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2016 Tongue Dancer Rosé of Pinot Noir, Putnam Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A brilliant neon orange/salmon color in the glass. Made in the classic French saigné style from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this rosé exhibits a steely first sniff, unfolding in the mouth to reveal flavors of cantaloupe and tart strawberry. At... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

An opaque deep crimson color in the glass. Concentrated aromas of black fruits mix with scents of scorched earth and hints of tobacco, followed by a sweet wood perfume and black olive. In the mouth, medium-grained tannins are prominent, showing the... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Estate Block 10, RRV

A brilliant, clear straw color. Aromas of plump honeydew, apple, and ripe pear are enhanced by notes of vanilla and baking spices. In the mouth, the fruit plays off of the juicy acidity, while the clove and nutmeg spices gain focus. All this leads... Read more

2015 Wakefield ‘Jaraman’ Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills, Australia

Nearly equal amounts of Chardonnay from the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills went into the production of this refined style of white wine. In the glass, it is a pale straw color with glints of green. With aeration, restrained aromas of roasted nut,... Read more

2015 Wakefield Estate Pinot Gris, Clare Valley, Australia

In the glass, a pale straw hue. The perfumed nose evokes memories of orchards in the Fall, laden with ripe apples and pears ready for the market or press. Crystalline minerality adds a note of complexity. The fruit flavors follow through on the... Read more

2015 Wakefield Estate Shiraz, Clare Valley

A deep purple/crimson in the glass. Initial scents of menthol and eucalyptus lead to deeper aromas and flavors of blackberries, pectin, earth, fleshy black plum, black licorice, and a note of cocoa powder. Medium-full in body, with sweet, dusty... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent coral red color, with glints of orange. Unlike many California Pinot Noirs, who sport 15% alcohol and present more like a bruising Syrah, this shows a lighter, more feminine profile. The aromas include notes of sharp strawberry, cherry... Read more

2013 Cambria ‘Benchmark’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Earthy like French Burgundy but lighter in body, this is an easy-drinking wine that would pair nicely with just about any dish that includes mushrooms. It’s tough to pick out a fruit impression other than simply “red,” but interest is added by... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc, East Side Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

The pale straw color belies the sweet fruit aromas and flavors of this 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Those who favor dry, herbal, citric renditions of Sauvignon Blanc will scratch their heads at this wine – but will still gulp it down. Made in an off-dry... Read more

2014 Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc ‘The Fume,’ North Coast

A brilliant straw hue, this white offers up cream-tinged aromas of pear, apple, lime, and notes of tropical fruit. It’s medium-full in the mouth, showing juicy, fleshy fruit. That juiciness follows through to the finish and invites the next sip... Read more