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November 2018

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89 Amici Cellars 2017 Olema Chardonnay, Sonoma ($16)

Crisp and bright with silky texture and tangy acidity; pretty impressive for a bargain second label; Amici is the parent.

96 Bob Cabral Wines 2016 Cuvée Anne Rosé Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($100)

Deep, rich and juicy; bright citrus acidity and racy style; complex, fresh and long; remarkably Burgundian.

94 Bob Cabral Wines 2016 Riesling, Single Vineyard, Zallah Ranch, American ($65)

Racy and crisp with fresh peach and tight style; Mosel-style and silky textured, long and lively.

91 Craggy Range Vineyards 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road, Martinborough, New Zealand ($22)

Rich grapefruit nose; smooth and juicy with crisp grapefruit and lemon citrus; ripe and fresh, long and tangy.

93 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Chardonnay, Rued Vineyard, Green Valley Of Russian River Valley ($55)

Smooth, lush and showing tropical notes along with floral hints; silky and fresh, bright and long.

91 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch – Walker Hill Vineyard, Green Valley Of Russian River Valley ($50)

Bright, lush and juicy with minerals and rich pear fruit; tangy and crisp,rounded and deep; balanced and long.

90 Eberle Winery 2017 Estate Chardonnay, Paso Robles ($24)

Smooth and juicy with clean pear fruit; balanced and showing some length.

90 Flint & Steel 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa ($16)

Smooth, lush and juicy with tangy grapefruit, lime and spice; bright, lush and long with balance and style.

91 Girard Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa ($18)

Fresh, juicy and smooth, clean and lively; balanced, tangy and classic;long and bright.

92 Kim Crawford 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($18)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with lovely ripe fruit; tangy and crisp, a balanced, racy and long wine; pretty fine, even though Kim has left the building.

93 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Meursault, France ($75)

Silky and creamy with lovely pure fruit and soft toasty vanilla oak; juicy and balanced with notes of almond and pear; the way Chardonnay should taste.

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Maximin Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($16)

Juicy and deep with bright peach and lush apricot fruit; off-dry, rounded and long with depth and style; a great value.

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Pinot Blanc, Mosel, Germany ($24)

Mineral nose; silky, crisp and rounded with juicy, tangy flavors; minerally, fresh and long.

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Riesling, Monopol, Mosel, Germany ($22)

lush and juicy with smooth texture and a ripe style; dry and deep with a hint of sweetness; long and balanced.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Riesling, Kabinett, Herrenberg Vineyard, Mosel, Germany ($34)

Tangy and juicy with sweet, racy peach with bright, crisp acidity; fresh, lively and elegant with lovely balance and length.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Riesling, Kabinett, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel, Germany ($42)

Soft peach nose; lush, smooth and tangy with sweet, juicy peach fruit;lush and elegant, long and racy.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Riesling, Spätlese, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel, Germany ($46)

Sweet and tangy with notes of peach and apricot; lush, round and showing good acid structure; long.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2017 Riesling, Superior, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel, Germany ($64)

An off-dry classic made from selected old vines in this important vineyard; smooth, peachy and long.

91 Maximin Grünhäuser 2015 Riesling Brut, Mosel ($36)

Fresh, juicy peach and clean, crisp fruit; dry, lively and balanced with a long finish.

94 Merry Edwards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($36)

This always one of the definitive Sauvignons of California; smooth, lush and layered with notes of pineapple, peach and citrus; rich,creamy and showing vanilla, balanced and long.

90 Michele Chiarlo 2017 Le Marne Cortese, Gavi DOCG, Italy ($20)

Smooth and juicy with ripe apple fruit; silky, bright and deep, long and balanced.

92 Morgan Winery 2017 Metallico Chardonnay, Monterey ($22)

Silky and fresh with bright acidity and lively flavors that demonstrate that oak is not necessary if the fruit and the winemaking are first rate.

92 Morgan Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey ($18)

Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and crisp, racy style; fresh, elegant and classic.

91 Regaleali – Tasca d’Almerita 2017 Antisa Catarratto, Sicilia DOC, Italy ($20)

Smooth and minerally with juicy apple fruit; bright, fresh and tangy, long and balanced.

92 The Calling 2016 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($35)

Bright and elegant with tangy fruit and a nice hint of vanilla; balanced, long and smooth.

93 The Vineyard House Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Oakville, Napa ($75)

Bright, crisp and silk with juicy style and good balance; toast, vanilla and new oak; fresh, deep and long.

94 The Vineyard House Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Oakville, Napa ($75)

Smooth, rich and toasty with vanilla and a bright core of acidity; silky textured and long with depth and finesse.

94 Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, Alana Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($75)

Lush, juicy and smooth with lovely texture (no hard edges); rich, dense and elegant with crisp acidity and toasted oak; long and refined.

93 Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($55)

Smooth and silky with elegant, toasted oak elements; ripe pear fruit with refined, complex flavors, long, lush and creamy.

88 Wine Society NV Fate Premium White Blend, California ($)

Smooth, fresh and juicy; a blend of white varieties that is balanced and long.


RED

88 Alfasi 2018 Pinot Noir Reserva, Estate, Valle Central, Chile ($12)

Clean, silky and juicy with bright cherry and hints of herbs; crisp and long.

88 Alfasi 2017 Carmenère Reserva, Valle Central, Chile ($12)

Clean, smooth and spicy with an herbal component; juicy, bright and long.

93 Alois Lageder 2016 Lagrein, Alto Adige DOC, Italy ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth, dense and spicy with depth and rich blackberry fruit; a somewhat obscure Syrah-like variety that deserves your attention.

92 Alta Vista 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Smooth, rich and dense with creamy, toasted style; ripe, lush and balanced, deep and long.

94 Amici Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($42)

Bright, deep ruby color; smooth, elegant and showing lush cherry tinged by vanilla; a lovely, restrained yet generous wine, long and balanced.

93 Antica Terra 2014 Antikythera Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ($160)

Medium ruby color; bright, juicy and crisp with tangy cherry and racy acidity; elegant and showing complexity, layering, finesse and style; made by legendary Maggie Harrison.

90 Regaleali – Tasca d’Almerita 2016 Guarnaccio Perricone, Sicilia DOC, Italy ($20)

Deep ruby color; juicy boysenberry and plum, earthy and dense; soft tannins and good acid structure, balanced and long.

95 Bob Cabral Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Troubadour, Russian River Valley ($125)

Smooth and silky with round flavors and crisp profile; rich and tangy with lively acidity and fine structure.

88 Château Chantal NV Naughty Red, Michigan ($14)

Medium ruby color; smooth, juicy and bright with tangy acidity and fresh red fruit; refreshing and bright.

87 Château Chantal NV Nice Red, Michigan ($14)

Light ruby color; sweet, juicy and bright with tangy red berry fruit.

92 Château des Jacques 2016 Gamay, Morgon AOC, France ($27)

Smooth and juicy with lovely berry fruit and silky texture; spicy, tangy and charming; this is Beaujolais the way it should be; serve chilled.

92 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain ($50)

Lush, smooth and dense; silky, rich and juicy with charming plum fruit and spice; generous and deep, long and fresh, these guys can make killer wines.

91 Clos Venturi 2015 Chiesa Nera, Corse ($55)

Silky, juicy and spicy with notes of tobacco and toasty oak; smooth and tangy with balance and length.

88 Cult 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($20)

Smooth, fresh and toasty with soft herbs and plum; simple, clean and balanced.

89 Domaine D’Alzipratu 2015 Pumonte Red, AOP Corse Calvi ($22)

Smooth, dense and spicy; juicy and fresh, long and tangy.

88 Domaine de Terra Vecchia 2016 Rouge, Ile De Beaute IGP (Corsica) ($13)

Silky and juicy with lively raspberry and crisp acidity; fresh, bright and tangy; smooth and long.

92 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Azaya Ranch, Petaluma Gap ($62)

Silky and smooth; bright and juicy with cherry fruit and savory notes; crisp, fresh and long, racy and bright with serious length.

94 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Docker Hill Vineyard, Mendocino ($68)

Deep, rich ruby color; rich cherry nose; smooth, lush and juicy, dense and showing black cherry fruit and intense, elegant style, deep and ripe.

95 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Deviate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($72)

Deep, lush ruby color; smooth and dense with rich style and ripe black cherry fruit; soft and elegant, long and dense; deep and long.

94 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Devil’s Gulch Vineyard, Marin ($72)

Medium ruby color; smooth, ripe and juicy, tangy and balanced with finesse and bright Burgundian style; racy, fresh and long.

92 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, McDougall Vineyard, Fort Ross – Seaview ($62)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and tangy with crisp cherry and racy acidity; bright, tangy and long.

93 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Redwood Ridge Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($62)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and fresh with tangy style; crisp and pure, long and balanced.

91 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Fox Den Vineyard, Green Valley Of Russian River Valley ($62)

Silky and smooth with edgy tannins and tangy acidity; bright cherry fruit and needing time to mellow.

92 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Angel Camp Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($58)

Deep ruby color; toasty new oak with spice; juicy and crisp with savory, meaty notes, bright black cherry fruit; smooth and long.

94 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch – Emerald Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley Of Russian River Valley ($62)

Bright ruby color; smooth, silky texture, lush and tangy with ripe, clean cherry fruit; balanced, long and elegant.

95 Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch – Freestone Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($72)

Deep ruby color; velvety smooth texture; juicy cherry and berry fruit; loaded with pure, ripe flavors, elegant and luscious; long and lovely; made from grapes grown in one of Sonoma’s

90 Eberle Winery 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($25)

Clean, smooth and meaty with ripe blackberry and spice; medium-bodied, fresh and long.

88 Fetzer Vineyards NV Anthony’s Hill, California ($11)

Good ruby color; smooth and juicy, fresh and simple, but very drinkable; an incredible value ($5.50 per 750 ml.) and a perfect party wine.

92 French Bar 2016 Gold Dust Red, Rock Creek Family Vineyard, California ($19)

Dark ruby color; spicy nose; smooth, spicy and dense with ripe boysenberry and plum; deep, ripe and layered; long and stylish.

93 Groth 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Oakville, Napa ($140)

Rich ruby color; smooth and silky with lush, rich tangy style; juicy and long, linear with elegance and finesse; subtle and bright.

86 Jason Stephens Winery 2014 Meritage, Central Coast, Santa Clara Valley ($34)

Dark with an earthy nose; smooth, rich and green; decent.

88 Jason Stephens Winery 2014 Merlot, Santa Clara ($24)

Smooth, clean and juicy; balanced, fresh and simple, plum and raspberry, long.

96 Joseph Phelps 2013 Insignia, Estate, Napa ($250)

The first proprietary blend is still one of the best; silky smooth and mellow with deep, elegant flavors of plum, spice and toasted oak; balanced, complex and long, lovely and classic.

92 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2014 Ti Amo, Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($86)

Deep and dark, smooth, juicy with a tannic edge; lush and deep, balanced and rich, long; mostly Cabernet Sauvignon.

93 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2015 Ti Amo, Estate, Alexander Valley ($86)

Smooth and rich, tannic and edgy; round and dense with tangy berry fruit and good structure; long and balanced; another winner from this fine producer.

87 Les Vins Georges Duboeuf 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, AOC Beaujolais, France ($14)

smooth and juicy with tangy fruit and a long finish; edgy and crisp.

88 Les Vins Georges Duboeuf 2018 Nouveau, AOC Beaujolais, France ($13)

Deep ruby color; juicy, fresh and racy with bright, tangy style; tannic and long; another Duboeuf winner. Serve chilled.

88 Louis Tête 2018 Le Pot, Beaujolais Nouveau AOP, France ($15)

Smooth, dry and juicy with tangy and bright fruit; clean and fresh; a fine example of the new Beaujolais.

94 Luce della Vite 2015 Toscana IGT, Italy ($100)

Smooth and dense with rich berry fruit and tangy spice; deep and rich with intensity and spice; long and lush, bright and elegant.

90 Luce della Vite 2015 La Vite Lucente, Toscana IGT, Italy ($26)

Fresh, young and juicy; clean, tangy and long with lively fruit and a long finish.

93 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Pinot Noir, Nuits-Saint-Georges, France ($69)

Bright ruby color; soft cherry noise; tangy, brisk cherry and raspberry fruit; elegant, pure and nicely structured; balanced and long.

92 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($48)

Tangy cherry nose; silky and toasted, dense and juicy with ripe cherry and spicy flavors; rich, intense and elegant.

95 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Vintage 20, Russian River Valley ($120)

Commemorating the 20th vintage of Merry’s own winery; smooth and juicy with elegant cherry fruit and silky texture; long, rich and balanced.

93 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley ($68)

Dark, rich and juicy with bright cherry fruit and smooth texture; tangy and long with lovely balance and a balanced finish.

92 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch, Russian River Valley ($66)

Lush and dark with deep berry fruit and dense texture; rich, spicy and long; not exactly elegant but loaded with flavor and style.

93 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($63)

Dark and silky with linear style and juicy cherry fruit; stylish and generous, long and balanced.

94 Michele Chiarlo 2014 Nebbiolo, Tortoniano, Barolo DOCG, Italy ($60)

Silky, smooth and juicy with elegant, balanced fruit and classic structure; bright and juicy with lovely depth and graceful style.

94 Michele Chiarlo 2015 Nebbiolo, Reyna, Barbaresco DOCG, Italy ($50)

Pale ruby color; light and fresh with bright berry fruit and classic structure; elegant and aristocratic; lovely now; amazing in five years.

89 Michele Chiarlo 2016 Barbera, Le Orme, Barbera D’Asti, Italy ($18)

Deep ruby color; smooth texture with flavors of black plum, cherry and spice; earthy and lush, long and balanced; delicious and a great value.

95 Michele Chiarlo 2015 Nebbiolo, Faset, Barbaresco DOCG, Italy ($90)

Love ruby color; silky and smooth, dense and rich with notes of forest floor and earth; classic elegance and refinement, tqngy and long.

90 Michele Chiarlo 2016 Nebbiolo, Il Principe, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, Italy ($20)

Medium ruby color; silky, juicy and crisp with refined flavors and lovely balance; long and classy.

91 Michele Chiarlo 2015 Barbera, Cipressi, Nizza DOCG, Italy ($30)

Deep ruby color; very smooth with notes of earthiness, spice and black plum; juicy, tangy and long.

91 Morgan Winery 2017 Cotes Du Crow’s, Monterey ($20)

Smooth, silky and tangy with charm and finesse; a stunning blend that’s juicy and fresh and nicely priced.

92 Morgan Winery 2017 Syrah, G17, Santa Lucia Highlights ($25)

Deep ruby color; lush and tangy, smooth and bright a delightful rendition of the variety that is about to become the Pinot Noir of 2019.

89 Pedroncelli 2016 Merlot, Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($18)

Dark, smooth and herbal; spicy, dense and clean with balance and style.

91 Pedroncelli 2016 Zinfandel, Courage, Faloni Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($32)

Deep berry color; smooth, juicy and fresh with blackberry and spice; toasty, rich and balanced; long and generous, from a winery that knows its way around Zin.

88 Pedroncelli 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wisdom, Dry Creek Valley ($36)

Smooth and fresh; spicy and herbal with some weedy notes; silky and mellow, a bit dull.

98 Promise 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa ($250)

Deeply color; smooth, lush texture; intense plum and berry fruit with smooth sweet new oak and vanilla; lush and deep, elegant and stylish with notes of spice, toast and creamy texture; long and delicious.

96 Promise 2015 The Gratitude Napa ($175)

Deep ruby color; velvety smooth and luscious with spice and deep plum fruit, juicy, rich and showing sweet oak, toast and pure flavors; long and balanced.

88 Santa Martina 2017 Rosso, Toscana IGT, Italy ($13)

Clean and juicy, fresh and bright with silky texture and lively raspberry fruit; medium weight and fresh style.

92 Shafer Vineyards 2015 Syrah, Relentless, Napa ($95)

Silky and smooth with lush blackberry fruit and juicy acidity; deep, dense and balanced; crisp and intense.

93 Shafer Vineyards 2016 TD – 9, Napa ($60)

Mainly Merlot, this dark, handsome wine has herbal notes and smooth, lush texture with plenty of ripe berry fruit and spice.

96 Shafer Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select, Stags Leap District, Napa ($295)

Lush berry nose; smooth, velvety and rich with ripe plum and vanilla, toast and tangy acidity; a masterpiece of restraint and generosity; the flavors linger and the impression does also.

93 Silver Ghost 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa ($35)

Named for the 1909 Rolls Royce, deeply colored and rich; dense, deep and complex with notes of plum, cherry and vanilla; a remarkable wine at this price.

91 Soléna Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Extended Barrrel Aging, Klipsun Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($55)

Deep ruby color; lush and ripe with sweet plum and spice; intense and earthy, smooth and balanced.

85 SR 262 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($20)

Rich ruby color; silky smooth with pronounced herbal notes; lush and nicely constructed, but that herbaceousness is a bit of a drawback.

93 Tenuta La Fuga 2013 Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G., Italy ($70)

Mature ruby color; earthy, smooth and rich, juicy and complex; lush, meaty and long.

92 The Calling 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($37)

Rich ruby color; smooth texture and rich with ripe cherry and notes of earth; savory, long and balanced.

88 Treehugger NV Nero d’Avola, Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy ($13)

Clean, tangy and smooth with bright berry fruit; dense, juicy and ripe; rich, lively and long; . very nice for the price. Organic.

91 Twelfth Night 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Otago ($22)

Silky and smooth, dense and juicy with black cherry fruit and savory notes; deep and complex and a terrific value.

91 Viña Robles 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($26)

Intensely dark ruby color; nose of spice and herbs; rich, dense and spicy with rich plum, blackberry fruit and fine structure.

92 VinRoc 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coyotes Howl, Napa ($65)

Smooth and fresh, juicy and crisp; toasty, with vanilla and spice,lush, balanced and long.

88 Wine Society NV Tempt Premium Red Blend, California ($)

Deep, ruby color; smooth, juicy and clean with spice and herbal notes.

 

ROSÉ & DESSERT

89 Wine Society NV Chance Premium Rosé Blend, California ($)

Attractive pale pink color; smooth and fresh with vanilla and strawberry; crisp, round and smooth.

88 Les Vins Georges Duboeuf 2018 Gamay Rosé, Nouveau, AOC Beaujolais, France ($14)

Pale pink color; smooth, juicy and crisp; dry, racy and juicy; fresh and clean.

92 Michele Chiarlo 2017 Nivole, Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Italy ($20)

Foamy and fresh, sweet, rich and spicy with juicy, creamy style; generous, lush and tangy; long and smooth.

86 Adami NV Garbel, Prosecco Prosecco DOC, Italy ($15)

Juicy and fresh with lively fruit and a touch of bitterness; clean,bright and balanced.

90 Adami NV Bosca di Gica, Prosecco Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Italy ($19)

Bright, juicy and fresh with notes of peach and apple; crisp and dry with smooth texture and balance.

91 Adami 2017 Vigneto Giardino, Prosecco Prosecco Superiore, Italy ($22)

Lush and rich, dry and juicy with crisp acid and rounded fruit; elegant and rich, peachy and tangy, long and balanced.

88 Château Chantal NV Celebrate, Old Mission Peninsula ($16)

Rich pink color; dry, juicy and fresh with tangy apple fruit; crisp and lively with good length and it’s from Michigan!

94 Taittinger 2013 Millesime Brut Champagne, France ($103)

Fresh and crisp with elegant style and racy acidity; a lovely expression of this house’s Chardonnay-favoring style; tangy and juicy, pure and lively.

89 Vinicola Serena Gina Prosecco Prosecco DOC, Italy ($12)

Smooth, peachy and dry with clean, racy and fresh style; wow. what a value!

87 Sandara NV Wine Mojito, ($10)

Spritzy, crisp and showing mint and lime; clean and juicy.

87 Sandara NV Premium Sangria, ($10)

Spritzy and smooth, semi-sweet, spicy and long.

88 Tiki Tonga NV Tropical White, ($10)

Smooth, juicy and showing spice and vanilla; bright fruit and tangy acidity; clean and fresh.

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89 Dr. Loosen Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel ($12)

Juicy peach, crisp and smooth with clean, racy style; bright and fresh with tangy, lively fruit; long and lively.

90 Tenuta di Fessina 2016 Laeneo Nerello Cappuccio, Sicilia D.O.C. ($20)

Tangy and bright with crisp cherry and citrus; tense, lively and pure, long and balanced.

91 Tenuta di Fessina 2012 Il Musmeci Nerello Mascalese, Rosso Riserva, Etna D.O.C. ($22)

Medium weight ruby color; silky smooth and meaty with bright, fresh style; juicy and deep.

92 Weingut Robert Weil 2015 Brut Riesling Sekt, Rheingau, Germany ($47)

Bright and crisp, dry, fresh with notes of peach and citrus; a superb Riesling sparkler made by the traditional Champagne method.

92 Wittmann 2017 Weisser Burgunder, Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($36)

Racy and fresh, juicy and clean with smooth texture and good depth; lovely, dry and refined.

90 Alta Vista 2018 Torrontès, Estate, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Smooth and juicy with hints of peach and spice; crisp and a leaner style than versions of this variety grown in Salta to the north.

91 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($58)

Golden color; smooth and toasty with creamy texture and good balance; juicy and long.

88 Corsican-Groupe Uval 2017 Terra Nostra Vermentino, Corse AOC ($12)

Rich and juicy with dense structure and ripe fruit; dry, tangy and layered, long and bright.

91 Domaine Cherrier et Fils 2017 Sancerre, France ($21)

Smooth and crisp with tangy, bright acidity; racy, fresh and balanced with citrus and lively fruit; long and juicy.

89 Dr. Loosen 2017 Riesling, Mosel ($12)

Silky and elegant with lovely off-dry fruit and fine acid structure; racy and charming at a great price.

89 Dr. Loosen 2017 Dr. L Dry Riesling, Mosel ($12)

Silky, smooth and refined with crisp, tangy fruit; a lovely dry wine at a remarkable price.

Dr. Loosen 2017 Riesling, Blue Slate, Kabinett, Mosel ($22)

Juicy and crisp, off-dry and racy with lovely acidity; silky, smooth and racy.

90 Dr. Loosen Riesling, Extra Dry, Mosel ($25)

Dry, juicy and crisp with fresh, lively fruit and firm bubbles; fresh, aromatic and bright.

91 Eric Poli a Bravone 2015 Bianco Gentile Corsica ($45)

Dense and lush, smooth and rich; juicy and long with ripe fruit and depth; complete and complex.

90 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Mosel ($20)

Silky smooth and fresh with crisp apple fruit; dry and juicy, tart and long.

90 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Mosel ($20)

Juicy and lush with smooth texture and off-dry style; mellow and refined, long and nicely balanced.

91 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Brauneberger Vineyard, Mosel ($30)

Silky and smooth with dry, dense style; tangy and racy with crisp apple fruit; long and tangy, a great food wine.

91 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Kabinett, Brauneberger Vineyard, Mosel ($27)

Silky and juicy with fine-turned peach and apricot; sweet but with a good dose of balancing acidity.

93 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Spätlese, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Vineyard, Mosel ($42)

Layered and stunning, made from grapes picked in the sundial vineyard; masterful and elegant, sweet and tangy, a knockout.

92 Fritz Haag 2017 Riesling, Spätlese, Brauneberger Juffer Vineyard, Mosel ($34)

Creamy and luscious with crisp peach and tangy apple; sweet, juicy and rounded; balanced and long.

88 Ironstone 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi ($14)

Clean, smooth and balanced; simple, earthy and long.

85 Ironstone 2017 Chardonnay, Lodi ($14)

Clean, smooth and simple; decent, fresh and dull.

88 Ironstone 2016 Chenin Blanc, California ($12)

Fresh, clean and smooth with notes of peach and melon; bright and juicy, long and balanced.

88 Ironstone 2016 Obsession Symphony, California ($12)

Spicy, sweet and Muscaty with juicy, bright style; smooth, bright and long,

88 Leaping Horse 2017 Chardonnay, California ($10)

Smooth, clean and aromatic; lush and juicy with apple fruit; balanced, fresh and long.

88 Leaping Horse 2017 Pinot Grigio, Lodi ($14)

Fresh, clean and juicy; aromatic, smooth and luscious; long and balanced.

90 Lievland Vineyards 2017 Chenin Blanc, Old Vine, Paarl, South Africa ($19)

Lush and tangy with crisp acidity and smooth texture; fresh, juicy and long with depth and balance.

88 Luisi 2017 Moscato, Moscato D’Asti DOCG ($18)

Foamy and fresh with floral, spicy and sweet flavors; crisp, smooth and juicy style.

89 Luisi 2017 Pinot Grigio, Collio DOC ($18)

Smooth and ripe with bright, juicy acidity; crisp and deep, long and balanced.

90 Marco Felluga 2014 Molamatta, Collio DOC ($25)

Smooth, aromatic, clean and juicy; lush and fresh, minerally and balanced, long and bright.

91 Marco Felluga 2017 Russiz Superiore Sauvignon, Collio DOC ($28)

Clean, smooth and juicy with racy acidity; minerally, crisp and balanced.

91 Robert Mondavi 2017 Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley ($22)

Clean, fresh nose; smooth, lush and juicy with depth and a core of racy acidity; classic Mondavi style, long, balanced and stylish.

89 Schmitt Sohne 2015 Beerenauslese Pradikatswein, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Creamy and earthy, very sweet but lacking structure; soft and smooth.

88 Sera Fina Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sierra Foothills ($12)

Clean, fresh and juicy with tangy fruit and lovely balance; smooth, lush, long and a great value.

88 Sera Fina Cellars 2017 Pinot Grigio, Sierra Foothills ($16)

Bright, fresh and silky with crisp, dry style; minerally with smooth texture and a juicy finish; long and deep.

87 Sera Fina Cellars 2017 Viognier, Amador ($16)

Aromatic and clean, simple, crisp and bright; juicy and long.

89 Tenuta di Fessina 2016 Erse Bianco, Etna D.O.C. ($18)

Fresh and racy with tangy citrus fruit; silky and smooth, mellow texture and nice long finish.

89 Tenuta di Fessina 2016 Bianco, Etna D.O.C ($18)

Smooth and juicy with ripe pear and apple fruit; fresh, bright and showing a long finish.

88 Testarossa Winery 2017 Cuvée Los Gatos Chardonnay, Monterey ($21)

Golden color; smooth, lush and toasted; silky and smooth,balanced and clean.

86 Two Angels 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, High Valley ($17)

Smooth, lush and dense with soft acidity and a short finish; clean, dense and rich.

90 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Tradition, Rheingau, Germany ($22)

A clean, lovely wine with bright fruit and firm acidity; juicy peach and crisp green apple with smooth sweetness woven in.

90 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Rheingau, Germany ($22)

Silky, smooth and dry; tart, racy and firm with lean, linear style; long and balanced.

91 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany ($30)

Smooth, bright and creamy with lovely ripe peach; medium sweetness combined with classic structure.

92 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany ($40)

Stunning and smooth, balanced and showing refined tension between acidity and sweetness; another classic from this great winery.

93 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Spätlese, Kiedrich Grafenberg, Rheingau, Germany ($90)

Racy and crisp with tangy acidity and lovely creamy sweetness; a pure and classic masterpiece; juicy, fresh and layered.

93 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Trocken GG, Kiedrich Grafenberg, Rheingau, Germany ($90)

Silky and smooth, elegant and dry with juicy, dry, pure fruit; crisp peach and bright green apple; an extraordinary dry Riesling with depth and finesse.

92 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Kiedrich Turmberg, Rheingau, Germany ($40)

Luscious and complex, smooth and dry, peach and apple fruit. pure and balanced, long and elegant.

91 Weingut Robert Weil 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Kiedricher, Rheingau, Germany ($38)

Smooth and soft with juicy, dry style; pure, elegant with a subtle hint of sweetness.

91 Windvane 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($40)

Bright and crisp with juicy apple and pear fruit; clean, tangy and long.

88 Wittmann 2017 100 Hills Pinot Blanc, Dry, Rheinhessen, Germany ($18)

Smooth and fresh, clean and juicy with fresh, simple flavors; balanced and long.

93 Wittmann 2017 Riesling, Trocken, Estate, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Bright and juicy, like biting into a crisp apple; tangy and fresh, long and fresh, balanced and refined.

89 Wittmann 2017 100 Hills Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany ($18)

Smooth and juicy, clean and crisp; dry, lifted and elegant.

90 Wittmann 2017 Riesling, Westhofener Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Silky, crisp, dry and juicy with bright peach fruit; tangy, clean and fresh with a long finish.


RED

90 Alta Vista 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Deeply colored with an herb-tinged nose; crisp and tangy with silky texture and herbal notes, juicy and long.

90 Alta Vista 2015 Malbec, Terroir Selection, Mendoza, Argentina ($30)

Deep ruby color; clean, smooth and balanced with black raspberry fruit and tangy acidity.

86 Apaltagua 2016 Carmenère, Envero Gran Reserva, Estate, Colchagua Valley ($17)

Deeply colored and smooth; herbaceous and dense, rich and smooth with intensity and depth.

91 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Redwoods’ Edge Block, Anderson Valley ($60)

Racy and silky with savory notes and juicy acidity; bright and balanced.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Stony Terrace Block, Anderson Valley ($60)

Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy, lush and velvety; toasty oak, spice and cherry fruit; long and balanced.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, River Turn Block, Anderson Valley ($60)

Fragrant and lush nose; smooth and juicy with spice, berry fruit and tangy cherry fruit; crisp and balanced.

88 Buscado 2016 Garnacha, Spain ($10)

Clean, juicy and tannic; fresh, lively and smooth with ripe, tangy berry fruit.

88 Buscado 2017 Tempranillo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla IGT ($10)

Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy with crisp and clean black raspberry fruit; fresh, bright and long.

88 Calcu 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserva Especial, Colchagua Valley ($14)

Deep ruby color; herbal nose; smooth, juicy and meaty; crisp and herbal, long and lively.

90 Cline Cellars 2016 Cashmere Red Wine, California ($23)

A smooth, charming GSM from one of California’s Rhône varietal pioneers; medium-bodied with juicy, spicy style; long and fresh.

91 Cline Cellars 2016 Cashmere Black, California ($25)

Dark ruby color; smooth, dense with rich blackberry and spice; balanced and lush, long and deep

91 Cline Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma ($20)

Medium ruby color; smooth texture and rich, juicy style with depth and ripe cherry fruit; meaty and long.

92 Clos Teddi 2016 Patrimonio AOP ($25)

This smooth, juicy Corsican wine is a blend of Nielluciu and Grenache; it’s spicy, rich and interesting; balanced and long.

90 Eponymous 2013 Negociant Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($50)

Smooth and juicy with tangy acid structure; savory, lively and long; balanced; Robert Pepi sold his name, but he’s still making good wine.

89 Essay 2015 Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)

Bright, juicy plum and blackberry fruit; crisp and lush, long and tangy, fresh and lively; long and balanced.

92 Groth 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($65)

Silky and smooth with juicy plum and lovely texture; tangy, bright and racy, long and balanced.

92 Grounded Wine Co 2016 Public Radio Paso Robles ($25)

Juicy and fresh with tangy berry fruit; racy, lively and bright, balanced and long.

92 Grounded Wine Co 2016 Collusion Columbia Valley ($22)

Juicy and smooth with plum and black raspberry; fresh and balanced with tangy style and great length.

93 Grounded Wine Co 2015 Steady State Napa ($65)

Deep color; smooth and juicy with depth and plum, chocolate and dense structure; lush body and round flavors, long; Josh Phelps’ new label is packed with hits.

91 Ironstone 2016 Obsession Red Blend, California ($15)

Lush, smooth and dense with ripe berry fruit and spice; clean, smooth and layered, long and balanced.

88 Ironstone 2017 Pinot Noir, Lodi ($14)

Smooth and juicy with cherry fruit and bright acidity; clean and lively, balanced and fresh.

89 Ironstone 2016 Merlot, Lodi ($12)

Bright and juicy, smooth with plum, spice and juicy fruit; fresh, balanced and long.

88 Leaping Horse 2016 Red Blend, California ($10)

Deeply colored; juicy, fresh and tangy, long and rich, smooth, balanced.

90 Les Dauphins 2016 Côtes du Rhône Reserve, France ($13)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and bright with tangy blackberry fruit; fresh, lush and long.

91 Lievland Vineyards 2017 Pinotage, Bush Vine, Paarl, South Africa ($19)

Deep ruby color; smooth and deep with luscious blackberry fruit, rich texture and a long, ripe finish.

88 Lievland Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coastal Region, South Africa ($19)

Silky, spicy and clean with soft herbs and juicy plum; fresh, crisp and long.

88 Luisi 2016 Barbera, D’Asti DOCG ($13)

Smooth, clean and juicy with bright, tangy fruit; smooth, fresh and long; an amazing value.

89 Luisi 2015 Sangiovese, Chianti Riserva DOCG ($18)

Smooth, juicy and spicy, plum and violets; clean and showing good acid structure; long and balanced.

91 Marco Felluga 2015 Cabernet Franc, Collio DOC ($30)

Smooth and juicy with tangy and crisp plum fruit; juicy, earthy and long with soft herbs and a fresh finish.

91 Masi Tupungato 2016 Passo Doble, Rosso di Argentina Valle de Uco ($18)

Bright and fresh with tangy plum and blackberry fruit; juicy and balanced with depth and smooth texture; long and charming. Organic.

91 Parducci 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, True Grit Reserve, Mendocino ($25)

Deep ruby color; lush, herbal nose; smooth texture, plum and blueberry; toasty, juicy and balanced with depth and finesse.

94 Promise 2015 Pinot Noir, The Love, Russian River Valley ($95)

Clove and spice nose; smooth, lush, rich and juicy with ripe cherry and berry fruit; vanilla, new oak and a long finish.

92 Psâgot 2014 Peak, Jerusalem ($55)

Another stellar effort from the new wave of Israeli winemaking; smooth, lush and spicy with dense, ripe fruit and fine balance. Kosher.

91 Purple Heart 2015 Red Wine, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with clean, tangy flavors; bright, long and juicy,balanced and lively.

92 Robert Mondavi 2015 Maestro, Napa Valley ($40)

Dark ruby color; lush plum nose; smooth, velvety and rich with blackberry fruit and hints of vanilla and toast; long and balanced.

90 Robert Mondavi 2017 Pinot Noir, Carneros Vineyard, Napa Valley ($28)

Smooth, cherry-spice nose; smooth, crisp and juicy with savory notes and ripe cherry fruit; clean, fresh and long.

91 Robert Mondavi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($36)

Deep, dark ruby color; smooth texture and juicy plum and rich style, ripe and toasty, long and dense with lush Mondavi character; long and nicely knit.

91 Samuel Charles 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast ($30)

Smooth and juicy with vanilla and plum fruit; tangy, bright and long.

89 Snowbirds Vintners 2014 Red Blend Central Coast ($21)

Silky and fresh, juicy and bright with tangy berry fruit; earthy, fresh and long.

91 Stark-Condé 2015 Syrah, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa ($27)

Smooth and bright, juicy and crisp; boysenberry, cherry and spice with hints of earth; fresh and racy, long and balanced.

89 Tenuta di Fessina 2016 Erse Rosso, Etna D.O.C. ($18)

Racy, tart and tangy, bone dry and citric; juicy and fresh, tannic and perhaps best served chilled.

88 Testarossa Winery 2017 Pinot Noir, Cuvée Los Gatos, Monterey ($21)

Pale ruby color; crisp and savory, tangy and bright; long and edgy.

88 The Seeker 2016 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

smooth and crisp with berry fruit and bright acidity; fresh and tangy.

88 Valentin 2017 V Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Clean and smooth with silky texture and spicy plum fruit; simple and pleasant.

88 Valentin 2017 V Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Smooth, bright and juicy; fresh, balanced and showing blackberry fruit; bright and simple.

89 Valentin 2017 V Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Smooth, clean and deep with ripe berry fruit and silky texture; juicy, fresh and long.

89 Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany ($16)

Pale ruby color; silky and smooth, juicy and fresh with dense, tangy strawberry fruit; long and bright.

90 Viña Maquis 2012 Lien, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($35)

Deep ruby color; herbs and berry nose; silky, complex and balanced, long, fresh and tannic.

90 Viña Maquis 2015 Carmenère, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($20)

Smooth and juicy with crisp plum and some herbal notes; medium-weight and spicy, long and balanced.

91 Viña Maquis 2015 Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley ($20)

Juicy and crisp, smooth and bright, balanced and long with racy, fresh style.

90 Vina Penalolen 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley ($20)

Silky and crisp with racy acidity and spice; bright, toasty and herbal; long and intense,

92 Vina Quebrada De Macul 2013 Alba De Domus Maipo Valley ($45)

Deep, rich ruby color; smooth, rich and dense with spice, tannins and soft herbs; long, complex and balanced.

92 Vina Quebrada De Macul 2014 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, Upper Maipo Valley ($50)

Smooth and deeply colored with bright raspberry and plum fruit; juicy and long with balance and depth, complex and intense.

88 Vina Tabontinaja 2016 Gillmore mariposa Maule Valley ($20)

Crisp and tangy with herbs, spice and bright plum and berry fruit; clean and long.

93 Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Bernau Block, Willamette Valey ($65)

Soft cherry nose; silky, lush and fresh with cherry fruit, bright acidity and good depth; spice and tangy style.

88 Willamette Valley Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir, Whole Cluster, Willamette Valley ($24)

Earthy nose; smooth, juicy and lush; juicy, savory and crisp; long and balanced.

92 Willamette Valley Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Estate, Willamette Valley ($32)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and dense, chewy and rich with lovely fresh cherry and good acid structure; ripe and long.

90 Windvane 2015 Pinot Noir, Estate , Carneros ($45)

Deep ruby color; smooth, crisp and juicy with tart cherry and savory notes; savory and long.

91 Wittmann 2017 Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), Rotwein Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($24)

Pale ruby color; crisp and bright with racy acidity and juicy berry fruit; long and balanced.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

88 Apaltagua 2018 Carmenère Reserva Rosé, Maule Valley, Chile ($13)

Pale pink color; dry, crisp and juicy with bright acidity and some herbal notes.

88 Calcu 2018 Rosé Reserva especial, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($13)

Pale pink color; racy strawberry and citrus fruit; edgy, crisp and long; tart and balanced.

88 Funckenhausen 2018 Dry Rosé, South Mendoza ($15)

Pale pink color; dry and crisp, dense and smooth with some herbal notes; clean, fresh and balanced.

91 Grounded Wine Co 2017 Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles ($20)

Light pink color; juicy and dry, crisp and rich with lively acidity and smooth texture; lush, ripe and long.

88 Kenwood Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, Sonoma Coast ($22)

Salmon pink; dry, crisp and tangy with lively acidity and juicy raspberry fruit; dense and long.

88 Tenuta di Fessina 2017 Erse Rosato, Etna D.O.C. ($18)

Deep brickish pink color; dry, crisp and lively with tangy and spicy flavors of crisp apple; long, juicy and fresh.

91 Wittmann 2017 Rosé St. Laurent & Spat Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Soft pink color; juicy and crisp, dry and tangy, fresh and delicious; smooth and long.

90 Dr. Loosen 2011 Rosé Brut, Mosel ($35)

Pale salmon color; peach and orange nose; dry, crisp and rich flavors of orange, peach and citrus; long and tangy.

90 Princesa Brut Rosé Cava, Spain ($19)

Pale pink color; fresh, tangy and juicy with crisp acidity and a long, lively finish.

90 Enrico Serafino 2013 Alta Langa DOCG ($25)

Sleek and juicy with tangy acidity and rich, dry, racy style; fresh and crisp, juicy and long.

92 Enrico Serafino 2014 Brut Rosé Alta Langa DOCG ($27)

Bright pink color; fresh strawberry nose; fresh, crisp and tangy with lively fruit and racy acidity; long and bright, serious.

91 Enrico Serafino 2010 Zero, Alta Langa DOCG ($52)

Crisp and racy with edgy fruit and tangy citrus; fresh and extra dry with zero dosage; fresh and extra dry.

91 Mionetto Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG Dry, Italy ($21)

Bright and crisp with juicy peach fruit; elegant and dry, long and lovely; an exceptional Prosecco.

90 Princesa Brut Nature, Cava ($17)

Fresh, clean and juicy with crisp acidity and bright fruit; smooth,balanced and pleasant.

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WHITE

91 Herzog Wine Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Riesling, Monterey ($25)

Golden color; clean, sweet and tangy, juicy and fresh; smooth and balanced with fresh flavors and a nice tension between acid and sweet. Kosher.

87 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2015 Monti Garbi Valpolicella Ripasso DOC ($20)

Dark, dense and earthy; rich, off-dry and tasting of coffee and spice; smooth, spicy and long.

90 Alois Lageder 2016 Forra Manzone Bianco Dolomiti IGT ($30)

Aromatic with floral notes; smooth and dense with lush flavors qand long finish.

91 Bartenura Moscato, Sparkling, Estate, ($22)

Pale pink color; fresh and spicy with sweet, tangy and smooth style; lovely Moscato and balance, terrific for what it is. Kosher.

91 Bodega INV 2013 Alma Negra V. Blend Mendoza, Argentina ($18)

Deep golden color; silky, lush and smooth, dry, juicy and fresh; long, clean and balanced.

90 Cannonball Eleven 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley ($25)

Rich and lush with dense, rounded style; intense pineapple and melon; long and complex.

92 Cannonball Eleven 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($35)

Golden color; smooth creamy and showing lots of toasted oak; silky, smooth and bright with a core of crisp acidity; a serious and impressive statement.

91 Catena Zapata 2015 Chardonnay, White Bones, Adrianna, Mendoza, Argentina ($30)

Juicy and crisp with toasty oak and racy acidity; tangy and long, bright and showing lively citrus; snappy and fresh.

91 Catena Zapata 2015 Catena Alta Chardonnay, Historic Rows, Mendoza ($30)

Rich, vanilla nose; silky, bright and tangy with racy style; crisp acidity and smooth, balanced fruit; fresh, bright and long.

92 Chamonix 2014 Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, South Africa ($55)

Lush and rich with deep toast and vanilla oak; creamy, deep and showing a core of tangy acidity; silky and long.

91 Chamonix 2014 Reserve White, Franshhoek ($40)

Smooth, spicy and clean; crisp acidity and juicy style, ripe and balanced, lush and long.

89 Chamonix 2016 Chardonnay, Franshhoek, South Africa ($16)

Golden color; clean, tangy and juicy with fresh, balanced style; a really charming wine a really good price.

92 Domaine J.A. Ferret 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé, France ($40)

Smooth, fresh and crisp with juicy, tangy fruit; bright, racy and balanced; charming, yet complex and very well made.

91 Don Olegario 2017 Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain ($20)

Aromatic, juicy and bright; fresh, nervy and precise with depth, style and length.

91 Gradis’ciutta 2016 Chardonnay, Collio DOC, Italy ($22)

Creamy and smooth, rich and ripe with lush texture and good depth; a beautiful unoaked Chard from Italy; long, complex and balanced.

90 Gradis’ciutta 2016 Friulano, Collio DOC ($22)

Smooth, ripe and dry; juicy and crisp, fresh and balanced with a roundness and clean finish.

90 Gradis’ciutta 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Collio DOC ($22)

Juicy and ripe, tangy and smooth with spice and racy acidity; rich and balanced.

91 Gradis’ciutta 2016 Ribolla Gialla, Collio DOC ($22)

Spicy, aromatic and smooth; juicy and fresh, tangy and lush with crisp acidity; long and balanced.

90 Gradis’ciutta 2017 Pinot Grigio, Collio DOC ($22)

Lush and deep with minerals and ripe fruit; rich, smooth and balanced with a long, mellow finish.

84 Mercer Estates 2016 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills ($17)

smooth and soft, clean and decent; bland.

92 Michel Redde Et Fils 2017 Les Tuilieres Sancerre ($33)

Bright and ripe with tangy, juicy fruit; smooth, lush and racy with lovely balance and a long, bright finish.

88 Nebel 2017 Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany ($13)

Fresh and juicy; tangy and crisp, lively and bright with notes of candied apricots; lush and long.

89 Patient Cottat 2015 Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France ($16)

Silky and bright with tangy, crisp style; clean, racy and fresh; long and balanced, juicy and lively.

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Grenache Blanc, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($30)

Golden color; rich, spicy nose; smooth and lush with aromatic notes, rich and ripe with core of crisp acidity; deep and nicely balanced; a variety that is beginning to get traction; from a great Paso winery.

92 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Côtes de Tablas Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($30)

Golden color; silky texture and juicy, smooth fruit; minerals, ripe toasty flavors with notes of vanilla; crisp and layered, tangy and long.

90 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles ($25)

A silky, tangy blend of white Rhône varieties, fresh, juicy and crisp; fresh and racy with sleek, bright flavors; long and balanced.

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Esprit Blanc de Tablas Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($45)

Deep golden color; floral nose; crisp and smooth with juicy, complex flavors; rich, balanced and long with a ripe finish.


RED

90 1000 Stories 2015 Zinfandel, Batch 30, California ($19)

Deep ruby color; lush berry nose; smooth, ripe and juicy; dense, rich and spicy; long, balanced and generous.

91 1000 Stories 2016 Zinfandel, Batch 43, California ($19)

Deep ruby color; ripe and luscious with blackberry fruit and spice; tangy, long and balanced.

94 Agricola Punica 2014 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT ($54)

Lush berry and vanilla nose; smooth and juicy with deep, complex and elegant flavors; clearly, the Sassacaia folks can make great wine in Sardinia.

89 Angulo Innocenti 2016 Nonni Malbec, Estate, La Consulta, Mendoza ($14)

Deep, dark ruby color; smooth, velvety texture; ripe, juicy and dense; deep, rich and long.

88 Angulo Innocenti 2016 Nonni Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, La Consulta, Mendoza ($14)

Smooth, silky and clean with bright plum and good balance; earthy and herbal, balanced and long.

87 Angulo Innocenti 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, La Consulta, Mendoza ($18)

Smooth, herbal nose; silky, earthy and simple; decent and long, clean bslsnced,

90 Angulo Innocenti 2016 Malbec, Estate, La Consulta, Mendoza ($18)

Deep ruby color; ripe boysenberry fruit, dense and rich, lush and juicy; smooth and balanced.

95 Antica Terra 2015 Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ($160)

Silky and smooth with lovely structure and ripe cherry fruit; elegant, complex and long; this exquisite wine is made by Maggie Harrison, the talented winemaker who cut her teeth making wine at Sine Qua Non.

89 Apothic 2016 Inferno Small Batch Limited Release Blend, California ($18)

Toast and vanilla nose; smooth and lush with intensity and finesse; ripe, rich and dense; juicy and long with balance and style; a Gallo label.

88 Badia a Coltibuono 2015 Selezione RS Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy ($15)

Crisp, fresh and juicy with smooth texture and raspberry fruit; charming and an amazing value.

91 Badia a Coltibuono 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy ($22)

Bright, spicy nose; rich ruby color; smooth, tangy and ripe with plum and a hint of violets; juicy and long.

92 Badia a Coltibuono 2013 Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG ($35)

Smooth, elegant and beautifully balanced; tangy and crisp with black raspberry, plum and racy style; a lovely wine style and grace.

94 Badia a Coltibuono 2013 Montebello, Toscana IGT ($60)

Deep ruby color; smooth, ripe nose; deep flavors of plum and spice with tangy acidity; this an exquisite expression of Sangiovese; a masterful wine that speaks articulately of Tuscany.

89 Bonterra Vineyards 2016 Equinox Red California ($16)

Lush, dense and rich with ripe plum and cherry fruit; juicy and spicy with well-rounded flavors of plum and blackberry; a delightful wine. Organic.

94 Catena Zapata 2014 Nicolas Mendoza, Argentina ($125)

Silky and smooth; a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec; deep ruby color and juicy, ripe berry fruit; long and generous, fresh and elegant; refined and long.

92 Catena Zapata 2015 Malbec, Old Vines, Lunlunta ($25)

Bright, juicy and showing fresh berry fruit; tangy and lively, lush and silky with notes of vanilla and new oak; balanced and long.

92 Catena Zapata 2015 Malbec, La Consulta ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth berry nose; lush and deep with rich plum and berry fruit, ripe, juicy and balanced; dense and generous, long.

94 Catena Zapata 2017 Malbec, High Mountain Vines, Mendoza, Argentina ($140)

Dark ruby color; rich berry nose; smooth, velvety and luscious; deep, generous and balanced with fresh, elegant style; long and bright.

95 Catena Zapata 2014 Malbec, Nicasia Vineyard, Mendoza ($115)

Silky smooth with deep, dark ruby color; rich, berry nose and elegant,bright and juicy style; complex, deep and balanced.

94 Catena Zapata 2015 Tinto Historico, Mendoza, Argentina ($22)

The original blend that Domingo Catena created in the early 1900s; the modern version is silky smooth, and showing fine structure and elegant fruit; lovely and long; 72% Malbec, 21% Bonarda and 7% Petit Verdot.

95 Catena Zapata 2013 Gran Enemigo Mendoza, Argentina ($80)

Silky and bright with smooth texture and elegant structure; lush, juicy berry fruit and crisp plum; wonderful now, even better in ten years; balanced and long.

96 Catena Zapata 2015 Malbec, Argentino, Mendoza, Argentina ($140)

A gorgeous label featuring a likeness of proprietress Laura Catena is wrapped around a magnificent wine; deep, dark and luscious with rich, ripe, exquisite berry-tinged flavors; elegant and generous, fine and balanced; masterful and long.

93 Catena Zapata 2014 Catena Alta Malbec, Historic Rows, Mendoza, Argentina ($60)

Deep ruby color; lush berry nose; smooth, ripe, velvety and rich, tangy, fresh and stylish; generous balanced and long.

86 Chamonix 2016 Feldspar Pinot Noir, Franshhoek ($17)

Fresh and crisp with lively fruit and bright acidity; bright and balanced.

88 Chamonix 2014 Rouge Franschhoek, South Africa ($15)

Fleshy, herbal nose; silky texture and juicy plum; clean and long, tangy.

87 Chateau Remo Winery 2014 Grand Blend, Galilee, Israel ($35)

Edgy and tight with clean, tangy fruit; needs more time.

90 Chateau Remo Winery 2014 Hosen Blend, Galilee, Israel ($30)

Smooth and juicy with spice, herbal notes and silky texture; an impressive effort from Galilee in Israel. Kosher.

92 Croft 430th Anniversary reserve Ruby Douro, Portugal ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and rich with deep, intense blackberry fruit; ripe, spicy and toasty; quite a stunning wine for the price.

86 Domaine du Val Brun 2011 Saumur Champigny ($25)

Earthy nose; silky smooth and juicy, tangy and long; smooth and balanced. Kosher.

91 Domaine Pradelle 2015 Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage, France ($29)

Deep and dark; smooth and rich with dense blackberry fruit showing a hint of earthiness; juicy, tangy and long. Kosher.

91 Donnafugata 2016 Floramundi, Cerasuola di Vittoria DOCG ($30)

Smooth and bright with juicy blackberry and pomegranate fruit; tangy and fresh, clean and stylish; juicy and long.

93 Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Mount Richmond Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton AVA ($60)

Deep ruby color; lush berry nose; smooth, rich cherry fruit; full and balanced with depth and a long, balanced finish; another exceptional wine from this important winery.

92 Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Clay Court Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains AVA ($60)

Bright and juicy with racy cherry and crisp style; tangy, long and fresh; another stylish wine from this remarkable winery.

93 Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Five Mountain Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains AVA ($60)

Silky and smooth, juicy and fresh with cherry and savory notes; a testament to what Oregon can accomplish in the hands of a fine winemaking tradition at a great winery.

91 Eponymous 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)

Deep ruby color; rich toasty nose; dense and smooth with ripe, juicy flavors; rich, concentrated and long; from Robert Pepi who sold his name to Jackson Family.

90 Flam Winery 2016 Syrah Reserve, Galilee, Israel ($45)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and rich with blackberry fruit and spice; tangy and lush, dense and stylish. Kosher.

90 Flam Winery 2016 Merlot Reserve, Judean Hills ($55)

Fresh and smooth with silky texture; balanced with soft herbs and spice; clean and bright. Kosher.

91 Flam Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Galilee, Israel ($55)

Smooth, earthy and rich with balance and lush texture; rich, juicy with style and finesse; fresh plum, berries and good depth; long and stylish. Kosher.

93 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley ($45)

Deep, ripe ruby color; smooth, rich juicy and tangy; fresh, balanced and juicy; lush blackberry and a long, balanced finish; from a top producer.

87 Gillmore Wines 2014 Mariposa Maule Valley, Chile ($20)

Deep ruby color; dense and spicy with herbal notes; clean and long.

85 Gillmore Wines 2014 Hacedor de Mundos Cabernet Franc, Old Vine, Maule Valley ($40)

Lush, deep ruby color; herbal nose; smooth, silky and spiced, intensely herbal.

88 Gradis’ciutta 2015 Cabernet Franc, Collio DOC ($23)

Clean, smooth and herbal; lush and velvety, balanced with tangy acidity.

93 Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard 2014 Shiraz, Amery Block 6, McLaren Vale, Australia ($120)

Deep ruby color; rich, spiced nose; silky and tangy, juicy and pure with black raspberry fruit and amazing depth; made from 122 year-old vines.

88 Leaping Horse 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)

Clean, crisp and tangy; smooth with notes of vanilla; a damn good wine for the price.

91 Matar Winery 2016 Matar by Pelter Stratus Shiraz, Galilee, Israel ($35)

Deep and smooth with rich blackberry and spice; tangy and lush with silky texture and a long, balanced finish.

88 Meli 2015 Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile ($17)

Rich earthy nose; smooth, tangy and herbal; juicy and long.

91 Mercer Estates 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills ($20)

Smooth and lush with balance and style; juicy, toasty and rich, lush and long, deep and generous.

92 Midnight Cellars 2014 Estate Zinfandel, , Willow Creek District, Paso Robles ($39)

Silky, juicy and rich with tangy acidity and lush berry fruit; bright and lively with juicy berry fruit and racy finish,

91 Pacific Bay Vineyards 2016 Beckon Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)

Smooth, rich and tangy with ripe cherry and earthy notes; silky and fresh, dense and juicy with balance and style.

92 Pamplin Family Winery 2014 JRG, Columbia Valley ($30)

Deep ruby color; smooth, ripe and lush with balance and finesse; this is an over-achieving winery with a very impressive portfolio

91 Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($20)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and juicy; fresh, ripe cherry and spice; rich, long and balanced.

88 Predator Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($15)

Smooth, earthy and toasty with sweet plum fruit; spicy and juicy; a decent inexpensive wine.

88 Predator Wines 2015 Six Spot Red Wine Lodi ($15)

Dark ruby color; smooth, toasty and a little sweet; clean and intense.

89 Prophecy 2015 Washington and California ($14)

Smooth and bright, fresh and long with tangy fruit and lovely balance; silky and fresh, long and juicy; crisp and lively.

90 Ricardo Santos 2012 El Gran Malbec 2012 Malbec, ($35)

Smooth and deep with tangy, mature berry fruit; dense, complex and long with spice and depth.

91 Shirvington Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia ($59)

Medium dense ruby color; juicy and intense with good balance and structure; fresh and tangy with excellent balance; smooth and lush.

92 Sokol Blosser Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ($40)

Silky smooth and juicy with bright cherry fruit and racy acidity; tangy and lively, balanced and long.

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Mourvèdre, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($40)

Medium ruby color; bright, crisp, earthy notes; fresh and juicy, earthy and tangy, balanced and long, fresh and racy.

93 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($60)

Lush, rich and juicy with deep spice and mineral notes; smooth, dense and fresh with balance and depth; racy, layered and long.

88 Tabor Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee, Israel ($15)

Clean, bright and juicy with spice, racy fruit and acidity; smooth, rich and balanced, long and fresh. Kosher.

91 Tabor Winery 2012 Special Edition, Kfar-Tabor ($40)

Smooth, lush, balanced and rich; toasty, deep and generous; a lovely Bordeaux blend; bright and long.

87 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2016 Nanfre Valpolicella Superiore DOC ($14)

Aromatic and showing herbal notes and crisp acidity; clean, fresh and featuring a good dose of green herbs.

90 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2015 Selezione Antonio Castagnedi, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG ($45)

Dark ruby color; smooth and concentrated; intense, rich and showing ripe berry flavors; deep. balanced and long; a good price for an Amarone.

91 Teperberg 2016 Inspire, Negev ($25)

Dark and smooth with depth and juicy, clean blackberry and plum flavors; balanced and rich; balanced and complex. Kosher.

95 Tierra Roja 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($160)

Lush vanilla oaked nose; silky and deep with notes of mocha, cacao and ripe plum; rich and pure with toasted oak and lovely balance; sweet new oak and soft spice; long and elegant.

91 Two Angels 2016 Petite Sirah, Red Hills, Lake ($27)

Dark and rich with smooth texture and tangy berry fruit; juicy and lush, racy and long.

91 Wine by Joe 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($19)

Smooth, juicy and bright with fresh cherry and lively acidity; tangy and balanced with a long finish.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

90 Zion Winery 2013 Fortissimo Dessert Wine Jerusalem ($110)

Smooth with some volatility on the nose; lush and sweet, ripe and juicy; mature and long. Kosher.

90 Bervini 1955 Spumante Rosé Extra Dry Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy ($18)

Pale pink color; clean, fresh and juicy with dry. racy strawberry fruit; crisp and lively with a long, tangy finish.

88 Cleto Chiarli NV Brut de Noir Rosé Spumante V.S.Q., Italy ($15)

Pale pink; bright, peachy and crisp with smooth texture and a round finish.

91 Domaine Chandon California Rosé Limited Edition, California ($22)

Salmon pink; fresh, crisp and juicy with bright acidity; smooth, lively and balanced, snappy and long; a perfect poolside sparkler.

91 González Byass Tio Pepe Extra Dry Palmino Fino, ($27)

Golden color; rancio nose; smooth, dry and crisp with toasty, rancio and barrell notes; try it chilled with tapas, perfect. Kosher.

91 Maison CR 2017 Coeur de Rosé Prestige Côtes de Provence ($25)

Pale pink; ripe berry nose; dry, juicy and crisp; dense, elegant and long.

90 Maison CR 2017 Coeur de Rosé Reserve Côtes de Provence, France ($19)

Pale pink color; dry, juicy and clean with precise, tangy style and a long, bright finish; spicy and balanced.

88 Maison CR 2017 Cote D’Azur Selection IGP de Mediterranée, France ($14)

Pale salmon pink; crisp and juicy with racy acidity and a pure, long finish.

83 Nola Grace Cellars 2017 Dry Rosé California ($13)

Dry and thick, heavy and lacking finesse; oily and clumsy.

86 Scotto Cellars 2017 Anthony & Dominic Rosé North Coast ($15)

Tangy and crisp with juicy but short flavors; simple and essentially dull.

90 Bartenura 2016 Prosecco Prosecco DOC, Italy ($22)

Fresh, crisp and clean with juicy, lively slightly off-dry style; generous, ripe and long; balanced and lively. Kosher.

89 Bervini 1955 2017 Prosecco Millesimato Extra Dry Prosecco, Italy ($18)

Smooth, bright and juicy; dry, fresh and nicely balanced; tangy apple fruit with a lively finish.

98 Taittinger 2007 Blanc de Blancs Champagne Comtes de Champagne, France ($215)

Stunningly beautiful wine with seductive aroma and precise, elegant flavors; purity and finesse, bright, crisp and exceptionally long.

92 Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers 2005 Porto Cordovero Late Bottled Vintage Port, ($45)

Smooth and rich with juicy, ripe berry fruit; dense, tangy and sweet; bright and long. Kosher.

91 Splinter Partners Partner Sweet Vermouth, Napa ($38)

Spicy, berry fruit; smooth, lush and juicy, sweet and spicy, with hints of mint and pine.

93 Miles Madeira 2006 Colheita, Medium Dry, Madeira ($41)

Golden amber color; toasted, earthy, elegant and layered; juicy, deep and complex.

91 Miles Madeira 5 Year Old, Dry, Madeira ($24)

Golden amber color; smooth, lush and dry with rancio and depth; long and layered,

92 Miles Madeira 5 Year Old, Medium Dry, Madeira ($25)

Golden amber color; silky,smooth and juicy with rich fruit and depth; long and balanced,

92 Miles Madeira 5 Year Old, Madeira ($24)

Deep amber color; juicy and sweet,silky and elegant; long and lovely.

93 Miles Madeira 10 Year Old, Madeira ($29)

Deep amber color; crisp, tangy and juicy; silky, creamy and long.

92 Miles Madeira 10 Year Old, Dry, Madeira ($29)

Golden amber color; silky and juicy with candied apricot and crisp acidity; long and complex.

93 Miles Madeira 15 Year Old, Madeira ($36)

Deep amber color; tangy and elegant, silky, rich and tangy with sweet , toasted, rancio and elegant flavors; long, smooth and balanced.

90 Miles Madeira Doce Rich, Madeira ($17)

Smooth, rich and sweet, smooth and toasty; balanced and long.

88 Miles Madeira Rainwater, Medium Dry, Madeira ($17)

Golden amber color; smooth, lush and simple; ripe and off-dry.

90 Miles Madeira Dry, Madeira ($17)

Smooth, creamy and toasted; dry, tangy and crisp, long.

93 Miles Madeira Malmsey 10 Year Old., Madeira, Portugal ($42)

Rich amber color; deep, elegant, spiced, toasty and long; balanced and lovely.

91 Miles Madeira 5 Year Old, Madeira, Portugal ($24)

Deep amber color; luscious, silky and intense with sweet, toasted and rich flavors; long and balanced.

90 Miles Madeira Medium Rich, Madeira ($17)

Ruddy, deep amber; sweet, toasty and lush; sweet and juicy; long and bright.

91 Sokol Blosser Winery 2016 Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling Wine Oregon, Washington ($25)

Bright, crisp and clean with bright pear and peach fruit; generous and elegant with a long, clean finish.

91 Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry White Port Douro ($20)

Golden color; smooth, creamy and juicy with ripe pear fruit and soft acidity; long and lush.

92 Taylor Fladgate Historical Collection Reserve Tawny Douro, Portugal ($60)

Lush, rancio nose; smooth and toasted with ripe berry fruit, restrained sweetness and soft spice; balanced, tangy and long.

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90 Duca Di Salaparuta 2017 Colomba Platino Insolia, Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy ($15)

Bright and crisp. tangy citrus with smooth mineral notes; juicy, aromatic and stylish; clean and fresh; an exciting wine that would add a little heft to your oyster wine without being too overpowering; balanced, fresh and long, and a stunning value.

88 Covenant Wines 2016 Zahav Late Harvest Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain ($28)

Lush and rich with creamy texture; spicy and sweet with dense flavors of ripe fruit; long and balanced. Kosher.

90 Duca Di Salaparuta 2017 Kados Grillo, Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy ($18)

Silky and lush, an exceptional, complex white from the company started in 1824 and revived by the people who make Amaretto di Saronno; rich and tangy with citrus and peach fruit; long and lovely with great balance and style.

89 Nine Iron Wine 2017 California White Wine Blend Lodi ($18)

Aromatic, smooth, ripe and rich; juicy, bright and balanced; clean and long.

91 Meiomi 2017 Chardonnay, California, USA ($21)

Ulta smooth and rich with creamy texture and lush varietal fruit, deep and stylish; a blend of key appellations to yield a multi-faceted wine.

88 La Playa Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Certified Sustainable, Curico, Chile ($8)

Bright herbal nose; crisp, juicy citrus with pure, tangy acidity with background complexity added by soft herbs; balanced and long.

90 Berton Vineyards 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Metal Label, Limestone Coast, Australia ($15)

Soft citrus nose; clean, fresh and juicy leading to a lemony finish preceded by lively, crisp style with very pure tones.

89 Berton Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay, Metal Label, Limestone Coast, Australia ($15)

Clean, fresh and smooth with ripe and deep varietal fruit and showing a core of crisp, juicy acidity; balanced, rich and long.

91 Craggy Range Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Kidnappers Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay ($22)

Creamy and dense, rich and smooth; concentrated and lush with a long, deep finish.

90 Franz Keller-Schwarzer Adler 2017 Vom Loss Pinot Gris, , Baden, Germany ($25)

Juicy and dry, smooth and crisp with racy acidity; deep minerals, fresh and balanced.

90 Franz Keller-Schwarzer Adler 2017 Pinot Blanc, Vom Loss, Baden, Germany ($25)

Dry and fresh with juicy fruit and bright acidity; silky, crisp and balanced.

93 Amici Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25)

Fresh spiced nose; clean, juicy and heightened by the large (20%) presence of Sauvignon Musqué; smooth, rich and balanced with a bright, long finish.

92 Amici Cellars 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)

Smooth and elegant with juicy, bright style; crisp and silky, fruit-driven and long with lovely balance.

89 Olema 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($15)

Clean and soft with bright acidity and good balance as well as a bright and long finish.

88 Les Dauphins 2016 Cotes du Rhone Reserve, France ($11)

Clean, simple and smooth; juicy and fresh, how can this be so cheap? if you’re down to your last farthing, here’s your wine!

89 The Seeker 2017 White Riesling, Mosel ($14)

Juicy and fresh with crisp apricot and tangy acidity; bright Mosel style with clean, charming style.

88 The Seeker 2017 Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT ($11)

Bright apple juicy with smooth texture; fresh and clean, tangy and long,

92 Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma ($25)

Silky smooth and luscious with rich fruit and creamy texture; dense and ripe but with a core of crisp acidity; ripe balanced and long.

92 Covenant Wines 2017 Viognier, Blue C, ($28)

Aromatic, smooth and creamy with tangy, apple-inflected fruit; bright, balanced and luscious.

91 Covenant Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Lavan, Napa Valley ($38)

Smooth and rich with lush style; fresh and creamy, juicy and mellow, long and dense.


RED

89 Santi 2016 Vantale, Valpolicella Superiore ($15)

Smooth, juicy and rich with tangy fruit and racy acidity; fresh, balanced and amiable – and at a great price.

84 Duca Di Salaparuta 2014 lavico Nerello Mascalese, Vajasindi, Terre Siciliane, Italy ($25)

Bright, earthy and meaty; rustic and a little too funky for my taste.

93 Duca Di Salaparuta 2011 Duca Enrico Nero D’Avola , Suor Marchesa, Terre Sicilane IGT, Italy ($85)

Deep ruby color; notes of spicy, earth and berries in the nose; Intense and built to age; tangy and elegant; the star of a group that includes Corvo and Florio Marsala; rich, juicy and intense, long, balanced and complex.

92 Duca di Salaparuta 2016 Passo Delle Mule Nero D’Avola, Suor Marchese, Terre Sicilane IGT, Italy ($25)

Rich spice and plum nose; rich ruby color; smooth and spicy with excellent structure and deep flavors; a fresh and juicy example of this fine variety; dense and generous, balanced and long with plenty of gas in the tank for further aging.

90 Ironstone 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel Reserve, Lodi ($25)

Silky and smooth with spicy fruit and toasty oak; lush and showing chocolate and earthy notes; long and balanced.

90 Ironstone 2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Sierra Foothills ($28)

Deep, dark color; smooth and juicy with dense berry fruit and spice; tough tannins right now, give it aw few years to soften out.

92 Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Fairsing Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($50)

Smooth and clean, juicy, deep and savory with nice earth notes; ripe cherry fruit and soft spice; long, complex and balanced.

93 Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($50)

Ultra smooth and velvety; lush, rich and juicy with ripe cherry fruit; elegant and balanced, long and generous.

91 Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Xander-Taryn Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($50)

Dense and lush with smooth, rich texture; savory, deep and showing cherry fruit; long, ripe and balanced.

93 Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills ($50)

Deep and bright ruby color; crisp, smooth and fresh with tangy cherry fruit; juicy, bright and long with excellent balance.

88 Nine Iron Wine 2017 California Red Wine Blend Lodi ($18)

Deep ruby color; spicy, rich nose; smooth, lush and dense with ripe blackberry fruit; deep with soft herbs and spice; balanced and long.

92 Campo Alle Comete 2015 DOC Bolgheri Superiore, Italy ($57)

Deep ruby color; smooth plum nose; lush, elegant and complex with tangy, generous and rich approach; elegant, balanced and long; a new voice from Bolgheri.

92 Meiomi 2017 Pinot Noir, California ($25)

Deep ruby color; soft berry nose; a clean blend from three important appellations, each of which imparts a special character; smooth, spicy and rich, juicy, crisp and long.

92 Meiomi 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley, USA ($50)

Deep ruby color; soft, floral nose; lush, juicy cherry and showing lovely savory minerals and spice; smooth and generous, long and balanced.

93 Craggy Range Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinborough ($45)

Rich cherry nose; smooth and velvety with deep cherry fruit and juicy acidity; complex and dense, elegant and long.

90 Craggy Range Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand ($25)

Silky and fresh with crisp cherry and savory notes; smooth and long; from this superstar north island winery.

93 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Kite’s Rest Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($50)

Medium deep ruby color; soft cherry nose, smooth with vanilla oak and ripe. dense style; balanced, generous and long,

94 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60)

Deep ruby color; rich cherry nose; smooth, velvety texture with rich berry fruit; juicy and intense, balanced and long; a standout.

93 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($45)

Smooth texture; juicy, rich and dense with ripe cherry and spice; deep, balanced and long.

93 Black Kite Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($45)

Smooth cherry nose; lush, juicy and rich with ripe cherry and spice; deep, balanced and long.

86 Schmitt Söhne 2016 Relax Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany ($10)

Pale ruby color; soft berry nose; silky, bright and dry, clean and juicy; long and fresh.

88 Franz Keller-Schwarzer Adler 2016 Vom Loss Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany ($25)

Juicy and silky with savory notes, dry and tangy; fresh and juicy, tannic and balanced,

88 Franz Keller-Schwarzer Adler 2016 Franz Anton Pinot Noir, Baden ($42)

Silky and tart, juicy and long; tannic, edgy and long.

91 Franz Keller-Schwarzer Adler 2016 Pinot Noir, Jechtinger Enselberg Grosses Gewachs, Baden, Germany ($60)

Bright ruby color; smooth, juicy and crisp; racy and tangy, smooth and lively; dry, fresh and balanced.

94 Résonance 2015 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ($70)

Smooth, juicy and fresh; tangy, rich and balanced with elegant, lush style; quite Burgundian, no surprise since winemaking is overseen by famed Jadot veteran Jacques Lardiere

94 Amici Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)

Intensely dark ruby color; richly spiced nose; bright, rich and showing deep spice and blackberry; Lovely texture and length.

91 Olema 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma ($25)

Deep ruby color; rich berry nose, smooth and fresh with lush plum and berry fruit; deep and ripe with balance and a long, lovely finish.

91 Olema 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma ($20)

Deep, dark ruby color; juicy with notes of toasty new oak, fresh and smooth, bright and an exceptional value,

88 Zinsane 2017 Zinfandel, Lodi ($17)

Smooth and dense with spice and sweet ripe fruit; lush and concentrated.

88 Frescobaldi 2013 Nipozzano Sangiovese, Riserva, Chianti Rufina DOCG ($19)

Smooth and bright with spice and tangy plum; silky and showing hints of green herbs.

90 Frescobaldi 2013 Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Sangiovese, Chianti Rufina DOCG ($29)

Silky and fresh with bright berry fruit; soft tannins, spice and classic Sangiovese; balanced and juicy with a long finish.

88 Kenwood Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Six Ridges, Russian River Valley ($30)

Ripe berries and spice; juicy and ripe, tangy and long; eclectic.

92 Rock Wren 2013 Syrah, Solano, Green Valley ($25)

Deep, dark color; smooth and dense with rich texture and ripe berry fruit – boysenberry, blueberry and plum; intense and rich, long and balanced.

94 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2015 Isosceles Reserve, Paso Robles ($78)

Dark ruby color; lush and smooth with juicy berry fruit and lovely structure; generous and rich with elegant style and flavors that linger for a long time.

90 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2015 Justification Paso Robles ($60)

Soft herbal nose; smooth and juicy with notes of earth and green herbs; tangy and very approachable, long and balanced.

91 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles ($58)

Deep ruby color; rich spice nose; silky and lush with ripe blackberry and earthy notes; smooth and long,

93 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2015 Isosceles Paso Robles ($72)

Deep, rich ruby color; lush, ripe plum nose; smooth and dense with ripe plum and berry fruit; toasty new oak; lovely soft structure, elegant and long.

92 Landmark Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Sonoma ($25)

Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry fruit and savory notes; silky, bright and long, balanced and elegant.

90 Covenant Wines 2016 Blue C Adom Red Wine Israel ($40)

Spicy, rich berry nose; silky and crisp, tangy and earthy; smooth and bright, balanced and long. Kosher.

92 Covenant Wines 2016 Syrah, ($75)

Dark ruby color; smooth and creamy, ripe and juicy, tangy and long with spice and pepper; rich and balanced, long and deep. Kosher.

92 Covenant Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($100)

Deep ruby color; rich fruit nose; smooth and luscious with ripe berry fruit and soft spice; tangy and long with good balance and a deep finish. Kosher.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

88 Nine Iron Wine 2017 California Rosé Lodi ($18)

Bright salmon pink; smooth, dry, crisp and balanced.

90 Sokol Blosser Winery 2017 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills ($25)

Bright pink color; tangy, juicy and dry with strawberry overtones; fresh and long; a winner from this pioneer Oregon winery.

90 Ramon Cardova 2017 Rosado Rioja DOC, Spain ($14)

Bright pink color; silky texture, bright and tangy with juicy, dry berry flavors; fresh, smooth and charming with good length.

88 La Playa Estate 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($8)

Bright pink color; soft strawberry nose; crisp and fresh with dry, racy style, juicy and crisp; bright, tangy acidity wraps the whole.

90 Olema 2017 Rosé Cotes de Provence ($15)

Pale pink color; juicy and dry made from traditional Rhône varieties, fresh and smooth with some earth notes.

91 Valentin Bianchi NV Traditional Method, San Rafael, Mendoza ($22)

Dry, crisp and juicy with tangy fruit and lively acidity; smooth, bright and balanced; could pass for the real thing.

90 Smoke Tree Wines 2017 Rosé California ($22)

Bright salmon pink color; soft peach nose; dry, juicy and crisp with notes of nectarine and apple; fresh and racy with a lush finish.

89 Berton Vineyards 2018 Moscato Frizzante Australia ($10)

Charming with a soft floral nose; spritzy and sweet with juicy and tangy style, crisp peach and smooth lychee; bright and long.

89 Tropical passion Fruit Moscato Piedmont, Italy ($18)

Spritzy and very sweet with natural tropical pulp plus smooth moscato; balanced and long.

90 Tropical mango Moscato Piedmont, Italy ($18)

Spritzy with 85% moscato and the rest natural mango pulp; sweet and lush with considerable mango

91 Tzafona Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, Niagara peninsula ($80)

Silky and smooth with lush, creamy texture; rich and very sweet; deep and intense; long.

88 Valentin Bianchi NV New Age White San Rafael, Mendoza ($13)

Spritzy and spicy with clean, juicy style; most torrontes with a dash of Sauvignon; sweet and tangy; in Argentina they use this in cocktails.

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91 B. Lovely 2017 Gewürztraminer , Washington, USA ($12.49)

A soft floral aroma introduces this lovely wine, then comes the silky texture followed by off-dry, juicy and crisp flavors; why don’t more people make this exquisite variety? Is is just the name? this one is elegant with a hint of the characteristic rose petal; a great food wine – and check the price.

90 Felix Solis Avantis 2016 Vina San Juan Red Blend La Mancha, Spain ($12)

Smooth and rich with dense, meaty flavors; a lush, balanced blend of Merlot, Tempranillo and Syrah; generous, deep and showing a long, bright finish.

88 Felix Solis Avantis 2017 Vina San Juan White Blend La Mancha, Spain ($12)

Smooth, lush and softly juicy; fresh and tangy with bright, generous flavors, a balanced blend of Chardonnay, Verdejo and Viura; more complex and rich than you would expect from a wine at this price.

88 Felix Solis Avantis n/v Frisse Carbonated Rosé, Spain ($10)

Bright pink color; smooth and off-dry with juicy raspberry and apple fruit; with clean, bright flavors that have been amplified by the some authentic, natural additions.

89 Felix Solis Avantis n/v Prospero Spain ($10.99)

An unexpected sparkler from Spain that is smooth and fresh with a burst of apple and pear fruit; clean, lively and smooth; and the price is ridiculous; clean, dry and juicy.

88 Felix Solis Avantis 2016 Albali Verdejo, Rueda, Spain ($12)

Clean, smooth and fresh with juicy, crisp style; a good value wine from a region with a growing reputation; bright, balanced and long; a delightful everyday wine.

90 Felix Solis Avantis 2017 FYI Red Blend Spain ($13)

A lush blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon; smooth, rich and nicely balanced; dense and deep – a remarkable value.

90 Herzog Wine Cellars 2015 Pacifica Evans’ Collection, Columbia Gorge ($22)

Deep pink color; smooth, off-dry and juicy with a good core of tangy acidity; lush and dense; balanced. Kosher.

94 Pellet Estate 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA ($95)

Deep, rich ruby color; lush and velvety texture with spice and tangy plum fruit; a lovely example of an exceptionally pure cabernet; balanced and deep, with some mineral notes as well as subtle toasty oak; rich and long.

93 Rutherford Ranch 2013 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA ($50)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and rich with plum fruit and lovely texture; juicy, deep and elegant with toasty vanilla oak; what you look for in a quality Napa Cab.

91 Rutherford Ranch 2015 100% Chardonnay, Napa Valley, USA ($25)

Smooth, lush and dense; juicy, bright and crisp with vanilla and new oak; silky and fresh with depth and balance; bright, deep and racy with creamy texture; fresh and long, tangy and complex.

97 Taylor Fladgate 2016 Vintage Port Douro, Portugal ($120)

Dark and smooth, mildly sweet with spicy, rich flavor; as always with this house, elegant, balanced and built to last; remarkable.

90 Tenuta Whitaker 2017 Mozia Grillo, Sicilia DOC ($22)

Crisp and juicy with fresh, clean and tangy apple fruit; smooth bright and racy,

90 Vitkin Winery 2016 Sharon, Israel ($25)

Fresh, aromatic and silky; smooth, creamy texture, long and bright with racy acidity and good balance; long and tangy. Kosher.

88 Abbeyville 2016 Tanner’s Passage Chardonnay, North Coast ($16)

Smooth and juicy with soft texture and fresh fruit; a very pleasant wine for the price.

90 Agricola Punica 2017 Samas Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT ($22)

Bright, juicy and smooth with soft minerals and aromatic notes; balanced and long; a lovely white from Sardinia.

88 Aniello 2017 Chardonnay, ($17)

Clean, bright and juicy; smooth, fresh and tangy; an attractive wine at an appealing price.

91 Artesa 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Napa Valley ($35)

Smooth and lush with elegant, refined flavors of ripe pear fruit and subtle, soft toasty oak; silky and long with fine balance and considerable finesse.

90 Artesa 2016 Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Napa Valley ($20)

A fresh and stylish wine that is also a good value; silky and bright with a good core of lively acidity; smooth texture and a soft but long finish.

90 Blazon Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, California, USA ($18)

Bright golden color; creamy and lush with juicy style,and subtle elements of toasty oak and vanilla; rich and dense, surprisingly complex for such a reasonably priced wine.

90 Blazon Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, California, USA ($18)

Bright golden color; creamy and lush with juicy style,and subtle elements of toasty oak and vanilla; rich and dense, surprisingly complex for such a reasonably priced wine.

88 Bumble & Bloom 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($17)

Ripe and crisp with smooth texture, fresh acidity and some sweetness; long and juicy.

88 Caposaldo 2017 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT ($11)

Fresh and silky with juicy, tangy fruit; precisely the wine that many people want in this variety; bright and long.

91 Cave Spring Cellars 2014 Indian Summer White Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA ($47)

Deep golden color; deep and juicy with burnished, sweet, candied apricot fruit; silky and long.

90 Evan’s Vineyard 2017 Pacifica Evan’s Collection White Riesling, Underwood ($18)

Juicy, crisp and racy with bright, lively acidity; peach and citrus, dry, fresh and smooth; tangy and long. Kosher,

91 Felix Solis Avantis 2016 Pulpo Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain ($14)

Aromatic, juicy and fresh; spicy and crisp with nice mineral notes; smooth and silky with balance and good length; a classic Albarino with depth and style plus, it’s an amazing value.

91 Flora Springs 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($27)

Smooth and tangy with bright acidity and ripe fruit; crisp and fresh, long and balanced.

90 Flora Springs 2017 Chardonnay, Family Select, Napa Valley ($36)

Smooth and creamy with restrained acidity and tangy finish; balanced and long.

90 Four Graces 2017 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($26)

Smooth and lush with tangy, bright fruit and racy acidity; balanced and long.

91 Jezreel Valley Winery 2016 Levanim Sharon, Israel ($23)

Silky, smooth and juicy with aromatic notes; tangy, fresh and racy with lively acidity; balanced and long; clearly the Israeli wine industry has come of age. Kosher.

88 Masi 2017 Masianco Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT ($18)

Silky texture and juicy fruit; tangy with complexity and finesse; rich and balanced, long and minerally.

88 Nola Grace Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($13)

Clean, silky and juicy; fresh and simple, long and balanced.

91 Patz & Hall 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($40)

Smooth and bright with elegant fruit and soft vanilla oak; fresh, subtle and balanced; long and refined.

93 Patz & Hall 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($44)

Lush, deep and smooth with lovely juicy vanilla notes; fresh and bright, refined and understated with considerable finesse.

95 Pellet Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Sun Chase, Petaluma Gap, USA ($68)

Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and elegant but firm acidity; fresh and bright with depth, profound ripe fruit; lush and balanced with amazing pure flavors; subtle new oak in the background, a long finish.

92 Pellet Estate 2016 Chardonnay, Un-Oaked, Sun Chase, Petaluma Gap, USA ($42)

Smooth and rich with a deep core of bright acidity; fresh and deep, juicy and long; a demonstration of how top quality Chardonnay can stand on its own, without oak; rich and balanced.

88 Raimat 2017 Albarino, Gran Reserva, Saira, DO Costers del Segre, Spain ($12)

Tired of Chardonnay? This may be the answer; aromatic and fresh, juicy and crisp; racy, bright and silky; long and an incredible value as well.

90 Tenuta di Salviano 2017 Orvieto Classico Superiore DOCG ($20)

Smooth, juicy and rich; minerally, ripe and racy; lush and long.

93 Tenute del Cabreo 2016 Chardonnay, La Pietra, Toscano IGT ($40)

Soft and smooth with toasty oak notes; juicy, bright and elegant; silky and long, fresh and beautifully balanced.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Brosseau Vineyard, Chalone, USA ($51)

Smooth, bright and crisp; a lovely combination of rich and racy, nice depth and excellent balance; from an estate vineyard in this Monterey County appellation; a balanced and long wine.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Lone Oak Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($51)

Smooth and rich with ripe fruit and creamy texture; lush and dense with toasty oak and snappy acidity; from a famed vineyard in a very special part of Monterey County; balanced and long.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Rincon Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley, USA ($51)

Smooth and elegant with lovely density and a core of crisp acidity; sourced from the famed Rincon Vineyard; ripe and rich but also showing excellent structure; long and nicely balanced.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Rosémary’s Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley, USA ($51)

Silky and smooth, juicy and elegant; lush, deep and bright with tangy acidity; nicely integrated fruit and acidity; from a celebrated vineyard; long and beautifully balanced.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Rosélla’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($51)

Creamy and lush with a bright core of acidity; ripe, juicy and balanced; smooth with notes of toasty vanilla oak; from a famous vineyard in this exceptional Monterey appellation, long and deep.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, USA ($51)

Smooth and juicy with tangy fruit and bright acidity; elegant, balanced and rich, long and generous; neatly structured and refined; from the most famous vineyard n this appellation north of Santa Barbara; lovely and long.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, USA ($51)

Lush and rich, toasty and ripe, long and balanced; soft vanilla and smooth oak notes; tangy and fresh, bright and fresh; from a famed Monterey vineyard; fresh and juicy.92

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Series, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($51)

Rich and ripe with sweet oak and bright acidity; generous, lush and nicely balanced; elegant and complete; a lovely, impressive wine made from a famous vineyard in northern Monterey County; dense and long.

91 True Myth 2016 Chardonnay, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley, USA ($18)

Bright pear nose; smooth, fresh and bright, juicy and crisp with tangy acidity and a long racy finish; lush, intense and complex; a long, intense and balanced wine, a remarkable value, especially for such a complex wine.

RED

91 Alta Vista 2016 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Smooth and juicy, bright cherry fruit; tangy and fresh; balanced and long; with tangy, intense blackberry fruit.

88 Aniello 2017 Malbec, ($17)

Fresh and bright with juicy berry fruit; clean and generous; a friendly good-value wine.

88 Aniello 2017 Pinot Noir, ($17)

Fresh, silky-textured and clean; tangy, juicy and youthful; crisp and quite charming.

92 Artesa 2016 Pinot Noir, Estate, Los Carneros, Napa Valley ($45)

Deep ruby color; soft nose of cherry and spice; silky texture with bright, juicy cherry fruit plus a lively acid structure; fresh, racy and long.

91 Artesa 2016 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Napa Valley ($25)

Lovely pale ruby color; cherry and earth in the nose; silky texture with racy cherry fruit and spice, subtle notes of earth and oak plus fine acidity; long and fresh.

88 AWD Cellars 2016 Shroud Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($17 )

Herbal nose; smooth, lush and a hint of sweetness; long and balanced.

84 Axel 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Certified Sustainable, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($19)

Bright ruby color; smooth plum nose; silky texture, tannic and bitter; balanced and long, juicy and toasty; fresh and lively.

91 Axel 2015 Carmenere, Certified Sustainable, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($19)

Bright ruby color; soft herbal nose; smooth and luscious with soft texture and deep berry fruit; juicy and fresh, bright and clean; complex and generous, rich and balanced with a crisp, tangy finish.

90 Axel 2015 Red Blend Certified Sustainable, Limari, Chile ($19)

Dark ruby color; earthy nose; smooth and bright with black raspberry and cassis fruit, rich, spicy and juicy with clean, balanced structure; fresh and tangy, crisp and stylish; lively and long.

89 Berton Vineyards 2017 Petite Sirah, Metal Label, Big Rivers, Australia ($15)

Dark, dense ruby color; soft plum nose; juicy, tangy and smooth; lush, fresh and rich; softly tannic, long and balanced; just about as good as this variety can be.

92 Berton Vineyards 2017 The Black Shiraz Shiraz, Metal Label, Limestone Coast, Australia ($15)

Dark ruby color; with a rich spicy nose; smooth, lush texture; dense and juicy with plum, cassis and black cherry fruit; bursting with that characteristic Aussie spice and fruit; balanced and long; an amazing price.

90 Berton Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Metal Label, Limestone Coast, Australia ($15)

Deep ruby color; spicy nose; smooth, juicy and lush with ripe blueberry and plum fruit; rich and deep with spice and tangy fruit; balanced and smooth, intense and long; surprisingly elegant for this price point.

90 Black Saint Peter 2016 Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($16)

Deep ruby color; smooth, rich and juicy with gobs of ripe blackberry fruit; deep with a touch of sweet; long and fresh, a great value.

88 Bodegas Eguia 2015 Vina Eguia Tempranillo, Rioja DOC ($14)

Silky and crisp, tight and racy; clean and juicy. tart and long; if you like Cabernet, check this one out.

90 Bodegas Eguia 2014 Vina Eguia Reserva Tempranillo, Rioja DOC ($19)

Bright, smooth and showing crisp black raspberry; tangy, fresh and long.

91 Bodegas Muriel 2013 Fincas de la Villa Tempranillo Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain ($20)

Bright, smooth, juicy and tangy; rich and complex with spice, silky texture and a long finish.

90 Don Rodolfo 2017 Malbec, Art of the Andes, Sustainable, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Deep ruby color; lush, juicy and tangy with smooth texture and dense, ripe fruit; plum, black raspberry and cassis; warm, smooth, dense and spicy, silky and long; like biting into a ripe plum; OMG it’s $12 or less. what a steal!

88 Don Sebastiani and Sons 2015 Big Smooth Zinfandel, Old Vine, Napa ($27)

Deep ruby color; ripe and earthy with silky texture and spicy style; decent but a bit thin.

90 Felix Solis Avantis 2016 Sentoro Tempranillo, Toro, Spain ($10)

Lush and juicy Tempranillo from Toro; ripe and generous, a lovely wine at an astonishing price; smooth, velvety and rich, balanced and long.

88 Felix Solis Avantis 2015 Albali Tempranillo, Gran Seleccion, Valdepenas, Spain ($10)

Generous and juicy Temprnillo from Valdepenas at a crazy price; fresh and tangy with a long, lively finish; racy and bright, modern and long.

88 Felix Solis Avantis 2011 Albali Tempranillo, Gran Reserva Seleccion Privada, Valdepenas, Spain ($15)

A crisp, bright Tempranillo from Valdepenas that is fresh, clean and worthy of a by-the-glass program; smooth textured and brightly fruity with a tangy finish.

92 Flora Springs 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley ($30)

Deep ruby color; tangy and balanced with fine structure and balance; if you were down on Merlot, this one could change your mind.

92 Flora Springs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)

Silky and smooth; bright and balanced with firm structure and fine balance; a classic Napa Cab from this consistently excellent winery.

97 Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port Douro, Portugal ($120)

Dark, rich and mildly sweet with density and notes of vanilla and toast; racy, juicy and long; superb now and built to last.

91 Foris 2016 Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Rogue Valley, United States ($20)

Medium ruby color; clean, juicy cherry nose; silky texture, racy and tangy with elements of spice and forest floor; bright and crisp, long and balanced, and very reasonably priced.

93 Foris 2015 Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Cedar Ranch, Rogue Valley ($30)

Deep ruby color; cherry and spice nose with hints of earth; lush and juicy with bright acidity and smooth texture; dense and rich, complex and long with ripe cherry fruit and nice depth; balanced and long with a fresh, charming finish.

92 Frankland Estate 2015 Shiraz, Frankland River ($40)

Super smooth and juicy, rich and tangy; spicy, lush and dense, balanced and long.

93 Frankland Estate 2014 Olmos’s Reward, Frankland River, Australia ($55)

Smooth and rich, juicy and spicy with depth and complexity; long and balanced; generous and long.

95 High Dive 2015 Red Blend, Napa Valley ($95)

Soft and juicy with elegant and tangy blackberry and cassis fruit; smooth, rich and intense with lovely velvety texture; deep and bursting with luscious flavors; impressive, a blend of all the Bordeaux varieties save Malbec; complex and promising rewards for patience.

90 Kenwood Vineyards 2014 Jack London Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain ($28)

Rich ruby color; bright, tangy and racy with blackberry and spice; fresh, balanced and long.

91 Lodi Estates 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, USA ($24)

Soft plum nose; silky texture with subtle herbs and restrained, elegant style featuring toasty oak and soft spice; clean, fresh and long.

91 Lodi Estates 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, USA ($24)

Soft plum nose; silky texture with subtle herbs and restrained, elegant style featuring toasty oak and soft spice; clean, fresh and long.

93 Masi 2013 Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Italy ($65)

Dark, rich and earthy, concentrated and intense; smooth, complex and balanced; long and lush.

91 Masi 2015 Campofiorin, Rosso del Veronese IGT ($20)

Earth and spice in the nose; smooth and fresh with juicy black raspberry fruit; long and fresh.

91 Masi 2017 Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC ($18)

Bright and smooth; tangy, juicy and fresh; charming and delicious, log and racy.

92 Moss Roxx Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Ancient Vine Reserve, Lodi, USA ($26)

Deep ruby color; deep. spicy nose; lush, smooth texture; ripe with notes of chocolate and plum, spicy and fresh; juicy and balanced with lovely depth and intensity, rich and long.

92 Moss Roxx Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Ancient Vine Reserve, Lodi, USA ($26)

Deep ruby color; deep. spicy nose; lush, smooth texture; ripe with notes of chocolate and plum, spicy and fresh; juicy and balanced with lovely depth and intensity, rich and long.

91 Mullan Road Cellars 2015 Red Blend Columbia Valley ($45)

Smooth and lush, mellow and creamy; long and ripe; soft, intense and long.

88 Old Soul Vineyards 2016 Petite Sirah, California, USA ($15)

Dark, almost black color; chocolate and spice nose; thick, dense and rich; tangy and long, fresh and juicy; smooth, dense and long; a good value.

89 Old Soul Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA ($15)

Deep ruby color; lush berry flavors; ripe, rich and juicy; a bright, balanced wine with immediate charm; a delightful weeknight wine with generous style; and a really good value.

91 Or Haganuz Winery 2016 Marom Merlot, Single Vineyard, Nital, Galilee, Israel ($30)

Dark ruby color; lush and spicy,smooth and dry with balance and heft; juicy, fresh and long. Kosher.

93 Patz & Hall 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($48)

Deep ruby color; smooth, rich and chewy with ripe cherry fruit; lush and dense, deep and tangy with balance and style; long and elegant.

92 Pedroncelli Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Bushnell Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($26)

Dark color, very smooth texture; lush, rich and deep; dense, juicy and long; a friendly, balanced wine.

91 Pedroncelli Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Mother Clone, Dry Creek Valley ($19)

Smooth, generous and lush; juicy black raspberry and spice; long and balanced, fresh and classic.

89 Pedroncelli Winery 2016 Barrel Select, Sonoma Classico, Dry Creek Valley ($19)

Dense, smooth and spicy; clean, juicy and rich; balanced and long.

89 Raimat 2016 Tempranillo, Pirinenca, DO Costers del Segre, Spain ($12)

Lovely deep ruby color; fresh, earthy nose; silky texture and smooth, clean and juicy plum and berry fruit; soft tannins and tangy acidity; generous and long and an incredible value as well.

92 Septima 2016 Malbec, Obra, Mendoza, Argentina ($25)

Deep ruby color; bright berry nose; a stylish and fresh wine produced by Spain’s Codorniu Argentina subsidiary; smooth, juicy and very well-made; lush, generous, with a nicely balanced approach and a long finish.

92 Steele Canyon Cellars 2014 50 Harvests Meritage, Napa Valley ($50)

Bright and fresh with juicy plum and spice; tangy and nicely structured, long and balanced; a lovely effort.

91 Steele Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Lake ($28)

Lush, earthy plum nose; fresh, bright and juicy with plum, spice and some herbal notes; smooth, toasty with some vanilla.

92 Steele Wines 2015 Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino ($20)

Smooth, silky and richly fruity; toasty, juicy and showing long blackberry fruit; Jed is really a zin master.

91 Steele Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($36)

Smooth, snappy and fresh; earthy and showing bright cherry fruit; lively, balanced and quite pleasant.

89 Steele Wines 2014 Shooting Star Blaufränkisch, Washington State ($14)

Leave it to Jed Steele to make a delightful wine out of this German/Austrian variety; silky and fresh, with tangy plum and spice.

91 Steele Wines 2015 Persona Non Grata Lake ($16)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and bright with deep, lush and balanced berry fruit; ripe, tangy and long.

92 Tenuta di Salviano 2015 Turlo Lago di Corbara DOC, Italy ($20)

Smooth and rich, spicy and deep with ripe plum and cherry; a lovely Folonari take on an obscure appellation.

92 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2015 Monti Garbi, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Italy ($17)

Round, juicy and spicy with a slightly sweet edge; concentrated, rich and intense; smooth and long.

91 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG ($38)

Earthy nose; smooth, concentrated and dense; deep, earthy and rich.

92 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2016 Crognolo Toscana IGT ($40)

Lush and deep with juicy, intense and rich plum and berry fruit; Smooth and fresh, spicy and long with lovely style.

96 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2016 Oreno Toscana IGT ($110)

Deep ruby color; lush berry fruit nose; bright, smooth and showing notes of vanilla and spice; stunning and complex, long and elegant; give it time.

92 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2016 Poggio al Lupo Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana, Italy ($52)

Deep ruby color; soft herbal nose; silky and bright with plum and tangy style; juicy and dense, ripe and balanced.

95 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2015 Vigna dell’Impero Sangiovese, Valdarno Di Sopra DOC ($115)

Medium ruby color; juicy with sweet berry notes, elegant and lovely; smooth and floral with gorgeous flavors and considerable finesse.

93 Tenuta Torcalvano 2015 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoVino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG ($30)

Silky smooth with elegant, juicy cherry and berry fruit; lush, earthy, a classic example of this fine appellation,

95 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Graham Family, Russian River Valley, USA ($66)

Good medium ruby color; lush texture, rich with elegant flavors of cherry and raspberry, fresh and perfectly balanced with subtle juiciness and style; elegance is the key characteristic of this lovely wine; long and refined.

94 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Rincon, Arroyo Grande Valley, USA ($66)

deep ruby color; soft cherry nose; lush and deep, this famed vineyard scores again; smooth texture with fresh cherry fruit and profound depth, juicy and beautifully balanced; long and stylish.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Rosémary’s, Arroyo Grande Valley, USA ($66)

Deep, dark ruby color; smooth and tangy, rich and juicy; fresh and lively with depth and style; intensity but considerable finesse as well; rich and long, powerful and generous.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Rosélla’s, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($51)

Silky texture with soft cherry fruit; fresh and juicy with bright, linear style; tangy and clean, crisp and lively cherry destined for a long life in the cellar; beautifully structured, more elegant than rich.

94 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, USA ($66)

Elegant and silky, juicy and pure; from the first superstar Pinot vineyard in California; smooth and restrained, Burgundian and long with superb finesse and balance.

90 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, USA ($66)

Smooth, rich and earthy with spice and bright cherry fruit; juicy and fresh, long and silky; balanced and long.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($66)

Bright, crisp and fresh; elegant and generous with lovely balance and finesse; a restrained, nicely structured wine with complexity and length.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Tondre Grapefield Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($66)

Lovely pale ruby color; juicy, silky and elegant; pure, tangy and long; a classic expression of the most nuanced attributes of this remarkable variety.

91 True Myth Winery 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($55)

Smooth, juicy and dense; fleshy, deep and earthy with good structure and a long finish.

91 Vina Pomal 2013 Tempranillo Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain ($25)

Deep ruby color; lush, rich plum nose; silky texture, fresh and rich with juicy plum and berry fruit on a firm and tangy acid structure; bright, juicy and tangy; balanced and long.

93 Vina Pomal 2011 Tempranillo, Gran Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain ($50)

Deep, dark ruby color; soft, ripe berry nose; smooth, velvety texture with mellow, mature, juicy plum fruit; lush, rich and refined with a long, deep and balanced finish; remarkable depth and freshness for a 9-year-old wine.

92 Vinedos y Bodegas Garcia Figuero 2016 Tinto Figuero 12 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero DO ($32)

Dark, lush and smooth, rich and velvety, long and complex; nicely structured and balanced.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

91 Chateau de Berne 2017 AOP Côtes de Provence ($21)

Pale pink color; smooth and mellow with a core of crisp acidity; dry, lush and mouth-filling; long and fresh.

90 Château Roubine 2017 Cru Classe Côtes de Provence Premium, France ($23)

Pale pink color; smooth. soft and lush with dry, tangy, juicy and style; dry, fresh and long. Kosher.

91 Shiloh 2017 Judean Hills, Israel ($22)

bright pink color; silky and smooth with bright, racy acidity; lush and dry with hints of strawberry and plum; long and generous. Kosher.

92 Urban Provence 2017 AOP Côtes de Provence ($24)

Pale pink color; smooth, dry and juicy with a hint of strawberries; bright and crisp, long and generous.

95 Croft 2016 Douro, Portugal ($100)

Dark and rich with smooth, sweet (but not too sweet) toasty, long and rich flavors; spicy and complex, long and juicy, fresh and generous.

93 Fonseca 2012 Unfiltered, Douro, Portugal ($24)

Deep, dark color; rich nose; sweet, generous and rich; concentrated and juicy with notes of wood, spice and earth; long and elegant.

 

 

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WHITE

90 Azienda Agricola Inama 2017 Soave Classico DOC ($15)

Fresh and juicy with minerals and floral notes; smooth and tangy, long and racy, bright.

91 Azienda Agricola Inama 2016 Vigneti Di Foscarino Soave Classico DOC ($24)

Smooth and juicy with deep, rich style; crisp and racy with peach and bright acidity.

85 Barrelhouse 2016 Chardonnay, California ($13)

Clean and simple; balanced and fresh.

90 Dolin 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Malibu Newton Canyon ($39)

Lush and toasty with ripe pear and smooth texture; rich and long; yes, it’s really from Malibu.

91 Dolin 2015 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($39)

Creamy and smooth with bright, crisp acidity and vanilla notes; juicy, fresh and nicely balanced between tangy and lush.

90 Elk Cove Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($19)

Silky and crisp with forward, juicy fruit; racy and showing minerals and bright floral style; long and balanced.

91 Elk Cove Vineyards 2017 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley ($19)

Smooth and lush, creamy and ripe with tangy, crisp acidity; a lovely, well-made wine.

88 Estancia Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey ($12)

Clean pear nose; smooth and lush, juicy and tangy; lush and rich, clean, long and balanced; nice but fairly simple.

88 Estancia Winery 2017 Pinot Grigio, California ($12)

Silky and smooth with tangy, juicy fruit; racy and lush with minerals and crisp acidity, balanced and long.

91 J. McClelland Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35)

Bright and juicy with a good core of tight acidity; long and elegant; smooth and refined.

92 Jordan 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($33)

Bright and ripe with creamy texture and juicy style; crisp and complex, balanced and lush; long and elegant.

90 Kenwood Vineyards 2016 Six Ridges Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($26)

Smooth and juicy with vanilla oak and toast; clean, fresh and tangy with bright acidity.

88 Kenwood Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma ($15)

Fresh, juicy with some sweetness and crisp acidity; clean and silky with a short finish.

88 Kim Crawford 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Signature Reserve, Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)

Nose says earth and spice, the flavor says citrus; fresh and juicy, tart and tangy; long and juicy; OK but obviously Kim has left the building.

91 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2017 Viognier, Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($32)

Creamy and ripe with with juicy acidity and lovely balance; elegant and lush, long and stylish.

85 Melt 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi ($13)

Smooth, lush and creamy with juicy pear and very soft style; shoulda had more acidity.

94 Merry Edwards 2015 Olivet Lane Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($66)

Creamy and rich with toasty, vanilla oak and a bright core of juicy acidity; complex, deep and memorable; very long and precise.

92 Morgan 2017 Riesling, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($22)

Soft floral nose; smooth, elegant citrus and honey with lovely balance and graceful style; a racy core of acidity wrapped in a gentle, lush embrace; a delightful wine that captures all the nuances of this noble variety. Organic

93 Morgan 2016 Chardonnay, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($44)

Creamy texture and lovely lush flavors of ripe pear, tangy citrus and subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak; a classic Santa Lucia Chard; layered and elegant, long and popping on all cylinders. Organic.

90 Nobilo 2017 Icon Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Smooth and creamy with juicy citrus and tangy, fresh style; clean and snappy, long.

88 Pike Road 2017 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($16)

Smooth and lush with a nice twinge of acidity; ripe and balanced, juicy and long,.

90 Robert Hall 2017 Cavern Select Vermentino, Paso Robles ($32)

Tangy, bright and spicy with crisp acidity; fresh and lively, juicy,

90 Spring Mountain Vineyard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Spring Mountain District ($45)

Bright, clean and tangy with notes of citrus, spice and peach; fresh and long.

88 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2017 Scaia Garganega/Chardonnay, Trevenezie IGT ($13)

A smooth and charming white wine with ripe, tangy style; fresh, juicy and long.

88 The Archivist 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey ($18)

Smooth, rich and showing soft oak and juicy acidity; clean and long.

RED

86 Azienda Agricola Inama 2015 Carmenere Piu Veneto Rosso IGT ($20)

Deep ruby color; spicy and tannic with clean, smooth herbal plum,

91 Azienda Agricola Inama 2015 Bradisimo Veneto Rosso IGT, Italy ($30)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and tannic; racy. lively and mostly Cabernet; fresh and intense, long and tangy; an interesting combo.

87 Barrelhouse 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($14)

Clean, earthy and tannic with bright plum fruit; simple and drinkable.

88 Barrelhouse 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend California ($13)

Smooth and luscious, ripe and juicy; fresh and clean, rich and very drinkable; ripe plum and toast; long and balanced.

91 Dobbes Family Estate 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, US ($28)

Bright. healthy ruby color; ripe cherry noise; crisp and juicy with tangy cherry and racy acidity; smooth and elegant with lush savory elements; long and deep.

92 Dolin 2012 The Troubadour Malibu Coast ($45)

Deep ruby color; smooth, bright and softly tannic with deep berry fruit, plum and hints of spice; restrained and pretty; yes, it’s from Malibu.

92 Dolin 2013 Pinot Noir, John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($45)

Lush and dense with ripe cherry and smooth texture; juicy and bright; balanced, deep and elegant; from a great vineyard near Santa Barbara.

91 Dolin 20 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)

Smooth and lush, elegant and fresh; from one of most famed vineyards on the Central Coast; juicy and showing balance and finesse.

90 Dolin 2013 Pinot Noir, Rincon Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($45)

Silky and lush with dense berry fruit and savory notes; rich hints of an earthy depth, long and balanced.

89 Estancia Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($14)

Deeply colored, smooth and juicy; fresh and balanced, ripe and showing tangy style; clean and bright, a real bargain.

89 Estancia Winery 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($14)

Bright ruby color; smooth and juicy with crisp acidity and nice spice; savory and long; if you’re looking for a good, inexpensive Pinot, here it is.

90 Estancia Winery 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir, Stonewall Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($27)

Smooth and lush with lovely ruby color and ripe cherry fruit; clean and fresh with savory notes and spice; dense and balanced, long and elegant.

91 J. McClelland Cellars 2014 J. McClelland Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($45)

Smooth, rich and tangy; velvety with a backbone of firm acidity; ripe plum and berry fruit.

90 J. McClelland Cellars 2014 J. McClelland Merlot, Napa Valley ($35)

Smooth. velvety and lush with notes of earth and spice; tangy acidity and good balance, long and fresh.

93 Jordan 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($56)

smooth and tangy with lively plum and berry fruit; notes of earth, spice and toast; medium-bodied and elegant; another winner in a long line of them.

93 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2014 Syrah, Sonoma Valley ($46)

Rich ruby color; smooth and luscious with deep cassis and berry fruit; juicy and rich with hints of chocolate; spicy and long.

92 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley ($42)

Smooth and rich, spicy with dense blackberry fruit; notes of toasty vanilla oak and good acid structure; long and balanced.

91 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2016 Grenache, Ricetti Lane Vineyard, Redwood Valley ($40)

Silky and bright with juicy red plum; smooth and fresh, long and balanced.

94 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($68)

Deep ruby color; smooth and lush a lovely expression of this famed vineyard; rich, deep and showing minerals and spices; ripe with soft tannins and great depth; elegant, long and in graceful style.

93 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Coopersmith Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($66)

Sleek and silky, bright and balanced, juicy and showing toasted oak and spice; Burgundian and elegant; long and graceful.

92 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Georganne Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($63)

Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy, with ripe cherry and hints of earth and spice; long and balanced.

92 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($63)

Dark ruby color; black cherry nose; smooth and rich with spice and hints of vanilla oak; lush and balanced, long.

91 Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($48)

Deep ruby color; spicy nose; silky and toasted; crisp and racy with savory elements; this is Merry Edwards’ generic Pinot; not bad.

93 Morgan 2016 Pinot Noir, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($64)

Bright ruby color; soft cherry and earth nose; silky texture with juicy cherry, notes of spice and hints of earth; smooth, lush and showing ripe fruit and good length; balanced and long.

90 Nobilo 2015 Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Floral nose, smooth and lush bright cherry fruit, juicy and tangy, silky and crisp.

92 Robert Hall 2016 Cavern Select Mourvèdre, Paso Robles ($45)

Dark ruby color; lush and juicy with ripe, tangy blackberry and crisp acidity; rich, balanced and long.

86 Roséworth Wines 2017 Sepal Estate California ($13)

Spicy and sweet, clean, floral and long; balanced and deep.

92 Spoken Barrel 2015 Meritage, Columbia Valley ($19.99)

Deep, intense ruby color; rich plum nose; lush, complex, spiced blend of four Bordeaux varieties with Malbec dominant; rich and smooth with the depth of wines ten times the price.

92 Spoken Barrel 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, USA ($19.99)

Intense and deep ruby color; smooth and lush with ripe plum and spice, velvety texture and perfect balance; deep, layered and complex; rich and showing finesse and fine style; long finish and fine depth.

95 Spring Mountain Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District ($85)

Smooth, lush and spiced; crisp and tangy with bright plum, toasted oak and generous berry fruit; intense and long.

88 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2016 Scaia Corvina, Veneto IGT ($13)

Herbal nose; smooth, spicy and rich; clean, lush and spicy; dense, long and balanced.

89 The Archivist 2016 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($18)

Clean and smooth with simple juicy style; tangy and bright, fresh and
balanced.

87 The Archivist 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($18)

Smooth, edgy and clean; tannic and spicy, long and balanced.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

91 Bodvár 2016 Pearly Wine N1 Rosé Languedoc Roussillon ($23)

Pale pink; crisp and juicy with nice effervescence and balanced berry fruit; hints of strawberry; fresh and smooth

91 Bodvár 2017 N5 Rosé Côtes de Provence, France ($25)

Pale pink color; smooth and crisp with dry, juicy berry fruit; fresh and bright, long and racy.

90 Bodvár 2017 N7 Rosé Côtes de Provence ($21)

Pale pink, strawberry nose; smooth and fresh with bright strawberry fruit; clean and lush, long and tangy.

93 Robert Hall 2016 Cavern Select G.S.M., Paso Robles ($45)

Dark ruby color; spiced nose; smooth texture, deep and lush with dense, rich, tangy style; clean, crisp and long.

89 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2017 Scaia Veneto IGT, Italy ($13)

Fresh and smooth, with ripe and tangy peach and raspberry notes; lush and bright, long; a terrific value.

88 The Archivist 2017 Lodi ($18)

Bright pink; lush, dense and rich; clean and smooth, juicy and balanced.

 

 

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88 Château Chantal NV Celebrate, Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan ($15)

Despite committing the serious infraction of using the word “Champagne” on the label, this is a pleasant semi-sweet sparkler: clean, smooth and juicy; tangy and long.

91 Baileyana 2016 Firepeak Chardonnay, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($28)

Smooth-textured and bright with tangy acidity, lush pear fruit and some toasty notes; fresh and long.

91 Benoit Merias Montlouis 2014 Les Maisonnettes Chenin Blanc, Montlouis sur Loire, France ($27)

Smooth and bright with tangy green apple fruit; silky, fresh and racy, crisp and long, balanced and intense.

88 Bollini 2017 Barricato 40 Chardonnay, Trentino DOC ($15)

If you’re looking for a bargain-priced Chard, here it is; simple but clean and juicy, crisp and fresh, long and balanced.

88 Bollini 2017 Pinot Grigio, Vineyard, Trentino DOC ($15)

Smooth, crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and bright fruit; bracing and long.

92 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2015 Le Cigare Blanc Central Coast ($28)

A blend of white Rhône varieties that is smooth, lush and balanced; dense, juicy and minerally; rich and long; mellow and rich.

92 Chateau La Nerthe 2017 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France ($60)

Smooth, dense and luscious with ripe aromas; a lovely Rhône blend that is complex and perfectly balanced; from one of the best producers in the region; Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc.

88 Chateau Souverain 2016 Chardonnay, North Coast ($14)

Silky, fresh and simple but appealing; clean, balanced and long.

90 Divum 2016 Chardonnay, Single Vineyard, Grava Vineyard, Monterey ($20)

Smooth, juicy and bright with soft texture and creamy style; lush but showing a lively pineapple fruit structure; a complex well-made wine and a good value.

91 Domaine La Croix Montjoie 2016 L’Impatiente Chardonnay, Bourgogne, Vezelay, France ($21)

Silky and smooth with tangy citrus; juicy and crisp with bright minerals and elegant structure; long and balanced.

90 Feudo Maccari 2017 Olli Grillo, Terre Siciliane IGP ($20)

Usually used in making Marsala, this Sicilian grape shows it can make lovely table wine; clean, smooth and ripe with juicy style; long and fresh.

89 Maison Louis Jadot 2017 Chardonnay, Macon-villages Vineyard, ($15)

Fresh, crisp and juicy with lively citrus and bright acidity; racy, bracing and long.

90 Pighin 2017 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Fruili Grave DOC ($13)

Rich grapefruit nose; ripe, juicy and deep; crisp and long.

90 Pighin 2017 Estate Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave DOC ($14)

Bright, crisp and minerally with structure and depth; juicy, rich and fresh with balance and length.

91 Pighin 2016 Pinot Grigio, Estate, Collio DOC, Italy ($18)

Fresh, bright and elegant with mineral and citrus; long and balanced with fine structure and length; from a producer who takes this variety seriously.

91 Pighin 2017 Estate Pinot Grigio, Collio DOC ($18)

Smooth, lush and rich with bright citrus and minerals; lush, juicy qnd long

90 Ponzi Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($19)

Smooth and bright with minerals and juicy fruit; smooth and tangy; a winner from Oregon.

91 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Chalk Hill ($22)

Smooth, clean and toasty with bright acidity; lively and forward, floral and juicy; long and balanced.

90 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2017 Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma ($17)

Silky and smooth with bright acidity and ripe fruit; crisp, complex and generous with lovey balance.

92 Sangiacomo 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($55)

juicy with mineral notes and ripe pear fruit; elegant and balanced; long, fresh and stylish with finesse and depth; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

93 Sangiacomo 2016 Chardonnay, Home Ranch, Carneros ($65)

Golden color, smooth and rich with pure, elegant structure and ripe, lush flavors of pear, honey and toast; creamy, deep and long; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

92 Sangiacomo 2016 Chardonnay, Green Acres Vineyard, Sonama Coast ($65)

Earthy and rich with intensity and depth; juicy and ripe, long and balanced; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

88 Scotto Cellars 2016 Heavyweight Chardonnay, Lodi ($13)

Smooth and juicy with floral notes; lush and juicy, long and fresh.

88 Shooting Star Winery 2017 Jed Steele’s Chardonnay, Lolonis Vineyard, Mendocino ($15)

Smooth, floral and mellow; lush, juicy and stylish, fresh and balanced.

90 Shooting Star Winery 2017 Jed Steele’s Sauvignon Blanc, Lake ($15)

Fresh, smooth and juicy; a fine example of Lake County Sauvignon; lively and crisp, balanced and long.

88 Snowbirds Vintners 2016 Grüner Veltliner, Lake Chelan, Washington State ($18)

Crisp, smooth, ripe and dense; clean and simple, balanced and long; a nice domestic take on this Austrian variety.

92 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Vermentino, Adelaida District Paso Robles ($27)

Juicy and fresh with peach and bright quince; smooth and substantial, balanced and long.

91 Tangent 2016 Stone Egg Albariño, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($32)

Bright, juicy and tangy with bright, racy acidity and smooth, fresh style; spicy, clean and lush; long and balanced.

91 Tangent 2016 Clone 530 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($32)

Fragrant and smooth; clean, lush and juicy with crisp acidity and ripe apple fruit; balanced and long.

90 Tenuta Campo al Mare 2017 Bolgheri Vermentino, Bolgheri DOC ($20)

Lush and smooth with tangy acidity and fresh fruit; rich and balanced; another lovely wine from the Folonari family.

90 Tenuta di Nozzole 2017 Le Bruniche Chardonnay, Toscana IGT ($20)

silky and bright; delicate and fresh; crisp pear and hints of oak; long and balanced.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Fogstone Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highland ($51)

Juicy and crisp with racy acidity; silky and bright with tangy style and smooth texture.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highland ($41)

Bright golden color; smooth and lush with toasty notes and racy acidity; ripe and juicy, rich and tangy, balanced.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, La Rinconada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($49)

Silky and juicy, elegant and fresh with tangy, racy style; fresh and balanced.

91 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Cuvée Los Gatos, Monterey ($25)

Fresh and silky with bright acidity and lots of youthful exuberance; smooth, lively and long, balanced and charming.

95 Testarossa Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Diana’s, Barrel Selection, California ($75)

Golden color; smooth and rich, juicy and elegant; toasty, ripe and lovely; balanced and racy, subtle and long.

91 Tiki Sound Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)

Fresh, spicy nose; juicy and crisp, racy and tangy; bracing and lively; a charming wine without the usual regional funk.

90 Zocker 2016 Grüner Veltliner, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($20)

Juicy and crisp, tangy and juicy with mineral and ripe fruit; smooth and tangy; aq fine version of this Austrian variety by Christian Roguenant.

90 Plantaže 2013 Vranac, Montenegrin Barrique, Lake Skadar Valley ($25)

Very dark ruby color; smooth, dense and rich; meaty, deep and complex; an exciting wine.

RED

89 Plantaze 2013 Vranac, Crnogorski, Lake Skadar Valley ($8)

Deep ruby color; bright and juicy with blackberry and spice; clean and balanced with soft tannins and hints of cherry; long and fresh; a terrific value.

89 Plantaze 2013 Vranac, Pro Corde Reserve, Lake Skadar Valley ($12)

Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry; lush and tangy with balance and depth.

93 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2014 Alexander’s Crown Alexander Valley ($75)

Silky and elegant with juicy and dense flavors; built to last, lush and deep with structure and style; long qnd balanced,

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles ($25)

Pale pink; smooth texture, a blend of Rhône varieties that is dry but not tart and nervous; mellow with rounded corners; balanced and long.

87 Baileyana 2016 Firepeak Pinot Noir, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($30)

Dense, earthy and smooth with bright cherry and savory notes; balanced and long.

88 Bollini 2017 Merlot, Trentino DOC ($20)

Clean, juicy and long with bright plum and clean berry fruit; balanced and fresh.

93 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2013 Le Cigare Volant Central Coast ($45)

The 30th anniversary edition of this classic that is mostly Grenache; smooth, lush and juicy with notes of earth and dried spice; carefully structured.

88 Chateau Souverain 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, ($14)

Tangy and bright with lively plum and hints of toasty oak; clean and long, balanced.

92 Craggy Range Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Te Muna Road, Martinborough, New Zealand ($45)

Deep ruby color; earth and cherry on the nose; lush and juicy with bright cherry and velvety texture; dense and rich with tangy berry fruit.

88 Divum 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($20)

Smoky, toasty nose; silky texture with cherry and savory notes; smooth, balanced and long.

92 Domaine Raphael Chopin 2015 La Ronze Gamay, Regnié, France ($24)

Deep, dark ruby color; smooth, rich and showing cassis and cherry fruit; this is what Beaujolais is supposed to be.

90 Franciscan 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($23)

Silky and lush with deep plum and spice; smooth and rich with berry fruit; balanced and long.

95 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Ledson Alexander Valley Estate, Sonoma Valley ($110)

Lovely, rich and elegant with bright plum, spice and toast; one of Sonoma’s finest; ready now but worth a few years cellaring; deep, complex and long with considerable finesse.

88 Maison Louis Jadot 2017 Gamay, Beaujolais-Villages Vineyard, ($14)

Silky, crisp and tangy; juicy, spicy and savory with fresh berry fruit; long and balanced.

92 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Classico Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($43)

Rich cherry nose; crisp and tangy with sweet cherry and spice; balanced and long.

92 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley. Oregon ($65)

lush and smooth, meaty and dense with ripe cherry and savory notes; another winner from this historic family winery.

90 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($25)

Bright, crisp and edgy; tangy cherry fruit with savory notes; spice and juicy fruit; long and balanced.

92 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2016 Upshot, Sonoma ($28)

Deep ruby red; smooth, rich and meaty with notes of earth and chocolate; juicy, dense and long with style and finesse; a product of this excellent winery that has become one of Sonoma’s best.

91 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($28)

Smooth, generous, earthy with spice and blackberry; rich and fleshy with ripe but balanced fruit; long and stylish.

92 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Sonoma ($45)

Rich mineral nose; velvety and lush with tangy acid and deep plum and spice; bright and intense, long and balanced.

93 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2014 Symmetry Meritage, Alexander Valley ($55)

Deep, dark ruby color; smooth earth nose; smooth, elegant and juicy; velvety texture with ripe plum and

94 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2014 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($75)

Lush black fruit nose; smooth and rich, spiced and toasty; juicy and built to last; long and complex.

95 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2014 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($75)

Dark ruby color; ripe, intense nose; deep and dense with rich chocolate and velvety texture; generous and intense.

94 Sangiacomo 2016 Pinot Noir, ViMaria, Sonoma Coast ($70)

Deep ruby color, berry nose; rich, smooth cherry fruit and dense savory notes; juicy, ripe and long; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

92 Sangiacomo 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($60)

Soft floral nose; bright ruby color; crisp and fresh with juicy cherry fruit and silky texture; long and balanced; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

93 Sangiacomo 2016 Pinot Noir, Roberts Road Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($65)

Bright ruby color, cherry nose; smooth, lush and deep with ripe cherry and tangy acidity; dense and long; the first wine from the family that farms this world famous vineyard.

89 Scotto Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rich & Spicy, ($15)

Silky and bright with tangy plum and juicy spice; dry. rich and deep; long and balanced.

87 Scotto Cellars 2016 Heavyweight Pinot Noir, Lodi ($13)

Fresh, smooth and spicy with clean, rich style; a bit sweet, but nicely made.

89 Shooting Star Winery 2016 Jed Steele’s Barbera, Dorn Vineyard and Shannon Ridge Vineyard, Lake ($15)

Smooth, lush and rich with bright black raspberry and spice; long, balanced and fresh.

88 Shooting Star Winery 2015 Jed Steele’s Zinfandel, Robin Hill Vineyard, Lake ($14)

Smooth, fresh and earthy; silky, bright and juicy; clean, light and balanced.

87 Silver Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Los Alamos Valley Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($28)

Earthy and crisp with juicy berry fruit and spice; tangy and long.

92 Silver Wines 2013 Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara ($28)

Smooth and juicy with lively plum and deep berry fruit; rich and elegant, long and balanced; an excellent effort from this talented producer.

92 Silver Wines 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara ($45)

Ripe and lush with juicy plum and smooth texture; rich and juicy, long and deep; mellow and balanced.

92 Silver Wines 2013 724 Reddick Street Santa Barbara ($30)

Smooth and juicy, spicy and long with lush texture and a balanced finish; a lovely blend of six red varieties; rich and complex, long and deep.

90 Steele Wines 2015 Writer’s Block Syrah, Cana Springs Vineyard, Lake ($18)

Dark, juicy and ripe with blackberry and spice; smooth and rich; clean, long and balanced; Jed does it again.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Writer’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake ($18)

Herbal nose; medium bodied, juicy and tangy; smooth and spicy; decent.

90 Steele Wines 2015 Writer’s Block Grenache, Lake ($18)

Bright, juicy and crisp with black raspberry and spice; silky, fresh and lively.

93 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Espirit de Tablas Paso Robles ($55)

A GSM with a bit of Counoise added; smooth textured, silky and lush with a core of bright acidity; dry, rich and juicy, long and dense; lovely.

92 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Côtes de Tablas Adelaida District Paso Robles ($35)

Raspberry color; spicy and long; smooth. juicy and exuberant with lush and tangy fruit; dense and long, balanced, fresh.

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles ($25)

A crisp blend of Rhône varieties, fresh and youthful, tangy and balanced with depth, balance and style; long and lovely.

92 Tenuta di Nozzole 2013 Sangiovese, La Forra, Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG ($50)

Deep earth and berry nose; smooth and juicy with complex structure and tangy fruit; balanced and stylish; long and fresh, another Folonari success.

92 Tenuta di Nozzole 2015 Chianti Classico Sangiovese, Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG ($30)

Smooth, lush and deep with ripe berries and spice; tangy and racy. complex and long; another classic Folonari wine.

91 Tenuta di Nozzole 2016 Villa Nozzole Chianti Classico DOCG ($25)

Rich, ripe and smooth; rich plum and tangy blackberry; dense and deep; another well made Folonari wine.

91 Tenute Silvio Nardi 2016 Sangiovese, Rosso di Montalcino DOC ($30)

Rich ruby color; bright and tangy; racy, juicy and crisp with earth, violets and spice; rich, balanced and long.

91 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highland ($49)

Lush, juicy and bright with tangy cherry and raspberry fruit; smooth, juicy and balanced, long and stylish.

92 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard series, Fogstone Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($49)

Deep ruby color; rich cherry nose; smooth, dense and toasty with juicy berry fruit and tangy style; fresh, generous and bright with a long finish.

93 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Doctor’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($68)

Bright ruby color; fresh raspberry nose; ripe cherry with lively acidity and intense, juicy flavors; pure, smooth and balanced; long and stylish.

94 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Series, Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($68)

Deep ruby color; lush and juicy with bright cherry and plum; tangy and smooth, rich and balanced; hints of minerals, spice and a pinch of white pepper; long and crisp.

90 Testarossa Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Cuvée Los Gatos, Monterey ($29)

Smooth, silky and crisp with tangy acidity and dense flavors of cherry and savory notes; juicy and fresh, long and balanced.

95 Testarossa Winery 2016 Niclaire Pinot Noir, Barrel Selection, California ($90)

Bright ruby color; soft plum and berry nose; smooth, lush texture; ripe cherry and berry fruit, meaty and rich with balance and depth; complex and long; another winner from this consistent and under-rated producer.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

90 Baileyana 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($24)

Medium light pink; strawberry nose; smooth, dry and crisp with racy acidity; smooth texture and long finish.

91 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2017 Vin Gris De Cigare Central Coast ($18)

A light pink blend of six Rhône varieties, mostly red; juicy and crisp with soft edges; tangy, bright and a good impression of a Provence rosé.

92 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2016 Vin Gris De Cigare Reserve Central Coast ($35)

A six-variety blend that is smooth and mellow; light salmon pink and dry; smooth, lush and deep; balanced and long, juicy and with an underlying core of crisp acidity.

90 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, Russian River Valley ($25)

Bright pink color; crisp, fresh and racy wuth good depth and lively acidity; lush and ripe.

91 Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Dianthus Adelaida District Paso Robles ($30)

Bright pink; tangy and dry, fresh and juicy; lush, dense and lively, long and memorable.

 

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90 Albamar 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)

Smooth and green apple crisp with classic structure and balance; racy, clean and juicy; long and fresh; an amazing value.

87 Albamar 2017 Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)

Clean, smooth and fresh with good balance; crisp and pleasant but lacking character.

91 Alcance 2015 Chardonnay, Gran Reserva, Valle de Atata, Chile ($20)

Smooth and juicy, fresh and tangy with racy acidity; bright and modern; long and balanced; from Kendall-Jackson’s Chilean property.

95 Château La Nerthe 2015, Clos de Beauvenir Vineyard, AOP Châteauneuf du Pape ($140)

Golden color; spicy nose; smooth and creamy with rich, nutty flavors; juicy and dense with tangy, intense, age-worthy fruit; complex and loaded with finesse and style;70% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Clairette.

91 Eighty Four 2017 Albariño, Carneros ($28)

Fresh and smooth effort by the team at Shafer; bright and crisp, aromatic and racy with a long, balanced finish.

88 Fasoli Gino 2016 Borgoletto, Soave DOC ($13.50)

Fresh, bright, juicy wine with depth and nice, smooth texture; long and tangy; a great value.

91 Fasoli Gino 2014 Pieve Vecchia, Bianca Veronese IGT ($21)

Lovely golden color; rich and smooth with ripe, juicy fruit; toasty and lush, balanced and long.

92 Ferret, Domaine J. A 2016 Pouilly-Fuisse, France ($51)

Crisp and juicy with racy acidity and rich mineral component; fresh and balanced, long and lively; classic Chardonnay style.

91 Morgan 2016 Chardonnay, Highland, Santa Lucia Highlands, United States ($28)

Silky, smooth and bright with juicy, crisp acidity and lively flavors; fresh and racy with depth and style; bracing and long.

92 Shafer Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros ($52)

Soft vanilla nose; silky mouth feel, rich with dense, juicy, fruit-forward style; elegant, lovely and bright.

90 Steele Wines 2016 Writer’s Block Roussanne, Las Lomas Vineyard, Lake ($18)

Smooth, juicy and bright with racy citrus acidity; minerally, rich and balanced with a long finish.

88 Tercos 2017 Torrontès, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Bright, dry and spicy with smooth, fresh style; smooth and balanced.


RED

92 Agricola Punica 2016 Montessu, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Italy ($35)

This property, owned by Sassicaia, is located in Sardinia; this blend is mostly Carignan with bits of Syrah and Cabernet; it’s lush and juicy with deep berry fruit; it has a velvety texture and a long, rich style.

89 Alcance 2015 Merlot, Gran Reserva, Valle del Maule ($20)

Clean, silky and lush with smooth texture and bright plum fruit; dense and rich.

88 Alcance 2016 Carmenère, Gran Reserva, Valle de Maule ($20)

Deeply colored; clean, spicy and herbal; rich and tangy; dense and long.

90 Alcance 2015 Carignan, VIGNO, Valle del Maule ($35)

Herbal nose; smooth and juicy, tangy and lush with spice and rich berry fruit; long and balanced.

89 Alcance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gran Reserva, Valle del Maule and Valle del Maipo ($20)

Silky and tannic, ripe and rich; edgy and tannic; balanced and long.

88 Apaltagua 2016 Pinot Noir, Coleccion, San Antonio Valley ($25)

Earthy petrol nose; silky and crisp with smooth, juicy style; tangy and long.

93 Bodega Chacra 2017 Pinot Noir, Lunita, Patagonia ($45)

Smooth and spicy with notes of ripe cherry; silky and bright with length and finesse; long and elegant; made in Argentina by the scion of the Sassacaia family.

92 Bodega Chacra 2017 Pinot Noir, Barda, Patagonia ($30)

Bright ruby color; lovely cherry nose; juicy, crisp and fresh; bright cherry and tangy acidity; balanced and long.

89 Château Chantal NV “Naughty”, Dry, Michigan ($14)

From the land of Tigers and Lions: bright and juicy with clean, tangy berry fruit; a fresh blend of five varieties; crisp and lively, long and charming.

88 Château Chantal NV “Nice”, Semi-Sweet, Michigan ($14)

A semi-sweet blend of five varieties; bright and juicy with depth and lots of charm.

90 Eighty Four 2014 Malbec, Napa Valley ($48)

Dark, smooth and juicy; tangy and fresh; a bright effort by the team at Shafer.

90 Eighty Four 2012 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley ($50)

Very dark, smooth and juicy, dense and rich; a deep, lush effort by the team at Shafer.

91 Fasoli Gino 2010 Merlot, Orgno, Rosso Veronese IGT ($73)

Dark and intense; rich and very ripe with huge fruit and spice; jammy and deep. Organic.

94 Flora Springs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Reserve Vineyard, Rutherford ($150)

Deep ruby color; silky, smooth and rich, crisp and showing great structure; complex, elegant and long; put it in the cellar for a while.

90 Karmei Yosef Winery 2012 Bravdo Landmark 2B, Samson ($50)

Smooth and rich with plum and spice; toasty, balanced and a medium-weight blend of Cebernet and Merlot; fresh and long. Kosher.

89 Morgan 2016 Red Rhône Blend, Cotes du Crow’s, Monterey, United States ($18)

Smooth and spicy with tangy acidity; juicy and showing blackberry and tart cherry; clean, fresh and racy; a good value that is ideal with rich foods.

91 Morgan 2016 Pinot Noir, Twelve Clones, Santa Lucia Highlands, United States ($35)

Twelve clones blended into one smooth and balanced wine; juicy, bright and tangy with silky texture and good depth; generous and long.

91 Morgan 2016 Syrah, G17, Santa Lucia Highlands, United States ($24)

Earthy and smooth, spicy and bright; juicy, tangy and lively with blackberry and silky texture; fresh and generous, long and balanced;88%Syrah, 8%Grenache, 4% Tempranillo.

91 Morgan 2016 Syrah, G17, Santa Lucia Highlands, United States ($24)

Earthy and smooth, spicy and bright; juicy, tangy and lively with blackberry and silky texture; fresh and generous, long and balanced.

94 Pamplin Family Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($50)

Once again a lush and lovely effort from this tiny family-run winery; deep and juicy without losing focus; made from fruit grown in some of the best vineyards in the state.

90 Psâgot 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, M Series, Jerusalem ($70)

Earth and petrol nose; rich, dense and smooth with juicy plum; balanced and lush. Kosher.

90 Radius 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Columbia Valley, United States ($16.99)

Bright herbal nose; smooth and fresh with plum and mocha flavors; bright, fresh and clean with balance and depth; elegant and long; a remarkable value.

90 Radius 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Columbia Valley, United States ($16.99)

Bright herbal nose; smooth and fresh with plum and mocha flavors; bright, fresh and clean with balance and depth; elegant and long; a remarkable value.

90 Scott Cellars 2015 Sangiovese, Masthead, Mohr-Fry Ranch, Lodi ($30)

Soft chocolate nose; smooth, juicy with a nice earth component; fresh and balanced, crisp and long.

93 Shafer Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, One Point Five, Stags Leap District ($95)

Rich vanilla and plum nose; silky texture and tightly wound fruit with lush, graceful style; juicy, rich and elegant; long and neatly balanced.

90 Steele Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros ($30)

Light and silky with smooth cherry fruit and savory earth notes; fresh, balanced and long.

91 Steele Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($30)

Rich cherry nose; smooth, lush and elegant; graceful, juicy and balanced; long and generous.

91 Steele Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($36)

Lively and juicy with bright, crisp cherry and raspberry fruit; silky and fresh with depth and style.

88 Steele Wines 2016 Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Lake ($18)

Pale, crisp and tangy; juicy, racy and bracing; fresh and long.

93 Three Sticks 2016 Pinot Noir, PFV Estate, Sonoma Coast ($65)

Deep ruby color; bright, fresh and tangy cherry fruit; smooth texture and juicy notes; ripe, generous and long.

91 Fasoli Gino 2014 Valpo, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC ($36)

Deeply colored; rich, intense and ripe; smooth texture and long finish clean, balanced; a typical regional blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

92 Château d’Aqueria 2017 Rhône-style rosé blend, Tavel, France ($20)

Bright pink color; dry, smooth and crisp with a hint of strawberry and cherry; a lovely wine, perfect for warm weather drinking, classic.

 

 

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88 Antigal Winery & Estates 2017 Uno Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Smooth and mellow with crisp fruit and rich texture; long, rich and balanced.

90 Gush Etzion Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Long Oak Tree, Judean hills ($23)

Smooth, clean and rich; mineral and citrus; balanced and long; classic and Kosher.

90 Or Haganuz Winery 2016 Gewürztraminer, Amuka, Single Vineyard, Galilee, Israel ($21)

Silky and smooth, juicy; spicy, graceful and long; rich and mellow. Kosher.

90 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Old Vine, Willamette Valley ($40)

Tangy and lush; rich and silky with spice and depth; smooth and dense, juicy and balanced.

91 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, 45 Anniversary Reserve, Willamette Valley ($40)

Silky and rounded with juicy and lush style; the Ponzi’s have been a it for a long time – 45 years to be exact; daughter Luisa has assumed wine making duties and this cool climate example demonstrates subtlety and finesse.

84 Shiloh 2017 Chardonnay, Judean Hills ($28)

Smooth, rich clean and balanced; dense, needs acidity. Kosher.

92 Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, Origin, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($50)

Smooth and juicy, pure, precise and tangy with depth and elegance; long and rich.

92 Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, One Sky, Sonoma Mountain ($50)

Silky and toasted with juicy style and racy acidity; fresh, lively and crisp; deep and balanced; long.

94 Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($55)

Bright, crisp and Burgundian; fresh and juicy with refined favors, maybe more like a Grand Cru Chablis; whatever it is, it’s remarkably elegant and full of playful nuances and the flavors last forever.

91 Three Sticks 2016 Pinot Blanc, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($50)

Smooth and creamy with a core of crisp acidity; juicy and lush, deep and balanced; long and elegant; nice to see an important winery paying attention to this underrated variety.

91 Tom Gore Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California, United States ($12.99)

Fresh, clean nose; smooth, juicy and crisp with depth and tangy fruit; bright and balanced; a wine of substance at a terrific price.

91 Tom Gore Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California, United States ($12.99)

Fresh, clean nose; smooth, juicy and crisp with depth and tangy fruit; bright and balanced; a wine of substance at a terrific price.

91 Viña Casablanca 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Nimbus, Single Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)

Bright citrus nose; silky, crisp and tangy; balanced and long; classic.

91 Vitkin Winery 2016 Grenache Blanc, Collector’s Edition, Galilee, Israel ($45)

Smooth, aromatic and juicy; lush and rich yet tangy and bright; fresh and long. Kosher.


RED

93 Antigal Winery & Estates 2010 Malbec, One, La Dolores, Mendoza, Argentina ($88)

Dark and rich with blackberry in the nose; smooth, rich and deep; intense, complex and rich; long and balanced.

88 Antigal Winery & Estates 2015 Uno Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Bright nose; silky and crisp with rich, earthy notes of plum and blackberry; balanced and long.

90 Antigal Winery & Estates 2015 Uno Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Juicy and energetic with tangy plum fruit and racy acidity; long and fresh, balanced.

89 Antigal Winery & Estates 2015 Uno Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Ripe. spicy nose; a fresh, balanced blend (mostly Malbec); juicy, tangy and long.

91 Antigal Winery & Estates 2013 Aduentus Mediterráneo, Mendoza, Argentina ($28)

Dark ruby color; lush and smooth with juicy blackberry and spice; tangy, rich and layered; long and balanced.

92 Antigal Winery & Estates 2014 Aduentus Classico, Mendoza, Argentina ($28)

Dark ruby color; smooth plum nose; lush and rich, dense and spicy; long, balanced and showing finesse.

92 Antigal Winery & Estates 2009 Malbec, One, La Dolores, Mendoza, Argentina ($88)

Dark ruby color; rich and deep with intensity and spice’; lush and complex; long and balanced.

91 Apothic 2015 Inferno, California ($17)

Six varieties come together in a dark, rich, vanilla-tinged wine; dense and ripe, intense and long.

88 Apothic 2016 Crush, California ($14)

Spicy nose; dark ruby color; lush and rich with notes of vanilla and spice; deep and smooth, long and balanced;a good value Gallo brand.

87 Binyamina 2011 Shiraz Reserve, Galilee, Israel ($25)

Smooth and lush, earthy; spicy, bright. Kosher.

90 Calista Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, The Coastal Range, Mendocino, Monterey, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth, ripe and juicy; lively and fresh; bright and balanced, tangy and fresh; generous.

91 Capçanes 2014 Carignan, La Flor del Flor de Primavera, D.O. Montsant ($70)

Deep ruby color; smooth, bright and juicy; lush and aromatic; deep and rich; long and balanced.

92 Château Lascombes 2015 Margaux AOC, France ($125)

Smooth and juicy, clean and nicely structured; elegant, ; give it time;lush, 55% merlot, 45%
Cab. Kosher.

89 Chateau Souverain NV Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Blue, California ($13)

Fresh, juicy and bright; plum and spice with simple charms; clean and balanced; great name.

87 Domaine du Castel 2016 La Vie, Jerusalem ($25)

Smooth and tangy; earthy and balanced. Kosher.

91 Gush Etzion Winery 2012 Blessed Valley, Special Reserve, Judean hills, Israel ($60)

Dark ruby color; smooth, silky and juicy with depth and intensity; bright and balanced; tangy and long. Kosher.

88 Larkspur 2016 Pinot Noir, Dundee ($17)

Clean and simple but not bad for a bargain Pinot; smooth and bright with hints of cherry fruit and earth.

85 Mad Housewife 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($13)

Clean, silky and tangy with plum and spice.

95 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Pas de Nom, Willamette Valley ($125)

Lush, smooth and juicy with cherry and savory notes; elegant, classic, Burgundian: long, balanced and refined; here’s an example of what Oregon can accomplish.

91 Shiloh 2016 Priviledge, Winemaker’s Blend, Judean Hills ($25)

Bright, juicy and fresh; a blend of four red grape varieties; smooth and lush, bright and tangy. Kosher.

91 Tabor Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Malkiya, Galilee, Israel ($60)

Smooth, juicy and dry with balance and depth; clean, juicy, long. Kosher.

93 Tenuta Campo al Mare 2016 Bolgheri Rosso DOC ($30)

Silky and rich a Bolgheri project of the Folonari family (Nozzole); bright and juicy with depth and notes of spice and earth; smooth fruit, balance and length.

94 Tenuta di Nozzole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, il Pareto, Toscana IGT ($85)

Smooth and spicy nose; smooth and luscious with depth and elegant fruit and texture; deep, velvety and intense; deep, rich and long.

85 Tenuta Torcalvano 2014 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoVino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG ($30)

Edgy, tart and clean; bright fruit; acidic and tangy; long and crisp.

90 Tenute del Cabreo 2015 il Borgo, Toscana IGT ($60)

Smooth and juicy with tangy berry fruit and spice; earthy, racy and long. from the Folonari family.

91 Terra di Seta 2012 Sangiovese, Riserva, Chianti Classico DOC ($37)

Clean and bright, juicy and fresh; silky and crisp, balanced and long. Kosher.

92 The Prisoner Wine Company 2016 Zinfandel, Saldo, Northern California, USA ($32)

Rich and spicy nose; smooth and dense, earthy and tangy; the Prisoner strikes again – another winner from this mysterious producer; ripe, spicy and balanced.

92 The Prisoner Wine Company 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuttings, California ($55)

Lush nose; fresh, rich and dense; dark, deep and intense, smooth and creamy with juicy style and complexity that you’d expect from wines at four times the price.

93 Three Sticks 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($65)

Deep ruby color; lush berry nose; smooth, juicy and intense with crisp, tangy style; racy, bright and long, fresh and racy.

93 Three Sticks 2016 Pinot Noir, The James, Sta. Rita Hills ($65)

Deep, fresh and tangy with rich cherry flavors and bright acidity; balanced and juicy, long and elegant.

90 Tom Gore Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, United states ($14.99)

Silky and fresh, bright, spicy nose; bracing and fresh, juicy and crisp. snappy and tangy; lively and charming; a delicious wine at a delicious price.

91 True Myth 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, USA ($24)

Rich and spicy nose; smooth, lush and juicy; a beautiful wine with a beautiful label; tangy and fresh; a serious wine at an amazing price.

91 True Myth 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, USA ($24)

Rich and spicy nose; smooth, lush and juicy; a beautiful wine with a beautiful label; tangy and fresh; a serious wine at an amazing price.

92 Villa Ragazzi 2014 Sangiovese, Napa Valley ($42)

Bright berry nose; smooth, juicy and fresh; tangy and fresh with depth, spicy and earthy notes; long and balanced.

93 Villa Ragazzi 2014 Faraona, Napa Valley ($54)

Deeply colored; smooth, clean and deep with tangy berry fruit and lush texture and depth; a stunning blend that preserves the character of the two components.

ROSÉ & DESSERT

88 Giò 2016 Pinot Grigio Rosato, Veneto IGT ($13)

Very pale pink; smooth and juicy with dry, tangy style; fresh and mellow, long and balanced.

90 Jezreel Valley Winery 2016 Rosé, Galilee, Israel ($20)

Bright pink color; an eclectic blend; dry and crisp with dry, tangy style; long and juicy, fresh and long. Kosher.

88 Maison Saleya 2017 Rosé, Côtes de Provence AOP ($15)

Pale pink color; smooth, dry and fresh; juicy with notes of mineral and berries; a typical Provence blend of Rhone varietals.

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2017 Zinfandel Rosé, Dry, Signature Selection, Dry Creek Valley ($17)

Deep raspberry pink; smooth, dry and juicy; dense, spicy and tangy; lush and deep, long and balanced; an annual classic from this historic Sonoma winery.

90 Ponzi Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley ($22)

Warm pink color; smooth, dry and edgy; juicy, bright and tart; racy and long.

88 Steele Wines 2017 Cabernet Franc Rosé, Lake ($17)

Pure pink color; warm, spicy nose; tangy and dry, juicy, with a hint of herbs; racy and crisp, fresh and long; a nice effort with a temperamental variety.

90 Three Sticks 2017 Casteñada Rosé, Sonoma ($40)

Bright pink color; smooth, dry and lush; a blend of three white varieties and two red; crisp and rich with spice and complexity; long and intense.

91 Three Sticks 2016 Casteñada Rosé, Sonoma Coast ($40)

Bright pink color; a blend of Rhone grapes – both white and red – that is smooth and dry; juicy and tangy with crisp peach and strawberry notes; long and balanced.

91 Villa Ragazzi 2017 Sangiovese Rosé, (Rosato di Sangiovese), Oakville, Napa Valley ($28)

Pale pink color; earth nose; crisp and dry with lively, tangy fresh fruit and silky texture; long and bracing.

84 Zagan’s Fire NV Watermelon, Lodi ($8)

Smooth, clean and juicy but lacking watermelon flavor.

85 Zagan’s Fire NV Peach, Lodi ($8)

Smooth, silky and clean; dry peach and tangy acidity; bright and crisp, long and balanced.

88 Zagan’s Fire NV Strawberry, Lodi ($8)

Deep red; smooth, dry and clean; fresh, juicy and long; okay it’s a fruit wine, but it’s fairly drinkable.

88 Zagan’s Fire NV Mango, Lodi ($8)

Bright, mango nose; lush and smooth with balanced, fresh and bright flavors; not overly sweet, juicy and long: okay it’s fruit-flavored wine, but it’s quite nice.

88 Caposaldo 2017 Corvina Rosé, Rosato del Veneto IGT ($12)

Pale pink color; dry, crisp and racy; juicy and tangy, edgy and long; bright, fresh and balanced.

88 Feudo Maccari 2017 Terre Siciliane IGP ($16)

Pale salmon pink; dense and juicy, dry, fresh and spicy; meaty, long and balanced.

90 Kim Crawford 2017 Merlot Rosé, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand ($18)

Bright pink color; strawberry nose; juicy and dry, smooth and lush; rich and tangy, long and balanced.

89 Masi 2017 Refosco Rosé, Rosato delle Venezie IGT ($15)

Pale pink color; bright and juicy with racy acidity and crisp style; dry, fresh and lively, long and balanced.

 

 

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By: Blue Lifestyle


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92 Cordon 2016 Chardonnay, L’Or de Salomon Pico, Bien Nacideo & Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($28)

Crisp and tangy with silky texture; fresh and smooth, long and balanced with a lively, fruit-forward style.

90 Donnafugata 2015 Zibibbo, Ben Ryé, Passito di Pantelleria DOC ($40)

Bronze amber color; rich candied apricot nose; thick, lush and creamy; sweet and rich

88 Giò 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT ($13)

Smooth, juicy and minerally; clean, fresh and tangy with depth and balance.

90 Godelia 2015 Bierzo ($17)

Silky and smooth with lush, ripe style; mellow, rich and balanced.

91 Kim Crawford 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($18)

Smooth, lush citrus; rich, riper and a bit sweeter since Kim and Erica have left the building; still, fresh, bright and balanced.

90 Luca Bosio Vineyards 2016 Moscato, Moscato d’Asti DOCG ($18)

Sweet and delicate with spice and floral notes; bright with citrus and soft spritz; long and juicy, delightful.

88 Nebel 2016 Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany ($14)

Smooth and floral with sweet, juicy style and nicely balanced.

91 Niner Wine Estates 2016 Chardonnay, Jespersen Ranch, Edna Valley, USA ($25)

Silky and bright with crisp acidity and fresh style; racy and tangy, juicy and
modern; smooth and nicely balanced; refined and elegant; crisp and clean and charming.

90 Pighin 2017 Pinot Grigio, Grave de Friuli DOC ($18)

Bright, crisp and juicy; this is what Pinot Grigio is all about; fresh, racy and long – and with plenty of flavor.

90 Pighin 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Grave de Friuli DOC ($18)

Racy and crisp with citrus and lively flavors; clean, fresh and racy; smooth and lively.

90 Steele Wines 2016 Chardonnay, Cuvée, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Mendocino ($22)

Smooth, juicy and rich with racy acidity and lush texture; long and balanced; Jed Steele continues to make solid wines.

91 Tangent 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Smooth and juicy, bright and fresh; crisp and bracing but still elegant; long and balanced.

89 Tangent 2016 Pinot Gris, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Smooth, crisp and mellow; lush and juicy with style and hints of minerals; fresh and long.

88 Tangent 2016 Albariño, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Clean, fresh and bright; aromatic and tangy with mineral notes; long and balanced.

93 Trefethen 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($38)

Fresh and clean with juicy citrus and racy acidity; bright and tangy, modern and elegant.

92 Trefethen 2017 Dry Riesling, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($26)

Crisp and tangy with racy acidity and bright citrus; silky and fresh, long and balanced; one of the very few still making Riesling in Cabernet country.

91 Yangarra 2016 Roussanne, Mclaren Vale, Australia ($30)

smooth and lush with tangy acidity but lovely softness; elegant and rich, long and balanced.


RED

93 Cordon 2016 Cuvée Rouge 246, Vogelzang, Paradise Road & Area 5.1 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($36)

Rich and deep with spice and black raspberry; smooth, balanced and long.

92 Cordon 2016 Pinot Noir, Les Jumeaux, Jon Sebastiano & Fiddlestix Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($54)

Juicy and bright; fresh and tangy with mature cherry and crisp acidity; Burgundian and elegant.

94 Cordon 2016 Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($32)

Smooth and spicy with clean, rich blackberry and toast; long and balanced; a lovely wine from star winemaker Etienne Terlinden.

92 Elvi Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Herenza Crianza, Los Majuelos Vineyard, Rioja DOC ($30)

Bright, crisp and juicy with smooth, tangy style; a lovely Tempranillo showcase; lovely and balanced.

92 Feudo Maccari 2015 Nero d’Avola, Saia, Terre Siciliane IGP ($39)

Smooth, juicy with bright, tangy berry fruit; fresh, balanced and long; clean and amiable.

90 Feudo Maccari 2016 Nero d’Avola, Terre Siciliane IGP ($16)

Fresh and bright, racy and crisp; tangy, juicy and showing spice and blackberry;

93 Feudo Maccari 2015 Syrah, Maharis, Sicila IGP ($69)

Smooth and toasty, rich and juicy with clean, bright black raspberry fruit; lovely balance and a long, rich finish.

90 Kim Crawford 2016 Pinot Noir, South Island ($19)

Clean, smooth and juicy; ripe and fresh, tangy and bright; balanced and long.

93 Masi 2012 Riserva Costasera, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC ($80)

Smooth and juicy with tangy, spicy and rich, toasty black fruit; lush and intense; charming and long; from one of the giants of the region.

93 Masi 2012 Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC ($88)

Smooth, lush and dense, spicy and juicy; rich, deep and complex; long, powerful and balanced.

96 Masi 2011 Campolongo di Torbe Amarone, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC ($160)

Lush, intense and smooth; spicy and rich; deep and juicy with layers of flavor; stunning and balanced.

91 Masi 2014 Brolo di Campofiorin Oro, Rosso del Veronese IGT ($30)

Silky, bright and smooth with tangy blackberry and spice; juicy and long.

88 Niner Wine Estates 2016 Pinot Noir, Jespersen Ranch, Edna Valley, USA ($35)

Silky and earthy with dried cherries and plums; clean and smooth, dry and rich; dense and spicy; long, dusty and balanced.

92 Niner Wine Estates 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, USA ($40)

Lush, smooth and deep with juicy plum and raspberry; toasty, rich and balanced; layered, complex and long; tangy and fresh.

92 Niner Wine Estates 2015 Proprietary Red, Estate, Paso Robles, USA ($20)

Smooth, lush and juicy; rich and dense with bright plum fruit; 35% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Barbera; a healthy mix of nine varieties that turns out deep and balanced.
93 Niner Wine Estates 2015 Misc. Red Blend Reserve Twisted Spur, Heart Hill, Paso Robles, USA ($65)

Silky and ripe with plum and berry fruit; 38% Mabec, 32% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot; 5% Merlot; smooth, rich and deep; a lovely, fragrant blend; balanced and lush.

94 Niner Wine Estates 2014 Premium Bordeaux Blend, Fog Catcher, Estate, Paso Robles, USA ($100)

Silky and lush, deep and juicy with tangy plum and berry fruit; 37% Cabernet Franc, 29% Petit Verdot; 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec; elegant, complex and refined; smooth, bright and long.

89 Perfusion Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, San Francisco Bay ($40)

Tangy and earthy with green cherry fruit; edgy and dry; lively acidity and long flavors.

92 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Classico, Willamette Valley ($43)

Lush cherry nose; silky and bright with racy acidity and crisp cherry fruit; lively and balanced, long and spirited; a smashing wine from an Oregon pioneer.

90 Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Tavola, Willamette Valley ($27)

Smooth and juicy with savory notes; tangy and crisp with lively acidity and good balance.

93 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, 15 Anniversary Reserve, Willamette Valley ($65)

Rich cherry nose; smooth and lush with dense cherry and notes of earth; rich and deep, long and elegant.

90 Steele Wines 2015 Merlot, Lake ($20)

Deep plum and spice nose; rich, dense and earthy with bright, tangy acidity; smooth and long.

92 Steele Wines 2014 Merlot, Founder’s Reserve, Stymie Vineyard, Lake ($42)

Soft plum nose; smooth, juicy and bright, smooth and rich; balanced, elegant and long.

92 Steele Wines 2014 Syrah, Founder’s Reserve, Stymie Vineyard, Lake ($36)

Smooth, rich and juicy with lush blackberry and spice; clean, fresh and ripe; long and balanced.

91 Trefethen 2015 Merlot, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($40)

Smooth plum nose; juicy and softly tannic with bright fruit and tangy style; dense and racy; a solid effort from this Napa leader.

91 Trefethen 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($60)

Deep plum nose; tight and tannic with promise for later; clean, racy and elegant.

92 Yangarra 2016 Shiraz, Mclaren Vale, Australia ($25)

rich, spicy, blackberry nose; fresh, bright and spicy; tangy and crisp, juicy and lively; long and balanced.

92 Yangarra 2014 Grenache, Old Vine, Mclaren Vale, Australia ($30)

Smooth, juicy and minerally with depth and spice; pure and tangy with racy energy; long and fresh.

93 Yangarra 2014 Shiraz, Mclaren Vale, Australia ($30)

Mellow and lush with smooth, spicy and juicy; complex and savory with long, rich flavors.

96 Yangarra High Sands 2014 Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia ($140)

Floral nose; lush and juicy, pure and rich; smooth and mellow with depth and concentrated fruit; balanced and long.

96 Yangarra Ironheart 2014 Shiraz, Ironheart, McLaren Vale, Australia ($140)

Dark Ruby color; rich savory nose; smooth, lush and juicy; dense and complex, powerful and rich, long and deep; Rhone-like, meaty, great structure.

92 Yangarra 2015 GSM Mclaren Vale, Australia ($30)

Lovely spiced nose; juicy and edgy with forward berry fruit and spice; racy, fresh and lively, clean and balanced.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

85 Apaltagua NV Costero, San Antonio Valley ($16)

Clean, crisp and dry with racy, herbal notes.

89 Barefoot Cellars NV Cuvée “Champagne”, California ($10)

Clean, fresh and balanced; dry and crisp, balanced and long; a remarkable achievement, Too bad they call it “Champagne”

 

 

 

January 2018

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

88 Calcu 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Especial, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($13)

Bright and juicy with passion fruit and citrus; tangy and crisp, long and balanced.

92 Château La Nerthe 2016 AOP Chateauneuf du Pape ($60)

Smooth, lush and deep with minerals and floral notes; rich and aromatic, creamy and long; dense, complex and elegant.

91 Herdade do Rocim 2014 Olho de Mocho Reserva Branco, Vidigueira ($30)

Tangy and juicy with aromatic style; smooth and showing citrus and tropical fruits; clean, balanced and long.

90 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Steel Chardonnay, Bourgogne ($14)

Fresh, clean and smooth; juicy and tangy with racy, crisp fruit; lively acidity and bright minerals; long and balanced; unoaked but sporting plenty of depth and flavor.

90 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 White Burgundy, Pouilly-Fuissé AOC ($30)

Lush, clean and juicy with tangy acidity; fresh, lively and balanced; long and deep.

89 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages AOC ($15)

Smooth, fresh and juicy; crisp acidity and lively fruit; minerally and long.

86 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Bourgogne Blanc AOC ($19)

Smooth and fresh with juicy, lush style; rich and tangy.

88 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Chardonnay, Bourgogne AOC ($18)

Smooth and juicy with a core of tangy acidity; clean, fresh and long with balance and lively style.

91 Massolino 2015 Moscato, Moscato D’ Asti DOCG ($23)

Sweet, smooth and juicy with spritz and rich flavors of spice and fresh fruit; tangy and long, fresh and balanced.

90 Tabor Winery 2014 Zohar Adama II, Galilee, Israel ($27)

Smooth and lush with an interesting blend of varieties; rich and balanced with creamy style; long and deep. Kosher.

90 Two Angels 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, High Valley ($17)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright acidity and lively varietal style; silky and crisp.


RED

87 Barefoot Cellars NV Pinot Noir, California ($7)

Clean and juicy with racy cherry flavors; bright and tangy, long and balanced.

88 Barefoot Cellars NV Merlot, California ($7)

Smooth, Juicy and bright with clean flavors; simple and tangy with lively style and racy acidity; a remarkable value.

85 Bonterra Vineyards 2015 Merlot, California ($16)

Edgy and juicy with tannins and plum; long and lush, ripe and dense.

90 Capçanes 2015 Flor de Primavera Pinot Noir, Peraj Ha’abib, Special Limited Edition, D.O. Catalunya ($30)

Clean, rich and intense cherry; smooth texture and savory notes; edgy and long, lush and juicy. Kosher.

97 Cardinale 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($275)

Bright ruby color; soft plum nose; another Chris Carpenter masterpiece; incredibly smooth and elegant, rich and precise but generous; bright plum, cherry and boysenberry with notes of vanilla, toast and spice; deep and intense, ageworthy and long.

90 Carmel Winery 2013 Malbec, Admon Vineyard, Galilee, Israel ($37)

Dark ruby color; fresh, ripe and juicy with blackberry fruit; smooth, dense and rich; balanced and long.

90 Cartuxa 2013 Évora Tinto Colheita, DOC Alentejo ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and bright; dense, rich and spicy; lush and balanced.

91 Château La Nerthe 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages AOP ($24)

A juicy, tangy GSM; smooth, bursting with fruit and hints of earth; balanced, lush and spicy; long and fresh.

93 Château La Nerthe 2015 AOP Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge ($60)

Smooth and rich with spice, black raspberry and cherry; juicy and lush, dense and deep; toasty oak, balanced and long.

91 Domaine Anderson 2013 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($40)

Ripe cherry nose; bright and racy with cherry notes and some earthy elements; savory, balanced and long.

90 Don Sebastiani and Sons 2015 Big Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($27)

Smooth and lush, clean and spicy with plum, berry and rich flavors; fresh and balanced.

90 Evan’s Vineyard 2016 Pacifica Pinot Noir, Evan’s Collection, Oregon ($23)

Bright and juicy with fresh cherry and spice; tangy and lush, with earth and savory style; balanced and long. Kosher.

93 Flora Springs 2015 Trilogy, Napa Valley ($85)

Lush and rich with smooth texture and lush plum and berry fruit; dense and rich, deep and showing promise for aging.

93 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Family Ranches, Russian River Valley ($45)

Deep ruby color; lush and spicy with blackberry fruit; beautifully structured and complex; rich, balanced and long.

88 Georges Duboeuf 2015 Chateau de Saint-Amour, AOC Saint-Amour ($22)

Deep ruby color; smooth and tangy with clean berry fruit; juicy and light weight; simple and racy.

95 Guarachi Family Wines 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Las Piedras Heritage Single Vineyard, Napa Valley
($250)

Deep, dark ruby color; lush and dense with rich texture and bright fruit; a complex, deep wine from one of Napa’s most celebrated vineyards; juicy, intense and ripe, long and balanced.

85 Line 39 Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, California ($11)

Smooth, fresh and clean, ripe cherry and earthy notes; savory and long.

88 Line 39 Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($11)

Smooth and juicy, herbal and fruity; simple and clean; smooth and balanced.

88 Line 39 Wines 2016 California ($11)

Smooth and clean, spicy and balanced; juicy, crisp and bright; tangy and lively.

91 Luce della Vite 2015 Lucente, Toscana IGT ($30)

Smooth, ripe and tangy with spice and rich texture; rich, dense and earthy; long and balanced, deep and lush.

88 Maison Louis Jadot 2016 Beaujolais AOC ($13)

Silky and juicy with tangy berry fruit; lively and bright, crisp and balanced; exuberant and long.

86 Maison Louis Jadot 2015 Pinot Noir, Bourgogne AOC ($20)

Smooth, juicy with crisp acidity and earthy notes; tangy and fresh.

88 Poema 2016 Sangiovese Blend, D.O. Catalunya ($12)

Clean and edgy with spice and juicy berry fruit; racy and tangy with lively style and good balance.

91 Ruffino 2012 Riserva Ducale Oro, Gran Selezione, Chianti Classico DOCG ($41)

Complex nose; smooth and juicy with notes of plum, earth and violets; classic and balanced, long and generous; deep and tangy.

87 Sarah Christina Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($12)

Bright, clean and juicy with plum and smooth texture; mild and juicy, balanced and fresh.

90 Saved Wines 2016 Red Blend, California ($25)

Deep and spicy with rich, balanced Rhône style; smooth and lush, long and stylish.

92 Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, Parsons’ Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($50)

Dark ruby color; smooth earthy nose; silky cherry fruit and notes of earth; juicy and bright, long and balanced.

91 Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, Muirfield Vineyard, Willamette Valley ($50)

Pale rub color; crisp and racy with tangy, linear style; juicy, lively and long.

93 Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, Rosélla’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($55)

Medium ruby color; smooth and rich with ripe cherry and earth notes; lush, generous and long with a crisp, tangy finish.

94 Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($50)

Bright ruby color; smooth, lush and tangy; elegant, stylish and nicely structured; generous and long.

94 St. Supéry 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa Valley ($100)

Soft plum and berry nose; silky and bright with tangy plum and blackberry fruit, smooth and tangy, juicy and deep; elegant, structured and long with considerable aging potential.

88 Tercos 2017 Tercos Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Smooth, spicy and juicy with bright berry fruit and good balance; smooth, fresh and clean.

88 Tercos 2017 Tercos Sangiovese, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

silky and spicy, clean and juicy with tangy, bright flavors; crisp and balanced, long and fresh.

86 Two Angels 2015 Petite Sirah, Red Hills, Lake County ($27)

Deeply colored; smooth and dense, concentrated and tannic; intense and rich; long and deep.


 

ROSÉ & DESSERT

88 Apothic 2016 Brut Sparkling, California ($15)

Smooth and clean with floral notes; sweet and bright with apple and peach flavors; balanced and fresh.

88 Barefoot Cellars NV Brut Rosé “Champagne”, California ($10)

Bright, fresh and tasting of strawberry and raspberry; simple, clean and fresh; pleasant and balanced and mainly dry.

90 Gustave Lorentz NV Brut Rosé, Crémant d’Alsace AOC ($30)

Lively pink color; smooth, dry and tangy; a stylish sparkler with finesse and depth; long and generous.

88 Martini & Rossi NV Extra Dry Rosé Sparkling, Piedmont, Italy ($13)

Pale pink color; dry, fresh and juicy; smooth, tangy and balanced; bright and lively.

88 Martini & Rossi NV Extra Dry Prosecco Prosecco DOC, Italy ($13)

Fresh and juicy with lively acidity and crisp, bright and smooth; clean, dry and tangy.

88 Paringa 2016 Sparkling Shiraz, South Australia ($18)

Dark ruby color; rich blackberry nose; dry, dense and ripe with deep berry notes; intense and lush, long and balanced.

86 Pascual Toso NV Brut, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Smooth and crisp with earthy notes; a Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc made by famed winemaker Paul Hobbs; tangy and balanced.

90 Simonsig 2015 Kaapse Vonkel Brut, Western Cape, South Africa ($25)

A very impressive sparkler from South Africa that features Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a bit of Pinot Meunier; clean, fresh and juicy with elegance and finesse; bright, round and long.

89 Simonsig 2015 Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé, Stellenbosch, South Africa ($25)

Pale pink color; soft raspberry nose; dry, smooth and clean; minerally and balanced, long and juicy.

88 Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Light pink color; smooth, raspberry nose; tangy and juicy with dry, lively style; clean and fresh.

88 Vino dei Fratelli 2016 Prosecco, Prosecco D.O.C, Italy ($18)

Smooth and juicy with bright apple fruit; clean, balanced and fresh; tangy, round and long.

90 Castoro Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles ($22)

Smooth and creamy with rich texture and spicy muscat; ripe and dense.

88 Dr. Loosen NV Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel ($16)

Smooth and bright with fresh apricot and citrus notes; crisp and sweet with bright, tangy style; like other Loosen wines, precise and neatly structured.

84 Foley Sonoma 2014  Sparkling White Wine, Alexander Valley ($38)

A strange blend of Semillon and Sangiovese yields a pinkish sparkler with crisp, earthy notes.

88 Maison Louis Jadot 2017  Rosé, Côteaux Bourguignons AOC ($14)

Light pink color; smooth, juicy and crisp; tangy with hints of strawberry; long and balanced.

88 Martini & Rossi NV Sparkling Muscat, Asti DOCG ($13)

Smooth, clean and sweet with spice and tangy fruit; fresh, bright and balanced.

93 Merry Edwards 2014 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($48)

Rich and ripe with smooth, creamy texture; sweet and balanced with rich flavors and sauvignon spice; lush and balanced.

90  Robert Weil 2015 Brut Reisling, Rheingau, Germany ($46)

Dry and crisp with good texture and balance; toasty and fresh, long and elegant, tangy and long.

 

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By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

89 Aniello 2017 006  Riverside Estate Chardonnay, Rio Negro, Patagonia ($17)

Fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and crisp acidity; deep and complex with lots of charm and finesse; balanced and long.

88 Cambridge Cellars 2016 Cambridge & Sunset Chardonnay, California ($14)

Lush and creamy with clean, ripe pear fruit; smooth, balanced and long.

91 Craggy Range Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road, Martinborough, New Zealand ($22)

Grassy nose; smooth, juicy, lush and tangy with bright acidity and depth; long, balanced and deep.

88 Cycles Gladiator 2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast ($12)

Bright yellow color; silky and smooth with clean, crisp fruit; juicy, fresh and long; remarkable at the price.

93 Dr. Loosen 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Bernkasteler Lay Vineyard, Mosel ($28)

Silky, fresh and racy with crisp peach and racy citrus; elegant and lovely, long and balanced; Ernst Loosen is a master.

92 Dr. Loosen 2016 Riesling, Blue Slate, Kabinett, Mosel ($22)

Silky, juicy and racy with tangy peach and citrus; elegant and fresh, lively and crisp; long and balanced.

91 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Trocken, Brauneberger Vineyard, Mosel ($28)

Smooth, racy and showing crisp minerals; fresh, lively and dry with depth and fine balance; silky and long, balanced and refined.

92 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Mosel ($20)

Ripe off-dry and juicy with racy acidity and smooth texture; balanced, tangy and elegant; long and refined.

93 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Brauneberger Vineyard, Mosel ($26)

Smooth and sweet with racy acidity and lush, lovely peach fruit; balanced and long, ripe and showing honey and depth.

91 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Trocken, Mosel ($20)

Fresh, tangy and dry with racy acidity and crisp style; juicy and bright, pure and long.

93 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Vineyard, Mosel ($38)

Smooth, juicy and elegant with racy acidity and minerally, sweet style; lush, rich and bright; long and balanced.

92 Fritz Haag 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Brauneberger Juffer Vineyard, Mosel ($32)

Lush and sweet with juicy, fresh and tangy style; creamy and racy with lush honey-influenced flavors.

88 Infamous Goose 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)

Smooth and tangy with ripe citrus and juicy style; dense and lively with minerals and bright acidity.

88 Madison Ridge 2017 Chardonnay, Banker’s Lane, Riverina ($13)

Fresh fruit nose; silky and fresh with smooth, balanced flavors; tangy and bright, long and clean.

91 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Alte Reben, Mosel ($26)

Silky, crisp and dry; racy and bright with mineral notes; juicy and long.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Herrenberg Vineyard, Mosel ($32)

Soft apricot nose; smooth, lush and sweet but with enough racy acidity to create a lively tension; fresh, juicy and elegant; long and balanced.

93 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Superior, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel ($64)

Smooth peach nose; lush, elegant and dry but ripe and deep; tangy, juicy and rich; complex, deep and long; a stunner from one of my favorite Mosel wineries.

93 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel ($46)

Ripe apricot nose; lush, sweet and juicy with tangy acidity and notes of honey and stone fruit; racy, exuberant and fresh; long and balanced.

92 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Abtsberg Vineyard, Mosel ($36)

Tangy, peachy nose; smooth and crisp with some sweetness and plenty of bright acidity to balance; juicy, fresh and long.

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Monopol Vineyard, Mosel ($20)

Crisp, dry and racy with tangy acidity and mineral complexity; bright, bracing and long.

91 Morgan Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Metallico, Un-Oaked, Monterey ($22)

Silky and smooth with tangy acidity and juicy fruit; fresh, clean and long with balance and style.

91 Morgan Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey ($18)

Silky and tangy with juicy, smooth and layered flavors; mellow and racy at the same time; elegant, balanced and long.

90 Niro 2016 Pecorino, Terre di Chieti IGT ($18)

Smooth, clean and juicy; fresh and minerally; an attractive, bright wine from Abruzzo; balanced and long.

92 Pellet Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Un-Oaked, Sunchase Vineyard, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast ($42)

Lush and rich with smooth texture and ripe fruit; elegant, balanced and long.

88 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($15)

Smooth and ripe with fresh fruit and notes of vanilla; clean, balanced and long.

87 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Un-Oaked, Sonoma ($13)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with bright fruit and good balance; rich, long and fresh.

89 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Chardonnay Reserve, Russian River Valley ($17)

Smooth, fresh and mellow with ripe fruit, creamy texture and vanilla oak notes; long and balanced.

90 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Mills Cuvée, Green Valley of Russian River Valley ($30)

Smooth and creamy with soft pear and bright acidity; rich and balanced, fresh and long.

88 San Lorenzo 2016 Trebbiano, Casabianca, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo D.O.C. ($13)

Silky and smooth, dry and minerally with balance and clean, fresh style; long and juicy

88 Scotto Cellars 2016 Chardonnay, Anthony & Dominic, North Coast ($15)

Fresh, clean and juicy with notes of citrus; silky and bright with balance and length.

90 Silkbush 2016 Viognier, Breedekloof ($20)

Smooth and lush with ripe tropical fruit and clean style; silky and juicy with balance and good length.

89 The Seeker 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, New Zealand ($14)

Bright passion fruit nose; crisp, racy and bright with lively citrus; silky, fresh and balanced.

93 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USA ($55)

Smooth and elegant with ripe fruit and fine balance; juicy and refined, fresh and lovely; long and graceful, fresh and stylish.

93 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USA ($55)

Lush and juicy with creamy texture and tangy acidity; precise and elegant with intensity and silky texture; long and lovely.

92 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Chardonnay, One Sky Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, USA ($50)

Lush and pure with silky texture and juicy fruit; elegant and tangy

92 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Chardonnay, ORIGIN, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USA ($50)

Golden color; bright, juicy nose; silky and ripe with creamy texture; tangy, smooth and precise with length and finesse.

88 Villa Wolf 2016 Gewürztraminer, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Smooth and sweet with spice and some spritz; tangy and juicy with bright, crisp style; balanced and long.

88 Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Smooth with minerality and juicy, dry style; crisp and balanced, fresh and clean with racy acidity and tangy fruit; ripe, balanced and long.

89 Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Blanc, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Smooth, ripe nose; spritzy and juicy with tangy, round fruit; clean, fresh and bright; long and balanced.

89 Waterbrook Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($12)

This 34-year-old winery was one of the first in Walla Walla; smooth and lush with rich texture and ripe pear fruit; deep and balanced, long and graceful.

89 Waterbrook Winery 2016 Chardonnay Reserve, Columbia Valley ($17)

Smooth and bright with citrus and vanilla notes; tropical fruit and hints of almonds; balanced and long; from one of Walla Walla’s first wineries.

93  Robert Weil, 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany ($40)

Fresh and bright with sweet peach and juicy acidity; lush and complete with lovely balance and exuberance; long and charming.

91  Robert Weil, 2016 Riesling, Trocken, Rheingau, Germany ($20)

Silky and crisp, dry with tangy peach and racy acidity; smooth, minerally and lush with depth, balance and finesse.

92 Robert Weil,  2016 Riesling, Tradition, Rheingau, Germany ($20)

Smooth and mellow, off-dry and juicy with racy citrus; fresh, balanced and long with finesse and elegance.

86 Wittmann 2016 Trocken Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany ($11)

Light pink color; silky, smooth and dry; bright, balanced and fresh; crisp and fairly simple flavors.

90 Wittmann 2016 Pinot Blanc, 100 Hills, Dry, Rheinhessen, Germany ($18)

Smooth, minerally and dry; crisp and fresh with racy acidity and a long and balanced finish.


RED

89 Aniello 2017 Pinot Noir, 006, Riverside Vineyard, Rio Negro, Patagonia ($17)

Tangy, juicy and lively with crisp acidity and racy cherry fruit; bright and fresh, long and balanced.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, River Turn, Anderson Valley ($60)

Bright ruby color; silky smooth and juicy with racy acidity and crisp style; fresh, savory with balance and excellent length; another lovely Jeff Gaffner wine.

91 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($50)

Ripe and earthy nose; silky and fresh with juicy berry flavors; bright, racy and balanced with hints of earth and spice in the finish.

89 Cambridge Cellars 2016 Cambridge & Sunset Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($14)

Smooth and juicy with bright plum and racy, fresh style; clean and balanced; fresh and appealing.

89 Cambridge Cellars 2016 Cambridge & Sunset Zinfandel, California ($14)

Smooth and bright with spice, crisp acidity and balanced style; clean and racy.

88 Cambridge Cellars 2016 Cambridge & Sunset Merlot, California ($14)

Smooth and ripe, lush and plummy; rich and balanced, long and dense.

88 Cambridge Cellars 2016 Cambridge & Sunset Pinot Noir, California ($14)

Smoky and spicy nose; silky and smooth, tangy and crisp; racy and balanced.

91 Château Larcis Jaumat 2015 Grand Cru, Saint-Émilion ($29)

Smooth and juicy with bright plum and silky texture; fresh and balanced with finesse and good length. Kosher.

90 Château Royaumont 2014 Lalande de Pomerol ($37)

Smooth and juicy with earthy notes and bright plum fruit; crisp and stylish with clean, fresh fruit flavors; balanced, juicy and long. Kosher.

93 Clos Mesorah 2014 Montsant DO ($70)

Earthy nose; smooth and spicy with blackberry and cherry fruit; a kosher wine made by a Sephardic family that was expelled from Spain in the late 15th century but returned to claim its former vineyards; fresh and long.

88 Cycles Gladiator 2015 Petite Sirah, Central Coast ($12)

Dark and lush with deep blackberry fruit; dense, lush and balanced; simple and long.

89 Cycles Gladiator 2016 Pinot Noir, Central Coast ($12)

Rich blackberry nose; clean, smooth and juicy; there are very few Pinots at this price that are even drinkable; this one is quite delicious; crisp and long.

89 Cycles Gladiator 2014 Merlot, Central Coast ($12)

Clean, bright and juicy with smooth texture and dense plum fruit; lively, fresh and balanced; long and bracing; an incredible value.

93 Foley Estates 2014 Pinot Noir, Barrel Select, Sta. Rita Hills ($60)

Pale and showing a bright berry nose; silky and crisp, fresh and racy; a lovely Burgundian Pinot made by Chris Curran, Sea Smoke’s original winemaker; elegant and balanced.

92 Foley Johnson 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford ($75)

Deep ruby color; smooth, dense and tangy with edgy, rich style; tannic and rich with potential, given some cellar age.

94 High Dive 2014 Napa Valley ($95)

Four Bordeaux varieties come together in this deep colored, rich blend; smooth, rich and juicy with toasty oak, spice and refined structure; elegant and deep with lovely ripe plum and berry fruit; balanced and long; from the people who brought you Cannonball.

92 Ilaria 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65)

Deep ruby color; smooth plum nose; lush and ripe with juicy, rich style; tangy and dense with balance and finesse; long and nicely structured.

92 Ilaria 2014 Malbec, Napa Valley ($40)

Dark ruby color; rich and dense with ripe plum and blackberry; lush and deep, balanced and ripe with a long spicy finish.

91 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2015 Merlot, Malibu Coast ($27)

Smooth and lush with bright plum flavors and notes of earth and spice; fresh and deep with balance and good length.

90 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Malibu Coast ($35)

Smooth, earthy nose; deep ruby color; deep and silky with earth notes and bright plum fruit; juicy and long.

86 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Malibu Coast ($32)

Earthy nose; deep ruby color; spicy and crisp with deep plum and earth notes; dense and long.

91 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2015 Cabernet Franc, Malibu Coast ($28)

Earthy and herbal nose; smooth, clean and lush; balanced and ripe, long and stylish.

86 Marichal 2016 Merlot, Canelones ($16)

Smooth and earthy with bright but rustic style; juicy and dense with balance and depth.

88 Michael Sullberg 2016 Merlot Reserve, California ($14)

Soft plum and herbal nose; smooth and rich with ripe plum and spice; earthy, dense and long.

93 Miner Family Vineyards 2013 The Oracle, Napa Valley ($100)

Deep ruby color; nose of plum with some herbal notes; smooth and lush blend of all five Bordeaux varieties; rich and tangy, long and balanced.

93 Mira Winery 2014 Merlot, Hyde Vineyard, Napa Valley ($65)

Deep ruby color; smooth nose of plum and earth; rich and dense with blackberry and notes of chocolate, mocha and spice; balanced and long, from a famous Carneros vineyard.

94 Morgan Winery 2015 Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands ($22)

Smooth and lush with deep blackberry fruit; bright, juicy and tangy; spicy, crisp and long; fresh and stylish.

91 Niro 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ($18)

Deep ruby color; spicy, berry nose; smooth, lush tangy and ripe with earth, spice and rich blackberry fruit; lean, dense and charming.

93 Pellet Estate 2015 Henry’s Reserve, Estate, St. Helena ($125)

Smooth plum nose; lush, and ripe with spice and berry fruit; toasty and elegant with depth and complexity; balanced and long.

94 Pellet Estate 2015 Estate Merlot, St. Helena ($75)

Dense and lush; elegant and smooth with tangy berry fruit and spice; lovely balance and texture; long and showing lots of finesse.

88 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, California ($15)

Earthy nose; smooth and bright with cherry fruit and savory notes; balanced and long.

89 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Alexander Valley ($20)

Deep ruby color; herbal nose; smooth, bright and juicy with herbal notes and a balanced finish.

88 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley ($20)

Silky and juicy with bright cherry and spice; savory and balanced, long and fresh.

90 River Road Family Vineyards & Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Stephanie’s Cuvée, Green Valley of Russian River Valley ($30)

Tangy cherry nose; silky and juicy with crisp cherry fruit and good balance and depth; fresh, smooth and long.

86 San Lorenzo 2015 Montepulciano, Casabianca, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo D.O.C. ($13)

Deep ruby color; spicy nose; silky and clean with tannins and spice; deep plum and berry fruit; long and balanced.

86 San Lorenzo 2013 Montepulciano, Bria, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo D.O.C. ($19)

Smooth and earthy; dry and earthy with berry fruit and density; long and balanced

91 Sanctuary 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($50)

Bright, ripe and juicy with smooth texture; tangy plum with hints of vanilla and toasty oak; smooth and fresh, long and balanced.

91 Valerie’s Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir, One Acre, Carneros ($40)

silky with bright raspberry fruit; juicy and fresh with tangy notes; crisp and exuberant; lively an long.

86 Scotto Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Anthony & Dominic, North Coast ($15)

Silky and fresh with a touch of sweetness; juicy and rich, balanced and long.

93 Sergio 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Arcano Vineyard, Napa Valley ($125)

Dark ruby color; rich, dense nose; smooth and rich with ripe plum, spice and toast; concentrated and intense, long and balanced.

94 Shafer Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley ($$285)

Deep ruby color; fragrant, with plum and rich flavors of toasty oak and spice; lush texture and complexity; elegant and concentrated, long and balanced.

91 Silkbush 2014 Altitude Red,  Breedekloof, South Africa ($20)

Silky and smooth with ripe, juicy style; five varieties come together in this likable, tangy wine; this stunning 340-acre property produces eleven different varieties and a vibrant catalog of wines.

91 Silkbush 2010 Shiraz, Breedekloof , South Africa ($20)

Smooth, ripe and luscious with rich texture and generous fruit; one of eleven varieties grown on this 340-acre property; juicy and balanced with depth and length.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Malbec, Writer’s Block, Lake County ($17)

Silky and juicy with ripe blackberry and cherry fruit; spicy and clean with hints of vanilla toasty oak; long and tangy.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Cabernet Franc, Writer’s Block, Lake County  ($17)

Smooth spicy and herbal nose; silky and crisp with racy acidity and clean, spicy finish; long and balanced.

87 Steele Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Writer’s Block, Lake County ($17)

Ripe, earthy nose; pale ruby color; crisp and tangy with bright acidity and a floral note; juicy and long.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Zinfandel, Writer’s Block, Lake County ($17)

Spicy, floral nose; smooth and juicy with spice and blackberry; lush with notes of vanilla and tangy acidity; long and bright.

92 Teperberg 2013 Legacy Petite Sirah,  Samson, Israel ($70)

Smooth, earthy and rich; balanced and spicy and earthy; juicy and impressive. Kosher.

90 The Seeker 2016 Pinot Noir, France ($14)

Smooth, bright and fresh with notes of cherry and savory spice; balanced, clean and lively.

94 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USA ($70)

Bright ruby color; lush and smooth, long and balanced; a great wine from a great vineyard; elegant, rich and long; lovely structure and depth.

94 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USA ($70)

Dark and lush from this famed vineyard; smooth and generous; rich and tangy with finesse and elegance; balanced and long, lovely and deep.

94 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Walala Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, USa ($70)

Spicy, savory nose; smooth and juicy with deep, intense style; rich and mature, tangy and long; balanced and a complete package.

95 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Cuvée Eva Marie, Sonoma Coast, USA ($90)

An exquisite rendition: silky smooth and elegant with generous fruit and sweet vanilla oak; deep and stunning with depth and style; balanced and long.

92 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, USA ($65)

Nose of earth and wild cherry; tangy and crisp with juicy fruit and savory notes; racy and balanced, long and fresh,

93 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, “The James”, Sta. Rita Hills, USA ($65)

Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry and tangy texture; lush and elegant, long and lively with depth and style; from Santa Barbara County; toasty and rich.

93 Three Sticks Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, PFV Estate, Sonoma Coast, USA ($65)

Deep and lush with ripe cherry fruit and sweet vanilla oak; rich and tangy with smooth, dense texture; complex and long with tangy style.

91 Valerie’s Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($40)

Smooth cherry nose; juicy and bright with tangy fruit and crisp acidity; clean, fresh and balanced; long and exuberant.

86 Viña Maquis 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($20)

Funky nose; edgy and earthy with some green hints; tart and racy.

90 Viña Maquis 2011Viola Carménère, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($55)

Dark ruby color; silky and edgy with tangy plum and earth notes; crisp and balanced.

91 Viña Maquis 2013 Viola Carménère,  Colchagua Valley, Chile ($55)

Clean and smooth with ripe plum and juicy fruit; tangy, fresh and racy, balanced and long.

91 Viña Maquis 2011 Franco Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($85)

Deep ruby color; earthy nose; smooth and astringent with tangy berry fruit and racy acidity; long and edgy, juicy and fresh.

92 Vitkin Winery 2016 Red Israeli Journey, Sharon, Israel ($24)

Smooth and bright, juicy and spicy with ripe blackberry; a Rhone blend that is balanced and charming; fresh and long, bright and lively. Kosher.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

87 San Lorenzo 2016 Rosato Colli Aprutini IGT ($20)

Bright pink color; dry, crisp and juicy with some herbal notes; dense and long.

88 Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Light pink color; smooth, raspberry nose; tangy and juicy with dry, lively style; clean and fresh.

 

November 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

89 Avalon 2016 Chardonnay, California ($12)

Smooth nose; silky and bright with depth and tangy, juicy style; fresh, balanced and pleasant; a lovely wine with style and surprising quality for the price. Sustainable.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48)

Bright and lush with tangy acidity and smooth texture; lovely ripe fruit and fine balance; long and showing true finesse.

94 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($58)

Silky and elegant with sleek texture and lovely, racy fruit; citrus and pear with subtle vanilla oak notes; fine structure and excellent length; balanced and showing bright finesse.

88 Castoro Cellars 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Paso Robles ($16)

Bright gold color; smooth texture with toast and vanilla notes; ripe fruit with creamy style; rich, balanced and long.

91 Catalina Sounds 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)

Bright citrus nose; juicy, orange and lime fruit with silky texture and tangy acidity; fresh, clean and racy; an amazing value.

88 Crowded House 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($10)

Clean, fresh and juicy with lively acidity, citrus and grass; racy and bright with balance and style; remarkable at this price.

90 Dr. Loosen 2016 Riesling, Dr. L, Dry, Mosel ($25)

Crisp and racy with bright, juicy and dry style; silky, elegant and balanced, long and refined.

92 Dr. Loosen 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Ürziger Würzgarten Vineyard, Mosel ($34)

Silky and bright with lively tension between sugar and acid; smooth and juicy, long and balanced; another Ernst Loosen masterpiece

88 Dr. Loosen 2016 Riesling, Dr. L, Mosel ($12)

Smooth, clean and sweet with racy acidity and good balance; lush and long, fresh and juicy.

91 Firriato 2016 Zibibbo, Jasmin, Terre Sicilane IGT ($19)

Juicy and bright with some Muscato spice but not sweet; fresh, dry and racy; minerality and tangy style; drink this with oysters.

93 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2016 Etrusca Chardonnay, Cecilia, Vella Ranch, Sonoma Coast ($34)

Lush and smooth with ripe pear and vanilla; rich, creamy and bright with tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and long.

89 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2016 Chardonnay, Collective, California ($17)

Fresh and smooth with clean, ripe fruit and silky texture; stylish, balanced and long; an excellent value from oceanside.

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2016 Riesling, Monopol Vineyard, Mosel ($20)

Silky and smooth, dense, lush and balanced; juicy and fresh with pronounced minerality.

94 Merry Edwards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($36)

Smooth, lush nose; silky and rich with crisp, tangy acidity and elegant, ripe flavors of citrus with notes of creamy vanilla and oak; long, balanced and complex.

92 Merry Edwards 2014 Chardonnay, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)

Yes, Merry Edwards can make Chardonnay too; bright, aromatic and elegant with smooth texture and refined acid structure; creamy and lush, stylish, balanced and long.

92 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Aurora Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($63)

Soft nose; silky and fine with bright, juicy citrus fruit; elegant and bright with finesse and style.

94 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Avellana Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($63)

Rich vanilla nose; bright and juicy with tangy fruit, crisp acidity and sweet new oak; elegant, fresh and balanced; a demonstration of how good Oregon Chardonnay can get.

90 Raeburn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($19.99)

Lush pear nose; lush and juicy with ripe fruit and soft, rich texture; clean and deep with bright structure and balance; fresh and long, charming and an excellent value. Sustainable.

87 Rendarrio Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Baja-Ha, Mer Soleil Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($30)

Deep gold color; silky texture and mellow style; balanced and restrained.

90 Steele Wines 2016 Pinot Blanc, Santa Barbara ($19)

Smooth and lush with juicy fruit, rich texture and good acid structure; balanced and long with mellow finesse.

91 Steele Wines 2016 Viognier, Lake ($19)

Aromatic nose; smooth and softly juicy with tangy acidity and bright floral notes; more proof of Jed Steele’s winemaking skills.

88 Villa Wolf 2016 Dry Riesling, Pfalz, Germany ($12)

Clean, crisp and silky with minerally, tangy style; racy, bright and long.

92  Robert Weil, 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany ($30)

Fresh and tangy with juicy peach and apricot fruit; silky and bright with round flavors and a long finish; charming and balanced.

92  Robert Weil,  2016 Riesling, Kiedricher Trocken, Rheingau, Germany ($36)

Smooth and juicy with lively acidity and lovely balance; juicy, fresh and long and dry, elegant and lovely.

87 Wittman 2016 Riesling, 100 Hills, Dry, Rheinhessen, Germany ($18)

Edgy and tart with clean, racy fruit; minerally and steely, long.

90 Wittmann 2016 Riesling, Trocken, Westhofener, Rheinhessen, Germany ($36)

Smooth and dry with crisp acidity and bright minerality; silky and dense with tangy style; long and steely.

91 Wittmann 2016 Riesling, Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Crisp, dry and juicy with silky texture and lush racy acidity; fresh, tangy citrus and good balance; long and bracing.


RED

90 Avalon 2015 Red, California ($12)

Deep ruby color; clean nose of berries and spice; smooth and lush with round blackberry and plum fruit and spice; fresh, rich and juicy with ripe style and excellent balance; a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Tannat and Petite Sirah; long and balanced; an incredibly value. Sustainable.

89 Avalon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($12)

Deep ruby color; nose of plum and earth; clean, smooth and fresh with racy acid structure and notes of spice and oak; with a balanced, long finish; a great value. Sustainable.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Stony Terrace, Anderson Valley ($60)

Smooth berry nose; lush and smooth with tangy, ripe berry fruit; crisp acidity, good balance and a long finish.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Kite’s Rest, Anderson Valley ($50)

Smooth berry nose; crisp and lively with fresh cherry fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, juicy and long.

90 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Redwood’s Edge, Anderson Valley ($60)

Tangy and smooth with dry, balanced style; crisp, savory and juicy; long and fresh.

94 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60)

An exquisite example of what this great vineyard can produce in the hands of a great winemaker; Jeff Gaffner’s take is smooth, rich and tangy with bright cherry and crisp acidity; elegant, complex and long.

93 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($50)

Fresh, spicy black cherry nose; silky and crisp with tangy acidity and juicy style; toasty and showing notes of earth and spice; long and lively.

88 Bonterra Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($16)

Smooth plum nose; clean and silky with tangy, fresh berry fruit and racy, crisp style; balanced and long. Organic.

92 Buglioni 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC ($58)

Deep ruby color; rich and earthy nose; intense and meaty with rich plum, berry and spice; dense, ripe and long with serious concentration.

91 Carmel Road 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($25)

Crisp, clean and earthy with juicy berry fruit and tangy style; silky and fresh with lively acidity and bracing balance; bright and long. Sustainable.

90 Carmel Winery 2012 Limited Edition Red, Galilee, Israel ($70)

Smooth berry nose; silky and bright with tangy, fresh berry fruit; balanced and juicy, long and complex. Kosher. 65%Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec.

91 Castoro Cellars 2015 Syrah Reserve, Whale Rock Vineyard, Paso Robles ($30)

Smooth and velvety with fresh, ripe blackberry fruit; clean and balanced, long and lush.

91 Castoro Cellars 2015 Zinfandel Reserve, Zinfusion, Paso Robles ($20)

Rich, earthy nose; smooth and fresh with spicy, bright style; silky and tangy with a long, juicy finish.

89 Catalina Sounds 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)

Fresh and juicy with berry fruit, juicy acidity and smooth texture; earthy with notes of forest floor and minerals; with a bright and racy finish.

91 Donnafugata 2012 Tancredi, Terre Siciliane IGT ($40)

Deep ruby color; earthy nose; bright and juicy with edgy flavors and meaty style; smooth and balanced; long and rich; more evidence of the Sicilian renaissance.

89 Firriato 2014 Nero d’Avola, Chiaramonte, Terre Sicilane IGT ($16)

Earthy and clean with juicy cassis and plum; bright, racy and showing minerals and spice; tangy and long.

91 Firriato 2012 Santagostino, Baglio Soria Vineyard, Terre Sicilane IGT ($23)

Rich and deep with juicy plum and berry notes; smooth and tangy with balance and style; long and fresh.

91 Firriato 2013 Nero d’Avola, Harmonium, Sicilane DOC ($38)

Lush and dense with rich berry and plum fruit; juicy and round with fine balance and depth; long and very intense; nice texture.

92 Firriato 2013 Perricone, Ribeca, Sicilane DOC ($38)

Deep ruby color; lush and elegant with rich spice and plum fruit; silky, juicy and long; tangy, balanced and stylish.

91 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Estate, Russian River Valley ($49)

Bright and juicy with smooth texture and lively blackberry fruit; deep, rich and ripe; tangy and long.from one of the best producers of this variety.

92 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Starr Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($49)

Smooth and dense with deep, racy, juicy style; lush, intense and tangy blackberry fruit; rich, balanced and long.

92 Marichal 2013 “A” Tannat, Grand Reserve,  Canelones ($65)

Dark ruby color; juicy and lush with tangy acidity and smooth texture; elegant and bright with racy notes and good balance; long and fresh.; an under- appreciated variety from Uruguay.

89 Marichal 2016 Tannat, Premium Varietal, Canelones ($16)

Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and tangy acidity; earth and spice notes; a delightfully fresh, likeable Tuesday night wine.

94 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Georganne Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($63)

Deep ruby color; spicy black cherry nose; silky and sleek with juicy black cherry and toasty oak; rich and balanced, long and stylish.

93 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch, Russian River Valley ($66)

Bright ruby color; rich, cherry nose; smooth and rich with black cherry and toasty oak; tangy and juicy, long and balanced.

92 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley ($66)

Deep ruby color; lush black cherry nose; silky and meaty with rich texture and ripe berry fruit; balanced, intense and long.

93 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($68)

Smooth berry nose; silky and lush with juicy style and notes of spice and earth; elegant and balanced, long and stylish.

88 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($48)

Dark Ruby color; silky and fleshy, savory and balanced; crisp and long.

90 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)

Ripe cherry nose; crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and racy style; fresh, lively and long.

91 Merry Edwards 2015 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)

Lush nose; smooth and dense with meaty, rich plum and cherry fruit; notes of earth and spice; savory, deep and long.

94 Piña Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wolff Vineyard, Yountville ($85)

Soft nose; smooth texture and lush with mellow blackberry and cassis fruit; juicy and dense with rich, elegant flavors; balanced and stylish.

93 Piña Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, D’Adamo Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)

Rich toasty plum nose; smooth, rich and showing rich plum and cassis, spice, earth and mocha; dense and meaty with power and finesse.

93 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Abetina Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($105)

Pale color; smooth cherry nose; lush texture with lovely cherry fruit and bright, racy acid structure; elegant and juicy with finesse and good length.

93 Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Aurora Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($105)

bright berry nose; silky and bright with cherry fruit and juicy style; bright and racy, crisp and tangy; fresh and long.

91 Raeburn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($25)

Bright, savory nose; silky and tangy with racy cherry flavors; crisp and bracing, long and balanced. Sustainable.

94 Sergio 2014 Malbec, Dr. Reid Vineyard, Napa Valley ($75)

Very dark ruby color; lush and rich with intensity and depth; complex and toasty; balanced and long;a stunning example of this great variety.

93 Shafer Vineyards 2014 Relentless Red, Napa Valley ($92)

Dark ruby color; smoky, toasty nose; dense and rich with intensity and ripe blackberry fruit; smooth and spicy with balance and length. 89% Syrah, 11% Petite Sirah.

87 Steele Wines 2015 Cabernet Franc, Lake ($19)

Soft herbal nose; smooth, juicy and herbal with lush texture and spice; silky texture and long.

85 Steele Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Lake ($28)

Spicy nose; smooth and spicy with bright style; some off flavors.

88 Villa Wolf 2015 Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany ($15)

Fresh and smooth with dry flavors, spicy and savory; clean, silky and balanced; a lighter style Pinot.


PORT

92 Fonseca NV Extra Dry White Port, Siroco, Douro, Portugal ($20)

Toasted, complex nose; creamy texture and smooth, dry style; ripe and rich with fleshy, controlled oxidation; long and dense.

91 Fonseca NV Bin No. 27 Finest Reserve Port, Douro, Portugal ($21)

Dark ruby color; smooth and dense with toasty notes and rich, ripe, lush and deep flavors

96 Taylor Fladgate 1968 Single Harvest Vintage Port, Douro ($300)

Tawny, brickish color; lovely, toasty rancio nose; silky and sweet with creamy, rich and complex flavors; layered, deep and very long.

92 Taylor Fladgate 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth texture and lovely deep jam and concentrated berry fruit; sweet, but balanced; long and dense.

 

 

October 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

92 1000 Vines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Mariposa ($25)

Soft nose; smooth and fresh with juicy, clean fruit and creamy texture; elegant and balanced, long and restrained; from an appellation east of Modesto.

93 Black Kite Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48)

Silky and juicy with crisp acidity, ripe fruit and vanilla oak notes; a lovely, well-made wine by Jeff Gaffner; long and complete.

88 Bogle Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)

Bright, clean and fresh with racy acidity; smooth with a touch of sweetness; balanced and long; another surprising value from this consistent producer.

88 Bogle Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, California ($10)

Clean, smooth and juicy; creamy and bright with ripe, dense style; lush, deep and balanced; remarkable for the price.

88 Marqués de Cáceres 2016 Verdejo, Rueda, Spain ($13)

Aromatic and smooth with fresh, juicy style; lush, clean and balanced; long and rich.

91 Michael Pozzan 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, USA ($18)

Silky sand smooth, elegant and ripe with creamy texture and rich flavors and a long finish; a lovely Russian River Chard at a bargain price.

91 Nobilo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Regional Collection, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)

Juicy and crisp with citrus and fresh style; racy, tangy and lively; clean and balanced with long, pure flavors; a great value.

90 Nobilo 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)

Ripe and dense with tangy style and smooth texture; deep and juicy with crisp acidity and rich fruit; long and silky, balanced and very clean.

93 Nobilo Icon 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

One of the closest Kiwi wines to Sancerre; crisp and elegant with silky texture and tangy acidity; bright and balanced, long and bracing.

91 Testarossa Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($24)

Golden color; smooth and creamy with ripe pear and peach; balanced and rich with rich texture and a bright, tangy finish.

91 Wente Vineyards 2016 Eric’s Chardonnay,  Small Lot Vineyard, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay ($30)

Smooth, bright and elegant with subtlety and finesse; clean, balanced and long.


RED

88 Bogle Vineyards 2015  Red Blend, California ($11)

Smooth, rich and luscious with ripe berry fruit; juicy, fresh and balanced; long and a remarkable value.

98 Dominus Estate 2014 Premium Red Blend, Napanook Vineyard, Napa Valley ($219)

Christian Moueix showing us how it’s done; exquisite and smooth with elegance and finesse; structured yet smooth and lush; lovely now, but should last 30 years.

92 Double Canyon 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills ($65)

Smooth, lush and deep; dense, juicy and pure with rich texture and lovely balance; long with great finesse; a classic from this new label.

90 Double Canyon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills ($25)

Smooth and bright with juicy plum and berry fruit; fresh, youthful and neatly balanced; tangy, balanced and long.

90 Marichal 2015 Tannat Reserve Collection, Canelones, Uruguay ($20)

People need to tune in on this under-appreciated variety, made with style and finesse in Uruguay; silky texture, bright plum and berry fruit with an earthy component; long and ripe.

89 Marichal 2015 Reserve Collection, Canelones, Uruguay ($20)

An interesting blend of Pinot and Tannat that crisp, bright and juicy; clean, racy and long.

91 Marques de Caceres 2014  Red, Rioja, Spain ($19)

Smooth, bright and juicy with tangy blackberry and cassis; an inexpensive, modern and totally charming Rioja that is mostly Tempranillo.

92 Marques de Caceres 2012 Red, Rioja Reserva, Rioja, Spain ($31)

Rich and complex Tempranillo-based wine with depth and fresh, juicy blackberry; nuances of oak, toast and vanilla.

92 Michael Pozzan 2015 Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley, USA ($25)

Spicy, toasty nose; deep ruby color. smooth, mellow texture and ripe notes of vanilla and spice; lush fruit, long and meaty, balanced and charming.

93 Michael Pozzan 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sailor’s Grave, Napa Valley, USA ($45)

Lush plum and blackberry nose; smooth, generous and rich with smooth, ripe flavors; deep berries and spice with intensity and finesse; long, juicy and balanced.

88 Nobilo Icon 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Smooth, bright and juicy with light cherry and savory notes; fresh and generous with balance and lively style.

92 Seven Hills Winery 2014 Walla Walla Valley ($35)

Smooth, dense and ripe; velvety, juicy and rich with lovely balance, tangy berry fruit and a long, deep finish.

88 Steele Wines 2013 Shooting Star Syrah, Lake County ($14)

Dark, dense and rich with blackberry and spice; a lush, rich every day wine from Jed Steele.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Shooting Star Merlot, Lake County ($14)

A clean, smooth every day sipper that has ripe berry fruit and notes of earth; balanced and long.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Shooting Star Zinfandel, Mendocino ($14)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with ripe berry fruit and good balance; an every day wine with substance.

88 Steele Wines 2015 Shooting Star Pinot Noir, Lake County ($14)

Crisp, fresh and clean with cherry, spice and savory notes; Jed Steele’s successful attempt to make a value Pinot.

91 Terra di Seta 2012 Assai Sangiovese, Gran Selezione, Chianti Classico DOCG ($45)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and mellow with bright berry fruit; notes of earth, spice and oak; long and balanced. Kosher.

91 Testarossa Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Cuvée Los Gatos, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($28)

Smooth, juicy and showing deep cherry and savory notes; lush, dense and balanced with earthy elements;

90 Testarossa Winery 2015 Rob’s Red Cuvée Los Gatos,  Central Coast, USA ($35)

Earthy, plum nose; smooth and juicy with ripe black raspberry and cassis; dense, rich and tangy; balanced and long.

92 Testarossa Winery 2014 Premium Red Blend, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA ($54)

Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy with tangy blackberry and racy acidity; clean and lush with depth and style; a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties with Merlot in the lead.

92 Testarossa Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Ridge Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA ($85)

Deep ruby color; toasty plum nose; smooth texture and juicy style with plum, berries and cassis; notes of spice, oak and tangy acidity; smooth, balanced and long.

95 Tierra Roja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($155)

Smooth and rich, intense and deep with plum, blackberry and cassis; lush, ripe and deep; balanced and long; a stunning Napa superwine.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

91 Gruet Winery NV Brut Sparkling, American, USA ($17.99)

Smooth, crisp and dry with generous fruit and fine bubbles; fresh, juicy and clean with tangy style, a delightful wine and an amazing value.

91 Gruet Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling, Gilbert Grande Reserve, New Mexico, USA ($34.99)

Crisp, clean and juicy with earthy notes and mineral elements; elegant, complex and bright with a long, lively and balanced finish; a surprise from New Mexico.
90 Gruet Winery NV Blanc de Noir Sparkling,  USA ($17.99)

Smooth and rich with ripe but elegant style; dry, balanced and deep; a carefully made wine at a very reasonable price.

90 Gruet Winery NV Sparkling Rosé, USA ($17.99)

Bright pink color; smooth strawberry nose; dense, juicy and fresh with good balance and style; long and rich.

90 Gruet Winery NV Sauvage Brut Sparkling,  USA ($20)

Clean, rich and fruity with balance and depth; a fresh and tangy wine made in the painstaking Méthode Champenoise and very reasonably priced.

92 Gruet Winery 2012 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, New Mexico ($35)

Fresh and elegant with bright, juicy style; tangy, dry and crisp; smooth and racy with finesse and fine balance; charming and racy.

91 Gruet Winery 2012 Sparkling Rosé, Cuvée Danielle, New Mexico ($35)

Deep rosé color; dry, snappy and ripe with hints of strawberries; juicy, smooth and lush; balanced and tangy with long, rich flavors.

90 Gruet Winery NV Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, New Mexico ($18)

Golden color; dry and crisp with rich texture; bright and juicy with tangy, ripe flavors and excellent balance; smooth and dense.

88 Gruet Winery NV Demi-Sec Sparkling, New Mexico ($18)

Round, lush and off-dry; smooth, clean and rich; simple, fresh and long.

91 Schramsberg Vineyards NV Brut Rosé Sparkling, Mirabelle, North Coast ($28)

Pale pink color; soft strawberry nose; dry, crisp and bright with balance and finesse; juicy and long with a clean, tangy finish.

93 Schramsberg Vineyards 2013 Blanc de Noir Sparkling, North Coast ($42)

Golden amber color; smooth texture, ripe, fresh and rich flavors; round and deep with balance and a great, long finish; from Napa’s best sparkling wine producer.

91 Schramsberg Vineyards 2014 Brut Rosé Sparkling, North Coast ($45)

Bright pink color; rich and smooth with dense, ripe berry flavor; fresh, clean and balanced; long and lush.

 

 

September 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

91 Alpha Estate 2016 Malagouzia, Turtles Vineyard, Florina, Greece ($18)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright, tangy flavors of ripe fruit; lush yet racy and crisp; deep and long; a Greek variety to watch.

92 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett Off-Dry, Bernkasteler Vineyard, Mosel ($23)

Smooth, silky and juicy with tangy peach and apricot; fresh and bright, balanced and long.

93 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Kanzemer Altenberg Vineyard, Mosel ($25)

Lush and bright with peach, rich style and off-dry fruit; creamy and juicy; sweet and elegant.

92 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Ürziger Würzgarten Vineyard, Mosel ($23)

Silky and smooth with lush peach and juicy style; fresh and balanced.

93 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Vineyard, Mosel ($23)

Rich, dense and creamy with juicy peach and lush style; tangy, fresh and balanced; long and lovely.

89 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett, Scharzhofberger Vineyard, Mosel ($23)

Smooth and spicy with minerals and juicy fruit; long and fresh.

91 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Riesling, Kabinett Off-Dry, Ayler Vineyard, Mosel ($23)

Lush and juicy with minerals and tangy peach; crisp, smooth and tangy; long and balanced.

88 Cellardoor Winery 2014  Viognier, USA ($17)

Smooth, clean and aromatic; juicy and ripe with depth and balance; lush and tangy.

93 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA ($75)

Vanilla nose; smooth and bright with elegant style and lively acidity; minerally and fresh, long and balanced.

93 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Attack Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA ($90)

Minerally nose; smooth and bright with ripe pear, tropical and citrus fruit; juicy, youthful and elegant; long and balanced.

92 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Capture Chardonnay, Border Vista Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA ($80)

Smooth and creamy with ripe citrus and tropical fruit; lush, rich and balanced with good acid structure; long and balanced.

92 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Knight’s Challenge Chardonnay, Sunset Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA ($75)

Ripe nose; rich and dense with lush texture and mature flavors; long and complex, balanced and intense.

94 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Little Pawn Chardonnay,  Barn Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA ($85)

Floral nose; juicy and bright with racy acidity and crisp flavors; elegant and deep; long and graceful.

92 Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2014 Queen Taken Chardonnay, Dekleva Vineyard, Golden Mile Bench – DVA, BC VQA ($100)

Smooth and lush with minerals and spice; balanced and rich with ripe fruit and good depth; long and lush; an amazing wine from Canada.

86 Domaine de Terra Vecchia NV Muscat, Ile De Beauté IGP ($15)

Smooth spicy with clean, sweet and very soft style; fresh and long.

93 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2016 Riesling, Schiefer QbA Off-Dry, Mosel ($17)

Silky texture with off-dry, rounded fruit flavors; juicy citrus and lovely balance; racy and long.

91 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2016 Riesling Trocken, Fritz Willi Dry, Mosel ($17)

Smooth, dry and juicy with soft citrus and tangy style; fresh an elegant, long and charming.

92 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2016 Riesling Feinherb, Fritz Willi Off-Dry, Mosel ($17)

Smooth and lush with off-dry style; juicy and intense with rounded citrus fruit and lovely balance.

92 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2016 Riesling Trocken, Schiefer QbA Dry, Mosel ($17)

Lush and rich with dry, silky style; crisp citrus and lingering acidity; long and refined.

90 Harken 2016 Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented, California, USA ($15)

Smooth, lush and rich with sweet oak and vanilla; all the elements of wines offered at three times the price; stylish and long.

90 Meiomi 2016 Chardonnay, California, USA ($21)

Greenish gold color; smooth, ripe nose; clean and smooth, sweet with silky texture and subtle acidity; fresh and juicy, long and balanced. Twisty.

92 Murphy-Goode 2014 Chardonnay, California, USA ($14)

The label is retro but the wine is thoroughly modern: silky and fresh with seamless, juicy and tangy pear fruit lightly kissed by vanilla; long and balanced and what a price! Twisty.

92 Piña Napa Valley 2015 Chardonnay, Low Vineyard, Oak Knoll District ($34)

Vanilla and ripe pear nose; smooth and creamy with balanced fruit and subtle oak; long and fresh.

92 Ricardo Santos 2017 Semillon, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Deep golden color; lush and creamy with ripe tropical fruit and smooth texture; notes of vanilla and toast; balanced, rich and long. Twisty.

91 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Big Bend Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($30)

Soft and silky with creamy texture and buttery style; bright with a core of crisp acidity; lively and clean.

90 Ron Rubin 2016 Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley ($20)

Lush and juicy with ripe tropical fruit and smooth texture; dense with crisp acidity and aromatic notes; long and intense.

93 Shaw & Smith 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($22)

Silky and smooth, dry and juicy with pure fruit and lovely balance; bright acidity and juicy citrus; long and tangy.

91 Shaw & Smith 2014 M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($35)

Racy and crisp, nectarine and subdued oak; bright, fresh and juicy with a long finish.

94 Tolpuddle Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay, Coal River Valley – Tasmania ($60)

Smooth and silky with juicy acidity, intensity and lovely flavors; very Burgundian, elegant and fresh, stunning long and bright.

93 Testarossa Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($38)

Silky and elegant with bright, juicy fruit; crisp and smooth, subtle and refined.

94 Testarossa Winery 2015 Diana’s Chardonnay, California ($72)

A refined and elegant wine with velvety texture and great finesse; there is also impressive depth: toasty oak, crisp acidity and restrained complexity.

94 Tolpuddle Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay, Coal River Valley – Tasmania ($60)

Smooth and silky with juicy acidity, intensity and lovely flavors; very Burgundian, elegant and fresh, stunning long and bright.


RED

92 Alpha Estate 2014 Xinomavro, Hedgehog Vineyard, Amyndeon, Greece ($22)

A lush and smooth modern Greek wine with depth, freshness and finesse; clean, bright and juicy with spice and depth; long, rich and balanced.

93 Apaltagua 2015 Grial Carmenère, Apalta Valley, Chile ($75)

Rich ruby color; herbal nose; juicy, silky and earthy; smooth and tangy with lively, edgy style; toasty with notes of coffee and spice.

91 Apaltagua 2014 Pinot Noir, Coleccion Limited Edition, San Antonio Valley, Chile ($25)

Rich ruby color; spicy, jammy nose; silky, fresh and juicy with bright structure and tangy cherry fruit; ripe and rich, long and deep.

90 Calcu 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gran Reserve, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($25)

Bright ruby color; juicy and fresh with edgy, tangy and spicy style; racy and lively with medium body and a long lively finish.

88 Caposaldo 2016 Chianti DOCG ($11)

Clean and fresh, juicy and bright; crisp smooth; long and balanced.

88 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, American, USA ($25)

Smooth and juicy with cherry fruit and savory notes; clean, balanced and long.

91 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Petit Verdot, American, USA ($24)

Deep, dark ruby color; lush plum and berry nose; spicy, rich and intense with ripe plum and spice; smooth, deep and balanced.

90 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Petite Sirah, American, USA ($27)

Dark ruby color; smooth and lush with intense blackberry fruit; smooth and rich with spice and ripe fruit; long and balanced.

87 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Ned Said Red, USA ($26)

Smooth, toasty and herbal; the winery is in Maine where the grapes come from is another question; silky and herbal, balanced and clean; medium bodied.

90 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Iron Gate Red Blend, USA ($30)

Smooth and lush with tangy, juicy style; the winery is in Maine but the grapes could come from anywhere; a delightful medium-bodied Bordeaux blend with silky texture and good length.

91 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Cielos Red Blend, USA ($30)

A charming medium-bodied red with spice, blackberry and silky texture; the winery is in Maine but the grapes could be from anywhere; a charming, balanced and long wine.

90 Cellardoor Winery 2013 Monti al Mare Sangiovese Blend, USA ($26)

Fresh and juicy with tangy berry fruit; bright and racy with lush, lively style; balanced and long.

92 Midnight Cellars 2014 Estate Merlot, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles ($36)

Smooth, rich and luscious with velvety texture and dense berry fruit; concentrated and rich, long and dense; long and spicy.

92 Midnight Cellars 2013 Mare Nectaris Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles ($52)

A tangy and clean Bordeaux blend with racy acidity and fresh berry fruit; smooth, edgy and long with balance and racy flavors; nice depth and fresh flavors; juicy and long.

93 Midnight Cellars 2013 Zenith Estate Cuvée, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles ($70)

Bright, crisp and juicy, smooth and lush with tangy berry fruit and ripe, lively style; intense and fresh with clean, balanced fruit; bright, lively and long.

92 Murphy-Goode 2013 Misc. Red Blend, California, USA ($14)

Dark and lush; another bargain winner from this Jackson Family label; six varieties blended to make a rich, smooth blackberry and cassis flavored wine; deep, complex and juicy with velvety texture; long and lovely.

93 Shafer Vineyards 2015 TD-9 Custom Proprietary Red, Napa Valley ($60)

Smooth, velvety and lush with ripe plum and tangy berry fruit; rich, juicy and deep; balanced, dense and complex with notes of earth and spice; long and complex.

88 Craggy Range Vineyards 2015 Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($22)

Smooth and juicy with plum, cassis and berry fruit; bright and balanced, juicy and long.

93 Craggy Range Vineyards 2015 Sophia, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($73)

Soft and smooth with deep ruby color and ripe plum; toasty oak and elegant complex style; lush, deep and long with excellent balance;another well-crafted wine from one of the very best Kiwi producers.

94 Craggy Range Vineyards 2015 Le Sol Syrah, Le Sol, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($105)

lush berry nose; smooth and dense with dark ruby color and lovely, rich blackberry and cassis flavors; tangy, balanced and long; complex and balanced.

94 Domus Aurea 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile ($70)

Rich ruby color; minty none; smooth and rich concentrated plum and cassis; intense and complex with depth and style; long and elegant; one of the four or five very best Chilean wines.

92 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2013 Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($110)

Deep ruby color; smooth and rich with ripe plum, cocoa and spice; dense and complex, long and intense; another winner from this consistently excellent winery..

91 Marqués de Cáceres 2014 Crianza, Rioja, Spain ($19)

Smooth, bright and juicy with tangy blackberry and cassis; an inexpensive, modern and totally charming Rioja that is mostly Tempranillo.

92 Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Reserva, Rioja, Spain ($31)

Rich and complex Tempranillo-based wine with depth and fresh, juicy blackberry; nuances of oak, toast and vanilla.

88 Masi 2016 Modello, Rosso delle Venezie IGT ($11)

Smooth and tangy with racy acidity and bright herbal notes; silky and fresh, crisp and juicy.

88 Masi 2015 Passo Doble, Tupungato – Mendoza ($15)

Fresh and smooth with bright berry fruit and racy style; clean, balanced and long.

89 Pedroncelli Winery 2014 Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Dry Creek Valley ($36)

Deep ruby color; smooth and ripe with plum, spice and mocha flavors; clean, long and balanced.

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Three Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley ($20)

Bright and plummy with medium body and smooth texture; crisp, balanced and long.

90 Pedroncelli Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Mother Clone Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($19)

Smooth and fresh with juicy berry fruit and clean, balanced style; bright blackberry and spice; lush and long; from a long-time Sonoma producer.

92 Peñalolen 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile ($20)

Bright ruby color; smooth and lush with plum, berries and notes of chocolate and spice; deep, complex and luscious.

92 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ($65)

Silky and bright with juicy cherry and tangy acidity; smooth, savory and fresh. long and balanced.
93 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Zena Crown Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills ($65)

Bright and juicy with ripe black cherry and spice; rich, dense and toasty with smooth texture and a long finish.

91 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($40)

Smooth and ripe with juicy, rich flavors; rich black cherry and tangy acidity. long and dense, balanced and lush.

91 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Syrah, Oregon ($40)

Smooth and dense with blackberry and spice with hints of vanilla and toasty oak; lush and dense with grace and style.

93 Piña Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Firehouse Vineyard, Rutherford ($85)

Rich and dense nose; smooth, juicy with plum and blackberry; tangy and lively with balance, style and finesse.

95 Piña Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Buckeye Vineyard, Howell Mountain ($99)

Smooth and toasty nose; ripe and juicy with smooth texture and rich flavors; blackberry, plum and cassis with hints of vanilla and spice; juicy and long.

93 Piña Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ames Vineyard, Oakville ($85)

Smooth, toasty nose; lush, rich and deep with lush blackberry and cassis; mellow and ripe, balanced, long and intense.

88 Ron Rubin 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($25)

Silky, bright and savory with notes of cherry, earth and spice; crisp and balanced with finesse and style.

90 Sarah’s Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($38)

Silky textured and juicy with bright cherry and raspberry fruit; savory and spicy, bright and balanced with grace and style.

93 Shafer Vineyards 2015  TD-9 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley ($60)

Smooth, velvety and lush with ripe plum and tangy berry fruit; rich, juicy and deep; balanced, dense and complex with notes of earth and spice; long and complex.

93 Shaw & Smith 2015 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($35)

Smooth, juicy and vibrant with lush cherry fruit and tangy style; balanced, fresh and long with great finesse.

91 Shaw & Smith 2014 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($35)

Juicy and savory with crisp acidity and lively raspberry; aromatic and fragrant; long and juicy.

90 Shaw & Smith 2014 Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($35)

Smooth and dense with tangy acidity and lively berry fruit; meaty and fresh; savory and long.

94 Shaw & Smith 2015 Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($35)

Deep ruby color; lush, smooth and bright with finesse, spice and depth; vibrant, rich and elegant; a complete package; gorgeous from one of Australia’s best wineries.

92 Tolpuddle Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Coal River Valley – Tasmania ($60)

Smooth, spicy and savory; earthy, rich and juicy; spicy and long.

93 Testarossa Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA ($48)

Bright, tangy and smooth; juicy and tangy with lively acidity and a long, fresh finish; savory, balanced and long.

92 The Farm Winery 2014 Primal Scream, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($60)

Smooth and rich with lush flavors of blackberry and cassis; rich and showing hints of spice and notes of licorice; dense and long.

92 The Farm Winery 2014 LPF, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($65)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and rich with lush plum, blackberry and cassis; velvety texture and long, dense style.

92 The Farm Winery 2014 Touchy-Feely, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($60)

Medium bright ruby color; silky and juicy with spice, blueberry, cassis and tangy fruit; crisp and lively with balance and length; from the owner of Argentina’s Achával-Ferrer.

93 The Farm Winery 2014 The Big Game, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($75)

juicy and ripe with bright blackberry, cassis and plum; smooth and lush with balance, style and notes of spice; rich and balanced.

92 Tolpuddle Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Coal River Valley – Tasmania ($60)

Smooth, spicy and savory; earthy, rich and juicy; spicy, juicy and long.

96 VinRoc 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak/Napa Valley ($100)

Dark, rich and concentrated with smooth texture and deep plum and berry fruit; toasty, dense and concentrated; elegant and long; a stunning, cult-worthy wine that is a bargain compared to others in its class.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

90 Clos Alivu 2016 Rosé, AOP Patrimonio ($22)

Pale salmon pink; smooth texture with mellow, juicy flavor; crisp, fresh and racy; clean and stylish; long and balanced.

88 Domaine De Torraccia Rosé 2016 AOP Corse – Porto Vecchio 

Smooth and dry with a base of crisp acidity; fresh, spicy and juicy with balance and depth.

92 La Villa Angeli 2016 Don Pasquale Rosé , AOP Corse 

Snazzy designer bottle; soft pink color; dry and smooth with juicy, tangy raspberry fruit; silky and with a racy finish.

90 Cellardoor Winery 2014 Sparkling Rosé, Vendange, Maine, USA ($40)

Deep salmon rosé color; a crisp, juicy sparkler make from grapes grown in Maine; dry, racy and bright; fresh and balanced.

90 Cellardoor Winery 2014 Blanc de blancs, Maine, USA ($50)

Bright golden color; made from Frontenac Gris and Frontenac Blanc grown in Maine; smooth, crisp and juicy with dry, tangy and balanced fruit flavors; fresh, smooth and balanced.

92 Schramsberg Vineyards 2014 Méthode Traditionnelle, North Coast ($40)

Smooth and fresh with tangy citrus and crisp acidity; bright and racy with lively flavors and considerable finesse.

88 Schramsberg Vineyards NV Mirabelle Méthode Traditionnelle, California ($27)

Smooth and fresh with rich, juicy style; simple but balanced and clean; bright and long.

90 Schramsberg Vineyards 2013 Méthode Traditionnelle, Napa Valley ($41)

Aromatic and sweet, creamy and lush; smooth and floral with balance and a long finish.

 

August 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

92 Sidebar Cellars 2016 Kerner, Mokelumne River ($25)

California’s only version of this German hybrid variety is made by master winemaker David Ramey; silky, crisp and lifted with racy acidity and bright, aromatic style.

91 Agricola Punica 2016 Samas, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT (Sardinia) ($20)

Smooth and lush with ripe tropical fruit and rich texture; dry, juicy and bright.

88 Bischofliche Weingüter 2016 Riesling, DOM dry, Mosel ($18)

Racy and dry with lively acidity; steely, minerally and crisp; clean, fresh and long.

91 Castel Wines 2014 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay, Judean Hills, Israel ($43)

Spicy, vanilla oak nose; silky and bright, fresh and tangy with crisp fruit and good balance; tangy and long. Kosher.

90 Chappellet 2016 Chenin Blanc, Signature, Napa Valley ($32)

Smooth and juicy, fresh and tangy with spice, crisp fruit and good balance; a special passion of the Chappellet family.

88 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Pinot Grigio, California ($14)

Bright, spicy nose; juicy and aromatic with ripe fruit and notes of earth; fresh, balanced and long.

88 Flint & Steel Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($16)

Smooth and fresh with lush texture and good balance; soft, clean and juicy; lush and long.

90 Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler 2016 Pinot Blanc, Franz Keller, Baden ($25)

Dry, minerally and smooth; crisp, racy and bright with tangy fruit and a long finish.

92 Grgich Hills Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Miljenko’s Selection, Estate, Carneros – Napa Valley ($60)

Fresh, refined nose; silky texture and showing ripe, juicy, elegant structure; firm and yet smooth, long, balanced and showing considerable finesse.

91 Gundlach Bundschu 2016 Estate Gewürztraminer, Sonoma ($25)

Rose petal nose; smooth, juicy and spicy with off-dry style; round, fresh and balanced; long and charming.

88 Les Freres Couillaud 2015 Chateau de la Ragotiere Sélection Vieilles Vignes, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie ($17)

Fresh aromatic nose; clean, bright and crisp; fresh, juicy and tangy; dry,bright and lively.

93 Pellegrini Family Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Bennett Valley ($22)

Smooth, ripe nose; lush, bright and rich with tangy, ripe fruit; fresh, rounded and nicely balanced; long and precise.

92 Schloss Vollrads 2016 Riesling, Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany ($31)

Smooth and lush with tangy acidity and luscious sweetness; elegant, rich and long.

86 Schmitt Sohne 2016  Relax Riesling Qba, Mosel ($10)

Fresh, smooth and sweet with bright acidity and good balance; juicy and long.

93 Schmitt Söhne 2015 Riesling, Beerenauslese, Rheinhessen, Germany ($20)

Golden color; silky texture with lovely sweet botrytis notes; lush with candied apricot and ripe. juicy flavors; sweet and intense, long and rich.

88 Thomas Schmitt 2016 Riesling, Private Collection Qba, Estate, Mosel ($14)

Smooth, crisp and fresh with bright acidity and some sweetness; clean, lively and long.

92 Viña Robles 2016 Chardonnay, Mistral Vineyard, Monterey ($22)

Rich and dense with ripe tropical fruit and tangy acidity; creamy, smooth and showing vanilla and sweet oak; balanced and long.

91 Zocker 2015 Grüner Veltliner, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($20)

Fresh and juicy with silky texture and dry flavors; lively, tangy and long with balance and finesse; a California version of Austria’s prime variety.


RED

92 Alamos 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Lush, ripe berry nose; smooth, juicy and smoky with bright blackberry and spice; tangy, balanced and lifted with depth and finesse; a remarkable value.

90 Bischofliche Weingüter 2015 Pinot Noir, Kanzemer Altenberg, Mosel, Germany ($28)

Bright ruby color; silky and fresh with notes of earth and bright cherry; juicy and deep with blance and good length.

92 Capçanes 2013 Garnacha, La Flor del Flor de Primavera, Montsant, Spain ($65)

Grenache is native to Spain and this is a fine example that also happens to be kosher: black raspberry, cherry and spice; medium-bodied and elegant; juicy and savory with graceful style and finesse.

91 Carmel Winery 2012 Shiraz, Kayoumi, Galilee, Israel ($35)

Dense spicy, peppery nose; smooth and ripe with juicy blackberry and spice; generous and open, long and balanced. Kosher.

89 Carnivor Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($15)

Amazingly dark color; dense, velvety texture; rich, intensely ripe style with blackberry, creme de cassis and chocolate; deep and long.

92 Château Léoville-Poyferré 2014 Pafillon de Leoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien AOC ($50)

Silky and fresh with graceful texture and bright style; smooth and tangy with soft tannins and bright acidity; fresh and long. Kosher.

92 Château Malartic-Lagravière 2014 Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, France ($90)

The kosher version from a Grand Cru classé chateau; deep ruby color; silky and elegant with ripe, tangy style; balanced, tangy and stylish; long and rich. .

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 50th Anniversary, Columbia Valley ($15)

Smooth and plummy with generous, tangy style; bright and balanced and packaged in the retro label; a great value.

91 Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler 2015 Pinot Noir, Franz Anton, Baden ($42)

Smooth and lush with dry, rich berry fruit and racy acidity; fresh, juicy and deep; an excellent wine made from a variety that is very difficult to ripen Germany.

90 Geyser Peak 2014 Pluto’s Fury Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($36)

Earth, spice and berry nose; smooth, dense and showing plum, berries and toasty notes; balanced and long.

90 Goose Bay 2012 Two Hemisphere Selection Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($21)

Silky and smooth with juicy berry fruit and good balance; ripe and dense with deep fruit and spice. Kosher.

93 Herzog Wine Cellars 2014 Malbec, Paso Robles ($42)

Deep color; smooth blackberry and cassis nose; smooth, rich and juicy with ripe berry fruit and velvety texture; toasty new oak and lovely balance; long and luscious. Kosher.

91 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Mountain Terraces Vineyard, Moon Mountain District ($78)

Smooth and balanced with plum, pomegranate and notes of earth; silky and toasty with medium body; long and balanced.

91 Medeiros 2014 Saudade Red Blend, Santa Clara Valley ($30)

Deep, dense and thick with intense, lush plum and blackberry fruit; ripe, supple and balanced; rich and long.

91 Midnight Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, United States ($39)

Spice and blackberry nose; Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy with bright boysenberry and pomegranate fruit; ripe, supple and dense, long and balanced.

90 Midnight Cellars 2014 Nebula Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, United States ($44)

Rich blackberry nose; juicy and bright with toasty plum and berry fruit; soft and tangy.

92 Mood Wine 2015 Sangiovese, Sweet On You Red, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ($15)

Dense, rich, off-dry and juicy with ripe, intense flavors; lush, dense and smooth with round, deep style; spicy and balanced; surprising and lovely.

92 Neudorf Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Tom’s Block, Nelson, New Zealand ($33)

Tangy cherry and bright acidity; fresh and savory with mellow texture and fine balance; rich and long.

93 Pellegrini Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Toboni Oakwild Ranch, Russian River Valley ($50)

Lush and spicy nose; smooth and juicy with deep, juicy black cherry and spice; savory and tangy, long and balanced.

89 Sella & Mosca 2013 Reserva Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, Italy ($17)

In Sardinia many people live well into their 100s and they say this wine is one of the reasons; bright earthy nose; smooth, juicy and medium-bodied with earth, spice and leather notes; bracing and long.

93 Shiloh 2014 Mosaic Red Blend, Judean Hills, Israel ($55)

Smooth and dense with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; rich, deep and showing mocha and chocolate; long and intense with depth and balance. Kosher.

92 Tabor Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Limited Edition, Galilee, Israel ($44)

Lush and smooth with ripe blackberry and plum; rich and concentrated; juicy, deep and smooth; dense and balanced. Kosher.

91 Talbott Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Logan, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($28)

Smooth and spicy nose; juicy and earthy, savory and complex; balanced and long.

88 Thomas Schmitt 2015 Pinot Noir, Private Collection, Estate, Rheinhessen, Germany ($14)

Pale ruby color; crisp and dry with earth and savory notes; silky and long.

89 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($17)

Pale ruby color; juicy cherry and earth notes; savory and angular with style and depth; long and complex at a remarkable price.

92 Viña Robles 2013 Suendero Red Blend, Adelaida Springs Ranch, Paso Robles ($56)

Very dark; smooth and juicy with blackberry, plum and cassis; lush, dense and tangy with notes of licorice and spice; rich and balanced.

93 Williams Selyem 2012 Pinot Noir, Calegari Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)

Smooth cherry and toasty nose; lush and smooth with rich black cherry and spice; deep and intense with finesse and lovely style.

92 Yatir Forest 2013 Red Blend, Judean Hills, Israel ($70)

Dense, earthy nose; dark, smooth and spicy with ripe plum and berry fruit; rich and balanced with good acid structure and a long finish. Kosher.

93 Zina Hyde Cunningham 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Julia’s Estate, Anderson Valley ($68)

Smooth cherry and earth nose; smoothly textured and tangy with deep flavors of earth and spice; complex, balanced and long.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

92 Breathless NV Ratafia, Napa Valley ($48)

A blend of fresh grape juice fortified with brandy; smooth, rich and sweet with ripe juicy fruit and good acid structure and balance.

88 Clos Venturi 2016 Rosé, AOP Corse ($33)

Deep salmon pink; smooth and dry; racy, crisp and balanced.

88 Domaine de Terra Vecchia 2016 Rosé, IGP Ile de Beauté (Corsica) ($15)

Pale pink; dry, juicy and crisp; tangy and fresh, racy and balanced.

89 Domaine Orenga de Gaffory 2016 Rosé, AOP Patrimonio (Corsica) ($22)

Pale pink; smooth, silky and dry; juicy, tangy and fresh; long and bright.

89 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Rosé, Central Coast ($14)

Soft pink color; smooth and juicy with floral notes and bright raspberry fruit; mellow and lush, dry, balanced and long.

90 Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Franz Keller, Baden ($25)

Pale pink color; bone dry and silky with tangy acidity and raspberry notes; edgy and fresh, long and balanced.

86 Herzog Wine Cellars 2016 Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, California ($11)

Deep salmon pink; dense, heavy and concentrated; smooth and rich. Kosher.

93 Schmitt Sohne 2016 Eiswein, Rheinhessen, Germany ($25)

Lush, thick and creamy with rich sweetness and lovely texture; dense apricot and honey flavors.

87 Viña Robles 2016 Estate Rosé, Huerhuero Vineyard, Paso Robles ($16)

Deep salmon pink; smooth, spicy and smooth; dense and rich; dry and balanced.

 

JULY 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

 

91 Alamos 2016 Torrontés, Salta, Argentina ($13)

Smooth, spice nose; silky and lush with juicy, fresh, spicy flavors; crisp and bright with tangy, ripe fruit with hints of muscat and peach; a delightful wine at an astonishing price.

90 Alois Lageder 2015 Pinot Grigio, Porer, Alto Adige DOC ($25)

Deep golden color; silky and ripe; lush and smooth, juicy and dense; dry, lush and balanced with rich texture and depth. Biodynamic.

89 Bollini 2016 Pinot Grigio, Trentino DOC ($16)

Fresh and smooth with minerals and racy acidity; dry, clean and lush with balance and finesse.

89 Buty Winery 2015 White Blend, Columbia Valley ($25)

Smooth, ripe and dense; rich and balanced with depth and length.

90 Castoro Cellars 2015 Falanghina, Oakenshield Wineworks, Estate, Paso Robles ($30)

Rich, golden color; lush and creamy with ripe, juicy tropical fruit; lush, deep and long.

88 Claiborne & Churchill 2016 Dry Riesling, Edna Valley ($22)

Smooth and juicy with dry, bright citrus and crisp apple fruit; racy and fresh.

89 Cutruzzola Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Riven Rock Vineyard, San Luis Obispo ($28)

Smooth, ripe and off-dry with creamy texture; lush and rich, long and juicy.

89 Eighty Four 2016 Albariño, Napa Valley ($28)

Aromatic, fresh and juicy; smooth and clean, bright, lush and balanced.

92 Famille Perrin 2015 Les Sinards Blanc, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC ($38)

Smooth and creamy with minerals, juicy fruit and balance; lush and deep, long and showing considerable finesse.

90 Flying Goat Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($24)

Golden color; juicy, smooth and bright with depth and finesse; balanced and long.

91 Grand Tokaj 2015 Dry By Tokaj Furmint, Tokaj, Hungary ($10)

Pale and clear with a smooth, dry pear nose; clean, juicy and fresh with mellow, aromatic style; silky and balanced, long and lush, mellow and charming.

90 Herzog 2014 Chardonnay, Special Reserve, Russian River Valley ($42)

Light golden color; silky and toasty with smooth, balanced style; fresh, juicy and long. Kosher.

89 Herzog 2016 Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc, California ($10)

Fresh, smooth and ripe with juicy fruit; clean, rounded and tangy; balanced and long. Kosher.

90 Joseph Carr 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($22)

Generous and smooth with rich, creamy style; fresh, balanced and long.

91 Joseph Drouhin 2015 Vaudon, Chablis AC ($26)

Sweet fruit and floral aromas; creamy pear and tangy citrus with elegant minerals; balanced.

91 Livio Felluga 2016 Colli Orientali del Friuli Sauvignon DOC, Italy ($25)

Fresh and tart with grapefruit and lively citrus; racy and crisp, long and snappy.

91 Long Shadows Vintners 2016 Riesling, Poet’s Leap, Columbia Valley ($20)

Ripe, crisp and racy with lively acidity and dry, tangy citrus fruit; silky and elegant with balance and finesse.

92 MÁD Wine 2015 Dry By Tokaj Dry White Wine, Tokaj ($10)

Golden color, lush and smooth with dry, juicy style; furmint with small amounts of two local varieties; rich, mellow and rounded with juicy style and racy apple fruit; tangy and long.

88 Masi 2016 Masianco, Delle Venezie ($15)

Pale, smooth and tangy with dry, juicy apple fruit; tangy and fresh, bright and long.

91 Midnight Cellars 2016 Chardonnay, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, United States ($29)

Smooth and creamy with silky texture and ripe pear fruit; juicy and bright with racy acidity and hints of vanilla and oak; balanced and supple with elegance and finesse; long and graceful.

92 Miner Family Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($22)

Smooth and peachy with silky texture and fresh, clean, juicy and crisp style; bright, tangy and racy with balance and bracing flavors; long and fresh.

93 Miner Family Winery 2016 Viogner, California ($22)

Fresh and smooth with lovely, balanced flavors and floral notes; tangy, bright and juicy with clean, silky style; racy and long with lively, graceful flavors.

90 Oremus 2015 Mandolás Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary ($25)

Golden color. dense aromatic nose; smooth and ripe with juicy, aromatic style; ripe, dense and lush, spicy and long; dry and creamy.

92 Peachy Canyon 2016 Viognier, Concrete Blanc, Melange du Rhone Vineyard, Paso Robles ($26)

Smooth, bright and lush with a hint of floral notes; crisp, fresh and balanced; subtle oak and silky texture; rich and balanced.

90 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Riesling, Old Vine, Hyland Vineyard, McMinnville ($35)

Racy and dry with juicy citrus and tangy acidity; crisp and nervy with a long finish.

90 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2016 Viognier, Oregon ($30)

Creamy and ripe with smooth texture and rounded style; rich, dense and balanced.

91 Qupé 2015 Chardonnay, Y Block, Santa Barbara ($20)

Ripe, elegant and balanced with smooth texture, minerals and deep fruit; bright and long.

90 Reata 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($20)

Smooth and bright with pleasant fruit and nice balance; clean, fresh and long.

91 Royal Tokaji Wine Company 2015 Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj ($17)

Golden color; smooth and lush with dry, tangy balanced style; deep and ripe with bright apple fruit and light spice; mellow and juicy, long and rich.

90 Seven Angels Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($28)

Golden color; smooth and silky with ripe, tropical fruit and good acid structure; rich, balanced and long.

90 Tablas Creek 2014 Roussanne, Estate, Adelaida District – Paso Robles ($35)

Golden color; smooth, lush and creamy with ripe peach and dry fruit; rich and balanced, long and bright.

91 Tablas Creek 2016 Vermentino, Estate, Adelaida District – Paso Robles ($27)

Silky and fresh with smooth, ripe style; aromatic and lush with finesse and depth; long and balanced, mellow and lovely,

88 Tenuta di Salviano 2016 White Blend, Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC ($15)

Racy and clean with crisp acidity and bright minerals; fresh and juicy.

90 Trefethen 2016 Dry Riesling, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($25)

Crisp and juicy with racy acidity and lively citrus; fresh and bright with nervy style; tangy and balanced.

88 Zocker 2014 Riesling, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($20)

Minerally with smooth, juicy style with clean, racy fruit; dense and balanced.


RED

93 Alamos 2015 Malbec, Selección, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Fresh and silky with hints of toasty oak and vanilla; blackberry, cherry and spice with juicy berry fruit and racy acidity; deep, velvety and balanced; a classic malbec at a remarkable price.

93 Astrolabe Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Province, Marlborough, New Zealand ($28)

Fresh, smooth and bright with elegant, ripe berry fruit; juicy, dense and complex; long, deep and balanced.

92 Babich Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Black Label, Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)

Smooth and lush with juicy cherry fruit and clean, bright toasty style; balanced, mellow and long.

91 Babich Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Bright ruby color; smooth and juicy with crisp cherry and tangy acidity; lush, lively and long.

91 Bodegas Muriel 2005 Tempranillo, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain ($30)

Deep, dark and smooth with soft texture and good balance; dense, juicy with notes of plum and earth; long and mature.

90 Bodegas Muriel 2011 Tempranillo Reserva, Rioja, Spain ($20)

Silky and lush with notes of plum and earth; smooth, fresh but mature; balanced and long.

88 Brancott Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)

Fresh, clean and tangy with lively acidity and juicy style; crisp and long.

93 Cadaretta 2014 Southwind Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley ($75)

Dark. smooth and mellow; juicy and ripe with rich plum and chocolate; tangy and dense, long and intense.

91 Cadaretta 2014 Springboard Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($50)

Lush and smooth with notes of chocolate and spice; mellow and rich, balanced and long; deep, dense and lush.

90 Cadaretta 2014 Windthrow Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($50)

Dark and smooth with rich Rhone style; juicy, ripe and deep; dense, youthful and long.

92 Calcareous Vineyard 2014 Trés Violet Red Blend, Paso Robles ($55)

Dark and ripe, juicy and tangy with intense blackberry and spice; dense and rich, lush and long.

93 Calcareous Vineyard 2013 Moose Red Blend, Paso Robles ($55)

Dark and rich with tangy blackberry fruit; intense and deep, juicy and rich; long and lush.

94 Chappellet 2013 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley ($80)

Dark and rich with a note of tangy acidity in the background; silky and complex with a long, balanced finish.

95 Chappellet 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pritchard Hill Vineyard, Napa Valley ($220)

Dark and rich with ripe, precise black plum and cherry fruit; elegant, balanced and deep with finesse and style; long and balanced.

93 Chappellet 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Signature, Napa Valley ($65)

Dark and lush with dense plum and blackberry with notes of vanilla; rich Napa-style cab at what is now a reasonable price.

97 Clos De La Tech 2012 Pinot Noir, Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Vineyard, San Francisco Bay ($102)

The top wine of T.J. Rodgers (CEO of Cypress Semiconductor) and his wife Valeta Massey made on a steep Santa Cruz Mountain one-acre vineyard; spicy cherry nose; smooth, supple and juicy with elegance and finesse; refined and dazzling; long and impressive.

96 Clos De La Tech 2012 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise “Cote Sud” Block, Santa Cruz Mountains ($82)

Smooth cherry nose; smooth and velvety with juicy berry fruit and lush texture; supple, rich and impressively Burgundian; complex, long and stunning.

94 Clos De La Tech 2012 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise “Twisty Ridge” Block, Santa Cruz Mountains ($62)

Deep ruby color; earthy and smooth with bright, racy black cherry fruit; juicy and lush, long and complex; supple and bright.

94 Clos De La Tech 2012 Pinot Noir, Domaine Valeta “Sunny Slope” Block, Santa Cruz Mountains ($62)

Smooth and velvety with ripe cherry and tangy acidity; lush and deep, long and complex with great style and finesse.

92 Clos De La Tech 2012 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains ($45)

Deeply colored; smooth spicy nose; lush textured with ripe cherry fruit and notes of earth and spice; juicy and tangy with balance and rich flavors; long and supple.

92 Clos Henri 2014 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($35)

A rare kiwi wine with a cork closure; smooth and lush with complex, toasty style; mellow and elegant.

91 Clos Henri 2016 Pinot Noir, Petit Clos, Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)

Pale ruby color; silky and elegant with smooth, juicy style; earthy, crisp and showing cherry fruit and good balanced; long and generous.

88 Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Cooper’s Hawk Lux  Red Blend, Countryside ($40)

Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and racy plum fruit; edgy and balanced.

92 Craggy Range Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Aroha, Te Muna Road, Martinborough, New Zealand ($105)

Deep, smooth and lush, tangy, rich and concentrated; deep, ripe and balanced; long and dense.

91 Enkidu Wine 2015 Red Blend E, Cuvée JM, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth and lush with tangy black fruit; juicy and rich with spice and depth.

92 Eradus Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard, Awatere Valley – Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)

Smooth and silky with bright cherry and mellow style; juicy and lush with balance and tangy fruit; bright and long.

93 Felton Road 2015 Pinot Noir, Bannockburn – Central Otago ($65)

Deep ruby color; smooth and lush with bright black cherry and juicy style; hints of licorice and spice, long and rich.

95 Felton Road 2015 Pinot Noir, Block 3, Central Otago, New Zealand ($100)

Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit; velvety and rich, elegant and complex; juicy and polished, long and balanced.

95 Felton Road 2015 Pinot Noir, Block 5, Central Otago, New Zealand ($100)

Rich ruby color; smooth and dense with rich cherry fruit and tangy acidity; elegant, balanced and complex; the father of Kiwi pinot; long, deep and stunning.

93 Felton Road 2015 Pinot Noir, Calvert, Central Otago, New Zealand ($80)

Dense and earthy, lush and smooth with ripe cherry and notes of spice and earth; tangy and bright, long and juicy.

92 Fortino 2012 Charbono, Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($44)

Dark, smooth and dense; lush, rich and spicy; juicy, lush and meaty with ripe plum and hints of earth.

90 Geyser Peak 2012 Tectonic Red Blend, Alexander Valley ($30)

Smooth and dense with racy acidity and spicy style; fresh and balanced, long and tangy.

93 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Clayvin Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand ($75)

Deep ruby color; smooth, silky and complex; mellow cherry fruit with spice and savory notes; long and balanced.

93 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Ridge Block Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand ($75)

Rich ruby color; smooth, mellow and lush with juicy cherry and complex spice; savory, tangy and long.

91 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 The Brothers Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)

Soft and smooth with lovely pillowy texture; mellow cherry and raspberry fruit; balanced, deep and showing considerable finesse.

90 Giesen Wine Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)

Deep ruby color; smooth, ripe and lush with cherry fruit, spice and style.

90 Glover Family Vineyards 2015 Zephyr Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)

Bright ruby color; smooth, juicy and savory with bright cherry fruit; clean, fresh and long.

92 Greywacke Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($39)

Deep ruby color; smooth and silky with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; lush and balanced; long and fresh.

90 Grove Mill Wine Co 2014 Pinot Noir, Wairau Valley, Marlborough ($18)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and mellow with juicy cherry fruit and notes of earth; rich and complex with depth and style.

91 Herzog 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Edition, Rutherford District – Napa Valley ($95)

Smooth plum nose; lush and ripe with toasty and mellow plum and blackberry; smooth and balanced, rich and long. Kosher.

91 Herzog 2015 Lineage Camouflage, Clarksburg ($35)

Deep ruby color; toasty vanilla nose; smooth and mellow with lush texture and a long finish. Kosher.

90 Hillersden 2014 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($21)

Smooth and juicy with rounded, bright cherry fruit; tangy and crisp, balanced and long.

90 Jackson Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Vintage Widow, Marlborough, New Zealand ($28)

Smooth and savory with clean, fresh style; spicy, bright and balanced; long and crisp.

91 Jamieson Ranchs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Lariat, Napa Valley ($45)

Dark ruby color; smooth and silky with balance and finesse; ripe plum and spice; long and bright.

90 Joseph Carr 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($26)

Smooth and lush with ripe plum sand berry fruit; toasty and juicy with a long finish.

89 Joseph Drouhin 2014 Hospices De Belleville, Brouilly ($26)

Lush and juicy with smoked wood aromas; plum and blackberry flavors with tangy acidity and strong tannins; long.

91 Jules Taylor Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($24)

Smooth and fresh with juicy cherry and tangy acidity; balanced, bright and crisp; lively, bright and long.

88 Kono 2013 Pinot Noir, South Island, Marlborough ($13)

Smooth, clean and juicy with tangy cherry fruit and mellow style.

92 Leviathan 2013 Red Blend, California ($40)

Very dark ruby color; smooth, meaty and lush with spice, depth and acidity; intense and long.

94 Martinborough Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Home Block, Martinborough, New Zealand ($65)

The first to plant Pinot in Martinborough; dense and smooth with lush cherry and elegant structure; long and rich, balanced and complex.

93 Miner Family Wines 2014 Emily’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)

Smooth and elegant with smooth texture and bright plum and berry fruit; balanced and complex with supple style and classic structure; a first-rate Napa Cabernet at a very reasonable price.

91 Nautilus Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Southern Valleys, Marlborough, New Zealand ($33)

Deep ruby color; smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and silky texture; fresh and balanced, long and savory.

93 Nga Waka 2015 Three Canoes Pinot Noir, Lease Block, Martinborough, New Zealand ($35)

Deep, rich ruby color; smooth and lush with dense cherry fruit and notes of spice and earth; rich, long and complex.

92 Nga Waka 2015 Three Paddles Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand ($20)

Deep ruby color; smooth, luscious and juicy with notes of earth, spice and toast; rich, balanced and long.

91 Opawa 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Deep ruby color; fresh, generous and smooth with bright cherry fruit and lush style; clean and mellow, long and balanced.

89 Peachy Canyon 2015 Incredible Red Zinfandel, California ($15)

Smooth and lush, balanced and juicy; ripe and fresh, tangy and dry; long and bright.

93 Peachy Canyon 2015 Vortex Zinfandel, Paso Robles ($38)

Deep ruby color; smooth texture and bright berry fruit; racy and juicy with spice, vanilla and mocha; balanced and long.

92 Peachy Canyon 2015 Westside Zinfandel, Paso Robles ($22)

Deep ruby color; smooth, juicy and fresh with blackberry and lots of spice; supple, balanced and long; vanilla and new oak.

92 Penfolds 2015 Max’s Red Blend, South Australia ($25)

Very dark and spicy with plum and blackberry fruit; juicy, intense and toasty; concentrated and long.

91 Qupé 2013 Grenache, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley ($35)

Smooth, juicy and spicy with blackberry and boysenberry; silky, long and balanced.

88 Qupé 2014 Syrah, Central Coast ($20)

Dark ruby color; smooth and spicy with decent fruit and good balance.

93 Rippon Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir, Mature Vine, Lake Wanaka – Central Otago, New Zealand ($60)

A rare cork-finished Kiwi wine; dark ruby color; smooth and juicy with bright cherry and tangy fruit; racy, dense and fresh; stylish and long.

91 Saint Clair Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)

Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry and earthy notes; dense, clean and balanced.

92 Saint Clair Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Pioneer Block, Awatere Valley – Marlborough, New Zealand ($32)

Deep ruby color; lush and juicy with smooth, ripe cherry fruit and racy acidity; complex and tangy with a long, balanced finish.

91 Seresin Estate 2013 Rachel Pinot Noir, Limited Release, Marlborough, New Zealand ($42)

Smooth and lush with ripe berry fruit and balanced style; savory and fresh with a long, juicy finish.

93 Seresin Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Raupo Creek Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand ($67)

Deep ruby color; smooth cherry nose; juicy, bright cherry fruit with good depth and texture; complex and layered with savory notes and bright acidity.

89 Seresin Estate 2014 MOMO Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($19)

Silky and fresh, clean and juicy with notes of cherry and raspberry; tangy and balanced.

90 Seresin Estate 2014 Leah Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($30)

Smooth and mellow with fresh cherry fruit; bright and balanced, long and savory.

92 Spy Valley 2014 Envoy Pinot Noir, Johnson Vineyard, Waihopai Valley – Marlborough, New Zealand ($54)

Smooth, lush cherry nose; rich, velvety and mellow with elegant berry fruit and tangy acidity; long and juicy, fresh and balanced.

90 Tablelands 2015 Lagoon Hill Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry and balanced notes of earth; mellow and soft with spice and length.

88 Tablelands 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)

Silky and pale with savory notes of earth and spice; silky and juicy with cherry notes and smooth texture.

89 The Better Half 2015 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)

Smooth and juicy with lush texture and tangy cherry fruit; notes of earth and savory elements; long and balanced.

91 The Hermit Ram 2016 Whole Bunch Pinot Noir, Canterbury, New Zealand ($32)

Dark, tangy and dense with racy, tannic style; rich and juicy with intensity and depth; long and balanced.

88 Tohu Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)

Lush, herbal and juicy; dense and earthy with savory notes; silky and smooth, long and fleshy.

93 Toi Toi Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Clutha Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand ($20)

Rich ruby color; lush and dense with juicy black cherry fruit and notes of plum; smooth and elegant, long and balanced.

92 Trinity Hill 2014 Syrah, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zeland ($30)

Dark and juicy with deep berry and spice; tangy, peppery and long with wild blueberry and blackberry; fresh and balanced.

92 Troon Vineyard 2014 Red Blend, Southern Oregon ($50)

Bright and tangy with juicy plum; clean and balanced; silky and long, fresh and bright.

92 Two Rivers 2015 Pinot Noir, Tributary, Marlborough, New Zealand ($30)

Rich ruby color; dense, clean and earthy with ripe cherry and savory notes; balanced, long and generous.

92 Vik 2011 Red Blend, Cachapoal Valley, Chile ($140)

Smokey, green herbs in the nose; smooth and lush, dense and rich; ripe plum and spice; long.

92 Villa Maria 2014 Pinot Noir, Cellar Selection, Marlborough, New Zealand ($26)

Smooth and ripe, mellow and lush with depth and balance; rich cherry and savory notes; long and stylish.

93 Villa Maria 2014 Pinot Noir, Taylors Pass, Marlborough, New Zealand ($42)

Deep ruby color; juicy and bright with tangy cherry fruit and racy acidity; mellow and balanced, smooth and ripe, long and fresh.

90 Villa Maria 2015 Pinot Noir, Private Bin, Marlborough, New Zealand ($18)

Smooth, juicy and mellow with soft, lush style; clean, bright and long.

90 Wither Hills 2013 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Bright ruby color; fresh and juicy with racy acidity and crisp cherry; racy and fresh, long and tangy.

90 Yealands 2014 Pinot Noir, Estate, Awatere Valley – Marlborough, New Zealand ($35)

Smooth and lush with sweet cherry fruit and bright acidity; ripe, rich and balanced.

88 Yealands 2016 Pinot Noir, Peter Yealands, Marlborough, New Zealand ($19)

Fresh and juicy cherry with notes of earth and spice; clean, silky and crisp, long and balanced.


ROSÉ & DESSERT

91 Peachy Canyon 2016 Rosé Blend, Paso Robles ($24)

Bright salmon pink; silky, crisp and dry with spice and smooth texture; long and fresh.

94 Arteis & Co 2004 Brut Champagne, France ($80)

Rich golden color; rich and mature with burnished fruit and deep, racy acidity; complex and elegant, intense and luscious, creamy and long.

92 Jean Diot NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne, France ($55)

Juicy and smooth with lovely depth and balance; bright and elegant, long and fresh.

92 Jean Diot NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($55)

Light salmon pink; fresh and lush with smooth, ripe flavors; long and balanced.

92 Vilmart & Cie 2007 Brut Champagne, Montagne de Reims Coeur de Cuvée, France ($160)

Rich and crisp; ripe and juicy; toasted, fresh; balanced and linear.

94 Vilmart & Cie 2008 Brut Champagne, Montagne de Reims Coeur de Cuvée, France ($160)

Pure and racy; juicy and crisp; toasty, elegant; smooth and lovely; ripe, full; dense and long.

93 Vilmart & Cie 2010 Brut Rosé Champagne, Montagne de Reims Grand Cellier Rubis, France ($160)

Smooth with strawberry fruit; racy and tangy; crisp; fresh and rich.

93 Vilmart & Cie 2011 Brut Champagne, Montagne de Reims Grand Cellier d’Or, France ($100)

Smooth, elegant and rich; lush, crisp and toasty with precise flavors; fresh and racy; lively and balanced; long and juicy with a bright lovely finish.

91 Vilmart & Cie NV Brut Champagne, Montagne de Reims Grand Cellier, France ($75)

Fresh and crisp; bright and elegant; tangy and round; lively; toasty & balanced; rich.

93 Vilmart & Cie NV Brut Rosé Champagne, Montagne de Reims Cuvée Rubis, France ($95)

Pale rose color; tangy and racy; juicy, bright and long.

 

JUNE 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

90 Masseria Li Veli 2015 Verdeca, Canale di Pirro Vineyard, Valle d’Itria IGT ($18)

Smooth and minerally with spice and ripe tropical fruit; showing depth and complex flavors of pear and spice; long and balanced, fresh.

92 Terras do Cigarrón 2015 Godello, Monterrei, Spain ($17)

Soft, smooth and elegant; pear and citrus with dry minerals; silky and round acidity; balanced.

90 Amici Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($25)

Smooth and toasty with creamy, rich style; lush and rich, ripe and dense; long and balanced.

91 Amici Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25)

Silky, creamy and fresh with racy citrus and elegant balance; juicy and layered.

90 Amisfield 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago, New Zealand ($25)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright citrus and peach; tangy, lively and racy; snappy and long.

92 Balletto Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($28)

Fresh, juicy and crisp with racy acidity and bright, silky texture; lively, balanced and long.

89 Bigi 2015 Classico White Blend, Orvieto, Italy($12)

Tangy citrus fruit with toasted vanilla oak; earthy minerals and racy acidity; soft, balanced and long.

89 Bigi 2015 White Blend, Est! Est!! Est!!! Di Montefiascone DOC ($13)

Soft and smooth with floral aromas; easy minerals and balanced acidity; citrus and peach flavors; dry.

88 Brancott Vineyards 2016 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)

Silky smooth and fresh with juicy citrus; clean and racy with decent balance and style; tangy and long.

90 Brancott Vineyards 2016 Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)

Rich and dense with deep, layered spice and tangy citrus; intense and complex with juicy, feline notes; long and lush.

91 Brancott Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)

Bright peach and citrus; fresh and juicy with smooth texture and bracing acidity; clean, nervy and long.

88 Bread & Butter 2015 Chardonnay, Napa ($15)

Lush and dense with buttery, toasty style; vanilla and creamy texture; long and deep.

88 Calcareous Vineyard 2015 Twisted Paso Chardonnay, Paso Robles ($20)

Smooth and juicy, bright and toasty with oak and spice; clean, juicy and long.

88 Cannonball 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, USA ($16)

Lush and ripe with bright, tangy style; juicy and smooth with crisp acidity and fresh citrus fruit; long and balanced.

87 Clos du Val 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)

Smooth, clean and lush with oak and juicy fruit; balanced and dense.

87 Concha y Toro 2016 Frontera Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile ($12)

Crisp and fruity with a touch of oak; pear and citrus; bright and tangy acidity; long.

92 Domaine Delaporte 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chavignol Sancerre AOC ($29)

Crisp, fresh and juicy with racy citrus and tangy acidity; silky texture and lively, lifted style; smooth and balanced with a long, bright finish.

89 Dry Creek Vineyard 2016 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma ($15)

Ripe, smooth and juicy with tangy citrus, lush texture and bright fruit; fresh, long and balanced.

88 Duckhorn 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35)

Clean and silky, ripe and smooth; juicy, lush and balanced; dense and smooth.

89 Duckhorn 2016 Decoy Chardonnay, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth, lush, creamy and tangy; balanced and fresh, juicy and rich; long and balanced.

90 Duckhorn 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)

Racy and crisp with juicy citrus and good balance; fresh, smooth and nicely structured; tangy and bright, but pricey.

89 Ferraton Père & Fils 2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns, France ($14)

Fruity citrus and fragrant aromas; tropical fruit and toasted oak; off-dry and balanced with bright acidity.

92 Flora Springs 2016 Chardonnay, Family Select, Estate, Napa Valley ($35)

Smooth, fresh and elegant with notes of oak, citrus and bright fruit; lush, balanced and juicy with depth and lively acidity.

91 Flora Springs 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25)

Smooth and lush with bright citrus, ripe fruit and mineral notes; balanced and long with fresh, layered flavors.

91 Freemark Abbey 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25)

Silky, racy and crisp with citrus and tangy acidity; fresh and lively, balanced and long.

91 Gamble Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Yountville ($25)

Bright grapefruit and juicy acidity; fresh and spicy with silky texture and notes of peach and passion fruit; clean and long.

90 Hahn Estates 2015 Estate Chardonnay Grown Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($25)

Silky and smooth with creamy style and fresh, tangy pear fruit; clean, mellow and long.

89 J. McClelland Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District ($35)

Smooth and lush with tangy style and bright acidity; clean, balanced and juicy; minerally and long.

89 Jackson Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Stich, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Juicy, fresh and tangy; lively, crisp and long with fresh citrus and feline notes; balanced.

88 Kendall-Jackson 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, California ($13)

Smooth, juicy and lush with tangy citrus and ripe fruit; fresh, bright and tangy.

89 La Vieille Ferme 2016 White Rhône,  Luberon AOC ($11)

Tangy and dry; tropical fruit and citrus flavors; crisp and clean with racy acidity.

92 Ladera Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)

Silky grapefruit and lively acidity; racy, nervy and fresh with tangy, lifted style; juicy and long with balance and finesse.

92 Livio Felluga 2015 Illivio, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC ($35)

Fresh and juicy with smooth texture and ripe pear and citrus; pure and balanced, long elegant.

93 Livio Felluga 2015 Terre Alte, Rosazzo Bianco DOCG ($80)

Bright and showing citrus and racy acidity; fresh and tangy with juicy style and racy acidity; long and bright.

91 MacRostie 2015 Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($46)

Silky and lush with a core of crisp acidity and smooth, rich texture; balanced, juicy and showing hints of tasty oak and vanilla; long and fresh.

90 MacRostie 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($34)

Juicy and fresh with crisp fruit and bright acidity; silky and balanced, tangy and lively, long and racy.

92 MacRostie 2015 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros ($46)

Juicy, crisp and bright with ripe fruit and tangy acidity; smooth, lush and balanced; long and showing notes of oak, spice and creamy texture.

91 Marimar Estate 2016 Acero Chardonnay, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley, USA ($32)

Creamy and fresh with juicy acidity and smooth texture; no oak and yet complex and lush; balanced, long and rich.

87 Matanzas Creek 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley ($20)

Tangy with bright acidity and crisp citrus; grassy with racy minerals and lively style.

88 Matanzas Creek 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma ($15)

Sleek and bright with vibrant tropical fruit and toasted oak; crisp acidity and minerals; soft and easy style.

89 Matchbook 2015 The Arsonist Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills ($22)

Lush fruit and toasted oak with bright acidity; smooth and buttery; soft, bright and balanced.

95 Moraga 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, California ($115)

Creamy, lush and dense with peachy, citrus fruit; smooth and balanced with silky texture and long, elegant, seamless style; complex and showing great aging potential.

90 Mt. Beautiful 2015 Chardonnay, North Canterbury, New Zealand ($22)

Bright, clean and juicy with silky texture and good depth; long, smooth and toasty; racy and dense; fresh and lively.

91 Mt. Beautiful 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, North Canterbury, New Zealand ($16)

Smooth and lush with crisp acidity and lively acidity; rich and dense, ripe and long.

88 Nine Hats 2016 Pinot Gris, The Benches Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($14)

Crisp and clean with bright acidity; tangy citrus and racy minerals; long and balanced.

89 Nine Hats 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($14)

Fresh and fruity with racy minerals; bright acidity; pear and citrus; round, racy and long.

92 Presqu’ile 2015 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($35)

Silky and smooth with a core of bright acidity; juicy and ripe with balance and finesse, bright and full with racy structure; long and fresh.

91 Presqu’ile 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Maria Valley ($26)

Crisp, fresh and juicy with minerals, tangy acidity and lovely balance; racy with citrus and depth; long and racy.

91 Raeburn 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($20)

Smooth and lush with vanilla, lush, ripe and long; fresh and balanced with length and style.

90 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2016 Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, Northern Sonoma ($17)

Clean, fresh and smooth with juicy citrus and racy acidity; balanced, dry and long.

92 Rubus 2015 Whit Blend, France ($11)

Lush and tangy with bright acidity; sweet citrus with peach and apricot; fresh, balanced and elegant

91 Scotto Cellars 2015 Rich & Creamy Chardonnay, California ($15)

Lively “cream soda” style; toasted vanilla oak with peach and cream flavors; soft and sweet with racy acidity; balanced and long.

92 Sonoma-Loeb 2015 El Novillero Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros ($42)

Silky and fresh with smooth texture and bright acid structure; elegant and racy with supple, refined style; long and balanced.

91 Sonoma-Loeb 2015 Envoy Chardonnay, Carneros ($38)

Smooth and lush with smooth, ripe fruit and juicy style; rich and concentrated with ripe, mature pear fruit; vanilla, caramel and depth.

90 Sonoma-Loeb 2015 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros ($27)

Smooth and clean with juicy style and crisp acid structure; racy and fresh, balanced and long.

91 Sparr, Pierre 2015 One White Blend, Alsace, France ($17)

Rich and fruity with tropical flavors; silky, smooth and round; balanced.

89 Sparr, Pierre 2015 Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France ($17)

Fresh and crisp with racy acidity; tropical fruit and citrus flavors; silky and smooth.

88 Stoneleigh Winery 2015 Latitude Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand ($19)

Toasty oak and smooth texture; smooth, fresh and showing vanilla and spice; lush and balanced.

88 Tenuta Caparzo 2015 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT ($15)

Fresh and smooth with lively style; smooth, tangy and balanced with clean, long and racy fruit; juicy and bright.

92 The Crater Rim 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Cycle Road Vineyard, Waipara Valley ($20)

Nervy, juicy and crisp; racy citrus and tangy acidity; silky and long.

87 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California ($19)

Citrus forward flavors; dry, mellow and easy; kudos for the fancy nozzle.

91 Trivento 2016 White Orchid Reserve Torrontès, Mendoza, Argentina ($11)

Floral and fragrant; lush tropical fruit with peach and citrus highlights; silky and smooth with tangy acidity; balanced.

91 Vietti 2016 Arneis, Roero, Italy ($23)

Fresh, bright and juicy with minerals and tangy acidity; smooth and lush, lively and long.

91 Y. Rousseau 2015 Colombard, Old Vines, Russian River Valley ($24)

Silky and smooth with aromatic style; juicy, crisp and toasty, lush and long; balanced and complex.


RED

89 7 Moons 2015 Red Blend, California ($13)

Soft, juicy and lush with red cherry and apple; rich mocha and chocolate flavors; bright sweetness with tangy acidity and relaxed spice

93 Agricola Punica 2015 Montessu, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT ($31)

A rich Sardinian wine made by Niccolo Incisa della Rochetta (Sassicaia); smooth and lush with plum, blackberry and spice; dense, rich and complex with intensity and style.

94 Akarua 2012 Pinot Noir, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand ($50)

The definitive Bannockburn Pinot; smooth and luscious, deep and showing black cherry, spice and soft oak; juicy, rich and long.

92 Akarua 2015 RUA Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($35)

Deep ruby color; lush and smooth with velvety texture and complex cherry fruit; elegant and smooth, balanced and long.

92 Amici Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa ($50)

Tangy and juicy with bright, tangy plum and spice; racy, dense and long.

95 Amisfield 2013 RVK Reserve Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($100)

Smooth and rich with depth and Burgundian grace plus finesse; juicy cherry and notes of spice and earth; elegant, deep and balanced; an amazing achievement.

94 Amisfield 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($45)

Fresh and juicy with deep, rich black cherry fruit; smooth, savory and earthy; tangy and long.

89 Apaltagua 2015 Envero Carmenère, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($17)

Lively herbs and spice with black and red berries; balanced, silky and long.

89 Argento 2015 Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Fragrant and lush with a soft, round texture; red berry and earthen spice; long.

93 Austin Hope 2014 Estate Syrah, Paso Robles ($55)

Smooth, spicy and toasted with ripe blackberry and cassis; juicy and balanced, long and charming.

90 Beast 2014 Wildebeest Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($24)

Deep, dark and lush; round and fruity with plum; racy spice and toasted oak flavors; balanced.

93 Beaulieu Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 4, Napa Valley ($165)

Bright, rich and lush with sweet plum and berry fruit; ripe and juicy with dense structure, subtle herbs and a long, rich finish.

93 Beaulieu Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6, Napa Valley ($165)

Smooth and spicy with density and black cherry fruit; concentrated and rich;

94 Beaulieu Vineyard 2013 George De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, Private Reserve, Napa Valley ($149)

Deep ruby color; lush with dark cassis and boysenberry; ripe and concentrated with velvety texture and depth; juicy and balanced.

96 Beaulieu Vineyard 2013 Rarity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($1000)

Very dark; dense, spicy and rich with concentrated plum and berry fruit; chocolate, spice and smooth texture.

93 Bella Union 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bella Union Estate, Napa Valley ($85)

Smooth, lush and balanced with depth and finesse; lush and deep with tangy style and juicy, rich fruit.

88 Boneshaker 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi ($14)

Deep and lush; blackberry and cherry with mellow pepper spice; jammy.

88 Bread & Butter 2015 Pinot Noir, Napa ($15)

Toasty nose; light cherry and savory notes; smooth and toasty with bright style and a long finish.

89 Bridlewood Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15)

Deep oak with ripe red fruit flavors; apple and black cherry with spice and tangy acidity; give it time.

91 Cadaretta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($45)

Smooth, ripe and velvety with deep color and spice; blackberry, mocha and chocolate are present; rich and long.

93 Cadaretta 2014 Southwind, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley ($75)

Dark, dense and velvety with rich plum, boysenberry and toasty oak; concentrated and juicy; deep and intense.

92 Cadaretta 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley ($35)

Smooth and juicy with bright blackberry; lush and deep, velvety and rich; ripe and intense with style and balance.

90 Calcareous Vineyard 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($50)

Dense and rich with jammy fruit and tangy acidity; silky and long, balanced and long.

90 Calcareous Vineyard 2014 Twisted Paso Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($20)

Smooth and ripe with plum, spicy and notes of chocolate and mocha; clean, fresh and juicy, long and lush.

91 Calcareous Vineyard 2014 Twisted Paso Zinfandel, Paso Robles ($20)

Smooth and spicy with crisp acidity and juicy acidity; lush, fresh and bright.

88 Cannonball 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA ($16)

Dark and smooth with lush, deep plum and blackberry fruit; dense, rich and balanced with depth and fresh style; long and a good value.

87 Caposaldo 2015 Chianti, Italy ($11)

Rich, deep fruit; dark berries and dark chocolate; earthy spice with minerals.

88 Casarena 2015 Areyna Malbec, Estate, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina ($15)

Earthy and fruity with black pepper; tangy berries and black currant with racy minerals; lively and concentrated.

89 Chateau Chantal NV Dry Naughty Red, Michigan ($14)

Rich, smoked wood and deep fruit aromas; plum and black currant with earthy spice; long and lasting.

89 Chateau Chantal NV Semi- Sweet Nice Red, Michigan ($14)

Deep, lush and earthy aromas; jammy with tangy fruit; sweet red berries and charcoal flavors; long.

94 Cliff Lede 2014 Scarlet Love,  Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District ($110)

Dark and rich with lush nose; smooth and velvety with dense plum and supple style; juicy, toasty and showing vanilla and spice; deep and intense; long and stylish.

93 Clos du Val 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District ($120)

Deep ruby color; smooth, dense and ripe with racy and juicy fruit; nicely structured with edgy flavors; clean, balanced and long.

91 Columbia Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($16)

Rich, ripe dark black currant and blackberry; racy acidity with cocoa and toasted oak; balanced.

90 Columbia Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($16)

Lush and juicy; dark berries and plum flavors with toasted vanilla oak; soft, earthy and long.

88 Concha y Toro 2014 Gran Reserva, Malbec, Marchigüe, Chile ($17)

Juicy and lush; soft fruit flavors with earthy spice and racy acidity; plum, blueberries and minerals; long.

88 Concha y Toro 2016 Frontera Central Valley, Chile ($12)

Fragrant and spicy; berry and red pepper flavors; dry and earthy with racy minerals.

89 Contrade 2015 Negroamaro, Puglia IGT ($10)

Rich and juicy fruit with smoked spice; black cherries and mocha flavors; long and balanced.

87 Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Cooper’s Hawk Lux Pinot Noir, American ($40)

Smooth and clean with balance and corporate style; this restaurant chain has a selection of non-vintage wines.

91 Cutruzzola Vineyards 2013 Giacomino Reserve Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo ($55)

Fresh and juicy with silky texture and fresh cherry fruit; tangy and long with racy acidity and a balanced finish.

89 Cutruzzola Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Gloria, San Luis Obispo ($42)

Smooth and juicy with dense berry fruit; toasty and balanced; long and fresh.

92 Donati Family Vineyard 2013 The Immigrant, Paicines ($35)

Smooth and juicy with tangy plum and blackberry; earthy, fresh and balanced with finesse and style; give it time.

93 Duckhorn 2013 Merlot, Stout Vineyard, Napa Valley ($98)

Smooth and rich with dense fruit and lush texture; a beautifully balanced and refined wine that needs time; rounded and long, elegant and lovely.

94 Duckhorn 2013 The Discussion Premium Red Blend, Napa Valley ($135)

Dark ruby color; smooth texture with ripe plum and juicy berry fruit; dense and lush with lovely balance and intensity; rich and deep, balanced and long.

93 Duckhorn 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($75)

Smooth, dark and juicy with racy acidity and tangy fruit; classic, silky and long with great balance and fresh style; supple, deep and long.

93 Duckhorn 2014  Atlas Peak Merlot, Napa Valley ($75)

Smooth and dense with velvety texture and juicy plum and rich berry fruit; balanced and long, toasty and deep.

93 Duckhorn 2014 Merlot, Carneros ($75)

Lush and smooth with rich plum, spice and tangy acid structure; long and complex, deep and showing finesse and balance.

91 Duckhorn 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley ($54)

Fresh and juicy with dense style and good balance; rich and spicy, tangy and long.

95 Duckhorn 2014 Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley ($98)

From the famed up-valley vineyard that is now owned by Duckhorn; lush and creamy with vanilla oak and smooth, rich texture; lovely style, juicy and mellow; deep and balanced, long and elegant.

90 Duckhorn 2015 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma ($25)

Smooth and juicy with ripe, lush plum and spice; concentrated and balanced, long and rich.

90 Duckhorn 2015 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma ($25)

Smooth, lush and ripe with balance and fresh fruit; juicy and long.

93 Ehlers Estate 2014 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($110)

Deeply colored; ripe, rich nose; smooth, juicy and supple; tangy and fresh with racy plum, cassis and berry fruit; intensity and depth, balance and a long finish.

90 Ehlers Estate 2014 Merlot, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($55)

Deep ruby color; juicy and smooth, lush and balanced; plum, spice and balance.

89 El Cayado 2013 Mencia, Bierzo, Spain ($17)

Juicy and spicy with minerals; blackberry and black currant flavors; earthy with racy acidity,

90 Famille Perrin 2015 Nature Red Rhône,  Côtes du Rhône AOC  ($15)

Deep ruby color; smooth, fresh and juicy with racy acidity; clean, lively and balanced with a long, tangy finish.

95 Far Niente 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($160)

Lush and ripe with juicy plum and cassis; smooth texture and rich style; silky texture and deep, ripe fruit with hints of toasty oak and vanilla; long and balanced.

90 Fel Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($38)

Smooth, juicy and bright with tangy cherry fruit; spicy, fresh and tangy; lively and balanced.

93 Gamble Family Vineyards 2013 Family Home, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($100)

Smooth and herbal nose; silky, lush and juicy; soft and herbal with bright structure and depth; balanced, elegant and long.

94 Gamble Family Vineyards 2013 Paramount Premium Red Blend, Napa Valley ($90)

Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and black raspberry; juicy and balanced, seamless and fresh, long and elegant.

90 Ghost Hill Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Bayliss-Bower Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($42)

Ripe and juicy with crisp, racy cherry fruit; bright and tangy with fresh flavors and lively fruit; bright and balanced.

90 Ghost Hill Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Prospector’s Reserve, Estate, Yamhill-Carlton ($55)

Silky and bright with tangy style and fresh, juicy cherry fruit; racy and crisp, balanced and lively.

92 Ghost Pines 2014 Winemaker’s Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon,  CNapa, Lake & Sonoma ($23)

Rich, deep and juicy; blackberries and dark cherry flavors; brown and earthy spice with toasted vanilla oak; give it time.

93 Ghost Pines 2014 Winemaker’s Blend, Sonoma & Lake ($23)

Deep, layered and complex; lush fruit wild soft earthy spice; blueberries and blackberries; nice tannins; round, long and balanced.

90 Gillmore Wines 2012 Cabernet Franc, Old Vines, Maule Valley, Chile ($45)

Smooth and juicy with earth and spice and some herbal notes; tangy and long, fresh and balanced.

88 Hahn Estates 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($30)

Silky and smooth with toasty oak notes; clean and savory with balance and good length.

92 Innocent Bystander 2015 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($25)

An Aussie winery ventures into Kiwi country and comes up a winner; smooth, clean and juicy with smooth, ripe cherry and plum fruit; juicy and fresh with notes of spice and oak.

92 Invivo 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($23)

Pale ruby color; silky texture with lush, ripe cherry fruit; smooth, juicy and tangy with hints of toasty oak; New Zealand’s first crowd funded winery.

89 J. McClelland Cellars 2013 Merlot, Oak Knoll District, USA ($35)

Deep, lush and soft; black berry and cherry flavors; tangy acidity and earthy minerals; will age well

90 Kendall-Jackson 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintner’s Reserve, Sonoma ($24)

Luminous ruby color; smooth and lush with juicy plum and ripe black raspberry; fresh, bright and juicy; long and balanced.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2014 Merlot, Vintner’s Reserve, Sonoma ($24)

Smooth and lush with tangy plum and spice; rich and balanced with balance and finesse.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2015 Pinot Noir, Vintner’s Reserve, California ($20)

Spicy vanilla nose; crisp and racy with smooth vanilla and tangy flavors; silky and juicy with balance and good length.

91 La Crema 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth and lush, juicy and savory; ripe black cherry with tangy fruit and lush texture.

88 La Vie Dansante 2013 Rehearsal Santa Clara Valley ($28)

Clean and meaty with some toasty oak and ripe berry fruit; ripe and smooth, dense and long.

93 Ladera Vineyards 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)

Dark and rich; silky and juicy with notes of spice, mocha and lovely plum and blackberry; elegant, lovely and showing great potential; made from a beautiful vineyard on Howell Mountain.

92 Lenne Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, cinq élus, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton ($72)

Smooth and ripe with velvety texture and ripe red cherry; juicy and bright, elegant and deep; tangy and long.

90 Lenne Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Karen’s Pommard, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton ($55)

silky and smooth with black cherry and dense, ripe fruit; lush and balanced, long and fresh.

93 Livio Felluga 2014 Sossó, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC ($80)

Silky and crisp with racy, tangy fruit and lively acidity; smooth and juicy with finesse and lovely style; long and balanced.

93 Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Feather, Columbia Valley ($65)

A smooth and stunning Cabernet made by Napa’s Randy Dunn; velvety and rich with deep plum and berry fruit; supple, elegant and long; lush and dense with a long, lovely finish.

92 Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Merlot, Pedestal, Columbia Valley ($65)

Deep ruby color; smooth and lush with velvety texture; deep, dark and a typical Michel Rolland production; smooth and balanced, long and lovely.

92 Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Saggi, Columbia Valley ($50)

Rich and meaty with juicy plum and smooth texture; racy and bright, toasty and lush with density and balance.

94 Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Syrah, Sequel, Columbia Valley ($60)

Smooth and lush with ripe blackberry, spice and peppery notes; lush and leathery, rich and deep, long and balanced.

93 Loveblock 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($30)

Kim and Erica Crawford sold their hugely successful eponymous winery and founded this boutique operation; this deep, rich wine is smooth and tangy with juicy cherry fruit and lovely balance.

90 Maori Point 2011 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($35)

Silky and smooth with juicy acidity and mature fruit; balanced, dense with earthy notes and mellow style; long and elegant.

91 Maori Point 2012 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($35)

Bright, fresh and juicy with spice and tangy, rich fruit; mellow, spicy and fresh with notes of earth and savory elements; long and smooth; balanced.

91 Maori Point 2013 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($35)

Deep and lush with notes of earth, spice and savory elements; smooth and balanced.

91 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2012, Castello Nipozzano Vineyard, Chianti Rúfina Riserva DOCG ($30)

Fresh, smooth and juicy with bright berry fruit and crisp acidity; another winner from one of Italy’s finest and most historic producers; racy, lively and long; have it with pizza – we did.

92 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2013 Sangiovese, Montesodi, Castello Nipozzano Vineyard, Toscana IGT ($44)

Fresh and juicy with racy acidity and smooth texture; racy and crisp, long and tangy with balance and style.

92 Marimar Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Chico’s Run, Doña Margarita, Sonoma Coast, USA ($55)

Deep ruby color; bright, juicy and fresh with lively acidity and racy fruit; clean, tangy and stylish; balanced, long and lovely.

92 Marimar Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Earthquake Block, Don Miguel, Russian River Valley, USA ($59)

Bright ruby color; smooth and luscious with elegant style and rich, savory notes; juicy, complex and nicely balanced; long and lively.

91 Masi 2014 Campofiorin, Rosso del Veronese IGT ($19)

Smooth and juicy with spice and plum fruit; bright, balanced and long with depth and lovely structure; long and seamless.

91 Masút 2015 Pinot Noir, Estate, Eagle Peak, Mendocino ($45)

Smooth and juicy with tangy cherry and ripe plum; fresh, racy and clean; bright and stylish; long and balanced.

90 Matchbook 2015 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo ($12)

Silky and smooth; blackberry and dark cherry flavors with racy acidity; long, balanced and should age nicely

88 Matchbook 2015 Black’s Station Malbec, Yolo ($12)

Soft and fruity with earthy spice; berry and plum flavors; round, lush and simple; long

90 Matchbook 2015 Black’s Station Yolo ($12)

Rich and round with ripe fruit; dense black and red berry flavors; silky, long and balanced

94 Mathew Bruno 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($100)

Silky and tangy, juicy and pure; generous plum and cassis; bright and toasty with notes of earth and new oak; balanced and long.

88 Meiomi 2016 Pinot Noir, California, USA ($25)

Smooth and ripe with soft fruit aromas; clean cherry and fresh style; savory and balanced; juicy and simple with decent flavors.

89 Mettler Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($25)

Rich fruit and racy minerals; black cherry and plum with spice; long; needs more time

91 Mettler Family Vineyards 2014 Petite Sirah, Estate, Lodi ($25)

Deep, lush and smokey; Plum and black currant with tobacco; smooth and long

91 Mettler Family Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel, Epicenter, Old Vine, Lodi ($25)

Deep and lush with soft spice; rich plum and black currant flavors; long and balanced.

95 Moraga 2013, Estate, California ($175)

Dark ruby color; smooth, lush nose; lush and ripe plum and blackberry; elegant, complex and dense with juicy

91 Morgan Hill Cellars 2013 Merlot, Santa Clara Valley ($22)

Soft, vibrant and round; lush and juicy dark berries with mellow spice; balanced and smooth.

90 Mr. Riggs 2015 Shiraz, The Gaffer, McLaren Vale, Australia ($26)

Deep and complex with soft spice and toasted oak; dark berry and chocolate flavors; round with tangy acidity,

92 Mt. Beautiful 2015 Pinot Noir, North Canterbury ($25)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush texture; dense, ripe black cherry with flesh, spice and oak notes; juicy and deep, long and balanced.

94 Nickel & Nickel 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, John C. Sullenger Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley ($110)

Lush and dense nose; smooth, rich and intense with juicy plum and blackberry; deep, supple and fresh; long and balanced.

94 Nickel & Nickel 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Stelling Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley ($160)

Lovely ruby color; smooth, juicy and rich with tangy plum and fresh, bright, deep and generous flavors; intense and rich, long and balanced.

93 Nickel & Nickel 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, State Ranch, Yountville, Napa Valley ($110)

Smooth and juicy with bright plum and racy fruit; supple, fresh and tangy with depth and finesse; rich and layered with notes of oak, mocha and spice; long and balanced.

88 Nine Hats 2015 Columbia Valley ($20)

Smooth and round; black currant and dark chocolate flavors; vibrant spice; balanced and smooth

92 Penfolds 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Max’s, South Australia ($25)

Minty, spicy and bright; fresh, juicy and long with excellent balance; smooth, tangy and lively; balanced and long.

88 Presqu’ile 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($42)

Earthy nose; silky, smooth and savory with minerals and cherry fruit; juicy and long.

95 Quartz Reef 2014 Pinot Noir, Bendigo Estate, Central Otago, New Zealand ($75)

Dark, lush and ripe with black cherry and smooth texture; rich, deep and layered; one of the outstanding wines of the vintage; stunning and impressive.

92 Quartz Reef 2015 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand ($45)

Bright and juicy with fresh cherry and tangy acidity; deep and ripe with forwrd fruit and good balance; crisp and long.

93 Quivira Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($25)

Deep ruby color; lovely berry nose; smooth, lush and ripe with blackberry and boysenberry fruit; juicy with hints of chocolate, spice and finesse; balanced and long.

88 Red Rock Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve, California ($14)

Lush and fruity with earthy spice; cherry and blackberry flavors; long and lasting.

92 Rendarrio Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Rocker, Clare Ranch, Templeton Gap ($40)

Dark, dense and rich with concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit; smooth, deep and showing intense flavors; long and ripe.

92 Rendarrio Vineyards 2014 Syrah, The Lost Ones, Santa Barbara ($34)

Dark, lush and concentrated; intense, ripe and juicy with sweet berry fruit and spice; dense and rich; long and balanced.

92 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Alexander Valley ($40)

Dark ruby color; smooth, concentrated plum and blackberry; spicy, rich and balanced; good aging potential.

91 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2014 Pinot Noir, Estate, Russian River Valley ($25)

Smooth and bright with tangy cherry fruit and juicy acidity; fresh and crisp, long and bright, balanced and charming.

91 Rubus 2014 Shiraz, Castleton, Barossa, Australia ($19)

Mint and anise nose; juicy and smooth, lush, spicy and fresh; tangy and long.

87 Rubus 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($26)

Ripe and jammy with sweetness and dense style; rich and clean.

92 Sarah’s Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve, Estate, Santa Clara ($60)

Silky and smooth with red cherry fruit and tangy style; juicy, fresh and racy with balance, depth and a long finish.

91 Sarah’s Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($44)

Smooth and juicy with bright cherry and hints of earth and black raspberry; tangy and fresh with depth and fine structure.

88 Sarah’s Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Dwarf Oak Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($25)

Silky and fresh with juicy, earthy style; crisp and bright, long and balanced.

88 Scotto Cellars 2014 Rare Red Purple Blend, California ($10)

Deep, lush and fruity; black fruit with chocolate and caramel; tangy, jammy and long

91 Seven Angels Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($38)

Smooth and ripe with spice, rich plum and bright acid structure; juicy, long and showing good depth,

90 Sileni Estates 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve, Plateau, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($17)

Bright ruby color; lush cherry nose; smooth texture with ripe cherry fruit and good, firm acid structure; tangy and long.

88 Sileni Estates 2015 Pinot Noir, Cellar Selection, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($15)

Fresh and juicy with bright acidity and racy cherry fruit; crisp and tangy, savory and smooth.

91 Sileni Estates 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve, Plateau, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($17)

Pale ruby color; smooth cherry nose; dense and juicy with notes of earth and spice; fresh and long.

88 Sileni Estates 2016 Pinot Noir, Cellar Selection, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($15)

Pale color; juicy and crisp with racy berry fruit; tangy and bright with red cherry and lively acidity; silky and long.

90 Smith & Hook 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($18)

Rich and deep with charcoal and oak; tobacco and plum with earthy spice and minerals; dry, long and balanced

91 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($13)

Deep, lush and juicy with a velvet texture; plum and red apple with racy spice; balanced and long

92 Sonoma-Loeb 2015 Pinot Noir, Bateman Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)

Deep ruby color; smooth, lush black cherry with velvety texture and dense fruit; deep, rich and savory, long and intense.

92 Sonoma-Loeb 2015 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($40)

Fresh cherry nose; smooth and juicy with tangy, crisp style; bright cherry, raspberry and racy acidity; smooth, youthful and long.

93 Tenuta di Biserno 2014 Il Pino di Biserno, Toscana IGT ($75)

Dark and rich with minerals, spice and density; juicy, rich and balanced; luscious and deep; Ludvico Antinori’s wine made by Michel Rolland.

92 Tenuta di Salviano 2014 Turlo, Lago di Corbara DOC ($18)

Bright, smooth and juicy with racy acidity and toasty new oak; spicy, fresh and balanced; long and rich.

89 The Calling 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($37)

Smooth and fresh, juicy and bright; clean and mellow with style and balance.

88 Tom Gore Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($40)

Smooth and juicy with edgy, tannic style; juicy and dense, long and racy.

88 Trinity Hill 2015 Pinot Noir, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand ($17)

Bright ruby color; earthy, smooth and savory with depth and spice; clean, fresh and meaty, dense and balanced.

89 Vin Vault NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($20)

Deep black cherry flavors with brown sugar; soft, smooth and long

88 Vin Vault NV Cabernet Sauvignon, Tetra, California ($4.49)

Deep black cherry flavors with brown sugar; soft and smooth; long


 Rosé & Dessert

90 Angels & Cowboys 2016 Rosé, Sonoma ($16)

Light peach color with floral aromas; tangy citrus and peach flavors with berries; off-dry with elegant minerals and bright acidity; balanced.

87 Barton & Guestier 2016 Passport Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($15)

Soft pink color; dry, fresh and juicy with clean, racy style; bright, smooth and balanced.

88 Boisset NV Haute Couture Sparkling Rosé, France ($30)

Bright pink color; deep, juicy fruit; licorice and dark berries; off-dry.

88 Chapoutier, M 2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut  Rosé, Pays d’Oc ($15)

Soft salmon pink color; dry, smooth and juicy; bright and balanced with lush texture.

91 Château Minuty 2016 281  Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($75)

Pale pink color; smooth and elegant, dry and tangy, smooth and layered; fresh, bright and stylish.

89 Château Minuty 2016 M de Minuty  Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($19)

Pale pink color; racy minerally with dry, smooth texture and juicy fruit; tangy and mellow with ripe raspberry fruit and crisp finish.

90 Château Minuty 2016 Rosé et OR, Côtes de Provence ($40)

Pale pink color; juicy and fresh with racy citrus and dry, lush fruit; bright and crisp,

87 Claiborne & Churchill 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Cuvée Elizabeth, Edna Valley ($26)

Dark salmon pink; dry and tangy, tart and edgy; long and racy.

88 Clos du Val 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Estate, Carneros ($30)

Bright pink color; smooth and lush with raspberry fruit; mellow, balanced and long.

88 Concha y Toro 2016 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Rosé, Chile ($11)

Crisp and lively with racy acidity; juicy raspberries and minerals; long and light

88 Dobbes Family Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Quailhurst Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($24)

Pink color; racy and crisp, edgy and tangy; tart, clean and dry; long and snappy.

88 Dobbes Family Estate 2016 Wine By Joe Pinot Noir Rosé, Williamette Valley ($14)

Pale pink; smooth and showing a bit of sweetness; tangy, edgy and long.

88 Domaine de Terra Vecchia NV Niellucciu Rosé, Une Ile, Ile De Beaute ($19)

Deep ruby color; crisp red fruit and berries with bright acidity; tangy, long and dry.

88 Famille Perrin 2016 Reserve Rosé, Côtes Du Rhône AOC ($14)

Soft pink color; dry, juicy and smooth; fresh with raspberry and tangy style; clean, racy and balanced.

92 Famille Perrin 2014 Les Sinards, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC ($38)

Smooth and lush with depth and rich plum and blackberry fruit; dense, spicy and complex; long, balanced and supple.

89 Ferraton Père & Fils 2016 Samorëns Rosé, Côtes Du Rhône AOC ($14)

Light pink color; Smooth, silky and dry; crisp berry and racy minerals; balanced and long.

90 Gamble Family Vineyards 2016 Napa Valley ($20)

Fresh and juicy with racy acidity and crisp raspberry fruit; smooth, crisp and balanced; long and rounded.

89 Julia’s Dazzle 2016 Rosé, Benches Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($20)

Crisp and dry with tropical citrus; Fresh, floral and clean; tangy,long and balanced.

87 La Vieille Ferme 2016 Rosé, France ($11)

Pale pink; smooth, lush and juicy; dry and fresh.

90 Marqués de Cáceres 2016 Rosé, Rioja, Spain ($11)

Flamingo pink color; soft and dry with racy minerals and tangy acidity; red fruit and citrus flavors; clean, crisp and balanced.

92 Matchbook 2016 Tinto Rey Rosé, Dunnigan Hills ($16)

Dark pink color; rich, deep fruit; creamy, silky and smooth with racy minerals; balanced.

89 Mt. Beautiful 2016 Rosé, North Canterbury, New Zealand ($16)

Light ruby color; fruity and floral with red berry flavors; crisp with racy minerals and bright acidity; extra dry.

90 Orison 2016 Rosé, Alentejano, Portugal ($16)

Fragrant and floral; smooth and mild with mellow raspberry and lively minerals.

88 Presqu’ile 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Santa Maria Valley ($22)

Edgy and crisp with tangy, tart flavors; ultra-dry and long.

90 Roger Roessler Wines 2016 Château Des Garcinières Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($24)

Pale pink color; soft. smooth and fresh; tangy, balanced and bright with a clean, lively style.

89 Santa Cristina 2016 Cipresseto Rosé, Toscana IGT ($14)

Pale pink; fresh and juicy with crisp, dry flavors; bright and racy with lively style.

91 Chateau Chantal 2016 Reisling, Late Harvest, Old Mission Peninsula, USA ($16)

Sweet, floral aroma; bright pear and honied apricot flavors; smooth, crisp and light; good now or in a few years.

88 Balletto Vineyards 2012 Méthode Traditionelle Brut Sparking Rosé, Russian River Valley ($42)

Light peach color; herbal and floral aromatics; smooth and clean citrus flavors; tangy, crisp and dry.

89 Banfi NV Piedmont Sparkling Red, Italy ($20)

Deep amber color; lush and juicy with rich flavors; Silky and perfect for dessert.

89 Bellafina NV Prosecco, Prosecco DOC, Italy ($10)

Sweet fruity aromas; citrus fruit with toasted vanilla oak flavors; balanced, vibrant and dry with racy acidity.

90 Boisset NV Haute Couture Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, France ($30)

Vibrant fruit, creamy and off-dry; crisp peach and grapefruit; bright acidity; long and balanced.

91 Louis Pommery NV Brut Sparkling, California ($24)

Bright and elegant, smooth and tangy with dry, crisp style; lush, complex and long.

89 Valdo NV Oro Puro Prosecco, Valdobbiadene, Italy ($20)

Extra dry; crisp citrus with bright acidity; balanced; tangy and long.

 

 

May 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

90 Backpack Wine NV Snappy White Blend Table Wine, California ($20)

Soft and smooth; notes of pear and green apple; easy and inviting, lovely.

93 Bird in Hand 2015 Nest Egg Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($65)

Toasty, vanilla nose; silky and juicy with racy fruit and generous flavors; bright and long.

92 Buty Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($42)

Silky and smooth, lush and ripe with lovely fruit; elegant and fresh with finesse and style; balanced and long, a lovely wine from Washington State.

90 Castoro Cellars 2015 Viognier Reserve, Estate, Paso Robles ($22)

Fresh, smooth and aromatic with ripe, juicy and tangy fruit; crisp, bright and balanced.

91 Church & State 2014 Lost Inhibitions White Blend, California ($20)

Fruity nose of peach, mango and passion fruit; silky smooth and buttery; hints of vanilla crème; round, lasting finish.

90 Claiborne & Churchill 2016 Dry Gewürztraminer, Central Coast ($22)

Aromatic and dry with juicy acidity and clean, smooth flavors; spicy, long and balanced.

92 Concannon 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey ($20)

Rich, buttery nose; silky hints of caramel and vanilla; bright green apple and toasted oak notes; long and juicy.

88 Concha y Toro 2016 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay Reserva, Chile ($11)

Silky and fresh with bright acidity and good balance; tangy and smooth.

90 Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Lux Chardonnay ($30)

Silky smooth and lush with generous pear fruit and juicy acidity; ripe, dense and balanced; rich and long.

88 Dark Horse 2016 Pinot Grigio, The Original, California ($10)

Smooth, dry and fresh; juicy, bright and balanced with soft style.

88 Duckhorn 2015 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($32)

Clean, ripe and smooth with density and balance; bright, rich and long.

88 Echo Bay 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)

Juicy, crisp and racy with fresh, tangy citrus; lively, balanced and long.

90 Ehlers Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($32)

Citrus nose; clean, juicy and showing citrus and racy acidity; juicy and long.

89 Francis Ford Coppola 2015 Votre Santé Chardonnay, Santa Barbara ($35)

Smooth and soft with clean, lush style; fresh, rich and long.

91 Geyser Peak 2015 River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($22)

Smooth, crisp and juicy with fresh, ripe fruit; silky texture and lovely balance; seamless, bright and long.

91 Halleck Vineyard 2016 Dry Gewürztraminer, Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)

Aromatic and spicy nose; velvety, fresh and juicy with dry flavors and lively fruit; bright spice and racy acidity; long and balanced.

91 Holly’s Hill Vineyards 2016 Estate Viognier, El Dorado ($22)

Crisp and juicy, fresh and tangy; bright, silky and long with balance and style.

90 J Vineyards & Winery 2016 Pinot Gris, California ($20)

Racy and crisp with juicy, fresh and lively style; tangy and lifted, long and balanced.

90 La Crema 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($23)

Lush and smooth with creamy texture and bright acidity; balanced, fresh and long.

92 Mad Wine 2015 Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary ($20)

Lush and silky with rich, juicy and fresh fruit; clean, racy and mouth-filling; generous, bright and long.

91 Marimar Estate 2015  La Masia Chardonnay,  Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($39)

Silky and juicy with bright fruit and smooth texture; juicy, fresh and mellow; long and balanced.

91 Matanzas Creek 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($26)

Smooth and juicy with bright acidity and smooth, lush texture; elegant and fresh, long and balanced.

91 Niner Wine Estates 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley ($20)

Smooth and rich with juicy, crisp acidity and ripe, fresh fruit; lush, balanced and long with depth and finesse.

90 Pascual Toso 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Silky, smooth and bright with depth, style and finesse; juicy and long, balanced and lush.

91 Patz & Hall 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($40)

Bright and juicy with racy acidity and crisp citrus; fresh and tangy, long and balanced.

90 Quivira Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley ($18)

Bright nose; smooth, lush and minerally with lemon grass and citrus; long and balanced.

90 Ramey Wine Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($40)

Silky and smooth with juicy citrus and bright acidity; fresh, racy and nicely balanced; long and stylish.

90 Ricardo Santos 2016 Semillon, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Smooth and round; lush and juicy with exquisite fresh fruit; long and lively.

91 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill, Sonoma ($22)

Smooth, lush and showing nice oak complexity; juicy, fresh and crisp with lively acidity; brisk and balanced, stylish and long.

89 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Big Bend Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($30)

Fresh and juicy with clean, bright flavors; simple and lively; tangy and long.

89 Rubus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Oasis Vineyard, Waipara Valley ($17)

Silky and tangy with grapefruit and mineral notes; typical Kiwi style; long and juicy.

91 Santa Cristina 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT ($13)

Elegant and bright; floral notes with hints of pear; clean and juicy, smooth and balanced.

94 Shafer Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley ($52)

Smooth and juicy with silky texture and elegant style; fresh, precise, deep and lovely.

89 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($10)

Smooth, toasty and lush with ripe fruit and peachy notes; lush and balanced, deep and supple.

88 Sparr, Pierre 2015 Pinot Gris, Alsace, France ($20)

Smooth, ripe and rounded with juicy style; lush and off-dry with bright acidity and finesse.

91 Spell Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Dutton Sullivan Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)

Smooth and toasty with racy acidity and ripe fruit; juicy, fresh and generous; balanced and long.

88 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($25)

Rich and ripe with lush pear fruit; smooth, fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and good balance.

93 Szent Tamas 2013 Estate Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary ($90)

Lush, rich and deep with smooth texture, ripe fruit and lovely balance; generous, complex and long.

89 Tangent 2014 Viognier, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Ripe and creamy with lush, aromatic style; smooth, rich and balanced.

92 The Calling 2015 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($32)

Lush and juicy with smooth texture and nice vanilla oak notes; lush citrus and pear fruit, tangy and fresh with balance and good length.

88 The Virginia Dare Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($25)

Coppola has revived this ancient label from the 19th century; lush and ripe with juicy, dense style; creamy, long and rich.

92 Trefethen 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($36)

Silky, smooth and fresh; juicy, tangy and bright; clean, balanced and long.

89 True Myth Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($18)

Smooth, fresh and bright; softly buttery with good acidity and clean pear flavors; long and balanced.

89 Verdad 2016 Albariño, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley ($25)

Clean and crisp with racy acidity and bright fruit; juicy, fresh and tangy; Biodynamic.

90 Wente Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Morning Fog, Estate, Livermore Valley ($15)

Silky, fresh and bright with racy citrus and crisp acidity; lively, juicy and balanced; edgy and long.

91 Wind Racer 2014 Chardonnay, Anderson Valley ($40)

Silky, juicy and fresh with elegant fruit and lovely balance; smooth and bright with balance and a long finish.


RED

89 14 Hands 2014 Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($12)

Rich, smokey aroma; smooth and round; hints of dark berries and chocolate; balanced and long.

92 Alloro Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Riservata, Chehalem Mountains ($45)

Juicy and fresh, crisp and bright; elegant and showing ripe cherry and tangy acidity; long and balanced.

92 Aver Family 2013 Estate Petite Sirah, Blessings, Santa Clara Valley ($60)

Very dark and showing a ripe, spicy nose; velvety smooth with deep blackberry and plum fruit; intense, powerful and rich; balanced and concentrated.

89 Baileyana 2015 Firepeak Pinot Noir, Edna Valley ($30)

Smooth juicy and fresh with savory notes and dried cherries; balanced and long.

91 Balletto Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($29)

Smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and fresh raspberry; bright and crisp, lush and balanced.

91 Bird in Hand 2015 Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($30)

Minty nose; smooth, lush and rich with ripe blackberry and cassis; deep, round and spicy.

88 Bonterra Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Mendocino ($16)

Silky, fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and notes of cinnamon and spice; smooth, clean and long. Organic.

91 Calcareous Vineyard 2013 Estate Lloyd of Calcareous, Paso Robles ($55)

Dark and lush with ripe, sweet plum and blackberry; stylish, deep and a bit jammy; rich and concentrated; long and intense.

88 Casarena 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina ($20)

Earthy nose; smooth, juicy and dense; earthy and bright with herbal notes.

89 Castoro Cellars 2015  Estate Zinfandel, Zinfusion Reserve, Paso Robles ($24)

Notes of black currant and plum; rich with caramel and spice; bold and great depth; smooth and long.

90 Cherry Pie Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey, Sonoma & Santa Barbara ($20)

Deep ruby color; notes of tobacco and mesquite; bright cherry flavors; smooth and balanced, great depth; smooth and clean; generous flavors.

89 Church & State 2014 Lost Inhibitions Red Blend, California ($22)

Juicy plum and blackberry notes; hints of mocha and earthy spice; round and balanced and long.

88 Claiborne & Churchill 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Edna Valley ($32)

Silky and bright with racy acidity and juicy raspberry fruit; clean and tangy.

88 Cline Cellars 2015 Ancient Vines Zinfandel, Contra Costa ($15)

Silky and smooth with earth, spice and dry, juicy fruit; supple, balanced and long.

92 Cobb 2014 Pinot Noir, 1906 Block Pommard Clone, Coastlands Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($80)

Deep ruby color; silky and bright, juicy and crisp with graceful style; tangy and fresh.

88 Concannon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($20)

Silky and juicy with bright plum and smooth flavors; balanced and fresh, long and juicy.

90 Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Lux Cabernet Sauvignon ($36)

Juicy and ripe with deep plum and tangy style; bright and balanced with racy acidity and juicy acidity; long and balanced.

92 Donati Family Vineyard 2013 Ezio Cabernet Sauvignon, Paicines ($35)

Dark and smooth with lush black fruit and rich texture; intense and concentrated, long and balanced.

90 Duckhorn 2015 Migration Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($40)

Smooth and lush with rich cherry and savory notes; dense, earthy and long.

89 Enkidu Wine 2013 Humbaba, Sonoma & Lake ($28)

Rich and bold; toasted pepper spice with hints of dark fruit; earthy tannins; smooth and clean.

89 Fetzer 2015 Merlot, Eagle Peak ($10)

Smooth, lush and dense with ripe plum and juicy acidity; fresh, balanced and classic.

90 Force Majeure 2014 Estate Parabellum, Red Mountain ($55)

Lush and smooth; spicy, ripe and dense, fresh and juicy with balance and length.

90 Francis Ford Coppola 2015 Director’s Cut Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($27)

Silky and smooth with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; tangy and crisp, long and bright.

90 Geyser Peak 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walking Tree Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($30)

Smooth, silky and juicy with bright plum and soft herbs; juicy, fresh and balanced.

93 Gundlach Bundschu 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma ($50)

Smooth and lush with ripe plum and bright vanilla; supple and rich with depth and balance; juicy and long.

92 J Vineyards & Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($40)

Fresh and silky with bright cherry fruit and smooth texture; juicy, clean and tangy, elegant and long.

91 Jason Stephens Winery 2012 Estate Syrah, Santa Clara Valley ($26)

Smooth, juicy and rich with ripe blackberry and spice; dense, fresh and long.

94 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2014 Justification Red Blend, Paso Robles ($50)

Dark and luscious with toasty, rich nose; smooth, dense and rich with lovely fruit, deep texture and vanilla oak; complex and balanced, long and elegant.

89 Igardi NV Sangria, Spain ($10)

Lush and juicy; hints of cola and spice; balanced sugar level.

96 Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Pirouette Red Blend, Columbia Valley ($60)

Lush, rich nose; supple, velvety with toast, mocha and vanilla; dense plum and blackberry, spice and oak; long, smooth and balanced; soft and generous.

92 MacRostie 2014 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($56)

Silky and smooth with juicy cherry and bright acidity; tangy and fresh, racy and long.

92 Marimar Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Stony Block Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($59)

Smooth and juicy with bright fruit and lively style; fresh, tangy and bright.

88 Matchbook 2013 Tinto Rey Red Blend, Dunnigan Hills ($17)

Juicy, bright and silky with racy acidity and crisp style; red apple, fresh and balanced.

90 Michael Sullberg 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($14)

Lush, juicy and smokey; hints of plum and red apple; round, full bodied and balanced.

90 Mirassou 2015 Pinot Noir, California ($12)

Soft and round; rich with red cherry and apple; hints of mocha; balanced and long; smooth juicy and vibrant.

91 Murphy-Goode Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alden Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($50)

Deep and dark with smooth, edgy plum and berry fruit; silky and balanced, clean and showing soft tannins.

90 Niner Wine Estates 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Edna Valley ($35)

Smooth and juicy with dried cherry and earth; edgy, tangy and bright with balance and fresh flavors; charming and long.

91 Patz & Hall 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($48)

silky smooth and juicy with bright cherry fruit; crisp and showing fresh cherry and raspberry; balanced and charming.

92 Ramey Wine Cellars 2014 Template Red Blend, Napa Valley ($85)

Spicy nose; smooth, rich and elegant with ripe plum and juicy acidity; fresh and long.

90 Ravage Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($13)

Dark and smooth with lush blackberry and rich, dense flavors; ripe and showing vanilla and velvety texture.

93 Rendarrio Vineyards 2014 The League of Shadows, Clare Ranch Vineyard, Templeton Gap ($45)

Dark and lush with rich plum and berry nose; smooth, toasty and ripe with spice and oak notes; full and dense, generous and long.

90 Robert Mondavi 2014 Maestro Red Blend, Napa Valley ($50)

Soft plum and herbs in the nose; smooth, juicy and herbal with smooth texture and good balance.

93 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2013 Symmetry Red Blend, Anderson Valley ($55)

Silky and smooth; bright and supple with density and balance; tannic and lush with spice and good potential; long and complex; give it time.

91 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Black Pine Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($28)

Juicy and bright with racy acidity and crisp cherry fruit; lively and fresh, tangy and long.

89 Rubus 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi ($13)

Smooth and spicy with vanilla, blackberry and juicy acidity; fresh, tangy and long.

91 Santa Cristina 2015 Red Blend, Toscana IGT ($13)

Silky, juicy and smooth with fresh plum and blackberry; bright and lively, long and racy.

91 Seeker Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Teresa Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($42)

Smooth and dense with ripe blackberry, plum and juicy style; toasty and balanced, long and fresh.

92 Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ($36)

Lush and ripe with juicy berry fruit; smooth and bright, long and tangy with racy style; long and lively.

90 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley ($10)

Smooth, juicy with blackberry, vanilla and spice; dense and ripe, balanced and long.

92 Spell Winery 2015 Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir, Sonoma ($41)

Dense, juicy and ripe with black cherry and spice; smooth, lush and fresh with rich balance and good length.

90 Stefania Wine 2014 Syrah, Besson Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley ($24)

Smooth, spicy and lush with ripe blackberry and plum; bright, balanced and long.

88 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($30)

Mature cherry fruit and spice with hints of earth; silky, juicy and long with dusty notes.

97 Tenuta di Biserno 2012 Red Blend, Toscana IGT ($175)

Silky smooth and lush; supple, elegant and rich with hints of earth, spice and showing great finesse; seamless and generous, long and balanced.

91 The Calling 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($37)

Lush, spicy nose; rich, dense and smooth with tangy plum and good balance; freswh, bright and juicy.

89 Tie Dye Cellars 2014 Red Blend, North Coast ($15)

Earthy wooden nose; Juicy spice; light bodied and lush; ripe juicy with rich blackberry, long and clean.

91 True Myth Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($24)

Smooth and lush with fresh blackberry and plum; toasty with vanilla oak and balanced, structured flavors; long and generous.

90 Two Angels 2015 Petite Sirah, Red Hills ($27)

Dark and smooth with notes of earth, spice and blueberry; toasted oak and tangy style; long and intense.

90 Verdad 2014 Pinot Noir, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley ($50)

Silky and bright with juicy acidity, crisp acidity and lively berry fruit; edgy and long.


Rosé & Sparkling

88 14 Hands 2016 Syrah Rosé, Columbia Valley ($12)

Crisp and floral; rich pink color; notes of citrus and strawberry; tangy and dry; clean and smooth.

88 Backpack Wine NV Cheeky Rosé Table Wine, California ($20)

Light pink; mild aroma of perfume; soft notes of melon and flowers, fresh and clean.

89 Camel Valley 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, Cornwall ($48)

Floral nose; hints of strawberry; nice acidity, silky and bright.

89 Chronic Cellars 2016 Pink Pedals Rosé Blend, Paso Robles ($15)

Medium pink color; off-dry, silky and smooth with notes of fresh raspberries; lush and balanced, long and supple.

88 Dark Horse 2016 The Original, Rosé Blend, California ($9)

Fresh, clean and juicy with raspberry and tangy acidity; off-dry with balance and good length.

89 Layer Cake 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Central Coast ($15)

Beautiful pink color; silky and crisp with tangy berry fruit and a long, fresh spicy finish; smooth and silky; dense and flavorful.

89 Psagot 2016 Rosé Blend, Jerusalem, Israel ($20)

Deep pink color; tangy and juicy with crisp acidity and racy fruit.

88 Spell Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Sonoma ($23)

Very pale pink color; dry, edgy and crisp with mineral and earth notes; clean and balanced, long and fresh.

90 Stoller Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills ($25)

Pale, pink color; smooth and juicy, dry and racy; bright and tangy, long and fresh.

90 Adami NV Dei Casel Estra Dry Prosecco, Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG ($18)

Bright, fresh and clean with juicy citrus and sweet caramel; Round, smooth and dry; balanced.

90 Altemasi NV Brut Sparkling, Trentino, Italy ($24)

Floral and light citrus nose; hints of oak and buttery; dry and smooth; nice acidity; balanced and long.

91 Ayala NV Brut Rosé Majeur, Champagne, France ($70)

Fluorescent pink color; racy acidity; fruity and floral; creamy and smooth, balanced and long.

89 Balletto Vineyards 2011 Brut Rosé Sparkling, Russian River Valley ($42)

Light pink color; floral notes of hibiscus; hints of red cherry and minerals; clean and juicy.

88 Bird in Hand 2016 Sparkling Rosé, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($25)

Light pink color; soft floral nose; notes of strawberry and vanilla, clean and long.

88 Bolney Wine Estate 2010 Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling, Sussex, England ($50)

Aromatic and fruity with fresh citrus; Crisp and dry with deep acidity; tangy and sharp.

89 Bouvet-Ladubay 2014 Brut Sparkling, Saphir Vineyard, Saumur, France ($19)

Rich toasted aroma with tangy citrus; crisp and dry with bright acidity; long and clean.

91 Champagne Gremillet NV Blanc de Noirs Sparkling,  Balnot sur Laignes, France ($35)

Rich, deep and aromatic with orange citrus; elegant and traditional; smooth, dry and balanced.

90 Coeur Clémentine NV Brut Rosé Sparkling, Côtes de Provence ($20)

Sweet and juicy nose; hints of peach and orange; caramel notes; balanced; fresh, clean and lasting.

88 Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Lux Brut Sparkling, Wapato ($30)

Bright, juicy and crisp; cider-like character with deep apple; dry and racy acidity.

90 Digby 2010 Reserve Brut Sparkling, England ($75)

Rich citrus notes with hints of green apple; toasted and balanced; lush and smooth, clean and crisp.

89 Dr. Loosen NV Sparkling Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($16)

Crisp and fresh; hints of lime citrus and lavender; off dry and toasted oak notes; balanced and easy finish.

88 Flying Goat Cellars 2013 Goat Bubbles Crémant Sparkling, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($38)

Creamy nose, hints of vanilla and melon; round, clean and balanced.

90 Garofoli Vini 2014 Guelfo Verde Frizzante, Marche IGT ($11)

Bright floral nose with hints of citrus; crisp and toasted; balanced; smooth and dry; long and lively.

88 Gloria Ferrer 2002 Royal Cuvée Brut Sparkling, Carneros ($32)

Fragrant and fruity with crisp acidity; fresh, tangy fruit; toasted oak and biscuit; dry.

88 Gruet Winery NV Sauvage Brut Rosé Sparkling, ($19)

Green fruit and toasted almond nose; Floral hints and notes of vanilla grain; long and balanced ; crisp and clean.

90 Hush Heath 2013 Balfour Brut Rosé Sparkling, Kent, England ($58)

Tangy, light and crisp; hints of tart green apple; smooth and cider-like.

89 Kramer Vineyards 2013 Celebrate! Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Yamhill-Carlton ($22)

Bright and crisp with racy acidity; fresh apple and pear; balanced and long.

88 Lamarca NV Prosecco, Prosecco DOC ($14)

Crisp and refreshing; notes of almond; hints of green apple; smooth and dry; long and balanced.

88 Mezzacorona NV Mezza Extra Dry Sparkling, Italy ($15)

Fruity aroma; peach, orange and cantaloupe notes; tangy and lasting finish; off-dry.

89 Mionetto NV Luxury Collection Spumante, Cartizze DOCG ($35)

Light and fresh with bright citrus; tangy sweetness; lush, long and aromatic.

88 O’Neill 2016 Day Owl Rosé, California ($15)

Clean and juicy with dry, racy flavors; smooth and balanced, long and fresh.

89 Presqu’ile 2012 Estate Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, Santa Maria Valley ($65)

Lively notes of citrus; tangy acidity; clean and dry, juicy and balanced.

89 Presqu’ile 2012 Estate Sparkling Rosé, Santa Maria Valley ($65)

Light peach color; tangy and dry; notes of maple; smooth and lush.

88 Ricci Curbastro NV Brut Sparkling, Franciacorta, Italy ($29)

Dry and tangy; notes of toasted nuts; hints of melon, smooth and buttery; balanced and long.

90  Robert Weil 2014 Brut Sparkling Riesling, Rheingau, Germany ($50)

Lush and smooth; notes of grapefruit; crisp and bright, long and balanced; fresh and lush.

92 Salton NV Intenso Brut Sparkling, Serra Gaúcha, Brazil ($17)

Crisp, bright and fresh with tangy melon and citrus fruit; toasted almond flavors; smooth, easy and dry; balanced and long.

89 Sokol Blosser Winery NV Evolution Brut Sparkling, Willamette Valley ($20)

Fresh, crisp and dry; hints of tangy citrus; grassy notes; juicy and lush.

90 Sparr, Pierre NV Brut Reserve Sparkling, Crémant d’Alsace AOC ($20)

Crisp, bright and fresh; creamy with notes of vanilla, balanced and dry; long and lush.

88 Toad Hollow Vineyards NV Risque Sparkling White Wine, Limoux AOC ($16)

Sweet and fruity; rich apple notes; crisp and racy acidity; smooth style; fresh and long.

91 Valdo NV Brut Prosecco, Valdobbiadene, Italy ($15)

Crisp, dry and balanced; mild citrus with notes of toasted oak; clean and fresh; long and balanced.

88 Banfi 2016 Rosa Regale Sparkling Red Wine , Brachetto D’Acqui , Italy($21)

Lush and juicy, bold fruit; notes of sweet cherry and cane sugar;smooth lush and clean.

91 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2011 Sparkling Syrah, Central Coast ($36)

Deep purple color; juicy plum and boysenberry; notes of caramel and mild spice; long silky finish.

 

 

April 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


WHITE

90 Alloro Vineyard 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains ($34)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with lush pear and bright acidity; ripe, rich and long.

88 Baileyana 2015 Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($18)

Lush and ripe with dense pear and creamy texture; smooth, balanced and fresh.

91 Baileyana 2015 Chardonnay, Firepeak, Edna Valley ($28)

Silky and smooth with ripe pear and juicy style; bright acidity and clean flavors.

91 Bird in Hand 2015 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($25)

Smooth and juicy with bright fruit; fresh, rich and deep; long and balanced.

92 Cambria Winery 2015 Benchbreak Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($22)

Silky and juicy with notes of toasty vanilla oak; sleek and balanced with lovely structure and length.

91 Cambria Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Clone 4, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($30)

Fresh, silky and creamy with bright, juicy style and tangy acidity; supple. lush and balanced.

90 Canava Chrissou-Tselepos 2015 Assyrtiko, Vieilles Vignes, Santorini, Greece ($26)

Dense and rich with bright acidity and deep, juicy fruit; dry, smooth and balanced; long and nicely textured.

92 Cliff Lede 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25)

Bright, clean and juicy with racy, bright, floral fruit; silky, lush and smooth; long and balanced.

90 Clos Du Val 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($32)

Smooth and ripe with lush fruit and tangy acidity; clean, fresh and long.

89 Clos Poggiale 2016 Vermentino, Corse ($22)

Smooth, mellow and lush; lean, juicy and bright; long and balanced.

88 Columbia Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($14)

Lush and smooth with creamy texture and ripe pear fruit; rich, mellow and dense with balance and good length.

88 Domaine De Terra Vecchia 2016, Ile de Beauté IGP ($12)

Clean, bright and juicy with apple and citrus fruit; lively, fresh and long.

90 Domaine De Terra Vecchia 2016 Une Ile, Ile de Beauté IGP ($19)

Pale pink; fresh fruit nose; lush and smooth, dry and juicy with tangy fruit; crisp and fresh, long and racy.

90 Duckhorn 2016 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth and lush with clean, fresh style and good balance; fresh and long.

89 Enkidu Wine 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma ($22)

Silky and smooth, fresh and juicy; clean, crisp and long.

90 Forrest Estate 2015 The Doctors’ Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)

Bright. lush and sweet with smooth, juicy style; fresh and tangy with a long finish.

89 Gerovassiliou 2015 Malagousia, Epanomi, Greece ($23)

Dense and earthy, smooth and dry; fresh and balanced; lush and long, aromatic.

92 Groth 2015 Chardonnay, Hillview Vineyard, Napa Valley ($30)

Silky and smooth with elegant texture and fresh fruit; rich, tangy and long.

91 Kendall-Jackson 2015 Chardonnay, Grand Reserve, Estate, Monterey & Santa Barbara ($22)

Lush, ripe and smooth with generous fruit, toasted oak and vanilla; silky and elegant, balanced and rich.

94 La Follette 2014 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($38)

Bright and fresh with elegant style and racy acidity; Greg Lafollette is a star winemaker and this is one of his best; silky, high-toned and refined; juicy and balanced.

88 Meli 2016 Dry Riesling, Maule Valley, Chile ($14)

Silky, tangy with bright acidity and crisp citrus; bright, tangy and edgy with clean, fresh style.

89 Michael Sullberg Family Wines 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, California ($14)

Smooth, bright and juicy with fresh, tangy fruit; generous, balanced and long.

92 Morgan Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42)

Silky and fresh with smooth texture and toasty oak; dense, generous and balanced; long and rich.

89 Old Soul 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi ($17)

Smooth and silky with ripe fruit and toasty oak; creamy texture, lush and long with rich, balanced style.

92 Parparoussis Winery 2015 Assyrtiko, Achaia, Greece ($23)

Golden color; aromatic, smooth and lush; ripe and juicy with dry, dense flavors; fresh apple and pear; intense and complex; deep and long.

88 Podrum Radovanović 2014 Riesling, Rizling Rajnski, Serbia ($12)

Clean and smooth with bright acidity and crisp, dry fruit; lively and balanced, stylish and long.

93 Résonance 2015 Chardonnay, Hyland Vineyard, McMinnville ($50)

Fragrant, silky and lush texture; creamy and bright with tangy fruit, fresh, forward flavors and a long, rich finish; crisp and elegant.

90 Rhous Winery 2013 Skipper Crete, Greece ($24)

Gold color; fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and clean, aromatic fruit; deep,

94 Robert Mondavi 2015 Fumé Blanc Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley ($52)

Silky and lush; lush and deep with clean, rounded citrus flavors; minerals and bright fruit with racy acidity; long, dense and complex.

88 Schug Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast ($20)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and lively acidity; bright and balanced.

92 Sea Smoke Cellars 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills ($60)

Lush and elegant with silky texture and refined, balanced flavors; mellow and ripe, generous and stylish.

90 Seven Kingdoms Wines 2016 Game of Thrones Chardonnay, Central Coast ($20)

Smooth and fresh, balanced and juicy; pear, pineapple and vanilla; long and balanced; were these grapes grown in Westeros.

88 Shooting Star Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Mendocino ($14)

Bright, silky and smooth with tangy acidity and bright pear; fresh and balanced.

88 Shooting Star Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake ($14)

Fresh, clean and juicy with bright acidity; lively and simple with balance and good, long flavors.

92 Sidebar Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, High Valley ($20)

Silky and smooth with juicy acidity and racy minerals; balanced and fresh with elegant character; long and lovely.

92 Sidebar Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($34)

Silky and crisp, juicy and smooth; bright and fresh, balanced and long.

88 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2015 Riesling, Winemaker’s Select, Columbia Valley ($8)

Smooth and lush with sweet fruit and rich texture; juicy, fresh and charming with length and balance.

90 Pierre Sparr 2015 Riesling, Alsace, France ($17)

Smooth and juicy with fresh citrus; clean, mellow and balanced.

90 St. Urbans-Hof 2015 Nik Weis Riesling, Alte Reben, Mosel, Germany ($18)

Smooth and juicy with lime and sweet, tangy fruit; juicy and crisp, balanced and fresh.

91 Stoller Family Estate 2016 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills ($25)

Bright, juicy and crisp with racy acidity and tangy citrus; fresh, balanced and long.

92 Stonestreet 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley ($40)

Lush and creamy with rich, ripe style; toasty, vanilla oak and generous flavors; smooth and dense, long and lovely.

91 Talbott Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Logan, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($28)

Smooth and lush with creamy texture and ripe pear fruit; fresh, balanced and rich.

89 Tangent 2015 Albariño, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Aromatic, smooth and bright; juicy, fresh and generous; long and balanced with lush flavors.

90 Tangent 2015 Albariño, Stone Egg, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($32)

Smooth and fresh with juicy acidity; tangy and ripe with lush, minerally, rich style; long and balanced.

88 Tercos 2016 Torrontès, Salta, Argentina ($14)

Silky and fresh with aromatic style and bright; smooth and lush, clean and rich, dry and tangy; long and balanced.

88 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Unoaked, Francine’s Selection, Mendocino ($15)

Smooth and lush with creamy texture and a core of crisp acidity; lush, ripe and balanced.

88 Tselepos 2015 Moschofilero, Mantinia, Greece ($17)

Gold color; fresh, juicy and bright with apple and peach fruit; silky, smooth and balanced; clean and modern.

89 Two Angels 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, High Valley ($17)

Smooth, silky and lush with tangy acidity and juicy fruit; sleek, bright and long.

90 Viña Casablanca 2016 Nimbus Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile ($20)

Spicy nose; smooth, lush and mellow with tangy acidity and lovely structure; long and elegant.

92 Wind Racer 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($40)

Lush and smooth with ripe pear and juicy fruit; fresh and bright, long and balanced.


RED

88 Angulo Innocenti 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($15)

Smooth and silky with juicy, lively plum; tangy and fresh with notes of earth, spice and oak.

88 Apothic 2015 Winemaker’s Blend, California ($14)

Spicy, rich nose; smooth, lush and round with rich berry fruit and sweet, ripe flavors; dense and long.

88 Argento 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina ($18)

Smooth, bright and juicy with clean, racy plum fruit; tangy, fresh and long.

90 Argento 2014 Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina ($18)

Smooth, ripe balanced nose; lush and juicy with rich blackberry fruit and tangy structure; fresh and lively with good depth and balance.

89 Argento 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Smooth, spicy nose; lush and ripe with juicy black raspberry and spice; tangy and bright, balanced and long.

88 Baileyana 2015 Pinot Noir, Firepeak, Edna Valley ($30)

Smooth and silky; tangy and bright with fresh cherry and juicy style; crisp, balanced and long.

88 Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo, The Coble Ranch, Yolo ($24)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with ripe berry fruit; racy acidity, good structure and balance.

88 Black Saint Peter 2015 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Lodi ($16)

Smooth and rich with ripe, lush style; deep blackberry and spice; dense and long.

88 Bodegas Muriel 2014 Vina Eguia Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain ($14)

Silky and bright with tangy berry fruit; juicy, fresh and brisk; long and balanced.

89 Bridlewood Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15)

Dense and balanced with smooth texture and ripe fruit; soft texture and clean, fresh fruit; generous and long.

88 Bridlewood Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($15)

Smooth, earthy and ripe with savory notes; mature cherry, spice and good balance.

90 Cambria Winery 2014 Benchbreak Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($25)

Silky and smooth with clean, bright cherry fruit and fresh style; savory and bright, earthy and long.

91 Cambria Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Clone 4, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($35)

Smooth and rich with toasty oak, spice, earth and savory notes; stylish and refined with a long, balanced finish.

90 Carnivor Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($15)

Very dark, smooth and rich with blackberry, plum, mocha and sweet oak; velvety and seamless, deep and an amazing value.

88 Chateau Souverain 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($13)

Smooth and silky with crisp berry fruit, racy acidity and juicy style; balanced, fresh and long.

90 Clos Du Val 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($52)

Smooth and juicy with ripe, tangy plum and blackberry; bright, edgy and crisp; long and balanced.

91 Clos Du Val 2015 Pinot Noir, Gran Val Vineyard, Carneros ($60)

Juicy and smooth; ripe and fresh with lively cherry and racy acidity; deep and balanced, long and bright.

88 Clos Poggiale 2014, Corse($22)

Clean, silky and juicy with bright, tangy fruit; lively and fresh, crisp and long.

89 Columbia Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($16)

Dark ruby color; smooth, lush and juicy with plum, spice and notes of earth; nicely structured and balanced; rich and fresh.

89 Columbia Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($16)

Smooth, bright and juicy; clean and tangy with balance and good length.

89 Columbia Winery NV, Columbia Valley ($14)

Deep ruby color; lush and deep with toasted oak, vanilla and complexity brought on by five varieties in the blend; smooth, ripe and long.

90 Domaine De Terra Vecchia 2015 Une Ile, Ile de Beauté IGP ($19)

Smooth, fresh and round with apple fruit and generous style; bright, balanced and long.

93 Dominus Estate 2014, Napanook Vineyard, Napa Valley ($69)

Smooth, lush and rich with minerals, spice and depth; supple, elegant and lush.

92 Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 Merlot, Benchland & Hillside Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($26)

Deep, lush and rich with smooth texture and lush style; elegant, juicy and balanced.

93 Duckhorn 2014 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Passage, Red Mountain ($80)

Dense nose with notes of vanilla and oak; silky texture and bright, juicy plum and berry fruit; long and elegant.

90 Duckhorn 2014 Decoy, Sonoma ($25)

Soft, herbal nose; smooth, ripe and dense; juicy and generous with deep flavors and spice; long and stylish.

92 Duckhorn 2014 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($56)

Fresh, clean and juicy with toasty, lush style; crisp cherry fruit, savory complexity; long and mellow with depth and deep style.

94 Duckhorn 2014 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Confluence Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($84)

Ripe cherry and spice nose; smooth, ripe and juicy with tangy, fresh fruit and layers of complexity; deep, smooth and rich; balanced and long.

93 Duckhorn 2014 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Gowan Creek Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($84)

Ripe berry nose; smooth and lush with ripe cherry and rich texture; juicy and deep, mellow and luscious; long and powerful.

95 Duckhorn 2014 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Ten Degrees Estate, Anderson Valley ($120)

Cherry and spice nose; silky and lavish with ripe fruit as well as savory notes; juicy and bright as well as deep and complex; generous, elegant and balanced.

93 Duckhorn 2014 Paraduxx Block 4, Rector Creek Vineyard, Napa Valley ($80)

Smooth and lush, ripe and dense; rich and toasty with balance and a long finish.

91 Duckhorn 2014 Paraduxx Block 5, Rector Creek Vineyard, Napa Valley ($80)

Smooth and rich with juicy style and lush texture; ripe berries, toasty oak and good balance.

90 Duckhorn 2014 Paraduxx Pintail, Napa Valley ($48)

Silky and tangy, juicy and bright with racy acidity and crisp plum.

90 Duckhorn 2014 Paraduxx Proprietary, Napa Valley ($48)

Smooth and juicy with spice and earthy notes; rich, toasty and long.

90 Duckhorn 2015 Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma ($25)

Bright cherry fruit and fresh, smooth style; silky and toasty, bright and long.

88 Edna Valley Vineyard 2015 Merlot, Central Coast ($14)

Smooth and juicy with dense plum and ripe berries; juicy, clean and fresh.

91 Etrusca 2013 Velia, Russian River Valley ($45)

Juicy, dense and spicy with ripe berries, crisp acidity and good depth; fresh, lively and balanced; rich and long.

88 Finca El Encinal 2014 Tempranillo, Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain ($15)

Clean and fresh with juicy style and crisp acidity; silky and bright with balance and tangy berry fruit,

87 Finca El Encinal 2016 Tempranillo, Roble, Ribera Del Duero, Spain ($15)

Smooth, dense and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry; tannic, youthful and deep; needs time.

89 Frei Brothers 2015 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley ($20)

Silky texture and smooth, juicy style; bright and spicy with fresh blackberry and balance; juicy and tangy, long and balanced.

89 Funckenhausen Vineyards 2016 Mendoza, Argentina ($18)

Ripe, fresh nose; lush and juicy with plum and berry fruit; bright and dense, a seamless blend of three varieties; long and balanced. 1 liter bottle.

94 Gamble Family Vineyards 2013 Paramount, Napa Valley ($90)

Rich ruby color; smooth and lush with rich plum and deep berries and spice; lovely with generous style and elegant depth; layered and complex with classic structure.

88 Ghost Pines 2015 Zinfandel, Winemaker’s Blend, Sonoma & San Joaquin ($20)

Juicy and bright with smooth texture and ripe berry fruit; silky and balanced, long and stylish.

88 Ironstone 2015 Cabernet Franc, Lodi ($12)

Clean, silky and bright with racy acidity; clean, fresh and balanced.

90 J Vineyards & Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey, Sonoma & Santa Barbara ($40)

Smooth, lush and rich; ripe and generous, long and dense.

92 Justin Vineyards & Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles ($55)

Dark and smooth with lush plum and blackberry; dense, rich and deep with vanilla and nice balance; long and stylish.

89 Katsaros 2013 Valos Xinomavro, Krania, Greece ($25)

Ripe, juicy nose; racy, crisp and tannic with lively plum and blackberry fruit; fresh and long, balanced and bright.

91 La Follette 2014 Pinot Noir, Van Der Kamp Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain ($42)

Silky and smooth with bright, tangy cherry fruit; supple and savory with clean juicy style and racy acidity; crisp and long.

90 Louis M. Martini 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($38)

Smooth and lush with ripe plum and soft herbs; generous and rich, balanced and long.

92 MacMurray 2015 Pinot Noir, Estate, Russian River Valley ($30)

Silky and smooth with bright cherry and juicy fruit; savory, rich and long.

92 Maggy Hawk 2014 Pinot Noir, Afleet Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($66)

Silky and bright with racy acidity; earthy and savory with spice fresh flavors; long and fresh.

92 Maggy Hawk 2014 Pinot Noir, Jolie Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($66)

Silky, bright and elegant; graceful, juicy and smooth; bright and tangy with depth and balance.

93 Maggy Hawk 2014 Pinot Noir, Single Clone, Graceful Lady Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($66)

Floral nose; silky and fresh, bright and racy; juicy and fresh, elegant and long; graceful and balanced.

93 Maggy Hawk 2014 Pinot Noir, Stormin’ Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($66)

Silky and juicy with bright, tangy cherry fruit and bright acidity; seamless and balanced, long and fresh.

91 Maggy Hawk 2014 Pinot Noir, Unforgettable Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($66)

Smooth, lush and dense; ripe, toasty and rich; deep and balanced; long and earthy.

93 Masi 2012 Costasera, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG ($64)

Dark and luscious with dense blackberry and spice; concentrated and intense; rich and deep, ripe and long.

91 Masi 2013 Brolo Campofiorin Oro, Rosso del Veronese IGT ($30)

Smooth and silky with juicy berry fruit and dense texture; rich and charming; long and balanced.

90 Masi 2013 Campofiorin, Rosso del Veronese IGT ($19)

Smooth earthy and bright with plum fruit and racy acidity; crisp and fresh, long and balanced.

89 Masi 2015 Bonacosta, Valpolicella Classico DOC ($15)

Bright, silky and juicy with tangy acidity and fresh berry fruit; a charming everyday wine that will go well with most foods.

91 Massolino 2012 Barolo, Italy ($52)

Smooth, bright and racy with elegant texture and flavors of cranberry and plum; silky and balanced, long and graceful.

88 Massolino 2014 Barbera d’Alba, Italy ($27)

Smooth, juicy and dense with spice and clean berry fruit; balanced, fresh and long.

89 Massolino 2014 Nebbiolo, Langhe, Italy ($32)

Crisp and juicy with lively acidity and silky texture; bright, fresh and long.

90 Massolino 2015 Dolcetto d’Alba, Italy ($22)

Silky and smooth with bright, tangy, juicy and racy black raspberry fruit; lifted, crisp and charming; fresh, long and balanced.
92 Morgan Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($64)

Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and juicy style; fresh and bright, balanced and long.

88 Oak Ridge Winery 2015 OZV California ($13)

Smooth, lush with sweet berry fruit; dense and spicy; long and rich.

88 Old Soul 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($17)

Smooth, clean and rich with tangy plum and good structure; balanced and long.

92 Parparoussis Winery 2012 Agiorgitiko Reserve, Nemea, Greece ($47)

Lush, smooth, rich nose; smooth, fresh and deep with elegance and aromatic fruit; rich and lovely; long and full-bodied.

92 Pascual Toso 2014 Barrancas Toso, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Lush and ripe with smooth plum and fresh black raspberry; ripe, elegant and balanced with refined flavors; long and balanced; another Paul Hobbs triumph.

88 Poema 2015 Catalunya, Spain ($12)

Fresh, silky and juicy with tangy acidity and ripe blackberry fruit; clean, balanced and long.

93 Priest Ranch 2013 Coach Gun, Napa Valley ($80)

Smooth and lush with toasty oak and deep plum and berry fruit; supple, rich and dense; complex and supple.

89 Prophecy 2015 The Lovers, California ($14)

Smooth, lush and ripe with rich plum and berries; dense, fresh and charming with excellent balance and depth.

88 Q Collection 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($19)

Smooth, fresh and juicy; silky, crisp and tangy; long and bright.

90 Raymond 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Napa Valley ($40)

Edgy and tannic with earth, spice and toasty oak; decent with aging potential.

89 Red Rock Winery 2015 Merlot Reserve, California ($14)

Smooth and lush with bright, raspberry fruit and good structure; long and balanced.

93 Résonance 2014 Pinot Noir, Découverte Vineyard, Dundee HIlls ($65)

Silky, smooth and elegant with depth and lovely cherry fruit; crisp, fresh and generous with pure, classic flavors; bright, balanced and long.

93 Résonance 2014 Pinot Noir, Résonance Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($65)

Deep, rich color; lush and dense with tangy berry fruit and savory

90 Rhous Winery 2013 Skipper Crete, Greece ($25)

Dark ruby color; aromatic and rich nose; smooth and juicy with ripe plum and crisp acidity; some toasty oak and a long, mellow finish.

93 Robert Mondavi 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($62.50)

Smooth and lush with juicy plum and blackberry; classic with bright acidity and rich flavors; long and balanced.

91 Robert Mondavi 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley ($25)

Smooth and ripe with tangy plum and juicy fruit; long, balanced and stylish.

90 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Hein Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($56)

Smooth and earthy with savory notes and dusty cherry fruit; notes of mocha and spice, long and balanced.

93 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, 3bbl Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($70)

Silky and smooth with crisp acidity and racy acid structure; juicy and fresh, smooth and balanced.

91 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Bogey Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($50)

Silky and bright, juicy and earthy; smooth, dense and polished, rich and long.

92 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Lennox Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60)

Dark, rich and ripe berry fruit; smooth, dense, fresh and tangy; long and lush.

92 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Red Birds Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($36)

Dark ruby color; lush and ripe with juicy acidity and earthy notes; silky texture and showing savory notes; mellow, lush and dense; balanced and long.

89 Saved Wines 2014 California ($25)

A blend of seven varieties; smooth and spicy with rich and juicy style; dense, lush and balanced; rich and tangy.

96 Sea Smoke Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Ten, Estate, St. Rita Hills ($82)

Bright, silky and juicy with tangy cherry fruit; fresh, elegant and balanced with depth, style and finesse; the role model for California Pinot.

89 Seven Kingdoms Wines 2014 Game of Thrones Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)

Silky and edgy with lively acidity and tangy plum and berries; clean and balanced.

91 Seven Kingdoms Wines 2015 Game of Thrones Paso Robles ($20)

Dark and rich with velvety texture and smooth blackberry fruit with notes of vanilla and spice; a blend of five varieties; I guess its the dragon manure fertilizer.

88 Shooting Star Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake ($15)

Fresh, smooth and ripe with clean, herbal fruit; ripe, bright and long.

90 Shroud Mountain 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($17)

smooth, vanilla nose; lush and juicy with bright blackberry fruit; fresh, lively and long.

89 Sidebar Cellars 2015 Field Blend, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($27)

Dense and rich with spice, blackberry and depth; lush and smooth, juicy and balanced.

88 Simonsig 2015 Stellenbosch, South Africa ($14)

Spicy and herbal nose; clean, smooth with ripe berries and notes of herbs; lush and long.

92 Stonestreet 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($45)

Dark with a dense nose that suggests herbs; smooth, ripe and rich with deep plum and spice; supple, elegant and long.

88 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2014 Monti Garbi, Valpolicella Ripasso ($19)

Dark, dense and lush; earthy, deep and spicy; juicy and long.

88 Tenuta Sant’ Antonio 2014 Nanfré, Valpolicella Superiore ($14)

Ripe, spicy nose; clean, juicy and fresh; earthy and showing ripe black raspberry; long and balanced.

88 Three Rivers Winery 2015 Columbia Valley ($14)

Bright, smooth and juicy with racy acidity; a blend of six red varieties, principally Merlot, Sangiovese and Malbec; clean, dense and crisp.

91 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2015 Merlot, Richard McDowell’s Selection, Sonoma ($16)

Lush and juicy with bright plum and tangy acidity; smooth, generous and long.

92 Trefethen 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($60)

Dark, smooth and elegant with juicy plum and blackberry; rich, ripe and balanced with finesse and good length.

91 Trefethen 2014 Merlot, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($40)

Smooth and juicy with ripe plum, fresh style and good balance; long and juicy,

91 William Hill Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($45)

Dark, dense and smooth with rich plum and spice; deep, smoky and balanced.

90 Wind Racer 2014 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($50)

Smooth, bright and juicy; tangy and fresh with bright cherry and silky texture.

91 Wind Racer 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($50)

Juicy and silky with bright cherry fruit; smooth, fresh and balanced,

88 Zinphomaniac Cellars 2015 Zin Phomaniac Zinfandel, Old Vines, Lodi ($15)

Lush, smooth and dense with ripe, spicy style; rich, sweet and balanced.

87 Apothic 2016 Limited Release, California ($9)

Salmon pink color; clean, smooth and tangy with silky texture and a long finish.

88 Baileyana 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Edna Valley ($28)

Bright pink; edgy, dry and smooth; juicy and fruit with raspberry fruit and a long, balanced finish.

87 Barefoot Cellars NV California ($8)

Pale pink; clean, sweet and juicy; America’s most popular brand makes balanced, unintimidating wines that appeal to neophyte drinkers.

93 Château Gassier 2015 946 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Selection Parcellaire, France ($58)

Pale salmon pink; rich and structured with dense flavors and complex fruit; a serious wine with apple, citrus and spice.

91 Château Gassier 2016 Le Pas du Moine Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire, France ($25)

Pale pink color; citrus nose; juicy, rich and dry with hints of orange, grapefruit and citron; dense, floral, flavorful and rich; meant for food.

90 Château Gassier 2016 Esprit Gassier Côtes de Provence ($19)

Pale pink color; silky and fresh with bright, juicy style; dry, elegant and balanced; floral and notes of peach.

87 Clos Poggiale NV Tentation, Limited Edition, Ile de Beauté IGP ($15)

Lovely pale pink; fresh, dry and juicy with tangy citrus and apple; why would you put and wine with this beautful color in an opaque white botttle?

88 Coeur Clémentine 2016 Grenache Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France ($17)

Pale pink; lush texture and bright raspberry and tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and long.

88 Domaine De Cala 2016 Coteaux Varois en Provence, France ($24)

Pale pink; smooth and juicy, fresh and tangy with balanced, dry flavors; silky and bright with style and good length.

88 Domaine De Terra Vecchia 2016, Ile de Beauté IGP ($12)

Pale pink color; racy and crisp; silky and dry with juicy fruit and bright acidity; tangy and long.

88 Duckhorn 2016 Paraduxx, Napa Valley ($30)

Bright pink and smooth texture with dry, juicy style; bright, balanced and long.

88 Fleur de Mer 2016 Côtes de Provence, France ($17)

Pale pink color; fresh, clean and dry with tangy fruit; juicy, crisp and dense with a smooth, fresh finish.

88 VieVité 2015 Côtes de Provence, France ($20)

Smooth and dry with juicy berry fruit; balanced and fresh, long and charming.

90 VieVité 2015 Extraordinaire Côtes de Provence, France ($30)

Pale salmon color; lush and smooth with depth and finesse; dry, elegant and fresh.

87 Viñedos Organicos Emiliana 2016 Natura Rapel Valley, Chile ($11)

Silky and smooth with racy acidity and dry, tangy fruit; clean and edgy.

88 Wither Hills 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Marlborough ($14)

Deep pink color; dense, rich and dry with tangy style; clean, juicy and long.

88 Tselepos NV Amalia Arcadia, Greece ($28)

Dry, fresh and round with ripe, juicy fruit and good balance; lively, tangy and long.

90 González Byass NV La Copa, Spain ($10)

Deep. caramel color; spicy, bitter nose; smooth, silky and botanical; silky, sweet and rich.

 

March 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle


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86 Apaltagua 2016 Chardonnay Reserva, Unoaked, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($13)

Smooth and fresh with lush, juicy style; clean, rounded and rich; fresh and long.

90 Balletto Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley ($20)

Clean, bright and juicy with lush, dry style; tangy and smooth, fresh and long.

90 Balletto Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Teresa’s Unoaked, Russian River Valley ($20)

Fresh, bright and juicy with tangy acidity and lively style; balanced, crisp and long.

91 Balletto Vineyards 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($19)

Smooth, juicy and racy with clean, tangy flavors; fresh, lively and long.

92 Bouchaine Vineyards 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($30)

Smooth and silky, fresh and bright with toasty notes and crisp texture; bright, balanced and elegant; long and stylish.

88 Caposaldo 2016 Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie IGT ($11)

Clean, ripe and sweet with juicy fruit and bright acidity; fresh, minerally and balanced.

88 Concha y Toro 2015 Chardonnay, Limari Valley, Chile ($22)

Silky and lush with clean, juicy fruit and good balance; fresh, smooth and long.

90 Decoy Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth, creamy and lush with balance and clean, well-mannered fruit; juicy and long.

90 Feudo Maccari 2015 Grillo, Sicily, Italy ($16)

Silky and smooth with aromatic notes and bright acidity; complex and balanced; fresh and long.

90 Gundlach Bundschu 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($27)

Smooth and lush with creamy texture and juicy style; fresh, balanced and long.

91 Halleck Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Little Sister Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($35)

Smooth, silky and rounded with juicy fruit and a rich, lively style; lush and balanced with tangy acidity and a long, balanced finish.

88 Ironstone 2016 Chenin Blanc, Lodi ($12)

Lush, ripe nose; soft, smooth and fresh with clean, ripe fruit and mellow style; juicy and long.

91 J. Lohr 2015 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco ($25)

Golden color; silky, lush and thick; smooth and ripe with dense texture and toasty notes; deep and balanced.

91 J. Lohr 2015 October Night Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco ($25)

Deep gold color; smooth, creamy and toasted; long and juicy with mellow fruit and depth; lush and balanced.

92 Jordan 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($32)

Silky and smooth with elegant structure and juicy style; sleek and fresh with tangy construction; fresh, clean and modern; long and stylish.

88 Kendall-Jackson 2015 Pinot Gris, Vintner’s Reserve, California ($15)

Silky and smooth with bright, juicy style; dry, bright and balanced; crisp and long.

90 Margerum Wine Company 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sybarite, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($21)

Smooth and creamy with ripe, juicy style; lush and silky, bright and tangy.

90 Martin Ray 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma ($20)

Smooth, lush and mellow with buttery, rich style and creamy texture; long, deep and juicy.

91 Martin Ray 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($20)

Smooth ripe and juicy with rich fruit and elegant style; lush, balanced and tangy; long and lush.

91 Massolino 2014 Chardonnay, Langhe, Italy ($29)

Golden color; smooth, silky and fresh; rich and dense with ripe, balanced fruit; lush, rich and creamy.

91 Pighin 2016 Pinot Grigio, Collio DOC, Italy ($25)

Dry, fresh and minerally with racy, ripe fruit and a long, smooth finish.

90 Pighin 2016 Pinot Grigio, Grave del Friuli ($18)

Fresh, minerally and smooth with bright, juicy style; crisp and balanced with ripe, bright fruit.

91 Pighin 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Grave del Friuli DOC, Italy ($18)

Smooth, sweet nose; clean, round and ripe with juicy style and lovely balance; lush and bright, fresh and long.

88 Podrum Radovanović 2013 Chardonnay, Selekcija, Sumadija, Serbia ($17)

Clean, fresh and dense with bright, clean acidity; silky texture, stylish and long.

88 Podrum Radovanović 2015 Chardonnay, Classique, Serbia ($16)

Fresh, smooth and clean with juicy style and good balance; bright and modern, crisp and charming with bright, lively flavors.

88 Prophecy 2015 Pinot Grigio, The Star, Venezie, Italy ($14)

Floral nose; crisp, smooth and dry with juicy, balanced flavors; fresh and silky.

89 Prophecy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, High Priestess, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)

Lush and ripe with smooth, lush citrus and spice; tangy and earthy with smooth, dense style.

88 Q Collection 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($18)

Fresh, smooth nose; lush texture and rich style; creamy and long with density and balance; deep and long.

90 Simi Winery 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, Russian River Valley ($26)

Deep golden color; silky and smooth with lush, deep texture; ripe, dense and balanced; long and rich.

89 Simonsig 2016 Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa ($14)

Smooth and creamy with balance and juicy, generous fruit; ripe, lush and rich.

92 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Karia, Napa Valley ($34)

Smooth and juicy with ripe, rich, dense style; toasty and ripe; deep and long.

90 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Aveta, Napa Valley ($26)

Smooth and lush and with crisp, balanced style; juicy and rich with tangy style and a long finish. elegant and balanced,

87 Steele Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Cuvée, California ($21)

Bright, silky and fresh with juicy, balanced and crisp style; generous and nicely structured; long and fresh.

90 Steele Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Carneros ($30)

Smooth, juicy and rich; creamy and bright, smooth and ripe; balanced and lush.

88 Swanson Vineyards 2016 Pinot Grigio, San Benito ($21)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with bright, sweet style; clean, fresh and silky; juicy and long.

88 Tangent 2015 Pinot Gris, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Crisp and juicy with dry, balanced style; racy and fresh, fresh and long.

91 Tangent 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Clone 530, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($32)

Silky and lush with tangy fruit and bright, rich varietal style; juicy and layered with clean, racy flavors.

88 Tangent 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($13)

Fresh and juicy with bright grapefruit notes; juicy and long, balanced racy and clean.

86 Three Rivers Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($18)

Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and lush texture; balanced and long.

88 Viña Casablanca 2016 Cefiro Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($11)

Silky and smooth with bright acidity and balance; fresh and clean.

91 Wente Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Riva Ranch, Arroyo Seco ($22)

Lush, ripe and smooth with vanilla, rich and creamy style; aromatic, lovely and long with smooth vanilla and balance.

91 Williams Selyem 2015 Chardonnay, Unoaked, Russian River Valley ($39)

Silky and juicy with clean, ripe fruit and smooth texture; lush, balanced and long.

89 Y. Rousseau 2015 Chardonnay, Constance, Haynes Vineyard, Napa Valley ($27)

Smooth, bright and juicy with notes of toast and vanilla; some herbal and spice notes.


RED

91 Abbot’s Passage 2014 Red, Sonoma Valley ($65)

Lush, deep nose; smooth, clean and rich with blackberry, spice and notes of earth; a well-made wine that will benefit from a little time.

93 Achával-Ferrer 2014 Malbec, Finca Bella Vista, Mendoza, Argentina ($140)

Dark and intense with smooth texture and deep, balanced fruit; rich, ripe and elegant; dense, balanced and long.

93 Achával-Ferrer 2014 Malbec, Finca Mirador, Mendoza, Argentina ($140)

Dark, lush and rich with deep, ripe berry fruit and smooth, velvety texture; deep, juicy and long.

91 Achával-Ferrer 2014 Quimera, Mendoza, Argentina ($35)

Silky and smooth with bright, juicy style; fresh, elegant and balanced; long and fresh.

90 Achával-Ferrer 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($25)

Smooth and velvety with ripe plum, juicy acidity and spice; clean, juicy and balanced.

90 Achával-Ferrer 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($25)

Smooth and lush with dark, velvety style; rich and dense, deep and balanced.

88 Angulo Innocenti 2014 Malbec, Estate, Mendoza, Argentina ($15)

Smooth and ripe, dark and dense; clean and lush with depth and balance.

86 Angulo Innocenti 2014 Malbec, Nonni, Estate, Mendoza, Argentina ($10)

Clean and lush with smooth texture; lush, ripe and juicy; balanced and long.

92 Benessere 2013 Phenomenon, Estate St. Helena Vineyard, Napa Valley ($60)

Smooth and elegant with lush berry fruit; smooth, juicy and balanced; long and dense.

87 Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2014 Malbec, The Coble Ranch, Yolo ($23)

Smooth and ripe with juicy blackberry fruit; clean, fresh and decent.

87 Bouchaine Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Estate, Napa Valley, Carneros ($35)

Dense and earthy, long and smooth with depth and style; mature flavors and decent balance.

93 Campo alla Sughera 2011 Arnione, Bolgheri Superiore ($76)

Dark ruby color; lush, berry and spice nose; smooth, dense and ripe with soft herbs and rich style; notes of earth, spice and toast.

88 Chateau d’Aqueria 2015 Lirac ($22)

Smooth and fresh with ripe blackberry fruit; tannic and dense, long and balanced.

89 Chateau Souverain 2014 Merlot, California ($13)

Clean, lush and smooth with ripe plum and juicy style; balanced and long.

93 Cliff Lede 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley ($70)

Very dark ruby color; dense and lush herbal nose; smooth, rich and intense; intense, ripe and concentrated; deep, velvety and long.

86 Concha y Toro 2014 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo, Chile ($25)

Silky and lush with ripe berries and some green herbs; clean and smooth.

91 Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Benchland & Hillside Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($26)

Dark with an earthy nose; silky, bright and juicy with balance and intensity; smooth texture and dense fruit.

90 Duckhorn 2015 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma ($25)

Silky and fresh with juicy, lively style; smooth, bright and balanced; long and bright.

92 Feudo Maccari 2014 Nero d’Avola, Saia, Sicily, Italy ($29)

Deep ruby color; spice, earth in nose; smooth, juicy and rich with notes of earth, spice and minerals; balanced and long with elegance AND rusticity.

90 Fortress Wine 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Reserve, Knights Valley ($40)

Dark with a soft, spicy nose; silky, bright and juicy with smooth texture and rich spice and plum fruit; balanced.

91 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2014 Zinfandel, Family Ranches Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($39)

Lush and smooth with ripe black raspberry and spice; rich and dense, with deep flavors and intensity; balanced and long with smooth texture.

95 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2014 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Gamba Estate Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($49)

Dark, deep and rich with sweet, ripe berry fruit; intense and rich with concentration and lovely style; bright, juicy and long.

94 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2014 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Starr Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($49)

Dark, toasty and rich nose; smooth and lush with sweet oak and ripe berry fruit; made from a 97-year-old vineyard; deep and rich, tangy and concentrated.

93 Goldeneye 2014 Pinot Noir, Split Rail Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($84)

Pale ruby and smooth texture; lush and juicy with smoky, toasty style; rich and dense with fresh style and a long, bright finish.

93 Goldeneye 2014 Pinot Noir, The Narrows Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($84)

Lush and smooth with ripe cherry and mellow, juicy style; rich, balanced and deep with rich texture and toasty notes; rich and stylish.

92 Gundlach Bundschu 2014 Merlot, Sonoma Valley ($35)

Dark and smooth with lush, ripe plum and juicy style; rich, dense and intense.

90 Gundlach Bundschu 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($40)

Silky and dense with earth, spice and cherry fruit; smooth, spicy and rich with balance and style.

95 Halleck Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir, Estate, Sonoma Coast ($110)

Bright, fresh ruby color; smooth, lush and juicy with silky, smooth texture and elegant cherry fruit; complex and rich, long and balanced.

94 Halleck Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir, The Farm Vineyards, Russian River Valley ($75)

Bright, fresh color; smooth, spicy with lush texture and rich fruit; earthy, rich and deep.

93 Halleck Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Clone 828 Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($65)

Smooth, lush and rich with earth, spice and ripe cherry fruit; juicy, fresh and tangy; long and balanced.

91 Halleck Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Hillside Cuvée Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($59)

Lush ruby color; smooth, juicy and balanced; earthy, dense and deep.

92 Halleck Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Kuleto Cuvée Vineyard, Napa Valley ($62)

Bright ruby color; smooth, lush and juicy with depth, spice and cherry fruit; balanced, fresh and long.

89 Halleck Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Three Sons Cuvée Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($49)

Pale and smooth with sweet cherry fruit and smooth spice; juicy and balanced.

90 Holly’s Hill Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre, Classique, El Dorado ($25)

Smooth and spicy with lush texture; juicy and balanced with fresh stywe and a long finish.

90 Holly’s Hill Vineyards 2015 Mourvèdre, Estate, El Dorado ($28)

Smooth and fresh with silky texture; dense and juicy with notes of earth and ripe fruit; toasty and balanced, long and deep.

89 Ironstone 2015 Zinfandel Reserve, Lodi ($35)

Smooth, ripe and spicy; dense berry fruit and tangy style; rounded and balanced, fresh and long.
92 J Vineyards & Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey, Sonoma & Santa Barbara ($25)

Spicy and rich nose; smooth texture and ripe cherry fruit; juicy and rich with impressive depth; intense and stylish.

90 J. Lohr 2014 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco ($35)

Juicy, fresh and tangy with ripe fruit and nice balance; smooth, toasty and long.

92 J. Lohr 2014 Highlands Bench Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($35)

Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and spice; crisp, fresh and racy; long and balanced.

92 Jordan 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($55)

Smooth, lush nose; silky texture with elegant structure; juicy and balanced, fresh and classic,

92 Krupp Brothers Estates 2014 Syrah, Black Bart, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley ($80)

Dark and lush; earthy, dense and ripe with blackberry, spice and tangy fruit; complex and long.

91 Margerum Wine Company 2014 M5, Santa Barbara ($28)

Silky, smooth and bright with tangy, fresh berry fruit with notes of earth; balanced, lush and tangy; juicy and long, youthful and long.

88 Masseria Li Veli 2014 Liveli Negroamaro, Passamante, Salice Salentino Cellino San Marco, Italy ($13)

Earthy and dense with ripe, rich style; deep and lush, long and balanced.

89 Masseria Li Veli 2015 Liveli Primitivo, Orion, Salento Cellino San Marco, Italy ($13)

Smooth and juicy with spice, bright raspberry fruit and earth notes; lush, dense and balanced.

86 Moss Roxx Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel, Ancient Vine Reserve, Lodi ($23)

Dark with a dense chocolate nose; smooth, toasty, spicy and deep; rich and long.

88 Oak Ridge Winery 2015 OZV Zinfandel, Old Vine, Lodi ($13)

Smooth, spicy and sweet with juicy, toasty vanilla; ripe, bright and dense.

88 Pascual Toso 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Silky, fresh and bright with tangy berry fruit; clean, supple and balanced.

86 Pascual Toso 2015 Malbec, Estate, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)

Smooth, silky and clean with juicy plum and earth notes; balanced and decent.

 

88 Podrum Radovanović 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Sumadija ($17)

Smooth and dense; herbal, edgy and smooth; supple, spicy and long .

90 Podrum Radovanović 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Classique, Serbia ($18)

Smooth and fresh with deep ruby color; supple, spicy and bright with a hint of herbs; juicy with ripe plum and berry fruit.

86 Q Collection 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($18)

Bright and crisp with clean, tangy cherry fruit; silky, fresh and balanced.

87 Ricardo Santos 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)

Smooth and earthy, balanced and deep; clean and bright with nice texture.

93 Schug Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Reserve, Sonoma Valley ($60)

Silky texture, ripe and balanced; bright, supple and juicy with lively plum and black raspberry fruit; elegant and long.

88 Sophie’s 2015 Shiraz, Seppeltsfield Estates, Barossa Valley, Australia ($17)

Clean, silky and tangy with bright blackberry and spice; fresh, juicy and showing a hint of herbs; long and edgy.

92 St. Francis 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Alexander Valley ($50)

Smooth and luscious with velvety texture and rich style; dense, mellow and showing plum, spice and vanilla; long and balanced.

93 St. Francis 2014 Merlot Reserve, Sonoma Valley ($50)

Dark and rich with smooth, velvety texture and warm, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and vanilla; long, balanced and rich.

93 St. Francis 2014 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley ($50)

Lush and velvety with rich aromatics and dense texture; concentrated and intense, long and balanced with lovely oak and vanilla.

92 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artemis, Napa Valley ($60)

Deep ruby color; smooth, toasty, rich nose; dense, ripe and balanced; toasty with vanilla and spice; lush and concentrated.

88 Steele Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Barbara ($30)

Silky and clean with earthy, juicy cherry fruit and smooth texture; fresh, bright and long.

90 Steele Wines 2013 Zinfandel, Catfish Vineyard, Lake ($25)

Dark, smooth nose; ripe, lush and smooth with spice and juicy berry fruit; silky textured and long.

90 Steele Wines 2013 Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino ($19)

Generous, spice nose; juicy and bright with tangy blackberry and spice flavors; balanced and smooth, long and rich.

92 Stony Hill Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain ($70)

Bright and silky with spice and bright plum fruit; smooth and fresh, balanced and long.

92 Swanson Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley ($32)

Smooth, lush and rich with notes of earth, spice and plum fruit; balanced, long and stylish.

90 Tablas Creek 2015 Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles ($25)

Smooth and spicy with blackberry fruit and ripe, earthy style; juicy, supple and dense; long and balanced.

94 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2013 Sangiovese, Vigna dell’ Impero, Tuscany, Italy ($120)

Silky dense and elegant with juicy berries and tangy fruit; violets, spice and lush flavors; pure and deep with earth, spice and finesse; long and balanced.

92 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2014 Crognolo, Tuscany, Italy ($29)

Silky, lush and bright with juicy, fresh plum and berry fruit; smooth violets, spice and elegant style; tangy and long.

93 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2014 Oreno, Tuscany, Italy ($84)

Fragrant plum and berry; smooth and elegant, balanced and juicy with rich fruit and silky texture; tangy, exuberant and long.

90 Trivento 2014 Malbec, Golden Reserve, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina ($21)

Dark, rich and intense; smooth and deep with velvety texture and rich style.

88 Trivento 2014 Malbec, Gran Reserve Serie Riberas, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)

Smooth and ripe with dense texture and rich berry fruit;

88 Valentin Bianchi 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)

Smooth, dense and rich with some earthy notes; balanced and rich with nice length.

86 Valentin Bianchi 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Clean and fresh with blackberry fruit and decent if dull flavors; simple, balanced and long.

92 Valerie’s Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($40)

Pale and silky with elegant structure and smooth style; juicy and fresh, bright and made for food; long and balanced.

91 Wente Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Wetmore Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($30)

Smooth, lush and clean with toasty oak and spice; rich and elegant; refined and juicy.

91 Wente Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Riva Ranch, Arroyo Seco ($30)

Silky and fresh with juicy cherry and bright, lively style; tangy, balanced and long.

94 Williams Selyem 2015 Zinfandel, Papera Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($65)

Dark, rich and fresh with lovely spice and tangy acidity; crisp wild blackberry fruit; pure, rich and exuberant; long and balanced, bright.

88 Benessere 2016 Sangiovese Rosé, Rosato di Sangiovese, Estate St. Helena Vineyard, Napa Valley ($22)

Bright pink; tangy berry nose; smooth, fresh and juicy; clean and long.

90 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare, Central Coast ($18)

Soft pink color; tangy nose; silky, crisp and juicy with dry, racy flavors; fresh and balanced.

90 Cambria Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($25)

Pale pink color; bright, dry and juicy with smooth texture and lush fruit; rich and balanced.

87 Cannon Wines 2016 Grenache Rosé, Sables d’Azur, Côtes de Provence ($16)

Pale pink; smooth, fresh and bright with dry, soft fruit; long and balanced.

88 Carmel Road 2016 Barrymore Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey ($18)

Pale pink; smooth and silky with dry, juicy style; racy and bright; attached to Drew Barrymore.

91 Château d’Aqueria 2016 Tavel Tavel Rose, France ($20)

A famous bright pink wine with a lush, berry nose; rich, juicy and dense; ripe and lovely with intense fruit flavors and considerable depth; a blend of seven Rhône varieties.

88 Château Gassier 2016 Le Pas du Moine, Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire ($25)

Pale pink; grapefruit, tangy and fresh raspberry; clean, racy and dry; long and fresh.

91 Duckhorn 2016 Decoy California ($20)

Very pale pink; silky and juicy with bright acidity and lush fruit; deep and rich.

86 Holly’s Hill Vineyards 2016 Grenache Rosé, El Dorado ($22)

Pale salmon color; ripe berry nose; dry, dense and ripe with deep earthy notes.

88 Kendall-Jackson 2016 Vinter’s Reserve, California ($17)

Bright, pale pink; crisp and dry with mostly Pinot in the blend; racy, fresh and lively.

88 La Crema 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey ($20)

Pale pink color; crisp and racy pinot with silky texture; racy and tangy.

88 Laroche 2016 Grenache Rosé, Rosé de la Chevalière, Pays d’Oc ($14)

Pale pink color; smooth, fresh and juicy with soft dry style; crisp and showing raspberry.

87 Lavender Row 2016 IGP Vaucluse ($14)

Pale pink color; silky, dry and fresh; juicy and bright.

87 Maison Saleya 2016 Cotes De Provence ($15)

Pale salmon pink; dry, juicy and crisp; silky and long.

91 Margerum Wine Company 2016 Grenache Rosé, Riviera, Santa Barbara County ($21)

Pale pink; soft raspberry nose; smooth, fresh and juicy with racy acidity; crisp and long.

88 Martin Ray 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Russian River Valley ($25)

Pale pink color; fresh, juicy and dry; silky and crisp, long and smooth.

88 Michael Sullberg 2016 Dry Reserve, Sonoma ($14)

Bright pink color; soft raspberry nose; bright and juicy with smooth texture and dry, balanced style.

89 Oak Ridge Winery NV OZV California ($13)

Smooth and crisp with dry, tangy notes of peach and minerals; fresh and good balance

87 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Russian River Valley ($25)

Pale pink; tangy and juicy with racy fruit and dry style; balanced and long.

90 Saved Wines 2016 Magic Maker, California ($20)

Pale salmon pink; smooth and juicy with mostly grenache; rounded and dense with clean, rich fruit and good balance.

90 Sidebar Cellars 2016 Syrah Rosé, Russian River Valley ($21)

Pale pink color; bright and juicy with crisp acidity and rich, smooth style; dry, juicy and long.

89 Sterling Vineyards 2016 Vintner’s Collection, Edna Valley ($16)

Pale pink; silky and juicy with bright, dry flavors; fresh and dense with smooth style.

91 Tablas Creek 2016 Dianthus, Estate, Adelaida District ($30)

Bright pink; lush and juicy with ripe, dry, rich and fresh berry fruit; long and deep.

91 Tablas Creek 2016 Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles ($25)

Pale salmon pink; bright, juicy and lush; dry, racy and balanced; crisp, fresh and long.

88 Three Rivers Winery 2016 Columbia Valley ($14)

Pale pink, dry, juicy and crisp; tangy and bright, long and balanced.

86 14 Hands NV Columbia Valley ($15)

Bright pink color; smooth, juicy and clean, lush and ripe with raspberry and a touch of sweetness.

90 Bouvet-Ladubay NV Brut Cremant De Loire Excellence, France ($18)

Lush and rich with depth and generous fruit; tangy, smooth and racy; long and fresh.

88 Bouvet-Ladubay NV Excellence, France ($16)

Pale salmon color; smooth and juicy with ripe fruit and lush; rich and long.

89 Bouvet-Ladubay NV Signature, France ($16)

Smooth, juicy and round with dry, racy, balanced flavors; lush and fresh, long and generous.

86 Caposaldo NV Peach, Italy ($16)

Pale pink color; bright, sweet and juicy with bright peach fruit; clean, fresh and rich.

93 Domaine Carneros 2008 Le Reve, Carneros ($110)

Smooth, toasty and complex nose; elegant and layered with deep, juicy fruit; smooth, dense and rich; long and balanced.

89 Domaine Carneros 2013 Cuvée, Carneros ($30)

Juicy and dry, complex and tangy; smooth and balanced, long and dry.

90 Domaine Carneros NV Cuvée de la Pompadour, Carneros ($38)

Pale salmon pink; juicy and rich with smooth texture and good balance; long and dry. Organic.

86 Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Columbia Valley ($13)

Pale pink; smooth, lush and juicy with fresh, strawberry fruit; clean and mellow, balanced and long.

91 Ferrari 2006 Perle, Trento, Italy ($35)

Bright and toasty with dry fruit and crisp acidity; fresh and juicy, dry and tangy; elegant and fresh with bright fruit and good length.

91 Flying Goat Cellars 2012, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($40)

Soft golden color; lush and toasty with creamy texture and ripe, juicy style; rich and dense with elegant, deep flavors.

89 Flying Goat Cellars 2014 Cuvée, Santa Barbara ($42)

Pale golden color; smooth, toasty and rich with rich, juicy, complex flavors; dense, yeasty and balanced; long and deep,.

90 Flying Goat Cellars 2014, Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($42)

Pale pink color; yeasty nose; dry, fresh and racy with tangy, clean flavors; juicy, lively and long with a crisp finish.

88 Gloria Ferrer 2005 Carneros Cuvée, Carneros ($75)

Rich and toasty with lush, burnished fruit; lush and complex, deep and smooth.

87 Gloria Ferrer 2007 Royal Cuvée, Sonoma ($37)

Smooth and juicy with ripe fruit and clean, racy apple fruit; fresh and balanced, long and bright.

88 Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma ($22)

Pale pink color; floral nose; smooth and ripe with raspberry and juicy acidity; tangy and lush.

88 Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma ($27)

Bright pink color; juicy and fresh with ripe raspberry and clean style; crisp and balanced, long and tangy.

89 Gruet Winery NV Sauvage, America ($15)

Toasty and dry; fresh and racy with fresh, lively fruit; tangy and bright; long and balanced.

90 Jansz NV Cuvée, Tasmania ($27)

Bright, clean and crisp with racy fruit and lively acidity; smooth, clean and fresh with balance and style.

90 Jansz NV Tasmania ($27)

Pale pink color; smooth, dry and juicy with raspberry and tangy acidity; fresh and juicy; long and lively.

92 JCB NV No.21, Cremant De Bourgogne ($23)

Golden color; fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and dry, racy style; round and balanced, charming and long.

90 JCB NV No.69, Cremant De Bourgogne ($26)

Pale pink color; round and fresh with smooth, dry style showing raspberry and crisp acidity; long and lively.

88 Kir Yianni 2015 Akakies, Greece ($22)

Intense pink color; soft, smooth and slightly sweet with lush texture and creamy style; rich and long.

90 Nicolas Feuillatte NV Brut Champagne Reserve, France ($36)

Smooth nose; bright, juicy and ripe; balanced and long.

86 Poema NV Cava, Spain ($13)

Dry, crisp and toasty with herbal notes; clean, juicy and short.

90 Rotari 2013 Trento, Italy ($20)

Fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and smooth texture; bright and dry, racy and long.

 

January-February 2017


WHITE

91 – Alma Rosa 2015 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara ($19)
Smooth and silky with rich texture and juicy, fresh fruit; tangy and bright with tropical notes and a long, lively finish. TWISTY

88 – Apothic 2015 Winemaker’s Blend, American ($16)
Spicy and aromatic; crisp and lifted with off-dry, juicy lime and apple fruit; Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio
GALLO

90 – Astrolabe Winery 2015 Province Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($23)
Juicy and spicy with gooseberry and racy acidity; smooth, balanced with feline notes; fresh and long.

88 – Barker’s Marque Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Arona, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)
Sleek and juicy with bright citrus and juicy acidity; tangy, grassy and fresh with clean flavors, bright style and a long finish.
INTERNATIONAL VINES

90 – Barker’s Marque Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Three Brooms, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)
Smooth and ripe with juicy citrus and racy acidity; fresh, tangy and long; lively and balanced.
INTERNATIONAL VINES

90 – Black Stallion 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($19)
Creamy and lush with vanilla oak and smooth texture; ripe, lush and balanced, long and rich.
DFV WINES

91 – Byron 2014 Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($40)
Lush pear and oak nose; creamy and smooth with lush pear fruit and toasty oak; rich and ripe but not heavy; fresh, balanced and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

88 – Cannonball Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($15)
Spicy nose; clean and silky with juicy, crisp style with restrained spice and bright acidity; balanced and long.

89 – Clifford Bay Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)
Silky and juicy with clean, balanced style; bright gooseberry and racy acidity; bright and tangy with some feline notes.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

88 – Concha y Toro 2016 Frontera Moonlight, Itata Valley, Chile ($6)
Lush, spicy nose; juicy, bright and sweet with clean, lively acidity; bright and long. A Moscato-based blend.
EXCELSIOR WINES / BANFI

90 – Concha y Toro 2014 Marqués de Casa Concha Chardonnay, Limarí Valley, Chile ($22)
Clean, silky and juicy with bright acidity and tangy fruit; fresh, balanced and long.
EXCELSIOR WINES / BANFI

90 – Copain Wines 2015 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay, Hein, DuPratt, Ferrington Vineyard, Mendocino County ($28)
Soft vanilla nose; crisp and fresh with juicy fruit and bright acidity; long and balanced.

88 – Danzante 2015 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Italy ($10)
Clean nose; juicy and crisp with lush texture and ripe citrus; long and balanced.
FOLIO FINE WINES PARTNERS

88 – Edna Valley Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay, Edna Valley Vineyard, Central Coast ($14)
Smooth, ripe and rich; deep, creamy and long.
GALLO

91 – Galerie Wines 2015 Naissance Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)
Silky, juicy and ripe with clean, racy style; fresh and graceful with tangy acidity and precise fruit; bright and nicely balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINE

88 – Grove Mill Wine Co. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Mairau Valley, New Zealand ($15)
Silky and bright with racy gooseberry fruit and lively acidity; citrus and bright style with some feline notes.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

91 J Vineyards & Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($30)
Silky, smooth and ripe with ripe pear and juicy acidity; bright and balanced, long and charming.
GALLO

90 – La Follette 2014 Chardonnay, North Coast ($22)
Silky and lush with tangy acidity and bright pear fruit; toasty and showing vanilla oak; bright and complex with balance and good length.
WINE CREEK LLC

91 – MacPhail 2014 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown, Petaluma Gap Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Lush and silky with juicy pear and citrus fruit; smooth, bright and tangy; fresh, and long.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 – MacRostie 2014 Chardonnay, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($46)
Toasty and lush nose; rich, dense and generous with elegant fruit flavors and crisp acid structure; long, deep and bright.

89 – Malibu Rocky Oaks 2013 Collective Estate Chardonnay, Malibu Coast ($17)
Fresh and crisp with bright acidity and vanilla oak; lush and ripe with balance and lively style; clean and long.

90 – Marco Felluga 2015 Just Molamatta Collio Bianco, Italy ($18)
Smooth and juicy with ripe, rich fruit; fresh, tangy and balanced; aromatic and bright, lively and long. 40% Pinot Bianco, 40% Tocai Friulano, 20% Ribolla Gialla.
DALLA TERRA

92 – Merry Edwards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($34)
Smooth, ripe and lush with rich flavors of dense fruit, spice and creamy texture; deep and juicy with deep flavors and excellent balance.

92 – Merry Edwards 2013 Chardonnay, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)
Smooth, creamy and lush with tangy acidity and toasty, ripe style; rich, mellow and balanced; lavish and opulent, long and dense.

90 – Miner Family Vineyards 2012 Wild Yeast Chardonnay, Carneros and Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley ($50)
Fresh and toasty nose; silky and bright with ripe pear fruit and smooth texture; juicy and supple with finesse and good length.

88 – Mirassou 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($12)
Ripe and juicy with tangy acidity and silky texture; lush, clean and rich.
GALLO

88 – Noble Vines 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 242, San Bernabe, Monterey ($13)
Smooth, silky and spicy with bright herbs and tangy citrus; clean, fresh and balanced.
DFV WINES

93 – Pepper Bridge Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley ($36)
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe, precise fruit; silky and deep with rich, intense flavors; another master work by Norm McKibben and Jean-François Pellet and it’s sustainable too!

90 – Russiz Superiore 2015 Sauvignon, Collio, Italy ($28)
Silky and tangy with clean, bright, racy fruit; lively, spicy and crisp with juicy, citrus style.
DALLA TERRA

88 – Rutherford Wine Company 2014 Lander-Jenkins Chardonnay, California ($15)
Smooth and lush with creamy style and ripe, juicy fruit; clean, rich and mellow with vanilla oak and tropical notes; long and bright.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90 – Rutherford Wine Company 2014 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($24)
Fresh and smooth with juicy style and tangy fruit; bright, lively and toasty with notes of vanilla oak; crisp and long.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90 – Rutherford Wine Company 2015 Scott Family Estate Chardonnay, Dijon Clone, Arroyo Seco, Monterey ($25)
Smooth and juicy with ripe pear and bright citrus; toasty oak and fresh fruit flavors; dense and long.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90 – Scotto Cellars 2014 Napa by N.A.P.A. Bianca’s White, Napa Valley ($15)
Ripe and smooth, juicy and aromatic; lush and rich with clean, deep flavors; long and balanced. 62% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon.

92 – Seresin Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)
Tangy and fresh with racy acidity and silky texture; juicy and bright with elegant style and lively flavors; balanced, tangy and long.
THE SORTING TABLE

92 – Stonestreet 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley ($35)
Smooth, lush and deep with classic flavors and lovely texture; ripe, juicy and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

92 – Stonestreet 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley ($40)
Bright and smooth with lush pear fruit and vanilla oak; fresh and graceful with silky texture and lovely balance; long and elegant.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

92 – Talley Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Oliver’s Vineyard, Edna Valley ($38)
Another beauty from Brian Talley: smooth, bright with intense acidity and toasty, vanilla oak; mellow and yet lively, long and luscious.

93 – Talley Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Rincon Estate, Arroyo Grande Valley ($44)
Another stunning Chard from Brian Talley; silky, rich and juicy with notes of toasted, vanilla oak; ripe pear and baked apple with firm, pure acidity; balanced and long.

92 – Talley Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Rosemary’s Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($48)
Lush and dense with tangy, juicy acidity and plenty of oak complexity; rich but fruit-driven and balanced; long and racy.

90 – Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve 2015 Lepia, Soave ($18)
The Bertani family has been making wine in this Veronese property since the end of the 19th century; this wine is luscious and bright with aromatics and clean, smooth fruit; tangy with notes of peach and juicy citrus. Garganega
GRAPES ON THE GO

90 – Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve 2014 Torrepieve Chardonnay, Verona, Italy ($31)
The Bertani family has been making wine in this Veronese property since the end of the 19th century; this wine is smooth and lush with bright acidity and good balance.
GRAPES ON THE GO

90 – William Hill Estate 2015 Chardonnay, North Coast ($17)
Smooth and lush with toasty, ripe fruit; rich with tropical and spice notes; mellow and deep, long and balanced.
E. & J. GALLO

88 – Wine Trees NV Kitchen Sink White Table Wine, California ($13)
Juicy and aromatic with spice, smooth texture and ripe fruit; lush, fresh and seamless; long and bright. Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer.
WINE TREES USA


RED

90 – 1000 Stories 2014 Zinfandel, Batch 11 – Bourbon Barrel Aged, California ($19)
Smooth, lush and juicy with bright plum and blackberry; fresh, balanced and long.

90 – Acacia Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros ($29)
Deep, bright color; smooth, rich and showing black cherry and spice; silky and lush with tangy acidity and long, bright style.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

92 – Adelaida Cellars 2014 Signature Series Mourvèdre, Anna’s Estate Vineyard, Paso Robles ($50)
Lush and spicy with deep, rich and smooth style; silky, fresh and dense; long, mellow and balanced; juicy, ripe and charming.

90 – Albatross Ridge 2014 Estate Pinot Noir Reserve, , Carmel Valley ($55)
Bright and silky with juicy cherry and notes of earth and spice; savory and balanced, long and lush.
BOWLUS VINEYARDS

91 – Amavi Cellars 2014 Syrah, Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley ($41)
Silky and spicy with juicy blackberry and boysenberry; toasty, lush and tangy, long and balanced.

91 – Ancient Peaks 2014 Renegade, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles ($24)
Lush, rich and ripe with juicy boysenberry and plum; smooth, deep and dense; opulent, baslasnced and long. 80 % Syrah, 18 % Malbec, 2 % Petit Verdot.

90 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2014 Uno Malbec, ,Mendoza, Argentina ($18)
Soft, ripe nose; silky and bright, juicy and lively with notes of earth and spice; ripe berries, good structure and long.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

91 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2014 Uno Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($18)
Lush, ripe nose; rich, ripe and smooth with plum, cherry and notes of spice and vanilla; luscious and balanced, juicy and long.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

92 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2010 Aduentus Classic, Mendoza, Argentina ($28)
Earthy nose; dense, earthy and intense with smooth, rich and spicy berry fruit; complex and long. 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 30 % Cab Sauvignon
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

92 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2009 Aduentus Mediterraneo, Mendoza ($28)
Deep blackberry nose; smooth, rich and complex with blackberry, cherry and cassis; seamless and deep; lush and dense with notes of spice, mocha and vanilla; long and stylish. 40% Malbec, 30% Syrah, 30 % Tempranillo.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

93 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2008 One Malbec, La Dolores, Mendoza, Argentina ($88)
Smooth, lush and dense with elegant plum and berry fruit; floral, deep and spicy; long and balanced, elegant.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

92 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2010 One Malbec, Doña Angeles, Mendoza ($88)
Smooth and earthy with ripe cherry and blackberry; lush, seamless and spicy; long and rich. 87% Malbec, 13 % Cab Franc.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

92 – Antigal Winery & Estates 2009 One Malbec, Doña Angeles, Mendoza ($88)
Rich, dense and mature with ripe berry fruit and intense notes of earth, spice and vanilla; smooth, balanced and long. 87% Malbec, 13 % Cab Franc.
CORK ALLIANCE, INC

92 – Badia a Coltibuono 2011 Sangioveto, Toscana IGT, Italy ($60)
Smooth and lush with rich black raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; a pure expression of Sangiovese; fresh, balanced and long.
DALLA TERRA

90 – Benessere 2014 Sangiovese, Estate, Napa Valley ($32)
Bright, juicy and crisp with racy acidity and snappy berry fruit; smooth, lifted and long.

91 – Benessere 2014 Zinfandel, Black Glass Estate, Napa Valley ($35)
Fresh, silky and showing boysenberry, cherry and black raspberry; juicy and tangy with ripe, racy fruit flavors; crisp and long.

91 – Beringer Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Ripe plum and berry nose; lush and ripe with spice and dried cherries; juicy and bright with balance and vanilla oak; long and fresh with a long, generous finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 – Brazin Cellars 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($17)
Smooth, silky and juicy with tangy, spicy berry fruit; lively, fresh and long.
DFV WINES

89 – Bridlewood Estate 2015 Pinot Noir, California ($15)
Spicy, black cherry nose; silky and lush with rich cherry fruit and savory notes; juicy and fresh with balance and good depth.
GALLO

92 – Buty Winery 2013 Columbia Redviva, Phinny Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($50)
Dark and smooth with juicy plum and spice; ripe vanilla oak and silky texture; tangy and ripe, long and balanced. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah.

92 – Buty Winery 2013 Rediviva of the Stones, Rockgarden Estate, Walla Walla Valley ($60)
Lush and smooth with ripe blackberry and cassis fruit; rich, dense and showing vanilla oak and soft spice; ripe, deep and long. 80% Syrah, 14% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Mourvedre

91 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)
Bright and spicy with cherry and pomegranate fruit; savory and toasty, long and complex.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

92 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)
Aromatic nose; silky, spicy and savory with ripe berry fruit and lovely balance; deep, toasty and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)
Spicy cherry nose; juicy and fresh with bright cherry and savory notes; complex and charming with notes of spice and earth; long and balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

92 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Silky and elegant with ripe cherry and juicy black currant fruit; notes of earth, spice and bright acidity; smooth and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

94 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Lush fresh cherry nose; silky and ripe with bright cherry and tangy acidity; supple, balanced and juicy; long and lovely.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

93 – Byron 2014 Pinot Noir, Monument, Santa Maria Valley ($65)
Silky and smooth with bright, intense raspberry and cherry fruit; juicy and generous with tangy, rich style; long and balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

93 – Byron 20 Pinot Noir, Rita’s Crown Vineyard, St. Rita Hills ($65)
Lush and juicy with intense cherry and red currant fruit; racy acidity, lively style with good depth; smooth, savory and long; balanced and generous.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 – Castoro Cellars 2014 Zinfandel, Zinfusion, Paso Robles ($24)
Toasted oak and spice nose; smooth and spicy with bright berry fruit; smooth, balanced and fresh; juicy and rich, long and charming.

90 – Castoro Cellars 2014 Tempranillo, Whale Rock Estate, Paso Robles ($30)
Silky and bright with juicy style; fresh, tangy and crisp with lively acidity and racy fruit; long and brisk.

88 – M. Chapoutier 2015 Bila Haut Red, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France ($15)
Silky and lush with flesh and ripe blackberry; clean, balanced and long. Syrah, Grenache, Carignan.
HB WINE MERCHANTS

91 – Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Indian Wells, Columbia Valley ($20)
Berry nose; silky and juicy with smooth, spicy flavors of plum, blackberry and toasty oak; juicy, deep and bright with lovely balance. 52% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 8% Malbec , 5% Grenache, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvèdre, 2% Petit Verdot.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 – Concha y Toro 2015 Frontera After Midnight, Central Valley, Chile ($6)
Herbal nose; smooth and ripe with plum and herbs; juicy, lush and long; a pleasant wine and an incredible price. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot.
EXCELSIOR WINES / BANFI

89 – Cono Sur 2014 Bicicleta Organic, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)
Green herbal nose; Lush and juicy with ripe plum, cassis and only a hint of herbs; clean, fresh and long. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carmenère, 25% Syrah.
VINEYARD BRANDS

91 – Copain Wines 2014 Tous Ensemble Syrah, High Rock Ranch, Hawks Butte Vineyard, Mendocino County ($24)
Silky and juicy with spice and tangy blackberry and boysenberry fruit; smooth, ripe and showing toasty oak and a bright finish.

89 – Coppo 2014 L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti, Italy ($15)
Spicy, berry nose; fresh, clean and juicy with tangy acidity and silky texture; bright, balanced and charming.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

91 – Coppo 2012 Camp du Rouss Barbera d’Asti, Italy ($21)
Spicy nose; lush and juicy with racy acidity and dense flavors of earth, black raspberry and spice; fresh, tangy and long.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

94 – Coppo 2010 Pomorosso Barbera d’Asti, Italy ($50)
Smooth nose of earth and berries; dark, lush and smooth with mellow fruit and toasty oak; a dramatic demonstration of how great Barbera can be; rich, elegant and stunning.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

88 – Danzante 2015 Tuscan Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy ($10)
Silky and juicy with light, fresh and lively fruit; clean and bright with brisk flavors and lively spice; fresh and balanced. Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese.
FOLIO FINE WINES PARTNERS

88 – Dark Horse NV Blend No 33.1, California ($10)
An international blend of six varieties that is dark and dense with rich, sweet, intense flavors; smooth, lush and deep; clean, long and generous. Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot.
GALLO

89 – Dark Horse 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)
Dark and lush with smooth texture and ripe cherry fruit; rich with vanilla oak and good balance; long and seductive.
GALLO

92 – Dominio del Plata 2013 BenMarco Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina ($18)
Made from grapes grown at 3000 feet elevation by superstar winemaker Susana Balbo; smooth, lush and toasty with juicy blackberry and plum fruit; tangy, fresh and long.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90 – Dominio del Plata 2013 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon, Uco Valley, Argentina ($20)
Smooth and elegant with ripe plum, cassis and spice; rich and silky with balance and finesse; long and stylish.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

91 – Dominio del Plata 2013 BenMarco Expresivo, Uco Valley ($35)
Deep, dark and juicy with tangy blackberry and cassis fruit; smooth and dense, long and balanced. 65% Malbec, 30 % Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90 – Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Benchland and Hillside Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($26)
Dark and smoky nose; rich, concentrated and showing black plum and soft herbs; spicy and smooth, sleek and balanced; long and fresh. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

91 – Duckhorn 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($72)
Dark and smooth with ripe plum and herbal notes; velvety and lush, long and balanced.
DUCKHORN WINE CO.

95 – Duckhorn 2012 Howell Mountain, Napa Valley ($95)
Lovely toasted vanilla nose; smooth and lush with juicy plum and toasty oak; supple and elegant, rich and long. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot .
DUCKHORN WINE CO.

91 – E. & J. Gallo 2014 MacMurray Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley ($43)
Silky and tangy with bright cherry fruit and notes of earth; juicy and balanced with deep, savory style; long and mellow.
GALLO

90 – Estancia 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($14)
Smooth and ripe with juicy blackberry and cherry; lush and rich, fresh and long.
CONSTELLATION WINE U.S.

92 – Galerie Wines 2013 Pleinair Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Smooth and lush with notes of earth, spice and herbs; ripe blackberry, plum and dense style; long and balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

94 – Gamble Family Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Plum and vanilla nose; lush, smooth and lush with plum and berry fruit; toasty, vanilla oak with deep, rich flavors; rich, balanced and long.

89 – Georges Duboeuf 2015 Beaujolais-Villages, France ($13)
Silky and smooth with bright black raspberry fruit and crisp acidity; juicy, fresh and totally charming; fresh and nicely balanced.
QUINTESSENTIAL

92 – Ghost Pines 2014 Winemaker’s Blend Merlot, Sonoma County ($20)
Smooth, ripe nose; velvety and rich with deep plum, black raspberry and spice; long and balanced.
LOUIS MARTINI/GALLO

90 – Ghost Pines 2014 Winemaker’s Blend Pinot Noir, Monterey, Sonoma, San Joaquin ($23)
Smooth, rich and juicy with ripe cherry and raspberry fruit; mellow, balanced and long.
LOUIS MARTINI/GALLO

88 – Gnarly Head 2015 1924 Double Black, California ($12)
Seriously dark; smooth and deep with rich blackberry fruit and dense texture; concentrated and lush. Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah.
DELICATO

92 – Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Miljenko’s Selection Petit Verdot, Yountville Vineyard, Napa Valley ($65)
Dark, lush and spicy with deep plum and cassis; concentrated with notes of earth and toasted oak; a rare and welcome bottling of this variety.

93 – Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Vineyard, Napa Valley ($90)
Ripe plum nose; silky, lush and rich with smooth texture and fine structure; balanced with juicy plum and toasted oak; balanced, refined and long. Biodynamic.

90 – Grove Mill Wine Co. 2013 Pinot Noir, Mairau Valley, New Zealand ($22)
Spicy cherry nose; silky and fresh with juicy berry fruit; crisp and lively, totally charming and bright; long and balanced.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

91 – Hearst Ranch Winery 2014 Chileno Tempranillo, Paso Robles ($32)
Smooth, ripe and dense; clean and earthy, lush, rich and balanced; this 150,000 acre cattle ranch was founded by William Randolph Hearst in the mid 19th century. it is just four miles from Hearst castle. It only began producing wine in 2010.

90 – Holly’s Hill Vineyards 2015 Estate Carignane, El Dorado ($28)
Dark and juicy with clean blackberry and cassis fruit; silky, smooth and tangy; lively, fresh and long.

91 – J. Lohr 2014 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($17)
Plum and spice nose; silky and rich with juicy plum and good texture; smooth, supple and lush; soft tannins and spice notes; fresh and long.

92 – J. Lohr 2014 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($35)
Smooth plum nose; lush black raspberry and boysenberry fruit; rich and balanced, ripe and showing toasty vanilla oak; mellow and balanced, long and generous.

92 – J. Lohr 2013 Cuvée St.E, Paso Robles ($50)
An homage to St. Emilion that is predominantly Cabernet Franc; smooth and lush with generous style; deep and rich with lovely depth and balance; long and showing notes of chocolate. 63% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec.

92 – J. Lohr 2013 Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles ($50)
Dark and silky with ripe plum and spice; supple and juicy with racy style; seamless and elegant; the “Pau” stands for Pauillac which is this wine’s inspiration. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 1% Merlot.

94 – Kenwood Vineyards 2014 Jack London Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain ($28)
Ripe raspberry and plum nose; smooth and juicy with beautifully balanced flavors of berries with hints of toasted oak, vanilla and spice; a classic Sonoma Zin; bright, long and totally delicious.
PERNOD-RICARD

90 – Kukkula 2014 Aatto, Estate, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($40)
Smooth and lush with juicy raspberry and fresh cassis; amiable and balanced, long and fresh. 15% Grenache, 48% Counoise, 28%Mourvèdre.

90 – Kukkula 2013 Pas de Deux, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($45)
Silky and bright with tangy berry fruit and juicy style; crisp and lush with charming flavors and a long finish. 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.

91 – Kukkula 2013 Sisu, Estate, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($45)
Deep and dark with a spicy nose; smooth, lush and juicy with rich berry fruit and spice; intense and long. 25% Grenache, 55% Syrah, 20 %Mourvèdre.

91 – La Follette 2014 Pinot Noir, North Coast ($22)
Toasty nose; silky and bright with racy cherry fruit and notes of spice and earth; fresh, generous and lively; made by one of California’s Pinot masters, Greg La Follette.
WINE CREEK LLC

89 – Layer Cake 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, ($16)
Silky and smooth with ripe plum and cassis; lush, bright and balanced; juicy, fresh and long.
ONE TRUE VINE

93 – Louis M. Martini 2014 Gnarly Vine Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma County ($60)
Dark color; lush, spicy nose; smooth and rich with balance and finesse; the iconic Monte Rosso vineyard is 3,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley; this beautiful wine, made from ancient vines, is satiny and long.
GALLO

90 – MacMurray Ranch 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($30)
Bright and fresh with crisp acidity and dense cherry fruit; silky, smooth and showing notes of earth and spice.
GALLO

92 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Pratt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)
Lush and smooth with ripe black cherry and deep berry fruit; rich and dense, long and balanced.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Wildcat Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)
Pale and silky; lush and smooth, ripe cherry and spice; tangy and fresh, bright and long.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley ($49)
Spicy cherry nose; silky smooth and spicy with savory notes and bright cherry fruit; long and mellow, juicy and balanced.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley ($49)
Black cherry nose; smooth and spicy with ripe berry fruit and notes of earth; lush, juicy and balanced; long and rich, deep and elegant.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Toulouse Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($49)
Silky, smooth and graceful with ripe black cherry and concentrated style; savory and deep, lush and balanced.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 – MacPhail 2014 Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($49)
Silky and deep with elegant style and rich cherry, berry and juicy acidity; deep and ripe, long and stylish.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

93 – MacRostie 2014 Pinot Noir, Goldrock Ridge Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($56)
Bright berry nose; juicy and crisp with racy acidity and tangy red cherry fruit; smooth, lively and lush; elegant and deep; charming and long.

91 – Malibu Rocky Oaks 2013 “360,” Malibu Coast ($27)
Smooth and juicy with clean, fresh and intense flavors of toasty oak and ripe fruit; lively, tangy, long and balanced, rich and deep. 50% Syrah, 24% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

92 – Malibu Rocky Oaks 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve, Block Four Vineyard, Malibu Coast ($30)
Spicy, floral nose; silky texture and bright acidity; fresh, clean and juicy with lovely, smooth cherry and raspberry fruit; deep, tangy and snappy; long and balanced.

90 – Marchesi di Gresy 2014 Barbera d’Asti Monte Colombo, Italy ($18)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and notes of earth and spice; clean, bright and fresh with balance and depth.

90 – Marchesi di Gresy 2014 Nebbiolo, Langhe, Italy ($22)
Silky and fresh with racy acidity, bright plum and wild raspberry; juicy and smooth, elegant, tangy and long.

92 – Marchesi di Gresy 2012 Barbaresco Martinenga, Italy ($50)
Soft floral nose; silky and juicy with elegant, tangy and precise fruit; bright, racy and refined; balanced with hints of spice and earth; long and lovely.

88 – Matchbook 2013 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills ($16)
Smooth, ripe and earthy with juicy style and good balance; long and mellow, fresh and clean.

92 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Smooth, toasty and herbal with tangy berry fruit; notes of earth and gobs of ripe fruit; juicy, balanced and long.

91 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($48)
Spicy, boysenberry nose; silky, dense and juicy with cola, tangy raspberry fruit; ripe, lush and long.

92 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)
Ripe, lush nose; silky and bright with juicy black raspberry fruit and savory notes; smooth, rich and tangy.

92 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Georganne Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($63)
Silky and showing black cherry fruit; tangy and crisp, bright and smooth, racy and long, juicy and balanced.

93 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley ($63)
Deep ruby color; silky and lush with deep flavors of black cherry and spice; juicy, rich and balanced with fresh,ripe style.

91 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch, Russian River Valley ($66)
Rich black cherry nose; ripe and dense, rich cherry and notes of earth; deep, lush and long.

93 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Coopersmith Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($66)
Ripe black cherry nose; smooth, lush and rich with toasty vanilla oak and deep, dense style; concentrated and long.

93 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($68)
Spicy and bright nose; dense, ripe and showing black cherry and spice; silky and lush; rich and long.

95 – Merry Edwards 2014 Pinot Noir, Cuvée August, Russian River Valley ($98)
Silky and elegant with juicy black raspberry and crisp cherry; saturated and lush with lively acidity; balanced, deep and long.

93 – Miner Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Gary’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County ($60)
Pale color; bright cherry nose; juicy and crisp with tangy cherry and floral notes; racy, lively and fresh; long and elegant, lively and classic.

91 – Miner Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley ($75)
Deep color, herb and spice nose; smooth, dense and spicy with plum, blackberry and soft herbs; generous and long, balanced and rich. 90% Cab Sauv, 6% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc

90 – Naked Mountain 2012 Petit Verdot, California ($36)
Smooth and racy with spice, violets and cassis; tangy, toasty and fresh. 78% Petit Verdot, 11% Merlot, 11% Tannat.

88 – Noble Vines 2014 The One Black, North Coast ($15)
Dark and smooth with ripe blackberry and cassis fruit; ripe and lush, dense and juicy; deep, balanced and long.
DFV WINES

90 – Oregon Trails Wine Co. 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($20)
Smooth cherry nose; silky, bright and tangy with juicy cherry fruit; fresh fruit and racy acidity; balanced, crisp and long.

93 – Pepper Bridge Winery 2013 Trine, Walla Walla Valley ($65)
Smooth and lush with silky tannins and lovely plum fruit; a classic Bordeaux blend by winemaker Jean-François Pellet; supple, seamless and long. 37% Cab Sauv, 34% Cab Franc, 15% Merlot, 9 % Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

91 – Peter Zemmer 2015 Rolhut Pinot Noir, Alto Adige, Süd Tirol, Italy ($18)
Smooth and luscious with smooth, bright cherry fruit and lovely texture; juicy, fresh and delicious; mellow, fresh and long.
HB WINE MERCHANTS

90 – Roger Roessler Cellars 2013 Grenache, Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($28)
Fresh and juicy with black raspberry and cherry fruit; silky and bright with notes of earth and minerals; balanced and long.
R2 WINE COMPANY

90 – Russiz Superiore 2013 Cabernet Franc, Collio, Italy ($28)
Herbal, spicy nose; rich and dense with herbal notes and lush plum and berry fruit; racy and balanced, fresh and long.
DALLA TERRA

88 – Rutherford Wine Company 2014 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($15)
Smooth and fresh with tangy berry fruit and bright vanilla oak; juicy, tangy and balanced.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90 – Rutherford Wine Company 2013 Lander-Jenkins Pinot Noir, California ($18)
Clean, spicy nose; smooth, lush and bright with tangy cherry and spice; dense and fresh with juicy style and savory notes.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90 – Rutherford Wine Company 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($35)
Smooth, juicy with clean with ripe plum and berry fruit; silky and bright, balanced and long.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

95 – Shafer Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley ($55)
Lush, plum and berry nose; velvety texture with ripe plum and blackberry; toasty oak and great balance; rich, deep and layered; long and intense. 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90 – Stonestreet 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($45)
Smooth and dense with ripe plum and soft herbs; toasty and rich, long and balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

94 – Susana Balbo 2013 Brioso, Finca Dominio, Mendoza, Argentina ($44)
Another stunning wine from one of Argentina’s star native winemakers; this Bordeaux blend, harvested from her own vineyard, is dark and lush with smooth texture and ripe, deep fruit; balanced and long. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 % Malbec, 25 % Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90 – Te Kairanga 2013 Pinot Noir, Martinborough ($24)
Bright cherry and plum nose; silky texture and lively plum, cherry and spice flavors; supple and fresh, long and balanced with a juicy finish.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

85 – Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve 2014 Pragal, Verona, Italy ($18)
Smooth, dense and fleshy with earth, spice and a bit of funk. Corvina, Merlot, Syrah.
GRAPES ON THE GO

88 – Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve 2008 Decima Aurea Merlot, Veneto, Italy ($45)
Earthy, smooth and spicy with dense style and rich plum; deep. intense and long.
GRAPES ON THE GO

89 – Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve 2014 Ripasso, Valpolicella ($31)
Smooth, dense and juicy with earth, meat and ripe plum; rich and deep with smooth texture and good length.
GRAPES ON THE GO

96 – Viña Cobos 2013 Bramare Malbec, Rebon Vineyard, La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Argentina ($105)
Smooth and lush with toasty notes of oak; spicy and rich, smooth and dense with ripe blackberry and cassis; concentrated and balanced with juicy, tangy style; complex and long.
PAUL HOBBS IMPORTS

94 – Viña Cobos 2013 Bramare Malbec, Marchiori Vineyard, Perdriel, Luyan de Cuyo, Argentina ($105)
Smooth and luscious with ripe cassis, cherry and blackberry; toasty, juicy and concentrated; supple and intense, long and balanced.
PAUL HOBBS IMPORTS

90 – Vina Robles 2013 Red 4, Estate, Paso Robles ($17)
Four varieties grown in the estate vineyard; dark and luscious with smooth texture and rich, juicy blackberry and blueberry; bright and generous, fresh and long. Petite Syrah 41%, Syrah 40 %, Mourvèdre 10%, Grenache 9%.

90 – Vina Robles 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($26)
Smooth and ripe with dense plum and blackberry fruit; juicy and long, balanced and fresh.

88 – Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan 2013 Cuvée No.1, Vojvodina, Serbia ($12)
Dark, deep and smooth with rich plum, cassis and spice; juicy, earthy and balanced; fresh and long. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Frankova.
TERRANEO MERCHANTS

90 – Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan 2013 Icon Campana Rubimus, Palic, Servia ($49)
A deep, dark Serbian wine that is clean and juicy with plum fruit and silky texture; bright, racy and long.
TERRANEO MERCHANTS

90 – William Hill Estate 2014 Bench Blend, Estate, Napa Valley ($40)
Dark and deep with lush, balanced boysenberry fruit and spice; tangy, rich and juicy; long and intense.
E. & J. GALLO

90 – Wine Trees 2014 Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($15)
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe, spicy wild berry fruit; intense, tangy and showing ripe, fresh flavors; long and balanced.
WINE TREES USA

92 – Z. Alexander Brown 2013 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($120)
Dark, silky and bright with black plum, blackberry and blueberry; clean and juicy with depth, elegance and balance.


ROSÉ AND DESSERT

88 – Angeline Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, California ($15)
Light pink color; crisp and juicy with silky texture and bright, dry fruit; fresh and balanced with tangy strawberry and lively citrus; long and tangy.

89 – Apaltagua 2016 Carmenere Rosé, Reserva, Estate, Mauley Valley ($12)
Pale salmon pink; smooth and juicy with clean, dry, racy fruit; bright citrus and racy acidity; lifted, lively and long. TWISTY
GLOBAL VINEYARD

90 – Susana Balbo 2016 Signature Rosé,  Uco Valley ($20)
Light pink color; juicy and crisp with dry, juicy and racy citrus; silky and lifted, tangy and long; made by one of Argentina’s superstar winemakers.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90 – Malibu Rocky Oaks 2012 Late Harvest Cabernet, Malibu Coast ($100)
Smooth, dense and sweet with deep flavor of plum and prune; considerably drier than expected; lush, savory and long.