​​California


CABERNET SAUVIGNON


From Napa Valley’s 1st organically farmed, LEED Gold Certified Winery
CADE HOWELL MOUNTAIN, 2012 & 2013, $110
2012-Aromas of red cherry, strawberry, bramble fruits, and rose. Full bodied with solid structure and tannins finishing with cranberry, strawberry Jam, allspice, vanilla, clove, cocoa, chocolate wafers and toasted almonds.

2013- Aromas of clove, cranberry, raspberry, coffee, cinammon, cocoa, and black pepper. Gloriously pure with notes of mulberry, graphite, blue and black berries. This wine is opulent and velvety with rich, firm tannins and a bold structure.

CHIMNEY ROCK, STAGS LEAP, 2012 $80, 2014, $96
​A SEDUCTIVE TAPESTRY OF THE WINERY'S VINEYARDS WITH THE POWER & GRACE OF THE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT'S UNIQUE TERRoiR

CLIF LEDE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT, 2011 & 2013, $80
GENEROUS WITH REFINED TANNINS ​& THE CHARACTERISTIC EARTHY MINERALITY OF THE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT.

FAR NIENTE OAKVILLE, 2014, $185
​​ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S OLDEST WINERIES. FOCUSED & SILKY BOYSENBERRY, CHOCOLATE, GRAPHITE & CEDAR

HEITZ CELLARS MARTHA'S VINEYARD, VERTICAL VINTAGES 2002 – 2005, $1,050

Sold only as a vertical
2002 - IMPRESSIVE & OPULENT WITH SUPERB BALANCE
​2003 - BLACK CHERRY WITH A LIGHT ETCHING OF DARK CHOCOLATE
2004 - LAVISH AROMAS & A SIGNATURE TWIST OF MINT
​2005 - CLASSIC PEDIGREE OF RIPE BLACK CHERRY ETCHED WITH MINT


​SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT, STAGS LEAP, 2010, $290
​A MIND BLOWING DISPLAY.  BLUE, BLACK & RED FRUIT WITH LICORICE & FLORAL NOTES


SEBASTIANI CHERRY BLOCK, 2010, $110
BRILLIANT WITH SWEET TANNIN & FULL BODIED OPULENCE​

​MICA, NAPA, 2013, $78
From Bucella, this wine cruises under the radar with SILKY TANNINS, GORGEOUS, DENSE BLUE & BLACK FRUIT & a LUXURIOUS TEXTURE

STAGS' LEAP NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2013, $62
​EXEMPLIFIES THE SUCCESS OF THE 2013 VINTAGE.  BLACK CURRANT, CHERRY & BLUEBERRY SEEMLESSLY INVITE THE LAYERED PALATE OF FOREST FLOOR, SAVORY HERBS & SWEET TOBACCO.


PAUL HOBBS "BECKSTOFFER", 2013 $239

 COME AND GET IT, part two.  We managed to score some bottles of the 2013, and we were lucky to get it!  Consitent with previous vintages this is an opulent cab earning near perfect scores across the board. Yet Again one of the most highly sought after Napa Cabs.


witchery Spring Mountain, 2013, $110

micro produced with the full expression of the terroir, this could well be the next cult cab with vintages selling out upon release.


​Joseph Phelps Insignia, 2011, $230; 2013, $260

2011- impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer's marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time.


2013- The 40th vintage of the flagship Joseph Phelps Insignia; Deeply pigmented, the 2013 opens with heady blackberry and plum aromatics laced with baking spices, cardamom and espresso.  Focused and fresh, this exceptionally concentrated wine showcases elegant tannin structure and a silky mouthfeel layered with dark fruit, sweet vanilla bean, cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate.  The blend, 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc is nothing short of superb mastery.


Rombauer Napa Valley Diamond Selection, 2012, $85

The Rombauer philosophy of win egrowing is exemplifiied by this vineyard selection , detailed management and limited production. The diamond Selection is exactly as it implies "beauty and class." The fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness to produce a wine that is dark and rich in concentrated berry and mocha flavors.


Beringer Napa Valley Private Reserve, 2010, $162

Beringer private reserve builds on generations of winemaking expertise to skillfully blend select single vineyards from Napa valley, each individually chosen for its unique characteristics. After aging for 20 months in french oak barrels, the final blend showcases black fruit, mint, and dark chocolate along with a long, luxurious finish. Thanks to its generous structure, private reserve is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for many years to come.


Far Niente Oakville, 2014, $185

This iconic napa Cab opens with beautifully lifted spice and black fruit aromatics-clove, anise, black cherry and blackberry-layered with a hint of rich oak. A round, supple entry leads to a silky, smooth midpalate. Cassis, clove, and toasted oak compliment the black and red fruit flavors. fine grained, age worthy tannins provide structure to the dark, juicy finish.


Round Pond Estate Cab, 2014, $68

This is a true gem from the heart of Napa, literally.  In the center of Napa and surrounded by great estates like beckstoffer, honig, heitz, and caymus, this is a classic and superb rutherford cabernet. totaly organic although they don't believe they need to certify, only to produce quality wine as it should be produced and to take care of the land. It exhibits rich characteristics of dark complex fruit, minerality, and balanced intensity. the layers of this wine truly reflect the terroir of the vineyard.


Silver Oak Napa Valley Cab, 2012, $140

A bouquet driven by blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce​ with hints of sage and molasses complimented by sandlewood and nutmeg.  Abundant ripe red and black fruits with classic coconut tones from the American Oak aging.  well structured, rich, and finishing with silky but generous tannins in a luxurious finish.  This has been called "an excellent performance from a wonderful growing season." 


​Peter Michael "Au Paradis", 2014, $237

The nose offers elegant notes of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon and an exotic tough of orange. The palate is velvety and loaded with black currant, liqueur of cassis, game, black berry liqueur, black olives, coconut, plum eau-de-vie, and an iron like minerality.

California Blends​

OPUS ONE, 2012, $275; 2014, $340
2012; SWEET FLORAL & SPICE LEAD TO EXPRESSIVE DARK BERRY, MOCHA, ANISE & NEW LEATHER.  BRILLIANTLY PRECISE.

2014; Mesmerizing floral and dark berry notes, a remarkable tension and finesse give impeccable balance with an almost Burgundian texture but pure Napa soul. Ripre fruit, stone, spice, and chinese tea make this savory and delicious.


Overture by Opus One, $135

A multi-vintage wine, this is Opus One's second wine and sourced from the same vineyards and made exactly like Opus One. Deep ruby and alluring with a nose that screams napa. And edge of cocoa cuts through the deep dark fruits and finishes with a hint of sanguine minerality.


PETER MICHAEL 'L' Esprit des pavots', 2014, $116
silky, lush & approachable, with low acidity & notes of black olive tapenade intermixed with graphite, blackberry, cassis & smoke; full-bodied, & plush.


linne calodo rising tides, 2012, $72

​knockout cassis & blackberry with sage, rosemary, mint, leather & tobacco astride a slippery mineral backbone


linne calodo outsider, 2012, $70

pure power and intensity tending toward the blue/black end of things while ending with baking spice infused cherry pie & licorice.

California PINOT NOIR

​MERRY EDWARDS, MEREDITH Estate, 2012, $80
GRACEFUL, ALLURING ELEGANCE WITH ​​CRUSHED, RED RASPBERRY, SARSAPARILLA, CARDAMOM & TEA 

Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard, 2012, $76
From the Pommard clone which I tend to love, this wine is bursting with freshly picked wildflowers & Earth.  Blueberry & strawberry keep the acidity high before diving headfirst into a long finish of bacon & dark chocolate.

BLACK KITE RIVER TURN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, 2011, $62
BLACK CHERRY LIQUOR, ​ BLACK RASPBERRY JAM & HOISIN SAUCE


Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013, $54

Full-blown and persistent, with deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with hints of lavender and licorice.  Gains energy and spiciness with air and finishes with a bright mineral snap and a lingering note of candied rose with currant, roasted almonds, milk chocolate & anise.

DONELAN TWO BROTHERS PINOT NOIR, 2012, $74
SEDUCTIVE KIRSCH WITH ​STRAWBERRIES, LOAMY SOIL AND A TOUCH OF OAK.

KOSTA BROWNE SONOMA COAST, 2013, $108
​DELIVERS A PURE, FOCUSED CORE OF WILD BERRY, RASPBERRY, GRAVEL, ANISE, DRIED HERB & SAVORY NOTES.​

California ZINFANDEL

​INGLENOOK EDIZIONE PENNINO ZINFANDEL, 2012, $62
DARK, LUSH & JAMMY WITH ​ POMEGRANATE, PLUMS, CHOCOLATE & SPICE

Witchery Howell Mountain Zinfandel, 2013, $85
With a total production of only 100 cases, very few people will get to own this rare wine that explodes with big blackberry roundness and raspberry preserves from one of Napa Valley’s most prestigious AVAs.


CALIFORNIA Sauvignon Blanc


PETER MICHAEL 'L' Apres-Midi', 2016, $65

Intense & multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by mineral, honeysuckle, lemon, lime, white peach. Rich, balanced, & elegant, The finish is layered & extremely long. The 2016 will benefit from three years of cellaring & will age gracefully for a decade or more.


California Mourvedre


Cline  "Big Break Vineyard" Small Berry Mourvedre, 2014, $46

Notes of tobacco, mint, plum, and loads of Eucalyptus  from the neighboring eucalyptus forest present themselves in this wine that is well structured and deep with fine-grained tannins. We just can't get over the Eucalyptus that jumps from this wine and how funky fun it is.



WASHINGTON

​DOUBLEBACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2011, $118 ($222 for Magnums)
​IMPECCABLE BALANCE.  SATURATED & GORGEOUS WITH CRUSHED BRAMBLE FRUIT, CREME BRULEE & ALLSPICE

COL SOLARE, BORDEAUX BLEND, 2009, $88
DARK CHOCOLATE, BLACK FRUIT, ESPRESSO & COCONUT SPICE WITH A SILKY, LINGERING FINISH

Figgins Estate Red Wine, 2012, $101
This Wine is flat-out knockout stuff. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend gives up sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry toasted bread and sweet spice on the nose. Ultra-pure, elegant and silky, it has the texture to drink nicely today, yet will age effortlessly for two decades or more. 96 Points


Gramercy cellars lagniappe syrah, 2011, $58

shocking.  reminiscent of hermitage.  ample smoked meat, red & black currant with tactile saline over a raspberry coulis, mocha & ground pepper finish with notes of spicebox. 95 points


quilceda creek cabernet sauvignon, 2012, $260

mostly from the champoux vineyard at horse heaven hills, this wine boasts blackberry, bluebery & cassis with soy, smoke, graphite & spice box.  it should age effortlessly for 20+ years.​ 98 points


 quilceda creek red, 2012, $85

a smoking effort that shows the beauty of the vintage. made from a declassified blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon It offers a brilliant, almost Bordeaux-like, bouquet of sweet cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite and hints of toast. it doesn't lack for richness or persistence. 94 points


Cayuse En Cerise, 2013, $130

97 Points. Peppery, peat moss, violets & plenty of sweet black cherry & cassis  all show here. It is full-bodied, layered, sexy and gorgeously textured on the palate. classic Cayuse.


cayuse en chamberlin, 2013, $130

​97 Points.  the most savory, umami-styled, exotic and funky of the lot. Iodine, beef blood, licorice, mushroom and hints of soy and give way to a full-bodied wine with ample concentration, sweet tannin and a great finish.  perfumed, complex and downright exotic. It should drink well for 15 years or more.


cayuse cailloux, 2013, $130

97 points. cofermented with 5% Viognier and aged in twice-used French oak. It offers a ripe, voluptuous style in its ground pepper, smoked meats, peat and sweet dark fruits. These give way to a full-bodied Syrah that has solid concentration and good tannin. The Viognier here normally gives this cuvee some early charm, but it should evolve gracefully as well.


Cayuse The Lovers, 2013, $158

Showing the more elegant, fresh style of the vintage with its subtle black fruits, ground herbs, earth and graphite aromas and flavors. A richness and beautiful elegance with fine tannins and a balanced, graceful style.


TAMARACK CELLARS SEVEN HILLS VINEYARD RESERVE, 2010, $60

​Rich, ripe figs and smoky aromas lead into black currant, plum and scintillating spices.  A balanced wine with great length and finish of sweet tannin and mint.


OREGON


Pinot Noir

ARCHERY SUMMIT ARCUS ESTATE, 2011, $110
BLUEBERRY COBBLER, DARK PLUMS, CHERRY COLA & BLACK TEA

​In 1965, Willamette’s first pinot noir was planted at Eyrie Vineyards
EYRIE VINEYARDS original vines, 2013, $95
Glorious aromatics offer intense scents of citrus, pine needle, pepper and berry, with a welcome kick of citrus. this promises a long cellar life, as proven over and over again by this founding Oregon winery.  94 points


BRITTAN VINEYARDS “BASALT BLOCK”, 2012, 2014, $48
FROM V​ETERAN WINEMAKER ROBERT BRITTAN, HEAD WINEMAKER AT STAGS’ LEAP WINERY, NAPA.
 

2012- This VINTAGE IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WAS MODERATELY WARM PRODUCING A WINE THAT EXHIBITS RICH NOTES OF BLACKBERRY, ITALIAN PLUM, DRIED ORANGE PEEL AND CASSIS, WITH SPICE NOTES OF CORIANDER AND NUTMEG WITH BERGAMOT & BLACK TEA. 

2014- This vintage was beautiful, with near perfect temperatures; the wine is fresh and pretty with blueberry and mineral aromas that follow through to a full body, salty undertones, and a long, flavorful finish with a deliciously salty aftertaste.


KEN WRIGHT, CARTER, 2012, MAGNUM, $140
​DARK FRUIT OF PLUM, BLUEBERRY & BLACK CHERRY WITH FRESH EARTH 

KEN WRIGHT, SAVOYA, 2012, MAGNUM, $140
​BLACK CHERRY, CRANBERRY & POMEGRANATE WITH EARTHY COLA & SADDLE


RESONANCE, 2013, $80

THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED FIRST RELEASE FROM MAISON LOUIS JADOT’S OREGON PROJECT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.  CONCENTRATED RASPBERRY PUREE IN BOTH AROMATICS AND ON THE PALATE WITH LASER FOCUS.  A MAGICAL COMBINATION OF FINESSE, SILKINESS AND STRIDENT YOUTH. 

20 YEARS OF AGING POTENTIAL.

​93 POINTS WS


DOMAINE SERENE "YAMHILL CUVEE," 2014, $57

​THIS WILLAMETTE GEM WAS RECENTLY SELECTED TO BE THE FACE OF OREGON PINOT CAMP; YEP, THAT MEANS THIS IS THE EMBODIMENT OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND THE SUPERB PINOT NOIRS THEY HAVE BECOME FAMOUS FOR. RECEIVING 91 POINTS FROM WINE SPECTATOR WE UNDERSTOOD ALL THE HYPE AT FIRST TASTE.  RICH WITH AROMAS OF BING CHERRY, BLACKBERRY, DRIED HERBS AND SPICES THAT STRETCH TO THE PALATE AND DELIVER SOME INTENSE RED FRUIT.  THIS WINE IS GRACEFUL AND POLISHED, SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATING PLAYFUL TANNINS WITH SPICY NOTES. SILKY, ELEGANT, AND SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!


​Brick House Cuvee du Tunneler, 2014, $56

Notes of cinnamon, allspice, and earthy tones of forest floor and bramble. It shows supple fruits and expressive layers and a powerful structure. made from Entirely estate grown fruit that is certified organic.


Patricia Green Cellars "marine Sedimentary," 2014, $40

A Blend from Patricia Green's Estate Vineyard, Lia's Vineyard, and Olenik Vineyard; Dark fruits, driven minerality, and hints of sweet berry from the Dijon 115 and acid and tannin from the mariafeld produce a wine with character, structure, cool minerality, and restraint.


Patricia green Cellars "Volcanic," $44

Truly born of volcanic soils, this is a wine that shows elements of sweet red fruits and spices mid-palate and remarkably silky, Satin Tannins that allow the fruit to linger. A true benchmark for wines from Dundee hills.


Oregon


Syrah


Horsepower "the tribe vineyard," 2014, $200

Another stunning syrah from Christophe Baron, also of Cayuse. The horsepower vineyards sit in the small portion of Walla Walla inside oregon, like Cayuse the wines are biodynamic.  the wines are named for the Belgian draft horses that do all of the field work. with notes of blackberry, black cherry, and floral tones of violet and rose balanced by pepper and earth this wine has fine tannins and a juicy acidity. 2017 is showing this wine in its prime after a few years resting and promises great longevity. 



italy


amarone


​Bertani Villa Arvedi, 2012, $62

​Sleek and polished, this opens with lovely fragrances of blue flowers, incense and sandalwood.


MAZZI PUNTA DI VILLA, 2011, $116

AROMAS OF BLACK CHERRY JAM, DRIED FLOWERS, CIGAR BOX, DARK CHOCOLATE, AND EARTH. SUPERBLY BALANCED AND BIG. 2011 WAS ONE OF THE FINEST VINTAGES IN YEARS FOR MAZZI, AND THERE MAY NOT BE A BETTER AMARONE FROM THAT HARVEST. 


barolo


​Giacomo Fenocchio Bussia, 2010, $75

From the historic heart of the famed Bussia vineyard area, this wine beautifully expresses the fabulous vintage. Boasting great depth and energy, it seamlessly delivers violet, incense, underbrush, crushed black cherry, licorice, graphite and balsamic sensations alongside vibrant acidity and big, velvety tannins. 98 points


damilano cerequio, 2010, $90

 A mix of pure cherry, wild rosemary and sage notes converge in this fruity yet strict red, which is balanced, but needs time to integrate the dusty, gum-coating tannins

95 points


pio cesare barolo, 2011, $77

black fruit & prune are folded together with delicate cigar smoke, ​crushed mineral, licorice & truffle


​Principiano ferdinando serralunga Barolo, 2010, $75

Peach and apricot marmalade slide effortlessly to alpine flowers dotted with  cool mint with leather & licorice. ripe tannins support finely burnished wild cherries supported with a mineral tinged finish.


Gaja DaGromis Barolo, 2010, $109
Intense red in color with full aromas, rich with berries and floral notes as well as aromas of licorice, dried herbs and spices. This wine has a solid structure on the palate and a rich softness as well as a lingering finish.


Cascina Dardi Bussia, 2010, $54

A bottle of Barolo from the Fantino brothers in Monforte is one of italy's great comfort foods. the excellent side of Bussia and their expert touch provides a wine that has the best of all worlds; typicity, aromatics, fine structure, complexity, and the crowning touch - a silkiness of fruit and tannin that is uncommon for the king of wines when young. This is a wine to be enjoyed both young and old.​

vino nobile di  montepulciano

poliziano asinone, 2010, $59

elegance & complexity with purple iris, ​plums, ripe fig & carob


brunello di montalcino


Casanova di Neri "Cerretalto", 2010, $310

Cerretalto 2010 shows an intense ruby red color; powerful and complex on the nose with hints of licorice, black cherries, and violets together with an outstanding graphite note. a Very elegant mouthfeel, extremely long and full bodied with an endless finish it is pleases with a great tannic balance. 


​poggio antico altero, 2008, $88

extremely dark & concentrated with blackberry, coffee, licorice & spice


Tenuta del Cerra "​La Poderina", 2010, $64

A gorgeous red with dark-berry, blueberry and violet character. Full body, fine, integrated tannins with dark chocolate, and a delicious finish. 


Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 2006, $105

gorgeous.  laced with dark cherries, plums, exotic spices, licorice & tobacco with a lovely inner perfume, firm, yet well‐integrated tannins and a lovely overall balance. 


villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino "Massimo", 2007, $115

​where the caprili is pretty, the Massimo is masculine, muscular and a perfect gentleman.  classic notes of tart cherry and blood orange rind float atop a sumptuous ribbon of black earth, truffle and dusty rose with cigar box and crushed mineral.



CAPARZO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, 2011, $46

​DEEP GARNET COLOR WITH PENETRATING AROMAS OF WILD BERRIES.  THE PALATE IS DRY, WARM, AND HARMONIOUSLY FULL-BODIED.  DELICATE AND AUSTERE AT THE SAME TIME WITH A PERSISTENT FINISH.


Fossacolle Brunello di montalcino, 2011, $60

An intense ruby color with aromas of deep, mature fruit that has great complexity sustained through the palate.  Noteworthy tannins are silky and persistent on the finish of a wine that is elegant and complex with great balance and a bouquet that has evolved wonderfully with time in the bottle.


Barbaresco


​PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO​ 2013 Single Vinyards, $68/EA


Asili: There’s something special about the Asili in 2013. It has a shocking amount of precision & harmony with beautifully delineated aromatics of fruit, flower & earth. The expression is pristine & every component seems perfectly placed & proportioned.


Ovello: The 2013 Ovello is all power, tension and nerve. Even so, the 2013 is remarkably civilized & much less austere than young Ovello Barbarescos usually are. Scents of cranberry, white pepper & mint give the wine its signature high-toned aromatics. The Ovello has a Volnay-like purity to its fruit, with Nebbiolo tannins and structure, of course. If that sounds appealing, well, it is. Vivid, sculpted & impossibly beautiful, the Ovello is simply magnificent


Montestefano: Montestefano is one of the great sites of Barbaresco. It’s a wine that soars with tightly coiled finesse. Montestefano is legendary for how it marries elegance, detail & intensity. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The 2013 vintage in Piedmont is all about finesse & clarity. It’s exactly the sort of vintage where Montestefano shines. 


Rio Sordo: Enticing scents of wild berry, rose, baking spice & balsamic aromas come together in the glass. Juicy and full-bodied, the flavorsome palate shows succulent Morello cherry, cranberry, licorice and ground white pepper alongside a backbone of vibrant acidity & firm, polished tannins. It's already exceptional but will benefit with more aging.

​produttori del barbaresco, 2011, Magnum, $85

one of the best quality to value wines in italy.  Marked by ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and tar flavors, this red is graceful and detailed, with the fruit intensity persisting on the finish.


MOCCAGATTA BARBARESCO, 2013, $40; 2014, $40

2013- RIPE RED CHERRY, KIRSCH, WILD FLOWERS & SPICES ARE FRONT & CENTER IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY PERFUMED BARBARESCO THAT OVERDELIVERS BIG TIME. 

2014- A broad, spicy wine lush with flavors of earth, plum, blueberries, tar, vanilla, and tobacco. Still fruit forward like the 2013 but with less floral tones and more focus on earth and tobacco with toasty vanilla accents from a slightly changed up aging routine. The tannins are rounded and the finish shows smooth but still strong. 


​Gaja Barbaresco, 2011 & 2014, $285

2011​- Powerful, pure, and extremely deep. Perfumed with roses, dark berries, ash, tar, and black plum. Full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins and a juicy, savory finish accented by orange and lemon peel undertones.

2014​- The cooler climate of this growing season gives us a wine with fruit expressions prevailing over spice and floral tones. Loaded with perfumed berry, iris, and baking spice the palate doles out cherry, spices, crushed herbs and menthol. The has a licorice accent that wraps around refined tannins and a fresh acidity.


proprietary & super tuscan


tenuta san guido sassacaia, 2011,  $265

the only wine with its own doc & the most sought after wine on the planet.  eucalyptus & floral notes.


TENUTA SAN GUIDO SASSACAIA, 2013, $250

 This is a wine of excellent execution, beautiful balance and seamless intensity. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark fruit and integrated spice that build in steady strength.  The mouthfeel delivers freshness and power, but in measured doses, with long and silky persistence

 

PAOLO BEA SAN VALENTINO, 2010, $60

Impeccably balanced, this wine marries its juicy red and blue fruits with crushed flower petals, sun-warmed earth, baking spices & cigar wrapper. this wine wraps your palate in a seamless grip and only lets it go after a long, lingering finish.


​Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo, 2006, $65

Flowers and tar frame the succulent fruits in this sauvage ’06 Rosso de Véo. While 2006 was challenging in Umbria, Paolo Bea shows his skill in this feral, silky Sagrantino wine.


​caiarossa, 2004, $110 

blockbuster biodynamic with mature black fruit, raisins, leather & spice. 


dal forno valpolicella superiore, 2006, $135

burly with lots of charred oak & bresaola with ripe, crushed berry, cardamom & purple flowers


​giuseppe quintarelli ca del merlo, 2005, $100

quintarelli wines are always​ small in allocation, high in demand and stratospheric in quality.  even the most connected wine lovers find them difficult to obtain.


​Giuseppe Quintarelli ca del Merlo,  2006,  $115
Even more rare and exclusive than the standard Valpolicella is the single vineyard Ca' del Merlo (house of the blackbird). It is made in the Ripasso style and aged in large Slavonian oak for seven years. It is just now hitting its stride. 92 Points


​Crognolo tenuta sette ponti 2013, $40
Lots of currants, blueberries, vanilla and floral character on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Edgy contrast of acidity, ripe fruit and wood. Stylish, savory and delicious. One of the best values amongst Super Tuscan reds.  95 Points


​Here are a few recent additions that we are most pleased with.  These Super Tuscans are not available in the US outside a few shops in San Francisco and New York where they are 2 - 3 times as dear.


Mazzei  Tenuta Belguardo (Maremma Toscana), 2011, $93
Aromas of ground pepper, clove, mature plum, black currant and charred earth emerge on this Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend, with a whiff of game. The palate delivers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, licorice and grilled herbs alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. A tobacco note marks the close.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Orma, 2012, $130
Fabulous aromas of blackberries, orange peel, raspberries and citrus, wild herb & violets. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a light, dusty texture. It's so fine and beautiful, racy and refined. Very structured indeed but also soulful and very, very inspiring. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2026. James Suckling 97 pts


 Podere Forte Guardavigna, 2009, $170

Balsamic notes of mint and eucalyptus with notes of nutmeg and clove with blackberry, cassis, raspberry and red current dominate the palate with finely integrated, sweet tannins supported by good acidity that leaves a long, mineral finish.

 Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont’Ugo, Antinori, 2013, $93

This wine is vibrant, long and balanced with notes of plum and blueberry with sweet spices and underbrush.  I couldn’t help thinking Antinori has decided to re-assert themselves with this one and this point is backed up by a recent Galloni score of 93 points.  I can’t imagine finding another Merlot based wine anywhere else in the world for this price and quality.

Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi, 2012, Toscana, $185
A 50-50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this dense, extracted wine opens with aromas with vanilla, new oak, ripe black fruit, mocha and roasted coffee beans. The palate offers oak extract, coconut, toast, chocolate, fleshy plum and blackberries alongside velvety tannins.  This is one of the wines that changed Italy’s style from one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers.
James Suckling 94 pts
Robert Parker 95 pts
Vinous 94 pts
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri


CASTELLO DI BOLGHERI DOC BOLGHERI SUPERIORE, 2012, $93
Packed with juicy black currant and blackberry notes from start to finish, this Super Tuscan evokes licorice, spice and tar.  Dense and well structured with fine tannin, balance and a long, fruit and spice filled finish, this wine will be best from 2016 through 2024.
Wine Spectator 93 pts

Le Macchiole Messorio, 2012, $310

While Le Macchiole has always been known for its single varietal bottlings, this Merlot has gained it international renown.  Messorio is the flagship wine of the estate but also carries most effortlessly, the personality of the land.  It is a classic example of Italian Merlot and clearly articulates the Bolgheri terroir. 

 
Castello di Bossi, Corbaia IGT , 1997, $250
Named for the vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Bossi some 42 years ago, Castello di Bossi “Corbaia”  is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Allier oak barriques. This Super Tuscan offers dark fruit, cassis, licorice and balsamic character with fine balance and outstanding length on the finish. It is a wine of superb finesse and elegance with intense aromas of blackberries and black licorice, with hints of toasted oak and a finely polished texture.


Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis, 2014 & 2015, $59

2014​- Aromas of underbrush, cut grass, mediterranean scrub, red current and spice take center stage with hints of menthol. This is a succulent and delicious wine; a soft and approachable palate is loaded with blackberry, black currant, star anise, vanilla, and white pepper with bright acidity and supple but subtle tannins.

2015- with silky tannins and a refreshing acidity this wine opens with floral notes of rose petal, wild strawberry, red and black cherry, and blackberries. The tannins are fine and balanced by a linear acidity in the palate that accents succulent hints at salinity and savory spices.


Sicilian


Azienda Agricola Palari, Faro DOC, 2007 & 2008, $51

2007- A bouquet that offeres resinous aromas of tar and pine nut with beautiful background notes of black licorice and dusty minerality.  Notes of cassis, licorice, tar, and tobacco give A proufound complexity and slightly more dense body balance with a finsih full of silky, long tannins.


2008- This wine shows a beautiful quality of fruit with small red berries and a solid dose of ripe peach. Balsam herbs and dried rosemary appear on the fringe. As the wine evolves on the palate it shows more leather and black licorice. A wine that is approached with extreme precision and attention to detail it is has a balanced acidity and great depth.



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champagne


J. Lassalle "Cuvee Speciale" 2005, $100

Perfectly crafted champgane; created, surely, for gods, but by some fortunate mistake inherited by mortals. aged for seven years, waiting for perfection, it is released after three years more aging than legally required. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it is a serious champagne with great depth and intensity. Notes of ripe fruit, rich toast, a heavenly nuttiness, and citrus freshness make this one of my new favorite champagnes.

 

The Rhone River Valley


CLAPE COTES DU RHONE, 2013, $60
​​CORNAS IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S FEW BLUE CHIP ADDRESSES THAT WE STILL ASSOCIATE WITH TRADITIONAL WINEMAKING & CLAPE CORNAS IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF NORTHERN RHONE SYRAH.  IT IS THE HOLY GRAIL THAT EVERYONE ASPIRES TO WHEN MAKING SYRAH IN THE NORTHERN RHONE.

AUGUSTE CLAPE "RENAISSANCE" CORNAS, 2013, $96
HIGHLY PERFUMED AROMAS OF FRESH RED AND DARK BERRIES, VIOLET AND FENNEL. DEEPER AND DARKER IN PROFILE, WITH BLACK AND BLUE FRUIT SCENTS AND A TOUCH OF SMOKINESS. SAPPY BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY COMPOTE FLAVORS FIRM UP WITH A LITTLE AIR AND SHOW VERY GOOD CLARITY. 94 POINTS


domaine tempier bandol rouge cabassaou, (vertical) 2009 - 2011, $330

Ripeness, density & power.  the wines show unique aromas of thyme, rosemary, wild mint & fennel


​Pallieres Terrasse du Diable, gigondas, 2010, magnum, $88

​a heady bouquet of black raspberry, kirsch, & floral notes, building in intensity with a crushed rock minerality


PAUL JABOULET AINE, HERMITAGE BLANC "CHEVALIER DE STERIMBERG", 2011,  $62
​GORGEOUS HONEYED FRUITS, CREME, LEMON, BUTTERED CITRUS & DISTINCT MINERALITY.  THRILLING 


Bordeaux


Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Pomerol, 2008, $140, 94 Points
The aromas are so compelling with Maraschino cherries & sliced plums. So intense. It must come from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. It's full-bodied & dense but in a reserved & refined style. Racy & beautiful


Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Pomerol, 2006, 2007, 2008, $880

Every so often we receive an offer that is out of this world; this vertical of La Fleur-Petrus is one of those. Usualy only offered to restaurants we were lucky enough to get a few verticals. From a producer that needs no explanation we get three stunning vintages that each show depth and finese with all that we have come to love from pomerol. Sold only as a vertical.


Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé (A), 2012, $1200 

This is unquestionably the leading estate in St. Emilion, bordering Pomerol.  Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last for 50 years or more.


Chateau Duluc Saint Julien, 2000, $66

​The second wine of Chateau Branaire, this merlot is classic in style. Full with black berry and oak flavor transitioning to delicate and well balanced tannins. 


Domaines Delon Lo Petit Lion, 2009, $101

Named "the little lion" for the use of newer vines, almost 20 years old now, this cub is ready to roar! Blackberry, raspberry, and cassis on the nose backed by tobacco. Fruit forward on the palate with hints of minerality and flowers, structured but rounded and balanced with chewy tannins and fresh, fine finish.


Chateau Belle-Graves Lalande-de-Pomerol, 2008, $39

Lush and velvery offering; this merlot sees Cabernet Franc blended in with great results. It shows classic  merlot aromas and flavors of berries and plum, sweet tobacco, and cocoa. Fine tannins and earthy minerals dust the finish.


Pastourelle de Clerc Milon Pauillac, 2009, $66

An exceptional Year this vintage has a soft richness with tannins that are velvety and ripe. blackberry fruits and mint shine through the smoky edge of tannins to give a wine that has generous fruit and a tight end that brings in bright acidity.


Burgundy


Albert Bichot Pommard "Clos des Ursulines", 2012, $80
Rich, dark fruit, some oak spice evident here. Lovely sinewy freshness, absolutely no spare flesh but deliciously lean and firm. No attempt to woo the taster yet I love the no-nonsense but harmonious strictness.


Chezeaux Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Les Chaumes"  $91.00
This wine evokes plums, black cherries, mint, violets and spices emerge, adding a wonderful sense of texture and depth. Elements of firmness underpin the fruit, suggesting the wine has a very bright future. Sweet red flowers, mint and spices add complexity on the finish.


domaine pierre guillemot savigny aux serpentieres 1er cru

2012, $56; 2013, $50

2012- This wine is pretty, expressive, & intensely mineral,with quite a bit of depth; more than most vintages, ripe red and black raspberry, notes of cinnamon spice and a saline finish.

​2013- Another great year from the guillemot family. similar to the '12 we get expressive red fruits and a minerality and salinity that have, for us, become the classic notes we love in the Serpentieres. This is 1er cru burgundy at it's best.

Albert Bichot, Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru les Peuillets, 2012, $52
Those who bemoan the high price of Burgundy should acquaint themselves with the wines of Albert Bichot.What pinot !!! A beautiful nose with flavors of red and black fruits, spicy notes. The palate is intense, powerful, deep and greedy. Impressive.


Paul jaboulet aine condrieu "domaine des grands amandiers", 2010, $95

compelling toast & baking spice​ with restraining tropical fruit.  Tremendous length. 


Drouhin vaudon Chablis grand cru vaudesir, 2013, $ 85
Classic dusty Chablis. The palate is succinctly balanced with touches of citrus peel and a vibrant spicy finish, fanning out with careless abandon on the satisfying finish. Intense and elegant with aromas of hawthorn, apricot notes and hints of tobacco with dried fruits. 

93 Points


Drouhin  Chassagne Montrachet Margeot Premier Cru

Marquis de Lauguiche, 2013, $134

Perfumed and floral, this is a wine with weight and richness. There is a lot of structure here, concentrated rich yellow and white fruits giving a textured and mineral wine.

94 Points


​ Domaine faively Mercurey Rouge, 2014, $30

An excellent value!  This wine has a round and fruity attack before revealing its fine and silky tannins. This well-balanced wine with long-lasting aromas will be appreciated by knowledgeable wine lovers and will seduce novices too. Mercurey; located in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy


Comtesse Bernard de Cherisey Les Chalumaux 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet, 2013, $91

Combining the power & richness of Meursault with the ethereal finesse of Puligny this wine is loaded with white limestone & is intensely focused. From the domaine’s lowest-yielding vineyard, planted in 1946, the wine is exotic, opulent & fatty yet with a salt & citrus vitality that strikes an excellent balance between ripe fruit & freshness with notes of lime skin, peach & fruit stone.


​domaine jouard chassagne-montrachet, 2014, $62

restrained lime & apple with rich, juicy, upfront fruit of concentration and grip, with fine acidity and weight


Jean-Luc Joillot Pommard Premier Cru Les Petits Epenots, ​2005, $210

​DEEP COLOUR, YOUTHFUL. NOSE EVOLVING, BLACK FRUIT, AUTUMN LEAVES, MENTHOL. FAIRLY LEAN TASTE WITH UNINTEGRATED TANNINS AND ACIDS.


Domaine Christian Clerget, 2014, $40

We have been on a burgundy hunt, this is one of the gems we found. a classic burgundian expression of pinot noir.  Barnyard and earthy tones on the nose balance wild red fruits and berries.  The palate has a subdued, elegant earthiness that carries through the wild red fruits and is silky and refined finishing fairly long with smooth, well integrated tannins that leave us wanting another glass.


Domaine Jouard Chassagne-Montrachet, 2013, $47

even though nearly as much red as white is made you don't often see a red Chassagne-Montrachet and we are proud to offer it.  Vibrant on the nose with notes of wild red fruits and bramble berries that has a hint of vanilla.  The palate carries through the vibrant bramble berry, it oozes wild raspberry, and classic red fruits with a lifted, almost zippy acidity.  The finish is smooth but energetic and lingers leaving us wanting more.


Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee, 2015, $99

Wild Cherry, nutmeg, camphpr, and fine leather balance in supreme elegance. with subtle aromas of truffle and a palate that is balanced between tannin and acidity this great burgundy has a powerful and long aftertaste.


Domaine Costal Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, 2014, $45

a stunning, hand-crafted 1er Cru Vaillons from. Classic Chablis; precise, pure, and driven. It has a velvety, citrus fruit note that gives way to textbook chalk, slate, and stone.


Provence


​Chateau Simone Palette Rouge, 2012, $59

Fresh and pure, with a tightly coiled core of pepper, tobacco, savory, dried cherry and steeped plum notes, all carried by a mouthwatering sanguine accent. This is sneakily long, with an iron thread adding fine stitching. This is one that will age wonderfully well.


Chateau Simone Palette Blanc, 2013, $62

A truly unique creation based primarily on Clairette that is supplemented with Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc and a touch of Muscat Blanc. brisk in its youth, animated by a bouquet of pine-resin, evolves slowly into a sensual masterpiece with its lingering finish built on a mass of minerality. This is a remarkably age-worthy wine with the potential to give ever-more pleasure over a span two decades or more.​


Alsace


ROLLY GASSMANN, 2000, $72
​THIS RIESLING IS FULL OF POISE, ELEGANCE AND RIPENESS. THE NOSE HAS NOTES OF LIME FRUIT WITH HONEY, ACACIA AND MINERAL UNDERTONES. THE PALATE IS WHERE IT COMES INTO ITS OWN HOWEVER; LUSH, RIPE, VOLUPTUOUS TO THE EXTREME.


Domaine Marucie Schoech Vertical, 2011, 2012, 2013, $105

Sold only as a vertical this is a superb lineup. Coming from the grand cru kaefferkopf vineyard these Gewurztraminers show the classic citric, floral, and mineral notes with a smokey finish to a smooth, rich palate. It's a lot of fun to crack into this vertical and experience the nuances of the three vintages.


Germany


Joh. Jos. Prum Auslese Riesling, germany 2003, 2007, 2009, $201

From the winemaker of the 7th most expensive wine in the world, from the most storied riesling vineyard on the planet, in 3 of the best riesling vintages in the past 2 decades. SOld only as a vertical.


Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, Riesling, Germany 2015, $56

Another Gem from j.j. Prum that we are lucky to have! the 2015 vintage is remarkable and shows lovely stone fruits and strong minerality. it is fresh and vibrant with clear, clean notes of botrytis that developed as a result of slow verasion and later harvest. Why is it only $56 you might be wondering...we were able to scoop this wine up at a remarkable price, so you get it at a remarkable price as well!


Hattenheim Pfaffenberg Riesling Spatlese, Germany 2004, $40

Shows some exotic tropical nuances to its aromas and flavors, with hints of tangerine and other mixed citrus delivered via a plump, succulent mouthfeel. Long and crisply focused on the finish.


Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese 2014, $70

Pure, clean minerality on the nose with vibrant tropical fruits and citrus followed by a salty minerality and expressively elegant finish. A stunning example of Grosselagen wine from the Nahe.



Spain


CATENA ZAPATA NICOLAS, ARGENTINA, $135 EACH
AN IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF A VERTICAL OF 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011   
THE BEST THAT CATENA HAS TO OFFER.


TORRES MAS LA PLANA, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SPAIN, 2010, $94
​THE SINGLE MOST RECOGNIZED NAME IN SPANISH WINE.  INTENSE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE, TOAST, CLOVE & PEPPER

​CLOS ERASMUS PRIORAT, SPAIN, 2010, $210
THE BENCHMARK OF PRIORAT.  INTENSELY PERFUMED. BLACK RASPBERRY, RED CURRANT, ASIAN SPICES & INCENSE. 

VINA TONDONIA RIOJA, RESERVA,  2004 & 2005, $47
2004 - SAVORY FLAVORS OF TEA, MUSHROOM AND LEATHER FRAME DRIED CHERRY AND ORANGE PEEL NOTES IN THIS TRADIDIONAL-STYLE RED. FEATURES A SMOOTH POLISHED TEXTURE WITH LIGHT TANNINS AND BRIGHT ACIDITY. HARMONIOUS AND GRACEFEUL. DRINK NOW THROUGH 2020. 


2005 - CEDAR BOX, CEDAR, AND BALSAMIC NOTES FRAME CHERRY, RASISIN AND LICORICE FLAVORS IN THIS LEAN BUT FIRM WINE. DISLPAYING GRIP AND FOCUS WITH FRIM TANNINS AND ORANGE PEEL ACIDITY; THE SPICY FINISH IS TRADITIONAL, FRESH, AND LONG.



Other


​two of the most highly praised wines in south africa


Mullineux Granite Syrah, south africa, 2010, $125

Bright cherry, crushed violet, white pepper & provencal herbs with minerally precision.


Mullineux schist syrah, south africa, 2010, $125

exuberant with ripe black cherry, blueberry & crushed white flowers with black olive, cassis & minerals.


RUSTENBERG, 5 SOLDIERS CHARDONNAY, SOUTH AFRICA, 2012, $56

CHARACTERS OF RIPE CITRUS, MELON AND PEACH WITH GREAT MINERALITY, ROUNDED OUT BY WELL CRAFTED OAKING.  A VERY COMPLEX WINE, APPROACHABLE IN ITS YOUTH HOWEVER CAREFUL CELLARING WILL REWARD PATIENCE.

93 POINTS WA


Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML), South Africa 2009, $87

The only dessert wine on our cellar list, Klein Constantia was #10 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 in 2015.  The estate dates back to 1685 and this particular wine has been written about by Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickenson and Ernest Hemingway to name a few.  It is  rich and unctuous, yet superbly racy & offers a gorgeous melody of dried apricot, fig, mango & quince, underscored by a lively blood orange note & backed by a long, ginger & green tea finish.

Beers

We've had beer on our minds a lot lately; it only seemed natural for us to start cellaring some of the beers we get in. The following list is just the start, as new beers release over time we are going to strive to build some verticals and collections of limited releases. Check in the store or give us a call to see what other beers we have.


Deschutes Black Butte XXVII, $17.5

With a best after date of 07/20/2016 this beer is showing really well and will continue to age. Brewed with rose water and 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with ale containing apricot, cocoa nibs, pomegranate, molasses and spices.


Deschutes The Dissident 2016 Reserve, $17.5

a distinctive belgian style brown ale brewed with wild yeasts and cherries and aged in French oak wine barrels.


Deschutes The Abyss 2016 Reserve, $14.25

an imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark and vanilla bean, 21% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 21% aged in in oak wine barrels, and 8% aged in oregon oak barrels.


deschutes the Abyss Rum Barrel Aged, 2017, $25

the same dark, mysterious, and sumptuous imperial stout as the Abyss reserve but aged for ten months in rum barrels. part of their "remarkably limited release" line up.


Deschutes the abyss Scotch barrel aged, 2016, $25

the same dark, mysterious, and sumptuous Imperial stout as the abyss reserve but aged for twelve months in scotch barrels. another fantastic beer from their "remarkably limited release" line up.


Deschutes the stoic, 2015, $17.5

a prized, potent belgian style quad with stirring depth and complexity. brewed with pomegranate; 16.5% agedin oak wine barrels and 16.5% aged in oak rye whiskey barrels. the bottle age on this one is showing beautifully.


Big Sky Brewing Co. Ivan the Terrible, 2016 & 2017, $16

a montana classic, an imperial stout aged in American oak Bourbon Barrels. it is rich, complex, and intense; ready to drink now or to be held for years.


Kettle House freezeout stout, 2017, $17.5

a classic in the making for montana, classified as an american stout it is loaded with the roasty malt notes and depth we expect and love. aged in whisky barrels, this to me is the montana answer to goose Island bourbon county. drinks well know but will age very well.