November 17th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 89
2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Even Saint Cosme's "lowly" 2016 Cotes du Rhone looked good on my recent visit. It's mostly Syrah, blended from vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard, offering lovely floral and peppery aromas, dark fruits, medium to full body and a softly dusty finish. It should drink well for 6 years. $15 Our Price $12.99

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Wine Spectator 90
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November 14th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Martinelli • Zinfandel Lolita Ranch

At the higher end of the alcohol spectrum, these Martinelli Zinfandels are powerful wines for sure, but I hasten to add that they are beautifully balanced and in terms of flavor, tannin and complexity, they represent the pinnacles of ripeness in every sense. Medium garnet colored, the 2015 Zinfandel Lolita Ranch sports notes of baked black cherries, dark chocolate, Indian spices and potpourri with savory hints of grilled meat and yeast ex…


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November 10th 2017 Newsletter

Celebrate the Harvest! Arrives Thursday, 11/16/17!
2017 Bouchard Beaujolais Nouveau $8.99

Wine Spectator 91
LUCIENNE Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Smith Vineyard

2014 Rich and full-bodied, with a dense core of earthy blackberry, wild berry, currant, spice, loamy earth and cedary oak flavors. Drink now through 2025. 1,428 cases made. –JL $50 Our Price $29.95

Wine Advocate 90
2014 Elderton • Shiraz Cabernet E Series

Deep garnet-purple, the 2014 Shiraz Cabernet E Series is a blend of 90% Shiraz a…


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November 7th 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 90
CHÂTEAU LA PRADE Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Dark and ripe, with a lush edge to the plum sauce and dark fig notes that's held in check by a charcoal frame. Bitter orange and Campari hints flash through the finish, with a briary feel as well. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made. –JM Release Price $17 Our Price $22.75 (Delicious)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
Tensley 2015 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

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November 3rd 2017 Newsletter

2016 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of bright red cherry, strawberry with hints of earth, spices, and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate finish with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel. $25 Our Price $19.75 (Delicious!)

Wine Spectator 88
BODEGAS LA CANA Albariño Rias Baixas La Caña 2016

This round white offers juicy flavors of apricot and quince, with lemon-lime acidity and accents of honeysuckle and…


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October 31st 2017 Newsletter

2015 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautifully rich, yet balanced California-style Chardonnay that represents what the Arroyo Seco appellation has to offer. In addition to classic Chardonnay flavors of apple and pear, Arroyo Seco fruit consistently provides aromas and flavors of tropical and stone fruits. 90% barrel fermented, this is a distinctly robust and full-bodied Chardonnay perfectly balanced with ample acidity and ripe fruit cha…


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October 27th 2017 Newsletter

WOW-70% Off! 2013 Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

Winemaker Notes: This wine displays aromas of cedar, ripe currents, spice, and leather with a soft, silky finish and a lingering aftertaste. It is crafted to be enjoyable to drink as a young wine and will continue to improve in the bottle. Try it with bold flavored pastas or Sonoma duck or lamb. $20 Our Price $5.95

Wine Spectator 95
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge, Magnum

The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2015, Magnum Offers impressive presen…


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October 24th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
CHÂTEAU LA PRADE Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Dark and ripe, with a lush edge to the plum sauce and dark fig notes that's held in check by a charcoal frame. Bitter orange and Campari hints flash through the finish, with a briary feel as well. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made. –JM Release Price $17 Our Price $22.75

Wine Spectator 93
NEYERS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley 2012, Magnum

This offers a harmonious mix of dense dark berry, mocha, licor…


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October 20th 2017 Newsletter

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Barefoot Bubbly Sparkling Pinot Grigio

Winemaker Notes: Enjoy the refreshing taste of our Pinot Grigio with a unique twist - bubbles! Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio is one of the only Pinot Grigio sparkling wines from California. Light-bodied and refreshing, our Bubbly Pinot Grigio bubbles over with citrus flavors and orange blossom aromas. Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio is fantastic alone or with grilled fish, artichoke dip and Greek salad. $10 (Liquidation Price $3.95…


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October 17th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
LANSON Brut Champagne Black Label NV

This creamy Champagne is bright and citrusy, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors. Racy finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $39.99

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Bootleg • Proprietary Red

The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases…


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October 13th 2017 Newsletter

Bargain Basement Special! Schmitt Sohne Spatlese Riesling Blue

Winery Notes: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany- This fully ripened Riesling has highly extracted fruit flavors of apricots and peaches coupled with enough acidity to give it a firm and juicy mouth feel. $10 Liquidation Price $1.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 90
STÉPHANE AVIRON Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes 2014

Floral and peach aromas line the ripe strawberry and cherry flavors in this concentrated, harmonious red. Backed b…


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October 10th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 93-95
2014 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, Magnum

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purp…


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October 6th 2017 Newsletter

James Suckling 90 Points
CUNE Rioja Crianza 2014

A fresh and easy Rioja that shows plum and cherry character. Hints of cream. Mushroom, too. Medium body, low tannins and a crisp finish. Delicious now. $14 Our Price $9.75

2015 Rombauer Zinfandel, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of blackberry, cherry, licorice and vanilla…


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October 3rd 2017 Newsletter

2016 Arkenstone Ambrose Rose

Winemaker Notes: Earthy, bright, bursting... Ambrosé reflects its California origins. Late-ripening Syrah kissed at the confluence of three Sonoma creeks, with a complement of complex Mourvèdre cooled by marine fogs rolling around Mount Diablo. A light touch in the cellar makes for rosé touched by light. Start with a gentle press, brief skin contact, & slow ferment. Stainless steel preserves natural acidity, while a bit of neutral French oak rounds out the mid-pa…


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September 29th 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 90
MER SOLEIL Chardonnay Monterey County Silver Unoaked 2014

A seductive style that captures effusively ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features a juicy texture that's broad and layered. Despite using no oak, this leaves the impression of spicy, jazzy wood on the lingering finish. Drink now. 41,095 cases made. –JL $24 Liquidation Price $15.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 90
2013 MacPhail Sonoma Coast MARDIKIAN ESTATE PINOT NOIR

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September 26th 2017 Newsletter

We will be closed on Monday, 10/2/17

54% OFF-WOW! 2013 Congress Springs Monterey Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes from Melissa Robles, Winemaker: This Monterey Pinot Noir has flavors of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, with a silky finish. Suggested Food Pairings: Pairs well with lamb, pork, cheese, and poultry. $16 Our Price $7.35

Wine Spectator 88
MOHUA Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Mouthwatering grapefruit, lemon and green apple flavors are vivid and intense, with a hint of dried mango on the fin…


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September 22nd 2017 Newsletter

2014 Ferrari Carano Merlot

Winemaker Notes: Select lots of grapes are chosen from their vineyards in Sonoma County to create this beautifully-balanced and medium-bodied Merlot. This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of plum, chocolate spice, dark berries, coffee, caramel and cedar. A fleshy mouthfeel is followed by flavors of bright, upfront, red fruit, a structured mid-palate and a firm backbone of ripe tannins. This wine has impressive length and a lasting, elegant finish. $22 Liquidation…


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September 19th 2017 Newsletter

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Holds approximately 200 bottles, premium redwood racking, glass doors, Baldwin lock set and light. Purchased new for $5000, one owner, excellent condition and used inside the home. Dimensions: 90"H x 51"W x 22"D. Needs new cooling unit. Price $1200/obo. Contact: Judy 559-288-4322

2016 Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is a soft, smooth wine with well integrated oak. Flavors of dark fruit, black cherry, clove and cinnamon are met…


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September 15th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
HAHN Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands SLH 2015

Vibrant and rich-tasting, offering a complex array of fig, quince, pear and ripe citrus flavors. Well-structured, with notes of lemon meringue on the plush, focused finish. Drink now through 2022.—K.M. $20 Our Price $15.39

Wine Advocate 89 – 91
2016 Domaine de Bila Haut Côtes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut

An inky colored effort, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut offers a beautiful freshne…


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September 12th 2017 Newsletter

2014 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red

Winemaker Notes: The intensity of this wine is first revealed by its garnet core, then from concentrated aromas of dark black cherry and coffee, nicely lifted by notes of candied red fruits, sarsaparilla and a hint of leather. Upon entry, the showy, plush Merlot and floral, fleshy Malbec leap forward, followed by more subtle dried grass and teaflavors from the Cabernet Franc, immediately balanced by the grip of savory old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and brooding Petit Verdo…


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September 8th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 

Winemaker Notes: This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. Blended with over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. $12 Our Price $6.25

Wine Spectator 93
2015 Bedrock CA Old Vine Zinfandel

Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chi…


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September 5th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Famille Hugel Gentil Alsace

Winemaker Notes: A kaleidoscope of grapiness, produced exclusively from hand harvested grapes in predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, from a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. $15 Our Price $10.95 (Arrives 9/6/17)

Wine Spectator 90
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September 1st 2017 Newsletter

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We will be closed on Monday, 9/4/17

2016 Ghost Block MorgaenLee Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe stone fruits, mainly white peach and yellow melon. The wine has lively acidity of yellow fruits and hints of peach. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a crisp and complex long –lasting, refreshing finish…


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August 29th 2017 Newsletter

Labor Day Holiday
We will be closed on Monday, 9/4/17

Wine Spectator 91
ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône White 2015

Juicy, with good weight to the core of heather, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes, laced with piecrust and almond details. Stays fresh and racy through the finish, revealing a buried quinine accent. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. –JM $22 Our Price $18.99

Wine Enthusiast 92
2015 Tenshen Red

A project by Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi, this is a whopper of a wine for the price tag. Black che…


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August 25th 2017 Newsletter

2014 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. $20 Our Price $13.95

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August 22nd 2017 Newsletter

James Suckling 93 Points
2015 Ritual 15 Chardonnay

A bright and stoney chardonnay with clarity and beauty. Full body, bright and tangy acidity with lime and green pineapple character. Vertical tension to this. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now. Screw cap. $20 Liquidation Price $9.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 96 pts
Haut-Bailly 2014 Haut-Bailly Pessac Léognan Cru Classé De Graves, Bordeaux, Half Bottles

The 2014 Haut-Bailly has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous an…


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August 18th 2017 Newsletter

A real TWO BUCK Chuck!
2012 Hardy's William Hardy Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Lifted ripe stone fruit characters of white peach and nectarine with toasty oak hint adding complexity. A well balanced wine with plenty of stone fruit and lively citrus characters giving great flavor and a pleasant lingering finish. Seamlessly integrated vanillin oak gives complexity, while a tight acid structure provides backbone that enhances flavor depth and length. $15 Our Price $2.00

Wine Advocate 91-93
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August 15th 2017 Newsletter

73% OFF-WOW!
2014 Chateau St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: French for "Jewel", Bijou is a vivacious, crisp Chardonnay driven by a core of fruit-forward flavor: peach, pineapple and passion fruit hold center stage with just a light touch of French oak. We select perfectly ripe fruit from vineyards throughout California to craft this food-friendly wine. $15 Our Price $3.99 (Arrives 8/16/17)

Wine Spectator 91
REX HILL Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014, Half Bottles

Sleek and well-knit, wit…


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August 11th 2017 Newsletter

54% OFF-WOW!

2013 Congress Springs Monterey Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes from Melissa Robles, Winemaker: This Monterey Pinot Noir has flavors of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, with a silky finish. Suggested Food Pairings: Pairs well with lamb, pork, cheese, and poultry. $16 Our Price $7.35 (Great Value!)

Wine Spectator 90
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Vermentino Toscana Ammiraglia Massovivo 2016

This is round, evoking white peach, melon and straw flavors, with a hint of grapefruit. Beautifully balance…


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August 8th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Dracaena Paso Robles Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: This 100% Cabernet Franc pours deep ruby in color with red currant, tobacco, and hints of earth fragrances dominating the aromatics. The vibrant bouquet opens to a parade of flavors including plum, dark chocolate, black cherry and an exquisite black licorice that will heighten your taste buds. The hint of oak spice and fresh herbs carry the soft, well structured, full-bodied finish as it continues to linger on your tongue for what seems l…


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August 4th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2014

This sports a slightly exotic core of raspberry and blackberry fruit, backed by a roasted apple wood note and a jolt of licorice on the finish, imparting up-front appeal and a bit of mid-term aging capacity. Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made. JM Liquidation Price $15.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in…


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August 1st 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
Andrew Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Stone Cairn 2013

Supple, generous and expressive, with blueberry, currant, black tea and spice flavors that come together against nubby tannins as the finish extends impressively. Best from 2018 through 2023.-H.S 585 cases made. $40 Liquidation Price $27.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 3 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter a…


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July 28th 2017 Newsletter

Decanter Wine Journal 95pts
2015 Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Exotic and vibrant tropical fruit nose. Superbly zesty and vigorous attack with lots of drive, tension and minerality. Flavors of praline, vanilla pastry cream, pear and light citrus. Admirable energy and length. $40 Our Price $33.99

Château Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol Rosé 2016

Producer Notes: 1/3 Cinsault, 1/3 Grenache and 1/3 Mourvèdre Hand Picked in Mid September Cinsault and Grenache are direct pressing, Mourvèdre i…


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July 25th 2017 Newsletter

James Suckling 93 Points
2015 Ritual 15 Chardonnay

A bright and stoney chardonnay with clarity and beauty. Full body, bright and tangy acidity with lime and green pineapple character. Vertical tension to this. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now. Screw cap. $20 Our Price $11.99

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel la Dame Rousse

Flat out gorgeous, with layers of framboise, Bing cherry, strawberries and flowers, the 2015 Tavel la Dame Rousse is medium-bodied, silky and elegant on th…


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July 21st 2017 Newsletter

2013 Maréchal Paso Robles Primitivo

Winemaker Notes: Velvety rich in color and in flavor. Raspberry & cherry aroma, ripe fruit, earthiness & spice with smooth vanilla finish. $22 Our Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 92 
2015 CARLISLE Petite Sirah Napa Valley Palisades Vineyard

Deeply structured and packing some muscle, but wrapped in a rich and supple texture, offering wild berry, cracked pepper and orange zest flavors. Drink now through 2024.—T.F. 584 cases made. $50

Wine Spectator 90 
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July 18th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
LEMELSON Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Thea's Selection 2014

Polished, expressive and deftly balanced, this is generous with its baby powder-accented cherry, lingonberry and floral flavors. Remains open and inviting through the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 9,950 cases made. –HS $30 Our Price $25.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 94
LOUIS CHÈZE St.-Joseph White Ro-Rée 2015

This glistens with creamed pear, yellow apple and white peach flavors, while light honeysuckle and ch…


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July 14th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
LE P'TIT PAYSAN Rosé Pierre's Pirouette Central Coast 2016

A charmer, with pretty watermelon aromas and lively strawberry and spice accents. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now. 1,050 cases made.—T.F. $19 Our Price $15.39


Wine Spectator 90
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Vermentino Toscana Ammiraglia Massovivo 2016

This is round, evoking white peach, melon and straw flavors, with a hint of grapefruit. Beautifully balanced, fresh and easy to cozy up to. A light mineral accent g…


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July 11th 2017 Newsletter

2014 Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Gleaming radiant gold, our 2014 Dijon Clones Chardonnay sings from the glass with enticing aromas of lemon peel, fresh white flowers and citrus blossom, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon tart, ground nutmeg and honeyed graham cracker. The wine exhibits a rounded mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of pineapple juice, sweet candied lemon and creamy lemon curd, leading into hints of white nectarine, yellow pear…


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July 7th 2017 Newsletter

ROAR 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands
Pinot Noir, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Drawing on aspects of all of our vineyards, our 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wonderful expression of what the region has to offer. Dark fruit, leather, and toasted oak with light overtones of honey evolve into blackberry, cola and cherry, opening to include chocolate shavings and floral accents. A woody, almost evergreen, perfume enriches the lower-tone fruit through a long, dense, meaty finish full of tobacc…


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July 5th 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Advocate 91
2013 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano

The 2013 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is a soft and supple red wine that proudly displays its winemaking pedigree. There are no rough edges here. Instead, this wine offers a seamless link of red cherry, spice and toasted nut aromas. The mouthfeel is on the lean side, but the wine is immediately approachable and easy to pair with any kind of grilled meat dish. $24 Our Price $15.99

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June 29th 2017 Newsletter

94 Points Best of Monterey Toast of The Coast Wine Competition
2014 Cru Montage Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale Golden color. Aromas of white peach, nectarine and lime. Fruity yet full body and an elegant crème Anglaise, melon and Meyer’s lemon finish. 100% Chardonnay $20 Our Price $15.75

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Wine Spectator 94
JUSTIN Justification Paso Robles 2014

Smooth-textured, graceful and refined, with a tenderness to the texture a…


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June 27th 2017 Newsletter

Fourth of July Holiday
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Vinous 93 pts
Le Salette 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Fumane, Veneto

Very deep ruby. Spiced strawberry, violet and peony aromas are complicated by hints of candied violet and cinnamon. Then juicy, bright and dense with sneaky concentration and density to the very suave red cherry and sweet spice flavors. Finishes very long, a…


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June 23rd 2017 Newsletter

WOW 53% Off! Wine Spectator 91

KUNDE ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Magnolia Lane

2015 Perfectly ripe peach, mango and melon flavors are intense and fleshy, with bright acidity and floral and honey details that linger. Drink now. 8,900 cases made.-M.W. $17 Liquidation Price $7.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

2013 Stewart Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: An opaque deep garnet color rimmed with bright purple. Rich aromatics of vanilla, blackberry, and tobacco entice while the full-bodie…


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June 20th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 91
2013 Bookwalter Protagonist Cabernet Sauvignon

Another outstanding wine is the 2013 Protagonist (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) which spent 18 months in 50% new puncheons. It has a full-bodied, fresh, yet beautifully textured style to go with classic Cabernet notes of cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf and a kiss of bouquet garni. Like most of 2013s from Bookwalter, it’s relatively forward and charming, yet I suspect it will still evolve gracefully for at least a decade. Note, this cuvee…


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June 16th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
CHÂTEAU D’EPIRÉ Savennières Cuvée Spéciale

2014 Has a hint of maturity, with light almond and salted butter notes framing the core of creamed yellow apple, quince and pear flavors. A twinge of mirabelle plum on the finish lends lift and contrast. There’s plenty of life here for more cellaring. Drink now through 2027.—J.M. 383 cases imported $30 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 90
ROEDERER ESTATE Brut Rosé Anderson Valley NV

A delicate and floral pink, with rose petal and strawber…


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June 13th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
Andrew Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Stone Cairn 2013

Supple, generous and expressive, with blueberry, currant, black tea and spice flavors that come together against nubby tannins as the finish extends impressively. Best from 2018 through 2023.-H.S 585 cases made. $40 Our Price $34.99

Wine Spectator 91
TAIT The Ball Buster Barossa Valley 2014

Bold, with dense notes of dark chocolate-covered coffee bean, plum paste, wild blackberry, cigar box and date bread. Expressive…


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June 9th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
MOHUA Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

All the pieces fall into place, with lime, mango and green apple flavors that are bright and juicy, revealing a touch of pineapple on the vivid, bright finish. Drink now. 47,000 cases imported. –MW $14 Our Price $8.49 (Arrives 6/13/17)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 pts
2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is plump and juicy, not to mention a terrific introduction to the vintage. Succulent d…


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June 6th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
MATANZAS CREEK Chardonnay Sonoma County 2015

Creamy vanilla and smoky, oaky flavors shade the mix of pear, fig, apricot and melon notes, making for a complex, layered effort that's deep and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 8,987 cases made.—J.L. $26 Our Price $20.35 (Arrives this afternoon)

ROAR 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Drawing on aspects of all of our vineyards, our 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wonderful expression of…


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June 2nd 2017 Newsletter

Wine Enthusiast 89 Points
2014 Bogle Old Vine Zin

Lively fruit flavors and great balance make this wine easy to appreciate and a versatile pairing with food. Fresh cherry and raspberry aromas meet rich flavors on a smooth texture that has just enough light tannins for a little grip. $12 Liquidation Price $6.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

2013 Titus Family Andronicus Red

Winemaker Notes: A berry basket of aromas immediately greet your nose with blackberry, ripe strawberry and raspberry, while remin…


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May 30th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Zenato Pinot Grigio

Winemaker Notes: Lemon-green in color, aromas of Key limes and white peaches complement undertones of green apples and grains of paradise. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish. $15 Our Price $9.39

Wine Spectator 91
KENDALL-JACKSON Pinot Noir Vintner's Reserve 2014

Deftly balanced, this is slow to build nuance and complexity, unfolding to reveal tiers of spicy raspberry, black cherry and wilted rose. Though medium-weight, the flavors build…


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May 26th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 94
LANCASTER Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014

Big and rich, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029.—J.L $75 Our Price $59.95

Wine Spectator 93
TABLAS CREEK Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2015

This vibrant and mouthwatering white shows green apple, Meyer lemon and dried pineapple favors that are fresh and juicy. Lemon verbena and…


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May 23rd 2017 Newsletter

Memorial Day Holiday

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Wine Spectator 91 

LOUIS M. MARTINI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

A wholesome expression of earth- and graphite-driven Cabernet, commingling with road tar, roasted herb and dark berry flavors. Crushed rock minerality enlivens the finish. Drink now through 2024. 51,000 cases made. –JL $38 Liquidation Price $24.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

2012 Stonestreet Alexander Valley Chardonnay

Winery Notes: Produced from eight superb mountain sit…


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May 19th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
CHÂTEAU BARDE-HAUT St.-Emilion 2014, 375ml

Solid, with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors that meld with dark tobacco and roasted alder notes. Maintains a fleshy edge through the finish without sacrificing energy. Best from 2018 through 2028. 4,500 cases made. –JM $28 Our Price $19.99/375ml

2015 Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Luscious honeysuckle, ripe pear and fresh lemongrass intertwine in this medium-bodied Vintner's Reserve S…


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May 16th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Lloyd Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: We are excited to release our new 2015 Carneros Chardonnay. Sourced from the Home and Green Acres Blocks from Sangiacomo Vineyard, as well as a small amount fruit from the Truchard Vineyard, this is a fantastic expression of California Chardonnay. Picked at the peak of ripeness, this Chardonnay is then barrel fermented and left on the lees until we get ready to bottle. Flavors of tropical fruits, pear and apple are supported by rich notes of vanill…


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May 5th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2015

This is loaded with zesty blackberry and raspberry fruit, offering a vibrant structure and appealing accents of toasted sage, white pepper and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 102,000 cases made. –TF $26 Our Price $18.99 Grape Tray email subscribers receive a $2 instant rebate for a net bottle price of $16.99 (Limited to stock on hand)


California Wine Advisors 94 Points
Apriori Cabernet Blend Napa Valley 2014

A stunning value from a…


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April 28th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 96
Château Coutet Barsac 2014, 375ml

This shows the vivid, racy side of Barsac, with streaming flavors of pineapple, yellow apple, green plum and white ginger, displaying lovely energy from start to finish. Ends with enough honeysuckle and orange blossom notes to balance the richness. Best from 2020 through 2035.-J.M 4,000 cases made $36. Half bottles $24.99


Wine Advocate 91
2012 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah Somerston Vineyards

The 2012 Petite Sirah, which is aged in larger puncheons…


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May 12th 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 93
2015 Bedrock CA Old Vine Zinfandel

Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026. $25


Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 pts
Capbern 2014 Capbern Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux

The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and int…


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April 25th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV

Vibrant and well-knit, this layers a refined texture and mouthwatering acidity with a rich profile of dried white cherry, raw almond, mandarin orange peel and smoke-tinged minerality. Finely knit and focused, presenting a creamy, spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 11,000 cases imported. –AN $79 Special Price $45.95 (Limited to stock on hand and valid through 4/29/17)

 

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Domaine de la Mordoree
Tavel la Dame Rousse

Fl…


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May 2nd 2017 Newsletter

2015 Killian Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, light gold color with an open star jasmine, citrus blossom nose above red apple, stone fruit and hints of smoky oak. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh apple and pear, and are framed in a richly bodied mouthfeel that finishes with balanced acidity and just a hint of fruit sweetness. This will be one of the best aging of the Killian Chardonnays and should be optimally balanced about a year after release. $26 Our Price $24.99 Delicio…


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May 9th 2017 Newsletter

2016 Ser Rosé Of Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: Subtle aromas of blood orange and strawberry. Focused palate, dry with bright natural acidity. Pomegranate, redcurrant and a hint of citrus rind on the palate. $22 Our Price $16.99 (Arrives 5/10/17)


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Wine Spectator 91
KUNDE ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Magnolia Lane 2015

Perfectly ripe peach, mango and melon flavors are intense and fleshy, with bright acidity and floral and honey details that linger. Drink now. 8,900 cases mad…


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