Lastest Hahn SLH Wines Impressive

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.

2016 Hahn SLH Charodnnay & 2016 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir

Minuty, French for: Classy Rose

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

2017 Minuty “M” Limited Edition Rose

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fume Blanc & Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay

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


Robert Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc, 2016 & Mondavi Napa Chardonnay, 2015

Just Released: Plungerhead Unoaked Chardonnay

2016 Plungerhead Lodi Unoaked Chardonnay

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

Latest: Chronic Cellars Rose and Reata Chardonnay

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

Chronic Cellars Pink Pedals Rose, 2017 & Reata Chardonnay, 2016

Jamieson Ranch Cabs

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

Bread & Butter 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Double Lariat 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

New Season Rose: 2017 Ferraton Samorens Rose

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

2017 Ferraton Pere & Fils Cotes du Rhone Samorens Rose


A Pair of Divas From Italy…

Sassoregale Maremma Toscana (DOC) is fun to say, but even more fun to taste with its cherry/berry spiciness. The Maremma region is in the South of Tuscany and home to some of the best Sangiovese anywhere. Salute!  18.00

Sassoregale 2015 Sangeovese & Feudo Zitari Nero D’Avola/Syrah

2014 Feudo Zirtari Nero D’Avola/Syrah is loaded with richly flavored red fruit and spice. Stainless steel in production allows authentic fruit character to emerge. Molto Buono!  14.00

Chianti Classicos–Mamma Mia

Chianti Classico comes from the heart of the original Chianti region in Tuscany–and yes, location (as in real estate) matters. Santa Margherita 2014 Chianti Classico brings together 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot/Cabernet to produce complex and authentic aromas and flavors. Think big tannins, earthy cherry/plum flavors.  23.00

Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico. 2014 & Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2014

Lamole di Lamole 2014 Chianti Classico is 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cab, 10% Merlot comes  across with heady aromas, smooth oak, and a mouthful of berries. Classic, indeed.  18.00

Great Malbec is Where You Find It

If you are a red wine drinker and you haven’t sampled a few Malbecs, it’s time to get onboard with the classic red varietal. Historically associated with France (Cahors), Malbec is a key component of many Bordeaux wines. Today, Malbec can be found in vineyards around the world where it is produced as a straight varietal rather as a blending grape. Nowhere has Malbec become more successful than in Chile and Argentina. In fact, Malbec is essentially the red grape of Argentina–where it thrives in high altitude vineyards. Argentine Malbec tends to be big, and rich. Chilean Malbec tends to be a bit lighter and more delicate. It’s hard not to find a bargain when you’re shopping for a South American Malbec:

Argentina’s Trivento Reserve Malbec, 2016: nicely balanced, smooth tannins, soft finish, 11.00

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec, 2016: intense fruit, rich and juicy, with solid tannins, 21.00

Trivento Reserve Malbec & Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec

Chilean Casillero del Diablo, 2016: loaded with dark fruit and spice, well balanced, 12.00

Also from Chile: Gran Reserva Malbec, 2015: rich in color, aroma, and flavor, mellow tannins, 17.00

Casillero del Diablo Malbec & Gran Reserva Malbec

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