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2017 Seaglass Monterey County Rose

2017 Seaglass Monterey County Rose

A beautiful expression of the cool coastal terroir of Monterrey County, this crisp, fresh, pale pink Rosé is made from Grenache, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Following a gentle crushing and brief maceration, the grapes aren’t pressed but simply drained of lightly-colored juice, which goes into stainless steel tanks for fermentation at cold temperatures without malolactic fermentation. The result is a delicate wine that balances ripe cherry and raspberry flavors with acidity for a crisp, clean finish. Under 13% in alcohol, this vibrant wine provides perfect accompaniment for such light summer appetizers as prosciutto with melon, crab salad, mussels, or crab cakes with spicy aioli.  

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¥ 2,300
2015 Three Old Vines Field Blend Contra Costa County

2015 Three Old Vines Field Blend Contra Costa County

A deep purple/black concoction wafting aromas of boysenberry, violets and dark plum. Intriguing… Delicious … But what is it? Blending Carignane, Mataro, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and Black Malvoisie may obfuscate varietal character, but it’s winemaking as practiced by the pioneers, who knew that each grape variety added it’s own bit of charm to the wine they wanted on their dinner tables. The old, head-pruned vines in Contra Costa County grow in a sandy soil known as Delhi Sandy Loam, which is so sandy that the vine roots must reach deep into the earth to find moisture. Because the sand also kept the nasty Phylloxera louse at bay, the vines were also planted on their own vinifera roots - one of the few modern-day vineyards in the world where this is possible. Blending the fruit of these low-yielding vines results in a wine that’s deep purple/black in color and offers high-toned aromas of boysenberry violets and dark plum. On entry, the wine is massive and packed with crushed black fruits and black cherry liqueur, while the finish remains firm and vibrant. Drink now or lay down for up to a decade. Decanting is recommended. Enjoy with rich meat stews or roasts. 

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¥ 2,900
2013 Lawer Betsy's Vineyard Viognier

2013 Lawer Betsy's Vineyard Viognier

¥ 2,900
Very Low Stock
2015 Three Old Vines Zinfandel Contra Costa County

2015 Three Old Vines Zinfandel Contra Costa County

Though labeled as Zinfandel, the wine really consists of  76% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Mataro, and 1% Alicante Bouschet. As winemakers across much of Europe know well, blending builds complexity. In this case, Petite Sirah provided tannin structure as well as boysenberry and pepper, Carignane helped create a fleshy mouthfeel along with dark cherries and coffee notes and Mataro (Mourvedre) added spice and violets. All the vines in this bottling are over 100 years old - or even 120 in the case of the Mataro. Because they produce small grape clusters and berries, the wine made from them is deeply concentrated and rich. If a list exists of California’s “wines of place,” Three’s Old Vines Zin belongs on it. 

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¥ 3,300
2017 Oeno Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2017 Oeno Russian River Valley Chardonnay

This understated but vibrant and refreshing Chardonnay was sourced from a Russian River vineyard planted in the 1980s called Oak Bench Block. It was designed to take advantage of a climate that features midday sun but cool, foggy nights and mornings. It has a north-south orientation and the canopy is trimmed on the morning side only. Such attention to detail is but one way value was added to this fine wine. In the winery, limited malolactic fermentation was employed in order to emphasize the fresh and pure fruit. Delicious with shellfish or light pasta dishes. 

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¥ 3,900
2016 Oeno Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Oeno Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Fans of wines made in the footsteps of “In Pursuit of Balance” will find much to love in this well-balanced Cabernet that isn’t overripe, high in alcohol, or made with excessive oak. The source is a head-trained, 40 year-old vineyard. The grapes were destemmed but pressed as whole berries and fermented with native yeast, followed by aging in neutral French Oak to preserve the varietal fruit character. Ripe and rich with just a hint of vanilla, this is Cabernet that harkens back to the days when California wines graced big family tables, accenting the meal and and supporting, but never dominating, the conversation.

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¥ 4,300
2015 Three Live Oak Zinfandel Contra Costa County

2015 Three Live Oak Zinfandel Contra Costa County

About this wine, the Three Wine Company says: “The Mazzoni-Live Oak vineyard is actually two separate small vineyard blocks that are separated by Live Oak Road in Oakley. They were once owned and farmed by two Italian immigrant farmers named Spike and Guido Mazzoni. The Mazzoni block is made up of predominately Zinfandel vines but is a field blend with Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mataro, and Alicante Bouschet with a few vines of Muscat of Alexandria as well. The 1.5-acre Live Oak block across the street is 100% Zinfandel. Together, the 2015 Mazzoni-Live Oak is 76% Zinfandel, 4% Mataro, 4% Carignane, 13% Petite Sirah, and 3% Alicante Bouschet. The wine is dark black and blue color to the edge, with raspberry, boysenberry, violets, supple tannins and perfect acidity. The wine shows staggering ancient (130 year-old) vine concentration with a briary density and silky, velour-like mouthfeel which is classic of this vineyard.”

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¥ 4,700
2017 Six Cloves Nakai Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Six Cloves Nakai Vineyard Chardonnay

Six Cloves’ first release is this refreshing but complex Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The Nakai Vineyard is an eight-hectare farm owned by Akiyoshi Nakai, who followed the classic path of a home winemaker becoming so smitten by the bug that he buys land in Sonoma County, plants and cultivates a vineyard and starts selling wine under his own label — all while maintaining a full-time job in San Francisco. Where his story diverges from others is that he started out in Tokyo, nowhere near a vineyard, and only strayed into winemaking when he didn’t know what else to do with a load of apricots his family picked on a visit to a farm in California’s Central Valley. Planted in the early 1980s, Nakai’s Chardonnay vines are well over 30 years old and in that phase of producing fruit with character and concentration. Only 56 cases were produced!

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¥ 5,800
2017 Flowers Sonoma Coast Rose Wine

2017 Flowers Sonoma Coast Rose Wine

Hotei Wines is thrilled to offer this lovely rosé that Flowers Winery has been making in limited quantities for just a couple years. If you have been less than impressed with the ever-more-popular rosé wines, finding them indistinguishable or a bit sweet, give this one a try. Sourced from the same, small vineyards along the wild Sonoma Coast as Flowers’ other impeccable wines, this is a serious rosé, elegant, distinct and 100% Pinot Noir. It delights with a salmon hue, lifted aromas of red berries, grapefruit, and rose petals and a complex palate of raspberry, orange marmalade and orange and lemon zest. While the price is higher than what you might expect to pay for rosé, it’s less costly than the winery’s other offerings but stands out and wows in all the ways you expect from Flowers. Could be one of California’s best rosé wines. 

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¥ 6,300
2016 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

2016 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

While Gary Farrell Winery remains largely focused on vineyard-designated wines, the RRV Selection allows the winemaker to fashion an expression of the entire appellation from such premier resources as Westside Farms, Bacigalupi Vineyard– Goddard Ranch, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Rochioli Vineyard, Allen Vineyard, Lazy W Vineyard, Martinelli Vineyard– Parnell Ranch, and Pratt’s Cornerstone Vineyard. 2016 was an exceptional vintage. Winter rains nursed stressed vines back to health after some years of drought; excellent summer and fall weather allowed grapes to develop balance, structure and complexity. The many vineyards contributed to produce a wine with excellent acidity and structure and a dizzying array of zesty citrus, herbal and spice aromas and flavors. 

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¥ 6,300
2015 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay

Several kilometers west of bustling Santa Rosa, Olivet Lane looks untouched by the 21st century, a narrow road running between old vineyards planted on a gentle slope. Robert Pellegrini, whose family had long been involved in Sonoma County viticulture and winemaking, bought the property in 1973 and had the foresight to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - long before those varieties became the powerhouses they are today. Located in a sweet spot where summer days start out cool and foggy but end warm and sunny, the Olivet Lane vineyard has long been acknowledged as an excellent source of Chardonnay. Indeed, Gary Farrell has produced an Olivet Lane bottling since the 1990s. According to the winery, this Chardonnay “is a pure expression of penetrating acidity moderated by layers of rich, velvety baking spices with crisp apple and citrus notes throughout.” 

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¥ 7,800
Very Low Stock
2015 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir

2015 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir

By sourcing Pinot Noir from seven vineyards around and just outside the Russian River AVA, the winemaker could work with grapes that matured in a range of summertime-in-Sonoma conditions, from cool but sunny, to foggy and cool to extremely foggy and cold. The result is a classic expression of California Pinot Noir that’s rich, pure and elegant, that tantalizes with bright red fruit and notes of pepper, cola, rosemary and wild mushrooms. This is a seductive wine with crisp acidity and layers of flavor that will accompany a wide range of fine meals - grilled quail, seared salmon or tuna or dishes that include cherries or figs come to mind.

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¥ 7,800
2017 Littorai Anderson Valley "Les Larmes" Pinot Noir

2017 Littorai Anderson Valley "Les Larmes" Pinot Noir

Les Larmes is an Anderson Valley appellation wine that is blended from de-classified barrels and press wine from such vineyards as Cerise, Savoy, Wendling and One Acre. In French, Les Larmes means "the tears." Those tears were shed in 2005, when the One Acre Vineyard succumbed to phylloxera, and the vines had to be ripped out. At first, Les Larmes was made from the fruit of the new vines in the replanted One Acre vineyard. Like Littorai’s Sonoma Coast appellation wine, Les Larmes is made to be enjoyed young. While it’s a vibrant, mouthwatering wine with aromas of raspberry and cranberry, it nevertheless impresses with power and earthiness.

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¥ 9,500
2015 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

Whoa! Ramey Rochioli Vineyard? While many of Hotei’s California wine aficionados may be doing a double take, we can report that – Yes! – it’s true: in 2015 David Ramey began producing a new vineyard-designated bottling from the famed Rochioli Vineyard. Sourced from blocks within the Rochioli estate as well as a small percentage from the Allen Vineyard, which is farmed by the Rochiolis, this Chardonnay hits it out of the park. Combining Burgundian-inspired winemaking with some of the best Russian River fruit, the wine has great character and concentration: orchard fruits framed against vibrant acidity, with texture, minerality, floral notes and toast developing in the glass and keeping the experience interesting.

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¥ 10,900