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SAY TODAY'S "SECRET WORD,"  BRENDEL, and we'll pour you a taste of Heitz' Fantabulous 2011 Napa Cabernet.  Brendel sold his winery to Joe Heitz in the 1960s.............................................................


UPDATED AS OF MAY  2, 2016

CLIFF LEDE 2012 Stags Leap CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $8/taste ($79.99/bottle)
The winemaker at Cliff Lede worked at Colgin and, previously, at Cain.  
The Colgin Cabernets, when you can find them, cost $300-$600 a bottle.
Why not taste this terrific Cab from Cliff Lede which we think is a big 
success.  


COLOME 2015 TORRONTES  $1.40/taste
Hugely fruity...wonderfully flower...a fruit basket!

POLIZIANO 2012 VINO NOBILE  $2.80/taste
Federico Carletti was the head of the Consorzio of Vino Nobile producers and his wine
is a bit of a reference point for us.  We skipped the 2011 which was a bit light but this
2012 has the intensity we like in his previous vintages.  

VIETTI 2014 ARNEIS  $2.40/taste
The latest vintage of Arneis from Vietti is another benchmark bottling...
Dry, no oak and perfect for summer aperitivo service and seafood dishes...
Linguine con Vongole, anyone?

DOG POINT 2012 "Section 94" SAUVIGNON BLANC $3.50/taste
Here's a great Sauvignon Blanc for folks (like us) who enjoy serious
White Burgundy wines...it's got that lovely, toasty, leesy quality of a wine
from, say, Leflaive.  Very showy and a great bottle if you're in tune with this.

CIU CIU 2014 PECORINO  $1.50
A fantastic example of the Pecorino grape...certainly this will appeal to you if
you're enchanted by crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blancs.

DEHLINGER 2013 Russian River Valley CHARDONNAY  $4.00/taste
Tom Dehlinger has been producing great Chardonnays since the mid-1970s.  His 2013
is a classic...lovely ripe pear/apple fruit, toasty oak and a creamy element.
Very fine and very flashy.

DAULNY 2014 SANCERRE $2/taste
Crisp, tangy, stony, minerally and bone dry...no oak.
Classic Sancerre at a rather modest price.



BURGESS 2011 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON $3.50/taste
Burgess took over the old Souverain winery back in 1971-1972 and they've been
making good Cabernets for decades.  The 2011 is beautifully elegant and mildly
cedary.  It's a delicious Cabernet for immediate drinking or short-term
cellaring.

 

HEITZ 2011 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $5/taste
Heitz did not produce any of their single vineyard wines in 2011, blending
everything into this amazing "Napa" Cabernet.  It's a showy bottle
of wine and anyone with half a palate will recognize it as such.

 


ELYSE 2011 Howell Mountain ZINFANDEL $3.60/taste
Made from grapes grown on Howell Mountain in Napa, this is a charming, 
beautifully balanced Zin with berry notes and a touch of pepper spice.

ROBERT WEIL 2014 Rheingau RIESLING $2/taste
Weil is a famous winery in Germany's Rheingau and they make a terrific entry-level 
"Trocken" (dry) Riesling.  It's fruity and fresh with snappy acidity and a dry, clean
finish.  

CHALK HILL 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC  $2.30/taste
So many California wineries over-crop the hell out of their Sauvignon Blanc vines,
resulting in wines which have little varietal character.
To their credit, Chalk Hill makes a Sauvignon that sings "Sauvignon."
Herbal, grassy, passion fruit...dry & crisp, too.


FEL Anderson Valley PINOT NOIR  $4/taste
The Cliff Lede winery purchased a vineyard in Mendocino's Anderson Valley
and they've made a couple of good Pinots.  We prefer the less costly, multi-vineyard
blend.  Nice red fruit notes and a touch of oak...very good.

SUMMERS NAPA CHARBONO  $2.30/taste
Jim & Beth Summers make our favorite California Charbono...teeming
with blackberry & blueberry fruit...mild tannins...fairly full-bodied.


PAZO BARRANTES 2013 ALBARINO $1.90/taste
The Marques de Murrieta winery in Rioja owns this little enterprise out on 
Spain's west coast in Galicia.  It's a marvelously elegant little dry white.

LA RIOJA ALTA 2005 VINA ARDANZA  $3/taste (Sale $29.99)
Here's a fabulous Spanish red that is matured in a lot of new American oak
and then given substantial bottle aging before it's released.
How many California wineries offer relatively matured, nicely aged red 
at a reasonable price?


ESMONIN 2014 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN   $3.90/taste
The Esmonins make really flashy Pinot Noirs and this young, bright Gevrey-
Chambertin is unusually affordable and good quality.  Come taste this magnificent
French Red Burgundy!

CLOS HENRI SAUVIGNON BLANC  $2.60/taste
A New Zealand Sauvignon with a French accent....

GAINEY 2013 Santa Ynez MERLOT $1.50/taste
The Best Buy in good California Merlot!

HUDSON Carneros CHARDONNAY $6.50/taste
The Hudson vineyard name is found on some impressive bottles of California
Chardonnay.  Lee Hudson launched his own label.  Big.

TOKARA DIRECTOR'S RESERVE  $3.70/taste
A top South African estate, we have both the red and white Reserves open today.
The white reminds us of Smith Haut-Lafitte from Pessac-LÚognan...the red is a
magnificent Cabernet-based bottle...


THE FORAGER CHARDONNAY $1.90/taste
Susan and Jonathan Pey offer a couple of remarkably good wines under The Forager
label.  If you don't like this, you probably should not be drinking Chardonnay. 
Sonoma fruit.

JAYSON North Coast CHARDONNAY $5/taste
They pick the best barrels for the Pahlmeyer label and charge a hefty price.
The Jayson wine represents most of their production and it's routinely a 
very flashy, lavishly oaked, high octane wine.  Despite the relatively high
level of alcohol, the wine tastes balanced.  Not sure how they do that!

OAKVILLE ZINFANDEL $2.50/taste
From the only Zinfandel Vineyard in Oakville...very charming Zinfandel with nicely
berryish fruit and a touch of wood.




SWEET WINES OPEN TODAY:

QUINTA DO NOVAL 2011 VINTAGE PORT  $10/taste

The most recently-declared Vintage is offered today for tasting...quite showy now and it
will repay cellaring handsomely.


CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2010 SAUTERNES   $3.80
You're not alone...nobody knows this fine little domaine...

JM da FONSECA 20 YEAR SETUBAL (Moscatel)  $6/1 ounce pour
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US.  Remarkable wine, though.


STONY HILL 2010 Napa S╔MILLON DU SOLEIL $4.50/taste
A sort of Napa Valley "passito" made of Semillon.

SMITH WOODHOUSE 2001 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres, Dow's)
for its killer LBV Port...If you have taste for hundred buck bottles of Vintage Port and are
on a budget, check out this delicious Porto!


LA MAGENDIA Juranšon $3.60/taste
From master winemaker Jean Bernard Larrieu comes this stellar sweet wine which is
balanced by laser-sharp acidity.  


CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 2005 SAUTERNES $3.50/taste
A second wine from the famous Chateau Rieussec, this is nicely honeyed and rather affordable...

BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire shop...nutty
and very fine with an after-taste which lingers for a very long time.

NIEPOORT 1988 COLHEITA PORTO $5/1 ounce Pour
Dirk Niepoort is a leading light in Portugal and he makes some top Colheita (single vintage tawny) Ports.   Here's a nicely aged bottling...old, but not too old and not too young...

PIETRI GERAUD 2005 BANYULS $3.30
France's answer to the question "Port?"

EXCINDRE MUSCAT DE MIREVAL  $2.20/taste
Terrific Muscat from the south of France.



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