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This medium-dark Mendocino Zin sports a playful nose of strawberry and boysenberry with a cinnamon twist. On the palate, raspberry and cherry play off of one another in front of a spicy backdrop. The tannins are smooth. The wine drinks young and breezy.
— 3 days ago
This Spanish wine has a tight nose that offers only a whiff of red fruit and bit of spice. Six months barrel aging didn't take over the grapes. There are plenty of those Mencía grapes to smell. Plenty to taste, too, although the oak spice comes through a tad stronger on the palate. Tannins are firm, and the wine feels fresh and young in the mouth. Aging will help, and so will a nice decanting. — 16 days ago
The nose on this tawny Port is so full of raisins and hot caramel it can mean nothing except dessert. The palate reaffirms that feeling, with a sweet taste which brings a little savory along for the ride. There’s enough acidity to make pairing possible, maybe with a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie. — a month ago
This medium-ruby Michigan Pinot Noir has a savory nose featuring cassis and coffee, with a touch of smoke wafting up. The bold palate shows blackberry and white pepper in force. The lively mouthfeel is more tannic than a Pinot would suggest, making this a great pair with a meat dish, from pork to bolognese pasta. — 10 days ago
This wine’s nose comes on with bright citrus and stone fruit, and plenty of it. Oak is apparent, but not overdone. Even though the wine was in barrels for 16 months, most of the oak was neutral. On the palate, a savory streak paints the grapes with an even hand and provides a counterpoint for the ripe fruit. Acidity is very lively. — 23 days ago
This yellow-gold wine has aromas that are more herbal than floral, with savory dill bolstering the citrus and stone fruit. The palate carries much citrus along with savory balsamic notes. Acidity is great, and makes for a lively pairing with a variety of salads and seafood. — 10 days ago
This rosé is a rich salmon pink, a really beautiful hue. The nose shows ripe cherry and melon aromas, while the palate brings strawberries and apricots to the table. It's a rather complex pink wine. The acidity is gentle, so it's a great sipper. However, you can pair it with a salad or light appetizers with no problem. Made from Arroyo Seco-grown Valdiguié grapes. — 16 days ago
This wine plays the outlaw image to the hilt. Lodi Cab faces off in a dusty street against Napa Cab, the fastest gun in town. They both shoot straight, but in different directions. Three Finger Jack has a nose of rustic black fruit, tar, forest floor, with only a hint of graphite. The palate leans in a more elegant direction, but still stands its ground as an “outsider.” It's a delightful drink, with plenty of pairing power and the tannic structure to prove it. — 23 days ago