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Results > 2023 Judge Comments, Platinum & Gold Wine Award Winners

2021 Whiskey Barrel Aged Red Blend California $21.00 Gold 90 points "Rich ripe fruit with doses of both smoke and spice, thus has a sweet edge to it that would find a lovely home with smoked barbecue." - Jeff Kralik "Red cherries, mocha, vanilla, fruit bomb with smoothed out tannins.  "Summer grilling wine." - Stacie Hunt
1849 Wine Co.
NV Rosé Sparkling Wine France $24.99 Gold 92 points "Ripe strawberry, yeast and floral at the nose. Round, creamy, layered flavors with berry fruit and lemony twist at the finish." - Wayne Belding
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon East County Vineyard San Diego County $44.00 Gold 91 points "An enjoyable Cab with bright fruit complemented by light oak notes."  - Michael Cervin
7 Deadly
2020 7 Deadly Zins Lodi $15.99 Gold 91 points "Brambly and dark, a little too much stemminess. Dark and sweet, very oaky, but well made. Chocolate, black raspberry flavors, sweet palate, chocolatey finish." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza $13.00 Gold 93 points "A big blast of dark fruits including currant and black cherry that dance with more savory elements of cocoa and warm spice. Balanced, complex with a palate-coating finish." - Miranda Franco "A complex Cabernet with blackberry, cassis and herbal elements backed by cocoa and cherry tones. A layered and complex wine." - Wayne Belding
2021 Malbec Mendoza $13.00 Gold 92 points "This showcases black plum, black raspberry and hints of blueberry. Soft flowers, spices, dried violet, and white pepper proudly reveal themselves at the forefront. " - Miranda Franco "Blueberry, blackberry and vanilla at the nose. Round, ripe and layered black and blue fruits on the palate with vanilla and spice layers." - Wayne Belding
2021 Red Blend Mendoza $13.00 Gold 90 points "Dark spiced fruit on the nose. Plush fruit and herbs beautifully fill out the palate."  - Miranda Franco
Angels & Cowboys
2022 Rosé Sonoma County $16.99 Gold 91 points "Nice, subtle floral aromatics are appealing without being flamboyant, and the subtle fruit flavors finish dry and clean." - Michael Franz
Anthony Road Wine Company
2016 Art Series Riesling Finger Lakes $29.99 Gold 93 points "Tar on first sniff, dissipates after a moment and fruit of green apple come forward. Long finish. A wine for after your meal." - Stacie Hunt
B.R. Cohn
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon California $24.99 Gold 92 points "A well structured wine that makes for a solid mid week choice." - Michael Cervin
Barboursville Vineyards
2022 Vermentino Reserve Virginia $23.00 Gold 91 points "Floral and fresh with peach, pear, tropical fruit and citrus pith notes. Refreshing and lively." - Wayne Belding
2022 Viognier Reserve Virginia $22.00 Gold 90 points "Bright peach, pretty pure and lifted. Lovely palate, like a nectarine pastille, bright, fresh, compacted, full of lemony energy. It's idiosyncratic for viogner--no weight to speak of--but compelling and vibrant." - Patrick Comiskey
NV Cabernet Sauvignon California $6.99 Gold 93 points "Old-school Cabernet. Deeply delicious and nuanced toasty oak notes that are harnesed with cocoa, blackberry and cassis flavors.  Wild herb notes reveal themselves over time.  Well-integrated tannin with brilliant complexity and a persistent finish." - Miranda Franco "Rich blackcurrant fruit is backed by lots of vanilla and baking spice.  Cocoa-like on the palate with black fruit and clove spice."  - Wayne Belding
NV Pinot Grigio American $6.99 Gold 91 points "Enjoyable Pinot Grigio offering soft fruit, acidity and a light minerality." - Michael Cervin "Zippy apple and citrus flavors are brightened with lively acidity."   - Rebecca Murphy
NV Moscato California $6.99 Gold 91 points "This is exactly how sweet muscat should be - fruit, acidity and minerality." - Michael Cervin
NV Pink Moscato California $6.99 Gold 90 points "Soft strawberry fruit and balanced sweetness."  - Michael Cervin
NV Rosé California $6.99 Gold 90 points "Light, floral, bright with fresh strawberry accentuated by notes of honey and mandarin orange. Culminates in a crisp, bright finish." - Miranda Franco "Floral, red berries, citrus peel aromas. Fresh, lively lime and watermelon fruit. Juicy and bright." - Wayne Belding
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Brut Rosé California $9.99 Gold 92 points "Bright, floral nose with citrus and berry fruits. Juicy, ripe and lively on the palate. Easy-drinking style." - Wayne Belding
Barefoot Spritzer
NV Crisp White Spritzer - Can No Appellation $2.00 Gold 90 points "A very pleasant light style quaff - apple and pear aromas and flavors finish crisp without any sugary sting.  Bring on the summer heat!"  - Rich Cook
Baron Herzog
2021 Merlot California $13.00 Gold 93 points "Aromas of bright red fruits (cherries and plums) plus sweet vanilla spice. On the palate the wine is fresh, pleasant, and fruit forward, showcasing the ripe red fruit notes. Smooth spice notes round out a well-made, crowd-pleasing wine." - Brianne Cohen
2021 Chenin Blanc California $10.00 Gold 93 points "Yellow bruised apple, lime zest, lanolin mouthfeel. A winter white wine that you can enjoy during the summer.  All seasons white wine.  Will pair with the tough vegetables that begin with an ""A"" (i.e., artichokes, asparagus)." - Stacie Hunt
Basalt Cellars
2020 Rick's Red Washington State $30.00 Gold 91 points "A hint of brett perhaps. Smoke and black cherry but emphasis on Syrah's smoke aromas. Firm and tense, good combo of acid and firm tannin. Dark strawberry and straw, cherry lozenge, mild pipe tobacco savor. impressive concentration and depth of flavor." - Patrick Comiskey
Bayshore Vintners
2022 White Wine California $12.99 Gold 91 points "Bright white peach and acacia on the nose, with a kiss of sweetness and zingy acidity. Very nice." - Jeff Kralik
2021 Pinot Noir California $13.99 Gold 90 points "Pale garnet color in the glass with primary red fruit aromas of cranberry and red cherries. The palate is easy drinking with minimal tannin structure. Can be enjoyed on its own or with a light meal."   - Brianne Cohen
Benziger Family Winery
2021 La Reyna Pinot Noir Estate Grown Sonoma Coast $60.00 Gold 92 points "Soft fresh fruit gives way to an enjoyable viscosity and oak/acidity components."  - Michael Cervin
2020 Merlot Estate Grown Sunny Slope Vineyard Sonoma Valley $55.00 Gold 91 points "Lovely nose of boysenberry, black cherry, and mint, which transfers to the palate along with balancing acidity and soft but present tannins. Perfect for steak night!" - Jeff Kralik "Black cherry, warm spices, slight mint, ripe tannins.  The oak is well integrated. This needs food to smooth the tannins." - Stacie Hunt
2018 Tribute Estate Grown Sonoma Valley $95.00 Gold 91 points "Equal mix of beautiful dark fruit and herbal notes. It has fine-grained tannins and nice texture. A perfect accompaniment to your weekday dinner."  - Miranda Franco
2021 de Coelo Pinot Noir Arbore Sacra Sonoma Coast $75.00 Gold 90 points "The bright fruit is softened by light earthiness and strong acidity."  - Michael Cervin
Beyond the Wilderness
2022 Chardonnay Cool Climate Tasmania $25.00 Gold 92 points "My kind of Chardonnay - crisp acidity carries lemon crème and white peach, and a light touch with the oak spice lifts the fruit beautifully. Well done!" - Rich Cook
2022 Riesling Cool Climate Tasmania $25.00 Gold 90 points "Bracing acidity carries soft pear and grilled lemon over a stony core, and a crisp finish invites you back for more. Fried chicken please…" - Rich Cook
Black Box
NV Chardonnay California $19.99 Gold 90 points "There's nice Chardonnay in this box - a party in a box, if you will… Easy drinking, which is of course the point." - Rich Cook
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Chile $19.99 Gold 90 points "It's not often you find sense of place in a box - this has Chile written all over it - in a good way. If you like you Cabernet a little green and a little earthy, this will fit the bill." - Rich Cook
2021 Malbec Chile $19.99 Gold 90 points "Savory meat and pepper joins a mix of red and black fruit, and a supple grip carries it through a medium long finish. Nice!" - Rich Cook
NV Organic Prosecco Prosecco DOC $19.99 Gold 91 points "Light, lively and refreshing with citrus, pear and tropical fruits. Perfect for a hot summer day sipper." - Wayne Belding
Bolero at Europa Village
2019 Libido California $40.00 Gold 93 points "Excellent dark fruit framed by solid acidity and supportive tannins and judicious use of oak."  - Michael Cervin
Bota Box
NV Dry Rosé California $22.99 Gold 91 points "Always good to have a solid dry Rosé around in quantity - you never know when festivities might spontaneously occur…"  - Rich Cook
Brancott Estate
2022 Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $12.99 Gold 91 points "Zippy acidity and solid varietal character are the markers here, and that's rare in the low calorie category. Makes a diet seem plausible. Well done!" - Rich Cook
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $12.99 Gold 91 points "Lively, nice acidity and floral notes with backnotes of herbs and wildflowers." - Michael Cervin
NV Brut Sonoma County $29.00 Gold 93 points "Lemon curd, fresh-bread yeastiness and floral elements on the nose. Pure lemon flavors with subtle elements of yeast and cream." - Wayne Belding
2018 Breathless Sparkling Pinot Meunier Sonoma County $60.00 Gold 93 points "Meyer lemon, tangerine, ginger spice and lots of fine bubbles make this crisp wine the perfect addition to your next fête." - Miranda Franco "Fresh, lemon, lime and green apple fruits are followed by subtle yeasty elements, a hint of ginger, and a clean, dry and refreshing finish" - Wayne Belding
NV Organic Blanc de Blancs Single Vineyard Reserve Cox Vineyard Mendocino County $60.00 Gold 92 points "Very crisp with steely minerality and delicious lemon and green apple freshness with slight creamy almond undertones. Great finesse in a light style."  - Miranda Franco "Apples, butter, cream and flowers at the nose.  Clean and refreshing on the palate with lemon and yeasty hints." - Wayne Belding
Bulletin Place
2022 Chardonnay South Eastern Australia $11.99 Gold 92 points "Honeysuckle nose, lemon curd, white flowers, vanilla, white spice." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Pinot Grigio South Eastern Australia $11.99 Gold 90 points "A wine with great fruit, just a hint of sweetness, a bit of spritziness." - Jeff Kralik "I'm in a Summer mood!"  - Stacie Hunt
C 'est La Vie
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve Napa Valley $120.00 Gold 90 points "Fresh tasting, fruit is bright plum, little minty, oak is prominent.  If you like a to dance on wood dance floor, this will be your glass." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Malbec San Juan $9.99 Gold 91 points "Cherry, herb and strawberry scents with ripe red and black fruit flavors. Some herb and spice notes at the finish." - Wayne Belding
Cannery Row Cellars
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County $19.99 Gold 90 points "A luxuriously robust Cabernet with dark fruit pouring out of the glass and a lovely grip of tannin and bright acidity."   - Miranda Franco "Juicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with a floral tone.  Lively on the palate with candied fruit and baking spices."  - Wayne Belding
2022 Pinot Grigio California $12.99 Gold 90 points "Tastes like what Pinot Grigio should taste like, soft, floral and citrusy." - Michael Cervin
2021 Merlot California $16.00 Gold 91 points "Forward and juicy. Plum juice, tar, nutmeg, a bit of clove. Attractive with sleek, red pomegranate fruit, bright and zippy acidity. Light, well balanced, acid-driven wine with red fruits. Needs a decanter but pour for pork." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Chardonnay California $16.99 Gold 91 points "Oak, while present, is controlled.  Next comes the citrus fruits, with some lime zest, mandarin zest and a fresh finish." - Stacie Hunt
Cantina Di Solopaca
2021 Bianco Beneventano IGT $13.99 Gold 90 points "Vibrant and energetic with aromas of flowers, peach and pear and flavors of citrus and almonds and a spine of electric acidty." - Miranda Franco
NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC $15.99 Gold 91 points "Clean and lively with lemon and pear fruits plus floral elements."   - Wayne Belding
Carlos Creek Winery
2022 Minnterra White American $24.00 Platinum 94 points "Full-on tropical fruits, mango, green banana, white peach. On the palate lush fruits and crisp acidity for a flourish of a finish." - Stacie Hunt
2022 LaCrescent American $24.00 Gold 93 points "Fruity, fresh, and fun, loaded with peach, pear and a zingy punch, sweet, for sure, but it works well. Really well." - Jeff Kralik "Instead of cake, pie or ice cream have this wine for dessert!  White peach, apricot on the nose and palate. Pour over fresh fruits, or sit outside on a warm eve and have conversation." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Petite Pearl Minnesota $28.00 Gold 91 points "Black plums, black cherries, fresh thyme. Crisp finish." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Petit Ami American $26.00 Gold 91 points "Tropical fruits on the nose, mango on the palate, finishes with a meyer lemon sweet crispness.  Pair this with hard to pair green vegetables: artichoke, avocado, asparagus & throw in some shrimp for a great lunch or light dinner." - Stacie Hunt
2020 Aurora Minnesota $35.00 Gold 90 points "Bright acidity with honeycrisp apple, lemon zest and slight tropical notes. A perfect pairing for your next fried dish." - Miranda Franco "Floral, musky, lemon and tropical fruit nose. Lively, zesty palate with lemon and tropical fruit." - Wayne Belding
NV Le Chemin du Roi Brut Methode Champenoise Champagne AOC $160.00 Platinum 95 points "Overflowing with crisp, delicious and lively lemon, green apple and brioche notes that bring out both richness and minerality. Luxurious depth expands the palate and provides a lingering finish." - Miranda Franco "Lovely nose of apple, lemon, butter, yeast and cream. Lively, layered and lifted on the palate with toasty, lemony and creamy character." - Wayne Belding
NV Le Chemin du Roi Brut Rosé Methode Champenoise Champagne AOC $299.00 Platinum 94 points "This wine shows creamy effervescence with playful yet skillful notes of cranberry and strawberry jam. The fruit on the palate is coating but the persistent bubbles keep it refreshing with a lingering finish."   - Miranda Franco "Ripe berries, yeasty, toasty and creamy at the nose. Layered, long and creamy on the palate with red fruits, yeast and cream." - Wayne Belding
NV "Le Chemin du Roi Brut "Luminous" Methode Champenoise Champagne AOC $169.00 Gold 93 points "Apple, butter, lemon and yeast aromas.  Layered and complex flavors with lemon, apple, brioche, cream and yeast." - Wayne Belding
2020 Nell Cabernet Sauvignon North Ponderosa Vineyards Sierra Foothills $35.00 Gold 92 points "Softness of fruit and oak makes this very drinkable."  - Michael Cervin
2019 Malbec Bartolucci Vineyards Red Hills Lake County $30.00 Gold 91 points "Intriguing wine with a bouquet of dark cherries, currants and red plum joined by notes of leather and smoked meat. Fine-grained tannins and a lingering finish." - Miranda Franco
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition Sierra Foothills $30.00 Gold 90 points "A Cabernet you don't have to wait for. Open it tonight and enjoy the ripe black fruit with a burger. Hope the price is right."  - Rebecca Murphy
Charles Smith
2021 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State $17.99 Gold 90 points "Blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with smoky notes and herbal complexity. Rich flavors with black fruit, oak and herbal elements." - Wayne Belding
2021 Eve Chardonnay Washington State $14.99 Gold 90 points "Lemon lime, light resin notes, nice acidity." - Michael Cervin
Charles Woodson's Intercept
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 93 points "A well balanced approach to Cabernet, with fruit, oak and acidity all working together." - Michael Cervin
2020 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County $19.99 Gold 93 points "Well-structured with heady notes of strawberry, black berries, warm spices and crushed stone. A lot to savor with richness and a pleasing finish. " - Miranda Franco
2020 Red Blend Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 91 points "A ready to drink blend with lovely fruit."  - Michael Cervin
Chateau St. Croix
2022 Itasca Wisconsin $21.00 Gold 92 points "This is as pretty as a white linen dress; floral, light white peach, bit of almond on the finish. Summer white, for creamy pastas, salads, white fish." - Stacie Hunt
Chloe Wine Collection
2021 Merlot San Lucas $17.99 Gold 93 points "Rich blackberry and black cherry fruit with cocoa, herbs vanilla and baking spices. Layered and concentrated with a tannic finish." - Wayne Belding
Cien por Ciento
2021 Malbec Mendoza $31.00 Gold 90 points "Aromas and flavors of black plum, black currant and cinnamon.  On the palate, flavors of dark fruit, herbs and espresso with balanced acidity." - Miranda Franco
Concannon Vineyard
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Mother Vine Livermore Valley $46.00 Platinum 94 points "Spritely & young-tasting Cabernet Sauvignon, fresh cassis, red plum bolstered by acidity, fruit lingers on the palate. Chewy tannins.  Second Date Night winner!" - Stacie Hunt
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Livermore Valley $42.00 Platinum 94 points "Whoa. A bit of mocha, dark fruit, zingy tartness, a bit of grip, and a whole lot of verve." - Jeff Kralik "Checks all the boxes! Fresh cassis aromas, red plum, Mandarin peel, fresh acidity and well integrated oak and tannin. Dances with food." - Stacie Hunt
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec Estate Livermore Valley $46.00 Gold 92 points "Well balanced blend."  - Michael Cervin
Cooper & Thief
2021 Red Wine Blend Bourbon Barrel Aged California $29.99 Gold 90 points "Inky dark with intense raspberry and blackberry coulis, a smoky aspect, and more than a touch of sweetness. A classic whiskey barrrel wine." - Jeff Kralik
Coyote Canyon
2022 Albariño Horse Heaven Hills $25.00 Gold 91 points "Good acidity, minerality and stone fruit." - Michael Cervin
Cupcake Vineyards
2022 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC $11.00 Gold 91 points "Citrus flower, citrus fruits, white grapefruit, followed by a flinty minerality, crisp and clean finish. Afternoon and early evening wine." - Stacie Hunt
NV Moscato D'Asti Moscato d'Asti DOCG $15.99 Gold 90 points "Sweet olive blossom, jasmine blossom, Meyer lemon, refreshing mousse. Skip dessert and pour this." - Stacie Hunt
NV Black Forest Decadent Red California $12.99 Gold 90 points "On the nose a whiff of black pepper spice that excites interest. Black berries, plums round out the aromas, texturally smooth. Burger wine!" - Stacie Hunt
Dandelion Vineyards
2022 Riesling Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Eden Valley $27.50 Gold 91 points "Crisp lemon and green apple with a vibrant acidity, and a particularly floral finish. Lovely. " - Jeff Kralik "Jasmine perfume, green apple, green apricot, slight petrol, fresh tasting.  Excellent food wine for summer." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Roussanne Honeypot of the Barossa Barossa $27.50 Gold 91 points "This is pretty classic. Broad and generic nose, quince and grapes, honey and lees, wheaty note, a little light, a little phenolic bitterness, but solid." - Patrick Comiskey
Dark Horse
2022 Rosé California $9.99 Platinum 94 points "There's real texture here - combine that with the layered fruit and herb character and you’ve got a winner on your hands."  - Rich Cook
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon California $7.99 Platinum 94 points "Herbal aromas of bayleaf, mint and sassafras that are married with plum and red and dark fruits. It's beautifully balanced, with complex oak layers, and a smooth finish. " - Miranda Franco "Ripe blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with cocoa, herb, vanilla and spice elements. Rich, layered and balanced. Sleek and oaky." - Wayne Belding
DaVine Cellars
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado County $68.00 Gold 91 points "A light herbaceousness complements the dark fruit."  - Michael Cervin
Davis Bynum
2021 Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley $25.00 Gold 90 points "Pear and green apple on the nose, with faint hints of white flowers. A great acid backbone and fresh, clean fruit notes signify a quality Chardonnay. A medium length finish of simple primary fruits. Easy to enjoy on its own." - Brianne Cohen "Fairly leesy note. Weetabix and apple. Fairly sweet palate, butter and golden apples, a golden wine all around. Leads with scents of nutty, grainy lees. Apple flavors, golden apple and pear with a hint of oak guiding. Good wine." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $35.00 Gold 90 points "A light, bright, and pleasant Pinot Noir, perfect for the ""Pinot Person"" who doesn't want a wine to take over. To be enjoyed on its own, with a meal, or even after a meal. There's always room for a cheerful and easy-drinking Pinot Noir." - Brianne Cohen
2021 Pinot Noir Loncomilla Valley DO D.O. Maule Valley $32.00 Gold 92 points "Loaded with fresh aromas of cranberry, red cherry, wild strawberry with rose petals. On the palate, the minerality and tannin are subtle with generous fruit and lots of bright acidity. " - Miranda Franco
DeLoach Vineyards
2019 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $25.00 Platinum 94 points "Perfumed and deeply polished with lush texture and a plush palate of high-toned black cherry and sweet oak spice. It's harmonious and highly addicting." - Miranda Franco "Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit backed by vanilla, herb and spice tones. Layered fruit with floral nuances and dried herbs at the finish." - Wayne Belding
2020 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $25.00 Gold 90 points "Very ripe black cherry fruit supported by acidity and ripe tannins."  - Rebecca Murphy
2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $25.00 Gold 90 points "Fruit, oak and acidity all in balance." - Michael Cervin
Deuce Cellars
2017 Syrah Reserve Walla Walla Valley $45.00 Gold 90 points "A varietally correct New World(?) Syrah. Dark, concentrated fruits plus a dried meat note (salami), and spiciness throughout. A long spicy finish." - Brianne Cohen
Domaine Carneros
2018 Estate Brut Methode Traditionnelle Estate Grown Carneros $38.00 Gold 93 points "Lemon, yeast, green apple & creamy texture make this a complex, layered and refreshing drink." - Wayne Belding
NV Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rosé Methode Traditionnelle Carneros $45.00 Gold 92 points "A lovely textured wine with lively aromas and flavors of apple and freshly squeezed pear.  The palate has a nice grip with persistent bubbles that gently float to the top of your glass."  - Miranda Franco "Aromas of red berries, lemon and yeast. Lively and tart flavors with citrus and raspberry. Lively finish." - Wayne Belding
2021 Estate Pinot Noir Estate Grown Carneros $45.00 Gold 92 points "The darker side of Pinot with lovely black cherry, plum and earth. This is great now, but could improve in the short-term." - Jeff Kralik "Fruits are darker, blue plum, darker berry, garrigue, well-integrated." - Stacie Hunt
Dreaming Tree
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Chile $16.99 Gold 93 points "Blackcurrant, cocoa and black cherry elements marry with vanilla, olive and sage hints." - Wayne Belding
2021 Pinot Noir California $16.99 Gold 91 points "An elegant wine delivering all shades of fruit aromas and flavors with loads of oak spice. It's a joy to drink right now but may improve with further evolution in the bottle."  - Miranda Franco "Juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit with plenty of vanilla-oak and baking spice tones."  - Wayne Belding
Duck Hunter Wines of New Zealand
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $19.99 Gold 91 points "Grassy and bright, with minerals and grapefruit. Melon, white tea, herbs and apple, fairly elegant, round, balanced, mildly phenolic in a good way, finish of green herbs and lime." - Patrick Comiskey
Durant & Booth
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Bourbon Barrel Aged Napa Valley $28.00 Gold 90 points "Dark fruit and smoky meat paired with a dose of sweetness and a lengthy finish. A big juicy ribeye or maybe a cigar would round this out nicely."  - Jeff Kralik "Berries, berries  + cherries & soft tannins.  Very easy drinking full bodied red wine." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Zinfandel Paso Robles $35.00 Platinum 95 points "A melange of fruit characteristics on the nose (red fruits, black fruits, and some dried fruits). On the palate the fruit is generous and balanced by nice acidity. Sweet vanilla, oak, and clove envelop the wine on the back palate." - Brianne Cohen "Attractive cherry liqueur; this is simple and straightforward juice, a little over the top but well made. Juicy, balanced, fruit forward." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Barbera Paso Robles $40.00 Platinum 94 points "Bright and fresh - brimming under the vibrant fruit core are fragrant violets, licorice, juniper berries and tilled earth. Everything you want Barbera to be." - Miranda Franco "Pure red cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruits with layers of flavors, a rich texture and a long finish." - Wayne Belding
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Eberle Estate Vineyard Paso Robles $52.00 Platinum 94 points "A powerful and forceful Cabernet Sauvignon for those who like that style. Dark fruit permeates both on the nose and on the palate. The fruit characteristic is slightly ripe, but that is balanced out by the well-integrated tannin structure. Sweet spice rounds things out on the palate. Overall a well-made, varietally correct Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink this alone or enjoy with food, either way, you've got a solid wine in the glass. " - Brianne Cohen "A touch of VA. Cocoa. Blackberry. A bit much on both fronts but well made. Dark and classic, good black plum and cassis flavors laced with fine-tuned oak notes. It has a long life ahead of it." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Selection Paso Robles $28.00 Platinum 94 points "Very concentrated. Big plum and cherry. Palate is good, dark cherry and plum with a sleek tannic contour. This is sleek and balanced, really well crafted, finishing with firm, lively acid and lavish oak." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Sangiovese Paso Robles $40.00 Gold 93 points "Pure red cherry and floral elements at the nose. Bright cherry and red plum flavors with spice and vanilla tones."  - Wayne Belding
2022 Viognier Eberle Estate Vineyard Paso Robles $34.00 Gold 90 points "Cantaloupe. Peach, hint of melon. Quite rich, well made, full of emollience and flavor. Fleshy and broad with full body. Totally forward and attractive." - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Cotes-du-Robles Blanc Paso Robles $30.00 Gold 90 points "A golden hued wine in the glass serving aromas of Meyer lemon, pear, and green apple. On the palate the wine has texture and mouthfeel and a generous dose of springtime fruit bowl notes. A clean medium length finish. Pleasant. Your springtime ""house white""." - Brianne Cohen
En Garde
2021 Pinot Noir Unfined & Unfiltered Sonoma Coast $45.00 Gold 91 points "Strawberry, bright red berries, red licorice, blue florals, cola. Tannins are mild and the fruit lingers in the finish.  Fruit bar!" - Stacie Hunt
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Unfined & Unfiltered Napa Valley $65.00 Gold 90 points "Aromas of fresh but dark fruit (blackberries). The palate gives dark fruit, but the character is slightly more ripe and rich (perhaps a slight note of prunes). The richness continues with notes of dark chocolate and a hefty dose of spiciness (some baking spices + black pepper). Well-integrated tannins plus a rich, ripe, moderately lengthy finish. " - Brianne Cohen
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon California $12.99 Platinum 94 points "This is an example of peak Cabernet. In the glass unfolds leather, cassis, chocolate covered cherries and coffee that are framed by silky tannin and fresh acidty. Enjoy with reckless abandon." - Miranda Franco "Full, ripe blackcurrant and black cherry fruits with cocoa and vanilla elements.  Layrered and long with a lifted finish." - Wayne Belding
2019 Pinot Noir Monterey County $11.99 Gold 90 points "Classic Pinot Noir markers of red fruit (cherries and plums), plus a touch of earthiness to make it interesting. Moderate length with nice spice notes lingering." - Brianne Cohen "Seems a little horsey. Palate is clean, wild cherry and cherry lozenge, bright but mildly earthy, good persistent fruit with an acid profile that keeps it lively and fresh.  The brett keeps the wine short." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Chardonnay California $12.99 Gold 90 points "Brings fruit, oak and acidity together for a nice summertime wine." - Michael Cervin
Fallbrook Winery
2022 33°N Greco di Tufo Monserate Vineyard South Coast $35.00 Gold 90 points "Bristling with acidity this wine offers fresh citrus, crushed oyster shell and playful hints of garden herbs on the nose and palate. Highly satisfying on a warm summer day." - Miranda Franco
Firth & Vale
2021 Shiraz McLaren Vale $52.00 Gold 93 points "Terrific depth of fruit and just the right amount of oak, acidity and tannic structure" - Michael Cervin
Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County $22.00 Gold 91 points "First notes are of sweet cassis, followed by earthiness and hint of dried mint. Tannins are a bit green & grippy, but the acidity makes for a good big food wine." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon California $15.99 Gold 93 points "Intensely aromatic with blueberry, violet and blackberry notes bolstered by truffle and wild herbs. The fruit carries over to the palate with warm spice oak notes. It's full-bodied yet suple with well-integrated tannin.  A wine to watch evolve. " - Miranda Franco "Big style Cab with pure blackberry and blackcurrant fruit underscored by lots of oak influence - vanilla and brown spice."  - Wayne Belding
NV Pinot Grigio/Colombard American $6.99 Gold 90 points "As with many wines, if you're going for delicious, blending is the way to go. This hits the mark for freshness, dry style and good length. Don't overchill!" - Rich Cook
2021 Montepulciano McLaren Vale $25.00 Gold 90 points "A convincing Monty, with rich earth tones over mixed red and black fruit that ride a supple texture through a long finish." - Rich Cook
Gentle Wind
2020 Moscato California $24.99 Gold 90 points "Nicely balanced with soft hints of petrol and sweet fruit."  - Michael Cervin
2022 Meritage Winemaker's Selection California $24.99 Gold 93 points "Wonderful aromas and flavors of tobacco, jammy black fruit and leather. Lovely texture, intensity and balance." - Miranda Franco "Ripe blackberry and cassis character with tobacco, herb and vanilla elements. Jammy fruit with layered complexity." - Wayne Belding
Global Trails
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 93 points "The palate delivers ripe cassis, black cherry, dried plum and red currant but its savor dominates with cedar, underbrush, bay leaf and vintage leather." - Miranda Franco
Heirloom Vineyards
2021 Syrah Adelaide Hills $40.00 Platinum 94 points "A lighter side of Syrah. The fruit is lean and a crunchy stemminess prevails, moving into herbaceous notes of mint/menthol. A more sohpisticated palate for someone who doesn't want such a fruit-driven wine. " - Brianne Cohen "Kind of horsey, but also compellingly savory. Dark and rich, with compelling graphite and pine notes. Feels cool and fine boned, good middle weight, no oak imprint. Fresh, lively, great complexity." - Patrick Comiskey
Herzog Lineage
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast $19.99 Platinum 94 points "Dark and compelling fruit, with a tartness that holds it all together, the subtle use of oak comes through on the finish. Lovely." - Jeff Kralik "Immediate cassis, slight balsam, no vegetal, mature fruit, warm spice, good little grip on the tannin, long finish." - Stacie Hunt
Herzog Special Reserve
2020 Quartet California $44.00 Gold 92 points "Smoky and mysterious with dark fruit and black pepper with weight and juiciness, this is a big boy, but delicious." - Jeff Kralik "Smokey, noir-like, warm dark fruits, ripe tannins." - Stacie Hunt
Herzog Variations
2020 Four Cabernet Sauvignon California $25.00 Gold 91 points "Smoky, a bit oaky, but loaded with verve, this works well on its own or with a juicy ribeye." - Jeff Kralik
HH Estates
2020 Big John Cab Reserve Horse Heaven Hills $59.00 Gold 91 points "Lovely aromas of cassis, plum and ripe black cherry with damp herbs and cedar shavings. It's a savory combination of fruit and spice." - Miranda Franco "Ripe black fruits are underscored by smoky, floral elements plus vanilla, herb and baking spice tones." - Wayne Belding
2020 Bozak Red Reserve Horse Heaven Hills $59.00 Gold 90 points "Elegant with notes of pencil shavings, hints of charcoal, black cherries and raspberries with present tannin and a long, lovely finish." - Miranda Franco
2020 Guardians of the Vineyard Reserve Artist Series Horse Heaven Hills $56.00 Gold 90 points "Tart with a good dose of minerality and high-toned fruit, oak spice and appreciated firm tannins and bright acidity." - Miranda Franco "Blackberry, black cherry, coffee bean and baking spice aromas. Slightly roasted black fruit & oak flavors." - Wayne Belding
Imagery Estate Winery
2022 Albariño Silva Vineyard Sonoma Valley $32.00 Gold 92 points "Strong acidity, good fruit and light minerality." - Michael Cervin
2021 White Burgundy Reserve North Coast $55.00 Gold 92 points "Florals and citrus aromas abound.  A rich mouthful of white wine.  Touch of vanilla and almond in the finish."  - Stacie Hunt
2020 Lagrein Upper Ridge Vineyard Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak $49.00 Gold 91 points "More black than purple. Exotically spiced, like Georgian spices almost. Very dark and concentrated - a black hole of tannin." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20.00 Gold 91 points "Raspberry, little bit vegetal (doesn't ruin it), lavender, medium finish." - Stacie Hunt
Invention Vineyards
2021 Soleluce Texas $52.00 Gold 91 points "A cohesive red blend proving that the sum is greater than the value of its parts. The wine is balanced, easy-drinking, with no structural elements out of whack. Primary fruit focused with a nice dose of oak influence. Can be poured any day of the week and is sure to please!" - Brianne Cohen
2021 LB Texas $54.00 Gold 91 points "Light, bright style with framing oak and acidity." - Michael Cervin
2021 RB Texas $49.00 Gold 91 points "Light fruit is framed by nice oak and acid."  - Michael Cervin
2022 Imaginada No Appellation $35.29 Gold 90 points "Both tropical and citrus with considerable texture. A floral aspect sneaks in on the palate, leading to a pleasant finish." - Jeff Kralik "Light, Bright, Crisp, white florals,  pears, tropical fruits. Pleasureable wine to keep in your refrigerator for daily enjoyment." - Stacie Hunt
J Vineyards
NV California Cuvee California $25.00 Gold 93 points "Ripe pear, apple, lemon curd & yeast aromas. Creamy texture with lively, nuanced flavors." - Wayne Belding
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
2021 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $35.00 Gold 93 points "A real stunner with cassis, plum, black cherry skin, black pepper and cedar. Full-bodied yet lithe and wrapped in fine-grained tannin. This is a genuine cellar cornerstone." - Miranda Franco "Candied black cherry and blackcurrant fruits with hints of cocoa, herbs and oak and a tannic finish." - Wayne Belding
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $100.00 Gold 92 points "Booming with power, savory, dark-fruited layers are framed by fresh acidity and present tannins. Likely to unlock additional depth and complexity over the years. " - Miranda Franco
2020 Tower Road Petite Sirah Paso Robles $35.00 Gold 91 points "A nice iteration of this difficult grape. Good fruit, ripe but balanced tannins." - Michael Cervin
2021 October Night Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $25.00 Gold 90 points "Nice acidiy make this wine pop, along with a slight buttery smoothness." - Michael Cervin "Generous fruit and crisp acidity."  - Rebecca Murphy
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Carol's Vineyard St. Helena $60.00 Gold 90 points "Layers of saturated red and black fruit, spice and bay leaf.  It has richness and depth." - Miranda Franco Blackberry and blackcurrant fruits backed by vanilla and baking spice hints. Subtle herbs enhance this easy-drinking Cabernet. - Wayne Belding
Jacob's Creek
2021 Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Australia $12.00 Platinum 94 points "Earthy, minty, even basil, with fantastic fruit that has a slight mocha aspect." - Jeff Kralik "Definitely new world, not a fruit bomb, shows restraint and well-integrated fruit, oak, tannin. Young, approachable, satisfying." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Classic Pinot Grigio Australia $12.00 Platinum 94 points "White citrus flowers, lemon-limeade, pears, spritely acidity that turns a bit too tart on the back end." - Stacie Hunt "Whoa! Intense fruit, wonderful tartness, a touch of minerality, nicely balanced." - Jeff Kralik
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve South Australia $18.00 Gold 92 points "Cassis, red plums, licorice. The oak and tannin are not as integrated as they could be. This wine will benefit with age." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Classic Shiraz Australia $12.00 Gold 91 points "Well balanced with all the elements of fruit, oak, acidity and tannins." - Michael Cervin
2021 Classic Merlot Australia $12.00 Gold 90 points "Peppery and spicy on the nose with juicy plum on the palate, finishes with a healthy dose of spice and grippy tannins." - Jeff Kralik "Dark mocha cherry, spice, earthiness, dried herbs, acidity grippy tannins.  Slightly bitter finish from the wood.  Would like to dance with a steak." - Stacie Hunt
James Busby
2020 Vineyard Series Grenache McLaren Vale $40.00 Gold 91 points "If you like your grenache with an Aussie signature, this delivers with black fruit and complementary menthol, supple texture and a lingering finish. Nice!" - Rich Cook
2021 Vineyard Series Shiraz Barossa Valley $40.00 Gold 90 points "This gets at the black and blue heart of Shiraz, with reined in regional character that still lets the horse run a bit. A friend of cheese!" - Rich Cook
2022 Semillon Hunter Valley $40.00 Gold 90 points "The bright side of Semillion gets full exposure here - it's clean, crisp and long on zesty lemon in the finish. Don't overchilll - you'll miss the nuance." - Rich Cook
Jeff Runquist
2021 Sangiovese Pioneer Hill Vineyard Amador County $29.00 Platinum 94 points "Perfumed and wonderfully ripe, full of concentrated notes of cherry, plum, pomegranate and continues into the savory territory with palatable energy. Impressive combination of energy and elegance." - Miranda Franco "Lovely floral and red cherry tones at the nose. Pure, bright cherry and cranberry fruits on the palate with hints of herbs, flowers and spices." - Wayne Belding
2021 Zinfandel Cooper Vineyard Amador County $30.00 Platinum 94 points "Briary with some cinnamon and black plum notes. Caramel. On the light side but nice texture, dark chocolatey flavors with juicy plum in the middle. Very drinkable now, but can age. Touch hot in the finish." - Patrick Comiskey
2020 Reserve Petit Verdot San Joaquin County $48.00 Platinum 94 points "Minty, fruity, and bold, with wonderful acidity and a dose of verve. Nice finish." - Jeff Kralik "Iris, violets, blue and black plums, long finish.  Plunk this bottle down right next to your Wagyu!" - Stacie Hunt
2021 Sisney Estate Grown Peroni Ranch Amador County $40.00 Gold 93 points "Rich, dark brooding color, rich dark plum fruits, silky, syrupy down the palate.  Fine on its own to comtemplate the future." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Sangiovese The Hill Vineyard Amador County $34.00 Gold 93 points "Red pure fruit flavors, such as red and black cherry, plum, and raspberry burst out of the glass.  Cleansing acidity makes this the perfect food companion." - Miranda Franco "Pure red cherry plus black cherry fruits with zesty herb and allspice hints. Lovely pure fruit on the palate with spice and herb notes." - Wayne Belding
2021 Reserve Barbera Amador County $48.00 Gold 93 points "Richly textured, savory wine with considerable depth that finishes with length and subtlety." - Miranda Franco "Black and red fruits with floral tones at the nose. Pure red cherry and raspberry on the palate with vanilla and clove."  - Wayne Belding
2021 Lagrein French Camp Vineyard Paso Robles $30.00 Gold 92 points "Deep dark and inky in the glass. Really really concentrated fruit intensity both on the nose and palate. Blue and black fruits: blueberries, blackberries, and bramble. Strong chalky tannins doing exactly what they're supposed to do with a Lagrein. Best to be enjoyed with a meal. Perhaps a pork tenderloin with a blueberry compote sauce on top or braised short ribs." - Brianne Cohen
2021 Barbera Cooper Vineyard Amador County $34.00 Gold 92 points "A wonderfully fresh expression of Barbera, where rich aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, and a touch of white pepper take the lead and end with a long, luxurious finish." - Miranda Franco "Raspberry and cherry fruits with hints of flowers and allspice. Pure red fruit flavors with moderate layering and oak spice."  - Wayne Belding
2021 Syrah TW Three Way Vineyard Paso Robles $34.00 Gold 92 points "Yum. Ink, iodine, violet perfume, gingerbread, clove. Also oak, warm and smooth. Australian richness but smooth and forward, well made in a ripe style, lively and juicy." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Zinfandel Estate Estate Grown Peroni Ranch Amador County $40.00 Gold 91 points "A sophisticated iteration of Zinfandel. Refreshing acidity permeates through a bounty of dark purple and black fruits. Oak influence adds roundness." - Brianne Cohen "Pretty classic zin notes of briar and black cherry. Pretty oaky on palate, rich and pretty foursquare; the texture, despite rich oak notes is sleek and suave, plenty of tannin, fine boned." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Malbec Fiddlehead Vineyard Fair Play $30.00 Gold 91 points "Juicy with flavors of roasted coconut, blackberry and ripe black plum. A touch of dried herb on the finish.  Delightful." - Miranda Franco "Vanilla, black and blue fruit aromas. Ripe blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and cinnamon notes on the palate." - Wayne Belding
2021 Barbera Amador County $30.00 Gold 91 points "Outstandingly fresh, with soft and ripe tannins, this Barbera shows fruit notes of blackberry, black plum, and cherry. Black pepper and licorice and minerality enhance a palate with a long, extended finish." - Miranda Franco "Tart cherry and raspberry aromas with red fruit flavors underscored by vanilla and baking spice." - Wayne Belding
2021 Petit Verdot Creekside Vineyard Jahant $28.00 Gold 91 points "Blue fruits, blue flowers, some white pepper, spice. Put me right next to your rare burger!" - Stacie Hunt
2021 Charbono Sierra Foothills $29.00 Gold 91 points "Pretty tarry, some volatility, red cherry, wildly concentrated but definitively red fruited, red plum and cherry, slightly grassy in texture. Firm, fleshy, long." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Teroldego Creekside Vineyard Jahant $32.00 Gold 90 points "Red beet, root veggies, dark, tarry, serious. Italianate. Like Sagrantino. Very oaky and sweet, amarone-like richness. Well made with intention." - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Chardonnay Sisters Vineyard Los Carneros $36.00 Gold 90 points "Big oak, big fruit, a big California wine, but it has its place." - Jeff Kralik "White citrus flowers, lemon curd, vanilla, butter, quite warm.  For Cali Chardonnay lovers." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Premier Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $32.00 Platinum 94 points "More of the unoaked style with an abundance of fruit and quite tart. Lovely fruit and extremely well-done." - Jeff Kralik "Meyer Lemon, white florals, daisy, lime & mandarin zest, freshness." - Stacie Hunt
2021 no-oak Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $32.00 Gold 91 points "Quite light in the glass and on the palate with subtle citrus and a lasting finish." - Jeff Kralik "A lighter version of oaked Chardonnay. The fruit comes forth with lemon curd, citrus flowers." - Stacie Hunt
JOLO Winery & Vineyards
2022 JOLOTAGE North Carolina $39.00 Platinum 94 points "Sweet nose of baked blackberry pie a la mode, the palate is rich and full and downright tasty." - Jeff Kralik "Bright cherries, red plums, juicy flavors, medium-bodied, silky tannins; satisfying finish. A wine for steak, ribs, lamb." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Twinkles North Carolina $42.00 Gold 92 points "Offers beautiful bright acidity and deeply enticing notes of grapefruit, strawberry preserves and subtle baking spice. Perfect for any occasion. " - Miranda Franco "Floral, honey, grapefruit at the nose. Lively, layered and citrusy on the palate with subtle yeast and floral hints." - Wayne Belding
NV Muddy Paws Yadkin Valley $45.00 Gold 91 points "Light color, lovely in the glass with caramel and honey, good level of tartness, a wonderful ruby. " - Jeff Kralik "Carmelized cherries, pomegranate, warmed fruits, luscious wine.  After dinner, with a few nuts and blue cheese, great conversations will ensue." - Stacie Hunt
Kenwood Vineyards
2019 Six Ridges Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $21.99 Platinum 95 points "Quite lovely in the glass with dried lavender, red rose, and black raspberry. The palate follows with plenty of fruit, but also an intriguing grip on the lasting finish." - Jeff Kralik "Red berry, raspberry,  potpourri, garrigue, well integrated oak and tannin, nice finish! Classy wine! Bring to a dinner party and insure an invite back, great for gifting & sharing." - Stacie Hunt
2020 Six Ridges Chardonnay Russian River Valley $16.99 Platinum 94 points "Oak and lemon with apricot and peach on the nose, rich and full on the palate with a couple of ounces of verve." - Jeff Kralik "Classic California Chadonnay!  This is elegant wine and the fruit and florals have an opportunity to mingle with the oak." - Stacie Hunt
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Mountain $36.99 Gold 93 points "Earthy and a touch ashy when first poured. Flavors are nice tho, concentrated, serious, layered, ashy and dark, stripling bark and baked and plum. Dark and smoky, good freshness in its depth. Relaxed and fine boned, juicy acidity keeps it lively and on point." - Patrick Comiskey
2019 Pinot Noir California $9.99 Gold 93 points "Lovely in the glass with lavender and basil pairing with the black cherry compote, a contemplative Pinot that would work well with grilled salmon or lamb." - Jeff Kralik "Strawberry jam, raspberry jam.  Earthy, bramble-y herbs, dried carnation.  Middle drops out, then returns a bit on the finish. A food wine: salmon, roast chicken, grilled lamb." - Stacie Hunt
2019 Red Blend California $9.99 Gold 92 points "A hefty, assertive red blend with heaps of tannins and fruit concentration. Dark fruits (blackberries, black cherries, and bramble) lead the way. Secondary notes of wood spice and cedar, plus a hint of graphite/pencil shavings, round it all out." - Brianne Cohen
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon California $9.99 Gold 92 points "Interesting dark fruit characteristics of blueberries, blackberry, and faint bramble. The fruit character is slightly ripe, but not too much. On the palate, the structural elements are all in harmony, giving a solid wine in the glass. The fruit characteristic is generous and concentrated, and the flavors move into the secorndary/tertiary territory with some cedar and sweet spice notes coming to the surface. " - Brianne Cohen "Varietally spot on, it's pretty classic in its old school cedar, pine tip pyrazine notes. Plum and fig flavors are dark and elegant. Juicy attack with tarry bottom note, lightly oaked, fairly light tannins. Not layered but extremely satisfying." - Patrick Comiskey
2019 Six Ridges Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $21.99 Gold 90 points "A sophisticated nose of dark fruit plus some tertiary notes of chocolate and spice. The palate is harmonious and showcases structure (tannins and fruit concentration) plus a lengthy finish." - Brianne Cohen
2022 Merlot Valle Central $11.99 Gold 90 points "Cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and herbal notes on the nose and palate. The tannic structure makes this great for the grill with BBQ ribs or the like." - Miranda Franco
King Estate
2021 Chardonnay Willamette Valley $22.00 Gold 93 points "Bright citrus with some lovely tartness and just a hint of vanilla." - Jeff Kralik "Shows fruit, florals, citrus zest. Oak is not overpowering, allowing the citrus fruit and meyer lemon to zing!  Refreshing and satisfying. Can work with or without food." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Rose of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20.00 Gold 90 points "White peach and strawberry take the lead, and they are joined by some white pepper and soft herb character. Good complexity in Rosé!" - Rich Cook
NV Brut Rosé California $14.00 Gold 92 points "Offers a nice toastiness alongside red berry fruit like strawberry and a whisper of raspberry.  The palate offers great depth and roundess. This should be on your radar." - Miranda Franco
2019 Natural' Russian River Valley $17.00 Gold 91 points "Clean, crisp and lively with lemon, lime and green apple fruit plus a subtle creaminess that gives added depth." - Wayne Belding
NV Brut California $14.00 Gold 90 points "Vibrant with peach, ripe lemon and bright acidity balances the wine's delicate sweetness.  It finishes with a long and refreshing finish." - Miranda Franco "Lemon, apple and floral notes with a clean, slightly creamy flavor." - Wayne Belding
NV Blanc de Noirs California $14.00 Gold 90 points "Deep and floral on the nose with tart fruit, great natural acidity and balanced fruit. If you like roundness, this will be right up your alley." - Miranda Franco "Strawberry, cream, yeast and floral aromas. Round, smooth and creamy on the palate. Easy drinking bubbly." - Wayne Belding
2021 Chardonnay Terre Siciliane IGT $17.99 Gold 90 points "Light and lively citrus, apple, peach flavors with mouthwatering acidity." - Rebecca Murphy
La Marca
2021 Prosecco Rosé Prosecco DOC $19.00 Gold 91 points "A balanced Prosecco with perfurmed red-berried fruit and soft yet generous bubbles that provide ample freshness."  - Miranda Franco "Berry, pear, lemon and floral elements at the nose. Round and refreshing flavors with citrus, berry and creamy nuances." - Wayne Belding
NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC $19.00 Gold 90 points "Soft bubbles maximize the fruit core of this Prosecco with a clean and invigorating finish. This is a crowd-pleaser for sure." - Miranda Franco "Floral, lemon and green apple elements are enhanced by a fresh and lively character on the palate." - Wayne Belding
La Vieile Ferme
2022 Blanc Vin de France $11.99 Gold 92 points "Light and lithe in the glass with subtle notes of lemon, peach, and Bosc pear, with a lovely tartness and a hint of spice. Lovely!" - Jeff Kralik "Sophisticated blend of whites, offering floral aromas, touch of vanilla and crisp and dry finish.  This wine with simply grilled or roasted fish or chicken will amp up your meal!" - Stacie Hunt
NV Reserve Sparkling Rosé Methode Contemporaine France $11.99 Gold 92 points "Raspberry, floral, delicate yeasty elements at the nose. Bright, lively, pure raspberry fruit with lemon and yeasty flavors." - Wayne Belding
Le Vigne
2019 Cuore Della Vigna Estate Grown Paso Robles $54.00 Gold 92 points "Nice raspberry compote with earth and just a touch of spice. Balanced and tasty." - Jeff Kralik
2019 Cepage Estate Vineyard Sonoma Valley $94.00 Gold 92 points "A lovely bouquet of black cherry, cocoa, smoked herbs, and ripe tannin.  Easy-drinking and undeniably delicious." - Miranda Franco
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Howell Mountain $130.00 Gold 91 points "Juicy red fruit, enjoyable to drink." - Michael Cervin
Liberty Station
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon California $24.99 Gold 91 points "There's a light elegance to this with nicely balanced fruit, acidity and oak." - Michael Cervin
Lightpost Winery
2021 Chardonnay Reserve Spanish Springs Vineyard San Luis Obispo County $39.00 Platinum 95 points "Rich and inviting with lemon curd, apricot, pear, and hazelnut, great tartness and plenty of verve. Seafood risotto please…" - Jeff Kralik "Fruits of yellow pear, green apple, citrus, white flowers, apricot (dry), light touch of oak, fresh acidity." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Pinot Noir Reserve Ferrari Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains $65.00 Gold 91 points "Well structured ripe black cherry, strawberry fruit, crisp acidity and ripe tannins. Nicely integrated and well structured." - Rebecca Murphy
2021 Pinot Noir Reserve Saveria Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains $58.00 Gold 91 points "Bright, expressive fruit with a good balance of oak and acidity." - Michael Cervin
Line 39
2020 Pinot Noir California $10.99 Platinum 94 points "Delivers beautiful aromas and flavors of dried plum, raspberry, black cherry intertwined with damp earth, baking spices and woodsy smoke.  Perfect structure, soft tannins and a charming essence reminiscent of Vosne-Romanee." - Miranda Franco "Ripe red cherry and strawberry fruits interwoven with earthy, slightly gamey elements. Balanced and layered with spice and herbs at the finish." - Wayne Belding
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon California $10.99 Gold 92 points "Dark red fruit and lots of toasted oak."  - Michael Cervin
Lone Cardinal
2021 Zinfandel California $15.99 Platinum 94 points "Dark red fruits, good juicy cherry flavors. Lively with a little greenness that lasts. Pure and linear, with terrific acidity, light oak imprint and length." - Patrick Comiskey
Louis M. Martini
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $42.00 Platinum 95 points "Erupts with bright notes of ripe cherry, cassis, roasted plum, freshly picked herbs and leather.  It's balanced with persistent tannin and a throughline of bright acidity all of which enliven the bright berry core." - Miranda Franco "Rich blackcurrant and black cherry fruits with olive, herb and spicy complexity. Balanced, layered and long." - Wayne Belding
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County $23.00 Platinum 94 points "This is a real stunner with balance and elegance. Red and black cassis envelops layers of cedar, earth and tobacco. You want this on hand with a perfectly cooked steak." - Miranda Franco "Vanilla, blackcurrant fruit, herbs and olive a the nose.  Ripe, layered and balanced on the palate with rich fruit and herbal complexity." - Wayne Belding
Maader 99
2020 Pinotage Swartland $26.00 Gold 90 points "Always fun to try a Pinotage. For someone looking to get past the usual suspects (Cab, Merlot, and Pinot Noir), Pinotage is a great wine to start with. A great interplay of fruity and savory flavors. Very pleasant and structurally it all lines up. All the structural elements are in place, and the wine is interesting and showcases Pinotage well. " - Brianne Cohen "A bit like catsup. Soy sauce and stemmy; dark cherry, pepper, hint of clove. Savory and bright, with good balance and a kind of older vintage reserve vibe to the flavors. Very good for pinotage!" - Patrick Comiskey
Maison Saleya
2022 Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AOP $14.00 Gold 90 points "There's real refreshment here - Nice herb notes join strawberry and bright lemon zest, and a zippy finish keeps me coming back. " - Rich Cook
Maker Wine Company
2022 2022 Alta Orsa Chardonnay Sonoma County $9.00 Gold 91 points "You'd never guess this came from a can - spot on Chardonnay character with nice acidity and a long finish with good push. And it's easy opening…" - Rich Cook
2021 Zinfandel Paso Robles $13.00 Gold 90 points "Here's a spice bomb of a Zin that shows solid varietal character and a peppery punch in the finish. Nice!" - Rich Cook
2022 Sparkling Rosé North Coast $7.00 Gold 90 points "Pleasant fizz, tart cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors last and beg another sip. CAN you say movie purse?" - Rich Cook
Mark West Wines
2021 Black Pinot Noir Central Coast $15.99 Gold 92 points "Starts off heady. Little tar, little cherry. Forward, attractive. Flavors full on, rich, round, luxuriously chocolatey and sleek. Expensive. So polished and fleshy, very long, well built in a commercial sense. this is stylish and showy as a peacock." - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Pinot Noir California $8.99 Gold 90 points "A confected red fruit character on the nose for those who enjoy ripe wines. Light bodied on the palate but with rich ripe flavor characteristics of cherries and blackberries, plus a note of chocolate. " - Brianne Cohen
McGrail Vineyards
2019 Sláinte Red Blend Livermore Valley $39.00 Gold 92 points "Dark and a bit brooding with plenty of dark fruit, but also a nice lifting cherry note, this is the quintessential red blend and deliciously quaffable." - Jeff Kralik
2020 Shamus Patrick Red Blend Livermore Valley $46.00 Gold 92 points "Refreshingly juicy but with enough texture to stand up to a steak.  Its tannins are well-integrated while its wild berry fruit flavors are ripe and inviting." - Miranda Franco
McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards and Winery
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered Napa Valley $58.00 Platinum 94 points "Richly-layered with dark fruits leading things off - blackberry, cassis, currant and then spice and cedar chime in.  Fresh, lifted and palate-coating Cabernet.  Years of positive evolution ahead of it, but still a joy if uncorking it now." - Miranda Franco "Ripe and balanced with blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. Hints of herbs, olives and black pepper plus vanilla and baking spice from the oak aging," - Wayne Belding
2018 Merlot Unfiltered Napa Valley $42.00 Gold 93 points "Ripe black and red fruits balanced nicely by floral and oak elements. Good purity and layering of flavors." - Wayne Belding
2018 Cabernet Franc Unfiltered Napa Valley $45.00 Gold 91 points "Blackberry and mocha exude from the glass with abundant fruit and a nice tartness on the palate. Very nice." - Jeff Kralik
McManis Family Vineyards
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Lodi $11.99 Platinum 94 points "Elegantly layered and loaded with blackcurrant, roasted strawberries, crushed rock, earth and a touch of baking spice.  It's enhanced by a firm mineral backbone. It's precise, chisled and smooth all in one." - Miranda Franco "Layered blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with herbal, floral and olive tones.  Layered, balanced and complex with a long finish." - Wayne Belding
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Lodi $19.99 Gold 93 points "Strikes a lovely balance between black cherry, currants and spicier hints of toasted cocoa nibs.  Lots of poise and purity." - Miranda Franco
2020 Barbera Estate Grown Jamie Lynn Vineyard California $11.99 Gold 91 points "Powerful but refined wine with great depth and purity of fruit." - Miranda Franco
NV Brut California Sparkling Wine California $19.99 Gold 91 points "Sumptuous fruit shines brightly with a slight note of pastry that brings added complexity to this delectable sparkler." - Miranda Franco "Ripe apple, lemon and floral notes at the nose with fresh lemon and green apple flavors." - Wayne Belding
2021 Pinot Noir Estate Grown Lodi $11.99 Gold 90 points "Aromas of chocolate, cocoa and baking spices. On the palate the wine is spicy and zippy. Enjoy with a bowl of penne arrabiata on the couch for when you want to Netflix and chill." - Brianne Cohen
Merriam Vineyards
2018 Merlot Estate Windacre Vineyard Russian River Valley $54.00 Platinum 95 points "Incredible blackberry and plum fruit with a zingy backbone and lasting finish. A Merlot that just might change Miles' mind." - Jeff Kralik "First impression is enticing. Dark cherry, red berries, dried herbs and earth. Elegant tannins.  Sudden drop off mid-palate, would leave me wanting on a Friday or Saturday. Ok for Tuesday." - Stacie Hunt
2020 Pinot Noir Diana's Vineyard Russian River Valley $56.00 Gold 93 points "Laser-focused Pinot, crackling with plums, kola nut and black fruit and dancing with spice notes." - Miranda Franco
2020 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $38.00 Gold 91 points "Pure black cherry and blueberry fruits underlain by vanilla-oak elements. A pleasant, easy-to-drink Pinot." - Wayne Belding
2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $30.00 Gold 91 points "Flavorful and persistently so, with juicy fruit flavors that never shade over into obviousness; juicy and classy at once." - Michael Franz
Miguel Flores
2021 Malbec Argentina $24.99 Gold 90 points "Warm layers of dark fruits, baking spices, Mediterranean herbs and supple tannins with a persistent finish." - Miranda Franco "Blackberry, blueberry and vanilla at the nose. Ripe black fruits with vanilla-oak elements on the palate." - Wayne Belding
Miramonte Winery
2019 Garnacha Temecula Valley $40.00 Platinum 94 points "Medium ruby with garnet hues in the glass. On the nose, the wine is spiced and red fruited. On the palate the wine is light bodied and fresh. Refreshing acid cleanses the palate. A perfect ""palate opener"" red wine before a nice meal." - Brianne Cohen "Licorice, fresh, a mild VA note makes it heady. Fresh, bright, lean attack, all red cherry and strawberry with a fine line of bright acidity, brisk acids and light tannins give a brilliant, vibrant textural lift. Excellent expression." - Patrick Comiskey
2019 Tempranillo Temecula Valley $47.00 Platinum 94 points "Full bodied Tempranillo with supportive oak spice and a lingering finish that's already well integrated, but has structure for the cellar." - Michael Cervin
2019 Opulente California $46.00 Gold 92 points "Black fruits with herbs and spices. Layered fruit with spices and sun-baked herbs."  - Wayne Belding
2021 Albarino Temecula Valley $32.00 Gold 92 points "Shows exactly what Albarino should be, driving acidity, bright, expressive fruit" - Michael Cervin
2022 Opulente Blanc California $36.00 Gold 91 points "Freesia, jasmine, and white citrus flowers command attention.  Flavors of pear, white peach.  Spice up Summer!" - Stacie Hunt
Monserate Vineyards and Winery
2022 Monte Luna Estate Grown South Coast $49.00 Gold 92 points "Red berry and floral nose. Juicy raspberry, lemon and yeasty notes on the palate. Lively and bright." - Wayne Belding
2021 Barbera Estate Grown South Coast $52.00 Gold 92 points "Brooding with perfumed floral aromas and notes of anise and dried fruit. The palate expands on this with intense red fruit, savory cured meat, and wet slate." - Miranda Franco "Red cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruits backed by earth and floral elements. Vanilla and baking spice from oak add to the complexity." - Wayne Belding
Mountain Terraces Winery & Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lex's Moon Mountain District $120.00 Gold 92 points "Dark fruit with generous oak and light mocha." - Michael Cervin
2018 Malbec Estate Grown Moon Mountain District $160.00 Gold 92 points "Heady bouquet and bright red and black fruit with pleasant acidty and an appealing fruit-driven finish."  - Miranda Franco
2018 Cabernet Franc Estate Grown Moon Mountain District $140.00 Gold 92 points "Raspberry coulis sprinkled with white pepper and just a hint of dill. Rich and full-bodied with mellow tannins."  - Jeff Kralik
Navarro Vineyards
2022 Chardonnay Première Reserve Anderson Valley $29.00 Gold 92 points "Lemon lime, fresh, bright, lean, good midweight, length is nice too. This has energy and vibrant acidity for lime roasted salmon." - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Chardonnay Mendocino $25.00 Gold 92 points "Smoky lees, white pear, chewy lean, clean, well made. A nice saltiness in the nose and toward the finish. Light lemony with lovely tension and poise." - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Muscat Blanc (Dry) Anderson Valley $25.00 Gold 91 points "Beautiful nose, light and clean with lovely floral notes." - Michael Cervin
2022 Grüner Veltliner Anderson Valley $25.00 Gold 91 points "Soft, clean, light and bright." - Michael Cervin
2021 Barbera Mendocino $29.00 Gold 91 points "Red cherry and raspberry fruits plus floral and spice notes at the nose.  Tart cherry fruit flavors wth brown spice and moderate depth."  - Wayne Belding
2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir Anderson Valley $25.00 Gold 90 points This really comes on in the finish with tart strawberry and lemon zest. Perfect for hot weather sipping. - Rich Cook
2022 Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry Anderson Valley $27.00 Gold 90 points "Light nose that initially is closer to a Riesling, but that characteristic spice comes through at the end. Floral, chalky fruity, and a bit round on the palate." - Jeff Kralik "Slow moving lychee and spice on the nose, shows up more on the palate.  Acidity could be a bit higher, shows a little flab." - Stacie Hunt
Oak Farm Vineyards
2020 Cabernet Franc Estate Grown Lodi $40.00 Platinum 94 points "Black and red fruit greet the nose with intense fruit and a full mouthfeel. A lovely expression of Cab Franc."  - Jeff Kralik "A fuller-bodied Cab Franc, filled with bright red fruits, red plums, white pepper, vanilla from the oak, supple tannins. When you tire of Cabernet Sauvignon, this will refresh." - Stacie Hunt
2020 Genevieve Meritage Estate Grown Lodi $42.00 Gold 92 points "Fresh and dark fruited with lush flavors of warm spice, tobacco and cedar. Palate-coating and culminates with a violet-driven finish." - Miranda Franco
2019 Left Bank Red Cuvée Master Blend Series Napa Valley $50.00 Platinum 96 points "Intoxicating aromas of brambly black fruit, juniper and rosemary. Well-balanced and rich in savory notes that complement the aromas that carry over to the palate with a seemingly endless finish. Likely to become even better with age." - Miranda Franco "Ripe and balanced with blackcurrant, blackberry and some red fruit hints. Layered and complex with herb and spice tones. Round, ripe and long." - Wayne Belding
2019 Cabernet Franc Reserve Napa Valley $115.00 Platinum 95 points "Whoa. Fantastic fruit of boysenberry and plum, fresh basil and dill, with wonderful body and depth." - Jeff Kralik "Although the tannins are still a bit chewy/grippy, this CF could benefit from even more aging. It has red fruits, fresh herbs, slight peppery finish. Saturday night dinner wine.  Impress your guests." - Stacie Hunt
2019 Proprietary Red Reserve Napa Valley $90.00 Gold 91 points "Opens with black cherry, warm black plum, blackberry preserves, bay leaf and a touch of earth.   Stacks of fruit complemented by an ongoing finish. " - Miranda Franco "Round and ripe with cocoa and coffee elements. Smooth and easy-drinking style with depth and richness."  - Wayne Belding
Peirano Estate Vineyards
2021 Malbec The Heritage Collection Lodi $14.99 Gold 92 points "If you don't like a lot of oak influence then this Malbec is for you. Bright acidity and minerality are followed by red and dark berries, herbs, supple tannins and a persistent finish." - Miranda Franco "Red and black fruits with herbal aromas. Layered herb and red fruit flavors followed by oak notes." - Wayne Belding
2022 The Other White Lodi $14.99 Gold 91 points "Very floral and sweet on the nose with lemon and peach. Fruity and full-bodied on the palate, with considerable spice. Nice!" - Jeff Kralik
Pian del Poggio
2022 Pinot Grigio Rosato delle Venezie IGT $14.99 Gold 90 points "Subtle but notable fruit flavors show nicely in this wine, leading to a finish that offers a touch of focusing grip." - Michael Franz
NV Cava Brut Rosé Cava DO $12.99 Gold 93 points "Citrus, green apple & raspberry fruits at the nose.  Clean, lively and bright on the palate with lemon & raspberry fruits and yeasty complexity." - Wayne Belding
NV Cava Brut Cava DO $12.99 Gold 92 points "Green apple and citrus fruits are enhanced by floral elements. Flavors are bright & lively with lemon, green apple and subtle yeastiness." - Wayne Belding
NV Pura Organic Brut Cava DO $14.99 Gold 90 points "Tart fresh green apple zings across the palate on a rush of tingling bubbles. There is a crescendo of ripe soft peach and nectarine on the finish." - Miranda Franco
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast $17.99 Platinum 94 points "Subtle nose with an herbal aspect, some jalapeño, gooseberry and ripe honeydew. The palate is fresh and tart, with a lovely finish." - Jeff Kralik "Overripe Honeydew melon, gooseberry, grassy, minerality on the palate, fresh, slight bitter almond finish." - Stacie Hunt
2020 Red Blend Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 92 points "Comprehensive use of fruit, oak, acidity and tannic structure." - Michael Cervin
2021 Sagrantino Swan Creek $40.00 Platinum 94 points "Lovely rhubarb and a dried herbal quality. Whoa! Fruit, sure, but the herbs and a tannic grip scream ""hold on to me!""" - Jeff Kralik "Rhubarb, brambly herbs, oregano, thyme. I'm transported to southern Italy, looking for a pizza with Soprasetta." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Girasole Swan Creek $22.00 Gold 92 points "Restrained in aroma and flavor, but very lively in texture on the palate, with nice interplay of acidity with the subtle fruit notes." - Michael Franz
Raging Bull Vineyard
2021 Malbec California $35.00 Gold 91 points "Lovely mineral character and flavors of cherries and cherry pits, tar, candied violets, and black plums. Hard to put down the glass." - Miranda Franco "Blueberry, vanilla, baking spice and blackberry aromas. Ripe fruit and oak on the palate. Firm tannins at the finish." - Wayne Belding
Raymond Vineyards
2020 Reserve Selection Merlot Napa Valley $24.00 Platinum 94 points "Orange aspirin, red cherry. Correct. tanbark and a hint of the forest. Silky, suave attack, silky red cherry with a bit of cherryskin grip, fine claylike tannins. Excellent texture, sleek and finessed, relaxed and composed. Excellent." - Patrick Comiskey
2020 Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $45.00 Gold 91 points "Fruit forward, sweet spices, licorice, little grip on the tannin. Short finish, but a crowd pleaser for Cab lovers." - Stacie Hunt
2021 QbA Riesling Mosel $12.00 Gold 90 points "Hint of fusil and celery leaf. Pear and demerara sugar, a whiff of pickling spice, dill. Gherkin sweetness. Not bad. Rich middle palate, then firm and juicy on finish." - Patrick Comiskey
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards
2022 Grüner Veltliner Estate Grown Estate Selection; Hefeabzug Umpqua Valley $34.00 Platinum 94 points "This wine is true to its heritage, with just a hint of new world character tipping it off as a domestic. Gorgeous." - Michael Cervin
2022 Viognier Estate Grown Estate Selection Umpqua Valley $36.00 Gold 93 points "A fruity nose, leading with stone fruit (white peach) and hints of tropical fruit (pineapple). The palate delivers moderate body and acid, as is expected of a Viognier, plus texture and mouthfeel. " - Brianne Cohen "All peaches and melon. Juicy and forward but very lush on the palate without being blowsy or rich, just a hint of celery seed to go along with peach nectar, rich, creamy, balanced with a mild phenolic grip that's very pleasant." - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Grüner Veltliner Estate Grown Green Lizard Umpqua Valley $38.00 Gold 92 points "Does what Gruner should do, clean wine, bright acidity, subtle flavor." - Michael Cervin
2021 Syrah Estate Grown Winemaker's Reserve Umpqua Valley $45.00 Gold 90 points "Ripe generous fruit on the nose; aromas of blackberries and a slight black licorice note. The palate is fruit-filled and with prevalent tannins, asking for a meal. Grilled tri tip or BBQ takeout would be a good companion." - Brianne Cohen
2022 Matrix Estate Grown Estate Selection Umpqua Valley $31.00 Gold 90 points "Fresh, assertive, dry with floral and stewed fruit flavors that round out the palate." - Miranda Franco "Peach, pear and baked apple fruit. Round, ripe and smooth on the palate with stewed and fresh fruits." - Wayne Belding
Robert Green Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $218.75 Platinum 94 points "A classic, text-book Cabernet expression with herbal aromas of bay leaf, cedar, mint, eucalyptus, and fruit flavors or raspberry and red currant   Svelte tannins find a long dry finish with mouthwatering acidity." - Miranda Franco "Ripe black fruits with nutty hints and elements of herbs. Layers of flavor balanced by herb, olive and oak elements." - Wayne Belding
Robert Hall
2021 Artisan Collection Sparkling Grenache Paso Robles $89.99 Gold 92 points "Lemon, yeast, green apple, and citrus pith combine for a refreshing and lively bubbly." - Wayne Belding
2020 Paso Red Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 91 points "Black fruits with oak and spices at the nose. Round and ripe flavors with black fruits interwoven with subtle herb and spice notes."  - Wayne Belding
2020 Merlot - Artisan Collection Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 91 points "Solid, dependable Merlot with a nice earthiness and dark fruits." - Michael Cervin
2020 Merlot Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 90 points "An even style, good fruit and oak balance." - Michael Cervin
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 90 points "An enjoyable cab for a mid week dinner."  - Michael Cervin
Rodney Strong Vineyards
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County $23.00 Platinum 94 points "Pretty black fruit aromas with a floral note, concentrated black fruit, lively, lifting acidity, ripe tannins and a lingering finsh." - Rebecca Murphy
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $30.00 Gold 92 points "A wine that reflects dark fruit and use of oak."  - Michael Cervin
2018 Symmetry Sonoma County $60.00 Gold 92 points "Black fruits with coffee and herb tones.  Blackcurrant, tobacco, vanilla and spice on the palate. Balanced and layered." - Wayne Belding
2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $25.00 Gold 91 points "Heaps of ripe bing cherry, wild strawberry, spicy plum and softer notes of earth and clove. Delightfully smooth with vibrant character." - Miranda Franco
2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $25.00 Gold 91 points "Stonefruit, strawberry and zesty citrus dance together well, with cleansing citrus taking the lead on the finish." - Rich Cook
2020 Chardonnay Chalk Hill $22.00 Gold 91 points "Pretty toasty. Has a nutty lees note adorning pear and golden apple. Beautiful fruit, round, supple, rich. People will like the firm and phenolic finish. Has modest acidity, but the lees and oak flavor the tannins with mildly bitter phenols to close. Very nice." - Patrick Comiskey
Rowen Wine Company
2018 Red Wine Sonoma County $60.00 Gold 91 points "Bright fruit is supported by lovely tannins and solid acidity."  - Michael Cervin
Schmitt Söhne
2021 QbA Riesling (Crisp & Fruity) Rheinhessen $11.00 Gold 90 points "Easy, drinkable, with a whisper of residual sugar on the back end. The perfect low alcohol, slightly sweet, refreshng white to enjoy in your Yeti wine tumbler whilst floating in the pool." - Brianne Cohen
Sea Bird
2020 Poseidon Foxtrot Vineyard Oakville $124.99 Gold 90 points "Dark, and on the verge of brooding, with black, brambly fruit, an herbal aspect (mint). Well-balanced with a lengthy finish. " - Jeff Kralik "Dark berries, licorice, slight minty, a little brett. Serve with a roasted beef or grilled tomato & vegetables. A bit augmented, but not unpleasant." - Stacie Hunt
Sea Bright
2019 Malbec Paso Robles $40.00 Gold 91 points "An energetic wine with flavors of wild mountain berries, sweet spice in the clove and vanilla vein, and a touch of herb." - Miranda Franco
Serego Alighieri
2021 Possessioni Bianco Veneto IGT $19.99 Gold 92 points "Rich, textured, high in acid and concentrated with complex notes of Mediterranean herbs and citrus fruit. " - Miranda Franco "Lemon, peach, pear and herbs at the nose. Juicy citrus and herb flavors with moderale layering and complexity." - Wayne Belding
Sigillo Cellars
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45.00 Gold 91 points "Deep, concentrated, and dark fruit character on the nose: cassis and blackberry. The tannins need a bit of time to integrate, and in a couple/few years, the wine will likely show better than it does today. On the palate, the wine serves dark, cooked fruit characteristics, reminiscent of blueberry coulis or compote." - Brianne Cohen "Dark and concentrated. Intense plum and blackbery tar, minerals, coffee. It's big and dark on palatte, with strong whiff of chocolate, not obtrusive. A tad generic but very well made." - Patrick Comiskey
2020 Awesome Columbia Valley $60.00 Gold 90 points "Everything you'd expect from a well-made Cabernet Sauvignon, including dark fruit and tannin structure. A note of cracked black pepper on the palate adds an interesting characteristic." - Brianne Cohen
Sister's Run Winery
2021 Santa Vicenta Malbec Mendoza $22.50 Gold 91 points "A savory expression of Malbec, with distinct leather tones alongside a berry fruited core." - Miranda Franco "Blackberry and blueberry fruits plus vanilla and spice aromas. Ripe blackberry flavors plus vanilla and baking spices." - Wayne Belding
St. James Winery
NV Project 1970 Ozark Highlands $18.99 Platinum 94 points "Dark in the glass, almost brooding but the fruit is bright (cherry, cranberry) and abundant. Zingy and precise, very nice." - Jeff Kralik "Rich, dark in color. Bright in fruit of currents, red berries, fresh herbs. Highly food friendly, from game to roasted chicken." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Norton Estate Grown Ozark Highlands $18.99 Gold 92 points "Black cherry, blackberries, plums. A unique red grape to turn up your taste buds. Cornish Hen or roasted lamb baked with plums would pair perfectly." - Stacie Hunt
NV Blueberry No Appellation $8.99 Gold 92 points "Blueberry, floral, black cherry and cinnamon spice. Balanced and pure flavors." - Wayne Belding
NV 38 Degrees North Ozark Highlands $16.99 Gold 91 points "Acacia and fruit with a zinginess that holds up well. Nice."  - Jeff Kralik
2022 Vignoles Estate Grown Ozark Highlands $16.99 Gold 91 points "Fresh mango, papaya, tropical notes to transport you to the islands! A delicious wine for the afternoon." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $18.00 Gold 91 points "Lemony, green pepper, cat pee. A bit sweet, and while not my style, it has an audience." - Jeff Kralik "For fans of New Zealand style.  Jalapeno, green pepper, gooseberry, lime.  The Big Boy SB." - Stacie Hunt
2019 Pinot Noir Estate Grown Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands $50.00 Gold 93 points "Feels older, showing a bit of oxidized character. Plum, baking spices. Round rich, brown sugar sweetness.  Some nice secondary character. slightly woodsy tannins. It'd sing with game." - Patrick Comiskey
2019 Kali Hart Pinot Noir Estate Grown Monterey $26.00 Gold 90 points "Aromas of spice and earthiness dominate, with a healthy dose of red fruits, typical of Pinot Noir. On the palate the wine has good structural elements of acid, plus moderate tannins. To be enjoyed with a pot roast or a stewed meat dish. " - Brianne Cohen
Tara Bella Winery
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Sonoma County $80.00 Gold 91 points "Fig cake, olive tapenade. A bit of VA but not offputting. Dark, exotic greenness, a kind of cedar forest green quality, mildly smoky and lean, with succulent tannins." - Patrick Comiskey
Taylors Wines
2021 Taylor Made Cabernet Malbec Clare Valley $25.00 Gold 92 points "Judicious use of oak supports dark, ripe fruit." - Michael Cervin
The Seeker
2022 Chardonnay California $14.00 Platinum 94 points "Honeysuckle, citrus flowers, perfumy, lemon curd, some minerality, hints of vanilla. A sophisticated Cali Chard." - Stacie Hunt
2022 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC $14.00 Gold 92 points "Citrus flowers, lemon curd, touch of oak.  Acidity needs a kick in the arse." - Stacie Hunt
The Simple Grape
2021 Pinot Grigio California $15.00 Platinum 94 points "Great fruit, brilliant acidity, wonderful balance. Wow. I wish more Pinot Grigios were like this." - Jeff Kralik "Lime, lemon, white flowers, crisp acidity, spritely, good balance of fruits and acidity.  Satisfying finish. You'll get your Summer on with this wine!" - Stacie Hunt
2021 Chardonnay California $15.00 Platinum 94 points "Creamy and oppulent with rich fruit and a lengthy finish. A bold but lovely Chardonnay." - Jeff Kralik
2020 Tostorreddu Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT $19.99 Gold 92 points "Bold with red and dark fruits leaping from the glass with a tannic backbone that provides depth and structure." - Miranda Franco "Ripe red fruits with oregano and tomato leaf hints at the nose. Pure red cherry, red plum fruits plus savory herbs and baking spice on the palate." - Wayne Belding
2022 Sauvignon Blanc California $17.99 Gold 90 points "This leans toward New Zealand style, and that's a benefit. Grapefruit and lemongrass are bright and linger long." - Rich Cook
Trump Winery
2021 Viognier Monticello $29.99 Platinum 94 points "Typical Viognier aromas of stone fruit and exotic spice (candied ginger). On the palate the wine delivers rich fruit notes and a pleasant oily texture on the palate. A long finish. To be enjoyed with seared ahi tuna or a tuna tartare." - Brianne Cohen "Apple mash, rich, pulpy, lots of forward flavors, peach then hint of apricot and ripe pear. Finish is clean and elegant and long." - Patrick Comiskey
2016 Reserve Brut Estate Bottled Monticello $74.99 Gold 93 points "The bouquet is both fresh and lively, with light floral notes. The texture is deliciously creamy, with great depth paired with a long, silky finish." - Miranda Franco "Lively nose of lemon and lime fruit with floral notes. Creamy, lemon-curd, toast and yeast on the palate. Layered and complex." - Wayne Belding
2019 New World Reserve Monticello $59.99 Gold 92 points "Ripe black fruits with olive and herb elements. Balanced with moderate layering of flavors." - Wayne Belding
2020 Meritage Monticello $34.99 Gold 91 points "Concentrated aromas and flavors of backed dark fruits, cassis and espresso.  It's a drinkable perfume." - Miranda Franco
2017 Blanc de Noir Monticello $54.99 Gold 91 points "Effusive wet chalk, red apple skin and a lighly toasted brioched note. A great companion for your next dinner." - Miranda Franco
2020 Kekfrankos Hungary; Pannon $19.99 Platinum 94 points "A pretty purple color in the glass with savory aromas of wood/oak and forest floor. On the palate the wine is interesting, as Blaufrankisch (aka Kekfrankos) generally is. The palate is savory and zippy with notes of blackberry, bramble, and wood/oak. A fun one for wine lovers to geek out on and for new wine drinkers to stretch their palate with. " - Brianne Cohen
Ultimate Vineyards
2020 Rouge Temecula Valley $68.00 Gold 92 points "Fresh, dark fruited and herbal core, plus well-integrated tannins make this a real crowd-pleaser. Serves up lots of nuance and complexity." - Miranda Franco "Black and red fruits with herbal nuances. Medium-bodied with intriguing balance of herb and fruit elements."  - Wayne Belding
2018 Syrah Temecula Valley $42.00 Gold 90 points "Fairly bretty. Graham cracker oak note. Leafy, mildly smoky. Concentrated and firm, a touch generic in its dark red plum and black cherry flavors but balanced, well made, clean finish." - Patrick Comiskey
2020 St Andrews Shiraz Clare Valley $80.00 Gold 93 points "Fresh and juicy black fruit, enlivened by crisp acidity and supported by ripe tannins." - Rebecca Murphy
2022 Estate Label Riesling Clare Valley/Adelaide Hills South Australia $22.00 Gold 92 points "Honeysuckle nose, quickly followed by jasmine and citrus blossom. Spritely acidity." - Stacie Hunt
2021 Jaraman Shiraz Clare Valley/McLaren Vale $32.00 Gold 91 points "Though the tannins are pretty tight, they do support the rich red fruit." - Michael Cervin
Walnut Creek
2022 Riesling American $14.99 Platinum 94 points "A bit of petrol - lemon driven and quite dry in style with good acidity and fantastic finish." - Jeff Kralik "Green apple, pear, apricot, jasmine, lucious mouthfeel, long finish.  A perfect foil for spicy foods!" - Stacie Hunt
William Hill Estate Winery
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon California $14.99 Gold 91 points "Round, ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with subtle herb and floral tones.  Cocoa and black fruits blended with oak on the palate." - Wayne Belding
Winton Road
2022 Chardonnay Eden Valley $40.00 Gold 90 points "Spiced pear and marzipan aromas translate directly to flavors in a dry style with bright acidity and a medium finish. For fans of bold style that want some backbone as well." - Rich Cook
ZD Wines
2021 Pinot Noir Founder's Reserve Carneros $93.00 Gold 92 points "A charming wine that is succulent with lifted brambly berry flavors with baking spices, sage and tea notes. A joy to drink." - Miranda Franco
2021 Zinfandel Lodi $19.99 Gold 90 points "A spicy little number. Zinfandel with structure: tannins, acid, and fruit intensity. A clean, pleasant, and persistent finish. Pull out the Traeger, smoke some meats, and open a bottle of this!" - Brianne Cohen "Dark spiced cherry. Simple, straightforard spiced fruit, dried fruit leather feel to the texture, good dried fruit length. Fruitcake flavors." - Patrick Comiskey
Zonte's Footstep
2022 Violet Beauregard Malbec Langhorne Creek $30.00 Gold 93 points "Aromas suggesting subtle spices are joined by flavors of black cherries, grilled herbs and incense before breaking away to beautifully structured palate." - Miranda Franco "Blackberry and savory herbs at the nose. Layered fruit, herb and oak elements on the palate. More complex than most Malbecs." - Wayne Belding
2022 Nature's Crux Shiraz Fleurieu $35.00 Gold 93 points "Ripe black fruit seamlessly integrated with subtle, vibrant acidity and ripe, smooth tannins." - Rebecca Murphy
2022 Scarlet Ladybird Rose Fleurieu $25.00 Gold 91 points "Nice aromatic expressiveness gets this off to a good start, and though the flavors are restrained by comparison, the overall impression is quite successful." - Michael Franz
2022 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio Adelaide Hills $25.00 Gold 91 points "Lemony and lime with plenty of chutzpah. This is a bold Pinot Grigio for sure, but we need boldness from time to time." - Jeff Kralik
2021 Lake Doctor Shiraz Langhorne Creek $30.00 Gold 91 points "Well balanced with all the elements of fruit, oak, acidity and tannins." - Michael Cervin "Harmonius balance of ripe, black fruit, bright acidity and ripe tannins." - Rebecca Murphy
2021 Rosso Cova McLaren Vale $30.00 Gold 90 points "Intense black fruit, balancing acidity and sturdy tannins." - Rebecca Murphy

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