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2015 Pacific Heights Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2015 Pacific Heights Russian River Valley Chardonnay

If you like Chardonnay that’s recognizably Californian – that is, full-flavored and rich with tropical fruit in balance with refreshing citrus – you will enjoy Pacific Heights Russian River Chardonnay. And the reasonable price may encourage you to stock up and enjoy often! According to the winery, the Russian River Valley features soil “predominately made of sand and pebble, characterized by good drainage and poor soil fertility. This allows greater vineyard management control to customize growing conditions. The weather is influenced by the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, where evening fog remains through the night and lingers into the morning, dropping the temperature nearly 5 °C. The resulting chardonnay has full fruit maturity and retention of crisp acidity.”

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¥ 3,300
2014 Ferdinand Albarino

2014 Ferdinand Albarino

This Albariño features the lime zest aromatics and salinity one might find in a Galician wine but barrel fermentation and eight month’s lees aging also gives it savoriness and a rounded mouthfeel to balance out its natural acidity and freshness. It was sourced from the Vista Luna Vineyard in the Borden Ranch AVA, a part of the greater Lodi AVA that runs up into the Sierra Foothills. This crisp wine will pair well with shellfish or sashimi.

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¥ 3,900
2004 Valentine Mendocino County Merlot

2004 Valentine Mendocino County Merlot

Just because Merlot can be smooth, round and easy to drink doesn’t mean it can’t age. Valentine’s 2004 Merlot offers Hotei fans a wonderful opportunity to taste a delicious Merlot as it enters maturity. While the dark black cherry and cassis remain in evidence, these primary flavors are counterbalanced with mellow notes of savory herbs and olives. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a mature, pleasure-filled California wine at an affordable price.

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¥ 3,900
2014 Blacksmith Cellars "C.L.R.T." Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Blacksmith Cellars "C.L.R.T." Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sourced entirely from a vineyard at the western edge of the Oakville AVA, where even the appellation wines can start at 100 dollars, Blacksmith’s C.L.R.T. (claret)  takes “value” to a whole other level! A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, C.L.R.T. is a seductive wine with everything you expect from an Oakville Cab: deep black cherry, blackberry cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, cinnamon and spice. 2014 was an excellent vintage; this wine is delicious now but will continue to improve for the next decade and more.

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¥ 4,500
2016 Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Mendocino Cuvee Zinfandel

2016 Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Mendocino Cuvee Zinfandel

Like the McFadden Farm Zinfandel, the Mendocino Cuvée is made in the style of “cru" Beaujolais. That is, carbonic maceration is used to make a Zin that is light ruby-colored, reduced in alcohol, intriguingly aromatic, fresh and full of flavor. Unlike your typical Zin, it has zip instead of weight, and structure without much tannin, making it a quaffable red for warm summer evenings. The grapes were sourced mainly from the Signal Ridge Vineyard in the Mendocino Ridge AVA, a high-elevation region near the Pacfic Ocean. Indeed, this vineyard is the highest in all Mendocino County, where the vines are bathed in sunlight while being cooled by maritime winds. This climate as well as the rocky soils keep yields down and produce complex and compelling wines.

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¥ 4,600
2013 Paradise Ridge "Kanaye The Grape King" Zinfandel

2013 Paradise Ridge "Kanaye The Grape King" Zinfandel

This bottling honors Kanaye Nagasawa, a 19th century pioneering spirit from Japan who was born a samurai but ended his long life as the “Wine King of California,” one of the largest land owners in Sonoma County. Sourced from cool Sonoma County vineyards and aged in older barrels, this Zin is bright and elegant rather than overpowering and ripe. In the glass, the wine teases with a gorgeous ruby garnet color and offers delicious flavors of briar fruit and vanilla spice. 

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¥ 4,900
2013 Ferdinand Tempranillo

2013 Ferdinand Tempranillo

About this wine, Evan Frazier says, “This 2014 Tempranillo is a savory wine with suggestions of smoke and leather.” Sourced from Shake Ridge Vineyards in Amador County, it expresses the mineral stoniness that one finds in wines grown in the Sierra Foothills. At an altitude of 535 m, this rocky vineyard is made up of ancient, red volcanic soils full of chunks of quartz. The climate of hot summer days and cool nights are similar to conditions in Ribera del Duero, producer of some of Spain’s greatest Tempranillo wines. The earthiness and savory dark fruit suggest dishes of roast beef, pork or chicken as well as anything with mushrooms. On the other hand, the texture would allow for salmon or tuna steaks. 

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¥ 5,500
2016 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

In 1959, when Joe Rochioli Sr. and Jr. decided to try growing grapes for fine wine, they took a chance on Sauvignon Blanc. At the time, the grape was not well-understood in California and used only in blended wines. Now one of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in California, the vines still produce enough fruit to constitute almost 60% of this wine - with much of the rest coming from a newer vineyard planted to a rare clone of Sauvignon Blanc. An excellent choice for spring and summer sipping,  the wine is light in color, with a lovely nose of gooseberry and honey, and a palate that’s refreshingly tart and minerally.

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¥ 5,500
2015 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2015 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Three estate vineyards planted decades ago on distinct soils bring complexity to this delicious Chardonnay. It’s a wine with both yin and yang, yielding an experience that’s rich and sumptuous yet elegant and poised. The nose exhibits floral aromas along with apricot, melon and toasty brioche. A sip opens up layers of baked apple, citrus and a luxurious mouthfeel. This is a wine sure to excite all manner of Chardonnay lovers, as it seems to deliver buttery richness as well as refreshing minerality reminiscent of Chablis.

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¥ 7,900
2015 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2015 Rochioli Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

While Rochioli’s vineyard-designated wines consistently earn stellar scores, buying them requires being on "the list." Happily, the rest of us can enjoy the equally carefully-crafted estate Pinot Noir, which is a blend of the winery’s esteemed vineyards. In 2015, the blend consisted of twenty four percent Little Hill, eighteen percent Sweetwater, eighteen percent West Block, fourteen percent Big Hill, fourteen percent East Block and twelve percent River Block. It’s a full-bodied wine that’s bright in color and aromatically intense, offering ripe cherry, vanilla and floral notes. Elegant and well-structured, the compelling interplay of bright fruit and mineral notes is classic Russian River Valley! Still young and a bit tight; decanting is recommended.  

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¥ 10,400