Featured Wines

2006 Herve Souhaut St. Epine, St. Joseph, Rhone Valley, France

Herve Souhaut makes some of the lightest, gentlest wines of the Rhone Valley, reflecting his training in Beaujolais. His St. Epine bottling is explosively floral, in stark contrast to what many would expect from a Northern Rhone Syrah. Orchids,… Read more

2011 Domaine Raveneau Chablis, Burgundy, France

Raveneau is synonymous with Chablis, and this tightly wound, mineral-driven wine lives up to its name. Though young and still needing time to take on the kind of grandiosity that would define a great wine, it’s a superb example of the appellation…. Read more

2010 Ceritas Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Saline and bracingly mineral on the nose, like oysters, fresh cut grass and morning dew. On the palate, there’s tremendous length balanced with acidity and an almost savory, sea-inflected minerality that will pair perfectly with robust grilled fish…. Read more

2009 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa

Opaque black, lightening to translucent purple at the rim. Aromas of mint-laced cranberry sauce, boysenberry, and blueberry explode from the glass, followed by thick black licorice. It is lush in the mouth, superbly balanced, and continues to pump… Read more

2010 Gabbiano ‘Bellezza’ Chianti Classico DOCG

Traditionalists may balk at this translucent dark ruby-hued wine, made entirely from Sangiovese grapes, because it is nothing like the sour, sometimes funky, overly acidic Chianti Classico bottlings of old. Rather, to coin a phrase, it has been New… Read more

1999 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

More than 14 years after it was made, this iconic Sonoma County dessert wine has taken on a Sauterne-like quality, lighter in the mouth than more recent vintages, kept fresh by its still-present acidity. Nearly identical in color to a sister… Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the… Read more

2012 Peter Lehmann ‘Portrait’ Dry Riesling, Eden Valley, Australia

Many renditions of Riesling are light bodied and restricted to two or three flavor impressions. Not this one, which is medium bodied and palate coating, with engaging aromas and flavors of limestone, cantaloupe, apple and peach, joined by subtle… Read more

2012 J Vineyards ‘Misterra’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This varietal Pinot Noir achieves its beguiling complexity by blending in 6% Pinotage and 4% Pinot Meunier. It is nearly transparent, a brilliant ruby color with orange glints at the rim. The nose seems prickly and rustic at first whiff, with notes… Read more

2010 Hess Collection Malbec, Small Block Series, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

The glass-staining, opaque, purple/black color serves as fair warning that this is serious juice. Pretty spice aromas, polished leather notes, and high-toned dillweed lead to concentrated, black, fleshy fruits (black cherry, black currant, and… Read more