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  1. AARON 2014 PETITE SIRAH PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_201470
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Producers of Petite Sirah need to take note: there's a young gun out there who's going to show you some new moves! Winemaker Aaron Jackson is one amazing guy! He fully commits to whatever the task at hand is. So being the hardcore surfer that he is, you can imagine how dedicated to winemaking Aaron must be when he has to leave those firing Central Coast point breaks to head for the vineyards! His wines have been staples at our store for years, and it's amazing how he can make Petite Sirah taste so good, keep it complex yet easy to drink, and sell such a tasty wine for a reasonable price!

    Aaron's flagship wine is always a blend of his very best barrels of Petite Sirah. A blend of 5 vineyards all grown on calcareous/limestone soils, this wine shows deep and dark aromatics of blue and black fruits, peppercorn, bay leaf, anise, and tapenade. The palate is big, yet maintains some elegance, with blackberry, blueberry, smoked beef, loads of spice, with firm and gravelly tannins. Only 390 cases produced!
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  2. ALBAN 2016 VIOGNIER CENTRAL COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_200440
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 92
    VINOUS 92 POINTS - "Bright gold. Heady citrus and orchard fruit and violet aromas are given spicy lift by a gingery element. Sappy and broad on entry, then tighter in the midpalate, offering sappy nectarine, poached pear and honey flavors braced by a suggestion of bitter lemon pith. Shows impressive tension for its heft and finishes impressively long and smooth, displaying resonating floral and pit fruit notes. This Viognier delivers outstanding bang for the buck compared to pretty much any other New World rendition of the variety that I know."

    John Alban makes some of the most aromatically complex and explosively rich wines in the New World from traditional Rhone varieties. Since 1989 he's worked entirely with fruit from his own superb clonal material, planted on chalk-rich hillside vineyards in Edna Valley. Don't wait for reviews this Viognier is extremely popular!
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  3. ANCIENT PEAKS 2015 PROPRIETARY RED "RENEGADE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_211270
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This wine floored us from the very first sip! Ancient Peaks sits in the Paso Robles appellation, 22 miles south of the city itself, and just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the surrounding peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range act as a gateway between one region to the south that is exceedingly ocean-cooled, and another to the north that is much, much warmer (sometimes downright hot!). When the days heat up in the areas north and east of Margarita Vineyard, the air rises to create a vacuum that pulls marine breezes and fog inland over the peaks, and right through the vineyard. This means the fruit gets ripe, without any "off" flavors, yet the cooling afternoon breezes help the resulting wine to retain freshness and acidity.

    The Renegade is a blend of 55% Syrah, 27% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, and 5% Petit Verdot, and the wine is loaded with deep berry aromas that reveal accents of toasty oak, baking spice, cedar and tobacco. The texture is broad and velvety, offering concentrated flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, black cherry and cocoa that are powerfully framed by savory notes of bacon fat and pepper. Plush tannins and lengthy fruit converge into a smooth, seamless finish.
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  4. ARROWOOD 2013 PROPRIETARY RED... "SARALEE'S & SMOTHERS" SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 201600
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Last year we attended the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction. This was an event where wineries from throughout Sonoma County gathered to showcase wines that they have not bottled before, and to keep their wines unique, they don't plan on bottling them again! Last week we showcased the unique Pinot Noir from Patz & Hall, perhaps the best Pinot Noir they have ever made. This time, it's an amazing Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon blend from one of our favorite Sonoma County producers...Arrowood!

    Arrowood Winery is pure Sonoma. The winery's influence in the region endures since the first wines were made three decades ago. Created exclusively for the Sonoma County Barrel Auction, Winemaker Kristina Weerner selected the top lots from the vintage to craft a unique blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Syrah comes from the Russian River Valley's acclaimed Saralee's vineyard. It is not uncommon for Arrowood's Syrah from this vineyard to score in the "outstanding" range with famed critic Robert Parker, and the Syrah for this blend was co-fermented with Viognier, which actually makes the wine darker and gives it more aromatics and texture. With that, they blended in 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Smothers-Remick Ridge Vineyard, a phenomenal property that sits roughly 600 feet above the valley floor in the northern Sonoma Mountains. It features 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon divided into 11 distinctive blocks that mirror the terroir. Known for its small, flavorful berries, this mountain site produced balanced wines with refined tannins. In the end, Kristina decided the best wine was blended of 70% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon...and that's what we have here!

    Only 10 cases were bottled, and you can't get this wine at the winery, even if you're a member of their wine club! This is a gorgeous red blend, and it displays a lovely ruby/garnet color with aromas of freshly crushed cherry, raspberry, red currant, strawberry shortcake, vanilla, and hints of oak. After a short bit of time to breathe, aromas of smoke, Asian spices, and grilled meat begin to emerge. On the palate, the subtle hints of spice continues, along with black fruit, black cherry, a briary quality, cured meat, and plum. The finish is fairly long, with pronounced tannins that give a nice frame to the wine. Absolutely delectable, this is a wine that can easily be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop nicely in the cellar for another 7-10 years!
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  5. BEHRENS FAMILY 2014 PROPRIETARY RED "SAINT FUMEE" SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 275150
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 92
    ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "The 2014 Sainte Fumee, a Syrah-based blend, is forward, juicy and absolutely delicious. Inky blue and purplish fruit is front and center. Lavender, sage and mint develop in the glass, but the Sainte Fumee is above all else a wine to enjoy for its fruit. Boisterous and exuberant to the core, the 2014 is a rewarding wine to drink now and over the next few years."
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  6. BLACK BART 2014 SYRAH "STAGECOACH" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 270880
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92+
    ROBERT PARKER 92+ POINTS - "The 2014 Syrah Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyard is blended with 1% Viognier. This is a big, mineral-laced Syrah with crushed rock, blackberry, earth and a muscular, masculine style. The minerality dominates the aromatics and flavor profile at this early stage of its development. This is serious, full-throttle, pedal-to the-metal Syrah that should age for 15 or more years, but needs some time in the bottle. Give it 4-5 years and drink it over the following two decades."
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  7. BLACK BART 2015 PROPRIETARY WHITE "BLACK BART'S BRIDE" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 276470
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Bursting with aromatic white peach and orange blossom, this Rhone blend of Viognier and Roussanne offers succulent flavors of pineapple and creamy baked apple with a streak of minerality and a bright, honeysuckle finish. Pair with macadamia chicken with orange-ginger sauce and ahi poke. Drink now through 2025.
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  8. BODEGA DE EDGAR 2013 GARNACHA PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205580
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey
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  9. BODEGA DE EDGAR 2014 PROPRIETARY RED "CABRHONE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_205620
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey...can you blame him?!? He has worked with many of the superstars of the Central Coast, including Matt Garretson, Augie Hug and Alta Maria Vineyards. More recently, he has worked alongside one of our best friends, McPrice Myers over at Barrel 27 (what a mentor!), when Edgar isn't tinkering on his own wines.

    Edgar makes wines that knock our socks off! The intensity of these wines are rivaled by few here in the United States and we suggest you check out what Edgar can do! El CabRhone is a play on words, as this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Rhone varietals (30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre). The wine offers a lovely blackberry and plum core which is surrounded by cinnamon and sweet applewood smoke notes, with orange-peel-candied-in-chocolate elements. Fine tannins and elegant acidity combine with the pure fruit and spices for a long, seamless finish. Only 145 cases were produced!
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  10. BODEGA DE EDGAR 2014 PROPRIETARY RED "E-SQUARED" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205590
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey
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  11. BODEGA DE EDGAR 2015 TEMPRANILLO PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_205500
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey…can you blame him?!? He has worked with many of the superstars of the Central Coast, including Matt Garretson, Augie Hug, and Alta Maria Vineyards. Today, he is the assistant winemaker at Barrel 27, and works alongside one of our best friends, McPrice Myers (what a mentor!), when Edgar isn’t tinkering on his own wines. We sampled his latest releases a few months ago, and they really knocked our socks off! The intensity of these wines are rivaled by few here in the United States, and we suggest you check out what Edgar can do!

    This Westside Paso Robles vineyard has always been utilized in Edgar's Tempranillo blends, but this is the first time it will be showcased on its own. We are very excited to treat all of you to this joven (young), expressive Tempranillo with a beautiful, rich nose that displays notes of amaretto, chocolate, dark plums, and dried herbs. On the palate, hints of coffee pair wonderfully with the juicy, dark blue fruit. The finish lingers with hints of cinnamon and licorice. Drink now or anytime in the next 5-7 years!
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  12. BODEGA DE EDGAR 2016 PROPRIETARY WHITE "LA GUERA" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205520
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey
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  13. BOGLE 2014 PROPRIETARY RED "PHANTOM" CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: i_204680
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Although out of the market for a short while the Phantom has reappeared! Four distinctive varietals (Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot), this "mysterious apparition" of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries and black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla.
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  14. BOGLE PETITE SIRAH CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: i_205550
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We feel that Bogle has one of the most solid wine portfolios in the business, and they prove that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! The Bogle family has been farming since the mid 1800’s and their reputation has continued to grow. The fact that they want to sell wines that people can actually afford doesn’t hurt, either. Those seeking a quality wine for little money should look no further, as this Petite Sirah is one of our everyday favorites! Sourced from vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi, this wine has a nose of luscious boysenberry that teases you with touches of black pepper and herbs. Trademark inky and jammy tones fill the mouth with ripe fruit and berries and a voluptuous finish that lingers with toasty oak and lush fruit.
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  15. BONTERRA VIOGNIER ORGANIC

    Item #: 205850
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Made with Organic Grapes!!!
  16. BOOKER 2015 GRENACHE "EXT 22" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205780
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "Produced from 100% Grenache with 6 months' extra time in barrel, the 2015 Ripper Ext "22" has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and gregarious nose of spice cake, potpourri, Chinese five spice and licorice with a kirsch, red currant jelly and rose hip tea nose, plus a waft of dusty earth. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with savory and expressive spice flavors, it has a velvety structure and plenty of freshness, finishing long and multilayered."
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  17. BOOKER 2016 PROPRIETARY RED "FULLDRAW" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205810
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
  18. BOOKER 2016 SYRAH "FRACTURE 22" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 205860
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 97
  19. BRASSFIELD 2014 PROPRIETARY RED "ERUPTION" HIGH VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_212451
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Brassfield's Volcano Ridge Vineyard is located on the steep slopes of an extinct cinder cone at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The pure volcanic soils are ideal for vine stress, restricting crop yields, and making wine that has both intensity and elegance.

    A blend of 53% Malbec, 16% Syrah, 15% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, and 7% Mourvedre, .Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre, and Petite Sirah, this wine is brimming with rich blackberry, raspberry, and plum notes. Ripe fruit reminiscent of blueberry pie is balanced by an underpinning of baking spices. The thick composition of this blend is complemented by a core of volcanic tannins and is drawn out to a lengthy finish by subtle minerality. Currently accessible, but age worthy for at least a decade.
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