Featured Wines

2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

At first glance, this red is striking – it is a glass-staining, opaque purple/black with violet glints. The nose delivers on the color’s promise, with rich, pleasing scents of roast coffee, black plum, and black cherry. In the mouth, it is… Read more

2012 Wente ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Nearly opaque purple/ruby. Where the ‘Southern Hills’ bottling is a brass band, this red is more complex, more orchestral. Chocolate notes from oak part to reveal a deep concentration of black berry fruits and black plum. There’s an abundance… Read more

2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby hue. Concentrated black cherry and plum fruit aromas commingle with a rich earthiness, smoke, high-toned herbs, and vanilla. With additional aeration, more delicate red fruit aromas emerge. This red is still a youngster,… Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Brilliant deep straw color. Scents of smoke, toast, butter, and vanilla cloak the ample sweet citrus, apple, and pear fruit. A mouth-filling wine, the buttered fruit coats the palate. It is perfectly structured, showing trademark minerality. This… Read more

2013 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pale Salmon in color. The initial scents of sweet strawberries lead to rounded, deeper red berry flavors, a hint of watermelon, and an elusive impression of red cherry that pops up now and then. There is a rounded mouth impression, as much the fruit… Read more

2012 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Opaque purple with crimson hues. Light smoke, allspice, and briar leads to a mélange of berries, including black raspberry, red currant, blackberry, and a smidge of blueberry. With time, black licorice aromas emerge. It is smooth upon initial entry… Read more

2012 Dry Creek Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Opaque purple color, lightening to crimson at the edge. Hillside grown in the Dry Creek Valley, with an average vine age of over 90 years, this Zinfandel showcases the best qualities of the varietal, the growing region, and the concentration of old… Read more

2013 J Vineyards Vin Gris, Russian River Valley

So many rosés are blasé — but not this one, crafted from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Brilliant salmon in hue, it offers aromas of buttery strawberry compote, apple, tropical fruit and a hint of earthiness…. Read more

2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Pure Californian, this wine is all about fruit forwardness and concentration, sans the earthiness associated with Burgundian Pinot Noir. It has a deep, fruit-laden nose of concentrated strawberry and cherry, along with shadings of vanilla and baking… Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

This nicely balanced wine showcases tiers of flavors, including vanilla, butter, not-quite-ripe pineapple, poached apple and baking spices. Its finish echoes the butter and spiced fruit impressions, a nod to the nine months that the wine spent in… Read more