Standouts from a tasting of the current portfolio of Thirst Wine Merchants.

White Wines

  1. Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste Rose 2014 - A delightful dry Rose from French varietals. $16
  2. Sandhi Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2013 - Becoming a regular favorite from Rajat Parr. $34
  3. SCRIBE Estate Chardonnay 2013 - Grapes from the corner of Carneros, Sonoma, and Napa, with a hint of pepper. $25
  4. SCRIBE Chardonnay Skin-Fermented 2014 - From a different clone in the same vineyards as #3, delivering a very unexpected punch. $34
  5. Gramercy Cellars Viognier 2014 - A field of daisies and baby powder. $22

Red Wines

  1. Leonetti Cellar Merlot 2013 - A Merlot leading the way?! Very dark, thick, and smooth. $84
  2. Figgins Family Estate Red 2012 - Herbaceous, then very dry and balanced. $87
  3. Chateau Angludet Margaux 2011 - The winemaker loves Petit Verdot, and this has 12%. Dark and earthy, with a hint of sweetness to finish. $45
  4. Blackbird Vineyards Arise 2012 - Dirty and chewy with strong spice. $52
  5. Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris 2012 - From hot and cool climate vineyards offering balance. Smooth with some spice. $19
  6. Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - $18
  7. Boroli Barolo 2010 - $45
  8. Shaefer Vineyards Merlot 2013 - $53
  9. Casa Silva Carmenere 2013 - $15
  10. Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Vigneto Enrico Cialdini 2013 - Yes, Lambrusco. $18

 

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