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.
2016 Ghost Block Sauvignon Blanc Morgaen Lee Vineyard Napa Valley USA$28.00
This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe stone fruits, mainly white peach and yellow melon. The wine has lively acidity of yellow fruits and hints of peach. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a crisp and complex long –lasting, refreshing finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Paso Robles, California, USA$17.00
The 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2014$28.00
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, 2014 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! Buy now for $28.00
Arrowood Viognier, Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River, CA$30.00
The Arrowood Viognier typically is all set aside for the wine club, so it rarely makes it out to wine stores. We have been fortunate enough to get a few bottles and we are happy to have it available to you. 100% of the Arrowood 2015 Viognier was sourced from Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russain River Valley. The vines are terraced in a concentric circle around a small hill on the famed Saralee’s Vineyard, which offers various exposures that impart a complex aromatic profile to the fruit. Vibrant floral aromatics of jasmine and orange blossoms provide lift to a core of juicy summer stone fruits, yellow peach and apricots. The palate is rich and round with flavors of honey and sweet spice. An intriguing texture and lingering acidity provide perfect balance. Enjoy with your favorite spicy Asian cuisine!
Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc 2016, 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 2016 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.
Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2016, Santa Barbara$26.00
The blend is from four well-farmed vineyards: Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre, Los Alamos and Rancho Vinedo. Au Bon Climat has been making balanced, food friendly Chardonnays since 1982. Even in the early 2000s when ripe, oaky Chardonnays were all the rage, Au Bon Climat stuck to a more subtle and refined style, with minerality and intensity. The 2016 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a beautiful example of the Au Bon Climat style. The flinty, stony aromas stand out while in the background is a hard spice note from surlee barrel aging. There are notes of lemon-lime and soft vanilla. With the first taste it is irresistible. This is one of those wines that invites the consumer to have another glass. At this young age, this wine would be perfect with shellfish or poultry. It will improve for at least 10 years and as it evolves, try this wine with Chanterelle mushroom pasta and be amazed.
Banshee Chardonnay 2016$28.00
The 2016 vintage officially was the last of the drought vintages that began in 2012. While they were all marked by long hot summers and early harvests, both ’15 and ’16 featured lower yields than the preceding years. The upside to low moderate yields is that the grapes that were there picked up added levels of intensity and depth. This vintage was sourced from a variety of vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. 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 2016$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 2016 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).
The wine is immediately charming for its floral bouquet of lilacs and daisies. This leads into a medium weight blend of honeydew, lime, pear, and sea salt flavors. These flavors linger on the fresh, well-integrated citrus line that runs through the long, tangy finish.
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Equally bold and intriguing as the Prisoner, Blindfold is a luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin is balanced by bright acidity and minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon zest and caramelized sugar.
Establishing their own spin on a white blend, The Prisoner folks seek out interesting Rhône and aromatic varietals that nicely complement a classic Chardonnay base by partnering with growers dedicated to cultivating alternative varietals in their outstanding vineyard sites to create an intriguing wine with bold flavor. Inviting aromas of lychee, citrus, vanilla, and peach tart. Clean and refreshing flavors of juicy citrus and butterscotch are balanced by a vibrant richness.
Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Chenin Blanc
Bokisch Albarino 2015$22.00
The Bokisch 2016 Albariño, Terra Alta Vineyard is like drinking “spring in a glass”! It is light straw in color with a tinge of green. The aromatics are incredible. Swirl in the glass and you smell orange blossoms (Azahar), Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apples, wisteria flowers and a touch of salty sea mist. It has a crisp, clean acidity that is balanced by the delicious flavors of candied tangerine, ripe kiwi, pink grapefruit and a wet slate minerality that is typical of Albariños from Galicia. It has a round lengthy finish that keeps you wishing for more. Tired of Chardonnay – try this! This is the perfect accompaniment to your appetizer of tuna tartare with avocado.
Bokisch Garnacha Blanc 2016, 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.
Capo Creek Grenache Blanc 2017$34.00
Rich and well balanced with the perfect amount of acidity for pairing with high flavored foods, but not too much to make you want to grab your TUMS (T). This selection is so approachable that even the non-white lovers become fans. We like it with Mexican, especially Shrimp Diablo. But then again, we like everything with Mexican.