Spain


Don Ramon 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.





Turn Me Sweet 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!



ZaZa Rose ZaZa Rose $11.00

A fruit driven rose with great complexity that will stand up to a variety of foods. Fermentation in oak, followed by lees aging helps bring some depth and body to the style. A bit softer, smoother and richer than the French versions made from the same grape.



Campos Enanzo Garnacha 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.



De Casta Rose De Casta Rose $11.00

Elegant cherry color over a light purple background. Fine floral aroma reminiscent of flowers such as mimosa and iris, complemented by discreet fruity hints (plums, cherries). Its smooth, rich palate and delicate aromas are prolonged in the finish. One of our most versatile wines, which goes especially well with informal food, such as pasta, vegetable dishes, picnics and traditional Spanish tapas. Exceptionally good with recipes that use tomato or tomato sauce, including Italian pasta.



Olivares Rose Olivares Rose $11.00

Grown at over 2000 ft in the hot Jumilla region of Spain, these ungrafted vines get densely flavored but still retain some bright acidity. Lovely strawberry, orange peel, raspberrry flavors with a nice clean finish. Great bang for the buck.



Casteller Cava Casteller Cava $12.00

Casteller usually sells their grapes to high end producers but retains a few of the best acres for this affordable, quality Brut. Slightly higher in elevation allows for better acidity balancing bright clean citrus and green apple flavors. A full year on the lees gives the bread dough nose and depth of character.



Casamaro Verdejo Casamaro Verdejo $13.00

Tangy and bright with a nose of apricot, fresh cut grass and citrus. The palate shows vibrant soft lemon, orange and herbs. If you like N.Z. Sav Blanc, try this fun little wine with big flavors. Made for seafood and a great bargain as well.



Mustiguillo Mestizaje Mustiguillo Mestizaje $14.00

This wine is one for the books. This almost lost indigenous variety, is not only organically grown, but the love shines through with hints of apricot, citrus , and white flower The acidity on this medium bodied white wine attacks with a fruity, floral taste that makes this wine a true one of a kind.



Altos de la Hoya Altos de la Hoya $14.00

Another stunning value from Jumilla, the Altos de la Hoya Monastrell (100% Mourvedre from organic vineyards) possesses a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, and chalky, earthy soil, and a heady, rich, full-bodied finish. It combines elegance with richness despite the fact that this area is known more for the rusticity of its wines than their finesse



Armas de Guerra Rose 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.



Naveran Cava Vintage Brut Naveran Cava Vintage Brut $15.00

Yep, vintage Cava for $15. Classic methode champenoisse, 18 mos on the lees, all the right stuff. Slight clean citrus and peach with rounded palate and slight bread dough on the nose.



Grant Amontillado La Garrocha Grant Amontillado La Garrocha $15.00

Since 1841, Bodegas Grant has been continuously family owned and operated. Amontillado starts its life a a fino but is then oxidatively aged. So a bottle can be recorked unlike finos. Lovely floral and roasted hazelnut aromas with a light woody tone. Dry and bright but also rich with a clean finish.



La Val Albarino La Val Albarino $15.00

From the cool Basque region of Spain comes this food friendly white. Aromas of fresh herbs and a hint of pine are hiding beneath zesty tangerine and pear notes. On the palate it show minerality and is fresh and rich, with lots of citrus and a long finish.



Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho $16.00

Paying homage to Miquel Pons who has 77 harvests under his belt is this delicious Xarel·lo. Handpicked and aged in French barrels with generous lees treatment, this is Xarel-lo like none we ever had. Gorgeous earthy acidty wrapped in creamy texture and ample oak. If you are a Cali chard drinker, prepare to have your heart broken by this Spanish seductress!



Avinyo Cava Avinyo Cava $17.00

A big favorite of Bitto’s, this lovely vintage Reserva is Spain's throwdown to Champagne. Aromas of bread dough, lemon curd, pineapple and citrus. All old vines of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. . . go on taste it. Leave over priced Champagne for the rappers, Cava is where its at!. Best Cava for the dollar ever?



Los Cantos Los Cantos $17.00

Organic and aged in oak for a full year, this Spanish red shows beautiful lilac vanilla on the nose with rich plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. From one of the region's oldest and most reputable producers. If you like CA cabs but want something a little more food friendly, this one is right up your alley.



Cal Blanca Toro 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.



Torres Floralis Torres Floralis $18.00

A great sweet wine. Floral orange blossom dominates the flavour profile. A high acidity ensures a clean finish despite the sweetness. An ideal accompaniment for desserts



La Nit de le Garnatxes Calissa La Nit de le Garnatxes Calissa $19.00

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.



Penalba Lopez Penalba Lopez $22.00

A remarkable white aged 11 months on the lees in French oak from a grape we'd never heard of and one we've never seen in Ribero. The rich buttery oak is the perfect foil for vibrant acidity and richness. Flavors of key lime, peach, apricot, toasty oak, and more. One of our favorites!



Gotes del Priorat 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!



Valdehermoso Rivera del Duero Valdehermoso Rivera del Duero $26.00

One of the best values from the Valdenz estate, this wine is comprised of vineyards planted in several soils of Roa,vines which have been pruned in the traditional manner and grafted on to old vines of the family. Aged for twelve months in French oak, the Senorio de Valdermoso is the result of great work on the vineyards and careful production techniques.





Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 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.



Raventos i Blanc Cava Brut Rose 2012 Raventos i Blanc Cava Brut Rose 2012 $29.00

A truly remarkable vintage rose cava. Delicious nose of blueberry and raspberry scones with tiny pin prick bubbles. The monastrell brings just a faint whisp of blueberry and blackberry to the traditional apple, pear and light melon flavors. Finishes so clean and light.



Alvear Solera 1927 Alvear Solera 1927 $29.00

Grown in chalky soils at over 1,000 feet are the 40 year old vines that feed this solera., The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats producing an amazing nose of figs, maple syrup, creme brulee, toasted nuts and a hint of apricot marmalade. A decadent and viscous treat.,



Alvear Asuncion Oloroso Alvear Asuncion Oloroso $29.00

Dark amber in color, this Oloroso is 100% PX and shows the shows fig, caramel, honey roasted almonds flavors. Not as sweet as you'd expect with chocolate and molasses melting away quickly in the finish. Reminds ones of delicate toasted pastries.



Lopez De Heredia Gravonia Crianza White 2006 Lopez De Heredia Gravonia Crianza White 2006 $31.00

This is why we love Spain. Where else could you have the opportunity to drink a smoking good, 10+ year old bottle of white wine and not pay an arm and a leg? Massive oak, cream and pear dominate the nose and palate with a long, fruitful finish.





Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco 1991 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco 1991 $92.00

Light gold. Explosively perfumed nose offers an array of citrus and orchard fruits, with exotic nuances of mace, chamomile and honey. Rich and deeply pitched but almost shockingly vibrant, offering spicy pear, nectarine and lemon pith flavors. Suavely blends richness and vivacity, finishing with excellent clarity and length. This should age at a snail's pace.



Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva 1994 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva 1994 $98.00

Vivacious, intense aromas of candied cherry, fennel, tobacco, allspice with a hint of vanilla. The palate brings sweet red raspberry hints with and dark black cherry flavors and hints of rose peel. The slightly tart tempranillo is still quite vibrant despite its age. As the finish fades you’re left with a whisp of smoke and dusty stone.



Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Gran Passione

    #1 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!
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #2 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 18 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #3 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    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. (behind by 2 bottles)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #4 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 5 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • 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.

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.

  • Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    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!