Dragonette Cellars 2015 Santa Ynez Valley Seven Syrah

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: On the nose, fresh blueberries, blackberries, mulberries and black plums, with smoked bacon, bison steaks, cinnamon, nutmeg, herbs and campfire smoke (wow!).  On the palate this wine is explosive with waves of blackberries, smoky fennel, graphite, camphor, red eart and citrus. Significant tannins and solid acidity. Still very young, the wine finishes long with lively citrus notes and stony mineral notes, fresh and dried fruits, and red roses. 93 Points, Robert Parker 92 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2018 91 Points, Wine Spectator Final Blend: 93% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 1% Viognier Case Production: Only 350 cases produced Pair With: grilled meats and vegetables, braised beef, Osso Buco, ribs, chicken, lamb, aged hard cheeses Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 3-5 years Alcohol by Volume: 14.4% Uncork this special wine club delivery and experience the best of Santa Ynez Valley.

Price: $43.00

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Sojourn Cellars 2016 Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Significant depth and concentration with classic Pinot Noir flavors and notes of forest floor and earth coming from the expressive Swan clone. 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast 93 Points, PinotFile 93 Points, International Wine Report Final Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Pair With: Salmon, chicken, or beef dishes Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold up to 7 years Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Uncork this special wine club delivery and experience the best of the Sonoma Coast.

Price: $57.00

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Dragonette Cellars 2014 Santa Ynez Valley MJM Syrah

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Long on the gamy richness of Syrah but boasting a wealth of intense, very deep, blackberry fruit and growing increasingly complex as it unfolds in the glass, Dragonette’s MJM is a fleshy, full-bodied working that is fit with a fine spine of well-integrated tannin, and, while no shrinking violet, it is a carefully crafted wine of controlled richness and never threatens to be too much of a good thing. For all of its explicit character, it has plenty of room in which to grow, and pulling its cork before another four or five years have passed will be doing so well before it has reached its very considerable best. 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points, The Wine Advocate 93 Points, Connoiseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2018 Final Blend: 94% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 1% Viognier Case Production: Only 475 cases produced Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold up to 15 years Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%

Price: $73.00

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Flying Goat Cellars 2014 Santa Barbara County Goat Bubbles Brut Cuvée

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Get ready for a bubbles ballet! This sophisticated sparkler is a lovely sun-kissed peach color with notes of Red Delicious apples, pear blossom and apricots, enhanced by a toasty aroma on the nose. It’s elegant on the palate, with limestone minerality and hints of persimmon on the finish. 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Final Blend: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay Case Production: Only 203 cases produced Pair With: Bacon-wrapped oysters, bagels with lox, cream cheese and capers, or flounder sautéed in a light cream sauce Alcohol by Volume: 12.9% Wine club members will be happy with this sparkling option, especially to mark a special occasion!

Price: $42.00

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Rucksack Cellars 2013 Sierra Foothills The Cache Bordeaux Blend

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: On the nose, intense cherry with floral notes and blackberry essence, with Merlot and Malbec providing earthiness with hints of cedar. Cherry and tart plum on the entry, with subtle spice and herbal characters that showcase the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot brings youthful tannins on the finish. Bronze Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Final Blend: 39% Merlot, 38% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot Case Production: Only 761 cases produced Pair With: Steaks seasoned with a dry rub Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 5+ years Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $16.99

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Rucksack Cellars 2014 Sierra Foothills Barbera

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Wild raspberry and black cherry intertwine with cranberry and blueberry characters. There is earthiness and a dash tarry notes, but a floral aspect hints to the complexity. Cherry pie fruit and mountain-grown blackberry richness on the entry. The smooth texture is evenly balanced, finishing softly with a dark berry essence. Bronze Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Final Blend: 100% Barbera Case Production: Only 784 cases produced Pair With: Pasta carbonara, tortilla española, risotto, dishes with a starchy base, or the winery’s suggested recipe for Chicken and Chickpea Tagine Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 5+ years Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $17.99

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Rucksack Cellars 2017 Sierra Foothills Chenin Blanc

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Honeysuckle, melon, Bartlett pear and hints of lemon and lime with a subtle farm-cream character on the nose. Lively and rich with mountain-grown apple and mid-palate honey marrying throughout. Creamy body and a refreshing finish. Backroom “Gold Medal”/Best White, El Dorado County Fair Final Blend: 95% Chenin Blanc, 3% Chardonnay, 2% Riesling Case Production: Only 213 cases produced Pair With: Shellfish, chicken, peaches, pears, and nearly anything else Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 5 years Alcohol by Volume: 11.2% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $14.99

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Verveine Cellars 2014 Mendocino County Grantzy Grenache

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Grown in the right location, Grenache can yield a wine that rich, heady and exotic. Deep, wild, warm and generous, our 2014 Grenache is a character-laden wine that showcases both variety and terroir. Case Production: Only 219 cases produced Alcohol by Volume: 15.2% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $16.99

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Albertina Wine Cellars 2012 Jocelyn’s Reserve Zmarzly Family Vineyards Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Dark purple garnet in color. On the nose, aromas of mint, dark chocolate, and cedar. On the palate, flavors of vanilla, chocolate and ripe black cherries, followed by medium tannins and balanced acidity. Silver Medal, Tasters Guild Wine Competition Silver Medal, North of the Gate Wine Competition Final Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Hold Time: Enjoy now Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $19.99

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Castoro Cellars 2015 Paso Robles Estate Grown Zinfandel

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: This Zinfandel is another stunning wine with classic, fresh berry brightness! Flavors of raspberry jam and black cherry fill your mouth, with a subtle black pepper spice finish. Enjoy this fruit-forward wine with your favorite pasta dish or grilled meat entrée. Gold Medal, SF International Wine Competition Gold Medal, California Zinfandel Championship 88 Points, Wine Enthusiast Final Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 4% Barbera Case Production: Only 400 cases produced Pair With: Red pasta dishes or grilled meats Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Over the years, The California Wine Club has featured different red and white wines from Castoro Cellars however this marks our first Zinfandel from this beloved winery, one that we are sure our wine club members will delight in.

Price: $10.99

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