• Donati Family Vineyard The Immigrant Central Coast 2012

    Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The aromatics are quite complex with scents of wet, fallen leaves, earth, mineral, dense black fruits, tart cherry, and brown baking spices accented by a generous dose of toasted oak. The palate echoes the nose with a dense berry-driven core flanked by generous notes of dried herbs, earth, spice, and oak. This is a big wine with impeccible balance and great length with moderate tannins. $40 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Donati Family Vineyard Ezio Cabernet Sauvignon Paicines 2012

    Deep, dark garnet red with accents of ruby. The nose is vibrant with scents of forest floor, red and black berries, toasted oak, and loads of brown baking spices and hints of cedar. The palate confirms the nose delivering a rich and generous berry-driven core with notes of spice, earth, and oak in support. Big and bold while being perfectly balanced offering a fresh dose of acidity, soft tannins, and long, lingering flavors finishing with sweet spice notes. $40 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Kennedy Shah La Vie en Rouge Columbia Valley 2012

    Brilliant ruby color. Deep black plum notes take the lead with scents of raspberry and blueberry with hints of earth, spice, and black coffee. The palate confirms the nose with a ripe berry fruit focus supported by notes of tart cherry, brown spices, oak, and dried herbs. Round and full with great balance, complexity, low-tannins, and a very welcomed moderate dose alcohol. $14 – 4.5 Stars – 94 points

  • Kennedy Shah Merlot Columbia Valley 2012

    Deep garnet red color. Dense, concentrated red and black berries take the lead with mineral, earth, and brown spices in support. The palate is just as rich with black cherry taking the lead with accents of cassis, coffee bean, earth, and oak. This is a bold Merlot with moderate, firm tannins, and long lingering earth tones. $14 – 3 Stars – 85 points

  • Dussek Family Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley 2012

    Deep, dark ruby red with purple edges. The nose is wonderfully fragrant and floral with violets in the lead married with ripe cherry, plum, and cassis with hints of dark roast coffee, allspice, and vanilla. The palate fully confirms the nose delivering a rich and concentrated fruit centric core with loads of brown baking spices, cigar box, chocolate, and sweet earth tones in support. This is a generous Syrah with its greatest attribute being balance and complexity. It doesn't hurt that it's a pure pleasure to sip. Made with 100% Syrah. $20 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Kennedy Shah Tempranillo Columbia Valley 2011

    Brilliant, bright ruby red color. The nose reveals a lush and juicy wine with loads of black and red fruits with violets, brown baking spices, and hints of vanilla. The palate echoes the nose delivering a big and juicy fruit forward wine with ripe, sweet cherry and blackberry supported by hints of tart berries, and spice. Lush and decadent this wine is made for drinking today with great balance and soft, subtle tannins. Made with 100% Tempranillo. $20 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Kennedy Shah Picnic White Columbia Valley 2013

    Bright, pale straw color. The nose offers delicate floral notes with scents of hay, citrus, pomello, mineral, and green apple. The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering fresh and vibrant flavors. Soft and crisp this is a a beautiful, medium weight wine ready to drink. $14 – 3.5 Stars – 88 points

  • Hudson Shah Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012

    Deepest, darkest ruby red color. Lovely ripe red and black fruits (with red cherry and blackberry battling fore the lead) fill the nose with accents of mineral, spice, and soft earth notes. The palate confirms the nose delivering a juicy, ripe fruit core with tart berries, brown spices, and mineral in support offering complexity. Full bodies and generous with silky fruit and complex spice notes adding interest with little to no tannins in the mix. $14 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Chateau Lassègue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2005

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    Deepest, darkest ruby red from center to the edges. Dense, ripe cherry, cassis, and plum with supporting notes of chocolate married with bright herbs featuring a bright, sweet rosemary note free of pine-like resin with hints of mineral and toasted oak infused with brown baking spices. The palate reflects and extends the complexity and richness of that which the aromatics promise. The fruit is layered with mineral, earth, oak, and spice. Intense with tight aromas and flavors that will not reveal themselves unless given time to breathe. The tannins are quite formidable at this stage but a few hours of aeration begins to soften the edges. $150 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Cornerstone Cellars Black Label Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2012

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    Brilliant deep ruby color with scarlet highlights. After aerating (you should decant this wine) the true aromatics emerge offering scents of ripe raspberry, cherry, and red currants with cranberry, tart cherries, mineral, thyme, cranberry, toasted oak with subtle hints of vanilla, and nutmeg. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a rich and broad palate that focuses on the interplay of ripe and tart berries with supporting earth, oak, and spice notes that add intrigue. Simply beautiful. The ideally balanced wine is rich while vibrant and multilayered with great length and soft, chewy tannins. $45 – 5 Stars – 97 points

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