Andrew Murray Enchante 2020$37.00
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 over 20 years of winemaking experience.
The French say “Enchanté” when they greet each other. Andrew Murray has named the Estate-Grown, 2020 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!
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Knights Valley, CA$55.00
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 2018 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.
August Briggs Old Vine Zinfandel 2019$37.00
Now in their 25th bottling of ‘Old Vines’ Zinfandel they realize this wine is not only about an enjoyment of the senses but also a tribute to the magical old vines located around them in California. The 2019 Old Vines Zinfandel is sourced from two incredible old vine vineyards. The main source comes from old friends, the Luvisi family, whose grapes were planted in 1908 and has been the building block of our Old Vine Zinfandel since the beginning. The second vineyard is the historic Del Barba vineyard located in the delta town of Oakley and has own-rooted, dry farmed Zin grapes that were planted in 1910. This 2019 vintage wine displays the classic aromas of old vine zinfandel. It is very aromatic with notes of ripe boysenberries, blackberry pie, licorice, cinnamon, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is flashy and expressive with flavors of wild berries, currant, and mocha. This multi-dimensional, complex Zin exhibits unparalleled flavor concentration and character. Each vineyard block was harvested and fermented separately.250 cases
Avenales Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2020$40.00
The Avenales Ranch Silver Buckle Cabernet 2020 is a beautiful wine from young Cabernet vines. The label is a depiction of the belt buckle that their family patriarch (Big Jim) wore for his entire life.
The 202019 vintage is the 4th iteration of this estate grown Cabernet. A true Cabernet Sauvignon from the front of the pallet through the finish. You will enjoy the ripe plum and peppery notes while thinking of the warm days and cool nights that make this wine truly enjoyable.
Enjoy with a juicy steak, pepper crusted ahi, roasted duck over potatoes, or a nice cheese plate.
Avenales Ranch Petite Sirah 2017$40.00
The Avenales Ranch Old Vine Petite Sirah 2017 is sourced from the heritage block (Jane’s Block) planted on its own roots in 1972. These are the same grapes that have made world class Petite Sirah for some of the finest wineries in California for decades. The vineyard is planted on a gentle hillside beneath limestone cliffs in a climate that is ideal for this fruit; hot days and cool nights.
The 2017 vintage saw great weather for fruit development and this wine really shows it. Recently winning a gold medal and 92 points from Sunset Magazine this old vine Petite Sirah has deep blackberry notes with dark purplish color with a shimmering rose zircon edge and a well rounded balance of tannin and acidity.
Enjoy with roast beef, lamb, hearty bolognese pasta, or a chocolate dessert.
Balletto Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley$41.00
Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019 exhibits everything you would expect from a serious pinot. It combines full and captivating aromatics with a delicate texture that defines the Balletto style of Pinot Noir. The wine itself is full of contradictory forces: it’s weighty with a luscious mid-palate, but also surrounded by notable tannins and acidity that keep it focused, balanced and taut. It has plenty of dark fruit, but it’s also layered with savory earth and spices that offset it. The overall impact is complex, impressive and delicious. The 2019 Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was grown on seven different estate pinot vineyards. The sites range from quiet rolling hills to steep and cold hillside plantings. This diverse combination adds distinct elements from each site and creates a complex wine with structure and grace. Double Gold – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2022
Balletto Rose of Pinot Noir 2021$31.00
So fun and lively. Savory guava, watermelon and lime combine with a light, delicate texture to make this pretty and delicious wine. The balance is heavenly with just enough acidity and weight to make you crave the next taste.
The Balletto Rosé is made exclusively from estate-grown Pinot Noir, a grape known for delicacy, light color and good acidity. It was cold fermented to complete dryness in 100 percent stainless steel to enhance its focus and harvested early to maintain acidity and lightness.
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.
Banshee Pinot Noir 2018$27.00
This is the most important wine in the Banshee lineup, and they treat it as such. The 2018 edition is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma Wine Country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.
Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2020$32.00
“I am incredibly proud of this wine. I have said it here before but it bears repeating—even though this is one of the least expensive wines we make, in many ways it is the most important. First, it is the one Bedrock wine that trickles out to most markets, so if someone gets introduced to our wines, there is a good chance it is this one. As such, it has to be reflective of the style we place value on. Second, this is the wine that allows us to rehab old vineyards by giving us a place to put the fruit while we upgrade farming, pruning, and soil health; at an average of 80 years of age, these lovely old vines appreciate the attention. Third, we now farm over 50% of the fruit that goes into this bottling, which allows us to make the hard farming decisions (dropping fruit, picking in multiple passes, etc.) to ensure we get the quality we need. Fourth, it is a statewide blend of vines, which means we can flex towards the strengths of a vintage. Fifth, we want this wine to spread the gospel of Zinfandel from California, and as such this sees fruit from great sites such as Evangelho, Bedrock, Nervo Ranch, Teldeschi Ranch, Sodini and Pato Vineyard. The 2020 is a blend of 85% Zinfandel filled out with Mataro, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Petite Sirah and scant amounts of the many other varieties that can be found in California’s older, multifarious vineyards. The 2020 Zinfandel Old Vine offers a more savory, darker fruited, spicy style and has loads of character. Blackberries, plums, cedary incense, flowers, and loamy soil all define the nose, and it has medium-bodied density and depth, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. -Morgan Twain-Peterson. Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger.
Beresini Pinot Noir 2014, Black Dog Ranch, Carneros$42.00
The delicious 2014 Pinot Noir Carneros, Napa Valley is made from 3 clones of Pinot Noir – the Swann clone, the Calera clone and the Martini clone. The Beresini 2014 Pinot Noir shows classic Carneros Pinot notes of red cherry, earth and cranberry. This wine is medium weight with crisp acidity and bright red fruits followed by earthy/mint tones.
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!
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