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2016 Levo Wines "Right to Bear Flowxrs" Santa Barbara County Grenache
Review Date: 09-23-2018
You have the right to bear Flowxrs! This delicious Grenache is blended with small percentages of Syrah and Petite Sirah, which give the wine smoky depth that pulls through the midpalate, leaving a lengthy impression. Heady aromas of rosepetal and underbrush lead to a refined, balanced palate with notes of black and sour cherry and bright pomegranate. The wine drinks like a perfectly ripe Chateauneuf du Pape, with polished, soft tannins.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart

2013 Wild Horse "Cheval Sauvage" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-09-2018
This Pinot is such an incredible value! Pressed from fruit cultivated in two of Santa Barbara County's finest vineyards for Pinot Noir, Gary's and Murmur, this wine shines in the manner of an "old school" expression of Pinot, one that might be three times the price. Upon first whiff, spice notes bloom from the glass: white and black pepper and underbrush supported by more sappy fruit aromas of ripe raspberry and black cherry. The palate is expansive and broad, but flooded with natural acidity inherent in the fruit, and finishes with soft, fine tannins.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Review Date: 09-09-2018
Palisades Vineyard in Calistoga is the premiere site in Napa for Petite Sirah, where It's Northwest exposure ensures deep pigment and fruit development inherent to the varietal. Carlisle's 2016 bottling showcases the best characteristics of old vine Petit Sirah, with deep, sensuous aromas and flavors of violet and rose petal, ripe blueberry and raspberry coulis. Truly the epitome of balance, this wine is medium bodied with firm, fine tannins, beautifully integrated acidity, a kiss of barrel spice, and a dense, stony minerality.

2017 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-31-2018
TWR Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite direct imports here at K&L. Sourced from a small, organic and biodynamically farmed vineyard, this zesty classic is produced by husband and wife winemaking duo Jason and Anna Flowerday. With mouthwatering notes of lime and lemon zest, gooseberry and hints of poblano pepper, this is a Sauvignon Blanc chock full of stony minerality, with refreshing gushes of acidity. A fabulous apéritif or just a bright spot in your day!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2015 Venge "Silencieux" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-28-2018
"Silencieux" by Venge Vineyards possesses an interesting juxtaposition of subtlety and flamboyance. This Cabernet is definitely not shy, with lush Oakville Estate fruit, particularly midpalate. Sourced from seven different vineyards, the Cabernet is classic Oakville, with notes of mint and tobacco leaves, ripe blueberry and boysenberry trailed by focused graphite minerality that cuts through, leaving a dry, lasting impression. Fermented by native yeasts in stainless steel, concrete and open top barrel, the complex Oakville fruit shines bright, and barrel spice is minimal.

2015 Talley "Estate" Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-28-2018
The 2015 Talley Arroyo Grande Chardonnay is shockingly good. With finesse and balance, the wine shows bright acidity, saline minerality and structure, indicating potential for long term cellaring, yet possesses generosity of complex ripe and tart fruit, with a subtly creamy texture. This is a wine that drinks and performs well above It's price point, with a light straw hue, and aromas and flavors of orange blossom, lemon curd and green mango.

2016 Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Santa Maria Valley Cabernet Franc
Review Date: 08-24-2018
No sulfur? When eliminating sulfur from the winemaking process, there is an element of unpredictability of outcome. In the case of the Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Cabernet Franc, nature's efforts have produced a truly beautiful result! Clean, ripe aromas of raspberry, tobacco leaf and subtle strawberry lift from the glass, with a slightly brackish undertone reflective of the coastal terroir. The palate is light, though juicy midpalate, with fine tannins and a mineral driven finish. This is an example of what really excellent natural winemaking looks like.
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2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This 2012 vintage Champagne is an excellent value, with six years on the lees. Expansive and surprisingly weighty on the palate, this is a dry, clean Blanc de Blancs with a bit more fruit. Aromas and flavors of green and golden apple and subtle pear lead to a soft finish.
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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée 1809" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Named for the year of the house was founded, the 1809 Brut Champagne from Angelique and Damien Coutelas represents the history of the House with grace and refinement. Blended from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fermented in barrique, "1809" offers aromas of delicate almond and golden delicious apple, and a soft, plush texture balanced by leesy, salty minerality.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This is a stunning wine that overdelivers in every way possible. Crafted from a blend of the best of the base wine barrel selections from 2007-2014, the Cuveé Louis Victor displays incredibly complex, condensed flavors and aromas that sensually drift across the palate, leaving a distinct desire for another taste. Notes of Granny smith and golden apple, even hints of red apple skin and nutmeg trail into a leesy, saline finish that lasts and lasts.
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2008 A.D. Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Sourced from two forty year old plots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from one of the most superb vintages in recent Champagne history, the 2008 AD Coutelas shines with an understated elegance. A perfect balance of ripeness and acidity is apparent upon first sip, with a clean, expansive palate and gentle aromas of wildflowers and cream. This is a crowd pleaser and certainly a wine to share with those closest to you.
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2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
100% Pinot Meunier never tasted better, with six years lees aging and a low dosage. Delicate aromas of underripe golden apple, leesy notes and marcona almond lead to a medium bodied, very fresh, energetic palate with zippy, focused acidity and a sustained, mineral driven finish.
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2015 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-19-2018
The Family owned Neyers Vineyards produces exceptionally high quality wine from their own estate, and some of the finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Fruit for the 2015 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay is sourced from the Jim and Del Yamakawa Ranch, Sangiacamo Vineyard, and Noviellero Vineyard, which is the Westernmost vineyard in Carneros AVA. The philosophy behind this wine is to produce the most flavorful Chardonnay possible, starting with high acidity, thicker skinned Wente clone grapes, and letting nature do the rest of the work. The result is a delicious, impeccably balanced Chardonnay with length and depth: simply anything one could want from a Carneros Chardonnay.
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2014 Leviathan California Red Blend
Review Date: 08-18-2018
Unleash the Kraken! Leviathan, a big, brooding red blend with the namesake of a sea monster of biblical proportions, comes to us from winemaker Andy Erickson, formerly of the equally legendary Screaming Eagle. The fruit that comprises this wine comes from some of the finest vineyards in Northern California, and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Year after year, this wine is consistently fine, and a fantastic value for anyone who wants a big, deep, powerful wine at a reasonable price point.
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2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 08-17-2018
If you are looking for a crisp, dry rosé that delivers concentration of flavor and minerality, this is your wine. The 2017 Vignoble Dragon "Belle Helene" Cotes de Provence Rosé possesses the aromatic intensity and textural depth one can glean from Cotes de Provence, but with a light, easy touch that makes it perfect for any occasion (or any connoisseur).
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 08-17-2018
Eric Cottat has long been a favorite producer of Sancerre at K&L. His wine is a pure expression of Sancerre terroir: light bodied, with zesty, mouthwatering Thai lime and lemon rind notes, effusive terres blanches minerality and zippy acidity. This is a must try for any Sancerre lover, and 2017 is an excellent vintage for classic Sancerre style.
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2016 Tenuta Roveglia "Limne" Lugana
Review Date: 08-14-2018
When in Lugana, Italy, there is only one wine to drink! Lugana! Crafted from a grape you may not have heard of, Turbiana, (which is actually Verdicchio) this wine is very special, and rare! Nestled at the Southern banks of Lake Garda, the Lugana DOC is rich in mineral saturated clay soils from the ice age. Racy and fresh, "Limne" beckons with aromas and flavors of lime blossom, marcona almond, delicate apricot and lemon zest, underpinned by salty minerality. Texturally this wine really delivers, with surprising depth and drive. Enjoy!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Leone de Castris "Five Roses" Rosato
Review Date: 07-29-2018
The very first rosé to be bottled and sold in Italy, the Leone de Castris Five Roses Rosato is Italian to its core. With a blend of 90 percent Negroamaro and 10 percent Black Malvasia, the wine shows great depth and intensity, with a weighty, full mouthfeel, and playful aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, rhubarb and summer strawberry. Juicy and fresh, this rosé manages to be simultaneously opulent and jaunty, with an energetic and effusively mineral palate.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lavinea "Lazy River Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-27-2018
The prevailing concept behind Lavinea production of single vineyard wines: wines that express a sense of place and terroir. With this mission in mind, Winemaker Isabelle Meunier (previously of Evening Lands, Felton Road and Domaine de la Vougeraie) founded Lavinea with co founder Greg Ralston (former managing director of Chateau Montelena). The 2016 Yamhill-Carlton Lazy River Chardonnay is a wonderful example of this winemaking philosophy, reflecting the cool climate and low vigor riverbed soils of the vineyard that contribute to the bright acidity, concentration and intense minerality of the wine. This is a leesy, clean, slightly nutty Chardonnay with mouthwatering notes of underripe spiced mango and tangy lemon peel.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-27-2018
The 2016 Russian River bottling from Hartford Court straddles the line between impeccable balance and focused strength. At first waft, aromas of cerignola olive, lemon peel, underripe lychee and marcona almond entice, while hinting at the underlying complexity of the palate. Juicy, bright, and built around the acid line, this Chardonnay finishes in a powerful flourish, driving home with stony, mineral driven precision.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Long Shadows "Feather" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-23-2018
Put together some of the most highly regarded vintners in the world, and give them access to the finest Columbia Valley fruit. That was the premise that gave rise to Long Shadows, a consortium of heavy hitters: Randy Dunn, Phillipe Melka and Michele Rolland to name a few. What we have in the "Feather" bottling is a Cabernet of great depth and saturation, with aromas of black cherry, cassis, tobacco leaf and licorice. Ripe strawberry, plum, blackberry and blueberry glide across the ample palate, but powerful acidity and intense, mouth gripping tannins ensure this wine will stand up to the richest of dishes.
Price: $59.95 Add To Cart
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2014 Tercero "Camp 4 Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne
Review Date: 07-23-2018
It's not everyday one can taste a domestic Marsanne with finesse like this. Camp 4 Vineyard, prized by many well known wineries, is located in Eastern Santa Ynez Valley, where fruit reaches full ripeness and maturity in sandy, loamy soils. One glance at this wine in the glass, and you know you're in for something different. Behold the saturated, golden hue and inhale the leesy, nutty nose...clean, but bordering on cidery, with a hint of caramel. The palate is full bodied, and though this wine spends 18 months in French oak, the natural richness and character of Marsanne dominates. Notes of bright lemon peel and a pop of freshly cut, wild California fennel freshen things up, buoyed by lively acidity.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Ordaz Family Wines "Montecillo Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-29-2018
We only have a very small allocation of this wonderful single vineyard Cabernet from Ordaz Family. Chuy Ordaz, who planted the fifty year old vines of Montecillo vineyard, passed his love of wine and viticulture to his son Eppie, who created the Ordaz family label. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is varietally spot on, with aromatics of brooding animalistic umami, green peppercorn, tobacco leaf and dusty chaparral. Stunning red and black fruit and floral aromatics weave in and out of the composition, making a very condensed, complex impression. Bright acidity freshens the palate, and a sandy, fine, mouthcoating tannin leads to a spicy finish.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2016 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-25-2018
I was completely taken aback by this Chardonnay, which is both impeccably balanced, crisp and light, yet maintains an intriguing palate density somewhat reminiscent of a Grand Cru Chablis. The 2016 Ojai Bien Nacido possesses a distinctly saline mouthwatering minerality which evaporates on the palate, leaving a squeaky clean impression.
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2017 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This Marlborough gem is an absolute steal. Blended from single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc sourced from a unique site in Wairau Valley, the wine is especially aromatic and lively. Bright notes of gooseberry, grapefruit and zesty lime are countered with subtle spice, enlivening and refreshing the palate. Definitely pick this one up as a daily quaffer!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Château Saint-Roch "Chimères" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
Review Date: 05-18-2018
This is an unreal value in Cotes du Roussillon, with equal parts lush, perfumed Grenache and bright, high toned Carignane, rounded by smoky, gamey Syrah and deep, garrigue laden Mourvèdre. The distinctive black schist soils on which the vines of Saint Roch are planted impart an intensely mineral character to the full bodied, luxurious palate. Black fruit abounds, with aromas and flavors of lavender, strawberry preserves, stewed plum and black pepper, and a bright acidity throughout drives the finish home.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Black Label)
Review Date: 05-14-2018
A most excellent Margaret River Cabernet, the 2012 Clairault Estate Black Label is unequivocally lauded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Both savory and ripe fruited, this is a wine with firm tannins and a broad palate that will cellar quite well. More dark fruited than red, the wine exudes old world sophistication with new world energy: aromas of dried tobacco and clove commingle with flavors of graphite, black currant and boysenberry, leading to a very dry, powerful finish.

2016 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-12-2018
Hanzell is home to some of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in California, and the vineyards are Organically farmed as part of a larger integral ecosystem. Chickens, deer, orchards, you name it, they are most likely part of the Hanzell "Bio Farm." Their approach and care in the farming and winemaking process is evident from first sip of the Sebella Chardonnay, Hanzell's second label, crafted from the younger vines planted on the Estate. Crisp, aromatic and dry, this is a light to medium bodied Chardonnay that lacks nothing in complexity, but is unfussy and pure. The wine spends a short period in steel and neutral French oak, and the fruit sings, unadulterated.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Laventura "Lanave" Rioja
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Brian MacRobert came to Rioja from South Africa, where he was raised, and had already established his name as a fine winemaker. In 2013, the Rioja venture MacRobert and Canals was established, with a focus on producing wines with a modern bent and a grounded, traditional foundation. The 2015 Lanave Rioja is an even blend of hand harvested Grenache and Tempranillo, and is vinified in open top fermenters, concrete, and finished in oak. The result is a medium bodied Rioja with very expressive ripe fruit and floral aromas of strawberry, violet leaf and wild berries, and a wonderfully persistent limestone mineral component that gives this wine lift and zest.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Eric Cottat is one of our perennial favorites for Sancerre, and his approach to Pinot Noir is so fun and fresh. Pressed from Loire Valley fruit, the palate is very light and dry, with aromas and flavors of juicy red apple, tangerine pith, anisette and carnation. There is a delightful energy and lift to this Pinot... Throw on a slight chill and It's a great Summer evening apéritif!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-08-2018
"Clos du Mont" boasts a wonderful history dating back to 740, where fruit of the highest quality is cultivated. The 2004 offering is entirely barrel fermented, and shows tantalizing acidity. Aromas of golden sultana, cream, delicate anisette and white pepper make way to a lush, dry palate with endless complexity. Flavors of dark cocoa powder, marine minerality, and hints of clean, almost sherry like oxidation make this a wine that must be experienced by any Champagne lover who has the chance to do so.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2010 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The 2010 Fallet Dart Brut is classic and opulent, with rich aromatics of red apple skin, walnut and spiced cherry. The palate is balanced, but ripe, with mild acidity and fine bubbles. What I enjoy most about this wine is the surprising finish, which offers an almost tannic pull, which makes it a wonderful wine to pair with fatty fare like foie gras.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
If I could have a day in Paradise, I would choose to take a bottle of the Paradis rosé with me. There is no way I would miss the opportunity to savor the obscenely delicate palate that wafts aromas of creme brulée my way, only to entice me with lusciously spiced red delicious apple that sneaks into a lingering finish of bing cherry and summer strawberry. This is a wine based on the 2007 vintage, and offers bright acidity balanced with a toasty, textured quality that is unsurpassed.

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
Based on the 2013 vintage, this Rosé Champagne from Alfred Gratien is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and equal parts Meunier and Pinot Noir. The assemblage is created by blending in reserves from a solera, which adds interesting complexity to the palate. This is not a rosé for the meek: savory aromas of white mushroom and delicate rhubarb are underpinned with a slight warm funk, and the palate is rife with acidity and minerality, but balanced by understated notes of frozen cherry and red currant.

2006 Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
2006 was a ripe vintage, and "Cuvée Paradis" from Alfred Gratien reflects this characteristic in the best way. Blended from the best forty barrels of the harvest, the assemblage is 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir, from almost entirely Grand Cru sites in Côte des Blancs and Reims. There is unmistakeable evidence of barrel influence on the palate, with rich spice interwoven with riper red fruit notes of raspberry and red currant. A distinct sous bois herbaceousness draws the wine to a finish, leaving a clean impression.

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
We are offering the esteemed Gratien Brut Classique at the lowest price in the entire country, and this is a Champagne you must try at least once. Based on the 2012 vintage, the wine is 100% barrel fermented and uses only the cuvée or the first pressing, and is blended with a third reserve wine aged in a solera! Yeasty aromas swirl in a haze of white and yellow flowers, and lightly nutty golden apple, and the palate packs an acid driven punch of green herbaceousness. The finish eases up a bit in intensity, and leaves a refreshing impression.

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The Authentique Rosé is aged four years on the lees, and is a blend of 67% Chardonnay and 23% Pinot Noir. A light salmon hue, this wine has a pleasant and delicately textured palate with aromas and flavors of red apple, bright bing cherry and dried rose petal. Fine bubbles and a persistent minerality make this rosé easily enjoyable on any occasion.
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The "Authentique Assemblage" is aged on the lees five years, and is an almost even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This Champagne emits rich aromas of baked apple, hazelnut and white and yellow flowers, due in part to the 30 percent reserve wines added to the cuvée. The palate, however is lighter than expected: delicate, with a fine bead, and a lusciously creamy back end.
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2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-04-2018
In the world of Biodynamic and Natural wines, often times farming and vinification practices seem to matter more than quality and quaffability, but this is a wine that manages to reflect It's natural roots while remaining complex and maintaining balance. The nose is laden with umami aromas, with subtle black mushroom, tart raspberry, bing and black cherry, white pepper, and an animalistic, almost gamey undertone. The palate is surprisingly broader than expected from a wine with moderately low alcohol, and boasts an effusive, stony minerality, finishing long, with demure tannins.

2015 Smith Story "Pickberry Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Smith Story brings us one beautiful, deep violet hued, perfumed Cabernet, with subtle wafts of mint that commingle with aromas of black cherry, ripe raspberry, fresh tobacco leaf, pomegranate, anise and black pepper. Such complex aromas are commonly found in Cabernet of Sonoma Mountain AVA, with It's volcanic soils and extreme diurnal shifts in temperature, but this wine is particularly elegant, and sings on the palate with fine, balanced acidity, earthy undertones of green peppercorn, and mouthcoating, silky tannins. This is a wine that can easily cellar for 10 years and continue to evolve.
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2011 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 05-03-2018
L'Ermitage is the top of the line for Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley, and this wine is a stunning example of what can happen when Champenois culture and artistry meets California terroir. As is the case with all Roederer Estate wines, only the first pressing is used, but L'Ermitage is a cut above, with only the best base wines of a particularly exceptional vintage, with oak barrel aged reserve wines added to the mix. The result is a sparkling wine of extreme distinction and complexity, with a fine beaded, broad palate. A wonderful balance is struck here between sensuous, rich texture and clean, saline minerality, and the finish is persistent.
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2015 Band of Vintners "Consortium" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-29-2018
Consortium comes from a "Band of Vintners" in Napa Valley, a group of seven wine industry insiders in Napa Valley who know their fruit. The result of their collaboration is a wonderfully crafted balance of Old and New World, highlighting their understanding of the region's wine and history. The nose is complex, with hints of ripe fruit, but with a slightly gamey undertone. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, red currant, black cherry, burnt orange peel and star anise come next. The palate, though predictably lush and dark fruit forward, has an unmistakable grilled green poblano note, a tribute to classic old-world Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine finishes big, with opulent gourmet spice, and mouth-gripping tannins.
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2015 Chalone Vineyard "Estate Grown" Chalone Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-21-2018
Chalone Vineyard is a very special site on California's Central Coast, with low nutrient, decomposed limestone soils and high elevations. The Heritage Clone Pinot Noir grown in this site possesses a distinctive minerality and concentration of flavor, due in part to the soil and cooler climate, but also the diurnal temperature shifts. The wine at first glance looks on the darker, more extracted side, and offers heady aromas of peony, tea rose and black cherry, but the palate is remarkably light and energetic, with balanced acidity and fine, mouth coating tannins.
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2013 Storybook Mountain "Estate Reserve" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Jerry Seps, winemaker and owner of Storybook Mountain, is truly a pioneer of Napa Valley, crafting Zinfandels that consistently far surpass any and all expectations. Made from 100% Organically farmed Estate fruit from The Northeastern most point in Napa Valley, the 2013 Reserve Zinfandel is a selection of the best barrels of the harvest, and is impeccably balanced and powerful. The vineyards were planted by Jerry and his wife Sigrid 41 years ago, through legendary winemaker André Tchelischeff's advising. High quality volcanic soils and cool climate Eastern exposure add to the wine's fine acidity and aging potential. This is a must purchase for any oenophile!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

2016 Stony Hill Napa Valley White Riesling
Review Date: 04-17-2018
This is a wine that very clearly shows the characteristics of an old vine Napa Valley Riesling, with subtly aromatic notes of tropical white and yellow flowers, and a deep, rocky minerality. Harvested mostly from the Stony Hill Estate, the Riesling grows on vines planted in 1948: some of the oldest Riesling vines in California. The palate is very slightly off dry, but barely noticeably so, making it a great apéritif that easily transitions to entrées.
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2015 Hyde de Villaine (HdV) "Hyde Vineyard" Chardonnay Carneros Napa
Review Date: 04-13-2018
The 2015 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from HDV is everything a balanced Carneros Chardonnay should be: expressive of terroir, fruit and climate. Crafted from old vine California clones, this wine is light and energetic on the palate, yet highly concentrated and mineral driven, with light citrus and white floral aromatics. The wine has a subtly round textural element that suggests the slightest hint of butter, but remains restrained and focused on a sense of place, which is one of the coolest, windiest vineyards in Carneros.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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2016 J&H Selbach Riesling Spätlese Saar
Review Date: 04-10-2018
We are so excited to present the 2016 Selbach vintage to you, just in time for Summer! Not only are these wines classic and affordable, but they are complex and charming all at once. A standout for me in the lineup was the Selbach Saar Spatlese: fresh and floral, with notes of tangerine pith, star jasmine leaf, slate, and just a hint of sweetness. This wine is definitely on the drier side of Spatlese, and has a bright, refreshing acidity that enlivens the palate and drives the aromatics home.
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2015 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-09-2018
True to their motto: "French Soul, Oregon Soil," Domaine Drouhin is the benchmark for Willamette Valley wines, expressing the delicacy and finesse of Burgundy varietals, with Oregon grit. Pressed whole cluster from 100% Dijon Clones, the 2015 "Arthur" Chardonnay is named after winemaker Véronique Drouhin's son, and is represents all Chardonnay can be: mineral driven with focused acidity, yet generously textured and powerful. Aromas of just ripe golden delicious apple and underripe pineapple are followed by a palate brimming with almost saline minerality, lemon zest and light brioche, with an enduring, sensual finish.

2013 Jonata "Todos" Central Coast Red Blend
Review Date: 03-30-2018
Jonata "Todos" is a Syrah based blend from a cool climate, single site estate vineyard in Ballard Canyon. Winemaker Matt Dees harvests prime Syrah and Sangiovese (yes, Sangiovese is 15% of the blend!) from the vineyard rich in Careaga Sandstone, allowing excellent drainage. These conditions in the vineyard create concentrated fruit and wine, obvious from first sight: A deep, opaque ruby core and magenta rim show the intensity of extraction. Aromatic hints of garrigue and baked granite give way to an ample, beautifully balanced palate with bright acidity and chewy tannins. Wild berry, cocoa powder and paprika notes are trailed by a refreshing spearmint herbaceousness.

2017 Marietta "Old Vine Rosé" California Rosé
Review Date: 03-26-2018
Marietta Cellars has access to some of the oldest vines in California, and the wines reflect the complexity and depth that come from that heritage. The 2017 release of OVR or "Old Vine Rosé" is a blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris, and will please any Rosé lover. Pleasant aromatics of ripe watermelon, guava and tangerine might lead one to believe the palate will be fruity, but a tangy, balanced acidity and a rocky minerality keeps everything fresh and light.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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