Banshee Rose 2018$25.00
The decision to shift their vineyard sourcing to Mendocino County and expand the palette of varietals they work with for Banshee Rosé proved to be one of their best. The deliciousness and ensuing popularity of the wine last year was phenomenal, the only problem being that they sold out way too soon. Grenache, including some ancient Grenache Gris, dominates the blend providing complex, red fruit flavors and juicy body. This is reined in by Barbera’s tension with a spine of acidity while Syrah contributes a sense of ballast. The Pinot Noir (from a biodynamic vineyard) blends bright red berries and floral aromatics. White peach, citrus, and apricot blossom aromas unfold onto the palate with blood orange, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors. Lively acidity with great tension and verce with a chalky, saline quality.
Bricoleur “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut$45.00
Bricoleur | bri · co · leur | French — One who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together
a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.
Bricoleur Vineyards brings people together to reconnect, savor life’s simple pleasures, and create joyful memories.
The signature Bricoleur “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” Brut is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that highlights the ripe fruit flavors characteristic of California’s North Coast, and particularly the Carneros region. The cooling marine influence results in grapes with deep complexity, acidity and longer ripening time.
Ripe, full and concentrated, this Brut boasts an intriguing and complex nose of citrus blossom and light berry. Deep and rich, yet thoroughly refreshing on the palate, its creamily textured, multilayered flavors of guava and mango segue into a crisp and refreshing finish. A lovely sparkling wine ready to drink now.
Champagne Palmer Brut Reserve, Reims, France$59.00
Palmer Brut Reserve is based on a selection of wines from the best vineyards in the Champagne region. The Premiers and Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims area predominate and lend their distinctive personality to these wines.
The nose, amazingly clean, is expressed through a rich palette of aromas, including citrus, pear and apricot with some subtle notes of hazelnut and a discreet touch of buttery brioche.
Succulent and substantial to the palate, yet with an unfettered freshness, this wine is eminently seductive: a model of perfect balance.
Domaine Girault Sancerre 2019 Beaux Regards$25.00
France’s most famous region for Sauvignon Blanc is Sancerre in the Loire valley. The region’s rolling limestone hills and semi-continental climate deliver richly textured Sauvignon Blanc wines with ripe gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and flinty-smoke flavors. To achieve aromatic intensity, the Giraults press their grapes gently, ferment on native yeasts, and both vinify and age their wines in stainless steel tanks. Redolent of citrus blossom, white flowers and hints of leafy greens, the Domaine Girault Sancerre Beaux Regards 2019 is crisp, wonderfully perfumed and well-balanced with a long, lingering mineral finish.Clear pale gold color. Concentrated nose with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. Aromas full of finesse in the mouth. Fresh and well-balanced final.
Domaines Ott BY.OTT 2019$34.00
Known for its distinctive bottles, Domaines Ott BY.OTT is blended and bottled in the new Château de Selle cellar, where part of the winery is exclusively devoted to its production. The entire process is controlled – from the blending to the storage -, ensuring the perfect quality expected of these wines. BY.OTT is an elegant extension to the Domaines Ott range, and a truly Provençal wine with conviviality and friendship at its heart. Pale and pretty in crystal-clear pink with orange undertones. The nose is delicate and fruity with notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The taste is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices (cinnamon and cardamom). All of the great Domaines Ott tradition in a friendly and elegant wine.
Lanson Brut Black Label$43.00
This is Lanson’s Manifesto – “In a world of uncertainty that becomes more and more divided each day, we’re among those who believe that the world is better when shared. Those who believe that love for others, is also love of life.
At Lanson, we’re among those who believe in love. Love for the soil, for the terroir, of a job well done, A sustainable love, a love of sharing, of being together, of making people happy.
At Lanson, we will always stand for the values of openness, kindness, humility, authenticity and elegance.Since 1760, we’ve been for those who hold out a hand, who love each other, and prove it. Each in their own way, but always the most beautiful way. Lanson, it’s all about Love.
When you’ve been doing it since 1760 and your efforts are centered on love, you really can’t go wrong.
Le Black Label Brut owes its iconic name to Victor Lanson who gave it in 1937, both as a proof of openness to the world and as a tribute to the Royal Court of England which Lanson has been officially supplying since 1900. This champagne is a balanced alliance of vitality and finesse, freshness and elegance, characteristic of the Lanson Style. Enjoy the bouquet of ripe fruits with citrus notes and a sense of maturity with freshness and lightness as well. 92 Points Wine Enthusiast.
Lanson Brut Rose$56.00
The current release of Lanson Brut Rosé was disgorged in October of 2017 and is composed of a blend of 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. The wine is a pale salmon color and offers up a bright and nascently complex bouquet of cherries, tangerine, chalky minerality, and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, complex and nicely zesty, with a good core, fine soil signature, elegant mousse and a long, vibrant finish. The non-malo house style of Lanson really makes their non-vintage Rosé a fine companion at the table. 91 Points James Suckling.
Leonard Muddy Arch Roussanne 2015, Lando Vineyard$35.00
Aromatically bountiful, the Leonard Muddy Arch Roussanne 2015, Landa Vineyard is brimming with Meyer lemon zest, lime rind, mandarin, yellow apple skin, and lightly toasted notes of Brioche fill the nose of this cool climate site situated at the base of the Mayacamas mountains near the San Pablo Bay. The bold vintage does offer a mouth filling, Hercules sized mid-palate. Dark honeycomb flavors and the viscosity of beeswax persist throughout. Each Landa Vineyard release proves succulence is in the site’s DNA.
Seeking a true representation and sense of place is what inspires the folks at Locations. This release of Locations F they incorporated some of the best regions in France, drawing upon their network of growers from Rhone, Roussillon, and Bordeaux. The Locations F is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals. “Lots of dried-berry and stone character to this blend. Plenty of berries and spices at the finish. A delicious, succulent wine with savory sensibility.” 92pts James Suckling.
Locations French Rose$27.00
Locations sourced the fruit for the French Rosé from a vineyard in the south of France, opting, this time, to produce a rose from 100% Grenache. Sourced from vineyard blocks that cling to granite and schist slopes; these 50-year-old dry farmed vines produce very low yields of perfectly concentrated fruit. Fermented at very cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks; this wine displays both a delicacy and vibrancy characteristic to the maritime influences of the Medateranian sea. A perfect wine to enjoy dining alfresco on a warm summer evening. The entry is fresh and supple with a raspberry foundation that is accentuated with tangerine and strawberry notes. The finish is a sprightly one thanks to flinty, stony details and bright tones of acidity.
Monthelie Blanc Cuvee Miss Armande 2015$38.00
Wedged between Volnay and Meursault, Monthelie produces vastly more red than white, making the 201 Chardonnay that much more unique and impressive: It is close to Meursault in both place of origin and style, showing serious power, perfume, and classic structure. Adding to the already considerable charm of this wine is its fantastic backstory. The name “Cuvée Miss Armande” refers (and pays tribute) to Armande Douhairet, who for many years helmed this family domaine. She had no heirs, and took the extraordinary step of legally adopting André Porcheret—a grown man and well-known Burgundy winemaking figure to boot—so that she could leave the domaine to him (she passed away in 2004).
In the glass, the 2014 “Cuvée Miss Armande” is a deep, reflective yellow-gold with slight hints of green at the rim. The nose is an assertive mix of Asian pear, apple blossoms, white flowers and Meyer lemon followed by notes of toasted hazelnut, white mushroom, beeswax, and even a hint of drawn butter (calling classic Meursault to mind). There’s a level of richness and accessibility that is perfectly framed by acidity, suggesting many years of positive evolution ahead. We’re intrigued to see what this wine becomes after 3-5 years more cellaring; my bet it that it will outperform lots of much-more-expensive competition. Enjoy this—it’s a truly fabulous Burgundy bargain!
Roederer Cristal 2012, France$274.00
Created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II, Cristal was the world’s first Cuvée de Prestige. Crafted from Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, and the result of a unique savoir-faire and devotion, this rare champagne is the jewel in the Louis Roederer crown.
Symbolic of the perpetual quest for excellence that define Roederer today led by Frédéric Rouzaud, Cristal is also radically different to any other champagne on the market.
“Such attractive, fresh, floral aromas here with fine bread, hints of white almonds and a lemon edge. White cherries and strong, chalky minerals, too. The palate has a very composed feel. Seamless and quite silky texture with effortless length and flow. Very fluid and composed. Very late, warming almond flavors. This is very long and smooth with a velvety finish. Super long pinot weight. Resolved and drinkable, but will age so well.” James Suckling 98 Points