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2014 Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

The white shows a clear straw hue. Aromas of spicy oak and popcorn butter lead to a solid core of fruit – crisp pear, fleshy peach, and apple. Showing weight and coating the palate, flavors of buttered, spiced fruit glide seamlessly to a long... Read more

2014 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Putnam Vineyard, “Pinot de Ville”

Winemaker James MacPhail continues to follow his passion for Pinot Noir. Here he fashions a young seductress bursting with sleek lines and an initially demure presentation. In the glass, she presents with a brilliant, light ruby blush,... Read more

2014 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

There is a sense of depth to the deep straw color in the glass. Enticing aromas of butter-tinged vanilla, lemon curd, and peach waft from the glass, already knitting together nicely. Wisps of smoke and fennel poke through with a bit more aeration.... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Wildcat’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

There’s a lot going on in the nose of this single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Wildcat Mountain, including wild strawberries with a sweet edge, an engaging lavender component, freshly tilled soil, a sanguine note of iron and, after some... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Pratt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A translucent garnet color, lightening at the edges. Ah! There is something Old World and Burgundian in this wine’s aromas. Initial notes of damp cellars give way to delicate floral scents, light orange peel, and dark cherries before coming full... Read more

2011 Miner Family Winery ‘The Oracle’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

As a broad generalization, Napa Valley wines made from mountain fruit fared better than Napa wines crafted from valley floor fruit for the 2011 vintage. And so it is with “The Oracle,” a single-vineyard blend from the Stagecoach Vineyard in... Read more

2012 Wakefield Estate ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

We tasted this wine over a period of two days because, upon opening, it was quite closed. There wasn’t much aroma wafting from the glass, and there weren’t clearly identifiable flavors in the glass. But what a difference a day made. On day two,... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley

In the glass, the wine sports a straw color with obvious particulate matter and density, evidence of the long sur lie aging and non-filtered bottling style employed by winemaker James Hall. In the nose, smoky butter toffee cloaks the opulent scents... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Burnside Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Who says a California Pinot Noir can’t be light and ladylike? Sporting a translucent rose coral color that lightens at the rim, and a 13.2% alcohol level more reminiscent of Burgundy, this charmer offers up scents of rose perfume, red cherry, red... Read more

2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass, just beginning to lighten at the rim. After 90 minutes of decanting and aeration, the nose nearly leapt from the glass, full of lush cassis and other black fruits, eucalyptus/mint, and Christmas spices. With more... Read more