TOP 12 for September

It's harvest time here in California and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere! Wineries across the globe are hoping this year ends with a successful vintage!  Here at the shop, it's time to say goodbye to summer and start saying hello to all the Fall releases heading our way. There is sure to be something in this Top 12 of September that will catch your attention as it's a diverse and fun-filled selection! See you soon!

Cheers,
Matt and Team

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Quivira

2016 Dry Creek

Zinfandel

92 Wine Spectator
91 Jeb Dunnuck

From Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Zinfandel Dry Creek checks in as a blend of 85% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, and 1% Barbera aged 9-10 months in 15% new oak. It has a deep purple color as well as notable purity, crushed violets, blood orange, and cedary aromas and flavors. Incredibly elegant, seamless, and polished on the palate, it's not a blockbuster but shines for its balance and purity. Drink it over the coming 2-5 year
From Wine Spectator: Zesty, yet with a sense of refinement, this textbook Dry Creek style offers vibrant raspberry, dried sage and cracked pepper flavors that sprint toward fine tannins. Drink now through 2025.
~Matt's Top Pick~
 
Chateau Moutard

Non Vintage Champagne
ROSE DE CUVAISON

Brut

92 Wine Spectator
92 Wine Advocate

 

Phenomenal Rose Champagne value! Incredible quality for under $30.
From Wine Advocate: The house’s NV Brut Rose de Cuvaison is another standout. Tar, smoke and game are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from the glass, adding considerable complexity and nuance. A short maceration on the skinks gives this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne its volume and breadth. Richness and sophistication meld together beautifully here. This is a standout from Moutard.

 

 

 
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Bodegas Faustino

2005 Rioja
GRAN RESERVA

Tempranillo

93 Wine Spectator 

A beautiful wine at 14 years of age. Highly unusual to find such a great wine with this kind of age underneath it for under $30.
From Wine Spectator: Fresh and lively, this red shows bright fruit and spice flavors, with cherry, berry, vanilla and anise notes that mingle over light tannins and orange peel acidity. Harmonious and graceful, expressive and alluring. ~Mark's Top Pick~
 

La Ghibellina

2018 Gavi Del Comune di Gavi
MAININ

Gavi

La Ghibellina is an estate in the Gavi appellation of southern Piedmont, near the border with Liguria and less than an hour’s drive to Genoa on the coast. The Cortese grape, with it’s striking acidity and chalky mineral character, thrives in the limestone rich clay soils around Gavi.
The ‘Mainìn’ is made from 100% estate-grown Cortese, fermented and aged in stainless steel. Good Gavi is characterised by an almost Chablis-like mineral quality, with restrained aromas of flowers, wet stones and citrus.
 
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Carro
By Bodegas Senorio de Barahonda


2017 Yecla

Rouge

 

 

The 2014 version of this wine was one of our best selling Spanish wines ever! After a couple of ho-hum vintages, this is back on track! A blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Merlot. Carro, made by Bodegas Senorio de Barahonda in the DO of Yecla, is a perfect example of how Spain offers the best wine values in the world. The vines grow in limestone soil, which receives a mere 8-10 inches of rainfall each year. With a winemaking heritage that dates back to 1925, the Candela family owns about 340 hectares (840 acres) of vineyards. Yecla is one of only a few wine regions in Spain that has remained unaffected by phylloxera. Carro's richness, depth and profound earthy flavors will transport you to the arid, rugged and tranquil terrain of Yecla.
 
 

Chateau Mourgues du Gres

2017 Costieres de Nimes

Galets Rouges

Mourgues du Gres is recognized as one of the very best estates in the Costieres de Nimes in the Revue de Vin de France.  The vineyards are located in the Mediterranean on the plateau of Beaucaire, where they benefit from both northern and southern sun exposure. The Rhone River is just a few miles away, and the vineyards are covered with galets, the same round flat stones that are famous in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Predominately Syrah from younger vines, with Grenache, Mourvèdre and old vine Carignan making up the final blend. Predominately Syrah from younger vines, with Grenache, Mourvèdre and old vine Carignan making up the final blend.
 
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Las Jaras

2018 Mendocino
GLOU GLOU

Red Blend

For those looking for Organic/Natural winemaking, look no further! A kitchen sink red blend of six different red grapes with Zinfandel being the highest percentage.
The 2018 Glou Glou was created to make the perfect warm-weather red: something fresh, chuggable and light that tastes like fresh and bright summer fruit. Serve this slightly chilled, and you will be the hero of your next backyard barbecue—this is the most refreshing red wine ever, and the perfect antidote to long summer days and the heat of the grill. Glou Glou has intense berry notes that perfectly complement the char of a burger or perfectly cooked pizza crust, and enough acid to stand up to your favorite tomato sauce.
 

Sant' Or

2018 Achaia, Greece
RODITIS

White Blend

A natural wine producer. This white blend is wonderfully light and refreshing.
100% Organic grapes.
Rhoditis is a pink-skinned Greek wine grape traditionally grown in the Peloponnese region of Greece. The grape was highly valued in the Greek wine industry prior to the phylloxera outbreak due to its ability to ripen late and maintain its acidity in hot climates like those of Peloponnese and Thessaly.  Fresh “everyday” wines from Roditis match perfectly with most of the light olive oil-rich dishes of Mediterranean cuisine.


 
 
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Terre Nere

2018 Etna

Bianco

The white wines of Sicily, especially in the foothills of Mount Etna, have finally started to get the recognition they deserve. Crisp and floral, this wine is delicious! Organic.
A blend of 60% Carricante, 25% Catarratto, 10% Grecanico, 5% Minnella from vineyards located on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano at 600-900 meters above sea level.
 

Giles Robin

2018 Crozes Hermitage
PAPILLON

Rouge

 
Nestled against the hillsides of Hermitage and St. Joseph in the appellation of Crozes–Hermitage, the estate was first planted in the late 1940s by Gilles’ grandparents.  The Cuvée Papillon is the product of vines Gilles planted in 1996; it is aged entirely in tank to preserve its fresh and delicate fruit. An understated, meticulous winemaker, Gilles farms his plots organically, believing this is the best way to honestly give voice to the terroir. This is a big-time winner! 100% Syrah, it is full of raspberries, spice, white pepper and a full-flavored finish.
An excellent value!
 ~Brian's Top Pick~
 
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Sesti

2017 Montalcino
MONTELECCIO

Sangiovese

 

Sesti makes powerful Brunello. However this 100% Sangiovese represents the opposite style. What it lacks in concentration it makes up for in brightness, freshness, and juicy energy. The Sangiovese fruit is lithe and pure, the finish is smooth and elegant, while a hint of minerals brings focus to the whole. Tuscany has never been so quaffable.
Imported by Kermit Lynch.

 

Sculpterra

2017 Paso Robles

Viognier

This 2017 Viognier is truly superb, highlighting fruity aromas with a slight mineral edge. The ripe flavors continually show white peach, pear, cantaloupe and even honeysuckle on the nose. While the palette focuses on firm acidity and the best lingering finish imaginable. Elements of fresh sliced honeydew, savory nectarine and subtle spice delicately mingle with notes of pressed yellow apple and ripe pear in this fully textured white wine. It's gentle yet upfront fruit flavors drink tastefully now but should develop greater concentration of earth and mineral with age.
 
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