Featured Wines

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It is medium-full in the mouth, displaying integrated tannins. As it slides to a lingering finish, it picks up slick graphite and black licorice. This is a worthy successor to over three decades of outstanding vintages of the Sonoma county Merlot.
MSRP: $28 (July 2016)
Wine Line rating: 90

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2015 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

La Crema winery has been on a tear as of late. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were uniformly outstanding. It looks like the 2015 vintage will continue their hot streak.
This wine shows a brilliant pale straw color in the glass. The alluring nose seduces, with perfumed scents of honeysuckle, ripe nectarine, green melon, and citrus. It’s fresh and juicy in the mouth, showing a lemony acidity that stimulates the salivary glands. Like a cool breeze in July, the fresh fruit finish delivers plenty of pleasure. This is the perfect summer sipper/aperitif/party wine. Outstanding value.
MSRP: $20 (July 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Endeavor’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Primarily known for producing delicious, immediately accessible reds and whites, Dry Creek Vineyard’s special Cabernet Sauvignon bottling is crafted to rival the best Bordeaux varietal reds hailing from California’s North Coast.
One glance at this glass-staining, opaque, purple-black elixir and you know this is going to be a wine of great concentration. The seductive nose continues the promise of the deep color, delivering rich scents crammed full with layered black cherry and plum Christmas fruits, all cloaked with spicy cedar and boot polish notes from French oak. In the mouth, opulent black and blue fruits fulfill the promise. This is still a youthful wine, with furry, fine-grained tannins that coat the palate and suggest a long life ahead. You can enjoy this now, splash decanted an hour ahead and paired paired with a fine steak. Better yet, cellar this red several years to savor more mature, claret-like expressions of the grape.
MSRP: $70 (June 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Musque, Taylor’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Brilliant light straw color. Initial scents of varietal pea pod, grass and herbs lead to sweet floral impressions, followed by white pepper, tangerine, and peach. The Musque Clone is a type of Sauvignon Blanc, and here it has undergone 100% stainless steel fermentation to preserve the delicate, complex aromatics. Despite this, it has a pleasing plumpness in the mouth and a juicy acidity. Delightful as a sipper, or pair with lighter summer fare and white meat dishes.
MSRP: $28 (June 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with buttery crust). Full, long, and palate-coating, this wine finishes with a big, wet kiss of buttered apples and baking spices. This is the archetypal profile of Chardonnay that made California famous, and with good reason.
MSRP: $30 (June 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Red Wine Blend, California

Many people turn up their noses at multi-variety wines made from grapes grown in multiple areas. Not us. All we at Wine Lines care about is what’s in the glass, and when this Red Wine Blend is in our glass, we’re very happy. Syrah is the primary varietal at 44% of the cuvee, joined by Zinfandel (25%) and Merlot (20%). There also are smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and other varieties from Mendocino County (40%), Sonoma County (39%), Santa Barbara County (10%), Lake County (7%) and Napa County (4%). Now that you have the stats, let’s check out the aromas and flavors: currants, blueberries, assorted red and black berries, vanilla, chocolate and allspice. In a word: Yum. Better still, it’s a steal at $17, making it a Wine Lines Value Vino in addition to a Featured Wine Selection.

MSRP: $17

Wine Lines rating: 90

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2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, Perli, Mendocino Ridge

Opaque purple/black color. Syrupy aromas of blackberries and black currants are accented by notes of black pepper and cedar. In the mouth, velvety blackberry liqueur leads to a youthful chewiness. The juicy finish begs for the next sip. Here is an archetypal example of Zinfandel designed to pair with all sorts of summer barbecue fare, the spicier the better!
MSRP: $31 (May 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, Shamrock, Mendocino County

Opaque purple color in the glass. This is a sedate, claret-like rendition of Zinfandel. Aromas of sandalwood, dried cherries and cranberries, and a smidge of orange zest lead to a similar palate profile, picking up a creamy mouthfeel on the way to a medium finish. Summers are great for outdoor picnics. Pack this with your favorite aged cheeses, charcuterie meats, and a crusty loaf of bread, and enjoy!
MSRP: $31 (May 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, Gianoli, Mendocino Ridge

Barely opaque dark garnet color. Initial flowery aromas of framboise are accented by earthy scents of pine forest floor and savory herbs. It seems sleeker in the mouth, where the raspberry fruit joins fleshy cherry, and it picks up chocolate and baking spice notes towards the medium finish. The 15.5% alcohol is hardly noticeable – at least until you try to stand after bottle! This is the perfect sipping red, ready to fuel deep thoughts and heady discussions.
MSRP: $35 (May 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered fruit viscosity that spreads across the palate, there is a solid thread of juicy acidity that balances the wine. This is the best La Crema Chardonnay from Monterey that I’ve tasted in the past decade.
MSRP: $20 (May 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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