We enjoy working with many of the smaller producers, who are often winemakers for larger wineries that produce under their own label. Of course, we have access to the bigger, more popular wines as well. We taste just about everything we sell, and never recommend something we don’t feel is up to our standards.
2019 Ghost Block Sauvignon Blanc Morgaen Lee Vineyard Napa Valley USA$28.00
The “ghosts” honored on the Ghost Block Morgaen Lee Sauvignon Blanc 2019 label are pioneer winemakers who rest in peace in the tiny 150-year-old cemetery near the 100% organic Rock Cairn Vineyard. This bright and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc exhibits aromas of peach, pineapple, and guava. This wine has lively acidity, with a beautiful citrus backbone. The little Semillon blended in gives the wine a nice mouth feel, along with the sur lie technique. There is an underlying current of dough/yeast — creating a unique singlevineyard style from Yountville. This Sauvignon Blanc has a richer, more complex, silky mouth feel with a hint of white grapefruit on the clean & bright finish.
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Paso Robles, California, USA$18.00
The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2017$29.00
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 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!
Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc 2018, Central Coast$23.00
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 2018 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.
Baileyana Edna Valley Chardonnay 2018$23.00
The Baileyana Chardonnay 2018 is loaded with tropical fruit, honeydew, caramel, and vanilla. The round, creamy mouthfeel is complemented by aromatic oak and the bright acidity of our cool climate fruit. Apple pie spices, cinnamon, and preserved lemon flavors combine with a hint of minerality for a long, rich finish. Perfect with salads and seafoods!
Banshee Chardonnay 2018$24.00
This vintage was sourced from a variety of vineyards in the Sonoma Coast including both of the single vineyard sites, Heintz and Bohemian. These vineyards tended to deliver fully developed flavors at relatively high natural acidities, giving them remarkable length and verve. These vineyards tended to deliver fully developed flavors at relatively high natural acidity, giving remarkable length and verve. This wine leans towards orchard fruit showing both apple and pear but also hints of tropical fruits and vanilla bean. In the mouth the wine is moderate weight but packs extraordinary depth of flavor, echoing the aroma with fuji apple, meyer lemon, sage and vanilla panna cotta. The finish is all energy with mouthwatering citrus notes.
Banshee Sauvignon Blanc 2019$25.00
Banshee Wines was founded by three friends from the Midwest and East Coast who shared a passion for wine and a lifelong dream of owning their own winery. Their fascination with wine started early in life. While their peers were drinking Milwaukee’s Best, they had an afﬁnity towards collecting European wines and hosting dorm room wine tastings. Post-college, each pursued a career in the wine industry, ranging from importing wines, to winemaking, to distribution and sales. When their paths ultimately converged in San Francisco in 2009, they pooled their money together to make the ﬁrst vintage of Banshee Wines. After a few years, they migrated up to Healdsburg, where they’ve developed strong relationships with the owners and growers of some of the best and most coveted vineyards in Sonoma, working in lock step with them to produce wines of depth, purity and balance. They strive to make wines with the complexity and deliciousness of those found at the very top of the quality and price scale, but at a price that is affordable for everyone and not just the uber-wealthy.
The Banshee Sauvignon Blanc 2019 comes from a combination of vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys. These areas are perfect for the style of Sauvignon Blanc we all love – a combination of sufficient daytime warmth to develop exuberant fruit flavors and plenty of morning/evening coolness to preserve lip smacking structure and vital tart and green-tinged flavors.
In addition, they like to utilize the charms of the musque´ variation of Sauvignon Blanc to highlight the lifted perfume and floral aspects it brings. About 30% of this wine is powered up by musque´ (think X-Men).
A fragrant nose of floral citrus blossom. Flavors of white peach and green apple pack a juicy punch with soft hints of jasmine and lilac. A balanced finish of floral and citrus zest brings bright acidity and a hint of sea salt packs a flavorful finish.
Bokisch Garnacha Blanc 2017, Vista Luna Vineyard$19.00
Although Markus Bokisch was raised in California, he spent his childhood summers in Spain with his family. In the Spanish tradition, he was given wine with water at meals.Little did Markus know, his tastebuds from then on were programmed towards Spanish wines. Using their Spanish connections Markus and Liz Bokisch began importing budwood and in 1999 they planted the Las Cerezas Vineyard, known as their “motherblock,” of Tempranillo, Albariño and Graciano. Garnacha Blanca, known as Grenache Blanc in France is the white berried form of Garnacha which originated in Spain’s northeast corner. It is medium bodied and aged in a small percentage of neutral white oak barrels. It is a perfect balance of fresh fruity characters such as white peaches, orange blossom and thyme combined with smooth creamy flavors of melon and apple cider. This drought friendly grape grows fabulously in California! Garnacha Blanca: Perfect summer wine. Soft & silvery on the tongue. A lovely minerality that lingers on the palate in the very best way. Enjoy with grilled scallops and asparagus and say hello to heaven! 260 cases produced.
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.
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.
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin$499.00
In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its land holdings at Coudoulet. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated organically: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical weed killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.
A heady blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise, the Hommage has consistently garnered high scores in the wine world.
Its powerful, elegant, attractive
nose is marked by Mourvèdre with opulent notes of liquorice and violet. On
the palate, it reveals great complexity with superb notes of spices, red fruit and
thyme, perfectly balanced by supple tannins with finesse and beautiful
freshness. Infinitely elegant, this wine is the perfect combination of finesse and
power, a flamboyant hommage to Jacques Perrin.
1.5 L and 3.0 L available – please call for more information.
96 Points – Decanter
Orders must be received by November 19, 2021 for December delivery.
Conundrum White 2019$23.00
Blending wines was almost unthinkable when Conundrum White was born more than 25 years ago. Since then, this wine has attracted a loyal following and remains as inventive as ever. While the exact blend is under wraps, every vintage includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, and Viognier. Conundrum White is amazingly versatile, with intriguing tropical notes and natural acidity. Best served chilled. A light straw color, the 2016 vintage features scents of honeysuckle, wildflowers and lemon blossoms, layered with star fruit, honeydew and a trace of flinty gunpowder. Entry is crisp, with a vibrant acidity that flows into a rich roundness on the mid-palate. Citrus and pear mingle with exotic flavors of mango, coconut, and pineapple. This wine’s structure and texture give it multiple dimensions – lush yet fresh, subtle yet rich. A kick of bright acidity on the finish underscores its lively character, while notes of ripe fruit entice you back for another sip.
“I find it hard to believe that this wine has been around for more than a quarter of a century. I was there and tasted the first Conundrum, and I found it quite fascinating then It was a white wine of a different sort and wine that I needed a little time before understanding it. Aromatic and tantalizing, Conundrum has always been a unique wine. The 2016 vintage is quite appealing. Its aromas and flavors of fragrant fruit, bright candy, and ripe melon make it a wine that would pair superbly with hot, spicy, and sweet dishes. Try it with a roast chicken breast accented with pickled scallions, water chestnuts, celery, cilantro, and a splash of chili oil.” Wilfred Wong