Tag Archives: California

Lucques Rouge, 2010, North Coast, California

14 Jan

DSC03193A blend of Syrah and Grenache sourced from select North Coast vineyards by celebrated winemaker Pax Mahle, who makes some of the most talked-about California Syrah of recent years. Lucques sees no oak, only stainless steel and concrete. It’s fresh, approachable wine meant for everyday enjoyment. Try it with anything from pizza to pasta to lighter meat dishes. $22

Uvaggio Moscato Secco, 2012, Lodi, California

14 Jan

DSC03191The trend for Moscato these days tends toward the sweet and bubbly, but this is dry (“secco”), still white wine from Lodi, California. It’s got a lovely floral perfume graced by honeyed peach notes. The peaches repeat on the palate alongside ripe melon and citrus components. Crisp acidity means it works well with rich, spicy turkey chili, but it’s also fun to sip solo. $12

Thomas Henry Zinfandel, 2011, California

12 Jan

DSC03186Sourced primarily from Dry Creek Valley and Knight’s Valley in Sonoma County, this Zinfandel exhibits dark cherry and blackberry flavors coupled with a touch of anise and plum. Well-integrated tannins linger on the palate with persistent fruit and chocolate notes. Try this bold red with saucy barbecued ribs, or sip it by a roaring fire to warm any winter evening. $16

Mazzocco Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Sonoma County, California

12 Jan

05Beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from a notable Sonoma County producer.  Bold and enticing aromas of cherry liqueur, roasted almond and cedar lead to a plush mid-palate of raspberry, dark chocolate, black tea and anise. Nicely rounded with no rough edges, this is great Cab to warm your mid-winter evenings. $22

Revenant Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Napa Valley, California

11 Jan

DSC03171Exceptional limited-production Napa Cab for those who like ’em bold without breaking the bank. Aromas of dark fruit with oak-influenced hints of mocha and spice. Rich berry flavors are complemented by pepper and cassis, followed by waves of elegant tannins. Round, full-fleshed left-bank-inspired Cab blend, with 15% Merlot and small proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. 136 cases made. $38

VML “Late, Late Harvest” Dessert Wine, 2011, Russian River Valley, California

16 Oct

107Damp conditions late, late in the growing season resulted in botrytized Chardonnay and Riesling, making for beautiful, richly textured dessert wine. Honeysuckle and orange blossom brighten the mead-like bouquet. Mango, tangerine and ripe melon burst across the palate. Surprisingly light and honeyed from start to finish. Sip it with a slice of almond tart. $22

Shebang White Cuvée II, NV, North Coast, California

15 Oct

053A unique blend of 60% Pinot Gris, 25% Muscadelle and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. Pretty and fresh with Asian pear, ginger and Meyer lemon on the nose and palate. The kind of white wine that elevates even the simplest Chinese take-out. $16

Bliss Chardonnay, 2010, Mendocino, California

15 Oct

047Aromas of honeysuckle and baked apple lead to lively melon flavors and a hint of lemon zest. The long finish will remind you what a great value this wine is! Order a white pizza with onions and mushrooms, open a bottle, sip and relax. $14

Schug Chardonnay, 2012, Carneros, California

15 Oct

046A wine of powerful elegance, reminiscent of white Burgundy. It has a ripe and refreshing bouquet with flavors of citrus, pear and apple butter. Well-integrated acidity provides a crisp, clean finish. A great food wine—try it with creamy seafood soups. $26

Victor Hugo Chardonnay, 2012, Paso Robles, California

15 Oct

045Barrel-fermented in new French oak, with 6 months on lees for a deep, round mouthfeel. Aromas of Pippin apple and ripe pear are wrapped in layers of juicy nectarine and toasty oak notes. The palate is complemented by a long, crisp, elegant finish. Pairs wonderfully with rainbow trout sautéed in butter. $20