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2015 Wakefield Estate Merlot, Clare Valley, Australia

The wine is an intense opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Lifted scents of red raspberry and red cherry Kool-Aid join whiffs of violets, savory herbs, vanilla, and oak spice. Noticeable medium-grained tannins and cocoa powder dominate the palate,... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

With a tannin structure that quickly fades with time in the glass, this is a Cabernet to drink while others on your wine rack evolve. Blackberries and currants are up front in the nose, joined by notes of mocha, vanilla, cedar and just a hint of... Read more

2015 Wakefield Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Bright translucent light red coral in color, this wine has a noticeable earthiness, accented by strawberry and red cherry fruit notes. Good acidity keeps the palate fresh, and the earthy quality carries through to the back end, making this wine a... Read more

2014 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

If you’ve shied away from Cabernet Sauvignon because of the “big bruiser” style embraced by many Napa Valley and Bordeaux vintners, don’t let that stop you from trying this wine. While it’s not “Cabernet-like” in the traditional sense,... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Bright and nearly clear pale yellow in the glass. The nose is sweet, honeyed, and floral, full of ripe honeydew, canned pear, sweet citrus, and pineapple. Soft in the mouth, it delivers sweet, rounded fruit flavors with a note of chalky minerality.... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

This wine is medium-full in the mouth, with impressions of blackberry syrup and roast coffee. Not as complex as a typical North Coast Cab, but with enough stuffing to make it enjoyable to drink. And its youthful, fine-grained tannins could make it... Read more

2012 Decoy Red Wine, Sonoma County

There is nothing unusual about seeing a blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But adding Zinfandel to the mix? That’s reminiscent of the “field blends” that 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants concocted — and... Read more

2013 Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

This is a wine that’s easy to like, even if its aroma and flavor impressions are subtle rather than elevated. There are some nice cherry notes, along with red raspberry, black tea and menthol. There’s also a woodsy quality throughout, with a... Read more

2013 Decoy Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Frankly, some Chardonnays — particularly from California — can be a bit heavy during the hot summer months. Not this one. Medium straw in hue, it evokes marshmallow-vanilla, a vague hint of butter, apple and light butterscotch in the finish. And... Read more

2014 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley East Side

A vibrant pale straw color. It sports moderate scents of sweet pea, grass, citrus blossom, and banana apple, which all lead to a refreshing juiciness in the mouth. The fruit comes forward on the palate. It’s not a complex, herbal white Bordeaux.... Read more