There is no argument that Cabernet is the leading grape in California’s wine portfolio. It grows perfectly in the Golden State and produces wines that are stunning. We carry quite a few Cabernets, but we sample hundreds every year and only a select few are chosen. Lone Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet fruit from across California, capturing nuisances from the regions that make this grape spectacular. Blackcurrant, cassis, cocoa, and vanilla flavors are delightfully intertwined to provide perfect sipping satisfaction.
A fruit-forward wine with layers of generous dark berry and cherry aromas. Flavors emphasize cassis, raspberry and cherry with a hint of cedar. An easy-to-enjoy wine and example of what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so popular all around the world. This classic California Cab was one of our expert wine panel's favorites.
This enchanting Napa Valley red blend is dark and seemingly ominous in color. While on the palate, it bursts juicy red fruits with a slightly sweet and sensuous body with a hint of dark espresso chocolate. It's a good kind of hex.
Coming to us from some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California, the Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel is a complex wine offering aromas of ripe berry, dried plum and red currants. These remarkable fragrances are echoed in the flavoring where a hint tobacco, black pepper spice and sweet oak lifts the fruit and carry them through a lingering finish.
This 2013 Merlot is a wine you’ll fall in love with on the first silky, smooth sip you take. Inviting aromas of sweet berry and cherry jump out of the glass, while harmonious flavors of berry, plum and spice create a deliciously full-bodied taste experience. Enjoy it around the fireside or alongside your dinner plate as the perfect complement to roast chicken, beef roast or even thick, juicy burgers.
As the name says, this is a wine big on flavor and bold, with ripe flavors floating over a fine structure of natural fruit acidity. If you haven’t already tried it, there’s no better time than now. The Geja’s Big Bold Red is a feisty, impudent red with prominent, aggressive tannins that are fresh and forward. This is one wine you can enjoy every day of the week at a price that’s hard to beat.
River's End offers rich blackberry and cherry aromas with ripe fruit flavors complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from integrated oak. A Merlot that's a perfect choice for grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled chicken or ribs and a nice partner for tomato based pasta dishes. You'll want to stock up on this one!
California is known for making some big fruit driven wines. From Cabernet to Syrah, winemakers achieve stunning results from the terroir of the golden state. Case in point is Owens Crossing Shiraz from the vintners at Saddlehorn Cellars that bring us a few of the wines we love. So when you think about Shiraz, you don’t think California, you think Australia. But we can tell you that this grape can uniquely flourish in the Northern Hemisphere. The results achieve a lighter bodied red wine with gorgeous ruby hues and candied fruit flavors. Underneath the ripe red fruit are layers of herbs and a hint of licorice, rounding out a smooth finish and not to lengthy finish. Enjoy this wine as a compliment to a spice rubbed steak.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
Located 2 hours south of the bustling capital city of Santiago, the small growing region of Curicó in the Central Valley of Chile is home to some truly stunning Cabernets. Curicó has perfect soil composition and a beautiful Mediterranean climate that is ideal for crafting these stunning wines. Oleada Cabernet Sauvignon is our latest find with it shinning ruby red color. Fragrant aromas of blackcurrant flow throughout, the primary characteristic of Cabernet. Flavors of blackcurrant, cassis, cocoa, and oak stand strong with a firm backbone and a smooth tightly knit flavor and tannin structure. The finish is long and elegant representative of a beautifully made Cabernet Sauvignon
Check out a wine with big, ripe blackberry aromas joined by concentrated flavors of plum, currant, and berry with just a hint of toasty oak. This wine features all the signatures of a stylish Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle tannins carry fruit flavors through to a clean, crisp finish.
Each daybreak, the ocean-cooled California coastal fog slowly rolls into the open valleys, blanketing Pinot Noir vineyards. These small areas across California are the haven for Pinot Noir producers as these unique micro-climate regions produce some of the best Pinot in California. This creates one of the world's finest wine grape growing regions. This elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir opens with graceful aromas of sweet cherries, strawberries and a slight earthiness, followed by soft flavors of vanilla, light oak and ripe raspberry.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
After the stunning success of the earlier vintages of Carma Carménère, the vintners at Carma stepped it up yet again for this next vintage. The grapes used for the impressive 2013 Carma Carménère come from the winery’s estate vineyard in the sector of Palmilla, a region considered by many to be in “the center of gravity” when it comes to Chilean wine. The 10 year-old vines benefit from deep soils that are clay-like and sandy, are trained onto vertical shoot-positioned trellises, and cane pruned. The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
Certainly, when you think of Portuguese wine, the first thing that comes to mind is the signature port. Port is delicious but the layers of Portuguese winemaking are so much deeper than that. Albarrada is a new and exclusive winery that makes amazing wine that showcases local grapes. This red wine (or vinho tinto, in Portuguese) features a local grape, called Castelão. Native to the soils of Portugal, Castelão. It is unusual, finding a better home in the drier and harsher climate of Portugal than the normally more grape friendly soils of temperate climates. When well cared for, the wine that results is aromatic and fruit-forward with notes of red berries and slight hints of floral notes. This profile has made Castelão one of the most beloved grapes of Portugal and this Albarrada is a brilliant representation of the native grape.