This is a structured Cabernet with a balance of flowers and oak, subtle notes of vanilla and spice interwound with violets and roses. The Cultivar Napa Cabernet has aromas of ripe black currant and plums. Rich on the palate, it is bright and fruit-driven with a long finish. The perfect wine with grilled meats and hard cheese. $24.99
The 2012 Central Coast Pinot Noir is 49% Mission Ranch (Monterey), 49% Cedar Lane (Monterey), and 2% Vecino Vineyard (Potter Valley). 80% of this vintage is Pommard Clone (We love the Pinot funk) with 20% Dijon clones for fruit and jamminess. All of the Monterey vineyards are farmed under the Central Coast Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Points Program and the Potter Valley fruit is Biodynamic. The wine was aged in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill French oak barrels for 9 months. The various lots were harvested in the 22 Brix range, 100% destemmed, and co-fermented (with the exception of the Potter Valley fruit.) Native yeast fermentation, this wine with it's nose of cherry cola and crushed cranberry, would pair deliciously with Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. $21
In the early 1970s, Michel and Louis Bronzo of Chateauneuf de Pape fame decided to acquire the Bastide Blanche property in Bandol. Their winemaking expertise was rewarded when vintage conditions in 1993 put Bandol and the Bastide Blanche on the map of top Southern French producers. The 2010 is no exception, as this 100% Mourvedre is powerful and slightly game-y with licorice, fig and plum flavors and soft but lengthy tannin structure and acidity. This dense wine pairs well with grilled meat, duck and venison as well as most hard cheeses. $28
The Secateurs Chenin Blanc comes from a vineyard located on the northern side of Paardeberg Mountain. The vines were planted in the 1950s and 1960s and are currently dry-farmed as biologically as possible. The wine spends 7 months on its gross lees in concrete tanks with occasional stirring to add body and richness. The aromas consist of flint and honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit. The incredible texture holds its own next to dishes with cream and butter sauces, perfect pairings may include shrimp scampi or goat cheese ravioli. $15.99
World-renowned Michel Roland is the consulting oenologist on this dynamic malbec-syrah blend. The Bodega DiamAndes Perlita 2011 consists of 80% malbec and 20% syrah from a high-altitude vineyard in the Valle de Uco. Hints of blackberry and raspberry on the nose from the malbec balance syrah aromas of licorice, plum and smoke. The 10 months spent in 100% French oak add complexity, earth and spice.This is a dark, concentrated, solid wine; perhaps the perfect pairing to a summer barbecue or a buffalo burger. $15.00
The Morellino di Scansano, a variety of Sangiovese, is often called the crown jewel of Tuscany. One of eight DOCGs from this sunny region, it is only produced in exceptional vintages. This wine is ruby red with a floral nose of roses, iris, ferns and berries. Thanks to a delicate palate and fresh, light tannins, it pairs easily with red tomato sauces, pizza, and sausage dishes. $19.99
Lorenza Rosé is an homage to the lovely rosé wines of the south of France. The folks at Lorenza source their fruit from wonderful old vines grown in sandy soil in Northern California — mourvedre, carignane, cinsult and grenache for a many layered flavor profile. Hand picked at the moment when the fruit is bright and fresh, the grapes are gently pressed and removed quickly from the skins to just reach the pale salmon color, low alcohol and vibrant acidity.
Light salmon hue with invigorating aromas of fresh roses and wild strawberries. Delicate flavors of young cherries, citrus, and juicy strawberries dance on your tongue finishing dry and crisp. $18.99
The Prisoner is an innovative red blend that takes its stylistic cue from the drinkable "mixed blacks" first made by Italian immigrants who originally settled the Napa Valley. In the late 90's there were a handful of Napa producers beginning to make this style of wine again and Dave Phinney became one of them. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
"Deep, jammed with fruit character, this ripe version offers plenty of new oak, revealing a rich texture and zesty flavors of smoky licorice, blackberry cobbler and cracked pepper." -T.F.
Marlborough is the region that put the distinctive summery grassiness of the New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc on the world map. Marlborough is Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is Jules Taylor's obsession. She likes the unique expression of the region. She likes its vibrancy. She likes drinking it. And she loves making it. The Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc won the Champion Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand wine awards in 2007, and again, in 2010.
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc opens with a burst of bright citrus and the unmistakable aroma of capsicum. Elderflower and currant aromas are also present. It has a radiant light yellow hue, tinged with green and the dominant flavours are fresh and herbal layered over ripe tropical fruit & citrus notes. A fine line of acid ensures the flavours are focussed and leads to a delicate yet persistent finish with underlying mineral tones. $16.00