The Prisoner 2018$49.00
The Prisoner crossed a line. He spoke out of turn. He took a stand. His brazen actions bred consequences. But while his chains may hold his weight, his mind wanders unrestrained. For he remains unapologetically bold. It’s the blend that started it all and challenged how wine should be made.
The Prisoner 2018 was inspired by the “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. The Prisoner is now the most recognized Napa Valley red blend, leading the resurgence of interesting blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono. Thiis fantastic wine features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.
You don’t know what it wants and you’ve underestimated its character. But you can feel it watching your every move. A cunning presence lingers, like a thorn in your side. It isn’t going anywhere.
While working with their growers in Napa Valley, The Prisoner team came across small, premium vineyard lots of Merlot, which served as their inspiration to create Thorn 2017. The Merlot was blended with Syrah to create depth in the body while Malbec accentuates the fruit. Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, mocha, espresso, and dark cherry aromas.
Full with medium tannins and a juicy finish.. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with balanced acidity. 80% Merlot; 20% Blend of Petite Sirah, Malbec and Syrah.
Tooth and Nail the Possessor 2016$34.00
Bordered by the Estrella river in Paso Robles, Tolliver Ranch features well-drained, sandy-gravely soils that are acidic due to the presence of decomposed granite , unlike most soil profiles in the Paso Robles region. Conditions at the site are ideal for big red varietals such as Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet which thrive in the vineyard’s soils, and utilize the long growing season. A beautiful full-bodied Cabernet Blend! Red currants, cassis and red fruit dominate the nose while nuances of Christmas spice, pine and dried fall leaves add to the intriguing aromatics. The layered palate offers great weight and density with ripe flavors of black berries and plums. The surprisingly bright acidity and mouthwatering texture weaves into a firm finish with lingering tannins. The Tooth & Nail labels are John James Audubon originals; beasts of the early 1830s fighting “Tooth & Nail” to survive. Here Audubon depicts two Red Tailed Hawks fighting to become the sole POSSESSOR. 91 Points Wine Enthusiast.
Trecini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012$39.00
From the historical town of Jera, in Tuscany, Italy, John Vicini brought with him the passion and love of wine that were handed from one generation to another for over 150 years. Now living and working with Cathy, his wife, and David, their son, they bring to you exceptional wines from the gently rolling vineyard covered hills of Sonoma County, the Russian River, and the Dry Creek Valley. Starting in 1994, John and Cathy grew and sold their own premium Russian River grapes. In 1999 they expanded their family’s business to developing and introducing their own label – Trecini,representing the three Vicini’s. Now they are working with their connections on Italy and producing some amazing Italian wines. NEW RELEASE! Sleek and well-knit, the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 is a delicious mineral red offering chocolate pudding and fig bread notes that add richness to the plum sauce and blackberry coulis flavors. Medium to full bodied, with fine-grained tannins that show on the lasting, aromatic finish. Drink now through 2028.
Trefethen Dragon Tooth Red Blend 2017$69.00
The Red Dragon on the label of the Trefethen Dragon’s Tooth 2017, Napa Valley Red Wine originated in ancient British legend where two dragons—one red, one white—fight in the sky. The boy Merlin watches them with King Vortigern and when the red prevails, driving the white across the sea, the boy foretells the coming of King Arthur who will lead Vortigern’s people, the Welsh, to victory over the invading Saxons.
Rich, yet fresh and bright, the Trefethen Dragon Tooth Red Blend 2017 is incredibly enchanting. The nose features intense aromas of dark brambly fruit and layers of cinnamon, violet and vanilla. Balanced and supple on the palate, the finish is mouthwateringly smooth.
Enjoy the Dragon‘s Tooth with slow cooked peppers and tomatoes for the deep richness that complements this wine perfectly. He suggests pairing with leaner cuts of beef like flank or skirt steak. 54% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot. 95 Points/Platinum, – Best Blended Bordeaux, Sommelier Challenge Int’l Wine & Spirits Competition, 92 Points James Suckling, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Buy now for $52.00 (Regularly $67.00)
Trentadue Chocolate Amore, Alexander Valley$27.00
This opulent dessert wine is produced from Merlot grapes grown on Trentadue’s Geyserville Ranch. Borrowing from the traditions of port making, they add neutral grape spirits to stop fermentation trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, they infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine. This Merlot-based, port-styled chocolate flavored dessert wine is great over vanilla ice cream or as a stand-alone dessert. You’ll be very popular when you bring it to the next dinner party!
Vina Robles The Arborist 2018, Paso Robles$24.00
A caretaker of trees, The Arborist pays homage to the iconic Paso Robles oaks.
This estate blend is made mainly of varieties grown in our Huerhuero Vineyard, located directly behind the winery in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. Here, warm afternoons and cool evening breezes shepherd the grapes to perfect ripeness.
The wine was aged in both small and large format French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 18 months in order to add complexity while enhancing a soft, velvety finish. This fruitforward wine is a natural go-to for just about any meal.
Starting off in the glass with a lovely dark garnet color, you’ll love the aromas of Cherries and plum with hints of spice, fine tobacco and chocolate. The Vina Robles Arborist 2018 is medium bodied with dark stone fruit, fleshy textured tannins into the finish. 41% Syrah, 35% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache, 12% Tannat.
Through a partnership with One Tree Planted, Vna Robles plants one tree for every bottle of The Arborist sold.
William Knuttel Petite Sirah 2013, D. Rafanelli Vineyard$40.00
We have long appreciated the wines that William Knuttel makes – always small production, high quality. Add in fruit from Rafanelli Vineyards and you have a winning combination. The 2013 Petite Sirah, D. Rafanelli Vineyard, Rex & Amarica Block has aromas of blackberry and ripe pomegranate, black plum and black cherry, with well-integrated oak and toast. The wine is opaque, nearly like India ink, with black and deep purple hues. The velvety tannins are meshed in intense blackberry, black cherry and licorice flavors, and the well-balanced finish lingers while concentrated fruit explodes on the palate.
Wine Snob* (T)rebelrouser 2016, Sonoma Valley$25.00
The Wine Snob* 2016 (T)rebelrouser is a blend of 67% Merlot, 17% Zinfandel, and 16% Syrah from Sonoma Valley, hand-bottled in September 2019. The Merlot is from a single vineyard in Glen Ellen, the Zinfandel is from a single vineyard in Sonoma, and the Syrah is from a single vineyard in Kenwood. Each vineyard is farmed using organic practices. The wine was aged in French and American oak for 33 months and has aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, blueberry, chocolate, and black and white pepper. The layers keep unfolding, giving the wine a smooth complexity. It pairs well with rich meats and cheeses—steak, wedge salads, bacon cheeseburgers, and devils on horseback. Buy now for $24.00
Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee 2015$25.00
Zaca Mesa have been producing this classic Z Cuvee Rhône-style blend since 1992. Inspired by the food-friendly and exquisitely layered wines of the Southern Rhône Valley, the Zaca Mesa Z Cuvée 2015 exemplifies the delicate unity between the savory elegance and fruit-driven nature of these blends. Our 2016 Z Cuvée is a beautiful reflection of the harmony created when blending our favorite red Rhône varietals; Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. Each varietal is perfectly interwoven, revealing a dynamic bouquet of red and black fruits, potpourri, and dried herbs. The soft and seductive tannins are energized by flavors of tart spiced plum and cocoa dusted black cherries.