Wine Department: Expert Picks June 2019

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  • Posted: 5/29/2019
  • Categories: Wine

Ah, summer… the sizzle, the smells, the flames, and the anticipation. It’s grilling time! How better to further build the anticipation than with rich and complex red wines to accompany your grilled masterpieces. Plump, yet crisp and spicy, with notes of herbs, these big fruit wines can handle the hearty flavors of your grilling and stand up to a full plate, including all of the accompaniments!

Klinker Brick Old Ghost

Zinfandel 2015

Lodi, California

Retail: $39.99

Klinker Brick’s creme de la creme! Unique small berry clusters lead to big and expressive juice. Black fruit, allspice, and a touch of clove make this a perfect big red for your next BBQ.

Orion Swift 8 Years in the Desert

Red Blend 2017


Retail: $44.99

It has been 8 years since Dave Phinney sold The Prisoner to Gallo. Now, he’s going back to his roots with this monster 8 Years in the Desert! Ripe raspberry, brambleberry, and a hint of the forest floor are all wrapped up in a jammy explosion. A strong influence of oak rounds it out and it finishes nicely with notes of vanilla.

(Eastgate only)

Stag’s Leap

Petite Sirah 2015

Napa Valley, California

Retail: $39.99

Full-bodied classic Petite Sirah! Big blackberry notes are met with pencil lead and cigar box. Tannins are grippy, but smooth.

Dueling Pistols

Zinfandel/Syrah 2016

Dry Creek, California

Retail $49.99

A 50/50 blend of Zinfandel and Syrah. Big and smooth with jammy black fruit and spice. 18 months in oak (30% new) makes this one over-the-top silky!

(Eastgate only)

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