Featured Wines

2013 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Australia

This wine, brilliant straw in hue, serves up substantial sweet, spicy wood, along with a hint of vanilla, some butter and lemon peel. Lush and palate coating, with opulent fruit and a nice streak of acidity to keep it fresh. On the finish, there’s… Read more

2010 Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The color is a nearly opaque dark crimson. At first whiff, youthful, varietal fruit jumps from the glass, full of cassis, black cherry, and blackberry, followed by a high-toned herbal note and wood shadings of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. High end… Read more

2012 Frisson Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

A brilliant straw hue. Perfumed scents of wild flowers and vanilla cream mix with pear, tropical fruit, and a note of citrus. The wine lightly coats the palate with butter-tinged fleshy fruit and a bit of roasted nuts, then echoes these with a… Read more

2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

La Crema has built its reputation on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from California’s cool-climate viticultural areas. Now, it has added an Oregon Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and the 2012 Willamette Valley bottling will do nothing… Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Roserock Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Nearly transparent neon coral in color, this Oregon beauty exudes aromas of bright red cherry, high-toned field mint, strawberry, sandalwood and vanilla. Quite tart on the palate, the mouthfeel is light and feminine, picking up some fine-grained… Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Pratt Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Is it possible to emulate Burgundy along California’s Sonoma Coast? That may or may not have been the goal with this wine, which is nearly transparent light coral/ruby in hue, but it’s certainly the result. The nose is very Burgundian, oozing… Read more

2011 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

An inviting nose of mulling spices, red cherry and mild earth leads to similar impressions in the mouth. Translucent ruby in color with glints of orange toward the rim, this is a soft and fruity wine that somehow marries femininity and grip, belying… Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Rita’s Crown Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

The Santa Rita Hills AVA is gaining quite a reputation for producing packed-with-personality Pinot Noir, and this bottling will only add to the momentum. Translucent dark ruby in color, impressions of green tea, light spearmint, tart black cherry,… Read more

2012 La Crema Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Bright golden straw color. Perfumed aromas of white flowers, vanilla, butter, lemon/lime, and a note of apples lead to flavors of butter, baking spices, and tropical fruit. The wine coats the palate, but has bright acidity that keeps it fresh and… Read more

2012 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas of smoke, vanilla, and drawn butter frame rich spiced apple and peach fruit. There is good weight in the mouth, and it coats the palate with the spiced apple and peach fruit, picking up additional flavors of… Read more