WINE TASTING ROOM-Completo's
UPDATED AS OF July 4, 2014
GUIGAL 2010 SAINT-JOSEPH "Vignes de L'Hospice" $10/taste
Yes, it's expensive for a Saint Joseph, but then it's comparable to
from Cote-Rotie and Hermitage in our opinion. Lists for $135 a bottle...
We have a few bottles which we're offering for a couple of bucks above the
HOOPES Napa CABERNET
A nice little vineyard in
Oakville makes a pretty big Napa Cabernet. Winemaker Jason Fischer
produces a wine with dark fruit and nice cedary oak.
Our friend Anthony Dias Blue said this winery's Cabernet reminds him of
VIETTI 2012 ARNEIS $2.40/taste
The latest vintage of Arneis from Vietti is another benchmark
Dry, no oak and perfect for holiday season starter courses.
PONSOT 2012 RULLY "Monpalais" $2.80/taste
Jean Baptiste Ponsot makes a reference point Rully Blanc...
Chardonnay...nice toasty notes...dry...stony...and inexpensive for
this quality of White Burgundy.
ROBERT BIALE Napa "Black
One of Napa's esteemed Zin specialists produces a wine called
Chicken" and the 2012, just released, is a big, dark, fruit bomb of a wine.
2012 CABERNET $2.20/taste
A favorite Santa Barbara red that's not Syrah, nor is it Pinot Noir.
Beckmen usually makes a pretty showy wine at a most attractive price.
COTEAU 2011 Sonoma PINOT NOIR $5.30/taste
This small, artisan vintner specializes in Pinot Noir...nicely
LANGMEIL "Valley Floor" SHIRAZ $2.70/taste
Langmeil has some seriously old Shiraz vineyards and this is
relatively young parcels...it's deep in color, shows nice dark fruit and a
bit of wood.
PATZ & HALL Sonoma CHARDONNAY $3/taste
Patz & Hall is a specialist with respect to Chardonnay and Pinot
Their entry-level Chardonnay is a beauty and we sale-price it at
GRAYWACKE 2013 NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC $2.20/taste
Kevin Judd was the winemaker at New Zealand's famed Cloudy Bay for 25
Now he's launching his own brand and it's exceptional!
SUMMERS NAPA CHARBONO $2.30/taste
Jim & Beth Summers make our favorite California
with blackberry & blueberry fruit...mild tannins...fairly full-bodied.
HANS WIRSCHING SCHEUREBE Kabinett Trocken $2.70/taste
We describe this as "Riesling meets Sauvignon." The
aromas are floral and
mildly citrusy and Wirsching produces a great example of Scheurebe.
BORSAO'S "GARNACHA" 2012 SPANISH RED 70-Cents
Garnacha made along the lines of a Beaujolais, though this vintage is
bigger than normal.
Lots of creamy, toasty oak and a mildly buttery tone to this
JJ PRUM 2007 WEHLENER
SONNENUHR Kabinett RIESLING $3/taste
We just received some 'library' bottles from JJ Prum...their
great 2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling...fantastic balance...very 'fine' and
HONIG 2012 Napa SAUVIGNON BLANC $1.40/taste
Delightful Napa Sauvignon...well-priced, nicely citrusy white wine.
KISTLER Sonoma CHARDONNAY $6/taste
These guys do it right...come taste for yourself.
TALLEY 2011 Arroyo Grande CHARDONNAY $2.60/taste
We tell people if they don't like this wine, they shouldn't be
NEUDORF 2011 NELSON CHARDONNAY $2.60/taste
Tim & Judy Finn make top wines in New Zealand's Nelson
their 2011 is a delight...a Chardonnay for adults.
GUIGAL 2010 SAINT-JOSEPH VIGNE DE L'HOSPICE $10/taste
Beautiful Northern Rhone Syrah...very charming.
$135 list price...sale price is $99.99.
WINES OPEN TODAY:
CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2008 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.
SEPPELTSFIELD 10 YEAR PARA "PORT" $4.00/taste
A legendary sweet wine producer in Australia, this is a marvelous dessert
along the lines of a Colheita Port.
SMITH WOODHOUSE 2001 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres,
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
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
BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire
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...