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2013 Murphy-Goode Merlot, California

Nearly opaque dark garnet hue. The bright nose shows ample fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit, with shadings of oak spice and vanilla. It sports a medium body. After mid-palate, drying tannins pop up that lead to a juicy finish. This is a simple,... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Dusty. That’s the word that keeps coming up when smelling, tasting and ultimately swallowing this wine. It’s dusty in the nose, before revealing some black berry fruit in the mouth. And in the finish, some spicy and… yes… dusty tannins are... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay, North Coast

Medium straw in color, this is a simple, inoffensive rendition of Chardonnay, with Gage plum, a slathering of butter and some oak-tinged flavors in the background. Impressions of buttered fruit and baking spice linger on the finish. MSRP: $14... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Bright medium straw in hue, this wine shows toasty oak, smoke and some butter in the nose, leading to plump tropical fruit in the mouth. It’s a workhorse, value-priced wine that would pair nicely with simple fare such a grilled chicken or a turkey... Read more

2012 Hess Select Pinot Noir, Central Coast

Nearly transparent light coral/ruby color, lightening at the rim. At first sniff, ample menthol-laced black cherry fruit is evident, with notes of strawberry and tea leaf. There is noticeable heat from the stated 14.5% alcohol. An easy to drink red... Read more

2012 Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

The North Coast appellation in California encompasses the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and this is the source for this user-friendly red. In the glass, it is an opaque deep crimson color. Juicy red currant and sweet cherry fruit make the... Read more

2013 Silver Palm Chardonnay, North Coast

The North Coast appellation in California encompasses the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and this is the source for this user-friendly white. Bright straw in color, it displays moderate scents of vanilla, butter, and woodspice, all wrapped... Read more

2013 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti

Castello di Gabbiano sells this entry-level Chianti in large format bottles, but its affordability belies a more serious beverage than similarly priced/bottled wines. Compared to those skunky pizza parlor Chiantis, this is a fresh, energetic wine,... Read more

2012 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir, Mendocino County

No aging is necessary for this light-styled Pinot Noir, which is light garnet in color, clearing at the rim. Possessing medium-grained tannins, the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum includes stewed tomato, light cherry, clove and tea leaf. MSRP:... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay, Monterey

The “Unoaked” designation provides an opportunity to taste what Chardonnay grapes smell and taste like without the addition of aromas and flavors provided by oak barrels, staves or chips. In this case, Carmel Road has crafted a light, easy... Read more