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wine list

  wines by the glass

listed lightest to fullest

 

champagne & sparkling wine                                                                                                             

Macabeo Blend, Juvé y Camps, “Reserva de la Familia,” Penedès, Spain, 2008 

Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon “Rosé,” California, NV

Chardonnay, Jean-Claude Thévenet , Blanc de Blancs, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France, NV

 

white wines

Riesling, Domänenweingut Schloss Schönborn “Estate,” Rheingau, Germany, 2010

Müller, Anne Amie Vineyards “Cuvée A,” Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2013

Sauvignon Blanc, La Chablisienne, St. Bris, Côtes d’Auxerre, Burgundy, France, 2012 —

Viognier/Marsanne, d’Arenberg Winery “The Hermit Crab,” MacLaren Vale, Australia, 2012 —

Arneis, Renato Ratti, Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy, 2013    —

Chardonnay, Domaine Servin “Les Pargues,” Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2012—

Chardonnay, Ramey Wine Cellars, RussianRiverValley, Sonoma County, California, 2011

 

reserve white wines*     

Riesling, Domaine Vincent Stoeffler, Kirchberg de Barr, Alsace Grand Cru, France, 2010

Chardonnay, Dutton-Goldfield, Dutton Ranch, RRV, Sonoma County, California, 2011    —

Chardonnay, Bitouzet-Preiur “Clos du Cromin,” Meursault, Burgundy, France, 2007

 

rosé wines

Dry Rosé of Gamay, Pierre-Marie Chermette,  “Les Griottes,” Beaujolais, France     —

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red wines

Gamay, Jean-Paul Brun, “L’Ancien,” Vielles Vignes, Beaujolais, France, 2012

Pinot Noir, Mouton Noir Wines “O.P.P.,” Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010    —

Tempranillo/Grenache, La Rioja Alta S.A. “Vina Ardanza,” Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2004—

Grenache/Cinsault, Cellar Comunica “La Comedia,” Monstant, Priorat, Spain, 2011

Corvina Blend, Tedeschi “Lucchine,” Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2012

Merlot Blend, Château La Rame, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Bordeaux, France, 2011—

Cabernet Sauvignon, Newton Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2012  —

 

reserve red wines*   

Pinot Noir, D. Harmand-Goffroy, Gevry-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2008 —

Sangiovese, Azienda Agricola La Ragnaie, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2008   —

Tempranillo, Bodega Numanthia “Numanthia,” Toro, Spain, 2009

Grenache, Usseglio & Fils “Cuvée Girard,” Chateanuef-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France, 2011 —

Merlot Blend, Ch. Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, 1998—

Meritage Blend, R.Strong Winery “Symmetry,” AVV, Sonoma County, California, 2011  —

 *Our reserve selections are poured tableside with the use of Coravin technology.  The Coravin is a relatively new technology that allows for wine to be poured without the removal of the cork; this eliminates any concerns about oxidation.  We are pleased to offer a selection of wonderful and rare selections in both 3oz and 6 oz offerings.  We hope that this allows you an opportunity to push the limits of food & wine pairings.

dessert wines by the glass

listed lightest to fullest

 

sparkling dessert wines                                                                                                                             

Moscato, Elio Perrone “Sourgal,” Asti, Piedmont, Italy, 2013

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still dessert wines                                                                                                                                     

Muscat, Domaine de Fenouillet, Beaumes de Venise, Rhône Valley, France, 2012

Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc, Château Loupiac, Loupiac, Bordeaux, France, 2010

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA 2009

Chardonnay Blend,  Weingut Höpler “Beerenauslese,” Burgenland, Austria, NV

Furmint, Royal Tokaji, “Red Label,” 5 Puttonyos, Hungary, 2008

 

fortified dessert wines                                                                                                                              

Muscat, R.L. Buller & Son “Solera,” Victoria, Australia, NV

Grenache, M. Chapoutier, Banyuls, Roussillon, France, 2010

 

sherry                                                                                                                                                        

La Cigarrera “Manzanilla,” Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain

El Maestro Sierra “Fino,” Jerez, Spain

El Maestro Sierra “Amontillado,” 12 Year, Jerez, Spain

Bodegas Dios Baco “Oloroso,” Jerez, Spain

El Maestro Sierra “Oloroso,” 15 Year, Jerez, Spain

El Maestro Sierra “Pedro Ximenez,” Jerez, Spain

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port                                                                                                                                                           

Cockburn’s, 10 Year Tawny, Portugal

Taylor Fladgate “Quinta de Vargellas,” Portugal, 2004

W & J Graham’s “Six Grapes,” Reserve, Portugal

Fiest, Late-Bottled Vintage, Portugal, 2006

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madeira                                                                                                                                                     

Rare Wine Co. “Savannah Verdelho,” Special Reserve, Madeira, Portugal

Rare Wine Co. “Boston Bual,” Special Reserve, Madeira, Portugal

Rare Wine Co. “New York Malmsey,” Special Reserve, Madeira, Portugal

Rare Wine Co. “Baltimore Rainwater,” Special Reserve, Madeira, Portugal

Flight of Rare Wine Co. Selections (1oz of each selection)  

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Broadbent “Colheita,” Madeira, Portugal, 1996

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wines by the bottle

listed lightest to fullest

champagne

NV          Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs, Brut; Cramant, Champagne, France

NV          Duval-Leroy, Brut; Vertus, Champagne, France

NV          Duval-Leroy, Premier Cru, Brut; Vertus, Champagne, France

NV          Taittinger “La Française,” Brut; Reims, Champagne, France

NV          Perrier-Jouët “Grand Brut;” Épernay, Champagne, France

NV          Delamotte, Brut; Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Champagne, France

NV          Pol Roger “Extra Cuvée de Réserve,” Brut; Epernay, Champagne, France

NV          Jacquesson “Cuvée n° 736,” Extra Brut; Dizy, Champagne, France

NV          Gosset “Excellence,” Brut; Aÿ, Champagne, France

2005        Duval-Leroy “Clos des Bouveries,” Brut; Vertus, Champagne, France

2004‡      Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin; Reims, Champagne, France

 

sparkling wines

2008        Juvé y Camps, “Reserva de la Familia,” Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Penedès, Spain

NV‡        Domaine Franck Besson “Dentelle,” Blanc de Noirs; Beaujolais, France

2009        Domaine Carneros, Brut; Napa Valley, California

2010        Iron Horse “Wedding Cuvée;” RussianRiverValley, Sonoma County, California

NV‡        Domaine Vincent Stoeffler, Blanc de Blancs, Brut; Cremant d’Alsace, France

NV          Jean-Claude Thévenet & Fils, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

 

rosé champagne

NV          Duval-Leroy “Lady Rosé,” Sec Rosé; Vertus, Champagne, France (375mL)

NV          Veuve Clicquot, Rosé; Reims, Champagne, France

NV          Ruinart, Brut Rosé; Reims, Champagne, France

 

rosé sparkling wines

NV          Domaine Chandon “Rosé,” California

NV          Belstar “Extra Dry,” Cuveé Rosé; Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy

NV          Cavas Masachs “Gran Sarao,” Cava Rosé; Penedès, Spain

NV          G. Gilabert “Brut Nature-Rosat,” Trepat  Rosé; Santa Fe del Penedés, Cava, Spain

NV          Domaine Chandon “Étoile,” Brut Rosé; North Coast, California

 

small-grower champagne

These wines are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come.  Grower champagnes has been described as “artisanal winemaking” because they tend to be more “terroir” focused, being sourced from single or closely located vineyards around a village.

NV‡        J. Selosse “Initial,” Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Brut; Avize, Champagne, France

NV‡        Chartogne-Taillet “Heurtebise,” 1er Cru, Brut; Montagne, Champagne, France

NV          Vilmart & Cie “Grand Cellier,” 1er Cru, Brut; Montagne, Champagne, France

NV          Chartogne-Taillet “Rosé,” Brut; Montagne Champagne, France—

NV‡        J. Lassalle “Cachet D’Or,” 1er Cru, Brut; Chigney-les-Roses, Champagne, France

NV          R. Dumont & Fils “Tradition,” Brut; Aube, Champagne, France (1.5L) —

NV          Serge Mathieu “Tradition,” Blanc de Noir, Brut; Avirey-Lingey, Champagne, France —

 

light-bodied white wines of interest

2013        Ameztoi, Hondarribi Zuri; Getariako Txakolina, Spain

2012        Bidoli “Traminer Aromatico,” Gewürztraminer; Friuli Grave, Veneto, Italy

2012        Colterenzio “Pfefferer,” Moscato Giallo; Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Alto-Adige, Italy

2013        Anne Amie Vineyards “Cuvée A,” Müller; Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2012        Chehalem Wines “3 Vineyard,” Pinot Gris; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2012        Salneval, Albariño; Rías Baixas, Spain—

2013        Anton Bauer “Rosenberg,” Grüner Veltliner; Wagram, Austria

2012        Weingut Höpler, Pinot Blanc; Burgenland, Austria

2013‡      Hobo Wine Company “Banyan,” Gewürztraminer; Monterey County, California

2012        La-Vis “Ritratti,” Pinot Grigio; Trentino, Italy

2011‡*    Scarbolo “Ramato XL,” Pinot Grigio; Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

2011        Villa Sparina, Gavi; Gavi, Allessandria, Italy

 

sauvignon blanc, semillon & blends

2012        La Chablisienne, Sauvignon Blanc; St. Bris, Côtes d’Auxerre, Burgundy, France  —

2011        Robert Foley Vineyards, Semillon; Napa Valley, California

2012        Cape Mentelle Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon; Margaret River, Australia

2011        Ch. Carbonnieux “Grand Cru Classé,” S. Blanc Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

2013        Kim Crawford Wines “Spitfire,” Sauvignon Blanc; Marlborough, New Zealand

2013        Honig Vineyards and Winery, Sauvignon Blanc; Napa Valley, California

2013        Long Meadow Ranch Winery, S. Blanc; Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

2012‡*    Matthiasson, S.Blanc/Ribolla Gialla/Semillon/Tocai; Napa Valley, California    —

2011‡*    Scholium Project “Prince in His Caves,” Unfiltered S.Blanc; Farina, California

2011        Arietta “On the White Keys,” Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon; California

 

white wines of the Loire valley

2013        Domaine Gérard Fiou “Just Fiou,” Sauvignon Blanc; Loire Valley, France

2012        Langlois-Château, Sauvignon Blanc; Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

2011‡      Château de Fontaine-Audon, Sauvignon Blanc; Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

2013        Jocelyne Massicot, Sauvignon Blanc; Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France

2013        Domaine des Aubisières, “Cuvée de Silex,” Vouvray, Loire Valley, France

2012        Ch. Soucherie, Chenin Blanc; Anjou, Loire Valley, France

2012        D. de la Pepière, Melon; Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France   —

2013        D.de la Pepière, Melon; Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France —

2012        Luneau-Papin, Melon; Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France   —

2010        Croix des Vainqueurs “Le Bouchet,”Chenin Blanc; Vouvray, Loire Valley, France    —

2012        Ch. L’Eperonniere “Croix Picot,” Chenin Blanc; Savennières, Loire Valley, France

2005‡*    D. Luneau-Papin “Le L D’Or,” Melon; Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Loire Valley, France—

 

white wines of the Alsace & other rieslings

2012        Dr. Konstantin Frank, Dry Riesling; Finger Lakes, New York

2013        Dr. Konstantin Frank, Dry Riesling; Finger Lakes, New York

2012        Jamsheed “Great Western,” Riesling; Garden Gully Vineyard, W. Victoria, Australia

2010        Domänenweingut Schloss Schönborn “Estate,” Riesling; Rheingau, Germany

2010        Domaine Mittnacht-Klack “Tradition,” Riesling; Riquewihr, Alsace, France                                                                   55

2013        Weingut Josef Leitz “Dragonstone,” Riesling; Rheingau, Germany                                                                                45    —

2011        Später-Veit “Armes,” Kabinett Riesling; Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Mosel, Germany

2012        Alexana “Revana Vineyard,” Riesling; Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Joh. Jos. Prüm, Spätlese Riesling; Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany

2010‡      Domaine Vincent Stoeffler, Riesling; Kirchberg De Barr, Alsace Grand Cru, France —

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white wines of the Rhône & other Rhône-styled blends

2012‡      d’Arenberg  ‘The Hermit Crab,” Viogner/Marsanne; MacLaren Vale, Australia

2012        Domaine les Grands Bois, Viognier; Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France

2010        Surh Luchtel, Viognier; Fortunati Vineyards, Oak Knoll,  Napa Valley, California    —

2012        Eric Texier, Clairette Blend; Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France  —

2012        E. Guigal, Marsanne/Roussane; Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France

2012        Clos Saint Jean, Grenache Blend; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France

2010‡      Carte Blanche “Sandstone Seven,” Rhône Blend;  Mendocino, California

 

medium & full-bodied white wines of interest

2012        Hyland Estates, Gewürztraminer; McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2013        Bodegas Palcio “Milflores,” Viura; Rioja, Spain

2011        Conti Formentini “Furlana,” Friulano; Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

2010‡      Robert Foley Vineyards, Pinot Blanc; Napa Valley, California

2011‡      Sono Montenidoli “Fiore,” Vernaccia; San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

2012        Inama “Vin Soave,” Garganega; Soave Classico, Verona, Italy

2012        Renato Ratti, Arneis; Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy

2012        Matthiasson, Ribolla Gialla; Matthiasson Vineyard, Napa Valley, California

 

chardonnay blends

2010‡*    Scholium Project “Midan Al-Tahrir,” Verdelho Blend ; California

 The varied microclimates of California are ideally suited to growing to quality Chardonnay.  This was especially true in 2012 allowing the winemaker to be particularly discriminating in his sourcing of the best small lots.  This assemblage of Chardonnay is complimented with unique wines vinified from white Rhone varietals.  The result is a blend with distinction, finesse, and profound drinkability.

2012        Orin Swift Cellars “Mannequin,” Chardonnay/S.Blanc/Rhône Blend; California

2012        The Prisoner Wine Company “Blindfold,” Rhône Blend/Chardonnay; California

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dry rosé wines

The beginning of Summer signifies the release of dry rosés from around the world.  These selections range from very light and delicate to wines that feature bold flavors.  Rosés pair well with a large variety of food, and can be a refreshing treat during warmer days.

2013‡      Matthiasson Family Cellars “Rosé,” Rhône Blend; California

2012        Bonny Doon Vineyard “Vin Gris de Cigare,” Rhône Blend; Central Coast, California

2013        Mouton Noir “Love Drunk Rosé,” Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir; Oregon

2013        Riechsrat Von Buhl “Rosé Trocken,”, Spätburgunder; Pfalz, Germany

2013        Domaine Vissoux, “Les Griottes,” Gamay; Beaujolais, France

2012        J Vineyards “Vin Gris,” Pinot Noir; Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2013        J Vineyards “Vin Gris,” Pinot Noir; Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2013        Garofoli “Kòmaros,” Montepulciano; Loreto, Le Marche, Italy

2013        Anton Bauer “Feuersbrunn Rosé,” Zweigelt/Syrah/Merlot; Wagram, Austria

2013        Domaine Collotte, Pinot Noir; Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2011        Weingut Michlitz, Frizzante Rosé, Pinot Noir; Burgenland, Austria

2012        Meinklang “Prosa,” Frizzante Rosé, Pinot Noir; Burgenland, Austria

2011        Henri Bourgeois “Les Baronnes,” Pinot Noir; Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

2013        Lioco Wines “Indica,” Carignan; Mendocino, California

2013        Bastianich “Rosato,” Refosco; Venezia-Giulia, Italy

2013        Ceralti “Nubia,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Tuscany, Italy

2013        Blackbird “Arriviste,” C. Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc; Napa Valley, California

2013        Domaine Amido “Les Amandines,” Grenache/Cinsault; Tavel, Rhône Valley, France

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white wines of Oregon – chardonnay

2011‡      Chehalem Wines “Inox;” Willamette Valley, Oregon

Founded in 2007, by Per Se’s former Head Sommelier, Andre Mack, Mouton Noir Wines work to incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture.  The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some New York’s best restaurants.  This chardonnay offering is all stainless-steel with no malolactic fermentation.  It benefits from a very long and cold fermentation, resulting in a lean and mean wine.

2012        Mouton Noir Wines “Knock on Wood;” Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Stoller Family Estate “Reserve,” Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

 

white wines of California – chardonnay

2011        NOCO Wines; North Coast, California

2012‡      Lioco Wines “Estero;” Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California   —

2011‡      Dutton-Goldfield; Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2012        Elizabeth Spencer “Special Cuvée;” Mendocino, California   —

2013        Matthiasson Family Cellars; Linda Vista Vineyards, Napa Valley, California

2011        Saddleback Cellars; Napa Valley, California

2011        Morgan Winery “Highlands;” Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

2012        Morgan Winery “Highlands;” Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California    —

2011        Ramey Wine Cellars; Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2009        Mayacamas Vineyards; Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California

2012        Point Concepción Wines “Caponera;” Santa Barbara County, California

2010‡      L’Angevin Wines; Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2010        Reynolds Family Winery; Napa Valley, California

2011        Scholium Project “The Sylphs;” Carneros, Napa Valley, California

2010        Scholium Project “Chuy Chard;” Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California

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old world chardonnays of interest

2013        Weingut Netzl; Carnuntum, Austria   

The domaine, situtated in the center of the village of Pupillin, in the heart of Arbois appellation, is three generations old.  Mikael Crinquand tends to the viticultural side of this multi-faceted family operation.  The Overnoy-Crinquand families have always managed their holdings within Pupillin in a poly-cultural, organic fashion, tending 70 cows to produce milk for the famous Comté cheese of the region.

2011‡*    Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand “Arbois-Pupillin;” Arbois, Jura, France

 

white wines of Burgundy – Chablis – chardonnay

2011        Domaine Servin “Les Pargues;” Chablis, Burgundy, France

2012        Domaine Servin “Les Pargues;” Chablis, Burgundy, France

2011        La Chablisienne “Fourchaume;” Chablis Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2012        La Chablisienne “Fourchaume;” Chablis Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2009‡      Domaine Moreau-Naudet “Vaillons;” Chablis Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2011        Domaine Long-Depaquit “Les Clos;” Chablis Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

 

white wines of Burgundy – Côte du Beaune – chardonnay

2009        Edmond Cornu & Fils; Chorey-les-Beaune, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

2010        Domaine du Prieuré; Savigny-les-Beaune, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

2011        D. Jacques Carillon; Puligny-Montrachet, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

2009        J. Pillot “Les Chaumes;” Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy, France    —

2012        D. Morey Coffinet “Les Houillères;” Chassagne-Montrachet,  Burgundy, France

2007‡      Bitouzet-Prieur “Clos du Cromin;” Meursault, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

 

white wines of Burgundy – Mâconnais – chardonnay & aligoté

2011        Raymond Dupont-Fahn, Aligoté; Burgundy, France     —

2007        Domaine Hubert et Laurent Lignier, Aligoté; Burgundy, France

2012        D. Jean Touzot, “Vieille Vignes;” Macon-Villages, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

2012        Masion Joseph Drouhin; Macon-Villages, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

2011        D. Cheveau “Les Vieilles Vignes;” Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

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red wines of Oregon – Willamette Valley – pinot noir

2011*      Maysara Winery, White Pinot Noir; McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2010        Mouton Noir Wines “O.P.P.;” Willamette Valley, Oregon —

2010        Mouton Noir Wines “X-Large;” Willamette Valley, Oregon (1.5L)

2009        Maysara Winery “Jamsheed;” McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon  —

2011        Chehalem Wines “Three Vineyard;” Willamette Valley, Oregon   —

2011        Anne Amie Vineyards “Winemaker’s Selection;” Willamette Valley, Oregon —

2012‡      Big Table Farm; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2012        Ken Wright Cellars; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2010        Brittan Vineyards “Basalt Block;” McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Adelsheim Vineyard; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2012        Adelsheim Vineyard; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        J. Christopher Wines, Unfiltered Pinot Noir; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Bergström Wines “Cumberland Reserve;” Willamette Valley, Oregon 7  —

2012        Raptor Ridge Winery; Shea Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon—

2011        Sokol Blosser Winery; Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Alexana Winery “Revena Vineyard;” Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

 

red wines of California – Los Carneros – pinot noir & pinot meunier

2012        Artesa Winery; Carneros, California

2011        Robert Sinskey Vineyards; Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

2011‡      Domaine Chandon, Pinot Meunier; Carneros, California

 

red wines of California – Sonoma Coast – pinot noir

2011        Pali Wine Company “Riveria;” Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

2012        Schug Winery; Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

2012‡      County Line Vineyards; Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

2010        Joseph Phelps Vineyards “Fogdog;” Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

2012        Lioco Wines “Laguna;” Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

2011‡      Hirsch  “San Andreas Fault,” Estate; Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

 

red wines of California – Russian River Valley – pinot noir

2012        Pali Wine Company “Bluffs;” Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2011        Davis Bynum; Jane’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

2012        Siduri Wines; Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

 

red wines of California – Anderson Valley – pinot noir

2011        Copain Wines “Tous Ensemble;” Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

2011        Drew Family Cellars “Fog-Eater;” Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

 Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor started a conversation on opposite sides of the wine buying equation.  While Licklider sold wine for North Berkley Imports and O’Connor was the Director of Wine at Spago Beverly Hills, they discussed for six years whether California could produce “terroir” or Burgundian style.  They finally started Lioco Wines as an experiment in making Burgundian-styled, terroir-driven wines.

2011‡      Lioco Wines; Klindt Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

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red wines of California – Central Coast – pinot noir

2013        Hobo Wine Company “Folk Machine;” Central Coast, California

2012        Pali Wine Company “Huntington;” Santa Barbara County, California

2012        Hartley-Ostini “Hitching Post-Hometown;” Santa Barbara County, California

2010        Loring Wine Co.,  Clos Pepe Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, California  —

2009‡      Surh Luchtel; Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

 

red wines of Australia & New Zealand – pinot noir

2011        Neudorf Vineyards “Tom’s Block;” New Zealand    —

2012        Altamont Wine Studio “Single Vineyard,” Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

2011        Bindi Winegrowers “Original Vineyard;” Victoria, Australia

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red wines of Burgundy – Côte de Nuits – pinot noir

2011        D.Collotte “Cuvée Vielles Vignes;” Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2011        Domaine Michel Magnien; Fixin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2008‡      D. Harmand-Geoffroy; Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2010       Hubert et Laurent Lignier “Tres Girard;” Morey-St-Denis,  Burgundy, France   —

2011        Frédéric Magnien “Vielles Vignes;” Chambolle-Musigny,  Burgundy, France

2010        Domaine Forey Père & Fils; Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2009        Domaine Forey Père & Fils; Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2011        Maison Joseph Drouhin; Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

 

red wines of Burgundy – Côte de Beaune – pinot noir

2009        Edmond Cornu & Fils “Les Moutottes;” Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

2008‡      D. Sébastien Magnien “Les Petits Noizons;” Pommard, Burgundy, France

2010        Domaine Bernard & Theirry Glantenay; Volnay, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France —

2011        D. Clair “Sur le Sentier du Clou;” Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

2008‡      D. Sébastien Magnien “Les Aigrots;” Beaune 1er Cru, Burgundy, France  —

2010        D. Jean-Marc Morey “Grand Clos Rousseau,” Santenay 1er Cru,  Burgundy, France

2011        D. Bachelet-Monnot “La Fussière;” Maranges 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

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red wines of Burgundy – Côte Chalonnaise – pinot noir

2011‡      Michel Juillot “Clos Tonnerre;” Mercurey 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

2012        Jean-Baptiste Ponsot “Molesme;” Rully Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

red wines of Burgundy – pinot noir

2011        Domaine du Prieuré; Burgundy, France

2011        Marie-Pierre Germain; Burgundy, France

2012        Joseph Voillot “Vielles Vignes;” Burgundy, France

2012        Régis Bouvier “En Montre Cul,” Burgundy, France

 

red wines of Beaujolais –gamay

Jean-Paul Brun runs his 40-acre family estate just north of Lyons, specializing in making “old-style” Beaujolais and his vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region.  He believes that the charm of Gamay’s fruit is best expressed by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast.  He also keeps alcohol content low, and uses only the minimal amount of SO2 so that the wine is fresh and “headache-free”.

2012        Jean-Paul Brun,  “L’Ancien,” Vielles Vignes, Gamay; Beaujolais, France

2013        Jean-Paul Brun, Gamay; Moulin-a-Vent, Cru Beaujolais, France

2012        Jean-Paul Brun, Gamay; Côte de Brouilly, Cru Beaujolais, France

2011        Chapelle des Bois “Cuvée Vieille Vignes,” Gamay; Fleurie, Cru Beaujolais, France

2012        Earl Daniel Bouland, Gamay; Chiroubles, Cru Beaujolais, France  

Marcel Grillet is the 6th generation to run the family estate, with his son Aurelien, they converted their 15 acres to organic certification in 2003.  Along with using only natural fertilizer, they use “Caline,” their horse, to plow the land going back to ancient practices.  The cohesive relation between the horse and the vine is the basic of their traditional farming leading them step-by-step to a full biodynamic viticulture.

2011        D. de la Bonne Tonne, “Les Charmes,” Gamay; Morgon, Cru Beaujolais, France

2012        Domaine Dupre “Vignes de 1918,” Gamay; Régnié, Cru Beaujolais, France

2011        Les Frères Perroud “Améthyste,” Gamay; Brouilly, Cru Beaujolais,France

 

old world pinot noirs of interest

2011        André Scherer; Alsace, France

2012        Anton Bauer “Wagram;” Wagram, Austria

2009        Domaine Luchien Crochet “La Croix du Roy,” Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

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red wines of Italy

 

2013        Luigi Giordano “Rosso,” Nebbiolo/Arneis; Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

2009        Triacca “Sassella,” Nebbiolo; Valtellina Superiore, Lombardy, Italy

2010        Le Potazzine “Gorelli,” Sangiovese; Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

2011        Torsellino del Poggio, Sangiovese; Tuscany, Italy

2009        Frescobaldi “Nipozzano,” Riserva, Sangiovese; Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy

2010        Palagetto, Sangiovese/Colorino/Merlot; Chianti Colli Senesi, Tuscany, Italy

2012        Vallone di Cecione “Anichini,” Sangiovese; Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

2011        Montepeloso “A Quo,” Montepulciano Blend; Tuscany, Italy

2011        Moris Farms, Sangiovese Blend; Monteregio di Massa Marittima, Tuscany, Italy

2009        Moris Farms “Riserva,” Sangiovese Blend ; Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy

2008        Azienda Agricola La Ragnaie, Sangiovese; Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

2012        Tedeschi “Lucchine,” Corvina Blend; Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy   —

2010        Bussola “Ca’ del Laito,” Corvina Blend; Ripasso Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy

2012        Cordero di Montezemolo, Barbera; Alba, Piedmont, Italy

2010‡      Valle Dell’Acate, Nero d’Avola/Frappato; Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, Sicily, Italy

2012        G. Russo “ ‘A Rina,” Nerello Mascalese/Nerello Capuccio; Etna Rossa, Sicily, Italy

2011        Kepos di Ampeleia, Grenache Blend; Tuscany Coast, Italy

2009        Damilano “Lecinquevigne,” Nebbiolo; Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

2005        Tezza “Brolo delle Giare,” Reserva, Corvina Blend; Amarone,  Veneto, Italy

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red wines of Spain

2010        Bodega Numanthia “Termes,” Tinta; Toro, Spain

2011        Cellar Comunica “La Comedia,” Grenache/Cinsault; Monstant, Priorat, Spain

2011‡      Descendientes de J. Palacios “Pétalos,” Mencia; Bierzo, Spain

2012        Viña Sastre, Tinto, Tempranillo; Ribera del Duero, Spain   —

2011        PSI, Tempranillo; Ribera del Duero, Spain—

2008        Bargordi “Crianza,” Tempranillo; Rioja, Spain

2000        Bargordi, Reserva, Tempranillo; Rioja, Spain

2010        Edra “Grullas de Paso,” Tempranillo Blend; Ribera de Gallego, Spain —

2004        La Rioja Alta S.A. “Vina Ardanza,” Reserva, Tempranillo/Grenache; Rioja, Spain

2005        Marqués de Cáceres “Gran Reserva,” Tempranillo; Rioja, Spain

2009        Barón de Magaña, Merlot/Cabernet/Tempranillo/Syrah; Navarra, Spain

2012        Alvaro Palacios “Camins del Priorat,” Grenache Blend; Priorat, Spain

2012        Scala Dei “Negre,” Grenache; Priorat, Spain  —

2009        Bodega Numanthia “Numanthia,” Tinta; Toro, Spain

 

red wines of the Rhône

Crozes-Hermitage is an appellation of the Northern Rhone located at the foot of the Hermitage single steep hillside.  Usually considered as a “junior version,” of its illustrious neighbor, their main differences reside on the soil composition and exposure.  The soil in Crozes is made of clay, sand and this rare terroir of Kaolin limestone found exclusively in the village of Larnage, where the Belle family is located – this contributes directly to depth of flavor and the lively minerality.

2010        D. Belle “Cuvée Louis Belle,” Syrah; Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France

2006        Domaine Lionnet “Terre Brulée,” Syrah; Cornas, Rhône Valley, France

2012        Domaine Fenouillet, Grenache Blend; Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône Valley, France

2009        D. du Gour de Chaulé, Grenache Blend; Gigondas, Rhône Valley, France

2011        Domaine du Grand Montmirail, Syrah Blend; Vacqueyras, Rhône Valley, France    —

2011        D. Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Grenache Blend; Châteauneuf, Rhône Valley, France

2009        M. Chapoutier “La Bernardine,” Syrah Blend; Châteauneuf, Rhône Valley, France

2012        J. L. Chave “Mon Coeur,” Syrah; Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France

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old world red wines of interest

2010        Anton Bauer Cuvée, Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch; Wagram, Austria

2011        Le Grand Boqueteau, Cabernet Franc; Chinon, Loire Valley, France

2011        Domaine Bernard Baudry, Cabernet Franc; Chinon, Loire Valley, France

2010        D. de la Chevalerie “Galichets,” Cabernet Franc; Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France

 

new world syrah, petite sirah and Rhône varietals

2012        Lioco Wines “Indica,” Carignan; Mendocino, California   —

2012        Cline Cellars “Ancient Vines,” Mourvèdre; Contra Costa County, California

2010        Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Syrah; Oregon

2009        Radio-Coteau “Timbervine,” Syrah; RRV, Sonoma Country, California

2011        K Vintners, Syrah; Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington —

Founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, Gramercy Cellars believes that great wines share common traits – great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time and patience.  Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards, harvest ripe – not overripe – grapes, intervene minimally in the winemaking process, and use as little new oak as possible.

2011        Gramercy Cellars, Syrah; Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, Washington

2012        Broc Cellars “Cassia,” Grenache; Santa Barbara County, California

2012        La Clarine Farm, Grenache/ Mourvèdre; Sierra Foothills, California

2012        Orin Swift Cellars “Abstract,” Grenache/Petit Sirah/Syrah; California (1.5L)

2008        Clos Saron “Heart of Stone,”Syrah; Sierra Foothills, California

“Scholium,” from the Greek “scholion,” which shares the same root as “school, scholarship,” signifies the modest project, undertaken for the sake of learning, understanding.  Abe Schoener took a sabbatical from his teaching position at St. John’s College in 1998 to begin an internship at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.  Now 16 years later, Schoener and his team are making some of the most interesting and cutting edge natural wines in California.

2011‡*    Scholium Project “Gardens of Babylon,” Petite Sirah; Suisun Valley, California

2008‡*    Scholium Project “Bricco Babelico,” Petite Sirah; Suisun Valley, California

 

shiraz and Rhône varietals of Australia

2012        Yalumba, “The Y Series,” Shiraz & Viognier; South Australia —

2013        Ochota Barrels, Grenache; Onka Blewitt Ridge, McLaren Vale, Australia

2011        Between Five Bells, Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvèdre/White Blend; Australia  —

2012        Adelina Wines, Shiraz/Mataro; Clare Valley, Australia

2012        Mollydooker Wines “Enchanted Path,” Shiraz/Cabernet; MacLaren Vale, Australia

2012        Mollydooker Wines “Carnival of Love,” Shiraz; MacLaren Vale, Australia

2012        Mollydooker Wines “Blue Eyed Boy,” Shiraz; South Australia, Australia

2011        Pyren Vineyard “Broken Quartz,” Shiraz; Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia —

2012        Shinas Estate “The Guilty,” Shiraz; Victoria, Australia

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new world red wines of interest

2012        Ancient Peaks Winery, Zinfandel; Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

2011        Tofanelli Family Vineyard, Zinfandel; Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

2011‡      Outpost Wines, Zinfandel; Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California

2011        Terrazas de los Andes “Reserva,” Malbec; Mendoza, Argentina

2013        Broc Cellars, Nero d’Avola; Mendocino, California

Robert Foley began his winemaking career in Napa Valley in 1977, beginning his training at Pride Mountain Vineyards.  He has gone on to create Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House and Engel Family wines.  Bob is famous for offering big reds that are very expressive wines that finish gracefully.  He continues to push the envelope of winemaking at his recently finished Howell Mountain property that has 1,000 barrels housed in an extensive cave system.

2011‡*    Robert Foley Vineyards, Charbono; Napa Valley, California

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new world red blends of interest

2010        Mouton Noir Wines “Horseshoes & Handgrenades,” Tempranillo Blend; California

2012        La Clarine Farms, Nebbiolo/Mourvèdre/Syrah;Sierra Foothills, California

2012        Veramonte “Quotation,” Super Chilean Blend; Central Valley, Chile

2012        The Prisoner Wine Co. “The Prisoner,” Zinfandel Blend; Napa Valley, California

2010        Mark Herold Wines “Collide,” Petite Sirah Blend; California

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new world merlot

2010        Schlumberger Wines “Le Sage,” Merlot; Dry Creek, Sonoma County, California

2010        Rombauer Vineyards, Merlot; Carneros, Napa Valley, California—

2010        Revelry Vintners, Merlot; Columbia Valley, Washington

2012        Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Merlot; Napa Valley, California  —

2010‡      Kenwood “Jack London Vineyard,” Merlot; Sonoma Mountain, California

 

new world merlot blends

NV9        Cain Cuvée, Merlot Blend; Napa Valley, California

2012        Sineann Winery “Abondante,” Merlot Blend;  Columbia Valley, Washington

2008        Surh Luchtel Cellars “Mosaique,” Merlot Blend; Napa Valley, California

 

red wines of Bordeaux – cabernet & merlot

2011        Château La Rame, Merlot Blend; Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Bordeaux, France  —

2009        Château de Bellevue, Merlot Blend; Lussac Saint Émilion, Bordeaux, France

2009        Château Haut-Segottes, Merlot Blend; Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France—

2008‡      Clos St. André, Merlot Blend; Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

1998        Ch. Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Merlot Blend; Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

2011        Château Aney “Cru Bourgeois,” Cabernet Blend; Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

2009        Château Moulin de Tricot, Cabernet Blend; Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France

2008        Ch. Le Peyre “Cru Artisan,” Cabernet Blend; Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

2006        Ch. Ormes de Pez, Cabernet Blend; Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

2010        Ch. Beau-Site “Cru Bourgeois,” Cab. Blend; Saint-Estèphe,Bordeaux, France

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new world cabernet sauvignon

2010        Grapesmith & Crusher, Cabernet Sauvignon; Columbia Valley, Washington

2011        Sivas-Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon; Sonoma County, California

2012        Newton Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2010        Marietta Cellars, C. Sauvignon; Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

2009        Robert Foley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2011        Honig Vineyard & Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2009        Long Shadows Vintners “Feather,” C. Sauvignon; Columbia Valley, Washington

2010        Signorello Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California —

2006        Andrew Geoffrey, C. Sauvignon; Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley, California

2012        Shinas Estate “The Verdict,” C. Sauvignon; Southeastern Australia, Australia

2012        Orin Swift Cellars “Palermo,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2011‡      Saunter Wines “Swagger,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2012        Round Pond Estate “Kith & Kin,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

 

new world cabernet sauvignon blends

2012        Bonny Doon Vineyard “A Proper Claret,” Cabernet Blend; Central Coast, California

2012        The 75 Wine Company “The Sum,” Cabernet/Syrah/Petite Syrah; California

2011        Chappellet Winery “Cervantes,” Cabernet Blend; Napa Valley, California

2009        Reynolds Family “Persistence,” Cabernet/Syrah Blend; Napa Valley, California

2011        R. Strong Vineyards “Symmetry,” Meritage; Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

2011        Orin Swift Cellars “Papillon,” Cabernet Blend; Napa Valley, California

2011        Leviathan, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Cabernet Franc/Merlot; California

 

new world cabernet sauvignon verticals & library releases

Tom Burgess purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972 when there was only 2 dozen wineries in operation in Napa Valley.  He was committed to producing wines that evoke the French concept of terroir: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard’s soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.  These two selections are library releases from the winery to show that their European wine making style can truly shine years later.

1998        Burgess Cellars “Vintage Selection,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2000        Burgess Cellars “Vintage Selection,” Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

 Long Meadow Ranch is more than just a winery.  On their 650-acre historic Mayacamas Estate is nestled high atop the Mayacamas Mountains about the Napa Valley.  From that location, they produce award-winning red wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beer, eggs, and fruit & vegetables.  Only 90 acres are under vine, and are farmed completely organic.  Long Meadow Ranch produces a mellow, silky and soft Cabernet atypical of the newer Napa profile.

2004        Long Meadow Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2005        Long Meadow Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2006        Long Meadow Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2007        Long Meadow Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

 In 1972, Tom and Sally Jordan, followed their hearts to California’s wine country and established Jordan Vineyard & Winery.  After replanting the valley floor of their property with Cabernet and Merlot instead of the prunes that were there upon their arrival – they were destined to make beautiful and bold reds.  Rob Davis, was hired in 1976 for the inaugural vintage.  Since then, Rob and the Jordan’s have become one of the premiere Cabernet producers in Alexander Valley earning #1 ranking by Wine & Spirits in 1990 -1994, 2001-2004, 2008, 2011-2013.

2001        Jordan Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon; Sonoma County, California

2002        Jordan Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon; Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

2003        Jordan Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon; Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

Deep in the heart of Knight’s Valley in rural Sonoma County, located in an ancient volcanic zone, a relatively untouched and unknown place offered incredibly unique and diverse soils with a climate perfectly suited for Bordeaux varietals.  Pierre Seillan moved to California from Armagnac in 1998 after seeing a truly unique and special opportunity in Knights Valley.  Unlike his other projects focused on blending varietals together, Pierre wanted to focus on a single expression of Cabernet.  The Helena Montana vineyard is 950 feet in elevation providing rolling hills with intermittent steep benches of up to 30 degrees.

2003        Anakota, C. Sauvignon; Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

2004        Anakota, C. Sauvignon; Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

2005        Anakota, C. Sauvignon; Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

The name for Burly originates from founder Hank McCrorie’s college football days, when he was dubbed “Burly Bear” by the local paper.  The nickname stuck among his teammates and given the bold nature of his wine, is more than a befitting tribute.  The oak tree displayed on the label is not only a symbol connecting the McCrorie’s childhoods – Hank growing up surrounded by the beautiful southern oaks of North Carolina – but also embodies the intrinsic flavors of tannins and oak, balanced by the beauty of its velvety, rich and flavorful layers.   Winemaker Massimo Monticelli spent his early career at Silver Oak Winery producing high-end wines with artisan techniques and style before leaving to focus on smaller boutique labels.

2006‡      Burly, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California