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MURRAY 12 SY WATCH HILL
$19.99
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The Watch Hill Vineyard lies in the cool reaches of the Los Alamos Valley. The grapes are allowed to reach very high maturity levels, while retaining a stunning natural acidity due Read More...
to warm, sunny days and cool nights, and soils rich in sand and calcareous material. This results in a classic, cool-climate Syrah that is refreshing, rather than heavy or cloying. Murray added 5% Viognier to this vintage in hommage of his old Roasted Slope Syrah. The aromas and flavors lean toward bright red fruits...cherries, raspberries, currants, and cranberries, with just a touch of a floral/violet note (from the Viognier) with a spicy note dominated by fresh black pepper and a dose of sweet French oak. This wine is quite quaffable now, but you will be rewarded if you wait 2-10 years to drink this one.
MURRAY 13 SY TOUS LES JOURS
$12.95
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NICORA 11 GR EUPHORIC
NICORA 2011 GRENACHE
"EUPHORIC" PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #276010
Bottle Size:750ml
$52.95
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Winemaker Nicolas Elliot began his journey in the world of wine in 2005. As a first generation winemaker born from four generations of general contracting, he appreciates hard work Read More...
and determination. Starting as a cellar worker, his experience includes working alongside esteemed winemakers such as Bob Tillman of Alta Colina, Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyards and currently Scott Hawley of Torrin. By working and learning the "tricks of the trade," he has honed his own skills and applied the best attributes to his own style of winemaking.

Nicora’s small-lot Rhone-style wines are finely crafted to consistently represent the terroir of the vineyard. Each vintage is a blend of the highest quality Rhone varietals sourced from Paso Robles’ reputable Westside vineyards. A true “Garagiste”, Nicolas epitomizes the French term that signifies a passionate small-lot vintner who doesn’t care much for following the rules. In true Garagiste form, Nicora wines are made in a boutique winery near his greatest supporters.

Euphoric 2011 is a blend of 96% Grenache and 4% Syrah, with all the fruit coming from La Vista Vineyard. The Euphoric 2011 exhibits the bright red fruit, such as raspberries and strawberries, that is characteristic of fine Grenache. Hints of lavender and pepper are complimented by a minerality that comes from aging in concrete. There is a slightly spicy aspect that comes from using a Spanish clone of Grenache. This wine should age well for at least 5-7 years. Only 120 cases produced!
OJAI 10 SY ROLL RANCH
OJAI 2010 SYRAH
"ROLL RANCH" CALIFORNIA 750mL
Item: #247700
Bottle Size:750ml
$39.95
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ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "My tasting this year at Ojai was epic. Winemaker/Proprietor Adam Tolmach and Assistant Winemaker Fabien Castel have done Read More...
a fabulous job with these new and upcoming releases. The highlights are centered among the Pinots and Syrahs."

"Black fruit, scorched earth, smoke, tobacco and iron burst from the glass in the 2010 Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard. A rich, explosive Syrah, the Roll Ranch is not for the timid. The sheer power and intensity of the fruit take hold of all the senses and never let up. This is the only Ojai Syrah that is co-fermented with a dollop of Viognier, which is felt in the wine's perfumed, floral-laced finish. This is yet another gorgeous new release from Ojai. Drinking window: 2014 - 2024 "
OJAI 10 SY WHITE HAWK
$39.95
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ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "My tasting this year at Ojai was epic. Winemaker/Proprietor Adam Tolmach and Assistant Winemaker Fabien Castel have done Read More...
a fabulous job with these new and upcoming releases. The highlights are centered among the Pinots and Syrahs."

"The 2010 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard tastes like it was made yesterday. The flavors are bold, rich and intense. Here it is the wine's structure and tannin that stand out most. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2010 is going to need at least a few years to fully blossom. When it does, it should be fabulous. Drinking window: 2016 - 2025."
ORIN SWIFT 12 ABSTRACT
ORIN SWIFT 12 ABSTRACT
Item: #248070
Bottle Size:750ML WS:92
$28.95
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Orin Swift considers this wine to be the culmination of a thirteen-year process. From 2000-2012 Dave Phinney spent countless hours in the vineyards and in blending trials working Read More...
to perfect The Prisoner. He has taken all that knowledge, both the trials and tribulations, and diligently applied it to Abstract. With The Prisoner chapter of winemaking behind him, orin Swift feels as if a natural progression has been made and an evolution has occurred. Orin Swift's ongoing pursuit of choice vineyards throughout California resulted in some extraordinary Grenache, along with exquisite Petit Sirah, and Syrah that was assembled together into an artful collage both in and outside of the bottle.

A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, Inky blue-purple in complexion, the wine bursts with a perfume of dark fruit, sage, acacia flowers, kirsch, and a hint of California chaparral. Voluptuous in texture, the wine is remarkably fresh on the palate with ripe blackberry, mulberry, roasted plum, black tea, and bitter chocolate. A sweet and soft tannin profile rounds out the finish, which lingers elegantly.
ORIN SWIFT 12 ABSTRACT 1.5L
$75.00
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Orin Swift considers this wine to be the culmination of a thirteen-year process. From 2000-2012 Dave Phinney spent countless hours in the vineyards and in blending trials working Read More...
to perfect The Prisoner. He has taken all that knowledge, both the trials and tribulations, and diligently applied it to Abstract. With The Prisoner chapter of winemaking behind him, orin Swift feels as if a natural progression has been made and an evolution has occurred. Orin Swift's ongoing pursuit of choice vineyards throughout California resulted in some extraordinary Grenache, along with exquisite Petit Sirah, and Syrah that was assembled together into an artful collage both in and outside of the bottle.

A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, Inky blue-purple in complexion, the wine bursts with a perfume of dark fruit, sage, acacia flowers, kirsch, and a hint of California chaparral. Voluptuous in texture, the wine is remarkably fresh on the palate with ripe blackberry, mulberry, roasted plum, black tea, and bitter chocolate. A sweet and soft tannin profile rounds out the finish, which lingers elegantly.
ORIN SWIFT 12 MACHETE
$47.95
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Dave Phinney started crafting wines under the Orin Swift label back in the late '90s starting with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes. With his hard work, beautiful winemaking and Read More...
the creation of the “Prisoner,” Dave’s popularity among wine connoisseurs exploded! Well, Dave has done it again, folks; the wine is absolutely stunning!

Petite Sirah may be winemaker Dave Phinney’s favorite grape varietal and wine. He has been growing and making it since the 2000 vintage. Massive and powerful with intense color and structure, a limited release Petite Sirah blend called “Machete” was launched in 2009. Declassified in 2010 and 2011, it has been reintroduced with new packaging for the highly praised 2012 vintage. The label concept has been two years in the making, and is decidedly unique in its various formats.

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache, in the glass, deep, dark bluish-red hues can be seen with a band of ruby on the rim. Uplifted aromatics of ripe blackberries, mulled raspberries, acacia flowers, toasty oak, and herbal notes hit the nose in a pronounced way. Offering up robust flavors during the approach, the mid palate is exposed to an unadulterated array of crushed berries, dark chocolate, black fruits, and a tinge of creamy espresso. Finishing with principle, the glossy tannins are in alignment for immediate enjoyment or some time in the cellar too.

PLEASE NOTE: Machete is bottled with 12 different labels...yes, 12. So the bottle you receive may not be the bottle in the picture.
PARKER 11 SY SANTA BARBARA
FESS PARKER 2011 SYRAH
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #249245
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.99
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Run, don’t walk, to get this wine. It’s wildly good for the price, offering powerful yet controlled black cherry, tea, bacon and black pepper flavors that are wrapped into smooth tannins.
PAYDIRT 10 RED PASO
PAYDIRT 2010 PROPRIETARY RED
PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #249060
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.95
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Paydirt is a group effort between the guys at Barrel 27 and one of their close friends. They had been trying to get together on a project for some time, but couldn’t find just the Read More...
right fruit for the unique blend they wanted to create. But in 2010, the proverbial stars aligned, and they hit “pay dirt”! The wine is comprised of 38% Grenache, 27% Zinfandel and 20% Syrah, with Mourvedre and Petit Sirah rounding out the blend. Aged in barrel for 18 months, this is everything we have come to expect from McPrice Myers and Barrel 27, showing cherry and strawberry from the Grenache dominating the aromas. The dark, black fruit of the Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah play an obvious supporting role in this five-varietal heritage blend. This wine is complex; it erupts with endless blueberry, blackberry and anise. The tannins are well-managed and a perfect match for this ripe and generous Paso Robles red wine. Only 500 cases made!
PETITE PETIT 12 PS
$14.99
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PLUMPJACK 11 SY NAPA
PLUMPJACK 2011 SYRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #248880
Bottle Size:750ml
$51.95
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"Plumpjack's 2011 Syrah is promising, even if it lacks the sheer excitement of the 2010. Crushed flowers, anise, sweet herbs and red berries are woven together in this pretty, medium- Read More...
bodied wine. The 2011 is at times a bit compact and fleeting. In this vintage, most of the fruit came from Stagecoach. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022." ~Wine Advocate
PRIDE 11 VIOGNIER 375mL
PRIDE 11 VIOGNIER 375mL
Item: #250030
Bottle Size:375ml
$20.95

In-store purchase only.
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After harvest and a gentle pressing, one half of the juice was racked to stainless steel vats and fermented at a chilly 55o F in order to express maximum varietal character. The remaining Read More...
portion was fermented in six year old neutral French oak barrels, where the wine was aged sur lies to extract a lovely silky texture that adds weight and depth to the wine without adding any explicit oak flavor. Heady aromas of nectarine, apricot, honeysuckle and star fruit seduce the nose, while on the mouth, an explosion of luscious fruit evolves into a rich mid-palate and a finish that lingers without any trace of astringency. Thanks to a long ripening season, the wine maintains a bright natural acidity which compliments its supple texture.
PRIDE 12 VIOGNIER
PRIDE 2012 VIOGNIER
SONOMA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #252060
Bottle Size:750ML
$41.95
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The 2012 vintage was a near-perfect vintage where Mother Nature gave vintners almost nothing to worry about! This wine displays a stylistic change that we've been working toward over Read More...
the past couple of years – expressive, intense varietal fruit balanced by a brighter acidity and lower overall alcohol than our Viognier has displayed in the past. The results are thrilling. Aromas of apricot, starfruit, mandarin zest, orange blossom and acacia create a complex and fascinating nose, while the palate has an exhilarating zing that nonetheless maintains the opulence that is characteristic of this inimitable grape variety. Loads of mineral, floral and stone-fruit flavors make for a classic Viognier.
PRIEST RANCH 09 PS
PRIEST RANCH 2009 PETITE SIRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #249940
Bottle Size:750ml
$39.95
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Located way behind the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley lies one of the most beautiful vineyards we have ever seen. If you drive about 8 miles east of Rutherford, you will find Read More...
Somerston Wines and their Priest Ranch. This is a sustainably-farmed vineyard that is producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley, yet they are flying under the radar, even for many who live in the Napa Valley. Some of their Cabernet vines are 40 years old, and while they keep a little for themselves, other wineries such as Kathryn Hall and Orin Swift have gladly stepped up to obtain the grapes!

Owner Allan Chapman is a phenomenal steward of the land (one of the best we've seen anywhere in California), and the winemaking team of Craig Becker and Kent Jarman (also of Kenefick and Joseph Kent) assure that the ensuing wines remain unmanipulated, and show distinct terroir!

This is the fourth release of Priest Ranch Petite Sirah from the Somerston Estate. The wine was racked an amazing six times to tame the sometimes high level of tannin natural to Petite Sirah. This 2009 vintage is an inky wine with dark fruit aromas of warm berry pie and ripe plum. The palate offers supple dark cherry flavors, star anise and cinnamon with a wonderful balance of firm yet integrated tannins. This is an amazing wine!
PRIEST RANCH 13 GRENACHE BLANC
PRIEST RANCH 2013 GRENACHE BLANC
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #249930
Bottle Size:750ml
$19.95
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Located way behind the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley lies one of the most beautiful vineyards we have ever seen. If you drive about 8 miles east of Rutherford, you will find Read More...
Somerston Wines and their Priest Ranch. This is a sustainably-farmed vineyard that is producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley, yet they are flying under the radar, even for many who live in the Napa Valley. Some of their Cabernet vines are 40 years old, and while they keep a little for themselves, other wineries such as Kathryn Hall and Orin Swift have gladly stepped up to obtain the grapes!

Owner Allan Chapman is a phenomenal steward of the land (one of the best we've seen anywhere in California), and the winemaking team of Craig Becker and Kent Jarman (also of Kenefick and Joseph Kent) assure that the ensuing wines remain unmanipulated, and show distinct terroir!

The 2013 vintage was a classic, a near perfect growing season. The mild summer and warm weather after verasion caused the fruit to development with classic balance; great flavors, good acidity, and mature tannins. This Grenache Blanc was fermented in both stainless steel drums and tanks. Native yeasts fermented the wine at a controlled 60 degrees F. When primary fermentation was complete, The wine was sulfured to prevent Malolactic fermentation. Then, the balance of the wine in tank was barreled down into Stainless steel drums and about 10% neutral French oak. The wine was aged on the lees for 5 months, and stirred once a week until bottling.

This wine has bright aromas of melons and honeysuckle. The palette is crisp with good acidity, a touch of tannins, and bright stone fruits. This wine unique wine from the Eastern hills of the napa valley showcases the diversity of our property.
PRISONER 12 BLINDFOLD WHITE
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ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - “A distinctive combination of 35% Chardonnay, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier and small quantities of Riesling, Semillon, Marsanne Read More...
and Grenache Blanc, the 2012 Blindfold is a sleeper of the vintage. Reminiscent of the Sine Qua Non whites from further south, it bursts with honeyed, caramelized white fruits, rose petals and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity, brilliant purity and a delineation that is uncommon for a wine with so much flavor, this beauty should drink well for 2-3 years. I hope we see more blends such as this.”

After years of amazing and envious success with their red blend, Prisoner has finally a white wine! Keeping in line with their roots, they have sourced from prominent, high quality vineyards throughout California, and this is downright fantastic! Created to provide the perfect white wine companion to The Prisoner, Blindfold is bold and intriguing. In establishing our own spin on a white blend, winemaker Jen Beloz and her team sought out interesting Rhône and aromatic varietals that would nicely compliment a classic 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.
QUPE 10 SY BIEN NACIDO
$22.98
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This wine is classic cool climate syrah with elegance and balance. On the palate pure flavors of dried raspberry, blueberry with hints of cola nut framed by spice. 25% whole cluster Read More...
fermentation enhances the distinctive pepper notes. The wine is aged for 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels.
biodynamic
RETRO 09 PS HOWELL
RETRO CELLARS 2009 PETITE SIRAH
HOWELL MOUNTAIN 750mL
Item: #277480
Bottle Size:750ml
$41.95
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Retro Cellars was founded in 2003 when Mike and Kara Dunn, natives of the Napa Valley wine industry, decided to make a wine of their own. Their current production includes two Petite Sirahs, Read More...
one from the historic Park Muscatine Vineyard on Howell Mountain, and a Napa Valley Petite Sirah from the valley floor. Their wines embody the concept of “terroir”, a wine’s expression of the place of origin in the bottle, and an old world winemaking style that Mike learned from his dad, Randy.

When Mike and Kara decided to make a wine of their own, they knew that they wanted to honor the history of the vineyard as well as their families foundations in the Napa Valley wine industry. The historic Park Muscatine vineyard on Howell Mountain was chosen in part because Mike has known this vineyard since his childhood, pruning the vineyard in winter, and harvesting the fruit in the fall. With its scant ton per acre production, this vineyard is a gem. They chose the Retro name to pay hommage to the generational groundwork that’s been laid for their endeavor.

ANTONIO GALLONI 92+ POINTS - "Retro’s 2009 Petite Sirah Howell Mountain has come together beautifully over the last few months. Some of the early wildness that was present six months ago has subsided and been replaced by silky tannins for Petite. The exuberance and intensity of the fruit are there, but today the 2009 comes across as a bit compact. My sense is that the wine is going through a bit of a closed stage, as it was fabulous a few months ago."
RIVERAIN 11 SY CARDIAC
$44.95
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After more than a decade of "visits" to the wine country to purchase hand crafted boutique wines, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery, Steve Nordhoff, and a group of close friends Read More...
decided to start the journey of creating a wine project that reflects their passion, past experiences, and love for Napa and Sonoma. If you have ever been to the Napa, Steve's story needs very little explanation as most visitors catch "the fever" upon arrival. But with Steve's numerous years of collecting many of the wines produced around the world, his educated palate would be what sets his story apart; he has gained the knowledge of what separates truly world class wine, and what makes a nice wine. Steve wants world class! With the help of friends, and with his winemaker being Thomas Brown (who also makes the wine at Pulido-Walker, Maybach, Outpost, and Schrader), the Riverain wines are truly on their way to stun the wine world!

This Syrah comes from the highly acclaimed Cardiac Hill Vineyard located in the Bennett Valley – AVA. With gorgeous views and a beautifully farmed property, it's no surprise that this location has been producing incredible Syrah for over a decade. Riverain's unique one acre block is Northeast facing and located on an extremely steep terrain. The soils and the vigor allow for a naturally balanced yield. The vineyard which is exclusively Estrella River clone (our favorite), produced just over two tons of fruit in 2011.

In 2011, the growing season was unseasonably cool, but fastidious farming and diligent sorting allowed Thomas Brown to produce a dense wine, with a deep violet purple color. He included 28% whole cluster for aromatic complexity. The wine was aged 15 months in one year and older French Oak barrels. In its youth, a healthy decant will be required to coax this wine out of its early reticence, however those with some patience will find themselves duly rewarded over the next 8-10+ years. Only 140 cases produced!
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