1. Clos Barthassade Cuvee H Languedoc Red 2018

    Clos Barthassade Cuvee H Languedoc Red 2018

    Sometimes we taste a wine that is such a great value it makes us embarrassed to admit that we live in Napa. The Languedoc in the south of France is still the go-to spot to find value. This wine is 70% Syrah with 15% Mouvèdre and 15% Grenache. The palate is full of cocoa powder, sedimentary soil, black pepper, and sweet tobacco. The weight of the wine is a little bit chewy and leads to a dry tannic finish, adding layers of complexity. This could become your new “House Red”. Learn More
  2. Atalier by Raul Perez "A Cruz das Animas" Rias Baixas Albarino 2018

    Atalier by Raul Perez "A Cruz das Animas" Rias Baixas Albarino 2018

    Extremely exciting new project from Raul Perez, making Albariño in a traditional manner. The vines have been farmed by the same family since the mid-nineteenth century, giving the wine an extra intensity and concentration. The grapes are picked later than most to soften the acidity, meaning MLF isn’t needed. The wine is then aged in old oak foudres for extra weight and texture. A serious Albariño which may cause you to rethink your perceptions of the grape. Learn More
  3. Old Westminster Albarino Pet Nat 2018

    Old Westminster Albarino Pet Nat 2018

    We have a vague ambition to have every state represented here at Back Room. This is our first selection from Maryland, proof that the quality of winemaking across the US is rising. The cool yet humid climate provides ideal conditions for sparkling wine production, resulting in crisp, fresh acidity that gives the wine a drying finish after the fruity golden delicious aromas slowly fade. A Pét-Nat well worth checking out. Learn More
  4. Cruse Wine Co Monkey Jacket 2018

    Cruse Wine Co Monkey Jacket 2018

    51% Valdiguié from across Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Suisun, plus Carignan, Syrah, and a North Coast field blend. 20% of the blend was fermented whole cluster for aromas of bright raspberry tart, sweet summer flowers, and wild bramble followed on the palate by fresh acidity, crunchy fruit, and simple, cleansing tannins. Light and very approachable. Learn More
  5. Regueiro Alvarinho/Trajadura Vinho Verde 2018

    Regueiro Alvarinho/Trajadura Vinho Verde 2018

    Coming from Minho, one of the higher quality Vinho Verde areas, this is a blend of 70% Alvarinho and 30% Trajadura – two grapes which add more alcohol and weight than is usually found in entry-level Vinho Verde. This is an extremely pretty wine with aromas of lemon blossom, jasmine, pear, and peach followed by vibrant, refreshing acidity and a lightly gripping palate. Perfect summer wine and a steal at this price. Learn More
  6. Carboniste Sparkling Albarino 2018

    Carboniste Sparkling Albarino 2018

    Now this is fun. Local husband and wife team, Dan and Jacqueline Person, love Albariño so much that they wanted to make California’s first sparkling version. It spends just 3 months on the lees, giving the wine some structure and toasty texture, but this is all about the wine’s freshness: apples, pears, peaches, honeysuckle, jasmine, and a touch of cinnamon. 3g/L dosage – so completely dry. As the label indicates, drink with octopus. Learn More
  7. Cave Dog Albarino Napa Valley 2018

    Cave Dog Albarino Napa Valley 2018

    Winemaker Michael Havens was the first to bottle the great Spanish white grape, Albariño, here in California. Twenty years of making wine from the aromatic, high-acid grape has seen him perfect the craft, as this is as delicious as Albariño gets: a floral nose, with aromas of grapes, pears, and peaches, followed by an incredibly fresh, mouthwatering palate with a dry, mineral, steely texture, and a touch of cream and spice on the long finish. Learn More