All Reviews

2015 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Sporting a brilliant medium-ruby color that approaches a translucent state, it would be easy to dismiss this as a wimpy glassful of red. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still young and developing, this wine begins with a demure nose that gives way to supple French oak shadings displaying clove spice, followed by dusty cherry fruit and a note of black raspberry. Oh-so-smooth on the palate, there is no sign of the 14.5% alcohol she is packing. Each sip goes down easier than the last. With a few hours of aeration, delicate rose petal scents surface. Will she mature and blossom in six to eight years? Only time will tell.
MSRP: $49 (April 2017)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2016 Tongue Dancer Rosé of Pinot Noir, Putnam Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A brilliant neon orange/salmon color in the glass. Made in the classic French saigné style from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this rosé exhibits a steely first sniff, unfolding in the mouth to reveal flavors of cantaloupe and tart strawberry. At mid-palate, a splash of rosewater adds intrigue. Finally, the crisp finish gives way to a chewy afterflavor of cashews and yeasty bread. Made in a dry style and sporting a hefty 14.5% alcohol, this blush is decidedly New World by birth, but carries herself with an Old World sensibility and sense of place. This calls out for a platter of cheeses and charcuterie, accompanied by crusty bread. It’s up to you which hillside winery you want to sit in to enjoy it.
MSRP: $25 (April 2017)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Single Deck’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

A crimson/plum color in the glass. Forward scents of sweet cedar lead to deeper aromas and flavors of currant, blueberry, vanilla, powdered cocoa, and a slate minerality. This is a complex, compelling red that begs for the next sip. Enjoy it with your favorite cut of prime beef, charred to medium-rare perfection.
MSRP: $45 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Terra a Lago,’ Alexander Valley

A nearly opaque crimson hue. The somewhat reticent nose hints at lifted cedar, dried herbs, and black berries. The rich core of fruit steps forward in the mouth, all plush and juicy. The soft, fine-grained tannins add to the velvety textural experience. Finally, an earthy note of fennel root emerges. This red has the structure to age a decade or more.
MSRP: $40 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

An opaque deep crimson color in the glass. Concentrated aromas of black fruits mix with scents of scorched earth and hints of tobacco, followed by a sweet wood perfume and black olive. In the mouth, medium-grained tannins are prominent, showing the youthfulness of this red. The black fruits fight with the tannins for center stage all the way through to the finish. Try with a marbled prime rib-eye quickly charred on the grill.
MSRP: $28 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2013 Murphy-Goode ‘All In’ Claret, Alexander Valley

Nearly opaque, with a deep pigeon-blood ruby hue. Pretty fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry lead to notes of sweet cedar, vanilla, and dried herbs. A soft entrance to the palate coats the mouth with velvety tannins. Then the juicy, sweet black fruits come forward, stimulating the salivary glands. This wine is delicious now as an aperitif sipper, but can also be enjoyed at the dinner table with red meat entrees.
MSRP: $28 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

This proprietary wine is a blend of all five red Bordeaux varietals.
An opaque, dark crimson color in the glass. A mélange of scents paint a rich, textured picture – huckleberry, black licorice, cedar, black berries, and clove spice. In the mouth, velvety tannins coat the palate, while additional flavors of mocha, boysenberry, and a pleasant iron-laden earthiness come to the fore. There’s a juicy acidity that carries through to the finish.
This may be the most complex and ageworthy Mariner to date.
MSRP: $45 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

An opaque crimson core lightens to a translucent red ruby at the rim. Dry Creek Valley is arguably the finest appellation for growing the Zinfandel grape and this bottling, made from vines averaging nearly 100 years of age, shows that pedigree. Uplifted scents of raspberry sorbet, white pepper, minerals, and mesquite are enchanting. Rich, fleshy fruit drives the palate impression, with notes of plum, currant, and black cherry popping up. Seamless and eminently gulpable, this red can be enjoyed on its own or with a wide array of bistro fare. Try it the next time you prepare spicy baby back pork ribs – my idea of the perfect match.
MSRP: $32 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Estate Block 10, RRV

A brilliant, clear straw color. Aromas of plump honeydew, apple, and ripe pear are enhanced by notes of vanilla and baking spices. In the mouth, the fruit plays off of the juicy acidity, while the clove and nutmeg spices gain focus. All this leads to a lip-smacking spiced fruit finish that lingers.
MSRP: $32 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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2013 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight’s Valley

In the glass, this red sports an opaque, black/purple hue. Seductive scents of crushed boysenberry and raspberry sorbet play off of the wood aromas of clove and roasted coffee. Wisps of polished leather, paraffin, milk chocolate, and the perfume of dark flowers add to the complexity. The plush mouthfeel delivers oodles of concentrated berry flavors, with the fine-grained, integrated tannins only appearing towards the end. Here, the lush fruit continues pumping to a juicy, lip-smacking finish, picking up some earthy licorice root. This is an incredible value at this pricepoint. Winemaker Kristina Werner has captured the bigger-than-life style that winery founder and namesake Richard Arrowood sought to produce.
MSRP: $35 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92

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