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This month's selections

 

Château Lamothe, 2019 Bordeaux Blanc


Located in the commune of Haux southwest of Bordeaux’s city center, Château Lamothe has produced estate bottled wine since the 16th century.  Its renovation in the 19th century yielded the distinctive façade now pictured on the label of each of the Lamothe cuvees.
The Néel-Chombart family makes this compelling White Bordeaux comprised of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle, offering classic floral and stone fruit aromas, a fresh, round palate, and a crisp, dry finish. Year in, year out, among the greatest values in Bordeaux Blanc.
 

2017 Effort Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes exclusively from the Center of Effort Estate in the western foothills of the Edna Valley, a few short miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the pronounced oceanic influence provides a long, steady growing season, producing Chardonnay fruit with a rare combination of rich flavors and graceful structure. A diversity of marine-derived soils bring natural nuance to the wine.
Lovely and classic aroma profile - lemon zest, Asian pear, faint fennel frond, and a flinty mineral note. Cointreau and flambéed orange peel come across on the palate, along with a balancing fresh acidity.
 

Château la Brande, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

The vineyard of Château La Brande has belonged to the same family since 1750. It is situated on a slope with ideal exposure and produces wines of great quality. From the top of the hill overlooking the village of Fronsac there are splendid views—Charlemagne thought so, too—and set up camp here in 769 AD.
Organically farmed; comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged 10-12 months in French oak barrels.  The 2015 Château La Brande vintage is rich with attractive black currant fruit and engaging spice notes, and best of all, ready to drink now.

Birichino Saint Georges Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel
 

Zinfandel, often called America’s own classic variety, is intriguing for a few reasons: the fruity, gutsy wines it produces, the fact that Zinfandel remains almost exclusively an American wine, and also because it’s a little mysterious. Throw in some genius veteran winemakers, and enter the magic. 
Birichino, pronounced "biri-kino" (“naughty” in Italian) was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans, in 2008. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, Krause and Locke craft their wines with a light hand. The Zin grapes come from a vineyard planted in 1922.  Bright nose of red fruits and orange citrus with green tea and white pepper. Tastes of raspberries on the vine, dark strawberry, dried ginger, and violets. This is just super pretty, and great at the dinner table.

All four wines for $115, including tax

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