In 2013, bud break came in early April in Washington State, and flowering was early by anywhere from one to four weeks. Good conditions resulted in a large crop that was thinned to preserve the best clusters. Summer was warm with only a tiny bit of rain in July. A cooling trend arrived in September and those who picked later made wines with freshness from acidity and lots of texture. The Betz Family Rhône-style reds reflect the vintage having plenty of bold fruit flavors, fresh acidity, and long, rich textures. The wines are limited in supply.

2013 Betz Family Red ‘Bésoleil’ Columbia Valley (Limited) 50.00 41.50VS

2013 Betz Family Syrah ‘La Côte Rousse’ Red Mountain (Limited) 61.50 51.05VS

New Arrivals


The new set of Buty wines is exciting to taste. The 2014 Buty Chardonnay ‘Conner Lee Vineyard’ blends two clones to create a tasty, apple and hazelnut scented wine, with hints of honeysuckle and great acidity. The 2013 Buty Merlot/Cabernet Franc ‘Conner Lee Vineyard’ has a cherry and tobacco note of Merlot, and layers of blueberry and tea leaf from the Cabernet Franc. It shows marvelous texture on the palate. The 2013 Buty Red ‘Rockgarten Estate’ has an aroma of (more…)


The 2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Willamette Valley bottlings are now available and they showcase the stellar 2014 vintage in Oregon. The Chardonnay is apple and pear scented with vibrant acidity. The Pinot Noir is riddled with red and black cherry aromas and flavors. Winemaker Ken Pahlow has hit back-to-back home runs here.

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay Willamette Valley 28.00 23.24VS

2014 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 28.00 23.24VS


Staff Picks


The Poseidon Estate Vineyard were planted in Carneros in 1973 with what were experimental French clones at the time—115, 667, and 777. The vineyard is located at sea level, and the influences of fog and cool winds from San Francisco Bay allow the grapes to reach ripeness slowly. The 2013 Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate is a joy to taste, and it is priced perfectly—$32. It was aged in Kádár Hungarian barrels, and it has a sweetness in the aroma from these famed barrels. Try this wine with a little salmon for an adventure.

2013 Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Carneros 32.00 26.56VS


A strikingly delicious rosé, the 2014 Domaine de Marquiliani ‘Gris de Marquiliani’ Rosé has a lively flavor of cantaloupe and melon, citrus zest, quince, and white plums. The acidity is crisp making this a great rosé for garlic shrimps and pan-seared salmon.

2014 Domaine de Marquiliani Gris Rosé Corse 25.00 20.75VS