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wine list

 

 wines by the glass

 

listed lightest to fullest

champagne & sparkling wine                                                                                                             

Macabeo, Parellada & Xarel-Lo, Juvé y Camps, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Penedès, Spain, 2008

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

Chardonnay, Jean-Claude Thévenet & Fils, Brut, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France, MV

 

white wines

Riesling, Weingut Josef Leitz “Dragonstone,” Rheingau, Germany, 2012

Müller-Thurgau, Anne Amie Vineyards, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette, Oregon, 2012

Pinot Blanc, Weingut Höpler, Burgenland, Austria, 2012

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

Chardonnay, Domaine Servin “Les Pargues,” Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2011 —

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

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rosé wines

Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Finger Lakes, New York, 2013

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red wines

Tempranillo, Montebuena “Cuvée KPF,” Rioja, Spain, 2010

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

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

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

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

Cabernet Sauvignon, Newton Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2011

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sparkling dessert wines                                                                                                                               

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

Moscato/Brachetto, Elio Perrone “Bigaro,” Italy, 2013

Shiraz, Shingleback “Black Bubbles,” MacLaren Vale, Australia, NV

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fortified 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

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 “20 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

Broadbent “Colheita,” Madeira, Portugal, 1996 

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wines by the bottle

listed lightest to fullest

champagne

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

NV          Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs, Brut; Cramant, 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 Vineyards “Wedding Cuvée;” Green Valley, RRV, Sonoma, 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

2011        Cascina Gilli, Malvasia di Schierano; Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Piedmont, Italy

NV          Domaine Chandon “Rosé,” California    —

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

NV          Cavas Masachs “Gran Sarao,” Cava Rosé; Penedès, 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 de Reims, France

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

NV          Chartogne-Taillet “Rosé,” Brut; Montagne de Reims, Champagne, rance

NV‡        J. Lassalle “Cachet D’Or,” Premier Cru, Brut; Chigney-les-Roses, 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

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

2012        Schreckbichl Colterenzio “Pfefferer,” Moscato Giallo; Alto-Adige, Italy

2012        Anne Amie,  Müller-Thurgau; Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette, 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

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

2011        Villa Sparina, Gavi; Gavi, Allessandria, Italy

 

sauvignon blanc, semillon & blends

2012        Honig Vineyard & Winery, Sauvignon Blanc; Napa Valley, California

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 de Graves;” Pessac-Léognan, France

2013        Walnut Block Wines “Collectables,” Sauvignon Blanc; Marlborough, New Zealand

2012        Kim Crawford Wines “Spitfire,” Small Parcels, S. Blanc; Marlborough, New Zealand

2013        Kim Crawford Wines “Spitfire,” Small Parcels, S. Blanc; Marlborough, New Zealand

2012‡*    Matthiasson Family Cellars, S. Blanc/Ribolla/Semillon/Tocai Napa, California

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

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

 

white wines of the Loire valley

2012        Domaine Gérard Fiou “Just Fiou,” Sauvignon Blanc; Loire Valley, France

2012        Jocelyne Massicot, Sauvignon Blanc; Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France

2012        Ch. Soucherie “Cuvée les Rangs de Long,” Chenin Blanc; Anjou, Loire, France

2012        Domaine des Aubuisières “Cuvée de Silex,” Chenin Blanc; Vouvray, Loire, France

2012        D.de la Pepière, Melon de Bourgogne; Muscadet S et M Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France

2012        Luneau-Papin, Melon de Bourgogne; Muscadet S et M Sur Lie, Loire, France   —

2010        D.de la Croix des Vainqueurs,Demi-Sec Chenin; Vouvray, Loire, France  —

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

2005‡*    D. Luneau-Papin “Le L D’Or,” Melon; Muscadet S et M Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France  —

 

white wines of the Alsace & other rieslings

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

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

2012        Weingut Josef Leitz “Dragonstone,” Riesling; Rheingau, Germany

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

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 District, Napa, California

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

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

 

chardonnay blends

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

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

Created to provide the perfect white wine companion to Dave Phinney’s The Prisoner, Blindfold is bold and intriguing.  In establishing her own spin on a white blend, winemaker Jen Beloz and her team sought out interesting varietals that would nicely complement the Chardonnay base.  Through partnering with growers who are dedicated to cultivating alternative varietals in their outstanding vineyards throughout California, the result is a wine that is complex and delicious.

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

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dry rosé wines

The beginning of Spring 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

2012        Mouton Noir “Love Drunk Rosé,” Pinot Noir/Chardonnay; Oregon

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

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

2012        J Vineyards “Vin Gris,” Pinot Noir; RussianRiverValley, Sonoma County, California

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

2013        Dr. Konstantin Frank, Pinot Noir; Finger Lakes, New York

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

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

2013‡      Ostatu “Rosado,” Tempranillo; Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain

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

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

2013        Château de la Bonnelière “Rive Gauche,” Cabernet Franc, Chinon, Loire, France

2012        Bastianich “Rosato,” Refosco; Venezia-Giulia, Italy

2012        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

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white wines of California – chardonnay

2012        Qupé “Y Block;” Santa Barbara County, California

2010        Alias Wines; California

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

2011‡      Dutton-Goldfield; Dutton Ranch, RussianRiverValley, Sonoma County, California

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

2011        Saddleback Cellars; Napa Valley, California

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

2011        Cyprus “Barrel Fermented;” Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

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

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

2011        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

2012        D. Morey Coffinet; Chassagne-Montrachet, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

2011        Maison Joseph Drouhin; Puligny-Montrachet, Côte du Beaune, 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

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

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

 

red wines of Oregon – Willamette Valley – pinot noir

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

2011        King Estate Winery “Acrobat;” Oregon

2012        King Estate Winery “Acrobat;” 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

2012‡      Big Table Farm; Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011        Adelsheim Vineyard; Willamette Valley, Oregon

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

2011‡      Domaine Chandon, Pinot Meunier; Carneros, California      —

 

red wines of California – Sonoma Coast – pinot noir

2010        Pali Wine Company “Riveria;” Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

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

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

 

red wines of California – Russian River Valley – pinot noir

2012        Siduri Wines; Keefer Ranch Vineyard, RRV,  Sonoma County, California

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

 

red wines of California – Anderson Valley – pinot noir

2011        Copain Wines “Tous Ensemble;” AndersonValley, 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, AndersonValley, Mendocino, California

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red wines of California – Central Coast – pinot noir

2011        Pali Wine Company “Huntington;” Santa Barbara County, California

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

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

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

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

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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

2011        F. Magnien “Vielles Vignes;” Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

2010        Domaine Forey Père & Fils; Vosne-Romanée, 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       Cornu & Fils “Les Moutottes;” Aloxe-Corton 1erCru, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France

2008‡      D. Sébastien Magnien “Les Petits Noizons;” Pommard, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy

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

2011        D. Bachelet-Monnot “La Fussière;” Maranges 1er Cru, Hautes – Côte du Beaune,

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red wines of Burgundy – Côte Chalonnaise – pinot noir

2011‡      D. Michel Juillot “Clos Tonnerre;” Mercurey 1er Cru, Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy

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red wines of Burgundy – pinot noir

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

2012        JP Brun, Terres Dorées, “L’Ancien,” Vielles Vignes, Gamay; Beaujolais, France

2009‡      Potel-Aviron “Vielles Vignes,” Gamay; Moulin-à-Vent, Cru Beaujolais, France

2011        D. de la Chapelle des Bois “Cuvée Vieille Vignes,” Gamay; Fleurie, Cru Beaujolais

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

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

 

old world pinot noirs of interest

2011        André Scherer; Alsace, France

2011        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

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

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

2009        Viviani, Corvina Blend; Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Veneto, Italy

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

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

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

2005        Tezza, Reserva, Corvina Blend; Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy

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red wines of Spain

2010        Montebuena “Cuvée KPF,” Tempranillo; Rioja, Spain

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

NV          Locations Wines “E-2,” Grenache/Tempranillo/Carignan; Spain

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

2011        Viña Sastre, Tinto, Tempranillo; Ribera del Duero, Spain

2000        Bargordi, Reserva, Tempranillo; Rioja, Spain

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

2009        Izadi, Reserva, Tempranillo; 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

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

 

red wines of the Rhône

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

2011‡      D. les Grands Bois “Cuvée Marc,” Grenache; Rasteau, Rhône Valley, France

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

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

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        Domaine Belle “Cuvée Louis Belle,” Syrah; Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France

2011        Usseglio Cuvée Girard,” Grenache Blend; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

2009        Chapoutier “La Bernardine,” Syrah Blend; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, 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

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

 

new world syrah, shiraz, petite sirah and Rhône varietals

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

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 “Josephine + Mariposa,” Gren./ Mour.; Sierra Foothills, California

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

2012        La Clarine Farm, Syrah; Sumu Kaw Vineyard, Sierra Foothills, California

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

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

“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,” P. Sirah; Tenbrink Vineyards, California

2008‡*    Scholium Project “Bricco Babelico,” P. Sirah; Tenbrink Vineyards,  California

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new world red wines of interest

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

2013        Chakana Wines “Maipe,” Malbec; Mendoza, Argentina

2011‡      Tapiz “Alta Collection,” Malbec; Mendoza, Argentina

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

2012        Sineann “Abondante,” Merlot/Cabernet/Zinfandel; Columbia Valley, Washington

2010        Mouton Noir “Horseshoes & Handgrenades,” Temp./Syrah/Merlot; California

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

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

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new world merlot

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

2011        Flora Springs Winery, Merlot; Napa Valley, California   —

 

new world merlot blends

NV9        Cain Cuvée, Merlot Blend; Napa Valley, California

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 Magneau, Merlot Blend; Graves, 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

2010        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

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

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new world cabernet sauvignon

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

2011        Newton Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

2010        Marietta Cellars, Cabernet; 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,” Cabernet; Columbia Valley, Washington

2010        Signorello Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

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 verticals & library releases

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

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

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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

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2003        Anakota, Cabernet; Helena Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

2004         Anakota, Cabernet; Helena Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

2005         Anakota, Cabernet; Helena Montana Vineyard, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma, California

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2006‡      Burly, Cabernet Sauvignon; Napa Valley, California

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new world cabernet sauvignon blends

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

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

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