Barnoa Recommends: Romantic wines for a great date

With it being the month of love, we’re feeling the romance with these amazing wine picks from our experts, owner Mike and manager Kim. These bottles are on the shelves while supplies last, so if you come in and can’t grab the one you want, just tell us a little about what you like and we’ll help you discover a few new sexy wines to open up here in the bistro, to make a big impact as a great gift, or to take home to enjoy with a great meal.

Grounded Wine Public Radio Red Blend 2016

Paso Robles, CA [Link to winery]

san clemente wine barWe are so incredibly psyched to have found out about up-and-coming winemaker Chris Phelps that we HAD to choose this as one of our featured wines.

[Read about Phelps and his winemaker pops in Food & Wine]

Normally wineries use labels as a way of communicating what they believe the personality of the wine is (or should be), but Grounded Wine Co has taken a different direction with this one. The minimalist label is inviting and refreshing, daring us to interpret the wine’s message on our own.

Nose: Crushed red plum, cherry, raspberry

Palate: Young & charming, anise, strawberry, cherry pie, black tea leaf & cinnamon. Smooth with a long, fragrant finish.

Public Radio is a firm but smooth wine which expresses a bold message.

Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert

Napa Valley, CA

A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and small percentages of other red varietals.

This wine has a great story – Phenom winemaker Dave Phinney created a fantastic Zinfandel, and is releasing that same batch in 8 parts once a year for 8 years. Each September release of this wine will feature a different label. Cool, right?

This is a return for Orin Swift winery to the varietal that started it all after 8 years without producing any Zin. 8 Years in the Desert is a labor of love, sweat and tears from everyone involved. This very special vintage is a super rare treat, and it’s on our shelves right now!!

Color: Dark garnet with a lucid rim

Nose: Briar fruit, ripe blackberry, dark plum with a tinge of minerality and charred meat

Palate: Brawny up front, big mid-palate, brambly fruit with a touch of espresso bean and earth. Massive through the finish.

Howell at the Moon Cabernet 2012

Knoll Valley, CA

san clemente wine restaurant - BarnoaThis is one of our new faves! Howell at the Moon Winery has taken great care to learn the craft of Cabernet making, and it definitely shows.

Color: Deep Purple

Palate: blackberry, currants, pomegranate, and spice, layered with graphite, broken earth and chocolate

Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2016

Italy

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The light almond and apple notes of this wine are what we love – this is a fantatic & romantic winter white.

From Wine Enthusiast (90pts):

This wine’s chamomile, acacia flower, yellow stone fruit and honey aromas lift out of the glass. The round, medium-bodied palate delivers ripe apricot, yellow peach and nectarine flavors while an almond note lingers on the tangy finish.

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