Featured Wines

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Mother Clone’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

This has been a consistently good wine through the years, garnering a rating of 88 for the 2011 vintage and 89 for the 2012. For 2013, it moves up to Featured Wine status, as its briary raspberry, melted vanilla bean ice cream and cranberry notes are easy to love. There’s also a dash of pepper that you’ll appreciate once barbecue season rolls around. Drink it now to warm your heart on a cold winter night, or save it until summer and enjoy it in the great outdoors with your favorite grilled dishes.

MSRP: $18 (January 2016)

Wine Lines rating: 90

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2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced were blackberry, boysenberry (think: fresh pie from Knott’s Berry Farm), dark chocolate, cinnamon and cedar. Another in a long line of blending success stories from Freemark Abbey.

MSRP: $50

Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

If you’re looking for the typical Dry Creek Valley style of Zinfandel — briary and jammy — you won’t find it here. But read on; this is a Zin well worth tracking down. It’s crafted from grapes grown on vines that average 95 years of age, including some that are more than 110 years old. Nearly opaque crimson purple in color, the wine exhibits tons of blue and black berry fruit, joined by notes of honeyed clove and cardamom, cranberry, and an earthy base note reminiscent of licorice. The wine expands in the mouth, coating the palate with a tannic grip that bodes well for mid-term aging. There is absolutely no heat in the finish… just more enticing Zinfandel fruit flavors. So, even though it may not be a “typical Dry Creek Zin,” this is a very nice wine.

MSRP: $32 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 91

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2012 Matanzas Creek ‘Jackson Park’ Merlot, Bennett Valley

For a young red, this wine exhibits a seamless refinement. Fleshy, full and fat in the mouth, it shows off notes of black cherry, fleshy plum and clove/cardamom. The tannins are well knit and well integrated, while the finish is long and smooth. It’s everything you’d expect from a great Cabernet Sauvignon, only softer.

MSRP: $60 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 91

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2014 Wakefield St. Andrews Riesling, Clare Valley

Clare Valley has a reputation for world-class Rieslings made in a dry style, and rightfully so. This is an excellent example. In the glass, it exhibits a very pale straw color. The nose is captivating, a swirling mixture of steely minerals, flowers and lime. In the mouth, a vibrant acidity lends a juicy quality to the lime and lemon fruit flavors, all with an underpinning of slate-like minerality. Fermented dry, this is a quintessential food wine, perfect for pairing with fresh seafood, shellfish, and even wienerschnitzel. This bottling has a track record of aging beautifully for up to two decades.
MSRP: $40 (December 2015)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

MFW_Chard_FaceRefined and eminently drinkable, this is a rich and buttery — but not too buttery — wine that showcases notes of tropical fruit, clove and minerals. Beautifully balanced and not at all heavy handed, it would be a perfect companion to pork chops, white fish or turkey.

MSRP: $45 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 92

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2013 MacPhail ‘Gap’s Crown’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

MFW_Chard_FaceLooking for a wine to sip while wrapping holiday presents? Look no further. This Chardonnay has a white pepper/mint/clove pop in the nose, part of a sweetly perfumed aroma that includes impressions of tropical flowers and Burgundian oak. It’s quite refreshing in the mouth, with plump but not over-the-top fruit notes. A pretty wine that deserves to be savored solo.

MSRP: $45 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

MFW_PINOT_FaceBright, a bit sassy and quite feminine, this wine offers notes of strawberry, baking spices, zesty orange peel and a hint of leather. The nose is intoxicating, including some minerality. The layers of aromas transform into layers of flavors in the mouth — a savory surprise in every sip.

MSRP: $49 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 94

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2013 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

MFW_PINOT_FaceThis mouth-coating, fleshy wine, crafted from two Pinot Noir clones, shows off deep dark cherry, assorted black fruits, earthiness and minerality. Great with game meats, lamb or duck, it’s a complex wine that has both the brass notes from the Dijon clone and the more tympanic bass notes of the Pommard clone.

MSRP: $49 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 MacPhail Lakeview Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

MFW_PINOT_FaceExpressive of the Dijon clones of the grapevines, this floral wine has an initial bright strawberry puree impression that gives way to terroir, vanillin oak, red raspberry and red cherry. Light and bright in the mouth, it would be perfect at a bistro to accompany beef dishes, roasted chicken, or even salmon.

MSRP: $49 (December 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 90

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