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A.P. VIN 10 PN GARYS'
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From the prestigious Garys' Vineyard, the vines for this bottling are 100% Pisoni selection, aged for 11 months in 50% new French oak.
BELLE GLOS 12 PN LAS ALTURAS
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Located in one of the highest plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent Read More...
sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil. The high elevation, up to1200 feet, and southern locale of Las Alturas Vineyard is slightly warmer by day and cooler by night with abundant sunshine and less wind than the northern portion of the appellation. All of these favorable conditions work to enhance the phenolic profile of each berry. When planting this vineyard, various Pinot Noir clones and rootstocks were matched to the most fitting soil types and slopes. Yields are deliberately kept low in order to augment the fruit’s intensity. Dense, dark garnet in color, the aromas of juicy dark fruit, moist soil, vanilla and coco burst out of the glass. The palette is so rich that it can almost be chewed on. Flavors of pie filling, plum, cured meats and root beer enliven the senses. This wine has structural integrity, great depth, and the balanced acidity leads to a provocatively supple finish.
BERNARDUS 11 CH MONTEREY
BERNARDUS 2011 CHARDONNAY
MONTEREY COUNTY 750mL
Item: #204340
Bottle Size:750ml
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The resulting wine is a perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay, with bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas married with mineral notes and subtle toasty oak nuances. The lush, Read More...
opulent palate is intense and focused with complex flavors of ripe pineapple, lime, mineral notes, and crème brulèe lingering on a long, creamy finish.
BRIDLEWOOD 10 CH MONTEREY
BRIDLEWOOD 2010 CHARDONNAY
MONTEREY COUNTY 750ML
Item: #206055
Bottle Size:EACH
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Proximity to the Pacific Ocean gives Monterey County the cool, foggy climate that is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Typically, bud break begins several weeks earlier and harvest Read More...
ends several weeks later in Monterey County than in other Central Coast growing regions. This extra month of time on the vine allows the grapes to develop a crisp, bright acidity and lush tropical flavors. Monterey County houses the significant Monterey AVA, which includes nine sub-regions, united by the cooling influence of Monterey Bay. This aromatic Chardonnay displays juicy tropical flavors mixed with hints of vanilla and spice. Flavors of lush pineapple, mango and tart pippin apple give way to clover honey and toasted sugar notes.
CAPIAUX 12 PN GARYS'
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ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "When Sean Capiaux isn't busy running O'Shaughnessy, one of Napa Valley's top estates, he finds the time to craft gorgeous Read More...
Pinot Noirs. Capiaux's Pinots are rich, fruit-driven and generous wines with considerable near and medium-term appeal. Capiaux nailed 2012 - his wines have great depth and richness, but aren't overdone. Even with all of their immediacy, I found these wines improved considerably with air, so I would open them at least an hour or two in advance.

"Blue/blackish fruit, violets, lavender, spices and white flowers all meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard. Here the flavors are rich, dark and enveloping to the core, with terrific depth and tons of pure intensity."
CARMEL ROAD 11 CH
CARMEL ROAD 11 CH
Item: #208640
Bottle Size:750ML
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CARMEL ROAD 12 PN
CARMEL ROAD 2012 PINOT NOIR
MONTEREY 750mL
Item: #276541
Bottle Size:750ml
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WINE MAKER'S NOTES - "Ultimately, the distinguishing characteristics of any exceptional wine are derived from the terroir of its vineyard sources. This 2012 Monterey Pinot Read More...
Noir is sourced primarily from the very expressive Panorama Vineyard (76%) nestled in the foothills of the Arroyo Seco AVA. The elevated structure, character and grace of this wine comes from the artistic blending of fruit from two small parcels by our talented wine making team; the Rincon Vineyard in Monterey (13%) and Clark Vineyard in Arroyo Seco (4%). These vineyards have been certified sustainable by the SIP organization (Sustainability In Practice) since 2008."
GIFFT 11 RED MONTEREY
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The grapes were destemmed, crushed, and fermented in small lots in open top fermenters. To add complexity and retain character, each variety was fermented separately. During the Read More...
blending process just prior to bottling, the proportion of each varietal was chosen to accentuate the richness of flavor and maximize depth, complexity, mouthfeel and finish. The addition of a small amount of Muscat Canelli and Riesling, which are white wine grapes, may seem a little odd but it is actually a common practice in red blends to bring out the mid-palate and enhance the fruitiness.

The 2011 vintage of Gifft Red Blend is comprised of 10 different varietals, blended to showcase the fully-integrated bright fruit character of each component. With aromas of blackberry and ripe plum and loads of black fruit on the palate, it exhibits a smooth, silky mouthfeel on a mediumbodied, soft round frame with a touch of vanilla and sweet oak.
GIFFT 12 CH MONTEREY
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Kathy Lee Gifford's 2012 Chardonnay is 100% estate grown and hails from the Scheid family’s vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is a slice of Chardonnay heaven, Read More...
with evening coastal fogs that often linger until mid-morning the following day. This natural cooling effect causes a unique lengthening of the growing season, something that winemakers call “hang time”. Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and an enhanced richness of the fruit.

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, chilled, and racked clean to a refrigerated stainless steel tank. The juice was slowly fermented at a cool temperature to accentuate the aromatic fruit components. About half of the blend was aged in stainless steel in order to retain the bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity. The other half was aged on 100% French oak to bring a rich texture, complexity and just a hint of buttery creaminess.

The 2012 vintage of Gifft Chardonnay exhibits richness, depth and complexity, balanced by a lively acidity and an essential freshness. Featuring the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Monterey Chardonnays, Gifft Chardonnay strikes the ideal balance between rich and refreshing.
HAHN 13 CH MONTEREY
HAHN 2013 CHARDONNAY
MONTEREY 750mL
Item: #228240
Bottle Size:750ml
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Hahn's 2012 Chardonnay highlights some of the best vineyards in Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands. This high coastal region greets the day with morning sun giving way to afternoon breezes, Read More...
the perfect setting for this Burgundian varietal. In the glass it gives a light golden hue with lemon peel, and pear on the nose. Once tasted it reveals layers of subtle peach and pineapple with a touch of vanilla toast. A clean finish leaves lingering hints of tropical lychee and green bananas. This medium-bodied wine has a crisp acidity and well rounded, making it a perfect accompaniment for pasta dishes, chicken, grilled prawns and white corn salad.
JAMES 10 SB SUNDANCE
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Kiwi aromas overwhelm your senses.
JAMES 12 CH "JGR"
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Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyard's and oak dotted hills. A magnificent setting for magnificent wines!
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This region is wonderful for powerful reds, but Monterey County holds a better place for Chardonnays. Rich & creamy with great citrus flavors, this is the perfect Chardonnay for afternoons and light to moderate food!
JAMES,T 09 RL "JGR" 750
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KALI HART 12 CH
KALI HART 2012 CHARDONNAY
MONTEREY COUNTY 750mL
Item: #235150
Bottle Size:750ml
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KRUTZ 11 PN SOBERANES
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Owner and winemaker Patrick Krutz hails from Mississippi, but moved to Carmel to work at the Cheese Shop and follow his dream of getting in to the wine business. The winery was founded Read More...
in 2003 with his brothers.

The Soberanes Vineyard is the latest exciting joint venture between the Pisoni and Franscioni Families. The site features tightly spaced vines and is planted to 33 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and sits on the Santa Lucia Highlands Bench adjacent to the Garys' Vineyard. The clonal material planted in the loamy, rocky soil is very diverse and features over a dozen of the most renowned heritage selections from California and Burgundy in pursuit of the finest wine quality.

What this vineyard captures, more so than any other Pinot Noir site that we have tasted, is both power and elegance. Bright and forceful Bing cherries and dark berries along with the slightest hue of roasted coffee bean on the nose. Immediate and broad textured tannins cover the palate as flavors of black raspberries, licorice and black tea leaves unravel. Oak-inspired overtones of crispy charred marshmellows and fall spice with balance acids elongate a finish that reverbs for hours.
LOGAN 12 CH SLH
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LOHR 12 CH ARROYO VISTA
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Bright, youthful straw-yellow color with aromas of Golden Delicious apple, lime zest and pear. Made in a Burgundian style including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel Read More...
with lees stirring, which contributes to a very complex bouquet of grilled nuts, butterscotch and gun flint with a very rich and unctuous mouthfeel. This is an enticingly delicious Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors balanced by palate-cleansing acidity.
LORING 12 PN SLH
LORING 2012 PINOT NOIR
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 750mL
Item: #238310
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91-93
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "This was an impressive (and large) lineup of wines. Made by the brother/sister pair, Brian and Kimberly Loring, Read More...
with Rachel Silkowski functioning as assistant winemaker, these efforts never lack for fruit or texture and, for the most part, reward immediate gratification. Having said that, I think these 2011s will offer a relatively broad drink window. The 2012s are more rich and voluptuous, with the purity of fruit and seamlessness of the vintage.

The entry level 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is a great example and offers up fantastic purity, loads of black and blue fruits, crushed flowers and even background meatiness to go with a seamless, voluptuous, yet also focused mouthfeel. It’s impressive and should represent a smoking value. Drink 2014-2020."

While in college, Brian Loring worked at a wine shop in Hollywood. His first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. It is hard to settle for wines of lesser quality once you start with the best; Brian was less interested by other Pinot Noirs that he tasted. It wasn’t until he literally stumbled into Calera (he tripped over a case of their wine) that he fell in love with California Pinot Noir.

A few years later, Brian was (unknowingly) on his way towards becoming one of the most highly sought after Pinot Noir producers in California. His wines have garnered favorable scores and numerous accolades from the critics. They are small production, high quality wines that sell out faster and faster every year. His mastery of this grape has become so well known in the “inner circles” that he now makes the wines for a few other labels, as well.
LUCIA 12 CH SLH
LUCIA 2012 CHARDONNAY
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 750mL
Item: #238730
Bottle Size:750ML
$44.95
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Lucia Chardonnay is a blend between fruit from the Pisoni and Soberanes Vineyards. This wine is a wonderful representation of the cool climate Santa Lucia Highlands and these estate vineyards. Read More...
The goal is to create a “world-class” appellation blend and barrels for this wine are hand selected, just as for the single-vineyard wines.

LUCIA 12 CH SOBERANES
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The Soberanes Vineyard is the latest exciting jointventure between the Pisoni and Franscioni Families. The site features tightly spaced vines and is planted to 33 acres of Chardonnay, Read More...
Pinot Noir and Syrah and sits on the Santa Lucia Highlands Bench adjacent to the Garys' Vineyard. The clonal material planted in the loamy, rocky soil is very diverse and features over a dozen of the most renowned heritage selections from California and Burgundy in pursuit of the finest wine quality.

ANTONIO GALLONI 90 POINTS - "This is a gorgeous set of wines from Lucia, the Pisoni family's label for all of their wines that emerge from vineyards other than Pisoni itself. The Syrahs are the clear highlights among these 2012s. Over the last few years Jeff and Mark Pisoni have been experimenting with whole clusters, an approach that seems to bring layers of dimension and complexity to the wines. In 2012, all three Syrahs are exceptional.

"Lucia's 2012 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard presents a distinctly tropical profile along with plenty of texture. Deep and implosive on the palate, the 2012 stands out for its density and power. A rich, muscular finish rounds things out nicely."
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