Portugal


Bonavita White Bonavita White $10.00

A lovely eclectic surprise. These grapes you've never heard of creates an exotic and tropical nose of apricots and peaches, with wonderful lemony undertones. Very light and fresh melon on the palate. A lively and well-balanced wine that goes with about anything light, especially seafood. Arinto , Fernão Pires , Moscatel , Rabo de Ovelha.



Bonavita Red Bonavita Red $10.00

Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone.



Anjos Vinho Verde Anjos Vinho Verde $11.00

The perfect summer-time wine, light and slightly bubbly, but crisp and dry. Tastes almost like a margarita with wonderful green apples and a crisp lemon-lime acidity. The only problem? The bottle disappears too quickly, I suggest getting a few of these little pretties.



Vale do Bomfim Vale do Bomfim $13.00

From grapes usually reserved for Port, Portugal is fully capable of creating decent, affordable red wines. This one shows some sour cherry and dried plum on the nose. The flavor is rich and spicy and a little gamey but it finishes clean. Big enough to stand up to BBQ or burgers.



Armas de Guerra Mencia Armas de Guerra Mencia $13.00

An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.



Portal da Calcada Portal da Calcada $14.00

A rare and classy Vinho Verde. Very light on the effervescence, more focused on clean crisp fruit and lovely acidity. Flavors of candied lime and fresh apple. So bright, its a gorgeous wine with seafood, especially lightly seasoned shrimp, scallops or crab.



Quinta de la Rosa Tawny Quinta de la Rosa Tawny $17.00

Delicate, soft and creamy, this is a rich and elegant blend with wonderful aromas exuding the heat of the Douro. On the palate it is complex with powerful dried fruit, figs, honey and almonds with a long pleasing finish. It should be consumed within 2 to 3 years of bottling. Serve chilled as an aperitif or to accompany foie gras or cheese. This Port has been lightly filtered and does not require decanting.



Quinta de la Rosa 601 Ruby Reserve Quinta de la Rosa 601 Ruby Reserve $17.00

Rich with a vibrant color, great depth, body and fruit, with a long finish. Like all La Rosa Ports, not too sweet. It should be consumed within 2 to 3 years of bottling. This one has been lightly filtered and does not require decanting and can be served as an aperitif or after dinner. Try it chilled, on the rocks or with a mixer.



Quinta Infantado Ruby Quinta Infantado Ruby $17.00

Still crafted by hand in the valleys of Portugal, this Ruby is elegant and rich with an excellent balance of acid, soft fruit and minimal tannins. While it's classified medium-dry, it is absolutely a sweet wine and this unfiltered, estate-bottled ruby brings a lot to your table. It's priced like a introductory port and while it is, it's got the power and layers of complexity to please even a port snob.



Ferreira Tawny Porto Ferreira Tawny Porto $18.50

Ferreira Ruby has an intense and well defined ruby hue, full- bodied and rich, it has a fine balance between its sweetness and its tannin structure, giving it unique characteristics and a fine and attractive long finish.



Dow's Late Bottle Vintage 2009 Dow's Late Bottle Vintage 2009 $21.00

A very nice change from syrupy tawnies, this LBV has an elegance with a cleaner and drier profile. Gorgeous candied cherry and plum with a little licorice and fig flavors.



Blandys 10yr Malmsey Madeira Blandys 10yr Malmsey Madeira $28.00

All Malmsey from the tiny island of Madeira. This is the missing piece to our dessert menu and a wonderful example of Madeira. Caramel and rich chocolate nose, a coating sweet palate and just the right amount of acidity to wash it away. Dont forget to ask about this wine and our Revolution.



Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #2 Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines. (behind by 16 bottles)

  • Gran Passione

    #3 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! tied

  • Bonavita Red

    #4 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 9 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Poquito Moscato

    Poquito Moscato

    Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!

  • Gotes del Priorat

    Gotes del Priorat

    A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!

  • Gewurz

    Gewurz

    A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.