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SPELLBOUND 12 PS
SPELLBOUND 2012 PETITE SIRAH
CALIFORNIA 750mL
Item: #270040
Bottle Size:750ml
$12.98
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WINERY TASTING NOTES - "Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complemented by remarkable approachability in Read More...
the 2012 Spellbound Petite Sirah. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy-drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will fine in none other than Spellbound Petite Sirah."
STAGS LEAPW 11 PS
STAGS LEAP WINERY 2011 PEITE SYRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #265290
Bottle Size:750ml
$31.99
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The rich aromatics of this wine include ripe black fruit, black currants, cocoa and hints of vanilla. On the palate, blackberry, black plums integrate with back notes of maple syrup, Read More...
creme brulee, and hints of earth, to introduce a very full and voluptuous mouthfeel. With classic Petite Syrah tannin structure, this wine finishes with a long, chewy bitter-chocolate finish
T-VINE 11 GR NAPA
T-VINE 2011 GRENACHE
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #277520
Bottle Size:750ml
$28.99
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The backbone of T-Vine's Napa Valley Grenache, their most popular wine, comes from the old vines of the historic Frediani Vineyard. Established just after the San Francisco earthquake Read More...
in 1906, the old vines from the Frediani vineyard send their roots deep into the rich volcanic soil. Baked in the hot Calistoga sunshine, the few grapes that are given up by these old soldiers reach full maturity and develop all the deep mouthwatering flavors that are possible with the variety.

The trick with Grenache contradicts what all the winemaking textbooks teach as the standard. The general rule is that the longer you leave the fermenting wine in contact with the skins, the more flavor, body and color there will be in the wine. This doesn’t hold true with the large Grenache grapes. If the grapes don’t reach full maturity, the skin contact will just leach out tannin, which can make the wine astringent and bitter. It is more critical with Grenache than most varieties that the grapes reach full maturity. When they do, the color, body and flavors are released quickly. The combination of old vines, rich soils, heat and very small yields guarantee maturity and complexity in all of our vineyard sites.

The soils are so rich that the wines from this heavenly place ooze with deep cocoa, baked brownie lushness, combined with classic cigar box and pepper aromas. On the palate, ripe layers of raspberry, dark chocolate wild plums, apricots, and blackberries mingle with creamy oak and sassafras. This wine is seamless, with great fruit purity, soft tannins and acomplexity that draws you in for another taste.
TABLAS CREEK 11 ESPRIT ROUGE
$46.99
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Certainly a reference point for Paso Robles, Tablas Creek continues to produce wines in a restrained, age-Read More...
worthy and savory style that sets them apart. Both 2010 and 2011 are strong here, with the 2010s showing additional depth and concentration and the 2011s showing pretty, elegant profiles. I suspect the 2011s will be on faster evolutionary tracks, but given their balance, they could surprise in the cellar. In addition to their current releases, I was able to do short verticals of their Esprit de Beaucastel (which is now called Esprit de Tablas) and Panoplie. To say I came away impressed would be an understatement.

"A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise, the 2011 Esprit de Tablas has a core of sweet black raspberry and cassis that is cut by more savory, meaty nuances, pepper and spice. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with ripe tannin, it’s a more streamlined, fresh version of the cuvee that relies more on elegance and complexity than sheer depth and richness. It will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2023."
TABLAS CREEK 11 MOURVEDRE
TABLAS CREEK 11 MOURVEDRE
ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #275650
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91
$35.99
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2011 Mourvedre, which was the only single variety release in 2011, is a beautiful wine. Medium+-Read More...
bodied and balanced, with juicy acidity, it offers up solid black cherry, pepper, tree bark and assorted meaty, savory aromas and flavors as well as solid richness and length. It should have a solid decade of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2021."
TABLAS CREEK 12 PATELIN ROUGE
$16.99
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Every so often, you'll peruse our newsletter and see that we ask why more people are doing things like Winery "A". Well…this is one of those times! While the noteworthy wines from Read More...
Tablas Creek are nothing new (but they are still exciting), their Patelin bottlings are new. This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise comes from their Westside Paso neighbors who have planted vineyards using Tablas clones. In theory, this Patelin red should be tight, young, and tart…but on the contrary, this wine is rich, concentrated and immensely delicious. In fact, our buyer wouldn't spit this wine out! Deep ruby/garnet in color, the nose is loaded with Asian spices, raspberry, black cherry, and orange marmalade while the palate follows suit and adds hints of grilled meats, graphite, and cocoa. Rich, flavorful, and with silky tannins, this is a great value in wine, and one that just may make you ask yourself why you haven't tried these wines before!
TERCERO 10 MOURVEDRE
TERCERO 2010 MOURVEDRE
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #268690
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.95
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TERRACES 11 PS
TERRACES 2011 PETITE SIRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #269110
Bottle Size:750ML
$31.95
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Located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, next to wineries such as Quintessa, proprietors Timm and Sharon Crull grow some of the best grapes in the valley. Those grapes are so Read More...
fantastic that most of them have gone to blue chip names such as Duckhorn, Nickel & Nickel, and Beringer! They do keep a bit for themselves and what they make is gorgeous!

THACKREY 10 PS SIRIUS
$35.99
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THACKREY PLEIADES XXIII
THACKREY PLEIADES XXIII
Item: #269000
Bottle Size:750ML
$18.99
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Sean Thackrey is one of the most influential people in the Bay Area Food & Wine community, and has been for nearly three decades. Along with luminaries like Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch, Read More...
Sean Thackrey is deeply linked to the shaping of food & wine as we know it, and to this day represents many of the best and most ground-breaking practices in our industry.
Sean Thackrey has made this wine for years now and he's never about to reveal the true blend in this red but rumor has it that it's based on Sangiovese. He always releases this wine as a non-vintage, instead labeling them with Roman numerals. Full of mint, meat, blackberry and ripe mocha-like tannins.
THOMPKIN 09 3ie DEGREE
$27.95
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TREANA 12 WHITE
TREANA 2012 PROPRIETARY WHITE
CENTRAL COAST 750mL
Item: #270050
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.99
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This white Rhone blend displays varietal characteristics of 50% Marsanne and 50% Viognier; vibrant floral aromas of citrus blossom and jasmine are followed by elegant flavors of ripe Read More...
stone fruit, hints of pear, pineapple and honey overtones. A wine of excellent balance and complexity, the Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.


TRINITAS 10 MYSTERIUM RED
$18.99
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Each year, Trinitas blends their favorite old vine varietals together to create Mysterium. Every vintage proves to be different so the Mysterium Blend is truly a “Mystery” until it Read More...
is bottled. The grapes are harvested then each varietal is separately fermented and barrel aged for 18 months. Doing this develops more complexity in each varietal and also allows for the very best blend to be assembled. The blend for this vintage is 53% Zinfandel, 35% Carignane, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Petite Sirah, and 1% Black Malvasia.

The Zinfandel and Carignane come from the Johnson’s vineyard in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. The fruit ripens at lower brix giving the blend red fruit high tones, bright acidity, and structure. The remaining fruit is grown by Dan Gonsalves in Oakley, Contra Costa County. This fruit gives the wine its dark fruit aromatics and much of its silky mouth feel and body.
TRUEHEART 10 PS
TRUEHEART 2010 PETITE SIRAH
Item: #277410
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.95
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Winemaker Notes - This year’s vintage is intense, rich and structured. The wine opens up with aromas of roasted coffee, black licorice and tar, and a few minutes of air releases sweet, Read More...
distinct blackberry aromas.

This is a wine of weight and balance. The flavors are intense with extract of black currants and blackberry concentrate. A dusting of nutmeg and cracked peppercorns adds savory components while ample chewy tannin adds to the power and texture of the wine. The wine is almost purple-black in color. Thirty minutes of decanting will enhance the dark berry flavors. This blockbuster wine will go best with hearty flavors, like grilled and roasted meats, bitter vegetables, strong cheeses and anything with lots of garlic.

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Vivid blueberry, licorice and blackberry aromatics leap out of the glass, but on the palate the flavors are dense and delicious, with touches of spice and vanillin that give this a profile of cobbler à la mode. Features dense tannins, but stays polished. Drink now through 2022. 208 cases made."
TURTLE ROCK 11 WILLOW'S CUVEE
$35.95
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ZACA MESA 09 SY ESTATE
ZACA MESA 2009 SYRAH
ESTATE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY 750mL
Item: #273700
Bottle Size:750ml
$18.95
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Our Syrah displays rich blackberry, cassis, espresso, mocha and our signature sage spice aromas and flavors. The silky finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This full-Read More...
bodied wine should be enjoyed over the next ten years. A traditional pairing for this wine is a rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic. Grilled meats and bold cheese will also pair well.

ZOTOVICH 11 SY ESTATE
ZOTOVICH 2011 SYRAH
ESTATE SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #295780
Bottle Size:750ml
$44.95
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Zotovich Cellars is a family owned and operated boutique winery located in coastal Lompoc, California. Winemaker, Ryan Zotovich is coming most recently from Sea Smoke where he began Read More...
working with Kris Curran. Prior to working at Sea Smoke, Ryan was the assistant winemaker at Palmina. With Ryan’s help, Zotovich Cellars is proud to offer small, closely monitored lots of estate wine. 100% of the grapes crushed into Zotovich wine are grown on the 35 acre Zotovich estate vineyard located off of Route 246, between Melville and Foley wineries.

Dark berries and vanilla leap out of the glass on this dense Syrah. The palate is tight with blueberries, blackberries, and plums and has a long finish of white pepper and vanilla. Cellaring Suggestions: Drink now until 2025
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