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Stretching almost 280 miles, from San Franscisco Bay to Santa Barbara County, California's Central Coast AVA is one of the most varied and kaleidoscopic regions in the U.S. Highlights include the powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Rhône-style wines from the warm Paso Robles AVA, as well as the neighboring, fog-bound Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley AVAs, two of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Golden State.

Not to be outdone, the increasingly stunning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA are beginning to rival the best from among the rest of California, and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County certainly holds its own in the realm of cool-climate varietals, as well. Further south, the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills AVAs have established themselves as some of the finest sources of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the U.S., while the Syrah and Grenache wines from the newly-enshrined Ballard Canyon AVA demonstrate an Old World elegance in contrast to their counterparts from the Paso hills. The region as a whole has seen a rapid influx of investment dollars in recent years, a testament to the potential of these vineyards that once played a distant second fiddle to Napa and Sonoma.

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99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Leading off the reds, the extended barrel-aged 2014 Syrah Capo Dei Putti boasts an insane bouquet of cedarwood, white chocolate, caramelized meats, candle way, and assorted red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and an incredible elegance, it… ...
JD 99
WA 96
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Sine Qua Non Syrah Capo dei Putti 2014  (#334353)

750ml
In stock, 3 available

Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Leading off the reds, the extended barrel-aged 2014 Syrah Capo Dei Putti boasts an insane bouquet of cedarwood, white chocolate, caramelized meats, candle way, and assorted red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, ultra…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
99 points Jeb Dunnuck: As with the extended aged Syrah release, the 2014 Grenache Testa Dei Cherubini (80% Grenache, 15.5% Syrah, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier) comes all from the estate Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent just under 38 months in 25% new French oak,… ...
JD 99
WA 98
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Sine Qua Non Grenache Testa dei Cherubini 2014  (#334352)

750ml
In stock, 3 available

Grenache/Garnacha from Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: As with the extended aged Syrah release, the 2014 Grenache Testa Dei Cherubini (80% Grenache, 15.5% Syrah, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier) comes all from the estate Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
98+ points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Les Pavots checks in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot. It offers a huge nose of blackcurrants, blackberry, scorched earth, graphite, and cedarwood. Deep, rich, supple, and sexy, with a seamless, incredibly elegant… ...
JD 98
JS 97
WA 95
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Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley 2015  (#334103)

1.5L
In stock, 2 available

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

98+ points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Les Pavots checks in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot. It offers a huge nose of blackcurrants, blackberry, scorched earth, graphite, and cedarwood. Deep, rich,…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 2 available
JD 98
JS 97
WA 95
98-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...arresting nose of lemon barley water, white peaches, grapefruit and toasted almonds with touches of croissant, lime leaves, sassafras and allspice plus a hint of candied ginger. Full-bodied and jam-packed with energetic citrus and spice layers,… ...
WA 98-100
AG 95-98
JS 95-96
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Aubert Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Lauren Estate 2017  (#334003)

1.5L
In stock, 2 available

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

98-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...arresting nose of lemon barley water, white peaches, grapefruit and toasted almonds with touches of croissant, lime leaves, sassafras and allspice plus a hint of candied ginger. Full-bodied and…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 2 available
WA 98-100
AG 95-98
JS 95-96
97+ points Robert Parker: The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory, pure and multidimensional wine. The final blend… ...
RP 97
AG 97
JD 97
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Verite La Joie Sonoma County 2014  (#331215)

750ml
In stock, 2 available

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

97+ points Robert Parker: The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
RP 97
AG 97
JD 97
97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir CIX Vineyard bursts forth with baked cherries, red currant jelly and mulberries with touches of cinnamon stick, violets, baking spices and potpourri. Full-bodied, opulent and wonderfully spicy in the… ...
WA 97
JD 96
AG 95
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Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast CIX Vineyard 2016  (#333654)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir CIX Vineyard bursts forth with baked cherries, red currant jelly and mulberries with touches of cinnamon stick, violets, baking spices and potpourri. Full…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
WA 97
JD 96
AG 95
96-99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...The 2017 Chardonnay CIX Estate has an incredibly intense nose of lemon peel, green mango, fresh pears and powdered ginger with suggestions of baking bread, chopped cashews, lightly buttered popcorn and crème brûlée. The palate is full-bodied,… ...
WA 96-99
JS 97-98
AG 93-96
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Aubert Chardonnay Sonoma Coast CIX Vineyard 2017  (#334000)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

96-99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...The 2017 Chardonnay CIX Estate has an incredibly intense nose of lemon peel, green mango, fresh pears and powdered ginger with suggestions of baking bread, chopped cashews, lightly buttered popcorn…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
WA 96-99
JS 97-98
AG 93-96
98 points Robert Parker: The 2014 Le Désir (53% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec) has an inky purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate, black truffle, forest floor, black raspberry and black currants. Opulent, but again structured and super-dense and pure, this is… ...
RP 98
JD 99
AG 97
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Verite Le Desir Sonoma County 2014  (#331216)

750ml
In stock, 2 available

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

98 points Robert Parker: The 2014 Le Désir (53% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec) has an inky purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate, black truffle, forest floor, black raspberry and black currants. Opulent, but…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
RP 98
JD 99
AG 97
99 points Robert Parker: The 2013 Le Désir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk… ...
RP 99
AG 92-95
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Verite Le Desir Sonoma County 2013  (#328300)

750ml
In stock, 2 available

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

99 points Robert Parker: The 2013 Le Désir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
98 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Pinot Noir Le Caprice is flat out gorgeous! Black cherries, currants, toasted oak, caramelized raspberries, and exotic flower notes all soar from the glass of this rich, full-bodied, yet elegant, seamless Pinot Noir. It has fine, fine tannin, no hard edges, beautiful… ...
JD 98
WA 93-95
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Peter Michael Pinot Noir Fort Ross-Seaview Le Caprice 2016  (#334105)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County, California

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Pinot Noir Le Caprice is flat out gorgeous! Black cherries, currants, toasted oak, caramelized raspberries, and exotic flower notes all soar from the glass of this rich, full-bodied, yet elegant, seamless Pinot Noir.…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
99 points Jeb Dunnuck: A standout as well as a candidate for perfection, the 2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard is a sensational effort that has racy, vibrant, yet integrated acidity giving beautiful lift and cut to textbook notes of apple blossom, toasted hazelnuts, white flowers, spice box, and… ...
JD 99
WA 97
AG 96
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Kistler Chardonnay Russian River Valley Laguna Ridge Vineyard 2016  (#334505)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: A standout as well as a candidate for perfection, the 2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard is a sensational effort that has racy, vibrant, yet integrated acidity giving beautiful lift and cut to textbook notes of apple blossom…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
JD 99
WA 97
AG 96
96 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): (74% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, licorice, minerals, tobacco leaf and violet. Rich, tactile and deep, offering outstanding energy for the vintage. Boasts a rare combination of explosive fruit intensity… ...
IWC 96
AG 94
RP 93
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Verite Le Desir Sonoma County 2009  (#317438)

750ml
In stock, 1 available

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

96 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): (74% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, licorice, minerals, tobacco leaf and violet. Rich, tactile and deep, offering outstanding energy for the vintage.…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
IWC 96
AG 94
RP 93
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