Let's say that it wasn't 2020 and EVERY restaurant in America wasn't shut down, and you were going to a not-to-be-named 2-Michelin starred restaurant. You might then peruse the wine list and ask the Somm for a recommendation and she would tell you about this fantastic Russian River Pinot that was a steal for $140 on their list.
But we are in 2020 and restaurants were closed for months and this wine had no home. We'll save you the details, but it's yours now - with an extra Benjamin in your pocket.
The Russian River Valley needs no introduction, for those who know good Pinot Noir, and the 2018 vintage is considered one of the appellation’s best in recent memory. The excellent growing season produced grapes of exceptional balance that yielded a wine resonate with dark and red fruit flavors accented by spicy notes of berry jam and framed by a savory edge of truffle, roasted root vegetables and a hint of bacon. The wine’s enticing aromas of fresh strawberry and other dark fruits are complemented by more savory essences as everything comes together in a long and refreshing mouthfeel that showcases the vintage’s outstanding structure.
(that description comes from a pro...I'll just say that it is really, really good)
What to pair with this wine: Anything you like. Good pinot is one of the most versatile wines and while I might avoid a very fatty cut of red meat, this would be a great warm-up bottle for you and your friends while you sear your ribeyes in the cast iron.
Let's say that it wasn't 2020 and EVERY restaurant in America wasn't shut down, and you were going to a not-to-be-named 2-Michelin starred restaurant. You might then peruse the wine list and ask the Somm to pair something with your Atlantic Halibut. She tells you that the '90 Montrachet is one of kind, though you're not quite ready to part with a house payment to make it your own. She then recommends a special Russian River Chardonnay. $120 seems like steal and you pat yourself on the back for showing real restraint.
But we are in 2020 and restaurants were closed for months and this wine had no home. We picked up a small parcel of this wine along with it's brother, the Russian River Pinot Noir, and we're happy to bring it to you for almost 70% off.
The 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay comes from three of the oldest vineyards in the Green Valley area of Sonoma County’s Russian River Appellation, which is one of California’s most celebrated sources of Burgundian varietals. Excellent conditions throughout the 2018 season allowed the grapes to mature slowly picking up fresh fruit flavors of apricot, nectarine and lemon zest while they maintained their crisp, natural acidity. In addition to giving the wine a refreshing finish, it’s structure also delivers a lightness on the palate that will make this your go-to white wine.
Best paired with: Your last Zoom call of the day; maybe in your coffee mug to give the allure of "I'm having a late afternoon caffeine-fix so I can power through until 7pm" vibe
Seriously. This is top-shelf Russian River Valley Chard. You will love it!
Deux means two. But you knew that. This blend of Cab Franc and Merlot is phenomenally rich and would easily be mistaken for red blends that trade at $75+
(If you managed to snag a bottle of our Diamond Mountain version of this wine a couple of years back, this wine is a step ahead!)
Yountville is one Napa's smaller AVAs and probably better known for The French Laundry, but its location near the southern end of the Valley means that it is slightly cooler and has a bit longer growing season. That allows for the depth of flavor to develop in red wines without the high sugar content that leads to high alcohol. Enough of the wine geek-out. Its fantastic stuff and one you will come back for
We don't normally do a 200+ case production, but this one was so good it is a no-brainer case purchase. You'll enjoy this one all summer and into the fall!
Blend: 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot
Recommended Food Pairings: If it goes in your mouth, it will go with this wine. Five Guys? Absolutely. Cold pizza by the light of the refrigerator, you bet
The 2nd bottling of the Claudine Wines Signature Series lineup, this 2017 Pinot Noir is a knockout! It's classic Burgundy, with the weight of California Pinot. On the nose, aromas of rose petal, earth and hint of vanilla. On the palate, a rich blend of dark cherry and perhaps a black tea note. Finesse and depth, beautifully arranged
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
AVA: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County, CA
Recommended Food Pairings: Fish, especially salmon, roasted chicken, pasta with red sauce; aged cheeses
While Napa is most famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, this Malbec is a knockout! Deep purple in color and with just the right amount of fruit, this will pair with whatever is on your dinner table...or the couch (judgment-free zone folks)
This is not an $8 Argentinian Malbec (that said, if I only had $8 to spend on a bottle, I am going with a Malbec from Argentina). Taste it blind next to your favorite $40 blend and we're sure this one will win -- hands down
I'll save you the flowery description, but whether you're opening this for a special occasion or a random Tuesday night, you will not be disappointed in the quality for the price
Recommended food pairings: You name it. This wine is versatile enough to pair with anything: from cold Chipotle leftovers to a sous-vide steak dinner
Back in the lineup! Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was a huge hit, so we knew we needed to find a new source. It took us some time to find a Pinot that met our expectations on price and quality, but we are sure it was worth the wait!
This weighty pinot from the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County represents our first foray outside of Napa/Sonoma. This pinot saw 16 months in French oak barrels, with 20% being new. Notes of dried cherry, plum and savory spices make this a food-friendly wine for all occasions.