WINES BY THE GLASS
7 glass / 35 bottle
Sainte Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut
7 glass / 35 bottle
Magredi Tocco Prosecco
NV Veneto, Italy
12 glass / 42 bottle
Wilton White Virginia White Wine
2015 Bridgewater, Virginia
8 glass / 31 bottle
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Sonoma County, California
8 glass / 31 bottle
August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett
2014 Rheingau, Germany
8 glass / 31 bottle
Domaine de Ménard Ugni Blanc
2014 Côtes de Gascogne, France
12 glass / 39 bottle
Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay
2015 Beaujolais, France
8 glass / 31 bottle
Silver Ridge Chardonnay
7 glass / 27 bottle
Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio
2015 Rovere Della Luna, Italy
7 glass / 27 bottle
ForeFront Pinot Noir
2014 San Luis Obispo, California
8 glass / 31 bottle
2014 Mendoza, Argentina
9 glass / 35 bottle
Rockbridge Dechiel Cabernet Franc
2012 Raphine, Virginia
7 glass / 27 bottle
La Fiera Montepulciano
2014 Abruzzo, Italy
8 glass / 31 bottle
Saint Cosme Syrah
2015 Cote du Rhone, France
12 glass / 39 bottle
Local Chop and Grill House Private Reserve
2014 Bridgewater, Virginia
12 glass / 42 bottle
Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Paso Robles, California
WINES BY THE BOTTLE
Cross Key Fiore Rose, Shenandoah Valley 2014
This crisp off-dry rose has a slight sweetness, with hint of strawberry and grapefruit. Juices pressed off the skin of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir are fermented and aged in stainless steel to achieve the beautiful, deep rose color of the Fiore.
Bluestone Vineyard Beau, Shenandoah Valley NV
A sweet gold wine named for the vineyard’s sweet golden retriever. A Vidal Blanc-Traminette blend inspired by travels in Germany, it is sweetened to 3% residual sugar. Bluestone Vineyard uses only locally sourced and estate grown fruit. Silver Medal – 2013 Virginia Governor's Cup.
Barboursville Pinot Grigio, Barboursville 2014
Romantic and youthful-spirited, in a true expression of Italian winemaking style.Extremely flavorful, with apple, pear, and a touch of pineapple. Dry and well-balanced, with a glowing and intriguingly gentle finish.
Bluestone Vineyard Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, Shenandoah Valley 2012
After fermenting 2/3 of the crop dry, the remaining third was frozen at subzero temperatures for half a year, and then used to sweeten the rest of the batch. Slightly fizzy, it might remind you of sparkling apple cider, peaches, and honey. Bronze Medal-2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup
Barboursville Reserve Viognier , Barboursville 2013
Extended aging on lees in stainless steel, captures a generous concentration of subtropical aromas and flavors of inherent volume and aging potential, presenting a firm, ample and harmonious structure. Juicy and bright pear, passion fruit, and hints of citrus on a gently herbal frame.
Jefferson Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay, Monticello 2012
Rich pineapple and vanilla aromas precede delicious granny smith apple, honey, and pear notes across the palate. Balanced with a little creaminess and a bite. Hints of oak in the finish add weight, grace and elegance.
Michael Shaps Chardonnay, Monticello 2008
With special care and attention to details, this wine shows that Virginia can make an elegant Chardonnay with a lot of character. Made with 50% new oak and a native fermentation that lasted six weeks, the result is a Chardonnay with unique character and a complexity of aromas that are held together with the richness of French oak. The "sur lies" aging gives the wine weight and complexity that integrates well with the acidity and fruit structure.
Jefferson Vineyards Viognier, Monticello 2013
This is an exotic wine with aromas of sweet jasmine, honeysuckle, nectarine, candied lemon, tangerine zest and tropical fruit. The palate echoes the aromatic profile and finishes with hints of cardamom, ginger and white pepper. This medium bodied wine has a round mouthfeel, good balance and a soft lingering finish. Double Gold Medal-San Francisco's 2014 International Wine Competition.
Grace Lane Riesling, Yakima Valley, Washington 2012
Light straw yellow. Bright aromas of green apple and white peach. Delicate yet complex flavors are spicy, fruity, and fresh with a long and rounded finish.
Rudi Wiest , Mosel, Germany 2013
It features vibrant notes of green apple, pear, Meyer lemon and fine minerals laced with aromatic honeysuckle and orange blossom. Pineapple, guava and ripe nectarine flavors that linger with notes of honey and spice. The plush finish is creamy and rich.
Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling, Willamette,Oregon 2012
Our 2012 Almost Dry offers a beautiful aroma of lime, fresh flowers and tangerine with hints of lilac. On the front of the palate, a spark of sweetness and an elegant, almost silky fresh entry is followed by flavors of citrus accented with green apple. The finish brings a refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity with accents of lingering grapefruit and mineral flavors.
Argyle, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2012
Youth in a glass is what this is, spry and light on its feet and smelling of spring with lime blossom, white lilacs and just a hint of lychee. The palate shows a medium-dry style that opens with floral notes and a taste of Turkish delight and finishes with a minerality reminiscent of wet river stones.
Kilikanoon Mort’s Block, Clare Valley, Australia 2009
A medium bodied Riesling with a fragrant and flowery bouquet leads into an elegant and fine palate. Bright and lively lime and pink grapefruit with a strong undercurrent of chalky minerality, and peach and green apple flavors neatly tied together with crisp acidity.
Allan Scott, Marlborough, New Zealand 2014
The aromatics are distinctly tropical, the initial sweet passion fruit then gives way to hints of lime, classic gooseberry, and dried herbs. But it is the palate where this wine embodies all that is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Smooth and fruit driven, with a burst of energy from the firm lively acidity with a lingering mouth-watering finish.
Clos Pegase, Napa Valley, California 2012
Lightly oaked in style, complex and full bodied, supple in texture, and intensely flavored. Firm acidity and a long finish, tasting of spicy oak, lemon peel, vanilla, grapefruit, and lemon grass.
Vincent Vatan Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France 2013
With its brilliant yellow-gold color and sharp, visceral nose, this wine is very characteristic of Pouilly-Fumé with a pronounced gunflint profile that is very typical of the Loire Valley soils.
Domaine Girard - Sancerre La Garenne, Loire Valley, France 2014
This is everything one hopes for when thinking about Sancerre: it is bright, lively, pleasantly aromatic, has zippy acidity but low astringency. Pale yellow. Fresh pear and orange on the nose. Pliant, refreshingly bitter citrus fruit flavors are firmed by tangy minerality and pick up a light herbal quality with air. Appealingly sweet on the finish, which repeats the orange and herb notes. It is a wonderful food wine that is as versatile as it is easy to drink.
Evesham Woods, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014
Farming of the 13-acre estate vineyard on the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills ridge, an area already proven to have one of Oregon's best micro-climates for Burgundian and Alsatian varieties is entirely organic. This blend of 85% Pinot Gris and 14% Gewürztraminer has added hints of Kerner, Rieslaner, Pinot Blanc, and Traminer. Floral aromas and notes of wet stone contribute to this light citrus and mineral driven white with refreshing acidity.
Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve Alsace, France 2012
Aromas of aniseed and yellow peach follow through to a full body, round texture and a fruity finish. Lightly sweet. Pretty balance. Delicious finish. The Pinot Gris is vinified to complete dryness and is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete vats. The wine is not oak-aged, as the Trimbachs believe that wood adds nothing to their wines, the salient characteristics of which are extreme purity and concentrated fruit.
Maso Poli, Trinteno, Italy 2011
This luminous Pinot Grigio offers a beautifully perfumed bouquet as well as structure and staying power. An open, floral bouquet leads to ripe, round fruit as this gorgeous white caresses the palate all the way through to the harmonious, polished finish. A small percentage of the wine is aged in oak and this adds density and complexity.
Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2013
This Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple and pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla and fresh coconut with a slight butterscotch. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing minerality. The flavors on the palate are predominantly citrus, lemon-lime and peach.
Stuhlmuller, Sonoma, California 2013
With vibrant cool citrus aromas as well as notes of pear and green pineapple, this is a fresh and inviting expression of Chardonnay. On the palate, pear, citrus oil and lemon custard flavors are supported by sophisticated hints of white almond, clove, jasmine and wet stone. Gorgeous acidity adds to the fresh, elegant and age-worthy character of this Chardonnay.
Frank Family Winery Carneros, Napa Valley, California 2013
This polished, refined Chardonnay does an excellent job of capturing a wide spectrum of varietal flavors in a style that combines elements of brightness and richness. Fruit forward and balanced, delivering scents of pear, apple, butterscotch and pineapple, laced with delicate floral notes of honeysuckle. The attack is layered with succulent stone fruit flavors and buttery, toasted pastry dough. The lively acidity, combined with a rich creaminess and almond toffee flavors, give this wine a long, pleasing finish.
Flowers, Sonoma Coast, California 2008
This is a chardonnay of balanced depth and complexity with a crisp acidity. Medium bodied with aromas of white peach and lime citrus. Stone minerals and luscious melon equally contend for attention in this mouth filling and delicious wine, while the lean acidity refreshes the palate.
Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2014
In broad strokes, there is beautiful freshness to this wine, with clearly delineated vineyard character. At the same time, the modest crop size in 2010 has contributed to amazing concentration, spotlighting notes of spiced tropical peach, pear, honeydew, clove and narcissus. The mid-palate is vibrant and bright, combining delicate, mouthwatering acidity with rich fruit, all surrounded by subtle, oak-inspired notes of cinnamon, spiced toffee and roasted almonds.
Matrot Meursault, Burgundy, France 2012
The Matrot family has owned vineyards in Meursault for three generations. Thierry Matrot has used every possible organic technique in the cultivation of his vines. As a result, the domain’s wines have a purity, character and a genuine sense of terroir. A buttered toast nose, with a little bit of oak and some hazelnut-flavored fruit. Quite explosive for a village wine, quite floral with a good balance of racy acidity and meaty fruit, with a rum butter finish.
Signorello Estate, Napa Valley, California 2007
The 2007 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes is fashioned from 30-year old Chardonnay vines planted along the Silverado Trail. Its attractive nectarine, orange marmalade, and white peach-scented bouquet is followed by a full-bodied white exhibiting crisp acidity, good underlying minerality, and a subtle touch of oak. It, too, can be drunk over the next 2-3 years." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Montinore Estates Borealis Northern Whites, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013
The aroma practically covers the full fruit spectrum with notes of peach, yellow apple, pineapple and bright citrus popping out, accented with whiffs of cut hay and fresh flowers.
Les Cinq Pattes,Bordeaux, France 2012
Unoaked, young and fruity, a blend of three grapes working in harmony to produce an exceptional overall effect. The Sauvignon Blanc gives freshness and citrus character; Semillon brings body and richness; and Muscadelle contributes floral notes and aromatic lift.
Cameroni "Giovanni" Pinot Blanc, Dundee, Oregon 2011
Since 1984, Cameron Winery has fanatically produced sustainably farmed, non-irrigated pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco from the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. The 2011 has a racy acidity of fresh lime, citrus peel, and a clean, pure finish. This year's Giovanni, normally 100% Pinot blanc, has been blended with 20% Pinot Grigio. The addition of a little pinot grigio gives the pinot blanc more weight to the wine, but fear not, it is still very refreshing.
Fidelitas Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington 2007
A crisp and viscous wine, balanced fruit and oak with pear and fresh fig aromas. Its rich, full finish is the result of sur lies aging for seven months in small, French oak barrels. A perfect companion to scallops, chicken-all food light and delicious.
Rudera ‘Robusto’, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2008
Robusto is a bold, barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc, made in a richer, full-bodied style. From the first release in 2000 the Robusto has set the pace for serious Chenin Blanc in South Africa. Quince and grapefruit bouquet, with fresh fruit salad and pineapple on the nose and it follows through on the palate. Good crisp acidity balances the sweet fruit flavours. A taut yet big wine with structure, texture and length will reward aging.
Breton Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante”, Loire, France 2010
The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, just after receiving their organic certification in 1991. 100% Chenin Blanc from a plot of 50-year old vines, vinified in stainless steel tanks. A distinctively gorgeous wine. Pear, persian melon and pineapple dominate the nose and a silk textured, luscious palate with subtle chalk inflections in its lingering finish.
La Crusset La Bella Fernanda White Tempranillo, Rhone, France 2011
Rich fruity notes such as banana, apple, citrus and tropical fruits and floral hints. On the palate are balanced with some structure and medium-large persistence.
Big Table Farm Wirtz Garden Edelzwicker, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013
Originally called “Zwicker” (blend), the prefix Edel (noble) was added to mark the presence of noble grape varieties. Our edelzwicker is a co-fermented Blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and a little bit of Sylvaner. The grapes for this wine all come from the Wirtz Vineyard and by our guess were planted with the intention of making this wine. The Wirtz Garden displays a clear yellow color, with an aromatic, fruity and harmonious nose. The palate is supple and well-balanced with a combination of fruit and freshness in the mouth.
Orin Swift Mannaquin, Napa Valley, California 2012
Gilded in bright yellow, an alluring perfume of candied lemon, Bosc pear, wild flower, and honeydew melon incentivize the palate. Upon entry, a deliciously rich and creamy texture balances out vivid tropical fruit notes, exotic spices, and fresh pineapple that slowly emerge in a captivating way. The finish has a lively tone of acidity, which serves as an ideal foil to the crème brulee, marshmallow, and hazelnut flavors that envelope the mouth.
Sophora Sparkling Cuvee, New Zealand NV
This sparkling Rosé made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has an attractive pink blush” color and luscious palate with a lasting, refreshing mousse. Delightful floral aromas and juicy red berry, cherry and pink grapefruit flavors with a balanced acidity and a creamy, decadent finish.
Innocent Bystander Pink Muscato, Victoria, Australia 2015
Notes of sherbert, pink grapefruit and mandarin. The palate offers notes of rose water, toffee apple and rhubarb crumble. Spritzy fizz with a fresh pear and raspberry finish.
Chateau Gaillard Cremant de Loire Brut, France NV
The Chateau Gaillard vineyard is cultivated according to biodynamic agriculture's methods in order to protect the ancestral wine quality of this vineyard. The grapes are carefully hand-picked in small baskets, a blend of Chenin (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) for a better balance and richness. Slightly blush in color with notes of honey and crab apple. Round and fruity on the palate with small and persistent bubbles, it has a long aftertaste.
Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut, California NV
Founded in 1981, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. As the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. Complex minerality runs through this sparkler, tinged with sweet vanilla and strawberry flavors, but not overtly fruity. With light richness and firm acidity.
Chapuy Champagne Brut, France NV
Medium-bodied, dry. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this NV Brut has a lovely straw-yellow appearance and a lively fine mousse in the glass. Slightly floral on the nose with a full flavored, floral and fruity palate. This finish is fresh, aromatic and structured.
Taittinger "La Francaise" Brut, France NV
"A rich Champagne, beautifully elegant, touched by yellow fruits, apples and just the right amount of weight. There are final hints of toast, spice and creamy coconut milk, giving a Champagne that is as much about wine as about bubbles." 91 points Wine Enthusiast
Perrier-Jouët "Grand Brut", France NV
"This is what you expect a prestige Champagne to look, smell and taste like. Poised and stylish, it layers sharp citrus fruit with spicy wood and light toast. Layers of citrus, tangerine and flower blossoms unfold elegantly; lime and grapefruit accents add interest, and above all it comports itself with impeccable balance, precision and grace." 93 points Wine Enthusiast
VIRGINIA RED WINES
Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Monticello 2014
With flavors of vanilla and spice, this wine is smooth and has cherry and fresh herbs across the palate, tempered with soft tannins and a long acidic finish
Bluestone Vineyards Quartz Hill Red, Shenandoah Valley 2013
A true Virginia blend, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin. This wine is dark, dry and aged in oak. A great combination of fruit flavors in a classical style wine. 2012 Bronze Virginia Governor's Cup; 2014 Silver Virginia Governor's Cup; 2014 Silver East Meets West.
Cross Keys Vineyards Meritage, Shenandoah Valley 2014
This classic blend of 43% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 27% Petit Verdot has great red fruit extraction and smooth connected tannins. Fifteen months in new and used oak give the wine a smooth, velvety finish with notes of vanilla and spice.
Barboursville Barbera Reserve, Barboursville 2014
One of the most popular red wines of Northern Italy, Barboursville Barbera delivers black plum fruit, dark cherries and a touch of mint on the finish. Medium bodied with well integrated tannins and lively acidity.
Cross Keys Petit Verdot, Shenandoah Valley 2014
This Petit Verdot has a very intense and deep violet color. This full bodied Bordeaux is great with grilled meats, Roquefort cheese, and dark chocolate. Silver Medal - 2013 San Fransisco Chronical Wine Competition
Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot, Monticello 2012
Hints of espresso, cedar, pencil shavings and violet on the nose are followed by flavors of cassis, plum and blackberry. A strong tannic structure gives this full-bodied red the ability to age well.
Bluestone Vineyards Petit Verdot, Shenandoah Valley 2013
The deep dark red color of this wine is matched in rich bold flavors. Notes of dark black fruits, berries and plums, layered with vanilla spice. Bronze - 2013 Governor's Cup
Linden Claret, Blue Ridge 2012
Ripe aromas of black plums and black cherry preserves. A blend of 46% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Warm and weighty on the palate, smoke and rosemary with gripping tannins. Aged in older French, American, and Hungarian oak for 14 months.
Independent Producers, Columbia Valley, Washington 2012
This 100% Merlot from Washington State can easily be mistaken as a fine French Bordeaux if you are looking at the bottle and label. Independent Producers focuses on the terroir for this food-friendly single-vineyard Merlot. Surprisingly multidimensional, it has lovely notes of raspberry, blackberry tart, and earth. Bright red fruits explode on your palate and provide you with a long, lingering finish with soft tannins and complexity.
Atalon Paulines Cuvee, Napa Valley, California 2011
This Right Bank styled blend (77.1% Merlot) pays homage to the strength of Atalon's matriarch. Dark ruby in color and aromatic notes of dark cherry, plum, currant, integrated oak, spice, toast, tobacco and underlined by a fine trace of minerality, a nod to the majestic geology of Napa Valley and to Pauline's enduring spirit.
Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington 2011
Dense and chewy, featuring a sweetness and suppleness that make the earthy cherry and blackberry flavors weave through the tannins, emerging on the long finish with finesse.
Ventisquero Grey Single Block, Apalta Valley, Chile 2012
Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and cured tobacco. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and spicy licorice. Elegant with a good volume, round ripe tannins and a long, clean finish. Vina Ventisquero practices sustainable farming and is the first Chilean winery to voluntarily adopt measures to offset CO2 emissions.
Yalumba The Scribbler, Barossa Valley, Australia 2012
A densely weighted blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Shiraz, with blackcurrant fruit and dark berries, spices and licorice complementing fresh floral aromatics of herbs and mints. The Shiraz is nicely layered within a tightly integrated and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon palate.
Black Stallion Cabernet, Napa Valley, California 2011
This vintage is full-bodied and balanced with a savory nose of blackberries, cassis, spice and a hint of peppermint. Flavors of black cherry, mocha, brown spice and caramel unfold gracefully with smooth, silky tannins and a long elegant finish.
Twenty Bench, Napa Valley, California 2014
Aromas of fresh red-fruits and blackcurrant dominating the nose. Harmonious flavors of cassis, blackberry, cigar box, dark chocolate and vanilla spice. Length, and finesse on the palate, a balanced wine with firm structure and silky tannins.
Angulo Innocenti, Mendoza, Argentina 2012
The Angulo Innocenti Cabernet Sauvignon shows that Mendoza and in particular La Consulta is not only about Malbec. With a dark ruby red color, the wine shows concentrated red fruit flavors with great complexity of light mint, sweet spice and finely grained tannins. A new addition to the expression of the La Consulta terroir.
Freemark Abbey,Napa Valley, California 2011
Dark ruby-garnet color, complimentary to the rich dark aromas of black cherry, Santa Rosa plum. Intertwined with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and toast. The entry is soft, with dark cherry and berry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and mouth feel, full bodied, rich and opulent.
Stuhlmuller, Alexander Valley, California 2012
This is a big, voluptuous wine with intense aromas of black currant, black berry, olive, clove and cardamom. The palate shows lovely depth and concentration, with chewy tannins, enlivening acidity, rich layers of black cherry, chocolate and spice.
Sequoia Grove, Napa Valley, California 2012
Sourced from a combination of their estate Rutherford district vineyards and top Napa growers, the bouquet offers a nose of ripe cherry and blackberry aromas with earthy cedar and baking spice accents. The palate unfolds to reveal richer, darker flavors of plum, toasted hazelnut, and graphite. It is full in the mouth, with polished tannins and flavors of toasty oak on the finish.
Stonestreet Monument Ridge, Alexander Valley, California 2011
Supple, sweet with ripe dark cherries, mocha, plums, spices, mint, minerals and graphite are woven together in this effortless, totally captivating wine. A dense, juicy and silken cabernet with harmonious acidity and suave tannins.
Frog's Leap, Napa Valley, California 2013
The winery’s primary focus is on sustainable farming and in understanding and appreciating the soil. Classically proportioned, deeply fragrant, beautifully balanced. Aromatics of black currant and cigar box are followed by rich flavors of plum and green tea.
Darioush Caravan, Napa Valley, California 2012
A saturated purple hue hints at the exuberant aromas of ripe, brambly fruit that leap from the glass. The high proportion of hillside fruit comes through in this vintage with juicy fresh-picked blueberry and dark cherry notes joined by brushy sage, mocha, cedar and vanilla. A stylish wine, with a firm, structured palate and polished tannins that give length and breadth to the warm and spicy finish.
Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, California 2012
Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This stylish, graceful, harmonious red defines finesse. Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish.
Stag’s Leap Napa Valley, California 2013
The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with generous dark cherry, juicy plum, currant and cassis, while accents of black pepper and chocolate give it a classic feel. Seamlessly integrated oak and refined tannins provide wonderful texture while the bright, fresh fruit flavors balance the wine’s impressive concentration.
Thibault Grand Chaillots, Burgundy, France 2013
The domaine has been in the Liger-Belair family for 250 years and their vines are up to 70 years in age. The whole of the domaine is cultivated in biological agriculture, both the treatment of the vines and the soil maintenance. Jammy and rustic on the nose. Round and silky-textured fruit which is very juicy, with some tannin. Sweet and racy acidity on the finish.
Chateau Fort Lignac - Haut Medoc, Bordeaux 2011
Fort Lignac is from the Medoc, Bordeaux's premier sub-region that sits on the left bank. The predominance of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon (25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is a striking feature of it's bouquet and flavor. Coffee and cassis are on display in it's aroma and on the palate. There is excellent fruit concentration, including black currant and cherry notes, with modest tannins in the finish.
Domaine du Cayron, Gigondas 2012
Founded in 1840 and managed by the Faraud family for four generations. The 5th generation is represented by three sisters under the watchful eye of their father. Harvested by hand, the low-tech magic starts with old fashioned stomping. The entire harvest is finished in old oak foudres. The blend of Grenache (70%), Cinsault (15%), Syrah (14%) and tiny quantities of Mourvèdre is deep ruby in color with intense aromas of black raspberry, mulberry and violet. The palate is vibrant, with seamless red and dark berry preserve flavors. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity and finishes with excellent cut and spicy persistence.
Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot, Loire 2011
Aromas of sherbet-like dark purple fruits and blossom lead to a beautifully weighted and sculpted palate where textural fruit vibrates with powdery tannins. An uplifting and delicious Cabernet Franc. As the old Chinon drinking song goes.... "Fill the glass up to the brim, With this wine for it is fine..."
Chateau Rausan Segla Margaux, Bordeaux 2008
A big, ripe chocolate-flavored wine with spice, new wood and a smooth, polished character. Rich, with black currant jelly flavors, the richness is balanced with a lively freshness and subtlety in its tannins. The finish is long, the flavors echoing the nose.
Domaine de la Janesse, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013
Bright purple, dark fruit liqueur, star anise, and cinnamon aromas are sharpened by a lively mineral quality and a touch of white pepper. Sappy, sweet and incisive, with a suave blend of power and vivacity to its blackcurrant and mulberry flavors. Juicy acidity gives focus to the finish, which features velvety tannins, a touch of smokiness and outstanding energy.
Domaine Jean Michel Gaunoux Pommard, Burgundy 2011
Directed by François Gaunoux and his daughter Claudine, this small family estate of 10 hectares, produces excellent Pommard between tradition and modernity. Like these Perrières 2009, a round wine, generous, smooth and powerful and already delicious with expressive aromas of red fruit jam, blackberry and toast.
Noble Vines 667, Monterey, California 2013
Warm days and cool nights in Monterey Valley are perfect for developing ideal flavor concentration and balance. This pinot noir is an expression of the classic French style. Rich aromas of fresh red berries, over light notes of vanilla, damp earth, and minerals, with a hint of licorice. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder and delicate hints of sage.
Wither Hills Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2011
Alluring spice, fresh wild berry compote, black olive and subtle earthy undertones. These layers of sumptuous fruit and spice are bundled together with bright acidity and fine ripe fruit tannins. Wither Hills state-of-the-art winery is committed to sustainability through wetland conservation program, conversion to organic production and Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand accreditation.
Lincourt, Santa Rita Hills, California 2013
The 2009 Pinot Noir is a beautiful example of the classic Santa Rita Hills AVA - delicate, subtle and endlessly layered. Black cherry and leather go with velvety tannins, the wine is aged in oak for 14 months. To ensure the vitality of their land and the authenticity of the wines, Lincourt uses sustainable methods in all farming, winemaking and business practices.
Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014
Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh red berries, rose oil and peppery spices on the perfumed nose. Lithe and focused, displaying good depth to its zesty raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with a smoky nuance emerging with aeration. Closes fresh and long, with a suave blood orange note and silky tannins that sneak in late.
Emeritus Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2012
With a muted nose initially, the bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark berries and plum with oak cask and stem in the background. Soft and smooth on entry, with moderately full-bodied flavors of cassis and black plums underlain with firm, mature tannins.
Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012
Consistent from vintage to vintage as the “little sister” of the Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, the Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir is a blend from each of our vineyard sites that results in a vibrant, food friendly Pinot Noir. This wine has an aroma profile that consists of red fruit, minerality, sweet and complex spice, earth and a hint of French oak. The palate offers youthful tannins and balanced acidity which lead to a smooth and graceful finish. The Yamhill Cuvée is approachable in its youth while maintaining the elegance and finesse of a Domaine Serene Pinot Noir.
Pali Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills, California 2011
Medium ruby in color with an expressive nose of bing cherry, cranberry, blueberry, and iron. The palate is pure and layered, with black cherry, berry, briar and graphite notes backed up by lush tannin and good acidity. This is a rich wine that remains light on its feet, a beautiful combination of juicy fruit and classic Pinot flavors.
Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim, Willamette Valley 2014
Floral & Spicy Focused. Black Raspberry, bing cherry and fresh turned earth mingle with delicate floral notes. Bright acidity and minerality combine for a juicy mouth feel.
Ken Wright Cellars Freedom Hill, Willamette Valley 2014
Aromas of red cherry, dried red rose petal and fern leaf. Light to mid weight flavors of red cherry with a hint of red hots and a bit of earthy flora and nutty oak. Flavorful, with nice balance and some finishing intensity.
Tolentino, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina 2012
Tolentino is the name of a little town in Italy where President Javier Catena's great grandfather was born at the end of the 1800's. Tolentino wines are sourced from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley. Chocolate and black fruit flavors with silky tannins, a natural balance, nice concentration and a distinctively smooth, long finish.
Catena Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
Classic to form, this wine is a juicy, mouth-filling wine with deep, dark flavors of plum, cassis, and blackberry jam. There is good minerality, spice, and pepper as the wine finishes. The grapes are sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza, where the ground holds deposits of calcareous soils, clay, and importantly, limestone. The Andes Mountains stand guard on the western edge of the region, trapping the rainclouds that provide vital precipitation to the grapes growing below.
Famila Zuccardi Q, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
Inviting scents of cedar, Asian spices, lavender, and black cherry on the nose. A plush, dense, layered, pleasure-bent Malbec, aged in French oak for 12 months. Voluptuous, ripe fruits, plum and cassis with soft notes of tobacco and black pepper.
Trivento Golden Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec is purple red with deep violet tones. It has a bouquet of berry fruits, plum jam, coffee and tobacco notes. The wine is elegant and powerful on the palate with velvety tannins.
Angulo Innocenti La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
The aromas are dark, even a bit brooding, at first with building aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and mocha. Then ripe, bright, and juicy on the palate with gorgeous blackberry, black plum, and currant accented by notes of spice, mineral, and berry blossom. Stays vibrant and juicy on the bright, clean, finish with currant and cherry flavors lingering nicely. Aging half the wine in used oak barrels allowed this to open up without gaining any heavy oak accents and leaves it perfectly positioned for anything from steaks on the grill to party sipping.
Hullabaloo Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California 2012
Taking advantage of some strong old timer grower relations, we have been able to source some wonderful old vine Zinfandel from several Napa Valley vineyards. Classic characteristics of fresh cracked pepper, raspberries, black cherries and briery fruit. Full-bodied with plush textures and good acidity as well as a nice mouthfeel.
1000 Stories Zinfandel, Mendocino, California 2013
Uniquely aged in charred bourbon barrels, boasts fragrant blackberry jam, plum, spice and toasty oak aromas with sumptuous black fruit flavors accented by enticing clove and vanilla tones.
Seghesio, Sonoma, California 2013
The Seghesio family first planted Zinfandel back in 1895! Seghesio's Zin is busty, with plush and spicy blackberry and raspberry fruit, but it's got some extra acidity because of the cool 2012 vintage. It is precise in its focus on ripe berries and briary spice, and it is particularly well-balanced with fine energy and a long, firm finish.
Peter Franus, Napa Valley, California 2012
We love Zinfandel and we love this wine. It’s balanced, structured, a great value, and, most of all, delicious. This is one of our most popular wines and it combines a lush, plummy layer with a surprising brightness and freshness. There is a fusion of classic flavors and aromas – cherry, blackberry, toasty oak, white pepper, truffle and more – that invite you back and remind us what a great grape Zinfandel can be.
Saldo, Northern California 2013
Orin Swift Cellars owner/winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Deciding he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel, what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA. Dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberry and blackberry, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate there is strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. The entry is mouth coating and leads into a mid palate with structure and good acidity. The finish is bright and long with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness.
Orin Swift The Prisoner, Napa Valley, California 2014
Mostly Zinfandel, complimented with 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache and 1% Malbec. This dark purple colored blend opens with a mild blackberry, earthy, and smoky oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty black raspberry and plum blended with notes of black pepper and hint of cherry vanilla. The finish is dry with gentle, dusty tannins.
Kilikanoon The Lackey Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia 2012
Kilikanoon has selected premium parcels of Shiraz to craft an unassuming wine of upfront character and appeal. The nose displays rich dark fruits, spicy plums, and licorice. The palate packs a punch with ripe, spicy plums, dark cherries and quality oak to provide a richly rewarding and lingering finish.
Michael David Sixth Sense, Lodi, California 2013
A black-as-night Syrah true to it’s roots, with flavors of dark red fruit, bacon and toast, with a wall of vanilla and oak. It’s juicy, jammy and surprisingly well integrated; deep and intense flavors last throughout the glass.
Michael David Petite Petit, Lodi, California 2013
Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! The wine is opaque dark purple and opens with a very inviting violet and plum-like bouquet. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is quite silky and smooth. It displays very jammy black currant-like flavors with notes of dry blackberries and vanilla as well. The finish is dry, and lingers slightly. A boastful blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Aged 14 months in French oak.
Fess Parker The Big Easy Syrah, Central Coast, California 2012
Notes of blackberry, plum, smoked meat, acacia flower, vanilla, pepper and black cherry are found on the nose along with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, black cherry, all spice and vanilla on the palate. Enjoy this meaty, well-structured blend to a long lengthy finish with its dense chocolaty tannins.
Amor Fati Syrah, Santa Barbara, California 2011
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Amor Fati Syrah is scented of warm figs, boysenberry, spice cake, aniseed and bacon fat with an undercurrent of dried Chinese plums, soy and Mexican chocolate. Rich, concentrated and medium to full bodied, it has a good line of crisp acid and velvety tannins, finishing long and layered. Delicious now, it will continue to evolve over the next ten years.
Altos de Luzon, Jumilla 2011
A blend of 50% Monastrell, 25% Tempranillo and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested by hand. Roasted plum and raspberry aromas offer accents of vanilla, dill and dry wood. The palate is big, a little soft and chubby in the middle, with savory, herbal black fruit flavors that are meaty and deep. Finishes earthy and herbal.
Borsao Tres Picos, Campo de Borja 2013
Big, ripe fruit welcomes you as only low yields of Garnacha can express. Less than two tons per acre are harvested from the warm slopes of Moncayo and the results are rich and forthcoming; the palate is awash in the spiced plums on the nose and bring on blackberries, mulling spices, a sweet leathery top note and vivacious acidity.
Cellers Can Blau, Montsant 2013
A blend of 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French oak. Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way.
Juan Gil, Jumilla 2012
Wonderfully aromatic, mixing dark fruit with sweet spice, black pepper, and smoky oak. The fruit for this wine comes from old vines grown in chalky limestone. On the palate, 100% Monastrell delivers pure fruit flavor. The tannins are rounded out smoothly by just enough oaky, spicy richness that still allows the beautiful dark fruit to take center stage.
Castillo Perelada 5 Fincas, Empordà 2011
Castillo Perelada owns 5 Vineyards in the north-eastern corner of Spain, each of them with their own geological conditions. The 5 Fincas, or farms, is a blended red of Merlot, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc. Intense and enveloping aroma of ripe fruit, with spicy and roasted notes. It reaches great volume in the mouth. It is fleshy, well-structured with fresh acidity and silky tannins.
Dehesa La Granja, Zamora 2008
This unfiltered Spanish Tempranillo opens with a mild oak and mild blackberry with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum and black licorice blend with hints of minerality, old oak, and spice. The finish is dry and it sticky tannins show very nice length.
Marques de Murrieta, Rioja 2010
This Reserva, made from Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo, exhibits cedar, cigar box, and bright red fruit flavors, with lively, sweet tannins on the finish. It is well-defined and speaks of its place. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, well-defined entry. Crisp red fruit, sage and a touch of orange rind vie for attention, while the oak is succinctly well-intergrated.
Fattoria Bibbiani Chianti Poggio Vignoso, Tuscany 2012
Bibbiani’s “wine of the people” (85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Malvasia). Poggio Vignoso is a simple, delightful food wine that can be enjoyed with virtually anything. Surprisingly firm, admirably balanced, with dried cherries and floral notes.
Famiglia Pasqua Passimento, Puglia 2012
Rich, ripe aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and dried cranberry emerge from the glass, accompanied by floral tones and a hint of smoke. The grapes are partially dried before fermentation. It shows an intense bouquet of red berries with hints of spices and an extremely soft and round finish, with velvety tannins. This Passimento will be delicious when paired with deeply flavored fatty proteins like duck, beef and pork.
Argiano NC, Tuscany 2012
The Non Confunditur is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 20% Sangiovese. Open, expressive fruit, spices, licorice and herbs. Relatively fleshy with excellent depth, structure and hint of oak with a fruity leathery finish.
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe, Piedmont 2011
Langhe Nebbiolo is a lovely expression of Nebbiolo with lively and earthy berry fruit floating atop fine tannins and great acidity. The wine has savory floral aromas and in the mouth shows tar and red cherries with moderate tannin, a medium-weight body, and sufficient acitiy to hold the wine in balance This Cantina's wines holds up to the producer's excellent reputation.
BLENDS & OTHER REDS
Château Musar "Jeune" Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2011
Chateau Musar has been producing wine in Lebanon since the 1930s, and planted its vineyards in one of the world's oldest wine-producing regions. An engaging blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Delicate, earthy undertones accent flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, cranberries and spicy aromatics.
Warwick Three Cape Ladies, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012
This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Dark berry and stewed fruit aromas fuse with spicy pepper flavors which complement the full bodied ripe tannins.
Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah, Walla Walla, Washington 2012
The 2008 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah combines the power of Walla Walla Merlot with the elegance of Old World Right Bank Bordeaux blends courtesy of the deft blending touch of winemaker Serge Laville. This tenth vintage of Uriah is one of the best expressions of our unique Spring Valley terroir. The nose is extremely refined and complex with scents of bright currant, clove, licorice, wheat, cigar box, almond.