Fine Wine

Turner Harris oversees our wine department where we work with 5 state wide wine distributors to choose wines that can be served every day of the week.  Our specialty is Tuesday night “spaghetti wine.”  In other words, we strive to find wines that can fit into the everyday budget with everyday meals.  We, of course, have some hard to find vintages from around the world, but our main focus is good wine for every day and for every season.

Tailgate Selections

This wine captures the liveliness, restlessness and energy of the young vineyards in the area combined with the cheekiness and cunning of the older ones. Its birthplace in Zamora mixes the exuberance of the Tinta de Toro variety and the finesse of Tierra del Vino de Zamora. Black cherry color. Intense aromas of ripe black fruit, cherry, chocolate and spices. On the palate, it is a lively, dynamic and strong wine with hints of black fruit and the roast nuances of coffee. It is a fleshy and warm wine.

This is a smooth-textured and well-balanced wine. It smells a little smoky, but tastes moderately crisp and tannic, with ripe fruit favors to balance out the tartness.
”High in oak and high in ripeness with adjuncts of dark chocolate and touches of bacon yet a wine of steady and surprisingly deep, blackberry fruit, this emphatically rich effort earns good marks for its continuity and insistent varietal focus. It is a weighty wine, to be sure, but it is not at all clumsy and it is a tasty reminder that well-made Zinfandel can, in fact, be big, balanced and explicitly fruity all at once.”
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

We call it “The Equalizer” for a reason: it levels the playing field with wines priced in another stratosphere. Versatile and pleasing to a variety of palettes, this wine consistently delivers the goods. The Equalizer is medium to full-bodied with a fruit-forward character. The 2015 Equalizer Red Blend is deep purplish to ruby in color. Its nose has plenty of blackberry, black cherry, baking spice and vanilla notes that are both intense yet elegant. The finish is both long and complex with a balance of sweet fruit and tannic structure that will allow this wine to age gracefully for 5 to 10 years. Pairs wonderfully with skirt steak, carne asada & any type of grilled meat. This wine loves spicy and blackened foods.

We source our Sauvignon Blanc fruit from a small lot on our Jardine Vineyard. Although vigorous on the vine, during fermentation the wine can be sensitive to degradation so steps are taken to preserve the fragile varietal characteristics. The grapes for the 2017 vintage were picked and delivered to the winery in the cool morning hours. Gently handled, the fruit was left on the skins with judicious use of inert gas during pressing. The wine was then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to limit oxidation and preserve the aromatics. Following fermentation, the wine was kept on the lees to further enhance the characteristics and mouthfeel. Tasting Notes: Mango and peach with hints of passionfruit and a vibrant finish

A yardstick is an old basis for measurement which can be used as a baseline or reference point. YARDSTICK Ruth’s Reach Cabernet Sauvignon is just that: it offers the signature taste of Napa Valley but without the baseline Napa Valley price. The 2012 vintage comes from a small vineyard near Calistoga. This site is in an up-valley area, where the climate and soils are quite different from the surrounding regions. A marine air incursion that affects the lower areas of the valley is not dominant here and the grapes consistently reach full maturity. Tasting Note: Deep garnet; strawberry and red cherry in the nose with raspberry and blackberry accents. Broad mid-palate with blackberry and black cherry flavors. Soft and silky tannins. Shows a hint of walnut and plum in the finish.

A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights. A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. It is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavors, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish. Bursting with rich, ripe flavor, Albariño can show flavors of orange blossom, grapefruit, lime, apple, pear, melon, and white peach. It may also have notes of almond paste, fresh cut grass, jasmine, or geranium. The best examples boast zingy acidity and often a briny, mineral quality. It is typically fermented in stainless steel to preserve the purity of its fruity flavors, though oak-aged examples can provide a weighty yet refreshing alternative to Chardonnay with surprising potential for aging. Due to Albariño’s thick skins and large number of pips, it often shows a bit of bitterness on the palate.

During flowering in 2015, a rainstorm occurred in Napa Valley. The lack of pollination resulted in lower set but the remainder of the year, with a hot summer and long warm autumn, was perfect for the remaining fruit. This year two micro vineyards were used, one the Joan Ellen Vineyard in the heart of St. Helena that we have worked with and another small vineyard in St. Helena that did not produce enough to keep separate this year. The wine is 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were picked separately, a few days apart. They were fully crushed and destemmed and cold soaked in small separate lots for two days. Extraction was quicker than previous years with mass aeration for tannins formation, and after 17 days the individual tanks were drained separately, but pressed together. Malolactic took place in barrel and the wines were racked and stored individually in the cave. After a year and a half, the wines were tasted and blended together for a total of 12 barrels of the Spring Street Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a beautiful purple core and rim to the 2015 Spring Street Cabernet Sauvignon. Black currant puree, tobacco and tar dominate the nose with underpinning elements of cloves, anise and cedar. The body is velvety and rich for a Cabernet Sauvignon. More dark fruit becomes apparent with further black currant and pomegranate surrounded by vanilla bean and black licorice. The tannins are chalky with soft acid in the background. This wine is a bit brooding in its youth but will develop wonderfully over the next 12-14 years.