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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

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

This is a fine rendition of an under-appreciated variety, with a nice perfume of apple and citrus blossoms. In the mouth, there’s a sense of minerality that accompanies notes of melon and white peach. Ideal with halibut or Mom’s chicken noodle... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Some wineries — particularly many in New Zealand — make “in-your-face” versions of Sauvignon Blanc. Dry Creek Vineyard opts for a more user-friendly style. The 2013 vintage has light notes of vanilla and butter framing pineapple aromas and... Read more

2013 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

The Sauvignon Blanc variety normally exhibits grassy, hay-like or herbal characteristics. This bottling does not. While not “varietally correct,” as some critics would assert, it’s still an enjoyable wine. Very light straw in hue, it offers... Read more

2011 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Aromas of vanilla, cedar, menthol, green pepper, and tobacco lead to ample black currant, cherry, and berry fruit. In the mouth, it is medium in body, sports a juicy acidity, and has a cocoa powder tinged tannic grip... Read more

2012 Doña Paula Black Edition Red Blend, Argentina

A blend of 60% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petite Verdot. Nearly opaque dark crimson/purple color. Charred oak, menthol/mint, and leather scents frame red plum and dark berry fruit. It is medium-full in the mouth, picking up earth and... Read more

2011 Hess Select Malbec, Salta, Argentina

The color is a translucent crimson with purple glints. Bright and light, the nose shows scents of red berries, red apple, and pomegranate, with later notes of sweet, red cherry. The wine is medium in body, clean, and sports ample juicy acidity. This... Read more

2010 Hess Select ‘Treo Winemaker’s Blend,’ California

There are five grape varieties — mostly Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with dollops of Malbec and Mourvedre — in this cuvee, so you may be wonderting about the “Treo” name. It refers to Hess Collection founder Donald Hess and his two... Read more