Staff Picks – Domestic Wine

Lindsay’s Pick: Tobin James Chateau le Cacheflo Red Blend 2011 – $13.99
Mediterranean varietals offer red and black plum fruit balanced with well-integrated oak. It’s woodsy without being too toasty. The finish combines a delicate basil herb flavor with a touch of anise. Help your “cacheflo” with a price that’s low!

Scott’s Pick: Marietta Christo Blend Lot #2 – $19.99
Many California wines attempt to capture the beauty of the wines of the Rhone in France. Where Marietta succeeds and many fail is in the decision to leave off the oak. Expresses pure raspberry and food-worthy acid. Hard to picture a better BBQ wine!

Kate’s Pick: Pendulum Red Blend 2012 – $19.99
This Washington red blend opens with bright red raspberry, takes a deep swing across bittersweet chocolate, and rises up through the arc to a spicy endpoint of clove, cardamom, and white pepper. Pendulum will not leave you in the pits!

Lindsay’s Pick: Tranzind Red Blend – $17.99
Made by Klinker Brick in Lodi, CA, this Zinfandel-dominated blend is full of earthy, dark blackberry fruit. Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet are blended in to give complexity. No toasty oak, and enough acid to give the wine good balance. So good you’ll forget about the silly “Zin” pun!

Tom’s Pick: Flygirl White 2013 – $15.99
Delightfully redolent, clean, crisp, and acidic. Honeysuckle on the nose gives way to melon and pear. Great as an apertif but has enough bracing acidity to pair well with lighter fare like grilled chicken, grilled veggies, shrimp, and pasta.

Scott’s Pick: L’Ecole #41 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley 2013 – $19.99
Grapes that originate in France’s Loire Valley find things much to their liking in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The dry conditions and cool harvest temperatures preserve balancing acidity behind the spiced pear fruit. Your next destination from Riesling!

Lindsay’s Pick: Haraszthy Family Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County 2012 – $16.99
Light for a Zin – awesome basil and black tea aroma with dark raspberry fruit! Great flavorful fruit with a tiny touch of anise – typical of a Zinfandel without being too heavy or jammy. No “sinning” required!

Scott’s Pick: Philo Ridge Pinot Gris, Mendocino 2012 – $21.99
Lots of nice green pear fruit with an herby edge of basil and tarragon. Apple/pear flavors follow, coupled with racy acidity to make it sing with seafood. Limited!

Tom’s Pick: Rockwall Jesse’s Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 – $23.99
Warm weather and BBQ season is upon us. Try this big, bold, jammy Zin. Dense and opulent with blackberry, cherry and cocoa. You probably won’t notice the 16.1% alcohol with all the fruit!

Lindsay’s Pick: Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2012 – $31.99
Mesmerizing aromas of black cherry and earthy herbs. 16% alcohol paired with strong fruit flavors means you should drink this sitting down. I’ve fallen for this wine and I can’t get up!

Scott’s Pick: Summers Napa Charbono 2011 – $29.99
Inky purple in color, this deeply black-fruited Napa red is produced from the nearly extinct Charbono variety. Puts one in the mind of Petite Sirah in its wild berry and mushroomy/wet earth undercurrents. Have with food that requires a steak knife!
Lindsay’s Pick: Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 – $29.99
This wine is a wonderful example of how delicious Pinot from Oregon can be. Begins with aromas of cherry pie and caramelized sugar, followed by flavors of thyme, red fruit, and subdued white pepper. Slightly high alcohol for a Pinot gives a little heat and complexity. Your new favorite Willamette Valley Pinot Noir!

Scott’s Pick: Clos Pegase Pinot Noir, Mitsuko’s Vineyard 2010 – $37.99
The cool temperatures of Carneros help Pinot Noir made there to maintain a keen level of acidity; that helps this wine achieve terrific balance between crisp red cherry fruit and sweet spice box aromas.

Tom’s Pick: Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – $21.99
The total package – bright, crisp, and clean. Peach and tangerine balanced by bright acidity. Pairs perfectly with seared scallops, shrimp, or fish.

Kate’s Pick: Rockwall Petite Sirah, Jack’s Dry Creek 2011 – $24.99
Nothing small about this Petite Sirah. Thick with dark berries and a spicy pepper finish, this rich red pairs well with Creole flavors, and was the only thing not boring about a really bad first date I recently went on!

Staff Pick: Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Syrah, 2012 – $29.99
This Old World-style wine begins with aromas of integrated and smoky vanilla, herbs, and rich earthiness. The color is a rich garnet purple. Palate offers generous tart blueberry fruit that’s bold but not too heavy. The finish is balanced but dry with notes of tobacco and raspberry. We love it!

Scott’s Pick: Saintsbury Syrah “Sawi” 2008 – $39.99
Let the darkness wash over you… Black in color and overstuffed with blackberry and black plum fruit, backed by tar-like notes. A tooth-stainer of a Syrah!