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2013 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight’s Valley

In the glass, this red sports an opaque, black/purple hue. Seductive scents of crushed boysenberry and raspberry sorbet play off of the wood aromas of clove and roasted coffee. Wisps of polished leather, paraffin, milk chocolate, and the perfume of... Read more

2015 Stonestreet Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley

With a tip of the glass, one is struck by the brilliant, pale color. Seductive scents of ripe grapefruit, Meyer lemon, nectarine, fennel fronds, perfumed white flowers, and other, subtler, herb notes promise much. It delivers, picking up a green... Read more

2013 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The wine is an opaque, dusty plum color in the glass. Varietal aromas of cassis, dark cherry, currant, and blackberry are accented by mocha, black licorice, a sprig of dill, green peppercorns, graphite, and menthol. It’s juicy in the mouth,... Read more

2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

One is put on notice that this is going to be a special wine when it is first poured. It is an opaque, glass-staining black/crimson, soaked with color to the rim. A quick sniff reveals hedonistic aromas of concentrated cassis, blackberry, and a hint... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

The wine sparkles with a deep, golden straw color in the glass. Lush scents of buttered, spiced apple, citrus, and fleshy tropical fruits provide a pleasant preamble for the palate-pleasing flavors unleashed upon first sip. Juicy and mouth-watering... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Endeavor’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Primarily known for producing delicious, immediately accessible reds and whites, Dry Creek Vineyard’s special Cabernet Sauvignon bottling is crafted to rival the best Bordeaux varietal reds hailing from California’s North Coast. One glance at... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Vagon Rouge’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tightly wound and reluctant to release, we recommend a splash decanting before drinking this wine. Do that, and you’re in for a real treat as it reveals its deep, dark, fleshy black fruits, particularly black cherry and black plum. The wine fills... Read more

2012 Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkeye Mountain, Alexander Valley

The Jackson Estate wines represent special bottlings from a specific appellation. For decades, the Alexander Valley in the northern reaches of Sonoma County have been recognized as a producer of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals Napa... Read more

2013 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

Refined and eminently drinkable, this is a rich and buttery — but not too buttery — wine that showcases notes of tropical fruit, clove and minerals. Beautifully balanced and not at all heavy handed, it would be a perfect companion to pork chops,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, Australia

Rich, elegant and ageworthy, this exquisite wine seamlessly melds the qualities of perfectly ripened grapes from two South Australia microclimates and a mix of French oak barrels. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes black currant, black cherry,... Read more