Staff Picks

John's Pick


2019 Le Puy "Emilien" Bordeaux

Number #1 in Our Bordeaux Tasting

"Emilien" : The most important cuvee of the domaine in terms of volume is composed of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Carmenere.  It spends a year in 50hl foudres before a year in 228L barrel.  Its approach is silky from the fine tannins and it bears a color of garnet red with a hint of ruby, a seductive wine of great elegance.  Certified Organic. The Amoreau family has pioneered organic and biodynamic growing since 1610.


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Ed's Pick

2021 Madson Misty Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points

Tightly alkaline aromas of chalk and lime pith meet with crushed sandstone and a hint of citrus on the nose of this bottling. The palate is all about the firm structural grip, which weaves through flavors of almond and lemon peel.


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Walt's Pick

2019 Penfolds Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate: 94+ Points

The fruit for the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 704 is from across Napa Valley, and the classy fruit is shaped by French oak (40% new) and firm tannins through the finish. This is supple and sweet and shows blood plum, raspberry, red licorice and even cocoa. The wine is long and lingering and shapely. Sophisticated.

Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points


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Jim's Pick

2018 Hartford Court Marin County Pinot Noir

Wine Advocate: 93+ Points

The 2018 Pinot Noir Marin County was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 44% new. Pale ruby-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with vibrant black raspberries, pomegranate and Bing cherries notes followed by nuances of underbrush, wild sage and truffles. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and refreshing with tightly wound red berry and earthy layers and fine-grained tannins, finishing with an herbal lift. 220 cases were made.


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