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Wine Cellar

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines

Champagne, the quintessential aperitif, is an extraordinary palate cleanser. Vintage champagne, only produced in exceptional years, is wonderful with rich seafood, poultry and veal. Champagne is most often a blend of three different grape types, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuniere, the blend bringing greater fullness, depth and finesse than any one grape on its own.

NV Moet & Chandon, Brut Imperial Rose Epernay
2002 Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon Epernay
2003 Moet & Chandon, Grand Vintage Epernay
NV Moet & Chandon (formerly White Star) Epernay
1999 Perrier Jouet, Fleur de Champagne, Brut Epernay
NV Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut Epernay
NV Piper-Heidsieck, Brut Reims
NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Brut Reims
2005 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, Brut Napa
NV Gloria Ferrer, Brut Napa
 
Small Format Bottles
NV Moet & Chandon, Imperial (187 ml) Epernay
NV Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut (375 ml) Epernay

White Wines - France

Burgundy

Wines grown in the Burgundy region of France are made from the Chardonnay grape. For the most part, the wines bear the name of the villages or “communes” where the grapes are grown as well as the name of the grower. While ideal for full-flavored fish and a variety of chicken, veal and game dishes, the best white burgundies have the body and texture to hold their own with meat dishes when the diner simply prefers a white wine. Chablis has the crispness and raciness to provide a delightful foil for shellfish, while the more delicate whites from the Mâconnais provide perfect accompaniment for even the lightest dishes on our menu.

2008 Chablis, Drouhin, Moulin deVaudon Chablis
2009 Macon-Lugny, “Les Charmes” Maconnais
2007 Pouilly Fuisse, L. Jadot Maconnais
2008 Pouilly Fuisse, L. Latour Maconnais
2007 Pouilly Fuisse, Saint-Aubin Maconnais
2009 Pouilly Fuisse, Vincent, Marie Antoinette Maconnais
2007 Puligny Montrachet, Louis Jadot Cote de Beaune
2007 Santenay, L. Jadot, “Clos de Malte” Cote de Beaune

Loire

Near the coast of Normandy, the Loire River Valley produces delicate white wines that speak of freshness, lemons and anything light. Almost purely seafood wines, they are an ideal product for their region. Two of the wines, from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, are 100% Sauvignon Blanc and perfectly illustrate the crisp finish that accompanies fish so well. Muscadet is both the name of the coastal area and the grape that is grown there. Light, dry, refreshing wine, it again is best suited to fresh fish, simply prepared.

2007 Sancerre, Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre
2010 Sancerre, Pascal Jolivet Sancerre

Bordeaux

Sauvignon Blanc is the primary white wine grape of Bordeaux and Graves. Light, refreshing, pale in color, often with a grassy bouquet, these wines have become more and more popular with the recent trend toward lighter cuisine. Many Sauvignon Blancs have a lingering finish of lemon that caps the flavor of fresh broiled fish or shellfish perfectly. It is also enjoyable as a light counterpoint to some creamed sauces, as well as simple grilled chicken or a light veal dish. Sauvignon Blanc is usually blended with Sémillon, a versatile grape most often used to make the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes.

2008 Chateau Tour de Mirambeau, Reserve Bordeaux

Alsace

Although Alsace is a French wine growing region its climate and history dictate that its wines be compared to those of Germany. Though made from classically German grapes like Riesling and Gewürztraminer, they are fermented dry in the French style. The choice in Germany is to leave residual sugar and enjoy the sweet fruit of their labors. Enjoy the wines of Germany with fresh fruit, light desserts or as a refreshing aperitif. In Alsace, the noble Riesling and the Gewürztraminer have the flavor and the acidity to stand up to creamed or heavily seasoned sauces.

2005 Gewurztraminer, Domaine Weinbach, “Reserve Personnelle" Alsace
2006 Gewurztraminer, Trimbach Alsace
2004 Pinot Gris, Trimbach Reserve Alsace
2008 Riesling, Trimbach Alsace

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White Wines - USA

California Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grape produces what are generally regarded as the world’s finest white wines. Developed in the Burgundy region of France, and well adapted to the California climate, it yields white wines of body, texture and flavor comparable to some reds. The qualities of a good Chardonnay are golden tones of color, a well balanced mix of tart and buttery sensations, a gentle tannic reminder of oak aging, a long, rewarding finish, and the versatility that allows it to complement a wide range of foods.

2007 Beringer, Private Reserve Napa
2005 Bernardus Monterey
2009 Cakebread Chardonnay
2009 Chalk Hill Russian River Valley
2009 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma
2005 Chateau St. Jean, Robert Young Vineyard Alexander Valley
2008 Chateau Souverain Sonoma
2007 Clos Pegase, Mitsuko’s Vineyard Carneros
2007 Deloach Russian River Valley
2008 Ferrari Carano Alexander Valley
2007 Groth Napa
2008 J. Lohr, Riverstone Monterey
2008 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Multiple Counties
2007 Landmark, Overlook Multiple Counties
2008 Merryvale, Starmont Napa
2006 Mondavi, R. Napa
2006 Sonoma Cutrer, Sonoma Coast Sonoma
2008 Sonoma Cutrer, Russian River Ranches Russian River
2008 Sterling Napa

California Sauvignon Blanc - Fumé Blanc

At its best, California Sauvignon Blancs are closer to white Graves (Bordeaux) in style than Pouilly Fumé in the Loire, although the alternate name for the grape, Fumé Blanc suggests the Loire. These wines can be light and herbaceous or oak-aged and solid and of Chardonnay quality. Serve with fish and shellfish or foods with Mediterranean seasonings; garlic, olive oil and oregano.

2009 Cakebread Napa
2009 Diogenes, Bartlett Ranch Lake County
2010 Dry Creek, Fume Blanc Sonoma
2008 Ferrari-Carano, Fume Blanc Sonoma
2009 Groth Napa
2009 Honig Napa

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Other White Wines

Australia
2008 Chardonnay, Greg Norman Eden Valley, Aus
2007 Chardonnay, Lindeman’s Reserve Padthaway, Aus.
2008 Chardonnay, Wolf Blass, Yellow Label South Australia
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott, Reserve Marlborough, NZ
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay Marlborough, NZ
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Oyster Bay Marlborough, NZ
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Whitehaven Marlborough, NZ
2008 Viognier, Yalumba South Australia
Germany
2009 Riesling, Schloss Walhausen, “Two Princes” Nahe
Italy
2002 Chardonnay, Rondinaia, Castello del Terriccio Tuscany
2006 Pinot Grigio, Bollini Friuli Grave
2010 Pinot Grigio, Santa Margherita Valdadige
USA
2008 Conundrum (a proprietary blend), Caymus California
NV Evolution, Lucky Edition, Sokol Blosser (Blend of 9 varietals) Oregon
2009 Pinot Gris, A to Z Oregon
2009 White Zinfandel, Beringer California

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Red Wines - France

Bordeaux

A blend of grapes, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is responsible for the great Bordeaux reds, arguably the finest wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is brash and tannic when young, but develops with age into a complex, full-bodied wine with layer upon layer of flavor. Merlot is a softer touch, mellowing the Cabernet when young, adding to its depth, color and body as it ages. Merlot is the principal grape in the heavy clay soils of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it makes big, soft textured wines that are drinkable earlier than the mostly Cabernet based wines of the Medoc, Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, St. Estephe and Graves. Superb beef and lamb wines, they are also excellent with strong cheese and even do well when lingering into dessert when chocolate is featured.

2004 Chateau Carignan  
1995 Chateau Cheval Blanc, Premier Grand Cru St. Emilion
2006 Chateau Gruaud Larose, Grand Cru Classe Saint –Julien
1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Premier Grand Cru Pauillac
1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Premier Grand Cru Pauillac
2007 Chateau Lagrange Saint Julien
2008 Chateau de Macard (50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot)  
1997 Chateau Margaux, Grand Vin, Premier Grand Cru Margaux
2006 Chateau Talbot, Grand Cru Classe Saint -Julien
2006 Cos d’Estournel, Grand Cru Classe Saint-Estephe

Burgundy

Pinot Noir is the red grape of Burgundy, producing aromatic wines, lower in tannin, slightly sweeter and richer in texture than most Cabernets. The finest red burgundies are intensely perfumed, soft yet full of fruit, and a rare treat. Rare because the grape is temperamental, definitely preferring its home in Burgundy to any other growing area in the world. With food, Pinot Noir is quite versatile, though particularly good with duck, pheasant and other game, as well as veal, beef, pork or lamb. It can even be enjoyed with a full-bodied fish like tuna or striped bass.

2007 Marsannay, Latour Cote de Nuits
2008 Pinot Noir, L. Jadot Burgundy
2005 Savigny-Les-Beaune, J. Drouhin Cote de Beaune
2007 Savigny-Les-Beaune, L. Jadot Cote de Beaune
2006 Santenay, L. Latour, Santenay Rouge Cote de Beaune

Beaujolais

Gamay is the grape of the Beaujolais region of southern Burgundy. Generally light in body, very fruity, and best when enjoyed young and at a cool temperature. We offer Beaujolais-Villages, wines made from the grapes of many villages, as well as a selection from a highly rated “Cru”, Brouilly whose distinctive soil and climate have earned it its’ own status as an appellation.

2009 L. Jadot, Beaujolais Villages Beaujolais

Rhône

The Rhône region, south of Burgundy, produces age-worthy, rich, full-bodied, spicy red wines that are best with our fullest-flavored dishes; game, lamb, beef, or with a variety of hearty cheeses.

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau Mont Redon South
2005 Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine La Roquette South
2005 Chateauneuf du Pape, E. Guigal South
2005 Cotes-du-Rhone, Chateau du Trignon South
2007 Cotes du Rhone, Guigal South
2007 Crozes-Hermitage, P. Jaboulet Aine, “Les Jalets” North

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Red Wines - Argentina

Mendoza, two hours by plane from Buenos Aires, is the heart and soul of Argentina’s wine country, where European settlers introduced the ancient craft of winemaking in the 19th century. Set in the foothills of the Andes, there are over 1000 wineries in the Mendoza region. The area is especially known for Malbec because, here (unlike France), the climate allows the grape to fully ripen on the vine.

2010 Malbec, Alamos Mendoza
2007 Malbec, Catena Mendoza
2009 Malbec, Gascon Mendoza
2008 Malbec, La Posta Mendoza

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Red Wines - Australia

Despite 175 years of wine growing experience Australian wines have only recently begun to garner a strong following in the US. Shiraz (aka Syrah in Rhone) is the most widely planted grape in Australia and produces spicy, full bodied wines with a long life. Cabernet yields wines that range from medium to full bodied, which are often blended with Shiraz.

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, d’Arenberg, The Coppermine McLaren Vale
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Penfold’s, Bin 407 South Australia
2008 Cabernet/Merlot, Norman Limestone Coast
2007 d’Arenberg, The Footbolt McLaren Vale
2007 Shiraz, Greg Norman Limstone Coast
2006 Shiraz, Torbreck, Woodcutter’s Barossa
2008 Shiraz, Wyndham Estate, Bin 555 South East Australia
2008 Shiraz, Two Hands, Angels’ Share McLaren Vale
2006 Shiraz (65%)/Grenache (35%), Two Hands,
Brave Faces
Barossa Valley

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Red Wines - Italy

The majority of quality red wines from Italy come from either Tuscany or the Piedmont. Tuscan reds of character include Sangiovese based Chianti Classico Reserva and Brunello based wines from Montalciao and Montelpulciano. Super Tuscans are blended wines of pedigree and are some of the most sought after in the world. The fullest wines from Piedmont are made from the Nebbiolo grape from the towns around Barolo and Barbaresco. These should be paired with hearty fare and strong cheeses.

2007 Amarone della Valpolicella, Bolla, Classico Valpolicella
2004 Brunello di Montalcino, Altesino Tuscany
2006 Chianti Classico, Antinori, Peppoli Tuscany
2006 Chianti Classico, Marchesi Antinori, Riserva Tuscany
2005 Chianti Classico Reserva, Nozzole Tuscany
2005 Chianti Rufina, Frescobaldi, Nipozzano, Riserva Tuscany
2007 Chianti Classico, Ruffino, Riserva Tuscany
2005 Tignanello, Antinori Tuscany
2007 Toscana, Villa Antinori Tipica
2008 Vitiano, Falesco (Cab Sauv, Sangiovese, Merlot) Umbria

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Red Wines – USA

California Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritages

California Cabernet remains the premier red wine grape in California; fruity, fragrant, tannic and full-bodied. Capable of great longevity, elegance and finesse, the wines are often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc to achieve flavors nuances. Lamb is perhaps the ideal meat to serve with California Cabernets. Its texture and slightly pungent quality marry well with the rich flavors and balance of the wine. Try the younger Cabernets with full flavored beef or veal dishes.

2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa
2007 Beringer, Knights Valley Sonoma
2007 Cadaretta Columbia Valley, WA
2005 Chateau St. Jean, Cinq Cepages Sonoma
2005 Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley
2006 Clos du Bois, Marlstone(75% Cab Sauv,15% Merlot, 4% Pet. Verdot, 3% Cab Franc, 3% Malbec) Alexander Valley
2008 Duckhorn, Decoy Napa
2004 Eponymous Napa
2007 Estancia, Meritage (61% Cab. Sauv., 27% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot) Paso Robles
2008 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley
2008 Ferrari-Carano, Siena
(Sangiovese base Meritage)
Sonoma
2007 Franciscan Estate Napa
2006 Franciscan, Magnificat (Meritage) Napa
2007 Groth Oakville, Napa
2003 Insignia, Joseph Phelps Napa
2006 Joseph Phelps Napa
2005 Justin Isoceles
(86% Cab, 9% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot)
Paso Robles
2006 Merryvale, Starmont Napa
2007 Mondavi, R. Napa
2006 Mondavi, R. Oakville Napa
2006 Neal Napa
2007 Rodney Strong Sonoma
2007 Shafer, One Point Five Stag’s Leap, Napa
2006 Silverado Napa
2007 Sterling Napa
2006 Whitehall Lane Napa

California Merlot

In California, Merlot came into its own as a premium grape varietal in the late 1970’s. Originally bottled only as part of a Cabernet based blend, it is becoming very popular by itself, particularly with new red wine drinkers who enjoy a softer red. In part because most are produced by wineries experienced with making Cabernet Sauvignon, the California Merlots often resemble Cabernets, though softer and earlier maturing. Merlots are wonderful with spicy foods like duck, lamb a4nd pork and their fruitiness enables them to stand up to salty meats like ham.

2007 Cakebread Napa
2006 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma
2007 Duckhorn Napa
2007 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma
2006 Markham Napa
2005 Merryvale, Starmont Napa
2006 Mondavi, R. Napa
2005 St. Francis Sonoma
2006 Whitehall Lane Napa

Pinot Noir

Oregon and cooler regions of California are finally having success with this finicky but worthwhile grape, and its future looks promising in our country. Pinot Noir has a wonderful affinity for food, pairing well with duck and lamb, and even salmon as well. Grilled meats and poultry also are good choices.

2008 A to Z Willamette Valley, OR
2007 Acacia Napa
2007 Carneros Creek, Reserve Carneros
2007 David Bruce, Russian River Valley Sonoma
2007 David Bruce, Sonoma Coast Sonoma
2007 Domaine Drouhin Willamette Valley, OR
2007 Elk Cove Willamette Valley, OR
2006 Etude Carneros
2006 Gary Farrell, Russian River Valley Sonoma
2008 Lange Willamette Valley, OR
2008 Lemelson, Thea’s Selection Willamette Valley, OR
2007 Martin Ray Santa Barbara
2009 Ponzi Willamette Valley, OR
2006 Robert Sinsky Los Carneros
2007 Saintsbury Carneros
2009 Saintsbury, Garnet Carneros

Zinfandel

The Zinfandel grape is unique to California. So many different styles of Zinfandel are made that any taste preference can be satisfied. In the cooler climates of the northern regions of California the wines possess more complexity and are capable of aging and developing in the bottle for years.

2009 Cline, Ancient Vines California
2009 Cline, Bridgehead Contra Costa
2006 Nalle Dry Creek
2006 Rosenblum, Richard Sauret Paso Robles
2006 Saint Francis, Old Vines Sonoma
2008 Seghesio Sonoma

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Other USA Reds

We are always on the look-out for something out of the ordinary and occasionally we come up with some interesting wine options which do not fall into our typical wine profile, but then again, they are just too good to pass up, so here is where they fall. These wines offer something special to complement your dining experience, so to the adventurous, enjoy.

2007 Petite Sirah, David Bruce Central Coast
2006 Petit Sirah,Four Vines, Heretic Paso Robles
2006 Syrah, Fess Parker Santa Barbara

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Dessert Wines

2005 J. Phelps, Eisrebe (375 ml) Napa
2003 Sauternes, Chateau d’Arche, Grand Cru Classe (375 ml) Sauternes, France
NV Tannat, Alcyone, Vinedo de los Vientos, Estate Bottled (500ml) Atlantida, Uruguay
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