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We’re excited to be the first in line for Matt Cline’s new project. Budwood Ancient Vine Own Rooted Red is a blend of Carignan, Mataro and Alicante Bouschet. The color is a deep purple all the way to its rim. The nose is tell-tale Contra Costa, with dusty berry aromas mingled with eucalyptus and mint. Made without oak, the fruit is unadulterated, pure, dark and concentrated, the kind that only ancient vines can produce. The finish is fine, long with a firm acid backbone. This wine was made for outdoor dining, a burger has never met a better match!
The 2019 Clos Julien is a classic example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. It starts out with a great nose of Granny Smith apple, citrus rind and acacia. In the mouth, the fruit is pure, with plenty of extract and the finish is clean and crisp. This Pacific-influenced wine is the perfect house white, delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.
The 2020 is a light bright pink color. Aromas of high-toned red berry and flowers just fly from the glass and pick up a slight savory accent as the wine opens up. Juicy and fresh on the palate, offering wild strawberry and citrus rind flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. A long, focused and bone-dry finish showcase amazing energy for what is sure to be a new happy hour go-to and Tuesday night Hall of Famer.
Following the super quick sell out of the remaining 2018 vintage, we’re onto a new vintage and to a Chardonnay that is so noticeably fresh and bright. An inviting nose opens with fresh citrus and lemon notes. So juicy and well-balanced- it’s classic Caymus, rich and hedonistic with a wonderful creaminess. The first of the 2019 vintage is here and it is a doozy. Don’t wait too long to get your hands on these. We know they go quickly!
The secret to the Stolpman wine’s freshness and balance is the fact that they do not irrigate. Sure, it stresses the vines but it forces the roots to go really deep, tapping into the groundwater that is seriously affected by the limestone. The grapes are tiny, packed with flavor and brimming with the stony minerality that only the limestone can bring.
The newly released 2020 Para Maria de los Tecolotes Rosé (affectionately named after Ruben’s wife and partner, Maria) is once again 100% Syrah, salmon-pink in color, with a great nose of ruby red grapefruit and Honeycrisp apple. Bone-dry and low in alcohol it is a classic Rosé very much like the first one Melissa and I discovered on a trip to the south of France many, many years ago. But this one is probably a little juicier than I ever remember it. Vibrant and roaring out the gates!
A product of some of the oldest vines in California, rooted deeply in the sand of Contra Costa county, Matt Cline always brings out the very best of these American heritage vineyards. The 2017 Petite Sirah has a great nose, packed with blueberry jam and savory herbs aromas. Ink-black in color to its very core, this is a masculine, brawny red with layer upon layer of black and blueberry fruit .
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh off its feature as one of Wine Spectator’s ‘Exciting California Values Under $25’, winemaker Matt Cline’s 2018 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a gem crafted off old-vines between 110-140 years in age. This is a bowl of blackberry fruit with a dusting of baking spice. The fruit is pure, fresh and long making it both delicious on its own or terrific with a burger, BBQ ribs, or grilled leg of lamb. Crazy cheap for what is in the bottle, load up!
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A great under-$30 Cabernet Sauvignon find, Vina Robles has emerged as one of the big players out of Paso Robles. This Cabernet is lip-smacking berried up Cabernet with jammy red and dark fruits and hints of cocoa. It’s robust and full-bodied offering layers of fruit and tannic structure. This is drinking great now and I’d argue it will continue to be killer for another 7-10 years.