Wine of the Month   ||   February 2017

 

REDS

Aviary Cabernet Sauvignon (2015)
24.00

Rich aromas of smoke, leather, orange peel, and chocolate, which brings to mind the sweet smokiness of an Old Fashioned. 
Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa, CA

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Bodegas Navalon Anciano Reserva - 5 Years 2009
9.00

Plum, licorice, ripe berries, hints of spice, brick dust, and chocolaty oak. 
Tempranillo | Valdepeñas, SPA

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Crocus L'Atelier Malbec 2013
16.80

Lovely floral nose with plum, purple berries, rose petals and pepper. Black cherry and raspberry on the palate with wet slate minerality and lovely tannins.
Malbec | Cahors, FRA

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Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais 2014
13.14

From a family-run winery that's been growing vines for over 500 years, this pretty, delicate summer red shows sour cherry, juicy red berry, and strawberry along with violets and a hint of spice. Perfect for Pinot Noir drinkers or for anyone that's looking for something magical and refreshing. We love it with a slight chill on it!
Gamay | Beaujolais, FRA

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Dos Cabezas El Norte (2014)
23.40

MARK's PICK:  Nose of blueberry and blackberry preserves, scents of cherry cola with spicy red fruit on the palate and fine tannins.   
61% Syrah, 33% Garnacha, 6% Monastrell | Sonoita, AZ

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Dos Cabezas Toscano 2013
22.20

Red fruit, brown sugar, red candy, candied orange peel on the nose. Leather, tobacco, lots of oak on the palate. Definitely a crowd pleaser for a new world palate.
Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc | Cochise County, AZ

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Ehren Jordan 'Day' Zinfandel (2015)
22.74

Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, the mastermind behind amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla.  Intense, inky purple in the glass, deeply floral with heady notes of pink peppercorn on the nose. Packed with blackberry, boysenberry and held taut by a firm graphite structure.
Zinfandel | Sonoma, CA

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Hedges 'Cuvee Marcel Dupont' Syrah (2012)
25.80

Intense aromas of savory herbs, bacon fat, cigar box and anise all of which carry over to the palate, which has textured black fruit and accents of smoke and white pepper.  Lay this one down and save for a few years.
Syrah | Red Mountain, WA

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Klinker Brick 'Farrah' Syrah (2014)
15.90

Aromas of ripe plum, cacao, and smoky oak with subtle earthy floral notes.  On the palate, blackberry, anise and exotic spices.  Supple tannins and superb balance with a long finish.
Syrah | Lodi, CA

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Lamadrid Reserva Malbec 2013
14.34

Jammy berry and raisin aromas with a saturated tannic palate with extremely ripe flavors of prune, licorice and blackberry jam. Peppery, syrupy finish.
Mendoza | ARG

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Lioco 'Sativa' Carignan 2015
24.90

With a name like "Sativa", this 100% old-vine Carignan brings the dankness. Jammy pepper spice make a strong first impression. 
Carignan | Mendocino, CA

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Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell - 2013
9.60

Great depth, drinking well above pricepoint.  Red berry preserve flavors and a touch of smokiness; energetic on the finish with smooth tannins and an echoing floral quality.
Monastrell | Jumilla, SPA

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Owen Roe "Ex Umbris" Syrah, 2014
19.80

The 2014 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins.
Syrah blend.  Columbia Valley, WA.

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Paraiso Pinot Noir 2013
16.74

Solid pinot noir.  Rich cherry/plum fruit accented with nutmeg, pepper, smoke, and vanilla.
Pinot Noir | Monterrey, CA

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Presqu'ile Pinot Noir 2013
19.39

This Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir offers the hallmarks of this AVA: balance, complexity and the ever-present “Santa Maria spice”.  
Santa Maria Valley, CA

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Purato Nero D'Avola 2015
10.74

MARK's PICK.  Red berries, easy to drink, slightly smokey finish.
Nero D'Avola | Sicily, ITA

 

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Robert Sinskey POV Red 2012
34.80

This is a bottle you take to a dinner party to not just impress, but to enjoy.  Deep, dark purple hue, aromas and flavors of macerated berries backed by notes of bay leaf and fennel seed. Supple tannin balanced with oak barrels and vibrant acidity. 
Merlot, Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, CA

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Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
12.60

Dark cherries, chocolate, medium body.  Great value cab.
California
 

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Sivas Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
16.74

Aromas of blackberry, dried fig, white pepper and cinnamon bark. Scents of nutmeg and warm spices are woven together with layers of dark black fruit flavors, black strap molasses, Mexican chocolate and pomegranate reduction.
Sonoma, CA

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Skinner Smithereens Red 2014
15.54

50% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, 21% Syrah, 3% Counoise. Organically farmed, Rhone style red blend from the Sierra Foothills. Complements red meat and spicy braised dishes.
El Dorado, CA

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Squadra Rosso (Organic) 2014
10.74

Red currant, dark earthy fruit, dry, medium bodied, good value.
70% Cabernet, 20% Syrah, 10% merlot | Sicily, ITA

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Warres Warrior Port (NV)
14.34

 

A classic port with balanced alcohol, big dried fruit, cedar, and cocoa flavors.
Porto | Portugal

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Warres Otima 10 year Tawny Port (NV)
20.40

MARK's PICK:  Beautiful warming tawny port; aromas of caramel, figs, crushed nuts, and sweet spices.
Porto | Portugal

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WHITE/SPARKLING

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2015
15.90

Pronounced kiwi, wet stone, lime zest, light minerality and a deliciously quaffable sauv blanc.  
Sauvignon Blanc | Marlborough, NZ

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Bernier Chardonnay 2015
12.00

Made in a fresh, unoaked style, though unconventional, it's delicious, with fruit flavors that echo pears and apples, and an enticing hint of minerality beneath the surface.  Great value at this price.
Chardonnay | Loire, FRA

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Bread and Butter Chardonnay 2015
12.60

Aromas of fresh butter, vanilla oak, and citrus fruit combine in a way that is reminiscent of orange creamsicle, with a floral hint.
Chardonnay | California

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Caraccioli Brut Cuvée 2010
48.00

Golden, super thick mousse, small powerful bubble bead. smell Green sour apple, yeast, fig, brioche toast, lemon, toasted almond, bright, apricot. Citrus, dry, acidic, long finish, vanilla crème, soft grapefruit, apricot, consistent fruit, balanced, finishes longer with effervescence of mousse.
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

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Domaine Pichot Le Peu de la Moriette 2015
16.75

Fresh acidity and delicious hints of honey and yellow fruits. Fruity and rich while still full of the typical freshness of young Chenin Blanc. 
Chenin Blanc | Vouvray, Loire Valley, FRA

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Dos Cabezas White 2015
14.10

100% planted and vinted in Arizona from winemakers Kelly and Todd Bostock.
White blend | Cochise County, AZ

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Isabelle et Pierre Clement Chatenoy - Menetou-Salon 2015
15.54

Green and apple fruit flavors cut with nice acidity. The tangy texture gives a contrast and balance to the wine.
Sauvignon Blanc | Loire, FRA

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Marques de Caceras Verdeho 2015
10.20

Mild white-fruit aromas come with notes of white pepper. Lightly vegetal flavors of lemon, peach and melon.
Verdejo | Rueda, SPA

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Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
33.00

MARK'S PICK.  Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle. The smoky edge and acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish.
Sauvignon Blanc | Russian River, CA

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Owen Roe Corvidae Mirth Chardonnay, 2013
9.54

Great expression of unoaked Chardonnay. Bright, tropical fruit, green apple, bright citrus.
Chardonnay.  Columbia Valley, WA.

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Raventos Blanc De Nit (sparkling) Rose (NV)
21.60

A blend of the three classical white grapes from the region, Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and a pinch (5%) of red Monastrell.  Intense red berry, blood orange and rose scents along with zesty minerality.  The juicy, focused and energetic palate reveals vibrant, mineral-tinged tangerine and raspberry flavors that deepen and expand with air.
Penedes, SPA

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Robert Sinsky Pinot Blanc (375 mL) 2013
19.80

MARK'S PICK.  Per the winemaker: this wine only comes in "half-bottles and magnums, because you should either start with it or party with it."
Aromas and flavors of fresh pears, apricots, casaba melon and a hint of mineral-like complexity complimented by tart notes of kaffir lime.
Pinot Blanc | Los Carneros, CA

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Robert Sinsky Pinot Blanc 2013 (1.5 L magnum)
81.60

MARK'S PICK.  Per the winemaker: this wine only comes in "half-bottles and magnums, because you should either start with it or party with it."
Aromas and flavors of fresh pears, apricots, casaba melon and a hint of mineral-like complexity complimented by tart notes of kaffir lime.
Pinot Blanc | Los Carneros, CA

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Scarpetta Prosecco NV
11.94

Light straw colored, floral-accented peach and orchard fruit aromas are enhanced by scents of ripe melon and white flowers. Lemon and green apple flavors are lifted by zingy acid.
90% Glera, 10% Chardonnay | Prosecco (Valdobiedenne), ITA

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Strub "Soil to Soul" Riesling 2014
13.14

Luscious, sappy peach and orange sorbet mingled with sweet corn, mint, smoky black tea, and saliva-inducing salinity. 
Riesling | Rheinhessen, GER
 

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Tank Garage 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' 2014
28.80

Vanilla and citrus aromas burst from the glass. On the palate, the wine saturates your mouth with just enough acidity and delicious flavors of crème brulee and tropical fruit zing.
Chardonnay | Napa, CA

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Thienot Canard Duchene Brut (NV)
32.40

This authentic brut epitomizes the Canard-Duchene style; fruit aromas carry through to the palate and intermingle with pastry notes. 
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay | Reims, FRA

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Vinum (sparkling) Chenin Blanc (NV)
15.48

A bubbly version of the popular chenin blanc from Vinum; tropical with pineapple, mango and guava with a hint of marzipan; finishes dry with pure with lively acidity.
Chenin Blanc | Napa, CA

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