Why Drink Wine with Dinner?

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Why Drink Wine with Dinner?
Why Drink Wine with Dinner?
At Bocanova we present our wine program as an extension of our menu—wines
that are as essential to the delight of every meal as the cuisine itself. Embracing a
broad range of styles, we look for regional typicity in wines of excellent structure
from the finest growing areas in the Old and New Worlds. As much as possible,
we'll present wines created with sustainable, organic, or biodynamic practices.
But honestly, since we work primairly with small, passionate producers, many
wines not certified as "organic" will have been produced in ways not dependent
upon chemical intervention, mass produced yeasts, or excessive filtration.
Such wines are integral to the Bocanova experience: that unquantifiable synergy
of enjoyment that arises when all the elements of a great dinner
are in the proper place.
When you think about it, grape fermentation is itself a kind of miracle. It not only
serves as a natural preservative of the juice and its nutrients, but metamorphoses
it into a beverage that even the biblical writers attributed to God: "…and
(God gave) wine to gladden the hearts of the people." Psalm 104. Our goal at
Bocanova is to make sure every wine we offer—from the least expensive wine
by the glass to the rare gems at the top of the list—lives up to that standard of
delight.
Please join us weekly for "Wine-down Wednesday."
Most bottles on this list are 50% off!
Corkage at Bocanova is $22 per 750 ml.
Wine Director- Gerardo Acevedo-Vanni
Sparkling Wines
New World (The Americas)
101 2003 Roederer Estate l'Ermitage Anderson Valley Brut
(Anderson Vly, CA) 52%Chardonnay, 48%Pinot Noir. With a signature style of small bubbles this
pale straw colored wine has complex aromas of baked green apple, butter croissant and a hint of
sweet loam. Sleek and focused flavors evolve beautifully, conveying an elegant impression
that lingers through a toasty, spicy finish.
80
105 2008 Reginato "Celestina" Metodo Tradicional Rosé - Malbec
46
(Mendoza, Argentina) Produced methode champenoise from hand picked grapes. It has a crisp, dry
mouth-feel. Toasty-yeasty aromas mingle with strawberry and rhubarb on the bouquet. A hint of tannin
structure, floral spice and an elegant finish round things out. Great with steaks and grilled meats.
110 NV Domaine Carneros Rosé - Pinot Noir
(Napa/Carneros) Established by Claude Taittinger. 100%Carneros grapes.
A pretty and festive wine with fresh raspberry notes that give way to a depth of character.
No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used.
70
Old World (France)
220 NV Delamonte Rosé - 50% Pinot Noir, 20% P. Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, 15% Coteaux Rouge
(Le Mesnil sur Oger, France) To know champagne is to know Delamonte, elegant, rare and
no compromises; 3 to 4 years before disgorging. This is the other face of Salon…..or not?
This beatuliful rosé comes from Côte de Blancs with Grand Cru pedigree.
Salmon pink color, rose petal and candied fruit, full body texture and solid finish.
140*
Large Formats
230 2007 Raventos De La Finca Reserva Penedes Blend +Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
(Sant Sadurni Penedes,Catalonia Spain) Josep Raventos created a new upper tier for Catalan
sparkling wine in 1872 and called it 'Cava' a blend of indigenous grapes; Xarel-lo, Macabeo,
Parellada and plenty of local pride.
This reserva is the perfect marriage of brioche & butter flavors, citrus bouquet & minerals.
Four years before Dosage and seven years on the making.
140
231 NV Delamonte - Brut MAGNUM. 10%Chardonnay, 60%Pinot Noir, 30%Pinot Meunier.
(Le Mesnil sur Oger, France). Full Brut profil: brioche dough, green and golden apples, balanced
flavors, long lasting bouquet. At leat 30 month on lees.
160
*No wines on this page are available for the Wine Wednesday discount.
White wines @ 38
301 2011 Bueyes - Torrontés
(La Rioja, Mendoza, Argentina) Lychee, gardenia and bright citrus set the opening tones for this wine.
It has a medium body, balanced acidity and a dash of minerality with a round finish.
315 2010 Rock Wall Wine Co. - Muscat Canelli (dry)
(Yolo County, CA) Missing Rosenblum? Here is Kent's new project. Working with his daughter,
Shauna, they are commited to limited production winemaking. This elegant, medium bodied Muscat
leads with lychee and star fruit, followed by citrus and a touch of honey. Native malolactic
fermentation contributes to the final mouthfeel.
316 2011 Erath - Pinot Gris
(Dundee Hills, OR) With aromas of honeydew melon, rose petals and bread dough this wine is
a shining example of Oregon pinot gris. The grapes are pressed whole cluster and see only
stainless, no oak here. Green apple, Meyer lemon and banana lead to a clean, brisk finish.
322 2012 Selby - Sauvignon Blanc
(Sonoma County, CA) Sauvignon Blanc. To the Selby's wine is a combination of art,
science and nature. This wine, produced in stainless steel tanks, has crisp citrus nuances
with flavors of pears, peaches and apricots.
324 2011 Haras - Sauvignon Blanc
(Maipo Valley, Chile) Grapes were handpicked at three different levels of ripeness, from early
February to late March. Finished in a cold press. It might make you think South African Sauvignon
Blanc.
326 Dm. de la Couperie- Sauvignon Blanc
(Loire-France) This Vin de Pays is all about fresness, intensity and focus. Promounced notes
of stone fruits, green melon, freshly-cut grass. Certified Terra Vitis for sustainable viticulture.
328 2006 Stage Left Cellars - Viognier
(Paso Robles, CA) New World with Old World finesse. Structure shows medium body with honey
suckle tones. Tart citrus notes, good acidity and mild minerals. Round voluptuousness and an
almond-toasty finish.
332 2011 Ceágo, Ella's Vineyard - Chardonnay
(Clear Lake, CA) All estate grown certified organic grapes. No oak aging or malolactic fermentation
for this chardonnay. It has a balanced combination fo citrus and tropical fruit leading to a creamy
mouthfeel. Flavors of pear, melon and citrus float across the palate.
336 2011 Cousiño Macul "Chard" - Chardonnay
(Santiago, Maipo Valley, Chile) This is the most urban vineyard in the Maipo Valley.
Once outside of Santiago's city belt now it is a park on the east side of the city. Regarding the wine…
is clean, lean, tropical fruit flavor Chardonnay. It makes you wonder, who needs OAK?
$38 Whites continued on the next page.
White Wines @ 38
337 2010 Saintsbury - Chardonnay
(Carneros, CA) A classic California chardonnay-fermented in oak, aged sur lie and full malo-lactic
fermentation. A big, round chardonnay with aromas of pear, fig, fuji apples and ripe citrus fruit.
Balanced acidity and a long, tangy finish.
412 2009 Quinta de la Rosa douROSA - Blend
(Douro Valley, Portugal) Gouveio, Viosinho, Rabigato. Indigenous grapes from the hillsides of Porto
country. The fresh, appealing perfume leads to distinct flavors with citric and mineral notes.
This wine is a great testimony to the amazing quality of wine from Portugal.
423 2010 Bernabeleva Navaherreros -Blend
(Madrid, Spain) Albillo, Macabeo. Neither filtered nor stabilized, aged and fermented sur lie in large oak
barrels. A rich mouthfeel conveys complex flavors of stone fruits, toasted nuts and a bit of sherry.
424 2011 Zerran -Grenache
(Cataluña, Spain) 100% Garnatcha, 100% Catalan, 100% Spain, and you can call it a baby
Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Half the wine is fermented in stainless steel, the other half in French oak,
for six months. Great aromatics, flavor profile and minerals.
426 2011 Valdesil - Godello
(Galicia, Spain) The wine is aged four months on lees in stainless steel and does not go through
malolactic fermentation. On the nose there are citrus, ripe fruit and floral notes, along with a
complexity from the lees aging. There is a lingering finish with a well balanced acidity.
427 2011 Bodegas Edetaria Edetana - Blend
(Terra Alta, Cataluña, Spain) 50% White Grenache, 40% Viognier, 10% Petite Muscat
Nuanced floral notes, such as white roses, mingle with white fruits on the palate. It has potent and
well integrated flavors in the mouth. It is creamy with a fresh and mineral end that brings a true
elegance to the wine.
White Wines @ 50
323 2012 Tudal Carpenters Ranch -Sauvignon Blanc
(Napa Valley, CA) We are lucky to get a wine made with fuit form Carpenter's Ranch in St. Helena again.
As expected does have tropical fruit flavors; guava, pineapple and then moves to zets and a bit
of Brioche dough at the end.
325 2010 Westerly Sanssouci -Sauvignon Blanc
(Santa Ynez Valley, CA) All the grapes for this wine are grown in three small plots in Happy Canyon.
They were whole cluster pressed, fermented in neutral French oak barrels and aged 8 months sur lie.
The wine is elegant, showing notes of ripe melon, citrus and green apple with a graphite edge. Bright
acidity is tempered with creamy viscosity and a lengthy finish.
330 2011 Neyers 304 - Chardonnay
(Sta. Helena, Napa, CA) 304 is an unoaked, clean, beautifull Chablis style wine. The name 304 is industry
name for culinary graded stainles steel used in this case for wine fermentation vats.
Only 1100 cases were made!! Oysters, Ceviches or scallops pairing.
335 2006 Sedna - Chardonnay
(Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA) Whole cluster pressed, French Oak fermentation,
malolactic conversion, and aging sur lies for 1 year—but not a butter bomb! Astonishing balance
while delivering all the delicious richness of handcrafted Napa Chardonnay.
338 2010 Amalie Robert, Her Silhoutte - Chardonnay
(Willamette Valley, OR) This time you get to taste fruit and is Dijon clone from two small blocks.
Cold stainles steel fermenation, no malo-lactic transformation, from cool climate. Wine is clean with
crisp acidity and great mineral balance. Flavors range from lime to lemons and finishes with touches of
ginger and the roundness of tarragon.
448 2011 Raventos I Blanc Silencis - Xarel-lo
(Penedes, Spain) Earthy aromas of ripe pear and a hint of anise embody the subtlety of Xarel-lo
that is carefully tended. It is dynamic and powerful on the palate with a combination of austerity
and volume achieved by careful aging on the lees. All stainless steel vinification.
450 2010 Trimbach - Riesling
(Alsace, France) Trimbach consistently ranks as one of the top wineries in the world.
Firm and dry with great concentration, and lingering flavors of white peach and lemon.
White Wines @ 65
435 2010 Viñedos de Ithica Odysseus - Grenache
(Priorat, Spain) Mineral driven with notes of dried herbs, anise and dried white fig buoyed by
youthful verve. Fermented with native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel.
in color with white stone fruit and green almond notes. Goes wonderfully with all fish.
White Wines @ 80
331 2010 Ridge Monte Bello - Chardonnay
(Santa Cruz, CA) The Monte Bello patch came to international prominance at the 1972 Paris
Gran Prix of wine, befitting the upper eschelons of French wine elite. This current vintage shows
elegant tropical fruit, a toasty finish and well balanced oak.
Rare White Wines
441 2009 Remelluri - Blend
(Rioja, Spain) Garnacha Blanca, Rousanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc, Moscatel,
Petit Courbut Another stunner from Telmo Rodriquez, a Rioja classic that harkens to Bordeaux.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in the barrel. Aged for 18 months in a combination of oak,
cement and glass.
*Not available for Wine Wednesday discount.
Rosé Wines @ $38
501 2011 Pheonix Ranch - Cinsault
(Lodi, CA) These vines are 130 years old, dry farmed and head trained. The rosé is made in the
Provençal style, bleeding the fruit after destemming and with minimal skin contact. Notes of
guava and strawberry lead to a long finish.
502 2011 Apaltagua - Carmenere
(Colchagua Valley, Chile) Sourced from 3 vineyards in the central valley of Chile. This rosé
possesses aromas of ripe strawberries, red roses and touches of smoke with lingering citric
and spiced tannins. Lightly frizzante.
503 2010 Siete Fincas - Pinot Noir
(Mendoza, Argentina) A beautiful deep pink color with refreshing aromas of guava, apricot
and bright cherry. Light bodied and balanced, this rose has nuanced flavors of peach, cranberry
and tangy papaya.
506 2010 La Grenouille Rouganté - Blend
(Napa Valley, CA) 59% Valdiguie, 41% Zinfandel,. A tribute by Frog’s Leap Winery to the dry,
crisp flavors and fruity aromas of the great rosés of France’s Côtes de Provence. The naturally low
alcohol and bright acidity allow the flavors of fresh-picked cranberry, raspberry, watermelon and
white summer flowers to shine.
508 2011 Carica - Blend
(Mendocino, CA) Grenache, Syrah. A cool climate and San Francisco Bay influences produce a
delicate floral aroma with clean and linear flavors of pineapple and papaya. Freshening acidity
and a pretty mid-palate lead to a long decrescendo that maintains flavors to the end.
510 2011 Raventos I Blanc La Rosa - Pinot Noir
(Penedes, Cataluña, Spain) This is a beautiful, elegant medium bodied rosé. Aromas of watermelon and
raspberry lead to a crisp yet lightly creamy and round mouthfeel. Citrus, Meyer lemon and
tangerine tantalize the palate. Perfect for oysters, shrimp ceviche or halibut.
511 2012 Tudal Winery Alma's Napa Rosé - Blend
(Napa Valley, CA) Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese. These grapes were grown on Big
Tree Road in St. Helena. The wine is ruby color with aromas of melon and white flowers. Subtle
spices, watermelon and fresh green flavors. A silky finish delivers both sweet and tart impressions
Rosé Wines @ $50
512 2011 Tablas Creek Vineyard - Blend
(Paso Robles, CA) 58% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 12% Counoise
This wine is cranberry colored with notes of watermelon rind, rose petals, plum and mineral. The
mouth is rich but balanced vibrant acids. Flavors of cherry, wild strawberry, plum and lime abound.
Red Wines @ $38
717 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva - Petite Sirah
(Maipo Alto Valley, Chile) 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah. This deep garnet, full-bodied offering comes
from vines rooted in deep loam soils over alluvial terraces. Aromas of cherries and ripe raspberries,
along with cappucino and chocolate, were cultivated in Chile's hottest growing region.
732 2010 Bokisch - Monestrell
(Lodi, CA) Monestrell is also known as Mourvedre. This wine is reminiscent of a bold Pinot Noir,
with earthy aromas of bright red fruit, raspberry and cranberry, notes of spices, olives and
chocolate. It is medium bodied with smooth, supple tannins and a lingering finish.
724 2011 Terra d'Oro - Aglianico
(Amador County, CA) An ancient Greek varietal introduced to Italy more than 2500 years ago, now
produced in California. This robust wine shows flavors of chestnuts, orange zest and pomegranate
with a great balanc of minerality.
731 2010 Errazuriz Estate Reserva - Carmenère
(Aconcagua, Central Valley, Chile). Located 70 miles north of Santiago the Errazuriz Family has made
wines since 1870. Their location is irrigated with waters from the soaring Andes via the Acocagua river.
Deep red/purple color, elegant violet and tobacco tones, black fruit and rosemary as the back ground.
751 2010 Grey - Cabernet Sauvignon
(Maipo Valley, Chile) Expressive and intense with notes of berries, cherries, cassis, black pepper
and bitter chocolate. Firm tannins and a concentrated body lead to a long, persistent finish.
753 2011 Coquena - Tannat
(Salta, Argentina). Coquena is an elf from Argentinian lore; he is the protector of Lamas & Vicuñas.
The wine is well integrated with floral aromas, lots of black cherry, raspberry, olives & black pepper.
It is a proper tannat; you can definitely taste the fruit, and if you drink enough you might see this elf.
830 2011 Vendrell Montsant Serè - Blend
(Montsan, Cataluña, Spain) 80% Grenache, 20% Carignane. Rich black cherries in
the nose and earthy notes foreshadow well-structured flavors that are deep but not
ponderous, and exceptionally complex and refined for a wine at this price.
831 2009 Vilosell - Blend
(Vilosell, Empordà, Taragona. N.E. Cataluña) 55% Temp., 18% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 11 % C. Sauv. & Carignan
You may well call it a Super-Catalan. Vines range from 8 to 35 years old. A velvety Cabernet is there,
but not to much oak, just enough—9 months in French casks. Flavors are a combination of red &
blue berries, cocoa, vanilla white pepper, dried cherries, with a medium to full body.
832 2009 Pere Guardiola Floresta - 40% Grenache, 30% Manzuela, 30% Syrah.
(Costa Brava, Empordà, Cataluña, Spain) Classic earth and red cherry aromas lead to flavors
unobscured by any use of oak. Delicious, sun-drenched fruit with amazing depth.
Fermentation & Vinification: Aged four months in concrete tanks and two month in oak barrels.
Red Wines @ $50
705 2010 Saintsbury - Pinot Noir
(Carneros, CA) A Napa pinot noir with a Carneros profile. Appealing black cherry, black tea and plum
notes frame a bold structure that shows a balance of tannin and acid with a rich and complex finish.
728 2007 Phoenix Ranch - Syrah
(Napa Valley, CA) Five acres are planted to three distinctive Syrah clones and this Estate Syrah is a
blend of all three. It is filled with aromas of lavender, boysenberry, black currant, cedar and
tobacco. It is dark purple in color, has presence on the palate and a smooth velvety finish.
729 2006 Sedna - Syrah
(Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA) Fermented in small bins, punched down by hand and barrel aged
for two years. Expressive dark fruit aromas lead to a mid-weight syrah with complex flavors of
blackberry, spice and leather held within mature tannins and a bright acidity.
726 2007 Palmina - Nebbiolo
(Santa Barbara County, CA) Varietally reminiscent of Piemontese Nebbiolo. Deeply tinted
with exotic aromas of cherry confit, dried rose, savories and cola. A mouthfilling texture and
concentrated flavors offer sweet red and dark berry flavors, silky tannins and balanced acidity.
An expansive finish reprises the complex interplay of flavors.
733 2009 Shypoke - Charbono
(Calistoga, CA) Identical to the nearly extinct French grape Corbeau from the Savoie. Aromas of
black cherry, pomegranate, and dark plum. Deep and complex flavors of black fruit and cherry
co-mingle with subtle sage and sweet tar notes. Finishes long and firm.
735 2011 Bueyes - Malbec
(Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina) Chocolate-covered cherries, cranberry, a touch of hickory spice
and hints of black truffle integrate beautifully in this medium bodied and polished wine.
740 2009 Mi Terruño Limited Reserve - Blend
(Mendoza, Argentina) Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon. A pretty perfume of dark berries
and cola spice foreshadows beautifully integrated and powerful flavors. Look for black fruits,
plum pudding and hints of spice,leather and vanilla that carry into a plush and delicious finish.
and hints of black truffle integrate beautifully in this medium bodied and polished wine.
$50 Reds continued on the next page.
Red Wines @ $50
750 2011 Buehler - Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley, CA) Aromas of ripe black cherries and black plums, with hints of cola and spice.
Deeply extracted flavors; a sweet and savory palate with black olive, coffee, dried currant and
mineral notes with approachable tannins and a restrained elegance.
766 2009 Selby - Old Vine Zinfandel
(Sonoma County, CA) From vines 40 to 110 years of age. Black raspberry and chocolate
aromas. A sweet impression in the mouth from perfectly integrated tannins and concentrated fruit
flavors with hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon and cloves.
813 2010 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos del Bierzo - Mencia
(Bierzo, Spain) From 40-90 year-old vineyards. Opens with an alluring nose of lavender,
incense, black cherry and blueberry. Intense and layered fruits on the palate while maintaining an
inviting approachability. An excellently structured wine.
852 2011 Alvaro Palacios “Camins del Priorat” - Blend
(Priorat, Cataluña, Spain) Carignane, Grenache, Cabernet, Syrah. A highly complex perfume—
almost the aroma of a sexy pinot noir! Lush and sweet in the mouth, the gentle acidity and supple
tannins deliver a round raspberry fruitiness that lingers through a nice, long finish. A wonderful
introduction to the wines of Alvaro Palacios. Ready for the next echelon or two?
853 2007 Los 800 Priorat
(Priorat, Spain) 50% Grenache, 30% Carignane, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cab Sauv. Grapes are sourced
from old vineyards above 800 meter. The bouquet combines cherry and blackberry with
a touch of vanilla oak. Elegant on the palate with a beautiful evolution.
873 2008 Herdade do Esporão Red Reserva
(Alentejo, Portugal) Aragonez 45%, Trincadeira 40%, Cabernet 15%
Not a new kid on the block, Esporão estate history goes back to the XIII century.
Their reserva shows its unique blend of terroir exposed to the Atlantic breeze.
Full body, ripe intense red and black fruit, dark cocoa and a very long finish.
Red Wines @ $65
704 2009 Sequana Sarmento - Pinot Noir
(Santa Lucia Highlands, CA) From a family-owned, sustainably-farmed vineyard. Pretty and
bright aromas of Bing cherries and strawberries. Delicious and complex, silky and crisp, all at once.
Flavors of red cherries, cola, licorice, cedar, and a dose of peppery spice.
707 2010 Boedecker Cellars "Stewart" - Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, OR) This wine is a product of Dijon clone, small lots fermentation, 9 months Sur Lie
and aged for 18 months in French Oak. A medium to fuller body Pinot with notes of blue and black berry,
raspberry and cedar on the nose.
722 2008 Carica Cellars - Grenache
(Clement Hills, CA) Aged 18 months in neutral French oak, this juicy and vibrant Grenache tastes
of ripe cherry, plum and dried cranberry with a dusty finish evoking exotic spices and bay laurel.
746 2006 Milbrandt Legacy - Merlot
(Columbia Valley, WA) Merlot, Cabernet, Petite Verdot. Consistent aromas and flavors of ripe
blackberry, spice, tobacco, plum, cherry and coffee. Dense, lush and voluptuous on the palate.
Both hedonistic and intellectually compelling, with a rich fruit finish.
757 2010 Stag's Leap Cellars "Hands of Time" - Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley, CA) 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. A tribute to the previous workers who have
gone on to become celebrated winemakers and viticulturalists. This Bordeaux style wine celebrates
the passing of knowledge from teacher to student through the "hands of time". It has aromas of
spiced fruit, clove and vanilla. Cherry and raspberry on the palate lead to structured tannins and a
lingering spice filled finish.
781 2010 Pulenta III - Cabernet Sauvignon
(Lujan de Cujo, Mendoza, Argentina) Very unique; this plot is 3000 feet above see level, vines are at
leats 20 years old, wine is concret & stainless steel fermented then aged in French oak for a year.
Lots of blackberry and black cherry, scents of thyme and rosemary. It is very Paul Hobbs to me.
772 2008 Carica Cellars "Kick Ranch" - Petite Sirah
(Sonoma Co., CA) Full bodied with aromas of spice, ripe plums, sandalwood and violets. A deep
purple/black color with flavors of blackberry, huckleberry, cassis and a touch of black pepper.
778 2007 Stage Left Cellars "The Breadwinner" - Blend
(Centra Coast, CA) 58% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 16%Petite Sirah & 7% Grenache,
The complex nose is intriguing: raspberry, earth, mushroom, white pepper, licorice, dust and savory
herbs reminiscent of Southern France. Syrah is more prevelent than previus year and
delivers loads of red currant and raspberry.
$65 Reds continued on the next page.
Red Wines @ $65
820 2010 Doniene Gorrondona Bizkaiko Txakolina Tinto - Hondarribi Beltza
(Txakoli, Basque Country, Spain) Quite a rare wine from pre-phylloxera
Hondarribi Beltza vines! Deep aroma of cassis, licorice and herbs wrapped in wet clay. Beautifully
mineral driven dark berry and bitter cherry tones evolve to a lovely ripeness in the finish.
839 2009 Remelluri "Lindes de Remelluri" - Blend
(Rioja, Spain) Tempranillo, Grenache, Granciano, Viura Meaning "borders of Remelluri" the wine
blends the terroirs of two villages adjacent to the Remelluri estate, Labastida and San Vincente.
Future vintages will produce serarate wines from each village. This first vintage
is fermented in stainless steel and aged 12 months in French and American oak. It shows dark
cherry fruit notes with violet overtones.
842 2004 Viña Arana Rioja Reserva - Tempranillo
(Rioja Alta, Spain) 95% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo. 2004 was another near perfect vintage in Rioja.
Intense aromas of ripe berries against a balsamic background of cinnamon, vanilla and coconut
grace this medium-bodied, flawlessly structured wine. Silky tannins harmonize with dark fruits
and tangy herbs to create a smooth, elegant and lingering finish.
845 2008 Bodega Matarromera Crianza - Tempranillo
(Ribera del Duero, Spain) This wine is deep cherry in color with purple glints. It has excellent harmony
on the nose: blackberry, figs, vanilla, leather and cocoa. It has a powerful and elegant backbone.
Sweet polished tannins balance with spicy and fruity flavors. It is aged 12 months in French and
American oak.
Red Wines @ $80
702 2010 Iota - Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, OR) Another amazing pinot noir from Oregon. More forward yet elegant than
prior vintages. Based on Pommard and Dijon clones (provenence unknown!). Lots of dark stone fruit,
delicate spices and herbs and hints of mineral. Floral notes lead to a concentrated finish. 479 cases.
701 2009 Saintbury Stanly Ranch - Pinot Noir
(Carneros, Napa, CA) One of the three single pinot noir ranches of Saintbury. Stanly Ranch displays
a predominat smoky nose, baking spices and small stone fruit with a rich middle palate and a smooth
long finish. Tannins are on a rather good balance of flavors and texture.
755 2008 Domus Aura - Cabernet/Blend
(Macul, Santiago, Chile) 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 25 %Petit Verdot.
A very low yield wine from stony soil, hand harvested vine by vine and top fermentation. It is aged in
a wide range of different oaks barrels. One of the best Bordeaux blends from Chile's central valley.
756 2010 Riglos Gran Corte - Blend Cabernet /Malbec
(Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina) Equal balance of grapes, medium body & cedar notes, Wine is very
well focus, good tannins, black berry to raspberry notes, soft and long lasting
780 2009 Morros del Maipo, Lafken - Cabernet
(Maipo Valley, Chile) Bottled unfiltered, this is a full body, elegant, lush Cabernet. It has the right amount
of tannins, velvety chocolate and firm flavors. Let's call it a very sexy wine.
854 2009 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses “Velles Vinyes” - Blend
(Priorat-Cataluña, Spain) 40% Carignane, 40% Grenache, 20% Cab Sauv. Stunning in every way,
sourced from the region's steepest and oldest vineyards, this wine delivers a delicious and
sumptuous profile of ripe black fruit, plum, black cherry and chocolate with firm tannins.
856 2011 Llavors, La Vinyeta- Blend
(Emporda-Cataluña, Spain) 45% Carignane, 39% Merlot, 16% Cabs
A super Catalonian from the Costa Brava. Full of mediterranean flavor and far from rustic. Deep purple,
medium to full body, amazing tannis, spicies, dark cherry and espresso. A well structured wine that
many times has been called "a long lost friend", to me it is an amazing new friend from 50 year old vines.
874 2010 Post Scriptum, De Chryseia- Blend
(Quinta de Roriz Duoro-Portugal) 60% Turiga Franca, 35% Turiga Nacional & Tinta Barroca
From the new generation of Portugues wine makers, this wine is full of terroir, aged for 10 months in oak,
lots of cassis, black cherry, and long finish. It reminded me of wines from Saint Julien.
many times has been called "a long lost friend", to me it is an amazing new friend from 50 year old vines.
Rare,Premium and
759 2007 Ridge Monte Bello - Blend
(Santa Cruz Mts, CA) 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Dense ruby color with aromas of incense, red and black currents, spice and forest floor. Lighter
in the mouth than previous vintages yet still elegant. Lots of blue, black and red fruits, medium
bodied with good acidity and a fine finish.
200*
850 2010 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops -Blend
(Gratallops, Priorat, Spain) 65% Grenache, 15% Samso, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
The grapes are sourced from many tiny parcels around the village of Gratallops. It has a lovely
bouquet in which the Grenache really shines: boysenberry, lavender and potpourri. The palate is
medium bodied and fleshy, with blackberry, raspberry and white pepper vying for attention. The
tannins are fine and supple leading to a harmonious finish.
100
855 2009 El Nido - Cab Blend
(Jumilla, Spain) 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Monestrell Notes of leather, toasted bread and
ripe fruits mixed with a touch of spice. The taste of the wine is intense, concentrated and complex.
It is a sophisticated, full bodied wine with extraordinary richness of extract and savory flavor.
180*
Descendientes de J. Palacios-Bierzo
of high end wines from Leon, north eastern Spain. Made of 100% Mencia, 60 to 100 year
old vines with a production just above 170 cases from each plot and we managed 12 bottles
2010 Las Lamas Vineyard, Corullon- Leon, Spain (185 cases)
The most southern plot in Corullon, wine is elegant with a very smooth finish. Structure
is complexed with a great mineral back bone, wine is delicate and firm.
Nose; small stone fruit and rose petals
170
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2010 Moncerbal Vineyard, Corullon- Leon Spain (175 cases)
Slighty north by west from Las Lamas made of 100 years old vines, fermented and
aged in oak, body is opulent. Flavors range from violets to vanilla and samll berries.
170
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Large Format Bottles
2008 Clos Mogador Piorat - Blend (Gratallops, Cataluña, Spain)
Magnum 1.5 Lt
Double Magnum 3 Lt
40% Grenache, 35% Cab Sauv, 20% Syrah, 5% Pinot Noir, Merlot & Mourvedre—3/4 to full body
René Barbier, one of the 3 kings from Priorat, brings us his masterpiece, Clos Mogador.
Currently, Mogador is as mythical as Sassicaia or Chateau Margaux.
Priorat, wine once intended for the Priory and mass service, has become one of the most sought
after appellations around the world. René Barbier started to cultivate this plot in the 1970's in the
now-famous wine village of Gratallops and we now get to enjoy the 30 year anniversary of his
passion and work.
A very poised wine with a fine bouquet of blackberry, blueberry and violet. Course tannins
juxtapose the core of sweet dark fruit.
340*
700*