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.
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!
Custom Label Chardonnay 2020$45.00
The 2020 Custom Label Chardonnay shows crisp and refreshing fruit flavors of apricot and green apple. 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. We call it “sassy” – we hope you agree.
Dehlinger Chardonnay 2019, Russian River Valley, CA$48.00
This wine is marked by lively green apple and citrus flavors accompanied by zesty acidity, ending clean and complex. A nice refreshing Chardonnay for any occasion. Dehlinger has long been recognized for its Russian River Valley Chardonnays, which are known for their balance, fresh acidity, and unctuous flavor.
Dehlinger produces a single Estate Chardonnay bottling each vintage, originating from eight acres of Chardonnay vines planted between 1975 and 1988. These old vines, grown in the region’s classic Goldridge series soils, are grafted to the California heritage “Wente” clone, which produces small clusters and berries and has a notable minerality and almost oily viscosity.
Dehlinger’s Chardonnays are crafted using traditional techniques which preserve the flavor and elegance of the variety. At harvest, the grapes are picked at night, brought cold into the winery and “whole cluster pressed” to extract the highest quality juice. From there, the juice is fermented in French oak barrels using native yeasts. The wine gains further complexity through malolactic fermentation and a year of aging on the lees. Dehlinger has been bottling its Chardonnays “Unfiltered” since the late 1990s in order to capture the full flavor potential and most pleasing texture possible.
Eyrie Pinot Gris 2020, Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA$31.00
In the winter of 1965, after earning a degree in viticulture and enology from UC/Davis, and research in Europe, 25-year old David Lett moved to Oregon “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory”. It was the first planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot Gris in America. The Eyrie Vineyards, founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966, is located in the Red Hills of Dundee, about 30 miles southwest of Portland. It was named for the red-tailed hawks who make their home (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the vineyard. The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris 2020 offers a medium gold color and intriguing aromas of straw, mango, tangerine and melon, with notes of jasmine and camellia, smoke and loam; after a few minutes in the glass, it unfolds hints of crystallized ginger and candied quince. The wine is supple, almost lush with slightly roasted and quite spicy stone-fruit flavors, tempered by star-bright acidity and a faceted limestone element. The finish brings in some chastening grapefruit astringency.
Fess Parker Marcella’s White Wine 2017$24.00
The 2017 Marcella’s, Fess Parker’s white Rhone blend, is absolutely terrific, not to mention a fabulous value. Ripe orchard fruit and floral notes meld together in a bright, creamy white to drink now and over the next few years. Enjoy the aromas of white flowers, jasmine, honeysuckle, green apple, apricot, ginger and vanilla. These are followed by enticing flavors of white peach, nectarine, green apple, lemon / citrus, almond and vanilla. 47% Viognier, 38% Grenache Blanc, 12% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne.
Fiddlehead Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc 2015$26.00
The Happy Canyon label not only pays tribute to a unique AVA, but also signifies the signature style of Sauvignon Blanc at Fiddlehead. The place, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is home to six founding vineyards planted 1996-2001, and is located on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez AVA. Morning fog lifts to plentiful sunshine, and it is the ideal home to Bordeaux (including Sauvignon Blanc) and Rhone varietals. During Prohibition, a simple alcohol was produced in Happy Canyon and legend has it that folks would “take a trip up Happy Canyon” to purchase the beverage…and the name stuck. In the Fiddlehead Portfolio, it is the most versatile, richer-style Sauvignon Blanc, “with a French twist”. It marries fresh, ripe fruit with creamy, silky textures, much like a Pouilly Fumé style of the Loire Valley. This Loire Valley inspired wine is most noted for its layers of aromatics and layers of texture. It flaunts a dried apricot perfume, with background hints of oregano and coriander. There is a rich touch of vanilla spice that is melded with Anjou pear and orange blossoms. Grapefruit and honey highlight a plush and lasting finish. A true cornucopia of flavor! I even picked up a bit of crème brulee, which I’ve never tasted before in a Sauvignon Blanc. Awesome! 1306 cases made.
Fontanassa Gavi DOCG “Vie di San Rocco” 2020, Piedmont, Italy$25.00
The commune of Gavi is situated in the southern part of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy. The town of Gavi is at the center of the production zone while Cortese is the indigenous white grape variety from which it is made. 100% Cortese di Gavi. Starting off with light yellow color with flecks of green and featuring aromas of lovely citrus and white flowers on the nose, flavors of light tropical fruits with perfectly balanced minerality and a fresh, dry finish. Gavi (or Gavi di Cortese) is considered Piedmont’s white jewel in the crown of Piedmontese wines. This is one of the loveliest white wines we’ve tasted in a while and find it very versatile foodwise, however, we recommend pairing this wine with lightly battered fried fish or shellfish, chicken, or with a Parmesan risotto.
Happy Canyon “Piocho” Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Happy Canyon$25.00
The Happy Canyon “Piocho” Sauvignon Blanc 2019 exhibits floral aromas with a hint of brioche toast, honeysuckle, figs and a zesty citrus note. The Sauvignon Blanc provides a lift and perfect accompaniment to the Semillon with varietal aromas of grass and tropical fruit. The wine shows pear and apple with nice wood tones with creaminess on the mid-palate that gives way to a hint of vanilla. It delivers a very rich mouth feel with a good acid backbone. Smoothly balances energy and weight and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-driven persistence.
This is a fantastic summer wine!.
Harper Voit Pinot Blanc 2021, Willamette Valley$23.00
The folks at Harper Voit Winery feel that their job as winemakers is less about making wine and more about shepherding the characteristics of a particular vineyard into your bottle. They use low-intervention techniques so the wines are undiluted terroir — a vineyard in a bottle. I really like Pinot Blanc, but not too many people make it. The Harper Voit Pinot Blanc 2021 is exemplary. This is barrel fermented and left on the lees prior to bottling. Crisp green apple, lemon wafer and a hint of butter bring out well-rounded flavors that carry a hint of residual sugar. It’s dry but not tart, and would be an excellent substitute for a Chardonnay.
Hartford Court Chardonnay 2020, Russian River Valley, CA$38.00
The 2020 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers subtle aromas of jasmine flower, citrus oil, green apple and pear. The elegant aromatics are complemented by fresh kiwi, lemon drop and green apple flavors. The fruit focused mid-palate is followed by subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish.
“The 2020 Chardonnay Russian River Valley was 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels, 26% new, and aged for 9.5 months. It slips slowly, cautiously out of the glass with crushed rocks and sea spray scents over a core of green and yellow apples and Bosc pears plus a hint of marzipan. Medium-bodied, the palate bursts with apple and pear flavors with a racy backbone and savory finish.” Wine Advocate – 91 Points
Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2019, Napa County$56.00
The Jayson Chardonnay 2019 has brilliant golden straw color and aromas of warm spice, tangerine, and sweet orange; intriguing tropical floral notes carry over onto the palate. Notes of ripe pear, apricot, and mango peel are accented by warm spice and rich caramel, for a wine that is both weighty and fresh. Editor’s Choice 94 points Wine Enthusiast.
Jayson by Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc 2021$39.00
The 2021 Jayson by Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc reveals bright pear and white peach aromas with tropical notes of pineapple and hints of fresh cut flowers. The palate is clean and focused, with crisp green apple notes and a rich, round palate with wet stone on the lingering finish. Balanced acidity makes this wine a perfect pair for oysters, crab cakes, or lobster bisque. The Jayson 2018 Sauvignon Blanc also pairs beautifully with a wedge of triple crème brie. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
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