SUNDAY and MONDAY SPECIALS
November 18 and November 19
Conundrum Red Wine $14.99 (reg. $19.99)
A rich, dark red, it offers aromas of ripe berries and plums, warmed by a hint of cocoa. Dried fruit and the taste of chocolate-covered cherries come through on the palate, while a wisp of smokiness makes this wine – created from dark red varietals including Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon – the perfect complement to grilled meats and full-flavored dishes. Tannins are rounded out by the ripeness of the berries for a texturous but smooth mouth feel. The finish makes us think of lingering at the end of a long evening and still not wanting to go home, with layers of rich flavor that teasingly trail off.
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel $12.99 (reg. $16.99)
The Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows spicy, bright strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Aging on new and used oak has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes.
Newton Claret $19.99 (reg. $24.99)
Rich, ripe fruit dominate the nose with aromas of currant, boysenberry, blackberry and black cherry all intermingling. They are complimented by notes of vanilla, sweet spice and oak. The fruit continues onto the palate where the wine is balanced and bright, with round supple tannins and a nice lingering finish.
74% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 4% Petit Sirah, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.
Elouan Chardonnay $12.99 (reg. $17.99)
Lively aromatics and generous fruit define the 2016 Elouan Chardonnay. Burnished gold in color, this Chardonnay starts off with unforgettable aromas of apricot, lemongrass and buttered popcorn that set the stage for beautifully melded flavors of honeydew melon, pear and lemon shortbread. Full bodied and supremely balanced, with lively acidity in perfect harmony with rich, roundfruit. Opulent mouthfeel with a clean finish.
Lea Pinot Noir $22.99 (reg. $29.99)
"Looking at her 2012s, which were just bottled at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is another winner. Perfumed and loaded with fruit, it offers up beautiful purity, vibrant acidity and a pure silk texture that’s hard to resist. Crushed berries, flowers and spice are just some of the nuances here and this has a decidedly upfront, delicious profile that will be ideally suited for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. These classy, elegant Pinot Noirs are made by Jennifer Lea Tensley (of Tensley wines). They offer outstanding, individual characters and are solid values."---92 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $29.99 (reg. $39.99)
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and warm plums with touches of underbrush, bay leaves and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied with an approachable frame of fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, the palate reveals plenty of crunchy black fruits, finishing with great purity."--- 90 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate