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2014 Murphy-Goode Pinot Grigio, California

In the glass, it is a pale straw color, with some effervescence present. The pretty nose delivers plenty of sweet white flowers, honeysuckle, apple, pear, orange, and tropical fruits. This cornucopia of aromatics likely comes from the addition of a... Read more

2015 Wakefield ‘Promised Land Unwooded’ Chardonnay, South Australia

When some wine drinkers hear the term “unwood,” they fear the acidity of the wine may be through the roof. That is true in some cases — but not this one. The wine is medium in body, exhibiting apple-marshmallow and citrus notes. A beautiful... Read more

2012 Pedroncelli ‘Wisdom’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

For as long as we’ve been drinking Pedroncelli wines — which is a lot longer than our archived reviews indicate, the wines have been crafted for immediate accessibility: Buy them today, drink them tonight. So it was a surprise to encounter this... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, California

Although the AVA on the label reads “California,” this cuvee comes entirely from Santa Barbara County. Mild smoke and spice notes frame fruit impressions of blackberry and plum, joined by a hint of sweet root beer. Serve with rich stews, or as a... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Raspberry is one of the flavors normally associated with Zinfandel, and there’s an abundance of that fruit flavor in this wine. Other red and dark berry impressions also are in evidence, joined by just a hint of black pepper. Serve it with a... Read more

2014 Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia

Aussie bottlings of Shiraz often are described as “fruit bombs.” Down Under Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be soft and restrained. When you put the two varieties together, it’s pure blended bliss — showcasing delicious plum, blackberry and red... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

For three decades, this bottling has represented the archetypical style of “California Chardonnay.” Fat and opulent with good citrus acidity beneath it, the wine shows vanilla, clove and allspice infused in butter, joined by some oak spice and... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

This medium-bodied wine deftly melds its fruit and oak impressions, including apple, pear, light pineapple and hints of oak spice and butter. Nice and smooth with a kiss of buttered fruit in the finish, this is a solid house wine candidate that’s... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Wightman House’ Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Showing sour cherry and mild pepper notes, this wine from a tiny 2-acre vineyard seems closed and primary at this point. But it has a solid tannic backbone, which means it should evolve and open up over time. We’d love to be able to cellar a... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Looking for a “house white” for your house? You could do far worse than this dependable bottling from Dry Creek Vineyard, now in its 42nd vintage. While the nose is a bit closed when the bottle is first opened, gentle swirling during the salad... Read more