Wines of the Month

These are wines that are hand-selected by the staff every month, typically one lighter in style and one fuller in body, that pair with the time of the year. Always outstanding, sometimes great deals, never disappointing. 

Now available to taste by the glass in store!

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Wines of the Month for May 2022

 

2019 Pieropan “La Rocca” Soave Classico

100% Garganega

Soave Classico DOC, Italy

 

The vineyard ‘La Rocca’ is situated on the Monte Rocchetta hill, just below the mediaeval castle built by the Scaligeri family in the town of Soave. The microclimate in this vineyard produces wines with a unique perfume and distinctive taste. The grapes are picked when very ripe, often as late as the end of October, giving tremendous complexity and aromatic qualities to the wine, making it a wine of great breeding. The wine was first made under this label in 1978. Brilliant and intense yellow whit golden hints; characterful wine, reminiscent of exotic fruit and nuts on the nose; soft and persistent on the palate, with hints of spice, length and elegance. Makes an excellent partner to complex dishes, even with strong flavors particularly risottos such as porcini, or celery, squash and almond, salt cod and other fish including salmon, scallops and crab. Holistic, low environmental impact approach to pest control. 13% ABV

$40.99/btl

$4/2oz pour

2018 Hightower Merlot

91% Merlot & 9% Cabernet Franc

Red Mountain District, Washington

 

As much as possible, they take a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. They place great emphasis on vineyard selection, picking, pressing, and blending so that Hightower wines are naturally beautiful and free from pretense. They let the powerful and concentrated fruit from Red Mountain speak for itself. The result is a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that reveal something new and interesting each time you open a bottle. They like to think they’re wines with character through and through — in how they were made, how they taste, and in the connections they inspire. The 2018 Merlot is by far our “biggest” most brooding Merlot. It shows lots of dark berry fruit, beautiful dark chocolate aromas, and a hint of vanilla. The tannins are nicely managed to a smooth, silky texture.  Sustainable. 14.7% ABV

$33.99/btl

$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for April 2022
 
2019 Les Cormiers Saumur Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc
Loire Valley, Saumur, France
 
The town of Saumur, and its castle of the 11th century overlooking the left bank of the Loire River, that offers the greatest Terroir of the Anjou-Saumur region for the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. It is there in the small village of Souzay-Champigny, one of the 8 villages of the appellation, that Jean-Pierre Chevalier farms organically. Fully certified organic since 2012, the vines have always been farmed in respect of nature with no use a phytosanitary products. Winemaking is hands-off and happens with native yeasts and minimal addition of SO2. Long fermentation in old 500 litters French oak barrels, followed by an ageing on fine lees during 10 months in the same “Tonnes”. No “Bâtonnage” and no malolactic fermentation. Enchanting nose of citrus and white flowers. The mouth is full and ample but always stay fresh and supple. Stone fruit character dominated by white peach with subtle citrus notes. It finishes with a chalky terroir distinction. 13.5% ABV
$34.99/btl
$4/2oz pour
 
 
2019 Harvey & Harriet Red
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot & 10% Malbec
San Luis Obispo County, California
 
Harvey and Harriet is the Bordeaux blend created by Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard, in an attempt to make a wine that his parents would love and could afford. At first blush, an exuberant bouquet of candied blueberries, blackberries, jasmine, and orange blossoms jumps out of the glass and demands full attention. Underneath the fruits and flowers lie warm scents of brioche, cocoa, and baking spices. The taster is then rewarded with intense cherry, mixed berry and plum followed by caramel and espresso. The overall sensation is sublime bliss on the palate as the elegant finish slowly fades away.
$32.99
$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for March 2022

2019 Reveur La Vigne en Rose
85% Gewurztraminer & 15% Riesling
Alsace, France

This is a new Alsatian brand from Mathieu Deiss, son of acclaimed vigneron Jean-Michel Deiss of Domaine Marcel Deiss. In addition to working in the vines and cellar of his family domaine, Mathieu manages this spectacular 17.3 acre property, making exclusively estate grown wines. Parcels are located mostly in the commune of Bennwihr, just outside of the Valley of Kaysersberg. The estate is certified organic by Ecocert, and biodynamic by Demeter.

Beautiful nose! It's fresh, elegant and fragrant. Notes of roses mingle with those of apricot and lychee with a hint of mirabelle plum. The palate is round and fresh, tasty and invigorating. Delightful! Certified biodynamic. Indigenous yeast. Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 12 months. 14% ABV
$29.99/btl


2016 Franzoni La Foja Botticino DOC
40% Barbera, 30% Marzemino, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Schiava Gentile
Lombardy, Italy

A vibrant ruby-red wine from Botticino hills. The notes of red berry, vanilla and tobacco can be then found in the mouth. Long finish and strong flavors for a wine that’s excellent pairing for red meat, roast and strong cheese. The ageing of this wine is carried out for more than three 3 in Slavonian casks and then it is refined for over 3 months in bottles before hitting the market.

Botticino is also called “Barolo of Lombardy” and the soil plays a big part in this. It’s made up of “marl” and characterized by its light color, very similar to the one in Piedmont area of Barolo. 14.5% ABV
$34.99
$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for February 2022

2018 Pra ‘Monte Grande’ Soave Classico
70% Garganega & 30% Trebbiano
Soave Classico DOC, Veneto, Italy

Hand harvested. Practicing organic. Age of vines 30 to 60 years. The stems of the Garganega are snipped when the grapes are ripe and left to slightly raisinate in the vineyard for one month. The Trebbiano di Soave is harvested earlier and adds freshness to the Garganega.  The 2018 Soave Classico Monte Grande is intense, wafting up masses of crushed stone and mineral tones, dusty florals and notes of green apple. The textures are enveloping, soft and smooth, supported by stimulating acidity and minerals, while ushering in orchard fruits but also a hint of tart tropical citrus, which adds an exotic note. That said, the Monte Grande is more savory than sweet, with an herbal twang through the finale, complemented by hints of raw almond. 
13% ABV
$31.99/btl
$4/2oz pour

2016 Peterson Winery Braford Mountain Merlot
84% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, & 8% Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley AVA, Sonoma, California

Dusty oak notes swirl through aromas of blackcurrant and dark cherry with just a trace of minerality. The velvety entry reveals plush tannins with bright acidity. Juicy Bing cherry, pomegranate and mocha caress the palate, while hints of spicy cedar, fine herbs, violets, and graphite enhance the flavors. The oak structure keeps a low profile until the long finish, where it contributes to the wine’s complexity and depth. Aged 26 months in 50% 1-year-old French oak barrels;
50% 2-4 year-old French oak barrels.
15% ABV
$37.99
$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for January 2022

2020 Von Winning ‘Winnings’ Riesling
100% Riesling
Pfalz, Germany

This wine is everything that is great about Riesling—crisp, clean, mineral-driven with ripe fruit. A winemaker from a long tradition, the vineyard is practicing organic. von Winning is unquestionably a rising star. This is his entry-level Riesling sourced from several parcels. Great value clean and fresh Riesling packed with stone fruits and flinty minerality. What is so tantalizing about this wine is it strikes a perfect balance between sweet and dry, which just keeps me coming back for another sip, and another, until the whole bottle is gone. Too crisp to be a sweet wine and too sweet and fruity to be a dry wine, this is where two things are equally true and equally good. Fermented in stainless steel and aged briefly in 10% used French & German old barrels, 500-1500L
12% ABV
$20.99/btl
$4/2oz pour

2017 Ridgeback ‘His Master's Choice’ Signature C Red Blend
70% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 10% Petit Verdot
Paarl, South Africa

Classic upfront cassis, mulberry and dark plum with notes of cigar box and licorice. Firm, ripe tannin supports the rich midpalate and elegant pepper spice finish. The wine was gravity fed to 80% new, 10% second fill and 10% third fill 225-liter French oak barrels for secondary Malolactic fermentation. After 12 months of maturation the component cultivars were blended together and racked back to barrel for a further 6 months of integration. The specially selected barrels were lightly filtered prior to bottling. Certified organic.
14.5% ABV
$31.99
$4/2oz pour

 

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Wines of the Month for November 2021
Turkey Wines 

2018 Au Bon Climat Hildegard White
55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc & 5% Aligoté
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California

The wine made from this Pinot Gris was more like a Burgundian Pinot Gris or dry Alsatian Pinot Gris than a light, insipid Pinot Grigio style. This rich oily Pinot Gris, blended well with the flinty minerality of Pinot Blanc and the mouth-watering acidity from the Aligoté. These three lesser known Burgundian white grapes were aged for two years in new French oak barrels, blended and then released with the name Hildegard.
13.5% ABV
$38.99/btl
$4/2oz pour

2017 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande AVA, San Luis Obispo, California

Aromas of cranberry, delicate oak, and raspberry on the nose complement a flavor profile of rainier cherry, juicy raspberry, and smoke. With moderate acidity and fresh red fruits on the finish, this wine is approachable and widely appealing.
Aged 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels.
13.8% ABV

$35.99
$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for October 2021

 

2017 Wonderment Wines Sauvignon Blanc

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Hyde Vineyard, Los Carneros AVA, Napa Valley, California

 

Right in step with Wonderment’s first-rate 2016 effort from the same site, this year’s version is a very well-crafted, explicitly varietal effort that brings together elements of citrus, ripe melons, peaches, fresh herbs and a deft bit of creamy oak in a deep and seamlessly married mix. It is moderately full-bodied and slightly fleshy in feel with neatly placed acidity affording it plenty of life, and, as was the case with its predecessor, it is a beautifully balanced wine that, while delicious right now, has all of the right pieces in place to guarantee a good half-decade or more of positive growth. The wine was de-stemmed and sat on skins for 6 hours before being pressed and then racked into 50% Stainless Steel Barrel and 50% Neutral Burgundian Oak fermenting in barrel. The wine was again racked after fermentation and returned to the same percentage of Stainless and Neutral Oak where it rested for 5 months before being bottled on February, 20th, 2018.

14.1% ABV | 3.41 pH

$27.99/btl

$3/2oz pour

 

2018 Labarge Winery Cinquin Syrah

100% Syrah

Sta. Rita Hills AVA, California

 

Herby and peppery aromas meet with tart berry scents on the nose of this bottling—a new, more affordable brand for Pierre LaBarge. Bay leaf and under-ripe elderberries show on the sip, which also offers purple flowers and more pepper.

14.6% ABV. Organic.

 

$33.99

$4/2oz pour

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Wines of the Month for September 2021
 
2020 Big Table Farm “Laughing Pig” Rosé
100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon
 
We made the 2020 Rosé with a direct press fruit that was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels. As we have always done, the 2020 Laughing Pig Rosé was fermented to dryness with malolactic complete and bottled unfiltered. This wine offers up aromatics of strawberries, raspberries, orange peel and chamomile tea. Your first sip shows a little tart cherry and sweet ripe strawberries and the texture of this wine pulls you into the finish of orange pith and a little spice all balanced with a rich mouth feel. This is a dry and complex rosé that complements lots of different food.
13.8% ABV
 
$35.99/btl
$3/2oz pour
 
2016 Peterson Petit Verdot
100% Petit Verdot
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
 
Aromas of wild blackberry and dark currant infused with an inviting mineral essence and earthy forest floor greet the nose. The bright entry offers an interesting contrast with the dark, densely rich flavors that follow. Savor ripe juicy blackberry, huckleberry and black cherry entwined with hints of espresso, dried lavender, tobacco, dark chocolate and cedar. As the flavors linger, the wine’s layered complexity emerges. Beautifully balanced, here is a cellar candidate, or a wine to enjoy now given a little time to breathe before serving.
Aged 26 months in 50% new French oak & 50% in twice-used French oak barrels.

14.8% ABV | 3.49 pH | 7.1 g/l TA
$40.99
$4/2oz pour