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BOONTLING PINOT

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REMARKABLE PINOT

LAKE COUNTY ZIN

STELLAR NEW ARTISAN RIOJA

OSTATU BLANCO

GREAT GRUNER VELTLITER $13.99

NICE LITTLE PINOT $9.99

STONY RIESLING

BLAYE ME!
$14.99

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$14.99

DRY MUSCAT
FROM AOSTA

I'M OKAY
YOUR RUCHE

"TEXTBOOK" CHARDONNAY

RIOJA BARGAIN

PRETTY PETTY SARAH

FORAGING FOR PINOT NOIR

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CLASSIC MACON $13.99

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CHERRYISH TUSCAN RED SALE $10.99

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STOP BY AND SAY TODAY'S SECRET WORD, THE NAMES "BEN" & "NOVIAN" and we'll pour you a small taste of the BENOVIA 2012 PINOT NOIR....


UPDATED AS OF October 27, 2014

BENOVIA PINOT NOIR  $4.00/taste
Wonderfully charming Russian River Pinot...lots of cherries and some sweet wood tones...


ROUND POND Rutherford/Napa CABERNET $5/taste
Rutherford Cabernet...nice oak, dark fruit...


VIETTI 2013 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?

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 Chicken"  ZINFANDEL $4.30/taste
One of Napa's esteemed Zin specialists produces a wine called "Black
Chicken" and the 2012, just released, is a big, dark, fruit bomb of a wine.
Sale-priced, too!

BECKMEN 2013 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.

ROGER PERRIN 2011 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE $1.40/taste
Marzemino is an obscure red grape grown, typically, south of Trento and north of the area of Valpolicella wines...Medium bodied and with a floral note...famous for its mention in the opera Don Giovanni.

LANGMEIL "Valley Floor" SHIRAZ $2.70/taste
Langmeil has some seriously old Shiraz vineyards and this is from 
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 Noir.
Their new vintage entry-level 2013 Chardonnay is a beauty and we sale-price it at
$29.99.


GRAYWACKE 2013 NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC  $2.20/taste
Kevin Judd was the winemaker at New Zealand's famed Cloudy Bay for 25 years.
Now he's launching his own brand and it's exceptional!

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 2012 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.

VIETTI 2012 DOLCETTO D'ALBA $2.30/taste
Vietti is famous for its Barolo wines, but their "normal" bottlings are made with the same attention-to-detail.  Nicely fruity, medium-bodied red.

SOLITUDE Carneros CHARDONNAY  $26.99
Lots of creamy, toasty oak and a mildly buttery tone to this old-fashioned
Chardonnay.

 

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
yet intense.


HONIG 2013 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.

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-Léognan...the red is a
magnificent Cabernet-based bottle...


QUPE 2012 CHARDONNAY $1.80/taste
Bob Lindquist continues has mastery of Chardonnay...nicely oaked, toasty, creamy,
mildly buttery, dry white.

LLOYD 2012 Carneros CHARDONNAY $3.30/taste
Rob Lloyd worked at Rombauer, so it's no surprise he makes a wine
rivaling Rom-Baby's.  

GREYWACKE 2012 "WILD" SAUVIGNON  $3/taste
Winemaker Kevin Judd makes a "reserve" quality bottling of Sauvignon Blanc...
It's remarkably good and more complex than the overtly fruity, citrusy entry-level bottling.

ANSELMET 2012 CHAMBAVE MUSCAT  $4/Taste
Quite dry and magnificently fruity...it tastes like a basket of fresh Muscat grapes (but
it has no residual sugar)...great cocktail white and this pairs beautifully with
cold cuts, turkey, ham, etc.


MAHONEY 2013 Carneros VERMENTINO  $1.50
Frank Mahoney's wife has family in Italy and when  visiting the relatives, they fell in love
with Vermentino.  Now they have a small patch of their own in Carneros and produce a
dry, non-oaked white which rivals the Italians.


SWEET WINES OPEN TODAY:

QUINTA DO NOVAL 2011 VINTAGE PORT  $10/taste

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 SÉMILLON 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 Jurançon $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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