Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Knights Valley, CA$49.00Add to cart
Tucked into the foothills of Mount Saint Helena on the remote eastern edge of Sonoma County, Knights Valley experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season that develops dark fruit aromatics. The 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold with black forest fruit and spiced plum, offering undertones of roasted coffee and crushed rock. Caramel and anise come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent finish.
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
Banfi Centine Rose 2016, Tuscany, Italy$23.00Add to cart
This beautiful wine comes from hillside vineyards located in the southern part of Tuscany. The soil is calcareous and well-drained. With a beautiful color of intense pink and aromatic bouquet, there are fresh with hints of woodland berries. Fresh and dry, with rich berry flavors; well-structured, with a long crisp, clean finish. Made from Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese, Centine Rosé is ideal as an aperitif. It pairs perfectly with fish, poultry and young, mild cheeses. We were delightfully surprised to enjoy it with grilled onions!.
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.
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.
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.
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2015$90.00Add to cart
The Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2015 is produced since 1892 and was awarded many times for its quality. This wine is the “heart” of our production and it is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from our best vineyards in Montalcino. The end of the Winter and beginning of Spring were marked by heavy rains, which permitted the storage of abundant water supply. A fluctuating climatic condition in April and May gave way to a higher than usual temperature from June until mid August, with very little rain. In the second half of August providential regular rains restored the ideal conditions for the vine’s growth. In September, the temperatures kept mild during day light and fresh at night time. The regular and steady maturation of the grapes allowed a perfect balance between sugar and acidity. Intense, vivid ruby red color with aromas of red berries, maraschino cherry and licorice. The aromas repeat on the palate with more hints of licorice and tobacco. Tannins are firm and a fruit is refreshed by a lively acidity that leads to a long, persistent finish. 96 Points – James Suckling.
Locations I$27.00Add to cart
With over 2000 indigenous grape varieties to select and compose a blend, an exhaustive search was undertaken to pay homage to this historic region. Maintaining the integrity of the land was paramount while simultaneously considering the result of a dynamic and innovative wine. Powerful and rich fruit from Puglia (Torricella and Manduria) serves as the base with a lively vein of acidity from Barbera (Alba) that stabilizes things in just the right way. The Locations I (Italy) is a blend of Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola from the Southern region of Puglia combined with Barbera from Piemonte in the North. “The black-olive, blueberry and blackberry character, combined with stone and orange peel is very attractive. Full to medium body. Solid core of fruit and a flavorful, zesty finish” 92 Points James Suckling.
Marietta OVR Red$18.00Add to cart
Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouth feel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best known red blends produced today Nor only is it a blend of varietals, it is also a blend of vintages – 2017, 2016, and 2015.
“The Lot 69 Old Vine Red is deep ruby-colored and has terrific fruit, lots of spice and graphite nuances, medium body, and shocking purity and texture for a wine at this price point (from California, anyway). It has tons to love and is a little gem to drink over the coming year or two. 90 Points ” — Jeb Dunnuck,
Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy$78.00Add to cart
The Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano 2012 is named for the tortonian-era (think millions of years ago) soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and are harvested somewhat later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release. The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows bright acidity and silky tannins before a long finish. This wine is a superlative pairing for roasts, game and hard cheeses. Also try with wild mushroom risotto with just a hint of truffle oil! Heavenly!
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany, Italy$87.00Add to cart
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 is a blend of the finest grapes from the Manachiara and Casale del Bosco estates. Silvio Nardi follows the strict DOCG laws required of a classified Brunello di Montalcino. Yield is limited; only the top 70% of the grapes is used to make the wine. Bottle aged at least 12 months before release. 2010 was an excellent weather season. and wines of this vintage are characterized by an exceptional smoothness and concentration, full-body and persistence. Excellent for lying down. This deep, ruby-red wine has intense, complex aromas of red fruits and spices, with toasty oak notes. The wine shows a silky texture, great finesse and profound flavors, framed by noble, velvety tannins. Though impressive now, this wine will benefit from aging. If the perfect dinner for you is a big juicy steak, then this is the wine for you. Also great with rich fish like stugeon or grouper. 95 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Parker and Wine Spectator, 91 Points Galloni.
Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2019, Puglia, Italy$17.99Add to cart
The Tormaresca estate is comprised of two properties in Italy’s southern region of Puglia: Bocca di Lupo, located in Murgia and Masseria Maìme, located in the Salento region.
Bocca di Lupo is 820 feet above sea level and is located in Murgia. Masseria Maìme is located in the Salento region. The Negroamaro for Calafuria is produced from grapes harvested at the Maime Estate in the Salento region.
Tormaresca was founded in 1998 with the investment and vision of the Antinori family in Italy’s Puglia region in Southern Italy. The name Calafuria was inspired by the many bays and inlets on the coast of Puglia. It translates to “bay fury.”
“It washes across the senses with tremendous energy, motivated by vibrant acidity, as a mix of ripe red fruits are further accentuated with hints of lime and saline-minerality. The finish is long, resonating on a buzz of spicy acids with a lime-inspired citrus thrust.”, Vinous Media 90 Points