One of the secrets to finding good tasting affordable wine is to look at Europe's prize offerings and then look to wines they make that don't fit the famous region's rules. You can buy Cristia's Chateau Neuf du Pape for a special occasion but what about just for dinner tonight?? Then you grab their Grenache for $9!
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.
De Casta Rose $11.00
Elegant cherry color over a light purple background. Fine floral aroma reminiscent of flowers such as mimosa and iris, complemented by discreet fruity hints (plums, cherries). Its smooth, rich palate and delicate aromas are prolonged in the finish. One of our most versatile wines, which goes especially well with informal food, such as pasta, vegetable dishes, picnics and traditional Spanish tapas. Exceptionally good with recipes that use tomato or tomato sauce, including Italian pasta.
Lilting aromas of strawberry, lime and some crisp mineral notes. Flavors of citrus combined with dry watermelon and a touch of nice salinity. Lovely acidity from Ribera del Duero Tempranillo farmed organically.
Olivares Rose $11.00
Grown at over 2000 ft in the hot Jumilla region of Spain, these ungrafted vines get densely flavored but still retain some bright acidity. Lovely strawberry, orange peel, raspberrry flavors with a nice clean finish. Great bang for the buck.
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.
Turn Me Sweet $11.00
Proving we will look anywhere in our quest for wines comes a Spanish Tempranillo made by a German winemaker in the style we usually see reserved for Blaufrankish or Dornfelder. Lovely dark fruit, bit lower alcohol, and great with just a touch of chill. A bit sweet but not too much, this is an affordable fun red that goes down easy!
Arbosto Rosso $11.00
We love affordable easy drinkers! Medium to full bodied with very soft tannins despite the high tannin Aglianico. Bright acidity and rustic notes with tart red cherries and green olives flavors. Add a little earthy herb and a light amount of spice then a long finish with hints of chocolate, baking spices, and some peppery, toasted oak.
ZaZa Rose $11.00
A fruit driven rose with great complexity that will stand up to a variety of foods. Fermentation in oak, followed by lees aging helps bring some depth and body to the style. A bit softer, smoother and richer than the French versions made from the same grape.
Andre Brunel Grenache $11.00
We've found that many of the rock star wine makers in France own property outside of traditional AOC regions. While they can't charge big dollars, they can't help but make good wine. This is a good example, being a IGP Vaucluse with about all Grenache from the southern Rhone. Pretty black raspberry, fennel, and a little smoky tobacco showing on the nose. Soft fruit jumps out on the palate and its very drinkable. Buy two because they are great patio pounders.
Campos Enanzo Garnacha $11.00
A 300 yr old family coop makes this lovely rich rose. Vibrant raspberry red color is the result of extended skin contact, which also adds to its richer than typical mouth feel. Intense cranberry and strawberry with some hints of watermelon. The acid hold the fruit in balance.
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!!!
Donausonne Blaufrankish $12.00
If you can't pronounce this grape don't worry! Neither can anyone else. Sweet berry and red fruits in this light, pretty wine from Hungary. Rich flavor with no bitter tannins. A great sweeter red that is a big seller here. Many folks feel its the only red wine for them!
Chilcas Pinot Noir $12.00
Pinot Noir from Chile, soft,ripe, round fruit tones of strawberry, blackberries, and cherry, with hints of cola and mushroom, one of the better New World pinots that we found try it for yourself.
Terrapura Carmenere $12.00
Lovely soft green pepper nose with mineral and an herbal touch blended with tobacco and flowers. Black fruits and dried figs on the nose combine with soft and juicy tannins and concentrated fresh fruit flavors. Fire up the BBQ and grill some steaks or Portobello mushrooms to eat alongside a glass. It would be great with Mexican food as well with its subtle spice notes.
Veuve du Vernay $12.00
French bubbly on the affordable side. How good can it be for this price? Prepare for a nice surprise. Lovely strawberry nose, toasty, creamy, floral flavors with a hint of white pepper and rose petals, and a long, dry finish.
Lavender Row Pinot Noir $12.00
While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines.
Leon Perdigal Cote du Rhone $12.00
With a ruby red robe, this wine features a bouquet of red berries with hints of pepper and garrigue herbs. On the palette, the red fruit flavors carry over with spicy, well integrated tannins on a medium body.
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.
Olivares Altos de la Hoya $12.00
Another stunning value from Jumilla, the Altos de la Hoya Monastrell (100% Mourvedre from organic vineyards) possesses a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, and chalky, earthy soil, and a heady, rich, full-bodied finish. It combines elegance with richness despite the fact that this area is known more for the rusticity of its wines than their finesse
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.
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.
Ripe cherries and strawberries from the Garnacha, riper cherries from the Tempranillo, and black pepper from the Garnacha, the Syrah and the Cabernet, along with Cab’s herbal, cedar aromas. There’s lots of barrel-derived spice and vanilla to create a framework for the wine.
100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, France, this little gem is juicy and very drinkable especially with our brie and chevre cheeses. Hints of herbs and red fruits and purple flowers. Enjoy!!
Terum Garnacha $13.00
Grenache/Garnacha from the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Spain! Vines that have survived world wars and revolutions for over 900 years. Clean flavors of warm raspberry, orange peel and rich soil wrapped in a wine that is bright and easy drinking. Pairs nicely with any lighter meats, especially those with strong herbs or roasted.
Armas de Guerra Mencia $13.00
An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.
Pietraluna Negramaro $13.00
The wine is inky purple with tar and black fruit aromas, a gutsy middle and round, moderately tannic end that almost needs chewing. It’s a great deal and truly a wine to work with tomato sauce and herbs better than chianti!
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.
Taburno Aglianico $13.00
It's not Taurasi but it is a great wine for the money. Juicy red berries, violets, and crushed stone show on the nose. It's a lighter, leaner style but still showing some fun smoke, tobacco, game and a nice vibrant acidity.
Acentor Garnacha $13.00
We haven't figured out why Garnacha isn't more popular in the U.S. Big, full aromas of dark red berries and spice. medium weight with good structure and intense fruit flavors with hints of smoke, earth and minerals. Nice dry finish and just enough oak. Plus its a bargain!
Mas Sorrer $13.00
Just a lovely little blend from outside Barcelona. Organically grown on just a few acres where the summers are dry and sunny, the winters are cold and the area often feels the effects of "the Cierzo" wind, which contributes to the dryness of the climate. The soils are poor, stony and made up of ochre-coloured limestone.
Altos Hoya $14.00
Another stunning value from Jumilla, the Altos de la Hoya Monastrell (100% Mourvedre from organic vineyards) possesses a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, and chalky, earthy soil, and a heady, rich, full-bodied finish. It combines elegance with richness despite the fact that this area is known more for the rusticity of its wines than their finesse
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!
Armas de Guerra Rose $14.00
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.
Latium Morini $14.00
A good deal on another "Baby Amarone" and a seriously delicious red blend from the region near Venice, Italy. Medium bodied, spicy and really lovely with summer cuisine with its zippy red berries, cherries and exotic spice notes, perfect for grilled poultry, pork, fish and summery pastas.
Les Heretique $14.00
A lovely bright summer red wine. Les Hérétiques comes from the south of France and is unoaked and full of ripe dark berry flavors. Made with partial carbonic maceration to give it juicy freshness. The tannins are well-balanced and the finish lingers nicely. Made for a cook-out or late night pizza.
Winzerkeller Andau Zweigelt $14.00
Austria does more than just Gruner. They drink most of what they produce as they know a good thing when they make it! Inviting nose of black cherry, blueberries and licorice, nice dark-berry fruit on the palate and good length. No oak to get in the way, this is the red wine for lunch or just on a sunny afternoon.
Planeta Rosso $14.00
The Planeta family has been making wine since the 1600's on the slopes of Mt Etna on Sicily. La Segreta is the forest surrounding the vineyards. An easy drinking introduction to Nero d'Avola, blended also with some more recognizable grapes. Smooth but with some delicious spice character.
Tomasella Cabernet Franc $14.00
A delicious Italian take on Cab Franc with earthy flavors of plum and pepper. No oak gets in the way, just lovely pure fruit. An every day drinker that goes with about anything.
Tomasella Merlot $14.00
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".
Gran Passione $15.00
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!
A perfect summer red! Intense ruby red with soft garnet nuances in the glass, the Piemonte Rosso is intriguingly fresh, fruity and spicy on the nose. Perfectly round and balanced, pair with simple dishes like fresh cheese, ham, salami, or pizza. Easier drinking than most wines from this region.
The limestone soils from Monferrato show in this fun take on Barbera. A bit of Friesa is added for raw brightness. Easy drinking yet with gobs of Italian character. Nice plum and pepper show through nicely. No oaking.
Chianti with testosterone? Pretty much, a wonderful 90% Sangiovese (10% Cab) from Maremma in Tuscany. Big dark fruit flavors and a good tannic grip from time in small barrels. Changing every minute it’s open. Try with Taleggio or Capocollo, it sings with food!
Cool climate Willamette fruit blended with warm dry Umpqua fruit gives this Pinot the best of both worlds at a good price! Full ripe juicy flavor but with nice subtlety and nuance. Extremely easy drinking and the perfect partner to grilled salmon or pork loin. Herbs de Provence really bring out the character of this wine.
Farm to Table $15.00
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!
Pieza El Coll $15.00
Fun blend from the North of Spain and a great jump in quality this year. The nose shows cranberry, leather, black licorice, and sweet smoke. Flavors of spicy bramble and more cigar and leather on the palate. A fun sturdy wine for BBQ or burgers.
Reunion Bonarda $15.00
100% hard harvested, sustainably farmed, single vineyard Bonarda from Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. Lighter-bodied and easy drinking in style, full of cherry and plum flavors, with light tanninic structure and gentle acidity. Nose of blackberry, strawberry, and currant aromas and a touch of white chocolate and tobacco on the finish. Great for outside grilled anything!
Dom des Schistes Illico Rose $15.00
Syrah, Grenache, and Vermentino make up this lovely Rose from the Languedoc in France. Mountain winds blowing off the Pyrenees dehydrate the grapes slightly, intensifying the flavors of watermelon, bubblegum, and wet stone. Completely Organic, this medium body, medium acid wine makes for a great patio sipper!
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.
Pintupi The Red $15.00
Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and tannin, ripe Shiraz highlights texture and fruit and the Chenin Blanc brightens aromatics and adds some bright acidity. A delicious every day drinker.
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.
Quintanamanvirgo has 94 inhabitants, a bar and this winery. From higher elevation and ancient bush vined tempranillo, this is one of the most intense, but still lively and bright Tempranillos you'll ever taste. Vines were planted from 1914 - 1934 and produce grapes with remarkable concentration and delightful complexity! How this much wine comes all the way here at this price is crazy. Enjoy!
Tomasella Merlot $15.00
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!
Mission La Caminade Cahors $15.50
Malbec's home is France, and the difference in elevation and the cooler climate make for a different take on this varietal. With black cherry, blackberry, and black pepper flavors, it's leaner, meaner and enjoys an hour to open up before drinking. If you love Malbec, you owe it to yourself to try a Cahors. With 15% Merlot as well.
Mas Carlot $16.00
This is our bargain in all of Southern France, just look at our Chateauneuf-du-Pape price and you will see why. Loads of character this is a wonderful example of the ï¿½meatynessï¿½ of Grenache. Rustic on the nose but the palate softens out to a long, elegant finish.
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!
Renato Ratti Barbera $16.00
This refreshing little gem is one that you’ll remember. Bright cranberry and red cherry flavors, brisk acidity, negligible oak. Just a touch of spice and herbs on the finish. It truly awakens with food, one of Piedmont’s red gems.
Domaine Lafond Tavel $16.00
This richly colored Rose from Tavel opens with a mild wet stone and gentle strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry and gentle red raspberry blend with a hint of white pepper. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. I would pair this very nice Rose with grilled salmon this summer.
La Brune The Valley Pinot $16.00
A Burgundian Pinot from S.A.? Yeah right! Well they did it. Bright fruit from clone 777, bit of 668 for structure and the coolest region in the Cape make for the most reserved and classic Pinot you'll find. Purity of fruit, mouthwatering acidity and loads of subtle nuance hiding in their.
Our new by the glass Shiraz has everything we want in Barossa Shiraz. Dark brooding nose of blackberry and plum with that unique Barossa aromas touched with mocha. The palate brings a welcome red fruit to the darkness with some strawberry hints. Little bit of vanilla, pepper and boysenberry as well with just a hint of oaky grip too.
Flavors of roasted plum and dark chocolate with nice spice and oak. Good balance of flavor and power in this red blend from some of the highest vineyards in the world. How they get this intensity and ripeness is remarkable and delicious!
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.
Two Rivers Syrah $16.00
One of the original Colorado wineries, this sturdy red shows complex aromas of coffee, cedar, and baking spices from ample oaking. A rare local wine that is worth the money!
Marchesi Chianti Classico $16.00
A classic version of Italy's most famous DOCG. This is sourced from the original Classico region and has warm red fruit and Sangiovese's bright and slightly sour red cherry flavors. Well balanced and a great example from one of out favorite producers.
Delas Freres Croze Hermitage $17.00
Nice meaty Syrah dominates but well balanced with spice, blackberry and some herbal notes. A bit of violet shows from the 10% Grenache. Good structure, nice clean peppery finish in an easy drinking wine that pairs with just about anything!
Cal Blanca Toro $17.00
30-40 year old vines make up this beautiful Tempranillo from the Toro region of Spain. Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months and then for 2 years in concrete. This wine shows aromas of pencil lead and violets with a glass coating, opaque purple color and big cassis, blackberry, touch of earth and, spice.
Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill.
Garetto in Pectore Barbera $17.00
This is Barbera done for the American palate! Huge plum, spice and cedar show in this rich warm wine that envelopes your senses. Superiore means extra ripeness and alcohol in Italy and there's no doubt after even one sip.
Los Cantos $17.00
Organic and aged in oak for a full year, this Spanish red shows beautiful lilac vanilla on the nose with rich plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. From one of the region's oldest and most reputable producers. If you like CA cabs but want something a little more food friendly, this one is right up your alley.
Located on the family vineyards in the Monforte d’Alba commune, this 100% Dolcetto is a beautiful expression of what this grape can do. With leather, cherry, raspberry and tobacco accents, and a little acidity that goes a long way, it’s really hard to not drink a second bottle. This gem will go with our sopressata on a platter, or any sharp hard cheese.
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie translates to "place where the larks sing". This is the land of Cabernet Franc and Bourgueil is among the most age-worthy of the Loire Valley reds, and the wines from Domaine de la Chanteleuserie are no exception. This wine is lovely and vibrant, with fresh red fruit flavors and a clean finish. A perfect Vino for your sunny afternoons on the patio!
Yes it is indeed. Only Aussies would turn Shiraz sparkling! Displays a vibrant lush garnet color and a bouquet of rich berry fruits, dark cherries and soft lingering hints of integrated oak. Flavors of bright juicy red fruit, blackberry and sweet plum are held in check with silky tannins and a soft finish. Go on! What do you have to lose!?!
Adjacent to Salentino in the far south of Italy comes this smooth and rich Primitivo. Either a sister or identical twin of Zinfandel, you will find dark fruit but with a unmistakable sweet earthiness, flowers, figs, balsamic and mocha flavors. A secret gem.
Baudouin Anjou La Fresnaye $17.00
A lovely organic Loire Valley Cab Franc. Not far from Chinon this wine is aged in older Burgundy barrels on fine lees. Settling in tank for a few months before bottling in early summer. An expression of clean and pure fruit.
Contado Di Majo Aglianico $17.00
Lodali Nebbiolo d'Alba $17.00
If you know us, you know we LOVE neb and are always on a quest for affordable, secret iterations of this magical grape. Giovanni Lodali planted a few vines to make wine for his little taverna customers and over generations the humble wine grew into a lovely and affordable pure expression of Neb.
Willm Cremant d'Alsace Rose $18.00
We love Pinot Noir based bubbles, and to find one under $20 is all the better. A bit crisper than the Lucien Albrecht with gorgeous light and crisp raspberry and strawberry flavors. Classic baked brioche nose. Why spend 4 times as much on Champagne when Alsace does it like this!
Many think of Montepulciano as a poor and dusty peasant wine but they haven’t had this one! High quality fruit on French oak, one of our favorites and all time best sellers. From Abruzzo in Eastern Italy.
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso $18.00
A really fun and unique wine. The bouquet is full and fruity, with hints of crisp dried flowers, dried plum and red fruit jam. The light spicy notes are just delicately noticed. The wine is full-bodied, very drinkable, and well balanced. It's best with a light chill, drinks like a bright Beaujolais.
Plum Creek Cab Franc $18.00
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!
An ultimate food-friendly patio wine. Gorgeous light salmon pink with a stony faint cherry nose supported by dried strawberries and sage. Dry on the palate, with a brisk tart finish, from plenty of luscious acidity. Drink with roast chicken, or almost anything else other than red meat. Even salads and spicy apps.
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais $18.50
A wonderful, juicy, fruity and earthy Gamay from the southern part of Burgundy, France. Smooth cherries and black berries dominate as well as a little mushroom and earth, great for a soft drinking red.
This is still Burgundy but on a budget and using a different grape than the norths Pinot Noir. From one of the best, if not the best, Crus of Beaujolais, cola and light berry on the palate mixed in with a little mushroom and spice. A Rock Star at this price.
Domaine de Fondreche Fayard $19.00
Perhaps the best value region in all of the Rhone Valley for red wine, if this was in Chateaunuef-du-Pape it would be well over 150, not so in Cotes du Ventoux. Smooth cherries and round black fruits dominate the nose and palate with a lingering finish.
Cimicky Trumps Shiraz $19.00
Great Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in Australia, loads of black fruits, black cherries, black berries, teeth staining and good for you. Also a good fair amount of soil for an Aussie Shiraz, a hint of schist, backed by vanilla.
Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo $19.00
Nebbiolo is the same grape that makes our Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero. This is the everyday version. Soft and herbal, tea colored with scents of dark cherry, tobacco, spices, basil and forest floor. Great food wine and also a fabulous sipper. Have anytime, with or without friends. Try it next door, we know youll be back.
Negro Angelin $19.00
Just when I think we have enough Nebbiolo comes this new style. Classic fresh bouquet with hints of rose, leather, blackberry and blackcurrant. Drinkable but quite structured as well. I would love to see it in 5 years but I can't stop drinking it now.
Grande River Cab Franc $19.00
Calissa (Limestone) is a 100% Garnacha from Montsant adjacent to Priorat. Barely oaked, this wine has a vivacity and freshness contrasting with the earthy, slightly pungent notes from the limestone. A great wine by itself but a unique experience to have with its brother raised on Slate soils.
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.
A long time favorite makes a return. Just a near perfect red blend with aromas and flavors of cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. It really is that good.
Made from the Sangiovese, the king grape in Tuscany, Chianti can come in a variety of different styles, ours is light to medium bodied with hints of dried cherries, mushrooms, mint and leather. A wonderful wine to accompany any beef and aged cheese, also not to shabby with a meat sauce.
A great value for Minervois. Rich, intensely scented, sweet, port like quality to nose. Generous brambly, black fruit, smoky oak flavors. Well crafted, balanced and just lovely.
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?
Polkura Malbec $20.00
This Malbec from Chile gives Argentina a run for its money. Deep purple in color with an explosively aromatic nose of black currant, black cherry, mocha, clove and cinnamon. This full bodied wine shows the same dark fruit on the palate and an tight embrace of tannic muscle. Really shines with some fatty beef, this wine is oozing characcter.
Excellent value wine from the Northwest of Italy, perhaps the best on our list, with dried fruits, spice and warm mocha cream. Loads of terroir and character but not overly heavy and still smooth. Great with any sort of game or grilled meats, even pasta in a Ragu.
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.
Penalba Lopez $22.00
A remarkable white aged 11 months on the lees in French oak from a grape we'd never heard of and one we've never seen in Ribero. The rich buttery oak is the perfect foil for vibrant acidity and richness. Flavors of key lime, peach, apricot, toasty oak, and more. One of our favorites!
A blend of 78% 65 yr old Shiraz and 22% 90 yr old Grenache, the Wallace has a gorgeous nose of black raspberries, eucalyptus, kirsch and lavender plus ample Barossa black pepper, cloves and anise hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft, pepper-laced and seductive with impressive persistence and a lively acid and herb lift to the finish. Oak is light handed allowing lovely purity of fruit to show.
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.
Croze Hermitage loves to pretend that it's "real" Hermitage, trading on the name. This pretty wine is actually more like a CDP with soil showing a bit of clay but the massive gallets. The all Syrah shows bright violet and spicy nose with just a hint of that stone. Nice fleshy body, but a bit reserved. Ends with a bit of dried beef and dusty herb. Emmanuel still crushes the fruit by foot himself from his less than 30 acres of vines.
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.
Palazzo Della Torre $24.00
This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, fullbodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh wine made at harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as its "baby Amarone." Deep ruby red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha.
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.
Gotes del Priorat $24.00
A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!
A sexy, seductive Pinot Noir with a knockout bouquet of rose petal, violet and Asian spices, this Premier Cru from Jacques Girardin is nothing short of enthralling. It comes across as delicate, yet complex, a libation fit for discerning company. Elegance and breed characterize this special wine that is both refined and oozing with flavor. Fresh juicy strawberry and hauntingly beautiful forest floor flavors fill the mouth and imbue the palate with pure pleasure. This sensual red starts out beautiful and ends up drop dead gorgeous with a soft, satisfying glow.
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.
Outside of Chianti lies the lesser known Sangiovese stronghold of Montepulciano. And hiding beneath the expensive Brunellos are the Vino Nobiles. Powerful red fruit, cigar box, herbs on the nose. Nice tannic backbone and all around a good solid wine. You might not go back to Chianti after this!
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.
Yep, a Pinot Noir ice wine! Gorgeous bright apple and bing cherry flavors, decadent but with crisp acidity. A rare treat!
Primitivo may be related to Zinfandel through a common Croatian grandmother, but this is far from any CA jammy slurper. Dark and brooding color, intense nose of smoke, meat and blackberry, and a lean earthy backbone. the fruit does show, but this is a hearty spicy wine that yearns for roasted meat.
One of the best values from the Valdenz estate, this wine is comprised of vineyards planted in several soils of Roa,vines which have been pruned in the traditional manner and grafted on to old vines of the family. Aged for twelve months in French oak, the Senorio de Valdermoso is the result of great work on the vineyards and careful production techniques.
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.
Clos Troteligotte, K Lys $26.00
Spicy aromas and flavors of plums, violets, and blackberry with focused mineral notes, rich texture and sturdy tannins. The iron chunks scattered atop this vineyard are so pure you could sell them to a smelter. Emmanuel farms organically with ease (he is above the fog line and therefore has no issues with mildew). Rows are plowed by horse. A remarkable and memorable Malbec.
Jacques Girardin Bourgogne $27.00
The Girardin family have been tending vines in Santenay for 450 years. 15 months in oak and though young and quite structured with a robust tannic backbone, it’s more feminine on the nose than expected. On its way to being an truly epic Burgundy, it’s still gorgeous today in all its young muscularity.
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.
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.
Bitouzet Prieur Bourgogne $28.00
Just across from where their Premier Cru Volnay are grown, these Pinot Noir vines were planted in the 60's and 70's and are amazing bang for the buck. Nice dark cherry flavors with lovely earthy mushroom notes. From a great producer comes great wines even if they don't have the fancy name.
Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia $28.00
Once you have been bitten by Mencia, your quest will lead here. 65 year old vines with intense aromas of red berries backed by subtle floral notes of violets and wet stone. The palate delivers ripe blackberry, leather and herb aromas along with hints of toast, minerals and a bright lime zest. Nine months of aging in French and American oak barrels lends a hint of toasted oak and spices to the bouquet. Clean, powerful, elegant and the wine to shatter any California Pinots.
Baracchi Smeriglio Merlot $28.50
Deep ruby red color and a subtle nose with strong hints of red berry fruit and light spicy aromatic hints from the oak aging. The palate is very soft and pleasantly smooth with a lingering finish and a slightly spicy aftertaste that will last a full minute. From the region just to the east of Chianti, this is a full bodied Merlot and a very different flavor profile compared to right bank Bordeaux.
A truly remarkable vintage rose cava. Delicious nose of blueberry and raspberry scones with tiny pin prick bubbles. The monastrell brings just a faint whisp of blueberry and blackberry to the traditional apple, pear and light melon flavors. Finishes so clean and light.
Alvear Asuncion Oloroso $29.00
Dark amber in color, this Oloroso is 100% PX and shows the shows fig, caramel, honey roasted almonds flavors. Not as sweet as you'd expect with chocolate and molasses melting away quickly in the finish. Reminds ones of delicate toasted pastries.
This is a lovely little red from a single vineyard situated near Beaune which captures the essence of this area. The wine features the high spice tones that are a classic feature of this section of the Cote de Beaune. Light, slightly nervy, with an exuberance that makes this a fine companion to any of our creamy cheeses or tangy goats milk cheeses.
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.
Jean Claude Lapalu Brouilly $31.00
About as far of a taste as Beaujolais could be from Beaujolais Nouveau. This is serious Gamay showing wonderful terroir from the slopes of Brouilly. Light on the palate but flavor packed with ripe raspberries, mint and fresh earth. Wow, enjoy.
Organic and perfectly balanced. While the Challonaise is a bit warmer, this 1er Cru is higher elevation and responsible for one of the best values in premiers. A year and a half in oak from just a couple acres.
The Barrot family produces pure, unpretentious, classically-styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from their 40 acres of vines scattered throughout 28 different parcels. This abundance of tiny plots helps protect against hail. Winemaking here is very straightforward and unfussy: no de-stemming of the grapes; fermentation of all varietals together; long, slow macerations; long aging in large, old foudres; bottling without fining or filtration.
A classic left bank blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Great structure and earthiness balanced with loads of dark fruit, Generous concentration and smoothness that is an absolute thrill to drink right now or further down the road. Kermit can pick them!
If your arent sure where to begin with our Nebbiolos, this is our middle one. Barbaresco is the Queen of the Piedmont, all light and finesse but packed with dried cherry, leather, tobacco and dried tea leaves. Elegance and Power
Parigot Savigny les Beaune $34.00
More affordable and a perfect entry point into the magic of Burgundy. A easy drinker with a intense bouquet of both red and dark cherry with supporting of spice and minerality. Seductive and ripe, juicy Pinot Noir fruit but with elegance, complexity and finesse. From a stellar vintage we stole this gorgeous single vineyard 1er Cru for you. Just hide one til 2021 and then hear the angels sing.
Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas $36.00
One of the best value regions of serious Southern Rhone reds. A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with all black fruits, spice, herbs and a silky smooth finish. Heavy but packed with finesse and flavor. Great for grilling beef or pork. Just lovely.
Rivetto Zio Nando Barbera $36.00
Take the flight list Barbera and multiply the tastes by about a thousand, throw in 70 year old vines and two years aging in small oak barrels and the result. in the tastings notes of our Executive Sommelier just one word. Awesome!
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.
3 years in small oak barrels, this is Sangiovese that is unlike Chianti in every sense. Wild herbs and dark fruit pulse from the class, big and brooding with sulty interplay of smoky tar, vanilla, blackberry, and roses. Sorry CA cab, this is the wine for filet mignon or even a ribeye. Don't try this unless you are open to an epiphany.
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.
Gaillard Cornas $43.00
From 2 acres of south facing granite laden hillside. Elegant and a bit subtle but very soft and pretty. Lighter than many other syrahs and very drinkable already. Nice hint of fat but mostly soft violets with just a little grip
These near 70 year old vines are in the highest and steepest corner of the vineyard, where only a very meagre layer of soil covers the bedrock. Only 6,000 bottles produced. Hand-harvested and 18 months in oak, about 20% of which is new. The wines is delightfully aromatic, complex and concentrated, with flavous of black fruit and kirsch, plush texture and well-integrated tannins.
Sloped Decanter $46.00
Parigot Volnay $46.00
Volnay is between Pommard and Meursault and often produces the best reds of the Cote de Beaune. Structured and silky, with elegance and plenty of delicious Pinot Noir fruit, black cherries, soft forest leaves, a wisp of tannic structure and lively acid. Don't touch this unless you're prepared to have your heart and palate stolen. How this is the same grape as Meomi I'll never know...
Guido Porro Barolo $48.00
Don't recognize the label? Guido makes beautiful wine but shies from the limelight or even the daylight. Rugged vineyards in Serralunga are where you'll find him, not at festivals or tastings. Lazzairasco is a south facing amphitheater producing dense, powerful ripe fruit with the classic leather, roses and pekoe tea character. Classic styling but drinkable now, although just.
I'm sorry. 65 year old vines, remarkable vintage, and already drinkable. This single-vineyard gem is hedonistic addiction in a bottle. Don't even try to explain what Barolo does to those not in the know, just keep this one to yourself. All it needs is some animal fat in flesh or cheese format and the tears will flow.
Vidon Birgita $49.00
Using clone 777 exclusively this Willamette award winner shows rich, ripe fruit of blackberry with jammy plum and a hint of herbal character. Also shows some dark cherry, cocoa and leather. Best of their clonal selections with great complexity and a lengthy finish.
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.
From one of the most famous Burgundy appellations. One of my favorite wine quotes goes " I can't remember the place, and I can't remember the girl.... but the wine was Chambertin." Dark ripe nose of berry still surrounded with pungent Gevrey earth tones. Powerful now, give it a few years to show off its subtleties.
Matilde Gran Reserva Malbec $62.00
From 85 year old vines in a single vineyard in Lujan de Cujo comes a monster. Big menthol, mint, blackberry and coconut nose. Flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry in a dense inky body. A cellar candidate for sure but smooth and powerful today after 2 years on French oak. Still holding on to some acidity somehow, a last meal accompaniment to a perfect ribeye.
Cesari Amarone $68.00
The bouquet of Cesari flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas and jammy notes. Toasted nuances and hints of vanilla follow in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate as well as notes of tobacco and raisins due to being cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation.
OZV Big Bottle $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.
Yves Cuilleron Cote Rotie $75.00
This is not baked Shiraz from the outback, this is the elegant and sophisticated version of the grape. Soft and delicate but packs power and flavor on the palate. Dark fruits are abundant with a fabulous look at the Terrior of the Northern Rhone. Great with heavy meats and game, also lamb is the preferred favorite.
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.
Amon Ra $92.00
The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.
This is why we love Barolo. Caution: this wine is meant to be cellared AT LEAST another five years. The 2010 could be the finest wine that the estate has ever produced. Deep, sensual layers of fruit flow from the glass as this full-throttle, intense Barolo reveals its profound, breathtaking personality. This wine is life changing.
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.