Over 50 years ago, in rural North Dakota, Joseph Swan made his first ever ‘wine’ out of wild rhubarb, using his mother’s laundry press. Fast-forward to today, and his daughter Lynn has now taken the helm at their humble winery in Sonoma. This syrah rosé is bold and peppery, and stands up well to a summer meal of BBQ chicken.
This medium-bodied, balanced, fruity and mineral Pinot Noir is undeniably delicious. With freshness and finesse, it delivers everything we want with a roast chicken dinner. It is expressive and nuanced and we can’t get enough.
Matthiasson makes some of our favorite California wines - period. For them, winemaking is an extension of farming, so their wines are meant to be refreshing & complement food. Their Linda Vista Chardonnay is pure honey, apple & peach on the nose with a fleshy, balanced palate.
Subject to Change Monterey Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard Bang Bang 2018
Tucked away in California’s Gabilan mountains lies Coastview Vineyard, a high elevation site that overlooks Monterey Bay. Subject to Change Wine Company bought this vineyard as their first project outside of Mendocino County, to show what great heights can do to transform Chardonnay. Sip this crisp and sea-breezy wine and enjoy!
Matt and Sara Licklider are a part of California’s pendulum swing back to nuanced wines driven by a sense of place. This SoCo Chardonnay shares characteristics with the white Burgundy’s it’s inspired by. Particularly, an electricity balanced by depth from an extended aging time.
One of the very best values in Cali Chardonnays. Presqu’ile is a project sustainably producing elegant expressions of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from cool-climate sites. The results are true to their California roots, with fruit & richness at the forefront & with gorgeous minerality & freshness below.
Rhys Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard 2017
This gorgeous wine has a complex nose of crisp green apples, white flowers, beeswax and oyster shell. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, intense and vibrant, with a bright line of acidity and an unmistakable stony, saline quality.
Restrained? Certainly. Inhibited? Most definitely not. This Syrah is elegant. It’s smooth much like the fog that fills the vineyard each day, with a spice that emulates the feeling of ocean air — a tangible, deep sense of being in contact with something vast and mesmerizing. The effect is thrilling, and a testament to the Licklider’s passion for place.
Rhys Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard 2017
Horseshoe Vineyard lies on a ridge of sedimentary shale that has made its way to surface over the millenia. This lightweight, brittle rust-mottled soil provides for low vigor and outstanding drainage for the vines. This results in this incredibly concentrated Pinot Noir.
The vines in the Que Syrah vineyard happen to be the oldest Syrah vines on the Sonoma coast. Planted in the early 1990s, the farmers were unsure the varietal would thrive in the colder climate, so they crossed their fingers and hoped for the best, inspiring the playful name of the vineyard.
If you want an absolutely engaging sensory experience, you should be trying Hiyu’s wine. ‘Aura’ is a whole cluster co-fermentation of Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir. The resulting wine is salmon in color, dense and powerful, with aromas of reductive smoke, meat and spice, orange rind and mineral.
Due to the limited allocation, Hiyu wines are not eligible for discounts.
Evening Land Eola Amity HIlls Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs 2015
Farming at the base of Mount Hood, you’ll find Hiyu where their wizard-like winemaker Nate Ready is producing wine that’s brimming with energy. ‘The May’ is a whole cluster co-fermentation of Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris, producing some of the most intensely perfumed wine in their suite of cuvée’s.
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Magical doesn’t even begin to encompass the wine of Hiyu & it’s maker, Nate Ready. Truly next level. An exotic & compelling blend of skin contact Gewürztraminer & Pinot Noir, ‘Tzum Atavus IV’ brings the high elevation, volcanic vineyard it comes from into focus with its length, finesse & levity.
Due to their rarity, this wine is not eligible for discounts.
This lively Pinot Noir is many-layered. Earthy aromas give way to some bright red berry alongside a leafy green freshness. It’s easy to love such a vibrant bottle of wine, especially since it’s from one of California’s most intentional and dedicated winemakers.
Scar of the Sea San Luis Obispo County Red Coferment 2021