Featured Wines

2014 Wakefield St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley

An opaque purple/crimson color in the glass. Intense aromas of concentrated blackberry and cassis are complemented by wood shadings of chocolate, mint, and a wisp of eucalyptus. A smooth and seductive black fruit entry to the palate gives way to notes of cigar box, leading to youthful, fine tannins at the back. This red shows a claret-like elegance and balance which should continue to provide pleasure over the next 15+ years. While perfect at a formal dinner table with all manner of prepared red meats, it is hard not to want to just grab the bottle and retire to a quiet corner, sip it, and slip into a reverie.
MSRP: $60 (October 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 94

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2014 Wakefield St. Andrews Shiraz, Clare Valley

An opaque dark purple in the glass, lightening to a bright crimson at the rim. Scents of black pepper and eucalyptus lace fleshy mulberry, black plum, and blackberry fruit. Velvety on the palate, it fills the mouth with thick black berry fruits, licorice, and a note of mocha. The long afterflavor is fruit-driven, picking up a piquant blueberry syrup note that goes on and on. This is a delicious wine now, and should drink well for another 15 years or longer. Try with teriyaki glazed red meats off the grill.
MSRP: $60 (October 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 95

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2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

One is put on notice that this is going to be a special wine when it is first poured. It is an opaque, glass-staining black/crimson, soaked with color to the rim. A quick sniff reveals hedonistic aromas of concentrated cassis, blackberry, and a hint of blueberry – all cloaked by wood scents of cedar, cinnamon, clove, and black peppercorn. Thick and mouthfilling, showing youthful, furry tannins that grab a bit at the back. Black licorice flavors pop up on the afterflavor. This is a big wine made in the modern ripe, fruit-forward style that has come to define Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is in contrast to the Claret style that made the winery a household name back in the 1970s and 1980s. Delicious now, this red will reward cellaring up to 20 years.
MSRP: $70 (October 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92+

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2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

An opaque purple/crimson color in the glass. Varietal aromas of herb-tinged black currant and blackberry are followed by black licorice and oak notes of pepper and spice. Full and lush in the mouth, this red shows well-integrated, fine-grained tannins. Already knitting together, this wine will drink well for a decade or more. Pair it with a New York Strip steak topped with melted blue cheese crumbles.
MSRP: $26 (October 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2015 Wakefield St. Andrews Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia

In the glass, the wine is a very pale straw color with glints of green. The aromatics burst from the glass, an enticing mixture of perfumed pine needle and sap, lemon oil, orange blossoms, and limestone minerality. With the first sip, a puckering acidity, citrus oil, and slatey mouthfeel play off the steely backbone that promises this wine will age effortlessly for another 15 years or more. This is a benchmark bottling, demonstrating the aromatic profile and age-worthy structure that has beguiled wine connoisseurs around the world.
MSRP: $40 (October 2016)
Wine lines rating: 94

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2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

In the glass, a shimmering, translucent ruby red color. Scents of clove spice, roast coffee, and perfumed dark flowers intermingle with fleshy plum, sharp pomegranate, and red berry fruit. It is supple upon first sip, showing youthful, earthy tannins at mid-palate. A natural juicy acidity stimulates the mouth and begs for the next sip.
A warm growing season in 2014 produced grapes fully sweet and ripe. This bottling was sourced from eight separate renowned vineyards in the Willamette Valley, leading to a fruit-laden yet complex palate presence that typifies Oregon Pinot Noir.
MSRP: $30 (September 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

The wine sparkles with a deep, golden straw color in the glass. Lush scents of buttered, spiced apple, citrus, and fleshy tropical fruits provide a pleasant preamble for the palate-pleasing flavors unleashed upon first sip. Juicy and mouth-watering layers of butter, baking spices, cream, oak, ripe apple, pear, mango, Meyer lemon, and jack fruit follow through to the lip-smacking finish.
Winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas has elevated the Russian River Valley bottling to the next level. It easily holds its own against the much more expensive RRV renderings found in the marketplace.
MSRP: $30 (September 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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2014 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

There is a sense of depth to the deep straw color in the glass. Enticing aromas of butter-tinged vanilla, lemon curd, and peach waft from the glass, already knitting together nicely. Wisps of smoke and fennel poke through with a bit more aeration. This is a mouth-filling white, sporting an oily viscosity, yet the juicy acidity keeps it all in a neat balance. The juiciness, and buttery fruit lingers at the end. This is a very refined rendering of Chardonnay, showing a more balanced approach than the usual butter bombs. Utterly delicious.
MSRP: $45 (September 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of lavender emerge. Initially lithe and supple in the mouth, it then shows concentrated dark berry flavors that end with a juicy acidity that begs for the next sip. Finally, an afterflavor of blueberry syrup lingers for 30 seconds. Despite a hefty 14.8% alcohol, there is no sense of heat. Like most Pinot Noir produced from grapes grown in the Santa Rita Hills appellation, this is a big, structured wine well-suited for an entrée of herb-encrusted rack of lamb.
MSRP: $45 (August 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy acid underpinning. The flavors follow through to a lingering fruit cobbler finish.
In the mid-1980s, a lush, buttery style of Chardonnay from California took the wine world by storm. Matanzas Creek was in the vanguard of this Chardonnay revolution. Fast-forward 30 years, and nothing has changed – and that’s a good thing.
A great sipper on its own, it can also pair well with cream and butter-based entrées.
MSRP: $26 (August 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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