Dry Creek Vineyard, “Clarksburg” Dry Chenin Blanc, 2017, CA
This beautiful wine is wonderfully consistent vintage after vintage. At first swirl, aromatics of honeydew melon, white peach and Meyer lemon spring forward from the glass with notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and chamomile. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of lemon, pear, and mango with a hint of green apple. The mouthfeel is lively but rich and has a subtle creaminess. 100% stainless steel fermentation guarantees the fresh fruit character that fans of this wine have come to appreciate over the years.
Davis Family Vineyards, “Cuvee Luke” Rhone-style White Blend, 2016, CA
The Cuvée Luke is a blend of 48% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne and 17% Viognier, named for the Davis’ eldest grandchild. This wine was inspired by traditions from the Rhône Valley, while embracing the terrior of the Russian River Valley. The three varieties come together seamlessly, expressing stone fruit and floral aromatics, balanced with a distinctive minerality.
Domaine Houchart, “Cotes de Provence” Rose’, 2018, France
From one of the most prominent producers in Provence, this bright Rosé has red berries, cherries and a light floral quality on the nose, adding complexity. Spicy red currant and wild strawberry flavors are light in body and gently lifted by subtle minerality.
Rusack Vineyards, “Santa Barbara” Pinot Noir, 2014, CA
A favorite among restauranters, this wine is packed with bright flavors of strawberries, coffee, and caramel making for a very approachable food-friendly wine. The grapes for this Santa Barbara Pinot is hailed from 4 vineyards, all influenced by the cooling fog of the nearby Pacific. The resulting wine was then placed in French oak barrels for 10 months of which 35% were new and then bottled unfiltered. A simple but elegant Pinot.
Goldschmidt Vineyards, “Chelsea” Merlot, 2016, CA
Chelsea Merlot is a rich, dark, concentrated expression of this noble variety. It has a dark ruby color with red highlights and a robust nose of blackberry confit, cassis, roasted meat and dark chocolate. It has a velvety attack and an extremely long, slightly tannic finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2020.
Chateau Pegau, “Maclura” Cotes Du Rhone Red Blend, 2016, France
This rich, densely-layered Cotes du Rhone Villages was crafted by Laurence Feraud, owner of Domaine du Pegau (Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Sourced from old, 50-year-old vines, it is loaded with classic Cotes du Rhone red fruit and spice, with the hallmark stamp of Pegau.
Opolo Vineyards, “Summit Creek” Zinfandel, 2017, CA
The fruit for the Mountain Zinfandel was sourced from eight vineyards in Paso Robles, an appellation justly famous for producing intense fruit forward zinfandels. Opolo sourced the fruit for the Mountain Zinfandel from vineyards located in the historic Santa Lucia Mountain range. The climate of these Westside Paso Robles vineyards are characterized by slightly cooler growing conditions due to coastal temperatures and austere soils which produce a fruit with exceptional varietal character and expression.