23 Nov Best of the U.S. Tasting Sat. 11/25
Saturday, November 25
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Bring the whole family by for this great tasting where we’ll highlight great values and crowd-pleasing wines to pop open while you’re entertaining. There’s something for everyone!
2012 Sbragia Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc
On Sale $9.99
Ed Sbragia, who did an amazing job at Beringer for a few decades, now has his own label and has turned out a beautiful 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek Valley. This barrel-fermented, lees-stirred Sauvignon displays a good deal of texture, crisp acids and notes of caramelized grapefruit, figs and melons. It is ideal for drinking over the next several years.
89 Points, Antonio Galloni
2014 Two Sisters Chardonnay, Courtney’s Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
On Sale $28.99
From heritage clones of Wente and Mt. Eden, this top-end Chardonnay from the Foley family offers salted peaches, hazelnuts and crushed sea shells on a nose that recalls a steady sea breeze. It’s light and brisk on the palate, with yellow pear, nectarine and lemon salt, all wrapped by a grippy texture. Excellent by itself, it would pair with foods from shellfish to roasted chicken.
94 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
2014 Fog Theory Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
On Sale $15.99
This Pinot Noir is savory and complex, with dark, rich notes of raspberry and hints of vanilla, wood smoke, and jerky. The finish is slightly spicy, with hints of cracked pepper and nutmeg.
2014 Haden Fig Pinot Noir Cancilla Vineyard, Willamette Valley
On Sale $29.99
As he has for years, our good friend Ken Cancilla continues to grow exceptional organic, dry-farmed grapes for us. Cool, late-ripening fruit from this low-yield vineyard contributes to the structure of Haden Fig’s signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir blend as well as our Cancilla Vineyard designate Pinot. Very fruit driven with dense dark cherry, creamy raspberry, a bright red cherry finish and perfect acidity.
2015 Skyfall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington
On Sale $12.99 (lowest price online!!!)
Oodles of black currant, black cherry and french oak leads from the nose through the mid-palate. The fruit evolves into dark blackberry with hints of cocoa and vanilla. This is a big, structured wine with nice lingering flavors. We opened this up to taste on a Monday and loved it. We revisited the bottles two days later and it was even better! We’d decant this for about an hour prior to serving. This is WAY over delivering at this price point.
2013 Acumen Red Blend “Mountainside,” Napa Valley, California
On Sale $29.99 (lowest price online!)
Sourced from the terroir-driven mountain sides of Atlas Peak, including the iconic Stagecoach Vineyard, this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon was authored by non-other than iconic winemaker Denis Malbec (a rather fitting last name too!). Malbec was the wine maker for the legendary 1st growth Château Latour from 1994 to 1999. In addition he produced perfect 100 point scores at both Château Latour in France, and the Kapcsandy Winery in Napa Valley. This medium-bodied wine shows multiple aromas of ripe cherries, rose petals, dried herbs, and cigar box. The soft and round mouthfeel offers up fresh blueberries, cassis, and pomegranates on the palate, with licorice and forest floor notes through the long and elegant nish. We love this wine with roasted and braised meats, especially beef, lamb, and pork.