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Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse

Ryan Woodhouse

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2014 Varner "Hidden Block - Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-03-2019
What might just be a final shot at Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir from Varner; the 2014 Hidden Block is in a perfect place for drinking. Still full of abundant, rich, warm fruit and exotic spice, but now with subtle and complex secondary characters just starting to develop. The texture is soft and lush with gentle acidity giving brightness and form. Forest floor notes meet dusty berries, toasted spices and truffle. A lovely showing with a nice few yeas in bottle. Last chance pricing before it's gone for good.

2016 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 12-03-2019
A fantastic release of this wine that has proven time and time again to be a rock solid representation of the region. Hedges have some of the finest vineyards on Red Mountain, an area that continues to go from strength with Bordeaux varietal based wines of power and structure. Composed entirely from estate fruit, farmed meticulously with organic principals. Despite coming from the warm 2016 Washington vintage, this is a wine that certainly seems to have one foot in the old world with savory, earthy undertones interwoven with the rich fruit. Cedar and tobacco hark back to Bordeaux while the dense plum and blackcurrant fruit fill the palate. Very layered and well proportioned. Exceptionally well priced given the quality and accolades.
Top Value!

2017 Oakridge "Original Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 12-02-2019
If you enjoy more refined, balanced styles of Cabernet you should check out this stunner from Oakridge. Whilst the alcohol is a very moderate 13.3% the flavors are anything but moderate! Bright, fresh blue and black berries, lavender, bay laurel, tobacco leaf. Medium bodied with lovely fine tannins interwoven with the sleek fruit. Crushed rock mineral undertones and cigar box linger. Try with a rack of lamb.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-24-2019
A pretty serious contender for best value Pinot Noir in the store. I taste a lot of wines in my role at K&L and I'm happy to go on record here and say that this wine could show up a lot of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs 2-3 times this price point. It's truly the real deal. Not just simple, fruity generic Pinot...this actually tastes like Sonoma Coast and has the polish and style of a much more expensive wine. Brambly red fruits, earthy spices, forest floor, and subtle but classy oak. Expansive on the palate whilst remaining elegant and graceful. Has that truly remarkable quality to be ripe and fruity yet savory and earthy at the same time. The texture on the palate feels effortless and pure. Seriously classy Pinot for a very "everyday" price point.
Top Value!
Price: $15.95 Add To Cart

2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-24-2019
Melville is a perennial staff favorite here at K&L; wines our staff drink. So we were stoked when the new 2016 Estate Pinot garnered 95 points from Vinous! 2016 was the first vintage Chad Melville had turned over his Samsara wines to new owners and focused entirely on his eponymous brand with his father, Ron. Chad's love for whole cluster inclusion is perfectly executed in this wine giving beautiful texture and shape on the palate and adding spicy complexity and lift to the flavor profile. The wine is stunningly aromatic and expressive in a way only Pinot Noir can be. Crushed flowers, Asian spices, sandalwood, bright berry fruits and lick of exotic oak. Very vibrant and pure. Great length and poise on the palate, everything perfectly in place. This wine just delivers again and again. It drinks well beyond it's modest price point; I think this can hold up to most challengers from the region at any price point. With all the attention around the 95 point score this will go fast.

2017 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-24-2019
We have long worked with Lynmar's wines (when we can get our hands on them) and I was thrilled to see this beautiful Russian River bottling get a HUGE score from Wine Enthusiast! We immediately grabbed as much wine as possible. It's a perfect rendition of Pinot from this region with bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, savory bramble leaf, baking spice, loamy earth and silky plush tannins. The wine is bursting with red fruits, but the extraction and ripeness is beautifully judged so the wine doesn't feel heavy or sappy; instead it feels vibrant and energized. It's already showing beautifully as a young wine but I'm sure it will continue to become even more layered and complex with time in bottle. Very nicely done.
Price: $44.95 Add To Cart

2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-24-2019
Another absolute benchmark Chardonnay from acclaimed winemaker, Greg Brewer. Very reflective of his style, perfectly ripe fruit, powerful, focused palate, minimal oak and vibrant, racy acidity. Bursting with golden stone fruit, lemon curd, pie crust, ocean spray salinity and lingering mineral underpinnings. It's rich and flavorful but bright and zesty all at once. A perfectly judged wine that is entirely transparent and delicious. Another great addition to Greg's Brewer's significant body of work that has already cemented him as once of Santa Barbara's all-time great winemakers.
Top Value!

2017 Liparita Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-12-2019
The latest wine in an unprecedented run of discounted Liparita Cabs found by our SoCal Domestic Buyer, Kaj. Again this delivers a rich, fruit forward, easy to like Cab for a serious value. Rutherford AVA for less than $20!? This crowd pleaser is sure to be another top seller heading into the holidays.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-08-2019
A perennial favorite here at K&L and hands-down one of the very best values in Napa Valley. Classically styled, medium-full bodied Cab that punches well above its weight. An every night value or if this is a gift for someone...they’re sure to think you paid more than $20!
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2018 Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - Cuvee Oumuamua" Monterey County Rhône Blend
Review Date: 11-04-2019
Long before I landed at K&L, one of my first wine jobs in California was working at Bonny Doon Vineyard for the inimitable Randall Grahm. During my very eventful few years there I was lucky enough to taste every vintage ever produced of the iconic Le Cigare Volant (including the first ever bottling that happens to be my birth year). I was saddened a few years back when Randall announced he was not going to produce Cigare Volant anymore. Well surprise surprise, that didn't last long - it's back! However the real revelation here is that the new Cigare Volant bottling is significantly less expensive than prior releases but retains all of it's unique character. How often does a winery re-release an iconic wine and price it at half the price of prior vintages!? The weight and structure of the 2018 cuvee is perhaps a little more "Côtes du Rhône Village" than "Châteauneuf-du-Pape" (the historic inspiration for the wine) - but to be honest with you I love that this wine has tons of drink-ability and upfront charm. By no means is this simple, fruity wine...it still has plenty of savory, earthy, umami notes that are so important to Randall and make it a dead ringer for southern Rhone. The mid-weight palate and open knit structure is down right quaffable. Bravo to the folks Bonny Doon Vineyard for the wine in the bottle and the very fair pricing that will allow just about anyone to get their hands on this very tasty bottle.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2012 Schramsberg North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine (1.5L)
Review Date: 11-04-2019
What a bottle for the holidays! A special release magnum with extended time on the lees (5 1/2 years). Bright, juicy red berry hints, crisp orchard fruit flavors, dry and finely structured bubbles. Mouthwatering and fresh, with subtle toasty hints on the finish. Such an amazing value for a large format bottle of this quality. Sure to impress at a big family Thanksgiving!

2016 DXM California Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-12-2019
Hands down the best value Chardonnay I've tasted all year. Just spectacular for the price. Restrained, balanced, crisp, clean fruit, mineral, lovely length on the palate. This would be totally delicious and appropriate at $20+...so at $10 it's just a screaming deal. Daily drinker to buy in case quantities.
Top Value!
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2016 Domaine Drouhin "Laurène" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-08-2019
The Flagship bottling from Domaine Drouhin's incredible property in Dundee Hills never disappoints and this wine is absolutely singing upon release. It has all of the exotic aromas, flavors and silky textures the Dundee Hills are known for, and yet for all of its elevated, polished, luxurious qualities it's a wine that also stays true to its Burgundian heritage with immaculate poise, elegance and length. Generously fruited and lush on the palate, the wine is approachable in its youth and yet the savory underpinnings, fine grained tannin and precise acidity assure a long life ahead. Everything is perfectly proportioned and beautifully crafted without feeling homogenized. The vineyards here are some for the most impressive in the state and Véronique's pedigree in the cellar is clearly evident. Given all this, I consider the wine an exceptional value especially compared to high-end Burgundy. No expense or attention to detail is spared in the making of this wine and it shows through and through.

2018 Tenuta Roveglia "Limne" Lugana
Review Date: 10-02-2019
What an incredible value! The perfect aperitif. Fresh, bright melon notes meld into white peach and kumquat. Lively on the palate with a subtle spritz. Super refreshing and easy drinking at an everyday price. Delicious.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 10-02-2019
Every year since Greg introduced me to this wine I continue to be amazed by its seemingly unrivaled ability to combine such richness and ripeness of flavor with such bright, electric acidity and verve. Upfront notes of golden fruit and honeyed apricot meet preserved lemon and zesty citrus peel. Stony mineral components add intrigue. Round and creamy on the entry but focused on linear on the finish...I keep getting an almost Chenin Blanc-like character, too. Delicious wine year after year.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2018 Domaine de la Noblaie "Goutte de Rose" Chinon Rosé
Review Date: 10-02-2019
Beautifully executed rosé. All the floral notes and bright fruit I love in rosé but without losing any zest and refreshing cut. A pure wine with a soft texture but crunchy acidity in the finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2018 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon
Review Date: 10-02-2019
Classic, benchmark Chinon. I love how expressive this wine is, from the very first pour. Explosive, dark berry fruits, dusty spices, and subtle herbaceous notes mingle well with the perfectly ripe fruit. Soft, textural and generous, this also maintains the perfect mid-weight character of the appellation. Very versatile food wine. Utterly delicious and quaffable.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Trinity Hill "The Gimblett" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay (Black Label)
Review Date: 10-02-2019
I have loved the wines from this part of the world for a long time, and this wine is a great example of what you can find here. There are very few places outside of the Medoc where can you find wines with such brooding, gravely intensity, and varietal expression. The 2014 Gimblett is packed with river rock tinged black and blue fruit, tobacco notes, and graphite. Medium-bodied but with formidable structure that calls for red meat, this really over-delivers for the price point when you look at it in a global context of wines of this style. Decant if drinking now...and don't forget to put some in the cellar for the next decade of enjoyment.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Byron "Nielson Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-02-2019
Having tasted this wine on a few occasions over the last couple weeks, it's hard to think of a better example of classically rich, powerful California Chard than this right now. It's brimming with ripe fruit, baked apple, brioche, poached pear, and pie crust. It is rich and textural on the palate, with some toasty oak and spice. But at the same time, Santa Maria's very cool, ocean-influenced growing conditions, and Wente clone's naturally high malic acid, keep the whole thing in balance and reverberating across the length of the palate. Richness and power meet great verve and energy. Crowd pleasing in so many ways, it's an expression of Chardonnay that is impeccably well crafted and beautifully judged. With this HUGE score and not so huge price tag...we took everything we could get direct from the winery...when it's gone it's gone.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Calera "Bien Nacido Vineyard - 40th Anniversary Edition" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-01-2019
This one-off opportunity was almost lost! The wine was destined to go overseas to an export market before we tasted it and struck a last minute deal with the winery to take everything they had! A special 40th anniversary bottling from this California icon, the 2015 Calera Bien Nacido Chardonnay is drinking absolutely beautifully. The oak is now perfectly integrated and mellow with three years in bottle; the fruit and minerality are intertwined and persistence on the palate is elongated by a subtle hazelnut quality. Very elegant; lovely saline mineral component and concentration from the old vines. This is a seriously classy expression of one of my favorite vineyards in all of California...and who would expect anything less from Calera!
Top Value!

2015 Matias "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-01-2019
A distinctly cool climate expression of Pinot Noir with lovely bright fruit and savory, leafy, earthy components running throughout. Very poised with juicy red berry fruits, fennel, bramble leaf, fresh herbs. Elegant and focused on the palate; immaculate balance. Just one wine is a line up from Matias that shows fantastic quality and craftsmanship in the cellar. I can hardly believe we have more of these wines to offer at these crazy prices. Get them while you can.
Top Value!
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2013 Sbragia "Godspeed Vineyard" Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-30-2019
Wow! This wine is firing on all cylinders right now. Quintessential Mountain Cab from a great vintage and a legendary winemaker. This has the hallmark aromas of Veeder Cab - briary red and black fruit, cedar, cigar box, power and finesse in perfect symphony. This wine is explosively aromatic and rich but also quite refined and poised on the palate with length and a fine linear tannin structure. It's drinking beautifully with a few years in bottle to integrate and mature, but still has 10+ years of life ahead of it. We struck a great deal on this majestic 2013 bottling and our price is almost to good to be true. Don't miss it!

2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-20-2019
A complex nose of red forest berries, leafy undergrowth, bramble, subtle cardamon and star anise. Exotic, aromatic and lifted but also savory with earthy, leafy components. Every minute in the glass reveals new aromas. On the palate the wine is youthfully vibrant and fresh. Juicy red berry fruits, baking spice, a subtle framing of oak that's fully integrated. Lithe and energetic. Lovely Pinot Noir showing the pedigree of this Pisoni / Franscioni owned and farmed vineyard. And what a steal at this price!
Top Value!
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2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-20-2019
I continue to be super impressed with the wines from Matias. This Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay is simply delicious. It combines the richness and purity of fruit you'd expect from this top site, with a fresh, zesty quality that gives beautiful drive and mouthwatering acidity. Pure fruit expressing golden orchard fruit, apple strudel, ripe peach, honeyed apricot and almond butter. These beautifully ripe, rich flavors and balanced by a fresh, lemon curd like tangy acidity and a wet stone mineral tinge. A very complete wine with lovely poise and complex layers. Drinking beautifully. Incredible price.
Top Value!
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2017 B.R. Cohn North Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-20-2019
A sensational deal in Pinot Noir. Tasted blind this could be easily mistaken for $30+ Russian River Pinot. A sophisticated nose of bright cherry fruit, earthy spices, soft, supple mouthfeel, exotic oak spice. Very suave and silky for such an inexpensive wine. Top Value!
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart

2015 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-20-2019
Darker fruited and more brooding than the Spring Mtn bottling; deep, red to black fruits. Soil, hot stone and graphite underpins blackberries, plum, blackcurrant, sage and black pepper. Huge intensity framed by classic Howell Mtn tannin. Perfect for hearty winter pot roast or braised short ribs.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2015 Robert Craig Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-20-2019
Explosive wine from Robert Craig - the nose shows intense blue / black fruit: cassis, huckleberry, redcurrant, cedar, bramble and fresh tobacco leaf. Medium plus to full bodied, but not sweet. Refined mountain fruit tannin, structured but not astringent. Opens with air, it's drinking beautifully already but 10-15 years of longevity seems comfortable. Sharp price here.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Maitre de Chai "Stampede Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Vines were planted in the 1940s, own rooted. Soils are decomposed granite right at the base of the Sierra Nevada. Winemakers Marty Winters and Alex Pitts describe this wine as an ode to Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards, for his classical style of restraint and finesse. I’d say they nailed it—it’s a very elegant style, nothing in excess.
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2016 Mike and Molly Hendry "R.W. Moore Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
From vines planted in 1905–06 in what is now known as the Coombsville sub-AVA of Napa Valley. Just two miles northeast of downtown Napa, this vineyard is also known as the “Earthquake Vineyard.” Potently aromatic, silky tannins, and high-toned fruit. Pure and powerful.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

2017 Carlisle "Piner-Olivet Ranches" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Mike Officer is one of the true guardians of old vine Zinfandel in California. His passion for these old vineyards centers around a very specific subregion in the Russian River Valley. Piner-Olivet is the intersection of two roads at the epicenter of old vines in the region. Fruit comes from: Carlisle (1927), Papera (1930), and Montafi (1926). Incredible stuff.

2017 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Sourced from mostly 130-year-old Zinfandel vines, this is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. One of the most ageworthy Zins out there, this often lasts for 10- to 15-plus years. Still one of the best values in all of the wine world.

2016 Ledge "Dante Dusi Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Planted back in the 1920s, these head-trained, dry-farmed vines visible from Highway 101 are some of the most sought-after in the region. Winemaker Mark Adams, longtime assistant winemaker at Saxum, brings a huge skill set to the table. This particular wine is fermented wild, 50% whole cluster, and aged in neutral puncheons (double size barrels). The wine has a lift and vitality unlike many other Paso Zins. Check it out.

2018 Bedrock Wine Company "Bedrock Vineyard - Heritage" Sonoma Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Ground zero for Bedrock is this 131-year-old block in Sonoma Valley. Mostly Zin, but 27 varieties in all, including around 20% Carignan and 5% Mataro. One of the best examples of an old vine field blend you’ll find anywhere, and being Bedrock’s eponymous site, and home vineyard, you have to think this one gets even a little more attention to detail. This is exactly what I mean when I say that Zinfandel is the crown jewel of California’s vinous treasure.
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart

2017 Hartford Court "Four Hearts Vineyards" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A layered wine. Rich and flavorful, yet with plenty of energy and acidity. From old vines. Dense core of baked, caramelized orchard fruit, lemon curd, clove, river stone, and wisps of jasmine giving lovely floral lift. Round and creamy on the mid-palate, but drawn out long and fresh by the balanced acidity. Very complete.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart

2015 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A lovely wine from a little vineyard at the northwestern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Fruit is grown by husband-and-wife team, David and Stacey Gollnick. The wine is expertly crafted by none other than Ehren Jordan of Failla. I love the combination of fresh, bright, cool climate SCM Chardonnay with Ehren’s silky, lush, more exotic style of Chard. Beautifully done.
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2017 Morgan "Highland" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Keep an eye on Morgan’s wines. This longtime stalwart has been reaching new heights, with winemaking now under the tutelage of Samuel Smith. The 2016 and 2017 vintages have been moving in a more Burgundy-inspired direction. This has some lovely, subtle reductive notes mingled with pristine and powerful fruit, plus wisps of oak spice and flint.
Price: $23.95 Add To Cart

2016 Presqu'ile Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
I love what has been happening at Presqu’ile lately. In 2015 they brought in Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac as a consultant, and within the first couple of vintages the quality has skyrocketed. The Santa Maria Valley bottling is estate fruit plus old vine Bien Nacido. While remaining very focused and linear, it has lots of power and phenolic density. Serious concentration of flavor.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

2017 Joyce "Submarine Canyon" Monterey County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Russell Joyce’s wines are definitely worthy of your attention. This incorporates fruit from a few different sites including Zabala in Arroyo Seco. Beautifully refined Chard. Perfectly ripe but with plenty of freshness and vivacity. What a steal at this price.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2017 I. Brand & Family "Escolle Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Another wine from Ian Brand, this time from the other side of the Salinas Valley in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Escolle vineyard, owned and farmed by the Caraccioli family, has quickly become one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the region. Again, the acid line is pure and focused, but here Ian has built a bit more texture and phenolic power, with more lees contact and some subtle, nutty oak. This one will age beautifully. Another bargain given the quality and pedigree.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2017 Le P'tit Paysan "Jack's Hill" Monterey County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
From Ian Brand, SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” 2018. From the western foothills of the Gabilan Mountains, planted in iron rich, decomposed granite soils, this very expressive, flavorful wine also has precise acidity that keeps the whole thing on a knife edge. Exceptional value. Don’t miss this one.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2017 Madson Wines "Ascona Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
Review Date: 09-11-2019
Hand-picked from just three rows of Syrah in the young but widely heralded Ascona vineyard in the summit subregion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Exactly what I love from true cool climate Syrah: violets, freshly ground peppercorns, dark berries, smoked meat. Lithe and energetic on the palate from the whole cluster fermentation.
Price: $32.95 Add To Cart

2017 Madson Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A rare departure from the Santa Cruz Mountains for Madson, but this is pure Pinot perfection. From a cool site in Anderson Valley and fermented 100% whole cluster, the wine is a hauntingly aromatic, elegant expression. Matured in a once-used French oak barrel (yes, just one barrel) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Price: $36.95 Add To Cart

2016 Madson Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-11-2019
A bright, fresh, racy style from mature vines growing in Portola Valley. The small berries of the Wente clone of Chardonnay and the Franciscan shale soils make for a powerful but linear style of wine, unadorned by oak, and crafted very deliberately minimalist, to let the quality of the fruit and the complexity of the soil shine through.
Price: $22.95 Add To Cart

2016 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-03-2019
The new 2016 release of Napa Cab from Amici Cellars is their best yet. Coming from what I believe to be the best vintage in many years (even better than 2013 in my book) and from increasingly high-end vineyard sources, this bottle drinks well above its price point, especially at our sharp promotional retail of $39.95! It picked up triple 93 point scores from top critics, to boot. The wine is bursting with big, ripe layers of purple fruit like plum, huckleberry, cassis, and blackcurrant that are lifted by hints of bay laurel and spicy oak. It's very juicy and energetic on the palate, and the lush fruit is nicely complemented by fresh acidity and fine but present tannins. Drinking nicely now, this will continue to open up over the next 1-3 years and should drink nicely for at least 7-10. The guys at Amici continue to produce some of the finest wines in the valley and this bottling is a screaming value.
Top Value!

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary Edition" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-03-2019
Deliciously drinkable Cabernet that is beautifully executed in a very classic style. Chateau Ste. Michelle are a true stalwart of Washington wine and have fantastic mature vineyards across the Columbia Valley. Year after year they consistently produce some of the region's top quality wines at very reasonable prices. This bottling is a perfect example of that. It's a special selection of their Columbia Valley Cabernet bottled in Magnum format to celebrate their 50th vintage. The winery priced it at $50! The wine shows a nice combination of red and black fruits: blackberry, redcurrant, plum, cedar, cigar box. Medium bodied with a nice texture and weight but not at all sweet. I think this could pass for a solid bottle of Haut-Medoc from Bordeaux. It's very food friendly too. With this ridiculous deal on a delicious Magnum of Cabernet - consider the bulk of your holiday gift shopping done! This commemorative 50th Anniversary bottling from Chateau Ste. Michelle is perfect for gifting and way over-delivers for the price. A great-looking label, a crowd-pleasing Cab and a stunningly low price.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2017 BOLD Wine Co. Monterey County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-26-2019
Who said you can't find legit, delicious Pinot Noir under $20!? This bottle is very serious for the money. Classically cool climate styled, crunchy berry fruits, leaf litter, sous bois, dusty spices. Bright and juicy on the palate with fresh acidity and great length. Unfined, unfiltered, very authentic, contemporary California Pinot Noir executed for a steal of a price point. Measures up well against good Bourgogne Rouge or a village wine like Savigny-Lès-Beaune or Marsannay with that slightly wild, earthy, red fruited profile. Food friendly and versatile; a great new "house wine" for lovers of cool climate Pinot Noir.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2015 Leeuwin Estate "Prelude" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 08-08-2019
Leeuwin's Prelude is always a great value even at its typical $25-30 price point...but at this price it's a total no-brainer. Classic Margaret River Cab with cassis, red currant, hints of eucalyptus and cedar. Medium plus bodied, fine tannins, fresh, lifted acidity complementing the soft, fluid fruit. Accessible and complete, a great bottle of wine and one that demonstrates fantastic value for money.
Top Value!

2015 Elio Grasso "Ginestra Casa Matè" Barolo
Review Date: 08-08-2019
What I liked about this bottling is the broad drinking window. No doubt this is a big, powerful, hugely structured wine...but it also has lovely pure fruit, well refined tannins and most importantly - immaculate balance from start to finish. Sure it needs a good decant if you're drinking it young (I actually tasted this wine on day two) but there's plenty to enjoy now if you get thirsty!

2015 Kir-Yianni "Ramnista" Naoussa Greece
Review Date: 08-08-2019
I'll second one of my colleagues below - this wine reminded me of a Nebbiolo based wine...that combination of floral tones, savory allure, grippy tannins, linear feel on the palate. Great little food wine for grilled meats and anything oily / fatty. Black and blue forest berries, dried herbs / flower petals, scorched early and shaved oak. Medium bodied, nice firm structure. Pretty serious little wine.

2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-08-2019
This is dynamite Cabernet by any measure. A perfectly struck balance of power and precision. This beautiful wine from Farella combines the richness and concentration of Napa Valley with the freshness, structure and length of great Paulliac. Coming from the oldest Cabernet vines in the area (planted in the late 1970s) and from one of the cooler sub-regions of Napa, this is highly aromatic wine with crushed violets, blue fruit, cassis, pencil shavings, graphite and sandalwood. Medium plus bodied but long and linear rather than thick and broad. No excessive extraction or jamminess here; the mouthfeel is akin to polished, modern Bordeaux. A powerful, structured wine with great ageing potential, purity and poise. Very serious wine...one I hope others in the valley can emulate...this is Napa Cab done very well - bravo!
Top Value!

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2013 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah ($34.99)

2013 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)

Pierre Mineral Mesnil Grand Cru "Vieillie En Fut" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($39.99)

Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Ships as a 1.5L Due to Bottle Size/Shape) ($69.99)

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (ships as 1.5L due to shape of bottle) ($74.99)

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut ($13.99)

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne ($39.99)

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne ($29.99)

2012 Calera "Ryan" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir ($59.99)