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2016 Cline Rose "Ancient Vines" Mourvedre

2016 Cline Rose "Ancient Vines" Mourvedre

A late-ripening grape that prefers hot, dry climates such as Provence in Southern France, Mourvedre is known as Monastrell in Spain and (in older times) as Mataro in Australia and California. In Cline’s Oakley Vineyard, the Mourvedre vines are well over 100 years old and planted on hillsides with well-drained sandy soils. Because Mourvedre’s thick skin makes for inky black and tannic wines, it is used more in blends (especially with Grenache and/or Syrah) than bottled on its own. Yet, because of these characteristics, this grape requires no maceration to make beautiful rosé; a simple pressing provides plenty of color but no astringency. This Rose Mourvédre is wonderful on hot summer evenings. You get delicious red fruit flavors in a wine that can be served well-chilled. Try it with tropical fruit salad, Provencal-style chicken or grilled salmon.

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¥ 2,600
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2015 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Produced from a mix of warmer and cooler Napa Valley microclimates, Groth’s Sauvignon Blanc is modeled on the great white Bordeaux wines of Graves and Pessac-Léognan. The 2015 vintage includes 18% Semillon, is fermented and aged sur lie in neutral oak barrels and not put through malolactic fermentation. The result is a wine that offers lush, creamy melon and peach, refreshing citrus and a crisp backbone. Versatility is the wine’s great virtue; it would compliment a delicate piece of fish or an herb-roasted whole chicken. 

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¥ 3,900
2014 Chamisal Stainless Pinot Noir Central Coast

2014 Chamisal Stainless Pinot Noir Central Coast

Chamisal’s stainless Pinot Noir highlights the pure essence of Pinot Noir fruit in a lighter, easy-to-enjoy style. Two clones – Swan and 115 – allowed the winemaker to fashion a blend that combines the classic varietal character of bright red fruits with darker and more intense fruit flavors. As for winemaking, Chamisal adopts the carbonic maceration technique of Beaujolais, in which whole berries are crushed under their own weight in a stainless steel tank. This extracts color and flavor but little in the way of tannins or bitterness. Without oak aging or malolactic fermentation, the wine is a gorgeous purple and tastes fresh, fruity and delicious slightly chilled. 

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¥ 4,500
2015 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2015 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Sonoma’s Russian River Valley offers a maker of Chardonnay two key advantages. One is the cool climate that slows down ripening, allowing depth of flavor to develop. The other is soil. Volcanic eruptions, colliding tectonic plates, and the river’s transport of rocks and dirt, from Mendocino in the north to the ocean in the west, have left the Russian River Valley with more diverse soils than almost any other Californian AVA. By sourcing grapes from multiple locales, J Vineyards can blend together lots with distinctive flavor and mineral profiles into a Chardonnay with true Burgundian balance, structure and complexity.  Conditions in 2015 produced a creamy and generous wine that is layered with aromas of honey, apple, pineapple, tangerine and a hint of ginger. It’s bright and fruit forward but medium in weight and oak influence. Try it with crab cakes or a roasted kabocha soup.

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¥ 5,200
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2014 Groth Hillview Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay

2014 Groth Hillview Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay

Groth’s Chardonnay is 100% produced from the Hillview Vineyard, which is located in the Oak Knoll District AVA, a cooler, foggier section of the Napa Valley between Yountville and the city of Napa. While Napa Valley vineyards seem singularly devoted to late-ripening red varieties, Oak Knoll (like Carneros) can produce Chardonnay with lovely citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavors, backed up by fresh acidity. Groth’s approach is to press whole clusters of ripe Chardonnay fruit, ferment the juice in barrel and age the wine sur lie - on the lees – while preventing malolactic fermentation. In this way, the wine retains plenty of tart, natural acidity, which is softened, balanced and made more complex by the barrel treatment. That is why the wine sets off all the pleasure centers: it has layers of aroma and flavor, creaminess and toastiness balanced by mouthwatering freshness. 

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¥ 5,900
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2013 Wind Gap Nellessen Vineyard Syrah

2013 Wind Gap Nellessen Vineyard Syrah

Wind Gap’s Nellessen Syrah epitomizes the new direction this grape is taking in California. Whereas a typical California Syrah used to come from a warmer AVA and was made in big, syrupy, high-octane style (like Aussie Shiraz or Zinfandel), the action has now moved toward the coast and cooler sites. Wind Gap makes Syrah much like it does Pinot Noir: by sourcing grapes from a windy vineyard with poor soils, using whole bunch fermentation on native yeasts, and by aging in neutral oak. The results are stunning. The wine is only 11.9% in alcohol and pale in color but intensely aromatic, bright and lively; the effusive aromas of fruits, berries and black pepper bring many greats of the Northern Rhone to mind. 

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¥ 6,500
2013 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2013 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Perhaps you’ve been hearing about the  “New California” wine but weren’t sure exactly what that meant. In that case, give Wind Gap’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir a try. It should convince you that some California winemakers really are moving away from power toward finesse. Sourced from four great vineyards in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast AVA, this Pinot Noir is delicate and light and effusive with bright fruit and floral flavors, and the alcohol is less than 13%. These qualities can be traced to the rocky, volcanic soils as well as the cool climate, which moderates the ripening of the grapes and ensures fresh acids at harvest time. 

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¥ 6,500
2014 Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Chardonnay

A ringer for a fine Mersault, Big Basin’s Coastview Chardonnay charms with peach, citrus and flowers; it has concentration, minerality, richness and depth without heaviness. One sip naturally leads to another. This delicious wine is a product of its terroir: a vineyard planted at an elevation of 800 m in the Gabilan Mountains, which run along the east side of the Salinas Valley. Summer days are sunny but not hot, and the rocky soils of granite, limestone and quartz radiate warmth overnight. 2014 was an early vintage without weather extremes. Because of an ongoing California drought, total yields, grape clusters and berry sizes were significantly lower. The winemaker loves the floral aromatics, verve and minerality that stand out in this vintage. This classy Chardonnay is lean and fresh, an approachable wine that will develop over the next three to five years. Give the wine time to open in the glass or try decanting! 

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¥ 8,400
2012 Wind Gap Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Wind Gap Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

Featuring steep slopes, well-drained and rocky soils, and a range of clones and rootstocks, the Gap’s Crown Vineyard supplies fruit to several illustrious producers of Pinot Noir. The location is excellent; on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, but still within the the Petaluma Gap, the vineyard is nurtured by both warm sun and cool fogs, and tends to produce ripe fruit and powerful, concentrated wines. In 2012, the fruit flavors were so intense that Wind Gap fermented the different vineyard blocks and clones separately using different proportions of whole clusters in order to create a more ethereal, structured wine. The result is a rich and robust Pinot Noir that looks opaque and dark in the glass but lifts with a seductive floral and red fruit perfume.

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¥ 9,700
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2013 Groth Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Groth Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Groth’s Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% produced from the estate vineyard in Oakville. The fruit is harvested at night and can be delivered to the winery within minutes, where it is sorted, crushed and put into small fermentation tanks. If 2012 was good, the 2013 Napa vintage has lately been described as historic. Dry conditions led vines to produce small clusters of small berries with excellent concentration and flavor, and ideal weather throughout the spring and fall meant that grapes were picked at peak ripeness. Groth’s winemaker praised their 2013s, noting “fantastic fruit expression and outrageous color, bodacious tannin structure in the reds.” Full-bodied with lush dark fruit, savory notes, structure and fine tannins, this wine would pair well with a well-marbled steak or even a juicy hamburger.

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¥ 9,900
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2013 Wind Gap Woodruff Vineyard Pinot Noir

2013 Wind Gap Woodruff Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Woodruff Vineyard is located near Corralitos, a cool area in the southern part of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Originally planted in the early 80s, the vineyard, which contains the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the locality, had long fallen into disrepair when bought and then painstakingly revived by new owners in 2008. Today the old gnarled vines planted in rocky and sandy soils are entirely dry-farmed. Yields can be miniscule, but the wines heavenly. 2013 being a warmer vintage, Wind Gap used 100% whole cluster fermentation as a way to add structure and balance to the naturally ripe fruit. The wine exudes dark, exotic nuances of forest floor but has length, texture and a firm classic structure.

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¥ 10,000
2013 Wind Gap Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2013 Wind Gap Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Amaya Ridge Vineyard lies to the east of Santa Cruz, up in the mountains along the border of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Well off the beaten path and surrounded by redwoods, the estate comprises just three acres of Pinot Noir. Rocky soils and steep slopes produce wines that are dark, dense and concentrated. In 2013, Wind Gap used 100% whole cluster fermentation to give the ripe fruit more structure and lift. Even so, compared with the Woodruff Pinot, the Amaya Ridge is a dense and hedonistic wine with a creamy mouthfeel that’s 100% delicious.

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¥ 10,000
2012 Wind Gap Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Wind Gap Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir

Like the Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sun Chase is located at the edge of the Petaluma Gap, on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain – but at a significantly higher elevation well above the fog line. The flavor profile of the fruit from the two vineyards could not be more different. While Gap’s Crown concentrates the dark fruit, Sun Chase exhilarates with red: cherries, cranberries and ripe raspberries. 2013 was Wind Gap’s first vintage with this promising vineyard. Given the bright character of the fruit, the grapes were 100% destemmed at harvest. The wine is a dense and concentrated mouthful, but zesty, vibrant and fresh.

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¥ 10,500
2012 Groth Oakville Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Groth Oakville Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A wine of great depth, richness and ageability, Groth’s Reserve Cabernet is essentially a hand-crafted product. During the growing season, each vine in the reserve vineyard is carefully tended so that grapes receive the right combination of light and shade. Several rounds of crop-thinning ensure vines concentrate their energy on select bunches. The grapes are hand-harvested in the cool hours of the night; the grapes are hand-sorted once before, and again after, de-stemming. Even though the reserve vineyard is small, it is divided into blocks that are fermented and even aged separately. Only the best barrels make it into the final blend. While costly, these methods allow for the best expression of the Oakville terroir. In 2012, exceptional weather produced a classy wine that offers bright berry flavors, a firm grip and subtle nuances of herb, spice and floral notes. It’s a wine that will grace your special occasions for years to come. 

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¥ 22,000
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