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Results > 2024 Judge Comments, Platinum & Gold Wine Award Winners

Alamos
2022 Malbec Mendoza $13.00 Gold 90
“A funky and meaty wine, but above-average fruit and a nice tannic grip. Well-made and would work well on the dinner table or by a campfire.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Malbec's personality shines bright in this juicy wine. I could sip this while binge watching Netflix with a bag of popcorn or pair it with a fatty cut of meat and some spirited conversation among friends.“ - Devin Parr
 
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Wetzel Family Estate Alexander Valley $35.00 Platinum 94
“Hot damn! I love this wine. Restrained yet concentrated and confidently Cab. It's got personality, great varietal character, and freshness for days.“ - Devin Parr
2022 Cabernet Franc Wetzel Family Estate Alexander Valley $35.00 Gold 92
“Bright fruit and expressive oak gives this a hearty feel.“ - Michael Cervin
2023 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese Wetzel Family Estate Sonoma County $22.00 Gold 90
“A bright and vibrant nose of red fruits, stone fruits, and citrus. A rush of acidity makes for a moutwatering palate.“ - Allison Levine
 
Angels & Cowboys
2023 Rosé Sonoma County $16.00 Gold 90
“Almost no color at all but some nice fruit on the palate mostly peach and some red berry. Nice and tart.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
Balverne
2021 Chardonnay Estate Grown; Forever Wild Russian River Valley $35.00 Gold 91
“Aromas and palate flavors of yellow apple, citrus blossoms, buttery on the palate.  Typical of California-style Chardonnay.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Moscato Spumante California $9.99 Platinum 94
“With aromas of tangerine, canned peaches, and white floral blossom this wine delivers the same in the glass for you to enjoy.“ - Chuck Dowe
“A wine for Summer Daze.  Pale yellow gold; grapey, sweet white fig, soft mousse, long, fruity, grapey finish, crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Barefoot Cellars
NV Rosé California $6.99 Gold 91
“This wine opens with a nice strawberry and raspberry aroma and closes pleasantly soft.“ - Chuck Dowe
“A color of pink lace, a nose of pink florals, strawberry, white raspberry.  Fresh berry fruits and a pleasant finish without cloying sweetness. Summer pool, river, ocean picnic wine.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Barefoot Fruitscato
NV Strawberry No Appellation $6.99 Gold 90
“Solid strawberry character, nice acidity and a little spritz make this a pleasantly sweet poolside pounder.“ - Rich Cook
 
Beckstone
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $19.99 Gold 91
“A different take on Cab, this offers more minerality, and tannins with muted fruit. Needs time to open up, but it’ll be worth the wait.“ - Michael Cervin
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $20.00 Gold 90
“A ripe and full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc that is packed with pineapple and lime zest and a hint of bitter grapefruit pith. Fans of a more robust style of Sauvignon Blanc will dig this selection.“ - Devin Parr
 
Bella Luna Estate Winery
2022 Tempestuous Never Idle Vineyard Paso Robles; Templeton Gap District $50.00 Platinum 96
“This Tempranillo give you aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and fig. The tobacco leaf finish would make this a great pairing for an earthy pasta meal.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Aromas of cherries, dried figs, sweet tobacco; finishes with dried fruits and tobacco; pair with tomato based sauces and grilling.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Chardonnay Olivers Vineyard San Luis Obispo Coast $45.00 Platinum 95
“Very quiet and slightly reduced. All wheat and lees with dried pineapple notes. brisk acidity and freshness.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“A bit reductive. Some aromas of apple, great mouthfeel. Lots of lush of acidity. opens to brioche, leesy, yum!“ - Allison Levine
2020 Estate Riserva Carly's Vineyard Paso Robles; Templeton Gap District $58.00 Platinum 94
“Big and fruity with oodles of red fruit dominating the palate initially. A bright zinginess defines the midpalate, and there’s a slight tannic grip on the finish. Nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“This is a huge wine but far from exhausting thanks to bright blue and black fruit notes, tasty sweet spice, and cedar. Firm tannic structure suggests fantastic potential for aging, but the fruit and acid are prominent, making it drinkable (preferably with food) now.“ - Devin Parr
 
Bill's Blend
2022 Rosé Wine Red Mountain $25.00 Gold 92
“A light orangish pink with plenty of lovely strawberry fruit. Tart, tangy, full of fruit with a lengthy finish. Lovely.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2020 Red Blend Red Mountain $45.00 Gold 91
“With aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis this wine entices you to look for more. It then delivers those black fruit notes plus hints of dried herbs.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Fresh bright red berries, cassis, spicebox, youthful tannins, lingering finish. Pair with dry aged cheeses; roasted lamb with garlic.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Black Box
NV Malbec California $19.99 Gold 91
“Genuine Malbec character, with juicy red and black fruit, a little meaty note and a pleasant, long finish.“ - Rich Cook
NV Cabernet Sauvignon Chile $19.99 Gold 90
“This shows some terroir - Chilean mineral notes offset fruit and savory character nicely.“ - Rich Cook
NV Sauvignon Blanc Chile $19.99 Gold 90
“Chilean character is spot on here, with a nice fruit and mineral mix in play from start to finish. Tasty!“ - Rich Cook
 
Bolero at Europa Village
2020 Tempranillo Temecula Valley $54.00 Gold 90
“Full o' fruit; cherries, plums; black olive tapenade, youthful tannins; finishes clean on the palate. Pair with cheeses, mushrooms - and grills!“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Brancott Estate
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $12.99 Platinum 94
“Cut grass and cat pee (yes, I said it) aromas mix with lime and lemon. Really well-balanced with a lazer-like zing to it. Outstanding! “ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A textbook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Well-executed, fresh, lip-smacking. I'd like to drink this on a boat with beautiful people. Or on a porch with my dogs. Whatever works… it's pretty damn tasty.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand $12.99 Gold 93
“A well-made, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of classic New Zealand “Sauvvy B” markers. Delicious and crushable.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Pinot Noir Letter Series T Single Vineyard Marlborough $28.99 Gold 92
“Aromas of rhubarb, warm strawberry, boysenberry; savory herbs, cedar.  On the palate, fruit lingers and oak comes forward.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Pinot Gris New Zealand; East Coast $0.00 Gold 92
“Fragrance of sweet olive blossoms followed by white pear.  A summer splash with enough body & brightness to pair with creamy sauces and roasted chicken with garlic.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Brick Barn Wine Estate
2021 Rhône Blend Santa Ynez Valley $55.00 Gold 92
“Dark wild berries, oak tannins and a sweet finish tempered by a lovely acid wash over the palate.“ - Allison Levine
2021 Vermentino Santa Ynez Valley $40.00 Gold 92
“Raspy, orange, sandy, bright, scents of apple skin and tangerine. Texture is firm and focused, smells like the skin but also carries bright phenolics. Really nice.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Varietally correct wine, very fresh and elegant, citrus fruit skins, stone fruit skins, tart juicy acidity.“ - Allison Levine
2021 Grenache Santa Ynez Valley $50.00 Gold 90
“Dried floral notes, dark red berries, spice notes on the palate, mouthwatering finish.“ - Allison Levine
 
Buena Vista Winery
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley $50.00 Gold 91
“Smoky and reduced, sweet and candied, dark, sort of mushy with a plush mid palate, medium plus tannins.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“A fruit forward nose with oak tannins, plush texture, and cocoa dusted red fruit on the finish.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Chardonnay Chateau Buena Vista Carneros $35.00 Gold 91
“Flinty, fresh, good middle weight, slightly bitter, firm and very long.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
C 'est La Vie
2020 Petite Sirah Temecula Valley $62.00 Gold 90
“Petite Sirah lovers will rejoice in the sheer heft of this beast of a wine. Black and blue fruits, sweet anise, and black pepper against a backdrop of the chewiest of chewy tannins which get a much-appreciated lift from a touch of freshness. Needs time, but it will reward the patient drinker.“ - Devin Parr
 
Callia
2023 Malbec San Juan $13.99 Gold 90
“Red and blue fruit, lots of raspberry. Surprisingly light on the palate with the red fruit really coming through. Bright and fun. Not very Malbec-y, but… tasty!“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A yummy little number that screams pair me with a mixed grill! And by little, I mean full-bodied and concentrated with black tea, plum, and spice box.“ - Devin Parr
 
Campo Viejo
2021 Tempranillo Rioja DOCa $10.99 Platinum 94
“This wine is reminiscent of old world classic Tempranillo, with a well balanced palette of flavors.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Classy; Cherries; Black Plums; Cedar; notes of vanilla making the finish smooth and satisfying. Pair with meats; grills; aged cheeses.“ - Stacie Hunt
2016 Rioja Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa $24.99 Gold 93
“Fantastic fruit without any of the typical funk, shrouded in a zippy zinginess and finishing with tannins that suggest a long life ahead.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2022 Garnacha Rioja DOCa $10.99 Gold 91
“Oak and black cherry. Blunt and dark, immense concentration, tannins rush the finish.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Cannonball
2022 Chardonnay California $16.00 Gold 90
“Wonderful! Good fruit and a pleasant zing, this delivers on all levels.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Straightforward but satisfying. This is a crowd-pleasing Chardonnay.“ - Devin Parr
 
Carlos Creek Winery
2021 Carignan American $28.00 Gold 91
“A great example of Carignan - nice black and blue fruit rides bright acidity to the end.“ - Michael Cervin
“A fine example of an unsung grape that deserves wider recognition. Try it where Zinfandel is your usual choice for pairing…“ - Rich Cook
2023 Aurora Minnesota $35.00 Gold 91
“This fun bottle of sparkling wine brings back the joys of childhood with flavors of cotton candy, sweet grapes and fresh cut green apples.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale yellow gold; beery yeasty nose; fruity, grapey (cotton candy grapes), palate of white concord flavor, lively mousse, long grapey finish.“ - Stacie Hunt
2021 Marquette Minnesota $26.00 Gold 90
“Varieties like this are well positioned as climate issues persist, and this is a good example of what can be done. Solidly drinkable and food friendly!“ - Rich Cook
NV Minnterra Red American $24.00 Gold 90
“A solid effort that produces a hefty wine with dark fruits, tight tannins and a lot of potential.“ - Michael Cervin
NV Minnterra Rosé American $24.00 Gold 90
“A tasty rosé with just a dash of residual sugar that provides lift without adding overt sweetness. Pool party time!“ - Rich Cook
NV Minnterra White American $24.00 Gold 90
“If quenching thirst is your goal, this will fit the bill thanks to laser focused acidity. Cool it!“ - Rich Cook
2023 Vintner's Select Batch: 23-01 Minnesota $20.00 Gold 90
“Muted citrus flavors, light minerality and just the right amount of sweetness. Serve this chilled with cheeses“ - Michael Cervin
 
Cellardoor Winery
2019 Cabernet Franc American $22.00 Gold 92
“Muted fruit and nice acidity and tannic structure make this a hearty Cab Franc that’s built for food.“ - Michael Cervin
2019 Teroldego American $20.00 Gold 92
“Inky dark with a bourbon thing going on, big fruit on the palate, mostly plum and blackberry, with a full mouthfeel and some crunchy structure.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2018 Monti al Mare American $24.00 Gold 90
“Dark and close to brooding on the nose with blackberry and plum, both of which continue onto the palate. Nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
CHAPILLON
2020 Siendra Calatayud DO $20.00 Gold 92
“A really tasty red with noticable yet pleasant oak notes. I want this wine with a big plate of cured meats and cheeses. Quaffable and easy, but also stuctured and serious enough to make an impressive dinner wine.“ - Devin Parr
2020 Cuvee Harmonie Aragon $20.00 Gold 91
“A bit funky on the nose, but it works, married with some cassis and blackberry. Fruity and earthy with plenty of chutzpah. definitely a surprise!“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Some intriguing funk up front, but I think it works here. Chewy and satisfying with black fruit and damp forest floor, old leather, pepper, and a touch of anise. I would LOVE to blind taste my friends on this… pretty sure it would be an automatic favorite.“ - Devin Parr
2019 Cuvee Paul Calatayud DO $20.00 Gold 90
“Nose is bright with dark red fruit and herbal notes and a little brett. Ligther on the palate, with fresh acidity.“ - Allison Levine
 
Chateau St. Croix
2022 Chateau Blanc American $21.00 Gold 92
“This wine offers refeshing flavors of pear, apple, grapefruit, and mango with a nice citrus finish.“ - Chuck Dowe
NV Buckhunter Red American $25.00 Gold 90
 “An unusual but enjoyable wine which offers tight tannins and earthy fruit character.“ - Michael Cervin
 
Concannon Vineyard
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 Livermore Valley $95.00 Gold 92
“If you like a little rustic edge to your Cabernet, this is a great option. Old school!“ - Rich Cook
 
Cougar Vineyard & Winery
2019 Negroamaro Temecula Valley $60.00 Gold 92
“Oak influence is obvious here, but it's well-integrated thanks to prominent fruit and a pleasant lift from acid. This is a really well-made wine, elegant and structured. Should appeal to fans of the more modern styled Italian wines.“ - Devin Parr
2018 Sagrantino Temecula Valley $50.00 Gold 91
“Lovely balance with red fruit, baking spice, and a hint of funky earthiness that totally works. Nice acid, appealing tannic grip.“ - Devin Parr
 
Coyote Canyon
2021 Sangiovese Horse Heaven Hills $36.00 Gold 90
“Dark, even quite dark with tons of cherry cola, even Dr. Pepper and a lovely herbal note. Really good fruit and plenty of tartness. Nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
Cubanisimo Vineyards
2019 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $44.00 Gold 91
“Perfumed red fruit notes, baking spices, dusted cocoa, soft tannins, full mouthfeel and a juicy savory finish.“ - Allison Levine
2018 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $45.00 Gold 90
“Reductive, stewy. Savory. Dried berries. Sweet, furry, low alcohol, Montmorency cherry.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Davis Bynum
2022 Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley $30.00 Platinum 94
“Light in color, but far from demure on the palate, this is loaded with tree fruit and verve. The acidity provides plenty of zing and just the right amount of oak.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Lovely and tropical, mouth-watering and luscious. Sipping this Chardonnay all day might be dangerous, but I think I could do it. Chardonnay all day? Can we make that a thing?“ - Devin Parr
2022 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $45.00 Gold 93
“Tightly wound, but a nice decanting will blow this wide open for full enjoyment. Deeply fruited and layered in the best sort of way.“ - Rich Cook
 
DeLoach Vineyards
2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $28.00 Gold 92
“Smells like Russian River Valley. Tar, sous bois, black cherry. Black cherry and foresty, cool, suave, very sleek with a fleshy, seductive palate and some serious length.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Di Arie
2020 GST Gallery Collection Shenandoah Valley $39.00 Platinum 94
“Medium color, close to translucent with darker fruit aromas (cassis predominant), great fruit on the palate as well with fantastic tartness and wonderful balance.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“I could easily make this my house red, but it's pretty serious, so that may be a bit indulgent. Delicious, grippy, fresh, fruit is bright and up front but there's clear ageworthiness here.“ - Devin Parr
 
Domaine Carneros
2019 Estate Brut Estate Grown Carneros $38.00 Gold 93
“Pale light gold color, slightly yeasty, citrusy; sharp mousse, good crispness on finish“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Dutcher Crossing
2021 Pinot Noir Cut Root Vineyard Russian River Valley $61.00 Platinum 98
“Great depth and finesse in the glass are hard to achieve - this wine gets there effortlessly. Bravo!“ - Rich Cook
2019 Syrah Hidden Hill Vineyard Alexander Valley $50.00 Platinum 95
“Tobacco and mint. Dark yet fresh, very fine tannins, cocoa and black fruits. Firm, concentrated and long. “ - Patrick Comiskey “ Dark red fruits, savory, long finish.“ - Allison Levine
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Cooney Reserve Alexander Valley $58.00 Gold 92
“This classic style Cabernet Sauvignon brings the black fruit you want and the tannins that will make this a great food pairing wine.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Classic aromas of berries, cassis, slight mint; tannins are young & grippy; oak integrated well, finishes dry. Pair with roast meats & vegetables.“ - Stacie Hunt
2019 Zinfandel Brother's Reserve Dry Creek Valley $42.00 Gold 92
“A properly peppery and brambly Zin well suited to grilled meats af all kinds.“ - Rich Cook
2021 Pinot Noir Placida Vineyard Russian River Valley $55.00 Gold 91
“A fleshy style that will please fans of ripe cherry fruit with nuanced spice - delicious!“ - Rich Cook
2019 Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Rockpile $53.00 Gold 90
“A light rusticity enables this to have more structure than is typical of Zin.“ - Michael Cervin
 
Eberle
2022 Cotes-du-Robles Paso Robles $38.00 Platinum 95
“Strawberry bright, slightly meaty, feels Mourvedre dominant. Clean and fresh with good light weight for Paso Robles, and delicious for it.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Light and bright. Wild strawberry, dried while flowers, lightweight flavors, good acidity, tannins but not overpowering, charming and delicous.“ - Allison Levine
2023 Cotes-du-Robles Blanc Paso Robles $34.00 Platinum 95
“Very inviting. Peach, quince, lanolin, nice roundness, rich, terrific presence on palate, good length, so composed, so delightful.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Such a pretty nose of fruits and flowers. Bright acidity on the palate leaves a mouthwatering finish.“ - Allison Levine
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Selection Paso Robles $28.00 Platinum 94
“A spectacularly balanced Cab with the body we all want in our big reds, but some prominent freshness as well. The kind of Cab you can drink on its own. “ - Devin Parr
2023 Viognier Eberle Estate Vineyard Paso Robles $38.00 Gold 93
“Wheaty, with peach and apricot accents. Spot on flavors, good detail, pear and peach, angled, nice bitter note, mildly phenolic.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2023 Muscat Canelli Eberle Estate Vineyard Paso Robles $25.00 Gold 92
“Pale yellow color; rich, fragrant nose of sweet olive blossoms, honeysuckle. A sophisticated way to finish off a meal - hold the dessert.“ - Stacie Hunt
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Eberle Estate Vineyard Paso Robles $55.00 Gold 91
“Tobacco and tar, dark and sweet, figgy and black, with tar and sweet fruit finishing.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2023 Cotes-du-Robles Rosé Paso Robles $30.00 Gold 91
“Very nice. Cherry blossoms, white cherries. grapefruit, pomelo, wheatbiscuit. Rich and a touch thick, with some heat on the finish but very pleasant until then.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Elysian Springs
2021 Spring Lamb Syrah Adelaide Hills $30.00 Gold 92
“Regional signature abounds here, and that's a good thing - open it up for lamb dishes.“ - Rich Cook
2024 Apple Cart Pinot Rosé Adelaide Hills $30.00 Gold 91
“Bright herbs contrast the bone dry styled tart strawberry and citrus fruit nicely - serve with summertime heat!“ - Rich Cook
2023 Silent Waters Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills $35.00 Gold 90
“Bright raspberry nose that translates well on the palate, with a dash of regional signature menthol that adds lift.“ - Rich Cook
2024 Walking on Clouds Pinot Gris Adelaide Hills $35.00 Gold 90
“Properly wooly aromas lead to a citrus focused palate that'll beat the heat big time. Serve instead of lemonade when age appropriate.“ - Rich Cook
 
Elizabeth Spencer
2022 Chardonnay Special Cuvee Mendocino $20.00 Platinum 94
“Golden apple, lean, fresh, has some nice focus and elegance, a lovely freshness and closure to the fruit tannins. Very Mendo!“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Rich and round on the palate, yet reserved, not opulent. crisp apple and apple skins and lemon, full mouth acidity across the palate. Really long finish.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Rosé Special Cuvee North Coast $20.00 Gold 93
“Pale pink with golden flecks, stone fruit and mineral aromas, good acidity, mouthwatering finish.“ - Allison Levine
 
Fallbrook Winery
2022 33°N Mourvedre Sackinger Vineyard South Coast $45.00 Gold 93
“This is what a California Mourvedre should taste like, good grip, excellent tannins and proper fruit profile.“ - Michael Cervin
2023 33°N Dry Muscat South Coast $40.00 Gold 91
“Bright expressive fruit, some minerality and nice acidity.“ - Michael Cervin
2021 33°N Petit Verdot Winemaker's Vineyard Collection #17 South Coast $75.00 Gold 90
“Aromas of black fruits, blue flowers; very fruity on the palate, ripe tannins, smooth finish.  Will be even better with one more year in bottle.“ - Stacie Hunt
2020 33°N Syrah Gracie Hilll Vineyard South Coast $33.00 Gold 90
“Fruity, spicy, with some oak on the nose. A bit dull initially but with some time, this really opened up.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Unmistakably Syrah, this wine is packed with classic black pepper, juicy plum and raspberry, sweet tobacco and balsamic notes. Rich and robust, it's nevertheless balanced by a welcome freshness and a pretty epic finish.“ - Devin Parr
 
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection
2022 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County $19.00 Gold 92
“Expressive fruit and tight tannins with a belt of acidity make this an ideal food companion.“ - Michael Cervin
NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC $16.00 Gold 92
“This bottle of Prosecco is pleasantly pleasing on the palate, showing a nice mix of stone fruit, citrus, and minerality. Enjoy with some spicy chicken.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Yeasty,  white flower nose, consistent perlage, citrus flower, persistent, finishes crisp.  Pair with salty or briny foods i.e., prosciutto, chips, shrimp.“ - Stacie Hunt
2021 Claret Black Label; 1910 Type California $19.00 Gold 90
“Here's a ready to drink Cabernet that literally everyone who likes red wine will appreciate - likely at a nice price.“ - Rich Cook
 
Francis Ford Coppola Sofia
2023 Rosé Monterey County $19.00 Gold 91
“Fresh and elegant, with a delicate nose of strawberry, raspberry, fresh cherry and citrus notes. Soft acidity on the palate.“ - Allison Levine
 
Franzia
NV Pinot Grigio/Colombard American $6.99 Gold 92
“Wow! This is very impressive in its own right, packaging notwithstanding. You’ll feel fine about it standing in your refrigerator until its 34 glasses contained within have been enjoyed, with every glass as fresh as the one before. Bravo!“ - Rich Cook
 
GCV
2020 The Individualist Estate Texas Hill Country $82.00 Gold 92
“I half expected this wine to stand up and walk right out of my glass and into my mouth on its own - it’s that burly. Inky, teeth-staining, and chewy as hell but nevertheless structured and lip-smacking. Not for the faint of heart or palate, but likely a dream with a hearty meal.“ - Devin Parr
2020 The Elitist Estate Texas Hill Country $82.00 Gold 92
“Dark and brooding in the glass and past the lips, this is what most think of when they hear PS dark fruit, a healthy zing, and a bunch of tannins.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
Grape Creek Vineyards
2021 Muscat Canelli Texas $25.00 Gold 91
“The aromas of apricot, cherry blossom, and honeydew make this a nice wine to pair with your fruit platter. These flavors are mirrored in the glass with the addition of honeycomb.“ - Chuck Dowe
2022 Riesling Texas $33.00 Gold 91
“Classic Riesling nose with a hint of petrol and nice citrus. Sweet, but not cloying, with plenty of zip.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A ripe and luscious take on Riesling, with lots of classic Riesling notes, some tropical fruit and honeysuckle, and freshness to tie it all up in a big, brightly colored bow.“ - Devin Parr
2021 Right Bank Texas $36.00 Gold 90
“Red berries, cassis, a bit of Eucalyptus. Nice oak integration, and tannins will tame with time. Pair it with hearty fare like stews, roasts.“ - Stacie Hunt
2020 Bellissimo - Super Tuscan Styled Texas $44.00 Gold 90
“Tomato leaf and red fruit compote on the nose leads to a lovely palate of more of a reserved fruit style with plenty of acid and a tannic finish.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
Hare's Chase
2020 Vigilance Marananga Shiraz Barossa Valley $24.99 Gold 90
“Bright red and blue berry fruit are carried by zesty acidity and finish fresh and lively - a fine grilling partner “ - Rich Cook
 
Heath Vineyards
2020 Absolution Paso Robles; Willow Creek District $75.00 Platinum 94
“Rich red fruit on the nose, quite lovely. Layered, and thought-provoking, I have to think the winemaker thinks he nailed the blend.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Incredibly layered and complex, this is a wine that will benefit for additional time in bottle, but it's still pretty delicious now. It's brooding and dark, with a lightning rod of acidity and structure that gives it great energy.“ - Devin Parr
 
HH Estates
2020 Reserve Michael Andrews Red Horse Heaven Hills $50.00 Platinum 95
“Rich magenta color with plenty going on: ripe red and black fruit with earth and spice, great weight and balance with a lingering finish. Outstanding.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Hell yes. This is a chewy, meaty red that still somehow manages to be totally elegant. Incredible structure, satisfying grip from tannins, bright acid. Layers and layers of fruit, spice, earth, leather, floral notes… I could go on and on!“ - Devin Parr
2021 Reserve Big John Cabernet Horse Heaven Hills $60.00 Gold 91
“Washington minerality is tempered by rich blackberry and currant fruit, and mixed spice notes enhance everything.“ - Rich Cook
 
Inscription
2022 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20.00 Platinum 94
“With aromas of cranberry and lingonberry, this wine has all the characteristics of a bottle that will age well.“ - Chuck Dowe
“On the nose, marionberries, sweet cherries, sweet tobacco; youthful, grippy tannins that will soften with bottle age or if drinking now, will be less noticeable with food; bright finish.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Invention Vineyards
2021 Soleluce Texas $52.00 Gold 91
“Sweet red fruit and a bit of vanilla in the glass give way to a surprisingly restrained palate of ripe fruit and a unifying tartness. Excellent.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2021 Sangiovese Texas $45.00 Gold 90
“Light to medium color with a fruity, funky nose. The palate is quite lovely with tart raspberry and a nice earthy component.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2022 Riesling Texas $35.29 Gold 90
“Certainly sweet, but enough tartness to handle it. This is a fun popsicle on a hot day.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2022 Imaginada American $35.29 Gold 90
“Zesty and ripe with satisfying zing. An easy-drinking porch-pounder.“ - Devin Parr
 
Izak's 177
2021 Chenin Blanc Swartland $27.00 Gold 92
“Lanolin, spice, almond, quince and pear. Flavors are lean and delicious, with a pretty mineral tang throughout.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Notes of fresh nuts (pistachio and almonds), viscous and fresh on the palate. Good base and lift at the end.“ - Allison Levine
 
J Vineyards
NV Brut Rosé Russian River Valley $45.00 Platinum 95
“Here’s a wonderful way to celebrate that special occasion. Strawberry and watermelon flavors combine with full bodied mousse to deliver a wonderful glass of bubbles.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale pink/copper color, nose of strawberry and watermelon, medium body for something different, round mousse, long lasting fruit, crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Chardonnay Russian River Valley $31.00 Gold 91
“Rich and unctuous, this wine really celebrates the fruit, which is concentrated and plentiful. The acidity tries to keep up, and does for the most part.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“An excellent example of a balanced California Chardonnay. Oak influence is clear here, but not overdone. Structure is juicy and elegant, and the wine has fantastic length.“ - Devin Parr
 
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
2021 Cuvée ST. E Paso Robles $50.00 Platinum 97
“A sturdy backbone carries deep blackberry, currants, soft dried herbs and earthy minerality. Age a while for full enjoyment.“ - Rich Cook
2021 Cuvée PAU Paso Robles $50.00 Platinum 96
“A Cabernet Sauvignon driven blend that's delicious now and will reward extended aging - lots of power and layering here.“ - Rich Cook
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Carol's Vineyard St. Helena $60.00 Platinum 96
“This wine is an absolute boss. It no question needs more time in bottle thanks to those hearty tannins, but it's packed with everything one could ask for in a Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine for contemplation or food… or whatever the hell you want to do in life.“ - Devin Parr
2020 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $100.00 Platinum 96
“Dark, ripe, fruity on the nose with plenty of ripe red and blue fruit on the palate. Rich and layered with plenty of tannins for 5-10 years ahead of it, easy. Outstanding.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2022 Wildflower Valdiguié Arroyo Seco $13.00 Platinum 94
“Everything about this is a delight. Bright fruit, easy oak spice and a long finish where a kiss of acidity will keep you coming back for more.“ - Rich Cook
2021 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles $17.00 Gold 93
“Fruity and fun with great blackberry fruit and a touch of vanilla. Fantastic.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2021 Pure Paso® Proprietary Red Wine Paso Robles $27.00 Gold 92
“A burst of red and black berries, mocha cherries, a lick of licorice. This wine was born for burgers or other fatty luscious meats.“ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Gesture GSM Paso Robles; Adelaida District $40.00 Gold 91
“Good color - slightly translucent red. Tobacco and black cherry. Very attractive. Light herb top note. Rich, round and powerful, lots of extract and a ton of great fruit. Chewy and irresistible.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2022 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $25.00 Gold 91
“Really rich with plenty of lemon curd and peach. Plenty of wood, which seems to soften both the fruit and the tartness.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 J. Lohr Late Harvest White Riesling Arroyo Seco $25.00 Gold 91
“Vanilla, apple, very sweet, largely balanced. Intense flavors, and surprising length.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Tower Road Petite Sirah Paso Robles $35.00 Gold 90
“A Petite Sirah lover's Petite. Big and hearty with soft blueberry fruit given a kick in the pants by burly tannins. Should soften in time to a well-rounded, satisfying wine. In the meantime, grab some steak to pair with this one.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Pinot Blanc F&G Vineyard Arroyo Seco $35.00 Gold 90
“Pretty, fresh, bright floral, melon, apple flesh, citrus notes. Full bodied, full mouth acidity. lush elegance.“ - Allison Levine
 
Jacob's Creek
2023 Dots Moscato Australia $13.00 Platinum 94
“Lemon lime, pledge, orange blossom, generous and bright with good balance. It has length without being too phenolic or frivolous.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Beautiful nose with rich stone fruit aromas. Acidity targets the tongue and then lushness coats the palate. Super mouthwatering with great focus.“ - Allison Levine
2023 Classic Pinot Grigio Australia $13.00 Gold 91
“A cross between Italian and Alsatian styles with good fruit and plenty of body.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Lots of Japanese pear and apple blossom on this fresh, quaffable Pinot Grigio. It's also got a pleasant salinity that screams sip me with seafood! Or maybe just sip me seaside!“ - Devin Parr
 
Jeff Runquist
2022 Petit Verdot Creekside Vineyard Jahant $28.00 Platinum 94
“The nose is exuding blackberry, cassis, plum, and violets. The body is a well integrated one with blackberry, cassis, plum, and a hint of cocoa on the finish.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Nose of black plums, black berry, violets; round mouth feel, well integrated tannins, smooth & long finish. Pair with lamb, wild game.“ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Primitivo Nostro Vino Vineyard Amador County $30.00 Platinum 94
“Fruity, rich and packed with flavor, rich and layered. All I want in a Primitivo.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 Grenache Silvaspoons Vineyard Alta Mesa $29.00 Platinum 94
“Cocoa dusted cherries, cinnamon/baking spice notes, fresh lift on finish - love it!“ - Allison Levine
2022 Teroldego Creekside Vineyard Jahant $32.00 Platinum 94
“Vinous, with plum and wild herbs. Dark berry, intense concentration and no charm to speak of. Still, delicious, balanced, succulent and rich. Get out the grill.“ - Patrick Comiskey
"Wild berries, forest floor, lovely texture. Very tasty. Concentrated in color and flavor but very balanced.“ - Allison Levine
2023 Chardonnay Lone Oak Vineyard Russian River Valley $42.00 Gold 92
“Very leesy. Lean and somewhat elegant. Good focus, somewhat savory and firmly structured.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Elegant brioche and leesy notes, as well a lemon curd. Fine tuned acidity, mineral driven finish.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Lagrein French Camp Vineyard Paso Robles $30.00 Gold 92
“Ripe black fruit, lots of spice. Lots of textured acidity. Big and rich with a freshness on the finish. Food friendly.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Sangiovese Amador County $30.00 Gold 91
“Tons of vanilla with raspberry a go-go on both the nose and the palate, this is not lacking in either fruit or oak. A real crowd-pleaser for sure.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A robust, modern take on Sangiovese. This is a crowd-pleasing red with prominent oak notes that should appeal to fans of Super Tuscans.“ - Devin Parr
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Way Vineyard Paso Robles $36.00 Gold 91
“Darjeeling tea, indian spices, cardamom, chai, and a touch musty. The palate is thick and juicy, showing lots of oak and glycerine, People will love this - expertly manipulated.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2023 Rosé of Sangiovese Amador County $24.00 Gold 91
“Mineral and tangy. Textured on the palate, good acidity.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Petite Sirah Salman Vineyard Clarksburg $32.00 Gold 91
“Sweet nose with vanilla a la mode. The palate is quite fruity and on point. If you like the variety, you'll like this.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2022 Graciano Three Way Vineyard Paso Robles $33.00 Gold 91
“Spicy and bright, cinnamon, cocoa powder, flavors are nice, genereous red fruits, lean and focused with good acidity.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Aromas of dark red fruit with a high note of fresh spice that cuts through. On the palate, the spice continues. Nice interplay of tannins and acidity. Fresh!“ - Allison Levine
2022 Cabernet Franc Salman Vineyard Clarksburg $28.00 Gold 90
“If you don't often reach for Cabernet Franc, this will change your mind. Red fruit, spice, herb and food friendly acidity keeps this pumping!“ - Rich Cook
2022 Zinfandel Esola Vineyard Amador County $32.00 Gold 90
“For fans of a healthy dose of vanilla, this is a spot on Foothills example.“ - Rich Cook
2022 Syrah Three Way Vineyard Paso Robles $34.00 Gold 90
“An oak lover's dream. While the Syrah varietal character doesn't shine through as much as I would like, this is still pretty tasty with some juicy fruit and nice acid for lift.“ - Devin Parr
2022 Touriga Silvaspoons Vineyard Alta Mesa $29.00 Gold 90
“Very ripe black fruit, sweet baking spices. There is a welcoming warmth to the sweet fruit tannins.“ - Allison Levine
2022 1448 California $16.99 Gold 90
“Zin like. big buxom fruit, dark berry, plum, blackberry, low slung and quiet.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Jenblossom Cellars
2019 Scary Good Napa Valley $195.00 Gold 93
“A big expressive wine that needs time to open up the fruit. Acidity and structure will allow this to hold up for years“ - Michael Cervin
“Structure is out front at present - cellar this a good while to unwind the beauty trapped within.“ - Rich Cook
2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap $90.00 Gold 92
“Juicy Sonoma Style with great acidity and solid finish push. An exemplar!“ - Rich Cook
 
JL WOOD
2022 JL Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $14.50 Gold 90
“Classic Chard nose with hints of butter and oak but more lean on the palate with the fruit stealing the show.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Nice and balanced with lovely structure and some juicy acidity. Not your great aunt's Chardonnay but probably sure to please her as well.“ - Devin Parr
2022 Premier Chardonnay Arroyo Seco $28.00 Gold 90
“A right down the middle, solid Chard with good fruit (some lemon curd), a balancing brightness, and a lengthy finish.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“ Full-bodied without being cloying. This Chardonnay offers plenty of ripe fruit with a pleasant hint of toasted hazelnuts. Fantastic balance and length.“ - Devin Parr
 
JOLO Vineyards
NV Sweet Vermouth $27.00 Platinum 94
“Incredibly well balanced, the sweetness and bitter components perfectly compliment each other. A very well built Vermouth.“ - Michael Cervin
2021 Pilot Shadow North Carolina $62.00 Gold 92
“Bright, fresh and layered, with supple tannic grip that keeps the flavor coming. Grilled burgers please…“ - Rich Cook
2023 Pink North Carolina $32.00 Gold 91
“Bright citrus and cherry fruit are zesty and bright, with lingering freshness that's a perfect poolside upgrade.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Golden Hallows North Carolina $28.00 Gold 91
“Lively citrus and stony minerality are wildly refreshing.“ - Rich Cook
NV Jolotage Reserve North Carolina $57.00 Gold 90
“This wine manages to use very disparate grapes and still turn out an enjoyable wine with dark fruit, tight tannic structure and good acidity.“ - Michael Cervin
2022 Carolus XII North Carolina $59.00 Gold 90
“Sweet mixed berry fruit aromas translate well on the just off-dry palate and linger long.“ - Rich Cook
NV Muddy Paws North Carolina $45.00 Gold 90
“This dessert wine has aromas of brown sugar and fig, with flavors of brown sugar, roasted nuts, fig, and vanilla.“ - Chuck Dowe
2023 Beach Bubbles North Carolina $36.00 Platinum 94
“Looking for a fun Sparkling wine? This bottle has you covered. Aromas of pear, white peach, and green apple; with a fruit forward body to round out your glass.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale white-gold, fragrant white flowers, stone fruit (white apricot, white peach), plush mousse, stone fruit finish, crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
King Estate
2021 Domaine Pinot Noir Estate Grown Willamette Valley $70.00 Platinum 96
“This is an absolute banger of a wine. Honestly, I could drink this all day. It's got everything -- classic Pinot aromatics with body, structure, and brightness. Kudos to the winemaker for delivering this level of concentration with a welcome lift from acidity.“ - Devin Parr
2019 Brut Cuvée Estate Grown Willamette Valley $40.00 Gold 92
“The creamy mousse delivers aromas of pear and citrus, followed by stone fruit, minerality, and lemon curd on the palate.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale gold, yeasty, white flowers, grapefruit;  plush mousse, finishes crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20.00 Gold 91
“Full-bodied and luscious with some zingy freshness for lift. This is a food-friendly rosé that belongs on the dinner (or picnic) table year-round.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Artisan Series Pinot Gris Willamette Valley $20.00 Gold 90
“This refreshing wine offers flavors of pear and honey that fill your mouth with the taste of summer.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pears and sweet olive blossoms on the nose that move into white peach aromas. Fruit lingers on the palate with bright acidity and a crisp finish.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Korbel
2019 Natural' Russian River Valley $17.00 Gold 93
“Light golden color. Grapey on the nose, with consistent perlage giving weight; refreshing on the palate.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
La Vieille Ferme
NV Reserve Sparkling Rosé France $13.99 Gold 90
“This light and refeshing bottle offers a nuanced mix of strawberry and minerality.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale salmon, nose of watermelon, alpine berries, plush mousse, finishes a bit short, refreshing, crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Le Coq Gaulois
2021 Bordeaux Blanc Bordeaux Blanc AOC $29.00 Gold 90
“Fresh grapefruit dominates the aromas with citrus flowers. On the palate grapefruit, pith and bright acidity. Summer refresher.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Le Vigne
2021 Petit Verdot Paso Robles $42.00 Gold 93
“Aromas of plum and black cherry fold together into a well balanced easy drinking wine.“ - Chuck Dowe
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Di Domenico Paso Robles $51.00 Gold 91
“A big expressive wine that shows off its fruit.“ - Michael Cervin
2021 Ame de la Vigne Paso Robles $54.00 Gold 90
“Inky and volatile. Violet candy. Fleshy and lush, good weight, easy going with good concentration.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Wild berries, herbal, lush palate, drying tannins.“ - Allison Levine
 
Ledson
2023 Chardonnay Tres Frais Russian River Valley $48.00 Gold 93
“This is my dream Chardonnay. Juicy apple and pear, tart nectarine, gorgeous acid. There is nothing over-the-top about this Chardonnay. Everything is in balance, as it should be.“ - Devin Parr
2018 Petite Sirah Estate Vineyard Sonoma Valley $58.00 Gold 91
“Brooding and dark, there's some intriguing jammy fruit and spice lurking below the tannic surface of this heady wine. Give it some time to develop and all will be revealed.“ - Devin Parr
 
Les Bottes à Terre
2022 Grenache Blanc Paso Robles $33.00 Gold 91
“Aromatic nose with stone fruit, white flowers, minerality, on the palate juicy acidity with a tart citrus finish.“ - Allison Levine
 
Louis M. Martini
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $42.00 Gold 91
“This hearty wine is fruit forward on the nose, with hints of black garlic & very present black fruit on the palate.“ - Chuck Dowe
 
LVE: Legend Vineyard Exclusive
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $95.00 Platinum 95
“Redwoods, cedar, hints of pine frond, immensely dark in the glass. Gorgeous palate, streamlined and concentrated, but with a lift and lively nimble tannins. Spectacular texture, with lift and precision.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Herbal spice, baking spices, and dark fruit notes, inviting nose, fruit and oak tannins, dusty tannins washed by acidity. Elegant aromatics.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Chardonnay Carneros $55.00 Gold 92
“Nice lede. Focused, golden, generous, good freshness and better concentration. Length and purity.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Marley Farm
2024 Pinot Grigio Adelaide Hills $28.00 Gold 91
“Attractive floral and fruit nose, bright tart apple flavors, crisp acidity - more than a poolside sip, it'll make a great friend to fish or green salads.“ - Rich Cook
 
Martini & Rossi
NV Sparkling Rosé Italy $14.99 Gold 92
“This wine has a wonderful alpine berry aroma and a very nice mousse in the glass.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale pink-gold; a perfumey, white alpine strawberry nose; fresh strawberry floral, lively mousse, satisfying fruity finish, crisp.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
MAX&NICO
2020 Terroir De Paso Paso Robles; Adelaida District $70.00 Platinum 94
“Very indicative of Paso Robles, this offers solid fruit, excellent tannic structure and a nice spiciness on the finish“ - Michael Cervin
“A plush, full throttle style that satisfies. It's got richness, weight and power, with a lingering, well integrated finish.“ - Rich Cook
2019 Bordo De Paso Paso Robles $66.00 Gold 91
“Nose of red berry, red bright plum, hint of violets, integrated oak, young tannin.  Pair with meats, aged cheeses.“ - Stacie Hunt
2019 Conde De Paso Paso Robles; Adelaida District $70.00 Gold 91
“I like this for its racy acidity and bright fruit flavors - solid Cabernet!“ - Rich Cook
 
McGrail Vineyards
2020 Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley $54.00 Gold 92 “ Dark and a bit jammy on the nose with lovely pine and blackberry. Juicy and rich with plenty of backbone. Quite nice. “ - Jeffrey Kralik “ I just love how quaffable and classically Cab this wine is. Like grabbing a bunch of black currants and eating them on a warm summer day as the juice drips down your arm. It's still got plenty of structure and complexity to boot. “ - Devin Parr
 
McManis Family Vineyards
2022 Petite Sirah Estate Grown Lodi $11.99 Platinum 94 “ Opulent, pugnacious, and powerful, this is everything one looks for in Petite Sirah. It all works beautifully with the fruit taking the lead of course, but both the acidity and tannins stating their respective cases. “ - Jeffrey Kralik “ This wine is massive… as it should be! Blueberry jam and black plums galore. Hearty and open. Like the big, gregarious friend at the party who welcomes everyone with bear hugs and belly laughs. “ - Devin Parr
2021 North Forty Red Wine Lodi $19.99 Gold 92 “ A smashbox of fruits both aromatically and on the palate.  Well integrated oak, long fruit-dream finish. Fire up the BBQ. “ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Zinfandel Estate Grown Lodi $11.99 Gold 90 “ A solid Zinfandel with layered flavors that don't compete for attention, but play together in a joyful way. “ - Rich Cook
 
Meadowcroft Wines
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain $125.00 Platinum 96
“Yowza. Red, black , and blue fruit abound with a zingy tartness and several layers. Rich without being unctuous. Fantastic.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 Viognier Wyldvin Vineyard Dry Creek Valley $34.00 Platinum 94
“Generous fruit and floral notes are balanced, not manipulated. Very enjoyable and well integrated. Structured yet fresh. “ - Allison Levine
2023 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $38.00 Gold 91
“Shy, with some nice cherry fruit peeking through after a few swirls. Demure, but sophisticated on the palate with black cherry and a touch of basil. Nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley $38.00 Gold 91
“Bright and tart cherry in the glass with lovely fruit and a touch of earth on the palate. A nice shot of tartness on the finish elevates the palate." - Jeffrey Kralik
“I appreciate the hit of freshness this Pinot offers. That juicy finish provides a welcome lift to the ripe fruit notes.“ - Devin Parr
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain $125.00 Gold 90
“As the tannins in this wine soften, this is sure to be an absolute stunner. While still in its youth, pair this with the juiciest steak you can find.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Chardonnay Carneros $35.00 Gold 90
“A tasty, restrained Cali Chard that offers ripe pear and apple notes and a welcome hit of freshness.“ - Devin Parr
 
Mettler Family Vineyards
2021 Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi $24.99 Gold 91 “ Juicy, zesty and a little rustic - just right for Zinfandel!“ - Rich Cook
 
Miguel Torres
NV Estelado Brut Rosé Pais Maule Valley $18.99 Platinum 94
“Your perfect summertime match - with full flavors of strawberry and watermelon, this will be a crowd pleaser.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale salmon color, nose of watermelon, strawberry, and white alpine strawberry; lively mousse, fruity and crisp finish. Can work either a poolside sipper or an elegant pairing with a creamy sauce and seafood.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Monserate Vineyards and Winery
2022 Aglianico Estate Grown South Coast $52.00 Gold 91
“Excellent tannic structure with properly fermented fruit makes this a great change of pace.“ - Michael Cervin
2022 Negroamaro Estate Grown South Coast $49.00 Gold 91
“Medium color with a sour cherry, raspberry vibe, the palate starts off a little all over the place but by the midpalate, the acid comes rushing in and rights the ship. Very nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Really juicy and fruit-forward, this wine conjures up images of sitting at a little Italian trattoria sipping wine and watching the world go by. A slight but satisfying grip from tannins keeps things interesting.“ - Devin Parr
 
Native Flora
2022 Pinot Noir Nothing But Time Dundee Hills $55.00 Platinum 95
“This savory wine would pair well with your summer grilled Salmon. With its earthy character it would be an ideal match for your summer BBQ.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Cherries, raspberries, earthy forest floor; smooth tannins, long finish develops on the palate.  A lush glass of wine.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Pinot Blanc Karsts of the Andaman Dundee Hills $40.00 Gold 91
“Lovely peach blossom note. Surprisingly ripe. Tropical palate, Thai pineapple, salty, fresh, long. Break out the crabcakes!“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Nutty, lemon and tropical notes, textured acidity. Long finish. Riper style.“ - Allison Levine
 
Navarro Vineyards
2022 Pinot Noir  Deep End Anderson Valley $59.00 Platinum 94
“This is a huge Pinot that still manages to offer elegance and structure, despite its heft. There's plenty of red berry fruit atop notes of cedar and forest floor. The kind of bottle you want to save for yourself and maybe one other lucky sipper.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Pinot Gris Anderson Valley $26.00 Platinum 94
“Expressing Bartlett pear, white peach, and hints of the tropics, this is a wonderful poolside addition to any summer day.“ - Chuck Dowe
“White Bartlett Pear holds hands with white peach, fragrant white florals. A white summer outfit wine to pair with the challenge of artichoke, asparagus. A good pairing with white fish, shrimp and chicken Milanese.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Grüner Veltliner Anderson Valley $26.00 Gold 93
“Hi peaches! That's what the nose says here, and it's a fine introduction to what follows, delivered in dry, zesty style. I could drink this all day.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Riesling Deep End Anderson Valley $33.00 Gold 93
“A flavorful mixed citrus presentation with specific layers of lemon, lime and orange - that's difficult to achieve!  - Rich Cook
2022 Barbera Mendocino $29.00 Gold 92
“This fruit forward Barbera has aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry. The palate is a reflection of the nose and long on the finish.“ - Chuck Dowe
2022 Pinot Noir Méthode à l'Ancienne Anderson Valley $39.00 Gold 92
“This acheives terrific ripeness with cool climate style acidity, making it a real friend to food.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Muscat Blanc Estate Bottled; Dry Anderson Valley $26.00 Gold 92
“Tightly wound at present, this will unfurl with a few more months in the bottle. Love the acidity choice here!  - Rich Cook
2023 Rosé of Grenache Mendocino $25.00 Gold 92
“Tart and playful with nice red fruit and a mineral aspect that works.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled; Dry Anderson Valley $28.00 Gold 92
“Floral, but not overly so with lovely lychee fruit and a fabulous mouthfeel. Fantastic.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 Pinot Grigio Anderson Valley $22.00 Gold 92
“Fruity and lively with plenty of intrigue going on here. Not your mom's Pinot Grigio - this is actually good.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Yummy, fleshy peach and nectarine with a sassy lime zest backbone. It's got weight, layers of flavor, and mouth-watering freshness that takes this humble grape to new heights.“ - Devin Parr
2023 White Roan Roussanne Marsanne Mendocino $26.00 Gold 92
“Sweet and sour, nice bitter lemon pith note, firm, focused, delicious mouthwatering finish.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2023 Riesling Anderson Valley $26.00 Gold 91
“Dry, tart and long, this is a great solo glass or a pairing partner for salads or mild cheeses.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir Anderson Valley $27.00 Gold 91
“Lip-smackingly delicious, with melon, nectarine, and pink grapefruit zest. The perfect summer sipper but weighty enough to stand up to cool weather pairings.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Chardonnay Mendocino $26.00 Gold 90
“This bottle offers creamy tones and apple in a balanced character that would pair with most pastas.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Citrus blossoms on the nose; lemon curd and lemon oil on the palate with a crisp finish. A crowd-pleasing Chardonnay.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Chardonnay Première Reserve Anderson Valley $33.00 Gold 90
“This Chardonnay has a nice balanced mix of yellow apple, butter, and vanilla flavors.“ - Chuck Dowe
 
NEXT
2019 Red Blend Columbia Valley $15.00 Platinum 94
“This supple wine begins with cassis and violets, and then explodes on your palate, with blackberry, cassis, silky tannins, and a wonderful vanilla finish. You will be pleased you picked this up.“ - Chuck Dowe
“A mouthful of bright red berries, cassis, blue flowers, lovely touch of oak, silky tannins; a wine for a Friday night. Pair with roasted chicken, lamb, beef.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Notre Vue Estate
2022 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $55.00 Platinum 95
“Light in color, but big in flavor! The palate is fresh and bright with a wheelbarrow full of tart cherries and a hint of earth.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2021 Cabernet Franc Estate Grown Chalk Hill $59.00 Gold 90
“A sold example of Cab Franc that combines fruit, oak, acidity and tannins in balance.“ - Michael Cervin
 
Oak Farm Vineyards
2023 Rosé Estate Grown Lodi $26.00 Platinum 94
“Light and lively but packing a fruity punch, this is well-rounded with plenty of zing.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A remarkably expressive rosé, jam-packed with citrus zest and watermelon candy. Mouth-watering acidity keeps this totally crushable.“ - Devin Parr
2020 Petit Verdot Estate Grown Lodi $36.00 Gold 92
“This wine has a wonderful mix of fresh black fruit, back pepper, and cardamon.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Aromas of spiced black plum, cedar, ground black pepper; tannins are ripening; smooth on the back palate. Pair with grilled meats.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Fiano Estate Grown Lodi $28.00 Gold 91
“White flowers, floral, orange blossoms, vegetal. Flavors start off thick then minerals rein it in, leading to a sweet finish. An odd trajectory but a good effort.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Pretty floral notes at first. Hints of citrus and vegetal notes. Delicate acidity washes over the mouth. Lush on first sip, the wine tightens up on the midpalate and then opens back up with a lush finish.“ - Allison Levine
2021 Sangiovese Estate Grown Lodi $36.00 Gold 90
“Bright red and blue fruit aromas with lots of vanilla. Plenty of fruit on the palate, with vanilla and a nice tartness. Likely to be quite popular…“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“This is a really plush style of Sangiovese -- nothing like you'd expect at your Italian trattoria. Ripe and unapologetic, with tons of oak and spice. Drink this with something equally hearty.“ - Devin Parr
 
ONEHOPE
2017 Brunello de Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG $125.00 Gold 92
“ Dark and a bit brooding on the nose with raspberry compote, forest floor, and a touch of funk. The palate is juicy, but also earthy and well-balanced.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“ An earthy, classic Brunello di Montalcino. Dark forest floor, black cherry, and just the right amount of Tuscan funk. Tannins are firm but starting to integrate nicely, making this an elegant take on a true classic.“ - Devin Parr
2021 HerStory Primitivo Puglia IGT $40.00 Gold 90
“ The Italian clone of Zinfandel shows the sorter side of the variety here, with bright yet understated fruit that make for a fine solo glass or friend of grilled red meats.“ - Rich Cook
 
PATEIRO
2021 Saramusa Ribeiro DO $22.00 Gold 91
“ Beautiful palate texture carries dry lemon and stonefruit flavors though a long and subtle finish that will keep you coming back.“ - Rich Cook
 
Peter Vella
NV Chardonnay California $19.99 Gold 90
“Bright acidity keeps this clean and lively through the medium long finish - a friend to food!“ - Rich Cook
 
Raffaldini
2023 Vermentino Superiore Swan Creek $28.00 Gold 91
“Orange zest, minerals, melon, fresh, bright, orange and orange sherbet, a hint of lemon, nice balance.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Raymond Vineyards
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection Napa Valley $55.00 Gold 92
“A bit distant at present. Iron filings, figskin, dried pressed fruit character, deeply structured, lots of fruit tannin. Desperately needs a decanter!“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Rayson
NV Riesling North Carolina $27.00 Gold 92
“Bright and tart with fantastic fruit and plenty of tartness, this wine really sings, but does not yodel.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
NV Cabernet Franc North Carolina $45.00 Gold 90
“Ripe, rich and textured, with bright cherry fruit, toasty oak spice and supple grip through the long finish.“ - Rich Cook
 
RELAX
2022 QbA Riesling Mosel $12.00 Platinum 94
“Flint, mineral, hint of chlorine, generous, lemon and bright apple, firm, focused, a sluice of white minerals guiding and energizing the palate.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Flinty, stone fruit, apricots on the palate, lush, apricot skins on the finish.“ - Allison Levine
 
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards
2023 Gruner Veltliner Cask 2 Schneckenleitner, Estate Grown Umpqua Valley $44.00 Platinum 95
“This wine nails it. The proper acidity, minerality, and softer, muted fruit, this is a great example of a Gruner made in the US.“ - Michael Cervin
2023 Gruner Veltliner 'Green Lizard' Estate Grown Umpqua Valley $38.00 Gold 93
“This shows the austere side of the variety, with stony minerality in the lead and soft pear, green bean and stone fruit notes. A fine aperitif.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Gruner Veltliner Estate Selection; Hefeabzug Umpqua Valley $36.00 Gold 93
“This rides a fine line between austerity and poppin' fresh fruit, bringing the best of both to bear. Delightful! “ - Rich Cook
2023 Riesling Estate Selection Umpqua Valley $28.00 Gold 92
“The nose is a trickster here, leading you to think sweet, but the palate is dry and bright with a specific lanolin note. Tasty!“ - Rich Cook
2021 Tempranillo Winemaker's Reserve, Estate Grown Umpqua Valley $48.00 Gold 90
“A very classy Tempranillo from a spot you may not associate with the grape, but certainly should. Delicious!“ - Rich Cook
2023 Riesling 'Enigma' Estate Grown Umpqua Valley $29.00 Gold 90
“Apricot and floral notes, richness on the midpalate, sweetness mixes with acidity for a mouthwatering finish.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Deux Vine Estate Grown Umpqua Valley $38.00 Gold 90
“Wild fruit aromas, very lush and open on the palate with textured tannins that reign it in.“ - Allison Levine
 
Robert Hall
2020 Merlot Artisan Collection Paso Robles $19.99 Gold 90
“Savory at the outset. Tobacco and sanguine notes give way to a dark plum background. Flavors dark, plum/prune. Dense and a touch lean with fine fruit tannin. Needs some lamb to sing!“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Pretty nose with dark fruit, leather and tobacco notes. Not rich but rather fresh on the nose. Fruit tannins, lightly drying texture.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Artisan Collection Paso Robles $17.99 Gold 90
“Funky. Lean, mineral, pithy note. No fruit to speak of. It’s lean and a touch bitter, needs food but has a savory appeal.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Rodney Strong Vineyards
2018 Symmetry Sonoma County $70.00 Platinum 95
“Yummy! I love the backbone of acidity in this wine, which takes what can often be an overwhelming fruit mix and gives it zest and energy. This wine is juicy as hell and would be delicious on its own, n and equally at home as a most elegant dinner party red “ - Devin Parr
2022 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $30.00 Gold 93
“Shows its appellation pedigree with cherry, rhubarb and mild youthful tannin; finish lingers and rounds out.“ - Stacie Hunt
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $35.00 Gold 92
“Solid fruit, moderate tannins and acidity make this a terrifc everyday Cab.“ - Michael Cervin
2022 Sauvignon Blanc Charlotte's Home Sonoma County $18.00 Gold 92
“Notes of lime, pineapple, papaya, flint and hints of green pepper.  Rounded midpalate and a lingering finish with mouthwatering acidity.“ - Allison Levine
2021 Red Blend Sonoma County $25.00 Gold 92
“The flavors of blackberry, plum, cherry, and coffee make this a nice pairing for your next roast. “ - Chuck Dowe
“A nose of black cherry, black & red plums, thyme. An enjoyable mouthful of ripe fruits and balance of oak and tannin. Pair with roast beef.“ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Chardonnay Chalk Hill $30.00 Gold 91
“Pale. yellow gold; buttery oak; ripe citrus fruits, grapefruit pith; a rich, Chardonnay in the vein of Rombauer.“ - Stacie Hunt
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley $25.00 Gold 91
“All wheat berries and biscuits. Lemon lime, fresh, apple and a slightly bittering finish.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Schloss Vollrads
2021 Riesling Kabinett Rheingau $34.00 Platinum 95
“Classic from start to finish with a touch of petrol, citrus, and minerality, the palate is even better, near perfect balance. Yowza! “ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Wow - this wine! Packed with all those incredible Riesling notes, dripping with luscious, honeyed fruit, jasmine, petrol, and flintiness. Acid for days. This is everything I could ask for in a Riesling.“ - Devin Parr
 
Shades of Blue
NV Riesling Mosel $11.99 Gold 91
“Flinty and peachy on the nose with fantastic tartness and just the right amount of sweetness to make it work.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
St. James Winery
2022 Norton Estate Grown; Explorer Collection Ozark Highlands $18.99 Gold 91
“A rich texture, dark fruits and a dash of pepper make for a pleasing pour.“ - Rich Cook
NV Friendship School Rosé Ozark Highlands $13.99 Gold 90
“A solid effort that gives off bright and lightly tart fruits, complemented by light sugar and nice aromatics.“ - Michael Cervin
NV Velvet Rosé American $9.99 Gold 90
“This grapey, flavorful wine will jump out of the glass and delight your guests. “ - Chuck Dowe
“This is the Saltimbocca (which translates to jump in your mouth) of wines. Refreshing on its own or as a base for Sangria.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Starfield Vineyards
2020 Bronson Bros. El Dorado $46.00 Platinum 94
“ Lovely. Savory, tar, mint, pine, mountains, dark berry. Seems Syrah dominant. Deep flavors, juicy, a touch simple,  but concentrated and nicely extracted.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“ Enjoyable freshness, berries, lavender, hint of spice and florals, good mouthfeel, coats the midpalate and lingers.“ - Allison Levine
2023 Marsanne Estate Grown El Dorado $34.00 Platinum 94
“Broad, with simple melon/apple notes. Emollient and broad on the palate. Lovely length and fleshiness. Long and fresh.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Super bright nose! Very inviting. Fresh and clean with fresh apple, melon, stone fruit, and citrus notes. Pretty! Long elegant fresh finish.“ - Allison Levine
2022 Sierra Highlands Smith Flat Red Blend Estate Grown El Dorado $24.00 Platinum 94
“Pretty - almost Gamay like. Spicy red berry/raspberry. Firm and fleshy, with delightful lightness of touch. Clean, bright acidity.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Wild strawberry aromas welcome the first sip. Dusty chocolate tannins and spice.  Fun and interesting. Textured and fresh.“ - Allison Levine
2020 The Miner's Inch El Dorado $36.00 Gold 92
“Mountain notes, iron, basalt, dark and concentrated.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Very fresh, enjoyable minerality, good fruit tannins, balanced, dusty cocoa.“ - Allison Levine
2023 Vermentino Estate Grown El Dorado $34.00 Gold 91
“Pretty classic. Sour melon and a hint of citrus. Golden, bright, citrus, round, warm but not hot. Could use a bit more edge.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Cinsaut Estate Grown El Dorado $36.00 Gold 91
“Red strawberries, dark and grainy with a bitter back end. Varietally on point, with good lean, tangy astringency.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2022 Counoise Estate Grown El Dorado $36.00 Gold 90
“Transparent garnet color, cranberry, wild raspberry and baking spice notes, medium bodied and balanced.“ - Allison Levine
 
Stoneleigh
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $19.00 Gold 90
“A meaty nose with plenty of citrus. Good fruit with a touch of salinity and plenty of zing, what one looks for in a NZ SB.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“This is an elegant sauvignon blanc that's not as over the top as some of the more classic examples of the category. It's still got plenty of grapefruit and lime zest, but it also offers up some really pleasant minerality that makes it stand out from its peers.“ - Devin Parr
 
Taylors Wines
2022 Special Release Shiraz Clare Valley $15.00 Gold 91
“Big dollop of blue fruit, cassis, blueberries. Concentrated coolness.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Teachworth Napa Valley
2019 Pinot Noir Los Carneros $60.00 Gold 91
“On the lighter side. Really lovely structure with juicy fruit and bright floral notes. California Pinot Noir as I prefer it - elegant and restrained.“ - Devin Parr
 
The Simple Grape
2022 Pinot Grigio California $16.00 Gold 91
“Rich tree fruit with ripe pear out front. The palate is bright and tart with solid fruit.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
The Soldier
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $23.00 Gold 91
“Very indicative of Columbia Valley Cab, this well represents its region. Tight tannins, softer, mineral driven.“ - Michael Cervin
“I like the finish push here - it's bright, with mixed red and black fruit and a little brown spice note that deepens everything.“ - Rich Cook
 
The Wolftrap
2021 White South Africa; WO Western Cape $11.99 Gold 90
“Pale to brilliant straw with a smoky citrusy/peachy vibe. Good, even great fruit on the palate with more than ample tartness and a solid finish.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“A whiff of smokiness and minerality mingles with the floral notes of this wine making it a really interesting, tasty selection. I suspect it would benefit from a cleverly curated pairing.“ - Devin Parr
 
Three Hammers Winery
2021 Cuvée American $46.95 Platinum 94
“This could easily pass for a Grand Vin de Bordeaux - it's just starting to show itself and will unwind beautifully over many years.“ - Rich Cook
 
Tomich
2023 Pinot Noir Woodside Vineyard Adelaide Hills $35.00 Gold 93
“Chocolate and Andes mint/eucalyptus. Carob, plum. Cool and briary, dark strawberry and plumskin, grainy and peppery, fine tannins and great length “ - Patrick Comiskey
“Milk chocolate and eucalyptus aromas, wild raspberries and cherries, bright acid, lovely texture. Yum!“ - Allison Levine
2022 Pinot Noir Woodside Vineyard Adelaide Hills $35.00 Gold 90
“Funky (but I love the funk) nose that hides the fruit, but the palate is fresh and delicious with tart cherry and a bit of heat.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“Don't let the earthy nose fool you. On the palate this wine's got plenty on offer, from dark fruit to spice to an awesome funk, and a surprisingly full body despite its light color. A tad hot on the finish, which fans of big wines might actually appreciate.“ - Devin Parr
 
Traforato
2022 Due Nerelli Terre Siciliane IGT $45.00 Gold 91
“The terroir shows in aromas of blackberries, black plums, dried bramble herbs. The tannins round out in the finish with fruit. Pair with pork roast roasted with plums, garlic, onions.“ - Stacie Hunt
 
Trump Winery
2017 Brut Reserve Monticello $94.99 Platinum 94
“From the brioche opener to the citrus finish, this wine will delight your palate. Creamy white peach rounds out this great glass of bubbles.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Pale yellow gold, yeasty, white peach, citrus flowers; peach afterglow on the palate, soft mousse, fresh, long finish.“ - Stacie Hunt
2018 Blanc de Blanc Monticello $29.99 Gold 93
“Pale gold color, yeasty, white flower nose, plush mousse, creamy. Finishes with bright acidity.“ - Stacie Hunt
2021 New World Reserve Monticello $74.99 Gold 91
“The blender's art is one of nuance, and that skill shows well here. Age this a few years before diving in.“ - Rich Cook
2022 Viognier Monticello $29.99 Gold 90
“Correct. Bright lemon zest and tropical fruit. Salty and bright, slightly sweet, good acids, lean.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Tutto Mio
NV Rosso Dolce Emilia IGT $11.99 Gold 90
“Fans of sweet, spritzy Lambrusco-style wines will delight in crushing this juicy little number. Sweetness here is nicely balanced by acid and fizz. By no means a serious wine, but it's certianly not meant to be. Get this nice and chilled and order up a pepperoni pizza and you have yourself the ultimate pairing.“ - Devin Parr
 
Wakefield
2021 St Andrews Shiraz Clare Valley $80.00 Platinum 95
“Wild wine. Wild berries, a hint of VA, clove spice, dark, suave tannins, lean, focused, concentrated fruit.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Briary, wild forest fruit, low center of gravity with a fresh lift on the nose, lush on the palate with that same fresh lift.“ - Allison Levine
2023 St Andrews Chardonnay Clare Valley $40.00 Gold 93
“Quiet palate, but really nice fruit, a zingy component and fantastic balance. Very, very nice.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
2023 St Andrews Riesling Clare Valley $40.00 Platinum 95
“Serious Riesling is always a pleasure, and this is more than serious. Delicious now, and will age into excellence.“ - Rich Cook
2023 Riesling Estate Label Clare Valley $22.00 Gold 91
“Classic Aussie Riesling - bone dry style with real citrus fruit push in the finish makes this a fine warm weather quaff.“ - Rich Cook
 
Wallis Family Estate
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Denali Estate Vineyard St. Helena $125.00 Gold 92
“Dark and figgy. Tar, sweet coffee. Black and volcanic, massive, extracted, full bodied and long. Lumbering intensity.“ - Patrick Comiskey
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Haas Vineyards Diamond Mountain District $125.00 Gold 90
“Quite dark, even brooding with black fruit and some cow blood on the nose. Rich and chewy on the palate. Really tannic and needs time.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
 
Walport Family Cellars
2021 Malbec Applegate Valley $37.00 Gold 91
“Really dark. Brooding - just stormy black. Cassis a go-go on the nose, Rich, ominous, and yes, brooding on the palate as well. Perfect for a snowstorm and a brisket.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“While this will no doubt benefit for more time in bottle thanks to those firm tannins, its potential shows now.  It’s huge, packed with black fruit, black peppercorns, black licorice, and leather.“ - Devin Parr
 
Yealands
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $17.99 Gold 91
“One of the more fascinating Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted. It's juicy and zesty but offers an utterly beguiling whiff of smokiness that I find myself more and more drawn to with each sip.“ - Devin Parr
 
ZD Wines
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $78.00 Platinum 97
“Made in a full thottle style done right, with sturdy structure, complementary oak notes and a finish that won't quit, and it's ageworthy to boot. Bravo!“ - Rich Cook
2022 Chardonnay Reserve Carneros $85.00 Platinum 96
“The wine offers a nice balance of golden apple, ripe pear, butter, and vanilla on the nose. In the glass you will find those ripe fruit flavors with a bright lemon curd finish.“ - Chuck Dowe
“Shows its class.  Golden apple, citrus blossoms, lemon curd, lemon zest. Mild, buttery finish crisps up in the finish. Pair with creamy sauces, garlic-seasoned dishes such as Scampi or roasted chicken.“ - Stacie Hunt
2022 Pinot Noir Founder's Reserve Carneros $93.00 Platinum 95
“Rich, juicy cherry in the glass with a touch of violet, all adding up to a lovely nose. Rich and lively on the palate with dark cherry and a nice herbal note.“ - Jeffrey Kralik
“YUM. This wine came in with huge aromatics and did not disappoint on the palate. It's big yet still light on its feet with a mouthful of dark fruit and bramble lifted by freshness and a most elegant finish. A fantastic food wine but also more than enough on its own.“ - Devin Parr
2023 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley $37.00 Gold 91
“Bananas, pineapple, apple. Sour and a touch bitter, good mid weight, balanced, a little firm  on the finish.“ - Patrick Comiskey
 
Zonte's Footstep
2024 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills $27.50 Platinum 95
“Very aromatic wine with citrus, lime, green pineapple notes, tangy with savory on the palate, structured and fresh with a long mouthwatering finish“ - Allison Levine
2023 Dawn Patrol Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills $40.00 Gold 90
“Solid sense of place, and a tasty mix of red fruit and menthol herbaceousness - very food friendly!“ - Rich Cook
2022 Lake Doctor Shiraz Langhorne Creek $30.00 Gold 90
“Initially stinky. Sleek and concentrrated, the wine is very reduced and needs decanting; Hard to read now but there’s a good wine in the background, it just needs time.“ - Patrick Comiskey
“Stinky, reduced nose opens to cassis, dark fruit, dusted florals, lots of drying tannins, no mid palate at first but then opens up.“ - Allison Levine
2024 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu $27.50 Gold 90
“A totally unique, mineral-driven rose that offers lovely fresh fruit and a yummy salinity that is just so compelling. Easy and sea-breezy.“ - Devin Parr

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