Chilcas Reserva Cab Sav $11.00
Rich plum, blackcurrant and cassis show through on this full-bodied wine. Tannins and spicy oak are present and bring some chocolate and smoky coffee notes. Has some bright red raspberry tones as well, while maybe a touch rustic, its really a great deal.
Castelfeder Pertico Rosso $12.00
Such a pretty little wine! Deep, ruby color and a intense aromas of cherries, tobacco, blackberry. Just a little oak to mellow things out . The Cab and Merlot bring just a touch of richness and licorice but the Lagrein has the leading role with its bright red fruit flavors.
Balance Cabernet $12.00
Surprisingly light in style. Nice red currant with blackberry and obvious oak. Meant for a warm evening with burgers or chicken on a patio. Great bang for the buck. No weird funk that often comes with affordable S.A. reds.
Santa Digna $13.00
Cherry color. Perfumed notes of plum and strawberry with hints of grapefruit. Full-bodied with fine acidity on the palate with a prolonged aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif or with cured meats such as ham, sausages and salami, and many pasta and vegetable dishes. Superb with Asian cuisine.
Broadside Cab $14.00
A nose of bright cherry, cassis and espresso followed by lush black berry and spice on the palate. Plenty of oak and plenty of everything good that comes in CA cab!
Gertrude La Maialina Tuscano $14.50
A great deal! Take the best of Chianti and the depth of a Super Tuscan at an everyday drinking price. Warm blackberry on the nose with vibrant raspberry acidity on the tongue. A wine to drink with beef, or roast chicken or on any day that ends in "y".
Mauro Molino Dimartina $15.00
Named for Mauro's daughter, this is a drinkable blend that doesn't see oak but packs lots of flavor. Bright red and black fruits on the nose and palate mixed with spice and minerality. Even a rockstar producer needs an every day wine.
Poggio Ginepri Rosato $16.00
Italians don't quaff rose like the French or Spanish but this Tuscan blend of dark French grapes is done remarkably well and unique. It has a big, round mouthfeel but with a nice backbone of acidity. Have you ever had a Super Tuscan rose? Cherish this one as they are hard for us to get our hands on!
The world is awakening to Chilean Cab. This one has bright cassis and blackberry fruit with lots of toasty oak. Nicely balanced acidity with the fruit from a cooler but still sunny region in Chile.
Cottonwood Cellars Cab $17.00
Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon $18.00
Washington’s Columbia Valley has the warm days and cool nights required for structured but ripe cab. Oak-filled and smoky aromatics layer with flavors of caramelized sugar, deep coffee notes and hints of anise. Dried apple and nuances of tanned leather round out a long finish supported by fine tannins. One of our favorites, especially for the price!
Plan Pegau $19.00
A wild blend from 4 grapes and 3 different vintages! This rich, meaty red captures the essence of the Southern Rhone Valley, with layers of red and dark fruit character, soft supple tannins, and complex spice notes from extended aging in small oak barrels.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
Penfolds Max's $20.00
The name of this wine is in commemoration of the legendary winemaker, Max Schubert. Paying homage with this delicious Cab, supple red, blue and black fruits, melded with a sweet cinnamon spice. Silky tannins and a lengthy finish on the palate.
Gran Toqui Cab $22.00
An inky dark beast in the glass, with big aromas of classic Cab cassis, boysenberry, blackberry, with subtle anise, coffee, and wet earth. Full-bodied in the Bordeaux sense, without being syrupy or jammy. Nice acid and tannin that make you crave a grilled ribbeye.
Schug Cabernet Sauvignon $24.00
Supple and generous, this is a solidly built Cabernet Sauvignon blended in the classic Bordeaux style from the pioneering wine maker of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A ripe mouth feel of currant and cherry flavors followed by a smooth, elegant finish.
Laronde Desormes $25.00
From a stellar year in Bordeaux, this is classic styled but with a bit more rich and dark fruit showing big blackberry and plum aromas and flavors. Over a year in new oak helps with a firm structure and almost chewy texture. Nice wet stone and clay minerality too.
The Volunteer is a medium density Cabernet, with hints of cherry, cranberry, toasted vanilla and subtle tannins. Juicy with a little smoke and oak. Named for the wine maker who is a volunteer Fire Fighter in Napa Valley.
Baracchi Ardito $42.00
Intense ruby red color. Black pepper, fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well structured wine with smooth tannins and persistent fruity hints.
J.Wilkes Deal $58.00
While Napa gets the buzz and the latest rapper/race car driver/NBA player/Kardashian wanna-be buying up vineyards, down south in the Santa Maria Valley, some remarkably elegant wines are being crafted out of the limelight. Tectonic plates crashing into each other have created lateral valleys that run perpendicular to the coast. These funnel cool moist air through the valley creating a remarkable cool climate AVA despite being quite a ways south. I've been really impressed with these wines and we're happy to offer cru members a really special deal. Buying any of these at the vineyard runs $30 a bottle, wine.com the same. Luckily, some wineries and winemakers like what we are doing here at Bitto, supporting wines by smaller producers, ignoring the bogus ratings, encouraging guests to branch out, etc. To help us show what this valley can do and to help you get into these wines at the lowest possible price, they have provided this unique threesome for us to sell.
Argentiera Superiore $92.00
If you liked the Poggio ai Ginepri then this is definitely worth the step up. A little different blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a true Bordeaux, this little beauty packs on the flavor and finesse. Heavy dark fruits with elegance to spare. One of our GREAT, hard to find gems that is very much worth its weight in gold.
Catena Zapata Nicolas $119.00
Picture a blind tasting where some Argentinian cowboys (and cowgirls) destroy some French first growths, not just once but again and again. Pricey yet, but actually the lowest priced wine of this ratings pedigree by a wide margin. As in repeatedly kicks Haut Brion and Gaya’s butt.
Almaviva 2015 $121.00
A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now.”
Jonata Cab Franc El Alma 2011 $128.00
What? A $128 Cab Franc? So what if Parker gave it a 96. Then I tasted this remarkable creature. Soft violets and herbs on the nose wrapped in dark cocoa, tobacco, and some dark currant. Big yet elegant flavors of plum and black cherry. I've never had Cab Franc this muscular yet refined. The alcohol and oak try for a moment to get in the way but with just a few minutes it's all amazing Cab Franc.