Posts Tagged California

2014 Carmel Road Unoaked Chardonnay, Monterey

Medium straw color in the glass. While Chardonnay is still the white wine of choice in restaurants and the marketplace, not everyone wants a glassful of butter, spice and cream every time. Unoaked Chardonnays let the fruit shine through. In this... Read more

2015 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, California

Pinot Grigio – it’s not just from Italy anymore. Movie star Drew Barrymore is a fan of this crisp white wine, and has partnered with Carmel Road winery to produce a delicious rendition. A mélange of aromas and flavors delight the senses –... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Opaque dark crimson color. At first swirl and sniff, aromas of black fruits, a pinch of green herbs, and earthy woodspice lead to a mouthful of black berry fruit. Medium-full in body, the tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive. The finish is... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Merlot, California

Nearly opaque dark garnet hue. The bright nose shows ample fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit, with shadings of oak spice and vanilla. It sports a medium body. After mid-palate, drying tannins pop up that lead to a juicy finish. This is a simple,... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Red Wine Blend, California

Many people turn up their noses at multi-variety wines made from grapes grown in multiple areas. Not us. All we at Wine Lines care about is what’s in the glass, and when this Red Wine Blend is in our glass, we’re very happy. Syrah is the primary... Read more

2014 Murphy-Goode Chardonnay, California

Not every California Chardonnay aspires to be a Grand Cru white Burgundy. Some are made to be straightforward, gulpable, and priced for everyday consumption. That was the philosophy of winemaker David Ready, Jr. when he crafted this bottling, and it... Read more

2014 Murphy-Goode Pinot Grigio, California

In the glass, it is a pale straw color, with some effervescence present. The pretty nose delivers plenty of sweet white flowers, honeysuckle, apple, pear, orange, and tropical fruits. This cornucopia of aromatics likely comes from the addition of a... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, California

Although the AVA on the label reads “California,” this cuvee comes entirely from Santa Barbara County. Mild smoke and spice notes frame fruit impressions of blackberry and plum, joined by a hint of sweet root beer. Serve with rich stews, or as a... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Bright and nearly clear pale yellow in the glass. The nose is sweet, honeyed, and floral, full of ripe honeydew, canned pear, sweet citrus, and pineapple. Soft in the mouth, it delivers sweet, rounded fruit flavors with a note of chalky minerality.... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Vintner’s Reserve, California

A brilliant straw hue. Butter toffee aromas and a note of vanilla cloak a mélange of honeyed tropical fruits. These fruits gain focus in the mouth, showing papaya, pineapple, and sweet mango. A kiss of honeyed butter toffee lingers at the finish.... Read more