Guest Sips – Wines to Give or Get from $25

Sparkling
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut $43, Champagne
Tattinger Cuvee Prestige Brut $40, Champagne
2012 Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc $33, Napa
2010 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut $40 Traditional method sparkler that will light up your taste buds.  Zippy and flavorful with a supple finish. From the Green Valley AVA.
Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve $50. Champagne
Louis Roederer Carte Blanche Extra Dry $45, Champagne
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs $35 Lovely bubbly fit for any occasion.  Toasty yet crisply acidic with subtle flavors of red berries
Molly Dooker Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz $25
Black Bubbles by Shingleback $28
Rose
Chateau Miraval 2014 Rose Cotes du Provence $23 Very pretty wine.  Vibrant pink with strawberry and white peach tastes. Rounded bottle adds to the table setting and says that this is a bit more special wine
Chardonnay
2012 Chateau de Maligny Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume $36 Apple and citrus with classic Chablis minerality.
2013 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay $25 Medium bodied and delightful Sonoma County chard. Citrus and stone fruit.
2012 Miner Chardonnay Napa Valley $30 Yum.  Great balance between weight, fruit and oak.
Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc $24 Consistently one of the best
Riesling
2014 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese $30. Lovely balance of acidity and sugar. Delightful to sip at the dinner table.
2013 J J Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese $50. Elegant wine – terrific producer.
2012 J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett $28

“Prum wines are among the most exciting and delicious Rieslings of the middle Mosel. Slow-to-develop and long-lived, these wines are full of pure stone fruits with a slate-mineral driven finish.”

2013 Ostertag Riesling Clos Mathis $40
2013 Ostertag Riesling Clos Mathis $40
Other White
2013 Alban Estates Viognier, Edna Valley $28 Lush and flavorful.  Has a full mouthfeel.
2013 Tablas Creek Viognier, Paso Robles $30 From their estate vines, Tablas Creek is a California Viognier pioneer and it shows. If you see it, try it.
2013 Zind Humbrecht Muscat $25
2014 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo $30
2015 Tselepos Assyrtiko $30
Pinot Noir
2012 Pyramid Valley Pinot Noir Calvert Vineyard $40 Lovely single vineyard from the Central Otago
Matrix 2012 Nunes Vineyard Pinot Noir $42 Lush single vineyard sip from the Russian River.  Have spent time with Fred Nunes walking his vineyard!
2012 Penner – Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $40 Lovely Willamette Pinot that leads with black cherry.
2009 Louis Jadot Vosne Romanee $50 Awesome village wine from the heart of the Cotes du Nuits
2012 Matrix Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $38 Juicy plum and berry with great balance.
Cuvaison Pinot Noir Carneros $35
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Jordan 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $45 Always tasty with ripe forward blackberry fruitiness. Ready to drink now and enjoy.
2012 Ferrari Carano Merlot, Sonoma County $25 Dark fruit with a little vanilla accent. Lush wine that’s very food friendly.
2013 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $25 A go-to Cab that always pleases.  Ready to drink.
2012 Ferrari Carano Merlot, Sonoma County $25 Dark fruit with a little vanilla accent. Lush wine that’s very food friendly.
2012 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $45 Soft and very well structured so you can drink it now or later.  And it’s from organically farmed grapes.
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $60 Consistent winner.
2012 Chateau Talbot Saint Julien $55 I haven’t had this vintage but here’s what Parker had to say: “A juicy style of wine, Talbot’s 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of black and red currant fruit, a touch of plum, soft tannin and a spicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It is excellent, with no hollowness or astringency. This is a very successful wine in this vintage and should drink well for 15-20 years.” – Robert M. Parker, Jr., eRobertParker.com #218, Apr 2015
2010 Laura Michaels Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Barlow Vineyards $45 A single vineyard treat at this price.  Small volume Cabernet that shows off the warmer, riper nature of Calistoga.
2012 Chateau d’Armailhac Pauillac $50
2012 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux $48
2012 Chateau Sansonnet Saint Emilion $36
2012 Chateau d’Armailhac Pauillac $50
2012 La Dame de Montrose Saint Estephe $35
2012 Chateau Talbot Saint Julien $55
2012 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon $50.”With 20% Malbec, this wine is layered in refined complexity, swaying from juicy blueberry to herbaceous cherry and currant. Restrained in oak, with the slightest notion of vanilla on the palate, it finishes in mouthwatering dark chocolate, the tannins firm and structured.” – Virginie Boone, 9/1/2015 Reviewed by: The Wine Enthusiast – 93 pts
2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge $28. “This wine is aromatically reserved with notes of milk chocolate, char, berry, barrel spices and high-toned herbs. It’s silky and polished in feel, with richness and elegance to the coffee flavors.” – Sean Sullivan, 11/1/2015 Reviewed by: The Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts
BV Rutherford Cabernet $28
Steltzner Cabernet Stags Leap District $35
Mondavi Oakville Cabernet $40
Terra Valentine Cabernet Spring Mountain $48
Von Strasser Cabernet Diamond Mountain, 2012 $50
Syrah/Shiraz
2014 Two Hands Shiraz Angel’s Share $30
2013 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy $43
2014 Two Hands Shiraz Angel’s Share $30. “While there are no half measures with the weight or shape of this wine, it has a touch of elegance running alongside its blackberry, blood plum and dark chocolate fruit; the tannins wait until the last moment to join forces with the oak to speak clearly of the long future ahead. Great value.” -James Halliday – 94 pts
Zinfandel
2012 Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley $26 Blackberry and spice from the heart of Dry Creek. Organically and biodynamically farmed estate grapes.
Ballentine 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel $25 Black raspberries and spiciness.  Packs a bit of a punch at 15.5% alcohol. A big BBQ wine from old Calistoga vines in northern Napa.
Other Red
2009 Travaglini Gattinara $30
2011 Ceretto Barolo $45
2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco $30
2008 Marchesi di Barolo Antiche Cantine Barolo $50
2009 Pio Cesare Barolo $60
Tormaresca Negroamaro Masseria Maime 2006 $33 Nicely aged and full bodied.
2011 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $28
2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Gold Label $36
2010 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino $45
2012 Tinto Pesquera Crianza Ribera del Duero $35
2011 Muga Reserva Rioja $28
2012 Alvaro Palacios “Les Terrasses” Villes Vinyes Priorat $35 Love Palacios – my always favorite from Priorat
2012 Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve $50
2013 Ramey Claret $40. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon with 34% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
Zenato Ripassa Superiore 2012 $26. Rich coffee bean.
2011 Masi Amarone Costasera $50. Bold with dried fruit. Raisiny with coffee along with dark plum.
2010 Masi Brolo di Campofiorin $28. A lush and big ripassa
Ballentine 2014 Cabernet Franc Pocai Vineyard Calistoga $48
Domaine Karydas Xinomavro 2012 $28

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