The wine is serious and focused with a bright ruby hue. The nose is youthful and bright and the palate retains a lightness indicative of its cool climate origins. It is extremely drinkable with firm tannins around a core of earthy black currants, violets, and a slight exotic hint of Neroli oil. If you think you know Tannat, think again. Come give it a try because it’s not your momma’s Uruguayan Tannat!
2014 Lange "Freedom Hill"
Willamette Valley, Oregon
This single vineyard Pinot Noir shows a nose of brambly earth, pomegranate, huckleberry and cigar box spice. A hint of tobacco precedes round, velvety palate showing blueberry compote, candied cherry, vanilla and licorice – all balanced by fine tannins, elegant acidity and a finish that lingers. Still tasting quite young, this potent Pinot brings a dark streak of smoke and a splash of citrus to its core black-fruit flavors. Drink now or give it a few years!
2017 Cruse Wine Co. "Alder Springs"
2011 Montevetrano, Colli di Salerno
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Aglianico
This wine brings together Bordeaux’s two main varietals and one of Italy’s best, aglianico. Aglianico creates a full bodied, high acid, high tannin, and medium-plus alcohol. This Campanian blend is deep ruby-red in color with aromas of blackberries and spices, licorice, tobacco, earth, and leather. On the palate, Montevetrano is full-bodied, yet elegant with fine-grained tannins and a rich, silky texture. Often considered the quintessential “super Campania” wine, Montevetrano is one of the most sought-after wines from Italy.
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2015 Domaine de l’Ecu "Orthogneiss"
Melon de Bourgogne
Loire Valley, France
The vineyards of Domaine de l’Ecu have been certified Organic for over 40 years and certified Biodynamic for over 20 years. Unlike most regular Muscadet, the wines are aged sur-lie for 15-18 months, resulting in a texture and layered complexity that have come to define the unique style of Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadets and set them apart from other wines in the appellation. Buy a bottle and some oysters, and you’re all set!
NV Jacquesson "Cuvée 741" Extra Brut
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
You know we LOVE our Champagne, and to say we have a favorite really means a lot!
This gorgeous Champagne is based on 2013 harvest and is fresh and crisp with layered flavors of meyer lemon, grilled hazelnuts and chalky minerality. Ready to drink now!!
2009 Leclapart 'I' Apotré
Fourth generation grower and winemaker David Léclapart farms three hectares in the Premier Cru village of Trépail within the Motagne de Reims, northeast of Ambonnay and Bouzy. He defines his four principles that form the cornerstones of his work as a winemaker as Purity, Energy, Pleasure, Ecology. In accordance with these, he chose to apply a biodynamic approach to his work in his vineyards. He believes this philosophy’s basis in the utmost respect for the four creative forces (water, earth, wind, and fire) is in perfect accordance with his four principles. He completely abandoned the use of fertilizers, herbicides, and chemical pesticides. Similarly, his practices in the cellar and oak treatments are in line with the same philosophy that is intent on transmitting the inherent qualities of the wines.
A beautifully structured champagne that’s crisp and complex, with an earthy palate.
2017 Forge Cellars "Classique"
Seneca Lake, New York
We love Riesling! If you like dry and refreshing white wine, this one’s for you!
Jasmine, asian pear and golden apple fill the nose backed by a mix of quince and citrus oil flavors. Shows good intensity of minerality through a lengthy finish.
Pairs well with sunny weather!
2014 Domaine Barmes-Buecher 'Rosenberg'
Genevieve, Sophie & Maxime Barmes are passionate about producing exciting, authentic wines with strong characters. Thanks to their hard work and dedication in the vineyard and the cellar, a bottle of wine from Barmes-Buecher is a wine full of emotion…
It’s a wonderfully fine structured delicate Riesling of subtle power. Terrific fruit but with a stony backbone and raciness that makes it both fantastic with food or on its own. Impressive long and whistle-clean finish.
2012 Pertimali-Sassetti Livio, Brunello di Montalcino
The family of Livio Sassetti produces wine in Montalcino for over three generations. Faithful to the teachings of his family Livio has over time renewed and expanded the vineyards, preserving the genetic heritage of the old vines and preserving the primigenie characteristics.
Intense ruby red color. Dark fruits of black cherry, blackberry, plum and with sweet spices. Elegantly structured with a fresh acidity and elegant, smooth, tannins.
2018 Domaine de Cadette Bourgogne Vezelay “La Chatelaine”
2014 Dierberg, Drum Canyon Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills, California, USA
Located in the chilly Sta. Rita Hills appellation, Drum Canyon is characterized by its gusty, cooling winds and free draining soil. These in combination with select low vigor rootstocks, quality driven clones, steep hillsides, and environmentally sensitive farming yield a Pinot Noir of breathtaking depth and clarity.
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2013 Domaine de Courcel, Pommard, 1er Cru Grand Clos des Epenots
Les Grands Epenots is a 25-acre Premier Cru vineyard in Pommard, in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune. There is a gentle slope to the vineyards in this part of Pommard, and the Burgundy expert Clive Coates notes that “the presence of pebbles in the soil ensures good drainage and contributes to the considerable elegance which you find in a good Epenots…” Because Pommard has no Grand Crus, its Premier Crus are especially noteworthy.
…fresh, elegant and pure aromas of airy red berry fruit that exhibit notes of earth, floral nuances and tea.
2011 Champagne Fleury "Sonate"
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Symbol and emblem of the Maison Fleury, the 2011 Sonate vintage has been vinified without suffering to preserve fine aromas of intense white fruits from the Chardonnay that composes it and notes of small berries subtly spiced. It comes from the very beautiful plots of Courteron and vines already nearly 40 years old. Vinification in vats (55%) and half in oak barrels (45%). Malolactic fermentation is carried out, bringing roundness and complex aromas to the tasting. With less than 1g/l in dosage, the finish is light, precise, authentic and long.
2017 Domaine Faury, Cote-Rotie
Rhone Valley, France
Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellation of Côte-Rôtie take its place among the great wines of France, and Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers.
Beautiful deep purple color but the Syrah does all the talking—meaty, smoky, with violets, black pepper, and a sturdy, palate-staining follow through. Unfined and only lightly filtered before bottling, these wines are loaded with classic flavors and show a remarkable rustic elegance. Decant now or age…
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2018 Syrah $23.99
2017 Saint Joseph Blanc $34.99
2015 Les Champs de L’Abbaye, Rully “Les Cailloux”
Domaine Les Champs is a small family estate of 6 hectares, created in 1997 and located in Aluze, a beautiful village perched on the heights of the Cote Chalonnaise.
Alain Hazard’s Rully blanc has a nose of white flowers, citrus, and subtle oak. On the palate, this organic wine is very precise, straight, and crystal clear with lemon and fruity notes. It is followed by a saline and mineral finish. Great for the summer weather!
2017 Gaintza Txakolina
Txakoli de Getaria, Spain
Bright green-yellow. On the nose, high toned aromas of lemon, quince, green apple and sorrel are overlaid with sea spray and stony mineral notes. On the palate, puckering acidity and effervescence lend a practically gulpable appeal, with bright meyer lemon, apple and green herbs. One of Bethany’s favorites from her Olé y Obrigado trip!
2013 Palazzo Cuvee Blanc
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California
The Palazzo 2013 Cuvee Blanc is a delicious blend of Semillon, with a just a touch of Sauvignon Blanc! Exotic & incredibly aromatic on the nose, the wine is ‘floral & seductive’ with intense aromas of pear, orange peel & acacia honey. On the palate the wine has a rich, oily texture & weight … yet balanced beautifully by stunning acidity! Wonderful peach, pineapple & stone fruit flavors fill your mouth … eventually giving way to an extremely long finish … especially for a white wine! A really Superior Food Wine to be enjoyed, this is served at French Laundry!
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2015 Emmanuel Brochet 'Le Mont Benoit'
Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
All Cuvees by Emmanuel Brochet are born and fermented in wood for over a year. This blend is 35% Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It is an Extra Brut coming from vineyards classified as Premier Cru. Long finish, intense and rich for an absolute pleasurable feeling.
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!
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 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 Clos 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.