5 & 10

Wine

White Wine

sparkling stuff

Cava, Conde de Subirats, Spain, Brut NV (crisp, lean, clean and frothy) 32.
Prosecco, Nino Franco, ‘Rustico’, brut, Valdobbiadene, Italy, NV (prickly-spicy) 40.
Cremant d’Alsace Rosé, Lucien Albrecht, Alsace, France, NV (jangly pink pinot bubs) 44.
Champagne, Aubry, Jouy-les-Reims 1er Cru, Montagne de Reims, France, NV (we must support the growers!) 60.
Champagne, Chartogne-Taillet, Brut, Merfy, Montagne de Reims, France, 2006 (vintage legitimacy) 120.
Champagne, Marc Hebrart, ‘Prestige’ 1er Cru, Vallée de la Marne, France, 2007 (rich but snowslope cool) 125.

pink wine
Zweigelt Rosé, Nigl, Kremstal, Austria, 2012 (re-adjust your zweigelt zeitgeist) 40.
Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey, Los Carneros, CA, 2013 (fresh Sinskey Vin Gris, the signal of spring) 65.

chardonnay U  S  A
Rickshaw, CA, 2011 (Banshee’s clean and delicious little Chardonnay) 32.
Talley, Estate Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande Valley, CA, 2011 (cool…cool summer) 48.
Lioco, Sonoma, CA, 2011 (Handsome Matt Licklider and his pal Kevin O’Connor hit Cali’s reset button) 52.
Talley‘Oliver’s Vineyard’, Edna Valley, CA 2011 (converts even the toughest critic) 85.
Mount Eden, Wolff Vineyard, Edna Valley, CA, 2011 (I’m sorry but KJ is NOT the true classic Cali chard, this is)  56.
Peay Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2011 (I love these brothers and the raucous alpine glory of their wines  125.

Burgundy blancs
Bourgogne, Maison Roche de Bellene, Vielles Vignes, Burgundy, 2010 (Nicky Potel’s nouveau ambition) 48.
Chablis, Laurent Tribut, Burgundy, 2010 (Tribut is a genius. He married a Dauvissat and got this!) 72.
St. Aubin, Hubert Lamy, ‘La Princee,’ 2011 (Lamy is one of the world’s chardonnay kings) 99.
Chablis 1er Cru, Marcel Servin, ‘Montee de Tonnere,’ 2004 (beautiful balance of fruit, nuts, seashells) 120.

Sauvignon blanc from all over Le France
Colombard/Sauvignon, Domaine de Menard, Gascony, France, 2012 (drink it before the sun goes down)  32.
Graves blanc, Chateau Graville-Lacoste, Bordeaux, France, 2012 (a healthy dose of Semillon rounds it) 48.
Sancerre, Domaine de la Perriere, Loire, France, 2012 (exactly as pebbly and quenching as you hoped) 44.
Sancerre, Merlin-Cherrier, ‘Le Chene Marchand’, Loire, France, 2011 (if Sancerre had Grand Cru it’d be this) 82.

whites from Italy
Pinot Grigio, Pighin, Grave del Friuli, Italy, 2012 (versatile like a total team player) 36.
Catarratto, Castellucci Miano, Sicily, Italy, 2012 (golden but lifted and lively) 44.
Fiano di Avellino, Terredora di Paolo, Campania, Italy, 2012 (the great white of Italy’s south) 52.

Austria and Germany
Riesling, Reuscher-Haart, Piesporter, Mosel, Germany, 2011 1L  (Big Haarted?  A full Liter!) 38.
Riesling, Eugen Müller, Forster Pechstein Spätlese Feinherb, Pfalz, Germany, 2010 (a searing spacelaunch!) 52.
Riesling, Schloss Schönborn, Erbacher Macrobrunn Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany, 1988 (what what) 89.
Gruner Veltliner, Ecker, Wagram, Austria, 2012 (Full liter of quaffable, crushable clarity) 32.
Gruner Veltliner, Schloss Gobelsburg, ‘Tradition’, Kamptal, Austria, 2010 (rich throwback Gruner) 85.

other white stuff
Ventoux blancCuvee des Trois Messes Basses, Rhone, France, 2012 (silken and just barely rich) 32.
Blanco de Bernabeleva, Navaherros, St. Martin Madrid D.O., Spain, 2011 (let the bear guide you) 42.
Sylvaner, Albert Seltz, Alsace, France, 2011 (Seltz is synonymous with Sylvaner) 42.
PatrimonioClos Teddi, Corsica, France, 2011 (slippery dancing island mangos from 100% vermentinu) 56.
Rioja Blanco, R. Lopez de Heredia, ‘Vina Gravonia,’ Haro, 2003 (standard bearer for the Viura grape) 68.
Chateauneuf du Pape blanc, Chateau Fortia, Rhone, France, 2008 (elegant and subtle style based on Clairette) 65.

RED WINE

Pinot Noir from all over
Montinore Estate, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 (Rudy Marchesi’s pinot addresses both heart and mind) 40.
Lange Estate, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011 (Jesse keeps up the family’s handsome rep) 52.
Fiddlehead Cellars, ‘Fiddlestix 728′, Santa Rita Hills, CA 2009 (Kathy Joseph’s got your #) 72.
Patricia Green, ‘Balcombe’, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, 2010 (Patty power matched with Dundee flowers) 82.
Brachter, ‘La Encantada,’ Santa Rita Hills, CA, 2009 (Chris is the southerner at the heart of primo pinot paradise) 90.
Arcadian, ‘Sleepy Hollow Vineyard’, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, 2007 (Joe Davis is cool.  His wines age.) 105.
Talley, ‘Rincon Vineyard’, Arroyo Grande Valley, CA, 2011 (planted in ’82, the first Talley vineyard, a well placed first step)  130.

Burghounding
Cotes de Nuits-Village, Daniel Rion & Fils, France, 2010 (folks, meet the stone-serious Cote) 56.
Ladoix, Edmond Cornu, ‘Les Carrieres’, France, 2006 (Cornu is always an exercise in gorgeous countryside aromas) 84.
VolnayNicolas Potel, Vielles Vignes, France, 2007 (secondary notes already abound in these precocious oh sevens)  90.
Chassange-Montrachet, Hubert Lamy, ‘La Goujonne,’ France, 2010 (plush and friendly site; Lamy makes miracles) 99.
Gevrey-Chambertin, Harmand-Geoffroy, Vielles Vignes, France, 2006 (great producer in a proven vintage) 135.
Vosne-Romanee 1er CruDaniel Rion, ‘Les Beaux Monts,’ Burgundy, France, 2010 (Vosne is done messing around) 165.

Italy’s Hills
Rosso del Veronese, L’Arco, Veneto, Italy, 2007 (Luca Fedrigo is back and we’re stoked) 48.
Barbaresco, Elvio Cogno, ‘Bordini’, Nieve, Piedmont, Italy, 2009 (Nieve makes for gnarly nebbiolo) 89.
Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, ‘Montefico’ Riserva, Piedmont, 2005 (cherry power) 120.
Barolo, Bovio, ‘Vigna Arborina’, La Morra, Piedmont, Italy, 2000 (the 2000s are charming fellows) 135.

La vecchia Toscana
Chianti Classico Riserva, Villa Di Zano, Tuscany, 2010 (Riserva for the prezzo normale) 48.
Brunello di Montalcino, Viticcio, ‘Nicale.’ Tuscany, 2006 (Viticcio’s first foray into Montalcino is a smashing success) 95.
Brunello di Montalcino, Gianni Brunelli, Riserva, Tuscany 2004 (RIP Gianna. Thanks for leaving us this) 165.

Southern Italia
Aglianico, Cantina del Taburno, ‘Fidelis’, Campania, 2008 (all steel prep reveals the wild side of a noble grape) 36.
Cerasuolo di VittoriaCOS, Sicily, Italy, 2010 (short bottles try harder) 68.
Pallagrello Nero, Vestini Campagnano, Campania, 2006 (historic noble grape once thought lost! but it can be yours) 110.

Spain
Rioja, Sierra Cantabria, Crianza, 2008 (the Eguren family eternally deliver) 40.
Ribera del Duero, Tinto Pesquera, Crianza, 2009 (traditional tinto fino feel from Alejandro Fernandez) 75.

The Rhone Around
Costieres de Nimes, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, Rhone, 2011 (sunny, lifted Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah) 32.
Carianne, Domaine Cros de Romet, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2011 (beefy, like baby Gigondas) 44.
Syrah, Domaine Jamet, ‘Collines Rhodanniennes’, Rhone, 2011 (Northern Rhone badassery!) 52.
St. JosephMarie-Paule Dumazet, ‘La Muzolaise,’ Rhone, 2010 (perfect Syrah; sea salt, cracked pepper and meat) 72.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cote de L’Ange, Rhone, France, 2010 (accessible now; crack it, see if I care) 89.

Mendoza Muscle
Malbec, Flechas de los Andes, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009 (A chip off the Rothschild block) 44.
Malbec, Luca, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011 (Laura Catena’s deep, opaline gem) 68.

The Big Old American West
Cabernet Sauvignon, Independent Producers, ‘Sagemoor Farms Vineyard,’ Columbia Valley, WA (rockable)  32.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Mauritson, Sonoma County, CA, 2010 (boutique Zin specialist moonlights a spot-on Cab) 48.
Syrah, Qupe, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, CA, 2010 (Bob is one of the original Rhone Rangers)  58.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Branham, Napa Valley, CA, 2009 (Gary Branham wears Ray-Bans non-stop & his wines taste like it) 85.
Cabernet blend, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, ‘POV,’ Carneros, Napa, CA, 2009 (PMA+POV=PDA) 85.
Cabernet Sauvignon,
Titus, Napa, CA, 2010 (the Titus boys stand strong on the Silverado trail) 95.
SyrahArnot-Roberts, ‘Alder Springs,’ Mendocino, CA, 2009 (artful freshness in this white peppery beaut) 105.
Merlot, Pride Mountain, Spring Mountain District, Sonoma/Napa, CA, 2008 (Pride is an icon) 120.

Bordeaux and SW France
Bordeaux Superieur, Chateau de Brondeau, Right Bank, 2010 (year in, year out, Brondeau delivers) 40.
Medoc, Chateau Potensac, Left Bank, 2001 (downriver site, uptown chateau; Exceptionnel!) 105.

Half-Bottle Land, (375ml)
Aloxe-Corton, Edmond Cornu, Burgundy, France, 2006 (typical Cornu country nose) 40.
Chianti Classico, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy, 2007 (small bottle, big vintage) 45.
Cahors, Chateau Haut-Monplaisir, France 2010 (Cahors, the O.G. of ‘Power Malbec’) 28.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera, Napa Valley, California 2009 (upright and true to mountain form) 45.