NEWSLETTER - JUNE
Sonoma Chardonnay 2003 Starting June 8th $10.39
Soft and round with a vibrant mix of fruit flavors, this
elegantly styled Chardonnay lets its green apple and melon nuances
play out on a gentle frame of toast and vanilla. The ripe fruit
is highlighted by a subtle herb component that gives added complexity
to its lengthy finish.
Horse Central Coast Chardonnay 2003 $12.39
A rich wine with aromas of sliced apple, ripe pear, tropical
fruit and toasted oak. This wine reflects the elegant fruit and
mouthfeel typical of Wild Horse’s style of Chardonnay. Flavors
of Granny Smith apple, Bosc pear, vanilla and caramel are complemented
by a creamy mouthfeel and a lingering, flinty finish.
Mesa Santa Ynez Syrah 2000 $12.39
Refined and elegant. Bright, rich, and rustic aromas of
red fruits, vanilla, and asphalt open to a distinct core of blackberry
fruit, cassis, and smoked meatiness that is framed by subtle oak
notes. The finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This
full-bodied wine can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years.
California Pinot Noir 2004 $8.99
This medium-bodied, aromatic Pinot Noir owes its broad
strawberry and cherry fruit to its Monterey provenance, and its
spicy, herbal high notes to its relatively small percentage of Central
Coast fruit. The Napa lot was added to enhance the style and focus
of the blend. Fermentation was completed in stainless steel tanks.
Aged for 5 months in a combination of 25% French and 75% American
Francis Claret $13.29
Blend of three red varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Individual varietal wines are skillfully blended together to create
a complex, well-balanced and full-flavored wine. Displays aromas
of cedar, vanilla and toffee with flavors of rich ripe plum and
strawberries. Medium-bodied with rich tannins.
Francis Syrah $13.29
An elegant and full-bodied wine that offers fragrant and appealing
aromas of black cherry, spice, white pepper and hints of cocoa on
the nose, followed on the palate by dense layers of intense strawberry
and warm blackberry fruit flavors.
Blanc de Blancs $25.99
Wonderfully fresh and vibrant, this beautifully balanced bubbly
combines citrus and green apple flavors in a creamy-smooth texture.
The finish is clean and pretty, with tiny, graceful bubbles.
Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2003 $16.99
The deep, ruby-red color is an initial clue as to the intensity
of this wine. The nose combines roasted coffee, Satsuma plum and
allspice, with more subtle notes of red currant, licorice and wet
earth. Concentrated flavors of plum, coffee and cola complement
the textural finesse of the silky mid-palate. Muscular but fine
tannins define the long, broad finish while vanilla, bittersweet
chocolate and cherry complete the experience.
Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc $8.99
Bright and vibrant, fresh and crisp, boasting tropical fruit, pear
and citrus flavors. Hints of spice and grassiness—fresh and
lively through the finish.
BV Coastal Pinot Noir $7.29
Classic cherry and light herb aromas with an added, intriguing floral
scent of gardenia. Round, gentle fruity flavors are balanced by
good acidity and medium body, with a sweet mid-palate texture leading
into a savory, moderately crisp finish.
Vintner’s Cuvee Zinfandel XXVII $8.19
An excellent example of how various regional Zinfandels can create
a magical, symbiotic relationship. The wine exhibits a wonderful
black raspberry and cherry bouquet with rich flavors of cherry and
strawberry jam accented with hints of chocolate and spice.
Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay $7.39
Attractive, brilliant yellow with green undertones. The nose is intense,
aromatic and fresh. Fine tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus and peach
aromas predominate. Fresh, fruity and succulent on the palate, this
wine offers well-balanced acidity, a pleasant finish and discreet
Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc $7.39
Tropical fruit flavors and figgy richness beautifully balanced by
fine, racy acidity. The wine is just bursting with fruit with just
the merest hint of minerality on top of a canned grapefruit flavor—much,
much more delicious than it may sound.
Creek Chardonnay $6.09
Intense bouquet of white peach and melon fruit with a very subtle
hint of nutty oak and buttery complexity. Peach melon fruit flavors
with a tangy citrus component gives the wine great finesse and length.
The texture is soft and creamy and balanced by a fresh acid finish.
Creek Shiraz $6.89
Excellent fruit lift, showing violets, dark berries and black pepper.
Rich, ripe blackberry, blood-plum and spice with a full, fleshy mid-palate.
Outstanding depth of fruit flavor supported by subtle coffee-like
oak notes and fine velvety tannins. A very distinctive example of
Creek Cabernet Merlot $6.89
Lifted cassis and ripe mulberries on the nose, with complexing notes
of leather and vanilla. Concentrated dark berry and chocolate flavors
with subtle cinnamon-like oak nuances, on a framework of soft, fine
tannins. Full, rounded palate with excellent persistence of fruit
Creek Riesling $6.89
Aromas of fresh, lemon citrus blossom, with underlying lime spice.
Fruit driven, with concentrate lime and lemon sherbet flavors. Fresh
minerally acid creates balance and length.
Donnafugata Anthilia 2003 $11.39
50% Ansonica, 50% Cattarratto. The wine shows a precise personality
linked with extremely sweet and elegant fruity sensations and notes
of yellow peaches and plums. On the palate, sapidity and softness
Donnafugata Sedara $11.39
100 % Nero d’Avola. The ruby-red color is rounded out by lively
garnet reflections. The impact on the nose is intense with sensations
of tobacco, spices and mineral notes. In the mouth, the wine is balanced
with fruity flavors, mainly blackberries and cherries. Persistent
Donnafugata Tancredi $23.99
70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Two varieties fuse
in fine style. The Cabernet gives the Nero d’Avola a touch of
mint, enriching its substantial supply of scents. Notes of licorice,
cacao, cherries and bilberries against a sweetish background. The
flavors are well-structured, full, absorbing and remarkably persistent.
Beaujolais Villages 2003 $7.09
Fruity and lively, with hints of rich berries and spice. A light,
easy-drinking, aromatic and fruity wine, that is down-to-earth, smooth
and enjoyable—and goes with practically anything!
Chateau des Carmes Cantillac 2003 $9.99
($8.99/bottle when you purchase a full case)
Round, supple and very seductive. Chateau Carmes Cantillac offers
a rich and delicate nose evoking ripe fruits. In mouth, the wine is
well structured and harmonious. An excellent, charming Bordeaux ready
to drink now but can also age 2-3 more years.
Pommery Brut Royale Champagne $29.99
Fresh and lively, an attractive hint of citrus fruit. A bright and
fresh attack, resoundingly dry, mellowing into a balanced supple fruitiness.
Slowly it reveals itself until the airy finish, which leaves a desire