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Staff Picks August 2018

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Monte Bernardi 'Retromarcia' Chianti Classico 2015
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92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "This fragrant red offers heady scents of ripe dark-skinned berry, pressed violet, eucalyptus and a potpourri of culinary spice. The refined palate is initially understated but then sneaks up on you with ripe wild cherry, cranberry, licorice and clove. It's surprisingly fresh for
Item Number: 29140
Bottle:$17.95
BTL
"A Great Value!Light crimson in color this Chianti draws you in with its notes of cherry, dark spices, and earthy aromas. This light body red is well balanced from its delicate, but tight, tannins to the notes of the nose reflecting themselves upon the palate. Once it opens up more you're fully able to enjoy this wine in its glory as it becomes more rounded and rather enjoyable. Serve at the next barbecue as it'll pair nicely with grilled meats and veggies." — Teressa

Bodegas As Laxas Albarino 2017
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" Clear straw yellow color with green nuances. Fruity and floral aromas of apple, stone fruits, and lemon. Silky and soft on the palate with pear, honeysuckle, and slight orangeflavors and a touch of minerality. Balanced. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 29371
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
BTL
"Refreshingly vibrantCrisp yet complex, this semi-aromatic dry Spanish white offers lively effervescence to compliment any summer evening. Pale straw in color, pleasant aromas of citrus and fresh herbs compliment bright notes of peach, stone fruit and white pepper on the pallate. Balanced by medium acidity, underlying minerality and salinity, As Laxas would pair beautifully with seafood or pasta." — Matt

Melville Estate Chardonnay 2015
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92  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 92 "The 2015 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a richer white, especially in the vintage. Orange blossom, buttered pineapple, and salted apple notes all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely textured on the palate with plenty of fruit and a good finish. It’s going to keep for a decade." 
Item Number: 28489
Bottle:$21.95
Case: $263.40
BTL
"A great buy for the summer!!The Melville Estate Chardonnay 2015 is a California wine that is full body, a good drinking wine. It starts out with a distinguished oak smell that has tastes of butter notes with hints of orange, green apple, and pear. After drinking a glass you get a lingering taste, which is very enjoyable. The wine is very light in color. Melville Chardonnay pairs well with a seafood dish such a shrimp." — Samantha

Shannon Ridge 'Two Bud Block' Single Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
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" Perched along the ridge top at the upper reaches of High Valley, Shannon Ridge overlooks Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti. Two buds per spur, hence the vineyard designation Two Bud. The unique combination of soil composition and micro climate of a singular plot of ground (terroir) is the genesis of the
Item Number: 28843
Bottle:$17.95
Case: $215.40
BTL
"This single vineyard zin has a rich, beautiful maroon color. Sweet tobacco and fresh leather shine through raspberry and blueberry jam on the nose with hints of spice in the background. The entry is fruity and spicy and transitions into a smooth, meaty finish. This bottle goes great with smoked gouda, barbecue pork, or a good book." — Michael

Antoine Sunier Morgon 2016
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92  John Gilman 
John Gilman 92+ "Antoine Sunier’s Morgon is produced from a parcel of sixty year-old vines in the lieu dit of Croix de Chevre, with the wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in eighty percent old Burgundy casks. The 2016 version is a beautiful and utterly classic young bottle of Morgon,
Item Number: 29357
Bottle:$18.95
BTL
"Perfect summer Bojo!The 2016 Morgon Beaujolais by Antoine Sunier is a perfect example of what Cru Beaujolais should taste like. Certified Organic and fermented with native yeasts in mostly old Burgundy casks, this wine instantly stands out once you open the cork. With notes of fresh strawberry and violet on the nose, the palate shows a more structured, tougher wine with great acid that should give it some longevity. Pair this Morgon with dishes like Duck Confit to Chinese food, you can’t go wrong!" — Matt

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Edelzwicker 'Black Cap' 2014
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" Following the tradition in Alsace, the Edelzwicker wines are blends of: Riesling; Gewurztraminer; the Finger Lakes own grape - Cayuga White; and other white varietals. These wines, like the 100% vinifera wines, are made in small batches and are minimally processed. The use of the fairly neutral,
Item Number: 27809
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
BTL
"Summer in a bottleCool and light perfume aromas drew me in but I was not expecting how bold and thirst quenching the taste would be! Grapefruit forward with zappy lemon notes and metallic bursts, this wine rounds itself out with just a tiny touch of sweetness to not make your lips pucker. It is dry, refreshing and pairs perfectly with a hot afternoon in the backyard." — Allison