California


Glenbrook Zinfandel Rose Glenbrook Zinfandel Rose $8.00

A softer and sweeter rose made in the original American style. Smooth candied cherry flavors with some golden plum tones. No harsh edges just beautiful Zinfandel character. If you can't see why everyone gushes about those dry European roses then this is for you!



Sun Drenched Sun Drenched $10.00

Brewed for Colorado's 300 days fo sunshine, this is our twist on a refreshing American ale. Part IPA, part American wheat, she is a perfect thirst-quenching reward after a long day of adventure. Sun Drenched is a straw colored ale loaded full of hops with a crisp, dry finish. Dry hopped with generous amounts of Simcoe, Cascade, and Mosaic hops, she is highlighted by a bright floral and citrus aroma. Remember your sunscreen while enjoying this beauty in our sun drenched state!



Carmenet Chard Carmenet Chard $11.00

If California chard is your deal then this is an affordable go-to to keep around. Shows a pretty straw color with copious apple, banana, pineapple and vanilla. Lots of oak with popcorn butter, butterscotch and lots of tropical flavors on the finish.



Monte Volpe Primo Rosso Monte Volpe Primo Rosso $11.00

Shhh! Two years on oak, varietals that suit the CA climate and a talented and down to earth winemaker result in a wonderful everyday red from Mendocino. This is one I always have around as its food friendly and nicely balanced. A $20-$30 wine hiding in a $11 bottle.



Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay $12.00

The aromatics really jump out of the glass. Papaya, peaches, and pineapple on the nose with just a hint of toasted oak. Nectarines and other stone fruit on the forepalate. Ripe, round flavors of peach juice and pineapple. Soft acidity and a lush texture wrap around the tongue towards the back of the palate. Pairs with rich, creamy flavors such as scallops in an orange beurre blanc. Also chicken alfredo, seafood fettuccine, or any pasta smothered in a cream sauce.



Old Soul Zinfandel Old Soul Zinfandel $12.00

This is Zinfandel out of Lodi, California, made from 50-100 year old vines. The secret is adding a bit of Petite Sirah for structure. Huge, ripe boysenberry, blackberry, mocha and cinnamon make this is a great wine and will make you forget all about 7deadly and cardinal Zins!!!



Old Soul Petite Sirah Old Soul Petite Sirah $12.50

From the biggest producers of Zinfandel in the world comes this warm and rich Petite Sirah. Big blackberry fruit, caramel and spice flavors. Plenty of warm alcohol paired with some nice structure from Durif's naturally thick skins plus some time in oak make this a big taste at great price.



Frey Sangiovese Frey Sangiovese $13.00

Rich, ruby color. Smoked spiced nuts, dried lemon peel, piney herbs, pomegranate, and pink peppercorn aromas. Well-balanced and mellow follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity full body with a rounded texture, good fruit, and lively acidity underneath. Finishes with chocolate and apple skin notes. An entertaining red to pair with classic Italian fare.



Gen 5 Merlot Gen 5 Merlot $13.00

A secret little charmer. Good value, good wine that shows rich red and black fruit aromas with solid body. A hint of dusty oak around big plum and blackberry flavors. A big time over-deliverer (I hope that's a word!!).



Graziano Enotria Arneis Graziano Enotria Arneis $13.00

Arneis is a rare, ancient white grape variety from near Barolo all but abandoned because of its low yields and viticultural challenges. Of course we love it here at Bitto! Seldom seen outside the Piedmont, this lovely has the flavor and big, dry palate to succeed where a flabby Chardonnay fails, especially with flavorful seafood and poultry. Lovely hints of pear, anise, almonds and Gala apples matched with great acid structure.



Gen 5 Chardonnay Gen 5 Chardonnay $13.00

Bright golden yellow in color, the Gen 5 Chardonnay leads with classic varietal fruit aromas of apple, pear, ginger and lemon blossom, followed by subtle vanilla notes. In the glass, a bright acidity is broadened by lemon custard and honey flavors. Nicely oaked but not enough to overwhelm the delicate fruit.



Broadside Cab 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!



Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot $15.00

First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays.



St Gregory Pinot Meunier St Gregory Pinot Meunier $15.00

One of the three main Champagne grapes but rarely seen done as a still wine. Brings some tart and somewhat earthy cherry to the Pinot family. This one has notes of plum and tobacco on the nose with nice light sour cherry and raspberry on the palate. A fun rare grape and style!



Butternut Chardonnay Butternut Chardonnay $16.00

Aromas of peach, hazelnut and spiced candied apple. Round, creamy notes of fig, butterscotch and sweet oak.



Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Heritance Sauvignon Blanc $17.00

A nice counter to the N.Z. style, this SB shows copious aromas of meyer lemon, apricot, melon and passion fruit. The palate is broad, round and well balanced. The creaminess and tropical flavors make it unmistakably California.



SkyLark Pink Belly Rose SkyLark Pink Belly Rose $19.00

Pale salmon color. The aromatics begin as crushed cherry and strawberry, then fan into citrus skin and orange peel, finishing with a floral tone. The palate is sleek and refined, with stony soil notes inside the red cherry and citrus fruit profile. The lingering finish is zesty, fresh and bone dry.



Wind Gap Trousseau Gris Wind Gap Trousseau Gris $21.00

What the heck is Trousseau Gris? Well, its a light and crisp white wine from the alpine mountain sides of France in the Jura. We never knew that California could make a wine like this. Wonderful acidity with loads of tropical fruit notes and the palate is something not to be read but enjoyed.



Schug Pinot Noir Schug Pinot Noir $22.00

This wine easily over delivers in terms of flavor and quality for the dollar. Vibrant Bing Cherry aromas around a subtle, lightweight and elegant body and flavor. A lovely restrained weight with Burgundian acidity. Oak is in perfectly in tune and plays a supporting role without dominating and masking the fruit.



Broc Sparkling Chenin Broc Sparkling Chenin $22.00

From one of the most exciting new winemakers in California, Chris Brockway, we get this striking effort at sparkling Chenin Blanc using the traditional Petillant Naturale method. 60-year-old Chenin Blanc vines produce a high-acid, focused-minerality wine that gives off gentle fruit notes. Pair with simple seafood dishes, roast chicken or pork cutlets.



Poseidon Pinot Noir Poseidon Pinot Noir $24.00

From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.



J. Wilkes Santa Maria Pinot Noir J. Wilkes Santa Maria Pinot Noir $24.00

From the cool Central Coast bringing ripe red raspberry and strawberry, tart cherry pie, white pepper, and clove with a lovely, earthy complexity. Great now but even a couple years should show increasing depth. A prime example of Santa Maria's potential and one of our favorite CA Pinots.



J. Wilkes Santa Maria Chardonnay J. Wilkes Santa Maria Chardonnay $24.00

Finally California Chard with sensible oak and balanced acidity! Lots going on here with apple blossom, apple pie, lime zest, and a little sea breeze on the nose.The butter is there but soft and browned with just a little tropical guava lingering. The acid is the perfect foundation for the flavors leaving you smacking your lips for the next sip.



Wind Gap Soif Wind Gap Soif $26.00

Fresh cherries, rose petals, cinnamon, blackberries and rich creamy fruit fill out both the exuberant aromas and flavors of this wine. Textured and succulent, this irresistibly light and chug-able wine is perfect for any occasion that requires copious amounts of delicious wine.



Salexis Merlot 2001 Salexis Merlot 2001 $27.00

A rare release of a Napa Merlot from a year of nearly perfect weather that provided fruit with ripe character, richness and depth seldom seen from a small plot in the Snowden Vineyards above Rutherford. Showing age in the color, the aromas and flavors of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, coffee, and toasty oak are still abundant. Be VERY careful with the cork, or just invite one of us over to open it for you.



Obsidian Cab Obsidian Cab $27.00

A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.



Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2012 Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2012 $29.00

After years of too much oak and overripe fruit, its wonderful to see balance returning to CA chards. While there certainly is tropical pineapple, apricot and lots of buttery oak, the body is full and round with just enough acid to hold it together. Has a lovely long finish. This reputable vineyard claims this is the best they have ever made, I think I agree!



Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

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.



Neyers Syrah Neyers Syrah $38.00

A wine that has always scored more than 90 points from all major raters. Made traditionally, still crushed by foot! The wine is bright purple, deep and dark, with an exotic aroma of crushed black berries and fennel. Coffee, bacon fat and freshly ground black pepper make it pair with beef and lamb wonderfully - especially cuts with good amounts of fat. The closest I've seen CA come to a true Hermitage.



J.Wilkes Deal 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.





Hourglass Blueline Merlot 2015 Hourglass Blueline Merlot 2015 $69.00

Truly a unique and stunning Merlot. Big vibrant nose of yeasty blackberry cobbler, sweet spice, plum and mocha. Crushed stone minerality with sassy acidity jump at you first followed by bright blackberry, baking spices, sweet leather and plenty of warm oak.



Jonata Cab Franc El Alma 2011 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.



Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 21 bottles)

  • Bonavita Red

    #3 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 15 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #4 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 5 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.

  • Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    A fun and lighter style from the cool mountains of Victoria. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry jam flirt with notes of forest floor a touch of peppery oak. Lively cola and raspberry flavors with vibrant acidity. Darn good value too!

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??

  • A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    This four grain whiskey uses a blend of rye, wheat and barley sourced from the Colorado Malting Company, and corn from Briess Malting in Wisconsin - encompassing the "mother grains" of bourbon. The whiskey ages about 3 years, all year round to capture the seasonal nuances from the ever-changing Colorado mountain air, in new, 53 gallon charred oak barrels source from Independent Stave Company.