Wine at Restaurant 213

Great food + a well chosen wine = memorable evening

Yes. Wine can be confusing. But a great meal can become a memorable one with a well-selected wine. Chef JIm Hughes and the Wine Director Terry Johnson have carefully selected a wide array of reasonably priced wines that will bring out the absolute finest qualities of your dining experience. There are selections by the glass and by the bottle.

We are very proud to announce that we received a 2006, 2007 and 2008 Wine Spectator Award and 2007 and 2009 Wine Enthusiast award recognizing the depth, breadth and quality of our wine selection. We recommend that you take the time to look over our award-winning wide selection of high-quality wines available in all price ranges. Many of our wines are available by the glass and will complement any dining selection making a great meal into a memorable experience at Restaurant 213. If you have a question about our wines (by the glass or bottle), our wine list or would like a recommendation from Chef Hughes, be sure to ask your server.

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BV Cabernet Sauvignon ”Signet Collection” - 2003
Central Coast, California - $28

“Strong black currant, cedar, herbs and a hint of pipe tobacco indicate classic Cabernet aromas from fully mature grapes grown in moderate to cool climates. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the flavors show excellent fruit concentration combined with moderate yet supple tannins, a hint of vanilla oak and a rich, chewy finish.” Winemaker notes


Perrin Reserve Red - 2003, 2004
Cotes de Rhone, France - $28, $28

“A beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.” Winemaker notes.

 


Bridlewood Syrah - 2004
Central Coast, California - $28

“2006 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging – Gold; 2006 Grand Harvest Awards – Silver; 2006 Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition – Gold”; “On the palate, the berry flavors and rich fig undertones are held up by soft tannins for a long, satisfying mid-palate ending with a clean finish. This is a robust yet sophisticated wine with a moderate alcohol level 13.6%, perfect as a companion to meals that match its spice and substance. The wine is great now, and can be expected to evolve in the bottle for another couple of years.” Winemaker notes.

 


Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma - 2004
Tuscany, Italy Argentina - $29

“Nessen Dorma” is the favorite aria of “Il Maestro” Antonio Sanguineti, and his wine is one of our favorite Super Tuscan blends. ...intensely floral and elegant, while the Sangiovese and Ayrah are a bold expression of florest-floor truffle, ripe cherry and blackberry preserves.” Winemaker notes.

 


Boccadigabbia Rosso Piceno - 2004
Marche, Italy - $30

“A food-friendly wine…shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violet, licorice, tobacco and vanilla.” Winemaker notes.

 


Laurel Glen Terra Rosa Malbec - 2003
Argentina - $33

“…this is our first actual Terra Rosa malbec…{it’s} a massive, bold wine, but it is surprisingly lilting on the palate. It’s not larded up with oak, although it has been raised in barrels for eighteen months to provide its frame and to round it out. The finish is long, with pure fruit flavors. The vineyards of Mendoza are irrigated with water straight from the Andes…Four descriptors: density, lightness, purity, minerality..” Winemaker notes. Malbecs pair nicely with strong flavored red meats (Lamb or Bison) or tomato based dishes.


Terrazzas Malbec Reserve - 2004
Mendoza, Argentina - $33

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “Dark blackberry and plum fruit, with hints of grilled meat, mineral and tar. Muscular up front, but fresh and easy through the finish. Very tasty.” 88-WS; Malbecs pair nicely with strong flavored red meats (Lamb or Bison) or tomato based dishes.

 


Cape Mentelle Shiraz - 2004
Margaret River, Australia - $34

“Lush ripe plump-prunes; densely packed with loads of fruit laced with spice. Lucious palate, supple and harmonious structure with a complex flavor range from sweet to savory.” Winemaker notes; 85-WS

 


Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2004
Alexander Valley, California - $35

“Medium to full-bodied, this Cabernet displays abundant cherry and currant fruit on the palate and a velvety mouth feel. Supple and polished throughout, it finishes with firm tannins. As with previous vintages, this is an extremely drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon, yet will age for 10-15 years.” Winemaker notes; Silver Medal - 2006 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

 


Firestone Cabernet Sauvignon - 2004
Santa Ynez Valley, California - $36

Gold Medal, West Coast Wine Competition; Gold Medal, Santa Barbara County Fair; 90 Points and Silver Medal – California State Fair Wine Competition; “Bright flavors of raspberry, black cherry, currant, smoky oak, and vanilla...” – Colorado Wine News , December 2006


Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel - 2005
Contra Costa County California - $36

“The 2005 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes.” Winemaker notes.


Clos LaChance Grenache - 2003
Central Coast, California - $36

“Bright aromas of cranberry, red cherry and rhubarb/strawberry pie filling. There are elements of bottle brush, raspberry tea and a hint of spearmint along with a touch of vanilla and caramel. The texture is silky with flavors of raspberry, cherry and cranberry fruit.” Winemaker notes


Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Sonoma Valley, California - $36

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “This is a yummy Cab, gentle in the mouth, insistent in flavor, and rich and balanced. There's a rich herb edge to the blackberry flavors.” 89-Wine Enthusiast.

 


Eagle Eye Red Wine - Blend of 2002, 2004, and 2005
Napa Valley, California - $38

“…has a deep violet color with a core aroma of blackberry and dark cherry with earthy spice. The mouthfeel is soft with silky tannins and bright fruit. In the long finish the fruit and spice of zinfandel is everwhere.” Winemaker notes. Blend of 43% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 20% syrah, 9% zinfandel and 3% sangiovese from 2002, 2004 and 2005.


Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc - 2004
Alexnader Valley, California - $40

“Best of California! 2006 California State Fair. Deep ruby red with a youthful purple hue. Initially, there is a lifted cedary, toasty character, which is followed by a core of fruits. These include abundant blueberries, boysenberries and dark plums. Slight hints of varietal earthiness and black olives provide additional complexity to this already intensely aromatic wine. A medium bodied wine, with a lovely rich texture of cherries, chocolate and mocha flavor. Complimenting the above is an integrated oak treatment providing nuances of toast, vanillin and nutmeg. The finish is appealingly long and elegant with approachable tannins.” Winemaker notes.


Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Henri Gouges - 2002
Bourgogne ,France - $42

“An aroma and taste which are both strong and concentrated for these wines originating from two parcels (0.5 hectares). The first is located on limestone or calcareous soil at the edge of the plateau, whereas the second is on more clay-limestone soil, oriented eastwards. From the association of these two sites come intense and expressive wines.” Winemaker notes.


Belvedere Cabernet Sauvignon - 2000
Sonoma, California - $46

“A sleek, rich, minerally style, with dots of red cherry, herb and currant. Turns firmly tannic on the finish, with a touch of dryness. WS


Belvedere Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Sonoma, California - $46

“This Cabernet comes from two revered Vineyards, one in the Dry Creek Valley, the other in Alexander Valley. Fruit from our vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley provides structure and elegance, along with hallmark aromas of cassis, black tea and mountain herbs.” Winemaker notes.


Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $46

“Intense and concentrated, with chewy wood and herb-laced currant fruit that's a bit rustic and tannic yet hearty and dense. Ends with chewy tannins.” 87-WS


Eagle Eye Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $47

“…rich and elegant with soft tannins. The bouquet of deep ripe red fruit with overtones of violets will fill your glass. The first sip filled with flavors of blackberry, cherry, currant and even dark chocolate. The long lingering finish is characteristic of the famed Rutherford cabs before it...” Winemaker notes. Blend of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 3% merlot and, 2% cabernet franc.


Beringer Alluvium Red - 2001
Knights Valley, California - $47

“This wine offers a mix of currant, anise and black cherry fruit, but it's also a tad chalky and finishes with green, hard tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.” WS

 


Yangarra Shiraz McClaren Vale - 2003
South Australia, Australia - $47

91 – Wine Spectator. 90 – Wine Enthusiast. “Has a wonderful sense of freshness to the blueberry and plum flavors, shaded with peppermint and a touch of espresso as the finish lasts and lasts against mildly grippy tannins. Has style without sacrificing purity.” WS; 91-Wine & Spirits Magazine


Peter Franus Zinfandel - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $48

92 – Wine Spectator. “Elegant and stylish, with a rich, fleshy band of black cherry, raspberry, mocha-laced oak and hazelnut flavors that are woven tightly together, finishing with a long, luxurious aftertaste. A Zin that leaves you anxious for a second glass. Drink now through 2009.” WS; “Creamy cinnamon, white pepper notes, rose petal and sweet vanilla overtones lead you in to an extravaganza of cassis, boysenberry, and blueberry jam. Raspberries and allspice fill out the mouth in a wine that is serious and playful at the same time.” Winemaker notes

 


Beringer Alluvium Red - 2000
Knights Valley, California - $50

90 – Robert Parker. “The '00 Beringer Alluvium Red is ripe in blackberries and plums, with herb and coffee complexities; completely dry, with soft, smooth tannins, it's a heck of a good food wine.” RP


Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Les Sinards“ Perrin & Fils - 2002
France - $51

Chateauneuf-du-Pape produces Southern France’s finest red wines primarily comprised of Grenache and a touches of Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. Granache is the “heart” of the region providing dynamic raspberry, blackberry and current fruit flavors against a background of minerality and spice notes.


Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Alexander Valley, California - $56

“Big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon displaying rich varietal characteristics of dark berry and cassis with hints of spice and chocolate on the nose.” Winemaker notes


Ridge Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel - 2004
Russian River Valley, California - $58

91 – Robert Parker. “An outstanding wine, the potent (14.9% alcohol) 2004 Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards (96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah and Carignane) exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with notes of sweet vanillin (from new oak barrels), black raspberries, blueberries, and currants. Velvety-textured, broad, rich, full-bodied, and seductive, it should drink well for 5-6 years. This venerable producer, with as fine a track record as any winery in the world, continues to turn out high quality Zinfandels.” 91-RP


Ridge Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel - 2005
Russian River Valley, California - $58

“…restrained, well-focused Zinfandel. Aromas of plum, licorice and pepper open to concentrated flavors of boysenberry, blueberry and smoky vanilla.” 87 – Wine Spectator

 


Project 3000 Syrah - 2002
Lake County, California - $58

“Intense, dark and rich, with wild berry, plum, white pepper and beef scents. Complex and concentrated, if a bit one-dimensional, ending with gritty tannins. Drink now through 2008.” 87 – Wine Spectator; The people behind Project 3000 are Jim Fore, owner and vineyard manager, and Peter Franus, consulting winemaker. The Red Hills vineyards are at 3000 feet elevation, from which they derived the name of the winery. “Spicy and full bodied on the palate, with deep, dark fruit and plum flavors. Firm in structure, but there’s plenty of fruit and extract on the palate to balance. A perfect cross between the Rhone’s black pepper and spice and California’s deep, dark fruit.” Winemaker notes.


Peter Franus Zinfandel Mt. Veeder Brandlin Vineyards - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $59

90 – Robert Parker. “A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers in this full-bodied Zinfandel. Exhibiting good integration of wood, acidity, and tannin, vibrant yet concentrated flavors, and seamless harmony, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.” RP; “...ripe, spicy wild berry, black cherry, tar and earthy-herbal notes.” 87-WS

 


Savigny-lès-Beaune Mongeard-Mugneret - 2004
Vosne Romanée ,France - $60

In the mouth it is lively and balanced, with a perfume suggestive of red fruits with an acid note: gooseberries, bilberries and blackberries. The wonderful fruitiness of this growth is a delight to the senses, and in the mouth it is extremely seductive.” Winemaker notes. “Offering spice, cherry and wood aromas and flavors matched to a firm texture. Fine length and balance, though very firm tannins.” 87 – Wine Spectator

 


Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel - 2005
Dry Creek Valley, California - $62

“A zesty spice bomb of a Zinfandel, with boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes and long, deep flavors that build toward firm, cedary tannins on the finish.” 88 – Wine Spectator

 


Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley California - $64

“Firm and tightly wound, with a band of cedar, leather and dried currant…complex and appealing if a bit understated.” 86-WS


Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $64

92 – Robert Parker. “...possesses abundant quantities of black currant fruit, a liqueur-like aspect to its flavor intensity, sweet tannin, and a long, velvety-textured, juicy finish. Like many top 2001s, it will be approachable upon release, and age well for 10-15 years.” RP

 


Archipel Red Meritage - 2001
Sonoma, California - $64

91 – Robert Parker. “Big, blackberry, and cassis flavors are interwoven with cedar, toasty oak and spice box.” RP. A serious blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc from Napa and Sonoma vineyards owned by Jess Jackson, the 2001 Archipel is a wine of formidable intensity.”


Archipel Red Meritage - 2002
Sonoma, California - $64

90 – Wine Advocate. This is a Bordeaux style red from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc that shows stunning aromas of strawberry preserves, dark cherry, intoxicating oak and black currant, followed by flavors of dark black fruits, cedar, pure cacao, and oak. The finish shows good structure and firm tannin. A nicely crafted wine made from mostly Sonoma fruit and some from Napa grapes.

 


Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Les Sinards“ Perrin & Fils - 2003
France - $65

91 – Wine Spectator. “Juicy, modern style, with mocha, blackberry, fig and boysenberry flavors mingling with tar and mineral notes. Firm finish has plenty of pure fruit for balance, and this gains steam in the glass too. Drink now through 2013.” WS

 


Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Rutherford Napa Valley, California - $68

90 – Wine Spectator. “Rich, dense and concentrated, with lots of chewy currant, mineral, fresh earth, sage and wild berry flavors delivered in a plush yet firmly tannic manner, with a hint of herb and lead pencil.” WS

 


Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, California - $75

“Firm and intense, with a tough edge to the dried currant, sage and herb notes that clamp down on the finish…Decant. Best from 2007 through 2011. 206 cases made.” 85-WS


Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $75

90 – Robert Parker. “Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to copious quantities of herbaceous-tinged cassis fruit, full body, ripe tannin, and a soft, plump personality.” RP


Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $76

“Aromas of dried currant, melted chocolate, sage and herb are supported by firm, gritty tannins that clamp down a bit harder than usual for this producer.” 87-WS


Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $87

“All of our Reserve level Cabernet-based wines are vinified in a similar manner. Grapes were hand picked at optimal maturity and crushed into stainless steel fermenting tanks...Pressed at dryness, the individual vineyard lots were transferred to a variety of barrels for malolactic fermentation and extended aging.” Winemaker notes.


Chester-Kidder Red Wine - 2002
Columbia Valley, Oregon - $88

“Earthy, peppery flavors almost cover the blueberry fruit but the firm finish lingers impressively.” 87-WS: Only 300 cases produced.


Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $89

92-Wine Spectator. “This wine possesses a wonderful sense of balance, harmony and finesse. The core currant, blackberry and black cherry are rich, ripe and polished, with a tight focus and the tannins are ripe, too, with oak playing only a minor role.” WS

 


Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $98

92 - Wine Spectator. “Aromas of herb, currant and cedar are richer and fuller on the palate. Firms up, with dried currant, earth, vanilla bean and herbal sage notes. The tannins are tight. Decant. Drink now through 2011” WS; “A burst of black fruit aromas, the essence of perfect summer berries. Sweet, ripe blackberry flavors with an undertone of mocha and toasted oak.” Winemaker notes.

 


Feather Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Columbia Valley, California - $98

92- Wine Spectator. 93- Robert Parker. “Supple, velvety style stacks pepper and coffee notes on top of a vivid core of blackberry, raspberry and currant fruit that just doesn't quit. Attractive now, but should develop additional depth with time in the bottle. New from winemaker Randy Dunn.” WS


Sequel Syrah - 2004
Columbia Valley - $99

“Darkly-hued with cherry and cassis aromas to match, this is a focused Syrah loaded with black fruit, spice and a hint of vanilla across a supple frame. Give it time in the glass to fully reveal the wine’s layers of fruit and concentration.” Winemaker notes

 


Nuits –St. Georges Les Chênes Carteaux 1er Cru Henri Gouges - 2002
Nuits-St.-Georges , France - $111

“Ruby-red. Dark aromas of currant, plum and coffee; serious and somewhat roasted. Then highly concentrated and powerful in the mouth, with flavors of black plum, chocolate and spice cake. Finishes with big, chewy, late-arriving tannins and good freshness. This impressive wine was not acidified, according to Gouges.” 89-Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar; “…built for the long haul. Best from 2007 through 2015. 316 cases imported.” 89 – Wine Spectator.

 


Nuits –St. Georges Les Chênes Carteaux 1er Cru Henri Gouges - 2003
Nuits-St.-Georges , France - $111

Too new to be rated! “The Henri GOUGES domain was established in Nuits Saint Georges at the very beginning of the last century. Founded by Henri Gouges, it was subsequently developed by his two sons, Michel and Marcel. For the last few years, Pierre and Christian, the grandsons, have carried on the traditions of the estate. Over three generations, the Henri Gouges domain has had the honor of appearing on many of the most respected tables in France and across the world. Numerous professionals in the wine-making fraternity also put their trust in this domain.” Winemaker notes.


Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $115

“Intense and concentrated, yet the dry earth, mineral and sage flavors compete with the ripe dried currant, mineral and sage flavors. Tightens up on the finish. 87- WS; “Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of dark cherry and nutty oak. Silky but firm, with bright flavors of currant and dark cherry nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with firm tannins and good length.” 89-Steven Tanzer


Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Oakville Napa Valley, California - $136

“Austere and a bit hot, with a firm band of anise, sage, dried currant and raspberry. Clipped aftertaste accentuates the crisp tannins. Drink now through 2011.” 86-WS


Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Stags Leap District Napa Valley, California - $136

“Firm, intense and concentrated, with a core of earthy currant and lots of spice, cedar, pencil lead and exotic spices. Ends with dry, earthy tannins and a twinge of mineral and sage. Drink now through 2009.” 86 – Wine Spectator; “The 2002 vintage boasts lush aromas of blueberry, cherry, blackberry, vanilla and sweet cream. The rich, silky mid-palate is notable for its structure and weight. This Cabernet Sauvignon has an expansive finish laced with flavors of vanilla and blackberry jam. With its firm, well-structured tannins, it may be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 years or more.” Winemaker notes.


Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $142

92 – 94 Wine Spectator from a barrel tasting; “One of the best of the tasting, this rich, well-balanced wine exhibits plenty of gusto, with complex currant, blackberry, mineral and cedary oak, finishing with a firm wall of ripe, integrated tannins. Score range: 92-94.” WS

 


Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - 2000
Napa Valley, California - $176

“Smooth and polished, with a mix of mature cedar, currant and cherry-scented fruit, framed by a dash of smoky vanilla- and coconut-shaded oak, but finishing with a complex mix of fruit and oak. Drink now through 2009.” 86 – Wine Spectator

 


Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $176

“Aromas of dill, macaroon and coconut fold in nicely with a rich band of currant, plum and black cherry fruit. Excellent structure, depth and concentration, ending with firm, chewy tannins. Best to cellar shortterm. Best from 2006 through 2012” 89 – Wine Spectator

 


Cardinale Red Meritage - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $198

93 – Robert Parker. 93 – California Wine Cellar. “The 2001 Cardinale with elegance, exhibiting a sweet nose of black fruits, pain grille, espresso roast, and toasty oak. Rich, full-bodied, opulent, and surprisingly forward... “…one of the profound wines being produced in northern California “ RP


Dominus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $225

“Very Bordeaux-like in its presentation, with a mix of cedary oak, ripe currant, fresh clay, earth and rose petal flavors. Rich and supple, it's well-focused and elegantly styled, gaining richness and depth on the finish, where the tannins become more evident. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot…” 88 – Wine Spectator


Dominus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $225

“Fresh aromas of ripe currant, wild berry, floral scents and spice carry over nicely to the palate, where the flavors turn supple and firm, with just the right touch of tannins.” 88 – Wine Spectator.

 


Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon - 1992
Santa Cruz Mountains, California - $537

94-97 – Robert Parker. “When I tasted this wine early in its life I felt it had outstanding potential. With another year of cellaring it has gained considerable weight. It now looks to be one of the greatest examples of Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon Ridge has produced. Only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend, which consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. The wine offers a black/purple color, a profound nose of minerals, cassis, licorice, and spices, spectacular richness, and a great mid-palate that boasts layers of fruit. Admirable purity, fine underlying acidity, and considerable sweet, ripe tannin make this another compelling effort. ...the 1992 Monte Bello should have 30-35 years of longevity.” RP


Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon - 1994
Santa Cruz Mountains, California - $358

92 – Robert Parker. 92 – Wine Spectator. “Dark-colored, rich and earthy, with complex, mouthcoating currant, anise and minerally scents that pick up a tobacco and leather quality on the finish. Youthful and still firmly tannic, this is a well-balanced, inviting young Cabernet that should keep well for another decade. Drink now through 2014. 4,000 cases made." WS; “Deeply colored. Very rich port-like nose showing some decay and over-ripeness at the same time; talk about a heavily extracted wine! Follows through on the palate as you’d expect from the nose with tremendous richness, depth, and a touch of sur maturité. Despite its size, the wine comes across as graceful, velvety, and delicious with a dry, dusty, tart component in the middle as the only weakness. Jammy and youthful with some tannin to shed. Long finish. Yummy!” RP


Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon - 1996
Santa Cruz Mountains, California - $537

96 – Wine Spectator. “Quite complex and dense Monte Bello, if a bit stern and rustic up front, revealing rich and concentrated pepper and wild berry flavors, turning earthy and cedary, with a long, rich and tannic finish. Best from 2002 through 2016." WS

 


Chateau Montelena “Estate“ Cabernet Sauvignon - 1998
Napa Valley, California - $192

93 – Robert Parker. “Declared one of the vintage's most successful wines, the 1998 Estate Cabernet is supple and elegant, with the complexity characteristic of a long, well balanced vintage.” Winemaker notes

 


Chateau Montelena “Estate“ Cabernet Sauvignon - 1999
Napa Valley, California - $232

95 – Robert Parker. 94 – Wine Spectator. “A perfect example of the rich fruit of the Montelena Estate Vineyard tightly woven into a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with balance and elegance.” Winemaker notes; "Outstanding". RP; “Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and polished, with a tight beam of blackberry and currant fruit that's sharply focused and tightly wound. Turns supple and finishes with a long, lingering, fruitpropelled finish.” WS

 


Chateau Montelena “Estate“ Cabernet Sauvignon - 2000
Napa Valley, California - $175

90 – Robert Parker. 90 – Wine Spectator. “Notably ripe, plush and fleshy for the vintage, exhibiting ripe blackberry and plum flavors that are concentrated and well-focused, finishing with a nice burst of fruit flavors, with modest tannins. WS; " A rich yet elegant vintage where Montelena’s traditional winemaking techniques and low vineyard yields combine to give a classically-styled wine: ripe yet accessible.” Winemaker notes; "Outstanding"." RP

 


Chateau Montelena “Estate“ Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $207

95+ Robert Parker. “The ideal ripening weather in 2001 allowed us to pick each block at perfect physiological maturity. The resulting wine is classic, rich, and ripe.” Winemaker notes; "Outstanding"." RP

 


Chateau Montelena “Estate“ Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $175

95+ Robert Parker. “The 25th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from our celebrated Montelena Estate Vineyard. This rich, concentrated Cabernet is elegant, showy and polished, with plenty of body and plush ripeness.” Winemaker notes; "Outstanding". RP

 


Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $275

“Deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, spice cake, beefsteak tomato and meat. Suave, smooth, lush and mouthfilling, with sweetly oaky flavors of dark berries, mocha, smoke and game. Generous, pliant wine, finishing with chewy but ripe tannins and lingering sweetness. 91-Steven Tanzer; “Scents of red currant, red licorice, wild berry, sage and fresh earth fold together nicely in this ripe, intense, tightly wound young Cabernet. Well-focused, deep and complex, with dry, earthy tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2010.” 89-WS


Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $290

“The 2002 Opus One boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as an attractive bouquet of damp earth, cassis, licorice, and spice box. Medium-bodied with noticeable, but supple tannin, excellent purity, and a moderately long finish, it is excellent, possibly outstanding…” 89-RP; “Aromas of ripe cherry and plum turn austere, dry and tannic on the palate, making this a candidate for decanting… Needs aeration. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.” 86-WS;


Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $260

“Intense and concentrated, with dried currant, wild berry and cedary oak flavors…” 87-WS; “…vibrant blackberry and black cherry fruit…recalls the elegance of Bordeaux.” Winemaker notes.

 


Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $265

95 – Robert Parker. 90 – Wine Spectator. “The 2001 Insignia is an inky/purpled- colored effort representing a return to the superb quality of such vintages as 1997. Aged in 100% new French oak, this blockbuster reveals gorgeous aromas of melted licorice, creme de cassis, liquid minerals, and hints of chocolate and spice box. The finish is long, full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous. Considerable tannin is largely concealed by the lavish richness, extract, and glycerin.” RP; “…sleek yet rich …young red, it slowly unfolds to offer complex currant, black cherry, mocha and hazelnut, with firm, integrated tannins.” WS.


Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $260

91- Robert Parker. 90 – Wine Spectator. 30th Anniversary Bottling. “Medium bodied with an evolved sweet nose of chocolate, black currants, plums and toasty new oak. rich, ripe and well balanced.” RP; “Supple, polished and harmonious…delivers a complex range of rich currant, berry and cherry fruit, cedary oak, hints of anise and sage and a persistent, lingering finish.” WS


Verite La Muse - 2003
Sonoma County, California - $250

94 – Robert Parker. “Boasts a sweet nose of chocolate-covered blueberries, blackberries, melted licorice, smoked herbs, and earth. This opulent, full-bodied, luscious 2002 conceals plenty of tannin behind its voluptuous personality.” RP; “Bright ruby-red. Ripe aromas of black plum, licorice, chocolate and menthol; slightly reduced. Sweet, lush, broad and deep, with black cherry, mocha and cocoa powder flavors complicated by a balsamic note. Finishes with dusty, building tannins.” 92- Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

 


Saint-Estephe Chateau Phélan Ségur Grand Vin - 1989
Bordeaux, France - $900

“A very pretty red for current drinking. Ruby-colored center, and a brick-red edge. Plenty of berry and chocolate aromas. Medium-bodied, with fine, silky tannins and a long, ripe plum aftertaste. Delicious now but can hold for years.” 88-WS; “Lovely classic austere nose. Quite elevated and open-knit. Expressive mocha notes and Chocolate. Good acidity and concentration with admirable vigour…” Wine Journal.Com

 


Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - 1990
Napa Valley, California - $900 Bottle autographed by the Winemaker

94 – Wine Spectator. 94 – Robert Parker. Wine Spectator “WINE OF THE YEAR” for 1994; “A blockbuster of a wine. Port-like, with tons of fruit and alcohol. Full-bodied, oily and super rich. Delicious now.--Cabernet Challenge. Best after 2005.” WS; “The Caymus Special Selection is one of the most renowned luxury cuvees of Cabernet Sauvignon in California… a decadent, lavishly oaky, explosively rich, intense, soft as silk style of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is hard to beat, Never unapproachable, the Special Selections taste almost too delicious when released… It is marvelously well-balanced, with the fruit already soaking up the new oak. Rich, full-bodied, marvelously concentrated, and silky smooth, this will be a fascinating wine to follow, and consume.” RP


Saint-Estephe Chateau Cos d’Estournel Grand Cru - 1988
Bordeaux, France - $1100

95 – Wine Spectator. “Big, ripe and generous, with excellent harmony of flavor, hinting at cedar, hazelnut and vanilla against a solid backdrop of blackberry and currant. Beautifully proportioned, with fine tannins and gorgeous notes. A real standout in this vintage.” WS

 


Chateau Mouton Rothschild Red - 1970
Bordeaux, France - $2500

96 – Wine Spectator. 93 – Robert Parker. “Deep garnet; fragrant tar and black truffle nose; extremely concentrated; big and mouth-filling, with very dense cassis flavor; enormous, generous fruit; a voluptuous claret. WS; “This is perhaps the best bottle of wine I have ever had. Served it with roasted rabbit and wild mushroom risotto. It is wine elevated to the level of the surreal. Drinking it with my partner, we watched each other jealously across the table measuring the sips that the other took like two men stranded in the desert minding their last drops of water. It was an amazing bottle.” WS; “Drink now.” RP


Chateau Mouton Rothschild Red - 2000
Bordeaux, France - $700

93 – Wine Spectator. “Rich, with loads of tobacco, berry, currant and coffee. Full-bodied and round, with velvety tannins and a long, vanilla aftertaste. If this had a tiny bit more concentration in the center palate, it would be a few points more. Still, it's an outstanding wine. A generous and opulent Mouton.” WS; “Full medium ruby. Exotic aromas of cassis, roast coffee and sweet oak. Sweet, thick and oaky, with superb breadth of flavor; at once chewy and smooth. An impressively rich, ripe, oaky Mouton with palate-staining length and strong finishing oakiness. But less noble and scented than the young 2002, which may be every bit as dense.” 94-Richard Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

 


Chateau Mouton Rothschild Red - 2001
Bordeaux, France - $700

94 – Wine Spectator. “Very smoky, with berry, coffee and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with polished velvety tannins, plenty of fruit and a cedary aftertaste. Tight and compacted. This is better than the 2000 Mouton. It's a baby 1986 Mouton. Solid and very, very fine. Persists for a long time on the palate.” WS; “A dream of a wine, at the pinnacle of the vintage in Bordeaux.” La Revue du Vin de France; “Superb nose of vanilla and cherry, it begins more impressively than it ends, but what fruit! The tannins are perfectly rounded, solid, juicy, tender and long: absolutely in the Mouton style…Utterly enchanting.” Vinum

 


Chateau De la Chaize Brouilly - 2004
Beaujolais, France - $28

“This fine Beaujolais from the village of Brouilly shows a clear, dark plum color in the glass. Attractive tartcherry aromas add a subtle sweet-earthy note that's easier to enjoy than to describe, pleasantly reminiscent of cooked carrots. Tart and ripe, juicy fruit." Winemaker notes.

 


Monrosso Chianti - 2004
Tuscany, Italy - $29

“There is a vanilla fragrance and the color tone is dark, comes from the fragrance and barrel ripening of the mellow fruit. It is smooth textured, with a secure fruit framework." Winemakers notes (rough translation from Italian).

 


Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Joseph Faiveley - 2004
Bourgogne, France - $29

Rich, bright cherry and spice flavors mark this dense red. It's straightforward, with balance and a good finish, where the spice notes linger." 86-WS

 


Firestone Merlot - 2003
Santa Ynez Valley, California - $34

Gold Medal, New World International Wine Competition.” ; “Inviting with black cherry, blackberry, plum and oak...Laced with light tannin." - Colorado Wine News.

 


Stone Street Merlot - 2002
California - $36

Stonestreet's Merlot is an artistic blend of grapes from Alexander Valley, in particular focusing on fruit from their Alexander Mountin Estate. These mountain vineyards above the valley on the Mayacamas Mountain Range are famous for their lean, rock-strewn soil and cooler temperatures. The produce fruit with intense color and flavor. (chocolate, mocha, and smoke).


La Crema Pinot Noir - 2005
Sonoma, California - $38

“Aromas of ripe cherry, cocoa, anise and rich baking spices. Plush flavors of cherry, plum and pomegranate meld with hints of delicate tea leaf. Structured, balanced acidity and elegant, firm tannins round out the mouth." Winemaker notes.


Melini Vigneti La Selvanella Chianti Classico Reserva - 2000
Italy - $38

“Simple and fruity wine with some mahogany character, light body and a simple finish.” WS

 


Echelon Pinot Noir - 2004
Central Coast, California - $38

“A fruit bomb of a Pinot…offering plenty of soft, juicy cherry, cola and vanilla flavors. A good little quaff.” WS.

 


Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros - 2005
Napa Valley, California - $38

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “Our vineyards in Carneros are the heart of the Acacia estate. We achieve depth of flavor in our Carneros Pinot Noir by blending our estate-grown grapes with wines made from the vineyards that produce our Single Vineyard Selection series." Winemaker notes.

 

 


Haut-Medoc Chateau St-Paul - 2001
Bordeaux, France - $40

“...deep, rich Bordeaux with plenty of fruit, character, and tannin. A bit closed and brooding at the moment, several hours in a decanter reveal the classic scents of Bordeaux: blackberry, cassis, cedar, coffee and chocolate..." Wine of the Month Club.

 


Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot - 2002
Bennett Valley Sonoma , California - $42

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “The dense ruby-colored 2002 Merlot Sonoma exhibits a sweet bouquet of dried herbs, mocha, and berry fruit as well as an elegant, medium-bodied, soft, supple style that begs for consumption over the next 5-7 years." 87-RP

 


Sterling Merlot - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $42

"A rich purple-violet hue, the wine shows a rich, deep fruit concentration and jamminess. Hints of spice and toasty oak reflect vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cedar. The wine is bright and clear with a long full textured finish." Winemaker.

 


Silverado Merlot - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $42

“A bit stubborn and chewy with tannins, the core currant, cherry cider and wild berry flavors are intense and should benefit from short-term cellaring..." 85-WS

"Deep ruby color with Cabernet-like intensity, concentrated aromas of ripe berries, mocha, hazelnut and truffles; medium full body, rich in texture, bright cherry, sweet oak and bay leaf flavors. Great length." Winemaker notes.


MacRostie Merlot - 2000
Napa Valley - Carneros California - $46

“Medium in color, depth and body, with citrus, strawberry and light cherry notes that pick up an herbal touch on the finish." WS.

 


Moshin Pinot Noir - 2005
Russian River Valley, California - $47

“Rich color and concentrated dark fruit make you look for notes of spice, rhubarb, plums and crushed violets. Bright cherry and cranberry stretch into the lasting finish. 765 cases produced." Winemaker notes.

 


Atalon Merlot - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $48

“A sweet perfume of plums, cherries, mocha, and herbs jump from the glass of this opulent, medium-bodied, smooth Merlot...selling at a realistic price..." 89-RP

 


Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir - 2003
Russian River Valley, California - $48

“This richly balanced Pinot Noir shows concentrated flavors of exotic spice, ripe black cherry and currant, accentuated by sweet lindering oak." Winemaker notes.

 


Saintsbury Pinot Noir - 2004
Carneros, California - $28 half bottle, $50 bottle

“Good full red. Raspberry, pomegranate, menthol and spicy oak on the nose. Richer, sweeter and more velvety than the Garnet, with deeper flavors of red fruits, minerals and spices. Sound ripe aciity gives this pinot a very pleasing balance. Finishes sweet and long, with lush, fine tannins." 89 - California Wine Cellar

 


Atalon Merlot - 2001
Napa Valley, California - $52

91 – Robert Parker. “...a sexy, seductive, mocha-infused, black cherry liqueur-filled effort displaying a hint of chocolate in its plump, lush, rich, medium to full-bodied personality. Bursting with fruit, it will provide immense enjoyment over the next 5-7 years." RP

 


Elkhorn Peak Pinot Noir - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $54

“Elkhorn Peak is a small family run producer specializing in the growing and making of Pinot Noir wines. Our estate grown grapes are from the Jamieson Canyon growing region located in the Southern end of the Napa Valley." Winemaker notes; 91 - Robert Whitley on Wine; 90 - The Wine News


Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard - 2004
Willamette Valley, Oregon - $58

91 – Wine Spectator. “Lovely, delicate stuff, with pretty strawberry and spice and a hint of passion fruit as the flavors linger against refined tannins on the lithe frame. The finish lingers beautifully. Drink now through 2012. 525 cases made." WS

 


Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve - 2003
Willamette Valley, Oregon - $68

Slightly more modest as compared to the other Belle Pente heavy-hitters. “…crisp and pleasant, with raspberry at the center of the flavors." 85-WS. Only 400 cases produced.

 


Oriel Courant Syrah/Grenache - 2003/2004
Cotes du Rhone, France - $28

“Rocky limestone soils. Low-yielding vines (average age 40 years). Extended maceration for 3 weeks. Tankaged, unfined and unfiltered to preserver the purity and intensity of the fruit." Winemaker notes.

"Thick and crammer with dark plum and currant fruit, along with tar, cocoa and mineral notes. A bit of a brute now, but this should blossom in time for fall barbecue fare." 89-Wine Spectator

 


Oriel Setena Red - 2003
Garnacha Terra Alta, Spain - $32

“Old vines on well-draining clay and chalk soils high on the terraced hills southwest of Barcelona. Cold fermentation and extended maceration. Aged for 8 months in French oak barrels (70% new)." Winemaker notes.

"Ripe and structured. This fruity red shows plenty of plum and black cherry flavor, with muscular tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Drink now through 2008. 1,100 cases made." 86-Wine Spectator

 

 


Oriel Alma de Llicorella - 2001
Garnacha/Carinena Priorato, Spain - $44

“Alma de Llicorella is named for the dark, dense slate soils unique to the Priorat region that impart interesting mineral characteristics to the wine. Taste: Plum and wild berries with licorice and spice; warm and earthy with velvety tannins and a firm structure." Winemaker notes.

"Black cherry, cola and herbal flavors mingle in this firm, chewy red...exuberant fruit and lively acidity keep it appealing. Drink now through 2009. 1,670 cases made." 86-Wine Spectator

 


Oriel Jasper Pinot Noir - 2005
Sonoma Coast, California - $54

“Dijon clones planted on cool sloping hillsides with sandy loam soils. Small lots fermented in open-top containers. Cold soaked for several days and punched down by hand. Aged for 10 months in French oak (25% new)."

 


Oriel Jocunda Grenache - 2003
Gigondas, France - $58

“Mediterranean limestone soils lend a bold character and allow for slow maturation. Hand picked, macerated for six weeks and aged in 5-6 year old ovals for 18 months."

 


Oriel Les Paves Grenache - 2003
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France - $66

“Old vines on rocky, limestone soils surrounding the Château in this historic town just north of Avignon. Average vine age of 50 years. Aged and stirred on the lees in French oak barrels for 12 months.”

 


Oriel Falerne Malbec - 2001
Cahors, France - $87

“Gravel and stony clay-limestone soils. 10 days fermentation and 20 days post-fermentation maceration in open barrels with manual 'pigeages'. Aged for 21 months in French oak (100% new).” Winemaker notes. “Supple, full-bodied red with loads of red plum, dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Firm structure, and a snappy finish of licorice and spice. Drink now through 2008. 370 cases made.” 89 – Wine Spectator

 


Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco - 2003
Sonoma Coast, California - $65

92 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine. “We gently harvest and de-stem our Pinot Noir grapes without crushing. A three to five day cold soak follows to extract soft tannins and accentuate color. After the cold soak, natural yeast from the grape skins initiates the fermentation process which lasts seven to ten days. Selected lots are also inoculated with cultured yeast strains” Winemaker notes.

 


Cuvaison Pinot Noir Estate Selection - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $68

“This is a classic example of Pinot Noir grown in our Estate Vineyard. Aromas of red raspberry, black cherry, smoky leather and allspice. A rich palate with integrated tannins. Flavors of damson plum, spice and orange peel, with a long finish.” Winemaker notes.

 


Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir - 2004
Sonoma Coast, California - $75

91 – Wine Spectator. “Lots to admire in this ripe, richly flavored youngster. Tiers of plum, wild berry and blackberry coat the palate and linger on a long, rich aftertaste that picks up a roasted plum character.” WS

 


Chateau Matras Grand Cru Red - 2000
St. Emilion Bordeaux, France - $75

“Chateau Matras produces elegant, red wines with fine aromas and delicious flavors. The wines are delicate and “feminine” in style.” Winemaker notes.


Taylor Peak Highland Estates Merlot - 2003
Bennett Valley, California - $78

92 – Robert Parker. “...outstanding… exhibits notes of coffee bean, mocha, white chocolate, black cherries, and currants. Ripe and rich, with abundant tannin… impeccably made...” RP; Intense, with firm tannins and lively acidity, this concentrated young wine is packed with currant, black cherry and blackberry flavors and it also shows lots of cedary oak.” 89-WS

 


Sterling Three Palms Merlot - 2001
California - $84

“Deep inky purple in color, the 2001 Three Palms Merlot presents aromas of black cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves, with hints of molasses and toasted coconut. Flavors of ripe plum, cherry and hints of blueberry jam, with spicy cinnamon and clove…” Winemaker notes.

 


Sterling Three Palms Merlot - 2002
California - $84

“Deep ruby color. Huge cherry/berry fruit, with spice, dark cocoa powder and sweet toasty vanilla oak in the nose. This wine is big and dense with ripe, bright dark fruit flavors with hints of tobacco and French oak vanilla, it finishes with elegantly concentrated tannins.” Winemaker notes.

 


La Crema Nine Barrel Pinot Noir - 2003
Russian River Valley, California - $86

“89+ Points - "Dark, ruby color, significant structure, tannin, weight, and flesh, its dominant flavor characteristic is spicy black cherries dripping with oak. It will benefit from another year of bottle age, and work well for 4-5 years." 89 – Robert Parker; “Good full red. Raspberry, plum, cola and brown spices on the nose…Sweet, supple and fat; pinot in a soft style but with good ripe, plump fruit.” 86 - Steven Tanzer

 


La Crema Nine Barrel Pinot Noir - 2002
Russian River Valley, California - $88

92 – Wine Enthusiast. “With crisp tartness and beautifully ripened fruit, this Pinot Noir shows it's cool-climate terroir. Floods the mouth with tiers of cherry, cola, root been, licorice, spices and toasty oak, leading to a long, rich and fine finish. It's a bit immature now, although it'll wash down a great steak, but probably better 2007-2010.” 92-Wine Enthusiast Best of Year Issue; “Dark, ruby color, significant structure, tannin, weight, and flesh, its dominant flavor characteristic is spicy black cherries dripping with oak. It will benefit from another year of bottle age, and work well for 4-5 years." 89-RP; Only 200 cases produced.

 


Goldeneye Pinot Noir - 2003
Anderson Valley, California - $95

92 – Wine Spectator. “Notably rich and plush, dark red cherry in color, with a mix of ripe plum, cherry and wild berry fruit flavors that are evenly distributed. It gains complexity and reveals its concentration on a long finish. Shows a dash of heat, but also fine acidity and tannins.” WS; This is a full-bodied wine with a smooth mouthfeel, fine tannin structure, lush texture and a lingering finish. The aroma is complex with notes of cherry, earth, smoke, cedar and flowers. The flavors are predominantly plum, blackberry, mushroom and strawberry with a spicy dash of black pepper.” Winemaker notes.


Duckhorn Merlot - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $96

90 – Steven Tanzer. “Bright ruby-red. Plum, currant, blackberry, menthol and loam on the nose, with a floral topnote. Sweet and shapely on the palate, with good brightness and definition to the flavors of currant, cherry and menthol. This has the lift that the estate merlot is not showing today; nicely ripe but cool. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent.” Steven Tanzer

 


Pommard Gran Vin de Bourgogne Dominique Laurent - 2003
Burgundy, France - $98

90 – Wine Spectator. “A powerful, savage red, showing the wild side with its wild berry, herb and forest underbrush tones matched to a muscular structure. It has intensity and length, with a long, lingering aftertaste of cherry.” WS

 


St-Emilion La Dominique - 1996
Bordeaux, France - $168

“Interesting aromas of roasted chestnuts and berries. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a roasted oak and berry aftertaste. Would be better with more fruit at midpalate, but still well done.” 86-WS. This wine is ready NOW!

 


Mark West Pinot Noir - 2005
Central Coast, California - $8 glass

“O.K., the Sideways movie Pinot Noir craze is in full swing and everyone is looking for a good value Pinot Noir! Well here you go. This Central Coast red wine value has appealing aromatics, tasty fruit, is mediumweight, and is just plain delicious value!”


StoneStreet Merlot - 2002
Alexander Valley, California - $9 glass

“Dark ruby-purple in color, our 2002 Alexander Valley Merlot offers dense plum and cherry fruit flavors that are followed by a particularly lush mid-palate." Graham Weerts, Winemaker; 86-RP

 


Chalone Vineyards Merlot - 2004
Monterey County, California - $8 glass

“These rich, soft Merlots are full of flavor and very approachable. Berry, plum, and licorice combine with an underlying note of peppermint tea to create a fascinating varietal aroma. The flavors are full of cherries, fresh plums, and thyme, accentuated by the soft vanilla charcter of the oak for rchness and complexity." Winemaker notes.


Abundance Vineyards California Red - 2004
California - $8 glass

“The rich blend of old California varietals Zinfandel and Carignane leaves nothing to the imagination. This wine is loaded with intence fruity aromas of Bing cherries, plums and blackberries in contrast with chocolate and toasty aromas contributed by the judicious use of oak barrels. The mouth feel is full with soft, ripe tannins, and the finish is long and almost sweet without being sugar." Winemaker notes.

 

 


BV Cabernet Sauvignon ”Signet Collection” - 2004
Central Coast, California - $8 glass

“Strong black currant, cedar, herbs and a hint of pipe tobacco indicate classic Cabernet aromas from fully mature grapes grown in moderate to cool climates." Winemaker notes.


Hazard Hill Shiraz - 2004
Western Australia - $8 glass

“The palate is soft and supple with fleshy fruit characters of blueberries, raspberries, mixed herbs and currants. Simple clean palate, medium bodied with a lasting berry fruit finish." Winemaker notes.

 


Trevisiol Prosecco Extra Dry - NV
Veneto, Italy - $28

“Made from the Prosecco grape, this sparkling wine has subtle flower and fruit aromas. It is light and playful.” Winemake notes.

 


Tre Donne Moscato D’Asti - 2005
Piedmonte, Italy - $34

“This sparkler is a beautiful expression of the Moscato grape – light, floral, persistent with a pleasant sweetness.” Winemaker notes.

 


Chandon Brut Sparking Wine - NV
California - $34

“Ripe and intense, with a floral, spicy edge to the pear and pineapple flavors. Drinks well now.” 84-WS; 91-Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.

 


Chandon Rosé Brut Sparking Wine - NV
North Coast, California - $34

“The color is a dramatic deep pink with a blush of sunset. Intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors are interwoven with apple, pear, and stone fruit.” Winemaker.

 


Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Sparking Wine - NV
North Coast, California - $42

“Fresh floral, apple and spicy pear aromas turn tart and flinty, with an earthy citrus streak that adds a complex dimension on the finish.” 85-WS

“…bright vibrant fruit of the 2002 vintage with the equally dynamic wines of the vintages past.” Hugh Davies, Winemaker.


Pol Roger Brut Champagne - NV
Champagne, France - $49

“Tastes fresh and fairly fruity, with a lively texture and lemon-lime notes.” WS; Pol Roger has some historical significance as it was known to be Sir Winston Churchill's favorite Champagne. The house offers a non-vintage brut of excellent quality, in which the champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, are present in equal measure.

 


White Star Brut Sparkling Wine - NV
California - $37 split, $64 bottle

"Rich and medium-bodied, sporting ginger, honey and citrus notes on an open-knit frame." 85-WS


Champagne Veuve Clicquot - NV
Champagne, France - $76 bottle, $160 magnum, $360 double magnum

90 – Robert Parker. Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection “A medium-bodied, open-textured Champagne, showing citrus, yeast and mineral flavors in a clean, fresh style. A bit shy on the finish.” 88-WS

 


Brut Champagne Perrier Jouet Fleur de Belle Epoque - 1995
Champagne, France - $175

91 – Wine Spectator. “There's depth and power here, along with a firm structure underlying the honey, vanilla and bread dough aromas and flavors. Seems to be on the dry side, but that may just be very high acidity. Fine length.” WS

 


Brut Champagne Grand Cuvee Krug - NV
Champagne, France - $130 split, $245 bottle

96 – Robert Parker. 95 – Wine Spectator. “Super texture, like velvet, offers the perfect backdrop for a kaleidoscope of flavors: coconut, ginger, vanilla, berries and tobacco. Beautifully integrated, with a firm underpinning of acidity keeping it all focused and fresh. Terrific length. Superb.” WS

 


Brut Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Oenothèque - 1990
Champagne, France - $425

96 – Wine Spectator. “Absolutely delicious now. Brilliant aromas of candied fruits, coffee and vanilla pastry are intense and focused, thanks to the bracing structure. This is powerful, yet a picture of finesse and harmony. Great intensity and persistence of flavor throughout.” WS.

 


Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon - 1995
Champagne, France - $550

92 – Wine Spectator. “Full-bodied and rich, this finely textured '95 reveals dried citrus, berry and tobacco notes on a muscular frame...Ideal with light meat or poultry dishes, or lobster Vibrant, firm, intense and minerally, supporting subtle berry and currant aromas and flavors. Elegant...” WS; World-wide distribution of only 147 bottles. Extremely rare.

 

 


Brut Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon - 1996
Champagne, France - $210

93 – Wine Spectator. “This features floral, candied citrus, pencil shaving and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It's fresh and focused, with a firm structure offset by a mouthfilling richness and a lacy texture.” WS

 


Tenuta Setten Pinot Grigio - 2005
Veneto, Italy - $23

“From a small, family-owned estate comes this wonderful small-batch, single-vineyard Pinot Grigio. Simple, elegant and lively with great acids and a bountiful varietal character.” Winemaker notes.

 


Beringer White Zinfandel - NV
California - $26

“When making Beringer’s White Zinfandel, our focus was to highlight the fresh red berry, citrus and melon aromas and flavors and round these out with subtle hints of nutmeg and clove. The wine has a youthful exuberance that is appealing to anyone looking for an uncomplicated wine to accompany a meal.” -Ed Sbragia, Winemaker.

 


Hogue Cellars Riesling - 2005
Columbia Valley, Washington - $26

“Hogue Cellars Riesling 2005 opens with a mélange of aromas: orange blossom, jasmine, Meyer lemon, powdered sugar, apricot, cinnamon and clove. On the palate are tangerine and orange blossom. A naturally crisp acidity balances the slight sweetness, providing a refreshing finish.” Winemaker notes.

 


Trevor Jones Boots - 2004
South Australia - $28

“A simple white. Distinctly spicy, with floral and white pepper overtones, finishing soft. Riesling and Muscat. Drink now.” 86-WS

 


Blanc Chateau La Baronne - 2004
Languedoc, France - $29

“Distinctive and appealing alternative white blend of Vermentino and Grenache Gris. Light and more interesting than Pinot Grigio, with hints of citrus.” Winemaker notes.

 


Seifried Sauvignon Blanc - 2006
New Zealand - $29

Silver Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition

“Grassy, minty aromas and flavors shoot through this crisp white, finishing with grapefruit character. 86-WS


Eagle Eye Pinot Gris - 2005
Napa Valley, California - $31

“…a unique blend of 90% pinot gris and 10% chardonnay. Both are from the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Aromas of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and citrus fill your glass. On the palate, the chardonnay contributes structure, complexity and elegant balance. The long lush finish is bright and clean. This wine is great to sip with cheeses or paired with your favorite seafood or chicken.”

 


Yalumba 'Y' Series Limited Release Pinot Grigio - 2006
South Australia - $32

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “A pretty, clean, perhaps a-typical PG - its as light in colour as a Sauvignon Blanc, and the first flavors that come through are crisp citrus and cilantro. Dig a little deeper and the wine starts to fell more familiar; apple is at the core, and the mouth feels like smooth, wet rocks. Finishes dry, with a fresh herb note.” 87-Wine Enthusiast .

 

 


Eagle Eye Sauvignon Blanc - 2005
Napa Valley, California - $31

“…has structure and complexity like no other. Straw in color with aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit and guava with hints of lime. The first sip is alive on your palate with orange blossoms and tropical citrus flavors. Pair this wine with soft cheeses, seafood, grilled vegetables, chicken and ripe red berries of summer.”

 

 


Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc - 2006
Sonoma, California - $36

Restaurant 213 Best Value Selection “The medium-bodied, crisp 2004 Sauvignon Blanc possesses pleasant lemon zest, honey, fig, melon, and stone fruit notes. Drink it over the next year.” 89 – Robert Parker

“Truly exemplifying Sauvignon Blanc's varietal character, this wine leads with fresh tropical fruit that carries through the palate enhanced by fresh citrus flavors of Meyers lemon and mandarin orange. The Sauvignon Musque provides a soft honey element that weaves through what Francois refers to as the "crispness" of this wine's vivid fruit character.”Winemaker notes.


Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc - 2002
Sonoma, California - $38

“Ripe, with vanilla tones framing melon, pineapple and pear flavors, with tart citrus and grass character on the finish. Drink now.” 87 – Wine Spectator.

 


Merk Pinot Grigio - 2005
Vaneto, Italy - $38

“Merk Pinot Grigio has a pale, straw color and a pleasant nose with delicate aromas of citrus, apricot, tropical fruit with a hint of almonds. The wine displays crisp subtle flavors with excellent balance and a snappy, dry and long finish.” Winemaker notes.

 


Domaine Marcel Deiss Beblenheim Riesling - 2004
Varietais, France - $38

“An off-dry style mixing pear, quince and apricot, with hints of vanilla and licorice. Full bodied and accessible, it gets support from some tannins on the finish.” 88-WS.

 


Juslyn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $38

Restaurant 213 Best Value Selection. “The100% barrel-fermented, crisp, mineral-laden 2004 Sauvignon Blanc is delicious. No malolactic takes place, and the result is an elegant Sauvignon offering a nose of gun flint and zesty grapefruit notes intermixed with hints of lemon oil and spice. Drink this food-friendly Sauvignon over the next several years.” 88-RP; Limited production – only 300 cases produced.

 

 


Pouilly-Fuisse ”La Mure” Domaine Jean Goyon - 2005
Burgundy, France - $39

“Round and spicy, with vanilla and pear flavors in an attractive, forward style.” WS


Trimbach Reisling - 2004
Alsace, France - $40

“The classic grape of Alsace. At once delicate and vital, its intense fruit is given great length by a backbone of crisp acidity producing some of the world’s greatest and long-lasting wines” Winemaker notes.

 


Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc - 2004
Adelaide Hills, Australia - $41

“The style is unoaked to enhance the fresh varietal character and overall tangy zippy flavours of the Sauvignon fruit. It has greater middle palate weight and length of flavour than the more extreme herbaceous styles. A young, refreshing wine with lively acidity and attractive varietal flavours...” Winemaker notes.


Peter Franus Sauvignon Blanc Carneros - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $42

“Vibrant and focused, with lemon and lime zest, grass, mineral and green apple flavors, underscored by cedar and lively acidity.” 87-WS

 


Pouilly Fume “Les Caillotes” Domaine Fournier - 2004
Loire Valley, France - $48

“Clear golden green reflections in color, with a subtle aroma of ripe orange. A taste of fruits drops and lemon peel.” Winemaker notes.

 


Conundrum White Table Wine - 2005
Napa Valley, California - $50

“This vintage shows an exceptional integration of these layers, with aromas of peach/apricot and honeysuckle; flavors of apricot, green melon and pear backed by notes of tropical fruit and spicy vanilla; a lush, creamy texture; and a crisp, balancing finish with lingering notes of citrus.” Winemaker notes.

 

 


Pinot Gris Reserve - 2002
France - $56

…concentrated flavors of grapefruit and pear. It's balanced a lingering finish.” 87-WS; “Superb with food, Pinot Gris comes into it's own with soups, smoked fish, fish in sauce (notably salmon) and white meats.” Winemaker notes.

 


Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay - 2003
Casablanca Valley, Chile - $24

“This is a medium bodied wine with an elegant entry into the mouth and citric acidity contributing to its lively and fresh character.” Winemaker notes.

 


Tre Donne Roero Arneis - 2004
Piemonte, Italy - $27

“A very rare grape…nearly extinct thirty years ago, but today is called by fervent admirers iL Barolo Bianco (the white Barolo) because of its weight and satisfaction in the mouth.” Winemaker notes.

 


A by Acacia Chardonnay - 2005
California - $28

“Aromas of leafy pear, mineral and spice that carry over to the palate. Clean and refreshing, trim and focused.” WS

 


Chardonnay Domaine de Bernier - 2005
Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France - $28

Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection; “This medium-bodied wine from France's Loire Valley shows juicy, fresh fruit with excellent balance and classy mineral notes in the finish.” Arizona Central Magazine


Green Point Chardonnay - 2003
Yarra Valley, Australia - $29

“Lithe and generous with its pear and mineral flavors, remaining fresh and appealing as the finish lingers. Oak is a minor note.” 88-WS

 


Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette Domain Pichot - 2005
Rhone Valley, France - $30

“Clear bright golden in color, the delightful nose screams Chenin, with mineral and chalk notes along side lime, apple, and fig aromas. Refreshing on the palate, with good acidity and plenty of ripe fruit…”

 


BV “Signet Collection” Chardonnay - 2005
North Coast, CA - $32

“Medium lemon-yellow color. Aromas of fine apple-pear Chardonnay fruit alongside subtle, freshly churned butter and flowers. Medium-bodied, with rich texture and deep pineapple, lemon-cream and sweet vanilla flavors.” Winemaker notes


Sterling Chardonnay - 2005
Napa County, California - $32

“Brilliant medium straw in color. Luscious aromas of fresh Golden Delicious apple, orange blossom and lemon zest, with hints of vanilla and cloves. Bold flavors of pear and Golden Delicious apple with hints of pineapple, baking spices and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel with a supple, tropical finish.” Winemaker notes.

 

 


Carmel Road Chardonnay - 2003
Monterey, California - $34

Silver Medal - 2005 Monterey Wine Competition.”; “Citrus and pear flavors are most forward with a bit of orange blossom, while minerality and a light nutty character highlight the finish.” Winemaker notes.

 


Buehler Chardonnay - 2004
Russian River Valley, California - $36

“A ripe, opulent style, with layers of ripe apple, pear, melon and a hint of mineral and citrus, ending with a rich, creamy aftertaste.” 86-WS

 


Oriel Barona - 2004
Albarino Rias Baixas, Spain - $37

“Barona is named for a legendary Celtic fortress whose ancient ruins stand on a spectacular peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near the border with Portugal. Aroma: Redolent with floral notes and hints of grapefruit and fresh herbs. Taste: Full bodied with apricot and peach flavors, lingering acidity, and a rich, creamy texture.” Winemaker notes.

 


Stone Street Chardonnay - 2002
Sonoma County, California - $38

Gold Medal - 2005 California State Fair Wine Competition; “Pale yellow. Pineapple, green apple, pear, honey, white flowers and a steely note on the slightly oily nose. Sweet, rich and layered, with nicely integrated acids. In a softer style but maintains good freshness...” 89-Steven Tanzer

We are nearing the end of the great valued 2002 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay’s – enjoy them before they are all gone!

 


Matanzas Creek Chardonnay - 2003
Sonoma, California - $38

“Aromas of honeysuckle, orange rind, and lemon zest are followed by a medium to full bodied, fruit driven white, displaying a subtle touch of oak.” 89-RP

 


Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay - 2004
Chile - $38

90 – Wine Spectator. Restaurant 213 “Best Value” Selection “Focused and elegant, with deceptive length and power, this lets lush apple, pear, fig and toast notes stretch along languidly, yet never becomes tiring to drink. Well done.” WS

 


Chablis Domaine Louis Michel et Fils - 2003
Chablis, France - $46

“Louis Michel has long been the reference point for tank-fermented Chablis. I have been a huge admirer of his wines for years. Why? They are perhaps the purest expressions of the stony Chardonnay fruit grown on the limestone slopes of this northern Burgundy appellation.” Robert Parker


Chablis Domaine Louis Michel et Fils - 2004
Chablis, France - $49

“A great seducer. After an uncertain summer, the first few days of September brought dramatic changes and a period of lasting fine weather. This “Indian summer” was much hoped for, characterised as it was by an above average amount of sunshine and temperatures often above the seasonal norms. The grapes ripened steadily then accelerated, with a regular and rapid sugar content, a reduction in acidity but high aromatic diversity. 2004 will be remembered as the year of good surprises. A warm, dry and sunny September allowed us to produce a good crop and to make fresh and balanced wines, both in fruit and finesse.” Winemaker notes


Chablis Domaine Louis Michel et Fils - 2005
Chablis, France - $47

“This is a brilliant consistent estate, where there is no use of wood (barrels in the cellar are only for show). The wines are vinified in a temperature-controlled room full of stainless steel vats of different sizes and not bottled until a year or eighteen months afterwards- or even later. The magnificently austere and steely wines keep much longer than most Chablis.” Clive Coates


Elkhorn Peak Chardonnay - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $43

“The grapes for the 2004 harvest were sourced from an old, low-yielding vineyard in Yountville. The resulting wine exhibits the clean taste of a well-structured and smooth chardonnay… crisp flavors…well balanced.” Winemaker notes. Only 225 cases produced.


Cambria “Katherine’s Vineyard” Chardonnay - 2004
Santa Maria Valley, California - $45

90 – Wine Advocate. “…reveals a flamboyant nose of orange blossoms, lemon honey, and wet stones. Tropical fruit characteristics also emerge on the palate.” 90-Wine Advocate.

Named for the proprietor’s eldest daughter, Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay is a wine that is both vineyard designated and estate grown. The vineyard is located along the Santa Maria Bench in Northern Santa Barbara County and receives meticulous care throughout the growing season.


Cambria “Katherine’s Vineyard” Chardonnay - 2005
Santa Maria Valley, California - $45

Too new to be rated! “The 2005 vintage is bright with citrus, apple, peach, and vanilla aromas. Rich, mouthfilling flavors of grapefruit, citrus blossom, white peach and sweet oak lead to a crisp finish with a lasting impression of spicy oak.” Winemaker notes.

 


Domaine Chandon Chardonnay - 2002
Carneros, California - $47

“Marked by lively acidity and lemon-orange citrus aromas, it has a pleasant earthy quality and those citrusy flavors carry over to the palate, folding in with ripe pear and apple notes.” 87 –Wine Spectator

 


Domaine Chandon Chardonnay - 2003
Carneros, California - $44

“The aromas are complex yet clean and crisp with notes of citrus, fig and honey, and a subtle hint of praline. This wine has a creamy texture balanced by citrus notes, ginger spice, and a flinty finish typical of Carneros.” Winemaker notes

 


Domaine Chandon Chardonnay - 2004
Carneros, California - $46

“A fragrant, delicate style with attractive floral, spice, apple and pear flavors that are appealing for their suppleness. Drink now.” 85 - Wine Spectator

 


Acacia Chardonnay - 2005
Carnaros, California - $46

Vibrant aromas of crème brûlée, ginger, lemon curd and white peach are followed by a creamy entry which blossoms to a full, sweet, peach, nectarine and citrus mid-palate. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, the wine finishes long and full. Our 2005 Chardonnay is perfect with all types of seafood, fish, chicken and pork.” Winemaker notes.


Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - 2004
Napa Valley, California - $54

90 – Robert Parker. “Outstanding. More tropical fruit and lemon butter characteristics...it is a tasty, steely Chardonnay displaying little oak influence.” RP

 


Santenay Clos de Tavannes 1er Cru Vincent Girardin - 2005
Burgundy, France - $54

“Chalky crisp melon fruit. Depth of flavor with flint on the finish.” Winemaker notes

 


Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - 2003
Napa Valley, California - $56

91 – Robert Parker. “Outstanding. One of the finest made to date. Offers abundant quantities of lemon/lime-like fruit, hints of white pears, white currants, and green apples, a steely backbone, and noteworthy concentration.” RP

 


Les Pierres Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay - 2003
Sonoma Valley, California - $60

“Sonoma-Cutrer's Grand Cru Program is a commitment to excellence without compromise. Every action we take contributes to creating the very best wine that our vineyards will produce… All Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnays are fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Slow maturation in barrels develops complexity and depth, while contributing subtle oak flavors that enhance and elevate…” Winemaker notes


Chassagne-Montrachet Chaumees 1er Cru Oliver Leflaive - 2002
Burgundy, France - $69

90 – Wine Spectator. “Full, rich, toasty aromas introduce this sumptuous white. It has breadth and volume, with oak shoring up the moderate structure. Very appealing now.”

 


Puligny-Montrachet Oliver Leflaive - 2004
Burgundy, France - $69

“It is a glorious wine of very distinct aromas: almond paste, ferns, exotic fruit, white flowers with discreet acidity on the palate and a smooth, impressively long finish.” Winemaker Notes.

“Soft and inviting, with a fleshy texture absorbing the oak. Vanilla, hazelnut and peach notes mingle nicely.” 87-WS


Puligny-Montrachet Bernard Morey - 2005
Burgundy, France - $69

90 – Wine Spectator “A rich white, with apple, peach and lemon flavors softened by the oak. This has fine intensity and builds on the palate with citrus and herb notes. The finish is still tight, yet fine and elegant.” Rare. Only 75 cases imported into the United States.

 


Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay - 2005
Napa Valley, California - $75

“Bright and tangy with smooth texture and snappy, lifted acidity; long, balanced and racy with lovely balanced fruit and a smashing finish.” 92-Blue Reviews

 


Ridge Chardonnay - 2005
Santa Cruz Mountain, California - $75

95 – Wine Spectator, “Great balance, depth, elegance and finesse. Shows lots of spicy, toasty, smoky oak, but also plenty of rich, vibrant, smooth and concentrated pear, fig and melon flavors before returning to the toasty oak.”

 


La Crema Nine Barrel Chardonnay - 2002
Napa Valley, California - $86

92 – Robert Parker. “Was aged sur-lie for 14 months, and bottled unfiltered. It possesses more alcohol, fruit, concentration, and orange marmalade-like characteristics.” RP

“Aromas of pear, stone fruits, nutmeg and vanilla, with a whiff of apple pie. Sweet, concentrated and urgent, with lovely pear-flavored fruit and considerable fat. Finishes with excellent length.” 93 – Stephen Tanzer


Meursault 1 er Cru Les Charmes Dessus Vincent Girardin - 2004
Burgundy, France - $118

93 – Wine Enthusiast. “Aromas of pear, stone fruits, nutmeg and vanilla, with a whiff of apple pie. Sweet, concentrated and urgent, with lovely pear-flavored fruit and considerable fat. Finishes with excellent length.” 93 - Steven Tanzer’s, International Wine Cellar

 


Puligny-Montrachet Etienne Sauzet - 2003
Burgundy, France - $110

“Aromatically demure, the 2003 Puligny-Montrachet (white) is light to medium-bodied, focused, and fresh. Crisp pears are intermingled with minerals in its well-balanced, persistent personality.” 87-Wine Advocate

 


Puligny-Montrachet Etienne Sauzet - 2005
Burgundy, France - $110

Too new to be rated! The 2005 growing season in Burgundy as been described as “ideal” by the wine press so it is expected that the reviews for these wines will be very favorable when they hit the major wine magazines. The 2004 version of this wine, from an average growing season, was rated between 91 and 93 by the US and French wine press.

 


Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1st Cru Vincent Girardin - 2003
Red Burgundy, France - $72

90 – Steven Tanzer. “A bold, ripe style, revealing butterscotch, apricot and spice notes. It doesn't have the acidity to carry the flavors to a long conclusion, but makes up for that in richness. Drink now through 2009. 450 cases imported.” 89 – Wine Spectator.

“Ripe aromas of flowers, orchard fruits, menthol and mint. Sweet, fat and spicy, with solid material and decent acidity. Comes across as less heavy than the Clos de la Truffiere even if it shows limited complexity today. Finishes with good length.” 90 -Steven Tanzer’s, International Wine Cellar


Chassagne-Montrachet Morgoet 1st Cru Bernard Morey et Fils - 2004
Burgundy, France - $120

91 – Steven Tanzer. “Perfumed, nuanced aromas of nut oil, flowers and stone fruits. Intensely flavored and thoroughly ripe, with an almost oily character to the flavors of peach, nectarine and vanillin oak. But this sweet, silky wine benefits from harmonious acidity and finishes firm and long, with lovely lingering fresh fruit flavors.” 91 - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

 


Chassagne-Montrachet Morgoet 1st Cru Bernard Morey et Fils - 2005
Burgundy, France - $120

91 – Wine Spectator. “This is suave, showing intense flavors of peach, lemon and mineral, with the oak providing a lush, pastrylike accent that fits the creamy texture. It's all underlined by bright acidity.” Wine Spectator. Only 90 cases imported to the United States.

 


Coulée de Serrant Grand Cru - 2002
Loire, France - $125

93 – Wine Spectator. “…a strong, sinewy feel to the ginger, chamomile, orange blossom, quince and humus notes. Almost bony, but it reveals some of its latent flesh with patience in the glass before turning remarkably elegant and lengthy in the end.” WS

Winemaker/Owner Nicholas Joly is the wine worlds leading proponent of biodynamic viticulture. His wines have gained a significant following based not only on their superior quality but his strict adherence to natural methods of cultivation, soil treatment, growing and cellaring.


Puligny-Montrachet “La Truffiere” Bernard Morey et Fils 1er Cru - 2004
Burgundy, France - $136

92 – Steven Tanzer. “Raw, unevolved aromas of fresh citrus peel, minerals and crushed stone. Suave on entry, then high-pitched and pure in the middle, with terrific cut to the flavors of peach, lemon and minerals. Finishes fresh, firm and long, with a whiff of marzipan.” 92-Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

 

 


Puligny-Montrachet “Les Referts” 1er Cru Etienne Sauzet - 2003
Burgundy, France - $146

“Spiced minerals, anise, mint, and buttered almonds are found in the aromatics of the 2003 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts (white). Light to medium-bodied, it sports a satiny texture, excellent depth of fruit, and a suave finish. Toast-laced apples and pears make up its expressive flavor profile.” 89-RP

“Pale color. Rich, musky nose dominated by smoke and vanilla. Fat, rich and expressive, with smoky oak and lemon flavors. Chewy-rich and very ripe but not really surmuri. This is ready to drink right now.” 89-Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar


Puligny-Montrachet “La Champs Canet” 1er Cru Etienne Sauzet - 2003
Burgundy, France - $156

“Exotic, super-ripe aroma of almond paste. Fat, sweet, chewy and quite concentrated; a rich, solid wine in a buttery, heavy style. Rather Meursault-like, and also very 2003 in style in its syrupy fruit quality.” 87 – Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

 


Puligny-Montrachet “La Champs Canet” 1er Cru Etienne Sauzet - 2004
Burgundy, France - $156

92 – Steven Tanzer. “Musky aromas of ripe peach, nut oil, honey and vanilla. Ripe but not especially fruity; with strong mineral and floral tones along with some citrus notes. This boasts good fat and chewy, old-viney density of texture, especially for the vintage. Finishes with sneaky lingering sweetness.” 92 – Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

"This is one of the most serious estates in Burgundy. The wines are usually among the very best made... They are textbook white burgundies, brimming with flavor, yet elegant and well-balanced." Robert Parker


Cristalino Brut Sparkling Wine - NV
Spain - $8 a glass

"Straw color, smooth and fresh aromas; fine and fruity palate with a dry aftertaste. Clean, dry and crisp with citrus and apple flavors." Winemakers notes; 88-International Wine Cellar.


Beringer White Zinfandel - NV
California - $7 glass

“The wine has a youthful exuberance that is appealing to anyone looking for an uncomplicated wine to accompany a meal.” -Ed Sbragia, Winemaker.


Esperto Pinot Grigio - 2005
Italy - $7 glass

Italian Pinot Grigio has become the single most popular category of varietal wine imported into the United States and the most stylish wines by far come from the steep hillside vineyards of Friuli in the country’s northeastern corner.


Goats Do Roam - 2006
White Western Cape South Africa - $8 glass

“Fresh and light, with easygoing peach and melon notes. Chenin Blanc, Clairette, Riesling, Viognier and Grenache Blanc.” WS


Sauvignon Blanc - 2005
Central Coast, California - $8 glass

“…perfect wine for folks looking for a fresh, crisp, light wine with no oak..” Winemaker notes.


BV ”Signet Collection” Chardonnay - 2005
North Coast, California - $8 glass

“Medium lemon-yellow color. Aromas of fine apple-pear Chardonnay fruit alongside subtle, freshly churned butter and flowers. Medium-bodied, with rich texture and deep pineapple, lemon-cream and sweet vanilla flavors.” Winemaker notes.


Chardonnay Domaine de Bernier - 2005
France - $8 glass

“This medium-bodied wine from France's Loire Valley shows juicy, fresh fruit with excellent balance and classy mineral notes in the finish.” Arizona Central Magazine


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"Diners looking for great food should take heed: Hughes is at the very top of his game right now; we think it's the best game in town."

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The Daily Times Staff Writer

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- Mary Lou Baker
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"Restaurant 213 offers a blissful dining experience. Chef-owner Jim Hughes' "fine American food with global influences" encompasses lots of seafood, prepared and served with care, flair and a refreshing lack of pretension."

- Steve Millburg
Coastal Living Magazine - Senior Editor

"Whether Smoked Duck Taco, Crayfish Tamale, Zuni Corn and Carrot Chowder, Frog Legs Rio Grande or the Santa Fe Coffee Cup Dessert, the creations of Chef Hughes were not only wonderfully pleasing to the palate but equally enoyable to the eye. A new level of Southwest cuisine presentation, to which I previously had not been privy, was reached."

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San Antonio Express-News

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