Sextant: Chardonnay, Central Coast
Elegant body perfumed with orange blossoms and apple aromas. Ample flavors of crisp pears, chewy apricots, and toasted walnuts are accented with fine hits of nutmeg, almonds, and peach-pie crust. There’s a charming buttery quality, with a slender puff of marshmallow, on the sumptuous and creamy finish.
Sextant: Zinfandel, Central Coast
Ripe blackberries, crisp plums, and luscious pomegranate juice rush together to the front of the profile. Tinges of cinnamon, smoky crushed black pepper, and spicy hoisin sauce make for a mouth watering mid-palate sensation as the glossy tannins and bouncy acidity become perceptible.
Dancing Lady Rose
Not your average Rose. Bold Flavors of cherry, strawberry, and lemon with a clean, cool finish that leaves you wanting more!
Pride Mountain Chardonnay 375mL
This Half-Bottle is crisp, elegant beauty is exuberantly aromatic, with notes of lemon curd,
honeysuckle, rose oil, kaffir lime, melon and pear. The palate is bright, with
characteristic acidity, viscosity on the mid-palate and a lovely lingering
Frostwatch: Kismet (white bourdeaux blend)
With consistent high marks from Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, The Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast, this may be as close to a sure thing as you will ever find. Vibrant fruit (peach, apricot, fig) coupled with richness and complexity; this is an alternative white that’s easy to love.
While everyone loved the Vice Versa, many of our customers urged us to try producing a dry, rather than off-dry, Semillon. After experimenting with various blends, our final cuvee is 83% Semillon and 17% Sauvignon Blanc. The resulting wine is voluptuous with a silky smooth mouthfeel and a very nice acid balance. The wine exhibits traditional Semillon notes of fig, but also expresses honeydew melon aromatics and flavors.
Sextant: Zinfandel, "Wheelhouse"
Lavish and intense, this wine has a delightful nose of violets, acacia, and tobacco. Sinewy tannins support woven layers of raspberries, cherries, and roasted vanilla. Black currants blend with plum notes resulting in brilliant piquant tinges at the back-palate. Graced with cedar, graphite, and licorice accents, the poised finish glides persistently.
Sextant: Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
A lively core of vibrant acidity and supple tannins frame undulating contours of plums, figs, raspberries, and cherries. Hints of smoky pepper, dark chocolate, and dusty sage appear on the appealing finish that lingers with freshness and persistence. The Paso Robles appellation continues to produce expressive and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with signature quality and finesse.
Sextant: Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Blackberries and raspberries front the luscious profile. Black tea and rose petals provide the next accented layers. There’s also a delightful strawberry pinch at the mid-palate. Soft bounces of acidity and smooth tannins result in an exquisite and lasting finish.
Per Cazo Albarino
The nose is classic Albariño with with bright floral notes and a briny
quality that leaves you craving fresh seafood & shellfish
Robert Foley: Merlot Half-Bottle (375ml)
no mistake; our Merlots are for Cabernet lovers. Dark ruby color introduces a
ripe medley of blueberry/blackberry pie aromas. The mid-palate floods with ripe
berry flavors that then introduce mocha, vanilla and espresso nuances that
linger through the finish.
Robert Parker /93pts Wine Spectator
Dancing Lady: Zinfandel, Alexander Valley
This is stylish, but shows a keen sense of place. Layered and luscious, with aromas of cherry, blueberry and white pepper that lead to complex, rich flavors of plum, licorice and cinnamon spice.
Kent Price 2014 Venant du Coeur Blanc
Viognier dominates the blend (50%) both in aromatics and depth on the palate. This is complimented by the texture and flavor components of Grenache Blanc (30%) and Roussanne (20%) that seems to be the glue tying it all together. The floral and sweet pitted fruit character on the nose is a result of the increased proportion of Viognier and Roussanne in the blend and carries forward through the palate and on to the finish. All the while, Grenache Blanc offers its characteristic rich mouthfeel adding the perfect back drop to the luscious fruit balanced by good acidity lending a sense of unity and balance. The balance and structure of the mid-palate continue on the finish with notes of white pitted fruit, pear and a touch of citrus for added complexity.
Sextant: Zinfandel, "Holystone"
Cherries, black currants, and violets on the nose are precursors for the big ripe flavors of raspberries and pomegranate that follow. Supple tannins cling just a bit, but not too much to claw. The balance of alcohol and acid, along with its fruit-forwardness make this wine very approachable.
Robert Foley: Rhone Wine Blend
This is a classic white Châteauneuf blend with
50% Grenache Blanc, 45% Roussanne and 5%
Marsanne. It is vinified in stainless steel, settled,
clarified and bottled young and crisp. The wine is
then bottle aged for 18 months before release.
There are no oak barrels and no malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine is crisp and delicate
and focused entirely on the character of the fruit.
Paso Port Ruby Port
Sweet, dark berry fruits, accented by brilliant spice highlights, frame
the aroma profile which is set against an anise- laden, sweet cherry flavor
Frostwatch: Chardonnay, Bennett Valley
The 2013 vintage (like the 2012 vintage) was fantastic in Bennett Valley. The growing season was long with moderate temperatures and very low disease pressure in the vineyard. As with other Frostwatch Chardonnays, this wine is a blend of two different clonal selections. Clone 4 contributes a full mouthfeel with loads of red apple fruit, while fruit from the Platt-Wente Block contributes vibrant citrus notes and a touch of minerality. This wine continues to improve with additional bottle aging and still has yet to reach its full potential. The wine pairs well with a variety of foods but is rich and complex enough to drink on its own.
92pts “Two Puffs” Connoisseurs’ Guide
Paso Port Violeta Port
Beautiful aromatics, brimming with blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry
on the palate, this vintage of Violeta is sure to please the serious port
connoisseur. Lay this wine down for 10 years and you are sure to be rewarded.
Per Cazo Zinfandel
Classic fruit-centered aromas of ripe berries, cranberry and
sandalwood. Fairly full-bodied for a Zinfandel, with a leanness and
youthful austerity that bodes well for aging this wine. This is not a Zin
which is entirely fruit-forward in style.
Montemar Ritas Crown Chardonnay
Highest vineyard in Sta Rita Hills, Sauvignon Blanc from Vogelzang Vineyard highly sought after spot in Happy Canyon and Grenache Blanc from Tierra Alta Vineyard, a great Rhone focused vineyard in Ballard Canyon where many great Grenache Blanc originate.
B-Wise Vineyards: Wisdom Red Table Wine, Sonoma Estate
Bright and brambly raspberry & black cherry with black pepper, sweet vanilla and mocha. Soft and chocolately in the mouth with a lively fruit filled finish. Touches of spice and mineral linger on the palate. A tasty, easy-drinking wine for everyday and all occasions.
Montemar Stolpman Sangiovese
We use neutral barrels for all our Sangiovese lots so as not to
overpower the delicate fruit. We can’t say enough about the Stolpman vineyard
and we feel lucky to be able to source this great Sangiovese. During the
destemming we threw in a little Viogner and Syrah fruit, less the 3%, into the
fermenter for fun and maybe some added complexity. This wine was gently
destemmed then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle punchdowns.
Aged in neutral tight-grained French barrels for 19 months
Per Cazo ZinG (Zinfandel & Grenache Blend)
67% Grenache - 33% Zinfandel- The nose is full of
berries and spices, and is warm and inviting. The palate is lush and
soft, revealing brambly vine fruits, cranberry and vanilla spice
B. Wise Vineyards Ronda Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Red berries, tangerine, marzipan and touch of earth in the
nose. In the mouth the red fruits are accented with wet stone
minerality and subtle fern and citrus notes. Finishes fresh, crisp and lively. Blend: 91% Pinot Noir, 9% Grenache
Frostwatch: Merlot, Bennett Valley
This wine exhibits spicy notes on the nose, with hints of red cherries, plums and coffee. On the palate, the wine has great texture, with a silky mouth-feel and exhibits nicely balanced fruit with just the right amount of acidity for pairing with a variety of foods.
94 points, Robert Parker
Robert Foley: Griffin
fruit aromas and flavors evenly coat the palate and linger long in the finish.
Gently gripping tannins carry a hint of espresso character. A delicious blend
of bright fruit flavors. More than half of this blend are classic claret
varieties (Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot), which marry with
Rhone-rooted varieties (Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono). Delicious in its youth,
this red blend will age elegantly for many years. This year’s blend is 28% Merlot, 19% Petite Sirah, 14% Charbono,
12% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Montemar Watch Hill Syrah
Our Syrah is from 4 different blocks we have had in this vineyard for over 10
years. Located in the cool climate area of Alisos Canyon Road, these vines have
consistently delivered for us. We chose
to co ferment Viognier at 3% for additional nuisance in the style of Côte-Rôtie. The wine was gently
destemmed then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle punchdowns.
Aged in all tight grained French oak barrels with 40% new for 18 months
Robert Foley: Charbono
original cuttings were imported to Calistoga in the Napa Valley from the Savoie
region in the French Alps in about 1880. Its original name was Doux Noir, or
“soft black,” later called Charbonneau (carbon water). Subsequently, Charbono
was wiped out in Europe by the Phylloxera root louse infestation. Ripe aromas suggest
dried cherries, cranberries, rose petals, and a suggestion of white pepper. A
gentle mid-palate with flavors of black cherry candy is framed with soft tannin
and bright acidity, which provides the long lingering finish.
wine is predominantly Syrah from Watch Hill with the balance being Mourvedre
from Martian Vineyard and Grenache from Watch Hill. We separately produced and
barrel aged the components with the blend coming together just in advance of
bottling. The wines for this blend were
gently destemmed and then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle
punchdowns. Aged in all tight grained French oak barrels with 37% new for 19 months.