Glenbrook Zinfandel Rose $8.00
A softer and sweeter rose made in the original American style. Smooth candied cherry flavors with some golden plum tones. No harsh edges just beautiful Zinfandel character. If you can't see why everyone gushes about those dry European roses then this is for you!
A delicious patio pounder coming out of Sonoma, California. Bright notes strawberry and watermelon with subtle hints of floral and minerality. Sweet without being overbearing balanced by beautiful acidity. Pair with a spicy Asian dish and call it a night!
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.
Old Soul Zinfandel $12.00
This is Zinfandel out of Lodi, California, made from 50-100 year old vines. The secret is adding a bit of Petite Sirah for structure. Huge, ripe boysenberry, blackberry, mocha and cinnamon make this is a great wine and will make you forget all about 7deadly and cardinal Zins!!!
Old Soul Petite Sirah $12.50
From the biggest producers of Zinfandel in the world comes this warm and rich Petite Sirah. Big blackberry fruit, caramel and spice flavors. Plenty of warm alcohol paired with some nice structure from Durif's naturally thick skins plus some time in oak make this a big taste at great price.
Gen 5 Merlot $13.00
A secret little charmer. Good value, good wine that shows rich red and black fruit aromas with solid body. A hint of dusty oak around big plum and blackberry flavors. A big time over-deliverer (I hope that's a word!!).
Gen 5 Chardonnay $13.00
Bright golden yellow in color, the Gen 5 Chardonnay leads with classic varietal fruit aromas of apple, pear, ginger and lemon blossom, followed by subtle vanilla notes. In the glass, a bright acidity is broadened by lemon custard and honey flavors. Nicely oaked but not enough to overwhelm the delicate fruit.
Broadside Cab $14.00
A nose of bright cherry, cassis and espresso followed by lush black berry and spice on the palate. Plenty of oak and plenty of everything good that comes in CA cab!
This isn't your typical jammy California Zin. More rustic and complex than its counterparts, it shows herbal mint on the nose, dark black cherry and subtle dark chocolate on the palate, without an overuse of oak to allow the wine to shine. Big chewy tannins balanced by acidity. Pair with BBQ and good company.
St Gregory Pinot Meunier $15.00
One of the three main Champagne grapes but rarely seen done as a still wine. Brings some tart and somewhat earthy cherry to the Pinot family. This one has notes of plum and tobacco on the nose with nice light sour cherry and raspberry on the palate. A fun rare grape and style!
west and wilder sparkling $15.00
The bad thing about sparkling wine is once you open it, you have to drink it fast! Now you can take your time. 3 cans equals 1 bottle of a fresh, floral sparkling with notes of stonefruit and herbs. A surprising wine out of California.
Butternut Chardonnay $16.00
Aromas of peach, hazelnut and spiced candied apple. Round, creamy notes of fig, butterscotch and sweet oak.
Heritance Sauvignon Blanc $17.00
A nice counter to the N.Z. style, this SB shows copious aromas of meyer lemon, apricot, melon and passion fruit. The palate is broad, round and well balanced. The creaminess and tropical flavors make it unmistakably California.
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zin $18.00
A staff favorite from her visit to Bitto, this organic and wild fermented zin has everything the "famous" ones have at a great price. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of graphite, cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness.
Schug Pinot Noir $22.00
This wine easily over delivers in terms of flavor and quality for the dollar. Vibrant Bing Cherry aromas around a subtle, lightweight and elegant body and flavor. A lovely restrained weight with Burgundian acidity. Oak is in perfectly in tune and plays a supporting role without dominating and masking the fruit.
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.
Moss Roxx Zinfandel $24.00
Made from all 100 year old vines this is crossing over Old Vine into Ancient Vine Zinfandel. All jammy and juicy with loads of black fruits and berries. Shining mocha and vanilla on the finish this will show nicely with any Zin out there, even Orin Swift the Prisoner. Try and see.
Poseidon Chardonnay $26.00
All estate fruit goes into this single vineyard bottling. Cool, seaside climate makes for a crisp, fresh style. Extended lees contact lends a creamy texture. Baked apple, pear, white flowers, crisp acidity all play nicely in the glass. Not overly oaked to all the fruit to shin through beautifully!
Obsidian Cab $27.00
A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.
Broc Carignan $28.00
From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?
Domaine Eden Chardonnay $29.00
After years of too much oak and overripe fruit, its wonderful to see balance returning to CA chards. While there certainly is tropical pineapple, apricot and lots of buttery oak, the body is full and round with just enough acid to hold it together. Has a lovely long finish. This reputable vineyard claims this is the best they have ever made, I think I agree!
The Volunteer is a medium density Cabernet, with hints of cherry, cranberry, toasted vanilla and subtle tannins. Juicy with a little smoke and oak. Named for the wine maker who is a volunteer Fire Fighter in Napa Valley.
Scholar and Mason $32.00
From high above the floor of Napa Valley comes this Cab Sav. Plum, blackberry, baking spice and vanilla with earthy and vegetal nuances. Big body with smooth tannins makes this an enjoyable drinker.
Whitcraft Winery $35.00
Alongside the vineyards of Master Somm Raj Parr in Santa Barbara lies this producer. Whitcrafts pinot noir shows delicate rose petals, bright cherry, raspberry and cranberry and beautiful acidity. Vinified in stainless and spends time in neutral oak. A gorgeous California Pinot.
Truly a unique and stunning Merlot. Big vibrant nose of yeasty blackberry cobbler, sweet spice, plum and mocha. Crushed stone minerality with sassy acidity jump at you first followed by bright blackberry, baking spices, sweet leather and plenty of warm oak.