New and Notable Wines

2005 Ferrari-Carano Trésor, Sonoma County, CA

Aptly named “Trésor” for “treasure,” the grapes are hand harvested from dry-farmed, low yielding vines primarily on mountain vineyards. Delicious aromas of ripe blackberry and currant from the Cabernet Sauvignon pair with the provocative notes of boysenberry and cherry cobbler from the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. With a full bodied and richly-textured tannin profile, this blend exudes a concentrated palate of intense red and black berries, cinnamon, chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. Upfront silkiness and roundness make for a delicious wine now and will drink well for 7-10 years. Quarterly Review of Wines -- Five Star Wine, 25th Annual Best of the Best. - Regular $54.99 / Special $39.99

2006 Paraduxx Red Blend

Aromas of plum, chocolate and cherry pie are accentuated by hints of violet, clove, cinnamon spice and vanilla bean. Bright red fruit flavors of Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry are contrasted by dark and compelling layers of blueberry, mocha and molasses. Great structure here, with smooth, fine tannins, a black pepper mid-palate and long nutmeg and red currant finish. 64% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.- $49.99

2007 Numanthia Termes

Numanthia is the icon of the Toro appellation, which is situated in the North West of Spain in Castilla y Leon region, close to the Portuguese border and crossed by the River Duero. Tinta de Toro, part of the Trempanillo family, is the single grape variety used in the region. Picked at optimal ripeness on low yielding old vines, it is intensely fruity and concentrated.Termes shows Toro's quintessential fruit: Ripe but fresh, with velvety texture and lively structure, this wine leaves a general impression of balance and elegance. This is the newest release in a long line of highly rated and very impressive wines from this great Spanish property. - $29.99

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros 2008 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

Year after year, Ted Seghesio releases some of the best Zinfandels on the market. The Sonoma Zin, which combines fruit from Home Ranch, River Road, Lone Oak, San Lorenzo and Cortina Vineyards balances the sweet briar fruit California Zin is known for, with sultry spice undertones and fine tannins without ever being over the top. This is a great follow up to their highly touted 2007 offering which was rated 93 points and #10 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World. Balanced and food friendly as always. - $25.99

Bogle Phantom 2006

The black magic is back...Phantom. Three distinctive varietals combine lush berry and fierce spice into a wine characterized by its incandescence. Deeply luscious and succulent blackberries ignite this vintage of our rich ruby apparition. Aromas of anise and sweet fig are embraced by touches of black pepper. From the shadowed dark depths, subtle notes of cloves and vanilla emerge and compliment the concentrated fruit characters of this wine. Captured in 1, 2 and 3 year old American oak barrels, this wine showcases the best these distinct varietals have to offer. Though this wine is remarkable now, age in the bottle will only integrate the three distinct varietals more. Welcome the winery ghost into your home again with this latest vintage, and enjoy with full-flavored and hearty meals...before it vanishes again for another year! - $20.99

Vietti 2007‘Tre Vigne’ Barbera D’asti, Piedmont, Italy

The Tre Vigne from Asti is a beautiful Barbera. Flows from the glass with a blast of mineral-infused ripe dark fruit, tar, smoke and toasted oak. This medium to full-bodied, brooding Barbera could use another few months in bottle to come together. In this vintage it reveals superb depth and concentration. - 89 pts. Robert Parker - $19.99

Summers "Andriana's Cuvee" Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Napa CA

Summers Andriana's Cuvee is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from three select vineyards in the northern Napa Valley, including Summers own Villa Andriana Vineyard. Unique microclimates of the vineyards combine to yield a deep and complex Cabernet that is a signature of its extraordinary terroir. Barrel aging and judicious use of new oak make this a wine that is enjoyable young. Firm tannins make for wine worthy of cellaring.  - $24.99

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2006 - Tuscany Italy

Has sweet berry and fresh herbs on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Tight now, but shows excellent potential. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2010. - 91 pts. Wine Spectator - $24.99

Ten Mile "The Broken Road" 2006

The inspiration for this wine was based upon the classic field blends of California from the late 1800's. "The Broken Road" a blend of 64% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 8% Barbera, 8% Malbec, and 2% Carignane, which gives it a powerful flavor with strong cherry flavors. Dark purple hues with brooding aromas of pepper and black raspberry tea dominate the nose. Deep black fruits are well displayed on the palate in a medium bodied, supple style while the nicely structured acidity ensures a multitude of dimension you don't often find in wines of this price. Good everyday value for the dollar.   - $14.99

2004 Amauta Valle De Cafayate, Argentina

The “Amauta” was the wise man in the Incan empire, and means “the one who teaches how to live.” A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah it has a purple color and delivers an attractive bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied with a firm entry onto the palate, revealing ripe, spicy black fruit flavors, light tannin, and a sense of elegance. - 90 pts. Robert Parker - $24.99

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2008 

Mulderbosch (situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch) is widely accepted as being one of the best white wine producers in the South Africa. Specific to the Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch, is the wind tunnel effect, which benefits the vineyards, as this cools them during the long, hot summer months. Winemaker Mike Dobrovic is known as South Africa's Mr. Sauvignon Blanc, and for good reason.

This Sauvignon Blanc shows pale straw with a green tinge. Packed with flinty gooseberry and a touch of citrus – yet maintaining its complex character of grassiness and nettle. The mouth-filling ripe fruit is supported by crisp acid. This powerful and concentrated wine has become a trademark of Mulderbosch.

Serve this with fresh asparagus; char-grilled artichokes; oysters; grilled line fish and shellfish; calamari; smoked salmon; seafood paella; chicken à la king; and oven baked goat’s milk cheese. 90 Points Wine Spectator - $21.99

Mettler CabernetMettler Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care the family took to fully express the potential of these very small and unique portions of their vineyard holdings.

Deep, complex and polished, the Mettler Cabernet Sauvignon is indistinguishable in character and style from its well known counterparts in the premium cabernet districts in California. This cabernet has an approachable yet traditional style. Fruit forward but balanced, it pairs beautifully with lamb, beef filet, and is sinfully delicious with dark chocolate. Delivers a long lingering finish of espresso and chocolate.

An exceptional value at $21.99.

2007 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon

Murphy-Goode was founded in 1985 by Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready. Murphy and Goode were growers who helped to pioneer Alexander Valley (Tim Murphy is considered a father of California Sauvignon Blanc). They brought wire trellising, broad scale drip irrigation and leaf pulling to Alexander Valley. All their grapes are grown in Sonoma County, and the estate wines come from grapes grown exclusively in Alexander Valley. Murphy-Vineyards, owned by the Murphy family, is 300 acres in the heart of Alexander Valley.

This Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec. The addition of Petit Verdot gives this wine its depth, Merlot adds sweetness and Malbec contributes a hint of soft blueberry fruit. It’s a wine that packs a punch, exhibiting flavors of blackberry, black cherry, bay and thyme with an oak profile of vanilla and toasted nuts. Its soft, rich tannins make it a very approachable wine that is ready to drink now but equally suitable for hanging onto for years.”. - $19.99 / Special Crush Sale Price $16.99

R Wines "The Wine" 2004 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

A barrel selection as well as a vineyard block selection from the renowned Hoffman Vineyard in the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley, there are only 200 cases of this Shiraz which was sourced from 40 to 80 year old vines and aged for 36 months. It offers up a super expressive nose of toasty oak, smoke, pencil lead, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur with hints of licorice and chocolate in the background. Full-bodied and voluptuous, this powerful wine has gobs of spicy black fruits, notes of dark chocolate, well-concealed tannins, and a very long, pure finish. 99 pts. Robert Parker- $139.99

2006 Torii Mor Dundee Hills Select Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Oregon

The 2006 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Select is dark ruby in color with red and black cherry, black raspberry, damp earth and spice box aromatics. Silky-textured, round, and dense, the wine has excellent depth and grip, followed by a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next five to six years. This wine was handcrafted by master winemaker Jacques Tardy from three different vineyard sites owned by Torii Mor. Drinks well now but will age nicely for another 5-7 years. 91 Rating from The Wine Advocate. - Regular price $54.99 / Special $39.99 

2006 Venge Scout's Honor - Napa Valley, CA

This wine is named for the Venge winery dog, who they unfortunately lost earlier this year. This year's blend is primarily Zinfandel (63%) with the balance shared by 15% Petite Sirah, 15% Charbono and 7% Syrah. In every vintage, one or two particular varietals or vineyards will outshine the others. Fortunately with the 10 different components that make up the Scout's Honor, it is easy to find a great fit of the best parts. This vintage is an eclectic assemblage with light violets, crushed herbs, red cherry and licorice scents in the nose. The palate is driven with femininity from the Zin with loads of ripe red berry and cherry and enveloping masculinity of mineral, char and tannin flavors from the Syrah, Charbonno and Petite Sirah. This is a largely structured wine and not for the weak of heart nor imagination. - Regular $39.99 / Intro Sale $29.99

2007 Tablas Creek Esprit De Beaucastel, Paso Robles, CA

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel 2007 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from bud wood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvedre(44%), with additions of Grenache(29%) for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah(21%) for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise(6%) for brambly spice and acidity. The 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel is delicious and unusually approachable right now, with a complex nose of red plum, ripe cherry, fresh figs and candied orange peel, a velvety, layered palate with spicy plum and cherry fruit, pepper and nutmeg spices, and excellent breadth. The finish shows more mineral, plum, and spice, and a little gentle oak from the foudre aging. It is delicious now, if very young, and should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer. 95-97 points by Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate!- $49.99

2005 BV Tapestry

The 2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves five classic vaietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - into an elegant, beautifully balanced wine. The deep, expressive aromas and flavors are filled with black cherry, briary blackberry, cassis, dark cocoa, violet and cedar character. Cabernet Sauvignon's deep berry and cassis flavors are the firm backbone of the blend, while Merlot adds round, fleshy black cherry and cocoa notes. The Cabernet Franc perfumes with hints of violets and the Petit Verdot and Malbec enhance the ruby color and spiciness. This wine makes a delicious foil for mesquite-grilled steak, filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms and roast lamb.- Reg $49.99 / Special $29.99

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros 2007 Paraiso Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California

The Paraiso estate encompasses 400 acres in Monterey's rugged Santa Lucia Mountains. The cool, Region I climate here is optimal for growing this noble Burgundian varietal. For the exceptional 2007 Pinot Noir, fruit was chosen from Blocks Four, Five, Six, and Fourteen, planted to thirty-four year old "Martini" clone vines. "Dijon" clones from Block Seven and Eleven were included, as well as some Pommard clone Pinot Noir. The traditional Martini clone provides a rich core of cherry and spice characters and elegant balance while the earlier ripening Dijon and Pommard clones add "weight" and deeper color. Vintage 2007 was a textbook year with adequate rain followed by moderate summer and early fall temperatures. The 2007Paraiso Pinot Noir was allowed several months of bottle age before release.This is the third Pinot Noir made in our new, state-of-the-art winery. The ability to ferment and age in very small lots shows through in the finished wine'slayers of complexity. Equal parts power and finesse, it displays classic Santa Lucia Highlands character: rich cherry/plum fruit accented by nuances of nutmeg, pepper, smoke, and vanilla. The wine's perfectly poised fruit/acid balance makes it incredibly food-versatile; it is a wonderful complement to roast fowl and grilled salmon, as well as almost any beef or lamb preparation. 92 point rating from The Wine Spectator. . - $24.99

2007 Columbia Valley Semillon Oakville Winery 2007 Zinfandel, Napa Valley, CA

The 2007 Zinfandel from Oakville Winery represents their dedication to producing a high quality, hand crafted wine that exudes the very essence of this uniquely California grape varietal. This wine showcases an elegant forward nose of blackberry and cassis accented with pepper and anise with subtle oak nuances, depth and refined tannins. The grapes come from two vineyard sites aged separately for 15 months in a combination of French and American oak. Only 800 cases produced of this gem.  - $34.99

2007 Columbia Valley Semillon L’Ecole No 41 2007 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington

This Sémillon is quite dry. Remarkably brilliant with rich fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows fragrant citrus blossom, tangerine and floral aromas, with melon, fresh apple, pear, lychee nut and key-lime flavors on a honeysuckle mineral-rich finish. 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast / 89 pts. Stephen Tanzer  - $17.99

2009 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes

A subtle and refined torrontes, this wine is light and floral, with refreshing acidity brightening its soft, creamy texture. A good match for fried seafood. 90 pts Wine & Spirits  - $14.99

2008 Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec

On the nose raspberries definitely lead, with a concomitant note of fresh strawberry jam and a little cherry to back it all up. You expect red fruit and you get it. These wines are are meant to be consumed fruity and young.  - $11.99

2006 Mitolo Jester Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia

Aged for 12 months in French and American oak, with 20% dried grapes included in the blend, it offers up an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, smoke, pepper, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied and supple-textured, the wine has a forward personality with layers of spicy fruit and some elegance. It is for drinking over the next 10 years. It is an outstanding value! - 91 pts. Robert Parker  - $21.99

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley CA

Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s first release and flagship wine. Have you ever found yourself in a wine shop or restaurant perusing the wines and do I choose the best wine for the money? You may admire a label, recognize a name, or recall a great essence you’re making an “Educated Guess.” This is exactly what goes on in the vineyards and wineries around the world. Should we pick the grapes now or wait? How long should we barrel age our wine? Should we use French or American Oak, or both? We use our knowledge, intuition, and years of experience to make the best possible decisions; however at the end of the day it still remains an “Educated Guess.” This wine is 100% Napa Valley. Rich, ripe and focused with juicy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, all tied together with a creamy french vanilla middle and a lingering finish. - $21.99