WINE TASTING ROOM-Completo's
We are pleased to welcome adults who've been Double-Vaxxed
to our reopened Tasting Room.
Tasting Hours are 12pm until 6ish pm. Monday through Saturday.
UPDATED June 3, 2023
MARQUES DE MURIETTA
2011 "CASTILLO YGAY" RIOJA GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL
We don't typically consider a $200 bottle of wine to be a "good
value," but this is seriously good.
We enjoyed a bottle with the paella at our neighbor's restaurant, "Pulpo."
It was a delight to see Murrieta has returned back to making a more
traditionally-styled wine using a lot of new American oak for this.
POJER & SANDRI 2020 MULLER-THURGAU
It's not on the tasting
board, but we do have this available if you ask...Light & dry...
DOMAINE WASSLER 2019 RIESLING Grand
This is just developing a
bit of the intriguing petrol character we like in Riesling.
It'd dry and has a good level of acidity.
The domaine is a new addition to our selections, imported by a new company...
VINEYARDS 2018 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON $10/taste
vintage is a blend of Howell Mountain fruit (near the winery) with grapes from
the Coombsville area.
Dunn is a famous, artisan winery on Howell Mountain, producing damned good reds
since the late 1970s.
2021 "Mountain Cuvée" $5/taste
find dark fruit of the various Bordeaux varieties in Chappellet's 2021 blend
along with some sweet oak.
Very showy and it's a crowd-pleaser.
Sale price is $49.99/bottle
From a small, Mom &
Pop estate in Slovenia, we have a soulful take on a grape we more commonly know
But the fragrances here are perhaps more reminiscent of a Pinot Noir with some
POMMIER 2020 CHABLIS
We visited this impressive
Mom & Pop domaine a few years ago and found the wines to be classically
They had difficulty with their importer at the time and so we lost contact until
a friend began bringing Pommier's wine to the Bay Area!
We enjoyed a half bottle of this recently when dining at The Morris in San
The wine was $75 for a 375ml and they have it listed on the same page as their
Dauvissat wines noting they think
Pommier is "walking in the footsteps of Dauvissat."
We have but a few half-bottles remaining...750mls are sold out
HOLUS BOLUS 2021 Presqu'ile Vineyard
This small winery gets the
fruit for this vineyard designated wine from a cool site in Santa Maria.
They manage to capture the elusive fragrances and flavors more commonly found in
Northern Rhône reds.
Too bad they don't make much of this...it tends to sell out quickly as people
who buy a bottle
routinely return shortly thereafter for another.
ISOLE E OLENA 2020 Toscana CHARDONNAY $7.50/taste
We've routinely read
stories of winemaker Paolo de Marchi planting Chardonnay and that he did.
But the back-story is that he had really planted Cabernet Sauvignon, only to
discover several years later, that those cuttings were not Cabernet, but
He contacted the nursery after noticing the first crop of grapes did not change
color during the normal veraison period.
After questioning the company, they had to admit that, oops!, "we sent you
Well, these days the Isole e Olena Chardonnay is a magnificent wine.
A prominent vintner from another wine region texted to say Paolo's 2020 is
Barrel fermented and remarkably good.
BINAH 2022 ROSÉ $2/taste
here's a terrific, off-dry Rosé from an unlikely wine region and a mystery
grape for most consumers.
It's made of the Chambourcin grape, a French-American hybrid that can produce a
bountiful crop of grape with
some pigment in the freshly-squeezed juice.
LE MARQUIS DE CALON SEGUR
little private tasting group evaluated a set of 2019 vintage
Bordeaux. We did not have any expensive bottles as we routinely
search for wines with sensible price tags.
The tasting was pretty good, but damned near everything was
within a narrow band of quality except to one or two wines.
This second label from Calon Segur ran away with the tasting and
it's a bargain at $49.99.
After the tasting we bought some other "first label" wines
from wineries in the same neighborhood and those retail for
We found those more costly wines to be perfectly acceptable,
but they did not have excitement factor of this wine.
JADOT 2019 LADOIX Blanc $5/taste
We'll confess to not
having found much interesting wine within the Louis Jadot portfolio, but we
purchased a bottle of
this "domaine" bottled White Burgundy and we were shocked to find a
seriously good wine.
It's from an obscure appellation, but the wine outperforms wines from fancier
regions and it's modestly priced.
We purchased the remaining inventory at the local Jadot distributor.
Nicely toasty and creamy.
THOMAS FOGARTY 2018 Cienega Valley RIESLING $2/taste
Some wine geeks know
Fogarty as a good producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but they likely have no
winery produces a kick-ass dry Riesling.
The vineyard is located in San Benito County's Cienega Valley...granite on top
The fruit struggles to ripen, often needing until late October or early November
to cross that finish line.
With some bottle aging, this has blossomed into a most handsome wine with the
"petrol" fragrances of mature Riesling.
We poured this for a prominent Rheingau vintner who was shocked and even took a
few snapshots of the bottle.
More recently we shared a pour with a top Austrian vintner and he, too, was
astonished to find such a wine
from, of all places, California!
PEWSEY VALE 2015
CONTOURS RIESLING $3.90/taste
The Pewsey Vale winery is
devoted exclusively to Riesling.
Located in the Eden Valley above the Barossa Valley in Australia, this
"Contours" bottling is given extended aging before release.
The 2015 is showing beautifully and it's available today for
tasting...dry...mild petrol fragrances...floral and a bit stony.
QUIVIRA 2021 Dry Creek Valley
SAUVIGNON BLANC "Fig Tree" $2.70/Taste
Not many people know
Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley for much other than Zinfandel and maybe some other red
But in the 1970s Dave Stare at the Dry Creek Vineyard made killer Sauvignon
Blanc wines (and Chenin Blanc, too).
Now you rarely see a Sauvignon Blanc with the Dry Creek appellation, but Quivira
makes a classic version.
(Now, they also make a Sonoma bottling...not the same and not as distinctive.)
Here are some distinctions: Mondavi I clone of Sauvignon with the Musqué
Acacia barrels and neutral French oak...
And the 2021 vintage produced a smaller-than-normal harvest accounting for
greater intensity of the fruit.
Citrusy...tangerine or Cara Cara oranges???
DAULNY 2021 SANCERRE
Daulny is an old-timer in France's Loire Valley.
His Sancerre is a favorite here at Weimax and, years ago, we
had a hand in its current iteration.
The local importer had brought in a few vintages and the wines
were perfectly drinkable but not sufficiently compelling for us
to bring it into the shop.
One winter we visited and tasted from tank...perfectly okay, but
We then tasted a tank sample of a single-vineyard, old-vine Sancerre
and said "You know, if you'd blend in a bit of this with the basic wine,
you might have something."
Etienne grabbed a test tube and blended 10, 20 and 30-percent and the
importer requested one of those as Monsieur Daulny calculated its price.
Ever since that fateful day, this wine has been a terrific Sancerre and the
importer keeps its price sensible.
Come see what you think!
PAPAPIETRO PERRY 2019 Russian River Valley
PINOT NOIR $6/taste
Papapietro and Perry were
buddies with Williams and Selyem ages ago.
They launched their own brand and have been a good source of stylish Russian
River Pinot Noir ever since.
Their prices are about half that of Williams Selyem and the wines are good.
It's matured in François Frères barrels which give a most distinctive bouquet
One third of the barrels are brand new...
TRAMIN 2020 STOAN
White Wine Blend $4/taste
This is a customer
favorite here at Weimax.
It's a unique assembly featuring Chardonnay vinified in large wood, so it
doesn't pick up much oak.
Then there's a bit of citrusy Sauvignon Blanc and appley Pinot Bianco.
To put the finishing touch on the blend, winemaker Willi Stürz adds a drop of Gewürztraminer
(as they are in the town of Tramin, after all!).
TXOMIN ETXANIZ 2021 TXAKOLINA $2.30/taste
Txakolina is made from a red grape
and a white...it comes from Basque country in Spain and it's a low alcohol,
bone dry, crisp, dry white wine.
We often bring a bottle to start a meal at the nearby Basque Cultural Center as
it sets up
a read wine quite handsomely.
PAUL HOBBS Russian River Valley
vineyard sites and a few different clones of Chardonnay make for a rather
complex dry white.
Hobbs uses a fair percentage of new oak for fermenting and aging this wine.
It took about 7 months to complete the fermentation!
Full malolactic gives the wine a creamy texture.
They stir the lees every other week, too, adding texture and additional
Full throttle California Chardonnay without the slight sweetness you might
find in many more commercial wines.
GREYWACKE 2020 "WILD"
SAUVIGNON BLANC $3.00/taste
Kevin Judd labored at the famous Cloudy Bay winery for 20+ vintages,
putting New Zealand on the wine map.
These days he has his own brand: Greywacke (a type of rock found all over
He makes a classic New Zealand Sauvignon and then he makes this
"Wild Sauvignon," a sort of winemaker's reserve bottling.
Wild yeast. A bit of time in seasoned, or neutral, oak barrels.
Malolactic fermentation for a percentage of the wine.
It's a more serious Sauvignon and we describe it as "the thinking
This is special!
We think this is a
benchmark for Gewürztraminer.
It comes from a special vineyard in the environs of Tramin and displays the
classic lychee, grapefruit and rose petal notes of the best wines from France's
Alsace which are made of the same grape.
This one is dry.
Some years ago I suggested this wine to a customer who was looking at our French
She looked at me sideways...how can Italy make Gewurztraminer?
She purchased a bottle and we did not hear back...until a year later.
"You sold me some Italian Gewurztraminer last year. If you have more
bottles, I'll drive down to Burlingame to buy several more. That was
SELVAPIANA 2020 CHIANTI RUFINA
Our favorite entry-level Chianti from the
Rufina region north of Firenze.
Sangiovese pairs with Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera.
It spends maybe 4 months in large French oak tanks, but you'll have a hard time
identifying it as an oak-aged wine.
This 2020 is a lighter take on Chianti and quite satisfying at its modest price.
ONE STONE 2022 PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
From a winery in San Luis Obispo...they are not
far from Pismo Beach and a few minutes' drive from
It's made of Pinot Noir from vineyards cultivated with the idea of making a
Beautifully refreshing as it's dry and crisp, with snappy acidity.
And yet the flavors are very much those of Pinot Noir.
Oh...the price is refreshing, too!
ACRE 2019 Napa Valley ZINFANDEL $3/taste
many vineyards of various grape varieties have been pulled out in the Napa
and replaced with the "Money Grape," Cabernet Sauvignon.
Happily there are some growers who cultivate other grapes.
In the Oakville area, though, we're told there are less than 20 acres
remaining of Zinfandel.
This newish label, Acre, is owned by a couple who had been in the
wine distribution business before this project.
We like the mild spice and bramble notes of the Zinfandel and
it displays a touch of oak, having been matured in both
French and American barrels.
ZAHEL "ORANGE T" $1.90/taste
a grape found interspersed with various local varieties in
vineyards around the Austrian city of Vienna.
Many of the little family wineries there use it for their white wine blend
called Gemischter Satz, a field blend of numerous grape varieties all
harvested and fermented together.
The grape to which we refer is called Orangetraube.
It's long been planted in Viennese vineyards and the Zahel family
realized it gives their field blend a unique character.
So in the 1960s, Karl Georg Zahel planted it entirely in a single parcel to
facilitate making it one its own.
We've heard a story suggesting the grape isn't precisely authorized
for bottling on its own -or- it's not an approved or recognized grape type.
As a result, Zahel can't legally label it with the grape name, Orangetraube.
You'll see on the label it's called simply "Orange T."
But don't mistake this for a skin-contact "orange wine."
It is not.
But it's damned tasty and well priced for such a rarity.
SHAFER VINEYARDS 2019 Napa Red
Blend TD-9 $6/taste
Shafer family used to bottle a Merlot on its own (mostly) but
came up with this remarkably showy blend a few years ago and it's
The TD-9 designation refers to the old International Harvester tractor
driven in the vineyards by winery founder John Shafer back in the late 1970s.
The lack of the Merlot designation on the label allows Shafer to blend as
they see fit and we've found this to be one of the flashiest and best
"Bordeaux Blends" in Napa where you'll find similar quality reds as
Phelps' Insignia or Opus One.
The 2019 is 47% Cabernet with 37% Merlot, 11% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot.
It's nicely oaked and is one of the showiest blends in Napa.
These days we can say this is most attractively priced.
LLOYD 2021 Carneros CHARDONNAY $3.50/taste
The 2021 vintage from winemaker Rob
Lloyd is a classically
Californian take on Chardonnay.
Barrel fermented in American oak, it's a big, full-throttle,
creamy, nicely oaked Chardonnay.
Many fans of Rombauer have enjoyed Lloyd's wine and
this 2021 is a showy, flashy wine.
TITUS 2019 Napa Valley CABERNET
had the 2018 of this wine in two blind tastings of Cabernets last year and this
our top wine in both.
Phil Titus and his brother have vineyards in and around St. Helena and they make
a nice range of wines. His day job is that as winemaker at the Chappellet
It's a really inky red wine, with youthful purple tones and plenty of dark
There's a nice bit of oak here as it was matured in French and Hungarian
Something like 60% of the barriques were brand new.
This goes for $62 at the winery.
We sale tag it at $49.99.
The 2019 is equally showy...dark fruit, teeth-staining and yet easily drinkable
in its youth.
TERLAN 2021 TERLANER
(Italian White Blend) $3.20/taste
Terlan co-op winery in Italy's Alto Adige makes some pretty damned good wines.
They distinguish themselves with their work incorporating Pinot Bianco.
We visited the cellar a few years ago and they still had a tank of 1979 Pinot
Bianco that is a
"work in progress," awaiting bottling one of these years!
In early June we splurged and bought a bottle of their "Rarity" Pinot
Bianco...2007 vintage and
it's fairly recently bottled.
This was a magnificent wine, but it's price for its scarcity: $180/bottle!
A few days later we popped the cork on a few wines we'd bought in hopes of
discovery and this 2019 "Terlaner" was exceptional. Not only
that, we can buy more than
six bottles of this compared to one of the Rarity!
The 2021 is currently in the shop...
The Terlaner appellation is a bit obscure, but it's a white wine blend based on
with Chardonnay and, in this case, Sauvignon Blanc.
It's mostly fermented in stainless steel, but about 20% of the juice is vinified
in large wood to
add a bit of complexity. Happily, the wood is not prominent here and the
wine displays the
bright, appley and peachy notes of Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay.
The 2021 has been wildly popular...everyone who tastes this buys a bottle (or two)!
This is routinely one of our favorite, off-the-beaten-path dry white wines.
We brought a double magnum of the 2016 to dinner during the
San Francisco International Wine Competition and it was a hit with the
judges (from all over the world, too).
We brought this vintage recently to dinner with some friends at Dumpling Time in
San Francisco...thoroughly delicious!
Stony, nicely fruity with a hint of a spice note...
We've been fans of the
Scheurebe grape for many years. It had been thought to be a cross of
Silvaner and something else, but it turns
out Riesling is one of the parents. The other is still a mystery.
What's not a mystery is the drinkability and charm of this wine.
Weegmüller is a smallish winery with some 15 hectares of vineyards and only a
tiny bit of Scheurebe.
It's vinified dry but the fragrances lead you to expect a wine with some
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2001 Vintage PORTO $8.50/taste
bottling of Vintage Porto from the Symington Family, owners of Graham's,
Dow's and Warre's amongst others.
Alois Kracher's kids run the winery these days and still make wines of superior
The winery is in Illmitz near a lake which helps create the "noble
rot" (botrytis cinerea) that can positively impact
grapes being used for making sweet wines.
Kracher was a winemaking "artiste."
GINI 2011 RECIOTO DI
entirely from old vine Garganega, they dry the fruit for several months before
pressing the juice from the raisined grapes, yielding a sublime
nectar. The fermentation takes place in small barrels and it's matured
there for maybe a year and a half.
This is typically very expensive...we tasted it when it was priced to sell for
A month, or so, later, it was on an inventory reduction price list and it's
currently $29.99/375ml bottle.
"BEN RYÉ Sicilian Passito $9/taste
comes from the Sicilian island of Pantelleria
and it's made of sweet Zibibbo grapes...
The winemaking is a bit particular, as they continually
add just-picked fruit to the fermentation tank over the
course of several weeks.
It's a benchmark wine.
Half bottles are sale-priced at $44.99.
HAUT-MAYNE 2018 SAUTERNES $4.40/taste
So many Sauternes
estates claim they are "close to Château d'Yquem."
Okay...yes, Suduiraut, Guiraud, Sigalas Rabaud, Bastor Lamontagne and Château
And the Haut-Mayne, brought to us by a good, honest, local importer, arrives at
a terrific price.
It's darned near entirely Sémillon, with just a small drop of Sauvignon Blanc.
It's matured solely in small oak barrels with 25% of the cooperage being new.
BARBEITO 5 Year Old BUAL MADEIRA $2.40/taste
Not exactly dry but not precisely sweet...a nice 5 year old Madeira from a prestigious,
GRAHAM'S 2006 "MALVEDOS" VINTAGE PORTO $6.50/taste
The Malvedos bottlings from Graham's are routinely very good and this is
GRAHAM'S 10 Year TAWNY PORT $3.30/taste
Nicely nutty and sweet!
YALUMBA "ANTIQUE TAWNY" $4.60/taste
They no longer call this sort of wine "Port" out of respect for
Portugal's Douro Valley. But the wine is easily as interesting and
as good Portuguese Porto Tawnies. $24/375ml bottle
CRUZ VIEJA OLOROSO SHERRY $3.80
A well-aged, beautifully nutty dry Sherry...