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Staff Favorites - Ari Gorfain

Ari Gorfain


2014 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 12-30-2019
Bursting with red fruit and garrigue, this Sangiovese is a true rock star! Notwithstanding the challenging climatic issues associated with this vintage, this wine is an absolute gem. Plush tannins, vivid acidity, and a seemingly never-ending finish give the 2014 Tenuta Di Sesta Brunello Di Montalcino the ability to be thoroughly enjoyed both in the short term and long term. Bravo!

2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-08-2019
With cool morning fog and sea breezes from Monterey Bay followed by warm afternoons, the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a match made in heaven for growing Chardonnay. The Matias Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay capitalizes on these conditions to produce a truly stunning, well-balanced wine. Lemon verbena and tropical tarte tatin round out the nose followed by a creamy, acid-driven, saline finish on the palate. This Chardonnay outclasses similar wines at loftier price points easily.
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2015 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 09-29-2019
Searching for a great stocking stuffer? Look no further! The 2015 Marques De Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja is sure to impress even the most discerning of oenophiles. With its sublime aromatic melange of forest raspberries, sweet tobacco and toasted coconut on the nose and silky, well balanced, gentle tannins on the palate; The 2015 Marques De Murrieta will elevate your status as a gift giver! Make sure to stash a few bottles for yourself.

2016 Dashe "Reserve" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Zinfandel is often overlooked as a serious option when shopping for a food friendly wine. Frequently relegated to two distinct categories (White zin & insanely high alcohol fruit bombs), Zin is regularly overshadowed by Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons; but "California's Grape" has a great deal to offer savvy, value-minded customers. The Dashe, "Reserve Dry Creek Valley," Zinfandel is a perfect example of the variety. A classic Dry Creek Zin with a complex spectrum of flavors, balancing pure fruit and bright acidity. The husband & wife team at Dashe strive to make terroir-driven wines with minimal intervention. Aromas of dark brambly fruit abound, along with subtle cocoa and floral notes. The palate is alive with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the velvety, intense midpalate. Finishing with a balanced, sweet red-fruit note this is definitely one of my go-to wines when manning the grill!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-10-2019
If you're looking for a classic Napa Valley Cab, look no further! The 2016 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine for you. It over-delivers on all fronts. With concentrated cassis, cedar and violets on the nose, the palate yields a seamless and silky melange of dark fruit, cocoa and coffee notes. This wine is a no-brainer @ $29.95. Pure liquid velvet.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart