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  1. ERIC KENT 2015 SYRAH "ATOOSA'S" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_218500
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Eric Kent Russian River Valley Syrah of the past few years has proudly grown into their newest vineyard-designated wine! Atoosa's Vineyard now brings its own distinctive expression of Syrah to the EK line-up. Located on the cool southern edge of the Russian River Valley, the superb fruit from this the late-ripening spot has been adding a vital element to their Kalen's and formed the core of their Russian River Valley Syrah since 2012. With the nexus of experience, true partnership with a great grower, and the excellent 2015 vintage, it's time to let Atoosa's shine all on its own.

    Atoosa's is a pure expression of the mysterious, animal side of the grape. Loads of black fruit, with hints of pepper, flowers, tar and a touch of bramble from the whole-cluster fermentation. We hope you can cellar some to watch it evolve over the years and perhaps even the decades. If you must drink some sooner rather than later, give it a healthy decanting and pair it with some hearty fare, or enjoy an open bottle over several days to watch it unfold.
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  2. ERIC KENT 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "APPELLATION SERIES" MENDOCINO COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_218470
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A blend of 74% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, and 3% Viognier.
  3. F. RUBIO 2016 PROPRIETARY RED "HERENCIA" VALLE DE GUADALUPE, MEXICO 750mL

    Item #: i_253950
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Malbec.
  4. FERDINAND 2018 ALBARINO LODI 375mL CANS

    Item #: i_220450
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Winemaker Evan Frazier started the Ferdinand label in 2010 with just 56 cases of Albarino. Introduced to winemaking in 2006 by Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project, that year Evan worked his first harvest, in the Roussillon (Maury, France), with ancient Carignan and Grenache vines. Ferdinand is made in the Kongsgaard cellar on Atlas Peak (Napa, CA) where Evan is the General Manager for Kongsgaard Wines and has worked with John Kongsgaard since 2008.

    Markus Bokisch decided to plant his own vineyards east of Lodi after beginning his career carefully farming some of the best vines in Napa. Probably the foremost authority on Spanish varieties in California, his family is from Spain and he looked to those roots when he planted Albariño, Tempranillo, Garnacha Blanca, Verdelho, and Graciano. The Vista Luna site is uniquely situated far to the northeast of Lodi in the rolling benchland at the edge of the Sierra foothills. It is known for its cobbled, rocky soil and the cooling breezes which blow from the Delta to the Sierras. Other wineries working with fruit from Vista Luna include Turley, Neyers, Scholium Project, Forlorn Hope, and Mark Herold Wines.

    Gently whole cluster pressed and barrelled down to neutral barrels, the wine ferments spontaneously with native yeasts and no temperature manipulation. Malolactic is arrested with S02 to preserve freshness and the wine spends 8 months on primary lees with no stirring. Light gold color, this wine is balanced and attractively fragrant, with a savory and floral aspect that includes orange peel and lime zest, lemongrass, quince and grapefruit aromas and flavors. Lees aging in neutral oak gives the wine finesse, sophistication, and a hint of nuttiness a pleasing complement to the varieties balance of natural acidity, slight bitterness, and salty finish.
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  5. FESS PARKER 2017 SYRAH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_249245
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 90 POINTS - "Fess Parker's 2017 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is powerful and bold, with expressive savory and peppery notes that add striking shades of complexity. This is an especially rich, racy style. A touch of sweetness from American oak is a lovely accent to ripe dark cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice and grilled herb flavors."
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  6. GILGAL 2016 CHARDONNAY GALILEE ISRAEL 750mL

    Item #: i_227320
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter.

    The 2016 Gilgal Chardonnay presents lemon, melon and pineapple characters, intermixed with hints of tangerine, spice and oak. With medium body, this Chardonnay is flavorful and fresh. This food-friendly wine goes wonderfully with seared sea bass with sage butter, baked boneless chicken thighs with preserved lemon, or a mushroom and brie white pizza.
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  7. GROUNDWORK 17 GRENACHE BLANC PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_227460
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an insane value from Curt Schalchlin; the owner and winemaker of SANS LIEGE. After several years learning from and working for some of the Central Coast's most sought-after producers, Curt decided to go his own way. The wines he puts under the Sans Liege label have received lofty praise from other winemakers and consumers, and his Groundwork label is on the way to becoming one of the best values in California's Central Coast! This bottling of Grenache Blanc comes from a variety of vineyards in Paso Robles to increase complexity.

    white peach skin, river rock minerality, lychee, quince, green tea, citrus hard candy, lemongrass
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  8. GROUNDWORK 2015 MOURVEDRE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_227430
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an insane value from Curt Schalchlin; the owner and winemaker of SANS LIEGE. After several years learning from and working for some of the Central Coast's most sought-after producers, Curt decided to go his own way. The wines he puts under the Sans Liege label have received lofty praise from other winemakers and consumers, and his Groundwork label is on the way to becoming one of the better values in California's Central Coast!

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    "Another sexy wine that will have you pouring another glass is the 2015 Groundwork Mourvedre Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (100% Mourvedre aged 18 months in almost all neutral oak). It is medium to full-bodied, textured and lively, with classic notes of spice, underbrush, kirsch, caramelized meats and sweet cherries. It opens up nicely in the glass and is another no-brainer geared for drinking over the coming 3-4 years."
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  9. GROUNDWORK 2017 GRENACHE CENTRAL COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_227450
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an insane value from Curt Schalchlin; the owner and winemaker of SANS LIEGE. After several years learning from and working for some of the Central Coast's most sought-after producers, Curt decided to go his own way. The wines he puts under the Sans Liege label have received lofty praise from other winemakers and consumers, and his Groundwork label is on the way to becoming one of the better values in California's Central Coast!

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  10. GROUNDWORK 2017 SYRAH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_227490
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an insane value from Curt Schalchlin; the owner and winemaker of SANS LIEGE. After several years learning from and working for some of the Central Coast's most sought-after producers, Curt decided to go his own way. The wines he puts under the Sans Liege label have received lofty praise from other winemakers and consumers, and his Groundwork label is on the way to becoming one of the better values in California's Central Coast!

    For his Groundwork Syrah, Curt gets fruit from three phenomenal vineyards: White Hawk, Larner, Watch Hill, and Old Potrero. More often when you see single-vineyard wines from these properties, they will cost you $30-$45 per bottle. So you can already see what a value this wine is! Couple that with the fact that he ages the wine for 18 months in a mix of new and neutral French oak (again, something that you typically fine in pricier bottlings), and you will know why this is a knockout bargain!

    The wine is redolent with grilled cherries, Swiss Tobacco, raspberry brambles, rare steak, grilled peaches, pumice, evergreen forest, strawberry hard candies, mocha, cherry cola, and hints of creosote (which Todd Johnston loves!).
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  11. GUENOC PETITE SIRAH CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: i_227410
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Known as the winemaker's grape for its bountiful color, flavor and tannin, Guenoc crafts this Petite Sirah with precision. Made correctly, "Pets" becomes the benchmark for big, hedonistic wines; blueberry flavors wrapped in silky tannins… not your father’s Petite Sirah!
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  12. HAHN PROPRIETARY RED "GSM" CENTRAL COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_228270
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Hahn's GSM (60% Grenache, 37% Syrah, and 3% Mourvedre) takes its inspiration from the Rhone Valley of southern France where Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are some of the most popular grape types grown. Each of the three grape types blended into this wine adds distinctive aromas and flavors. Grenache contributes raspberry, strawberry and cherry flavors, while Syrah lends color, tannins and hints of blueberry and black pepper. The Mourvedre adds richness to the mid-palate and lengthens the dry finish.
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  13. HALTER RANCH 2016 PROPRIETARY RED "CDP" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_228110
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Cotes de Paso is Halter Ranch's Rhone-style blend that is a combination of four varietals from their sustainably farmed estate vineyard. A blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and 7% Tannat . Grenache provides a bright fruit-forward entry, Mourvedre adds spice notes, while Syrah brings some weight to the mid-palate, and Tannat ties everything together with color, tannin and acidity. Loaded with aromas of dried strawberry, cinnamon sticks and potpourri, this delicious wine has an elegant palate that leads to a long smooth finish.
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  14. HALTER RANCH 2016 SYRAH ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_228150
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Syrah is a perennial favorite at Halter Ranch, and their unique soil expresses a beautiful side of the grape varietal. This wine opens with aromas of blueberries and baking spices. The bright entry provides complex flavors of dried flowers, berry compote and a hint of earthiness, that leads to a long layered finish. This full-bodied wine will pair well with charcuterie and braised and grilled meats.
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  15. HALTER RANCH 2017 GRENACHE BLANC ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_228130
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Grenache Blanc excels in Halter Ranch's limestone rich soils on the Westside of Paso Robles. Reminiscent of the wines of Southern France, this Grenache Blanc has aromas and flavors of honey, white flower, melons and pear. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs beautifully with hearty salads, prosciutto and melon, and anything from the sea.
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  16. HALTER RANCH 2018 ROSE ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_228190
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Just in case you haven't been reading our newsletters these past years, you are missing out on one of the great "up and comers" in Paso Robles. Nestled in the rolling hills on the "Westside" of Paso, Halter Ranch's sustainably-farmed vineyards have provided fruit to some of the more prominent names in the area...but they are now keeping more of the fruit for themselves. In fact, SoCal native Kevin Sass has become their winemaker after proving his skills at Justin for the past decade!

    Roses from California are more and more popular every year. Producers are finally giving attention to these wines, and some of them rival the best from France! Halter Ranch is one of those quality Rose producers, and the proof is in the requests we get for this wine every year. The new release has landed, and it is every bit as good as previous renditions!

    Reminiscent of Roses from the Southern Rhone, this Grenache-based blend has aromas of wild strawberry and guava. Refreshing on the palate, this wine features aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon and guava. On the palate, the flavors are a blend of tropical fruits and fresh citrus, with a bright and crisp minerality. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs well with prosciutto and melon, salmon and light pasta dishes.
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  17. HERMAN STORY 2014 GRENACHE "LATE BLOOMER" CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: i_274410
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Late Bloomer is the late draft pick that emerges as a scoreboard leader. It is comprised of a selection of lots that winemaker Russell From babies for 4 years in a back corner of the winery. Aged without stirring or racking and topped every 2 weeks. The gangly kid on the label is a wine club member whose photo was selected by a panel of "experts" out of a hundred or so submissions from around the globe.

    100% Grenache from Santa Barbara County vineayrds such as Stolpman, Larner, and John Sebastiano, this wine is like a giant blue nosed pitbull that's been known to crush basketballs in his mount, but thinks he's a lap dog and has no idea that he could be a monster. This is full of raspberry sauce poured out on a hot sidewalk, pastrami meat, clove, beef tartare, cherry flambe, sweet carnitas, rail car of fresh lumber, blood orange, mincemeat, and desert white sage. More headspinningly unexpected than a donky in a tutu and a heck of a lot more interesting.
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  18. HERMAN STORY 2016 PROPRIETARY WHITE "TOMBOY" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_274490
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Russell From is the owner, winemaker, and sole employee of Herman Story wines. Russell is talented in the cellar, and has a keen eye for what a vineyard can and cannot do. What does this mean?...It means you have one of the more talented winemakers from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara bringing some of the most exciting wines!

    We like to think of this wine as an alternative for California Chardonnay drinkers. It has the weight and heft of Chardonnay, but with a completely different set of flavors and tactile sensations. The Tom Boy is 100% Viognier from Bien Nacido and Larner Vineyards in Santa Barbara County that was aged for 9 months in 100% new French oak.

    It has a lovely straw/gold color with aromas and flavors of citrus rinds, apricots, white flowers, white tea, almond oil, and lots of glycerin. Rich, fragrant (as only Viognier can be), and decadent, this doubles as the the perfect beginning or end to a meal! Only 407 Cases Made!
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  19. HERMAN STORY 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "CASUAL ENCOUNTERS" CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: i_274430
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a blend of 40% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre, 19% Grenache, 4% Carignan, and 2% Tannat. Russel writes his tasting notes like a story, and he writes: "You never thought you'd get this far, but the wood-paneled bar with neon-lit signs has dissolved into your apartment balcony, where she's hungry and waiting. Frying up a grilled cheese in the kitchen you realize you're not kids anymore, so you're trying to channel your inner Thomas Keller, chopping fresh rosemary and sage, sizzling bacon, spreading pepper jelly. She hand-rolls a cigarette as you split the sandwich. Miles away, thunder rolls. The air turns earthy and sweet. Let it fill the space between you until the rain begins."
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  20. HITCHING POST 2016 SYRAH "BIG CIRCLE" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_274982
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Hitching Post Wines are made by Frank Ostini, chef/owner of the Hitching Post II, and Gray Hartley, a former commercial fisherman. Starting in 1979 with one barrel in their garage, over the years they have made Hitching Post Wine at Au Bon Climat/Qupe, Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria, and now at the ultra-modern Terravant in Buellton. From humble beginnings to high tech, they continue to make traditional wines of balance and finesse that emphasis deep fruit, spice, and earthiness. Always focused on a wide selection of Pinot Noirs, Hartley and Ostini also make dry rose, Chardonnay, and other reds from Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese.
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  21. HORSEPOWER 2015 SYRAH "SUR ECHELAS" WALLA WALLA ALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_230220
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 98
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "The 2015 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is just as striking as its Grenache sibling, unfurling with an equally complex nose of sweet cassis, beef blood, bitter cocoa, peony and violets, with notions of grilled meat and truffle emerging with time. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and amazingly intense, with a deep and multidimensional core framed by remarkably satiny, layered tannins, concluding with a long, saline finish."
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    $165.00
  22. HORSEPOWER 2015 SYRAH "THE TRIBE" WALLA WALLA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_230210
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 98
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "Of these three offerings from Horsepower, the 2015 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard will require the most time, as it's the most tight-knit at this early stage, slowly unwinding in the glass with savory aromas of raw cocoa, tapenade, nori and ripe blackberries. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a rich chassis of satiny structuring tannins and a layered, umami-laden core of fruit. At 13.6% alcohol, it's also beautifully balanced."
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    $165.00
  23. HUG CELLARS 2016 SYRAH "ZOTOVICH" SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL

    Item #: i_230830
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Hug Cellar’s wines are wines that are truly “made in the vineyard”. Handcrafted cultivation by these dedicated growers, and gentle winemaking in the cellar, produce wines that are rich and intense in their aromas, textures and flavors. There is very little manipulation in the small lot winemaking at Hug Cellars. We utilize whole cluster and indigenous yeasts in our fermentations. This fosters wines that reflect the pure expression of these unique vineyards.
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