Don’t tell anyone, but this is my favorite wine club that we offer.
The reasons are two fold. First, if you look at some of the best wineries in and around Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, the Willamette Valley and Walla Walla, you’ll find that quite a bit of the wine that they make falls into the $40 and $50 range.
Wines in that price range also winemakers both the room to experiment with blends, as well as to look into single vineyard sources, in some of the best vineyard sites in the world.
For our Special Selection Wine Club members, I want to make sure that the wines which show up are both exemplary, as well as being interesting.
Sure, we’ve done plenty of high quality Napa Valley Cabernet, Sonoma Coast Pinot, Paso Robles GSM and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at this club level, but I’ve also unearthed some truly memorable bottles that would have likely otherwise been missed.
As an example, a Robles standout, Kinero’s Grenache….scored at 93 points by Antonio Gallonini, but with only 47 cases produced. Or a few month’s back when we explored a single vintage of Pinot Noir up and down the west coast. I shipped a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir from Evening Lands Vineyards (their highest end bottling was Wine Spectator’s #3 wine of the year) with others from Sonoma and Santa Barbara.
Another of my favorite Special Selections Wine Club shipments included a bottle from Envolve Winery (the Bachelor’s winery if you remember the reality show) as well as a bottle made by the folks who own the vineyard which supplies Envolve with their Pinot Noir grapes: Lennox Vineyards. I wanted our customers to see what difference a professionally trained winemaker could make when using the same fruit as someone who was self taught.
I guarantee you’ll enjoy the selections at this wine club level. We’ll send some highly scored and sought after bottles, some incredibly small production lots (like a Cinque Insieme Grenache, of which only a single barrel, or 25 cases was produced) and some interesting bottlings that won’t ever make their way onto wine store shelves….like some great Paso Robles Carignan.