Featured Wines

Franciscan Cabernet Sale

We have a great price on the new vintage of a California favorite, Franciscan Cabernet. Reservefranciscan yours today!

2012 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA
On Sale $19.99
985% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, & 1% Cabernet Franc) Deep garnet in color. Dark cherry, clove, blackberry, and violets open up in the glass, followed by traces of tobacco. Hints of vanilla and cocoa dust add complexity to the rich aroma. Smooth entry, with lively ripe, fresh berries followed by vanilla and cocoa flavors that fill the palate. Smooth and textural, with generous body and supple tannins. Very well balanced. The finish evokes dark cherry and sage, with hints of allspice and vanilla that linger seamlessly.
Winemaker’s Notes

2000 Bordeaux/ New French Wine

We sold out of our tasting wines so quickly, we’ve decided to bring you another special treat instead! Taste a wine from one of Bordeaux’s greatest vintages, 2000. This is the second label of the famous Chateau Gruaud Larose, Sarget de Gruaud Larose from St. Julien! We have only ONE BOTTLE for tasting on Saturday, so come early! You can’t beat the price for a 15 year old wine. Keep in mind, this wine was reviewed upon release in 2003. It’s now had 12 more years of bottle age and we’re giving you the chance to see how it’s evolved!

sarget2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose St. Julien, France
On Sale $47.99
This château made a classic grand vin and the second wine is outstanding. Very rich and plummy on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. Serious concentration here.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

2011 Chateau Croix-Mouton Bordeaux Superieur, France
On Sale $17.99
Ripe, slightly extracted in feel with a taut plum skin edge running from start to finish, along with crushed cherry and blackberry fruit. A good tobacco note wafts through the finish.
87-90 Points, Wine Spectator

2011 Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, France
On Sale $16.99
Chocolate, with an earthy quality. Full-bodied with black fruits- dense, masculine, and deep. Pairs well with Roasts, chops and rich cassoulet.
Importer’s Notes

2013 Dupeuble Beaujolais AOC
On Sale $13.99
“Vivid purple. High-pitched boysenberry and floral scents, along with hints of white pepper and pungent herbs. Tangy and precise, offering good lift to its bitter cherry and blue fruit flavors. Shows good clarity and bite on the finish, which is firmed by silky, slow-building tannins.”
90 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

2012 Herve Azo Saint Bris (Sauvignon Blanc) Burgundy, Franceazo
On sale $15.99
Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy? Yes, from the only appellation in Burgundy allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has the style, but NOT the price, of a good Sancerre. Made in the village of Saint Bris just southwest of Chablis, it doesn’t have the grassiness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and is far less expensive than similar quality Sauvignon Blancs from California.
Merch Notes

2013 Chartron & Trebuchet Macon Villages (Chardonnay), Burgundy, France
On Sale $16.99
This is a great new vintage of one of our long-time favorite White Burgundies, and it’s even better than the 2012! Despite being just released, the wine has a surprising richness, while maintaining the crisp minerality of a good Macon. Great melon-apple roundness, ripe fruit character, and supple texture.
Merch Notes

French Wine Sale!

We just got the new vintage of our favorite Côtes du Rhône for the money, Chateau St. Jean. And some of our other rare French gems are back in stock. Taste them all (plus three other wines) Saturday from 12-4 at the bar!

2013 Chateau Saint Jean Plan de Dieu Côtes-du-Rhône, FranceSt. Jean CdR
On Sale $13.99
This delicious blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah comes from vines averaging 35 years of age. It has all the classic Rhone flavors of spice and dark fruit, but drinks well above its price.
Merch Notes

2011 Domaine de Petit Roubie “Faucon” Cabernet/Syrah Cuvée Prestige Pays d’Herault, France
On Sale $10.99
This 60% Cabernet/40% Syrah blend is from Herault, and made in the style of the same great blends from Provence. This is the perfect wine for stakes on the grill with big ripe black fruit flavors and balanced tannins.
Merch Notes

2012 Herve Azo Saint Bris (Sauvignon Blanc) Burgundy, France
On sale $15.99
Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy? Yes, from the only appellation in Burgundy allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has the style, but NOT the price, of a good Sancerre. Made in the village of Saint Bris just southwest of Chablis, it doesn’t have the grassiness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and is far less expensive than similar quality Sauvignon Blancs from California.
Merch Notes

$40 Pinot for $14!
Taste it Friday!

We just received a Pinot Noir made with leftover juice from a wine that sells for $40! After of the floral cuveeHUGE 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. But we can let you sample it this Friday from 5-7 at the bar!

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

New California Rosés!

We have our first arrivals of California rosés, including two of the best year in and year out. Spring is here!

2014 Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coastred car rose
On Sale $16.99
The Red Car Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir was harvested at a cool 21 brix and immediately whole cluster pressed, our dry and aromatic Rose is a true vin gris, fermented like a white wine without skin or seed contact. In 2014, the wine is bone dry, and driven by acid at 12.7% alcohol. Flavors and aromas of white peach, wild strawberry, and rose petals.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Ojai Vineyard Rosé, California
On Sale $18.99
A blend of 64% Syrah, 26% Grenache, and 10% Viognier, this Rhone blend rosé has lovely floral aromatics, flavors of strawberry, plum, and a dry, earthy finish. Made in the traditional French style, with limited skin contact and no pressing.
Merch Notes

2014 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare, Central Coast
On Sale $13.99
A blend of 8 grapes! The fragrance is discreet and above all, elegant and draws one to the wine rather than mounts a frontal assault on one’s sensorium. On the palate, the wine has a sleek, salty, savory, mouth-watering aspect and a refreshing acidity. There is a wonderful persistent finish, making this one of the most food-friendly wines conceivable.
Winemaker’s Notes

90pt. Half Bottle Sale

Don’t need a whole bottle? This delicious small format red is made in the same region as the famous Brunello di Montalcino, and it’s on sale for a great price!

potazzine2010 Le Potazzine Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino 375ml (half bottle)
On Sale $14.99 Normally $18.99
The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino is striking in this vintage. Clean veins of minerality support an expressive core of vibrant dark cherries, violets, licorice, and spices. This is a fabulous Rosso from Potazzine imbued with notable character and sheer personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

92pt. Spanish Wines

We just received another shipment of one our best selling Spanish wines ever, and we still have an awesome closeout from Ribera Del Duero. Taste both Friday night!

2011 Vinessens Sein Monastrell-Syrah, Alicante, Spainsein
On Sale $13.99
The 2011 Sein is an energetic blend of 60% old Monastrell and 40% young Syrah aged for 12 months in barrel. The color is dark cherry, with clean aromas of tobacco, dark fruits and some tree-bark. The palate combines the roundness of the old Monastrell and the freshness of the young Syrah, and comes through as quite drinkable and pleasurable. Some tannins need to be polished with a little bit of time in bottle. 45,000 bottles were made. This is very good value wine. Drink 2014-2016.
92 points, The Wine Advocate

We also have this closeout!

2010 Tamaral Tempranillo Crianza Ribera del Duero, Spain
On Sale $21.99 Lowest price online!
Blackberry, cranberry, coffee, toast and herbal notes mingle in this vibrant red. Light, firm tannins and fresh, racy acidity impart balance and drive. Not a big wine, but has focus and depth. Drink now through 2020.
92 Points, The Wine Spectator

First 2014 Rosé!

We’ve got our first 2014 rosé in stock now! It comes from the Caves d’Esclan in France’s most whisperingfamous rosé region, Provence! The wine is named after a 19th century Provençal chapel. Stay tuned to future emails for LOTS more dry rosés from France and other regions!

2014 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Provence, France
On Sale $19.99
The 2014 Whispering Angel is a beautiful peachy pink or light salmon color. The nose is fresh with pure, sweet notes of raspberry and strawberry. The wine is completely dry with a slight glycerol roundness married to a serious acid backbone. Those same pure fruit aromas are mirrored on the palate. The wine is fresh and bright; it’s expansive on the mid-palate, and has long, clean, fresh finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

Bobby Kacher Sale

Check out this lineup of new vintage favorites from Bobby Kacher! All wines in stock and on sale now!

pouy2013 Domaine de Pouy, Cotes de Gascogne, France
On Sale $8.99
This has been a Merch bestseller for over 20 years, and the new vintage is fabulous! As always, the wine is super aromatic, light-bodied, and dry with great acidity and a fresh, clean finish. The ultimate guzzler!
Merch Notes

2013 Domaine Corbilliéres Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine (Loire)
On Sale $14.99
Delicate with lovely floral aroma, this wine is rich and fruity, well balanced and give a lasting freshness to the palate. Zesty lemon-lime flavors.
Importer’s Notes

2013 Andre Brunel Grenache, VDP Vaucluse
On Sale $10.99
In the glass this wine is grapy and easy drinking with very primary notes of cherry and blackberry along side of cracked black pepper. Perfumed black raspberry, fennel, and wild herbs jump out from the glass.
Importer’s Notes

2012 Andre Brunel Cuvee Sabrine, Cotes du Rhone Villagessabrine
On Sale $15.99
This wine displays notes of black cherry, minerality, licorice, and wild herbs. Earthy and rich, it is a full-bodied fleshy wine fashioned in a supple open style.
Importer’s Notes

2010 Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone Villages “Cairanne,” France
On Sale $14.99
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. A wine with distinctive earthiness and spice, complimented by red and blue fruits. Medium-bodied.
Importer’s Notes

Cakebread Sale

Cakebread CellarsWe’ve got a great lineup from one of California’s most popular wineries, Cakebread Cellars! Reserve yours today!

2012 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valleycakebread
On Sale $66.99
Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts alluring, complex aromas of dense dark cherry, boysenberry and blackcurrant fruit supplemented by enticing toasted oak and dark chocolate scents. Rich and lush on the palate with deeply concentrated cassis, blackberry and black fig flavors, the wine culminates in a remarkably long finish showcasing ripe fruit, dark chocolate and wood spice tones framed by finely grained tannins. Seductive now for its luscious fruit, this classic Napa Valley cabernet will evolve beautifully in bottle over the next 7-10 years.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Cakebread Pinot Noir “Two Creeks Vineyard,” Anderson Valley
On Sale $42.99
The 2012 Cakebread Cellars Two Creeks Pinot Noir boasts fragrant red and black cherry, red raspberry, strawberry and rose petal aromas. It has a smooth, mouth-coating texture, velvety tannins and delightfully silky red raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavors that take on a spicy tone in the long, juicy finish. Delicious now, it will age well in bottle for at least five years.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Cakebread Chardonnay, Napa Valley
On Sale $36.99
Our 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay boasts fresh, fragrant, apple, melon and pear aromas with a hint of oak spice. Rich and mouthfilling on the palate, its smooth, beautifully balanced, yellow apple, nectarine and honeydew melon flavors segue into a long, succulent finish enhanced by refreshing mineral and spicy oak tones. Released soon after bottling, our Napa Valley Chardonnay hits its stride after 6-8 months in the bottle and rewards 5-7 years of aging.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
On Sale $25.99
Because of the stability of our grape sources and constancy of our winemaking regimen, our sauvignon blanc displays a consistent style from year to year. The 2013 vintage boasts characteristically fresh, pure and complex white grapefruit, guava, green apple, honeydew melon and mineral aromas. It’s concentrated; guava, gooseberry and melon flavors persist into a long, lively finish boasting bright citrus, light spice and mouthwatering mineral tones. Enjoy this beauty over the next 3-5 years with your favorite salad, seafood, poultry and veggie dishes.
Winemaker’s Notes