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2011 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s infl uence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is signifi cant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grapes’ natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall and was the coolest growing season in a decade. This vintage produced exceptionally dark-colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal fl avors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit fl avors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles
Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 3% other red varietals
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.48% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.36 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet is dark purple in the glass with a youthful red hue. The aroma is an attractive mix of ripe black currant and violet, with a bouquet of vanilla and smoky cedar. Round, sweet and crisp on the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who simply enjoys a good glass of red wine. 2011 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roast leg of lamb, osso bucco and spaghetti bolognese. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé

VINTAGE
The 2011 winegrowing season in Paso Robles was set back when a heavy frost hit the area on April 8th and 9th, just as vines broke dormancy. The new tender shoots were affected in roughly one third of our vineyard blocks, and growth was set back by nearly two weeks as we waited for secondary buds to push the replacement shoots. With ample soil moisture from a wet winter, vine growth flourished in May and June. The low summer temperatures were similar to those of 2010, which was the coolest season in a decade. The resulting wine had brighter fruit acidity and fruit character at lower alcohol levels, making it a wonderful summertime Grenache Rosé.


VINEYARD
One of our newest vineyards, located about 5 miles north of our Paso Robles winery, provided 60% of the fruit for this wine. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhône program and is the primary source of our enticing Grenache Rosé. The site is located near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles appellation and supports both our sustainably-farmed vineyard and an active wildlife corridor. The remaining 40% of the fruit came from two vineyards in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, an area known for world class Grenache.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 100% Grenache
 Harvest Dates: September 23 and
November 3rd, 2011
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested and whole cluster-pressed
Harvest Chemistries: 22.7° Brix average, pH 3.27, 0.77 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Sequential inoculations of Frootzen
  Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
  Temperature: Fermentation at 52°F
  Maceration: Minimal maceration from use of “Champagne-style” press cycle
  Malolactic: none
  Barrel Type: 2-year-old French oak barrels
  Bottle Aging: Bottled June 27th, 2011 
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.09
  Total Acidity: 0.58 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.85% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.54 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Floral and fruit character are most brilliant in the first year
  Cases Produced: 682

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Mandarin, citrus and wild strawberry aromas tease the nose. The palate expresses fresh fruit, Asian pear and crisp acidity, finishing refreshingly clean, inviting healthy cuisine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
The perfect pairing for shellfish, quiche or a whole grain summer salad.

 

Price: $18.00 750ml

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2010 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade, with winter rainfall totaling 50% above normal. This growing season started with exceptional soil moisture, and a full leaf canopy was developed by bloom in mid-May. Syrah benefits in cooler years in Paso Robles, developing better color and exhibiting more White pepper characteristic. The density of this Syrah in 2010 was so great that we included of a bit of Grenache to relax the palate.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for our J. Lohr Gesture Syrah are grown at Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. The super steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877, farmed to just one cluster per shoot, and prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 83% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 1% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates:  October 8th and 14th, 2010
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed, and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 26.2° Brix, 3.49 pH, 0.59 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification:  
  Yeast: ICV D80 yeast
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top tank with light punch downs
  Temperature: Cold-soaked 3 days at 55°F, fermented to 90°F peak temperature
  Maceration: 8 days on skins
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 16 months in puncheons
  Barrel Type: 500L French oak puncheons, 36% new
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23, 2012
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.47
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 15.4 % by volume
  Res. Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 5 to 8 years.
  Cases produced: 440

WINEWMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows great density of color and leads with spicy black fruit aromas. The delicate oak signature reveals white chocolate and a touch of hazelnut. Ripe fruit flavors are dense on the palate, with bright acid and lingering minerality.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Mussels with saffron crème or classic duck confit.

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2010 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe (some would say overripe) fruit. In the 2010 vintage we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in all our Paso Robles vineyards. We achieved ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in the past with quite restrained alcohol levels. This 2010 Mourvèdre is a distinct shift in style from previous vintages, exhibiting delicate camphor, anise and lilac attributes.


VINEYARD
Fruit for our 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles AVA. These decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in this block makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot for this large-clustered variety, and in order to intensify flavor and color, it requires trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. We hand-harvested into half-ton bins on October 29th. The fruit signature of the blend was lifted and the finish lengthened by blending in Grenache from the same vineyard.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 77% Mourvèdre, 23% Grenache
Harvest Dates: October 29th, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry-sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: 23.7° Brix, 3.44 pH, 0.57 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification:  
  Yeast: Lallemand ICV-D80
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punch downs
  Temperature: Three-day cold soak followed by a hot 92°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 7 days on skins, pressed nearly dry
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 16 months in puncheons
  Barrel Type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 45% new
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23, 2010
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.48
  Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.09% by volume
  Res. Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be
cellared for 8 to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 356

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Mourvèdre is also known as Mataro or Monastrell, among dozens of other synonyms, and is believed to be native to Spain. The 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Savory aromas of lilac, anise and black pepper open up to black plum. The soft, talcy texture on the palate remains crisp with a touch of acidity followed by cardamom spice on the finish.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Food Pairings
This wine is excellent with all the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast, prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh figs and brie cheese.

2010 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe fruit. (Some would say over-ripe.) In the 2010 vintage we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in all our Paso Robles vineyards. We achieved intensely ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in the past. Grenache in particular benefits from cooler seasonal temperatures, as this aids in color development and preserves the delicate fruitiness in the aroma and finish.


VINEYARDS
The source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a vineyard once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district, on the western edge of the Paso Robles AVA, these ten-year-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes even just walking the vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. The Syrah component for this blend came from block 4 of the Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of 1,800 feet..


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 75% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates: Grenache picked October 29th, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: 26.4° Brix, 3.47 pH, 0.55 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Lallemand ICV-”RC212”
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Three day cold soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain
  Maturation: 14 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 40% new
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23rd, 2012
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.35
  Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.88% by volume
  Res. Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
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WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2010 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a bright hue. The high-toned red fruit character of Grenache is spiced by a fraction of Syrah, while Mourvèdre provides a slight savory element. Aging in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and a palate structure to the wine. The long-lasting, plummy flavors are refreshing, whetting the appetite for healthy cuisine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes, vegetable stew or vegetarian pizza.

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2010 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest growing season Paso Robles has seen in a decade, bringing with it rainfall that was 50% above normal. While this cool and wet combination may have presented challenges for the late-ripening varieties, it was ideal for the early-ripening Merlot cultivar. After rapid vine growth in spring consumed most of the moisture held in the rainsoaked soils, we employed our latest thinking in vineyard irrigation strategy and applied absolutely zero irrigation for an 8 to 12 week period in our Merlot blocks between fruit set (mid-June) and veraison (August). This dramatic approach in the vineyard kept berry size small and promoted brown seeds earlier in the season than we had ever seen before. Absent were the agressive tannins that are common in a cool vintage. Instead, 2010 Los Osos Merlot is dense, mature and fruit-driven.


VINEYARDS
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 85% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates:  September 24 - October 19st, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 25.2° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  Malolactic: 100%
  Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
  Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, medium plus toast with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.69
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.76% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.17 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Showing well upon release, with the potential to age up to five years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are accentuated by the high fraction of Malbec in this year’s blend. The toasty oak signature is reminiscent of hazelnut and dark chocolate. This soft red wine has a fine texture on the palate and finishes with a bright Rainier cherry fruit signature.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini, crab bisque or herb roasted chicken.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Ripe fruit aromas of black cherry and pomegranate meld with a barrel signature of chocolate and coconut.

Price: $17.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

VINTAGE
The 2011 vintage was one of the coldest since the El Niño and La Niña years of 1998 and 1999. Although the cumulative 2200 Growing Degree Days are slightly higher than those of 2010, the vintage proved dramatically cooler given the very cold, late winter and delayed budbreak. In fact, parts of the Arroyo Seco had their first vine-damaging spring frost, ever! In 2011, cool, moist air ensured the ever-present threat of mildew, but with the diligence of our vineyard team, led by Agapito Vasquez, we made it through the growing season unscathed. White Riesling is the last variety to ripen and was not optimally ripe until the 2nd and 3rd of November! Our patience was rewarded in 2011, as this is perhaps our finest Riesling ever produced at J. Lohr.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season, and the fruit retains its natural grape acids. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s character.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 92% White Riesling,
6% Gewurztraminer
2% Orange Muscat
Harvest Date: November 2-3, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 23.6° average
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.05
Alcohol: 13.12% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel post-fermentation

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, pale yellow color with enticing aromas of lychee, fuji apple, pear and apricot. The flavors are bright, echoing the aromas with the addition of tangelo and orange citrus fruit for an excellent balance of crisp acidity, luscious mouthfeel and a touch of natural carbonation from the stainless steel fermentation.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy this as an aperitif, or pair with Pacific Rim cuisine such as Thai chicken or beef satay, or Cuban barbeque.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Enticing fruit aromas of lychee, apple, apricot and pear. Refreshing acidity with a slight spritz.

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2008 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E

The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We are given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.


VINTAGE
The 2008 growing season presented signicant challenges on our ranch, as well as in vineyards across California. Spring and autumn frosts coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation, claimed much of the prized crop. Vineyard yields were generally half of normal levels in Paso Robles, averaging under 3 tons per acre. 2008 was the second consecutive vintage of drought in the area, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size significantly. The result was high-extract, intensely flavored wines. This vintage of Cuvée St. E reached 28° Brix and yielded a wine with a rich fruit signature and a smooth, dense tannin profile.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles
Composition (Blend):  43% Cabernet Franc (Clone 214), 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates:  October 20-21, 2008
Harvest Process:  Select vines handpicked to half-ton bins
Harvest Chemistries:  Brix 26.2°, pH 3.8, total acidity 0.38g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand 43
  Fermentation: Destemmed and berry sorted on Mistral system; crushed fruit transferred to 5-ton open-top fermentors
  Temperature: Cold soak 2 days, followed by fermentation to 90°F peak temperature
  Maceration: 9 days skin contact
  Malolactic: 100% in barrels
  Mauration: 21 months in barrel

 

Barrel Type: Thin-stave Chateau Ferrier
French oak, 50% new
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Tonnelerie Bel Air and Marcel Cadet
  Bottle Aging: 1 year+ prior to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.62
Total Acidity: 0.696g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.39% by volume
  Residual Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but has the structure to age for 10 to 15 years
  Cases Produced: 399 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This wine is dark red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, blueberry and violet. A bouquet of crème brûlée comes from twenty-one months of aging in French oak barrels. The wine displays the true varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with supple, sweet tannins and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and maturation time. Palate weight is quite dense due to the generous contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon in this year’s blend. On release, this wine will already have one year of bottle age but will develop additional complexity for years to come.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Cuvée St. E pairs well with a wide variety of Mediterranean foods, including pumpkin ravioli and beef carpaccio.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Dark red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, blueberry and violet.

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2011 Painter Bridge Chardonnay

CHARDONNAY

Painter Bridge Chardonnay begins with a canvas of fruit grown in the cool and windy Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, a landscape known for producing Chardonnays of powerful aromatics and distinctive texture. The Chardonnay, designed with an eye toward balance and clarity, is first fermented in older French oak barrels with wild and cultured yeast from the Burgundy region of France to accent pure fruit expression. Immediately after the completion of alcoholic fermentation, the barrels are stirred and the Chardonnay, with its yeast lees, is transferred to stainless steel tanks for additional aging and maturation. To highlight the bold fruit of Painter Bridge Chardonnay, a touch of Muscat Canelli from Monterey County is blended in, enriching the floral character. The blended wine is then cold stabilized, fined and sterile-filtered to bottle. The result is a full-flavored, quaffable Chardonnay with beautiful fruit-forward aromas. This is a wine that is sure to delight its audience.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Arroyo Seco and Monterey County
Composition: 98% Chardonnay, 9% Orange Muscat, 3% White Riesling
Vinification:  
  Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.55
  Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.82% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.58 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This 2011 Painter Bridge Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with attractive aromas of peach, pineapple, orange peel and honeysuckle, with just a touch of sweet spice. The aromas are echoed on the silky-textured palate, which is balanced with fresh acidity and richness.

Jeff Meier, Winemaker

Food Pairing

Enjoy as an aperitif or with your favorite pasta, chicken, or seafood dish.

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2011 Cypress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from the Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating a racy, new world style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus, passion fruit and fresh herbaceous flavors balanced with bracing acidity. Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright citrus flavors.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  100% Arroyo Seco, Monterey
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.12
  Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.43% alc by vol.
  Res. Sugar: 038%

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Cypress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is bright and youthful in color with forward, racy fruit aromas of gooseberries, grapefruit and tangerine peel, and fresh herbs. It has bright fruit flavors echoing the aromas with a refreshing, vibrant yet rich palate-feel, making it an ideal accompaniment to grilled seafood, or a summer salad with grapefruit and fennel.

Price: $10.00 750ml

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