’14 Chateau Fonfroide, Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France) 10 The nose, intense and expressive, offering black fruit notes on the palate. This wine is well structured with supple and silky tannins. The finish is nice and delivers red fruit aromas.
’15 Juggernaut, Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon 14 A huge, rich, opulent wine with complex flavors chocolate, coffee, blackberries, cassis, mint, and velvety tannins.
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.
’15 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) 12 Medium to deep garnet-purple colored with a nose of red and black plums, cassis, dried bay leaves, and lavender with a waft of chargrill. Medium bodied, firm and refreshing with compelling red and black fruits layers, it finishes long with an herbal lift.
’13 Seaglass Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) 8 Complex with the ripe fruity flavors of blackberry and black cherry and hints of spicy oak on the finish. Exquisitely balanced with vibrant acidity.
’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.
’16 J Lohr Estates “Falcon’s Perch” Pinot Noir (Monterey County) 12 Bright Cherry, Blood Orange, and holiday spices on the nose followed by vibrant fruit and talc on the palate