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MCPRICE MYERS 11 ALTAS VINAS
$41.95
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2011 Altas Vinas is close to an even split of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah that spent 22 months Read More...
in French oak. It too has fantastic purity in its creme de cassis, vanilla bean and toasted spice-driven aromatics. It's a full-bodied, rich and textured effort that has solid mid-palate depth and ripe tannin on the finish. While from a difficult vintage, you wouldn't know it by tasting it, and it will continue to impress through 2020."
McPRICE MYERS 11 GR L'ANGE
$37.95
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We love how distinctive this wine is. From the very first sniff, you know this is Grenache…and you know it’s gonna be awesome! Spice, red fruits, touch of oak, flowers (violets) on Read More...
the nose, with majestic flavors of strawberries, currants, black cherries, sandalwood, and touch of rawhide in the mouth. Ripe, rich, and full-bodied, yet still shows acid on the finish. The modest tannin, good structure, and lively make this a great food wine!

ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "I always look forward to tasting McPrice Myers's wines, as they are so full of character and personality. That is certainly the case with these 2011s and 2010s. As always, the wines are bold, rich and juicy. Readers will also want to take a look at the wines Myers makes under his Barrel 27 label, which are reviewed separately here. Those wines also deliver plenty of personality, but at lower price points."

"The 2011 L'Ange Rouge is gorgeous in this vintage, even if it needs time for some of the slightly rough edges to melt away further in bottle. Dark red cherries, pomegranate, spices and tobacco all emerge over time. The 2011 is another striking, hugely appealing wines from McPrice Myers. The medium-bodied style is best suited for drinking over the next handful of years. Drinking window: 2014 - 2018."

ROBERT PARKER'S THE WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "These 2010s and 2011s from McPrice are straight up fantastic. Very classy and pure, they all benefitted from substantial air time and deserve another year or two in the cellar. In addition to delivering rock-star quality, they also represent superb values. This is another Paso Robles producer who has consistently produced outstanding wines that remain more than reasonably priced given their quality. They merit serious attention!"

"Moving to the 2011 reds, and one of the more southern Rhone styled Grenache blends coming out of California, the 2011 Grenache l’Ange Rouge offers up beautiful kirsch liqueur, garrigue, spice and basil-like nuances as well as a medium to full-bodied, nicely focused and structured palate. There’s some tannin to resolve, yet it’s sweet and well integrated. Enjoy this beauty over the coming 4-6 years. Drink now-2019."
MCPRICE MYERS 11 LIL' MAN
MCPRICE MYERS 11 MAN
Item: #241180
Bottle Size:750ml
$59.98
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In our opinion, Mac Myers makes some of the best Syrahs from California’s Central Coast, and judging by how full our wine bar is when we have a McPrice Myers / Barrel 27 tasting, you do, too! Read More...
A few years ago, we were at his winery, tasting through dozens of barrels, and he showed us the fruit from one of his latest vineyard sources. As amazing as his wines are, this new stuff from Kymsi Vineyard in Ballard Canyon was head and shoulders better than everything else! This Lil’ Man bottling is a wine to celebrate his firstborn son, and the fruit from Kymsi is the backbone of this wine. It’s a blend of 86% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, and 2% Viognier, and while this has been only available at the winery, we managed to snag a few cases!

Opaque garnet in color with a dark purple hue, the wine shows aromas and flavors of blackberry, black plum, soy sauce, boysenberry, white pepper, licorice, créme de cassis, smoked meats, pencil shavings and graphite. Framed by good acidity and chewy yet approachable tannins, this rich, complex and utterly seductive wine is drinkable now, but should age for another 10-15 years! This is perhaps the best McPrice Myers wine we've ever tasted!
McPRICE MYERS 11 WHITE "TERRE"
$27.95
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "These 2010s and 2011s from McPrice are straight up fantastic. Very classy and pure, they all benefitted Read More...
from substantial air time and deserve another year or two in the cellar. In addition to delivering rock-star quality, they also represent superb values. This is another Paso Robles producer who has consistently produced outstanding wines that remain more than reasonably priced given their quality. They merit serious attention!

The 2011 McPrice Myers Terre Blanche is an outstanding blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Viognier. It shows superb aromas of ripe pear, mineral, hazelnut and citrus rind to go with a medium-bodied, silky, yet energetic palate. While there’s lots of fruit here, the overall impression is of purity and class. Enjoy it over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016."
McPRICE MYERS 12 EARTH
$41.95
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "McPrice Myers continues to churn out outstanding, singular and age-worthy wines under his McPrice Myers label. Read More...
Both of his late release 2011s showed beautifully, and the 2012s are a step up. The 2012s buck the vintage stereotype and have enough tannin and concentration to warrant short-term cellaring. In addition, these efforts always have a savory, structured style that should appeal to both Old and New World wine lovers.

"Another great 2012, the 2012 Beautiful Earth (78% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre) has an inky purple color that-s followed by ample blackberry, blueberry, pepper, earth, mineral and hints of violets. This full-bodied, layered and seamless effort has awesome intensity and richness, notable purity of fruit and a big finish that stays focused and clean. Aged 16 months in 50% new French, give it a year and drink through 2024."

ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "The Syrah-based wines are the highlights among this year's new releases from McPrice Myers. At their best, the wines are racy, beautifully layered and full of nuance. Only the Ange Rouge is less expressive than normal, but it has also just been bottled.

"The 2012 Beautiful Earth is a gorgeous. Layered and beautifully balanced in the glass, the 2012 graces the palate with dark red cherry, plum, smoke and leather. All the elements are very nicely melded together. The 2012 finishes with substantial depth and polish. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine from McPrice Myers. The blend is 78% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 14% Mourvèdre. Drinking window: 2014 - 2022."
MELVILLE 12 VG VERNA'S
$17.99
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MELVILLE 13 SY VERNA'S
MELVILLE 2013 SYRAH
"VERNA'S" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #241280
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:94
$25.99
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WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - Looking at the three Syrahs, these are all incredible efforts that go screaming past anything else even close to this price point. Read More...
The 2012 Syrah Estate Verna’s offers a vibrant purple color to go with a full-bodied, seamless and layered profile. Blackberry, cassis, tobacco leaf, beef blood and hints of iron emerge from this stunner that should drink nicely for 4-5 years, if not longer. All from Melville’s Verna Vineyard, 100% Syrah, 70% destemmed and aged 11 months in neutral oak, it’s a no-brainer purchase and don’t miss it.

Winemaker Greg Brewer and grower Chad Melville continue to knock it out of the park with these Melville releases. Focusing on site, if not plot, specific releases, neutral oak, no SO2 until racking and varying degrees of whole cluster are the norm here. The wines have individual characters and, stylistically, lean toward the more complex, finesse-driven side of the spectrum. They “wow” more for their balance and nuance than their power and richness. They also remain reasonably priced!”

Melville has become a nucleus for Rhone varietals from Santa Rita Hills. Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County, Melville has always focused on their vineyards, knowing that the vineyard is where great wine begins! After studying at U.C. Davis, brothers Brent & Chad, who manage the family’s estate vineyards, focused on giving winemaker Greg Brewer (also of Brewer-Clifton fame) the best fruit they could possibly produce. In turn, Greg has crafted wines that receive high scores and rave reviews year-in and year-out…and this year is no different! As always, their Verna’s Vineyard Syrah is a prodigious effort; Medium-bodied & richly nuanced, from black pepper to bacon fat!
MERKIN 13 CHUPACABRA RED
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Winery's Notes: "The Chupacabra is our Shape Shifter red blend. This years moving target is Syrah, Petit Sirah, Cab Sav from Luna County, New Mexico. Full bodied yet restrained."
MINER 13 VG SIMPSON
MINER 2013 VIOGNIER
"SIMPSON" CALIFORNIA 750mL
Item: #276932
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.99
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What we love about the Rhône varietals is that they are just so versatile! Not only in regards to how well they thrive in almost any part of California, but also how well they pair Read More...
with a variety of food! Winemaker Gary Brookman combines old world techniques with modern technology so the wines reflect the unique characteristics of the individual vineyard, or terroir.

Sourced from a low-yielding vineyard in Madera, the wine is aromatically complex with citrus and honeysuckle notes on the noseand a plush feel on the palate. Intense and vibrant, with tropical fruit and apricots, this richly balanced wine is a show stopper, and a great alternative for those who love a full-bodied Chardonnay!We’re always amazed by Miner’s across-the-board quality. This is frankly an exceptional Viognier. Aromatically complex withcitrus and honeysuckle on the nose and a satiny, fleshy feel on the palate. Vibrant flavors of tropical fruit and exotic flowers characterize this ever-so-alluringly white wine. Balanced by just the right amount of acidity, pair it with crab cakes, sushi or even stir-fry and you’ll be a believer.
MONDAVI 12 MOSCATO D'ORO 375mL
MONDAVI 12 MOSCATO D'ORO 375mL
Item: #243420
Bottle Size:375ML
$13.95

In-store purchase only.
Please call 800-331-3005 for details.


MONTPELLIER 13 SY
MONTPELLIER 2013 SYRAH
CALIFORNIA 750mL
Item: #200012
Bottle Size:750ML
$4.98
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MURRAY 13 SY TOUS LES JOURS
$12.95
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NICORA 12 GSM
NICORA 2012 PROPRIETARY RED
"GSM" PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #276020
Bottle Size:750ml
$47.95
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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.

Notes from Winemaker Nicolas Elliot: "This wine is a blend of 48% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, with the fruit coming from La Vista, Law, and Russell Family vineyards. The GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre) blend gives me the most flexibility to create something that is unique and reflective of the vintage. It is always my favorite wine to craft. For 2012, the Grenache was aged in concrete, the Syrah in French oak barrels, and the Mourvedre was fermented 50% whole cluster and then aged in a once-used puncheon barrel. The mixture of different vineyards and winemaking techniques always keeps this wine interesting. With a bright and rich mouth-feel, the GSM 2012 is seamless and has great texture. Profiles of rose petal, dusty cocoa and plum make this wine intriguing yet focused, with a very lengthy finish of caramel. This wine is showing very well right now after a three hour decant, and will continue to age gracefully for the next 7-10 years."
NICORA 12 SY BUXOM
NICORA 2012 SYRAH
"BUXOM" PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #276030
Bottle Size:750ml
$47.95
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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.

Notes from Winemaker Nicolas Elliot: "Buxom 2012 is a blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Grenache, with the fruit coming from La Vista and Law vineyards. For 2012, Buxom once again looks to be one of the best wines of the vintage for Nicora. This wine never fails to keep me intrigued and on my toes. By selecting from some of the best barrels of Syrah, I am able to fine-tune it every year. On the nose I get licorice, charred meat, clove and vanilla. On the palate, there is dark chocolate, coffee and blackberry, with a slight note of smoke and tar on the finish. I recommend decanting if for four hours, and it often shows best the second day. This wine will easily age for 7-10 years."
NICORA 13 UNDISCLOSED
$39.95
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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.

Notes from Winemaker Nicolas Elliot: "The Undisclosed was made with a lot of the same thought process that goes into the red wines I produce. The Viognier was picked very ripe and has all of the wonderful aromatic and viscous qualities that I look for in a Paso Robles Viognier. The Roussanne was picked with a bit more restraint and provides the backbone of the acidity while adding unique stone fruit flavors. This wine is very rich in taste yet still vibrant enough to enjoy on a summer day. On the nose and palate, there are amazing tropical-fruit qualities that remind me of mango, dried pineapple, and wet stone. These are coupled with pear, honey and apricot that is most likely from the Roussanne component. Even early in its youth, this wine is showing very well and will continue to age for many years to come. My best guess is that this wine will easily hold up for 5 years or more. This wine has gone through full malolactic fermentation adding to it's richness. This is very limited in production."
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"

Owner and winemaker Adam Tolmach learned a few tricks while he was in Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. For the last three decades, he has been improving upon these techniques here in California, and his wines are among the favorites for sommeliers, critics, consumers and us here at Hi-Time! His style for Syrah is to focus on grapes from the finest terroirs in the coolest districts in northern Santa Barbara County. They have charming personalities with good quantities of spice and mineral-laced fruit, similar to what you might find from France. This wines comes from the Roll Ranch Vineyard, a vineyard so close to his home that this always seems to get the most “love and attention.” Maybe that’s why this wine scores so high! Wine critic Antonio Galloni stopped in on Adam earlier this year, and said his tasting was “...epic”! “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. 95 points from Antonio Galloni!
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 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 13 ABSTRACT
$31.95
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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. Opaque and purple to the rim of the glass, an elevated display of aromatics is immediately present. Fragrant dark fruits, spring flowers, violet, and hint of garrigue greet the nose and tempt added review. Extraordinary freshness is present upon entry leading to lush flavors of sweet boysenberries, kirsch, licorice, dark cherries, and exotic floral notes. The palate is thoroughly treated and left with a finish of bright acidity and round tannins, which exist in seamless balance.
OWEN ROE 12 SY EX UMBRIS
OWEN ROE 2012 SYRAH
"EX UMBRIS" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #247870
Bottle Size:750ML
$22.99
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Latin for “out of the shadows”, the name is pulled from the quote ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem (roughly “from shadows and symbols goes the truth”) This wine was originally Read More...
crafted to express the smoky notes imparted to the Syrah grapes by a raging wildfire. One of the characteristics of this noble grape is its inherent smokiness, a flavor that comes through even without Mother Nature’s assistance.

A fabulously aromatic and full-bodied Syrah! The wine shows notes of pink peppercorn, stewed raspberry, rose petal and baking spices greet the nose. Flavors of bing cherry, white pepper, cedar, eucalyptus and plum create a lasting impression on the palate and are graced by bright acidity and a fine tannin structure.
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