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2014 Raventós i Blanc "L'hereu" Brut Conca del Riu Anoia
Review Date: 10-09-2017
Lovers of dry sparkling rejoice! This Raventos Brut is crafted sans dosage. As a result, the wine emphasizes the natural characteristic of the delicate fruit and the unique ancient marine fossil deposits of the Raventos terroir. Fresh and light, chalky and bone dry, the wine features very fine bubbles and is aged 18 months on the lees.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Tabordet "Calcis" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 10-07-2017
Named for the calcareous soils of the Tabordet Estate, "Calcis" is clean and dry, and as you might expect, has a long, mineral driven finish. There is some barrel fermentation in the production, which lends a slightly richer quality to the palate than other Pouilly Fumés, but the overall impression is delicate, with notes of white peach and lemon zest.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2015 Bel-Air, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-06-2017
This Pomerol is nuanced and expansive, with very spicy aromatics trailed by sage and Ylang Ylang. The palate blooms with ripe blueberry and blackberry, and the tannin structure is soft and fine. The 2015 Bel Air Pomerol is a wine that can absolutely be enjoyed tonight, but will also age beautifully for at least a decade.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-06-2017
the 2015 Croix Mouton Bordeaux from Jean-Philippe Janoueix is an incredible value in Bordeaux! The property has a very long history which dates back to the ancient Romans, and is predominately clay, limestone and alluvial soils, located just outside of the Fronsac appellation. The blend is predominately Merlot blended with a much smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc, and the result is a full bodied, fruit driven and beautifully structured wine with aromas and flavors of green tobacco, high tone red fruit and rose.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Hunt & Harvest Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-02-2017
This small production, gorgeous Rutherford Cabernet is made from some of the appellation's finest fruit, and can stand up to wines three times the price. With classic dusty, fine tannins and aromas of dried rose petal, strawberry and star anise, this wine is elegant and powerful. It's focused, medium bodied palate with layered complexity make a great pairing with anything from fall stews to braised beef.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Luigi Boveri "Derthona" Timorasso Colli Tortonesi
Review Date: 10-01-2017
The Boveri "Derthona" Timorasso is a wonderful Italian white with a rich, almost oily, yet mineral driven palate. This juxtaposition of body and minerality is one of the reasons I have begun to fall in love with Italian whites, and this Timorasso has star quality in that regard. With green, herbaceous aromas, and crisp, bright citrus notes, this is a refreshing and powerful wine that can ease your transition from light Summer whites into the colder months.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chehalem "INOX" Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-01-2017
When I sat down to taste this at the winery, I didn't hear the owner and founding winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry explain that it was a Chardonnay. I gave the glass a swirl, and aromas of lemon peel and mineral and a very light palate led me to believe that it was perhaps a Riesling. When Nedry explained that it was, indeed, an unoaked Chardonnay, and that "Inox" is French for stainless steel, I was totally floored by the purity of the style. You have to taste this wine.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis
Review Date: 09-29-2017
The 2016 Petit Chablis from Louis Moreau is a Direct Import for K&L, and one of the greatest value whites carried here. Pressed from grapes from younger hillside vines, this light-bodied wine displays barely palpable waxy aromas of orange blossom and lemon, and a distinct, chalky minerality. The palate is very well balanced, with bright but well-integrated acidity, and the finish is long and tapered.
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2014 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana
Review Date: 09-24-2017
Behold the mighty Super Tuscan! With all the earthiness of a traditional Chianti and the rich, smoky profile and dense fruit of a Cabernet, comes the Tignanello from Antinori. This wine seems to bloom on the palate, with lush tarry flavors and aromas of tobacco, black cherry and tamarind. Aged in barriques and the first of its kind, this spectacular wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

2010 La Cardonne, Médoc
Review Date: 09-17-2017
La Cardonne is ready to drink, with a lovely expanse on the palate and a fine but firm tannin. With a bright acidity, this wine also shows potential for cellaring. Notes of dried blueberry, blackberry, bell pepper and allspice make for a heady and satisfying experience.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2004 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil
Review Date: 09-17-2017
This earthy Bourgueil is rustic and Bistro ready, with all the characteristics of a classic Cabernet Franc from the region. Savory accords of allspice, umami and green olive give way to a smoky yet light palate with a complexity that only comes with age. Take it to dinner, or pair it with your own attempts at French cuisine!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2016 Aurore Dezat "Domaine des Chasseignes" Sancerre
Review Date: 09-15-2017
This is a very light and refreshing style of Sancerre from Aurore Dezat, made from 25-30 year old vines grown in terre blanche soil. The terroir imparts a classic limestone minerality, vibrant acidity and very noticeable green apple note that for me, sets this Sancerre apart from the crowd. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a crisp, light style of Sancerre with subtle complexity and finesse.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2013 Paradigm Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-11-2017
To me, there is little in this world that satisfies like Oakville fruit, and in this beauty, fruit is the star. Aromas of spiced blueberry and ripe and stewed strawberry rise from the glass, buoyed on a waft of fresh shiso leaf, vanilla and blackberry. If that weren't enough, violet and rose floral notes spring forth in an aromatic haze, telling the story of a sunny and dusty terroir that can only be found in the heart of Napa Valley. With a broad, classic palate with a firm, balanced tannin that cleans up very nicely, this wine lingers pleasantly in a cherry-cocoa trail.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2014 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-10-2017
Named for the Linden trees that famously marked the St Helena property before it became the Spottswoode Estate, the "Lyndenhurst" Cabernet is rich, supple and complex. Made with both Estate, Oak Knoll, Oakville and Knights Valley fruit, the wine has depth and power, but with subtle herbaceous and floral aromatics threaded together by a persistent yet balanced acidity. The "Lyndenhurst" tannins are soft enough to complement tonight's meal, but this wine is definitely worthy of aging.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2013 Burgess "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly one of the best values in Napa Cabernet at K&L. Consisting of all-estate fruit from the family-owned Burgess property on the east-facing side of Howell Mountain, this wine shows no lack of depth or power. Brimming with dark fruit and spice, this wine has a great deal of structure and a firm, tannic backbone that make it ideal for aging or drinking with a richer meal. 2013 was considered an early, even and excellent vintage in Napa Valley, and this wine reflects that in its balance and drinkability.
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RP 92 VN 92

2016 Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé
Review Date: 09-08-2017
This delicious, weighty yet refreshing Provence rosé is brought to K and L by the Dragon family, who has crafted rose for generations in Saint Victoire. The vines are planted in predominately shallow, limestone soils, which create subtle aromas in the wine, and racy minerality on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest examples of a Provençal rosé I have tried this Summer, and one which is serious enough to be shared and enjoyed well into the holidays.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2015 Losada Mencía Bierzo
Review Date: 09-05-2017
Juicy Bright red and Gravenstein apple and dried peony petal burst onto the scene from first whiff. This wine is made from 100% old vine Mencia, which is reflected in the depth and complexity of this light, but intriguingly complex juice. Though the 2015 Losada Mencia is without doubt a wine that can be enjoyed today, It's earthy herbaceous qualities and bold acidity leaves no doubt this is a wine that will mature and refine with age.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine la Croix Belle "Champ de Coq" Côtes de Thongue Rouge
Review Date: 09-04-2017
This wine is in croix belle! In all seriousness, this Syrah dominated Languedoc blend, which also includes a lovely floral Grenache component, is a heady wine. Tart and Jammy black and red fruit aromas swirl from the glass in a waft of baking spices, while the palate is full and rich, with a lighter tannin structure than you might expect from a Syrah dominated blend. There is no skimping on fruit here, with a powerful raspberry, blackberry and dried currant component. A savory/sweet note that is almost like honey dances through the suspension. This is a beautiful companion to stews and braised beef dishes, with the necessary structure and lift to cut the fat, but with the aromatics to enliven an otherwise simple dish.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Columbia Crest "H3 - Les Chevaux" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Review Date: 08-14-2017
"Les Chevaux" is a workhorse wine: a fantastic Columbia Valley red blend with 90+ point scores across the board. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is heady and fragrant, with perfumed aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, violet and rose petal. The palate is full bodied with supple soft tannin and ample fruit. This is a great everyday red.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2016 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 08-14-2017
What a charming Vinho Verde from Quinta Da Aveleda! This is the perfect wine for a Summer apertif, and a fabulous accompaniment to lighter dishes like Ceviche, salads and light pasta and fish dishes. With notes of lemon, underripe peach and a hint of pear, this wine is fresh and uncomplicated. Guaranteed to go down easy and dry, with minerality to spare.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 08-14-2017
This is an elegant, yet concentrated interpretation of a Sonoma County Zinfandel, a varietal that is commonly understood to be somewhat of an exhibitionist. Valravn is brought to us by the folks at Banshee, who are known for crafting quality wines from exceptionally good fruit, at smart price points. The 2014 Valravn Old Vine Zinfandel is right in line with the Banshee philosophy, made from Dry Creek and Sonoma vines, some of which have seen over 100 years on this planet. Let them tell you their story!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-14-2017
The 2015 Momo Sauvignon blanc has all the flavor you would expect from the varietal in New Zealand, but with a unique light bouquet of lemongrass, basil and citrus. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, and the natural yeasts that populate the vineyard are allowed to aid in fermentation without disturbance. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that has texture and depth, but with a light, fresh approach.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre
Review Date: 08-13-2017
This is a seriously powerful mouthwatering Sancerre, with great complexity and depth. Notes of green olive and freshly cut grass are buoyed up by a slightly smoky undertone. The palate is rich, but very dry and herbaceous, and infused with a seabed minerality which lingers. This is a wine strong enough to lay down for years, but one I could definitely drink now, and enjoy tremendously!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-06-2017
The Antica Napa Valley label comes to us from the Antinori family, famed for their bold and expressive Italian winemaking. This is reflected in the style and presentation of the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet, which is structured very much like a classic Italian wine: dry, with firm tannin, earthy spice and graphite notes. The vineyards of Antica are located high on Atlas Peak, and they are planted on predominately western-facing volcanic slopes. It's no wonder ashy minerality is the standout characteristic of this wine, which sets it apart from the typically fruit- and oak-dominated Napa Valley Cab.

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-05-2017
This is an elegant Pinot with old world intrigue. Sourced from vineyards that range from 400-2,600 feet in elevation and planted on shale soil, the wine has an expansive, smooth and clean palate, with a gamy and spicy undertone. Fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, the wine reflects the Santa Cruz mountain terroir, with rocky minerality and Bing and black cherry aromas and flavors.

2014 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-05-2017
This is a wonderful value in a Napa Valley Cabernet, blended with estate fruit from the volcanic soils of the Stags Leap AVA. Named for the Greek Goddess of the hunt and wilderness, the Artemis Cabernet evokes the brambly Chapparal of the Vaca mountain range, with flavors of anise seed, cinnamon and high-toned red fruits, and aromas of underbrush, tobacco leaf and cocoa. There is a bright acidity in this wine, and a beautiful structure held together by a finely knit tannin, ensuring great aging potential.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 RP 90

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-04-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux is a beautifully balanced and elegant blend of all five varieties, with delicious aromas of candied raspberry and strawberry, balanced by a waft of dense spice, with anise taking the forefront. One of the wonderful characteristics of the 2014 vintage in Napa is the dark, herbaceous quality that seems to be ever-present, and it shines through in the Pahlmeyer, tempering the fruit and creating a fascinating counterpoint. With well-integrated, supple tannin and a thread of bright acid, this wine will definitely age well, but can be easily enjoyed today.

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-04-2017
Crafted from Wente clone Chardonnay grown in the sandy soils of Soberanes Vineyard, this beauty is fruit forward, full bodied and powerful. True to the inherent characteristics of It's fruit source, the wine shows tropical aromas and flavors of ripe mango, fresh pineapple and lemon peel. This is one Chardonnay that has the focus and intensity to pair with richer dishes, but the versatility and flavorful charm to quaff on It's own.

2012 Altvs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-01-2017
This is a serious Napa Valley Cabernet at an unbelievable price point. Due to the high percentage of Petit Verdot in the blend (11 percent) there is a dark, gamey quality to this wine, and I recommend decanting it for an hour or so before enjoying. Although tannins are fairly supple and soft, flavors and aromatics are intensely powerful. Dried herbs and spices like oregano, sage and cinnamon waft above the sanguine undertone, and the palate is loaded with condensed dried blueberry, cranberry and strawberry. This is a wine that will continue to age nicely, but is basically at It's peak.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-25-2017
The Melville Estate is dedicated to the cultivation and sustainability of their cool climate vineyards, which are planted in several blocks on sandy soils. All sixteen clones of Pinot Noir planted at the estate are included in this wine, which creates exceptional complexity. There is 40 percent whole cluster in the fermentation, and as a result, the wine exhibits some Old World charm, with a slightly gamey and smoky undertone. What I really appreciated most about this wine was the way it opened up, like a fine Burgundy, over the course of the evening. With aromas of dried rose petal and cinnamon, and intriguing flavors of blood orange, cinnamon and ripe Bing cherry, this wine is a gem.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 90

2015 No Curfew California Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-25-2017
The 2015 No Curfew Chardonnay is a perfect wine for those who crave a dry, full-bodied Chardonnay with an abundance of tropical and citrus fruit on the palate, and a kiss of butter. This wine is clean and refreshing, with stony minerality. The No Curfew Chardonnay is undoubtedly one of the best values in California, and competes with wines three times the price!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley "Z Cuvée" Rhone Blend
Review Date: 07-25-2017
Planted on soil made up of diatomaceous shale and clay, the Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes of Z Cuvée reflect their Pacific terroir, imparting richness and minerality to the blend. The name Zaca Mesa comes from the terraced coastal vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley that create this wine, which are elevated high above sea level between 1,300 and 1,500 feet. Dry, with peppery white and black pepper aromas, the Z Cuvée has a bright thread of acidity and fairly firm tannins. This wine is a wonderful value at $12.99, coming from appellation and vineyard specific sites.
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2015 Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-23-2017
Hailing from the famous Roserock Vineyard owned by Domaine Drouhin, this Pinot Noir is both elegant and expressive. Winemaker Véronique Boss-Drouhin continues her family's long tradition of crafting the finest Pinot Noir through Cloudline, the Drouhin's second label. At this price point, you just can't get a better Pinot. Clean aromas of dried peony and violet jump from the glass in a spicy potpourri. Flavors of tart raspberry and cherry evolve on the light bodied palate, underpinned by volcanic minerality, due to the ancient volcanic soils that drive RoseRock's unique terroir.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-22-2017
This highly rated Zinfandel is mouthwatering, luscious and clean, with a thread of gorgeous acidity. The fruit is grown in Chen Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, which is known for gravelly soil and breezes that contribute to the high-toned red fruit on the palate. Notes of juicy raspberry, grilled Asian plum, nectarine and blackberry waft in and out, and with its medium-bodied, yet condensed and vibrant mouthfeel, you'll want more than just one glass.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 94 RP 90

2015 Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-21-2017
The newest Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet is reflective of the 2015 vintage in Napa, which was defined by a warmer growing season and an early harvest. This led to low yields of very high quality fruit with great power and concentration. This elegant Cabernet is rich and condensed, with silky, dusty tannins and classic Rutherford aromas and flavors of bright Bing and black cherry, tobacco leaf and allspice. The quality and drinkability of this wine is undeniable, and finding a Rutherford Cabernet at this price point is next to impossible.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Baud Chardonnay l'Etoile Blanc
Review Date: 07-21-2017
This special Chardonnay from Domaine Baud is named for the star shaped Vineyards in the Jura which supply It's fruit, but also for the star shaped, fossilized marine organisms that can be found in the soil, which provide dimension and depth in the wine. If you are new to the white wines of Jura, this is a wonderful place to start. The palate is full bodied, yet fresh and with vibrant acidity, and without oxidation. There is a wonderful concentration of flavor in this wine, with aromas and flavors of lightly spiced poached pear, lemon peel, and briny, sensual minerality.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes Poulsard "Les Clous" Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 07-17-2017
This 2015 Poulsard from Domaine De L'Aigle is both rare and beautiful, and evolves in the glass from the moment you pour. From the onset, the nose is striking and extremely brushy and earthy, with a slightly gamey and intriguing undertone that absolutely sets this Jura Red apart from the crowd. Slightly fuller bodied and more extracted than many Poulsard based Jura wines, this is an incredible food wine and will stand up to, and complement, most meat dishes, adding extraordinary dimension to your dining experience.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-14-2017
The 2015 Talley K&L Edna Valley Chardonnay is a stunner. Crafted from 1991 plantings at Oliver's Vineyard, known for its cool climate and sand dune soils, the wine reflects the terroir, with a rich palate and slightly briny and prominent minerality. Winemaker Eric Johnson offers us a classic California Chardonnay that is the best of all worlds: buttery and richly fruited, but cut with razor-sharp acidity that keeps the flavors dancing long after the last sip.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RR 90

2016 Fabien Collonge Beaujolais Rose
Review Date: 07-14-2017
This fresh 2016 release from Fabien Collonge is crafted from 100 percent Gamay, all from the estate. Much care is put into the selection of the fruit, and the result is a full bodied, dry and mineral driven rosé, with all the cherry blossom, spice notes and fresh strawberry you might expect from Beaujolais. This is your go to rosé for any occasion, and will delight your toughest critic.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Château Vannieres "Patience de Vannieres" Bandol Rosé
Review Date: 07-10-2017
This Mourvedre based Rosé is crafted from fifty year old vines in Bandol, and is exceedingly rich and lush, yet dry, with aromas of honeyed apricot, vanilla and almond. This Rosé is no casual Summer sipper. Rather, it is is unique as it is deliciously spicy and powerful, having been aged in 350 liter French oak barrels. If you are looking for a special splurge of a Rosé, the 2014 Chateau Vannieres Patience De Vannieres is your best bet.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2016 K Vintners Walla Walla Valley Rosè of Syrah
Review Date: 07-04-2017
This single vineyard Syrah Rosé from K Vintners hails from Phil Lane Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley, which is distinct for It's distinctly rocky soil. This imparts a scintillating chalky, stony minerality into the wine, which distinguishes it from many other Rosés of It's ilk. Not only is the minerality extraordinary, but the wine itself is very light on the palate, with refreshing melon notes. There is amazing clarity in this Rosé, and it is absolutely perfect for a dinner party, as it can easily translate from an aperitif wine to a food wine.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2016 Bonny Doon "Vin Gris de Cigare" Central Coast Rosé
Review Date: 07-03-2017
This Delicious Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre rosé comes from the brilliant minds at Bonny Doon, who cleverly reference the fabled UFO citings of the Rhône in their label. Randal Grahm takes a hands off approach to winemakeing, which allows the natural characteristics of the fruit to shine through. The Alta Loma and Beeswax Vineyards in Monterey provide the fruit, which creates distinctive richness and complexity in the wine. Aromas of peony, Ripe strawberry and stony mineral tantalize, and just may transport you to another galaxy.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RR 90

2014 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-02-2017
The partners of Far Niente and Nickel and Nickel truly do make a Bella Union, which resulted in a beautiful Cabernet. Sourced from fruit grown in the heart of Rutherford near Bella Oaks Lane, the wine is a nod to the historic Bella Union Roadway and Bella Union Mining Company, both Napa Valley strongholds in the 1880s. The label is befittingly, a nod to Art Nouveau, and quite eye catching. The wine itself is deliciously condensed and floral, lush and aromatic, with notes of dark cherry and tobacco leaf, and fine, dusty tannins unique to Rutherford.
Price: $84.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chappellet "Mountain Cuvée" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-01-2017
All five Bordeaux varietals are blended harmoniously in this dangerously drinkable Chappellet Mountain Cuvée. Chappellet is famous for Bordeaux varietals, with It's high elevation terroir on the Eastern side of Napa, on Pritchard Hill. Here the grapes achieve maximum ripeness, having access to the morning sunlight coming over the Vaca mountain range. Medium bodied yet fruit forward, this wine delights with luscious flavors and aromas of ripe strawberry, cassis and blueberry, caressed by a soft tannin.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2014 K Vintners "Motor City Kitty-River Rock Vineyard" Yakima Valley Syrah
Review Date: 07-01-2017
This brilliant release from K Vintners is spicy and packs a punch, but with a playfully elegant acidity, just what you'd expect from a wine called Motor City Kitty. This Syrah is sourced from the highest elevation in Boushey vineyard, and shows the complexity and elegance of a fine Côte Rôtie, but with the drive and power of a fleet of Mustangs and Camaros.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
RP 95 WE 93

2016 Decoy California Rosé
Review Date: 06-30-2017
Sometimes it's difficult to know which rosé to choose, with so many wonderful options, both domestic and Provençal. The Decoy California Rosé is such a delight, at an optimal price point, and it delivers, big time. The blend is unconventional, at fifty-eight percent Syrah and forty-two percent Pinot Noir, and the wine is expressive of this originality. Pale in color, the wine exhibits aromas of diatomaceous earth, light raspberry and boysenberry. The palate is mineral-driven and light, with deliciously balanced acidity and quite a bit of backbone, which makes it equally suited for cuisine or personal enjoyment.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-26-2017
The delicious 2014 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay is a phenomenal value for anyone who desires a clean, full bodied, unoaked Chardonnay. The wine doesn't undergo malolactic fermentation, and bright citrus fruit and earthy minerality shine through. The second label of Varner, the Foxglove label consistently offers elegant, high quality wines from premier vineyards at remarkable prices.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 VN 90

2014 Walter Hansel "North Slope" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-25-2017
The Walter Hansel "North Slope" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is crafted from small-yield Dijon clone grapes, known for complex and delicate aromatic qualities after fermentation. Of the highest quality, "North Slope" has a bouquet of wild violet, peony petal and fresh wildflowers like those you'd expect to find in Russian River Valley in spring. The palate is mineral-driven and fairly light, but bursting with deliciously ripe black and Bing cherry.

2014 Orin Swift "Papillon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-23-2017
This 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet based blend from Orin Swift is accessible and full bodied, a fantastic celebration wine. With aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, blueberry and mountain blackberry, the fruit takes center stage, but is balanced by a fine and dusty tannin and subtle spice. Papillon means "butterfly" in French, and the eye catching label, depicting two work worn hands enfolded together, is sure to inspire lively discussion and conjecture at your next dinner party.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WS 90

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