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2014 Quail Creek California Merlot

2014 Quail Creek California Merlot

Lively, bright fruit, an easy-drinking style and moderate alcohol (12.5%) make this Merlot an excellent choice for the mid-week meal. It’s a medium-bodied wine with plum jam aromas, blackberry and red currant flavors, and notes of vanilla oak on the finish. It would pair well with rib roast, spaghetti Bolognese or hard cheeses. 

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¥ 1,300
2015 Quail Creek California Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Quail Creek California Cabernet Sauvignon

A great value from Quail Creek Cellars! Here’s a vibrant Cab with lovely aromas of spicy blackberry and red cherry. It’s a medium bodied wine that delights with subtle flavors of black pepper, vanilla and an intriguing smokiness. Try it with with strong cheeses, burgers, pasta or even ribs.

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¥ 1,300
2016 Three Thieves California Pinot Noir

2016 Three Thieves California Pinot Noir

California Pinot Noir with great varietal character and a low price. What a steal! Juicy cherry and raspberry flavors and refreshing acidity add a new dimension to the weekday table. The fruit was sourced primarily from the Lodi / Sacramento River Delta regions (52%) as well as from the cool Central Coast (48%). The blend includes 18% Syrah and 6% Petite Sirah for color and body. Contact with both French and American oak provided tannic structure as well as spice notes in the finish. It's a medium-bodied wine with a silky texture, generous fruit and plenty of refreshing acidity.

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¥ 1,800
2016 Three Thieves California Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Three Thieves California Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s hard to beat the value offered by Three Thieves Cabernet. Sourced 50% from Monterrey and 50% from Lodi, it’s a California Cabernet that’s smooth and approachable, full-bodied but firm and full of flavor. Those features and the low price make it a great wine for all sorts of occasions: big weekend barbecues, cocktail parties, company events or gallery openings.

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¥ 1,800
NV Vina Maitia "Aupa" Pipeno

NV Vina Maitia "Aupa" Pipeno

Viña Maitia’s “Aupa" is a pipeño, which, in earlier times, was a simple, rustic wine that was made and enjoyed by the campesinos (peasant farmers). While pipeño did have a reputation as the kind of quaff some folks drank like water, David and Loreta do believe pipeño is part of Chilean wine tradition worth preserving. Made simply, naturally and with grapes growing locally for local consumption, it was, almost by definition, a wine of place. “Aupa” is a blend of 70% Pais and 30% Carignane. In most Chilean wine regions, Pais, with its reputation for low acid and light color, is a grape variety in decline, yet Viña Maitia’s Pais is sourced from ancient, low-yielding “bush vines,” and develops extraordinary concentration and flavor. And, like the French vignerons who farmed these same vineyards 80+ years ago, David supplements his Pais with old vine Carignane for additional structure, color and acidity. Vina Maitia’s Aupa is a delight; refreshing, bright and low in alcohol, it’s an easy drinking summertime red that can be enjoyed with a range of casual fare (including seafood) throughout the evening.  

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¥ 1,900
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2016 Cline "Farmhouse" Red

2016 Cline "Farmhouse" Red

The “Farmhouse” on the label stands at the Green String Farm in Petaluma, a center dedicated to studying methods of farming that are "beyond sustainable." These same methods guide the viticultural practices at Cline Cellars so that the vineyards will remain bountiful for decades to come. Farmhouse 2016 consists of 39% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel, 9% Grenache, 7% Petite Sirah, and 3% Mourvèdre. Oak barrel aging integrates the flavors and other components, producing a wine that’s bright but full-bodied with jammy berry flavors and soft tannins. It's hard to believe such a fine and distinctive wine is available at such a reasonable price! Try this with a steak - beef or tuna would satisfy equally - or a rustic pasta with plenty of mushrooms.

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¥ 2,000
2015 Cline Sonoma County Syrah

2015 Cline Sonoma County Syrah

With its dark purple color, multi-faceted fruit profile, and the ability to grace both picnic blankets and restaurant tables, Syrah has soared in popularity, recently becoming California’s fifth-most-planted grape. With a dry,  Mediterranean climate like that of Southern France, Sonoma County can produce excellent Syrah. The grapes for this wine come mainly from Cline’s vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, where cooler conditions add refreshing acidity and spicy aromas. With a compelling mix of ripe fruit and savory characters, this wine is a surefire match for grilled fare – even grilled salmon or mixed grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil. 

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¥ 2,200
2015 Cline "Old Vine" Lodi Zinfandel

2015 Cline "Old Vine" Lodi Zinfandel

In celebration of Cline’s 35-year anniversary, the winery has bottled this old favorite under a dramatic new label. The grapes for this rich and complex red wine come come from several old vineyards located in the Mokelumne River AVA, one of Lodi’s seven sub-AVAs.  Located at the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley, the region has been producing wine grapes since the 1850s and is renowned for distinctive, voluptuous Zinfandel. Abundant daytime heat during the growing season is mitigated by cool winds and fog that roll in during the evenings, creating ideal conditions for Zinfandel grapes. By carefully selecting and blending the fruit, Cline achieves harmony, elegance and early-drinkability. The rich berry flavors and smooth structure suggest excellent pairing with bold-flavored foods such as penne putanesca, grilled meats or chili con carne. A Wine Spectator "Daily Wine Pick" - May 2017. 

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¥ 2,200
2015 Castle Rock Paso Robles Petite Sirah

2015 Castle Rock Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Not to be confused with Syrah, Petite Sirah (a.k.a. Durif) has been part of California winemaking since the earliest days – whether in the “field blends” of the pioneers or as a varietal wine more recently. Black-skinned and high in tannin and acidity, it can add structure and freshness to red blends or produce a lovely varietal that's hearty, age-worthy and generous with dark fruit, spice and floral notes. Paso Robles has a Mediterranean climate of hot days and cool nights that’s perfect for this grape, and “Paso Petites” have been winning accolades from critics and consumers alike. Castle Rock’s Petite Sirah is dark, full-bodied, deeply concentrated and delicious. What value! Try it with grilled meats, hearty stews or pasta.

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¥ 2,300
2014 Castle Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Castle Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

An arid plateau east of the Cascade Range and beyond the tempering influence of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia Valley has little in common with the appellations along the west coast. On the other hand, at 46° N, it shares the same latitude as the great French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, allowing for much longer summer days than in points south. The Columbia Valley’s combination of a long growing season, rich volcanic soils and plenty of mountain run-off for nurturing vines in the dry climate produces bold and nuanced wines, full of structure and balanced acidity. Castle Rock’s south-facing hillside vineyards produce a Cabernet Sauvignon that is rich, structured and supple. 

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¥ 2,300
2015 Castle Rock Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Castle Rock Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Located between Monterrey and Santa Barbara, the Paso Robles AVA is not among the Central Coast’s cooler climates. Indeed, the Santa Lucia Mountain Range that forms the AVA’s western border, shields most of Paso Robles AVA from coastal fog and winds, which is why Zinfandel, Syrah and the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon feature prominently among Paso Robles wineries. On the other hand, because Paso Robles features the widest day-to-night temperature swing in California, red wines develop complex flavors over a long growing season. Diverse soils are another key feature of Paso Robles: granite, marine and volcanic rocks, calcareous shales and sandstone can often be found within the same vineyard block! With Castle Rock’s Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon you get a classic, dark, rich Cab at a price that merits midweek drinking. Pair it with beef, lamb or even spaghetti Bolognese.

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¥ 2,400
2014 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

2014 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

Because getting to Mendocino takes more effort than does a drive to the Napa Valley, the area remains rural and rugged. Forests, ranches, farms and vineyards encompass the landscape with restaurants and winery tasting rooms far and few between. The Anderson Valley and the western side of the county features a cool climate that allows Pinot Noir to develop wonderful aromatics and bright fruit flavors. The 2014 Mendocino PN is a great value, offering attractive cherry and wild berry fruit as well as notes of earth, cedar and savory herbs. Lamb, chicken, salmon and light pasta dishes will all pair well with this wine. 

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¥ 2,400
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2014 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (375ml)

2014 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (375ml)

This Zin is sourced from five small, family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley, old plots that harken back to the days when the area was well away from the beaten path of “wine country” and almost forgotten. In 2014, the Dry Creek Valley produced fabulous Zin. A long growing season of sunny days and cool, foggy nights endowed the wine with intense, mouthfilling forward fruit balanced with bright acidity and supple tannic structure. The 375 ml bottle is perfect for picnics, train journeys, or mid-week meals. 

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¥ 2,500
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2014 Taken "Complicated" Red Central Coast

2014 Taken "Complicated" Red Central Coast

In Spain and Southern France, vintners have long understood the affinity between Grenache and Syrah. Grenache brings bright strawberry and raspberry flavors – but potentially more alcohol and less acidity for a well-balanced wine. Syrah darkens the color and adds tannic structure and notes of blueberry and spice. Taken’s 2014 “Complicated” was sourced from vineyards in California’s “Rhone Zone” – the Central Coast AVA. The blend of 64% Grenache, 34% Syrah and 2% Carignane was aged in French oak. It’s a juicy, opulent wine with an excellent balance of bright fruit, acidity and tannin. This red blend offers great value and is ready to drink – especially with whatever comes off the grill. 

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¥ 2,600
2016 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

2016 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Bright lively Pinot that’s as delicious as it is affordable! SeaGlass Pinot Noir is sourced primarily from the Los Alamos Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Barbara County that also supplies fruit to such illustrious producers as Au Bon Climat. It’s an area of rolling hills, where the valleys run east to west, funneling the ocean fog and breezes many kilometers inland. Grapes develop bright flavors as they ripen slowly; they also begin ripening early because the sandy soils radiate warmth. Seaglass has produced an elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir that shows plenty of bright red fruit character without heaviness or excessive alcohol. Mild cheeses, grilled salmon or lamb would pair well with SeaGlass Pinot Noir.

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¥ 2,600
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2014 SeaGlass Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 SeaGlass Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

When you think of Paso Robles, Rhone style red might come to mind, but Cabernet is, in fact, the AVA’s most widely-planted grape variety; indeed, more Cab is produced in Paso than in any other coastal region outside Napa. Paso’s well-drained gravelly and loamy soils provide Cabernet with great concentration, and the region’s long growing season and dry climate mean that rain rarely spoils the harvest of this late-ripening variety. The bright flavors, vibrant acidity, and soft but rich tannins that make this Seaglass Cabernet so compelling are the hallmarks of great Paso Robles Cabernet. Decant this Cab for an hour or so and the bright blackberry fruit develop notes of salted meats, minerality and sandalwood. Quite a complex wine for such a reasonable price! 

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¥ 2,600
2012 Castle Rock Los Carneros Pinot Noir

2012 Castle Rock Los Carneros Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is well-known as a finicky grape that, if planted in the right spot, can express the terroir like no other. Carneros was among the first of California’s cool-climate AVAs to prove that the “right spot” need not be in Burgundy to make a wine that is subtle, elegant, complex and sublime. Castle Rock’s Los Carneros is a fabulous value, delivering a smooth and heady mix of fruit and spice. Lamb, chicken, salmon or light pasta dishes would pair well with this versatile wine. 

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¥ 2,700