Live From New Zealand

…”Live” in the sense that the 2018 Hay Maker Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc were hangin’ on the vine less than a year ago. Both Kiwis come from the famed Marlborough region and share similar characteristics: citrus–especially grapefruit, and tropical fruits–especially guava. Nicely balanced, this is a pair of winners–at a great price: Hay Maker 10.00, Mud House 14.00

2018 Hay Maker Sauvignon Blanc & 2018 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

Landmark Vineyards Standouts

2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay is sourced from Sonoma County vineyards. Malolactic fermentation yields rich body with flavors of lemon, apple, and some butterscotch/caramel coating the palate. California chardonnay at its best. 25.00

2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir shows layers of aroma and flavor: cherry, spice, cola, and strawberry all come together on a sustained finish. Hellofadeal. 25.00

2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Hahn SLH Delivers

Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking at Hahn Family Wines works his magic year after year–and 2017 is no exception.

2017 Hahn SLH (Santa Lucia Highlands) Chardonnay is loaded with tropical fruit flavors enhanced by fermentation on the lees and lots of new French oak…Beautiful Chardonnay. 25.00

2017 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is flat out one of my favorite Pinots, period. Strawberry, cherry, and raspberry mingle and ride a wave of earth and subtle tannins. 30.00

2017 Hahn SLH Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Four Virtues Shows its Stuff

Twenty five dollars should get you a pretty good wine, right? When it comes to Four Virtues Pinot Noir and Four Virtues Cabernet Sauvignon, you get more than pretty good. As my daughter said after taking a sip of the Pinot, “Wow Pop, where did you get this?”

Four Virtues 2017 Pinot Noir comes out of Monterey County showing notes of plum, dried fruit and a hint of herb. 25.00

Four Virtues 2016 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon gets some extra umph from time spent in heavily charred new Bourbon barrels. Layers of deep dark fruit backed by caramel and vanilla from the oak. 25.00

Four Virtues Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon

Pass the Bread & Butter–Rosé

Bread & Butter’s 2018 Rosé sources Napa fruit (grenache-based) that deliver layers of aromas and flavors tending toward strawberry and melon. Love how California Rosés are giving the French a run for their money. Quality and value with your Bread & Butter. 16.00

2018 Bread & Butter

Cedar + Salmon Wines Impress

From the Willamette Valley, to Walla Walla Valley, to Horse Heaven Hills, the Cedar + Salmon labels bring us some tasty treats from the Pacific Northwest:

Cedar + Salmon 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris delivers peach, nectarine, and citrus combined with exotic tropical fruits. 19.00

Cedar + Salmon 2016 Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot) is sourced from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. Juicy, jammy, but nicely balanced blend with tons of flavor and body. 25.00

Cedar + Salmon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gets its character from Horse Heaven Hills fruit–and it delivers: spices, dark fruit, and chocolate. Crazy value–especially when you consider what Napa cabs are going for these days. 25.00

Cedar + Salmon Chardonnay, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon

Ameri, 2015 Red Blend from Domaine Bousquet

Ameri, the latest from Domaine Bousquet, is a robust blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot grapes from one of Argentina’s finest vineyards. Deep in color and aroma, Ameri brings on flavors of preserved fig and raisin on a long finish. Smooth as silk, this a classy Mendoza gem. 36.00

Three Finger Jack Rides Again

With a name like Three Finger Jack, you know there’s got to be a story. Seems that once upon a time, an outlaw of that name roamed California’s foothills looking to get rich quick. Not sure how much of his legend is true, but the Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon (enhanced with Petite Sirah, Malbec and Merlot) bearing his name is the real deal. Concentrated flavors and aromas emerge from the rich Lodi fruit–along with a big mouthfeel (partly due to the 15% abv, no doubt.) Three Finger Jack is a robust cab and a great conversation piece in its flask-style bottle. 22.00

2016 Three Finger Jack Cabernet Sauvignon

Balletto 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir–Get You Some

Gotta love Balletto wines: Estate grown & bottled, Russian River Valley fruit. Balletto’s Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir, fermented entirely in stainless steel. The result is a delicate, nicely balanced Rosé with just the right amount of acidity. The fact that Balletto‘s 2016 Rosé was listed in Wine Enthusiast‘s Top 100 Wine List is no accident. Glom onto this beauty. 20.00

Balletto 2018
Estate Grown Rosé of Pinot Noir

Simi Stars

2017 Simi Chardonnay out of Sonoma County is barrel fermented and influenced by malolactic fermentation. The result is a richly aromatic wine zingy citrus, peach, and vanilla character. Simi has maintained its reputation for quality and value for ages. Nice wine for $15.

Simi 1876 Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine (1876 being the year the Simi brothers founded the winery) is actually a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. This beaut little bubbly shows layers of flavor: raspberry, cherry, citrus, and toast. Impressive sparkler. 36.00

Simi 1876 Blanc de Noir & Simi Chardonnay

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