Banshee “Mordecai” Red Blend 2018$34.00
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 2018 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.
Red Blends are what it's all about with this great combo of Kiona Estates Cuvee 2017, Banshee “Mordecai” Red Blend 2018 and Stolpman La Cuadrilla 2021. All 3 are great red blends from different appellations. Kiona is from Columbia Valley, Washington; Banshee is a California red blend and La Cuadrilla 2021 is from Ballard Canyon. Great way to enjoy your grilled steak!
Blackbird Arise Red 2018$56.00
Harvested, vinified, and aged with an identical commitment to quality as our principal wines, this classic Napa blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon expresses luscious flavors that can only come from exceptional fruit.
“Beautiful aromas of cherry, black currant, cedar cigar box, iris, and coffee. Boysenberry pie, fig, and toffee awaken the palate. Supple tannins give buoyancy, leading to a lingering finish of plum, cherry and toasted almond.”
Winemaker, Aaron Pott
Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2020$29.00
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.
Booker Harvey and Harriet Red 2019$42.00
Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard and My Favorite Neighbor created this wine in honor of his parents. In a world of overpriced Cabernet blends, Eric’s hardworking, honest, salt-of-the-earth parents would have never been able to drink a decent wine. We believe that every wine-lover needs a case of this in their fridge! This wine is meant to be your every-day drinker. It is perfect to open on a Tuesday night with take-out food, bring over to your neighbor’s house to share at a summer potluck, or open a bottle (guilt-free) to enjoy just one glass while cooking dinner for your family.
At first blush, an exuberant bouquet of candied blueberries, blackberries, jasmine, and orange blossoms jumps out of the glass and demands full attention. Underneath the fruits and flowers lie warm scents of brioche, cocoa and baking spices. The taster is then rewarded with intense cherry, mixed berry and pluot followed by caramel and espresso. The overall sensation is sublime bliss on the palate as the elegant finish slowly fades away. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah,
10% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
Brutacao Family Vineyards Quadriga Red Blend 2019 Mendocino County California USA$41.00
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. 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast. 900 cases produced.
Ehlers Portrait 2017$65.00
The Ehlers Portrait 2017 wine represents our Estate as a perfect picture of the estate vineyards and its soil diversity. That is why they called it Portrait! Each vintage they strive to capture the essence of the diverse soils, varietals and the unique terroir of Ehlers Estate. With a medium to full body and dark red color, it delivers concentrated aromas of ripe red fruit, raspberries, cherries, cassis, and smoky notes. They use only 40% new French oak, allowing the fruit to shine in the blend. Nice structured acidity; the mouth is dense with vibrant and complex flavors of red berries, smoky spices, and dried herbs. This wine has a long finish with dense silky tannins. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, & 13% Petit Verdot
Fess Parker Frontier Red Lot 91$19.00
The Fess Parker Frontier Blend Red Lot 91 starts off with aromas of black plum, cedar, baking spices, blackberries, forest floor, smoked meat, cassis. Flavors of red cherry, tobacco leaf, grilled herbs, boysenberry, pain grille and juicy plum. 54% Syrah, 14% Sangiovese, 7% Grenache, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Zinfandel, 4% Alvarelhão, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Happy Canyon Piocho Bordeaux Red Blend 2018, Happy Canyon Valley, California, USA$37.00
Piocho Ranch was acquired by Thomas J. Barrack Jr. in 1992. Out of a love for the countryside and a ranchers life, the Barrack family developed rolling acres of vineyards. The peaceful and beautiful property sits nestled in the Happy Canyon Valley, a perfect location for growing grapes and riding horses. Two regulation sized Polo fields are groomed with the same care as the finest golf courses in the world. Piocho means “Where the two rivers meet and go to heaven.” The 2018 vintage is one of the greats. The fruit reached perfect physiological ripeness retaining natural grape acidity resulting in very balanced wines with low alcohol and rich concentrated varietal flavors. Aromatically, the wine is uplifting, with notes of plum, ceder, bing cherry, berry pie and hints of earth and red clay. On the palate the wine is fruitful, exuberant, with red plum and blackberry. The wine continues with fine-grain tannins, saddle leather and wonderful savory notes. The finish is long and satisfying with lingering dusty tannins and expressive resolved fruit. The wine is wonderful to drink today and will continue to evolve in balance, length and complexity as the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon matures. This wine will continue to develop and excel over the next ten years.This a truly lovely wine that is wonderful to drink today when paired with big rich cuisine such as Santa Maria Tri-Tip. The wines structure will allow it to mature and age nicely for at least another decade! Dusty, slow-building tannins give grip to the finish, which repeats the cherry and licorice notes.
Hook & Ladder Station Ten 2013$25.00
Station Ten is the fire house in San Francisco from which Cecil De Loach retired. The dark brick-red colored Hook & Ladder Station Ten Zinfandel 2016 blend displays spicy aromas of dried raspberries, currants, strawberries and cinnamon with hints of cloves and nutmeg. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and powdered cocoa complement the long cinnamon finish, framed with light pepper notes. Try this versatile Zinfandel blend with any red meat from the grill or dishes featuring tomato-based sauces. Think pizza! 59% Zinfandel.18% Petite Sirah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carignane,1% Alicante Bouschet.
Inglenook Rubicon 2018$245.00
The production of Rubicon, Inglenook’s premier red wine, began in 1978 and restored the estate’s legacy of making world-class wines. Rubicon is an elegant blend from the finest vineyard blocks and showcases the highest potential of both the estate and the vintage. Under the guidance of Philippe Bascaules, Inglenook’s Director of Winemaking, Rubicon proudly takes its place alongside much older, revered vintages of Inglenook in collectors’ cellars around the world.
Strikingly rich in color and extract, the 2018 Rubicon is unquestionably a precocious, hedonistic wine. The exotic, well-knit aromas and flavors include ripe cassis, allspice, star anise, vanilla and black licorice. Upon entry, this full-bodied wine envelops the palate with its luxurious concentration and supple, silky tannins, supported by vibrant freshness from the balanced acidity, and perfectly-integrated French oak. Very long and expansive in the finish, the 2018 Rubicon will be memorable for decades to come.
“Subtle and complex red with blackberry, black truffle, sweet tobacco and mahogany.
Highlights of lavender and violets. Full-bodied and very tight with finesse and tension.
Very polished, fine tannins. Long finish. Delicious already, but best after 2022. James Suckling – 97 Points
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Pts,Wine Enthusiast – 94 Pts- Cellar Selection,Vinous – 94 Pts,
Wine Advocate – 94 Pts,Wine Spectator – 93 Pts.
L’Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2017$26.00
Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. Frenchtown shows aromas of wild berries, red cherry, and savory notes of dried sage and thyme. The generous, dark fruit flavors remain focused through an integrated finish. The generous dark fruit flavors stay bright and focused through an integrated finish. 31% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Grenache, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec