Featured Wines

2012 Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir, Sonoma County/Santa Barbara County/Mendocino County

Winemaker James MacPhail sourced grapes from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County in crafting this superb wine, which is light translucent ruby with glints of orange toward the rim, and slightly cloudy. The sweet nose shows orange rind, bright… Read more


2012 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This gorgeous wine is translucent dark ruby in color, with an uplifted nose of bright cherry and berry, mint, cedar and menthol. The fruit really pops in the mouth, with a good palate entry and a mild, integrated grip at the end. As the wine opens… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Middleridge Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Wines made from a single winegrape clone, while not necessarily one-dimensional, tend to be less interesting than multi-clone cuvees. This came to mind after tasting this bottling from Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch, which is planted to two… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Lots of “S” words come to mind when describing this wine, including sleek and supple. Translucent rose coral in color, it has a heady nose of sweet, fleshy dark cherries, citrus, orange, dark flowers, wintergreen, allspice and black tea. The… Read more


2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

We love the big, opulent, in-your-face Shiraz fruit bombs made by so many Aussie vintners. This is not one of them. Yet, we love this wine, too. Its opaque purple-black hue is typical of those big teeth stainers, but this wine is more Claret-like…. Read more


2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Nearly opaque plum/crimson in color, this nicely perfumed wine has a varietal nose of cassis, bell pepper, mint and dill, along with a streak of blackberry and subtle notes of graphite and cedar. There’s plenty of upfront fruit flavor and a thick… Read more


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