2018 Trecini Merlot, Russian River Valley, California, USA$35.00
The 2018 Trecini Merlot comes from the Dunn Vineyard, which sits in the low-lying eastern foothills of Sonoma County in a slightly warmer region of the Russian River Valley. The vines grow in well drained gravely soils on a westerly facing slope which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and capture the last bit of the sun’s afternoon warmth, an essential factor in this much cooler vintage. Memorable, the Merlot brings a richer mouth-feel, with a rich velvet texture. The lower alcohol allows for these deeper complex textures and dimensions to come together and produce a distinctive classic Merlot more reminiscent of Europe than California. Trecini Merlot shows off delicious red fruit characters, with some whiffs of dried herbs and a touch of tobacco. Suitable for drinking now, we believe that this wine has enough natural acidity and structure to be consumed for several years to come.
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!
Andrew Murray Esperance Rose 2020$24.00
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 2020 is crisp, light, dry and perfect for any meal! This will be your go to wine this summer! 750 cases made!
Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2018$23.00
The Syrah Tous les Jours has become synonymous with Great Value. It has also garnered some incredible critical success in publications such as The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusast, Food and Wine Magazine, Robert Parker, Jr., etc. The 2017 vintage is remarkably dark and full-bodied, and yet it has such gentle tannins. It is truly a pleasure to drink, especially at the price. Lots of fruit and spices here…no need to wax poetic about this one as it tastes just plain yummy.
We feel the wine makes an ideal “House Wine” the wine you open just for the heck of it, or just to pour a single glass, the rest to be enjoyed later. And at this price, why not? However, we do not skimp on the winemaking for this wine. We start with great grapes from Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley and use the different climates to create a wine that is both fruity and spicy at the same time. Andrew Murray uses his experiences with both New World and Old World style winemaking to make the most drinkable Syrah imaginable.
Armida Maple Vineyards Zinfandel 2019$52.00
Armida Maple Vineyards Zinfandel 2019 is harvested on 10 separate days throughout a three week span. Varying ripeness in each lot of wine displays different flavors. Combination of American, French, and Eastern European Oak Barrel aging. Medium to full bodied, with structure and texture to match many dishes. Dark black fruits are balanced with savory spices. The seductive finish isn’t cloying and sweet, but rather refined, lush and succulent, and the integrated tannins and great balance of savory and spice will continue to gain in complexity over the next fifteen years.
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.