Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Verzy, Montagne de Reims, Champagne
The term “L’Atavique” loosely translates from French as “The Ancestral” or “The Traditional.” The name is a reference to Champagne Mouzon-Leroux’s bare-bones, almost austere style hearkening to an insistently pure Champagne, without the adornments of oak or sugar or other trappings of winemaking. As Skurnik, the importer of all of Mouzon-Leroux’s wines, says, “They are delicious wines, thoughtful, restrained, mineral, and incisive; if you’re looking for creaminess you won’t find it here.”
2014 Montepeloso Eneo
Because Tuscany is geographically an incredibly varied region, it takes a winemaker with both inspiration and an eagle eye to find a truly great plot and then to re-work the land to produce a fantastic wine. Fabio Chiarelotto purchased the estate in 1998 and drastically overhauled the vineyards, retraining and re-grafting thousands and thousands of vines. Montepeloso Eneo truly reflects the incredible amount of work that has gone into this wine, balancing power with elegance and finesse.
2016 Patricia Green Dry Muscat
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
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.
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.
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.
Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara
“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.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Napa Valley, California
Opus One is the wine that happens when perhaps the two most famous winemakers work together. Robert Mondavi, having midwifed the renaissance of the California wine industry, came together with Baron Phillipe de Rothschild (yes, of *those* Rothschilds) of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild to create what is perhaps the most famous cult Napa red wine today. This is a collaboration of the Old World and the New World, bottled and ready for you to try!
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!
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!
2014 Skipstone Oliver's Blend
Alexander Valley, California
“If given the difficult task of describing “Oliver’s Blend” in just two words, I’d go with “seamless power.” This is one of the richest and freshest Cabernets from Alexander Valley I’ve come across in some time; the only thing that’s missing is excess. I fully believe this stands shoulder-to-shoulder with more prohibitively priced cult labels such as Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle (first-offered for $75 in 1992; now selling for $2,500), and Bryant Family.” –Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
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.
Blackbird Vineyards "Arise"
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
A play on the name, the label for Blackbird Vineyards’s “Arise” is an image of blackbirds perched on a musical staff, mimicking the melody of the famous Beatles song. Blackbird Vineyards is inspired by the Right Bank in Bordeaux, and has continued to create beautiful, terroir-driven, merlot-dominated wines in a market that has moved away from the grape. This wine is a must-try with shepherd’s pie, or by itself!
Quinta do Poco do Lobo
The 1994 Quinta do Poco do Lobo Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely, mature release from the illustrious Caves Sao Joao. Caves Sao Joao is a winery with a fantastic back-catalog of older wines; for them, time is an asset, and they keep a company policy of holding on to their best harvests for future generations. We are fortunate to stock this fantastic wine with the perfect amount of bottle age already on it!
2017 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Williams Selyem is a landmark producer in the Russian River Valley. A standardbearer in the region, their Pinot Noirs have achieved cult status for their lovely profiles of perfectly ripe red fruit, rich fertile earth notes, and a touch of spice balanced by excellent acidity. This wine is fantastic on its own or with a duck confit!
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.
Love You Bunches - the perfect wine for your Valentine
Santa Barbara County
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.
2015 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya
90% Monastrell, 10% Garnacha
Having received its official Denominación de Origen status in 1966, Jumilla DO is one of the oldest wine producing appellations in Spain. Having been aged in French oak vessels for 6 months, the wine displays notes of ripe, powerful red and dark fruits, earthy minerals, and baking spices. This Monastrell is a natural match for a hearty chili!
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.
2014 Amuse Bouche
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
The 2014 Amuse Bouche, the flagship Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend, is absolutely delicious with such beautiful definition and balance, this may be the best ever from Amuse. Dark cherry, mocha, spice and leather open up nicely in the glass. Fleshy, supple and radiant, with silky tannins underpinning the fruit, the 2014 has a lot to offer, even in the early going.
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
2017 Southern Right
Walker Bay, South Africa
Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.
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!
2016 Domaine Bellegarde Jurancon Sec
Gros Manseng, Camaralet
An invigorating dry white wine offering aromas of exotic fruits, peach, grapefruit, and white flower. On the palate, it is crisp, vibrant, and mineral with notes carried from the nose and hints of cassis. The finish is long and refreshing.
2017 Sohm & Kracher “Lion”
Founded by Gerhard Kracher and Aldo Sohm in 2008, Sohm & Kracher produces varietal wines from indigenous grapes in Austria’s Weinviertel region, seeking to highlight the diverse soil profile and distinct microclimate.
Exotic aromatics of green apple and pear, followed by palate full of white pepper tinged stone fruit. Pair with salads, fresh veggies, and fish tacos!
2015 Domaine Duplessis 1er Cru Vaugiraut
We are excited to have Domaine Duplessis in store! We get a small allocation of this wine once every few years. Instead of keeping it all for ourselves, we decided to share some with you!!
Located on the left bank of the Serein River and aged entirely in cuve (stainless steel tank), Duplessis’ 2015 Vaugiraut offers pretty aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, and crushed herbs. The palate displays flavors of white peach, citrus, and salt with hints of green tea and quinine on the stony, precise finish. Vaugiraut is Lilian’s youngest vineyard in the Premier Cru holdings, and is the only one he feels doesn’t require wood elévage. Recommended aging is two to eight years.
We are also carrying 1er Cru Mont de Milieu & 1er Cru Montmains $56.99
2015 Cristom "Marjorie Vineyard"
Eota-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
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.
2018 A Los Vinateros Bravos
Itata Valley, Chile
“A Los Vinateros Bravos” means “To the Brave Vigneron”
This wine is 100% farmed by hand, all on granite and volcanic soils.
Crisp, elegant and aromatic, full of floral and fruity notes. You can definitely taste the minerality from their terrior which makes this wine so special.
2013 Domaine Dugois
Savagnin Sous Vile
Very distinctive, with Brazil nut and hazelnut aromas imparting a Sherry-like profile before revealing richer apple, melon and pear expressions mid palate. The long finish picks up paraffin, brioche, salted butter and dried lemon rind notes, with everything flowing harmoniously over a dry, nervy underpinning.
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.
2012 Francois Parent Corton Grand Cru
This elegant Chardonnay is absolutely mesmerizing. Rich in style, touch of oak, well balanced wine with a heavenly long and luscious creme brulee finish.
Franshhoek, South Africa
This is the wine that made me fall in love with South African wines!
White pepper, violets, dark plums, cloves, nutmeg and more; that’s what Syrah should taste like!
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.
2017 Minimus "Layne Vineyard"
Chad Stock of Minimus keep us on our toes…
His Vermentino is subtle, fresh and textured, medium-bodied, combining silky citrus, white peach, and pear, with fresh green herbs and Mediterranean notes of herbal garrigue, green almond, and brine. Perfect with grilled oysters and fish, chicken burgers, salads, and cheese.
2016 Merry Edwards
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
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.
2016 Raul Perez "Sketch"
Rias Baixas, Spain
So what makes this wine so special? A bit of an odd guy, Raul Perez is known for finding and using the grapes from very old vineyard plots all over Northwestern Spain.
Its low production of 1500 bottles makes this one of the most sought after white wines Spain. Grab yours while you can!
Expressive, orchard fruit, honey and mineral aromas pick up hints of quinine and white flowers with air. Bitter pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors gain weight, with the wine maintaining vivacity and focus thanks to juicy acidity. Closes on a tangerine note, with serious, mineral-driven thrust and lingering floral character.