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2014 Girl & Dragon Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy

Light straw in hue, this wine shows flowers and honey in the nose, along with impressions of banana essence and marshmallow. Chill it down for a nice summer sipper. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi

This wine shows eucalyptus notes, a rubber band-like aroma, smoke, sassafras, vanilla, cinnamon stick and mild milk chocolate. Some fruit sweetness emerges in the mouth prior to the smoky finish. Not as jammy or fruitful as many California... Read more

2013 Brancott Estate ‘Flight Song’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

With wine, what you smell is what you taste, for the most part. This bottling, however, has a nose that promises a lot, but doesn’t deliver completely on the palate. Light straw in hue, with a glint of emerald, its aroma spectrum includes bell... Read more

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Eastside Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

Patience is rewarded with this wine, which has a pungent nose of green pepper, green melon, barnyard and canned pear when opened. With a good deal of swirling and time in the glass, that first impression subsides, leaving an herbal counterpoint to... Read more

NV Troublemaker by Austin Hope, Central Coast

Virtually every wine has a potential audience, and so it is with this blend of Syrah (54%), Grenache (27%), Mourvedre (12%) and Zinfandel (11%). Think of it as a Rhone-inspired blend with a California twist, and a unique aroma — like a graham... Read more

2011 Agua de Piedra Seleccion, Mendoza, Malbec

The 2010 bottling of this wine was decidedly "sessionable," with cranberry and white pepper notes giving way after an hour to black currants. But whereas that bottling nicely straddled the line between fruit forward and spicy, this one drops those... Read more

NV Mumm Napa ‘Brut Prestige,’ Napa Valley

Light straw in color with a persistent medium bead, this Napa sparkler offers impressions of sharp green apple, sharp grapefruit and tonic water, leading to a canned pineapple finish that starts lean and mean and ends sweet and syrupy. Although a... Read more

2007 Chateau Tayet ‘Cuvee Prestige’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

Lightly glass-staining translucent garnet in color, lightening at the edges. Polished leather and mocha notes are at the forefront, joined by dark currant. From the mid-palate on, chocolaty tannins slather the tongue. MSRP: $25 (December... Read more

2010 Chateau La Croix de Roche Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

A Merlot-based cuvee that includes Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this wine is translucent dark crimson. There’s a lot going on — spice, mint, chocolate, candied red fruit, bell pepper, smoked meat, leather, baker’s dark chocolate — but... Read more

2009 Chateau de Seguin ‘Cuvee Prestige’ Bordeaux Superior, France

Alcohol and muted, generic fermenting fruit on the nose, with a moderate bite and mixed berries. Red and black currants round out the palate with some green woodsiness in the background. Tempting to give a higher rating, on the grounds that it does... Read more