Alternative Reds

  • Opus One, Napa Valley, California, 2007 $270.00
  • Cline, “Ancient Vines”, Zinfandel, California, 2013 $35.00
  • Beringer, Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2010 $35.00
  • Napa Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2010 $39.00
  • Columbia Crest, "Grand Estates", Washington, 2012 $35.00
  • Beringer White Zinfandel, California, 2013 $22.00
  • Sutter Home, California, 2011 $19.00
  • Earthworks Shiraz, Austrailia, 2012 $35.00
  • Rosemount Shiraz, Austrailia, 2011 $22.00
  • Kilka Malbec, Argentina, 2012 $36.00
  • Septima Malbec, Argentina, 2013 $26.00
  • Montgras Quatro Red Blend, Chile, 2013 $35.00

Napa Valley Vineyard

Napa Valley, California

The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the valley are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. The valley floor is flanked by the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side. Several smaller valleys also exist within these two ranges. The floor of the main valley gradually rises from sea level at the southern end to 362 feet (110 m) above sea level at the northern end in Calistoga at the foot of Mount Saint Helena. The Oakville and Rutherford American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lie within a geographical area known as the Rutherford Bench in the center of the valley floor. The soil in the southern end of the valley consists mainly of sediments deposited by earlier advances and retreats of San Pablo Bay while the soil at the northern end of the valley contains a large volume of volcanic lava and ash. Several of the small hills that emerge from the middle of the valley floor near Yountville are indicators of the region's volcanic past.