Babcock “Love Among the Ruins” Grenache 2017$34.00Add to cart
This wine is a lot about discovery, and at least a little bit about reconciliation. First the discovery part. This is the first Sta. Rita Hills Grenache that Brian Babcock has ever made. Historically, except for one or two small vineyards that never had any fruit for sale, there simply has not been much Grenache to speak of in the Sta. Rita Hills. Between Pinot being anointed as king, and a belief that Grenache requires more heat, this important Rhone variety was largely looked over. Recently, a few more brave souls have decided to give it a go. this wine is very delicate with beautiful notes of cranberry, raspberry and spice. In the mouth it’s really succulent and it packs a bit more of a wallop than you might think it’s going to, based on how the wine appears in the glass. This is an absolutely classic rendition of Grenache and its fruit is super fresh and tantalizing.
“The 2017 Grenache Love Among The Ruins is fabulous. Sweet floral and minty overtones add nuance to a core of red cherry Grenache fruit. Pliant and silky, with terrific aromatic presence, the 2017 is another wine that shows Bryan Babcock at his very best. This is such a pretty wine.”
– Antonio Galloni
Banshee “Mordecai” Red Blend 2016$28.00Add to cart
All of the elements of this wine are made with the house philosophy (think: bright flavors, focus, energy, good with food), with the overreaching mandate that it is absolutely delicious. The very rough and unscientific formula is this: about a third Bordeaux varieties, about a third Rhone varieties, and about a third other varieties dominated by Zinfandel with a bit of of this or that peppered in to add interesting accent notes. Carignan sourced from a 45-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Redwood Valley continues to expand its influence in Mordecai, acting as a bridge between the Rhone and Bordeaux lots. The 2016 Mordecai has an enticing nose of pepper, violets, cigar and cassis. On the palate it is a mouthwatering mélange of red berry and plum flavors backed by earthy tones of herb roasted meat and fresh black trumpet giving way to a spice-laden finish.
Big Red$86.00Add to cart
Red Blends are what it's all about with this great combo of Rabble Red Wine 2016, Hook and Ladder Station 10 2013 and William Knuttel Petite Sirah 2013! All 3 are great red blends from different appellations. Rabble is from Paso Robles, Hook and Ladder is from Russian River and William Knuttel is from Dry Creel. Great way to enjoy your grilled steak!
Bonanza Lot 2 by Caymus$29.00Add to cart
The Wagner Family, the founder of Caymus, is synonymous with rich and delicious Californa Cabernet. Their new Cabernet Sauvignon is called Bonanza, and it is a knockout! To give Chuck Wagner maximum flexibility in crafting this wine, it carries a California appellation and a lot number rather than a vintage. While the winery does not disclose fruit sourcing, our suspicion is that it likely contains a good amount of fruit from the Wagner family’s vineyards in the Suisun Valley. We would not be surprised if a bit of Napa fruit also found its way in! As you would expect, the Bonanza “Lot 1” is full of ripe fruits, including black cherry, blackberry and blueberry, along with telltale flavors of green herbs, a bit of tobacco, vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium ruby-red, this wine opens with scents of currants and dried roses, grape pomace, and freshly tilled soil. The nose is nuanced with toasty oak imparting a subtle smoked meat character. Flavors of blueberries and blackberries mix with the warmth of vanilla and toasted bread. Silky tannins and striking smoothness. Mouthwatering, lengthy finish trails off with the taste of unsweetened chocolate and cassis -a wine that is structured, compelling and totally delicious!
Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2017$55.00Add to cart
Starting in late 1954 people throughout France began reporting UFO sightings. The sightings were popularized by heavy media attention, and became a concern for the citizens of France. The most common shape of the crafts reported were cigar shaped, called “Cigare Volant.” The people of Chateauneuf du Pape were so concerned by the sightings and the effects the UFOs may have on their wine, that the mayor banned the UFOs from landing in their vineyards. Tipping his hat to this story and the famous wine, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards named his Chateauneuf style wine Le Cigare Volant. The 30th Anniversary release of this, their flagship wine. A beautiful wine—dark and mulberry in color as in nose. One scents cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries and Damson plums. I do so love the largely Grenache vintages of Cigare; there’s an unmistakable spiciness to them—orange peel, cinnamon and black pepper. Grenache is not just about fragrance however; any synesthete worth his/her Maldon salt will know that the scent of Grenache is in part highly textural—soft and velveteen. And sure enough, on the palate the wine is also an essence of velours. “Exceptional” – Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences | “The classic Rhone-ish expression of Randall Grahm's fascination with wines of personality, the blend here is 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 16% mourvèdre, 4% cinsault. I have tasted many older versions of this wine and this one is set up to age a long time.” 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast.
Brandini Filari Corti Nebbiolo Langhe 2016$34.00Add to cart
The Langhe Nebbiolo is the finest and most elegant expression of this grape variety. An intense, garnet color, it anticipates a structure and a tannin that are typical of Nebbiolo. Aromas are fine and deep, with scents of rose, violet and mint. The land of La Morra, with its sandy soils, reveals the most feminine nuance of this wine, giving a silky tannin and a good persistence in the mouth.
Brutacao Family Vineyards Quadriga Red Blend 2016 Mendocino County California USA$31.00Add to cart
To celebrate their Italian heritage, Brutacao Family Vineyards created a wonderful proprietary blend of 45% Sangiovese, 33% Primitivo, 11% Barbera & 11% Dolcetto. With aromas of spice cake, boysenberry and blueberry, this unique blend exhibits white pepper & dark fruit flavors followed by a long satin finish. Reminiscent of traditional Italian field blends, but with richer, brighter and more fruit-forward flavors, the velvety smooth texture of delicious wine pairs well with everything from casual dining to your fanciest meals. 900 cases produced.
Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015$69.00Add to cart
The grapes are cultivated on selected terrain after careful clonal experimentation in order to produce the Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015 with unparalleled elegance. Great wine with intense aromas and balanced tannins that is able to express all the characteristics of the “terroir” in quality and typicality in the selection of clones in addition to the choice of the sunniest terrain with the best location. A classy wine that promises an interesting evolution that will extend over time. A wealth of fruit yet remains fresh and vivid with blueberry and black cherry character. Some bark and dried earth. Full body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. The elegance and harmonic body of the wine permit its combination with many complex and complicated dishes such as red meat, feathered and furry game also accompanied by mushrooms or truffles.
The Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015, in addition, is excellent with cheeses: aged tomes, parmesan, Tuscan pecorino. It also makes an excellent combination with meat dishes of international cuisine or with complicated sauces. Because of its characteristics, Brunello is also a pleasant meditation wine. 94 Points – James Suckling.
Capo Creek GSM 2015$36.00Add to cart
Dark berries and leather. The Capo Creek GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) 2015 brings a complex dusty earthiness to the party. Perfect with mushroom risotto, lamb and other earthy dishes like the forest floor when you trip during a hike and find yourself face down in the ferns with dirt in your teeth.
Capo Creek Songwriter Red 2017$38.00Add to cart
Also from Capo Creek – the Songwriter Red Blend 2017. The Capo Creek Songwriter Red Blend 2017 has written a perfect tune! A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, this selection has notes of boysenberry, black raspberry and dark cherries on a complex background of woodland, graphite, smoked meats, and leather corset cuffs! The tannins are beautifully integrated resulting in a smooth rich fullness on the palate. Try pairing with short ribs and polenta. 219 cases made
Chateau de Beaucastel 2018 Rouge$108.00Add to cart
A dark and winey style, the Beaucastel Chaeauneuf du Pape Rouge 2018 offers a mix of plum, black currant and black cherry notes, infused with black tea, fruitcake and anise accents. Solidly built, vibrant and energetic from start to finish, this carries copious fruit easily through the lengthy finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The Grenache and Cinsault are fermented in cement, while the Syrah and Mourvèdre are in foudre. Finely pixellated fruits of the forest aromas with a full bodied but fresh and lively palate. The Mourvèdre element is strong, bringing vibrancy and power. It’s firmly savoury, very dry and dramatic. A seriously structured Beaucastel for the long term.
This beautiful wine shows ridiculous floral and fresh aromas of licorice, lavender and spice, all backed by tremendous fruit that goes beyond black and red and into hints of exotic stone fruit. It’s rich and concentrated yet silky and lithe, with a fantastically long, elegant finish.
Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015$83.00Add to cart
Col d’Orcia is a traditional producer of Brunello di Montalcino. The choice to continue using the large Slavonian oak barrels was taken many years ago, well before the debate between modernist and traditionalist producers even started. Tradition means respecting the essence of Sangiovese from Montalcino which is the aging potential and the improvement of the wine through its long passage in wood and the subsequent aging in the bottle. Still today, at Col d’Orcia, we age our Brunello di Montalcino for a full 3 years in the large barrels before bottling and keep the bottles in cellar at least 1 year before releasing the wine to the market. The fruit comes from the hill overlooking the Orcia River, facing South-South/West and exposed to sun all day long.
Ruby red with violet hues. The nose is complex and elegant, with red fruity notes like cherry and sour cherry and spicy aromas. Balanced and structured with pleasantly ripe tannins. The finish is long, fruity and lasting.