WINE TASTING ROOM
UPDATED AS OF May 13, 2013
HEITZ CELLAR 2007 Napa CABERNET
From the Heitz Family in
Napa...old-fashioned Cabernet Sauvignon...not a fruit bomb, not an oak bomb,
just good, well-built Cabernet Sauvignon.
GRAYWACKE 2012 NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC $2.00/taste
Kevin Judd was the winemaker at New Zealand's famed Cloudy Bay for 25
Now he's launching his own brand and it's exceptional!
TALLEY Arroyo Grande PINOT NOIR $3.40/taste
The Talley clan grows good fruit just a bit north of Santa
Barbara...they make a lovely
Pinot Noir...not fortified with Syrah and not oaked to a fare-thee-well.
DR CRUSIUS 2011 Kabinett RIESLING $2.20/taste
From their estate vineyards, Traiser Rotenfels, we have a delicious,
zesty, crisp, aromatic Riesling
from an old-time producer in the Nahe region.
DOMAINE PONSOT 2010 RULLY BLANC $2.50/taste
Not the famous Ponsot of Morey-Saint-Denis, but a really fine family
estate in the
Chalonnaise...the 2010 is a classic White Burgundy and it's most
Stony Chardonnay with a touch of oak...very fine!
BORSAO'S "GARNACHA" 2011 SPANISH RED 70-Cents
Garnacha made along the lines of a Beaujolais, though this vintage is
bigger than normal.
ARGIANO 2007 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO $5/taste
Argiano's style typically
shows a mildly woodsy note and this hits that nail
right on the head.
WAXWING 2011 Sonoma PINOT NOIR $3/taste
A good little producer who makes his wine not far from our shop here
fruit...nice, elegant Pinot.
Lots of creamy, toasty oak and a mildly buttery tone to this
PONZI 2011 Willamette Valley PINOT GRIS $1.60/taste
Winemaker Luisa Ponzi produces a wine more along the lines of a good,
dry white from
Alsace than a simple, little Italian Pinot Grigio.
JAYSON 2010 CHARDONNAY $4.50/taste
Pahlmeyer's best barrels go into the $70 Pahlmeyer label...the rest
is de-classified into this
relatively bargain-priced bottling. Big, full-throttle Chardonnay, this is
not for the
faint of heart.
HONIG 2012 Napa SAUVIGNON BLANC $1.40/taste
Delightful Napa Sauvignon...well-priced, nicely citrusy white wine.
RAMEY 2009 RRV CHARDONNAY $3.90/taste
With so many customers looking for the Cougar Juice that is Rombauer
we are delighted to share this Ramey bottling. It's an "adult
wine" in a world of
TALLEY 2009 Arroyo Grande CHARDONNAY $2.40/taste
We tell people if they don't like this wine, they shouldn't be
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CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2008 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.
SEPPELTSFIELD 10 YEAR PARA "PORT" $4.00/taste
A legendary sweet wine producer in Australia, this is a marvelous dessert
along the lines of a Colheita Port.
SMITH WOODHOUSE 2000 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 Jurançon $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...