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Our domestic rose magnum this summer! Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos consistently produce some of the most delicious Pinot, Syrah, Viognier, and Grenache in Santa Barbara County. Farming and sustainability are central at Ampelos - they are Demeter certified biodynamic, SIP certified, and even their bottles are produced in California. Their 2016 rose is fresh and flavorful, combining 80% Syrah, farmed and harvested specifically for rose, 15% Grenache, and a 5% splash of Riesling from recently planted vines on their estate. Juicy watermelon and strawberry blossoms, with crunchy pomegranate, blood orange, and orange zest. Ariana Rolich
55% Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites for aromatics from old vine plantings (up to 100 years old) around Sonoma County, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel and raised in a nice bit of French oak for a bold, bright-fruited, silky, and satisfying wine that is unbeatable at this price.
Broadside is a project of very talented winemaker Chris Brock. The Cabernet is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in barrels, 10% of which are new. The resultant wine is remarkably fresh and full bodied with an interesting spicy character and plenty of bright, tangy dark fruit.
From the folks who run Hobo Wine Co., here we have the delicious new vintage of one of our favorite inexpensive Cabernets from California! Tart blackberry and ripe cassis mix with herbal hints and wildflower on the nose while broadly gracing the firm, rich, powerfully tannic palate. Sourced from many lesser known but sustainably or organically farmed vineyards throughout Sonoma county. Aged for nine months in neutral oak barrels. Andrew Farquhar
Devastating frost in 2010 didn't allow Gideon Beinstock to make his three traditional cuvées from the famed Renaissance vineyard, instead blending them all together to make a very small quantity of this wonderful wine. Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some Sauvignon Blanc come together to make this textured and elegant red blend. A classic Bordeaux blend with a twist, this wine has fine dark fruit, with great cassis character and a velvety texture that reveals beautiful aromatics after an hour in the decanter. Until recently, this was the last vintage Gideon had access to the Renaissance vineyard, and he made the most of his time. The bottlle age has deepened and lengthened its broad palate. Drink now through 2025. Only 73 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
This cuvée is 52% old-vine Carignan, 40% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Semillon. Whole cluster pressed and foot-trod, this a gorgeous and deep-structured wine with notes of blue fruit and plum, with delicate violet aromatics coming from the white grapes. Notes of crushed black pepper and game on the palate form an overall elegant package, with some smoky, meaty, dense funky notes at its core. Carignan becomes more dense and structured as the vines get older, and this is quite a powerful wine. 120 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
2017 was a challenging vintage in the Willamette Valley. Through starlight and storm, the intense attention to detail and care given in vineyard and winery have produced some of Division's finest wines ever. Named "Lutte," which means "fight to overcome" in French, this is a Gamay sourced from a few places throughout the wide Willamette Valley. Most of the fruit (75%) is from the Methven family vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills. The rest if from Redford Wetle (Eola as well) and the Carson vineyard in Dundee Hills. This is an extremely pretty expression of Gamay, with soft notes of black pepper on the nose that mix with plush soft red fruit. Extraordinarily texturally complex on the palate, with bright yet sumptuous notes of sour cherry and cranberry sauce on the palate, this wine has elegance in spades. A little lighter than medium-bodied, but with fine structure and mouthwatering acidity. 12.4% alcohol by volume. Andrew Farquhar
This is a beautiful granitic Syrah from the Barsotti Ranch Vineyard. Classic Syrah aromas: smoke, cracked pepper, black and red fruit, and at the center, that same iron noticeable in the taste of the grapes. Youthful, quite fresh, with a brisk high note, faintly suggestive of roses. Energetically very tense in the mouth, slightly bloody (that iron!) and ever so vaguely feral. The first time I tasted this blind I called it for being a dense Cabernet Franc from the Loire, which surprised me. It is big and beautiful and absolutely built for cellar-aging. 208 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
Equal parts Grenache, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre with a little Graciano added in, this is a pretty ruby-red color, with elegant aromas of bright cherry but also earth. The Shake Ridge Ranch vineyard in Amador County is, in the words of Steve, "one of the most magnificent vineyards I've ever seen, anywhere." The wine is medium bodied on the palate, with gently grippy tannins, and a high-toned array of flavors balancing fruity and savory, that linger impressively on the long finish. Andrew Farquhar
From Steve Edmunds, the soft-spoken Sierra Foothils legend, this Gamay rose is a fantastic thirst-quenching summer sipper with a surprising amount of complexity. Sourced from two high-altitude vineyards: Barsotti Ranch and Witters Vineyard, both in excess of 3,000 feet above sea level, this is a fine, crisp, aromatic, and decidedly linear rose. Gamay's classic cherry fruit is wrapped in a fine salinity that accompanies excellent mineral structure. Andrew Farquhar
This refreshing and bright Pinot Noir from star California winemaker Kenny Likitprakong is sourced predominantly from the Arroyo Seco AVA, in other words, Steinbeck country. Native yeast fermentation and spontaneous malo are followed by nine months on the lees with occasional batonnage in used French oak barrels. Bright red fruit and elegant texture make for a fine, refreshing wine that lingers pleasantly on the palate. Andrew Farquhar
This wine has a ton of great minerality and character, with amazing funky notes and crackling acidity. This wine really begs for pairing with food, and would work great in a wide range of situations. Whole cluster fermentation brings a seething yet delicate tannic grip to the affair, with black pepper notes and leafy humus on the palate bringing an autumnal character to the fore that makes it perfect for this time of year. Twelve months are spent in used French oak barrels followed by bottling with only 18 ppm sulfur. 130 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
I didn’t want to be the one to write anything about this wine but Eben talked me into it. I don’t wax as poetic about wine as most people, but Eben said “You don’t have to. What did it remind you of? A favorite song?” And that’s when it hit me. After drinking this wine I woke up singing “Didn’t I” by Kelly Clarkson with the line “Didn’t I give you everything” repeating in my head. And it hit me: yes this wine did give me everything, everything I’d expect from a natural Syrah from California. I love how alive this wine is and how it screams of fresh blackberries, green olives with herbs and some roasted meat. The weight is medium, and the acidity is a bit bright. It’s by no means a French wine but it doesn’t have to be and it’s not trying to be. This wine is young and would need time or open for a few hours, but in time it will…give you everything. John L.
Kudos to our friend Richard Luftig for the phenomenal quality and price of Pied a Terre Cabernet! Always one of our best-selling American reds, 2014 is a deep, ripe, and focused vintage for Pied a Terre. There is great energy and balance in this bottle, which will elevate your wintry dinners and holiday gift lists alike! Ariana Rolich
Marcus Bokisch, the grower who owns the eponymous Bokisch vineyard located in the Sacramento Valley north of Lodi, is specifically attempting to grow grapes that work in the hot and sunny climate of the Central Valley. Graciano is generally a rare blending grape in Rioja, but is known for retaining high acidity even in the very hottest places. Fantastic fruit and great concentration are wedded to great acid structure and a wonderful aromatic profile full of pomegranate seeds, cranberries, and a dense, ferrous minerality. Drink with pot-roast, barbecue ribs, hamburgers, or mole tacos. Andrew Farquhar
Diogenes Ridge is located at 1800 feet above St. Helena in the Vaca mountains, this Cabernet is athletic and powerful, but without any excess weight. 15% whole cluster, spontaneous open-top ferment, eighteen days on the skins, and eighteen months in 50% new French oak barrels give this wine a force that is brought to an exquisite tension by its incredible acid backbone. Powerful, tannic, and clocking in under 14% ABV, this wine is extraordinarily balanced and capable of many years of cellaring. Traditional black currant is furled in chocolate shavings, hearth ash, peppercorn, cherry pit, samovar, and alabaster dust. Tiny production (two barrels) and alertness in the cellar have produced a fantastic expression of Napa Cabernet that bridges stylistic tendencies and generations. Andrew Farquhar
A mellow peach color in the glass, this rose is a little softer than Rootdown's other offerings, but it exhibits much of the herbal, mineral, and tea-like aspects associated with this grape. Trousseau planted in 2004 is gently foot-trod upon arrival in the winery, followed by spontaneous fermentation and cold-stabilization. Herbal, with fine green-apple fruit and a smudge of earthiness, this light and elegant rose is a great food wine. I had with hummus, tabouleh, foule, and baba ghanouj, with which it went famously. These magnums are incredible party bottles in addition to being exclusive on the east coast to Chambers Street Wines! Andrew Farquhar
Sun-drenched and scorchingly refreshing, this sangiovese rose sourced from a small 2 acre vineyard on Duncan Peak in Mendocino is the color of blood orange flesh in the glass. Hand-harvested, the grapes are then squeezed with high pressure to get a lot of flavor from the skins. Juicy and ripe, with incredible acidity, an herbal freshness, and powerful blood orange character, this is a supercharged rose with such concentration it feels like drinking a glassful of rubies. These magnums are incredible party bottles in addition to being exclusive on the east coast to Chambers Street Wines! Andrew Farquhar
Originally poured by-the-glass at Eleven Madison Park, this wine has aged beautifully in the five years since the vintage. Black pepper and graphite float over a dark, mushroomy core. Funky humus notes blend with pretty blackberry and slightly herbal notes. Soft, but with fine silky tannins, this wine will age for up to another five years but is drinking perfectly right now. Pair with wintry stews, braised oxtail, or dense miso-brothed ramen. Andrew Farquhar
Ideally suited to cool climate growing, Cabernet Franc is quickly gaining a reputation as a principal red wine grape in the Finger Lakes, where long, brisk autumns allow for slow ripening. Bright, ripe, fresh, and medium-bodied, this is a classic Cabernet Franc, with much of the minerality that we love so much. Pretty, a bit funky, but with great red fruit character, this is a lighter, fresher style of Cabernet Franc. Great structure and fine, chewy tannins make this a fantastic wine to pair with many different dishes, from chicken to game to mezze. I believe Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes will be a hot topic soon, and this is an excellent introduction to the style. Andrew Farquhar