Monte Volpe Primo Rosso $11.00
Shhh! Two years on oak, varietals that suit the CA climate and a talented and down to earth winemaker result in a wonderful everyday red from Mendocino. This is one I always have around as its food friendly and nicely balanced. A $20-$30 wine hiding in a $11 bottle.
Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay $12.00
The aromatics really jump out of the glass. Papaya, peaches, and pineapple on the nose with just a hint of toasted oak. Nectarines and other stone fruit on the forepalate. Ripe, round flavors of peach juice and pineapple. Soft acidity and a lush texture wrap around the tongue towards the back of the palate. Pairs with rich, creamy flavors such as scallops in an orange beurre blanc. Also chicken alfredo, seafood fettuccine, or any pasta smothered in a cream sauce.
Broc Sparkling Chenin $22.00
From one of the most exciting new winemakers in California, Chris Brockway, we get this striking effort at sparkling Chenin Blanc using the traditional Petillant Naturale method. 60-year-old Chenin Blanc vines produce a high-acid, focused-minerality wine that gives off gentle fruit notes. Pair with simple seafood dishes, roast chicken or pork cutlets.
From the cool Central Coast bringing ripe red raspberry and strawberry, tart cherry pie, white pepper, and clove with a lovely, earthy complexity. Great now but even a couple years should show increasing depth. A prime example of Santa Maria's potential and one of our favorite CA Pinots.
Finally California Chard with sensible oak and balanced acidity! Lots going on here with apple blossom, apple pie, lime zest, and a little sea breeze on the nose.The butter is there but soft and browned with just a little tropical guava lingering. The acid is the perfect foundation for the flavors leaving you smacking your lips for the next sip.
Jonata Cab Franc El Alma 2011 $128.00
What? A $128 Cab Franc? So what if Parker gave it a 96. Then I tasted this remarkable creature. Soft violets and herbs on the nose wrapped in dark cocoa, tobacco, and some dark currant. Big yet elegant flavors of plum and black cherry. I've never had Cab Franc this muscular yet refined. The alcohol and oak try for a moment to get in the way but with just a few minutes it's all amazing Cab Franc.