2016 Chateau des Annibals
“Fesse-Mathieux” refers to a very old and comical miser. This name comes from Saint Matthew, patron of money changers who would be spanked to give up their goods. This is how their vines of Syrah are! Very stingy with their grapes, which allow them to elaborate this fruity wine due to the lower yields.
A great natural wine with a fresh, fruity nose (wild strawberries and fresh plum), sophisticated flowers (violet and iris), and a spicy, round mouthfeel which ends with coffee, tobacco and musk notes.
2014 Bruno Giacosa, "Falletto" Barolo
The knowledge, passion and wisdom that Bruno Giacosa brings to his work as producer of fine wines is the fruit of the dedication of three generations of wine makers. The family interest in vine cultivation began during the constant search for the best vineyards from which to buy the grapes necessary for wine making. The next step, naturally, was to acquire some of the same vineyards for the family business – and the one after that, to specialize in the Nebbiolo grape and the grand wines made from it. All aged in grand oak barrels, this Barolo has well-definable characteristics, elegant with velvety tannins.
NV Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Longitude
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
One of the true gems in Champagne, Larmandier-Bernier is a small grower estate with fifteen biodynamically farmed hectares in Grand Cru & Premier Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs. Both the Larmandier and Bernier families have had a long history in the Champagne region, dating back to the French Revolution, but it was not until the marriage of Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier in 1971 that Champagne Larmandier-Bernier was officially established. The small house today is directed by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who took over the direction of the family estate in 1988.viticulture in 1999.
2017 I. Brand & Family, "Enz Vineyard"
Monterey County, California
Mourvedre’s origins are in Spain (called Monastrell). This variety is very old and may have been introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians who traveled into Catalonia around 500 BCE.
Mourvédre is commonly used as a blending grape, and is the “M” in the Rhone/GSM blend. It adds color, tannin structure, and black fruit flavors.
This “Enz Vineyard” Mourvedre has delicious & robust notes of dark berry and aromatic violets. It’s dusty tannic structure complements the blackberry fruits—- quite delicious and a new shop favorite!
2018 La Marea, "Kristy Vineyard"
Monterey County, California
The Kristy Vineyard is planted in the fractured sediment of ancient sea beds on a bench west of the Salinas River, exposed to the consistent cooling winds off the Monterey Bay.
Inspired by Spanish winemaking techniques, Ian really knocks out a traditional Albarino done in a modern way. Notes of apricot, honeysuckle, mouthwatering acidity that makes you go back for more, and slight salinity, making it a well balanced wine that everyone should try!
2014 Olga Raffault Chinon, "Les Picasses"
Loire Valley, France
The scarce bit of Chenin comes from 50-year-old vines planted in the heavy clay-limestone soils of the monopole called Champs Chenin. The farming is certified organic and harvest is manual. This minimalist approach in the vineyard extends to the cellar. The fruit is destemmed, with the whole berries going uncrushed into tank for fermentation with native yeasts. Les Picasses is aged the longest before release: a minimum of four years, mainly in old foudres, some of chestnut as well oak.
The less brawny, younger-drinking Les Peuilles spends only 6-12 months in wood, and the earliest-release Les Barnabés sees no wood at all. Through the generations, the winemaking has remained traditional, allowing the superiority and expression of Raffault’s sites to shine through.
2017 Yann Bertrand, Juliénas "Pur Jus"
Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. Tasting wines in a new way, he began to ask himself some questions, and eventually decided that the métier of a winemaker would be interesting to him if he pursued it with the same passion as the role models he encountered.
From an organic plot called En Rizière (“the rice paddy”), the grapes for this cuvée were hand harvested and fermented using semi-carbonic maceration and native yeasts without SO2 for 10 to 15 days. One third was aged in used barrels and two thirds in tank to preserve fruit-freshness.
2017 Giordano Lombardo Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi
Nestled just outside the medieval village of Gavi among verdant woods and picturesque vineyards, the 20 hectares that make up the biodynamic vineyard of Giordano Lombardo straddle the border of the Piedmont and Liguria regions. The indigenous Cortese vines that are grown here give rise to an unadulterated wine that fully embodies the climate, soil and winemaking tradition of the region. Yields are kept low and the use of pesticides, herbicides, anti-mildew agents and fertilizers is strictly forbidden.
Bright, pure nutty citrus fruits and a touch of nuttiness. Driving minerality on the palate, chalky texture that does not diminish the graceful freshness and clarity of expression. Linear but unrelenting chalkiness with a pronounced finish.
2014 Close de Siete, Valle de Uco
Malbec, Merlot, Cab Sauv., Syrah, Cab Franc, P. Verdot
Michel Rolland, the world-renowned Bordeaux winemaker, first went to Argentina in 1988. He recognized that all the conditions were right to grow a very great wine and partnered with other Bordeaux families to develop 7 vineyards on 2,000 acres in the Uco Valley of Mendoza.
Clos de los Siete is a single wine, a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a little Petit-Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Clos de los Siete is the #1 Malbec blend exported from Argentina and all vintages have consistently received critical acclaim.
2017 Jacques Girardin, "Les Terrasses de Bievaux"
The Girardin family has been in Burgundy since 1570. Valérie & Jacques (12th generation) & their son Justin (13th generation) heads a 17 hectare domaine which goes from Santenay to Savigny les Beaune, passing through Chassagne Montachet and Pommard.
Historically this land was reputed to produce excellent white wines but, after the destruction of the vineyards by the Phylloxera pest, this hillside was left abandoned. The entire hillside was replanted between 1970 and 1986.
It spends 12 months in oak barrels (15% new barrels). The clay-limestone soil gives elegance with fruit. A mineral wine, well-structured and balanced.
2017 Domaine Faury
Saint-Joseph, Rhone Valley, France
Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph, Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. He has shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins at Domaine Faury, though father and son still work side by side.
The Faurys’ old-school style offers wonderful aromatics and textural complexity. Lovely notes of blackberries and violets shine amidst a backdrop of granite minerals and soft brambly tannins, offering just as much lively refreshment as earthy intensity. While many of the region’s reds are best suited to carnivorous pairings, the Faurys’ IGP has enough acidity to enjoy with lighter dishes, too. And at prices like this, it’s no wonder this little stunner is a staff favorite.
2016 Andre Perret, "Les Grisiéres"
Saint-Josephe, Rhone Valley, France
In addition to making benchmark Condrieu, André Perret is also a master of Saint-Joseph, the underestimated appellation of the northern Rhône, and provides Syrahs that showcase the finesse and perfume that Chavanay is known for, along with a power and concentration more reminiscent of the southern stretches of Saint-Joseph near Mauves, or, even closer, the wines of neighboring Côte-Rôtie. André’s “Grisières” bottling could stand in quite handily for that noble appellation. Yearning for northern Rhône magic? Here you go. – Dixon Brooke
Semillon, Sauvignon, Muscadelle
Bordeaux has long been considered the wine capital of the world. The distinct wines from this region are often a benchmark against which many other wines are measured. These vines are 45-48 years old and planted on clay & limestone soil on fissured rock. The Bordeaux Blanc of Château Ducasse is very different from others from their appellations: Hervé blends a high proportion of Sémillon (60%) and a splash of Muscadelle (5%) with Sauvignon Blanc (35%), creating a rich, full, aromatic mid-palate to complement the clean finish. Vinification and aging in stainless steel for 6 month, bottled unfiltered.
Generous aromas of tropical fruit and juicy white peach, yet bone-dry on the palate with added flavors of kaffir lime, pink grapefruit, passion fruit, and classic Bordeaux gravelly minerality.
2016 Chateau de la Maltroye
Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy, France
“Bright” is the word to describe both the color and nose of this Pinot Noir, with intense strawberry, raspberry and cherry candy aromas, with hints of violets and sweet spice. This is classic Cotes de Beaune Burgundy–the palate is crisp and delicate, with red cherry and cranberry fruit, cherry Now n’ Later candy, lavender and a gently earthy finish backed with bracing acidity. Like all good Burgundies, this wine will pair beautifully with a wide range of lighter dishes, especially grilled chicken and pork.
Domaine Trotereau, "Quincy"
Loire Valley, France
2017 Domaine Foillard
2018 Chateau Minuty "M" Rosé
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Belonging to the Matton-Farnet family for 80 years, Château Minuty is a family run wine estate located in southern France’s Provence region, overlooking the Saint-Tropez peninsula.
This rosé is crisp, light, and absolutely delicious. The Grenache and Cinsault blend form an aromatic harmony offering notes of fresh white peach, pink grapefruit, and candied sour cherries with a hint of sea breeze on the finish.
Food pairing: Pairs perfectly with fun in the sun! This refreshing rosé also goes great with a Bibb lettuce salad topped with fresh goat cheese, sliced strawberries, grilled macadamia nuts, and grilled shrimp.
2018 Chateau des Annibals White
Rolle, Ugni Blanc
2018 Chateau des Annibals Rosé
Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle
We have been in love with this rosé for several years now. It’s one of our most popular rosés and always sells out early. So make sure to stock up for the summer!!
The name ‘Annibals’ was given a long time ago in honor of the Hannibal Barca. The legend says that he passed by the vineyard site with his elephant on his way to conquer Rome (approximately 247 B.C)
Complex, powerful aromas of fresh red berries, nectarine and white flowers. The palate offers silky raspberry and tangerine flavors, with beautiful mineral, zippy finish.
2016 Mamete Prevostini "Botonero"
Normally, we associate the Nebbiolo grape with the famous region of Piedmont. But sometimes, the very best value bottlings can be found outside the most traditional regions for the grape. The Botonero hails from Lombardy, an alpine region that hugs the coast of Switzerland. The conditions there are are extremely harsh and extreme, but the elegance of this wine belies its rocky origins. We recommend you enjoy this wine with an indulgent cheese fondue!
2016 Domaine Rostaing "Ampodium"
Cote Rotie, Rhone Valley, France
Cote Rotie, whose name translates to the “roasted slope,” is a wine region whose wines often play the bridesmaid role to its more famous Northern Rhone Valley neighbor, Hermitage. As a result, many Cote Rotie producers try their very best to produce wines that taste like Hermitage; Domaine Rostaing has been a staunch support of the idea that Cote Rotie should taste like itself, instead of trying to mimic its more famous cousin. Rene Rostaing has been stubbornly safeguarding the terroir that makes the Roasted Slope distinct from the rest of the valley. This wine will last a long time in your cellar–but who has the patience?
2016 Patricia Green Dry Muscat
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Most of us think “sugar” when we see the term “muscat” on a wine label, due to the Muscat family of grapes famously being used in dessert wines across Europe, as well as its most famous member, moscato. This Patricia Green single vineyard Muscat Ottonel is dry, dry, dry. The bone-dry style showcases the grape’s beautifully floral and efragrant nature, and is a thirst-quenching, elegant wine.
2013 Domaine Dugois "Sous Voile" Arbois
The Jura is a relatively unknown wine region in France. A mountainous Alpine area, the region is actually more famous for ski tourists than it is for wine. But thanks to the herculean efforts of standout wine producers such as as Domaine Dugois as well as the Tissot family, the unique deliciousness of the Jura is becoming more and more well known.
NV Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Although Champagne Philipponnat is best known for its single-vineyard bottling of the Clos des Goisses, the Royale Reserve Brut is the purest expression of the style of the house. It sees three years of aging on its lees, and on release it is a beautifully mature yet fresh Champagne. This wine is fantastic with any food, but is particularly well suited for charcuterie.
2016 Lieu Dit
Santa Ynez Valley, California
“Lieu Dit” in French winemaking is the term for a named vineyard, one with history and uniqueness warranting an official name. Eric Railsback and Justin Willett’s decision to name the winery as such refers to their inspiration from French winemaking as well as their focus on showcasing the geographical uniqueness of their source vineyards.
2016 Benedicte Et Stephane Tissot
Arbois, Jura, France
An unlikely superstar, the Tissot family has been making delicious wines according to the principles of biodynamics for two generations so far. These wines have put the entire region of Jura back on the map, and the demand for these wines grow each year. We have the Traminer, the Indigene, and many of the other Tissot wines in stock; come by today to see what all of the excitement is about!
NV Benedicte Et Stephane Tissot "Indigene" Cremant
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau
Although the Jura is normally associated with oxidative white wines made in a sherry-like style (if anything at all…), Jura superstars Benedicte and Stephane Tissot make this lovely sparkling wine that stands shoulder to shoulder with any dry cremant-style wine in France. This is a fantastic, high-acid wine with a unique flavor profile from its native grape varieties, and is a great option for any occasion that calls for bubbles!
Napa Valley, California
James Beard semifinalist Steve Matthiasson is not only a leader in the sustainable winegrowing community, he literally wrote the book on the practice! A lifelong farmer and horticulturist, he focuses on the health of the vines and excellent vineyard management in order to create beautiful wines, rather than advanced winemaking techniques.
2016 Domaine De La Taille Aux Loups "Clos Michet"
Montlouis, Loire Valley
Jacky Blot set up this Domaine attempting to drag the Montlouis appellation out of the shadows of its neighbour, Vouvray. His viticultural philosophy sees him working closely with nature; fertilization is now an extinct practice, chemical treatments are practically non-existent and pruning is radically short, keeping yields down, all hand harvested.
Crisp apple, blossom honey, and a subtle note of grapefruit zest on the nose. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering lively orange zest and orchard fruit flavors along with hints of anise and honeysuckle. Very pure and focused and a little off-dry.
2018 Stolpman Vineyards "Love You Bunches"
Santa Barbara County, California
Guess what’s back in stock?!
We missed this whimsical Carbonic Sangiovese! This vintage is full of bright red fruits with a refreshing finish.
Taken from the Stolpman Vineyards website:
“To make Carbonic Sangiovese, La Cuadrilla must lovingly, gently harvest whole bunches. The winery team then softly cradles them into a tank without popping the skins. Then we part for up to three long weeks, waiting for the sugar locked within those adored grapes to ferment and blossom into the light red wine we obsess over all summer.
Carbonic Sangiovese is way too fun to have a serious label!”
2016 Domaine Huet Le Mont Première Trie
Vouvray, Loire Valley, France
One of the most celebrated wine producers in the Loire Valley, Domaine Huet is renowned for its ageworthy, elegant, and profound expressions of Chenin Blanc. Furthermore, Le Mont is considered to be one of the two greatest vineyards of all Vouvray vineyards (the other being Clos du Bourg, which Huet also produces). These wines are characterized by honeyed sweetness and complexity balanced by intense acidity and minerality, and have an incredibly long aging potential.
Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
The name for BURLY originates from founder Hank McCrorie’s college football days, when he was dubbed “Burly Bear” by the local paper.
This big cabernet has notes of dusty chocolate and black cherry aromas layered with bright fruit notes and oak. Velvety and intense, leading to dark cherry and boysenberry notes. This is an elegantly structured wine with silkiness through the mid-palate and a persistent, juicy finish. Deep, coating tannins ensure that this wine will age beautifully in the cellar.
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
2015 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby red with an opaque center. The wine opens immediately with fragrant aromas of violets, lavender, dark raspberry, pencil lead and vanilla. Cassis, cocoa, new leather, smoked meat and plum come together with a building mouthfeel full of soft silky tannins combined with focused flavors of dried cranberry, cherry jubilee and wild blackberries.
2014 Au Sommet "Atlas Peak"
Napa Valley, California
2014 Au Sommet is one of the best wines off this property on Atlas Peak in the western Vaca Mountain range. Aromatic, intense and yet also light on its feet, the 2014 speaks to weightless intensity. A host of sweet tobacco, cedar, menthol, dried herbs and licorice add nuance throughout in this full-bodied, rich and promising wine
2011 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña
This reserva shows much of the complexity and elegance of a great aged classic Rioja with some of the freshness and power of the great vineyards Hermanos Peciña owns. Soft vanilla aromas with a retronasal character, hints of leather, tobacco and dried flowers. Very elegant, mellow, velvety, tasty and well-balanced.
Definitely on our top lists of delicious Tempranillos!
2015 Cristom "Marjorie Vineyard"
Eota-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Red fruit driven with vibrant cherry, deep raspberry and purple violets joined by rousing spice and peppery accents. Sustainably farmed and unfiltered. Can’t get better than that…
Can be enjoyed now or aged for a few more years.
2015 Arnoux Lachaux, Bourgogne Rouge "Pinot Fin"
The grapes are from Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanee and Nuits-Saint-Georges, making this wine an exceptional Bourgogne Rouge. It’s a great buy and will be able to age for 5-8 years.
2016 Lingua Franca "Hope Well"
Eola-Amity Hill, Oregon
The flavors here emerge slowly as in a kaleidoscope of mineral, fruit, flowers, and spice. As the wine breathes it reveals a complex structure, firm yet finely textured, aromas of rose petal and exotic spices, with red berry flavors that persist through the long, bright finish.
2016 Merry Edwards
Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
The translucent, aurora-gold hue of this wine predicts what’s to come in the glass.
Mouthwatering and luscious, its aroma overflows with tree-ripened fruit – nectarine, quince, peach and Fuji apple – as well as a hint of floral perfume and tropical notes of ripe, juicy pineapple, passion fruit, papaya and mango. Sophistication has come early for this wine with a strong impression of developing minerality.
In the mouth, it’s round, lush and vibrantly balanced across the palate. Richness and weight counterbalance bright acidity supported by flavors of tangerine, lemon zest, candied orange peel and sweet pink grapefruit. The finish is luxurious, lingering on well beyond any rational expectation.