It is medium in body and a great wine for people who want a Pinot that's not too heavy or light and will please a wide range of palates. Enjoy this wine now alongside roasted duck, chicken or grilled salmon.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-01-2017
Jax did a phenomenal job on their 2015 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and I love it even more than their 2014 release. The second it's poured, this wine is complex and aromatic with dark, rich and complex flavors. Fresh blackberries, cassis, cedar and black cherry character really shine through. The longer it's in the glass, it continues to evolve with delicate flavors and robust coffee notes. There is balanced acidity and fine tannin, ensuring aging potential but also drinks great right now!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 - 94

2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Taken is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that's full bodied and would be delicious paired with easygoing dishes like barbecued ribs, pizza or burgers. Zinfandel like qualities are shown in this wine but with more grip and structure. Blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, oak spice are shown on the palate with a smooth and round finish. A great value for Napa Valley reds!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Spring Mountain's estate Cabernet Sauvignon is fantastic, with a great price to match. This wine already has 5 years of age and drinking wonderfully now, but also has a long life ahead of it. Its full, rich body is accompanied by red currant, raspberry, and cassis with big tannin that's well integrated. It also has some wonderful spice and earthy character giving more complexity. This is a great deal, especially for a wine from Napa's Spring Mountain region.
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2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot
Review Date: 08-22-2017
In the 1980's, Merlot was the wine that put Shafer on the map and they've continued to beautifully craft this wine vintage after vintage. Shafer's 2014 Merlot is a flavorful, concentrated wine composed of 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich aromatics of dark chocolate, plum, vanilla and wet gravel fill the glass and finishes with soft tannins. Give this Merlot a few years in the cellar and you'll surely be happy with this one!

2014 Mount Peak "Sentinel" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-18-2017
The Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet is a wine to not overlook. Again, the fruit is mostly coming from Monte Rosso, a vineyard utilized by great Cabernet producers like Louis Martini, Arrowood, Bedrock and others. Bold and dark fruited with undeniable structure, you could give this a year or two in the cellar and I think you'll be very happy.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Mount Peak "Gravity" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 08-18-2017
This is a wine from an unfamiliar winery that absolutely blew me away. The quality for the price is great and turned out to be my favorite of the Mount Peak wines. Although there is a hefty alcohol content with inky concentrated fruit, it is surprisingly balanced and has structure. Gravity is a blend of big varieties including Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah that provide complex layers of flavors and aromas and still manages to have a pop of acid and silky finish.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

2014 Mount Peak "Rattlesnake" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 08-18-2017
Mount Peak's Rattlesnake Zinfandel is gorgeous and packs a real punch with concentration and high quality fruit. The majority of this wine comes from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, a renowned site in the Mayacamas Range with bright-red, volcanic soils and 100+ year old vines. This wine is loaded with dark berries, pepper, oaky spice and a rich, full-bodied, silky finish. A perfect match for the classic California Zinfandel lover!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2015 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-17-2017
This is a fantastic deal on high quality Washington Cabernet from Charles Smith's Substance line. Dark fruited with great depth of flavor, this wine would be great for a barbecue or any week night meal that calls for a bold, dry red. The 50% new French oak integrates smoky and spice elements which pairs nicely with the plum, blackberry and black currant flavors and aromas. Richly textured with elegance, this Cabernet finishes smooth with a touch of tannin and is a great near-term drinking wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-11-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux blend really hits the mark when it comes to luxury, elegance and balance, just what we'd expect from a high-end Napa producer. Fabulous aromatics fill the glass of ​black cherries, cocoa powder, licorice and cedar box. On the palate this wine is super silky and concentrated with bold flavors and balanced out with tannin and mid-palate acidity. This wine is sure to age well, but could be enjoyed young as well.

2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-10-2017
Classic Napa Valley Cabernet at an affordable price! Louis Martini, one of the five Napa wineries founded after Prohibition in 1933, has been making top notch Cabernet for many years. This 2013 Napa Valley offering will not disappoint. In the glass, this wine is an inky purple-red color with an aromatic nose of plum, fig, blackberry, espresso and earth elements. It's full-bodied with medium tannin, great balance and a long finish. Enjoy this now, or hold on to it for a few years and it will only get better!

2016 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé
Review Date: 08-08-2017
No summer would be complete without this essential, K&L favorite rose. It is super aromatic and fruit forward showing juicy watermelon and fresh strawberry while remaining dry and refreshing. This rose is a no-brainer, and at $9.99 you can't beat it!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-08-2017
Black Kite is a new winery to me, and this Chardonnay from Soberanes Vineyard impressed me. The nose is very expressive with lemon creme, yellow apple, vanilla and oak. The palate surprised me by showing lots of freshness and vibrant acidity creating a balanced, medium to full-body Chardonnay. This is a great California find if you're wanting something new.

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-08-2017
This Pinot Noir from Thomas Fogarty screams Santa Cruz Mountain terroir. It is a blend of 8 different locations that are all estate and include cool mountain and maritime climates. Lean and fresh, this wine shows flavors of red cherries, plum, rose and some dried herb. With an alcohol level of just 13.1%, this super drinkable Pinot is a rare find among other big, ripe California Pinots.

2015 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Halcon's estate vineyard in Yorkville Highlands is one of the highest in California and has soils similar to that of Cote Rotie, giving Northern Rhone inspiration for the Alturas Syrah. This impressive, full-bodied Syrah shows elegance and aging potential with its complex aromatics and structure on the finish. Blackberry, pomegranate, vanilla, spice and subtle hints of floral notes bring this beautiful wine together.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-20-2017
This is a great representation of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay fruit from the cool coastal influence and great growing season. Not overly rich or buttery, this elegant Chardonnay shows flavors of citrus fruits, white flowers and hazelnuts with salinity and minerality creating fantastic balance. There is no wonder why this is a domestic customer favorite year after year!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Gainey "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Gainey is a family owned and run winery that had their first vines planted back in 1984. This wine is 100% Chardonnay with all estate fruit - 61% from Gainey's Rancho Esperanza and 39% from Gainey's Evan's Ranch. What I love most about this Chardonnay is its combination of bright acidity and roundness on the palate without being overly rich. Stone fruits and citrus flavors dominate with subtle oak character and a clean refreshing finish. It's price point is also a huge bonus!
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2014 Husch "Nash Mill Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-14-2017
This exciting Pinot release from Husch comes from Nash Mill Vineyard which was planted by K&L's very own Jim Barr! This wine is bright, fresh and elegant showing aromas of candied cherries, rose petal and some savory notes as well. The finish is long, dry and complimented with fine tannin. This wine is a must try!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Banshee truly delivers top quality Pinot Noirs that I love drinking and I love handing to customers. This 2015 Pinot is beautifully elegant with feminine and floral notes that just jump out of the glass. Rose petal, plum and red cherries are paired with black pepper, baking spice and well-integrated oak. Delicious and drinkable now!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse
Review Date: 05-16-2017
I don't have much experience with Greek wines, but after tasting this Moscofilero I will definitely start drinking more! With the first sniff, I was hooked. The nose is full of floral and stone fruit notes while the palate was nicely structured with acid and finished dry and minerally. At an affordable price, this wine will be making its way into my fridge.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
This is a great Napa Chardonnay in the $20 range that falls in the middle of buttery/oaky and crisper styles. 100% Chardonnay aged in concrete tanks with complex flavors of lemon zest, caramel, tropical notes, apple and minerality that's full-bodied but with a lovely freshness. There is a lengthy finish that will keep you going back for more.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Dry Creek Vineyard "Heritage Vines" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 05-12-2017
This is a fantastic deal if you're in the market for an everyday Zinfandel. This wine is made from both old and young Zinfandel vines, 20-100+ years old, along with 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignane to lend some complexity and depth. There is a big, aromatic nose of dark fruits and rich chocolate while the palate is balanced with fruit and vibrant acidity. One of my favorites under 20 bucks.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-12-2017
We've got another awesome Champagne deal from one of our favorite direct import producers - Fallet Dart. From the 2008 vintage, this Champagne is not only bright and lively, but also rich with baked apple and leesy character. I would bet this bubbly will only get better in the next couple years.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Gabaron, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-10-2017
This is a tasty Bordeaux value that's great for weeknight drinking. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is soft and supple on the palate, driven by ripe, red fruit, a touch of minerality and floral notes. Give it a shot!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Marietta "Angeli Cuvee" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 05-03-2017
Marietta's Angeli Cuvee is a full-bodied, complex blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane that would be a great addition to your summer barbecues. The bold flavors of plum and blackberry jam are interlaced with earthy tones giving complexity and depth. Lovers of California Zin should give this a shot as it's affordable and delicious!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-04-2017
I loved last years Provenance Cab, but this 2014 may be even better. Less showy than the 2013, however it is all you'd want in a California Cab. Dark fruited with baking spices and silky tannins, this is a solid bottle of wine for 35 bucks!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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