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  1. FESS PARKER 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "THE BIG EASY" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_249200
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A blend of 53% Syrah, 32% Grenache, and 15% Petite Sirah, this opaque purple-colored wine entices with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum, boysenberry, vanilla, baking spices, smoked chocolate, and anise. Flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, plum, smoked meat, and vanilla lead to a lenghty finish.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. GROUNDWORK 2015 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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  5. 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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  6. GROUNDWORK 2017 COUNOISE ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_227500
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Counoise is a varietal from the Rhone Valley of France, just like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre also hail from that region. Counoise is typically used in blending, and not bottled on its own. Why?...Frankly, because most people don't know techniques to produce a Counoise that is good enough on its own. However, our man Curt from Sans Liege and Groundwork figured out a way to coax the best attributes from this grape to put into the bottle!

    Curt utilized 70% whole cluster fermentation on native yeast in open top 1.5 ton fermentors helped by pumpovers to get color, flavor, and aromatics. He also employed something called carbonic maceration, a technique that results in fresher, more vibrant aromatics and fruit flavors. The result is a wine that has bright fresh notes of rhubarb and pomegranate. Young violets, tri-tip tartare & grilled sourdough. Hint of cherry chapstick with a juicy palate and lively finish. He recommends to serve this slightly below room temp. This one is meant for more immediate pleasure!
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. HALTER RANCH 2015 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. HERMAN STORY 2017 PETITE SIRAH "FIRST TIME CALLER" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_274560
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This isn’t just any rinky-dink poker night, it's the hottest game in town. The blinds are as big as the balls being broke, and if you aren't going big, you should probably go home. You take your seat and your chips and brace yourself. The flop is huge with brambles and black pepper. Violet and orange muscat on the turn has you feeling strong. You catch a blend of nectar and honey on the river, which sweetens the pot. You can spot the tell across the table, so you make the call. And you go home a legend.
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  16. HERMAN STORY 2017 SYRAH "NUTS AND BOLTS" CALIFORNIA 750ml

    Item #: i_274400
    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!

    Russell's Nuts and Bolts is 100% Syrah from some of the more pretigious vineyards in California's Central Coast, including Bien Nacido, White Hawk, and Luna Matta. His tasting notes read: "You've finally done it and curated the man cave of your dreams. The hand-carved cherry wood bar is fully stocked with everything from espresso tequila to berry-infused absinthe to Jolt Cola. The 1915 Brunswick pool table compliments the Elle Bleu Gargoyle humidor with names like Behike, Opus X and Black Dragon. The hint of gun-metal oil permeates the air from the well-kept Glock 17 kept on display, and the built-in Excelsior houses the 88" that just so happens to be tuned to a Jai Alai match. There's mesquite grilled Chateaubriand at the carving station and Tito Puente on the jukebox. Most of all, there is a level of comfort and intimacy that you swirl around your glass before drinking it all in."
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  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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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  21. J. LOHR 2015 PETITE SIRAH "TOWER ROAD" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_277695
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Tasting Notes: "An inviting bouquet of toasted pastry frames the dark fruit characters of blackberry and olallieberry on the palate. Our gentle approach to winemaking delivers a rich and dense tannin structure that doesn’t disappoint."
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  22. JAFFURS 2016 PETITE SIRAH "THOMPSON VINEYARD" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_246220
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    Jeb Dunnuck: 92 Points
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "No one could mistake the 2016 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard from Jaffurs for anything but a Petite Sirah, but it's also remarkably elegant, wafting from the glass with aromas of plum preserve, tar, inky black fruits and licorice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and velvety, with good concentration and sappy fruit, deep and richly tannic without ever becoming overbearing."

    JEB DUNNUCK 92 POINTS - "The team at Jaffurs always makes a rocking Petite Sirah and the 2016 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is no exception. Black fruits, charcoal, camphor, and graphite notes all emerge from this big, opulent, balanced red that has sweet tannin, tons of fruit and a great finish. It's a perfect steak house wine and should keep for 7-8 years, probably longer."
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  23. JAFFURS 2017 SYRAH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_246270
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 91
    The 2017 Santa Barbara County Syrah combines fruit from the four Syrah vineyards Jaffurs works with. After blending trials, a small amount of Grenache was added in for aromatics and complexity. More than a sum of its parts this wine exhibits cherry, wild berry and violet aromatics. Full and fruitful in the mouth, with underlying espresso and pepper flavors. Sharing the same farming and winemaking techniques as their vineyard designated wines, this Jaffurs Syrah can be enjoyed upon release or cellared for several years.
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