• 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

  • Route 152 Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012

    Bright ruby red color. The aromatics feature ripe and vibrant notes of raspberry with sweet red cherry and wild strawberries supported by barrel notes that included allspice, black pepper, and cardamon with hints of vanilla. The palate confirms the nose delivering a lush but crisp mouthfeel dominated by a ripe fruit core with flanking notes of spice, oak, and subtle earth tones. Ideally balanced with lingering tart berry and oak flavors. This is an undisputed “Best Buy” and perhaps the greatest Pinot value I have ever encountered. $10 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Helfrich Grand Cru Riesling Alsace 2011

    Brilliant straw color with hints of gold. The nose reveals a classic Riesling offering waves of orchard fruits with exotic tropical notes, a fine minerality, and varietal/terrior based petrol tones. The palate affirms the nose offering waves of complex fruit, floral, and mineral flavors. Each sip reveals formerly hidden nuances. Perfectly balanced and ideal for the dinner table pairing well with everything from roast pork to grilled firm fish and shellfish. $25 – 4 Stars – 90 points

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