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Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Product #28169 (In Stock)
Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bob Stack is best known as an importer of fine value wines from around the world (his Chapoutier Bila-Haut wines have been favorites for years).  He named his California negotiant venture Clos Robert to clearly indicate his preference for French-styled Cabs, and that’s what he delivers here.  Although how he managed to find such high-quality fruit in the difficult 2011 vintage is a mystery!

The 2011 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petite Sirah and 10% Petit Verdot, all aged for a few months in used french oak.  It's full of lush currant, cassis, and black plum fruit with just the right accent of Bordeaux-like fresh herb.  Full-bodied and nicely ripe, the touches of oak spice and bitter chocolate add more complexity and the fine tannin will handle a steak easily - but there's no reason not to drink this all by itself. Hands down, the best value we've seen in California over the past two years.

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Leese-fitch Merlot 2012 Product #28356 (In Stock)
Leese-fitch Merlot 2012 Leese-fitch Merlot 2012

"With brambly purple color, the vanilla notes burst from the glass. Then the aroma turns towards strawberry jam, plum, and crushed cardamom. The mouth fills with flavors of ripe black raspberry, sweetened cranberry cocktail, fresh summer cherries, toasted almond, and summer plums. The finish has layers of vanilla bean from a combination of French and American oak with a touch of complexity from notes of Brazil nut and sweet raspberry cordial. The acidity keeps the wine bright while the fruit flavors bounce between sweet and tart." Winery Notes

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Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Product #28533 (In Stock)
Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011

When you're the son and assistant winemaker for Napa legend Ric Forman, you really ought to know a thing or two about making great Chardonnay.  And, when you're married to another third-generation grape grower, you really ought to be able to bring in excellent fruit, too.  So, the only thing really surprising about the outstanding Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 from Toby and Dawn Forman is the price - sure tastes like $40 Chardonnay, but carries a very attractive sub-$20 price tag!

Made from fruit grown and purchased from around the North Coast, this gets a touch of oak and about 30% goes through malolactic fermentation for a touch of buttery creaminess. The aromas and flavors feature plenty of ripe apple, pear, pineapple and citrus fruit with a nice dose of spice.  The texture is creamy and rich, but the bright acids keep things fresh and pure. A terrific wine, especially at this price!

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Josh Cellars Merlot 2011 Product #27529 (In Stock)
Josh Cellars Merlot 2011 Josh Cellars Merlot 2011

From Joseph Carr, this great value Merlot delivers a lot more than it's modest price suggests. Classic Merlot aromas and flavors of soft red plum, blackcurrant, and a touch of dried herb get a little boost of oak spice and mellow chocolate.  Plenty of fruit in this balanced, easygoing, Merlot that finishes softly with lingering fruit and herb.

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Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir Lot 5 2012 Product #28498 (In Stock)
Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir Lot 5 2012 Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir Lot 5 2012

Grayson purchases grapes from around California to make small "Lots" of very good value for money wines.  This Pinot Noir is an excellent example. Unlike most California Pinots, it's not overripe or heavy (just 13.1% abv), but there is plenty of juicy berry and cherry fruit with accents of pomegranate, cranberry, and smoky wood spice. Very light tannins and bright, refreshing, acids make this a great choice for drinking with a chill or pairing with a nice cool salmon salad.

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X Winery Big Gun Red 2012 Product #28621 (In Stock)
X Winery Big Gun Red 2012 X Winery Big Gun Red 2012

The customer favorite X Red is no more, but this is a terrific replacement – and could just become your go-to party/house red.  A wacky blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Grenache that packs a big flavor punch. It's a boldly flavored red that's loaded with candied strawberry and red cherry fruit, a lash of baking spice, and a juicy, tangy, finish.  Great wine for anything grilled or just to enjoy at a party.

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Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2013 Product #28980 (In Stock)

A value line from Napa winery Joseph Carr, the 2013 Josh Cellars Chardonnay delivers plenty of bang for the buck. A blend of tank and barrel fermented fruit, you'll find lush peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit in a creamy-textured wine supported by just enough citrusy acidity.  The wood is nicely balanced here, giving a touch of vanilla and smoke for complexity and depth.  Fine to sip, excellent with food.

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Butter Chardonnay California 2013 Product #28451 (In Stock)
Butter Chardonnay California 2013 Butter Chardonnay California 2013

More than one fan has called this “baby Rombauer Chardonnay,” and the comparison certainly makes sense to us.  The resemblance is hardly surprising, since this blend of fruit purchased from top vineyards across California is made by Rob Lloyd, who made his name first at La Crema and then at Rombauer itself from 2001-2008.

As you’d expect, it’s a crowd-pleasing, creamy, tropical, buttery California Chardonnay. The wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe pineapple, vanilla, and creamy butter.  On the palate the texture is pleasantly rich and full bodied, loads of sweet fruit, spicy oak, and - of course - fresh butter.  At about half the price of Rombauer (even before we put it on sale), it’s a pretty attractive bottle to serve at parties or anytime you gather a crowd.  But, supplies of Butter Chardonnay are dwindling and with Rombauer itself is sold out until the new release in October, right now is your best chance to lay in a supply to enjoy over the next year!

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Conundrum White 2012 Product #27861 (In Stock)
Conundrum White 2012 Conundrum White 2012

Mainly Sauvignon Blanc plus Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat. Generous aromas of green apple, tangerine zest and honeysuckle. In the mouth, expansive and palate-coating with lush, creamy, flavors of melon, apricot, pear, pineapple and a touch of vanilla.  The Muscat adds cheerful fruit and floral notes as unusually bright and zingy acidity comes up to keep things fresh.

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Prisoner 2013 Product #28919 (In Stock)
Prisoner 2013 Prisoner 2013

As always, the Prisoner is not for the faint hearted, although it’s become considerably better mannered since Jen Beloz took over winemaking.  It’s a big - right around 15% alcohol - California red that escapes from the glass with an explosion of super-ripe red and black fruit plenty of spicy oak. It’s always an exotic flavor profile from an exotic blend:  In 2013 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, and 2% Charbono. The plush, ripe, fruit comes from some of California’s top vineyards, including Korte, Page Nord, York Creek, Hudson and Black Sears.

Like you, we don’t get to taste Prisoner until Haloween, but winemaker Jen Beloz’s notes are sure to make your mouth water!  “Aromas of briar fruits and dried cherry are accented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak. On the palate, tiers of blueberry, ripe mulberry and boysenberry give way to an edge of espresso, cracked pepper and a seasoning of fall spice. These dense aromas and flavors culminate in a lingering finish framed by refined tannins.”

"The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend The Prisoner is a creative blend of 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, as well as Syrah, Grenache and Charbono. This dense, full-bodied, opulent red reveals gutsy, rich, peppery, meaty, blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice notes. A savory, lusty, heady red, it begs for a grilled steak or a big, juicy hamburger. Drink it over the next 4-5 years."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Keplinger Lithic 2011 Product #27919 (In Stock)
Keplinger Lithic 2011 Keplinger Lithic 2011

Helen Keplinger continues to be one of Napa's "hottest" winemakers, building on her experience working in Priorat and in California at Bryant and with the likes of Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, and David Abreu. We're fortunate to get a few cases of her Lithic blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, and this year's Lithic is as perfumed and layered as ever, with a captivating vibrancy and juicier personality than in the past.  Aromas of violets, mineral dust, anise, and blue and black berry fruits lead to a mouthful of black fruit, licorice, and spice that unfurls with air.  Lovely tannin here in a difficult vintage - broad but very fine grained and plush.  A focused mineral streak recalls the Chateauneuf du Pape this mirrors, but the fruit and flavors are distinctively California.  Long, lovely, and limited - just 230 cases made.

"Dark red cherries, menthol, tobacco and savory herbs are some of the many notes that flesh out in the 2011 Lithic. Even with all of its early appeal, the Lithic boasts tremendous depth and has the pedigree to develop beautifully for a number of years. The polished finish is striking, but today, the Lithic is showing just a hint of its potential. The blend is 46% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre and 23% Syrah, with the Mourvedre and Syrah clearly dominating today. All of the fruit was sourced from Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

"Edgy and rustic, with a dense, potent core of road tar, dark berry, black licorice and raspberry, this is a vital young wine that begs for cellaring, delivering purity, complexity and density. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2028. 230 cases made."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Keplinger Sumo 2011 Product #27920 (In Stock)
Keplinger Sumo 2011 Keplinger Sumo 2011

Helen's husband/partner DJ calls this Petite Sirah blend the "velvet sledghamer."  About right, I think! Delicious now with air, but even better next year.  Just 190 cases made of this ripe, perfectly balanced, explosive red.

"Keplinger's 2011 Sumo tastes like a young wine right out of tank, such is the purity of its fruit. Cloves, menthol, tar, licorice and blueberries meld together in an intense, inky Petite Sirah loaded with class. I would drink the 2011 early and cellar the 2010 for another few years. A juicy, expressive finish rounds out this soft, beautifully contoured wine. In 2011 Sumo is 85% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 4% Viognier."  Antonio Galloni 93 points

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Prisoner 2013 Magnum Product #28932 (In Stock)
Prisoner 2013 Magnum Prisoner 2013 Magnum

A big, bad, wine is even better in an extra big bottle!  Prisoner in magnums are spectacular as gifts or the centerpiece of a great meal or party.  Don't let the limited supply escape!

"The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend The Prisoner is a creative blend of 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, as well as Syrah, Grenache and Charbono. This dense, full-bodied, opulent red reveals gutsy, rich, peppery, meaty, blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice notes. A savory, lusty, heady red, it begs for a grilled steak or a big, juicy hamburger. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.Wine Advocate 92 points

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Orin Swift Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Product #28886 (In Stock)

LIMITED!  This is the first release for Mercury Head since the WS 93 point 2009 (in 2010/2011, Dave Phinney used all his Cabernet in Pappillon).  From a great harvest, it's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 16 months in French oak (50% new).  Here's Dave Phinney's tasting note:  "Saturated ruby red in complexion, the wine exudes elegance, purity and richness. Teeming with profound aromas of black raspberries, currants, cassis, cedar and rose petals, it invites the senses. The entry is lush and pure which provides shape to an ideal symmetry of dark berries, cocoa, plums, and black cherries. The flavors transition into a savory and bright mouthfeel, finishing with absolute elegance and softness."

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