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2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, ‘The Flyer,” Russian River Valley

From Susanna’s Vineyard, using a combination of Calera, Dehlinger Swan, and Quail Hill Vineyard Swan clones. This red is pretty in the glass, with a bright ruby flashiness. High-toned oak scents of clove and peppermint play counterpoint to dark... Read more

2013 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Bright, a bit sassy and quite feminine, this wine offers notes of strawberry, baking spices, zesty orange peel and a hint of leather. The nose is intoxicating, including some minerality. The layers of aromas transform into layers of flavors in the... Read more

2013 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon ‘St. Andrews,’ Clare Valley

Opaque crimson color. Minty eucalyptus aromas and a dark flower perfume lead to ample black currant fruit. A nice thread of minerality is discernable in the nose and on the palate. Wood aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate have been seamlessly... Read more

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