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SLACKER 12 STEREOTYPE
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In 2003, Linne Calodo's first vintage of Slacker was born and through 2010 continued to be a portfolio staple until they totally slacked and forgot to make it again. The ethos of Read More...
Slacker was always described by winemaker Matt Trevisan as, “wine representing not only the winemaker, but the idea that wines should be fun and relaxed.” Forever akin to the Slacker lifestyle, they decided to bring back the Slacker name in a much more appropriate way. Now its own label, Trevisan crafted two fun blends that showcase his ability to constantly keep creating and pioneering the exciting possibilities of the Paso Robles wine region.

The wines are sourced from Linne Calodo's Slacker Ranch and Oakdale Ranch, located in westside Paso Robles on clay loam and limestone-rich soils. A blend of 38% Tempranillo, 28% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, and 12% Tannat, the 2012 Slacker Stereotype is a wolf in sheep's clothing. The first Tempranillo-driven wine that Linne Calodo has produced, this wine is rich and lush. A velvet palate with hints of boysenberry jam. The Stereotype combines the beauty of four varietals: Tempranillo, Tannat, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Se Habla Espanol? This wine is all California with a deep ruby color and a charismatic presence. Enjoy with your friends and see if they can pick the varietals. There is nothing STEREOTYPICAL here.
SMITH 13 RL KUNG FU GIRL
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Just like the flavorful and refreshing Rieslings grown in Germany, these grapes are grown on steep cliffs, next to a river (in this case, the Columbia River). A cooler site due to Read More...
river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and the acid balance that winemakers dream of. Aromatic, smooth, vibrant and tasty, this gem shows tangerine, pineapple, wet stone, key lime, clove and nectarine. This Kung Fu Girl kicks some serious butt for the money!

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two."
SOUTH COAST 13 ROSE TEMPRANILL
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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
STOLPMAN 12 ANGELI
STOLPMAN 2012 PROPRIETARY RED
"ANGELI" SANTA YNEZ VALLEY 750mL
Item: #276540
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$64.95
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ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "Few people are as passionate about Ballard Canyon as Peter Stolpman is. As President of the Ballard Canyon Winegrowers' Alliance, Read More...
Stolpman is focused on bringing producers together to promote the area. To be sure, Ballard Canyon is a very distinctive region, especially for Syrah, so it will be interesting to see how things develop here in the coming years. As for his own wines, Stolpman's A-list team of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard guru Ruben Solorzano keeps ratcheting up the quality level at the estate. In addition to these wines, I also tasted a few selections from the estate's library, including the 2004 Roussanne L'Avion, Syrah Estate and Syrah Angeli. Although those wines have aged pretty nicely, they also show just how far Stolpman has come in the last few years, especially with regards to cooperage. Simply put, these wines have never been better.

"Explosive and perfumed to the core, the 2012 Syrah Originals captivates all the sense with exuberant perfume and super-intense fruit, all with plenty of underlying structure. Cloves, lavender, mint and an array of spices inform the fragrant, highly expressive finish. The 60% whole clusters are impeccably balanced. This is a gorgeous showing from Stolpman."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - 'In the same ballpark, the 2012 Angeli is 100% Syrah that comes from a single block of own rooted vines. It too is medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, with pretty violets, purple fruits, spring flowers and edgy minerality. Seeing 80% whole clusters and 18 months in puncheons, it has bright acidity and clean, nicely focused feel. It is another outstanding Syrah that will evolve for a decade."
STOLPMAN 13 LA CUADRILLA
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Stolpman Vineyards lies on a rare outcropping of limestone in Santa Barbara's newly-established Ballard Canyon AVA. What makes Ballard Canyon so different from the rest of Santa Barbara Read More...
is that most of the valleys within the county are in an east/west orientation. Ballard Canyon, however, is north/south, which means the region is moderately sheltered from fog and winds. Ballard Canyon is warmer than the surrounding areas, but combined with the soils, this maked for an ideal location for Rhone varietals, such as Gyrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier. The Stolpman Vineyard has established itself as one of the prized vineyards in this region.

La Cuadrilla is Spanish for "the crew", and the proceeds from this wine go back to the farming crew. The core of the wine is harvested from the crew’s Cuadra, a vineyard block that Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano gives the crew each year to encourage proactive farming and decision making. Winemaker Sashi Moorman then blends more of the estate’s wine into Cuadrilla, ensuring the wine accounts for at least 10% of Stolpman's production each year. La Cuadrilla symbolizes the dedication at Stolpman to sustainable year-round employment rather than reliance on migrant labor.

A blend of 68% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, and 6% Sangiovese, this wine bursts on the scene with deep, dark Syrah aroma lifted with pure red berry Grenache notes. The touch of Sangiovese and Petite Sirah both lend a solid tannic backbone. In the mouth, the wine gains complexity from the youthful primary fruit flavors – baking spice and leather.
SWITCHBACK 12 PS
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2012 PETITE SIRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #268000
Bottle Size:750ML
$57.95
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Switchback Ridge Wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson family since 1914 and encompasses nearly 100 acres Read More...
located at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. For over 75 years the property was primarily maintained as a farm and plum orchard, with vines intermingled amongst the trees. In 1990, the orchards were replanted to vineyard, where there are currently 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah vines, in addition to a three acre 50+ year old Petite Sirah block that John Peterson helped plant as a child.

The wines are made by the ever-talented Bob Foley, who makes his own wines under the winery name Robert Foley, as well as the wines at Hourglass. He also made the wines at Pride Mountain for 15 years.

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "The fabulous, opaque purple-colored 2012 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard boasts beautiful blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit notes intertwined with notions of camphor, spring flowers, spice and oak. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and super-concentrated, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and finish, this sensational red can be drunk now, because of its approachability, and over the next 20-25 years."
T-VINE 12 GR NAPA
T-VINE 2012 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 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 ESPRIT BLANC
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ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is sublet, floral and lifted. Flowers, mint, lemon and spices meld together in a gracious, Read More...
impeccably refined Roussanne-based white Rhône loaded with class and style. The 2012 Esprit is 75% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc. Drinking window: 2014 - 2017."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE91 POINTS - "Incorporating more Roussanne in 2012, the 2012 Esprit Blanc de Tablas checks in as 75% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc, all of which was brought up in larger foudre. Light gold in color, it has a classic Roussanne pear, lemon curd, honeysuckle and white flower-like qualities to go with a medium-bodied, seamless profile on the palate. Starting out lively and fresh, it gains in stature and depth with time in the glass, so a decant is recommended if drinking soon. I’d drink bottles over the coming 2-3 years, but it will have at least a decade of evolution."
TABLAS CREEK 12 ESPRIT ROUGE
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ANTONIO GALLONI 93-95 POINTS - "A big, explosive wine, the 2012 Esprit de Tablas is warm and ample on the palate, very much in the style of the year, Read More...
yet there is plenty of power lying in reserve. In 2012, Syrah plays a larger role than in both the 2010 and 2011, which is felt in the wine broad, expansive personality. This is going to be a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years. Drinking window: 2015 - 2024."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "While the 2010 and 2011 had plenty of Grenache, the 2012 Esprit de Tablas incorporates additional Syrah to compensate for the forward, supple nature of the vintage. A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 21% Grenache and the balance Counoise, this solid looking barrel sample has classic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with plenty of licorice, violets and minerality. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and streamlined, with solid underlying tannic grip, it’s about as feminine an example of this cuvee as I can remember tasting. It should evolve well on its balance, but it’s not one to hide away either."
TABLAS CREEK 12 PATELIN ROUGE
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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!

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TABLAS CREEK 12 TANNAT
TABLAS CREEK 2012 TANNAT
ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #275890
Bottle Size:750ml
$39.98
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ANTONIO GALLONI 91-93 POINTS - "The 2012 Tannat is naturally one of the richer, more concentrated wines in this range. Super ripe blue/black fruits, menthol, cloves, Read More...
lavender and licorice all burst from the glass as this extroverted wine shows off its intense personality. The typically firm Tannat tannins are they, but they are nearly buried. Drinking window: 2014 - 2020."
TABLAS CREEK 13 PATELIN BLANC
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Tablas Creek's "Patelin" series of wines is very unique. There are several vineyards in the Paso Robles region that were planted with cuttings sourced from Tablas Creek's own selections Read More...
of budwood. Some of these vineyards had unclaimed grapes, and since the quality was high, Tablas Creek stepped in and began to produce this "hometown" bottling.

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from eleven top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

A blend of 54% Grenache Blanc, 25% Viognier, 13% Roussanne, and 8% Marsanne, The 2013 Patelin de Tablas Blanc shows fruity, floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot and candied grapefruit, with a spicy mineral note emerging with air. In the mouth it's mouth-filling with peach and lemon zest flavors and a creamy texture, but kept fresh by vibrant acids. The finish is long, rich and clean, with lingering flavors of peach and mineral. Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

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TENSLEY 13 SY SANTA BARBARA
TENSLEY 2013 SYRAH
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #267070
Bottle Size:750ml
$23.99
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TERCERO 10 MOURVEDRE
TERCERO 2010 MOURVEDRE
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #268690
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.95
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THE WITHERS 10 BEL CANTO
$34.95
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A blend of 52% Grenache, 42% Mourvèdre, and 6% Syrah, only 230 cases were produced! Medium-bodied, with a Seductive nose of cherry and strawberry, which follow onto the palate. Read More...
Good acidity, with integrated with red fruits, this balanced and nuanced wine really opens up with time and air.
THOMPKIN 09 3ie DEGREE
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TREANA 13 WHITE
TREANA 2013 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.


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