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2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

No list of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines is complete without the Bosché Vineyard bottling from Freemark Abbey. This wine is a three-vineyard blend from the Napa’s Rutherford district: 53% Bosché, 42% Sycamore, and 5% Red Barn... Read more

2010 Sequoia Grove ‘Cambium’ Red Table Wine, Napa Valley

Cambium is an interesting word to name this wine. It refers to the actively growing layer of a plant or tree between the inner wood and the outer bark. Essentially, these are stem cells in plants — cells from which all other, more differentiated... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills

This sparkler is a very pale salmon color with a persistent, medium bead mousse. The winery has chosen the proprietary name Sea Spray for this bottling, and it is easy to see (or, more to the point, smell) why. The first wave of aromas conjures up... Read more

2009 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa

Opaque black, lightening to translucent purple at the rim. Aromas of mint-laced cranberry sauce, boysenberry, and blueberry explode from the glass, followed by thick black licorice. It is lush in the mouth, superbly balanced, and continues to pump... Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the... Read more

2009 Peter Lehmann ‘Stonewall’ Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

The world of wine is not static; it’s ever evolving. Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, red wines from Australia had a justifiable reputation as “fruit bombs.” Now, however, the trend Down Under is toward a more elegant style,... Read more

2008 Leeuwin Estate ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia

Pale straw in color, with glints of emerald. Lovely aromas of grilled Meyer lemon, hazelnut, vanilla, smoke and pear lead to additional fleshier fruit flavors and creaminess in the mouth. Remarkably balanced, with a finish that seems to build with... Read more

2010 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Dark straw color. The nose offers up a cornucopia of seductive scents — honey, toast, butter, spiced peach, white flowers and a hint of hazelnut. The wine delivers in the mouth, where the flavors of ripe stone fruit, honey and butter blend... Read more

2010 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros

In the glass, the wine shows a translucent deep ruby color with lightening around the edges. It displays intense aromas of spiced cranberry, orange peel, dark cherry and a high note of fennel frond. There is a velvety weightiness in the mouth, where... Read more