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2013 Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Camelot Highlands, Santa Maria Valley

The Jackson Estate wines represent special bottlings from a specific appellation. For over forty years, the Santa Maria benchlands and hillsides have been producing world class Chardonnay. This one displays a clear, deep straw color. Lashings of... Read more

2013 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

A clear, translucent garnet hue. The nose is intriguing, alluring, and mysterious, throwing up scents of dried cherries, unripe strawberries, and dark tea leaves that waft in and out. Adding to the complexity are undertones of dark, fleshy fruits... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

If you’re looking for the typical Dry Creek Valley style of Zinfandel — briary and jammy — you won’t find it here. But read on; this is a Zin well worth tracking down. It’s crafted from grapes grown on vines that average 95 years of age,... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek ‘Jackson Park’ Merlot, Bennett Valley

For a young red, this wine exhibits a seamless refinement. Fleshy, full and fat in the mouth, it shows off notes of black cherry, fleshy plum and clove/cardamom. The tannins are well knit and well integrated, while the finish is long and smooth.... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Gap’s Crown’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Looking for a wine to sip while wrapping holiday presents? Look no further. This Chardonnay has a white pepper/mint/clove pop in the nose, part of a sweetly perfumed aroma that includes impressions of tropical flowers and Burgundian oak. It’s... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This mouth-coating, fleshy wine, crafted from two Pinot Noir clones, shows off deep dark cherry, assorted black fruits, earthiness and minerality. Great with game meats, lamb or duck, it’s a complex wine that has both the brass notes from the... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner,” Dry Creek Valley

A Bordeaux blend red wine. The opaque purple/crimson color leads to rich, expressive scents of leather, dark flowers, cranberries, blue fruit, and sweet herbs, all complemented by notes of roasted coffee beans. The wine is full in the mouth, showing... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine was barrel fermented, and then spent eight months in French oak barrels, a third of which were being filled for the first time. Yet there’s nary a hint of oak in the aromas or flavors of this fruit-forward wine. Rather, it shows off... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

A Sauvignon Blanc with a Chardonnay-like mouthfeel, this is the first Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc release that incorporates estate-grown Sauvignon Gris in the blend. Sauvignon Gris is a natural genetic variant of Sauvignon Blanc, and we... Read more