The best Californian wines are under the cooling influence of the Pacific, which gives rise to the state’s best wines. California’s five most commonly defined major wine regions are made up of smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), more than 100 officially designated zones similar to the French Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée. The North Coast is California’s most prestigious wine area, home to the names most people know: Napa and Sonoma. The Central Valley through Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield close to LA. The Sierra Foothills, The Central Coast runs from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and Southern California around the Santa Monica Mountains.
Most 3 Blind Moose Chardonnay fruit came from California’s cool Central Coast region, with the balance emanating from the Lodi region in northern San Joaquin County and from an appellation in Yolo County called Dunnigan Hills.
3 Blind Moose Merlot is a full-bodied wine with a vibrant, deep red color. Aromatics of fresh, ripe plums and berries, with hints of spice and mocha. Rounded, soft mouthfeel with dense fruit flavors, chocolate, balanced with sweet smooth textures and finesse. French and American oak enhanced the wine’s texture and complexity, as did blending in small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.
6th Sense Syrah remains a huge player in the Michael David lineup. Super-saturated, big and juicy, it makes a bright, tangy impact. Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi. The Phillips brothers planted one of the first Syrah vineyards in California in 1982. So knowing the Syrah was a favorite, it had to be given a special name. Grandpa Don is known for having an actual sixth sense. He knows when a woman is first pregnant and whether she will be blessed with a boy or girl. Lose a belonging? Call Grandpa Don, he’ll tell you right where it is! Not only is this wine about having an actual sixth sense, it is about using all of the five senses to enjoy any bottle of wine
Acacia ‘A’ Chardonnay is an unoaked Chardonnay that truly shows of the characteristics of the fruit, in an affordable and enjoyable package. Acacia is a leader in the new Carneros by handcrafting compelling Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that defy conventional winemaking wisdom and consistently exceed expectations.
With a rich garnet color, this full-bodied wine opens with aromas of violets, pomegranate. “This new project from the heights of Atlas Peak involves Steve Matthiasson as both viticulturist and winemaker, having had to take over the reins from the late Denis Malbec. It shines in bristling acidity, dusty tannin and a beautiful floral aroma of violet. Notes of chocolate, fig and cigar sit atop a pillowy, complex structure, while vanilla lingers on the finish.” -Rated 93, Wine Enthusiast
Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a light straw colored Chardonnay with a mild lemon bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, slightly sweet, and flavorful. The flavor profile is a tasty pear with nicely integrated mild oak and a touch of grapefruit. A touch of Viognier adds a bigger mouthfeel to the wine. Enjoy this wine with creamy cheeses, shellfish like bay scallops or crab or chicken roasted with herbs.
The 2012 Cyrus has dark purple color and intense earthy aromas of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and cherry along with toasty oak and vanilla. This is a silky wine with flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries. Alexander Valley Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurztraminer is cold-fermented entirely in stainless steel with no oak aging, this Mendocino County Gewürztraminer is waxy and fully aromatic with roses and a spicy sharpness.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot always impresses red wine lovers. There are aromas of cherry, dusty plum, cassis, cola, eucalyptus and cocoa powder in the glass. This is a fruit forward wine with nice balance and flavors of red cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, dark fruits and dark chocolate. The finish is juicy and structured with a long finish. In the glass, the wine opens up to reveal flavors of plum, vanilla, cherry and a touch of cranberry.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel has elegant red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, Suisun Valley Zinfandel adds ripe, jammy flavors, while a touch of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel brings a little structure and black fruit to the blend.
Courtney Benham, producer of Angeline Chardonnay, sources grapes from some of the finest Sonoma vineyards to produce this popular wine. This Chardonnay is 60% barrel fermented for six months in French and American oak and 40% fermented in stainless steel tanks. Pair it with poultry, seafood, salads, and pasta dishes.
Angeline 2006 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc is produced from grapes carefully selected from the Gann Family Vineyard in Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley is know for a coastal influence that often brings fog to the area. The fog provides cool relief when the temperature rises and allows the grapes to retain their delicate flavors and natural acidity.
Apothic Brew is definitely tailored to people who are more cold brew fans than wine drinkers but it does have potential for experimentation with wine-based cocktails. Notes of red fruit and toasted oak combine with hints of cold brew for a well-balanced blend that captivates you from the first pour.
Apothic White blends Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio for a medium-bodied wine with vibrant layers of flavor. Riesling lends Apothic White its floral notes and firm acidity. Chardonnay adds texture and body, while Pinot Grigio contributes refreshing flavors of juicy pineapple, peach and apricot, leading to a crisp, balanced finish.
Arrowood Chardonnay is a rich and full-bodied Californian chardonnay with lovely layers of ripe peaches and pears, some lemon and lots of vanilla-butter goodness with the oak. Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County.
Artesa Chardonnay Los Carneros offers lemon blossoms, green apple, ripe pineapple and honeydew melon aromas. They are front and center in this Chardonnay. This crisp fruitiness is combined with nuances of vanilla topped cream brulee, butter, and toasted oak making this wine both easy to enjoy and seductively complex. Silky supple with lingering flavors, yet a tingle of crisp acid on the finish; a great accompaniment for food and friends.