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11/17 Thanksgiving Wine

Faiveley 2008 Pinot Noir, Burgundy ($20)
Crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and bright cherry fruit; fresh, pure and charming; long and stylish; a true Burgundy at a bargain price. 89 points

Simi Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County ($26)
Smooth and lush with toasty oak and soft spices; rich, smooth and  generous; balanced and ripe with silky texture and lovely style; long and dense. 90 points

Diora 2013 Pinot Noir, La Petite Grace, Monterey ($30)
Lush, rich and spicy with tangy berry fruit; smooth, dense, toasty and balanced with lovely spice, black cherry and chocolate; long and juicy. 91 points

Amici Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($30)
Racy and crisp with lively acidity and graceful with smooth texture and bright notes of spice, oak, and earth. 92 points

Schramsberg Vineyards 2013 Davies Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($35)
Silky, fresh and juicy with tangy cherry and smooth texture; lush, ripe and balanced. 90 points

Foxen Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($38)
Dark, smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and lively acidity; fresh, balanced and lush with good length. 91 points

Valley of the Moon 2012 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($20)
Smooth, lush and ripe with raspberry and cassis; juicy, dense and rich with balance, spice and a long finish. 90 points

m2 Wines 2012 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Soucie Vineyard, Lodi ($28)
Juicy and generously ripe, blackberry and raspberry, smooth, earthy, juicy and exuberant; racy and balanced. 93 points

Ridge Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel, Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30)
Smooth, rich and juicy with ripe blackberry and soft texture; lovely depth of flavor from 85-year-old vines; tangy and fresh with ripe flavors of earth and spice. 92 points

One Hope Wine 2013 Chardonnay, California ($19)
Ripe and juicy with tropical fruit and notes of vanilla oak; smooth and spicy, long and rich; half the profits go to breast cancer research. 90 points

Kendall-Jackson 2013 Chardonnay, Jackson Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($28)
Smooth, ripe nose; ripe pear fruit, vanilla, butterscotch and toasty oak - all in balance; rounded, rich and long; classic. 91 points

Gary Farrell 2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($35)
Juicy and bright with ripe pear and citrus; creamy vanilla oak and tangy style; long and elegant, charming and balanced. 92 points

Benovia Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($36)
Smooth, juicy and fresh with depth and style; rich notes of toasty oak and lovely varietal intensity; elegant and refined with a long finish. 92 points

11/3 Malbec

Argento 2014 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)
Smooth and ripe with juicy berry fruit and smooth texture; dense, ripe and balanced with good length. 90 points

Goldschmidt 2013 Chacras Malbec, Vista Flores ($18)
Dark and luscious with rich texture and ripe plum, blackberry and pepper spice; deep, smooth and long. 92 points

Loscano 2012 Malbec, Grand Reserve, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza ($22)
Smooth and lush, juicy and rich with ripe blackberry and cassis; elegant, balanced and showing sweet oak and a long, deep finish. 92 points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Viña Cobos Malbec, Bramare, Valle du Uco, Argentina ($45)
Dark and smooth with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; lush and balanced with great depth and lots of juicy notes; packed with flavor yet elegant and polished; long and vivid. 95 points

Salentein 2013 Malbec, Pr1mum, Valle de Uco, Mendoza ($50)
A stunning barrel-fermented, luscious wine with elegance, depth and power; lovely plum, blackberry and violets enhanced by toasty French oak; rich and complete, long and polished. 94 points 

10/20 Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs 2012 Chardonnay, Cuvée Agustina, Richard Dinner Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain ($75)
Golden color and lush aroma; silky and elegant with pure, focused fruit; long and juicy, balanced and exquisite; Burgundian and profound. 95 points

Paul Hobbs 2012 Pinot Noir, Katherine Lindsay Estate, Russian River Valley ($85)
Silky and juicy with bright cherry, raspberry and tangy acidity; dense and elegant with intensity and lovely balance; bright, fresh and long. 93 points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, St. Helena ($100) 
Deep and rich with bright acidity and luscious plum and cassis; silky texture and lovely notes of oak, spice and juiciness; long and elegant. 94 points

Paul Hobbs 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, St. Helena ($175)
Vertical Tasting
Rich plum, cassis nose; dark silky and juicy, lush, tangy and ripe with elegance, balance and finesse; juicy and complete with supple, seamless, precise style, blackberry, long with notes of oak and subtle vanilla; blueberry, persistent and pure. 96 points

CrossBarn – Sonoma and Mendocino County

Paul Hobbs 2014 CrossBarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and silky with ripe pear and tropical fruit; juicy with depth and finesse, balanced and elegant. 91 points

Paul Hobbs 2013 Pinot Noir, CrossBarn, Anderson Valley ($35)
Smooth and lush with deep black cherry fruit and juicy acidity; ripe and balanced with spice, savory notes and lovely texture; long and elegant. 92 points

Paul Hobbs 2012 CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($40)
Silky and smooth with ripe plum and blackberry; juicy, mellow and balanced; long and lush. 90 points

Viña Cobos – Argentina

Paul Hobbs 2012 Viña Cobos Malbec, Felino, Mendoza, Argentina ($19)
Dark and ripe with rich texture and intense blackberry, cherry and cassis; lush, concentrated and deep with balance, style and a long, vivid finish. 91 points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Viña Cobos Malbec, Bramare, Valle du Uco, Argentina ($45)
Dark and smooth with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; lush and balanced with great depth and lots of juicy notes; packed with flavor yet elegant and polished; long and vivid. 95 points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Viña Cobos Malbec, Bramare, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina ($45)
Dark, fragrant and smooth with concentrated blackberry, cassis and spice; dense, meaty and ripe with great intensity and depth; complex, rich and balanced. 93 points

Paul Hobbs 2010 Viña Cobos Malbec, Bramare, Marchiori, Mendoza, Argentina ($95)
Dark, intense and velvety with ripe boysenberry, black raspberry and cassis; juicy, supple and concentrated with spice, meat and savory flavors; great now with more potential to come with aging. 94 points

Crocus – France

Crocus 2011 Malbec,, Malbec de Cahors, France ($45)
Juicy and bright with tangy plum and blackberry; lively and balanced, crisp and long. 45 points

Crocus 2011 Malbec Grand Vin, Malbec de Cahors, France ($125)
Smooth and rich with lush blackberry, blueberry and spice; dense, chewy and long; ripe, juicy and deep; long and balanced. 92 points

10/8 NY World Wine & Spirits Comp

Best Zinfandel in Show V. Sattui 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Gilsson Vineyard, Russian River Valley, USA ($38)

Best Cabernet Sauvignon in Show V. Sattui 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, USA ($80)

Best Red Wine in Show V. Sattui 2012 Bordeaux Blend, Paradiso, Napa Valley, USA ($70)

Best Fortified Wine in Show Domaine Shu Sheng NV Moscato Oro Vino Formosa, Holi District/ Taichung, Taiwan ($85)

Best Malbec in Show Dona Paula 2012 Malbec, Estate, Valle de Uco, Argentina ($15)

Best Syrah/ Shiraz in Show Petroni Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Grown, Sonoma Valley, USA ($40)

Best Other Red Blend in Show Marianello 2012 Red Blend, Cielo Rubio, Santa Barbara County, USA ($48)

Best Chardonnay in Show Consilience 2013 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, USA ($24)

Best Sauvignon Blanc in Show Tiki 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, MOAI Reserve, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)

Best White Wine in Show Ingleside Vineyards 2014 Albarino, Virginia, USA ($25)

Best Sherry in Show Dios Baco NV Elite Amontillado, Jerez, Spain ($25)

Best Sparkling Wine in Show Armand de Brignac NV Sparkling Rosé, Champagne ($450)

9/24 Biodynamic Wine

Alois Lageder 2013 Pinot Grigio, Porer, Sudtirol - Alto Adige, Italy ($25)
Aromatic and smooth with lush fruit and mineral notes; round and balanced with elegance and a long finish. 90 points

Quivira Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Fig Tree Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($22)
Silky and bright with grapefruit and tangy citron; smooth, clean and vibrant with focus and lovely balance. 91 points

Ehlers Estate 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($28)
Juicy, bright and fresh with lovely peach and citrus flavors; a pure expression of the variety; tangy, smooth and nicely balanced with a long finish; all proceeds go to cardiovascular research. 92 points

Truett-Hurst 2011 Chardonnay, Swallowtail, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($25)
Rich and creamy with butterscotch oak and ripe pear and citrus; juicy and long with depth and finesse; lush, dense and balanced with fresh, complex flavors. 90 points

Grgich Hills 2012 Fumé Blanc, Dry, Estate, Napa Valley ($30)
Bright and juicy with tropical fruit, citrus and some minerals and spice; deep, complex and elegant with depth and good length. 90 points

Dom. Cazes 1999 Grenache Blanc Ambré, Rivesaltes, France ($30)
Deep amber color; creamy, rich and showing rancio and toasty notes; juicy and complex. 93 points

Marqués de Cáceres 2014 Bio Organic Wine, Rioja, Spain ($20)
Spicy and ripe with plum, cassis and blackberry; soft oak, vanilla and nice balance. 90 points

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($25)
Tangy and juicy with silky texture and bright cherry fruit; lively and crisp with purity and depth; long and balanced. 90 points

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($28)
Lush and smooth with ripe cherry and spice; juicy and bright with balance and tangy style; biodynamic. 90 points

Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, FiliGreen, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County ($33) 
Smooth and silky with juicy red cherry and blackberry; deep, graceful and long. 89 points

Francis Tannahill 2011 Pinot Noir, The Hermit, Pearl Vineyard, Dundee Hills, Oregon ($48)
Fresh, juicy and bright with tangy cherry fruit; crisp and deep with lovely purity and style; racy, elegant and precise; long and charming. 91 points

Grgich Hills 2009 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($35)
Ripe and dense with smooth, spicy black raspberry fruit and concentrated flavors; spice and tangy acid structure; long and balanced. 90 points

Golden Vineyards 2010 Coro Mendocino, Mendocino County ($40)
50% Zinfandel, 27% Syrah, 23% Petite Sirah
Juicy and fresh with tangy plum and blackberry fruit; aromatic and racy with crisp acidity and spice; rich and dense with depth and style. 90 points

Clau de Nell 2013 Cabernet Franc, Anjou, France ($50)
Silky and juicy with bright, lively raspberry and spice; lively, crisp and long. 90 points

Caiarossa 2008 Tuscany, Italy ($69)
29% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Syrah, 14% Alicante, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Sangiovese
Deep, dark and rich with concentrated plum and spice; lush and intense with lovely structure and length; complex, elegant and polished. 94 points

Clau de Nell 2013 Cabernet Franc, Anjou, France ($50)
Silky and juicy with bright, lively raspberry and spice; lively, crisp and long. 90 points

Caiarossa 2008 Tuscany, Italy ($69)
29% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Syrah, 14% Alicante, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Sangiovese
Deep, dark and rich with concentrated plum and spice; lush and intense with lovely structure and length; complex, elegant and polished. 94 points

8/4 Chardonnay

One Hope Wine 2013 Chardonnay, California ($19)
Ripe and juicy with tropical fruit and notes of vanilla oak; smooth and spicy, long and rich; half the profits go to breast cancer research. 90 points

Paul Hobbs 2014 Crossbarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and silky with ripe pear and tropical fruit; juicy with depth and finesse, balanced and elegant. 91 points

Stoller Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, Oregon ($25)
Bright and crisp with juicy acidity and racy citrus notes; minerals and silky texture; lifted and focused, long and bracing. 91 points

Talley Vineyards 2013 Estate Chardonnay Bottled, Arroyo Grande Valley ($27)
Silky and bright, crisp and tangy with racy acidity, bright minerals and citrus; long, fresh and elegant. 92 points

Kendall-Jackson 2013 Chardonnay, Jackson Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($28)
Smooth, ripe nose; ripe pear fruit, vanilla, butterscotch and toasty oak - all in balance; rounded, rich and long; classic. 91 points

Foxen Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay, Block UU, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Lush and juicy with tangy acidity and ripe pear and tropical fruit; racy, lifted and bright with depth and lively style. 93 points

Gary Farrell 2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($35)
Juicy and bright with ripe pear and citrus; creamy vanilla oak and tangy style; long and elegant, charming and balanced. 92 points

Pali Wine Co 2013 Chardonnay, Huber Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($39)
Smooth and elegant with juicy pear, fig and hints of peach; soft oak, light toast and lovely balance; long and fresh. 91 points

Domaine Laroche 2013 Chardonnay Les Vaudevey, Chablis Premier Cru, France ($46)
Round and smooth with lush fruit and tangy minerals; juicy, crisp and tangy with balance, style and length. 92 points

Far Niente 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($65)
Crisp and juicy with depth and structure with notes of melon, pear and fig; lush and elegant, long and balanced. 92 points

asse Felix 2013 Chardonnay, Heytesbury, Margaret River, Australia ($65)
Rich, juicy and elegant with great finesse, structure and a long, lifted finish; Burgundian and complex with stunning depth; silky and stunning. 65 points

7/14 Moscato

Graziano Family of Wines 2014 Moscato, Enotria from Mendocino County ($11)
Spritzy, aromatic and tangy wine, with sweetness and crisp, juicy acidity; it’s generous and bright with lively peach flavors; there’s great tension between sweet and acid; it’s lifted, fresh and exuberant. 92 points.

Cupcake Vineyards 2012 Moscato from Moscato d'Asti, Italy ($11)
Foamy and crisp with bright, spicy, passion fruit and crisp acidity; sweet and very tangy, long and delicious. 89 points

Michele Chiarlo 2012 Moscato, Nivole, Asti, Italy ($15)
Fresh and juicy with lots of spritz and sweet, tangy style; long and creamy, lovely. 92 impressive points.

Robert Mondavi 2011 Muscat Canelli, Moscato d'Oro, Napa Valley ($20)
Fresh, tangy and crisp with spice, lovely peach and slight spritz; racy and sweet with great acidity and structure. 91 points

Massolino 2013 Moscato d'Asti Moscato, Serralunga d'Alba, Italy ($24)
Sparkling and juicy with sweet, tangy apple and bright acidity; crisp, racy and long. 90 points

La Sirena 2011 Muscat Canelli, Moscato Azul, California (52% Napa Valley, 48% Paso Robles) ($30)
Spritzy, clean and dry with minerals, good acidity and juicy, spicy flavors. 88 points

Cantine Viola 2009 Moscato, Passito from Calabria, Italy ($67)
Pure and toasty. Caramel, creamy, rich and long notes. 94 points

Klein Constantia 2008 Muscat, Vin de Constance from Constantia, South Africa ($65)
D
eep amber, creamy, rich and balanced wine is truly gorgeous and well worth its price tag. Expect sweet and rich notes with good acid and structure; it’s also long, unctuous and immensely satisfying. 95 Points

6/30 S.F. INT'L Wine CompETITION

Double Gold Winners - Winners can be found here.

6/23 Aromatic Whites

Bodegas Martin Codax 2012 Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain ($15)
Fresh and spicy with bright acidity and juicy style; tangy and balanced with lots of charm; smooth and harmonious; long and vibrant. 89 points

Longoria Wines 2014 Albariño, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($25)
Aromatic; Juicy and crisp; lively, lovely, long; well defined and complex. 90 points

Nieto Senetiner 2013 Torrontès, Valle de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina ($12)
Fresh and bright with mineral, spice and aromatic flavors; smooth and soft with good acid structure and a long finish. 89 points

Colomé 2013 Torrontés, Salta, Argentina ($15)
Rose petal nose; silky and fresh with spice, floral notes and a core of crisp acidity; bright and balanced. 90 points

Seifried Estate 2012 Gewürztraminer, Nelson, New Zealand ($18)
Rose petal nose; spicy, crisp and bright with juicy acidity and smooth texture; long and balanced, charming. 90 points

Castelfeder 2012 Gewürztraminer, Vom Lehm, Alto Adige DOC, Italy ($18)
Rose petal nose; aromatic; lush and floral; juicy, dense, crisp, and long. 92 points

Lazy Creek Vineyards 2012 Gewürztraminer, Anderson Valley ($22)
Aroma of rose petals; smooth, elegant and spicy; fresh and floral, long and balanced. 90 points

Hugel & Fils 2011 Gewürztraminer, Alsace. France ($30) 
Rose petals and spice; dry, smooth and ripe with lovely spice and depth; long and elegant. 90 points

Navarro Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley ($35)
Rich, spicy nose; crisp and juicy with sweet apricot and lovely spice; pure, balanced and very long. 92 points

Thornton Winery 2012 Vermentino, Temecula Valley ($22)
Bright and spicy with juicy apple and tangy acidity; some anise and lovely balance; long and silky. 90 points

Giornata Wines 2013 Vermentino, Paso Robles ($25)
Silky and bright with crisp, lively acidity and racy freshness; balanced and bracing with depth and finesse. 90 points

Tablas Creek 2014 Vermentino, Paso Robles ($35)
Smooth and lush with aromatics, juicy acid and soft minerals; clean, balanced and elegant; long and polished. 90 points

Calera 2013 Viognier, Central Coast ($17)
Lush and juicy with tangy acidity and floral notes; clean, ripe and aromatic with lively style and good balance; long and vibrant. 90 points

Mercer Estates 2013 Viognier, Culloden Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($18)
Lush and juicy, ripe and aromatic with tangy citrus and peach; polished and bright, long and balanced. 90 points

Robert Hall 2013 Viognier, Paso Robles ($20)
Bright and juicy with peach and citrus notes; aromatic, bright and racy with lovely balance and length. 90 points

Yalumba 2012 Viognier, The Virgilius, Eden Valley, Australia ($45)
Rich and luscious with aromatics, creamy texture and lovely spice and depth; ripe and deep with sumptuous texture and a long, luxurious finish. 92 points

6/9 Sauvignon Blanc

Kon Tiki 2014 , Valle Central, Chile ($13)
Tangy and green with racy acidity and grassy notes; fresh, clean and juicy; long and bright.

Giesen Wine Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)
Crisp and racy with peach and tangy citrus fruit; minerals and bright acidity; long and pure, fresh and balanced. 90 points

Sileni Estates 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, The Straits, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)
2014 Double Gold
Feral, spicy, clean and fresh; grassy and long.

Kim Crawford 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($18)
Tangy spice and mineral nose; racy, crisp and lively with gooseberry and cut grass; racy and long with a bright finish. 91 points

Seifried Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, New Zealand ($18)
Crisp grapefruit and racy acidity; juicy and bright with a long finish. 90 points

Jackson Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Stich, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)
Racy and juicy with bright gooseberry and minerals; fresh and balanced. 90 points

Cosa Obra Wines 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Hummingbird Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Bright and smooth with elegant peach and citrus; silky, sleek and juicy with polish and balance; long and lovely. 90 points

Ehlers Estate 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena ($28)
Silky and lifted, fresh and tangy with peach and citrus; elegant, minerally and juicy, long and precise. 92 points

Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)
Smooth, lush and dense with a core of juicy acidity; fresh tropical fruit and bright acidity; minerally and balanced, long and lovely. 90 points

Matanzas Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Helena Bench, Knights Valley ($40)
Lush and smooth with round, polished flavors of citrus and white peach; elegant, rich with minerality and finesse; long and lovely. 91 points

Finally, hailing from France is the Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Maxime Vieilles Vigne Sur Silex, Sancerre, France ($43)
Smooth and juicy with bright citrus and minerals; deep and complex with lovely finesse and purity; long and complete. 92 points

5/26 Syrah

Dussek 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington ($20)
Smooth and juicy with blackberry and spice; savory with notes of vanilla and oak; fresh, dense and balanced. 90 points

DeLille Cellars 2012 Doyenne Syrah, Signature, Yakima, Washington ($46)
Dense, rich and lively with spice, blackberry and cassis; lush, intense and complex with balance and lovely style; long and juicy with notes of chocolate, licorice and vanilla. 92 points

Red Car Wine 2011 Estate Syrah, Fort Ross - Sea View ($50)
Smooth and bright with juicy black raspberry and plum; fresh and spicy with lovely mouth feel and a long, balanced finish. 92 points

Colombo, Jean-Luc 2010 Syrah, La Louvée, Cornas, France ($85)
Spicy nose; silky texture and bright blackberry, cassis and raspberry fruit; notes of violets and chocolate with vivid fruit, tangy acidity and a long, elegant finish, built to age. 93 points

Montara Wines 2012 Shiraz, Grampians, Australia ($20)
Dark and dense with blackberries, blueberries and spice; licorice and toasty oak; long and balanced. 90 points

Brash Higgins 2012 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($29)
Spicy nose; fresh; juicy; blackberry and spice; lush and long. 91 points

Murray Street Vineyards 2009 Shiraz, Barossa, Australia ($31)
Smooth, ripe and rich with blackberry, licorice and tangy acidity; juicy, lush and spicy; intense and long, deep and vivid. 92 points

Fairview 2011 Shiraz, The Beacon, Paarl, South Africa ($37)
Smooth and lush with black raspberry and plum; juicy with toasty notes and hints of earth; balanced and long. 90 points

5/12 Domestic Sparkling

Domaine Carneros 2008 from Napa Valley ($27)
Full, ripe and juicy with clean, smooth, simple flavors; bright and rounded with lots of style. 90 points

Argyle Winery 2010 from Willamette Valley ($27)
Lovely, juicy and bright; tangy and crisp, smooth and lovely. 90 points

Gloria Ferrer 2006 Royal Cuvée from Carneros ($37) 
Rounded and ripe with fresh fruit and racy acidity; balanced and long. 90 points

Ceja Vineyards 2009 Late Disgorged, Carneros ($44)
Rounded and fresh with juicy style and good balance; clean and stylish. 90 points

Roederer Estate 2003 L'Ermitage, Anderson Valley ($47)
Toasty and elegant with great depth of fruit; tangy and bright with complexity and lovely style; very impressive. 93 points

Boisset 2007 JCB #9, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley ($48)
Rich and deep with burnished, ripe fruit and a long finish; balanced and generous. 90 points

J Vineyards & Winery 2005 Russian River Valley ($48)
Full and lush with focused fruit and good flavor depth; smooth and dense with finesse and ripe style. 91 points

Mumm Napa 2007 DVX from Napa Valley ($60)
Lush and dense with ripe fruit and racy acidity; juicy, dense and long with depth, style and finesse. 92 points

Schramsberg 2005 “J. Schram” Brut Sparkling from North Coast ($115)
Lush and juicy with rich fruit and tangy acidity; complex and lively with apple fruit and notes of citrus; elegant, dense and long. 93 points

4/28 Oregon Pinot noirs

Brooks Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Janus, Willamette Valley ($35)
Bright, fresh and lively with clean cherry fruit; complex, stylish and long. 91 points

J Wrigley Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, MAC Cuvée, Willamette Valley ($38)
Juicy and lush with bright black cherry and vivid spice; deep, long and graceful with lovely structure; focused and pure. 92 points

Raptor Ridge Winery Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Adalfo's Block, Chehalem Mountains ($38) 
Smooth and juicy with bright, tangy cherry and raspberry fruit; floral, lush and balanced; fresh and crisp. 92 points

Panther Creek Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Willamette Valley ($50)
Smooth and rich with tangy acidity and bright black cherry and cola; dense and complex with notes of earth, spice and racy style; long and balanced. 92 points

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($50)
Fresh and elegant with ripe, silky flavors; racy acidity and sweet cherry and raspberry fruit; lovely oak and vanilla; tangy and bright with depth and refined style. 93 points

Bergstrom Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Bergström Vineyard from Dundee Hills ($80)
Exquisite, fresh and juicy; quite elegant and long with ripe cherry fruit and racy acidity; stunning, long and complete. 93 points

Stoller Vineyards 2009 Cathy’s Pinot, Dundee Hills ($100)
Elegant, complex and with ripe cherry, vanilla oak and lush, velvety texture; rich but restrained and balanced; long and lovely. 94 points

4/7 Torrontés

The Bodegas Callia 2010 Torrontès, Callia Alta, Valle de Tulum, Argentina ($9)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with tangy acidity, melon, spice and orange blossoms; silky, bright and balanced. 88 points

Recuerdo 2012 Torrontès, La Rioja, Argentina ($12)
Clean, smooth and juicy with spice and muscaty style; bright and tangy. 88 points

Lagarde 2012 Torrontès, Altas Cumbres, Salta, Argentina ($12)
Smooth and spicy with dry, juicy fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and totally charming. 88 points

Finca El Origen 2011 Torrontès, Reserva, Cafayate Valley, Argentina ($12)
Aromatic and spicy with lively acidity and bright, rich and showing peach and citrus; smooth long and lovely. 90 points

Alamos 2012 Torrontès, Seleccíon, Salta, Argentina ($13)
Fresh, spicy nose; smooth and juicy with soft spice and good acid structure; silky, bright and lush with a long, pleasant finish. 88 points

Alamos 2011 Torrontès, Salta, Argentina ($13)
Generous, racy and bursting with flavors of peach, citrus and spice; minerally, balanced and intense; ripe and rich, bright and long. 90 points

Recoleta 2012 Torrontès, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)
Gold in 2013 SF International Wine Competition
Tangy, bright, and racy. 90 points

Bodega Colomé 2013 Torrontés, Salta, Argentina ($15)
Rose petal nose; silky and fresh with spice, floral notes and a core of crisp acidity; bright and balanced. 90 points

Bodega Colomé 2012 Torrontès, Vino Blanco de Gran Altura, Valle Calchaquí, Salta, Argentina ($15)
Silky and smooth with lovely spice and tangy acidity; bright and juicy with graceful balance and seamless structure; long and delicious. 90 points

El Porvenir 2014 Amauta Torrontès, Absoluto, Valle de Cafayate, Argentina ($16)
Juicy, spicy and creamy with silky texture and lovely ripe fruit; lush and balanced, long and fresh. 88 points

Alta Vista 2011 Torrontès, Premium, Salta, Argentina ($17)
Bright, fresh and aromatic; juicy and lively; aromatic, dry and racy. 89 points

Tomero 2012 Torrontès, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)
Clean, lush and smooth with spice, bright fruit and rich texture; long, balanced and fresh. 88 points

Loca Linda 2011 Torrontès, La Rioja, Argentina ($19)
Smooth and fresh with juicy fruit and nice spice; long, mellow and balanced. 88 points

03/31 Kosher Wine

Sparkling

Notte Italiana 2014 Prosecco, Veneto, Italy ($16)

Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Kosher Champagne ($45)
80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir 

White

O’Dwyers Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($17)

Golan Heights Winery 2011 Yarden Mount Hermon, Galilee, Israel ($12)
Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay Blend
Fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and clean, lively flavors; ripe, balanced and long. 88 points

Herzog 2010 Chardonnay, Baron Herzog, Central Coast ($13)
Smooth and ripe with soft oak, tropical fruit and good structure; rich, lush and balanced. 88 points

Golan Heights Winery 2011 Yarden Mount Hermon, Galilee, Israel ($12)
Fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and clean, lively flavors; ripe, balanced and long. 88 points

Red

Don Mendoza 2013 Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Binyamina 2010 Carignan, Reserve, Galilee, Israel ($25)
Silky and smooth with tangy blackberry and pomegranate fruit; bright and racy with spice, white pepper and vivid acidity; long and balanced. 90 points

Elvi Wines 2008 Herenza Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain ($25)
Lush, smooth and juicy with tangy raspberry and lively acidity; fresh, bright and balanced with depth and style; charming. 90 points

Herzog 2010 Special Reserve, Napa County, San Joaquin County & San Luis Obispo County ($36)
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah
Smooth and juicy with bright plum and tangy berry fruit; fresh, balanced and dense with crisp acidity and nice balance; long and complex. 88 points

Herzog 2009 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Anderson Valley ($38)
Dark, juicy and plummy with tangy blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit; elegant and smooth with good balance and good structure; long and stylish. Sustainable. 90 points

Hunnicutt 2011 CUTT, Fearless Red, Napa Valley ($42)
52% Petite Sirah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel
Dark, dense and rich with blackberry and spice; deep and showing notes of chocolate and oak; intense and long. 90 points

2011 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon from the Trestle Glen Estate in Sonoma Valley ($50) Smooth and elegant with plum and spice; balanced and softly herbal with subtle oak and a long, fresh finish. Sustainably grown. 89 points

3/24 Riesling

Giesen Wine Estate 2013 Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)
Bright and crisp with delicate apricot and lime; off-dry, smooth and juicy; fresh and racy, charming and long. 91 points

Maddalena 2012 Riesling, Monterey ($15)
Sweet and lush with ripe peach and juicy acidity; honey and vanilla; long and luscious. 90 points

Bischõfliche Weingüter 2013 Riesling, DOM, Mosel, Germany ($17)
Pure and bracing with crisp acidity and lovely peach fruit; racy, bright and fresh; long and juicy. 90 points

Robert Oatley 2013 Riesling, Great Southern, Australia ($17)
Bright and juicy with tangy lime and citrus; fresh and nervy, long and balanced. 90 points

Brooks Wines 2010 Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($18)
Bright apple and tangy acidity; long and racy with energy and balance; lively. 91 points

Schloss Vollrads 2013 Riesling, Qualitätswein, Rheingau, Germany ($20)
Bright and crisp with sweet apricot and citrus; racy and nervy with smooth texture and long, lovely flavors. 92 points

Long Shadows 2013 Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington ($20)
Off-dry and minerally with elegant style and juicy fruit; precise, tangy and showing crisp peachy flavors and notes of citrus; racy and crisp with vibrant flavors and a long finish. 92 points

Hyland Estates 2010 Riesling, McMinnville, Oregon ($20)
Bright and juicy; off-dry, lime and tangy acidity. 90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Riesling, Eroica, Columbia Valley, Washington ($22)
Juicy and crisp with elegant acidity and lovely fresh fruit; lively and lush. 90 points

Morgan Winery 2013 Riesling, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($22)
Crisp and juicy with lively acidity and some notes of sweetness and minerals: silky and long, balanced and fresh. 90 points

Carrick Wines 2013 Riesling, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand ($23)
Pure and crisp with racy acidity and bright citrus fruit; tangy and nervy with lovely structure and freshness; another winner from this consistently top notch producer. 92 points

Hugel & Fils 2012 Riesling, Alsace, France ($25)
Bright lime nose; dry, racy and crisp with lovely citrus and floral notes; elegant and precise; long and vivid. 92 points

Eroica 2012 Riesling, Gold, Columbia Valley, Washington ($28)
Sweet and mouth filling with a racy acidity that balances the wine beautifully; racy and juicy with lovely flavors and a long finish; a collaboration between Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen. 93 points

Dr. Loosen 2013 Riesling, Spätlese, Ürziger Würzgarten, Mosel, Germany ($34)
Lush and juicy with round flavors of peach, apricot and honey; ripe and long with finesse and style; long and balanced. 94 points

Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling, Spätlese, Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($37)
Racy and crisp with sweet peach and citrus; smooth and juicy with depth and luscious style. 91 points

Weingut Baron Knyphausen 2013 Riesling, Spätlese, Kiedrich Sandgrub, Rheingau, Germany ($39)
Silky, fresh and luscious with lovely fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, generous and long with lovely balance. 92 points

02/17 Sauvignon BlaNc

Kim Crawford 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($18)
Tangy spice and mineral nose; racy, crisp and lively with gooseberry and cut grass; racy and long with a bright finish. 91 points

Sileni Estates 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, The Straits, Marlborough, New Zealand ($16)
Feral, spicy, clean and fresh; grassy and long. 90 points

Robert Oatley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Signature Series, Margaret River, Australia ($18)
Soft peach nose; fresh, juicy and bright with smooth texture and bright acidity; peach, citrus and long, juicy finish; elegant and balanced. 90 points

Sonoma-Loeb 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($18)
Bright and juicy with ripe style and lifted acidity; bright citrus and peach with fresh, racy flavors; long and balanced. 90 points

Voyager Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion, Margaret River, Australia ($18)
Lovely peach nose; smooth aroma; fresh and juicy. 90 points

Seifried Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, New Zealand ($18)
Crisp grapefruit and racy acidity; juicy and bright with a long finish. 90 points

Peju 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($22)
Bright and racy with passion fruit, citrus and gooseberry; clean, polished and mouth-filling; balanced, long and seductive. 92 points

Matanzas Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($22)
Crisp and juicy with bright citrus and racy acidity; silky and fresh with balance and vibrant style; long and complete. 91 points

Silverado Vineyards 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc Grown, Miller Ranch, Napa Valley ($22)
Juicy and bright with ripe citrus and tangy acidity; dense, crisp and balanced; fresh and rounded. 90 points

Jackson Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Stich, Marlborough, New Zealand ($22)
Racy and juicy with bright gooseberry and minerals; fresh and balanced. 90 points

J. Lohr 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Carol's Vineyard, St. Helena ($24)
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Smooth and lush with fresh, bright fruit and tangy acidity; ripe, juicy and balanced with lovely depth and finesse. 90 points

Merry Edwards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Late Harvest, Russian River Valley ($32)
Smooth and lush with ripe peach and soft hints of oak; polished and rounded with depth, style and balance. 92 points

Giesen Wine Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)
Crisp and racy with peach and tangy citrus fruit; minerals and bright acidity; long and pure, fresh and balanced. 90 points

2/10 Rosé Wine

Guigal 2010 Cotes du Rhone ($12)
50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah
Smooth and lush with lovely depth and fresh raspberry, tangy and balanced with lovely spice and crisp acidity. Silky and long with fine focus and balance. 90 points

Saint André de Figuière 2011 Côtes de Provence Vieilles Vignes, France ($16)
50% Mourvedre; the rest is made up of Cinsault, Grenache
Smooth and juicy; pure and balanced with a nice crisp finish; long and fresh. 90 points

Famille Sumeire 2011 Chateau l'Afrique, Côtes de Provence, France ($24)
60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah
Dense and rich with great acidity and smooth texture; lush and long. 89 points

Bodvar of Sweden 2009 Côtes de Provence No. 5 Rosé, France ($24)
Lovely pale pink color; dry and smooth with juicy raspberry and round, balanced flavors; elegant, fresh and tangy; long and graceful. 90 points

Chateau d'Esclans 2013 Cotes de Provence, France ($35)
Ripe and elegant with depth and rich texture; smooth, lush and vibrant; long and balanced. 90 points

Finca El Origen Malbec Rosé Mendoza, Argentina ($8)
Beautiful pink color; fresh and smooth with juicy cherry and strawberry fruit; fresh, lively and bright with long, racy fruit and notes of mineral and spice. 89 points

Charles Heintz 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($19)
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ovely salmon color; dry, smooth and rich with juicy raspberry and notes of spice and earth; tangy, crisp and balanced; long and complex. 90 points

Navarro Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Anderson Valley ($20)
Pale pink; dry, racy and smooth with raspberry and strawberry notes; fresh and aromatic, long and lovely. 90 points

Etude 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Estate Grown, Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros ($28)
Smooth and ripe with fresh raspberry and juicy style; dense and balanced with tangy fruit and a long, fresh finish. 90 points

1/20 Cabernet sauvignon

White Oak Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($32)
Dense and spicy with tangy acidity and smooth texture; supple, rich and showing blackberry, spice and chocolate; long and balanced. 90 points

Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($34)
Smooth, spicy and elegant with juicy plum and black raspberry fruit; mineral notes and lush texture; long and balanced. 90 points

Atalon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($35)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with spice, fresh plum and blueberry; lush, supple and complex; balanced and long. 91 points

Heritance 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($36)
Dense and rich with mocha, smoke and velvety texture; juicy and black spices with blueberry and soft herbs; smooth and velvety; long and balanced. 90 points

Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($38)
Dark lush with notes of plum, blackberry and coffee; dense and ripe with smooth texture and lush style; always a reasonably priced, solid effort. 91 points

Mount Veeder Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and ripe with juicy berry fruit and intense notes of tobacco, mocha and spice; tangy and balanced with length and depth. 92 points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, CrossBarn, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and generous with juicy plum, blackberry and spice; dense and nicely structured with seamless, supple style; rich, balanced and long. 92 points

Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($44)
Smooth and ripe with plum, spice and herbal notes; complex, tangy and built to age; juicy and complex. 92 points

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone, Napa Valley ($45)
Lush, smooth and ripe with concentrated plum and cassis; rich and dense with sweet new oak and spice; chocolate, licorice and flesh; long and deep. 91 points

Robert Craig 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Affinity, Napa Valley ($51)
Fragrant, ripe; Sweet oak; Fresh plum and spice; Mellow, structured, fresh and feminine. 93 points

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artemis, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and spice; velvety, long and rich with toasty oak, elegant flavors and fine structure; lush and stylish. 92 points

Robert Mondavi 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($55)
Dark, deep and luscious with racy acidity and lovely blueberry, plum and spice; supple, juicy and showing notes of chocolate and vanilla; complex, elegant and quite lovely. 93 points

Hoopes 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth and spicy with juicy acidity and bright berry fruit; supple and balanced with notes of earth and vanilla; complex, supple and long. 91 points

CADE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
Juicy, elegant and rich with layers of plum, blackberry and spice; precise and deep with lovely texture and balance; vibrant and intense, lush and ripe with great style and finesse. 94 points

Bell Wine Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Claret, Napa Valley ($65)
Smooth and ripe with rich flavors of plum, black raspberry and cassis; seamless and charming with lush texture and notes of sweet oak and spice; long and intense. 92 points

Howell Mountain Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley ($75)
Smooth and rich with ripe plum, spice and blackberry; deep with notes of chocolate, licorice and plum; balanced, elegant and lovely. 93 points

Schrader Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford GIII Vineyard, Napa Valley ($393)
Rich luscious and sweet; plum, blackberry, stunning tea, spice, ripe berry; generous and dense. 98 points

1/6 Bargain wines

Voyager Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion, Margaret River ($18)
Lovely peach nose; smooth aroma; fresh and juicy. 90 points

Sonoma-Loeb 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($18)
Bright and juicy with ripe style and lifted acidity; bright citrus and peach with fresh, racy flavors; long and balanced. 90 points

Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($17)
Bright and racy with ripe pear and citrus; juicy, toasty and crisp with depth and style. 90 points 

Kendall-Jackson 2013 Chardonnay, Vintner's Reserve, California ($17)
America's favorite Chardonnay is crisp and mouth-filling with ripe, juicy fruit and commanding acidity; it has an elegant soft side that features lush texture, smooth oak and a long, fresh finish. 90 points

Weingut Liebfrauenstift 2013 Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany ($17)
Bright and crisp with juicy acidity and racy fruit; nervy, sweet and zesty; long and pure. 90 points

Colomé 2013 Torrontés, Salta ($15)
Rose petal nose; silky and fresh with spice, floral notes and a core of crisp acidity; bright and balanced. 90 points

Seville Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, The Barber, Yarra Valley ($18)
Silky, racy and fresh with black cherry and long finish; elegant. 90 points

Kim Crawford 2013 Pinot Noir, South Island ($19)
Bright, tangy cherry fruit and racy acidity; an interesting blend of wines from Marlborough and Central Otago; fresh and spicy with silky texture and a long finish. 89 points

Babich Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Marlborough ($20)
2014 Double Gold
Racy, crisp, lively, fresh, cherry, juicy. 90 points

Hyatt Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills ($10) 
Juicy and elegant; balanced, long and lovely. 90 points

Garda 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Brescia ($14) 
Edgy and bright; juicy minerality and density; complex and deep; rich and lush. 92 points

Waterbrook Winery 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla, Columbia Valley ($14)
Juicy and bright with tangy plum and berry fruit; fresh and clean, racy and lifted with long, lively flavors. 90 points

Alamos 2012 Malbec, Selección, Mendoza ($20)
Smooth and ripe with dense, smooth texture and lovely, rich style; juicy, lush and balanced with a long, vibrant finish. 90 points

2008 Rio Real Portugese red blend, Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa ($13)
Mix of Syrah, Toriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz.
Dark and juicy with concentration and depth; plum, blackberry and spice with notes of chocolate and mocha; rich, supple and intense; long and impressive. 90 points.

2008 Finca El Origin Reserva Malbec, Mendoza ($12)
Lush and sweet; spicy and lean, racy fruit; stunning.  92 points.

2009 Red Rock Winery Merlot, Reserve, from California ($14) 
Smooth, bright and plummy with racy acidity and tangy fruit; fresh, vibrant and delicious; long and juicy.  90 points.

2009 Cadet d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon from Pays d’Oc, France ($10)
Ripe plum and vanilla nose; smooth and clean with rich plum and cassis fruit with lovely sweet vanilla oak; a stunning preview of a great vintage; long, lush and strikingly delicious. 

2009 Argento Bonarda from Mendoza ($13)
Smooth and spicy with lovely ripe plum and blackberry fruit; lush, rich and quite delicious with a long, balanced finish.  90 points.

Albinea Canali Non-Vintage Lambrusco Sparkling Red Wine ($14)
Dark and lively with dry flavors of blackberry, cherry and cassis; smooth, bright and offering lots of charm, crisp acidity and a long, juicy finish.  90 points.

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