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Rombauer Sale

2013 Rombauer Chardonnay, Carnerosrombauer chard
Quantities Limited! All chardonnay orders subject to confirmation.
On Sale $32.99
Juicy peaches, pineapple and lime greet the nose, followed by vanilla and cedar. Ripe tropical fruit and fig jam flood the lush, silky palate. Soft spice, vanilla and nectarines mark the lengthy finish, while fresh, mouthwatering acidity leaves you longing for another glass.
Winemaker’s Notes

A great wine for spring grilling!!
2013 Rombauer Zinfandel, Napa Valley
On Sale $25.99
A stunning example of the vintage. Ruby red color coats the glass. Slightly floral with a punch of concentrated plum, dark berry fruit and orange peel. Dense and rich, an unforgettable saturation of voluptuous, jammy flavors fold together. Sweet layers of black fruit build depth on the back palate. Finishing with nuances of vanilla and boysenberry jam that encourage another taste. Enjoy now through 2018.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
On Sale $42.99
The near-perfect 2012 vintage blessed us with a long, warm growing season without temperature extremes. The result was high-quality fruit that made for soft, rich wines with well-developed flavors. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyards.
Winemaker’s Notes

2011 Rombauer Merlot, Carneros
On Sale $27.99
An opaque, crimson color coats the glass. Vibrant and concentrated aromas of tobacco and cedar intertwine with plum and boysenberry. Medium to full bodied, the wine shows elegance and structure as it spreads across the palate. Subtle tannins round out the texture. Clean finish with hints of red berry fruit.
Winemaker’s Notes

Inventory Reduction Sale!morlet princesse

We’re getting ready for the big move with an inventory reduction sale! We have a big table covered with odds and ends, lots of single bottles and closeouts…basically all the bottles we don’t want to move. We’ve discounted them to rock-bottom prices to get them out of here! Make sure to shop the table on your next visit!

$16 Caymus Conundrums

Conundrum White These everyday drinkers come to us from the same people that make Caymus Cabernet in Napa. They’re made with a mystery blend of grapes (they never tell what’s in there!!). Get ‘em while they’re on sale at this GREAT price!

2012 Conundrum Red, CaliforniaConundrum
On Sale $15.99
Almost floral, with tones of lavender, dried berries, baking chocolate, bacon bits. Aromas are rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing. Silky round entry with acid to balance and high fruit concentration. The nose leaves no doubt about the seriousness of this wine. The palate is fruit driven both before and after the high tannin middle core. The finish is long, not drying of tannin, and beckons a second sip.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Conundrum White, California
On Sale $15.99
From the second you pour the first glass, you are invited in with intriguing aromas of green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle blossoms. The taste is best described as exotic; with layers of peach, apricot nectar, green melon and pear, overlaid with subtle notes of citrus zest and spicy vanilla. A rich, round mouth-feel supported by fresh acidity, brings the complexity of this wine into balance.
Winemaker’s Notes

E. Guigal/M. Chapoutier Rhone Sale

It’s hard to beat great southern Rhone wines this time of year, in both taste and value. Both whites and reds are perfect for outdoor activities. Come taste a few Friday night at the bar. Look for the lineup in our next email!

E. Guigal Selections:

“The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley, including their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône white and red.”
The Wine Advocate

guigal cdr2011 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge
On Sale $13.99
The value-priced 2011 Cotes du Rhone (49% Syrah, 46% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre aged 24 months in foudre) over-delivers and exhibits textbook black cherry, smoked earth, olive, underbrush and licorice, as well as a clean, balanced, medium to full-bodied profile on the palate. Rock solid in the vintage and surpassing any number of more expensive releases
The Wine Advocate

2013 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc
On Sale $13.99
A great vintage for whites, the 2013 Cotes du Rhone Blanc (mostly Viognier) has outstanding notes of white peach and tangerine to go with an elegant, seamless style on the palate. It’s a smoking value to drink over the coming 1-2 years.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

M. Chapoutier Selections:

“Don’t miss the value priced wines from Chapoutier; they sell for a song and always deliver value.”
The Wine Advocate

2013 M. Chapoutier “La Ciboise” Rouge, Luberonciboise
On Sale $11.99
The 2013 La Ciboise Cote de Luberon is a superb value that does everything right. Peppery and fruity, with medium+-bodied richness and depth, it has beautiful ripeness and a forward, delicious character that’s ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years.
The WIne Advocate

2014 M. Chapoutier “La Ciboise” Blanc, Luberon
On Sale $11.99
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Rousanne, all from sustainable vineyards, this wine features the aroma of white blossom, lemon and exotic fruit. The fresh flavors and round texture are perfectly balanced, with a long finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

American Chardonnay Sale

It’s a great time of year to enjoy rich white wines, and we’ve got a slew of yummy options from the homeland on sale for under 20 bucks! Grab some today.

2014 Butter Chardonnay, Californiabutter
On Sale $15.99
[Made by the former winemaker of Rombauer!] A terrific value in Chardonnay… a touch of wood and 100% malolactic, it exhibits lots of pineapple and honeyed citrus notes…fruity, zesty and pure.
Robert Parker, Jr.

2012 Chandler Hill “Special Selection” Chardonnay
On Sale $16.99
This wine was bottled specially for The Merch by our friends at Chandler Hill Winery. Made of all California fruit, the wine is a classic, balanced Chardonnay with a lot of ripe fruit notes, a rich, creamy texture, and not too much of anything. Buy local while still getting the best!
Merch Notes

2012 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley
On Sale $19.99
The 2012 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic, old style California Chardonnay that sees little new oak (about 15% new French is utilized). Lots of pear, lemon oil and citrus notes emerge from this crisp, medium-bodied, fresh, lively Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.
89 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Silver Peak Chardonnay, Sonoma County
On Sale $11.99
Expansive nose, rounded citrus, pineapple and mango flavors. Creamy mouthfeel and ripe tree fruits with a bit of oak to round it out.
Winemaker’s Notes

la crema2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
On Sale $16.99
This wine opens with layered aromas of vanilla, yellow plum, fresh peach blossom and ripe citrus. On the palate are flavors of locally grown Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and shortbread. The end result is a broad, juicy, and beautifully balanced mouthfeel.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, California
On Sale $10.99
This is a tasty and accessibly priced Chardonnay. It packs in lots of fruit flavor, vibrant acidity, rich texture and layers of oaky spice while showing a rare sense of seamlessness. Very Californian.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Closeout Italian White

We are just BONKERS for Italian whites these days, and with the coming weather, there is no better time to check out the Mother Land’s plethora of non-Pinot Grigio whites.

2013 Sasso dei Lupi Trebbiano, Umbria CLOSEOUT!sasso
On Sale $7.99 lowest price online!
A grape which has always been grown in our region it has a straw-yellow colour with green hues. Its bouquet is refined with floral aromas and pleasant notes of white fruit. Its flavour is of medium structure and pleasantly fresh.
Winemaker’s Notes

Also on sale!

2014 Badia di Morrona Vermentino “Felcaio” Toscana
On Sale $15.99
A straw yellow with greenish highlights of good intensity, the wine is fresh and elegant in aroma with floral and citric notes. The flavors are soft and attractively crisp, perceptibly savory.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Tenuta Adolfo Spada Greco “Gallicius” Campania (from Peter Weygandt)
On Sale $14.99
Tart peach and flowers blossom from the glass with this classic Greek variety in Southern Italy. 100% stainless steel fermentation preserves this bright fruit character. A hint of fresh green herb rounds out the finish.
Merch Notes

Mark West Pinot Noir
And more great values!

This is one of the craziest values in Pinot Noir we’ve found! It’s definitely on the lighter side, making it a good choice for a warmer weather red. And check out two of our other favorite $9 values from Italy!

2013 Mark West Pinot Noir, CAmark west pinot
On Sale $8.99
A pleasing mix of black cherry, cola, strawberry, plum, and soft tannins. Pairs well with a juicy cheeseburger or grilled salmon.
Winemaker’s Notes

Other great values!

2013 Fantini Farnese Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
On Sale $8.99
Ruby red with garnet reflections, the bouquet is fruity and quite persistent, reminiscent of red fruits, marasca cherries and plums with vanilla nuances; full-bodied, with good balance and firm tannins, flavorful and long on the palate, immediately appealing and versatile.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Fantini Farnese Sangiovese IGT (Abruzzo)
On Sale $8.99
Garnet color, fruity bouquet of strawberries and black cherries with vinous notes and hints of wood, quite intense and persistent; medium-bodied, with firm tannins and good balance, immediate appeal.
Winemaker’s Notes

Malbec Sale

Malbec was born in France and is now the signature red wine grape of Argentina, where the climate is perfect for its development. Malbec is a thin-skinned black grape, with lots of deep fruit flavor and nice, rich tannins. Altos Las Hormigas is named after several relentless ant colonies that inhabited the vineyard sites when the winery was founded.

2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec “Terroir,” Mendozahormigas
On Sale $13.99
The 2012 Malbec Terroir is produced from fruit sourced from different calcareous vineyards within the Uco Valley, I see a jump in freshness, despite the warmer vintage. The fruit is redder, with notes of cherries and hints of curry and other spices, very fluid and fresh. Great value and great Malbec. Drink now-2017.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Altos Las Hormigas Clasico, Mendoza
On Sale $10.99
Bright medium red. Slightly reduced aromas of blackberry, strawberry, mocha and smoked meat, plus a hint of violet. Supple, soft and sweet, with a continuing note of reduction but also good intensity to its flavors of black fruits and licorice. A strong vintage for this entry-level bottling. Finishes with smooth tannins and hints of chocolate and licorice.
88 Points, Stephen Tanzer

2013 Tamari Reserva Malbec, Mendoza
On Sale $7.99
Intense, deep red color with violet hues. Profile of ripe fruit, such as plums, black cherries, and small floral notes. Good balance of oak, highlighting vanilla and chocolate. The palate is intense, with a long finish with lingering notes of fruit. This wine has sweet tannins, a good balance of tannic structure and beautiful acidity.
Importer’ s Notes

2013 Felino Malbec, Mendoza
On $15.99
Extremely dark fruit on then nose with blackberries and wet earth. Full body, with a solid core of fruit and a mineral, blue slate and blueberry aftertaste. Black pepper and spice finish. So much wonderful wine for the money. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling

Louis Jadot Burgundies

jadotLouis Jadot has released well over 150 vintages in Burgundy, now producing over 100 different wines from estate and rented vineyards. With such a variety of vineyards represented, it is often said that Jadot’s releases mirror the overall quality of a Burgundy vintage. 2013 was a challenging year, during which hailstorms and a late start to the heat cut yields in half. Small yields aside, many winemakers did great things in this vintage, including Louis Jadot’s Frederic Barnier.

2013 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages, Burgundy
On Sale $12.99
The 2013 Mâcon Villages from Louis Jadot has a well-defined and quite minerally bouquet that opens with confidence in the glass. The palate is well-balanced with a fine line of acidity cutting through the ripe citrus fruit interlaced with orange zest and a touch of apricot. It finishes with style and panache – a very fine Mâcon Villages that will surely satisfy a vast number of palates.
88 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy
On Sale $20.99
This rich, wood-fermented and aged wine is very ripe, aromatic and smoothly textured. The terroir reveals itself in a mineral edge from the chalk soil that also comes into play in the tight acidity. Full in the mouth, it’s ready to drink now, but will be better from 2016.
89 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

2013 Louis Jadot Beaujolais, Burgundy
On Sale $9.99
Brilliant red. Smoke- and mineral-tinged red fruits on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Lithe and refreshingly brisk, with a peppery nuance adding back-end bite. Silky tannins give shape to the finish, which leaves a jammy raspberry note behind.
88 Points, The Wine Advocate

Zinfandel Sale!

Grillin’ season is here, and we think there’s almost no better pairing for smoky, saucy meats than zinfandel.

elyse morisoli2012 Elyse Zinfandel “Morisoli Vineyard” Rutherford, Napa Valley
On Sale $29.99 Lowest price online!
Briary raspberry and rose petal aromas lead to flavors that start off bright, but take on appealing power and depth as this opens. Notes of blackberry, anise and smoky pepper show on the finish, with big but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2022.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

 

2012 Barrel 27 Zinfandel Pound for Pound, Paso Robles
On Sale $29.99
The most up front and ready to go in the lineup, the 2012 Pound for Pound is 100% Zinfandel and saw 16 months in 40% new French. A medium to full-bodied, textured, layered and downright delicious effort, it offers up plenty of blackberry jam, underbrush, spice and hints of leather in its clean, nicely balanced personality. It’s a rock-solid effort to drink over the coming 3-5 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Green & Red Zinfandel Chiles Mill Vineyard, Napa Valley
On Sale $23.99
Sleek and balanced, with black cherry and toasty spice aromas leading to layered flavors of raspberry, cinnamon and anise. Drink now through 2021. 1,200 cases made.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

2013 Orin Swift Zinfandel “Saldo,” Californiasaldo
On Sale $25.99
Jammy and loaded with toasty oak, with aromas of dark cherry, caramel and cracked pepper leading to zesty flavors of dried sage, espresso and licorice. A bit tannic on the finish.
90 Points The Wine Spectator

Martinelli Zins still on sale:

2012 Martinelli Zinfandel “Guiseppe & Luisa,” Russian River Valleymartinelli zin
On Sale $51.99 Lowest price online!
The 2012 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (503 cases; 17.3% alcohol) is made from the Jackass Hill clone of Zinfandel. This used to be the vineyard where the Martinellis made one of the two or three finest dry Gewurztraminers in Northern California. However, it’s planted with Zinfandel now, and we should be thankful for that. This deep plum/ruby-hued 2012 boasts fabulous fruit along with notes of jammy kirsch liqueur intertwined with licorice, sandalwood, Provençal herbs, pepper and that smoked meat/barbecue complexity. Full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should drink beautifully for 8-10 years, but will keep a lot longer since the alcohol will stabilize it for many years.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Martinelli Zinfandel Martinelli Road , Russian River Valley
On Sale $52.99
The Martinelli Road Zinfandel has aromas of raspberry and tobacco, with hints of spring flowers. The palate is medium-full weight with flavors of plum, cassis, and juicy blackberry with clove spice and firm tannins.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Martinelli Zinfandel Vignetto di Evo, Sonoma
On Sale $36.99 Lowest price online!
The 2012 “Vigneto di Evo” Zinfandel has vibrant aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and strawberry. The palate is fairly firm on entry with bright red cherry, notes of nectarine skin and spicy plum on the finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

Talbott Vineyards Pinot Noir Sale!

“The Kali Hart releases are serious values that should not be missed!”
The Wine Advocate

kali hart

2012 Talbott Pinot Noir “Kali Hart” Santa Lucia Highlands
On Sale $15.99
Bright red. Spicy redcurrant and strawberry on the nose and in the mouth. Light-bodied and refreshingly bitter, with good clarity and a subtle touch of jamminess.
Vinous Media

Also on Sale from Talbott:

2012 Talbott Chardonnay “Sleepy Hollow” Santa Lucia Highlands
On Sale $29.99
(30% new French oak): Pale gold. Poached pear, Meyer lemon, buttered toast and white flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth, open-knit orchard fruit and orange flavors stain the palate, picking up a smoky nuance with aeration. Shows excellent clarity and punch on the mineral-tinged finish, which leaves suave floral and citrus fruit notes behind.
92 Points, Vinous Media

2012 Talbott Pinot Noir “Sleepy Hollow” Santa Lucia Highlands
On Sale $29.99
(30% new French oak): Brilliant ruby-red. Ripe cherry and black raspberry on the fragrant, smoke-tinged nose. Sappy and expansive, offering gently sweet dark berry flavors that are sharpened by peppery spice and orange pith nuances. Shows good energy and a seamless character on the gently tannic finish, which clings with very good tenacity and subtle spiciness.
90 Points, Vinous Media

White Bordeaux Sale
& More Sauvignon Blancs on Sale!

We have Sauvignon Blancs from around the world on sale for the spring barbecue season from Bordeaux, France.

2013 Thierry Lurton Blanc de Camarsac (Sauvignon Blanc), Bordeaux
On Sale $10.99
Blanc de Camarsac is a thoroughly modern styled white Bordeaux. Predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, Blanc de Camarsacis fermented in stainless steel to preserve bright fruit aromas and flavors.
Winemaker’s Notes

Other Sauvignon Blancs on sale:

Our #1 selling NZ Sauvignon Blanc!
2014 The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand
On Sale $12.99
A concentrated, deep super-ripe gooseberry core with apricots and citrus fruit adding complexity. Fresh minerality balances the fruit to help make it very food friendly. Blind River’s unique terroir, with fresh aromatics and minerality, results in a wine that is vibrant, aromatic and complex.
Winemaker’s Notes

morin sancerre2013 Pierrre Morin Sancerre Loire Valley, France (From Peter Weygandt)
On Sale $23.99 lowest price online!
Light yellow. Wild aromas of lime zest, fresh herbs and cardamom. Dry and nervy on the attack, gaining sweetness in the middle palate and offering tangy green apple and citrus flavors. This slender turns more austere toward the back, the finish providing zesty herbal flavors with a refreshing bite.
Vinous Media

Our #1 selling California Sauvignon Blanc!
2013 Silver Peak Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County, CA
On Sale $11.99
A classic California-style Sauvignon Blanc from one of our absolute favorite value producers! Clean and crisp, with flavors and aromas of lemon zest, white grapefruit, and a hint of pepper on the finish. Makes a perfect accompaniment to seafood or light meat dishes!
Merch Notes

Martinelli Vineyards Sale

“One of the oldest and most historically significant wine producers in Northern California…they martinellihave been farming grapes since the late 1800s. These cuvées are made from the crème de la crème of their vineyards. The 2012s are all gorgeous wines.”
- Robert Parker

Quantities limited; all orders subject to confirmation.

2009 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch, Sonoma
On Sale $76.99
The estate’s 2009 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch saturates the palate with masses of dark blue/black fruit. A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2009 is all about texture. At the same time, though, there isn’t a whole lot of varietal character. Ultimately, the 2009 is a wine of silkiness and layers of flavor that continue to build with considerable energy and focus. Melted road and graphite are some of the notes that add complexity on the finish. Today, the 2009 is young, young, young. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the coming years.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch, Sonoma
On Sale $59.99
The largest production (620 cases) cuvée is the 2012 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch. This sees about 85% new oak and comes from Dijon clones 667, 777, 115 as well as the Calera selection, which is believed to have been taken from one of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vineyards many years ago. A dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a sweet, juicy nose of blackberries, graphite, licorice and forest floor. This complex, Côte de Nuits-styled, full-bodied, powerful, rich Pinot Noir carries its lofty alcohol beautifully without a trace of heat. Enjoy this lush, succulent, concentrated 2012 over the next decade or more.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

martinelli pinot2012 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigne, Russian River Valley
On Sale $34.99 Lowest price online!
A touch of smoky oak complements the vivid red berry, anise and loamy earth flavors that gain on the finish, courtesy of the attractive woody nuances. Drink now. 738 cases made.
90 Points, Wine Spectator

 

2011 Martinelli Chardonnay Bella Vigne, Russian River Valley
On Sale $34.99
Warm nose of rock, salt, pear, honey and dried lemon. The palate is solid with a mouth-filling texture and flavors of lemon, green apple, stone fruit and a hint of licorice.
Winemaker’s Notes

US Pinot Noir Sale

Oregon and California have a great run of vintages on the market right now, and we have some of the very BEST on sale, including the last two cases of a closeout from Bethel Heights.

From California

2013 Melville Pinot Noir Block M, Santa Barbarablock m
On Sale $57.99
Dark ruby red in color, intoxicating aromatics of nutmeg, grilled beef fat, fig and cherry cola come through initially. Intense notes of ripe persimmon, salt caramel, raw sugar cane and tamarind weave alongside floral components of pink jasmine and magnolia. The wine boasts not only tremendous weight and drive but also excellent clarity and precision.
Winemaker’s Notes
(Last Vintage scored 97 Points, The Wine Advocate!!)

2013 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces, Santa Barbara
On Sale $57.99
With a shiny garnet hue, herbaceous and spicy aromas of fresh mint, juniper, clove and dried oregano dominate initially while dark nuances of cocoa powder, chipotle, smoked apple wood and graham cracker linger in the background. The palate impression is lively with a burst of fresh acidity bringing both elegance and structure to the wine’s savory and intense finish.
Winemaker’s Notes
(Last Vintage scored 95 Points, The Wine Advocate!!)

From Oregon

2012 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse Master Series Lone Star Vineyard, Willamette Valley
On Sale $43.99
Light and tight, packing spicy cranberry, red currant and floral flavors into a lively package. The flavors dance delicately through fine tannins on the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 3,000 cases made.
92 Points, Wine Spectator

2013 Haden Fig Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
On Sale $26.99
Sourced from Cancilla Vineyard, Bjornson Vineyard, and Croft Vineyard, deep red cherry, cranberry, orange peel and subtle mushroom. 1,025 cases produced.
Winemaker’s Notes

RARE Mordorée Rosés!

Mordoree Tavel Rose We are the ONLY retailer in the state to receive Mordorée rosés, and have some of the lowest prices in the country.

“Run by the Delorme brothers, Domaine de la Mordoree ranks as one of the most impeccably, precisely run estates and negociant businesses in Western Europe.” The Wine Advocate

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Dame Rousse,” Cotes du Rhonemordoree tavel
On Sale $15.99
Rosé, slightly orange (mordorée color). Aromas of crystallized oranges and cherries, slightly aniseed. Very rounded palate, fresh and long finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Remise” Vin de France
On Sale $12.99
Intense pink color with rose petal and strawberry aromas. Rich and full bodied on the palate. Pairs well with white meats, Asian cuisine. Excellent as an aperitif.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Dame Rousse,” Tavel
On Sale $23.99 Lowest price in the country!
Steady rose, brilliant and limpid color. Very complex nose with flowers, red and white fruits aromas. Rounded, full bodied with a long lasting aniseed and fruity finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Reine de Bois” Tavel
On Sale $29.99
Steady rose, brilliant and cristal clear. Very complex aromas from flowers, white fruits and red fruits (strawberries, pomegranate, rapsberry). Slightly mentholated. Palate is fresh, classy, elegant, very long.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “Les Vestides,” Tavel
On Sale $22.99
Bright cherry and strawberry on the nose with a hint of wild herb. Flowers, raspberry, cherry intermingled with garrigue frames a ripe, medium frame. Pair it with grilled chicken or salmon.
Merch 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.

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

 

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