Wines

A layered and voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes grown in St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, Calistoga, Coombsville, Carneros, and Oak Knoll, this lush red combines hints of barbecued meat...
Mark Aubert has made wine for such illustrious producers as Peter Michael, Colgin Cellars, and Bryant Family Vineyards. If these names do not provide sufficient indication of the caliber of his...
A beautifully sweet late-harvest Sémillon-based dessert wine grown in foggy Coombsville and aged for 30 months, this California sauterne rivals Chateau d’Yquem with its flavors of fig, tapioca,...
Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of...
Tasting notes: This ruby-colored wine’s flavors are a saturated and have a rich rotation of ripe cherry, wild berry, allspice, and a gamy touch of dried meat. Worth knowing: Although the four estates...
Tasting notes: Silky and dense, this dark red is laden with aromas of boysenberry, crème de cassis, and soft vanilla. Its broad palate mingles flavors of dark berry, sandalwood, and caramel. Worth...
Tasting notes: It eschews the showy ripeness of some California reds, offering instead beautifully layered strata of dried cherry and boysenberry, earthy herbal notes of chaparral, deep mineral...
Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke,...
Tasting notes: The texture is smooth, and flavors of chocolate, spiced plum, espresso, and tarragon lead to a lengthy crescendo. Worth knowing: The vistas from a 165-acre parcel on the Sonoma County...
Tasting notes: The 2006 Melis Priorat, like the region itself, exhibits contrasts. Black cherry and sweet floral notes greet the nose, while on the palate, the wine conjures earthier flavors of...
Tasting notes: This inaugural vintage of Mesa Reserve Syrah is a melding of deeply extracted blackberry with the pungency of roasted coffee, sweet tobacco, tar, and earthy chaparral. Worth knowing:...
Tasting notes: The Château Suduiraut 2007 Sauternes is somewhat coy on the nose, offering subtle hints of lemon preserves, wild honey, and citrus blossoms. But on the palate, lively acidity contrasts...
Tasting notes: The seductive, smoky nose gives way on the palate to dark plum, blueberry, juniper berry, and cocoa essences. Worth knowing: Since 1961, when present patriarch, Angelo Gaja, first...
Tasting notes: A dark, sultry infusion of chocolate, cherry, ripe black plum, and fragrant cedar, this velvety red’s color, scent, taste, and texture are guaranteed to enrapture four of the five...
Tasting notes: Elegant and amazing, this wine is ripe, lush, beefy, and tangy with acidity and depth of flavor. It goes long and deep on the palate, revealing spiced plum and ripe berries. Worth...
Tasting notes: A classic, it's dense and packed with mineral and spice and delivers concentrated peach and stone fruit. Worth knowing: Wholly owned by the Trimbach family for more than 200 years,...
Tasting notes: The Château de Fieuzal 2006 Pessac-Léognan Blanc is forward, generous, and rich, displaying long, deep flavors of ripe fruit and spice, and hints of lovely new wood. Worth knowing:...
Tasting notes: Velvety on the palate yet packed with explosive plum, blackberry, and spice, this shiraz combines lovely texture and bright acidity. Seamlessly exquisite and long on the finish, it...
Tasting notes: Primarily a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca varietals. Juicy, intense, and complex, it bursts with ripe blackberry and notes of chocolate on a texture of crushed...
Tasting notes: Made with 100 percent garganega, the single-vineyard Pieropan 2006 Soave Classico La Rocca is aromatic on the nose and dense in the mouth, showing pure acidity and lovely notes of...
Tasting notes: Huge, concentrated, and blessed with a vault-like structure, this gorgeous wine should continue to develop for the next decade or more. Worth knowing: The traditional 59-acre Mas de...
Tasting notes: Creamy pear melds with lemon and peach, while crisp acid gracefully balances the wine’s rich sweetness. Worth knowing: Named Red Shoulder Ranch after the species of hawk that hunts in...
Tasting notes: The auslese from this vineyard explodes out of the glass with effusive flavors that include creamy vanilla and juicy peach. Long, intense, and exquisite, this wine makes a convincing...
Tasting notes: Le Macchiole 2005 has an amazingly fleshy structure from which hang juicy, racy flavors of ripe plum and black raspberry supported by pure, silky-crisp acidity. It is awesomely complex...
Tasting notes: Voluptuously thick, a powerful, shadowy bordeaux blend that is almost like Turkish coffee with luxurious berry and black cherry, dark chocolate, and big yet velvety tannins. Worth...
Tasting notes: The Schramsberg 2001 J. Schram North Coast is composed of 78 percent chardonnay and 22 percent pinot noir. Aromas of apple blossom and tropical fruit lie atop the creamy scent of...
Tasting notes: The decipherable flavors in Diatom’s 2006 Chardonnay Clos Pepe are first lively lemon peel and key lime, then delicate brine, sweet sage, and a long, linear finish of calcium...
Tasting notes: Clean, crisp, precise, and unbelievably elegant, with soft notes of lemon and piquant brine and minerality. Worth knowing: Founded in 1914 by Eugène-Aimé Salon, Salon is among the...
Tasting notes: The Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley exhibits refreshing honeydew melon and pear fruit—in this case, spiked with hints of limoncello and mace that carry on...
Tasting notes: Grown northeast of Rutherford, Calif., near Lake Hennessey, this inky, voluptuous wine gives off heady, spellbinding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, rose water, and wildflowers,...

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