07 Sep Calif. All-Stars Tasting Sat. 9/9
Saturday, September 9
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports, Missouri’s leading importer of the finest California wines (among other things!). This dynamite tasting will feature a series of knockout wines from the Central and North Coasts. This is an all-star lineup. Do not miss!
2015 Ojai Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, McGinley Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
On Sale $23.99
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard is another racy, vibrant white from this team. Green Apple, lots of citrus and salty notes emerge from this racy, beautifully fresh, elegant wine that, like all of Adam’s wines today, has racy acidity as well as impeccable balance.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Paul Lato Chardonnay “Matinée,” Santa Barbara County
On Sale $44.99
A cuvee of de-classified fruit from his other single vineyard bottlings, the Matinee is always the most approachable of his wines, ready for consumption immediately. Redolent of soft red fruit and an underlying elegance that stems from the restrained use of French oak on this wine, it is a sleeper wine in the lineup.
Jason Main, the Wine Merchant, LTD.
2015 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
On Sale $34.99
An incredible value that should be snatched up by readers, the 356-case 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes all from the John Sebastiano Vineyard and is a cellar selection brought up all in barrel. Black raspberries, toasted spice, forest floor and hints of earth all give way to a rich, voluptuous, beautifully pure Pinot that has a great finish.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma
On Sale $24.99
Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026. 4,500 cases made.
93 Points, The Wine Spectator
2014 Marietta Cellars “Armé” Bordeaux Blend, Sonoma
On Sale $19.99
A bold, pungent wine, the 2014 Armé offers a decidedly old school-influenced profile of dark stone fruit, black olive, herb, tobacco and licorice. Cool and savory, but with considerable depth, the 2014 Armé is another knock-out wine from Scot Bilbro. Readers looking for a value-priced California Cabernet will flip out over this wine. This is a very serious wine for the money.
92 Points, Antonio Galloni
2014 Marietta Cellars “Game Trail” Cabernet
On Sale $32.99
An addition to the range, the Game Trail is 100% Cabernet from the Bilbro family’s ranch in the Yorkville Highlands. Dark red stone fruit, rose petal, mint, floral notes and spice are beautifully delineated. Intensely aromatic and pungent, but with no green edges, the 2014 offers tons of personality and character. Beams of mountain tannin add energy throughout. I would give the 2014 at least a year or two in bottle, as the tannins are imposing at this stage.
93 Points, Antonio Galloni