A Connoisseur’s Cellar, Part 8: American Classics to Avant Garde

Part 8 takes us through the Connoisseur's domestic collection, which is an impressive mix of classics like Dunn, Ridge, Corison, Mayacamas, and Eyrie, as well as well-priced gems from trailblazers of the New Californian ilk, with a bit of everything in between. Ariana Rolich

An Important Note:

These wines are in professional-quality wine storage, and we’ve just spent 3 days there inspecting every bottle in the cellar. Because of the large volume of wines they are not available for quick delivery - we can’t bring them back to the store at one time, but we expect to take them in here over the next couple of weeks. Please inquire if you have any questions about this.

Arnot-Roberts 2010 Napa Valley Vare Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Clos Saron 2006 California Sierra Foothills Black Pearl

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Clos Saron 2011 Sierra Foothills Home Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

Corison, Cathy 2003 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $124.99

Corison, Cathy 2010 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 375 mL

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Enfield Wine Co. 2012 Amador Shake Ridge Tempranillo

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

Enfield Wine Co. 2013 Sonoma Fort Ross-Seaview Coryelle Fields Syrah

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

Enfield Wine Co. 2012 Wild Horse Valley Heron Lake Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

Enfield Wine Co. 2013 Wild Horse Valley Chardonnay On Skins Heron Lake

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

Littorai 2012 Russian River Mays Canyon Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Littorai 2012 Sonoma Coast The Pivot Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Littorai 2014 Anderson Valley The Haven Chenin Blanc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

Macari 2010 North Fork of Long Island Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

Matthiasson NV Napa Valley Schioppettino

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Mayacamas 1989 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Paumanok 2010 North Fork of Long Island Minimalist Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

Paumanok 2014 North Fork of Long Island Minimalist Chenin Blanc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

Porter Creek 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

Rhys 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

Salinia Wine Company 2011 North Coast Louisa Smith Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Salinia Wine Company 2012 Russian River Louisa Smith Cabernet Franc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Salinia Wine Company 2012 Sonoma County Chalk Hill Pinot Gris

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

Salinia Wine Company 2013 Mendocino Anderson Valley Louisa Smith Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Tablas Creek 2010 Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 375 ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

Tablas Creek 2009 Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 375 ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

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Arnot-Roberts 2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

**This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.** Fellom Ranch's Cabernet is planted at 2200 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains' Montebello Ridge on unique soils of Franciscan chert, sandy loam, clay, and Serpentinite. This is the most powerful of Arnot-Roberts' three Cabernets, boasting dark berries, cedar spice, thyme, and orange oil on the nose and broad, concentrated flavors of cassis, red plums, sweet tobacco smoke, and a long, dark, earthy finish. Only 6.5 barrels were produced.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

Arnot-Roberts 2012 Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Arnot-Roberts 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Legan Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Arnot-Roberts 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Peter Martin Ray Pinot Noir

This whole cluster Pinot comes from one of Santa Cruz’s oldest vineyards still maintained according to old fashion methods and dry-farmed. A-R makes only a tiny bit of Pinot Noir whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeasts.  We were very happy to be allocated a couple of bottles this year…

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  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Arnot-Roberts 2012 North Coast Trousseau

The Californian Trousseau scramble continues!  Arnot-Roberts sources theirs from three AVAs across Northern California.  Unfiltered and unfined for your maximum Trousseau enjoyment.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

Calera 2000 Mount Harlan Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

Ceritas 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

Corison, Cathy 2007 Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $124.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

Coturri NV North Coast Sandocino Lot 32-2

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $9.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

Division 2015 Washington Chenin Blanc L'Isle Verte

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* Kate Morris and Tom Monroe spent some time working for wineries in the Loire Valley; you could say this is their domestic Chenin Blanc love letter from previous travels there. From vines planted in the 70’s in the Willard Vineyard in Yakima, Washington, this wine impresses with ripe yellow peach, apricot, and quince flavors. The palate is sustained by bright acidity, and finishes with lush undertones of orange marmalade and honeysuckle.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $124.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $119.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

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  • $89.99

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  • $149.99

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  • $109.99

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  • $46.99

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  • $24.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Willamette Valley Melon de Bourgogne

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

Heitz 1989 Napa Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $179.99

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $179.99

Kongsgaard 2010 Napa Valley The Judge Chardonnay 375 mL

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

La Clarine Farm 2012 Sierra Foothills Josephine + Mariposa Grenache Mourvèdre

Josephine + Mariposa comes from a unique and expressive vineyard of gravelly loam over yellow slate, planted to head-trained Grenache and Mourvedre. The folks at La Clarine Farm were surprised by how similar the two varieties' aromas and flavors appeared during and after fermentation (indicating that a distinct terroir was shining through). Energizing aromas of sour cherry, citrus oils, peonies, and purple grape skins; the palate is bigger-boned than the other La Clarine reds, with sturdy tannins, sumptuous black fruit, raspberries, brambly black currant, and a broad, stoney mineral tone. AR

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

La Clarine Farm 2012 Sierra Foothills White No. 1

A blend of Viognier (47%), Marsanne (41%), and Petit Manseng (18%), the Marsanne spent 24 hours on its skins before being pressed and the Petit Manseng took until May of 2013 to fully ferment. The result is cloudy and unfiltered in appearance but nevertheless crisp and refreshing. Bursting with aromatic mountain flowers and chamomile, this is round, gingery, and held aloft with delicate acids. A complex apéritif, a late summer sipper, and a perfect foil for sheep's milk cheeses. JK

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  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

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  • $19.99

La Clarine Farm 2012 Sierra Foothills Piedi Grandi

La Clarine Farm’s wines are a fantastic example of how California’s wines can be both fresh and complex at the same time. Winemaker Hank Beckmeyer spotted a plot of Nebbiolo grown on volcanic soil beside a vineyard that he sources Syrah from. Some grapes were purchased, but the resulting wine did not impress. Hank drew inspiration from a biography of John Cage and his methodology of using chance and chaos to compose music, and he decided to use a similar strategy through flipping coins to construct a blend of the Nebbiolo with Mourvedre and Syrah. The resulting wine holds some of Nebbiolo’s floral aromatics and tannic grip with a bit bright, raspberry fruit and touch of earthy tar. Enjoy with all of your American/Italian favorites. John Rankin

Only La Clarine Farm could pull off a fresh and interesting blend of Nebbiolo and Mourvèdre (with a splash of Syrah and Sémillon) like Piedi Grandi! Sun-kissed strawberry plants, red currant, and orange spice on the nose, with a light and pleasing palate of wild cherry blossoms, intense acidity, and hints of damp, herbal earth. Ariana Rolich

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  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

La Clarine Farm 2015 Sierra Foothills Cedarville Cedarville Vineyard Mourvedre

While working in the music business in Germany, Hank Beckmeyer and his French wife, Caroline Hoel, caught the wine bug while traveling throughout Europe. They later moved to the United States and  purchased a property in California’s Sierra Foothills in 2001. La Clarine Farm’s winemaking approach is minimalist: neither industrial yeasts, sulfur dioxide, nor new oak are used in the cellar. Cedarville Vineyard is organically farmed, lies upon a south-facing exposure on decomposed granite soils, similar to those in the Northern Rhone. With a lithe and sinewy texture, this Mourvedre impresses with dried black cherry and dark brambly fruit flavors, as well as licorice and sous bois undertones. Jonas Mendoza

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  • $29.99

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La Garagista 2012 Vermont Capreolus Vin Mousseux Rouge

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

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  • $199.99

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  • $149.99

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  • $149.99

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  • $29.99

Renaissance 2001 Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Renaissance wines have become a cult favorite among California Cabernet drinkers for their uncompromising expression of Sierra Foothills terroir and depth of character that can only be found in beautifully aged older wines. Gideon Bienstock (now owner of Clos Saron) took up winemaking for the estate in the early 1990s. He immediately focused on Bordeaux blends and Rhone varieties and converted the entire property to organic viticulture.  The wines were matured for long periods in time in the barrel and in the bottle before release. The 2001 Cabernet is still quite fruit-forward and youthful with blackberry, black cherry, and cassis flavors. Smooth and silky, this is drinkable now or can age for another 10-20 years. Jonas Mendoza

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  • $49.99

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  • $39.99

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  • $199.99

Ridge 1999 Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • $149.99

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Scholium Project 2009 California Lost Slough Vineyard Riquewihr Gewurztraminer

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

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  • $119.99