2008 Central Coast Red Blend; $10
14.5/20 — Approachable dark fruit and ripe berry flavors mingle with notes of cocoa, black pepper and baking spices; The finish is clean with a hint of smoky bacon.
2006 Heritage Selection Zen Ranch Zinfandel; $26
14.5/20 — Aromas of berry with a hint of raisin and dried cherry are followed by spicy notes of cinnamon.
2007 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir; $40
15/20 — Displaying a mouth with rich texture and dense tannins, this pinot noir offers flavors of black cherry, cola and smoke, complimented by hints of orange peel and black tea.
Patz & Hall
2007 Hyde Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir; $60
14.5/20 — This vintage is big and rich with a palate of soft, coating tannins. Aromas of cherry and bittersweet chocolate lead into red fruit flavors of raspberry, cranberry and framboise.
Dry Creek Valley
2007 Florence Vineyard Zinfandel; $32
14.5/20 — Aromas of lavender, violets and black raspberry lead into flavors of raspberry, cassis, chocolate and clove; the finish is long and persistent.
2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $65
14.5/20 — Classic Cabernet elements of black currant, dark cherry, plum and raspberry are accented by subtle layers of mint and black olive.
2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc; $16
13/20 — Abundant citrus and green apple flavors are followed by a refreshing and smooth finish.
St. Supery Virtu
2006 Napa Valley White Meritage; $26
13.5/20 — A white meritage blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this full-bodied wine is a delicious combination of crispness and softness.
Red Hills Lake County
Seventy-Five Wine Company
2006 Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; $20
14.5/20 — Notes of blueberry and ripe cherry are interwoven with subtle graphite and toasty oak.
Russian River Valley
2005 Windacre Vineyard Russian River Valley Merlot; $25
14/20 — Aged 18 months in French oak, this Merlot is blended with 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 percent Cabernet Franc to round out its full body.
2007 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay; $45
15/20 — This wine exhibits a weighty mouthfeel and complex flavors of exotic fruits, vanilla and toast.
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen
2008 Eroica Riesling; $21
13.5/20 — This sweet wine is aromatic, fresh and crisp with mineral notes and intense citrus and stone fruit flavors.
2007 Fête; $20
13.5/20 — A nose of blackberry and black cherry leads into a velvety entry on the palate with soft tannins.
The Bunnell Family Cellar
2007 à pic; $32
13/20 — This thick red wine exhibits a harshness that would benefit from aging.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
2003 Vidal Sparkling Icewine; $60
14/20 — Made in the Méthode Cuvée Close, this wine offers a complex nose of toasted almonds, stewed fruits, lemongrass, and mild petrol notes; Sweet fruit flavors burst on the palate.
Rutherglen Muscat; $15 (375 ml)
14/20 — Drawn from Campbells' aged reserves, this luscious dessert wine displays raisin fruit flavors and a sweet, full finish. Perfect with rich puddings or as an after-dinner drink.
2002 Fleur de Champagne Rosé; $299
16.5/20 — A light bouquet of delicate floral notes opens into fresh, balanced flavors with hints of strawberry and raspberry. The Brut wine also displays silky texture and great finesse.
Brut Heritage Rosé; $85
15/20 — Gold with a hint of salmon-pink, this elegant rosé offers roundness and finesse.
Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2000; $40
15/20 — From Oremus's first growth on hillside vineyards in the heart of the Tokaj-Hegyalja appellation, the grapes for this wine were grown in volcanic tufa soils.
2004 Scacco Matto Albana di Romagna Passito; $48
14/20 — Golden-yellow in color, this dessert wine offers an elegant nose with hints of peach jam. On the palate, it is sweet but not cloying, displaying freshness and a persistent finish.
2003 Pinot Noir; $45
13.5/20 — This focused and elegant wine from Rippon's Lake Wanaka vineyard shows suppleness and finesse.
Green Duck – The Duke 2005; $19
14.5/20 — Complex in flavor, this blend shows notes of cassis, cedar and olive leaf. On the palate, the wine is full, wide and long.
2006 Hercules; $17
14.5/20 — This blend of 49 percent Sangiovese; 30 percent Merlot; and 21 percent Cabernet Sauvignon offers an earthy nose and a soft yet complex palate of red berry fruit flavors.
Vin de Florence 2008; $6
13.5/20 — Pale yellow-green in color, this wine displays notes of green apples, tropical fruit, ginger and Muscat.
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(Updated: 05/23/13 BH)