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California Dreaming: The Old and New Guards

Joni Mitchell waxed poetic about it. The Mamas and the Papas set their songwriting sights on it. Hasn’t California always been the land of hopes and dreams? These days, California is a blending of cultures, of the old guard and the new guard. Established wineries long ago laid the groundwork in Napa and Sonoma and they’re still worth getting exciting over, but a crop of new and unknown producers are on their way up, and they’re producing wines of extraordinary complexity and texture. Here’s what we’re excited about right now: the wines of El Dorado County (Bebame), Santa Cruz (Birichino), Monterey (P’tit Paysan), Lake County (Zepaltas), and Berkeley (Donkey and Goat). But we’re not giving up on California classics like Au Bon Climat from the inestimable Jim Clendenen, which is easy on the palate and a mainstay at Astor Wines & Spirits. Come speak to our staff and we’ll find a wine to your liking, whether it’s bold Cabernet you’re clamoring over or the latest Gamay. There’s still plenty of dreaming to do, and California is rich with possibility. Oh, California, we’re coming home.

 
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Malvasia Bianca, Birichino - 2012

White | USA, California, Santa Cruz | (750 )mL
Birichino was founded in Santa Cruz in 2008 and now produces distinctive and energetic wines. This Malvasia Bianca is incredibly floral, with ripe tropical fruits, jasmine, and elderflowers on the nose, the wine is refreshingly dry on the palate, with green apple, yellow plum, and ginger.

Item #29657
  • Single Bottle:
    $18.96
  • Case of 12:
    $227.52 $204.77
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P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah, Monterey - 2011

Red | USA, California, Monterey | (750 )mL
Sourced from grapes grown in rocky, granite-based soils on the east side of the Salinas Valley, Ian Brand produces accessible wines that satisfy a sophisticated palate. Packed with rich blueberry, boysenberry, and raspberry, with peppery spiciness.

Item #30379
  • Single Bottle:
    $24.96
  • Case of 12:
    $299.52 $269.57
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Zepaltas “Babushka” Chardonnay - 2012

White | USA, California, Sonoma | (750 )mL
A stunningly brisk Chardonnay with abundant lemon zest and wet stone aromas flanked by hints of toasted brioche. If you prefer your Chardonnay on the racy side then enjoy its elegant restraint now or cellar for a year when it will open to a more round expression.

Item #26976
  • Single Bottle:
    $39.96
  • Case of 12:
    $479.52 $431.57
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Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011

Red | USA, California, Napa | (750 )mL
A plush, complex Cali Cab that appeals to a variety of palates. The oak regimen lends rounded notes of clove and cocoa toast to a concentrated palate of cassis, currant and black berry. A wine to enjoy with friends over a sauced ribeye steak or to collect.

Item #26419
  • Single Bottle:
    $106.99




Limited Production: Only 3 bottle(s) per customer

Neyers Chardonnay, Carneros - 2012

White | USA, California, Napa | (750 )mL
This Carneros Chardonnay is produced from only indigenous yeasts, creating a Chardonnay that is made to age. A full, rich mouth-feel, gives way to notes of brown sugar, honey, and orange peel.

Item #17318
  • Single Bottle:
    $31.96
  • Case of 12:
    $383.52 $345.17
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Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 2005

Red | USA, California, Napa | (750 )mL
Togni's 10 acres in St. Helena, Napa were planted in 1981.Togni's wines are their dense, showing black, black fruit, notes of tobacco, cedar and earth. The wine is showing great now, and can certainly be kept in cellar another decade.

Item #25207
  • Single Bottle:
    $139.99
  • Case of 12:
    $1679.88 $1511.89
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Donkey and Goat, Grenache Blanc - 2011

White | USA, California, El Dorado | (750 )mL
This is sourced from 60-year-old Grenache Blanc vines from just over the north side of the American River in El Dorado. Nothing is added nor removed from the wine after crushing, resulting in a pure, zippy white that’s a perfect balance between supple fruit and a dry finish.

Item #25370
  • Single Bottle:
    $26.96
  • Case of 12:
    $323.52 $291.17
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Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011

Red | USA, California | (750 )mL
Deep and full-bodied, with plenty of dark berry fruit aromas. The impact is ripe, yet dry, with fantastic tannins that can hold up in the cellar.

Item #31608
  • Single Bottle:
    $54.96
  • Case of 12:
    $659.52 $593.57
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Chardonnay "Improbable," Donkey and Goat - 2013

White | USA, California, El Dorado | (750 )mL
A medium-bodied white wine that will not win prizes for clarity and typicity, but will delight any Burgundian-style Chardonnay fan, especially when placed next to oysters or sushi.

Item #28395
  • Single Bottle:
    $34.96
  • Case of 12:
    $419.52 $377.57
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Ch. Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa - 2012

Red | USA, California, Napa | (750 )mL
A ripe, fruit-forward wine wine with lots of personality. Dark berries, chocolate, graphite, and an impossibly long finish. This is a darn fine wine! Serve with gusto at a steak dinner.

Item #86699
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