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.
Brown Zinfandel 2018, Napa Valley, CA$48.00
The Brown family started as growers in Napa back in the late 70's selling their fruit to such prestigious wineries as T-Vine, Grgich Hills and Green and Red. In 1995, they started their own label with consulting winemaker, Duane Dappen (D-Cubed) getting them going. That was a great day for the wine world! The flagship Napa Valley Zinfandel historically has borne the responsibility of being the ultimate representative of what the Brown property and its unique microclimate have to offer—the cream of the Brown Estate zinfandel crop blended into one stellar wine. As such, it is the most challenging zin they produce because it requires commingling of several distinct personalities into a singular well-adjusted protagonist. The fact that each vineyard’s qualities complement and enhance the others’ virtues is a testament to the integration, fluidity, and perpetual motion—the balancing act!—that is Brown Estate itself. Stunning gemstone magenta core and ruby rim. True on the nose to the hallmark Brown Estate bouquet of rose petals, lily of the valley, hibiscus flowers, Asian apple, and effervescent citrus followed by dried apricot and peach. Medium body with silky mouthfeel, the palate at first delivers a burst of ripe red fruits, heavy cream, and loads of cascading exotic spice, finishing with a surprise of subtle crushed black pepper. Seamlessly integrated, elegant, and engaging. Drink now through 2022 to experience ripe fresh fruit, thereafter for a less fruity, earthier experience. 1100 cases made.
Buttonwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Santa Ynez Valley$26.00
Aromas of garden herbs mingle with lime blossom in this fusion of 92% Sauvignon Blanc (clones 1 and Musque) and 8% Sémillon. Ruby red grapefruit and key lime notes mingle with tinges of guava and the hazelnut-butter contribution from the Sémillon. Crisp, Fresh and versatile! Pairs perfectly with artichokes, asparagus and arugula with goat cheese.
Capo Creek Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2018$32.00
I am always impressed by what people did before the wine world. Here's two sisters – Mary and Nadine Roy who owned and operated a radiology business in Illinois and now have been running Capo Creek Ranch for the last 4 years. Mary Roy is the mother of six and previous owner/lead physician of Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging, specializing in MRI and Women's Imaging. Nadine Roy was a co-owner and executive director of that business and has now been certified as a sommelier and works alongside her sister, the winemaker.
This estate old vine zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley is full of juicy fruit flavors dominated by dark cherry, black raspberry & pomegranate. Red licorice and a touch of spice from choice oak barrels balance it nicely and adds a complexity that makes every sip a delight. 350 cases produced.
Gold Medal in the 2021 SF Chronicle National Wine Competition
Capo Creek Songwriter Red 2018$34.00
Also from Capo Creek – the Songwriter Red Blend 2018. The Capo Creek Songwriter Red Blend 2018 has written a perfect tune! A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, this selection has notes of boysenberry, black raspberry and dark cherries on a complex background of woodland, graphite, smoked meats, and leather corset cuffs! The tannins are beautifully integrated resulting in a smooth rich fullness on the palate. Try pairing with short ribs and polenta. 219 cases made
Capo Creek Syrah 2017$39.00
Sit back and inhale the Capo Creek Syrah 2017! Beautiful notes of red fruits, cassis, and baking spices. Just in time to pair with cool nights so throw a log on the fire and enjoy! Medium weight and light on its feet, this wine is all about verve and spice. The fruit is soft and delicate, and takes a back seat to the umami-filled, mineral-driven, savory Syrah flavors. Very exotic and intriguing with a haunting quality to it…very special stuff!
Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc 2018, Paso Robles, CA$25.00
Carol Shelton originally created the 2008 version of this wine to celebrate the 10th anniversary as a winery in 2010. With the exotic complexity and food friendliness of a white Rhone-style blend, it is a “red-drinker’s white,” a complex alternative to the more one-dimensional white varietal wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. It is the perfect complement to its namesake shellfish, as well as chicken or pork dishes with buttery-creamy sauces. Exotic nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional, a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit. 46% Grenache Blanc 24% Roussanne 24% Viognier 6% Marsanne. 1203 cases produced.
Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2016$30.00
The name of the Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2016 was bestowed in gratitude for the many gifts of good Karma received in life, whatever the source. When positive energy is put forth in hard work mixed with integrity, the giver is rewarded with success, the fulfillment of a dream. Quite lively and fragrant with ripe blueberry, raspberry and blackberry fruits, tart pomegranate and red Jolly ranchers! Cedar box, brown spices- nutmeg/cinnamon, cherry cola, dark chocolate, a soft whiff of violets, creamy vanilla oak, kick of pepper spice. Very complexly layered weaving of fruit and spice, uber-dense and deep—wow! Rich in mouth, bright berry fruit tang like a wonderful berry cobbler, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth. 235 cases produced.
77% Zinfandel blended with 12% Alicante Bouschet, 8% Petite Sirah 3% Carignane
Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2014, Rockpile Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA$39.00
Passionate purple in color, lively black peppery spice on perfumey blue-blackberry fruit along with Cedary oak spice, dusty cocoa, warm vanilla creme at finish, structured tannins for aging.
Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2016, Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek, Sonoma County, CA, USA$39.00
After graduating from UC Davis, Carol Shelton worked at renowned cellars and with industry giants like Andre Tchelistcheff and Robert Mondavi. In 1981, Carol began working at mid-sized winery in Sonoma County. During her 19-year stint as winemaker with this winery, Carol had the opportunity to bottle 45 different wines each year, ranging from sparkling to port. In 2000 Carol and her husband Mitch Mackenzie, a former software engineer, launched their own brand – Carol Shelton Wines. When you're talking about big flavor, Carol Shelton's wines always come to mind. The Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2016, Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley is inky blue-purple in color with sweet black razzberry jammy fruit—yum! Dark chocolaty oak spice, bright acidity but very juicy-supple, bit of warm vanilla at finish, structured tannins for aging. 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel 97% Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley 8% Florence Vineyard, Rockpile. 368 cases produced.
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2017$24.00
The Carol Shelton Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this 60 plus year old vine Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of graphite, cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness. Smoothly textured in mouth, and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit. 76% Old Vine Zinfandel, 15% old vine Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah
Champ de Reves Pinot Noir 2015, Anderson Valley$42.00
As a winegrowing region, there is no other Pinot Noir AVA in America that has more potential than Anderson Valley in Mendocino. The features of the valley are a Mecca for the cultivation of Pinot: here one finds daily, cooling maritime influence, dramatic geological contours with high mountains on either side of the valley, rocky soils and a mix of classic California flora and trees. The Champ de Reves spectacular vineyard is perched high above Boonville in the hills of Anderson Valley, just 18 miles from the Pacific coastline.
The Champ de Reves 2015 Pinot Noir, Sable Mountain shows complex aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, juniper berry, sage, and cigar box. The palate exhibits flavors of strawberry, huckleberry, caramel, white pepper and Assam tea. Plush entry and fruit-driven mid-palate lead into a prodigious but finely knit tannin backbone.