Value Vino

2012 Pedroncelli ‘’ Red Wine, Sonoma County

Looking for your next “house red” — that dependable, yet affordable, bottle that you can stock up on and pour with confidence when unexpected company arrives? This blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah has a floral nose that… Read more

2013 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Transparent neon pink coral hue. Focused warm aromas waft from the glass, delivering cream-tinged red cherry and strawberry fruits and tropical fruits. On the palate, dried cherry is highlighted, with a plump juiciness that begs for the next sip…. Read more

2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent ruby color with streaks of violet. The wine offers up varietal scents of pectin, paraffin, light pepper, pie spices, and briary red and black berry fruit. These same Zinny flavors are echoed on the palate. This is a balanced Zinfandel… Read more

2011 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red, Barossa Valley

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Shiraz, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Nearly opaque dark ruby color. At first whiff, inviting aromas of dusty, sweet, mint-shaded red and black fruits are evident. It’s soft and sweet in the mouth,… Read more

Riesling… Torrontes… and Riesling and Torrontes Together

Riesling and Torrontes aren’t on the radar of members of the “Nothing But Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay Club,” but they should be. We recently sampled three bottlings from the Hess Collection family of wineries — a varietal Riesling… Read more

2012 Amalaya Torrontes-Riesling, Salta, Argentina

The term “layered” typically is reserved for plush red wines or rich and buttery Chardonnay. But here’s a layered white made from two varieties — Torrontes and Riesling — that individually are on the lighter side. The blend is 85%… Read more

2012 Colomé Torrontes, Salta, Argentina

A sweet tropical fruit aroma — think: tangerine, guava and kiwi — defines this thirst-quenching wine, brimming with bright acidity that provides plenty of pure drinking pleasure. Excellent as an aperitif, or pair it with a fruit salad or fruit… Read more

2012 Peter Lehmann ‘Portrait’ Dry Riesling, Eden Valley, Australia

Many renditions of Riesling are light bodied and restricted to two or three flavor impressions. Not this one, which is medium bodied and palate coating, with engaging aromas and flavors of limestone, cantaloupe, apple and peach, joined by subtle… Read more

2010 Glen Carlou ‘Grand Classique,’ South Africa

At a time when Bordeaux prices are high (when are they not, really?) and many California wineries are dealing with a challenging vintage, here’s a go-to wine for lovers of red blends. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises just over half of the cuvee,… Read more

2011 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Opaque purple/black in hue, with aromas of leather, game, a hint of smoke, blackberry, a touch of blueberry and clove spice. As the wine opens up, it becomes more perfumed. A fairly smooth entry gives way to medium-grained tannins in the back end,… Read more