Featured Wines

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 gives way to supple French oak shadings displaying clove spice, followed by dusty cherry fruit and a note of black raspberry. Oh-so-smooth on the palate, there is no sign of the 14.5% alcohol she is packing. Each sip goes down easier than the last. With a few hours of aeration, delicate rose petal scents surface. Will she mature and blossom in six to eight years? Only time will tell.
MSRP: $49 (April 2017)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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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 your favorite cut of prime beef, charred to medium-rare perfection.
MSRP: $45 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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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 juicy, sweet black fruits come forward, stimulating the salivary glands. This wine is delicious now as an aperitif sipper, but can also be enjoyed at the dinner table with red meat entrees.
MSRP: $28 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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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 mouth, velvety tannins coat the palate, while additional flavors of mocha, boysenberry, and a pleasant iron-laden earthiness come to the fore. There’s a juicy acidity that carries through to the finish.
This may be the most complex and ageworthy Mariner to date.
MSRP: $45 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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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. Uplifted scents of raspberry sorbet, white pepper, minerals, and mesquite are enchanting. Rich, fleshy fruit drives the palate impression, with notes of plum, currant, and black cherry popping up. Seamless and eminently gulpable, this red can be enjoyed on its own or with a wide array of bistro fare. Try it the next time you prepare spicy baby back pork ribs – my idea of the perfect match.
MSRP: $32 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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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 dark flowers add to the complexity. The plush mouthfeel delivers oodles of concentrated berry flavors, with the fine-grained, integrated tannins only appearing towards the end. Here, the lush fruit continues pumping to a juicy, lip-smacking finish, picking up some earthy licorice root. This is an incredible value at this pricepoint. Winemaker Kristina Werner has captured the bigger-than-life style that winery founder and namesake Richard Arrowood sought to produce.
MSRP: $35 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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2015 Stonestreet Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley

With a tip of the glass, one is struck by the brilliant, pale color. Seductive scents of ripe grapefruit, Meyer lemon, nectarine, fennel fronds, perfumed white flowers, and other, subtler, herb notes promise much. It delivers, picking up a green apple flavor. The mouthfeel is a mash up of creaminess and juicy acidity. Complex and layered, this is that rare Sauvignon Blanc that invites slow sipping and savoring.
MSRP: $35 (November 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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2014 Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

The white shows a clear straw hue. Aromas of spicy oak and popcorn butter lead to a solid core of fruit – crisp pear, fleshy peach, and apple. Showing weight and coating the palate, flavors of buttered, spiced fruit glide seamlessly to a long finish, where a kiss of rosewater and river stone minerality adds more complexity.
Through the decades, Stonestreet has been known for its iconic, broad-shouldered Chardonnays. This ranks with the best vintages of the past. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs is doing a tremendous job.
MSRP: $40 (November 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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2013 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The wine is an opaque, dusty plum color in the glass. Varietal aromas of cassis, dark cherry, currant, and blackberry are accented by mocha, black licorice, a sprig of dill, green peppercorns, graphite, and menthol. It’s juicy in the mouth, brimming with dark, fleshy fruits that sweeten up and coat the palate. The tannins are integrated and velvety, making this a joy to drink in its youth. Are you dining at a fine steakhouse tonight? This red will outperform most labels costing twice as much.
MSRP: $45 (November 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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2014 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Putnam Vineyard, “Pinot de Ville”

Winemaker James MacPhail continues to follow his passion for Pinot Noir. Here he fashions a young seductress bursting with sleek lines and an initially demure presentation.
In the glass, she presents with a brilliant, light ruby blush, translucent, throwing glints of orange at her rim. Enticing scents of concentrated red cherries and black raspberry are laced with vanilla, orange zest, and a note of menthol. In the mouth, a similar flavor profile picks up lower tones of earth and brown sugar. Living up to the winery’s name, she lithely trips across the palate, showing classic Pinot Noir smoothness. Make no mistake – while just a debutante now, she promises to mature and learn more nuanced dance steps until she is the belle of the ball. Enjoy her sexy cha cha now, or wait a decade for her seductive tango.
MSRP: $65 (November 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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