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!
Bokisch Garnacha 2016$26.00Add to cart
The gorgeous Bokisch 2016 Garnacha catches the eye with a bright crimson red color. It has bright floral aromatics of rose petals, cassis, orange peel and wild strawberries ending with a slight toast. It is juicy and has an essence of strawberry rhubarb pie on the palate with some cranberry, raspberry and a touch of apple cider. This medium bodied wine has sophisticated dry tannins up front with a nice, long finish.
Bokisch Tempranillo 2016$28.00Add to cart
The Bokisch Tempranillo 2016 is for you! Deep Purple. That is what meets your eye as you twirl this gorgeous wine in your glass. Aromas of Bing cherry and ripe Santa Rosa plums combine with hints of cedar smoke, sage and cocoa powder. The Bokisch 2014 Tempranillo exhibits a mélange of dark berries on the palate with dark chocolate, carob and tart raspberry plum jam. The beautifully structured tannins make this a perfect wine for aging in the Spanish tradition of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
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 2014$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$29.00Add 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 2015 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.
Capo Creek Grenache Noir 2016$38.00Add to cart
Heady and fruity notes of black raspberry and cherry. This light bodied Capo Creek Grenache Noir 2015 seems to be perfect with almost everything….literally! We like it with a Cotswold cheese-covered Pierogi (Mary’s classes coming,) but it also pairs well with checking homework and laundry.
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.