11 Jan West Coast Warriors Tasting Sat. 1/13
Saturday, January 13
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us as we sample from some of the West Coast’s most fierce producers! These “West Coast Warriors” are making their own rules and producing some of the most exciting and delicious wines we have in our California and Washington sections.
2016 Disruption Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington
On Sale $13.99
This crisp white pairs with a wide variety of foods including: Thai cuisine, sushi and Latin flavors. A kick of spice on your plate is balanced beautifully by mouthwatering structure and a hint of key lime sweetness. A pale gold wine with delicate aromas of apple blossom and ripe yellow peach.
2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay “La Hermana,” Santa Maria Valley, California
On Sale $39.99
The 2015 Chardonnay Golden Slope captures an attractive stylistic middle ground that expresses notable textural richness and creaminess while retaining a good bit of aromatic nuance. Orchard fruit, wild flowers and a touch of reduction add complexity.
93 Points, Antonio Galloni
2016 Idlewild “The Bird” Flora and Fauna Red, Mendocino, California
On Sale $19.99
The 2016 The Bird Flora & Fauna Red, a blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Grignolino and Freisa, five Piedmontese varieties one does not exactly see every day in California. Bold red cherry, tobacco, dried herb and anise flavors abound in this rustic, yet pleasing, everyday red.
88-90 Points, Antonio Galloni
2015 Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Syrah
On Sale $22.99
Beautifully fresh and lively on the nose, with deep blackberry and raspberry-like fruit that’s mixed with copious amounts of cracked black pepper, aged meat, and crushed flowers, the 2009 Anthill Farms Syrah Sonoma Coast is medium-bodied on the palate and brilliantly textured and balanced, possessing polished tannin and good length. This pure, downright classy Syrah shows the freshness of the vintage, yet still packs solid fruit and depth through the middle. It’s relatively soft and supple, so plan on consuming bottles over the coming 4-6 years.
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California
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
Also 93 Points, Antonio Galloni
2014 Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline Estate, Walla Walla, Washington
On Sale $42.99
One of the best values I’ve tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish. It has real elegance and finesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years.”
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, Russian River Valley, California
On Sale $44.99
Brawny and expansive in dusty minerality, this dry wine is velvety thick and floral in violet aromas. Blackberry, cherry and an herbal undercurrent of menthol work together seamlessly to provide complexity and bold swathes of persistent flavor.
93 Points, The Wine Enthusiast