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2015 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Sporting a brilliant medium-ruby color that approaches a translucent state, it would be easy to dismiss this as a wimpy glassful of red. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still young and developing, this wine begins with a demure nose that... Read more

2016 Tongue Dancer Rosé of Pinot Noir, Putnam Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A brilliant neon orange/salmon color in the glass. Made in the classic French saigné style from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this rosé exhibits a steely first sniff, unfolding in the mouth to reveal flavors of cantaloupe and tart strawberry. At... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Single Deck’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

A crimson/plum color in the glass. Forward scents of sweet cedar lead to deeper aromas and flavors of currant, blueberry, vanilla, powdered cocoa, and a slate minerality. This is a complex, compelling red that begs for the next sip. Enjoy it with... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Terra a Lago,’ Alexander Valley

A nearly opaque crimson hue. The somewhat reticent nose hints at lifted cedar, dried herbs, and black berries. The rich core of fruit steps forward in the mouth, all plush and juicy. The soft, fine-grained tannins add to the velvety textural... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

An opaque deep crimson color in the glass. Concentrated aromas of black fruits mix with scents of scorched earth and hints of tobacco, followed by a sweet wood perfume and black olive. In the mouth, medium-grained tannins are prominent, showing the... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘All In’ Claret, Alexander Valley

Nearly opaque, with a deep pigeon-blood ruby hue. Pretty fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry lead to notes of sweet cedar, vanilla, and dried herbs. A soft entrance to the palate coats the mouth with velvety tannins. Then the... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

This proprietary wine is a blend of all five red Bordeaux varietals. An opaque, dark crimson color in the glass. A mélange of scents paint a rich, textured picture – huckleberry, black licorice, cedar, black berries, and clove spice. In the... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

An opaque crimson core lightens to a translucent red ruby at the rim. Dry Creek Valley is arguably the finest appellation for growing the Zinfandel grape and this bottling, made from vines averaging nearly 100 years of age, shows that pedigree.... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Estate Block 10, RRV

A brilliant, clear straw color. Aromas of plump honeydew, apple, and ripe pear are enhanced by notes of vanilla and baking spices. In the mouth, the fruit plays off of the juicy acidity, while the clove and nutmeg spices gain focus. All this leads... Read more

2013 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight’s Valley

In the glass, this red sports an opaque, black/purple hue. Seductive scents of crushed boysenberry and raspberry sorbet play off of the wood aromas of clove and roasted coffee. Wisps of polished leather, paraffin, milk chocolate, and the perfume of... Read more