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Anthony Gittings
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2016 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 11-29-2017
Are you tired of winter and dreaming of warmer days? If your answer is yes, then pop open a bottle Quinta Da Aveleda. This Vinho Verde is extremely fresh and refreshing. Nice tropical fruit welcomes your palate, while juicy acid keeps you coming back for more. This is a dry light bodied wine that is slightly effervescent making it the best adult soda around. Cheers!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

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: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine L'Ostal Cazes "Grand Vin" Minervois La Livinière
Review Date: 11-29-2017
This wine sings of sweet tobacco, smokey meats and hints of rich cocoa. The mouth feel is big, robust and powerful, with layers of complexity and richness.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-29-2017
This is a stellar sub twenty dollar Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. Concentrated cherries and raspberries are lightly dusted with winter baking spices. The palate is broad and silky, while the balanced acid gives the wine lift. A long elegant finish completes the wine.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Perey Chevreuil, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-08-2017
Chateau Perey Chevreuil 2011 St-Emilion is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose you can find exotic dark fruits along with cocoa and a touch of coffee bean. The palate is rich, but medium-bodied and silky. The dark fruit once again presents itself, but with a softer appeal. I'd serve this with a nice rib eye steak or roasted mushrooms.
Price: $18.99 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

2016 Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder Rosé Ahr
Review Date: 10-26-2017
I don't often get this excited about rose, but this is one of the best examples I have ever tried. Meyer-Nakel is one of the most reconcilable names from Germany and are famous for producing exceptional Spatburgunder, aka Pinot Noir. The wine is complex, and elegant, and exudes excellence. Bright and balanced acid seamlessly interact with soft minerality, a touch of spice and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It's texture and richness drinks like a red wine, but the clarity shows it's lighter qualities. As a stand alone wine, this might be one of my top 10 wines that I have tried in 2017. Absolutely outstanding and worthy of cellar consideration.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2014 L'Union Sacré "La Passion du Diable - Star Lane Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-20-2017
I discovered this wine while visiting the central coast with some colleagues. This a winery that probably few people have heard of and probably fewer have tried due to their small production. Two friends, one from a small town on France, and the other from a small town in Michigan, collaborated in the Central Coast to make this Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich red fruit, silky tannin and bright acid are all found in this wine, but the focus and complexity is truly amazing. This a softer more pretty style of Cabernet that is for the fan of small boutique, hard to find wines.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-18-2017
The latest offering from Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel is one of my favorites I have tried this year. A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre). Fresh blackberries and cherries are accentuated by rich vanilla and a dash of pepper. Nicely integrated tannin and acid give this Zinfandel balance and focus. Soft minerality and a touch of licorice, and fig add to the finish of this polished classic.

2015 Oberon Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-18-2017
This is a wine that drinks well above it's price point. Rich fruit, soft tannin, fresh acid and a long finish. Blackberries, and dark cherries give way to cocoa, coffee and a touch of leather. The depth of the wine is amazing and lingers of the palate.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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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

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Thomas Fogarty Vineyards has been making quality wine for over thirty five years in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They are devoted to practicing organic and biodynamic farming in order to preserve the land for generations to come. All of their wines are expressive, but the 2013 Pinot Noir stood out to me. Fresh raspberries, a touch of elegant wood is accompanied by bright acid and a long dry finish. Beautiful floral tones and a touch of earthiness round out this stellar wine.

2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Antica is a property owned by the famous Antinori family. Their family has been making wine for six hundred and thirty years and have always held the highest standards of wine making. Their latest release of Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. A touch of brown sugar and plentiful blackberries can be found upon first approach. The palate offers bright cherries and herbs, velvety tannin and nice minerality. A soft refined finish is complemented by a chalky almost ash like characteristic that is a testament to the grapes and terrior.

2015 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 08-08-2017
This is a softer approach to Syrah then a lot of it's California counterparts. The grapes are sourced from vineyards that sit 2500 ft. in the mountains and is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the state. The wine has velvety tannin and packed with elegant dark fruit. A flinty and mineral tone are found from the nose to the finish giving the wine complexity and texture.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
JD 94 VN 93

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.

2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Alberdi" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-17-2017
A modern approach to classic Rioja. Juicy raspberries and blackberries set the tone, while savory herbs and high toned acid round it out. A touch of cinnamon and pretty floral notes give way to a long dry finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 RP 91

2013 Au Bon Climat "Knox Alexander" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-19-2017
Au Bon Climat consistently makes exceptional wines that embody their terroir with precision and elegance. The fruit picked for this bottling is from the best blocks from their most famous vineyards, Le Bon Climat and Bien Nacido. The wine is refined and sophisticated, loaded with soft velvety tannin that seamlessly flows through across the palate. Bright cherries, dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla are all found but, the clarity and texture really shine.

2014 Kumeu River "Hunting Hill" Single Vineyard Chardonnay Kumeu
Review Date: 06-13-2017
This a beautiful Chardonnay full of bright lemon, macadamia nuts and a touch of melon. The acid is perfectly balanced and offers up loads of freshness. A long lasting finish, offers fresh stone fruit and wonderful minerality.

2014 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Their 'Originals' Syrah is made from the oldest plantings they have and are also the oldest in the Ballard Canyon. Because of the age of the vines and use of dry farming, the yield is less than other blocks on the property. The small clusters of fruit they do produce are both rich and concentrated. They sort the fruit, using mostly whole clusters and ferment in cement, relying on the stem influence to add wood texture and tannin. The wine is elegant, powerful and focused allowing the limestone soil to fully show its influence on the vineyards. Blackberries and blueberries are in the fore front while undertones of pretty red flowers, smoke, and just the right amount of black pepper give the wine complexity and richness.

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
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2014 Gainey "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-05-2017
After recently trying this at a staff tasting, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on this outstanding Chardonnay. On the nose, rich vanilla bean and freshly cut lumber first welcome you. The palate is full of asian pear, light lemon, and fresh acid. A lighter bodied Chardonnay that has some nice minerality and a long beautiful finish. This is a lot of wine for less than twenty dollars, incredible value!
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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 Beckmen "Estate Purisima Mountain" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 04-26-2017
This latest offering of Syrah from Beckmen is one that absolutely speaks to me. Blackberry, pepper and bacon fat are all layered nicely on the nose. A soft and approachable full-bodied wine that offers plenty of generous fruit. Boysenberry richness gives way to a long, refined finish. Really great wine for under $30.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 VN 92

2013 Calcareous "Moose" Paso Robles Red Wine
Review Date: 04-25-2017
This is serious wine for lovers of big, rich wines. Made from a blend of 82% Syrah and 18% Petit Verdot. Loads of fig, maple, blackberries and a touch of leather. Nice focused spice and a hint of smoke are accentuated by a long velvety finish. I really enjoyed my visit with the Calcareous team and highly recommend giving them a visit the next time you are in the area.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 92

2014 Stolpman "Estate" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 04-25-2017
I cannot say enough great things about the people and the wine from the Stolpman Vineyards, they really are some of the nicest people in the industry. On top of their generous nature, the latest offering from their "Estate" Ballard Canyon Syrah is an instant classic and worthy of a multiple bottle purchase. Dark fruit, currant, fennel, and fresh herbs dazzle in the glass. The wine has an opulent and rich full body smothered in blackberries and fresh lavender. A long sophisticated finish make this almost irresistible. Try it with roasted lamb or grilled wild mushrooms.

2013 Sans Liege "En Gedi-Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Grenache
Review Date: 04-25-2017
Made from 100% Grenache and only 9 barrels produced, this wine is perfect for fans of the esoteric and hard to get. The wine drinks big, but has plenty of silky tannin and fresh acid to give it perfect balance. Cedar, raspberry, sage can first be recognized, but further exploration shows plenty more. Peppercorns and clove are nicely integrated with notes of fig, blueberry and chocolate. A long powerful finish makes this perfect for hardy fare and BBQ.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Tatomer Edna Valley Pinot Noir Rosé
Review Date: 04-25-2017
Of all the Rose I have tried this year, this one stands among the very best and with only 200 cases made, this is the very definition of esoteric. Bright floral and perfume components greet your nose. Fresh strawberries, a hint of mint and incredibly juicy acid make this an absolute must try, but hurry, we may not have it for long.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2015 Winzergenossenschaff Konigschaffhausen Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris) Baden
Review Date: 04-25-2017
This was such an interesting try. Pinot Gris from Germany.. awesome! A beautiful nose of pear, granny smith apples and honey, delicately express themselves when you first approach the wine. Having seen no oak, the wine is bright and minerally with a rich full body. Pineapple and kiwi round out this outstanding wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Schneider Sankt Laurent Thermenregion
Review Date: 03-27-2017
This is a must try for anyone exploring red wines from German. The wine is aromatic and flinty, with rich dark cherry fruit deeply embedded. Finishing dry, the smoke and earthiness shines through giving it an approachable complexity. This wine shows off the true characteristic of the grape and offers a unique and exciting try.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-27-2017
Kistler wines are synonymous with high quality wine. This is one of Sonoma's premier wineries and I am proud we carry this Chardonnay. Sourced from the family's mountain vineyards, this wine delivers a unique Burgundian style. Juicy lemon and honey are well integrated with a rich creamy, almost meringue texture. A long clean finish polishes off this outstanding wine. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a Chardonnay lover!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

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: $29.99 Add To Cart

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-24-2017
This is a stellar deal! This Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the terrior and wine making style of Columbia Valley. The nose is loaded with dark berries, pomegranate, and fresh white flowers. Big opulent fruit and powerful earthy tannin makes this perfect for any Cabernet lover. Soft integrated cedar notes help lift the dark fruit and add to this complex wine. For a $20 wine, there is a lot going on in the glass, a real bargain.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Thomas Fogarty 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.

2013 Lincourt "Steel" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-24-2017
What can I say, this is incredible for the money. Fresh lemon peel and hits of sweet orange, first welcome you to the glass. The palate is clean and fresh and full of richness. Fresh herbs and bright lemon acid elevate this wine while the long finish leaves you wanting more. This might be one of the best $10 California Chardonnay's on the shelf. Cheers!
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2015 Routestock Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 02-07-2017
This is a must-buy for any California Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. On the nose, fresh lemon and lime first welcome you. Bright acid and exotic tropical fruit fill the palate, while soft hints of oak help give it structure and a great dry finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2015 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-07-2017
This has value written all over it! Lemon and honey notes are accented with savory herbs. A beautiful walnut skin creaminess helps round out and elevate this wine giving it a full mouthfeel. On the finish, the balanced juicy acid leaves your palate wanting more. This would be great with roasted chicken and creammy cheeses.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 JD 90

2014 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-06-2017
This is a Zinfandel that is worth every penny. Strawberries and raspberries are layered with chocolate and a hint of coffee, just for fun. A full bodied and rich wine that would go great with BBQ or roasted vegetables.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Antech "Emotion" Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé
Review Date: 01-11-2017
A delightful sparkler that is nothing short of fun. Notes of strawberries and pretty white flowers jump out of the glass. The palate offers a rich but delicate cherry and herbal appeal. This is perfect for a house sparkling wine or for your next party.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart