Featured Wines

The Prisoner
& More from The Prisoner Wine Co.

Orin Swift Prisoner 2013 The Prisoner Proprietary Red, Napa Valleyprisoner
On Sale $33.99
The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend The Prisoner is a creative blend of 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, as well as Syrah, Grenache and Charbono. This dense, full-bodied, opulent red reveals gutsy, rich, peppery, meaty, blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice notes. A savory, lusty, heady red, it begs for a grilled steak or a big, juicy hamburger. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 The Prisoner Wine Company “Blindfold” Proprietary White, California
On Sale $28.99
A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and the balance Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and a few other grapes, the 2013 Proprietary White Blindfold is close in quality to the brilliant 2012 I reviewed last year. Reminiscent of some of Sine Qua Non’s white wines from California’s Central Coast, the 2013 is more zesty, and plays it closer to the vest, but it offers lovely notes of fresh pineapple, tangerine skins, orange marmalade, melon and honeysuckle. I wish more California wineries would consider using such innovative blends as this given the high quality that can result. This beauty should be enjoyed over the next several years.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 The Prisoner Wine Co. “Thorn” Merlot, Napa Valley
On Sale $36.99
While working with our growers, we came across small vineyard lots of Merlot, which had managed to survive being replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Inspired to preserve these remaining Merlot lots and introduce our distinct style of Napa Valley Merlot, Thorn was created. The wine is a blend of Merlot, along with Syrah and Malbec. Deep purple in color, the wine releases aromas of black cherry with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Dense flavors of dark fruits and rich plum are framed by velvety tannins and an opulent, lingering finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 The Prisoner Wine Co. “Saldo” Zinfandel, California
On Sale $25.99
Saldo is the prototypical Zinfandel, produced from a blend of some of California’s most renowned Zinfandel vineyards and regions. Our select growers include historic vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Lake Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. The word “Saldo” is of Latin origin often referring to “from here and there” or in this case, representing our sourcing of Zinfandel from regions “here and there” across Northern California. This rich wine displays aromas of black fruits and baked blueberry pie with a dense concentration of flavor and smooth tannins with a peppery finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

Betz Family Wines

These are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date… and should not be missed!”
Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate on Betz Family Wines

2011 Betz Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon “Pére de Famille,” Columbia Valleybetz pere
On Sale $69.99
(blended with 9% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good bright red-ruby. Musky red berries, licorice, thyme, rosemary and pepper on the scented nose. Creamy-sweet, suave and deep but at the same time precise and youthful, offering lovely perfumed flavors of red berries, cocoa powder (from the Taransaud oak?) and anise. Very intensely flavored cabernet with terrific lift and aromatic persistence and remarkably suave, dusty tannins. Betz describes 2011 as a year with lower total polyphenols, higher acidity and lower pHs than 2010.
94 points, Stephen Tanzer

2011 Betz Family Winery Proprietary Red “Clos de Betz,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $55.99
(67% merlot, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot; aged in 65% new oak): Good bright, deep red. Redcurrant, cocoa powder and musky tobacco on the nose. Gentle and creamy in the mouth for 2011, with harmonious ripe acidity framing the sweet red berry, cherry and cocoa powder flavors. This floral merlot-based wine is supported by firm acids and tannins but comes across as quite feminine in style. Betz notes that 2011 was a very good year for merlot.
93 points, Stephen Tanzer

2012 Betz Family Winery Grenache “Besoleil,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $45.99
A Rhone-styled blend, the 2012 Besoleil is made from 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that’s aged all in neutral oak. Gorgeous on all accounts, it has fantastic density and depth, with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and classic Grenache-driven aromas and flavors of raspberry, black raspberry, pepper, herbs de Provence and flowers. Already hard to resist, it should evolve gracefully for over a decade.
94 points, The Wine Advocate

betz syrah2012 Betz Family Winery Syrah “La Serenne,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $53.99
As for the Syrah-driven wines, they do two main cuvees, one focusing on Boushey Vineyard, the La Serenne, and the other on Red Mountain, the La Cote Rousse. The 2012 Syrah La Serenne is a 100% Syrah that was aged in 50% new French oak prior to bottling. I think the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date, it boasts an incredibly inky purple color to go with notions of creme de cassis, damp earth, graphite, smoke and licorice that flow to a full-bodied, voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Despite all of the richness, it stays thrillingly focused and shows the purity and elegance of the site. Enjoy it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.
96 points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Betz Family Winery Syrah “Cote Rousse,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $53.99
More mineral-driven, with savory spices, dried earth and floral notes balanced by a rocking core of fruit, the 2012 Syrah La Cote Rousse is more backwards and reticent than the La Serenne, and will need short-term cellaring to unwind. Possessing full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, high, yet sweet tannin, and a terrific finish, this awesome Syrah will be at its best from 2017-2027.
95 points, The Wine Advocate

More from Washington:
Sleight of Hand Cellars

“Located outside of Walla Walla, Sleight of Hand continues to produce rich, concentrated wines that never lack character. His 2011s are solid… his 2012s are a step up and should be the finest vintage yet for this estate.”
Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate

2011 Sleight of Hand Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “The Illusionist,” Columbia Valleyillusionist
On Sale $49.99
A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot that comes mostly from Red Mountain, but also includes a small portion from Phinny Hill, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist saw 23 months in 56% new French oak prior to bottling. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, rich and layered, with beautiful precision and focus on the finish, it gives up classic crushed rock-like minerality, dark currant and raspberry fruit, licorice, leather and liquid smoke on the nose. It can be consumed anytime over the coming 10 to 12 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “The Illusionist,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $49.99
The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2012 The Illusionist (incorporates 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot) gives up classic Cabernet character with its green herbs, tobacco leaf and hints of meatiness being balanced out nicely by core of creme de cassis and black raspberry styled fruits. Showing more floral and violet qualities with time in the glass, this medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant, yet nicely concentrated Cabernet blend can be consumed anytime over the coming 10 to 12 years.
92-94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars “The Archimage,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $49.99
Made from 49% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, that was aged in 39% new French oak, the 2012 Archimage is a medium to full-bodied, forward, supple and already complex effort that gives up plenty of black plum, raspberry, flowers and pepper to go with an overall beautifully pure, elegant style. Another wine that will be ready to go on release, it will cruise for upward of a decade in the cellar.
92-94 Points, The Wine Advocate

Half Bottle Bordeaux Sale!

We continue to find the best deals in Bordeaux, this time with affordable half bottles, perfect for the weeknight glass of wine.

2012 Chateau La Fleur St. Georges, Lalande de Pomerol 375mL
On Sale $8.99
Possessing spicy mulberry aromas with soft blackberry throughout and a long, minty finish. This medium bodied Bordeaux is created by the De Bouard family of Chateau Angelus and produced on a plateau outside Neac.
Winemaker’s Notes

lynch bages2011 Chateau Lynch Bages, Paulliac 375mL
On Sale $57.99 Lowest price online!!
A dense, chewy wine for the vintage, with plum, currant and blackberry character. Full body, polished tannic texture and a bright finish. Very pretty indeed.
93 Points, James Suckling

2011 Chateau Du Tertre, Margaux 375mL
On Sale $18.99
Offers good flesh, with a succulent edge to the plum and cassis notes. Fine-grained sandalwood, bergamot and black tea hints run from start to finish, while an iron element lingers on the finish. Pure and racy in feel. Best from 2015 through 2025.
90 Points, Wine Spectator

2012 Chateu Du Tertre, Margaux 375mL
On Sale $18.99
Intense nose of cassis and cherries with cedar notes. Full body, silky tannins, good acidity and a long, fruity finish. A little hard now but will open with bottle age. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 11% cabernet franc and 7% petit verdot.
90 Points, James Suckling

2011 Chateau Clos Floridene Blanc,Graves 375mL
On Sale $11.99
Offers plump grapefruit peel and Meyer lemon pulp notes, with bracing verbena, gooseberry and chamomile accents. The long, pure, quinine-tinged finish leaves a mouth-watering feel.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

New Portuguese Wines!

We have EXCELLENT Portuguese wines on sale, including Vinho Verdes just in time for the spring weather. Come taste a few from the list below this Friday, including one Vinho Verde. Look for the tasting lineup in our next email!

2013 Esporao “Alandra” White Douro, Portugalalandra
On Sale $6.99
Despite its entry-level status, it is sourced from vines with an average age of 17 years. This is the type of summer white that you can chill, you don’t have to wait for it to come around and you can just knock it back. The fruit is tasty and it has a fresh, invigorating feel that should make it a big hit at picnics, especially given its hard-to-believe price.
The Wine Advocate

2013 Esporao “Alandra” Red Douro, Portugal
On Sale $6.99
Offers sweet cherry and red plum fruit up front, accented by notes of graphite and dried sage. Crisp finish. Drink now.
Wine Spectator

2012 Girofle Tinto Douro, Portugal
On Sale $13.99
40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, & 30% Tinta Barroca. Aromas of red fruits, spices and cassis in harmony with the acidity and tannins make this blend a wines to accompany traditional food or simply for sharing among friends.
Winemaker’s Notes

Assobio2012 Assobio Tinto Douro, Portugal
On Sale $14.99
Deep ruby with violet edges. erfumed and spicy with notes of blueberries. Round and full bodied palate with youthful fruit and integrated tannins. Finishes with good balancing acidity.
Winemaker’s Notes
Previous vintage scored 94 Points!!

2010 Quinta dos Murcas Reserva Douro
On Sale $39.99
Dense, dark red, violet edges. Fresh fruits, some black currant, smokey notes. Elegant style, very well balanced and polished. Ripe fruits and toast, nice complexity. Structured, finishing with good length.
Winemaker’s Notes

Vinho Verde Sale

A signature white wine style of Portugal, Vinho Verde literally means “green wine,” and is meant to be consumed within a year of bottling. It is very fresh due to natural acidity, and made from local grape varieties Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso, and Azal. A perfect wine for spring!

2014 Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugalbroadbent
On Sale $8.99
This zesty white shows blood orange and fresh peach flavors. Light and spicy on the finish. Drink now.
Wine Spectator

2014 Alianca Vinho Verde, Portugal
On Sale $8.99
Soft, fruity and off dry, this is a typically fresh and light-hearted Vinho Verde. Attractive apple and lemon flavors shine through the lightly prickly texture. Drink immediately.
Wine Enthusiast

New $14 Macon Chardonnay

We are losing our number #1 selling White Burgundy for at least a few months, but don’t worry, we have another in its place, and some other favorites to get you through the summer!

2012 Nicolas Potel Macon Villages Burgundypotel
On Sale $13.99
The Merch has ALWAYS found great values in white Burgundy. Here is another winner, this one from esteemed producer Nicolas Potel. Classic mineral, crisp, melon flavors are result of no oak aging.
Merch Notes

2013 Albert Bichot Macon-Villages, Burgundy
On Sale $10.99
This Mâcon Villages has a lovely pale straw yellow robe. The nose exhales beautiful acacia and honeysuckle floral notes on a slightly mineral background. The mouth is lively, fruity and floral with a refreshing finale.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Cave de Lugny Macon “La Cote Blanche” Burgundy
On Sale $10.99
A fresh, apple-flavored white, with a hint of grapefruit. This is balanced and lingers on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported.
88 Points, The Wine Spectator

Last Call Syrah from Cornas!!!

Last call on this AWESOME Closeout Syrah from Cornas. We are $10 cheaper than anyone in the country!

2013 Johann Michel “Cuveé Grain Noir” Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodianninesmichel grain
On Sale $19.99 Lowest price online is $29.99!
Very dark color, this wine is very juicy and fruity in style. The tannins are soft and quite integrated. It displays aromas of black fruits, and a very pleasant truffle and spicy finish. All grapes come from Cornas.
Importer’s Notes

Chateau Gloria
LOWEST PRICES ONLINE!!!

Called “The poor man’s Mouton” by Bordeaux aficionados, Chateau Gloria is arguably the most famous unclassified estate from this world famous region. And with the lowest prices in the country, you can save money and still drink one of the great values in claret. Quantities limited!

2012 Chateau Gloria St. Julien, Bordeauxgloria
On Sale $33.99 Lowest price online!
Another winner from this estate, which has been on a hot streak over recent vintages, the 2012 Gloria is unquestionably of classified growth quality. It offers a dark ruby/purple color, attractive, elegant, herbaceously-tinged black currant fruit, soft tannins, a satisfying, fleshy mouthfeel, a good mid-palate and ripe tannin in the finish. I would not be surprised to see it evolve for 10-12+ years.
The Wine Advocate

2011 Chateau Gloria St. Julien, Bordeaux
On sale $35.99 Lowest price online!
An excellent effort, the 2011 Gloria continues the success this well-known property has enjoyed over the last several decades. A delicious concoction of red and black fruits, spice box, and earth as well as a silky textured, medium-bodied style emerge from this is an undeniable sleeper of the vintage. The round tannins, delicious fruit and forward character suggest it should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
The Wine Advocate

Super Tuscan Sale

Monte Antico We have the new vintage of a long-time favorite everyday red, the Monte Antico blend from Tuscany. If you liked the 2009, you’ll LOVE the 2010. And see below for more great Super Tuscans on sale!

Monte Antico

This Tuscan is SUPER!

2010 Monte Antico Rosso, Toscano
On Sale $10.99
Also available in MAGNUMS for $19.99!!
A red with lots of ripe plum, terracotta and chocolate character. Full to medium body, soft tannins and a juicy finish. Amazing quality for the money. Made from sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Delicious now.
91 Points, James Suckling

2012 Argiano Non Confunditur, IGT Toscana
On Sale$16.99
The 2012 Non Confunditur (“NC” is written on the front label) is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 20% Sangiovese. The wine takes an easy approach with nice freshness, bright fruit flavors and sweet lines at the back.
The Wine Advocate

2011 Isole e Olena “Cepparello,” Tuscany
On Sale $62.99
Aromas of currant, bark and orange peel. Nutmeg powder. Full body and chewy tannins. Savory, with balsamic and nuts. I love the juicy, decadent character to this. Drink or hold.
95 Points, James Suckling
94+ Points, Antonio Galloni

pergole2011 Montevertine Sangiovese “Le Pergole Torte” Vino de Tavola
On Sale $110.99
A vivid, beautiful wine, the 2011 Pergole Torte is superb. Warm, early-maturing harvests often attenuate the differences between sites, but not here. The old vines weathered the heat better, resulting in a wine that is very much in line with the past, but with more body, amplitude and resonance. Rose petals, bright red stone fruits and mint are some of the many notes that grace the super-expressive finish. The 2011 spent one year in French oak barrels and a second year in cask.
97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Billiot Grower Champagnes

Looking for fancier bubbles? Try these grower champagnes from Terry Theise, some of best true champagne values on the market!

Billiot

Because Champagne is delicious!

Henri Billiot Brut Réserve NV, Grand Cru
On Sale $52.99
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Billiot’s holdings in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay are spread over 18 different mid-slope parcels, which is considered the best. Billiot wines never undergo malolatic fermentation which is rare in Champagne and the wines are fermented in enameled stainless steel tanks. These wines are always powerfully fruit expressive but never lacking in minerality. Disgorged in January 2013.
Terry Theise
93 Points, The Wine Spectator

Henri Billiot Rosé Brut NV, Grand Cru
On Sale $59.99
100% Grand Cru grapes, 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and blended with somr still red wine (Pinot Noir). Fermented in stainless steel tanks, never undergoes malo-lactic fermentation, and is never filtered. Disgorged in Jan. 2013. “I promise you, no finer fruit is possible from pink Champagne; lacy length, sheer loveliness but anchored by superb grip and solidity.” Terry Theise
91 Points, The Wine Advocate
92 Points, The Wine Spectator
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer

$40 Pinot for $14!

floral cuvee

Who Made It?

We just received a Pinot Noir made with leftover juice from a wine that sells for $40! After of the HUGE 2013 harvest, one of Sonoma’s favorite producers took some of the fruit from their younger vines, normally reserved for their $40 selection, and they produced a value line with its own label. This is the exact same juice they use for their $40 Pinot. Who are we talking about? We can’t say.

2013 Tierra Y Mar Pinot Noir “Floral Cuvée” Sonoma County, CA
On sale $13.99
Derived from multiple sites and terroirs, this wine shows purity and varietal complexity. Medium bodied with soft tannins, it has notes of black cherry, ripe raspberry, and cassis.
Winery Notes

Siduri Single Vineyard California Pinot Noirs

SiduriSiduri is famous for its over 20 single vineyard Pinot Noirs, each with nuance and character from a particular growing site. Proprietors Adam and Diane Lee source grapes from top vineyards all over Oregon and California. This series represents 5 different vineyards in California, all from the fabulous 2013 vintage.

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard, Santa BarbaraSiduri-logo-color
On Sale $45.99 NEXT LOWEST PRICE ONLINE IS $54.99!
A vineyard that always seems to deliver, the 2013 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a beautiful looking barrel sample that has fabulous, spice-driven aromatics, medium-bodied depth and richness, and perfect integration of its fruit, acidity and tannin. One of the more chiseled and focused 2013s from Adam, it will drink nicely on release, yet have just under a decade of overall longevity.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
On Sale $45.99 NEXT LOWEST PRICE ONLINE IS $51.99!
Always one of the more structured Pinot Noirs in the lineup, the 2013 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is still youthful and unformed, yet has beautiful richness and depth in its cassis, black cherry and sappy underbrush-like aromas and flavors. There’s good structure here, but it has the fruit to drink nicely on release, yet should also evolve nicely for just under a decade.
91-94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
On Sale $57.99 Second Lowest Price in the Country!
A ripe, fleshy and textured effort, the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard offers up plenty of black raspberry, toasted spice and violets in its rich, medium to full-bodied style. Possessing sweet tannin and low acidity, it can be consumed anytime over the coming 5-7 years.
90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate

siduri cargasacchi2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
On Sale $45.99
Bright ruby. Highly perfumed raspberry, redcurrant and Asian spice scents show very good clarity and a sexy floral overtone. Concentrated red berry flavors stain the palate, becoming livelier and spicier with air. Finishes sweet, focused and long, with fine-grained, building tannins and a lingering floral pastille quality.
92 Points, Stephen Tanzer

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
On Sale $39.99
The 2013 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard presents a distinct profile of game, smoke, licorice, tobacco and dark red stone fruits. As always, the flavor profile in this Westside Road site is wild and animalistic, yet there is plenty of intensity and power. Drink this juicy, virile Russian River Pinot over the next few years.
89 Points, Stephen Tanzer