2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot

We love the 2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot from the Home Ranch in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley to pair with a bone in rib-eye and crisp field greens topped with bacon. Lush dark fruitfruit flavors of black cherries and black currant combine with elegant balanced tannins, Mexican chocolate and pink peppercorn. Alcohol by volume 14.6 percent, this wine is a fabulous buy at just $28. Visit Sbragia Family Vineyards website to get yours. The […]

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Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard

The “Sideways” effect came about because so many people just did not understand the movie. The common misconception is that Miles disdained Merlot — when in truth he revered it. But the very thought of Merlot caused Miles incredible pain because it represented things in his life he had taken for granted, and then lost. We often forget just how exquisite a Merlot can be, and then an awe-inspiring one comes along and reminds us. […]

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Handwritten 2011 Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Decadently dark and sultry with aromas of black currant, cassis, tobacco and leather, the 2011 Handwritten Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts seductive flavors of blackberry, smoked cherries, and offers virile tannins that suggests an executive boardroom tryst. We tasted this one along with some other Handwritten Wines releases in their lovely Saint Helena Tasting room on a recent trip to Napa for the 2014 Harvest. We liked this and their other wines so much we had […]

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Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Lemon zest, whipped pineapple, slate and toasted vanilla on the nose, the straw-hued 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay tastes of Meyer lemons, vanilla and a tiny hint of plantain. Crisp acidity balanced with a creamy malo mid palate and lingering finish.  A lovely example of a cold-climate Chardonnay, or any-climate Chardonnay, for that matter! 13.5% Alcohol by volume (ABV) Bottled by Cornerstone Cellars in Gaston, Oregon. $40 Pairing: We paired it with Turkey and […]

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Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

An incredible steak companion, the Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vastly exceeds expectations in a vintage that challenged other wineries. No challenge here. A beautiful wine that hints at Bordeaux but delivers California. Opulent dark fruit aromas with notes of lavender and cocoa, a palate of blackberry, cassis and perfectly balanced tannins. Drink now or cellar. We paired with a cocoa-rubbed, oven-broiled rib-eye, rested in bacon fat. 14.3% ABV. SRP $65. Well worth the […]

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Fortant de France 2012 Coast Select Muscat

The 2012 Fortant de France Muscat Vin de Pays d’Oc Coast Select is an aromatic white from the South of France. A nose of apples, rose petals and honeysuckle leads to flavors reminiscent of Star jasmine, Fuji apples and orange zest. 100% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains or “white Muscat with little berries” which is considered to be the best of the Muscat grape variety. Texans would recognize it as Muscat Canelli. 14% ABV Suggested […]

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Cornerstone Oregon 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Vibrant ruby in color, with a luscious nose of strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb; a whiff of white pepper and a hint of patchouli. This 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label from Cornerstone Cellars, Gaston, Oregon offers flavors of black cherries, smokey strawberries and sensual tannins. With balanced acidity, this is a Pinot Noir for the ages. ABV 13.5%. $50. Pairing Suggestion: Roasted Pork Tenderloin medallions rubbed with rosemary, thyme and garlic.

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Review: Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ)

Bright and delicate with none of those wet leaves that tend to over power some pinots, this Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir hails from the famed Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand. All the luscious flavors, strawberry, black cherry and spice, that make Pinot Noir so enjoyable with food. Grapes are sustainably farmed. 100% Pinot Noir. ABV 13.0% SRP $20 – 24.

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Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I expected in a wine labeled “Naturally 20% lighter in calories.” Flavors of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle blossoms, pear with a whiff of pineapple it is much more aromatic that what I typically find in a […]

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