Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce

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Four Pillars "Faultline" K&L Exclusive Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 10-02-2017
I was sampling this highly anticipated gin with Andrew and joking about how many different bottles of gin are currently open in both of our homes. Turns out our "problems" are very similar: the Four Pillars empties quickly and, instead of moving on to the many other open gin bottles in our liquor cabinets, we find ourselves going back to the well and buying more Four Pillars every time! The staff members have been keen on trying this new Faultline offering from them since we heard a rumor that DD was heading out to blend a special release. It does not disappoint, with a special blend of local herbs and botanicals combining with that trademark citrus zip, I had a hard time putting the glass down. Just like the Rare Dry gin, this will work wonders in damn near every cocktail you throw it at. I can't wait to get my hands on a bottle (who am I kidding, bottles) and start experimenting!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Orin Swift "Papillon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-21-2017
Bold black and blue berry fruit shine alongside graphite and spicy, toasty oak in this 2014 Papillon release. Fans of the Orin Swift portfolio will be very happy with this wine!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WS 90

2015 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-15-2017
I have never stocked a single wine more than the 2014 Hahn Pinot Noir during the Oct-Dec months last year. It was a huge customer favorite that we could not get enough of! The scores are in again for this fantastic 2015 vintage and the wine is sure to be another hit. Ripe raspberry and cherry fruits with a hit of baking spice and oak on the finish that will once again fill the $20 to $30, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir space that is getting harder to find each year.
Top Value!

2015 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2017
Looking for a juicy, tropical fruit-laden, oaky California Chardonnay without the typical high price tag? This 2015 Hahn Chardonnay fits the bill! Ripe pear, mango and citrus fruits with a nice complement of oak lend great texture to this tasty, easy-drinking Chardonnay for just $20.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WS 91 WE 90

2013 Tablas Creek Adelaida District Syrah
Review Date: 06-05-2017
19 months in foudre, current vintage. Herbal and savory Syrah, with blue fruit, black olive, cracked black pepper, dry aged meat, and serious grip on the finish. This wine has the structure to age a decade easily.

2015 Tablas Creek "Côtes de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 06-05-2017
39% Grenache / 35% Syrah / 16% Counoise / 10% Mourvedre Ripe raspberry and bing cherry fruits, with white pepper, smoked meat, and wild game notes with some serious grip on the finish. There is a freshness and lift to this wine that gives a focus and precision that kept our attention. Seriously tasty release of Tablas this vintage!

2014 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 06-05-2017
Perfumey, fresh red berry fruits abound, with rose petal and savory background notes. Great freshness and tension again, with wet stone and medium tanin to wrap it up. Definitely young at tasting (3/15) and will need a few more months to open up. Always a fantastic deal!
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 VN 91

2016 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Paso Robles Rosé
Review Date: 06-05-2017
Direct to press rose with beautiful color from resting on Mourvedre and Counoise for twelve hours. Cherry and strawberry fruits shine, with rose petal and lifted herbal notes. Great acid and balance. It was really tough to choose a favorite rose from Tablas Creek this vintage!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé
Review Date: 06-05-2017
70% Cabernet Sauvignon / 30% Syrah Vibrant, mineral driven with crunchy red fruits and nice spice notes. Fun, refreshing rose for the warm months ahead
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Beckmen Vineyard "Estate" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-05-2017
This is the best cab from here in quite some time, and may have been the wine of the day for the group! From gravely soils in Santa Ynez Valley comes this delicious central coast Cabernet. Unmistakably Cab on the nose, with red cherry and blackberry fruits, mocha, and wet stone, which continues to a gravely minerality on the palate. Powerful wine with big fruit and broad tanin, but extremely well balanced.
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RR 93 RP 91

2015 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-05-2017
The team at Banshee has exceeded all expectations yet again for their Sonoma County Pinot Noir! How they are able to add more high quality sites each vintage, yet keep the price under $25, is a feat itself, but means nothing if the wine isn't good. This 2015 is beautiful, with less forward ripe fruit than past vintages, instead showing a prettier, floral and spicy side of coastal Pinot Noir.
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2014 Beckmen "Estate Purisima Mountain" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Review Date: 05-16-2017
Vineyard designate, limestone planted, 8 different Syrah clones, 35% New French Oak. This under $30 syrah is full of bacon fat, smoked meats, graphite, juicy blue and black berries, with good tannic grip. Really, really delicious syrah that is dynamite at the price!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 VN 92

2014 Beckmen "Cuvée Le Bec" Santa Ynez Rhône Blend
Review Date: 05-16-2017
50% Syrah 35% Grenache 15% Counoise 15% Mourvedre This favorite California Rhone varietal blend is a delightfully juicy crusher in 2014! Savory, black- and blueberry fruits, cocoa, bacon fat, and cracked black pepper show on the hefty palate. Drink it now, paired with anything off the grill
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 VN 90

2015 Scar of the Sea "Seven Leagues" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
Sourced from a hillside block in Bien Nacido, full malo, barrel fermented, aged on lees for 15 months in nuetral French Oak. This Chardonnay has it all: juicy tropical and golden apple fruits, flinty mineral notes, fantastic tension between great acidity and creamy texture, and wonderful oak spice on the finish.
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VN 93

2016 Tatomer Edna Valley Pinot Noir Rosé
Review Date: 05-10-2017
This direct-press Spätburgunder from an Edna Valley site specifically designated for rosé was the first wine we tried on our recent Central Coast trek. Wow, what a way to kick-start the trip! Brilliant floral aromatics, high-toned strawberry and cherry notes, plus a touch of spice on the finish paired with great acidity and mouthwatering minerality made this a top contender for wine of the trip right out of the gates.
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-10-2017
Graham's Pinot Noir, sourced from Kick On, Sebastiano, and Duvarita vineyards in Santa Barbara County, offers up fresh, crunchy cherry and berry fruits, floral and earthy notes, and oak spice. Bright, aromatic, and exceptionally balanced Pinot Noir that is drinking very well right now!
Top Value!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tatomer "Kick-On Ranch" Santa Barbara County Riesling
Review Date: 05-10-2017
This Kick On Ranch is Graham's dry Riesling, offering up a high toned, no botrytis version of the grape. Lavender, white flower, and wet stone aromatics fill the glass, with stone fruit and bright acid lend cut and a mineral vein along with a very dry finish. While brilliant now, this wine will easily last a decade+ in the cellar.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2014 Tatomer "Vandenberg" Santa Barbara County Riesling
Review Date: 05-10-2017
Another stunner from Tatomer, this Riesling has beautiful honeyed and white flower aromatics, with tangerine and apricot fruits, vibrant acidity, salinity, flinty notes and a touch of botrytis. It is a wonderfully textured, driving, and delicious wine that will go make you think there is a hole in your glass!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
VN 92

2014 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-05-2017
This is one heck of a second label! Sourced from neighbors and their own estate vineyards, there is some high end fruit packed into this sub-$18 bottle. Bright red fruit, fresh picked herbs, and just enough oak shows on this seamless, easy drinking Pinot. It is a no brainer for the midweek meal or any get together!
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-05-2017
One of the true staff favorites, this Champagne comes off as rich and ripe, but the acidity cuts right through leaving an extremely well balanced, wonderfully complex and driving wine in your glass. Black cherry, brioche, and hazelnut complement. Think Krug at almost a quarter of the price!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Cain "Cuvée NV12" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 04-05-2017
From one of our favorite Spring Mountain producers comes this non vintage bordeaux blend. Consisting of two vintages and six different grapes, half on the valley floor and half on spring mountain, this wine is crafted to fit right in at steak and claret night, but could even moonlight during a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour! It has more of an old school napa edge to it; the dark fruit is restrained, not big and juicy, there are earthy and nicely integrated, not overt, oak qualities to it, along with acidity and fine, black tea tannin to wrap it all up. It is a well balanced throwback that will do wonders on your dinner table this weekend!
Price: $35.99 Add To Cart

2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Delicious wine from a superb vintage, this 2014 Argyle Pinot Noir is firing on all cylinders. Beautiful floral and mild herbal aromas show as the wine hits your glass. Bing cherry, raspberry and oak spices on the medium palate, with moderate tanin, plus a solid mineral vein and earthen quality from the intriguing volcanic soils balancing out this fantastic Pinot. Argyle continues their long run of top notch Pinot Noir with this offering!

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-05-2017
Seven Hills has delivered a wine that packs way more punch than it's $20 price tag. Expressive aromas of black berry fruit and oak spices hint at the power of this vintage. Black currant and fresh raspberry fruits, black tea, graphite follow, with a lovely acidity and healthy dose of tanin to wrap up the entire package. This 2013 Cabernet should easily last a decade!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2015 Routestock Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Fresh gooseberry, citrus, and tangerine on the nose, followed by juicy tropical notes of pineapple and mango fruits on the palate. Combine those with refreshing acidity and a nice oak notes, this is a CA SB lovers dream wine!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-23-2017
This mid tier offering from Maison L'Envoye shows aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry, baking spices, and a slightly savory, smoked meat quality that was particularly intriguing. Again, fresh red fruits shined with perfectly integrated oak and a hint of tanin on the back end. This is a seductive Pinot Noir; very pretty fruits and a bright palate, yet layered and quite powerful!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 WS 92

2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 02-05-2017
Hot damn, Enrique Fonseca has done it again! The brains behind the majority of our favorite tequilas over the past few years is pushing the boundaries of the agave spirit once more. The intrigue behind his products started with the ArteNom selections in 2011, and grew substantially with the first Fuenteseca release; a blend of up to 21 year old tequila's that I never thought would be topped. Well, today I had a sip of the new Fuenteseca Blanco Singular release, and now I have at least a tie between my two favorite tequila's ever, and from a Blanco no less (I will be revisiting the last few drops of that 21 YO blend tonight, for science)! Do yourself a favor and read the full write up David did for the blog and email, then don't hesitate to buy a bottle and enjoy this piece of history in the making. It is a pure expression of the best Agave Jalisco has to offer, and it is an expressive, structured, magical liquid.
Top Value!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2014 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-15-2016
We have been anxiously awaiting the return of the Ancient Peak's / K&L zinfandel, and this second iteration absolutely lives up the hype! It is on the refreshingly lighter, prettier side of zin, with fresh picked plum and blackberry, lively acidity, and light tannin on the finish. Beautifully balanced and easy drinking, this wine should easily find it's way to the front of your mid week and weekend selections.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Wine Club

$19.99

2014 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-21-2016
This Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir is consistently one of the, if not the, best "entry level" Pinots in the game! Sourced from incredible vineyards across the coast (Bien Naciedo, Laetitia, Solomon Hills among others), this Pinot shows fresh picked cranberry and Bing cherry, pretty herbal notes, and mild toast on the finish. Both of the central coast offerings in 2014 are incredibly strong and not to be missed!
Top Value!

2014 Maldonado "Farm Worker" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-31-2016
This is the "quintessential California" profile that so many Chardonnay drinkers prefer, but at under $18 and in a truly well-made style! It has the "buttery" profile, but with nice acidity to keep it from crossing into the "too heavy" territory; oak integration that doesn't overwhelm, and the classic tropical fruit notes that shine, all working in a well-balanced harmony. A true crowd-pleaser for your next cocktail hour event!
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2013 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 08-31-2016
Are you a cab fan? Do you enjoy structured, well balanced, older vine, single vineyard (it's a big vineyard, but it still counts) cabernet? While all that may sound like it will put a dent in your wallet, this wine will only cost you $10 and it is precisely all of the above. Dark red fruits, balance and great oak integration leads to a stunning wine for the money!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2013 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Amici Napa Cabernet has been a favorite for quite some time now. The 2013 vintage was superb for cabs in the area and it really shows in the bottling. Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Drinking well now and will reward another 10 years in the cellar.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 WE 92

2014 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Looking back at my notes from the 2013 WOS Cabernet and this new 2014 vintage, the same sentence stood out: "How the hell is this (still) $15?!" Washington has long passed Napa and Sonoma for having the most consistent bang-for-your-buck Cab/Syrah/Merlot wines in the $10-$30 price range, but this offering is just ridiculous. A big and powerful wine overall, this 2014 WOS shows plenty of dark berry and currant fruit, with a smattering spice and toasty French Oak. This is a perfect companion to any backyard BBQ in the months ahead!
Top Value!
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RP 91 WE 90

2013 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 12-31-2015
This Tormaresca Neprica Puglia blend is quite the value! This blend of Negroamaro (Ne), Primitivo (Pri), and Cabernet Sauvignon (Ca) brings together lovely cherry and currant fruit, perfect richness, and a bit of cola and chocolate. It truly fits the "daily drinker" category!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2015
We, along with enough customers (and critics) to quickly sell out the last couple batches, fell in love with the Cut Spike whiskey. The first time we tasted this American Single Malt we were floored. This current bottling is a bit brighter, with great clove, ginger and banana bread spice notes. Grab a bottle while you can! 'Merica!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-31-2015
The Mas Codina Cava is easily a top sparkler in the store at $14. It is the house sparkling wine for most of our staff and has even been the wedding sparkler of choice, which speaks to the quality! Well balanced with a touch of red fruit from the pinot, green apple skin, beautiful mineral qualities, and a dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 01-26-2015
One of our favorite Direct Import deals, the San Venanzio is full of fresh pear and peaches and cream, with a refreshing, mineral driven finish that will make you wonder how that first glass disappeared so quickly!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 01-26-2015
Grab this wine while it lasts!!! This 2010 Bordeaux benefits greatly from the magnificent 2010 vintage. Pure red fruit, mineral driven mid palate with medium tanin give this wine fantastic structure. Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2014
Rich and toasty, yet fresh and focused, this Champagne is chock full of stone fruit and hazelnut. As mentioned, this is a lot of wine for the price!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-29-2013
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-30-2013
Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-28-2013
This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2010 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-21-2013
This wine is stunning! Bright cherry, ripe raspberry, green tea, and fresh strawberry notes join the saline and mineral streak persistent throughout the wine. Fine, palate coating tanins round out the lingering finish. Approachable now with air but will reward a few years in the cellar.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 ST 93

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Seizoen Bretta" Saison, Oregon (750ml)
Review Date: 12-31-2012
David Logsdon, the old Full Sail brewer/partner, really hit his stride with these beers. Clean and delicious, the brett really adds a great dry, complex finish to the bright citrus and pear (bottle conditioned with pear juice for natural carbonation) notes. Outstanding beer!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-30-2012
Exceptional. This bottle can match or outperform champagnes at twice the price. Amazing nose of citrus, green apple, and vanilla. Intriguingly full palate of pear, apple pie, and mineral notes with hints of baking spice. Absolutely delicious, pick a bottle up soon!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-26-2012
A great toasty, rich, dry brut to serve at any occasion, be it with food or without. Clean and pure, this is well balanced champagne with great apple and nut notes at an unbelievable price.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a fresh, mineral and citus noted, delightfully refreshing french sparkling wine without the big price tag. Stock up for your holiday parties!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2011
This is another outstanding, easy to like champagne from Bonville. 100% estate chardonnay from three vintages, this bottle intertwines clean citrus and crisp apple with solid, chalky minerality to create some seriously great bubbles. Refreshing alone on a warm summer day or paired with some of your favorite seafood appetizers, this champagne is sure to please.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-27-2011
Crisp and clean with light fruit on the palate, this Ariston Blanc de Blanc is a real crowd pleaser! Apple nose and a creamy body balanced with a solid mineral mid palate makes for a slightly more complex blanc de blanc thats affordable. Grab a couple bottles for your next occcasion!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart