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Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Product #30882 (In Stock)
Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

A young winery - founded in 2003 - with a pretty simple mission:  Make wine folks will enjoy!  And that's what this fun, fruit-filled, and lightly oaked Chardonnay does very well.  It's all from Poppy's vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, first planted in 1972.  Warm sunshine got the grapes fully ripe and bursting with flavor.  Cool nights kept the acids fresh and held the alcohol down to a nicely balanced 13.5%.  About 30% of the wine was done in stainless steel - for fresh, bright fruit - and the rest with oak for creamy richness and complexity.

The 2014 is even better than the 90 point 2013.  You'll find plenty of richness here, with good dollops of grilled pineapple, ripe pear, golden apple, buttery oak and a round, creamy, texture. Turns more crisp in the mouth with apple and bright pear fruit and notes of green apple and butter lingering nicely.  A great party Chard for casual sipping and pretty darn versatile at table, too!

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Jackhammer Chardonnay Central Coast 2014 Product #32025 (In Stock)
Jackhammer Chardonnay Central Coast 2014 Jackhammer Chardonnay Central Coast 2014

The Dooley and Garber families created Jackhammer in 2011 for a simple reason:  there just wasn't enough California Pinot and Chard available that was both good and affordable.  We have no idea why they thought this brand name communicated that, but this no-oak Central Coast Chardonnay is a winner!  It's loaded with ripe apple, pear and citrus fruit aromas and flavors, sports a nicely plump and mouthfilling texture, and finishes juicy, mouthwatering and dry.  A great Spring/Summer Chardonnay option for sipping and seafood. No oak, but plenty of fun!

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Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015 Product #31659 (In Stock)
Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015 Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015

Back when the 2010 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay released at $15 per bottle, Wine Advocate said, "If there is a better California Chardonnay for the money, I would like to know about it," and Steve Tanzer's IWC said, "This delivers serious bang for the buck."  The only thing that's changed over the years is that the wine has gotten even better and - at least hear - not a $1 more expensive to you.

In 2015, 100% of the ripe Chardonnay fruit comes from Oliver's Vineyard in the Edna Valley - plenty sunny enough to get ripe flavors but so chilled by Pacific Ocean breezes that the wine finishes at 13.4% abv.  About half the wine ferments and ages in old (flavorless) French oak barrels - that gives the wine complexity and roundness.  And half is done in stainless steel tanks for maximum fruit and freshness.  Once blended, it's 100% delicious in a "Wow! - That's amazing!" kind of way.

"Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and smoky minerals on the lively, incisive nose. Nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good clarity and a complementary subtle honeysuckle quality. Juicy and precise on the clinging finish, which strongly echoes the mineral and floral notes."  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

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Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2014 Product #31842 (In Stock)

As always, an amazing amount of pure, no-oak, Chardonnnay for the money.

"The highlight in this range from Foxglove, the 2014 Chardonnay packs a serious punch for the money. Bright, juicy and exuberant, the Foxglove Chardonnay will thrill readers looking for a budget-priced Chardonnay. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint meld together in a rich, beautifully layered Chardonnay long on class. Aging in steel and blocked malolactic fermentation keep the flavors bright, but there is no shortage of depth or intensity. This is a fabulous wine, especially considering its modest price." Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

"Made by some of the best Chardonnay winemakers in California, Jim and Bob Varner, the value-priced 2014 Chardonnay released under the Foxglove label sports a light gold color to go with exotic notes of pineapples, melon, citrus blossom, spice and hints of green herbs. Supple, forward and straight-up delicious on the palate, with no hard edges and a clean, classy profile, it's a steal at the price and will drink nicely for a year or three."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Margerum Riviera Rose Santa Barbara 2016 Product #31996 (In Stock)
Margerum Riviera Rose Santa Barbara 2016 Margerum Riviera Rose Santa Barbara 2016

Proof that you can make classic, refreshing, rose in California!  A blend of Grenache and Syrah picked and pressed for crisp rose plus dollops of saignee Cinsault, Counoise, and Mourvedre.  Fresh and easy drinking with bold ripe strawberry and tangy raspberry fruit and a pretty dash of very Provencal herb.  Crisp and clean on the juicy finish, drink this with a light chill (or just toss an ice cube in the glass!).

"Quite light in the glass but unmistakably pink, this Grenache-based rose shows a lime-driven citrus rind character on the crisp nose, gaining a touch of fruit from delicate watermelon and slight bubblegum scents. There is a touch of effervescence on the palate, where delicious and zesty lime, pink peach and more watermelon flavors come into play."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Qupe Chardonnay Santa Barbara Y Block 2015 Product #31768 (In Stock)

A consistently excellent Central Coast Chardonnay is better than ever in the fine 2015 harvest.  Aromas of tangy apple, tropical fruit, lemon, and brown butter lead to a fresh, brisk, mouthful of ripe fruit, butter and gentle wood spice.  A bit in the Rombauer style, but more dry/crisp on the finish with good weight and plenty of exotic fruit and fresh butter on the easygoing finish. Fine value here.

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Jonata The Paring Syrah 2013 Product #31797 (In Stock)
Jonata The Paring Syrah 2013 Jonata The Paring Syrah 2013

Not really sure how much we need to say beyond Antonio Galloni’s review.  This is a stunning Syrah that includes a nice slug of whole cluster wine (for structure) and a dash of Viognier (for perfume), all grown in some of the finest Syrah vineyards in Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley.  There’s certainly plenty of size and volume here – it’s a hot growing area, after all.  But we were impressed by the freshness and balance and the way the deep blue/black fruit gets lifted by notes of fresh herb, smoked meat, and a touch of whole cluster spice.  Delicious now and just getting better through 2023.  A winner.

"Another huge overachiever, the 2013 Syrah hits the palate with an exotic mélange of varietal inky fruit, violets, lavender and sage, all with an extra kick of pulsating energy and salinity that the 2012 doesn't have. A touch of Viognier and a small amount of stem inclusion add to the wine's upper register. This is another superb showing from The Paring."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

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Jonata The Paring Red 2013 Product #31864 (In Stock)

An intense blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (20%) plus Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, all aged in barrel for 22 months. Lots of tobacco, dark chocolate and spice notes surround a core of dark fruit and savory olive.  Delicious now and over the next 5 years.

"The 2013 Red is bold and pungent to the core. Black cherry, mocha, black olives, spices, lavender and sage hit the palate in the 2013. This is an especially serious, structured wine for the money. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The Franc is felt in the wine's savory, expressive personality. This is a delicious wine for the money."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

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Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014 Product #31575 (In Stock)
Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014

Super bold and rich this vintage but still with elegance and focus to spare.  Lovely value.

"Brilliant ruby-red. Highly fragrant, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves and floral pastilles; a hint of vanilla emerges with air. Expansive raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are energized and lifted by juicy acidity and a late jolt of white pepper. Packs a solid punch but comes off lithe, finishing with excellent focus, well-knit tannins and strong persistence."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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