Past Projects

We specialize in small production wines, and we do sell out quickly. Take a look at what we’ve offered in the past.

2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

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Recognition

Every pinot noir offered by this winery on its website today has received at least 94 points from a major publication. 

For the wine geeks, the grapes come from the Sanford and Benedict & La Riconada vineyards.

Tasting Notes

This weighty pinot from the Sta. 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. 

Best paired with: lean roast beef, roast chicken, duck, salmon, lamb and mushroom dishes (also good slightly chilled on your front porch).

The Story

Winemakers are artists, and in true artistic form the winemaker for this wine decided he wanted a new challenge – working with Central Coast fruit rather than Sonoma. So he sourced grapes from notable vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, worked his magic, and produced an incredible wine. Then, he waited – 16 months in barrel. 

By the time it was ready for bottling, the business side of this notable, allocation-list only winery interceded: “Our philosophy is to produce world class Sonoma County wines!” The Sta. Rita Hills offering, while majestic, simply didn’t fit the brand portfolio. Luckily for us, this type of story fits the Claudine wine brand perfectly, and we’re now able to offer this delicious wine at incredible value. 

Wine Stats

- Production: 147 cases
- Blend: 100% pinot noir
- AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
- ABV: 14.5% 
- Drinking window: 2018-2028
- Comparable Price: $60-$80

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2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Regular price Compare at: $65-$110
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Recognition

Multiple 94+ ratings from well-known publications

Tasting Notes

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.

The Story

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 from an exclusive Sonoma winery. $110 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. This wine had no place to go. We made a connection with the owner and picked up a small parcel of this wine along with its brother, the Russian River Pinot Noir, and we're happy to bring it to you at a steep discount.

Wine Stats

- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- AVA: Russian River Valley (Green Valley area)
- ABV: 14.1%
- Drinking window: 2020-2030
- Comparable price: $65 - $110

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2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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193 Cases Produced

Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a critically-acclaimed winery in the prestigious Diamond Mountain District of Napa.  Wines grown in mountain vineyards are highly sought after for their intense flavors, firm tannins, and excellent aging potential.  A wine of this caliber typically commands a price 2-3 times that of our current offering. 

The wine was bottled in August of 2016 after aging two years in new French oak.  While it could easily stand on its own merits, we felt a touch of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot rounded out the wine nicely.  This wine can  be enjoyed now with a hearty steak, or will reward those with the patience to let it cellar in the bottle for years to come.   

Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot

Recommended Food Pairings: Roast and grilled beef, lamb, game and fowl; aged cheeses

Serving Temperature: 60-65°

 

 

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2016 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

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52 Cases Produced

Our 2016 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon came to us by way of a unique set of circumstances. In October of 2017, wildfires burned all around Napa and Sonoma, taking with it many homes and businesses. This winery was one of them. Fortunately, no one associated with the winery was injured, but instead of rebuilding, the owners decided to sell their assets and close the business. That's when we got a call. We tasted this and thought it would fit perfectly in our lineup.

The wine was bottled in April of 2019 after aging twenty months in 100% new French oak. 

This wine is one of the most interesting Cabs we have ever produced with a dense, rich, inky purple-colored wine that offers earthy almost charcoal ember-like notes with plenty of blackberry and cassis. This is a substantial, full throttle, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon built for long term cellaring and should easily last 25+ years in the bottle.  

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

The previous vintages of this wine sold at the winery for $125+ per bottle!

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2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Our Zinfandel offering is big and full-bodied, yet elegant and structured, and decidedly NOT jammy. The wine has had time to mature and integrate in the barrel and is drinking phenomenally well right now - and should continue to - for another 5+ years.

When we taste this, we think of Zinfandel from the iconic producers such as Ridge or Biale. Not bad for our first Zin! 

Recommended Food Pairings: Roast and grilled beef, lamb, game and fowl; aged cheeses

Serving Temperature: 60-65°

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