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Wine Picks May 15, 2019

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Seghesio Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Spicy, peppery, packed with jammy black fruit but not heavy. Mouth-watering juicy and lovely. The Seghesio Zinfandel is one of Californian's best Zins. This wine has been produced since 1895 and today the vines are about 30 years old. Serious zing for fun barbecues. The grapes for this Zinfandel grow in vineyards planted in the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek in Sonoma. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2021 942151 14.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michael David Petite Petit 2015, Lodi, California, United States: Campfire smoke on the nose along with ripe black and purple plum aromas wrapped in lots of toasty oak. Full-bodied and smooth with fleshy sweet blackberries on the palate and finish. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast venison, moose burgers, grilled steak. Drink: 2018 - 2024 213017 14.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Hill Merlot 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: A robust and balanced Californian red wine made from Merlot grapes grown in the Napa Valley. Aromas of mocha, toasty oak and fleshy ripe black plums. Smoky finish. Rutherford Hill is a Teralto Family winery that uses the 18th century winemaking technique of blending in a splash of Syrah grapes for body and Cabernet Sauvignon for structure. Winemaker Marisa Taylor aged the wine for 16 months in French oak barrels. Pair with rare meats. Merlot food pairings: grilled venison tenderloin, roast chicken, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2018 - 2022 959338 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seghesio Zinfandel 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: This wine has been produced since 1895 and today the vines are about 30 years old. Serious zing for fun barbecues. Spicy, peppery, packed with jammy black fruit but not heavy. Mouth-watering juicy and lovely. The Seghesio Zinfandel is one of Californian's best Zins. The grapes for this Zinfandel grow in vineyards planted in the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek in Sonoma. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2023 942151 14.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ménage à Trois Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California, United States: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet mocha on the nose of this generous, full-bodied, smooth Californian red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2019 - 2022 643882 13% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California, United States: Enticing aromas of cedar, blackberry and smoke on the nose. Beautifully balanced and well-structured Californian Cabernet. Juicy and mouth-watering wit seductive aromas of cassis and fleshy blackberry. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef liver and sautéed onions, grilled chicken breast, breaded lamb cutlets with mint jelly. Drink: 2019 - 2025 451336 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aristotle Petite Sirah 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Spicy with sweet cherry flavours and smoke. Robust and smooth. Pair with grilled meats. Petite Sirah food pairings: bison burgers, venison roast, roast goose. Drink: 2018 - 2024 572321 13.6% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hess collection Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from Hess Collection Winery has a smattering of Petite Sirah, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes added to it. The Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes sourced from the Allomi Vineyard. Plushy on the palate with flavours of ripe plum, mocha, savoury herbs and fresh acidity on the palate. Pair with gourmet burgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gorgonzola topped sirloin, grilled veggies, herb-crusted poultry, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2022 906420 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ivory & Burt Zinfandel 2015, Lodi, California, United States: Campfire smoke and hickory aromas on this robust, tasty, smooth Californian Zinfandel. The grapes are grown sustainably. Pair with barbecued meats. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet burgers, meatlover's pizza topped with more steak, grilled sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2024 479303 14.9% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, smooth and bursting with vibrant flavour. Aromas of cassis and blackberry. Terrific! Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2026 232371 14.4% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California, United States: Campfire and hickory smoke on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Blackberry and cassis and dark spice. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled burgers, Margherita pizza, pepper steaks, smoky ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2024 291666 13.8% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: A silky, seductive cool climate California Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. Morning fog protects the grapes and lengthens ripening while preserving nervy acidity for seafood, roast chicken and turkey. Medium-bodied and delicious! Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, roasted and braised lamb, chicken stuffed with asparagus and goat cheese, venison burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2023 719435 13.9% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2016, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Geyserville 2016 is a medium-plus-bodied red blend of 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet sourced from California's Alexander Valley. Lots of fresh, sweet red cherries on the nose with layers of dark berries, plums, cake spice and cracked pepper on the palate. Pair with gourmet burgers. Food pairings: barbecued meats, venison steak, bison burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2026 723072 14.5% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Livermore Valley, California, United States: This robust, layered Californian red wine is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Petit Sirah, 5% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc grapes. Solid, balanced and concentrated. Great price for classic Californian Cabernet. Cool-climate influences the structure. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 301507 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles, California, United States: This full-bodied Californian red wine is made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Aromas of cassis, black briar, smoke, toast, blackberry liqueur. The concentration and richness show its Paso Robles pedigree. Opaque ruby in the glass. Good structure. Long finish. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 738823 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buena Vista Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Deeply concentrated and flavourful Napa Valley Cabernet. Classic aromas of dark berries, black plums, smoke and leather. Polished tannins. Balanced with a long finish. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1 hour. Excellent! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast venison steak, rabbit tenderloin en croute, grilled veal Porterhouse steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 539106 14.5% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Wow, this is a rich and toasty, oaky red wine blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, 3% Merlot, with small amounts other varietals. Violet in the glass, Black Stallion 2015 has a leathery nose with ripe dark fruit and soft vanilla aromas. Full-bodied and dry, with juicy dark berries, dark cherries, vanilla and a whiff of menthol flavours on the palate. Aged 16 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels. This is a great vintage from the Napa Valley, California. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: juicy, rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2025 256768 14.5% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decoy Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma County, California, United States: The Decoy range of wines, now being made for more than two decades and I am still loving their second-label Decoy (2017) Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California. Warming at 14% abv this Pinot Noir is lush and elegant with ripe red berry, blueberry and black fruit, savoury and pepper spice to support the alcohol. Full-bodied, round and mouth-watering with a smoky dark cherry finish. Pair it with duck confit, roasted sweet onion and little potatoes. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck confit over small roasted potatoes and green onion, duck fricassee on egg noodles, grilled goose breast with cherry coulis. Drink: 2019 - 2024 191833 13.9% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: This lush and full-bodied is more like a quilt for your palate. Wow. Quilt 2016 is a classic California cab, smooth, robust and juicy rich with ripe dark fruit, sweet and savoury spice, vanilla and chocolate syrup flavours on the palate. Quilt is the first Cabernet Sauvignon from Copper Cane Wines company, founded by Joseph Wagner. Pair with roast venison. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie with root vegetables. Drink: 2019 - 2025 498808 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buena Vista North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: A juicy, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the cool climate of Sonoma. Aromas of mocha, dark chocolate, sweetly ripe black plums and berries. Pair with a juicy steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, chicken cacciatore. Drink: 2019 - 2024 254458 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Lodi, California, United States: Love this smoky, spicy, full-bodied Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon from Clay Station Vineyard. Blackberry compote, cake spice, mocha and cocoa on the palate. Pair with smoked meats, braised beef brisket. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: savoury pot roast, roast boar, rich beef stew. Drink: 2019 - 2025 483321 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States: The Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes for Lanker-Jenkins 2017 are sustainably farmed and sourced from the Monterey Coast and Central Valley in California. Juicy dark fruit, ripe red berry, savoury spice, mocha, vanilla and toasty flavours on the palate, at this price, it's a crowd-pleaser Cab. The Rutherford Wine Company is family-owned and family-farmed, and their strong connection to their roots is reflected in the Lander-Jenkins name: Reese T. Jenkins, who ranched and farmed in Lander, Nevada, is the great-grandfather of Rutherford's general manager. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2025 161398 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2015, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: This a spicy Zin from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, medium-plus-bodied, robust and big with 12% Petite Sirah added. Concentrated ripe black fruit, smoky with pepper spice and full-on toasty oak spice from American oak ageing. Pair with gourmet burgers topped with blue cheese. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet burgers, sticky BBQ ribs, Hawaiian pizza. Drink: 2019 - 2024 473744 14.7% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: This is a robust and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a blackberry, cedar brush, dark cocoa and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Consistent vintage after vintage and a crowd pleaser. Founded in 1959 Rodney Strong Vineyards, the Klein family have been overseeing operations since 1989. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pulled pork, burgers, hard cheese, grilled rare steak, smoked beef ribs. Drink: 2019 - 2026 226944 13.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Balanced, ripe and spicy California Pinot Noir with lovely notes of dark cherry. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 329649 14% XD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Böen Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A lovely, smooth, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with notes of ripe cherry and smoke. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb chops in red wine and garlic sauce, roast leg of lamb, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2019 - 2022 495283 14% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Medium- to full-bodied and smooth Pinot with rich layers and textures. Aromas of black cherry. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork, beef Carpaccio, mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2019 - 2023 212076 14.7% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Paso Robles, California, United States: A balanced, big Cab that's relatively smooth. Aromas of blackberry and toasty oak. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 806992 14% D 750 mL $50.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles, California, United States: Decant this baby for 2 hours or give it more cellar time. Lots of depth and complexity with aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14.5% D 750 mL $119.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Daou Vineyards Soul Of A Lion 2015, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mostly Cab but with 12% Cab Franc and some Petit Verdot. A stunning wine on every dimension. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with kobe beef. Drink: 2019 - 2025 546267 14.7% XD 750 mL $219.00 Score: 98/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Daou Vineyards Pessimist Red Blend 2017, Paso Robles, California, United States: Sweet blackberry aromas and flavours on this smooth, full-bodied Cab. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2019 - 2022 14425 15% D 750 mL $40.00 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hahn Family Wines Pinot Noir 2017, Monterey, California, United States: A spectacular wine for the money. Wow. Aromas of cherry-berry on the nose and palate. Smooth. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2024 226555 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust, concentrated Californian red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Aromas of smoke, blackberry and dark spice. Long finish. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2019 - 2024 435099 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles, California, United States: Loaded with sweet, ripe blackberries, mocha, dark chocolate and spice. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast pork, grilled steak, BBQ long ribs. Drink: 2019 - 2025 639518 14.6% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lake Sonoma Zinfandel 2016, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Canadian winemaker, Tony Stewart, is the proprietor of Lake Sonoma Winery. This Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is juicy, concentrated and plushy with rich plum compote, dark cherry, chocolate and smoky cinnamon flavours on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next three years. Pair with sticky BBQ pork ribs. Zinfandel food pairings: herb crusted chicken, roasted lamb, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2019 - 2024 498766 15.4% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, United States: Full-bodied, smooth and elegant with Old World restraint. Not fruit forward. More structure and earthy notes than big berry flavours. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables, baron of beef with red wine sauce and scalloped potatoes, flat iron steak on the bbq. Drink: 2018 - 2023 963397 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret 2016, California, United States: The Diamond Collection Black Label 2016, from Francis Ford Coppola is a very quaffable Cabernet from the Sonoma Valley. "Claret" was a term originally used to identify the wines of Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot, 4% Petit Sirah. The wine was aged 14 months in French oak barrel and is ripe and intense black cherry, black currant and oaky flavours on the palate. Claret food pairings: roast chicken, gourmet stuffed hamburgers, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2018 - 2022 479055 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michael David Freakshow Red 2015, Lodi, California, United States: Full-bodied times x 10. This is a huge wine on all dimensions: flavour, alcohol, depth and concentration. Aromas of black plums and black fruit with mocha and toasty oak and vanilla spice from oak aging. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Food pairings: meatlover's pizza, gourmet burgers, Porchetta. Drink: 2019 - 2022 633545 15% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles, California, United States: The robust 2016 vintage of the Austin Hope Cabernet offers aromas of black fruit, smoke, pepper and vanilla spice. Smooth and supple. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: dark chocolate bars studded with dried cherry and blueberry fruit, roast breast of veal, roast turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2024 578005 15% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: This mostly Cabernet Sauvignon full-bodied red also has a dash of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot in the blend to add structure and balance. Juicy and mouth-watering with blackberry, olive and savoury spice flavours, silky and elegant on the palate. Sebastiani Vineyards date back to 1895. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef stew with winter vegetables, pork tenderloin, brisket. Drink: 2019 - 2026 640573 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Orin Swift Abstract 2017, California, United States: A full-bodied, balanced California red wine blend of Grenache, Petit Sirah and Syrah. Sweetly ripe blackberries and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13249 15.7% D 750 mL $40.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Long Meadow Ranch Winery Farmstead Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Juicy and mouth-watering Cali Pinot with notes of bright cherry. Medium-bodied. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2023 14% D 750 mL $68.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Long Meadow Ranch Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied blockbuster with aromas of mocha, dark chocolate and smoke from oak aging plus dark fruit. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13.5% D 750 mL $81.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mettler Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2016, Lodi, California, United States: Black fruit and toasty oak on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Petite Sirah. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14.5% D 750 mL $32.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pine Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Big black fruit on the nose and palate of this robust Napa Cab. Needs cellar time, then decant 1-2 hours and enjoy with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14.8% D 750 mL $32.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pine Ridge Vineyards Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lots of depth and layering here in this juicy Cali Cab. Complex with a long finish infused with dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2026 38067 14.7% XD 750 mL $106.10 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Solid structure with great balance and length. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers, strong cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2023 73817 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and supple Cali Merlot with aromas of dark fruit. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2019 - 2023 14.5% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Scott Family Estate Dijon Clone Pinot Noir 2016, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: Cherry-berry aromas and flavours on this medium-bodied, smooth Cali Pinot. Good acidity for roast chicken or veal. Drink: 2013 - 2017 317784 14.5% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rhiannon Wines Red Blend 2017, California, United States: A robust, delicious red wine blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah grapes. Off-dry with dark fruit flavours. Juicy. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2019 - 2022 846907 13.6% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Wine Company Morgan Bay Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sierra Foothills, California, United States: Very fruity and aromatic for Cabernet with lots of dark fruit and oak. Relatively smooth. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Wine Company Morgan Bay Cellars Merlot 2015, California, United States: Smooth tannins with campfire smoke from oak aging plus dark fruit. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Wine Company Pillars Red Blend 2017, California, United States: Very sweet, candied raspberry flavours. Pair with glazed ham. Drink: 2019 - 2022 13% D 750 mL $19.79 Score: 86/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Conundrum Red 2016, California, United States: Sweet mocha and smoky aromas and flavours in this robust red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet. Pair with Mexican mole. Food pairings: chicken mole, rib steak, dark chocolate. Drink: 2019 - 2022 294298 15.1% MD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo Vineyards Merlot 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, rich and robust with ripe black fruit and mocha aromas. Pair with grilled meats. Merlot food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables, braised pork ribs, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2023 96024 14.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2016, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, United States: A silky, smooth, medium-bodied, cool-climate Cali Pinot that was aged in French oak. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2024 D 750 mL $37.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, California, United States: A lovely, smooth, medium-bodied Pinot with aromas of ripe cherry, spice and earth. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2025 980482 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gary Farrell Wines Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2016, Russian River Valley, California, United States: A lovely Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from 22 vineyards. Aromas of ripe cherry and spice. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2024 662254 14.2% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gary Farrell Wines Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, California, United States: A spicy, vibrant Pinot from a cool climate and single vineyard. Aromas of wild cherry and pomegranate. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2023 14% D 750 mL $60.00 Score: 94/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boneshaker Zinfandel 2016, Lodi, California, United States: Smoky black fruit with a full-bodied weight a juicy texture. Perfect for barbecued ribs. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled pork ribs, smoked meat brisket, grilled rib eye steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 394221 15% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chalone Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Chalone Appellation, Monterey County, California, United States: Lovely ripe black cherry, almost liqueur-like density of flavour. Delicious! Smooth and supple. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: rare roast beef, goat cheese stuffed pork tenderloin, mushroom risotto, brussel sprouts, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2019 - 2024 710145 14.4% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inglenook 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied, densely flavoured Can with aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled New York strip loin, braised pork shanks, grilled burgers, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2024 412502 14.5% D 750 mL $79.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours when you open it. Firm tannic grip. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2026 288662 14% XD 750 mL $125.00 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inglenook Rubicon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Staggeringly great on every dimension: complexity, balance, length, finish and depth. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2026 401349 14.5% XD 750 mL $338.95 Score: 98/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 2015, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: A savoury, juicy Zin with aromas of red and black fruit and smoke. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2024 136374 14.1% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lake Sonoma Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Medium-bodied, smooth and supple Pinot with aromas of ripe cherry. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2023 14.4% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Cannonball Angels & Cowboys Rosé 2018, Sonoma County, California, United States: A light-colour and light-bodied Californian rosé produced with mostly Grenache wine grape. Perfect pairing to spicy finger food and grilled shellfish dishes. Aromas of cotton candy on the nose, dry with ripe stone fruit, pink grapefruit and lime zest flavours on the palate. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie and cheese board, smoked salmon pizza, green salads. Drink: 2019 - 2021 493155 12.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé 2017, Monterey County, California, United States: Medium-bodied and pretty with rose petal and watermelon notes. Sofia is the name of Frances Ford Coppola's daughter. Pair with movie night and fresh seafood. Rosé food pairings: mild curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2019 - 2021 284943 12.8% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josh Cellars Rosé 2017, California, United States: A bright, fresh Californian rose with aromas of small field berries. A blend of 89% Barbera, 6% Muscat and 5% Syrah grapes. Racy acidity for seafood and shellfish. Medium-bodied and dry. Drink: 2019 - 2020 539312 13% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Domaine Chandon Brut, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: Crisp, toasty and robust Californian sparkling wine owned by the Champagne producer Moet & Chandon. Persistent mousse and finish. Drink: 2019 - 2022 218032 12% XD 750 mL $31.70 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc De Noirs, Carneros, California, United States: A beautiful and elegant Californian seafood sparkling wine made in the very best tradition of Californian sun power and French tutoring. Toasty and rich and mouth-filling at a stunningly great price. Pair with just about anything from caviar to fried chicken; potato chips to tacos. Blanc De Noirs food pairings: caviar on toast, fried chicken, fish tacos. Drink: 2017 - 2019 518596 12.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Sonoma Brut, Sonoma County, California, United States: One of my favourite Californian sparkling wines year after year. This one isn't vintage dated. Toasty and fresh at a great price. Don't limit yourself to pre-dinner toasts and New Year's Eve with this terrific bubbly: drink it throughout the meal and throughout the year. In fact, why not make a resolution to do so now? Pair with fried fish, oysters and other shellfish. Food pairings: chicken, curried dishes, pretzels, green peppers. Drink: 2019 - 2023 192898 12.5% XD 750 mL $29.25 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Crisp and clean Californian white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape by winemaker Jenny Wagner. Aromas of lime and lemongrass and chives. Pair with seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, light pastas, spring green salads, goat cheese and baguette. Drink: 2018 - 2021 96016 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: Butterscotch and caramelized apple on the nose and palate. Pleasant, easy-drinking Chardonnay. Not highly expressive but enjoyable. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: barbequed salmon, barbequed pork roast on a spit, roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Drink: 2019 - 2022 311563 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Sebastiani & Sons Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio 2017, California, United States: A light-bodied Californian Pinot Grigio with mild notes of melon. Enjoy as an aperitif. Drink: 2018 - 2020 483305 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: Rich and mouth-filling with a luxurious texture and weight. The Katherine's Vineyard comprises sand and granite soils. Aromas of toasty oak, toasted almond, butterscotch and smoke from generous oak aging. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled lobster, roast chicken, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2019 - 2023 922145 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.75 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast, California, United States: Liberty School Chardonnay (2016) is easy-drinking with ripe tropical fruit flavours, toasty and smoky flavours. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast partridge with peach and honey glaze, warm potato salad with spring onion lemon mustard dressing, baked artichokes with garlic olives and parmesan cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 960120 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sand Point Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lodi, California, United States: A crisp, fresh, vibrant Californian Sauvignon Blanc from the Lodi region. Sand Point is at the heart of the Lange Twins family ranch. Aromas of lime zest and lemongrass. Racy acidity for fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled salmon, scallops, turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2021 572487 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2017, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: Wente Riva Ranch 2016 is a dry, buttery, single-vineyard, cool-climate Chardonnay from the Arroyo Seco in Monterey County, California. Look for fresh acidity to accompany the buttery fruit, ripe apples, peaches and nectarine flavours. My mouth is watering! This Chardonnay is 90% barrel-fermented, giving it some creaminess and spice as well on the palate. This vintage was awarded Silver at the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. Chardonnay food pairings: pan-seared scallops, blackened chicken, lobster, corn-on-the-cob. Drink: 2019 - 2024 979344 13.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Chardonnay 2016, California, United States: Wine grapes for Tom Gore's 2016 California Chard were sourced from Central Coast and North Coast vineyards. Fantastic value under $20, this dry white wine is floral on the nose with ripe pear, soft tropical fruits, pineapple, vanilla and sweet spice flavours on the palate. Tom Gore is a second-generation grape farmer from Sonoma County whose passion for wine-growing led him to create his own wines. Chill and enjoy now with a roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck. Drink: 2019 - 2024 458810 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast, California, United States: Big butterscotch and sweet toffee aromas and flavours from generous oak aging on this robust Californian Chardonnay. Luscious and rich. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, roast duck, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2019 - 2022 481523 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2017, California, United States: A crisp, zesty California white wine made from the Pinot Gris grapes. Notes of lime zest, Granny Smith apple and white peach on the nose and palate. Pair with shellfish or seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: sautéed pork tenderloin, creamy pasta dishes, fish tacos. Drink: 2019 - 2021 639617 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gary Farrell Wines Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, California, United States: Terrific vibrancy and racy acidity in this cool-climate Chardonnay. Aromas of green apple and toast. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2021 202051 14.2% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gary Farrell Wines Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Russian River Valley, California, United States: Made from old vine Chardonnay planted in 1973, this wine shows its age beautifully in the concentration, depth and elegance of flavour. Aromas of golden apple and smoke. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 14% D 750 mL $45.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2016, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Beringer Luminus 2016 Chardonnay is full-bodied, lush and silky with fresh fruit flavours of ripe apple, pear, lemon curd, butterscotch and toasty flavours on the palate. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, gougère. Drink: 2019 - 2022 395699 14.3% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2016, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, California, United States: A juicy, generous, luscious Californian Chardonnay with seductive aromas of golden apple, toffee and peach. The 2016 vintage of the Ghost Pines Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in three regions, including Monterey County, Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Pair this terrific wine with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: buttered popcorn, roast chicken, lobster in butter. Drink: 2019 - 2023 308122 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Long Meadow Ranch Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Rutherford, California, United States: Sancerre-style Cali Sauv Blanc with citrus notes, not oaky. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 363580 13% XD 750 mL $36.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Long Meadow Ranch Winery Chardonnay 2016, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, United States: Carmelized golden apple aromas and flavours on the nose of this robust Cali Chard, with partial malolactic fermentation. Robust. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, wild mushroom and apricot stuffed breast of veal, seafood pot pie. Drink: 2019 - 2023 545749 14.5% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callaway Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay 2017, United States, United States: Notes of fresh peach on the nose and palate of this full-bodied California Chardonnay. Not too oaky. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2022 889030 13% D 750 mL $19.45 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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