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Best Price in the Country on High Scoring Syrahs!

We just made a special purchase of two fantastic 2013 Northern Rhone Syrahs from Delas Freres. Both wines are delicious and were offered to us as vintage closeouts as the distributor needed to make room in their warehouse. These wines display a combination of power and finesse and feature dark fruit flavors with notions of cracked pepper. We were shocked to be offered these wines from the appellation of Crozes Hermitage at such exceptional prices and are pleased to be able to pass along the savings. In fact, we are able to offer both wines at the best price in the country-by far!

Jeb Dunnuck who reviews wines from the Rhone for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate is an unabashed fan of Delas Freres. He writes, "As a whole, you can't go wrong with this estate and the quality is incredibly high... the wines always show textbook appellation characteristics." He awarded Grands Chemins 92 Points calling it, "gorgeous, with a silky style that just begs to be drunk." He further stated that the bottles wouldn't last long in his house! Writing of the Le Clos bottling, Dunnuck scored the wine a point higher at 93+ points and noted its increased structure and concentration. This wine also shows more complexity.

Delas Freres was founded in 1835 and over the years has acquired vineyards in most of the northern Rhone appellations. We consistently carry their wines in the store as Delas always produces high-quality wines.

These wines offer proof that wine from the Northern Rhone don't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Enjoy these wines at exceptional pricing while we have it. Both are limited in quantity and will not last. When they're gone they're gone.



ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Already gorgeous, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins comes all from the Les Chassis region of Crozes (this is the flatter plain that stretches west from the Rhône river); it was raised in a combination of stainless steel and smaller barrels. It offers classic violet-tinged black and blue fruits, tapenade, bay leaf and peppery notes in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky style that just begs to be drunk. While bottles wouldn’t last long at my house, it will cruise for another 10-15 years on its balance."


Sale $23.95 Normally $33.99 750ml [350030] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY




ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "Similar to the Domaine des Grands Chemins, yet with additional structure, the inky purple/ruby colored 2013 Crozes Hermitage le Clos has lots of minerality in its smoky, meaty, dark fruited profile. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, structured yet balanced, give it 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more."


Sale $37.95 Normally $49.99 750ml [350035] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 

The 97-Point Dominus Estate has Landed!

Finally…the much-anticipated 2014 Dominus Estate is here! One of Napa Valley’s most revered Cabernet-blends is back, and will sell out quickly just like every year prior! One of the most respected wine producers in the world, Christian Moueix is on a personal quest for perfection in grapegrowing and winemaking. It is a journey that began in Bordeaux and continues today at Dominus Estate, where he has instilled his philosophy and inspired his team to share his values. To walk the vineyard with Christian is to witness a commitment to the land, a strong sense of purpose, and the modest soul of a man of the vines.

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wine. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus. His love of Napa Valley lingered, and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook Vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard, and in 1985, became its sole owner. He chose the name “Dominus” or “Lord of the Estate” in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.




ROBERT PARKER 97 POINTS! - "The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix’s belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years."


$229.99 750ml [216170] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 

Staff Favorite Rose Back in Stock at Lowest Price!

Every year we await the release of the Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé. The wait is over and this dry and flavorful thirst-quenching wine is now in stock at Hi Time. This staff favorite is fresh, aromatic and crisp with vibrant intensity of flavors which give sheer pleasure. We believe so strongly in this wine that we bought every bottle we could. In fact, we are the only Orange County retailer with this wine and we are able to offer it at the lowest price in California!

The Commanderie de Peyrassol comes from the foremost appellation for French Rosé, the Côtes de Provence. The grapes are sourced from fully matured vines with an average age of 25 years. The blend is comprised of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Mourvèdre. Harvested separately during the night when temperatures are coolest, the grapes are then de-stemmed and pressed. After fermentation they are aged in stainless steel vats to preserve freshness..

The wines of Peyrassol fully express the quality of the terroir and several centuries of know-how. Wine has been produced from this favored site for more than 800 years. Generations of wine growers have nurtured the vineyard and its vines which are is located at an elevation of 330 metres on the lower slopes of the Massif des Maures. The soil consists of clay and limestone which is ideal for viticulture. All this contributes to Commanderie being considered amongst the top Rosés being produced in Provence.


Highly sought after yet surprisingly affordable, this is a great Rosé to stock up on and have on hand throughout the summer. It is the perfect refreshment to open for guests or enjoy by the pool and pairs with most any food. One sip is all it takes to understand why this Rose is so popular with our staff and customers. Enjoy!

Flat-out gorgeous with classic salmon-pink coloring. The nose is expressive with aromas of rose, wild berries, raspberry and citrus. On the palate, the wine is fresh, refined and dry with refreshing acidity and a silky palate feel. Flavors of fresh strawberries, melon and citrus are enhanced with a touch of minerality on the lengthy finish. Very harmonious.

$17.98 750ml [306006] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 

A Hot New Release from Joseph Wagner!

Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon is the newest wine produced by Joe Wagner, a 5th generation wine maker who grew up immersed in wine, working during breaks from school at his family’s winery, Caymus. Joe's reputation skyrocketed a few years back with the creation of Meiomi and Belle Glos Pinot Noirs, which quickly became household names known for their rich, lush appeal. The Quilt takes a similar approach in style. Sourcing from a patchwork of prime Napa Valley vineyards, Joe crafts a bold, rich style of wine with loads of dark fruit and chocolate notes framed in cedar with a velvety texture that caresses the palate. It's everything you would expect from the Wagner Family at a price that is affordable! 




Joe’s Tasting Notes - "A seamless blend of cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves and charred meat with complex notes of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanilla. Rich and satisfying on the palate with decadent chocolate brownie, yogurt and molasses flavors in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis."


$39.98 750ml [252430] QUILT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 

Stunning 92 Point Spanish Rioja Value!

The 2011 Izadi Rioja Reserva hits all the right notes. After spending 14 months in oak and another 5 years in bottle, this wine is in a sweet spot delivering great pleasure at an amazing price. This boasts the traditional flavors, rich aromatic intensity and trademark complexity we expect of Tempranillo from Rioja. What sets this wine apart is its extra level of refinement and polish. Izadi has done a tremendous job of ensuring the tannins are velvety smooth. Izadi combines old world flavor with a wonderful textural presence on the palate resulting in an utterly seamless wine.

Located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, Izadi produces wines that express the character of Tempranillo. The word Izadi means Nature. The vineyards are located deep in the heart of Rioja Alavesa in a triangle formed by three villages, Villabuena, Ábalos and Samaniego. The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards with an average age of 45 years ensuring low yields and intense flavors. Aging is completed in a combination of both French and American barrels.


This wine is drinking beautifully right now. With its delicious fruit flavors and complexity and affordability, the Izadi Rioja was an easy choice as our Wine of the Month 2. Enjoy!

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "A 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, the 2011 Reserva is an outstanding value showing beautiful black and red currant fruits, high-quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and loamy soil undertones. Deep, medium to full-bodied, very pure, rich and concentrated, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 3-4 years."

$14.95 750ml [382512] IZADI 2011 RESERVA RIOJA

A 94 Point Zinfandel from a Boutique Producer!

Carlisle Winery is a boutique producer owned and operated by husband and wife team Mike and Kendall Officer. Their focus is on old vine Zinfandel and Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre) crafting wines that are truly distinctive from one another showcasing the terroir of the single vineyard sites they produce from. After a few of our staff members tasted through the current line-up with Mike himself, it was unanimous amongst us that this producer has earned the high scores they have been receiving on all their wines!

Mike's sister introduced him to wine at the age of 19 and he was immediately hooked. His passion grew from tasting and collecting wines to teaching a wine appreciation class. From there he began making 5 gallons of Zinfandel in his kitchen with his wife Kendall. After moving to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, Mike and Kendall launched the Carlisle Winery and Vineyards in 1998 with the goal of making small lots of distinctive, world class wines from some of California's most exceptional vineyards. To help achieve this goal they brought in his old college friend Jay Maddox who graduated with honors from U.C. Davis in viticulture and enology. Jay brought not only a wealth of knowledge but a keen palate and a desire for perfection.

The Montafi Ranch vineyard was planted in 1926 and is located farther up the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, literally bordering Santa Rosa city limits. This vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a healthy amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir de la Calmette. A little Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Syrah, and Petit Bouschet are interspersed as well. Being higher up the bench, Montafi Ranch tends to be picked earlier, generally around the first week of October.

We have a very limited supply so don't hesitate to to order. First come, first served.


Winery Notes - Medium garnet-ruby. True to the vintage (at least for Zinfandel), very red-fruited with aromas of red cherry, currant, and the trademark whiff of eucalyptus (although not as prominent as some previous vintages). The wine enters fresh and snappy with flavors of red currants, cherries, and a touch of pomegranate. Youthful tannins emerge in the fruit-filled finish, indicating that this should age well. Enjoy from release through 2027.

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Luscious, complex and expressive, with floral raspberry jam aromas and supple black cherry, bay leaf and cracked pepper flavors that glide lithely toward the finish. Drink now through 2028."



Parker’s 91 Point Terrific Value for Under $8.00!

We just brought in an incredible value that cannot be ignored. It’s hard to believe a wine can deliver so much flavor and sell for under $8.00 per bottle! The 2015 Tarima Monastrell has great depth and pure fruit flavors and is the best vintage of Tarima we have ever tasted. The quality of this wine was recognized in a stunning review and 91 Point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Not only that, the review describes the wine as being “rich and dense” with “terrific aromatics and broad expansive flavors.” The high praise concludes with Tarima called “a real sleeper and bit-time winner in the values sweepstakes.”

The quality of this wine is not a surprise. We have enjoyed Tarima and its “big brother” Tarima Hill for years. How do they do it? It all starts with the brilliance of Jorge Ordonez who cofounded this winery with Rafael Canizares. To refresh your memory, Ordonez introduced the world to Moncayo, Muga, El Nido “Clio”, Emilio Moro and more. Ring any bells yet? How bout Breca, Triga, Vatan and Tres Picos? Yes, this pioneer has brought bottled pleasure to plenty of grateful wine drinkers.

Tarima is made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) grapes grown and produced in the appellation of Alicante in Eastern Spain. The age of the vines ranging from 25-35 years old and are grown in very chalky soil at an elevation of some 2,100 feet above sea level.

If you enjoy delicious full-bodied wines bursting with flavor, you’re going to love this. This wine completely over-delivers and at less than $96.00 per case, Tarima represents an amazing value.


The nose exudes ripe red berries, soft earth, black tea and a pinch of incense. The palate shows beautiful, elegant fruit enwrapped in soft tannins. Sweet cherries and red berries are the stars of the show but the supporting cast of light acidity and balanced tannins earn their own accolades. A touch of autumn spice and cedar lead the fruits to a soft but glorious finish.

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Another terrific value is the 2015 Tarima (Nonorganic) from Alicante and another 100% Mourvèdre cuvée, aged six months in French oak. This wine has terrific aromatics, broad, expansive flavors, about 15% natural alcohol and an expansive, heady mouthfeel. This is rich, dense and Provençal in its flavor components. Totally aged in used oak and stainless steel, the wine is a real sleeper and big-time winner in the values sweepstakes. Drink it over the next several years."

$7.99 750ml [380888] TARIMA 2015 MONASTRELL 

Best Price in Nation on French Red Value!

We just made a special purchase of this delicious Wine Spectator 90 Point rated wine as the distributor needed to make room for the new vintage. After giving it a sniff, swirl and sip we were very impressed and immediately grabbed as much as we could. The 2011 Domaine de Nizas is precise, pure and beautifully layered in the glass with gorgeous dark fruit flavors and surprising complexity. Even better, the pricing on this one is ridiculous allowing us to put it on the shelf at $11.95 per bottle. With a regular price of $17.99, this is one heck of a value and the lowest price in the country by far!

This wine is a blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (35%) and Mourvedre (5%) aged for 12-18 months in French oak. It comes from the medieval village of Pézenas in the heart of the Languedoc region and was first established in 1998 by French-American agriculturist, John Goelet. As a descendant of a distinguished Bordeaux family, he quickly identified the exceptional terroir of Pézenas as the ideal site to craft artisanal wines of extraordinary quality and depth.

Goelet enlisted Bernard Portet, who gained fame while working in the cellars of Clos du Val winery in Napa Valley for over 30 years. Portet’s touch is evident as he improved the vineyards, lowered yields and improved the quality of the wines. His experience in fine winemaking is very apparent, with this wine showing perfectly ripened fruit flavors with polished silky tannins and a long finish.




This delicious red blend is an ideal everyday drinker which makes an outstanding case purchase. While compelling at the regular price, the special close out pricing makes this one a steal. When it’s gone, it’s gone!

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Elegant, with roasted plum and black cherry fruit flavors showing savory spice, black olive and mocha accents. Bright acidity and integrated tannins add support through to the mouthwatering finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2018."

Sale $11.95 Normally $17.99 750ml [349980] ANDRE BONHOMME 2014 VIRE CLESSE VIELLES VIGNES 

Triple 90 Point Bordeaux Steal!

Chateau du Retout is an affordable Bordeaux wine that should be on your radar. We recently had an opportunity to try this wine and came away very impressed, especially when you consider the quality of wine you’re getting for under $20.00. This wine sets itself apart with the depth and richness of its dark fruit flavors. A trio of wine critics has spoken as well with each awarding this wine 90 POINTS. The Wine Spectator also designated Chateau de Retout a “Smart Buy” for its uncommon value.

We’ve tasted quite a few Bordeaux from the outstanding 2014 vintage and can say the wines exhibit the classic character most Bordeaux wine lovers are looking for. As for this wine, the fruit is perfectly ripened and shows excellent balance. We found this wine was ready to drink now, but can also age for the next 10 years or so.

Château du Retout is located in the Haut-Médoc appellation with 32 hectares planted with 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The vines have an average age of 30 years and are grown on soils composed of gravel and clay. The grapes are meticulously sorted and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months prior to being bottled.

This value priced Bordeaux steal is a good one to stock up on. Enjoy!


WINE SPECTATOR “SMART BUY” 90 POINTS -“Delightfully ripe, with an inviting core of plum and blackberry preserves, picking up an anise edge on the finish. A solid alder spine runs throughout, adding length and definition. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2020.”

WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - “With an unusually high proportion (nearly 17%) of Petit Verdot in the blend, this is both darkly structured and dark in color. It is weight, intense youthful acidity and black-currant fruits. It's also rich, full of tannins and in need of several years. Drink from 2021.”

JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - “A leafy cabernet nose leads into quite a powerful and tannic palate with the sleek body of a marathon runner. Better in 2018.”


It's Hard to Imagine Anyone Not Enjoying This Wine!

Over the past several years, we have become unabashed fans of the wines produced in the once unheralded region of Jumilla. The vines in this parched and seemingly barren region in south-east Spain produce wines of incredible richness and concentration at unbelievable prices. We have also become huge fans of Casa Castillo which continues to over-deliver with delicious wines at great prices. Robert Parker agrees and gushed about this estate writing, "Considered by many observers to be the finest estate in Jumilla, Casa Castillo is a treasure-trove for fabulous values."

We recently tasted El Molar which is a fantastic, aromatic and delicious Grenache based wine. It’s hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this wine-it's that good. Casa Castillo also produces their outstanding Monastrell-based wine, which we have previously carried in the store. It's hard to find a better wine under $10.00 from anywhere in the world. The Monastrell (Mourvedre) grape absolutely thrives in the chalky terroirs and cool slopes of the Sierra del Molar.

Together, this duo represent a terrific one-two punch. The Casa Castillo wines are delicious, showcasing two different grapes from one fantastic producer at crazy prices.


On the nose, the wine displays aromas of dark sumptuous fruits, Kirsch and notions of baking spices and earth. On the palate, this wine shows great purity showcasing ripe black and blue fruit with notions of vanilla bean and semi-sweet chocolate that only enhance the complexity of this delicious wine. The tannins are supple and silky smooth on this delicious wine which has no hard edges. We are excited to be able to offer this outstanding hand-harvested wine, which is absolutely delicious and an incredible value.

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS! – "The entry level wine here is the 2014 Monastrell, a wine that mixes grapes from different valley vineyards within the estate where you find more sand and clay and the age of the vines varies between 35 and five-years-old. Starting with this vintage, which was nothing short of challenging, the wine is not a pure Monastrell, but a blend with some 10% Syrah (from the Valtosca vineyards, which was not produced in this vintage) and some 5% Garnacha from new plantings coming into production. In future years the percentage of other grapes -- mainly Garnacha -- will be increased, and the wine will not be called Monastrell anymore, but simply Casa Castillo. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in used barrels for some eight months before bottling. This feels like a superb vintage for the cuvée, very complete, aromatic, subtler than in the past, more elegant. The palate also feels very complete, nicely balanced, with great acidity and a very fine thread which makes it nicely textured. It's remarkable how the wines seem to be fine tuned each vintage, irrespective of how hard the climate conditions are. This is always a great value and represents the zone and vintage quite faithfully. It's thought out to be enjoyed young, but I've drunk incredible bottles at age 20!"



WINE ADVOCATE 92-93 POINTS! – "I tasted a first tentative blend of the 2015 El Molar a few weeks before bottling, a very pale and delicate, perfumed and insinuating Garnacha. The bottling was finally delayed, so I didn't have time to taste the final version, hence the range of scores, which should be pretty accurate. In 2015 the volumes for El Molar were increased as new plantings came into production and the year was normal in terms of yields after a very short 2014. This is the first year the wine is produced with 100% full clusters, in a vintage when they had a bit of everything, higher ripeness but also freshness and balanced. The wine is rich and aromatic, a little intoxicating, with aromas of dry flowers and a touch of aromatic herbs. The palate shows ultra fine tannins and very good balance."


Fantastic French Red Blend at an Amazing Value!

We are excited to present the inaugural release of the 2014 Circus Bear, another fantastic value priced wine from distributor/importer Kimberly Jones. You have enjoyed many of her wines although you may not have realized she was the one behind the label. Most recently, our customers snapped up cases upon cases of the Arbalest, her value priced Bordeaux. Kimberly has been successful in developing relationships with talented winemakers to bring high quality wines to consumers.

Circus Bear is a collaboration with Jean Roger Calvet of Calvet-Thunevin. It is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan from 60 year old vineyards of schist. These low-yielding vines produce grapes with excellent concentration and wonderful texture. This wine is full-bodied and boasts tremendous purity of fruit with very little oak influence letting the grapes speak for themselves. The bold label is an homage to the great fighting bears of the Pyrenees. The majestic Pyrenees Mountains tower over Maury and form the natural frontier between France and Spain.

This delicious Rhone style blend is made in Maury in Southern France and carries the Cotes du Roussillon Villages appellation. Maury recently gained attention when Dave Phinney (who created Orin Swift wines including The Prisoner, Abstract and more) purchased vineyards in the area. Phinney now makes the popular Shatter and D66 wines here. The dry and sunny climate enable the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness. Winds from the Atlantic moderate the temperature and cool the grapes to ensure the wines have balance.




There is limited availability in the USA for this inaugural release. Enjoy this crowd-pleasing wine while we have it!

From 60-year-old vines planted in the black schist soils of Maury. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan. The wine displays aromas of purple flowers, deep red berry fruits, anise and baking spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and polished with a seamless texture. The fruit forward flavors of black cherry and dark raspberry are augmented with notions of licorice and garrigue on the long finish.


Italy's Single Greatest White Wine Buy Is Back!

Colle Stefano has been our absolute favorite Verdicchio at Hi-Time for many years and has been embraced by our customers as a perfect white wine for summer. Ian D'Agata of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar has said, "I think it is probably Italy's single greatest white wine buy."

The 2015 vintage just arrived and is fantastic! We were extremely pleased and delighted when we tasted it. It is clean, crisp and dry-a white hot summer sipper not to be missed!

This organic white comes from the little town of Matelica is in the Marche region and has been consistent in quality, winning at least two or three glasses from the noted Italian publication Gambero Rosso almost every year. Winemaker Fabio Marchionni keeps yields extremely low and makes wine with painstaking care. You could eat off the floor of the winery (and hygiene is very important when making this kind of white wine). It is fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel (no oak) and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. This wine is racy, vivid, and excellent with light fare or on its own.


This wine is dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and good structure. This wine is charming on the nose with a bouquet of nectarines, chamomile and lemon blossoms, and equally pleasing on the palate with flavors of white peach, kaffir lime and nectarines. This wine is vibrant and quenching at every sip with pleasing minerality. The finish is long and enhanced by its lively acidity. This is a wine that would pair well with grilled halibut, salads, or shrimp on the barbie. Delicious!

WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "Made with organically farmed grapes, this delicious white opens with aromas of citrus blossom and white stone fruit. The tangy, medium-bodied palate offers a lovely depth of flavors that include juicy tangerine, lime, white peach, bitter almond and mineral. Crisp acidity brightens the rich flavors and carries through to the clean finish."


A Sleeper That You Don't Want to Miss Out On!

Bootleg Red is a new production by Jackson Family Wine Collection; these are the people who own and produce awesome estate wines like Freemark Abbey, La Jota and StoneStreet just to name a few. Trust us; there are too many "household" names you would recognize for us to list them all but you now have an idea of the quality they bring to the table.

This offering is their entry to the California "Red" category, a section of the domestic wine industry that has seen tremendous growth with labels such as "The Prisoner" and "Menage a Trois" becoming brands that everyone who drinks California wine has heard of. In terms of sales this category is as hot as Cabernet Sauvignon!

So what sets this apart from other blends and why should you try it? Fruit sources; using Vineyards they own, the Jackson Family sourced grapes from prestigious sub-AVAs within Napa like Atlas Peak, Oakville, Rutherford, Mt Veeder and Spring Mountain with the balance of fruit (25%) coming from their Sonoma and Mendocino Vineyards. The blending components going into this Red comes from outstanding vineyards of whom we all love. Plain and simple, you have outstanding winegrowing, winemaking and wine-blending with Bootleg Red!


ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS! "The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases of this wine, which has been culled from KJ vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. The wine is a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. That’s like throwing in the entire kitchen sink, but the result is a stunningly delicious, complex, big-time, sexy style of wine with a deep, opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blackberries and blueberries, with some lavender Provençal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. It’s something that could only be made in California, given the blend, but it is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal. At the same time, it is complex enough to satisfy the intellectual senses as well. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. A big-time winner."


One of Our Top Pinot Noir Buys f the Year!

The Innocent Bystander ranks as one of our top Pinot Noir buys of the year. Boasting an expressive nose and wonderful texture, this Pinot Noir delivers on all fronts. Raising a glass to the nose reveals intense florals and a mélange of fruits that awaken the senses. Tasting this wine is a true pleasure with beautifully polished tannins framing perfectly ripened fresh red and dark fruits.

This wine received a 90 Point score from Josh Reynolds of Vinous Media who declared, “This is a wonderful value in Pinot Noir.” Of course, he was referring to this wine at the regular price and we’ve been selling a lot of it at $21.98 per bottle. The great news is we received special pricing and can now offer the Innocent Bystander at $14.95 per bottle! This is a savings of more than 30%.

Even more impressive, Allen Meadows of Burghound also gave this wine a 90 point score. Meadows is a well-known wine critic who is regarded as perhaps the greatest authority on Pinot Noir. He does not hand out high scores without merit and it unusual to see him give 90 points to a wine at this price point.

The southernmost vineyards of the world lie in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is located inland in the middle of the southern island. Its continental climates feature large diurnal shifts with warm temperatures during the day and very cool nights. This makes Central Otago perfect for growing grapes which thrive in cool climates such as Pinot Noir. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is made with minimal intervention, letting the grapes speak for themselves.

The Innocent Bystander is a perfect wine for this time of year when the sun is shining a little brighter and things are warming up. This is a versatile wine which can be served to friends and family with confidence.


ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS MEDIA 90 POINTS – “Vinified with 25% whole clusters and aged for ten months in 90% used and 10% new French oak barriques. Light red. Intensely perfumed nose combines red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of musky sassafras in the background. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and cherry flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the floral, firmly tannic finish. This is a wonderful value in Pinot Noir.

BURGHOUND 90 POINTS – “A restrained but quite elegant and pretty nose offers up a layered blend of both red and dark pinot fruit, spice, violet and plum scents. There is both good verve and volume to the delicious, round and agreeably textured middle weight flavors that possess fine depth and length. While there is a very subtle trace of warmth it is no more than a background nit and overall this is really quite good. Moreover, note that it could easily be enjoyed now if young fruit is your preference.”

Sale $14.95 Normally $21.98 750ml [382598] ANDRE BONHOMME 2014 VIRE CLESSE VIELLES VIGNES