• Force of Nature Red Wine - Mossfire Ranch Paso Robles 2013

    Deep, bold ruby red to purple, the kind of ruby that would make Barbie blush. The nose reveals a lush fruit bomb with character and style. The ripe, lush cherry, raspberry and plum are foiled by scents of forest floor, oak, dark chocolate and subtle hints of clove. The palate is just as rich as the nose if not more. It's a carnival of freshly crushed ripe red berries with some black berries mixed in for interest. The secondary earth, spice and oak notes are rather secondary as lush, ripe fruit is the focus here. This is a big wine but not at all brooding or flabby. The alcohol is well in check and there is enough acid to keep inviting sip after sip and the cold, black tea tannins on the finish offer structure and depth. $18 – 4.5 Stars – 94 points

  • Helfrich Grand Cru Steinklotz Gewurztraminer Alsace 2012

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    Beautiful pale golden color with dozens of legs streaming down the glass. The aromatics leap from the glass offering a complex melange ranging from wild flowers to citrus, tropical, and stone fruits with a brilliant mineral edge. Delivers waves of ripe and semi-tart tropical and orchard fruits with candied ginger, mint, and exotic Asian spice notes. Like all great Alsace Grand Cru wines this one offers seductive, rich flavors while never losing its vibrancy. $25 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Pietra Santa Sangiovese Cienega Valley 2010

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    Brilliant, burgundy red color with just a bit of transparency. The aromatics are wildly complex with scents of ripe and dry red berries in the lead at one passing and then pepper, leather, earth, and brown baking spices take center stage. You can nose this wine for hours. The palate is lush and silky without being the slightest bit heavy or flabby as it is blessed with a generous dose of fresh, vibrant acidity that helps accentuate the complex melange of oak, earth, dried herb, and brown baking spices that flank the fruit core. Wonderfully generous with perfect balance thanks to the bright acidity and subtle tannin structure. $18 – 5 Stars – 98 points

  • Pietra Santa Merlot Cienega Valley 2010

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    Beautiful deep ruby to garnet red color. The aromatics are complex and refined with black cherries and plum in the lead with accents of dry earth, mineral, cedar, bark and cigar box. The palate is true to the nose delivering a complex and subtle fruit attack with a generous dose of earth, forest floor, black pepper, and semi-tart cherries. Ideally proportioned with a generous dose of acid and moderate, dry tannins. This wine is all about the superb balance. There is plenty here to chew on but the charm is found in its multi layers. Made with 100% Merlot. $18 – 4.5 Stars – 95 points

  • Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2011

    Brilliant pale straw color. The nose is quite guarded at first, packing a good bit of intensity but not wanting to show us its many layers. Time in the glass and a bit of warming up reveal green grass, gooseberry, red grapefruit, mountain flowers, pomelo, and star fruit with accents of mineral, and citrus zest. The palate fully delivers the promise of the nose delivering a full yet vibrant core with crisp acidity in support. A powerhouse Sauvignon Blanc with finesse. Be sure to let this breathe for 30 minutes or you will miss all of this wine’s most precious secrets. Enjoy now or cellar for five years. $30 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Bodega Garzon Albariño Garzon 2013

    Brilliant pale straw. The nose is wonderfully fragrant and complex with notes of apricot, red grapefruit, nectarine, green papaya, dark oolong tea, and mineral. The palate is fully simpatico with the aromatics offering a vibrant entry with lingering ripe and tart orchard fruit notes, accents of ginger, and lemongrass. A beautiful example of the varietal’s panache and power to refresh. $16.99 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Bodega Garzon Sauvignon Blanc Garzon 2013

    Very pale straw color. The aromatics offer bright and lively scents of greens leaves, grapefruit, lemon zest, and tart tea berries. The palate is in full agreement delivering a rush of tart citrus driven fruit with a healthy dose of grapefruit pith and Key lime. This is vibrant aperitif wine begging for chilled shellfish, baba ghanouj, or farm cheese. $16.99 – 3 Stars – 85 points

  • Bodega Garzon Tannat Garzon 2013

    Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The nose is rich and super concentrated with scents of roasted black berry, black plum, cherry, and eucalyptus, pomegranate, cigar box, and a bit of lapsang souchong. The palate fulfills the promise of the nose and then some delivering a mouth-coating black fruit essence with plenty of dried leafy herbs, mineral, and cocoa nibs in support. A real beauty that just gets better and better with more aeration so be sure to throw this in a decanter to discover its full potential. $19.99 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Pietra Santa Pinot Noir Cienega Valley 2012

    Bright ruby red color. The seductive nose offers scents of raspberry and black cherry with accents of strawberry, allspice, oak, heather, wild herbs, and hints of vanilla. The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering a silky fruit-driven core with flanking notes of brown baking spice, mineral, and toasty oak. Perfectly balanced with a refreshing dose of acidity and subtle tannins. Ideally proportioned and full of charm and style. This beautiful Pinot needs nothing but a glass but it compliments grilled beef tenderloin, braised meats, and charcuterie. A steal at under $20. $18 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Pietra Santa Signature Collection Pinot Noir Cienega Valley 2011

    Deep ruby red color. The nose is complex and multilayered offering waves of mineral notes with a dense berry center and accents of wild flowers, heather, black pepper, and toasted oak. The palate fully concurs delivering a concentrated, fruit-forward core with plenty of tart cherry notes to match the sweet raspberry and strawberry flavors. The rich fruit core is framed by toasted oak, brown baking spices, and omnipresent mineral notes. A generous dose of fresh acidity keeps this Pinot fresh and alluring. It finishes with mild tannins and a pretty spice melange. Please decant this wine and allow it to breathe for 30 minutes to reveal its many charms. $35 – 4 Stars – 93 points

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