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2014 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz, South Australia

Opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Aromas of eucalyptus-tinged red and black berry fruits follow through on the palate. It is medium in body, with moderate, fine-grained tannins that give it a sleek mouthfeel. Over several hours, it kept improving... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

The wine presents with an opaque, deep purple color. Peppery wood notes lead to scents of red berry fruits (think raspberry and cranberry). The fruit sweetens up in the mouth, and carries through to the lip-smacking finish. Enjoy this red with baby... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

Pale straw in color. One of the least known wine appellations in California is Clarksburg, located on the rich delta soil south of Sacramento. Here, mild winters and balmy summers allow Chenin Blanc to ripen to perfection. This white varietal has a... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘All In’ Claret, Alexander Valley

In the glass, it’s a nearly opaque, reddish-purple hue. Rising from the glass are warm scents of ripe blackberry, cassis, and black cherry fruit, followed by black licorice and, finally, a light dusting of vanilla and oak spice. It has a sweet... Read more

2014 Wakefield ‘Promised Land Unwooded’ Chardonnay, South Australia

Ever been to apple country during the harvest season? If so, you’ll never forget the sweet perfumed aroma in the air. This wine’s nose replicates that experience. In the mouth, a bit of slatiness and lemon zest lead to a sun-drenched apple... Read more

2006 Godwin Merlot, Sonoma Valley

One of the best things about the beginning of a new year is searching the local wine retailers for quality wines bought on closeout deals. I have had good luck here in my home town of Las Vegas. Often, these wines have a bit of age on them... Read more

2014 Atalon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Light, bright and refreshing, this wine exhibits notes of lemongrass, grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of lime. If you’re a fan of shellfish, this should be your house wine. MSRP: $21 (December 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek has been making one of Sonoma County’s most reliable Merlot bottlings for four decades, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling most of them. Although the 2012 growing season was cool in comparison to the nearly perfect 2013... Read more

2014 Wakefield Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

This is a Down Under Shiraz that walks a fine line between refined and in-your-face. Its fruit flavors — black cherry, blackberry and dark plum — represent the latter, while the subtle oak spice and restrained tannins define the latter. A good... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Vintner’s Reserve, California

A brilliant straw hue. Butter toffee aromas and a note of vanilla cloak a mélange of honeyed tropical fruits. These fruits gain focus in the mouth, showing papaya, pineapple, and sweet mango. A kiss of honeyed butter toffee lingers at the finish.... Read more