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Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 11-29-2017
This is just plain fun. A crowd pleasing Brut Rose that would be perfect for all occasions. Light strawberries, fresh raspberries, and watermelon are all harmoniously wrapped together, while the fresh acid and tight bubbles do all the work.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-08-2017
Once again Banshee and folks have knocked out of the ball park. The philosophy of growing grapes with sustainable practices and a hands-off wine making approach shows on this wine. The wine is lush and elegant and takes on the volcanic characteristic of its soil. Rustic, but rich on the palate, this Pinot Noir gives you all the talking points of spectacular Willamette pedigree. Ripe juicy cherries, a meaty earthiness and silky tannin can all be found, but the complexity of spice, cocoa, and quality of fruit are what impresses most.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2016 Spottswoode Napa-Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 10-29-2017
Spottswoode first started making wine in 1982 and have been practicing organic farming since 1985. Their latest Sauvignon Blanc offering might be the best domestic Sauvignon Blanc I have tried this year. Three-quarters of the fruit underwent whole-cluster pressing and was aged in 54% French oak barrels, 41% stainless steel tanks, and 5% concrete eggs. The wine is packed with lemony freshness, with notes of honey and orange peel. The acid is perfectly integrated and harmoniously plays with the rich mouthfeel. The finish is long and lingers on the palate.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-10-2017
Cliff Lede was established in 2002 and have been off to the races ever since. The 2014 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies what the region is famous for. The wine has soft silky tannin, generous amounts of elegant fruit, and a long lingering finish. The acid is lifted, but perfectly integrated. On the nose, smoke, fresh savory herbs, a touch of cinnamon and dark fruits. The palate gets another treat with blackberries, and plum first present themselves,while hints of licorice and leather add intrigue. 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Merlot were added to add texture and complexity.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 VN 91

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-02-2017
"Let's get tropical", to quote the famous Jackie Moon. This Chardonnay is loaded with exotic and tropical fruits. Pineapple, Mango and candied lemon are pronounced on the nose and follow to the palate. This has a tremendously rich mouth-feel and deliciously juicy acid. Soft wood spice, dried herbs and a touch of menthol help add complexity that lingers on the finish. This would go great with Caribbean style grilled shrimp skewers.

2014 Law Estate "Beyond Category" Paso Robles Red Blend
Review Date: 05-24-2017
This is a special treat for anyone who loves California blends. Comprised of 50% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Grenache and 15% Petite Sirah. The wine is a rich and powerful wine that is jam packed with dark cherries, cocoa, blackberries, and a perfect amount of smoke. Add a touch of licorice, soft integated wood firm acid and finish it off with a long opulent finish.
Price: $71.99 Add To Cart

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
The latest Chardonnay offering from Jax Vineyards is everything I expect from Napa Valley. A touch of vanilla on the nose, and a generous helping of apple and stone fruit on the palate. Beautiful fresh acid balanced by a rich mouth feel help add texture and focus, while soft spice and and a long finish complete this really well made wine.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2013 Lost Blues "Good Fences" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Grenache
Review Date: 04-26-2017
I poured this wine at a customer tasting event recently, and boy was it a hit! A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. A medium-bodied, rich wine that has a beautiful velvety texture. Loads of blackberry fruit and tobacco are complemented nicely with hints of bacon fat, olives and herbs. This bottle is a killer example of Santa Maria Valley wine.

2014 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas
Review Date: 04-10-2017
This is an outstanding example of Gigondas. Made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. Dark fruit, and cedar spice jump out of the glass, while elegant and refined fruit take over your palate. A touch of smoke and a long, lingering finish make this an instant classic and a must-try! I had it with a garlic herb pork loin and it was spectacular. Cheers!

2014 Mignanelli "Nelson Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-24-2017
This was the first time I've tasted this Pinot Noir and I was very impressed. Delicious cherries and fresh savory herbs are prominent on the nose. Tart acid, red beets, and sage fill the palate while supple clean wood is softly integrated. This is exceptional Pinot Noir coming out of Santa Cruz Mountains.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2013 Thomas Fogarty "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-24-2017
This is classic Santa Cruz style Chardonnay. A bright and fresh wine that is harmoniously balanced with bright juicy acid, clean fresh fruit and a rich complex body. Not afraid to let the grapes speak for themselves, this embodies the purity of wine making.