15.003 Blind Tastes From Our Wine ListYour job is to guess what they are
15.502010 ChansonChardonnay, Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France
15.502011 ChampalouVouvray, Sec, Loire, France
15.502009 Domaine de TriennesViognier, Sainte Fleur, Provence, France
19.50NV FlorProsecco di Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy
19.50NV Roederer Estate, Brut, Anderson Valley, California
Sparkling Wine List
White Wine List
98.00BarnautRose Authentique, Grand Cru, Bouzy, France. Bold and full in body, redolent of ripe summer strawberries, and it finishes with a pleasant bite of acidity that supports and elongates the fruit flavors.
62.00Heymann-Lowenstein2003, “Fantasie der Schieferterrassen”, Mosel, Germany. Peaches and pears, with a minerality that is parallel to great Mosel wines, dry.
49.00J, Brut RoseNV, Russian River Valley. Delicate floral aromas of jasmine and lilac mingle with a ripe cherry character, notes of vanilla, cream, and toast round out the complex aromas and flavors.
48.00Domaine Carnerso2007, Brut, Carneros. Clean, slightly floral nose with undertones of vanilla, toasted hazelnut, pear, strawberry and spice.
72.00PlacereNV, “Les Filantes” Brut, Champagne, Remis, France. Mineral driven aromas of lemon curd and a hint of anise. Rich but energetic, offering lively citrus and peach flavors joined with a hint of flowers and bracing minerality on the back.
40.00AvinyoNV, Reserva, Brut, Cava, Penedes, Spain. Bright white fruits combine with toasted notes. On the palate the wine is fresh and vibrant.
75.00Gonet-MedevilleNV, Brut Tradition, 1er Cru, Bisseuil, France. Spicy lemon, strawberry and floral honey aromas are complicated by a subtle hint of baking spices.
36.00BouvetNV, Rose, Loire Valley, France. Ripe berry bouquet with red currant and long lasting aroma of vine peach, with hints of black currant.
385.00Krug1995, Brut, Reims, France. Smokey, lemon fruit character and hints of brioche, mineral, ripe white fruits and honey.
45.00TaittingerNV, “La Francaise”, Brut, Reims, France (half bottle). Fragrant berry and white fruit aromas, underscored by toasty, yeasty notes.
Rosé Wine List
32.00Numero 32011, Rosado de Monastrell, Murcia, Espana. Vibrant fruit upfront, and tannic red fruit. This wine packs a punch.
46.00Stemmler2011, “Vin Gris”, Carneros. Rose of Pinot Noir. Light copper-pink in color with a bouquet of lemons and tangerine alongside tangy grapefruit, gooseberries, and musk melon.
32.00La Closerie Des Lys2011, “Les Fruitieres”, Languedoc, France. Aromas of cantaloupe and juicy peach with a mouthful of tart strawberries finished with a dollop of silky cream.
46.00Etude2010, Carneros, California. Rose of Pinot Noir. Flavors of strawberry, rhubarb and cherry with a pleasing note of minerality.
White Wine List
88.00Kistler2009, “les Noisetiers”, Sonoma Coast. A pronounced and refined sense of minerality pierces through the initial first blush of stone fruit on the nose. Wet stone, powdered sea sand, and a slight sense of roasted grain. Perfectly balanced, the core is packed with grilled citrus, a touch of lemongrass and vibrant acidity.
32.00Louis Jadot2010, Macon Villages, Chardonnay, Maconnais, France. Crisp, bright and refreshing fruit this unoaked Macon shows classic apple notes and a beautiful floral nose.
38.00Chanson2010, Chardonnay, Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France. This is a classic example of French Chardonnay, with floral fragrances mixed with fresh citrus aromas enhanced with beautiful minerality.
60.00Foley2008, Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills. Tropical fruit, citrus and pear notes, with caramel flavors to match the sweet, buttery fruit.
70.00Rombauer2010, Chardonnay, Carneros. Fans of the buttery, ripe and rich, this is your wine.
68.00Maldonado2008, “Los Olivos Vineyard”, Chardonnay, Napa Valley. Creme brulee in a bottle.
89.00Cakebread2010, Chardonnay, Napa Valley. Rich, full, buttery, without ever being over the top.
60.00Frank Family2010, Chardonnay, Napa Valley. Aromas of Kaffir lime leaves, yellow plum, juicy peaches, and dried pear.
58.00Patz & Hall2010, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast. Layers of tangerine, Bosc pear, peach, and hazelnut, resulting in a layered and complex wine.
50.00Sonoma-Cutrer2010, Chardonnay, Russian River Ranches. Notes of fresh red apple, peach, apricot and melon, with just a hint of oak.
68.00Flowers2009, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast. White Peach and lime citrus aromas. Lean acidity refreshes the palate. Stone minerals and luscious melon equally contend for attention in this mouth filling, delicious wine.
48.00Rutz Cellars2009, Chardonnay, Maison Grand Cru, Russian River Valley. Toasty oak notes weave through the spicy pear, honey and apricot flavors.
105.00DuMol2009, “Chloe”, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley. Mineral and citrus driven in style with white flowers and dried pear.
38.00Le Rocher des Violettes2010, Chenin Blanc, Sec, “Cuvee La Touche Mitaine”, Montlouis, France. Elegant with powerful citrus fruits and zest. Like a sweet tart but for adults.
36.00Mulderbosh2010, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Aromas of pineapple, guava, lychee and citrus, juicy, with restrained lime, quince and green apple.
Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
32.00J Vineyards2011, Pinot Gris, California. Fugi apple, ripe cantaloupe and apricot. Crisp and clean. Sweet orange blossom and honey on the palate.
56.00Domaine Pfister2010, Pinot Gris, Alsace, France. Aromas of ripe fruit, apricot and quince. Full and suave in the mouth supported with mature acidity.
51.00Etude2011, Pinot Grigio, Carneros, California. Pure flavors of white peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon.
38.00Scarpetta2009, Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy. Taste apricot, white peach, lime, minerals, coriander, and green apples.
46.00Valle Isarco2010, Pinot Grigio, Aristos, Alto Adige, Italy. Aromas of mango and lemon, full-bodied, with lots of fruit and a long flavorful finish, no oak.
38.00Domaine de Triennes2009, Vignier, Sainte Fleur, Provence, France. Explosive on the nose with apricot, honeysuckle and honey aromas. It has great power and intensity, combined with a beautiful balance between richness, acidity and minerality.
40.00Laxas2011, Albarino, Rias Baixas. Floral bouquet with juicy flavors of peaches and green apple.
55.00Duckhorn2010, Napa Valley. The aromas are rich and layered with elements of pineapple, guava, peach, and lemon zest. On the palate crisp and inviting with good supporting flavors of lemon meringue, grapefruit, pear and flint.
48.00Twomey2011, Napa and Sonoma Counties. A great balance of citrus and mineral elements complemented by guava and tropical notes.
68.00Merry EdwardsSauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, California. Ripe melon, peach and subtle mineral highlights. Rich and seamlessly well balanced, kicking in a hint of grapefruit citrus and pear on the lingering finish.
38.00Xavier Wiesskopf2010, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France. 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness and acidity, balanced with layers of grapefruit and peach.
40.00Emerson Brown2010, Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, California. Expressions of peach blossoms, cantaloupe, honey, pink grapefruit and orange creme de mouse.
28.00Clifford Bay2011, Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, Marlbrorough, New Zealand. Melon, white grapefruit, lemon, lime, guava and passion fruit aromatics with mineral lemon grass flavors.
52.00Henry Natter2010, Sancerre, Lorie Valley, France. Richer style of Sancerre, with intense aromas and rich texture on the palate.
32.00Sella & Mosca2009, “La Cala”, Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy. The aroma, very intense with notes of citrus, and delightfully floral. The taste is crisp and dry with youthful vitality and freshness. Perfect with seafood.
35.00Navarro2009, Anderson Valley, Mendocino. Apple and apricot with a little tropical fruit lift in the midpalate.
46.00Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt2007, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Kabinett, Mosel, Germany. Delicate white, with brisk acidity marshaling it’s lime, peach and mineral notes to the finish.
54.00J.J. Prum2008, Graacher Himmelreich, Kabinett, Mosel, Germany. Pure, focused and electric, with violet, black currant, peach, lime and mineral aromas and flavors. This grips your attention with it’s harmony and precision. Long floral and mineral aftertaste.
48.00Kuentz-Bas2005, “Tradition”, Alsace, France. Lychees, citrus peel and smoke.
36.00Fratelli Giacosa2010, Roero Arnies, Piedmont, Italy. Perfumy characteristic of apples, pears, and a hint of licorice.
44.00Txakoli Gurrubxaga2009, Hondarribi Zuri/Mune Mahatsi/Txori Mahatsi, Txakolina, Spain. Tart green apples, strong minerality with a slight effervescence.
32.00Muralhas de Moncao2010, Vihno Verde, Alvarinho/Trajadura, Portugal. Aromas of fresh apple, mint and lime. Concentrated gingery fruit offers very good vinosity, bracing but not austere. Great extract and texture. Ripe and firm on the aftertaste.
28.00Domaine San de Guilhem2010, Colombard/Gros Manseng/Ungi Blanc, Cotes de Gascogne, FranceCrispy, clean, plenty of acid and great citrus based aromatics make this a compelling and yet inexpensive summer time drink.
46.00Camus2010, “Conundrum”, (the secret blend is not revealed), California. Silky and lush, with a slight citrus bite working in perfect counterpoint to a soft, vanilla-floral backdrop.
57.00Schloss Gobelsburg2007, Gruner Veltliner, Steinsetz, Kamptal, Austria. Melons, wet stones and white pepper.
44.00Lomier2011, Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria. Steely nose, baked apples and lots of explosive fresh fruit.
38.00Feudi Di San Gregorio2010, Falanghina, Campania, Italy. A Mediterranean climate lends to elegant intense aromas of apple, banana, pineapple with hints of white flowers and a lingering finish of citrus and minerals.
28.00La Casa Dell’Orco2009, Falanghina, Campania, Italy. Persistent notes of field flowers and exotic fruits of pineapple, banana, kiwi and mango.
48.00Umani Ronchi2010, Vellodoro, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy. Bright with straw yellow color, this 100% Pecorino presents intense aromas of fruit and flowers, with very clear and persistent mineral notes. On the palate it shows good structure and pleasant freshness.
42.00Torre Rosazza2010, Friulano, Colli Orientali del Friuil, Italy. Original and unique in taste, made of the finest quality grapes. Delicate aromas of almonds and flowers.
48.00I Favati2009, “Pietramara”, Fiano d’Avellino, Campania, Italy. Fresh and minerally, slightly smokey with notes of lemon peel and pear. Medium body, excellent fruit, long finish carries a note of grilled pineapple and dried fruits.
Red Wine List
68.00Maranet2010, Russian River Valley. Dark berry and cherry fruits with hints of cola, Asian spices and forest floor.
72.00Belle Glos2010, “Clark & Telephone”, Santa Maria Valley. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel and hints of ginger-spiced tea. Brown spice and sweet oak flavors coat the mouth with layers of deep blueberry and strawberry.
95.00Archery Summit2009, Premier Cuvee, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, spicy plum and violets. Blueberry, plum and cassis on the palate.
105.00Beaux Freres2009, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Medium to full-bodied wine with sweet tannin, low acidity and an intriguing bouquet of “foresty” underbrush red currants and black cherries. A hint of Asian spices give it an undeniable charm, silkness and velvety texture.
60.00WillaKenzie Estate2009, “Pierre Leon”, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Aromas of dried cherries, dried rose petals, and sandalwood giving way to juicy black fruits, and violets as it opens. Full of black raspberries and cassis coupled with dark, musky, and woody tones to produce a long and memorable finish. (Certified Organic)
109.00Chehalem2008, “Reserve”, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Dark berries and cherry preserves on the nose, with a strong undertone of baking spices. Sweet, silky and broad, with deep red and dark berry flavors, supple tannins and mounting spiciness.
72.00Domaine Drouhin2009, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Deep and vibrant, with brilliant color and excellent clarity. Aromatically, quite open, even opulent-a mix of velvety rose petals, violets and spices. The texture is lush and mouth-coating, but well-balanced. Together, they provide definition and intensity, followed by refined, silky tannins with a quite long finish, and cherry notes.
96.00Cherry Pie2009, “Stanly Ranch”, Pinot Noir, Carneros, California. Wisp of anise, dark bing cherries, blackberry, honey, and golden pastry roasting in the oven
62.00Navarro2007, Methode a l’Ancienne, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California. Perfumed with dark cherries, roses and tea. Both cherries and herbs leap out the palate.
165.00Williams Selyem2008, Coastlands Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Flavors of wild berries, Asian spice, espresso, wild flowers and forest floor.
70.00Merry Edwards2009, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California. The nose has smokey, earthy hints with lush ripe berries, and aromatic tea leaves. On the palate lots of ripe berries, spice and a smooth finish.
120.00Williams Selyem2009, Eastside Road Neighbors, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley. Perfumed nose of ripened black cherries, dried morels, earth and violets. Minerality coats your palate with hints of caramel and dark chocolate.
68.00Merry Edwards2008, “Klopp Ranch”, Russian River Valley, California. All spice and juniper berries accenting a core of classic toasty, bramble-blackberry fruit. The palate is smooth and supple upon entry, becoming increasingly tarry and ripe with aeration.
115.00Rochioli2010, Estate, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California. Classic Russian River charm, full bodied and richly flavored with black cherry and spice aromas.
115.00Patz & Hall2008, “Chenoweth Ranch”, Russian River Valley, California. A ripe and extracted expression of Chenoweth’s signature strawberry and cherry flavors and aromas. Deep layers of licorice, espresso, molasses and gingerbread that underscore the natural intensity of the wine.
59.00Hitching Post2009, “Cork Dancer”, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County. Lots of red berry fruit and spice, with a nice dose of oak, well structured and finely balanced.
92.00Dierberg2008, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley. Intense aromas of blackberry, herbs de Provence and wet flagstone. The flavors of coffee and pure blackberry are lifted by vibrant acidity and culminate in a firm blanket of tannins. A sublime and classy wine.
98.00Bonaccorsi2008, Cargasacchi Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills. Complex, dark plum & blueberry with a spicy palate. Plenty of fine grained tannin and dried herbs on the finish.
48.00Whitehall Lane2008, Napa Valley. Exotic spice aromas with dark cherry and blackberry notes and highlighted hints of violet and lavender. A bit of sandalwood and vanilla on the palate and a silky finish revealing it’s cherry core.
66.00Rombauer2008, Carneros. Packed with deep, dark berry fruit and nuanced hints of cocoa, herb and earth with a soft structure.
108.00Paloma2007, Napa Valley. Sumptuous, round, silky, offering plenty of berry fruit, mocha and chocolate undertones, big silky mouth feel, well balanced and a long spicy finish.
48.00Decoy2009, Merlot, Napa Valley, California. Tannins are soft and approachable, adding length to the briar fruit and cranberry notes, and carrying the wine through to a lovely finish highlighting elements of ginger, vanilla and earth.
54.00Swanson Vineyards2007, Merlot, Oakville, California. Ripe cassis and elegant black cherry on the nose, with a hint of spice and plum. Sweet toasty oak, overlaid with pure raspberry extract and black cherry.
95.00Duckhorn2008, Merlot, Napa Valley, California. Lush layers of ripe plum and bright raspberry underscored by notes of sandalwood, walnut and spice.
84.00Titus2009, Napa Valley. Intensely, deep ruby in color. The nose is alluring and complex with aromas of blueberry, violets, sweet basil leaf, cotton candy and oak spice. Mouthwatering flavors of boysenberry and sweet cherry wrapped in tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, mineral, and smoke come through on the palate.
62.00Raats2009, Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Luscious blackberry, black cherry and plum with expressive notes of licorice, tobacco, coffee and spice. Silky tannins caress the palate, and hints of dark chocolate, mineral, and smoke come through on the palate.
46.00Petit Manou2008, Bordeaux, Medoc, France. This is a beautifully ripe, medium bodied, fruity and intense wine with just enough polished tannins to add nuance to the smooth finish.
495.00Chateau Cls d’Estournel1990, St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France. Flashy display of opulent Merlot (about 40% of the blend) mixed with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon this super-concentrated wine possesses a roasted herb, sweet, jammy black fruit-scented nose, with noteworthy opulence and succulence.
Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Blends
150.00Orin Swift2009, “Mercury Head”, Napa Valley. Hints of dark cherry with bright acidity and subtle structure. Soft finish with ripe tannins.
49.00Sean Minor2009, Napa Valley. Ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry aromas, hints of roasted coffee and earthy, spiciness on the palate.
225.00Ridge2006, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains. Dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by attractive aromas of incense, red and black currants, and spice. Lots of blue, black and red fruits, medium body, good acidity and a fine finish.
72.00Burgess2008, Napa Valley. Candied blackberry and black cherry greet the nose. Full bodied, with great backbone and structure. Black fruits, cassis, and condensed fruit yielding to spice, star anise, black pepper, leather, tobacco and a hint of cocoa powder.
56.00Twenty Bench2010, Napa Valley. Great personality, flavors of cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla, firm structure, silky tannins.
200.00M. Etain2009, Scarecrow, Rutherford, Napa Valley. Lovely cherry, raspberry, plum, and boysenberry tones dominate this fruit forward wine. Flavors of cocoa, berry jam, warm pecan and vanilla creme with complexing flavors amaretto, caramel and butterscotch.
52.00Fisticuffs2009, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Tantalizing aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, espresso beans and black cherries. A palate of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis, with a lingering finsih of baking spices, vanilla and black cherry.
150.00Lewis Cellars2009, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Complex aromas of ripe boysenberry and dried currants. A kaleidoscope of sweet oak, toffee and tobacco. Natural acidity, moderate tannins and a bit of bakers chocolate.
130.00Altus2007, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Californina. The nose is lush and generous with huckleberry, blueberry, creme de cassis, crushed rocks, and cinnamon. The palate is a seamless fabric of acidity, wood and tannins
126.00Ghost Block2008, Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, California. Vibrant black cherry, blackberry, currant, anise and spicy, toasty oak.
160.00Katherine Hall2008, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Aromas of violets, cocoa powder, blackberries and roasted herbs. This wine is luscious and dense. Dark cherries, blackberry preserves, and roasted nut flavors intermingle across a seemingly endless finish.
146.00Dunn Vineyards1998, “Howell Mountain”, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. Bright ruby color, cassis, minerals and mint on the nose. Juicy with vibrant flavors of dark berries and licorice firmly tannic and quite a long finish.
90.00Jordan2007, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California. Mild black currant bouquet with a hint of oak, medium bodied, balanced and smooth. Tasty plum and black raspberry with hints of green and black pepper, round tannins accented with vanilla.
60.00Corison2003, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Luscious bing cherry and plum chutney fruit, rich and complex with undertones of cocoa, nutmeg, white pepper and “Rutherford dust”. Lush with gentle, mouth-coating tannins, nicely balanced.
60.00Whitehall Lane2008, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Wonderful fruit flavors balance beautifully with pleasing flavors of plum, blackberry and creamy oak.
72.00Neal Family2006, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Dark fruit flavors, very well balanced acids and tannins. This vintage is packed with intense fruit aromas of cherry, blackberry, cassis and sweet oak.
39.00Educated Guess2010, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. Rich, ripe and focused with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, cocoa and hints of mint, tied together with a creamy french vanilla middle and lingering finish, fun, approachable and food friendly.
40.00Catalpa2010, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina. Aromas of blackberries, violets and raisins, with hints of coffee and tobacco. Rich, long finish with round tannins.
45.00Beronia2006, Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. Fruity aromas of cranberry and currant. On the palate a good balance of cinnamon, red fruit and spices.
58.00Sbragia2009, “Gino’s Vineyard”, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. Ripe flavors of blueberry and blackberry, complemented by aromas of violet and cedar. Very fine tannins and a silky, elegant finish.
28.00Primaterra2010, Primitivo, Puglia, Italy. Richly fruited wine that has flavors of blackberry, cherry and raspberry with a hint of spice.
37.00Joel Gott2010, Zinfandel, California. Flavors of licorice, plum, bing cherries and blackberries with a deep, long finish.
62.00Ridge2010, “East Bench”, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California. Raspberry and red currant fruits, black pepper, brown sugar, clay earth, iron/rust, spice and lively acid.
79.00Donkey & Goat2009, Fenaughty Vineyard, Syrah, El Dorado, California. Tobacco, earth and herbs intermingled with violets. Red fruits like cherry, plum and raspberry tickle the palate. Long, firmly structured yet smooth tannins coat the mouth.
50.00Justin2009, Syrah, Paso Robles, California. Bramble characters such as boysenberry and blackberry coat your mouth with sweet fruit. Layers of spice, nutmeg and caramel segue into a finish that is rich and textured with soft supple tannins.
510.00Penfold2006, “Grange”, South Australia. Satsuma plum conserve alongside rhubarb, aniseed, fennel, with liqueur chocolate shyly awaiting mid-palate, with a definite tannin structure from the oak, but balanced, firm and polished.
95.00Lewis Cellars2009, “Alec Blend”, Syrah/Merlot/Cabernet Sauv., Napa Valley, California. Sappy black cherry and blueberry fruits are injected with clove and vanilla oak spice and traces of truffle and sandalwood.
52.00E.Gugial2007, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France. Medium bodied, spicy, red fruits, strawberry, cherry cola with delicate oak aromas and dusty tannins.
40.00Luigi Giusti2006, Lacrima di Morro D’Alba, Marche, Italy. Lacrima is an ancient varietal indigenous to this area of Marche. It’s curious name (Italian for tear) is believed to have come from the fact that the berries frequently burst and thus appear to “shed tears”. Light, fruity, yet very perfumed and soft.
41.00La Montesa2008, Garnacha/Tempranillo/Mazuelo, Rioja, Spain. Complex aromas of syrup-covered cherries, fresh nectarines, quince paste and delicate notes of wood, white pepper, and flint. On the palate soft tannins presented over a foundation of mixed berries, hints of white pepper, blood oranges and dark chocolate.
28.00The MessengerNV, “Telegram”, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot, California. Bright raspberry tickled by vanilla and with a chewy mouth feel.
66.00Gran Estripe2007, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/ Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina. Fruit aromas of ripe plums, figs and liquors of black fruits. Luscious body and structure. Soft and delicate tannins.
54.00Ridge2009, “Three Valleys”, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/ Carignane/ Grenache/ Mataro, Sonoma. The zinfandel determines the wine’s varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color, and firm tannins; grenache brings briary fruit and lively tannins.
24.00J. Vidal-Fleury2007, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre/Carignan, Rhone Valley, France. On the nose Grenache leads with strawberry, chocolate, prune, cherry and violet notes. Black fruits, cherry, pepper, on the palate.
44.00Palazzo Della Torre2008, “Allegrini”, Corvina/Rondinella/Sangiovese, Veneto, Italy. Slightly dried grape clusters are added to fermentation to add extra concentration and depth. Deep, dark, rich and delicious.
66.00Atamisque2008, “Assemblage”, Malbec/Cabernet Sauv./Merlot, Mendoza, Argentina. Aromas and flavors of red fruits, cocoa and hints of vanilla. Well structured and balanced, with several layers of flavors in the finish.
60.00Orin Swift2010, “The Prisoner”, Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauv./Syrah/Petit Sirah/Charbobo/Grenache, Napa Valley, California. Blend of black currant, dark blackberry, cherry and cassis with just a hint of new oak.
150.00Chateau de Beaucastel2008, Chateauneuf-du Pape, Rhone Valley France. grape varieties are allowed: Mouvedre and Grenache 30% each, Syrah 10%, Counoise 10%, Cinsault 5%, the rest divided amongst the remaining; Vaccarese, Terret Nois, Muscardin, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussane. Aromas of raspberry, dried flowers and spice cake. Ripe and very sleek, with a dense core of cassis, blackberry and anise framed by violets.
185.00Paolo Scavino2005, “Bric del Fiasc”, Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy. This is a huge, muscular wine showing a decidely fruit-drive, fresh style. The purity of fruit is remarkable.
68.00Producttori del Barbaresco2007, Barbaresco, Piedmonte, Italy. Smoke, barbecue and tar emerge from the nose of this ethereal and elegant Barbaresco. Delicate fruity notes of pressed wild berries and white cherry. The wine is tart and fresh with drying tannins and a polished feel.
375.00Gaja2008, Barbaresco, Piedmonte, Italy. Sensual in it’s complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. Long complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
240.00La Spinetta2005, “Valeirano”, Barbaresco, Piedmonte, Italy. Opens with a huge, brooding nose of smoke, tar and scorched earth. Changes constantly in the glass, as black cherries, wild herbs, menthol and licorice gradually take center stage. The wine possesses tons of harmony. Sweet notes of menthol and tar linger on the long finish, marrying power to elegance.
240.00La Spinetta2005, “Starderi”, Barbaresco, Piedmonte, Italy. Plush aromas of milk chocolate, cherry, blackberry, Indian spice and anise seed. This is a linear and elegant wine with a floral-herbaceous finish that works beautifully with the wine’s natural acidity and firmness.
200.00Altare2005, Cerretta, Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy. Classic aromatics that show a touch of vanilla, dominated by rose petals, a bit of roast meatiness and herbs. Exhibits a sweet/sour contrast that is refreshing with high toned raspberry fruit and finely grained tannins.
56.00Ettore Germano2010, Nebbiolo, Langhe, Piedmonte, Italy. Aromas of red fruits, spices and dried flowers; sweet, velvety and perfumed in the mouth with raspberry and floral flavors. A complex and highly aromatic wine that finishes with fine tannins and excellent length.
88.00Oddero2007, Barolo, La Morra, Piedmonte, Italy. Classic tarry, earthy Barolo aroma and flavors, with a long finish. Totally harmonious; a lovely wine.
250.00Sandrone2005, Cannubi Boschis, Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy. Blueberry aromas, with sweet tobacco and mahogany, full-bodied, rich and powerful with plum pudding and milk chocolate flavors and sweet notes of French oak that linger on the finish.
76.00Cascina Val del Prete2007, “Carolina”, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmonte, Italy. Vibrant, full-bodied, and assertive. Toasty balanced oak and berry fruit with a rustic velvety finish. One of the best wines made in Italy today. Huge palate, perfect balance, incredible wine.
30.00Marchesi de Barolo2010, Maraia, Barbera Monterrato, Piedmonte, Italy. Fresh and intense; infused with scents of wild berries and hints of vanilla. Medium-full bodied it expands in a warm, robust flavor that is attractively assertive and well-balanced.
55.00Massolino2009, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmonte, Italy. Thanks to it’s structure and concentration, it offers the palate sensations that only great wines can give; it reveals a decisive character in the smoothness created by the ripe grapes.
44.00Querceto Di Castellina2009, L’Aura, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy. Traditionally made, this wine is full of cherry fruit, earth and cedar.
68.00Palazzo2001, “Alcineo”, Tuscany, Italy. Hailing from vineyards just below the walled medieval town of Montalcino, this is basically declassified Brunello, with a spicy, cedary nose, hints of strawberry, cherry and leather. Delicate ripeness and long finish.
157.00Antinori2007, Tignanello, Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauv./Cabernet Franc, Tuscany, ItalyThe original Super Tuscan, produced exclusively from a 116-acre vineyard site at Antinon’s Tignanello Estate. Complex structure and long persistent flavors with hints of chocolate, huckleberries and black plums.
48.00Vincent Girardin2009, “Cuvee Saint-Vincent”, Bourgogne, Meursault, France. Charming with noticeable structure. Dark fruit and berries roll across the palate and are picked up by just the right amount of tannins and earthiness.
50.00Domaine Faiveley2009, Mercury, A Nuits-Saint-Georges, Cote-d’Or, France. Beautiful dark ruby color. The nose opens with notes of fresh fruit and spices. This wine offers a round fruity attack, then unveils fine and silky tannins. Very well balanced.
55.00Domaine Lucien Muzard et Fils2009, Champs Claude, Santenaly, Cote du Beaune, France. A very subtle wood influence can be discerned on the fresh and bright rid pinot fruit nose laced with obvious warm, earth and underbrush nuances. This wine shows Santenay’s telltale streak of iron, and minerality underlying deliciously long, juicy, Pinot Noir fruit.
125.00Domaine Joseph Voillot2009, Volnay “Les Fremiets”, 1er Cru, France. Voillot’s most quintessential Volnay. Supple, perfumed, and mineral; with a lovely, warm, rich note and elegance.
799.00Domaine de la Romanee Conti2007, “Richebourg”, Grand Cru, France. One of DRC’s top wines, exotic nose, fresh, bright, silky texture, tons of sweet red fruits, spice and a hint of sweet herbs on the finish.
40.00Leone de Castris2008, Maiana, Salice Salentino, Italy. Ruby red in color with characteristic aromas of plum and vanilla spice. The fruit and tannins are well integrated in this full bodied and round wine.