A delicious patio pounder coming out of Sonoma, California. Bright notes strawberry and watermelon with subtle hints of floral and minerality. Sweet without being overbearing balanced by beautiful acidity. Pair with a spicy Asian dish and call it a night!
Don Ramon $10.00
What can we say about this little $10 wine? It's easy drinking but with some fun Old World character. 6 months on oak lends a bit of structure but only enough to keep the bottle from being guzzled in one go. Nice dark cherry, a bit of warm earth, and priced to drink a couple times a day.
Chilcas Riserva Pinot Noir $11.00
Remarkable value Pinot Noir from Chile. Shows soft,ripe, round fruit tones of strawberry, blackberries, and cherry, with hints of cola and mushroom, one of the better New World pinots that we found try it for yourself.
Monte Volpe Primo Rosso $11.00
Shhh! Two years on oak, varietals that suit the CA climate and a talented and down to earth winemaker result in a wonderful everyday red from Mendocino. This is one I always have around as its food friendly and nicely balanced. A $20-$30 wine hiding in a $11 bottle.
Chilcas Reserva Cab Sav $11.00
Rich plum, blackcurrant and cassis show through on this full-bodied wine. Tannins and spicy oak are present and bring some chocolate and smoky coffee notes. Has some bright red raspberry tones as well, while maybe a touch rustic, its really a great deal.
Turn Me Sweet $11.00
Proving we will look anywhere in our quest for wines comes a Spanish Tempranillo made by a German winemaker in the style we usually see reserved for Blaufrankish or Dornfelder. Lovely dark fruit, bit lower alcohol, and great with just a touch of chill. A bit sweet but not too much, this is an affordable fun red that goes down easy!
Arbosto Rosso $11.00
We love affordable easy drinkers! Medium to full bodied with very soft tannins despite the high tannin Aglianico. Bright acidity and rustic notes with tart red cherries and green olives flavors. Add a little earthy herb and a light amount of spice then a long finish with hints of chocolate, baking spices, and some peppery, toasted oak.
Campos Enanzo Garnacha $11.00
A 300 yr old family coop makes this lovely rich rose. Vibrant raspberry red color is the result of extended skin contact, which also adds to its richer than typical mouth feel. Intense cranberry and strawberry with some hints of watermelon. The acid hold the fruit in balance.
vini vidi vici merlot $11.00
Old Soul Zinfandel $12.00
This is Zinfandel out of Lodi, California, made from 50-100 year old vines. The secret is adding a bit of Petite Sirah for structure. Huge, ripe boysenberry, blackberry, mocha and cinnamon make this is a great wine and will make you forget all about 7deadly and cardinal Zins!!!
Donausonne Blaufrankish $12.00
If you can't pronounce this grape don't worry! Neither can anyone else. Sweet berry and red fruits in this light, pretty wine from Hungary. Rich flavor with no bitter tannins. A great sweeter red that is a big seller here. Many folks feel its the only red wine for them!
Chilcas Pinot Noir $12.00
Pinot Noir from Chile, soft,ripe, round fruit tones of strawberry, blackberries, and cherry, with hints of cola and mushroom, one of the better New World pinots that we found try it for yourself.
Leon Perdigal Cote du Rhone $12.00
With a ruby red robe, this wine features a bouquet of red berries with hints of pepper and garrigue herbs. On the palette, the red fruit flavors carry over with spicy, well integrated tannins on a medium body.
Castelfeder Pertico Rosso $12.00
Such a pretty little wine! Deep, ruby color and a intense aromas of cherries, tobacco, blackberry. Just a little oak to mellow things out . The Cab and Merlot bring just a touch of richness and licorice but the Lagrein has the leading role with its bright red fruit flavors.
Montmartre Rose Sec $12.00
What a sexy little creature! Named after the bohemian community of painters, poets, musicians and dance-hall performers in Paris. No pretense here just fresh and lively cranberry and raspberry on the palate, clean finish and incredible value.
Terrapura Carmenere $12.00
Lovely soft green pepper nose with mineral and an herbal touch blended with tobacco and flowers. Black fruits and dried figs on the nose combine with soft and juicy tannins and concentrated fresh fruit flavors. Fire up the BBQ and grill some steaks or Portobello mushrooms to eat alongside a glass. It would be great with Mexican food as well with its subtle spice notes.
Old Soul Petite Sirah $12.50
From the biggest producers of Zinfandel in the world comes this warm and rich Petite Sirah. Big blackberry fruit, caramel and spice flavors. Plenty of warm alcohol paired with some nice structure from Durif's naturally thick skins plus some time in oak make this a big taste at great price.
Ripe cherries and strawberries from the Garnacha, riper cherries from the Tempranillo, and black pepper from the Garnacha, the Syrah and the Cabernet, along with Cab’s herbal, cedar aromas. There’s lots of barrel-derived spice and vanilla to create a framework for the wine.
100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, France, this little gem is juicy and very drinkable especially with our brie and chevre cheeses. Hints of herbs and red fruits and purple flowers. Enjoy!!
Terum Garnacha $13.00
Grenache/Garnacha from the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Spain! Vines that have survived world wars and revolutions for over 900 years. Clean flavors of warm raspberry, orange peel and rich soil wrapped in a wine that is bright and easy drinking. Pairs nicely with any lighter meats, especially those with strong herbs or roasted.
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.
Pietraluna Negramaro $13.00
The wine is inky purple with tar and black fruit aromas, a gutsy middle and round, moderately tannic end that almost needs chewing. It’s a great deal and truly a wine to work with tomato sauce and herbs better than chianti!
Santa Digna $13.00
Cherry color. Perfumed notes of plum and strawberry with hints of grapefruit. Full-bodied with fine acidity on the palate with a prolonged aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif or with cured meats such as ham, sausages and salami, and many pasta and vegetable dishes. Superb with Asian cuisine.
Acentor Garnacha $13.00
We haven't figured out why Garnacha isn't more popular in the U.S. Big, full aromas of dark red berries and spice. medium weight with good structure and intense fruit flavors with hints of smoke, earth and minerals. Nice dry finish and just enough oak. Plus its a bargain!
In Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo is king. Torremilanos takes care producing this grape through organic and biodynamic farming, allowing it to shine. Rich black fruits, subtle spice, leather and vanilla. Superbly balanced, pairs well with roasted or grilled meats and tomato based sauces.
Imagine yourself lying on a beach in Sicily. Toes in the sand, gazing upon crystal blue waters. This is what you would have in your glass. Beautiful bouquet of rose petals, delicate red fruits and a salinity like smelling the ocean breeze. 100% Nero d'Avola, take a vacation without packing your suitcase.
The Montepulciano grape is used this beautifully vibrant Cerasuolo rose. The deeply pigmented skins are only in contact with the juice for about 12 hours, yet it creates a robust color. Cherry, strawberry, floral and earthy undertones. Pairs well with seafood, pizza and having your toes in the sand!
Chapoutier makes wine in the Rhone valley that can go for over $400 a bottle. But whether it his rock stars or his everyday drinkers, they are made with style and substance. And this one tastes like it should cost a lot more! Great spicy blackberry flavors and tangy spice notes.
Broadside Cab $14.00
A nose of bright cherry, cassis and espresso followed by lush black berry and spice on the palate. Plenty of oak and plenty of everything good that comes in CA cab!
Armas de Guerra Rose $14.00
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.
Latium Morini Valpolicella $14.00
A good deal on another "Baby Amarone" and a seriously delicious red blend from the region near Venice, Italy. Medium bodied, spicy and really lovely with summer cuisine with its zippy red berries, cherries and exotic spice notes, perfect for grilled poultry, pork, fish and summery pastas.
Les Heretique $14.00
A lovely bright summer red wine. Les Hérétiques comes from the south of France and is unoaked and full of ripe dark berry flavors. Made with partial carbonic maceration to give it juicy freshness. The tannins are well-balanced and the finish lingers nicely. Made for a cook-out or late night pizza.
Tomasella Cabernet Franc $14.00
A delicious Italian take on Cab Franc with earthy flavors of plum and pepper. No oak gets in the way, just lovely pure fruit. An every day drinker that goes with about anything.
Tomasella Merlot $14.00
Carro Monastrell $14.00
The higher altitudes of Yecla result in a more aromatic, fresher style, making this wine a very easy sipper. Ripe black fruits, plum, licorice, and a hint of pepper. The gentle tannins balanced perfectly by its acidity, this one you've got to try!
Gran Passione $15.00
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!
The limestone soils from Monferrato show in this fun take on Barbera. A bit of Friesa is added for raw brightness. Easy drinking yet with gobs of Italian character. Nice plum and pepper show through nicely. No oaking.
Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone $15.00
Kermit Lynch helped craft this wine from a co-op in the Southern Rhone. Undergoing natural fermentation, aged in concrete vats, this wine showcases generous black fruits, a gentle spiciness and herbaceous thyme and rosemary. Juicy with chewy tannins, a textbook Cotes du Rhone that can work with spicy food quite handily.
Chianti with testosterone? Pretty much, a wonderful 90% Sangiovese (10% Cab) from Maremma in Tuscany. Big dark fruit flavors and a good tannic grip from time in small barrels. Changing every minute it’s open. Try with Taleggio or Capocollo, it sings with food!
Cool climate Willamette fruit blended with warm dry Umpqua fruit gives this Pinot the best of both worlds at a good price! Full ripe juicy flavor but with nice subtlety and nuance. Extremely easy drinking and the perfect partner to grilled salmon or pork loin. Herbs de Provence really bring out the character of this wine.
Farm to Table $15.00
A fun and lighter style from the cool mountains of Victoria. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry jam flirt with notes of forest floor a touch of peppery oak. Lively cola and raspberry flavors with vibrant acidity. Darn good value too!
Negro Birbet Brachetto $15.00
How these bright, refreshing and slightly sweet styles get ignored is beyond me. Brachetto when made well shows lovely, rich raspberry and strawberry on the nose. The light sparkling quality tempers the explosion of vibrant, sweet red berry fruit. Just incredibly refreshing and lively and made for a lunch of fruit, cheese and charcuterie. And you know we love that!
Pieza El Coll $15.00
Fun blend from the North of Spain and a great jump in quality this year. The nose shows cranberry, leather, black licorice, and sweet smoke. Flavors of spicy bramble and more cigar and leather on the palate. A fun sturdy wine for BBQ or burgers.
Reunon Bonarda $15.00
100% hard harvested, sustainably farmed, single vineyard Bonarda from Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. Lighter-bodied and easy drinking in style, full of cherry and plum flavors, with light tanninic structure and gentle acidity. Nose of blackberry, strawberry, and currant aromas and a touch of white chocolate and tobacco on the finish. Great for outside grilled anything!
First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays.
Plum Creek Palisade Red $15.00
A surprisingly awesome display of how a Colorado wine can be done. This Palisade blend is balanced in all the right places. Fruit, earth, tannin and acid come together in a lovely glass of juice. Goes to show not all Colorado wine is sweet, sweet, sweet!
Pintupi The Red $15.00
Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and tannin, ripe Shiraz highlights texture and fruit and the Chenin Blanc brightens aromatics and adds some bright acidity. A delicious every day drinker.
Quintanamanvirgo has 94 inhabitants, a bar and this winery. From higher elevation and ancient bush vined tempranillo, this is one of the most intense, but still lively and bright Tempranillos you'll ever taste. Vines were planted from 1914 - 1934 and produce grapes with remarkable concentration and delightful complexity! How this much wine comes all the way here at this price is crazy. Enjoy!
St Gregory Pinot Meunier $15.00
One of the three main Champagne grapes but rarely seen done as a still wine. Brings some tart and somewhat earthy cherry to the Pinot family. This one has notes of plum and tobacco on the nose with nice light sour cherry and raspberry on the palate. A fun rare grape and style!
Croix de Mouchet $15.00
A beautiful right bank Bordeaux, sure to please. Aromas of red fruits, plums and earthy notes from the terroir, followed by a vanilla and spice from oak aging. Grippy tannins and decent acid, this St. Emilion is sure to please the French wine lover in you.
Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre take most of the shine in southern France. But this carignan from Languedoc carves out its own spot, rightfully so. Rich dark fruits with a background of floral, spice and minerality. Round, smooth tannins and oh so easy to drink.
In the northwest area of Piemonte lies the DOC Colline Novaresi, from where this wine hails. 100% Nebbiolo and 100% stainless steel fermentation. Bright red fruits, watermelon rind, grapefruit with a rustic quality indicative of Nebbiolo. Still a bit of structure that makes this wine a certified winner for the summer.
Daniel Boccard Bugey $15.00
Historically thought of as part of Burgundy, Bugey is a designation that sits along the Rhone river between Lyon and Geneva. This Pinot Noir rose has a delicate nose of strawberries with vibrant acidity and minerality, making this a great summertime wine.
Mission La Caminade Cahors $15.50
Malbec's home is France, and the difference in elevation and the cooler climate make for a different take on this varietal. With black cherry, blackberry, and black pepper flavors, it's leaner, meaner and enjoys an hour to open up before drinking. If you love Malbec, you owe it to yourself to try a Cahors. With 15% Merlot as well.
Zantho Zweigelt $15.50
Andau, Burgenland lies on the eastern side of Austria, bordering Hungary. An area studded with lakes along with a cool climate and rocky, gravelly soils. All this goes into creating unique wines, this Zweigelt is no exception. Exuding minerality and an earthy forest floor nose, complemented by cranberry, blueberry and black fruits. Refreshing acidity and soft tannins, this wine is easy to pair with a variety of foods!
Zantho Blaufrankisch $15.50
If you have had our Donausonne Blaufrankisch, this is nothing like it! A beautiful dry wine, enticing minerality, cherry, red fruits with an underlying herbaceous quality. A light body, great acidity and light tannins. Let this wine surprise you with its versatility when it comes to pairing with a dish. A great companion to poultry or red meat!
Poggio Ginepri Rosato $16.00
Italians don't quaff rose like the French or Spanish but this Tuscan blend of dark French grapes is done remarkably well and unique. It has a big, round mouthfeel but with a nice backbone of acidity. Have you ever had a Super Tuscan rose? Cherish this one as they are hard for us to get our hands on!
Domaine Lafond Tavel $16.00
This richly colored Rose from Tavel opens with a mild wet stone and gentle strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry and gentle red raspberry blend with a hint of white pepper. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. I would pair this very nice Rose with grilled salmon this summer.
La Brune The Valley Pinot $16.00
A Burgundian Pinot from S.A.? Yeah right! Well they did it. Bright fruit from clone 777, bit of 668 for structure and the coolest region in the Cape make for the most reserved and classic Pinot you'll find. Purity of fruit, mouthwatering acidity and loads of subtle nuance hiding in their.
Our new by the glass Shiraz has everything we want in Barossa Shiraz. Dark brooding nose of blackberry and plum with that unique Barossa aromas touched with mocha. The palate brings a welcome red fruit to the darkness with some strawberry hints. Little bit of vanilla, pepper and boysenberry as well with just a hint of oaky grip too.
The world is awakening to Chilean Cab. This one has bright cassis and blackberry fruit with lots of toasty oak. Nicely balanced acidity with the fruit from a cooler but still sunny region in Chile.
Two Rivers Syrah $16.00
One of the original Colorado wineries, this sturdy red shows complex aromas of coffee, cedar, and baking spices from ample oaking. A rare local wine that is worth the money!
Marchesi Chianti Classico $16.00
A classic version of Italy's most famous DOCG. This is sourced from the original Classico region and has warm red fruit and Sangiovese's bright and slightly sour red cherry flavors. Well balanced and a great example from one of out favorite producers.
Can Blau $16.00
Wine has been produced in Montsant for over 2,000 years. The diverse soil types and landscapes are conducive to making a high quality product. Surrounding Priorat, and sharing it's Llicorella soil, this wine has a lot going on. Dark cherry, black and blue berries, spice, herbs and minerality. Good amount of tannin with acid to balance.
Fiore Nebbiolo $16.00
A beautifully balanced Nebbiolo. Aromas of dried violets, earth and hints of anise. The palate yields more savory earthiness, dark cherry, pomegranate, subtle notes from oak. Enough tannin to wait a few years, but enough acid to approach now. We envision a glass of this next to a piece of roast lamb.
Antucura Cherie $16.00
A fascinating find for us here at Bitto! From high altitude vineyards in Argentina we found this sparkling Pinot Noir. Red fruits and earthy forest floor on the nose. Refreshing acidity, bubbly mousse on the palate with nuances of fruit and herbs. One to geek out over with your fellow nerds!
Cal Blanca Toro $17.00
30-40 year old vines make up this beautiful Tempranillo from the Toro region of Spain. Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months and then for 2 years in concrete. This wine shows aromas of pencil lead and violets with a glass coating, opaque purple color and big cassis, blackberry, touch of earth and, spice.
Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill.
Garetto in Pectore Barbera $17.00
This is Barbera done for the American palate! Huge plum, spice and cedar show in this rich warm wine that envelopes your senses. Superiore means extra ripeness and alcohol in Italy and there's no doubt after even one sip.
Yes it is indeed. Only Aussies would turn Shiraz sparkling! Displays a vibrant lush garnet color and a bouquet of rich berry fruits, dark cherries and soft lingering hints of integrated oak. Flavors of bright juicy red fruit, blackberry and sweet plum are held in check with silky tannins and a soft finish. Go on! What do you have to lose!?!
Adjacent to Salentino in the far south of Italy comes this smooth and rich Primitivo. Either a sister or identical twin of Zinfandel, you will find dark fruit but with a unmistakable sweet earthiness, flowers, figs, balsamic and mocha flavors. A secret gem.
Contado Di Majo Aglianico $17.00
How have we not tasted Molise Aglianico before now? This rich, dark and handsome Italian can stand up to anything from Tuscany. Hand harvested, 6 months on French oak. Southern Italy's premier grape.
Lodali Nebbiolo d'Alba $17.00
If you know us, you know we LOVE neb and are always on a quest for affordable, secret iterations of this magical grape. Giovanni Lodali planted a few vines to make wine for his little taverna customers and over generations the humble wine grew into a lovely and affordable pure expression of Neb.
vigna del lauro $17.00
When Cabernet Franc is brought up, we typically think Loire or Bordeaux. Well, here is a shining example from the northern Italian region of Friuli. Similar to the French, this wine shows delicious, savory earthiness, forest floor and robust red fruits. Lengthy finish and refreshing acidity.
Rosario Vera $17.00
Rioja is known for its beautiful wines, but it can also carry with it a hefty price tag. this cosecha is young, vibrant and a steal of a deal! Luscious black cherry, blackberry, fennel, licorice and a savory smokiness. Lovely, chewy tannins that scream for a grilled steak or jamon and manchego. A beautiful Rioja that wont break the bank!
Willm Cremant d'Alsace Rose $18.00
We love Pinot Noir based bubbles, and to find one under $20 is all the better. A bit crisper than the Lucien Albrecht with gorgeous light and crisp raspberry and strawberry flavors. Classic baked brioche nose. Why spend 4 times as much on Champagne when Alsace does it like this!
Many think of Montepulciano as a poor and dusty peasant wine but they haven’t had this one! High quality fruit on French oak, one of our favorites and all time best sellers. From Abruzzo in Eastern Italy.
Rivetto Barbera d'Alba $18.00
Our newest addition to the flight list is this Barbera dAlba from the Piedmont region of Italy. The Sommeliers searched and searched to find a rock star replacement for the previous Barbera which was beloved by all, and here it is. Smooth and juicy with hints of blackberries and wild flowers, smoke and char make it a perfect match for grilling and heavy cheeses.
Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon $18.00
Washington’s Columbia Valley has the warm days and cool nights required for structured but ripe cab. Oak-filled and smoky aromatics layer with flavors of caramelized sugar, deep coffee notes and hints of anise. Dried apple and nuances of tanned leather round out a long finish supported by fine tannins. One of our favorites, especially for the price!
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zin $18.00
A staff favorite from her visit to Bitto, this organic and wild fermented zin has everything the "famous" ones have at a great price. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of graphite, cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness.
Vividly ruby in the glass, a shining example of pinot noir coming out of New Zealand. Tart cherry, raspberry, cranberry, savory herbs, spice and earth, all with mouth watering acidity. Pairs excellent with roasted poultry and a Sunday afternoon.
Dom Bernard moreau $18.00
A great entry level Burgundy for those looking to explore a new region, or maybe you just want a great French pinot under twenty bucks. Bright, lively nose full with floral and cherry notes. Soft tannins and lovely mouthfeel.
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais $18.50
A wonderful, juicy, fruity and earthy Gamay from the southern part of Burgundy, France. Smooth cherries and black berries dominate as well as a little mushroom and earth, great for a soft drinking red.
An ultimate food-friendly patio wine. Gorgeous light salmon pink with a stony faint cherry nose supported by dried strawberries and sage. Dry on the palate, with a brisk tart finish, from plenty of luscious acidity. Drink with roast chicken, or almost anything else other than red meat. Even salads and spicy apps.
This is still Burgundy but on a budget and using a different grape than the norths Pinot Noir. From one of the best, if not the best, Crus of Beaujolais, cola and light berry on the palate mixed in with a little mushroom and spice. A Rock Star at this price.
Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo $19.00
Nebbiolo is the same grape that makes our Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero. This is the everyday version. Soft and herbal, tea colored with scents of dark cherry, tobacco, spices, basil and forest floor. Great food wine and also a fabulous sipper. Have anytime, with or without friends. Try it next door, we know youll be back.
Barrique Pinot Noir $19.00
A beautifully ripe and balanced Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. Bright red fruit with just a hint of blue fruit wrapped by rhubarb, cedar, earth and pepper. It is a beautiful representation of the cool-climate Sonoma Coast and is made to drink now.
Do you love Burgundy, but not the price tag attached to it? This spatburgunder from Baden gives you a stellar example of what pinot can be outside of France. Red fruits and floral notes accompanied by that earthy, forest floor, mushroom that Burgundy is known for. Beautifully balanced, definitely one that should have a place at your table.
A great value for Minervois. Rich, intensely scented, sweet, port like quality to nose. Generous brambly, black fruit, smoky oak flavors. Well crafted, balanced and just lovely.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
Polkura Malbec $20.00
This Malbec from Chile gives Argentina a run for its money. Deep purple in color with an explosively aromatic nose of black currant, black cherry, mocha, clove and cinnamon. This full bodied wine shows the same dark fruit on the palate and an tight embrace of tannic muscle. Really shines with some fatty beef, this wine is oozing characcter.
Tomasella Merlot $20.00
Paul Giamatti got Merlot all wrong, and it especially shows in this fresh beauty from Fiuli, Italy overlooking the Dolomite Mountains. Rhubarb, mocha, and plum skin on the nose with some clay on the back end. Lovely and clean red cherry and chocolate notes on the palate with a medium body.
Fabio Motta Pievi $20.00
Fabio Motta brings you a super Super Tuscan. Red cherries, dried herbs and a subtle earthiness. A lot going on in this wine! Noticeable tannin, but not so much that it will stop you from a second glass, which is highly recommended!
Craggy Range Te Kahu $20.00
This gorgeous red blend comes to us from the equally gorgeous north island of New Zealand. Grown in the renowned Gimblett Gravels vineyard, a quintessential Bordeaux blend of merlot, cab sav and franc, petit verdot and malbec. Big red fruits, herbs, fennel, leather and eucalyptus in a big body blend.
Are you a fan of red blends? Oh yeah? What kinds? This will take some of the guess work out for you. Garnacha, Carignan, Tempranillo, merlot and Syrah all play very well together in this delicious Spanish blend. Stewed cherry and strawberry, baking spice with lovely structure. Now you can be more specific when you say you like blends.
Polkura syrah $20.00
We all know Syrah from France or Australia. Well Chile lays its cards on the table with this juice right here. Elegant aromatic floral notes, blackberry and pepper. Big body, lovely structure balanced by the right amount of acid. Pair with grilled or stewed beef and a friend to share it with...or not.
Excellent value wine from the Northwest of Italy, perhaps the best on our list, with dried fruits, spice and warm mocha cream. Loads of terroir and character but not overly heavy and still smooth. Great with any sort of game or grilled meats, even pasta in a Ragu.
Schug Pinot Noir $22.00
This wine easily over delivers in terms of flavor and quality for the dollar. Vibrant Bing Cherry aromas around a subtle, lightweight and elegant body and flavor. A lovely restrained weight with Burgundian acidity. Oak is in perfectly in tune and plays a supporting role without dominating and masking the fruit.
Moss Roxx Zinfandel $24.00
Made from all 100 year old vines this is crossing over Old Vine into Ancient Vine Zinfandel. All jammy and juicy with loads of black fruits and berries. Shining mocha and vanilla on the finish this will show nicely with any Zin out there, even Orin Swift the Prisoner. Try and see.
Schug Cabernet Sauvignon $24.00
Supple and generous, this is a solidly built Cabernet Sauvignon blended in the classic Bordeaux style from the pioneering wine maker of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A ripe mouth feel of currant and cherry flavors followed by a smooth, elegant finish.
Palazzo Della Torre $24.00
This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, fullbodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh wine made at harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as its "baby Amarone." Deep ruby red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha.
Gotes del Priorat $24.00
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!
Schild Estate Reserve Shiraz $24.50
Vibrant fruit ﬂavors of blueberry crumble and dark plums show clearly in the mouth along with hints of restrained black pepper spice and cardamom. These are framed by a ﬁne soft tannin framework which provides structure and direction before finishing with notes of lifted fruit perfume and a hint of well integrated oak.
Yep, a Pinot Noir ice wine! Gorgeous bright apple and bing cherry flavors, decadent but with crisp acidity. A rare treat!
Primitivo may be related to Zinfandel through a common Croatian grandmother, but this is far from any CA jammy slurper. Dark and brooding color, intense nose of smoke, meat and blackberry, and a lean earthy backbone. the fruit does show, but this is a hearty spicy wine that yearns for roasted meat.
Clos Troteligotte, K Lys $26.00
Spicy aromas and flavors of plums, violets, and blackberry with focused mineral notes, rich texture and sturdy tannins. The iron chunks scattered atop this vineyard are so pure you could sell them to a smelter. Emmanuel farms organically with ease (he is above the fog line and therefore has no issues with mildew). Rows are plowed by horse. A remarkable and memorable Malbec.
Calissa (Limestone) is a 100% Garnacha from Montsant adjacent to Priorat. Barely oaked, this wine has a vivacity and freshness contrasting with the earthy, slightly pungent notes from the limestone. A great wine by itself but a unique experience to have with its brother raised on Slate soils.
Big, bold, rustic! An Aussie Shiraz made in a more traditional fashion. Exhibiting those dark red and black fruits, pepper and spice. Aged in 100% American oak which adds coconut and dill to the glass. Big body, pleanty of tannins, perfect for grilled meats and BBQ.
Obsidian Cab $27.00
A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.
Salexis Merlot 2001 $27.00
A rare release of a Napa Merlot from a year of nearly perfect weather that provided fruit with ripe character, richness and depth seldom seen from a small plot in the Snowden Vineyards above Rutherford. Showing age in the color, the aromas and flavors of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, coffee, and toasty oak are still abundant. Be VERY careful with the cork, or just invite one of us over to open it for you.
Luddite Saboteur $27.00
100% estate grown fruit from Walker Bay, South Africa. With a growing reputation for quality wines, this blend shows us exactly what South Africa is capable of. Shiraz dominant with Mouvedre and Cab Sav adding a little umph to the blend. Eucalyptus, sweet jalapeno peppery note and black fruits. Big body and plenty of structure. Have a glass ready with your next roast or ribeye!
Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia $28.00
Once you have been bitten by Mencia, your quest will lead here. 65 year old vines with intense aromas of red berries backed by subtle floral notes of violets and wet stone. The palate delivers ripe blackberry, leather and herb aromas along with hints of toast, minerals and a bright lime zest. Nine months of aging in French and American oak barrels lends a hint of toasted oak and spices to the bouquet. Clean, powerful, elegant and the wine to shatter any California Pinots.
Baracchi Smeriglio Merlot $28.50
Deep ruby red color and a subtle nose with strong hints of red berry fruit and light spicy aromatic hints from the oak aging. The palate is very soft and pleasantly smooth with a lingering finish and a slightly spicy aftertaste that will last a full minute. From the region just to the east of Chianti, this is a full bodied Merlot and a very different flavor profile compared to right bank Bordeaux.
La Mannella $29.00
The Cortonesi family has been farming for generations in Tuscany. In the 1970's they decided to replace some of their olive trees with sangiovese vines, and we couldn't be more appreciative. Still a family operation, they make a beautifully soft Rosso di Montalcino. Black cherry and leather, supple tannins and smooth finish.
This is a lovely little red from a single vineyard situated near Beaune which captures the essence of this area. The wine features the high spice tones that are a classic feature of this section of the Cote de Beaune. Light, slightly nervy, with an exuberance that makes this a fine companion to any of our creamy cheeses or tangy goats milk cheeses.
The Volunteer is a medium density Cabernet, with hints of cherry, cranberry, toasted vanilla and subtle tannins. Juicy with a little smoke and oak. Named for the wine maker who is a volunteer Fire Fighter in Napa Valley.
The Barrot family produces pure, unpretentious, classically-styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from their 40 acres of vines scattered throughout 28 different parcels. This abundance of tiny plots helps protect against hail. Winemaking here is very straightforward and unfussy: no de-stemming of the grapes; fermentation of all varietals together; long, slow macerations; long aging in large, old foudres; bottling without fining or filtration.
Scholar and Mason $32.00
From high above the floor of Napa Valley comes this Cab Sav. Plum, blackberry, baking spice and vanilla with earthy and vegetal nuances. Big body with smooth tannins makes this an enjoyable drinker.
A classic left bank blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Great structure and earthiness balanced with loads of dark fruit, Generous concentration and smoothness that is an absolute thrill to drink right now or further down the road. Kermit can pick them!
If your arent sure where to begin with our Nebbiolos, this is our middle one. Barbaresco is the Queen of the Piedmont, all light and finesse but packed with dried cherry, leather, tobacco and dried tea leaves. Elegance and Power
Ryan Patrick Cab $35.00
This fruit comes from the well known Rattlesnake Hills of Washington. Aged 20 months in French Oak this is a serious Cab! Black currant, dried sage and herbs with hints of anise. Chewy tannins and a long finish. This reserve is a small production with only 300 cases being released. A fantastic example of Washington juice!
Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas $36.00
One of the best value regions of serious Southern Rhone reds. A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with all black fruits, spice, herbs and a silky smooth finish. Heavy but packed with finesse and flavor. Great for grilling beef or pork. Just lovely.
Rivetto Zio Nando Barbera $36.00
Take the flight list Barbera and multiply the tastes by about a thousand, throw in 70 year old vines and two years aging in small oak barrels and the result. in the tastings notes of our Executive Sommelier just one word. Awesome!
As far as geography is concerned, a thin line separates the hill of Hermitage from the surrounding Crozes-Hermitage. However, a big leap in price point separates the two as well. This Crozes offers everything you'd want in a Hermitage without breaking the bank. A savory, meaty Syrah, violets, black pepper, red fruits, soft tannins, just straight delicious.
3 years in small oak barrels, this is Sangiovese that is unlike Chianti in every sense. Wild herbs and dark fruit pulse from the class, big and brooding with sulty interplay of smoky tar, vanilla, blackberry, and roses. Sorry CA cab, this is the wine for filet mignon or even a ribeye. Don't try this unless you are open to an epiphany.
Baracchi Ardito $42.00
Intense ruby red color. Black pepper, fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well structured wine with smooth tannins and persistent fruity hints.
Michele Chiarlo $42.50
What a beautiful find! For being so young this Barabaresco is super approachable. Dark cherry, leather, tobacco, and a subtle hint of chocolate. The lovely acidity balances well with the slightly grippy tannins. Pair with a steak or hard cheeses.
Sloped Decanter $46.00
Parigot Volnay $46.00
Volnay is between Pommard and Meursault and often produces the best reds of the Cote de Beaune. Structured and silky, with elegance and plenty of delicious Pinot Noir fruit, black cherries, soft forest leaves, a wisp of tannic structure and lively acid. Don't touch this unless you're prepared to have your heart and palate stolen. How this is the same grape as Meomi I'll never know...
When it comes it Italian wine, Barolo is king. Fontanafredda has been around so long they once supplied the royal family with their wine. Robust nose of dried violets and herbs, black cherry, subtle spices and even a little anise. Approachable yet noticeable tannins balanced well by its acidity. Truly this wine is noble.
Guido Porro Barolo $48.00
Don't recognize the label? Guido makes beautiful wine but shies from the limelight or even the daylight. Rugged vineyards in Serralunga are where you'll find him, not at festivals or tastings. Lazzairasco is a south facing amphitheater producing dense, powerful ripe fruit with the classic leather, roses and pekoe tea character. Classic styling but drinkable now, although just.
Vidon Brigita $49.00
Using clone 777 exclusively this Willamette award winner shows rich, ripe fruit of blackberry with jammy plum and a hint of herbal character. Also shows some dark cherry, cocoa and leather. Best of their clonal selections with great complexity and a lengthy finish.
Matilde Gran Reserva Malbec $62.00
From 85 year old vines in a single vineyard in Lujan de Cujo comes a monster. Big menthol, mint, blackberry and coconut nose. Flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry in a dense inky body. A cellar candidate for sure but smooth and powerful today after 2 years on French oak. Still holding on to some acidity somehow, a last meal accompaniment to a perfect ribeye.
Cesari Amarone $68.00
The bouquet of Cesari flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas and jammy notes. Toasted nuances and hints of vanilla follow in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate as well as notes of tobacco and raisins due to being cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation.
Truly a unique and stunning Merlot. Big vibrant nose of yeasty blackberry cobbler, sweet spice, plum and mocha. Crushed stone minerality with sassy acidity jump at you first followed by bright blackberry, baking spices, sweet leather and plenty of warm oak.
Yves Cuilleron Cote Rotie $75.00
This is not baked Shiraz from the outback, this is the elegant and sophisticated version of the grape. Soft and delicate but packs power and flavor on the palate. Dark fruits are abundant with a fabulous look at the Terrior of the Northern Rhone. Great with heavy meats and game, also lamb is the preferred favorite.
Argentiera Superiore $92.00
If you liked the Poggio ai Ginepri then this is definitely worth the step up. A little different blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a true Bordeaux, this little beauty packs on the flavor and finesse. Heavy dark fruits with elegance to spare. One of our GREAT, hard to find gems that is very much worth its weight in gold.
Amon Ra $92.00
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.
Catena Zapata Nicolas $119.00
Picture a blind tasting where some Argentinian cowboys (and cowgirls) destroy some French first growths, not just once but again and again. Pricey yet, but actually the lowest priced wine of this ratings pedigree by a wide margin. As in repeatedly kicks Haut Brion and Gaya’s butt.
Almaviva 2015 $121.00
A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now.”