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Your Wine Club Choices.

Our wine club has really good wines!
Sure, it's easy to say, but what wine club(s) truly deliver the best wines?

As you consider the Back Room Wine Club, here are some examples of wines you'll receive. The tasting notes you see are the same that accompany the wine shipments. Wines in your wine club membership depend on the wine budget you choose.

California Red Wine Club

6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga, Napa Valley 2012 $48
Family “Estate” vineyard in Calistoga (the Heitz family planted vines in this land in 1905). Big, rich, dark fruits, minty spice, well-endowed Napa Cab. Smell and taste black currants, black cherry liqueur, tobacco, spearmint, cloves, bittersweet chocolate…we really like its spice. Drinking nice now for a BIG CAB.

Wolf Family Cabernet Franc "Estate" St Helena, Napa Valley 2011 $75
Miniscule production Bordeaux-style Cabernet Franc from the base of the Mayacamas, just south of St. Helena. Karen Culler, winemaker (one of our favorites). Ripe core of black raspberries and blueberries, black tea, vanilla (2/3rd new French oak we believe) dry Provence herbs. Silky and persistent. 73 cases made.

Farella Syrah, Coombsville, Napa Valley 2009 $32
Estate vineyard and winery in Coombsville, just east of Downtown Napa. This wine showcases the grape’s spicy, smoky “French style.” Smell and taste boysenberries, very ripe blueberries, French roast coffee, mulberries, smoky bacon, cracked black peppercorns, violets, black olive. Very much a Syrah-lover’s Syrah.

Shane Pinot Noir "La Reine" Sonoma Coast 2012 $43
WINE CLUB PLUG. SHANE is Shane Finley, owner and winemaker. We don’t get much Shane since he makes so little. We’re pleased we have “The Queen” for you today. 2 Petaluma Gap ("east Sonoma Coast") vineyards sourced. This youthful Pinot Noir is delicious now with air and will get better over the next 2-3 years. This sports BIG and ripe cherry fruit, floral perfume, Asian and pumpkin pie spice.

California Mixed (Red & White) Wine Club

6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Tres Sabores Sauvignon Blanc "Farina Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain 2013 $20
“Farina Vineyard” on Sonoma Mountain is the source for wonderfully crisp and “nervy” Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Rutherford’s Tres Sabores has perfected the style over 9 vintages. Classic, crisp smells & flavors of green apples, Eureka lemons, lemongrass, honeydew melon and lemon thyme sing out. Fine match with oysters,  mussels, crab legs and ceviche.

Grow Chardonnay "Ruhl Vineyard" Mt Veeder, Napa Valley 2012  $32
Drive west out of Napa, climb up Mt Veeder and you’ll discover “Ruhl Vineyard” above the fog-line and looking down on the Carneros. Cool climate and lots of sun makes for a Chardonnay with both richness and healthy acidity. Smell and taste pineapple cake, baked apples, caramel, peaches, and clover honey drizzled over wheat toast. 15% Malolactic, 10% new French oak. 288 cases made.

Por que no? Napa Valley Red Wine 2011 $22

Just over half Zinfandel,  about 1/3 Petite Sirah, a strong contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon & a dollop of Petit Verdot. It’s a favorite Pizza wine, BBQ wine, patio wine, picnic wine. Dark, rich color. Nose is fruit, flowers and spice. Taste ripe, jammy, wild berries, black pepper & Asian spice. Nice acidity, good tannins.

White Rock Claret, Napa Valley 2010 $40
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 2 miles up Soda Canyon Road, heading up to Atlas Peak, is White Rock. This Claret is their flagship wine. Dark spice, musk, game and deep berry nose. Taste blackberries, black currants, espresso, cola and licorice. Finish is hearty, spicy and firm at first. 30 minute decant recommended.


International Wine Club

6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Paul et Jean-Marc Pastou Sancerre "La Cote de Sury-Vieilles Vignes" 2013  $24
Estate vineyard in the town of Sury, a village in the Sancerre appellation. Pure and pristine. Tank fermented and aged. Get citrus zest, fresh crisp pears, Macintosh apples and classic Sancerre “minerality.” You can enjoy this on its own, but best served to enjoy with fresh goat cheese and fishy soups. 

Nisia Verdjo "Old Vines" 2013 $17
From Spain’s Rueda region, near Ribera del Duero and Portugal. The Verdejo grape is one of our favorite Sauvignon Blanc alternatives, and we think Nisia makes one of the best. Very dry yet loaded with fresh fruit smells & flavors. Get tangerine, lemon, Granny Smith apple, honeydew melon, grapefruit and pineapple. 70-100+ year old vines. Part steel, part neutral oak fermented & aged. Aged sur-lie.
Occhipinti "SP68" Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGT 2013 $27
Blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato.  Biodynamic, dry farmed vineyard. Medium-light body, fine tannins, fresh red berries, Chinese tea leaves, dry thyme and coriander. Great match with Mediterranean cuisine. “SP68” is the road that rolls past the vineyard and winery in Sicily.
Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape "Tradition" 2012 $54
70% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Winemaking is a combination of modern and traditional. No destemming, aged in barriques, small % of which is new. Smell & taste ripe red raspberries and strawberries, sun-roasted herbs, nori, cracked black pepper, dry aged beef. Fine tannins, medium/full bodied, classic. 

Whatever your preference:

Napa Valley wine club, California wine club, Napa Cabernet club, or a "Wines of the World" club, you'll be thrilled by the quality of the wines.

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