Looking for a favorite past vintage of a particular varietal? We have a small stash of older vintages available. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 805-344-2107 and let us know your wishes. Obviously, quantities are limited.
We take Riesling seriously here. If it was permitted, this would have been labeled ”Dry Riesling” to dispel any thoughts that it is an innocuous, semi-sweet, vin ordinaire. The fruit for this wine came from Rancho Los Alamos in a region where white varietals all seem to have an extra measure of viscosity. It was barrel fermented in neutral French oak which further broadened the palate and enhance the subtle fruit character. This is a wonderful, versatile food wine.
Bottle Price: $30.00
This is Chenin Blanc taken to a whole other level. Sophisticated yet refreshing. The fruit was barrel feremented then aged in neutral oak for 24 months. The result? A dry, crisp, elegant white with notes of fresh melon and pear. Extemely well balanced. Though sensational with shellfish and seafood, its wonderful acidity makes it well matched with roast pork or turkey.
Bottle Price: $25.00
NEW RELEASE The “Archive” designation is considered our “Reserve.” 2010 was a wonderful year for reds providing complex, rich reds with density yet grace. This Syrah has the signature deep berry character with earth tones and Oriental spice. The palate is multidimensional with a long finish. Though enjoyable now, additional cellaring will benefit this big boy. Limited edition. Bottle Price: $35.00
A rich, full-bodied red with aromas of dark red fruits (particularly plums, cherries and currants), leather, and earth. Two years in barrel assisted in creating a finish that is soft, silky, and luxurious. WARNING: There is an elusive, seductive spiciness that is hard to describe that is captivating and will continually compel you to open a second bottle. Pair this wine with grilled and roasted meats, root vegetables, mushrooms, and dark fowl such as duck – flavors that harmonize with the earthiness of the wine.
Bottle Price: $35.00
Carignane originated in Spain in the ancient region of Aragon, where it is now almost non-existent. Yet the varietal has recently found increasing prominence in the Catalan wine region of Priorat, and has been vindicated by a number of young winemakers producing some of the best wines Spain has to offer. Like other work horse varieties (i.e. Merlot, Grenache) that were once considered only for blending, when given the necessary TLC, Carignane creates a remarkable wine.
The fruit for the 2009 is from the Santa Ynez Valley where the lower yield fruit was night harvested, de-stemmed into open top fermenters, and received a pre-fermentation soak for 72 hours. Frequent punchdowns and a post fermentation maceration for 30 days ensured complexity. The wine was then pressed off and racked to barrel, 20% new Minnesota oak, where it was aged for 30 months. The 2009 Carignane has a deep ruby color and despite bright acids that dance across your tongue, there is a suppleness in the finish. The texture complements the blackberry/black currant flavors backed by the warmth of oak. As it ages, the wine will become more distinct. Match with lamb, roast pork, or grilled meats. Bottle Price: $30.00