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2014 Carmel Road Unoaked Chardonnay, Monterey

Medium straw color in the glass. While Chardonnay is still the white wine of choice in restaurants and the marketplace, not everyone wants a glassful of butter, spice and cream every time. Unoaked Chardonnays let the fruit shine through. In this... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Opaque dark crimson color. At first swirl and sniff, aromas of black fruits, a pinch of green herbs, and earthy woodspice lead to a mouthful of black berry fruit. Medium-full in body, the tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive. The finish is... Read more

2013 Edmeades Folly, Mendocino County

This red blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, and Petite Sirah has the moniker ‘Folly,’ a nod to winery founder Dr. Edmeades. When he first planted vines in the Anderson Valley in 1963, people thought he was crazy – so he dubbed his first... Read more

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

Soft and delicate, this is what many wine drinkers expect when they open a bottle of Merlot and pour it into their glasses. Blueberry, black cherry and mild blackberry are the fruit flavors, which are joined by a hint of spice. For a satisfying... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli ‘Friend’s White,’ Sonoma County

Spring has arrived, can summer be far behind? This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer has been crafted with picnics and pool parties in mind. The sweet, fragrant nose conjures up honeysuckle, tangerine blossom, sweet melon, and tropical... Read more

2014 Murphy-Goode Chardonnay, California

Not every California Chardonnay aspires to be a Grand Cru white Burgundy. Some are made to be straightforward, gulpable, and priced for everyday consumption. That was the philosophy of winemaker David Ready, Jr. when he crafted this bottling, and it... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Drew’s Blend’ Pinot Noir, Monterey

The Drew of “Drew’s Blend” is actress Drew Barrymore, who partnered with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato with the goal of crafting a wine that would be perfect for sharing with family and friends — i.e., likeable to a wide array of palates.... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Snake Eyes’ Zinfandel

The aroma of this opaque purple black wine may fool you. It’s packed with impressions of brown sugar, baking spices, prunes and raisins — almost like a raisin pie. You then may be expecting a drinking experience like that offered by a well-aged... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Translucent light garnet in hue, this amalgam of Sonoma County Zinfandel vineyard fruit showcases notes of raspberry, sweet red cherry, and hints of black pepper, menthol and sweet milk chocolate. There’s a sense of hotness in the finish, so... Read more

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine... Read more