New Arrivals for Fall

It's that time of year where we do a lot of wine tasting and make a lot of decisions about what is going to come in to the store for the fall season and the holidays. We put a lot of effort in to pre-selecting wines for our collection so that -- no matter what your budget or your taste -- you'll get the most enjoyment for your money. 

Here are some of the latest arrivals to make it in to the store including small production finds and great everyday values. Click the wine name to buy online (or to read more about the wine) or come see us in the shop for our personal recommendations. 

Ten of the Latest New Arrivals
2013 SCHOLIUM PROJECT DULCISSIMA CAMILLA WHITE CALIFORNIA ($25.99)
Bold:  Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Nutty, Complex
Abe Schoener was here showing us his lineup and two new arrivals resulted from his visit! This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Farina Vineyards high up on Sonoma Mountain. It sometimes takes more than a year to ferment -- and it is all barrel fermented. We would venture to say this is more interesting and complex than any CA Sauvignon Blanc you've tasted so don't put it in a "Sauvignon Blanc" box just enjoy it! And not too cold.

2013 SCHOLIUM PROJECT GARDENS OF BABYLON RED SUISAN VALLEY ($35.99)
Bold:  Lush, Layered, Dark Fruit, Tea Leaf
We've always loved this wine but the 2013 -- wow! Most of the wine is the result of cofermentation of Petite Sirah and Cabernet, not blending. There is also Hudson Syrah cofermented with the Suisun grapes. The final wine is about 50% Petite Sirah, 43% Cabernet, and 7% Syrah. It is bold in flavor but it comes across gorgeous versus overbearing. 

2012 KEPLINGER "LITHIC" RED WINE AMADOR COUNTY ($74.99)
Bold: Fresh Blackberry, Anise, White Flower, Orange Peel
The 2012 Lithic is a blend of 47% Grenache, 28% Mourvedre, and 25% Syrah – all coming from the Shake Ridge Vineyard, which is situated at 1700 feet in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. We also have one bottle left of Helen Keplinger's bold yet ethereal 2011 Lithic for the same price.

2012 SEA SMOKE TEN PINOT NOIR SANTA BARBARA ($119.99)
Smooth: Blackberry, Plum, Nutmeg, Dried Flowers
Sea Smoke Ten is 100% Pinot Noir and a composition of ten different clones, hence it's name. We have just a few bottles of this difficult-to-find wine left in stock!

2012 CERITAS PORTER BASS VINEYARD CHARDONNAY SONOMA COAST ($69.99)
Husband and wife duo of John Raytek and Phoebe Bass, winemaker and farmer, make these special California wines -- among our personal favorites.They source fruit only from vineyards that are farmed sustainably and organically. The Chardonnay from Porter Bass Vineyard is generally the most intense, with the freshest acidity along with lean fruit and spice and floral flavors. Available in-store only.

2012 CERITAS PINOT NOIR ESCARPA VINEYARD SONOMA COAST ($74.99)
Elegant:  Cherry, Currant, Smoked Meat, Violet
Escarpa is Ceritas' closest vineyard to the coast (6 miles) and the coolest site. It is also very rugged and slow to develop. An expressive wine with bright flavors, it is one for the cellar. Sadly, after 2012, the vines will be replanted and the next harvest not until 2017/2018. 
Available in-store only.

2010 PEACHY CANYON WESTSIDE ZINFANDEL PASO ROBLES ($21.99)
Elegant:  Fresh Cherry, Blueberry, Cedar, Smoky
We generally don't think of Zins as "elegant" but this Paso Zinfandel is suberbly balanced, including a bright and balanced acidity. The tannins are elegant and a there's a good deal of depth in this bottle. Vineyards are sustainably farmed. 

SEAN THACKERAY PLEIADES XXIII OLD VINE RED MARINE COUNTY ($25.99)
Elegant:  Bright, Red Berries, Raspberry, Spice
It's almost counterintuitive that this wine, which is a different, crazy blend each year, could taste good. But it does! It's balanced and pleasing with the body and nuance of a Pinot Noir (there’s some in there) and the fruit and spice of the other grapes (Sangiovese and Zinfandel to name a few) that round out the blend. 

2013 FIELD RECORDINGS HINTERLAND VINEYARD CABERNET FRANC PASO ROBLES ($22.99)
Smooth:  Cassis, Blackberry, Spice, Black Pepper
California Cabernet Franc that's affordable as well as charming and refined? Yes, it has arrived -- from Field Recordings and the Hinterland Vineyard on the west side of Paso. The wine is rich in fruit with silky tannins and great structure. A must try if you love Cabernet Franc!

2009 VERDAD TEMPRANILLO SAWYER LINDQUIST EDNA VALLEY ($22.99)
Smooth:  Cherry, Spice, Cocoa, Toast
The Verdad wines are made at the Clendenen Lindquist Winery in Santa Maria, home to Qupé Wine Cellars and Au Bon Climat Winery. All the Tempranillo comes from the Sawyer Lindquist vineyard and the grapes are biodynamically farmed. The wine is full bodied yet with bright red fruit flavors from the cool climate of Edna Valley. Tempranillo is taking California by storm -- try one.

Five New Everyday Values ($20 & Under)
2013 PRIMARY WINES CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA ($12.99) 
Smooth:  Red Currant, Blackberry, Tobacco, Toast

2013 PRIMARY WINES CHARDONNAY CALIFORNIA ($12.99)
Smooth:  Peach, Melon, Hint of Oak, Medium Bodied

2103 JAMES CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA ($16.99)
Smooth:  Fresh Plum, Currant, Bright, Structured

2013 FOLK MACHINE PARTS & LABOR RED MENDOCINO COUNTY ($18.99)
Smooth:  Tart Cherry, Strawberry, Dark Berry, Fresh

2013 POPE VALLEY CHENIN BLANC NAPA VALLEY ($19.99)
Elegant:  Bright, Citrus, Lemon Meringue, Long Finish

Stay tuned for more new arrivals as we move in to November and December. In the meantime, we hope to see you soon.

Happy Shopping! - The California Wine Merchants Team

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