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2015 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Sporting a brilliant medium-ruby color that approaches a translucent state, it would be easy to dismiss this as a wimpy glassful of red. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still young and developing, this wine begins with a demure nose that... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘All In’ Claret, Alexander Valley

Nearly opaque, with a deep pigeon-blood ruby hue. Pretty fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry lead to notes of sweet cedar, vanilla, and dried herbs. A soft entrance to the palate coats the mouth with velvety tannins. Then the... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

An opaque purple/crimson color in the glass. Varietal aromas of herb-tinged black currant and blackberry are followed by black licorice and oak notes of pepper and spice. Full and lush in the mouth, this red shows well-integrated, fine-grained... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

In the glass, a shimmering, translucent ruby red color. Scents of clove spice, roast coffee, and perfumed dark flowers intermingle with fleshy plum, sharp pomegranate, and red berry fruit. It is supple upon first sip, showing youthful, earthy... Read more

2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of... Read more

2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy... Read more

2015 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

This winery was one of the first to lay claim to making a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in California some three decades ago. Time passes, and… nothing has changed. The grapes for this bottling are sourced from around 40 parcels of the best grapes... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2015 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

La Crema winery has been on a tear as of late. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were uniformly outstanding. It looks like the 2015 vintage will continue their hot streak. This wine shows a brilliant pale straw color in the glass. The alluring nose... Read more