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2012 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color. In the nose, varietal aromas of herb-tinged blackberry and black currant fruit co-mingle with notes of black licorice and chocolate. It is medium-full in body, with the fruit flavors carrying through to the finish.... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir, California

In the glass, the color is a nearly transparent light coral/ruby, lightening at the rim. The nose offers up sweet red fruits joined by licorice and spicy wood notes. It is light and feminine in the mouth before picking up some tannic grip at the... Read more

2011 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Mountain Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Savory scents of dried herbs, celery stalk, and spiced berry fruit lead to an initial juiciness on the palate that then dries out towards the finish. This red is well-suited to pair with grilled lamb, duck, or other... Read more

2013 Atalon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Bright straw color. This is a clean, straightforward rendition of California Sauvignon Blanc, showing aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest, light tropical fruit and a light thread of minerality. Fairly lush in the mouth, where 9% Semillon... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley/Adelaide Hills, Australia

This wine initially shows sweet vanillin oak, a bit of smoke and a wisp of pear. More fruit emerges in the mouth as ripe pear fruit comes to the fore. A kiss of buttered toffee lingers in the finish. A cool-climate wine that would be a nice... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Burnt chocolate with a licorice twist, fig, mild woodspice and moderate dark fruits are what you’ll find in this restaurant-ready wine which should complement a wide array of dishes, including a basic steak-and-potatoes meal. The finish fades... Read more

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