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Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles Impulse

Broadside 2014 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, for many today and yesterday are snow days, and I feel like we need a big warm Cabernet to cozy up to. I’ve long been a fan of the boldness, purity, and beauty of Paso Robles wines, but they are not very well represented here in Washington State. In many ways, I think of Paso Robles as the Washington of California. When I visited the region a few years ago, I found the culture of the wine industry there to be very similar to our own, and the winemaking style is somewhat similar as well, yet distinctly different. The wines of Paso Robles are a tremendous value, and often can go toe to toe with a big bold red from Napa for half the price, which is certainly the case for today’s Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $14.99 (Regularly $18)

In the short time they’ve been around, the Broadside wines have been written up by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonne, and even been reviewed by Channing Tatum and Snoop Dogg. Husband and wife team Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi run the show as owners and operators, with Brian focused on the winemaking and Stephanie on the viticulture. Stephanie has degrees in enology, chemistry, and plant science, and was recently nominated as winegrape grower of the year in San Luis Obispo County. Brian spent several years making wine for others in Italy, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara County, before the couple decided to start a home and a winery in Paso Robles

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has called Broadside, “A go-to brand for everyday sipping,” and personal I agree. It’s a smooth and easy drinking wine with lots of deep dark color. Pretty aromas jump out of the glass immediately, showcasing the popular style of ripe and dense reds which Paso Robles has come to be known for. There are scents of menthol, blueberries, and dark cherries on the nose. The palate is velvety smooth, with flavors of stewed plums, raspberry jam, Chambord liqueur, trailed by hints of cedar, cola, and leather.

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet

Region: Santa Margarita Ranch & Estrella District Sub Regions, Paso Robles AVA, California

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging: 14 Months in Neutral French & American Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Full

Alcohol: 13.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Argentine Malbec, Napa Cab, California Zinfandel



Kevin White Yakima Valley Red Blend

Kevin White Impulse

Kevin White 2015 Yakima Valley Red Wine

Fellow wine lovers, a blockbuster wine from last year is back its second vintage today. Kevin White’s wines have been an Impulse favorite since we first featured them a few years ago, and last year he came out with a new wine, a declassified red made in the same style as his flagship Rhone style wines. The new vintage was just release and has already sold out on his website, disappearing in a flash, but we are lucky enough to have a bit to feature on Impulse today.

Kevin White 2015 Yakima Valley Red Wine $17.99

 If you like Rhone style reds from Washington State, Kevin White’s are not to be missed. This one in particular will be gone in a hurry, as there is so little of it made and the value is tremendous. It’s made using the same fruit from the same vineyards as is earth shattering La Fraternité and En Hommage wines, with Kevin assembling those two blends first, then everything else that’s still worthy goes into this Red Wine.

Simply put, the wine is really good! It’s beautiful, smooth, and spicy. It’s soft and medium bodied on the palate, very easy drinking, and ready now with the ability to lay down for a few years. It has a lovely nose of delicate red berries, with hints of pepper, herb, and rose petals. There are flavors of strawberry, cherry, and raspberry. A perfect every day drinker.

Kevin White Red Wine

Kevin White Winery Red Wine

Click here to order the Kevin White Red Blend

 Region: Yakima Valley

Grape(s): 44% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre

Drinkability: Now through 2021

Body: Medium

Alcohol: 14.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: La Fraternité, En Hommage, W.T. Vintners, Savage Grace,

Food Pairing: Lamb Chops

Production: 466 cases


Avignonesi Vino Nobile

Noble Impulse

Avignonesi 2013 Vino Noblie di Montepulciano

Fellow wine lovers, another flash sale today, with a Sangiovese at 30% off. As with before, please have orders in by midnight tonight. Please note, there isn’t enough time for me to guarantee delivery of this wine before Christmas,
The Avignonesi Montepulciano get 91 points from Wine Spectator Magazine. It’s sourced from Avignonesi’s own estate vineyards in Tuscany Italy, where their vines are as old as old as 40 years. It’s comprised of 100% Sangiovese grapes, aged a total of 18 months, 12 months in French oak barrels, followed by 6 months in Slovenian oak barrels. Similar to a Chianti, the wine shows notes of dried red cherries, hints of tomato vines, oregano and spice, with a bit leather and tobacco, finishing on a bright acidic note.

Click here to order the Avignonesi Vino Noblie di Montepulciano

Region: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Vineyards: Avignonesi Estate Vineyards
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Aging: 12 Months in French Oak Barrels Followed by 6 Months in Slovenian Oak Barrels
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 14% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Chianti
Press: 91 Points from Wine Spectator
Food Pairing: Roasts, Cassoulets, Tomato Sauce



Red Car Chardonnay

Sonoma Impulse

Red Car 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Fellow wine lovers, happy new year! It seems Sonoma has caught my attention as of late, thus we have an outstanding deal on a beautiful Chardonnay today. I found a Chardonnay by Red Car, whose Pinot Noir we so recently enjoyed, which has just a few years of age on it. It’s still rather fresh, but has had the time to build a bit of extra character.

Red Car 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $25.99 (Regularly $40)

The Red Car 2012 Chardonnay received a score of 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. They describe it as , “Blended from several amazing vineyard sites, including Ritchie and Hawk Hill… It shines in exotic florals and a creamy mouthfeel followed by a dry, bright finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and tangerine. This is one to enjoy entirely on its own or with a myriad of appetizers.”

It’s aged completely in French oak barrels, 10% of which is new, giving it just a smidge of vanilla, toast, and oak flavors, coexisting nicely with hints of butter and smoky flint notes, underneath a layer of lemon custard, white currant, and yellow apple. The coastal nature of this charming wine means that it comes with a lower alcohol percentage of 13.7, while bearing crisp acidity and clean minerality from the mid-palate to the finish.

Red Car 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Red Car 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Click here to order the Red Car Chardonnay

Region: Sonoma Coast

Vineyard(s): Weeks, Ritchie, Hawk Hill, Zephyr Farms

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Aging: 100% French Oak, 10% New

Drinkability: Now through 2017

Body: Medium

Alcohol: 13.7% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Flowers, Failla, La Crema

Press: 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Food Pairing: Cheeses

Production: 73 barrels



Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Flash Impulse: 30% Off Pinot Noir Today Only

Red Car 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Fellow wine lovers, I have a bit of lead time on today’s flash sale, allowing me to do a more thorough write-up. Coming in at just over 30% off, it’s an excellent Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir which sells on the winery’s own site for $45, but we have it for $29.99 just for the day. All orders must be in by midnight tonight, Friday December 16th, or until it sells out, whichever comes first

Red Car Winery is a newer one, launched around 2000. They take their name from the Red Car Trolleys which once traversed the streets of Los Angeles. They hold the belief that wine should embody the place from which it originates, and this sentiment is summed up nicely in their own words, “Wine is important because it connects us to nature. But to offer meaning beyond itself, a wine has to come from a certain place, not just any place. And the winemaker must stand aside and allow that place to transmit its story without manipulation. This is our never-ending pursuit at Red Car.”

It’s rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, with the following tasting note provided:  “This wine draws from a handful of tremendous vineyard sites, including the producer’s estate, Platt and Clary Ranch, all cool-climate and windswept. It’s a tight, light and minimally messed-with wine…”

At Red Car Winery, they’re believers in cooler climate viticulture, hence their sourcing from the Sonoma Coast. The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from cooler sites which are both at higher elevation and close to the coast, yet the wine is still ripe and luscious- not thin and ultra-light as we’ve seen with many Pinot Noirs lately. It’s fermented with 13% stem inclusion to add some meat and earth notes, then aged in 100% French oak barrels, 10% of which are new. Ripe dark cherry and strawberry jam, hints of rose petals, cedar, dried leaves, just a touch of vanilla, are what drive this wines tasty profile.

Red Car 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Red Car 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Just a few cases are available, and they are first come first serve.

Click here to order the Red Car 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Region: Sonoma Coast AVA, California
Vineyard(s): Red Car Estate, Platt, Bohemian Station, Falstaff, Riddle Ranch, Hagan, Clary Ranch
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Aging: 100% French Oak Barrels, 10% New, 90% Used
Drinkability: Now through 2019
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 13.3% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Failla, Flowers, La Crema, Littorai, Patz & Hall
Press: 91 Points Wine Enthusiast



Albert Bichot Macon-Village

Macon Impulse:

Albert Bichot 2014 Macon-Village, White Burgundy

Fellow wine lovers, it’s literally been two years since I last offered up a Macon. Sadly, the one I fell in love with back then is no longer imported here, but luckily I’ve found a new love. Albert Bichot is an estate in France’s Burgundy region with family roots in the area going back to the year 1350. They produce wines from almost every corner of the region, including this lovely Macon-Village, coming from the Mâconnais, in the clay and sandstone hills of Southern Burgundy.

Albert Bichot 2014 Macon-Village $16.99

In the 1990’s Albert Bichot’s descendant Alberic Bichot took over the company, after having spent time abroad. He brought with him new perspectives, as well as a vision toward the future of the family winery. He pushed to modernise how the grapes are grown and how the wines are made, expanding the barrel facilities in order to allow for the aging of more complex wines, and introducing organic viticulture into their farms.

In true Macon style, this is a bright and easy style of Chardonnay, aged in just 20% French oak barrels for 8 months. It’s crisp and nimble, showing notes of fresh yellow apple and anjou pear, hints of lemon and white flowers, with just slight suggestions of cinnamon and hazelnut. It’s readily enjoyable, and easy to pair with light foods such as oysters, halibut, crudo plates, and soft cheeses. Also, just a great value.

Albert Bichot 2014 Macon-Village

Albert Bichot 2014 Macon-Village

Click here to order the Albert Bichot Macon-Village
Region: Macon-Village AOC, Mâconnais, Côte-d’Or, Burgundy, France
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 Months in 20% French Oak Barrels and 80% Stainless Steel
Drinkability: Now through 2018
Body: Medium
Drink This if you Like: Macon, Oregon Chardonnay, Chablis
Food Pairing: Oysters, Clams, Halibut, Soft Cheese



Idle Impulse: Underground Wine Cellars 2012 “Idle Hands” Red

Fellow wine lovers, everyone knows the old saying, “idle hands are the Devil’s playground,” and today we have a fiendishly good wine which is a collaboration between two very busy winemakers who refuse to be idle, even for an instant. Always on the move, Mark Ryan McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars must have about a dozen different individual projects between the two of them, and their latest is called “Underground Wine Project.” Aptly named, since this wine is a best kept secret of sorts, with no website or info available anywhere – an internet search will turn up next to no results. 

Underground Wine Project 2012 “Idle Hands” Red $29.99 (Normally $40) 

Simply put, if you like a big, juicy, hedonistic bottle of red, then the Underground Wine Project “Idle Hands” Red is AWESOME. A luscious combination of 92% Syrah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the Red Heaven Vineyard on Red Mountain, this thing is loaded with lots of in your face aromas of fresh vanilla, blueberry jam, and hints of anise. The palate is rich and supple, with full body and gripping tannins which will no doubt soften over time, showing blackberries and smoky oak, with hints of black pepper up front. There are combined hints of coconut and medium-dark chocolate which make me think german chocolate cake, and it finishes with ripe black raspberry preserve and perfumed roses. After letting the wine breath for about 45 minutes, aromas of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies started to show. 

The Idles Hands Red is aged for 16 months in 85% French and 15% American oak, and I think that 15% hint of American goes a long way to make this an especially bold wine. For the last decade or so, winemakers have increasingly backed away from American oak because of it’s reputation for having a flavor profile which many feel is too overt. However, I think the Idle Hands demonstrates how a more restrained use of American oak can add of lot of complex overtones, without overshadowing the rest of the wine’s characteristics. 

The Idle Hands is meant to retail for $40, but they’re temporarily allowing it to debut at lower introductory price of $29.99, which I’m told will go up. Mark and Trey made a very limited quantity, and this wine is set to disappear quickly. 

The name “Idle Hands” comes from a song by a band called, “The Gutter Twins,” and the label reads the lyrics, “with these idle hands there’s nothing I can do but be the Devil’s plaything, baby and know that I’ve been used.” 

Click here to order the Idle Hands Red 

Region: Red Mountain, Washington 
Vineyard: Red Heaven Vineyard 
Grape: 92% Syrah & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 
Aging: Aged 16 months in 15% American 85% French oak barrels 
Drinkability: Now through 2020 
Body: Full Bodied 
Food Pairings: STEAK, Top Sirloin, New York, Tenderloin