Fresh from the winery: 2017 Justin Sauvignon Blanc (15.00) and 2107 Justin Rose (20.00).
The new vintage of Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 is a classic CA Sauvignon Blanc–bright in color and aroma, and nice clean citrus with some minerality on the palate. Nice drop, nice price: 15.00
Justin Rose, 2017 used to be available only at the winery–now it’s out and about a good handful of states–good thing, too, because this delightful rose is too good for CA to keep all to itself. An artful blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, with a little pinot gris and viognier added for good measure, the whole cluster pressed and fermented fruit jumps out the glass with big aromas and fresh fruit. Light, with refreshing acidity, this little beauty will make some great summer sipping. 20.00
Hahn Winery’s newly released 2016 SLH Chardonnay and 2016 SLH Pinot Noir continue a rich tradition of quality. Winemaker Paul Clifton and his team have been getting a lot of attention–and they deserve it. Working with exceptional fruit sourced from exceptional vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the latest SLH Chardonnay and SLH Pinot Noir show a richness depth that you’d expect in much pricier wines. What you get for your money is first class, straight-forward, varietal character in both wines.
Bottom Line: The new Hahn SLH vintage is impressive and over-delivers quality and price.
Minuty 2017 “M” Limited Edition Rose is a sophisticated drop of Provence sunshine. The “sophisticated” part comes from inside and outside the bottle. Inside is a blend of premium quality fruit: Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah–grown in the subtropical climate of southern Provence. On the outside of the “M” Limited Edition is the original work of American artist Ashley Mary. Classy package + classy content= one enticing bottle of Rose to plant on your summer table. 21.00
Back in the day, Robert Mondavi chose to label his Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Semillon) “Fume Blanc“, in order to reference the great white wines of France. Fume Blanc was a name that set Mondavi apart from other winemakers–but but so did his wine. Mondavi Fume Blanc, made a name for itself because of its bright style and rich texture. Expect juicy citrus. peach, and tropical fruit coming at you with a finish that won’t stop. 22.00
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2015, fruit is sourced from Los Carneros, Stags Leap, Russian River Valley–home of some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards. Take great fruit, liberal use of French oak, and nine months of aging on the lees (flavor-rich yeast sediment) and you’ve got the recipe for a rich, creamy Chardonnay. 24.00
Plungerhead–the winery with the wacky label–has just released its first unoaked Chardonnay. Without oak, the character of the Lodi fruit come blasting through–plenty of tropical fruit, apple and citrus. Nice drop. 14.00
Chronic Cellar’s 2017 Pink Pedals Rose is fun little rose with the goofy label. Paso Robles Grenache and Syrah go into making Pink Pedals a delightfully aromatic and flavorful summer sipper. 15.00
Reata 2016 Chardonnay is a lush beauty loaded with creamy richness, thanks to 9 months in French oak. Not your grandmother’s Chardonnay–unless, of course, granny has a taste for an outstanding Chard. 20.00
the 2016 Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon is part of the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards portfolio. Dark fruit and chocolate combine to make this an easy drinking Cab with soft tannins and a smooth finish. Great price, too: 15.00
Double Lariat 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is Bread & Butter’s big brother. Sourced from Napa Valley fruit, Double Lariat bring together 89% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, and 1% other red varietals to produce a classy Cab with rich cassis, mocha, and dark fruit. Beautifully finished in new French oak, Double Lariat Cabernet makes a big impression. 55.00
2017 Ferraton Samorens Rose is fresh off the boat–just in time for some early spring sipping. 75% Grenache, with some Syrah and Cinsault for good measure, Ferraton comes across with fresh, lively red fruit aromas and flavors and a rich mouthfeel. Just say Oui to this little French beauty. 15.00