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Meet Our Palate Characters

A New Way of Understanding Wine

Bright & Crisp Balance & Finesse Rich & Full Light & Bright Smooth & Silky Round & Fleshy Tone & Backbone Powerful & Extracted
Bright & Crisp
Refreshing, due to their higher acidity, these wines tend to have little or no oak, restrained alcohol, and are very versatile with a broad range of foods. They are lighter bodied, generally bone dry, with a textural zing!
Balance & Finesse
Subtlety is the name of the game here. Whether it is acidity, body, or alcohol, the corresponding parts don’t scream for attention. Rather, the emphasis is on how well they play together. 
Rich & Full
Rich & Full wines are full bodied, often with higher alcohol (or sweetness) and balanced or understated acidity. Sweetness can vary quite a bit, from higher alcohol dry California Chardonnay to sweet German Rieslings, but the commonality is a rich, weighty texture. 
Light & Bright
These light bodied Red and Rosé wines are often fruit forward in style with low tannin, and elevated acidity, but please don't call these wines lightweights! The bright acidity makes these wines not only versatile with food, but also refreshing and delicious by themselves. Serve with a slight chill.
Smooth & Silky
Elegant and approachable, Smooth & Silky wines are about finesse. The proportions of acidity, body, and alcohol are balanced and understated. As Aristotle wisely noted “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Round & Fleshy
As the name Round & Fleshy might suggest, these wines are not shy. From ripe grapes grown from warmer vintages and/or climates, these wines often have generous, ripe, almost sweet fruit and higher alcohol, with respectively lower tannin and balanced acidity. 
Tone & Backbone
Tone & Backbone represents wines with proportionally higher acidity and/or tannin that combine to create medium to full bodied wines. Not flashy, these dry wines are defined more by structure and restraint. The elevated tannin and acidity mean the wines particularly sing when combined with the right food, and will age gracefully.
Powerful & Extracted
Rich in flavor, dark in color, and full bodied. These wines err towards bold and intense, without sacrificing complexity. Balance is key; Powerful & Extracted wines are also age-worthy wines that often benefit from decanting to show their true colors.
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OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Bright & Crisp

  1. Domaine de la Pépière La Pépié 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    La Pépière
    La Pépié
    2022
    Muscadet
    Loire
    France
    $19
  2. Raventos i Blanc Conca Del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs 2021
    Bright & Crisp
    Raventos í Blanc
    Blanc de Blancs
    2021
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $23
  3. Kumeu River Chardonnay 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Kumeu River
    Chardonnay
    2022
    Auckland
    New Zealand
    $23
  4. Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana Albariño 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana
    Albariño
    2022
    Galicia
    Spain
    $33

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Balance & Finesse

  1. Bodegas Muga Rioja Blanco 2021
    Balance & Finesse
    Bodegas Muga
    Rioja Blanco
    2021
    Rioja
    Spain
    $20
  2. Ossian Quintaluna 2020
    Balance & Finesse
    Bodegas Ossian
    Quintaluna
    2020
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $24
  3. Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2021
    Balance & Finesse
    Livio Felluga
    Pinot Grigio
    2021
    Collio
    Friuli
    Italy
    $34
  4. J.L. Chave Selections Circa 2021
    Balance & Finesse
    J.L. Chave Selections
    Circa
    2021
    No. Rhône Valley
    France
    $37

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Rich & Full

  1. Herència Altès Garnatxa Blanca 2022
    Rich & Full
    Herència Altés
    Garnatxa Blanca
    2022
    Terra Alta
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $15
  2. Valravn Sonoma County Chardonnay 2021
    Rich & Full
    Valravn Wine
    Sonoma County Chardonnay
    2021
    Sonoma
    California
    $21
  3. Clos du Caillou Le Bouquet des Garrigues 2021
    Rich & Full
    Le Clos du Caillou
    Le Bouquet des Garrigues
    2021
    Côtes du Rhône
    Rhône Valley
    France
    $30
  4. E. Guigal Saint-Joseph 2020
    Rich & Full
    E. Guigal
    Saint-Joseph
    2020
    Saint-Joseph
    No. Rhône Valley
    France
    $42
  5. Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay 2019
    Rich & Full
    Fess Parker
    Ashley's Chardonnay
    2019
    Santa Rita Hills
    Central Coast
    California
    $42

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Light & Bright

  1. Val de Mer Brut Nature Rosé MV
    Light & Bright
    Val de Mer
    Brut Nature Rosé
    Multi-Vintage
    Burgundy
    France
    $21
  2. Sulauze Pomponette 2022
    Light & Bright
    Sulauze
    Pomponette
    2022
    Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
    Provence
    France
    $23
  3. Château Peyrassol Les Commandeurs Rosé 2022
    Light & Bright
    Château Peyrassol
    Les Commandeurs Rosé
    2022
    Provence
    France
    $26
  4. Antoine Sunier Morgon 2021
    Light & Bright
    Antoine Sunier
    Morgon
    2021
    Beaujolais
    France
    $33

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Smooth & Silky

  1. Guímaro Mencía 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Guímaro
    Mencía
    2022
    Ribeira Sacra
    Galicia
    Spain
    $21
  2. Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir San Lius Obispo Coast 2021
    Smooth & Silky
    Talley Vineyards
    San Luis Obispo Coast Pinot Noir
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $39
  3. Evening Land Seven Springs Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Evening Land
    Seven Springs Pinot Noir
    2022
    Eola-Amity Hills
    Willamette Valley
    Oregon
    $48
  4. Guímaro Mencía 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Guímaro
    Mencía
    2022
    Ribeira Sacra
    Galicia
    Spain
    $21

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Round & Fleshy

  1. David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    David Finlayson
    The Pepper Pot
    2020
    Western Cape
    South Africa
    $15
  2. The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    The Chook
    Shiraz Viognier
    2020
    McLaren Vale
    South Australia
    Australia
    $18
  3. Herència Altés La Pilosa 2019
    Round & Fleshy
    Herència Altés
    La Pilosa
    2019
    Terra Alta
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $27
  4. Eric Texier Brézème 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    Eric Texier
    Brézème
    2020
    Côtes du Rhône
    Rhône Valley
    France
    $35
  5. County Line Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    County Line
    Russian River Valley Zinfandel
    2020
    Russian River Valley
    Sonoma
    California
    $37
  6. Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021
    Round & Fleshy
    Melville
    Estate Pinot Noir
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $38

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Tone & Backbone

  1. A Telleira Mencia 2020
    Tone & Backbone
    A Telleira
    Mencia
    2020
    Ribeiro
    Galicia
    Spain
    $19

OUR PALATE CHARACTERS

Powerful & Extracted

  1. Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2022
    Powerful & Extracted
    Alvaro Palacios
    Camins del Priorat
    2022
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $30
  2. Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2019
    Powerful & Extracted
    Tinto Pesquera
    Crianza
    2019
    Ribera del Duero
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $30
  3. La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016
    Powerful & Extracted
    La Rioja Alta
    Viña Ardanza Reserva
    2016
    Rioja
    Spain
    $44
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Palate Character is a much more natural and intuitive way to organize wine than the more conventional approach of grape varietal or region. It refers to the style of wine, rather than the grape varietal or where it was grown.

As you begin to shop using Palate Character not only will you receive personalized recommendations, you will learn more not only about wines you like, but more broadly about the world of wine, empowering to explore new wines with the knowledge that they fit YOUR Palate Character.

Bright & Crisp

Refreshing, due to their higher acidity, these wines tend to have little or no oak, restrained alcohol, and are very versatile with a broad range of foods. They are lighter bodied, generally bone dry, with a textural zing!

  1. Zeit Orange Pet Nat 2021
    Bright & Crisp
    Zeit
    Pet Nat
    2021
    Wagram
    Austria
    $22
  2. Alberto Orte Totus Tuus Cava Reserva MV
    Bright & Crisp
    Alberto Orte
    Totus Tuus Cava Reserva
    Multi-Vintage
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $23
  3. Von Winning Lime Rift 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Von Winning
    Lime Rift
    2022
    Pfalz
    Germany
    $27
  4. Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2023
    Bright & Crisp
    Beaumont
    Chenin Blanc
    2023
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  5. Domaine Denizot Sancerre 2022
    Bright & Crisp
    Domaine Denizot
    Sancerre
    2022
    Sancerre
    Loire
    France
    $36

Balance & Finesse

Subtlety is the name of the game here. Whether it is acidity, body, or alcohol, the corresponding parts don’t scream for attention. Rather, the emphasis is on how well they play together.

  1. Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Luis Seabra
    Xisto Ilimitado Branco
    2022
    Douro
    Portugal
    $27
  2. Nanclares y Prieto Albariño de Alberto Nanclares 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Nanclares y Prieto
    Albariño de Alberto Nanclares
    2022
    Rías Baixas
    Galicia
    Spain
    $50
  3. Nanclares y Prieto O Bocoi Vello 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Nanclares y Prieto
    O Bocoi Vello
    2022
    Rías Baixas
    Galicia
    Spain
    $40
  4. Gabrielskloof Amphora Sauvignon Blanc 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Gabriëlskloof
    Amphora Sauvignon Blanc
    2022
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  5. Alberto Orte Atlántida Blanco 2021
    Balance & Finesse
    Alberto Orte
    Atlántida Blanco
    2021
    Jérez
    Spain
    $45

Rich & Full

Rich & Full wines are full bodied, often with higher alcohol (or sweetness) and balanced or understated acidity. Sweetness can vary quite a bit, from higher alcohol dry California Chardonnay to sweet German Rieslings, but the commonality is a rich, weighty texture.

  1. Diatom Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2022
    Rich & Full
    Diatom
    Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $33
  2. Dominio do Bibei Lapola 2020
    Rich & Full
    Dominio do Bibei
    Lapola
    2020
    Ribeira Sacra
    Galicia
    Spain
    $32
  3. Bodegas Shaya Habis 2020
    Rich & Full
    Bodegas Shaya
    Habis
    2020
    Rueda
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $33
  4. Herència Altès Garnatxa Blanca 2022
    Rich & Full
    Herència Altés
    Garnatxa Blanca
    2022
    Terra Alta
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $15
  5. Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay 2019
    Rich & Full
    Fess Parker
    Ashley's Chardonnay
    2019
    Santa Rita Hills
    Central Coast
    California
    $42

Light & Bright

These light bodied Red and Rosé wines are often fruit forward in style with low tannin, and elevated acidity, but please don't call these wines lightweights! The bright acidity makes these wines not only versatile with food, but also refreshing and delicious by themselves. Serve with a slight chill.

  1. 4 Mono GR-10 Tinto 2021
    Light & Bright
    4 Monos
    GR-10 Tinto
    2021
    Madrid
    Spain
    $22
  2. Raventos í Blanc De Nit Rosé 2021
    Light & Bright
    Raventos í Blanc
    De Nit Rosé
    2021
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $27
  3. Clos Fornelli La Robe d'Ange 2022
    Light & Bright
    Clos Fornelli
    La Robe d'Ange
    2022
    Corsica
    France
    $21
  4. Clusel-Roch Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules 2021
    Light & Bright
    Domaine Clusel-Roch
    Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules
    2021
    Coteaux du Lyonnais
    France
    $26
  5. de Fermo La Cince Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore 2022
    Light & Bright
    de Fermo
    Le Cince Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore
    2022
    Abruzzo
    Italy
    $41

Smooth & Silky

Elegant and approachable, Smooth & Silky wines are about finesse. The proportions of acidity, body, and alcohol are balanced and understated. As Aristotle wisely noted “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

  1. Alberto Orte Escalada do Sil Tinto 2020
    Smooth & Silky
    Alberto Orte
    Escalada do Sil Tinto
    2020
    Galicia
    Spain
    $48
  2. La Follette Los Primeros Pinot Noir 2021
    Smooth & Silky
    La Follette
    Los Primeros Pinot Noir
    2021
    Sonoma Coast
    Sonoma
    California
    $27
  3. Presqu'ile Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Presqu'ile
    Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $26
  4. Antoine Sunier Morgon 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Antoine Sunier
    Morgon
    2022
    Morgon
    Beaujolais
    France
    $33
  5. Lioco Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Lioco
    Mendocino County Pinot Noir
    2022
    Mendocino
    California
    $26

Round & Fleshy

As the name Round & Fleshy might suggest, these wines are not shy. From ripe grapes grown from warmer vintages and/or climates, these wines often have generous, ripe, almost sweet fruit and higher alcohol, with respectively lower tannin and balanced acidity.

  1. Turley Evangelho Vineyard Zinfandel 2021
    Round & Fleshy
    Turley
    Evangelho Vineyard
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $50
  2. Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2022
    Round & Fleshy
    Day
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $30
  3. Turley Zinfandel
    Round & Fleshy
    Turley
    Old Vines Zinfandel
    2021
    California
    $36
  4. El Enemigo Malbec 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    El Enemigo
    Malbec
    2020
    Mendoza
    Argentina
    $28
  5. Paulo da Silva Casal da Azenha 2017
    Round & Fleshy
    Paulo da Silva
    Red
    2017
    Colares
    Portugal
    $16

Tone & Backbone

Tone & Backbone represents wines with proportionally higher acidity and/or tannin that combine to create medium to full bodied wines. Not flashy, these dry wines are defined more by structure and restraint. The elevated tannin and acidity mean the wines particularly sing when combined with the right food, and will age gracefully.

  1. G. D. Vajra Albe Barolo 2020
    Tone & Backbone
    G.D. Vajra
    Albe Barolo
    2020
    Barolo
    Piedmont
    Italy
    $40
  2. Gabrielskloof Landscape Syrah On Shale 2019
    Tone & Backbone
    Gabriëlskloof
    Landscape Syrah On Shale
    2019
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $39
  3. Pierre Cornu-Camus Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières
    2022
    Savigny-lès-Beaune
    Burgundy
    France
    $39
  4. Pierre Cornu-Camus Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net
    2022
    Pernand-Vergelesses
    Burgundy
    France
    $39
  5. Pierre Cornu-Camus Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge
    2022
    Pernand-Vergelesses
    Burgundy
    France
    $29

Powerful & Extracted

Rich in flavor, dark in color, and full bodied. These wines err towards bold and intense, without sacrificing complexity. Balance is key; Powerful & Extracted wines are also age-worthy wines that often benefit from decanting to show their true colors.

  1. Trapiche Medalla 2020
    Powerful & Extracted
    Trapiche
    Medalla
    2020
    Mendoza
    Argentina
    $21
  2. Gabrielskloof Whole Bunch Syrah 2021
    Powerful & Extracted
    Gabriëlskloof
    Whole Bunch Syrah
    2021
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  3. Valravn Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2021
    Sonoma
    California
    $21
  4. Valravn Zinfandel 2022
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $22
  5. San Salvatore Jungano 2020
    Powerful & Extracted
    San Salvatore
    Jungano
    2020
    Paestum
    Campania
    Italy
    $30

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