REDS: Honoro Vera Rioja, 2018 Made with Tempranillofrom vineyards that are between 15 and 60 years old, located in the municipality of Laguardia, planted on limestone soils rich in clay. This distinctive wine is delicate yet expressive, with ripe plum and fig flavors. The plush texture has good density, bright acidity, integrated tannins, a spicy finish and a long aftertaste.
iLauri Poggio Dragone Sangiovese Merlot, 2017 Made by one of our favorite Italian producers, Talamonti & iLauri (the owner Rodrigo led a tasting at our shop three years ago, you know, the Talamonti Kudos, Tre Saggi and Moda guy!) This is their entry level red, an excellent week day quaffer that is a blend created with 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Medium bodied with a berry fruit forward palate, little complexity yet offering an interesting palate of roundness and warmth. Abruzzo, Italy
Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich wine perfumed with aromas of cassis and raspberry jam. Elegant touch of smoke and roasted pepper with balsamic and spicy notes. Soft, complex, and very long aftertaste. Mendoza, Argentina
WHITES: Pisano Río de los Pájaros Reserve Torrontés, 2019 Aromatic, estate grown and bottled white is hand crafted from 100% Torrontes. Ripe apple and peach aromas come with tropical leanings common to Torrontés. A citrusy palate pulses with vibrant acidity, while this tastes of tangy white fruits with spicy green notes. Progreso, Uruguay
Shaya Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Twenty percent of the grapes that go into Shaya Verdejo are fermented and aged for four months in large (500 & 600 Liter) barrels, while the remaining 80% ferments and ages on its lees in stainless steel. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit complemented by toasty baking spices and marzipan. The partial oak and lees aging gives this Verdejo additional roundness, complexity, and length. Hand harvested, dry-farmed, no pesticides or herbicides. Rueda, Spain Choose from the following assorted case options: Mixed Case Option 1 3 bottles Honoro Vera Rioja 3 bottles Dragone Sangiovese Merlot 3 bottles Pisano Torrontes 3 bottles Shaya Sauvignon Blanc Deal Price $113.99 (wine club members) $124.99 (non members) Order Case Option 1 Here
Mixed Case Option 2 3 bottles Honoro Vera Rioja 3 bottles Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon 3 bottles Pisano Torrontes 3 bottles Shaya Sauvignon Blanc Deal Price $109.99 (wine club members) $121.99 (non members) Order Case Option 2 Here
Mixed Case Option 3 3 bottles Honoro Vera Rioja 3 bottles Dragone Sangiovese Merlot 3 bottles Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon 3 bottles Shaya Sauvignon Blanc Deal Price $106.99/case (wine club members) $119.99/case (non members) Order Case Option 3 Here
Stolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon Beauties A Virtual Wine Tasting Presented by Michael Bouchard and Pete Stolpman, owner When: Friday, December 4, 6 pm Cost: $43 (+ tax) for 2 reds listed below OR $59 (+ tax) for 3 bottles listed below, one FREE Repour Wine Saver and your spot for the class. Indicate 2 or 3 bottles. How: rsvp here and we’ll send you class link. What: Stop in to purchase the wines on Wednesday, Nov. 23!
Over 20 years ago, our Founding Partner, Tom Stolpman, discovered what we believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. We are committed to preserving this natural environment for our vines through conscious farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, we prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.
Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Estate Grown Ballard Canyon, 2018 The combination of long hang-time; wide breadth in ripeness; and slow, cold fermentations all create a uniquely delicious sauvignon blanc. Notes of citrus and hay give way to lusher passion fruit, pear and green apple. The low yields drive round, mouth-filling tactile layers that marry with the fresh pop of acid on the finish.
Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla Red Blend Ballard Canyon, 2018 This bottling was a pioneer in uplifting the education and funding of farmworkers when it began years ago, and the results keep getting better. Aromas of cooked plums, cracked pepper, wood spice and beef jerky show on the nose of the blend of 70% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 15% Sangiovese, while smashed berries, toasted sage and coffee beans arise on the sip.
Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria de las Tecolotes Santa Barbara County, 2017 Blend: 80% Syrah, 20% Petite Verdot. “The 2017 Para Maria sees an increase in freshness. It has deep purple and black fruit flavor and granted enveloping, coating textures on the finish. A pop of bright cherry makes its first impression on the nose while in the mouth an exciting high-toned floating texture accompanies the continued happy-red spray of flavor. The backbone of the wine comes off as succulent grilled Nopales (cactus) as the juiciness finishes with a splash of blueberry.” Winemaker Notes
Critical Acclaim The 2017 Syrah Para Maria is another attractive wine from Stolpman. Here, too, the fruit is bright, precise and articulate, which is to say quite a departure from the style of the 2016. Generous and pliant on the palate, with no hard edges and striking aromatics, the 2017 is shaping up to be a real beauty. The 2017 is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Verdot (all purchased fruit) done with about 40% carbonic maceration. Don't miss it.” Vinous 95 pts
The nose on this extremely well-priced bottling, named after vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano's wife, is intense yet elegant, with crushed slate, black currant and charred pork aromas. The palate's chalky texture carries flavors of black plum, boysenberry, dark cocoa, fennel and marjoram.” Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Para Maria de las Tecolotes has an inviting nose of crushed blueberries, red cherries, wild blackberries and red berry preserves with violet, charcuterie, spice and potpourri nuances. The medium-bodied palate is energetic and offers perfumed, tricolored fruits, with a frame of gently chewy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long with lots of perfume. This will be a crowd-pleaser with its easy, Côtes-du-Rhone style.” Editors' Choice, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 pts
Wine Republic’s Coronavirus Policies and Delivery Service We are open and want you to know safety is of the utmost importance to us for you and your families! Outlined below are a few policies and hour changes and will update accordingly and put on our website and facebook.
We’re here for you to pick up wine club and to make purchases. We now emphasize our delivery service in order to ease the social distancing we are experiencing. We’ll deliver a wine order, see below, and any wine currently on the shelves. We will also honor any special order wine and spirits. Members receive case discounts: 20% off solid case (12 of the same) or 15% off mix & match anything in the store.
Below are steps we implemented to keep you safe during these unknown times. RJ and I thank you all for your support and may you and your family be healthy and well! We appreciate your understanding and will continue to update as things change. * We wipe all door handles (main entrance, our entrance and bathroom) plus counter and tasting bar regularly with disinfecting wipes.
* Air filters in air conditioner were replaced and will be as needed.
* We will deliver any order of 6+ bottles up to a 10-mile radius. 6-11 bottles, $10 delivery charge. A case of 12+, free delivery.
* We will start closing an hour earlier everyday until March 31 or further notice. Hours are: Monday – Friday, 10 am-3 pm and 5-7 pm. Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Sundays
* Tastings and classes (and member-only party) are postponed until further notice.