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2012 Pedroncelli ‘Three Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, this wine exhibits an initial impression of tar in the nose, followed by ample red currant fruit and some spicy eucalyptus/mint notes. With time in the glass it mellows out, showing a hint of shoe polish, a sense of... Read more

2012 Paul Dolan Zinfandel, Mendocino County

The color — nearly transparent light ruby — is light for Zindandel, but the nose offers exactly what you’d expect from the terroir of Mendocino County: blackberry and black pepper, joined by a note of black olive. The fruit is sweet and jammy... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Riesling, Monterey

Riesling from California often is made in a style that surrenders complexity for sweetness. This is not one of them. A mélange of fruit impressions — apricot, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, banana chip — waft in and out of the glass, leading to... Read more

2011 Dry Creek Vineyards ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

A blend that uses all five red Bordeaux varietals. This wine is an enigma wrapped in an unriddled bottle. Initial aromas show little fruit, with wood scents of eucalyptus/mint, mocha, and a dash of dill being prominent. With an hour in the glass,... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘The Fumé’ Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Brilliant light straw color. Aromatically, this wine is a veritable fruit salad, releasing scents of honeydew, citrus, tropical fruits, and white flowers. In the mouth, there is ample acidity to balance against the plump fruit flavors. A ghostly... Read more

2012 Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Opaque dark ruby/purple color in the glass. Varietal aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, high-toned wood spices, licorice, bell pepper, tobacco, and olive. It is juicy and fruit-driven in the mouth, picking up moderate, rounded tannins after... Read more

2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Alto Vineyards’ Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley

When planning a meal — almost any meal — this could be your go-to wine. It offers notes of menthol/eucalyptus, cherry, earth, vanilla and paprika., and its grip in the finish suggests another two years of bottle aging could be in order. A solid... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Syrah, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Aromas of smoke and polished black fruits are accented by cola and woodspice. The black fruits pick up a creaminess in the mouth, followed by chunky tannins after mid-palate. This red would pair well with Santa Maria tri-tip or other grilled red... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson “Summation” red blend, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Not every wine needs to be profound. As Europeans learned centuries ago, young field blends were a perfect accompaniment to the varied flavors at the dinner table. Recently, New World vintners have begun to embrace this philosophy of blending. In... Read more

2012 Avant Red Blend, California

A century ago in California, most red wines were field blends of multiple grape varietals. As time passed, California winemakers began to focus on making varietal wines. Now, the tide is turning, and blends that soften the sharper aspects of... Read more