WINE TASTING ROOM-Completo's
UPDATED AS OF October 28, 2017
THE TERRACES 2014 CABERNET
Crull's "The Terraces" estate is located in Rutherford near the
His red wines have routinely been excellent, but the small production level
has kept the wines from gaining greater recognition (unless you're in the know
and shop at Weimax).
It's blended with a bit of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah...
19 months in French oak, 35% new.
Very showy. Less than 500 cases made.
AALTO Ribera del
Duero Spanish RED $5/taste
of Tempranillo and aged in small oak barrels, this is a
Spanish red you can put on the dinner table in place
of fancy Bordeaux or Napa Cabernets.
TRAMIN 2015 "STOAN" White
Wine Blend $3.60/taste
A delicious blend based on Chardonnay, but it's
the Sauvignon Blanc that
really sings here.
The wine sees some large wooden tanks and it's beautifully aromatic.
Don't miss it...everyone who has tasted this has given it a
WOODSIDE VINEYARDS 2013 CHARDONNAY $2.50/taste
Forty years ago Woodside Vineyards was
one of the few "cult" wineries in California.
Today they're relatively unheralded, but if you like a creamy, mildly oaked, dry
Chardonnay, come taste this one from Santa Cruz Mountains fruit.
LEWIS 2015 Napa CABERNET
makes big, pedal-to-the-metal wines.
Ripe fruit (and then some) with a bit of sweet oak makes for a wine
that causes wine writers to take notice.
This is not what one would describe as a "subtle" California wine...
It's intended to make a big splash.
RUNQUIST 2014 "Z"
Runquist makes some terrific wines.
His "Z" is lavishly oaked and everyone who tastes this is thrilled.
Lots of blackberry fruit and some sweet wood notes.
It's from grapes grown in Amador County, up in the Sierra Foothills.
CH┬TEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2013 Saint
This is a famous Bordeaux estate and over the past decade their wines
have been very good...
Cabernet-based, of course.
The 2013 is showing well now and will certainly repay cellaring.
JAYSON 2013 North Coast CHARDONNAY $5/taste
Big, creamy, nicely oaked Chardonnay...it's a full-throttle California
white but despite its high alcohol, it still seems balanced.
WHITE HART PINOT NOIR $2.50/taste
many Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots are of this quality level
and this attractively-priced.
The vineyard are said to be 40 years of age (we used to think
of that age as "old vines").
Lots of cherryish Pinot Noir notes and even a touch of
VALENTI'S ETNA BIANCO "ENRICO
from Sicily's Etna region...you might peg it as a white wine from
Alsace as it has aromatics which are fragrant along the lines of
We included this in a recent blind-tasting of Etna white wines and found this to
BINZ 2016 MORIO MUSKAT
This is a small production
from our friends at the Binz winery in Germany.
It's intensely aromatic and fragrant, with a touch of sweetness but ample
acidity to balance.
You'll find this wine only at our little shop here in Burlingame (or at the
RAMEY 2013 Russian River Valley
One of our favorite California Chardonnays, this is a wine made with
an astute awareness of French White Burgundies, but with a
decidedly California accent. Very fine.
Sonoma Coast PINOT NOIR
We've usually found the
Martinelli wines to be a bit over-the-top in terms
of alcohol and while this is not shrinking violet, the wine does manage
to show greater balance and charm than we've usually found.
HART'S DESIRE 2015 VIOGNIER $1.80/taste
John Hart has a good
vineyard source in Sonoma and makes a wonderfully peachy
dry white which captures the essence of Viognier.
VINTNERS PETITE VERDOT
of our favorite Washington State wineries...
Petite Verdot is a great blending wine with Cabernet and Merlot but it's
rare to find one of this intensity bottled on its own.
You'll only find this limited bottling here at Weimax...or in Washington State.
example of the Pecorino grape...certainly this will appeal to you if
you're enchanted by crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blancs.
can easily taste that the 2015 vintage produced wines which are a shade
riper than normal. Still good though.
tangy, stony, minerally and bone dry...no oak.
Classic Sancerre at a rather modest price.
SANDRI MULLER-THURGAU $2/taste
you stopped by the shop and had met either Marianna Pojer or Fiamma Sandri,
then perhaps you'll be interested to taste their family's outstanding
dry white wine from Palai in Italy's Trentino area.
Muller-Thurgau...no oak...not high alcohol...
Dry, fresh and light...
It's as charming as both Marianna and Fiamma.
MAROTTI CAMPI "ORGIOLO" LACRIMA
DI MORO D'ALBA $2.40/taste
rare Lacrima di Moro d'Alba grape makes a delightful non-oaked red.
This bottling from specialist Marotti Campi is their "reserve"
bottling, if you will.
It even sees a bit of oak aging.
Lots of fragrant rose petal notes and a touch of grapefruit.
Poured into a black glass, you'd likely identify this as a Gewurztraminer.
SUMMERS NAPA CHARBONO
Jim & Beth Summers make our favorite California
with blackberry & blueberry fruit...mild tannins...fairly full-bodied.
LEDE 2015 Napa SAUVIGNON BLANC $2.70/taste
Leap-area winery is making some lovely wines.
Good, dry, light Sauvignon Blanc. Mildly citrusy
ERMES PAVESE "BLANC DE MORGEX" $2.70/taste
Bone dry, light, crisp Alpine white from north-western Italy.
Prie Blanc is the grape...might remind you of a crisp,
flinty, non-oaked Chablis.
VENICA 2016 Friuli SAUVIGNON $2.50/taste
The Venica family make some exceptional dry whites in
northeast Italy...Friuli. Mildly herbal/grassy.
Trocken RIESLING $2/taste
people consider the Robert Weil winery to be the top estate in the
Rheingau...their entry level dry Riesling is a great Twenty-Buck white wine.
ALMA DE CATTLEYA
SAUVIGNON BLANC $1.80/taste
label for us...good wine from a good winemaker who works for Pahlmeyer.
Nice, light, crisp and citrusy.
"Filius" 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON $2.60/taste
Margaret River region in Western Australia...this wine reminds us of the
1969-1971 Napa Cabernets made by the Robert Mondavi winery.
It's elegant and has some dark fruit notes, but is far short of today's
Russian River CHARDONNAY $4/taste
California Chardonnay by an old master...
Tom Dehlinger makes some stellar wines, but he's a graybeard now...no longer the
"new kid on the block," so his wines are sometimes overlooked.
But they remain amongst the best of California.
PEWSEY VALE 2010 "Contours" RIESLING 3.40/taste
This is a benchmark
Riesling and it's from Australia. They typically give it
substantial bottle aging so you can drink it immediately. Dry, of course.
And it's still a bit young.
2015 ALBARIĐO $2/taste
One of our
most popular wines...this is a lovely rendition of Albari˝o.
Dry and showing a hint of a spice note.
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QUINTA DO NOVAL 2011 VINTAGE PORT $10/taste
The most recently-declared Vintage is offered today for
tasting...quite showy now and it
will repay cellaring handsomely.
CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2010 SAUTERNES $3.80
You're not alone...nobody knows this fine little domaine...
JM da FONSECA 20 YEAR SETUBAL (Moscatel) $6/1 ounce pour
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US. Remarkable wine, though.
STONY HILL 2010 Napa S╔MILLON DU SOLEIL $4.50/taste
A sort of Napa Valley "passito" made of Semillon.
SMITH WOODHOUSE 2002 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres,
for its killer LBV Port...If you have taste for hundred buck bottles of Vintage
Port and are
on a budget, check out this delicious Porto!
LA MAGENDIA Juranšon $3.60/taste
From master winemaker Jean Bernard Larrieu comes this stellar sweet wine
balanced by laser-sharp acidity.
CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 2005 SAUTERNES $3.50/taste
A second wine from the famous Chateau Rieussec, this is nicely honeyed and
BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire
and very fine with an after-taste which lingers for a very long time.
NIEPOORT 1988 COLHEITA PORTO $5/1 ounce Pour
Dirk Niepoort is a leading light in Portugal and he makes some top Colheita
(single vintage tawny) Ports. Here's a nicely aged bottling...old,
but not too old and not too young...
PIETRI GERAUD 2005 BANYULS $3.30
France's answer to the question "Port?"
EXCINDRE MUSCAT DE MIREVAL $2.20/taste
Terrific Muscat from the south of France.
From the Republic of Georgia, there's a remarkable
dessert wine...claimed to be comprised of more
300 different grape varieties! It's along the lines of Port/Madeira, but