Value Vino

2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Mother Clone’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

The nose of this wine is not complex, but it’s certainly inviting. It has a sweet edge, with a note of black raspberry, a prickle of black pepper, and hints of cherry and root beer. As the wine opens up, a perfumed high note emerges. Smoother in… Read more


2012 J. Lohr Estates ‘Falcon’s Perch’ Pinot Noir, Monterey County

For people of a certain age, the aroma of this value-priced Pinot Noir may be reminiscent of Delaware Punch. A surprisingly complex wine from one of California’s venerable Pinot Noir growing regions, it offers up a basketful of berries, a squeeze… Read more


2013 Avant Sauvignon Blanc, California

Brilliant light straw color. Fresh and vibrant in the nose, delivering zesty lime, tangerine blossom, passion fruit, a note of banana, and cool minerality. Some light chalkiness appears towards the finish. This is a perfect wine for lighter fare… Read more


2011 Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina

Opaque dark ruby color. Scents of crushed black pepper intermingle with briary dark berry fruit. This red shows some fleshiness in the mouth, picking up licorice root flavors and showing soft, furry tannins. The bottle states that this is 100%… Read more


2012 Salentein Reserve Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina

The wine sports a brilliant pale yellow color with glints of green. Initial whiffs of light butter and vanilla cream pave the way to delicate white flowers, a note of citrus, and moderate apple fruit. Medium in body, it has a gentle mouth entry… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘friends.red’ 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