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SWITCHBACK 12 PS
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2012 PETITE SIRAH
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #268000
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:94
$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 12 ESPRIT BLANC
$36.99
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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
$46.99
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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 13 PATELIN BLANC
$16.99
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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.

Certified Organic
TENET 13 SY THE PUNDIT
TENET 2013 SYRAH
"THE PUNDIT" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #267080
Bottle Size:750ml
$17.99
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This wine is a joint venture of wine gurus from two continents. The blend is a true collaboration of winemakers Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste Michelle, along with two juggernauts from France, Read More...
Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie! They have combined their decades of experience to produce a wine that demonstrates why Washington State is one of the best growing regions in the world for Syrah!

Approximately 10% of the lots were fermented as whole clusters, with the remaining lots fermented as de-stemmed grapes. The inclusion of stems during fermentation contributes earthy, savory aromas and flavors that perfectly complement the pure fruit character of the grapes. To further enhance these complexities, about 13% of the lots also underwent extended maceration. After fermentation, a majority of the young wine was placed into neutral French oak barrels for aging, with the remainder aged in tight-grained new French and American oak barrels. The use of neutral and tighter-grained barrels helps to preserve the unique character of the wine itself.

The Pundit expresses finesse and balance, uniting a traditional Rhône style with all the attitude of the great Columbia Valley wines. You’ll never look at Washington Syrah the same way again! A blend of 94% Syrah, 3% Grenache, 2% Mourvèdre, and 1% Viognier (co-fermented with Syrah), this wine shows a dark color with bright ruby highlights. Intense nose of dark cherry, cocoa, vanilla and hints of black truffles. The mouth feel is unctuous, with flavors of candied plum, cherry pie and vanilla. The finish is soft and seamless.
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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THACKREY PLEIADES XXIV
THACKREY PLEIADES XXIV
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.
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.
TORRIN 12 BANSHEE
TORRIN 2012 PROPRIETARY RED
"BANSHEE" PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #277130
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:94-96
$67.95
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From year to year The Banshee is a wine that truly captures the essence of the vintage as expressed through Torrin's vineyard. It isn’t expected to adhere to any specific varietal Read More...
characteristics bur rather the coming together of the many factors that make up Torrin Vineyard. For the 2011 Banshee, Torrin leaned heavily on a western slope they have planted to Mourvedre and Grenache. It is on a fairly unique trellis system that allows us to treat the vines more like head trained vines while keeping the density up and the yield per plant low. As a result they get incredibly consistent ripening throughout the block at lower sugar levels while harnessing an earth and spice layer unique to this hillside. Syrah from their north facing block is the foundation upon which the wine is built and supports the cast with ample fruit and richness keeping the complexities of wine friendly and inviting.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94-96 POINTS - "Made by Scott Hawley, these are classic Paso blends that never lack for fruit or texture, yet always back it up with superb underlying structure."

"The 2012 The Banshee is a full-bodied, decadently styled blend of 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre. It sports first-rate aromatics of cassis, chalky minerality and spring flowers to go with a fabulous texture, notable freshness and a downright sexy style. This should be reasonably approachable on release, yet I like the overall balance here and wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve gracefully."
TORRIN 12 GR MAVEN
TORRIN 2012 GRENACHE
"MAVEN" PASO ROBLES 750mL
Item: #277193
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:93-95
$67.95
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Torrin's 2011 Maven is a selection of Grenache from south facing slopes from two separate hills on their estate. While each hill is the same clonal selection, each has its own identity. Read More...
One hillside offers up vibrant red fruits and fantastic acidity and freshness, while the other is a bit darker and more rich and viscous throughout the palate. The combination of these two hillsides along with the addition of a small percentage of Syrah from a north face delivers a wine with fantastic balance and depth. The 2011 vintage includes roughly 30% whole cluster for added structure, spice, and intrigue. The wine was aged in large format French oak puncheons for 17 months prior to bottling and bottle aged for an additional 10 months prior to release.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS - "Made by Scott Hawley, these are classic Paso blends that never lack for fruit or texture, yet always back it up with superb underlying structure."

"The 2012 The Maven was tasted as a final blend and is 91% Grenache and 9% Syrah that was aged in 30% new puncheons. Coming from two south-facing plots, it has classic kirsch and blackberry fruit to go with plenty of chalky minerality, wild herbs and hints of pepper on the nose. This all comes together nicely on the palate, and this full-bodied, concentrated barrel sample has lots of tannic grip and a big finish. Like the 2011, it is an age-worthy Grenache that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of longevity."
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.


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.
TRINITAS 11 PS
TRINITAS 2011 PETITE SIRAH
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY 750mL
Item: #274880
Bottle Size:750ml
$24.99
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Winery's Notes: This new release is the return of our ‘cult following’ wine showcasing huge aromas of wild flower, honey, blueberries, and sweet molasses. Take in the holiday Read More...
spice upon the palate with dark plums, cinnamon, and cardamom. This is a perfect wine for the autumn season.
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 12 WILLOW'S CUVEE
$45.95
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92-94 POINTS - "The 2012 Willows Cuvee (40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre) shows some oak in its juicy berry fruit, Read More...
licorice and caramelized meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and supple on the palate, with a nicely balanced feel, it should be better in another year and drink nicely through 2020."
VERMILLION 13 RED
VERMILLION 2013 PROPRIETARY RED
CALIFORNIA 750mL
Item: #270810
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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Made by Helen Keplinger (who worked at Bryant Family, and is now the winemaker at Grace Family, as well as her eponymous label), the 2013 Vermillion is a blend of 61% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah, Read More...
and 1% Counoise. This is a serious wine - with the complexity and palate to show for it. The nose is vivid with layers of wild strawberry, blood orange, carnation, black licorice, boysenberry, coriander, and graphite. The texture is beautiful - fine tannins lift the lovely red and black fruit, dried herbs, and a red vine finish.
Y ROUSSEAU 12 TANNAT
Y ROUSSEAU 2012 TANNAT
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL
Item: #298500
Bottle Size:750ml
$27.99
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Tannat’s roots reach through the same French countryside as owner and winemaker Yannick Rousseau. As one of the Southwest of France’s hallmark red beauties, it hails from the Madiran Read More...
region near the Pyrénées mountains. This wine allures with deep purple to black hues. An enticing, complex nose develops into quite expressive aromas of black cherry, blueberry pie, cassis, licorice and violet. Vibrant red fruit & blackberry flavors burst in the mouth with notes of tar and over-baked cherry Clafoutis. This wine is juicy, bold and generously rich...think Hanger steak.
ZACA MESA 10 SY ESTATE
ZACA MESA 2010 SYRAH
ESTATE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY 750mL
Item: #273700
Bottle Size:750ml
$18.95
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This 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.

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