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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Most Popular Wines of 2013

We've crunched the numbers and are excited to reveal...

Our Top 12 Wines  
of 2013

The most reordered wines
of the year!

Buy all 12 for $389
and save $70.
L'Angevin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010 ($45)
A popular favorite for the staff as well! L'Angevin exemplifies Russian River Pinot Noir. It is a great medium-bodied Pinot Noir that would pair well with a variety of foods such as roasted mushroom pizza and polenta-crusted chicken breast.  
Babcock Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2011 ($36) 
Pinot Noirs from this region in Santa Barbara are full-bodied crowd pleasers. Every sip of the Babcock has hints of cinnamon and root beer. After it has been introduced to oxygen, the oak comes together with the fruit, creating a nice mocha quality.
JC Cellars "The Impostor" Zinfandel Blend 2011 ($35)
This unique blend comes from Jeff Cohn, who made a name for himself at heavyweight Zinfandel producer, Rosenblum Cellars. This broodingly dark wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Grenache, Mourvedre and Rousanne.
Petit Bâtard Napa Valley Cabernet Blend 2008 ($40)
This little bastard packs a punch! A Bordeaux style blend that has flown off of the Bacchus & Venus shelves everytime it makes its way to the tasting menu. It is full of fresh cherry aromas, cassis, chocolate, and mint and is seamlessly smooth on the palate. 
Papa's All Blacks North Coast Zinfandel Blend 2011 ($39)   
Coming from the Bedrock family of wines made by Morgan Peterson, son of Joel Peterson (co-founder of Ravenswood Winery). These guys own the best old vine vineyards of Sonoma county, making for one of the greatest, full-bodied Zinfandels we tasted in 2013.

"The Offering" by  
Sans Liege
Santa Barbara Rhône Blend 2011 ($34)
A repeat offender on the Top 12! The Offering has an almost cult-like following. It is a window into another world. Expansive on the palate, with precise, dark aromatics it is one of the most provocative wines from Sans Liege.

PlumpJack Napa Valley Syrah 2011 ($59)
Talk about high quality year in, year out. The 2011 vintage is no different: earthy, white pepper, smoked meats, spice and raspberry on the nose with delicious flavors of fresh plum, vanilla and black pepper. This wine is so popular it's even sold out at the winery! 
Martin Estate "Bacchanal" Napa Valley Cabernet Blend 2010 ($52)  
A favorite wine by a favorite winemaker, Aaron Pott, Food & Wine's Winemaker of the Year! Tangy entry and light easy flavors follow through to the finish. An age-worthy red, decant this blend for it to really shine.

Cane & Fable Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($25)
Lovingly referred to as "the Grasshopper Wine." A collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege and Andrew Jones of Field Recordings. It is bright and fresh with fruit-forward flavors of blackberry and cherry.
William Knuttel Alexander Valley Malbec 2008 ($30)
The best California Malbec we tasted in 2013 and our customers agreed! William Knuttel, down to the last few cases, features enticing aromas of ripe blackberry, violets, and blueberry compote. With only 7 cases left of the 2008 vintage, don't expect to see this superstar around for long! 
Ferdinand Lodi Albariño 2012 ($25)
From Lodi's "Bokisch Vineyard," the source of some of California's best Spanish varieties. Made by a young winemaker named Evan Frazier, this second vintage offers up orange and lemon zest, lemongrass and grapefruit smells and flavors. Aged in neutral oak to polish the wine's sharp edges. Albariños are wonderful pairings for light seafood dishes and antipasti.  
Bluxome Street Russian River Chardonnay 2011($30) 
Bluxome Street is a local, urban winery located in the heart of San Francisco. With fruit sourced from Russian River Valley, the team at Bluxome created a fruit-driven Chardonnay that has a creamy, bright texture and was made in a stainless steel barrel - perfect for a versatile food pairing!
Mix and match any 12 and receive a 10% discount!

If you have any questions or would like to order over the telephone,
please do not hesitate to call us at (415) 331-2001.

Cheers to 2014!

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