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California or BUST!!! We’ve been singing this tune for a few months now, but now it’s abundantly clear: 2012 is a vintage for the ages throughout California.

It’s been more than 40 years since California wine staked its place in the wine world in the “Judgment of Paris.” That blind tasting that saw wineries like Stags Leap Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Ridge Vineyards, and others succeed where the status quo assumed they would fail. Today the thought of California as a top wine-making region is common knowledge to us in the USA, and the international markets are learning more and more why we love these wines so much.

Just when you thought they couldn’t get better than they did in 2010, the wines of the 2012 vintage have come along and are primed to shock the world once again:

“2012 [in Napa] looks spectacular. The resulting wines are exuberant and boisterous, filled with oodles of ripe fruit, exceptional purity and fleshy, succulent, mouthfilling, crowd-pleasing personalities of considerable character and richness. If you are not following what is going on in Napa Valley, you are missing some of the world's most compelling and provocative wines. End of story.” – Robert Parker, 10/13

“The 2012s [in Sonoma] are very pretty wines that reflect an even, temperate growing season with no real shocks. The wines, both white and red, are generally open and generous, with plenty of texture and ripe, but not over-ripe, fruit. There is a simple and very pure sense of pleasure that is abundant in 2012…a vintage of mostly outstanding wines…” Antonio Galloni 2/14

“…a warm, easy growing season, 2012 wines [in the Central Coast] appear to be supple, open knit and approachable. The have good concentration and surprisingly fresh acidities. No doubt though, the wines show an added level of texture and suppleness over the more focused 2011s and the vast majority should be relatively approachable on release. I'll report more on this vintage next year, but there's a lot to like here.” Jeb Dunnuck 8/13

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, St. Luis Obispo Chardonnay; whatever your fancy, chances are it was a SMASHING SUCCESS in the 2012 vintage. We’ve lined up a few of our favorites that are already in stock or arriving soon:

  • – Familiar faces: Ramey, Ridge Vineyards, & Duckhorn and more
  • – Zachys favorites like Ace to Five, Bookster, & Spell Winery and more
  • – “In Pursuit of Balance” champions like Chanin, Calera, & Sandhi and more
  • – Cult classics like Turley, Alban, & Denner, and more
  • – The list goes on and on…and with PLENTY more wines to come!!

This is only the beginning: 2012 is going to be a vintage talked about for decades to come, and Zachys is psyched to be on board so early in the game. These wines represent outstanding quality for the price, and demand is going to outweigh supply as the year goes on.

Jump on board now and see why Zachys is California or BUST!!!

All My Best,

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Spell Winery Pinot Noir Nicholes Blend 2012 (92IWR) (750ML) SKU #382133 US Flag In Stock
Spell Winery Pinot...
`The 2012 ‘Nichole’s Blend’ comes from various vineyards including; DeVoto, Hurst and Lorenzo Vineyards as well as some declassified barrels of Spell’s single vineyard wines. The wine itself delivers a distinct earthy character, but still shows nice red fruits along with spices, and minerals. On the… more >
Bottle Price: $48.99 Sale Bottle: $38.99
Case Price: $587.88 Sale Case: $467.88
Ridge Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012 (750ML) SKU #385109 US Flag In Stock
Ridge Vineyards...
`The 2012 Chardonnay Estate is utterly impeccable. Lemon, white, flowers, spices, yellow stone fruits, smoke and slate open up nicely in the glass. Readers can look forward to at least a handful of years of fabulous drinking in this resonant, beautifully layered Chardonnay from Ridge. The Estate… more >
Bottle Price: $49.99
Case Price: $599.88
Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2012 (750ML) SKU #385110 US Flag In Stock
Ridge Vineyards Paso...
“A slight candied/confectionary note on the nose does not properly prepare you for this wine. The moment this hits the palate, you’re struck by flashy yet elegant notes of black cherry, raspberry, ripe strawberry, and a hint of caramel. Baking spice and black tea notes frame the long finish. By no… more >
Bottle Price: $31.99
Case Price: $383.88
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Zinfandel 2012 (92-94AG) (750ML) SKU #385298 US Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
Ridge Vineyards...
`(71% zinfandel, 19% carignane, 7% petite sirah, 2% mataro and 1% alicante bouschet): Inky purple. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, potpourri, smoky oak and Indian spices, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy, palate-staining black raspberry… more >
Bottle Price: $39.99
Case Price: $479.88
Ramey Claret Napa Valley Red 2012 (750ML) SKU #383429 US Flag In Stock
Ramey Claret Napa...
`The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It… more >
Bottle Price: $39.99
Case Price: $479.88
Bookster Chardonnay Russian River 2012 (90SWJ) (750ML) SKU #377596 US Flag In Stock
Bookster Chardonnay...
`Well integrated aromas and flavors reminiscent of freshly cut apples and limes are supported by crisp acidity. Demonstrates fine cut on the midpalate. Clean and fully formed, this will offer excellent drinking now and over the next 3 years...90 points.` Sonoma Wine Journal 10/13 more >
Bottle Price: $24.99
Case Price: $299.88
Bookster Pinot Noir 2012 (90SWJ) (750ML) SKU #377597 US Flag In Stock
Bookster Pinot Noir...
`Medium red-garnet core, lighter at the rim. Enticing notes of wild berries and sassafras are complemented by a hint of vanilla bean to fill out the wine's bouquet. On the palate, this sinewy and balanced Russian River Valley Pinot exhibits black cherry flavors across a tightly structured frame. … more >
Bottle Price: $24.99
Case Price: $299.88
Ace to Five Blend Napa 2012 (91+SWJ) (750ML) SKU #379852 US Flag In Stock
Ace to Five Blend...
`Dark purple, but still translucent, this is an in-your-face, bomb of lusciousness, with notes of fur, brown spices, dried grape stalks, medium-fine tannins all playing the supporting role to a medley of dark-fruit flavors. Full-bodied. Made from a blend of 53% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Franc, 7%… more >
Bottle Price: $29.99 Sale Bottle: $24.99
Case Price: $359.88 Sale Case: $299.88
Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2012 (93IWR) (750ML) SKU #386437 US Flag In Stock
Chanin Bien Nacido...
`This is a stunning Chardonnay from Gavin Chanin, which comes from 39-year-old vines on the classic Santa Maria bench plantings of the famed Bien Nacido vineyard. The wine itself displays notes of Bosc pear, lemon oil, almonds, vanilla, spices and smoky minerals. It has a gorgeous creamy texture,… more >
Bottle Price: $37.99 Sale Bottle: $34.99
Case Price: $455.88 Sale Case: $419.88
Chanin La Rinconada Pinot Noir 2012 (94IWR) (750ML) SKU #386444 US Flag In Stock
Chanin La Rinconada...
`This stunning 2012 Pinot Noir from Chanin comes from the La Rinconda vineyard, which located next to the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and has the same owners and farmers. It is aged 15 months in 25% new French oak and offers wonderful vibrant aromas of fresh blackberry, wild cherries, raspberry,… more >
Bottle Price: $62.99 Sale Bottle: $59.99
Case Price: $755.88 Sale Case: $719.88
Sandhi SBC Chardonnay 2012 (750ML) SKU #380718 US Flag In Stock
Sandhi SBC...
`The entry level effort, and a fine one at that, Sandhi’s 2012 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is the estate’s largest production release, with anywhere from 5,000-6,000 cases produced. Coming mostly from old vines and vineyards spread throughout Santa Barbara County, it’s always barrel-fermented… more >
Bottle Price: $26.99
Case Price: $323.88
Calera Chardonnay Mt. Harlan 2012 (92AG) (750ML) SKU #381847 US Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
Calera Chardonnay Mt...
`The flagship 2012 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan is drop-dead gorgeous. Smoke, flint, white peach and pear notes burst from the glass in an energetic, vibrant Chardonnay loaded with intensity and class. The 2012 deftly balances texture and the transparency that is the hallmark of hillside vineyards. This is… more >
Bottle Price: $37.99
Case Price: $455.88