2016 Pedroncelli Winery Mother Clone Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma USA$21.00Add to cart
Several years ago, I helped out in the tasting room at Pedroncelli Winery. I always marveled at how beautiful the country side was, even on rainy days, and the care that was shown to the land. Four generations of Pedroncellis have tended the land and grown the business even during prohibition when they continued to produce grapes for home consumption. I also marveled at the fact that they always kept their wines at a reasonable price even though they had a reputation for great wines and could have charged more.
John Pedroncelli, who was instrumental in building Sonoma County’s wine industry was just two years old when his family moved to Geyserville in 1927 and started making wine. Having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in oenology, Pedroncelli went on to produce 66 vintages at the Pedroncelli Winery and continued to consult for the winery up until his death. Pedroncelli pioneered affordable, approachable wines from the Dry Creek Valley and championed Zinfandel, making California’s first Zinfandel rosé.
The Pedroncelli Mother Clone 2016 Zinfandel is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Fragrant aroma of raspberry and red plum with a touch of black pepper and vanilla. Bing cherry and raspberry flavors framed by subtle black pepper spice. Well integrated flavors with round tannins and warm toasty oak in the finish.
2016 Portalupi Old Vine Zinfandel Dolinsek Ranch Russian River Valley Sonoma USA$49.00Add to cart
Dolinsek Ranch, a magical vineyard planted over 104 years ago by the Frati family, has produced outstanding wines throughout the 20th century. The soil is a rich sandy-Goldridge loam and is located just off the famous Laguna Road, one of the best terroirs of the Russian River Valley. The 2016 vintage shows elegance and length, medium tannins, coupled with lush liquor like berry fruit and white pepper. The purity of aromas is the main characteristic of this medium-bodied Zinfandel. Superb with grilled meats and sharp, earthy cheeses. Only 220 cases produced.
Gold Medal for the 2012 vintage at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
2018 Ghost Block Sauvignon Blanc Morgaen Lee Vineyard Napa Valley USA$28.00Add to cart
This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe stone fruits, mainly white peach and yellow melon. The wine has lively acidity of yellow fruits and hints of peach. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a crisp and complex long –lasting, refreshing finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Paso Robles, California, USA$17.00Add to cart
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a vivid varietal character that is rooted in our estate Margarita Vineyard. Here, amid one of the Paso Robles region’s coolest growing environments, the Sauvignon Blanc grape achieves a fine balance of ripeness and raciness, with crisp acidity and appealing mineral accents. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc leans into the nose with vivid varietal signatures, including notes of lime zest, grassy herb and gooseberry. The palate is crisp and clean, offering quenching flavors of grapefruit, white peach and green apple. Brisk acidity cascades into a refreshing finish.
The pungent liveliness of the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a fine match for crab cakes, shrimp pasta in white wine sauce, grilled asparagus, Thai chicken salad, and salmon with lemon and dill.
Andrew Murray Enchante 2016$28.00Add to cart
Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhône varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980’s while traveling through France’s Rhône Valley. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis’ renowned wine program, then founded his eponymous Santa Ynez winery and vineyard. This uncompromising winemaker’s lucid philosophy is summarized succinctly in three words: Passion – Evolution – Wisdom; the Passion of an unflagging love affair with Rhône varieties; the Evolution of winemaking techniques where even the most subtle nuance is divined from each new vintage; and the Wisdom gained with 20 years of winemaking experience.
The French say “Enchanté” when they greet each other. Andrew Murray has named the Estate-Grown, 2016 Enchante white blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne after this expression. These two varieties are truly yin and yang. Roussanne is rich and unctuous, while Grenache Blanc is bright and racy. The two complement each other perfectly! Buy now for $28.00
Andrew Murray Esperance Rose 2017$26.00Add to cart
Andrew Murray Vineyards estate vineyard, the Curtis Vineyard, is planted to about 50 acres of a great selection of Rhone varieties, including a variety that is particulary well suited to Rosé production – Cinsault. It makes up many of the delicious, light, and dry Rosé bottlings that remind folks of sunny breezy days spent in the south of France (even if you have never been there). The grapes were all harvested at peak Rosé maturity (early, with a lower sugar and brighter acid), in the middle of the night, and then quickly foot stomped to help start the color extraction process. The mashed grapes were then transferred to a cold room to macerate overnight. At first light the next day, the grapes were gently pressed off skins and fermentation was encouraged to start asap, in 100% stainless steel. The wine was aged in the same tank, on lees, choosing to only pump it once, as it was transferred to bottle. The resulting wine is wonderfully light, yet complex, and full of personality. Yes, there are plenty of fruity notes, but this is definitely not a kool-aid Rosé of yesteryear from California. Rather, it is very much in the moment. The Andrew Murray Esperance Rosé 2017 is crisp, light, dry and perfect for any meal! This will be your go to wine this summer! 750 cases made!
Andrew Murray Roasted Slope 2016, Santa Inez Valley, CA$49.00Add to cart
25 years ago, when Andrew Murray began his wine journey, Viognier was his muse. It was a vineyard nursery’s mistake that sent him down the Syrah path. That original vineyard block that was established, simply known as block 17, was planted as Viognier and cared for as Viognier for the first 3 years of its life. It was not until its first fall with grapes hanging heavy on the vine did we notice a few clusters turning red. At first it was in denial, thinking that we had planted a few Syrah vines among the Viognier. I was soon to find out, that we actually had clearly planted mostly Syrah with just a few Viognier vines. Rather than pout about it, they decided to begin to co-ferment the two grapes together, just like they do in the famed Northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. They decided to name this new wine Roasted Slope (a direct and literal translation of Côte Rôtie). Fans and critics alike fell in love with this wine, and it was always the most sought after wine each vintage. They have not produced this wine since 2005, but now have released the new and improved Roasted Slope, a blend of co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, all from three vineyard blocks along Alisos Canyon Road. 600 Cases Produced
Angwin Estate “The Kissing Trees” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014$75.00Add to cart
“Our story starts in Angwin. I grew up in Angwin and attended Saint Helena High School, but left home to attend college, medical school and residency all over the United States. As we moved around the United States pursuing careers in anesthesia and surgery, we dreamed of the day when we could return to my home on top of Howell Mountain and produce wine of our own.” Jon Larson and Angela Henszel
The 2014 Angwin Estate Vineyards “The Kissing Trees” Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in the glass. Hints of roses and crushed purple flowers give way to aromas of strawberry and raspberry with a hint of spice. Flavors of bright red and black fruit mingle with crushed herb, cedar, petrichor and graphite. Hints of fig, coriander, and pipe tobacco blend seamlessly with well integrated tannin. The finish is long and lingering with hints of spice and fruit that seem to extend to the horizon. Our 2014 wines are a bit softer than our 2013’s, offering more fruit and a bit less structure. This difference is not due to winemaking sleight of hand, but normal vintage variation. Buy now for $75.00
Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Las Piedras Vineyard$99.00Add to cart
Anthem 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is a Cabernet with heritage. Napa Valley Andy Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras Vineyard is one of his six heritage vineyards in the Napa Valley, planted to vine for over 150 years. This 22 acre vineyard produces only Cabernet Sauvignon and is located in West Saint Helena at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard takes its name from the gravelly river washed soil, Las Piedras translates to “little pebbles”, in Spanish. The 2015 vintage Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon is the sixth vintage produced, with only 165 cases in total. The 2015 vintage produced exceptionally high quality fruit, with very low yields, resulting in a plush and powerful Cabernet. “This is ripe and flashy, with a range of boysenberry, blackberry and raspberry flavors streaming through, enhanced by polished structure and backed by ganache and sweet tobacco detail through the finish. Wins on fruit and there’s nothing wrong with that. Drink now through 2025. 165 cases made.” – J.L. James Suckling – 91 points
Anthem Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mt Veeder$99.00Add to cart
A Napa Cabernet that expresses the Napa Valley hillsides, the 2014 Mt Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an ultra-premium powerhouse mountain Cabernet from Anthem’s Mt Veeder Estate vineyard, located at 400 feet in Napa Valley’s Western hillsides. Decant and drink now or hold an cellar for a special occasion.
“Floral, perfumed aromas of fermentation are charming, yet this is more aggressive with tannins. The core flavors of blackberry, currant, and licorice are vivid and well-defined. 700 cases made.” Wine Spectator – 90 Points.
Arrowood Viognier 2017, Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River, CA$30.00Add to cart
The Arrowood Viognier typically is all set aside for the wine club, so it rarely makes it out to wine stores. We have been fortunate enough to get a few bottles and we are happy to have it available to you. 100% of the Arrowood 2017 Viognier was sourced from Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russain River Valley. The vines are terraced in a concentric circle around a small hill on the famed Saralee’s Vineyard, which offers various exposures that impart a complex aromatic profile to the fruit. Vibrant floral aromatics of jasmine and orange blossoms provide lift to a core of juicy summer stone fruits, yellow peach and apricots. The palate is rich and round with flavors of honey and sweet spice. An intriguing texture and lingering acidity provide perfect balance. Enjoy with your favorite spicy Asian cuisine!
Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc 2016, Central Coast$23.00Add to cart
Jim Clendenen graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre-Law in 1976. It was during his “junior year abroad” in 1974, while turning 21 in France, that he discovered life beyond tacos. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law school. Beginning with the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for three vintages, and in 1982, started his own winery – Au Bon Climat. The 2016 Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc, Central Coast is simply delightful – a great summer refresher! This is the wine, once discovered, that will become your house white- it's just too thoroughly agreeable to ignore. A refreshing, dry white with citrus lemon/lime notes, flinty minerality, and crisp finish. In the mouth the wine is rich and textural, from the time spent on lees in the barrel. This is a great match with shellfish of any kind, or richer white meats such as turkey or duck.