’17 Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa) 18 Aromas of blackberries, black cherries and notes of freshly ground coffee, framing layered elements of bright blueberry, subtle smoke and deliciously rich mocha.
’17 Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) 11 The core of black currant and hints of cedar and spice along with cocoa aromas echoed by rich persistent flavors of plush ripe fruit, dark chocolate and anise are all supported by balanced rich velvety tannins.
’18 Locations E by Dave Phinney Red Blend (Spain) 13 A silky mouthfeel with a palate of dark plums, black raspberry, and hints of French vanilla closes with subtle tart black cherry and a lengthy, structural finish.
’17 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Vly) 19 Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam, and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry, and just-baked gingerbread.
’18 Inscription by King Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Vly) 12 Fresh red fruit flavors, like raspberry and ripe strawberry. There are definitive Oregon flavors of mushroom, forest floor, and earth. This is rich and well-built with oak and vanilla nuances attributed to aging in French oak.
’15 Juggernaut, Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon 14 A huge, rich, opulent wine with complex flavors chocolate, coffee, blackberries, cassis, mint, and velvety tannins.
’16 Abstract by Orin Swift Red Blend (Napa) 18 Aromatic notes of Luxardo cherries, ripe black plums and raspberries billow, with intricate hints of coffee, mocha and caramel. The wine finishes with a hint of wild cherry and a lingering sweet oak presence.
’14 Lucienne Pinot Noir (Smith Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands) 16 Overt cherry and raspberry aromas that build over a base of wild game, dried mushrooms, cinnamon, and caramelized dark fruit. The mouthfeel is softly full and silky, with a slight edge of acidity of candied orange peels that melds beautifully with the allspice-laden finish.