Wine Reviews:

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2009 Ritual Paso Robles Viognier, Paso Robles

April 13, 2011

Still. Inky ruby garnet colored, with considerable opacity, becoming magenta-purple at the rim...

2007 Cerro Prieto Paso Bordo, Paso Robles

April 12, 2011

Still. Inky ruby garnet colored, with considerable opacity, becoming magenta-purple at the rim...

2007 Cerro Prieto Merlot Reserve, Paso Robles

April 12, 2011

Still. Deep smoky ruby garnet. Very good clarity. Medium intensity plumy and dark berry aromas...

2006 Carr Vineyards & Winery Syrah, Santa Barbara County

January 03, 2011

First bottle was off, dominated by charred rubber and maple syrup character with prune and licorice...

2007 Carr Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley

January 03, 2011

Dark, slightly opaque garnet with a purple rim. Medium intensity espresso aromas are backed...

2008 Carr Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir, Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

January 03, 2011

Darker ruby-purple with magenta rim. Light to medium intensity pleasantly stemmy pepper...

2008 Carr Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir, Three Vineyards, Sta. Rita Hills

January 03, 2011

Dark, warm ruby garnet with good clarity. Lighter piny, stemmy aromas at first...

2009 Carr Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris, Sta. Rita Hills

January 03, 2011

Pale gold with a faint amber hue. Very light aromas of apples and pears at first...

2009 Cottonwood Canyon Bistro Classic Red, Central Coast

December 15, 2010

Still. Darker garnet and magenta at the rim. Good clarity. Upper light intensity briary berry aromas...

2008 Cottonwood Canyon Syroir, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Still. Medium dark ruby-purple color, becoming dark magenta at the rim. Light pepper aromas.....

2009 Cottonwood Canyon Bistro Classic Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Still. Medium ruby garnet, becoming more garnet at the rim. Very good clarity. Lighter spice box....

2008 Cottonwood Canyon Estate Pinot Noir, Michelle's Hillside, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Still. Darker garnet with good clarity and a magenta-hued rim. Medium maple smoked....

2004 Cottonwood Canyon Elizabeth's Vista 6R Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Still. Darker garnet with good clarity. Medium dried cranberry and smoky game aromas....

2009 Cottonwood Canyon Bistro Classic Rosé of Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Still, with excellent clarity. Ruby at the center, approaching garnet at the rim....

2009 Cottonwood Canyon Estate Chardonnay "Skin Contact", Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Softer in the mouth with subtle starfruit and more obvious ripe pineapple flavors....

2009 Cottonwood Canyon Bistro Classic Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

December 15, 2010

Finely effervescent for a few seconds. Light gold. Upper medium intensity honeyed apple....

2006 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

May 24, 2010

Natural cork. Upper medium depth garnet, magenta rim and medium opacity...

2006 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Rutherford, Napa Valley

May 23, 2010

Natural cork. Upper medium depth garnet, magenta rim and medium opacity...

2006 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Harry's Vineyard, Napa Valley

May 23, 2010

Natural cork. Medium garnet with a magenta rim and medium opacity...

2006 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony's Vineyard, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

May 23, 2010

Natural cork. Deep, opaque garnet with magenta rim. Medium intensity aromas ...

2007 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Napa County

May 23, 2010

Closed with a screw cap, this wine is pale gold with excellent clarity and a fleeting, very faint ...

2006 Luna Vineyards Merlot, Napa

May 23, 2010

Natural cork closure. Deeper ruby-garnet with a magenta rim and very good clarity...

2007 Luna Vineyards Sangiovese, Napa

May 23, 2010

Natural cork closure. Medium-depth garnet with good clarity and a magenta rim...

2006 Sanctuary Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

May 23, 2010

Natural cork, Medium depth ruby to the rim with very good clarity...

2002 Cottonwood Canyon Pinot Noir, Sharon's Vineyard

May 18, 2010

Natural cork. Medium garnet lightening at the rim and with very good clarity. Medium....

2004 Cottonwood Canyon Michelle's Hillside Signature Pinot Noir

May 18, 2010

Natural cork. Medium garnet with lighter rims and very good clarity. Lower medium....

2008 Paul Lato "le Souvenir", Chardonnay, Sierra Madre Vineyard

May 18, 2010

Natural cork closure topped with a wax drop. Light gold color with very good clarity....

2007 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

January 17, 2010

Natural Cork. Medium-opacity smoky garnet, moving into magenta towards the rim....

2007 Liberty School Syrah, Central Coast

January 17, 2010

Natural Cork. Medium-opacity inky purple, lightening towards the rim. Initially,...

2007 Liberty School Chardonnay, Central Coast

January 16, 2010

Natural Cork. Light gold with excellent clarity. Medium caramel aromas...

2007 Cinnabar Merlot, Paso Robles

November 12, 2009

Natural Cork. Deep purple-garnet with a magenta rim this wine has medium opacity. Medium intensity cocoa powder and plum....

Cinnabar Philosopher's Stone, Lot 310, Califonia

November 12, 2009

Finished with a natural cork, this blend is inky purple with a magenta rim and completely opaque...

2008 Ca' del Solo Muscat, Monterey County

September 26, 2009

Sealed with a screw cap, this wine is still, light gold in color and with very good clarity...

2005 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant, California

September 19, 2009

This red Rhône blend is closed with a screw cap. Deeper garnet in color with a crimson edge....

2008 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare, California

September 19, 2009

Sealed with a screw cap, this wine light ruby pink in color, appears still and has very good clarity...

2007 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Besswax Vineyard

September 19, 2009

This white Rhône blend is closed with a screw cap, is pale gold in color, appears still and has...

2006 Ca' del Solo Sangiovese, Gimelli Vineyard, San Benito County

September 19, 2009

This wine is closed with a screw cap. Medium garnet with a thin crimson rim...

2008 Ca' del Solo Albarino, Monterey

September 19, 2009

Finished with a screw cap, this wine is light straw in color, still and has excellent clarity...

2006 Presidio Gewürztraminer, Viento Vineyard, Monterey County

June 15, 2009

This wine is straw colored with a light green tinge. The nose starts with intense, unctuous aromas of warm Asian spices...

2006 Mandolina Malvasia Bianca, Santa Barbara County

June 15, 2009

This Malvasia is a pale straw color with a faint green hue. It offers medium intensity lychee, grapefruit, peach and apricot aromas...

2006 Byron, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

June 15, 2009

This wine is a deep garnet color with a magenta rim and excellent clarity. To the nose if offers light intensity beet root...

2006 Ardiri Pinot Noir, Carneros

June 15, 2009

This wine is medium depth garnet colored with a magenta rim and excellent clarity. To the nose, it offers intense pepper...

2006 Five Rivers Pinot Noir, Central Coast

June 15, 2009

This Pinot is medium depth ruby-garnet with a magenta rim and very good clarity. To the nose, it offers light cherry...

2005 William James Cellars Syrah, Hampton Family Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley

June 15, 2009

This Syrah is dark, inky, smoky garnet colored with a purple edge. The nose starts with pepper and toast and opens up...

2005 William James Cellars Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

June 15, 2009

In the glass, this wine is smoky garnet in color. The nose starts out with lots of cherry and a gamey edge...

2005 William James Cellars Pinot Noir, Garey Ranch Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

June 15, 2009

This 2005 Pinot Noir is a vibrant smoky garnet color. The nose takes a little time to open up and shows dominant pomegranate aromas...

2005 William James Cellars Grenache, Central Coast

June 15, 2009

This wine is a deep, purple-hued garnet color. The nose opens with smoky pomegranate notes followed by strawberry and raspberry...

2005 Whalebone Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

June 15, 2009

Medium depth ruby-garnet colored with a magenta rim, this wine has very good clarity. Medium intensity black currant aromas...

2005 Whalebone Vineyard, Bob Wine, Paso Robles

June 15, 2009

This blend is a smoky ruby color with a magenta rim and very good clarity. Medium intensity aromas of black currant...

2005 Ventana Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

June 15, 2009

This wine is straw colored with light amber hues. The nose is increasingly generous as the wine warms up...

2005 Ventana Vineyards Dry Rosado, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

June 15, 2009

This is a deep, vibrant ruby colored wine. The nose offers a blend of strawberry and bright pear backed by watermelon notes...

2005 Ventana Vineyards Riesling, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

June 15, 2009

This wine displays a medium depth golden straw color. The nose shows crisp apple and citrus peel at lower temperatures...

2005 Ventana Vineyards Gold Stripe Chardonnay, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

June 08, 2009

This Chardonnay is light honey-yellow in color. The nose is built around ripe apple and pear notes with hints of honeyed tropical notes...

2005 Tolosa Pinot Noir, Central Coast

June 08, 2009

This Pinot noir is medium depth ruby-garnet color with brilliant clarity. On first pour, it offers medium intensity aromas of freshly-cracked pepper...

2005 Tolosa No-Oak Chardonnay, Edna Valley

June 08, 2009

This Chardonnay is pale straw in color with great clarity. Aromatically, it offers medium intensity tropicals focused around pineapple...

2005 Tolosa Chardonnay, Edna Valley

June 08, 2009

This Chardonnay is straw colored with excellent clarity. It starts with medium intensity Crème brûlée aromas...

2005 Tobin James Zinfandel, Dusi Vineyard, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This wine is a deep, smoky garnet in the glass. It offers medium intensity aromas of blackberry and currant on the nose...

2005 Tobin James, James Gang Reserve Zinfandel, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This wine is deep ruby-garnet in color with good clarity. To the nose, it offers intense aromas of plump briary berries...

2005 Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This wine is a dark, deep ruby-garnet color with good clarity. It offers medium intensity aromas of dill-like briar and brambly jam...

2005 Tensley Syrah, Colson Canyon Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

This Syrah is deep, inky ruby in the glass. The nose starts with lighter notes of white pepper and hints of savory herbs up front...

2005 Rotta Zinfandel Rose, California

June 08, 2009

This wine is a fun, light pink color suggestive of pink sapphires. The nose is perky with notes of strawberry, confected watermelon...

2005 Tensley Late Harvest Syrah, Tierra Alta Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

Dense and dark, inky crimson in color with a purple hue. The nose displays blueberry and black licorice with a hint of pepper...

2005 Rotta Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This wine is a light straw color. The nose is floral with melon, peach and pear dominating. The palate is straightforward with sweet orange...

2005 Robert Hall Rhone de Robles, Central Coast

June 08, 2009

This wine is a medium depth smoky garnet color with a ruby-purple edge and good clarity. It offers medium intensity...

2005 Robert Hall Merlot, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This Merlot-based blend is medium depth ruby garnet with a purple rim and good clarity. Medium intensity aromas of plum...

2005 Robert Hall Cabernet sauvignon, Paso Robles

June 08, 2009

This wine is medium depth garnet with a ruby-purple rim and good clarity. To the nose, it offers medium intensity crème de cassis...

2005 Marilyn Remark Viognier, Loma Pacific Vineyard, Monterey County

June 08, 2009

This wine is a golden straw color with an amber tinge. The nose offers light aromas of honey, white flowers...

2005 Marilyn Remark Roussanne, Lockwood Valley Vineyard, Monterey Cty

June 08, 2009

This wine is sparkling golden in color with a sparse few bubbles. The nose expresses medium intensity pineapple and apricot...

2005 Marilyn Remark Marsanne, Loma Pacific Vineyard, Monterey County

June 08, 2009

This wine is medium straw colored. The nose Starts with light floral notes followed by vanilla notes which lead into medium intensity peach...

2005 Marilyn Remark Late Harvest Viognier, Alta Loma Vineyard, Arroyo Seco

June 08, 2009

A golden honey-colored wine, this late harvest Viognier offers dominant honey backed by aromas of sweet white flowers...

2005 Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

This wine is medium depth garnet in color with very good clarity. The nose starts a bit heady at first. Intense spice aromas...

2005 Mandolina Malvasia Bianca, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

Lightly straw colored wine with a brilliant sparkle. The nose is intensely floral with gardenia, white flowers and hints of violets...

2005 Lafond Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

June 08, 2009

This wine is deep, smoky purple in color with very good clarity. The nose offers medium intensity white pepper...

2005 Lucas & Lewellen Viognier, Santa Barbara Country

June 08, 2009

This Viognier is a light gold color with a tincture of green and excellent clarity. Aromatically, it offers light aromas...

2005 Lucas & Lewellen Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

Brilliant, lightly straw colored, this wine shimmers in the glass. The nose opens with rich aromas of honey and white flowers...

2005 Kendall-Jackson Seco Highlands Pinot noir, Arroyo Seco

June 08, 2009

This Pinot noir is a medium depth ruby to garnet color with a smoky purple rim and excellent clarity...

2005 Kendall-Jackson Seco Highlands Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

June 08, 2009

This Chardonnay is medium depth gold color with excellent clarity. Medium aromas of dried pineapples are followed...

2005 Koehler Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley

June 08, 2009

This is a nicely straw-colored Viognier. The nose displays honey, melon and peach with floral notes of jasmine...

2005 Koehler Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

June 01, 2009

This Syrah is an inky ruby-purple in color. The nose Starts with medium notes of smoked meats and white pepper...

2005 Koehler Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

June 01, 2009

This wine is a medium depth, smoky garnet color with purple tones. The nose offers medium intensity aromas...

2005 Rusack Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

June 01, 2009

This wine is a smoky ruby color. The nose starts with strong notes of caraway and coffee that diminish over the course of the bottle...

Cerro Pietro Vineyard 2006 Paso Bordo, Paso Robles

May 31, 2009

This wine is very deep purple-garnet colored and opaque with a purple-magenta rim...

Cerro Pietro Vineyard 2006 Merlot Reserve, Paso Robles

May 31, 2009

Medium garnet with a magenta rim and light opacity, this Merlot offers light aromas of....

2005 Koehler Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

This Pinot Noir is upper medium depth garnet in color with a purple rim. The nose presents...

2005 Koehler Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This Grenache is a deep, dark ruby color with a purple rim and sparkling clarity. The nose offers moderate...

2005 Koehler Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This Chardonnay is golden straw-colored. The nose offers upper medium intensity aromas...

2005 Koehler Chardonnay, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This Chardonnay is golden straw colored with a brilliant clarity. The nose shows dried tropical fruit...

2005 JanKris Estate Cabernet sauvignon, Paso Robles. Re-release

May 12, 2009

This Cabernet-based blend is a very dark and smoky garnet color with a magenta-ruby rim...

2005 JanKris Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

May 12, 2009

Deep ruby color with purple hues. The nose opens with an oak note and dense aromas of currant...

2005 Jekel Riesling, Monterey

May 12, 2009

This wine is light gold in the glass with excellent clarity. Medium intensity aromas of peaches...

2005 Jekel Pinot noir, Monterey County

May 12, 2009

This Pinot is medium depth garnet in color with very good clarity. The nose offers light smoky aromas...

2005 Jekel Gewüztraminer, Monterey

May 12, 2009

This wine is a sparkling gold color in the glass. To the nose, it offers medium intensity warm spices...

2005 Jekel Gravelstone Chardonnay, Monterey

May 12, 2009

This wine is light gold with excellent clarity in the glass. The nose starts with bright, medium intensity...

2005 Foxen Syrah, Williamson-Doré Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

Inky purple-colored with brooding garnet hues, a purple rim, this wine is opaque. Intense high-toned...

2005 Foxen Cuvée Jeanne Marie, Williamson-Doré Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

Deep garnet colored and opaque with a purple-magenta rim. Medium intensity aromas of blackberry...

2005 Epiphany Grenache Rosé, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

This rosé is ruby-pink in the glass with sparkling clarity. The nose offers medium dusty berry...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Zinfandel, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This wine is a purple-edged garnet color with excellent clarity. It offers light intensity aromas...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

This wine is golden straw in color with a sparkling clarity. The nose offers up medium intensity...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Syrah, Paso Robles

May 12, 2009

This wine is a deep garnet color with good clarity. The nose starts with big, prominent smoke notes...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

Light gold in color this dessert wine sparkles with excellent clarity. The nose opens up with medium...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Riesling, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

This Riesling is golden straw-colored in the glass. The nose offers up honey and peach...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Merlot, Santa Barbara County

May 12, 2009

This Merlot is dark, deep garnet in color with excellent clarity. The nose opens with medium...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

May 12, 2009

This Cabernet sauvignon is dark, inky garnet color with excellent clarity. The nose offers medium...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Pinnacles Chenin Blanc, Monterey

May 12, 2009

This Chenin Blanc is pale straw-colored. The nose opens with a light nuance of hay at first...

2005 Departure Syrah, Tiera Alta Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This wine is a dark smoky garnet. The nose starts with toast and licorice. Black currant, pepper...

2005 Cottonwood Canyon Syrah, Bistro Classic, Santa Maria Valley

May 12, 2009

Dark, blood-red in color with a crimson rim and good clarity. Aromas of pepper, medium in intensity...

2005 Cottonwood Canyon Estate Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

May 12, 2009

Inky violet colored with a dark magenta rim and good clarity. Medium intensity aromas of baked...

2005 Curtis Viognier, Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

May 12, 2009

This Viognier is light straw-gold colored with excellent clarity. Aromatically, it offers intense citrus...

2005 Curtis Heritage Cuvée, Santa Barbara County

May 08, 2009

This wine is a medium depth garnet color, with good clarity, taking on magenta hues at the rim...

2005 Curtis The Crossroad, Santa Ynez Valley

May 08, 2009

This blend is deep garnet-colored, with good clarity, becoming more ruby at the rim...

2005 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey

May 08, 2009

This Pinot Noir is a dark, smoky garnet color with very good clarity. The nose shows medium intensity...

2005 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

May 08, 2009

This 2005 Pinot Noir is deep ruby-garnet in the glass. On the nose, medium intensity aromas...

2005 Consilience Pinot Noir, Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

May 08, 2009

Smoked ruby color in the glass. The nose starts with notes of rose hips. Ripe cherry and raspberry...

2005 Consilience Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

May 08, 2009

This wine is a dark, brooding garnet color with a purple edge. The nose starts with rich mushroom...

2005 Consilience Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

May 08, 2009

Deep, dark ruby in the glass. The nose starts with lightly floral aromas, backed by vanilla and brown...

2005 Consilience Grenache Rosé, Santa Barbara County

May 05, 2009

This rosé has a voluptuous ruby red color and great clarity. The nose is complex with aromas...

2005 Consilience Grenache Blanc, Santa Barbara County

May 05, 2009

This wine displays a bright straw-yellow color. The nose is complex with green apple, melon...

2005 Cold Heaven Cellars Viognier, Le Bon Climat Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

May 05, 2009

This wine is a shimmering light gold color. Medium aromas of honey and dried mango and guava...

2005 Costa de Oro, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

May 05, 2009

This Pinot Noir is medium depth garnet in color. The nose starts with intense, snappy caraway...

2005 Costa de Oro, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

May 05, 2009

This wine is Golden straw colored with good clarity. Medium intensity butterscotch aromas introduce...

2005 Casa Cassara Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

May 04, 2009

This wine is medium-depth garnet in color. The nose opens with moist earth backed by herbal notes...

2005 Carr Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir, Clos Pepe Vineyards, Sta. Rita Hills

May 04, 2009

Deep purple garnet colored, this Pinot Noir offers medium intensity aromas of plum, cola and brown spice...

2005 Carr Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir, Three Vineyards, Sta. Rita Hills

May 04, 2009

This Pinot Noir is deep ruby garnet with excellent clarity. Heady for just a moment at first, the nose...

2005 Carr Vineyards and Winery Pinot Gris, Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

May 04, 2009

This wine is light golden-colored with an amber hue. The nose offers medium intensity aromas of ripe apples...

2005 Carina Cellars Grenache, Central Coast.

May 04, 2009

This wine is a smoky ruby color with a purple edge. The nose starts with medium intensity, bright strawberry...

2005 Carina Cellars Clairvoyant, Santa Ynez Valley

May 04, 2009

This wine is deep ruby-purple colored with very good clarity. The nose offers light aromas of black pepper...

2005 Cambria Late Harvest Viognier, Tepusquet Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

May 04, 2009

Golden straw in color, this late harvest Viognier offers aromas of white flowers, light honey notes and apricot...

2005 Byron, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

May 04, 2009

This Pinot Noir is medium-depth garnet in color. The nose stars with explosive spice and earth...

2005 Bernardus Chardonnay, Monterey County

May 04, 2009

This Chardonnay is light gold-colored with sparkling clarity. Aromatically, it offers medium intensity pineapple...

2005 Five Rivers Pinot noir, Central Coast

May 04, 2009

This Pinot is medium depth garnet with very good clarity in the glass. On the nose, this wine opens...

2005 Five Rivers Pinot grigio, Monterey County

April 30, 2009

This wine is light in color with a brilliant clarity. The nose offers medium intensity green apple aromas...

2005 Five Rivers Chardonnay, Monterey County

April 30, 2009

This Chardonnay is light gold in the glass with great clarity. On the nose, it starts with medium intensity...

2004 William James Cellars Syrah, Santa Barbara County

April 30, 2009

This wine is a deep smoky garnet color. The nose shows dense, almost jammy blackberry with light pepper...

2004 William James Cellars Roussanne, Santa Barbara County

April 30, 2009

This wine is brilliant golden yellow in the glass. The nose is dominated by honey, with pear and gardenia notes...

2004 Ventana Vineyards Pinot Noir, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

April 28, 2009

A deep, smoky garnet color with a purple-hued edge starts this wine. The nose begins with savory spices...

2004 Stolpman Poetry in White, Santa Ynez Valley

April 28, 2009

This is a vibrant yellow-colored wine with a light green tinge. The nose offers medium honey accompanied by...

2004 Scheid Vineyards Merlot, Monterey County

April 28, 2009

This wine is inky ruby colored. The nose offers dense aromas of currant and cherry along with hints of...

2004 Marilyn Remark Petite Sirah, Road's End Vineyard, Monterey County

April 28, 2009

This wine is an inky purple garnet color. The nose offers light intensity aromas of toast, licorice, blueberries...

2004 Queen of Hearts Merlot, Santa Barbara County

April 28, 2009

Dark smoky garnet in color, this Merlot has very good clarity. On the nose, medium intensity aromas of coffee...

2004 Presidio Sangiovese, Hallauer Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

April 28, 2009

This Sangiovese displays a nearly inky-red color. Sweet oaky notes start the nose with dark cherry...

2004 Presidio Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

April 28, 2009

Medium red in color. Earthy notes of mushroom and tobacco open the nose. These are balanced by cherry...

2004 Melville Syrah, Estate - Verna's

April 28, 2009

This Syrah is a vibrant purple-ruby in the glass. The nose starts with medium intensity white pepper...

2004 McKeon-Phillips Bailey's Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This wine is a purple-garnet color with a magenta rim and very good clarity. To the nose it starts...

2004 Mandolina Metodo Classico Sparkling Wine, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This sparkler is light golden straw colored with abundant, active, medium-fine perlage and a light, plump foam...

2004 Lucia Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

April 22, 2009

This wine displays a deep ruby red color. Initially, the nose offers pepper and earthy notes, then opens up with blackberry, strawberry and cherry...

2004 Lucas & Lewellen Petit Verdot, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This wine is dark purple-garnet in color. The nose displays medium intensity coffee, light caramel aromas highlighted by notes of dark cherries...

2004 Lucas & Lewellen Brut Sparkling Wine, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This brut sparkling wine is deeper golden colored with a fine perlage and foam. On the nose, it offers light citrus and notes of creamy yeast and mineral...

2004 Labyrinth Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Mari Valley

April 22, 2009

This Pinot Noir is medium-depth, red-garnet in color. On the nose, it scintillates with medium intensity cola accented by brisk spicy notes...

2004 Kendall-Jackson Alisos Hills Syrah, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This wine is an inky purple color to the rim. Light aromas of crème fraîche yield to light vague blackberry, horse blanket and leather...

2004 Kendall-Jackson Camelot Highlands Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This Chardonnay is golden-yellow in color with excellent clarity. The nose opens with medium intensity with creamy, warm butter aromas...

2004 JanKris Riatta, Paso Robles

April 22, 2009

This wine is smoky garnet in color. The nose is bright with strawberry jam, raspberry, smoke and cedar and lavender notes...

2004 JanKris Riatta, Paso Robles. Re-Release

April 22, 2009

This Sangiovese-based blend is a deep, smoky garnet color with garnet extending to the rim and excellent clarity. The bouquet is a bit heady...

2004 JanKris Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

April 22, 2009

Dark ruby in color with a purple edge. The nose opens with a slightly gamey, peppery note and progresses to black licorice, nutmeg and toasted oak...

2004 Jekel Merlot, Monterey County

April 22, 2009

This Merlot-dominated blend is deep garnet in the glass with good clarity. Medium intensity aromas of coffee center light plum and cherry...

2004 Jekel Cabernet sauvignon, Central Coast

April 22, 2009

This wine is a deep, inky garnet color with a purple edge. On the nose, it offers medium intensity plum aromas backed by light vanilla...

2004 Hesperian Cabernet sauvignon, Harry's Vineyard, Coombsville, Napa

April 17, 2009

Dark crimson colored with a violet rim and good clarity, this wine offers light plum aromas, notes of slightly dusty...

2004 Foxen Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

April 17, 2009

Deep garnet color. The nose is robust with earthy aromas of tobacco, raspberry, cherry and light oak...

2004 Foxen Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir - Block Eight, Santa Maria Valley

April 17, 2009

Smoky garnet color with great clarity. On the nose: cherry and raspberry with light oaky vanilla blend...

2004 Foxen Late Harvest Viognier, Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

April 17, 2009

Light golden straw in color, this wine offers aromas of peach and pear, honey and floral notes focused around acacia...

2004 Escafeld Petit Verdot, San Antonio Valley

April 16, 2009

This Petit Verdot is deep ruby-purple in color. The nose expresses medium coffee and light pepper backed by light black cherry aromas...

2005 Daniel Gehrs Fireside Port, Amador County

April 16, 2009

This Port is inky ruby in color. The nose offers medium intensity jammy cherry and blackberry with light aromas of spices (anise)...

2004 Curtis Syrah, Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

April 16, 2009

This Syrah is a very deep, inky garnet color with a magenta rim and a slight opacity. There is a distinct dusty, almost charred character to the nose...

2004 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

April 16, 2009

Dark ruby in color with a purple hue and excellent clarity. The nose offers up opulent cherry and raspberry aromas with a light cola element...

2004 Carmel Road Chardonnay, Monterey

April 16, 2009

This Chardonnay is vibrant gold in color. Prominent aromas of peach, pear, and hazelnut are backed by dried tropical fruit and embellished by floral notes...

2004 Carmel Road Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

April 16, 2009

This Chardonnay is a light golden color with excellent clarity. The nose is shy at lower temperatures showing medium intensity tropical fruit...

2004 Consilience Zinfandel, Rhodes Vineyard - Redwood Valley, Mendocino County

April 16, 2009

A black purple color with good clarity. The nose is plump with raspberry, blackberry, currant and cherry - all wrapped in light oak...

2004 Consilience Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

April 16, 2009

A deep, luxurious ruby color starts out this plush wine. The nose offers jammy raspberry and cherry aromas with prominent pepper...

2004 Consilience Grenache, Rodney Shull Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

April 15, 2009

This Grenache displays a deep garnet color with good clarity. The nose is rather heady with aromas of dusty raspberry, currant and blackberry...

2004 Consilience Cabernet Sauvignon, Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

April 15, 2009

Dark ruby color with good clarity. The nose opens with light, sweet oak and cedar notes. Demure blackberry, cherry and currant...

2004 Clautiere Vineyard Estate Viognier, Paso Robles

April 15, 2009

This wine has a deep golden yellow color. On the nose are rich aromas of honeydew melon, apricot and floral notes...

2004 Cima Collina Hilltop Red, Monterey County

April 07, 2009

This unfiltered wine is an opaque, dark ruby-purple in color. The nose starts with a burst of medium intensity pomegranate followed by...

2004 Casa Cassara Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

April 07, 2009

A golden-colored wine with a light amber hue. The nose shows strong ripe apple and dried pineapple aromas. Notes of cinnamon, honey and...

2004 Cambria Late Harvest Viognier, Tepusquet Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

April 07, 2009

Light golden straw in color. The nose offers floral notes of orange blossom, tangerine and a hint of peach...

2004 Barreto Cellars Verdelho, Lodi

April 07, 2009

This wine is golden straw in color. The nose offers medium intensity creamy tropical notes with a light note of freshly mowed grass...

2004 Barreto Cellars Vinho Tinto, California

April 07, 2009

This is a lightly smoky, deep ruby-colored wine. The nose offers lighter intensity warm spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), light blackberry...

2004 Barreto Cellars Touriga, Lodi

April 07, 2009

This wine is a deep ruby color with a purple edge. The nose offers medium intensity bramble and very light raisin notes with hints of warm...

2004 Barreto Cellars Tempranillo, Paso Robles

April 07, 2009

This wine is smoky, dark ruby in color. The nose displays medium intensity dusty dark berries (black currant and black cherry) followed by...

2004 Barreto Cellars Tempranillo, Lodi

April 07, 2009

This wine is a smoky garnet color. On the nose, medium intensity blackberry, with a briary character is backed by hints of vanilla and leather...

2004 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

April 07, 2009

Deep red color. On the nose, herbal and tobacco notes lead into currant with and a raw steak edge. The mouth opens with a perfumed...

2004 Ampelos Syrache, Santa Barbara County

April 07, 2009

This wine is deep garnet in color. The nose starts with smoky chocolate and coca powder notes. Opulent dusty raspberry aromas...

2004 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir "La Bauge au Dessus", Santa Maria Valley

April 07, 2009

A deep red color introduces this wine. A very fruit-forward nose revolves around currant and strawberry. A subtle, smoky after note of herbs...

2004 Five Rivers Merlot, Central Coast

April 05, 2009

This wine is a deep ruby garnet color. It offers medium intensity aromas of plum as well as light intensity caramel and notes of brown spices...

2004 Five Rivers Cabernet sauvignon, Paso Robles

April 05, 2009

This wine is a purplish garnet color with very good clarity. The nose offers medium intensity plum with light aromas of caramel and vanilla and notes of coffee...

2003 Ventana Vineyards Syrah, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

April 05, 2009

This wine is deep smoky garnet in color with a purple edge. The nose stars strong with pepper and thyme up front. Lots of cherry and and hint of chocolate follow...

2003 Ventana Vineyards Merlot, Monterey, Arroyo Seco

April 05, 2009

This wine is a deep garnet in color. The nose offers abundant blackberry and cherry with hints of bay leaf. Blackberry and currant continues on the palate...

2003 Santa Barbara Winery, Zinfandel Essence Lafond Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

March 31, 2009

Inky ruby in color, the wine's movement suggests a viscous character. The nose opens with dense, warm...

2003 Rio Seco Vineyard Zinfandel, Paso Robles

March 31, 2009

This Zinfandel is a smoky garnet color with a rusty orange rim and excellent clarity. Medium intensity aromas of smoked bacon diminish with time and air...

2003 Ventana Vineyards Due Amici, Monterey, Arroyo Seco.

March 31, 2009

This is a ruby-red wine. The nose starts with good amounts of cherry and currants followed by light notes of mocha, vanilla and cedar. Distinct oak notes are present...

2003 Rio Seco Vineyard Syrah, Paso Robles

March 26, 2009

This Syrah is a deep, brooding garnet color with amethyst hues at the rim and very good clarity. The nose carries a slightly confected character...

2003 Queen of Hearts Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

This Cabernet sauvignon is inky garnet in color. The nose starts with medium intensity coffee, smoky caramel and pencil lead...

2003 Mandolina Toccata Riserva, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

This Super Tuscan is deep red in color with a purple edge. The nose starts with fragrant cedar aromas and progresses to display currant, raspberry...

2003 Lucas & Lewellen Merlot, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

This is a deep, smoky garnet colored wine with a purple edge. The nose shows dominant spice and coffee with plum and dark cherry laced with...

2003 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Cote Del Sol, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

A dark inky red color. The nose is rich with notes of mocha/espresso and hard spice (nutmeg) over black currant and cherry with a peppery note...

2003 Kendall-Jackson Alisos Hills Syrah, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

Inky, opaque ruby-garnet in color, this Syrah opens with medium intensity pepper and pomegranate on the nose. Light barny aromas give way to...

2003 Koehler Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

March 26, 2009

Dark garnet colored. Plum and cherry on the nose with a spicy, herbal, earthy edge. A smoky, leathery, element is present...

2003 Koehler Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley.

March 26, 2009

A deep inky ruby color introduces this wine. The nose is centered on cassis and blackberry with a hint of asparagus and sweet woody notes of oak and cedar...

2003 JanKris Riatta, Paso Robles

March 26, 2009

The 2003 Riatta is deep garnet in color. The nose is a nice interplay of blackberry, cherry and light oak with hints of pepper and briar...

2003 JanKris Estate Merlot, Paso Robles

March 26, 2009

Dark, smoky ruby in color. The nose is balanced and rich with aromas of plum and dark cherries, light vanilla, chocolate and a hint of caramel...

2003 Daniel Gehrs Fireside Port, Madera County

March 12, 2009

A very dark ruby color introduces this wine. The nose is an interplay of butterscotch, blackberries, chocolate...

2003 Clautiere Vineyard Estate Syrah, Paso Robles

March 12, 2009

This wine has a nice garnet color. Oaky notes open the nose, with cherry and blackberry following. An earthy note...

2003 Clautiere Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

March 12, 2009

Inky purple-red in color, this wine offers dense aromas: black currants with a Crème de cassis density, boysenberries, blueberries...

2003 Cold Heaven Cellars, Syrah - Second Sin, Santa Barbara County

March 12, 2009

Dark purple-red in color. The nose of this wine begins with medium intensity dusty dark bramble, and anise/licorice followed by...

2003 Bernardus Marinus, Carmel Valley

March 12, 2009

This blend is a deep blood red color with a ruby edge and excellent clarity. To the nose, the wine offers medium intensity...

2005 Costa de Oro, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

January 29, 2009

This wine is Golden straw colored with good clarity. Medium intensity butterscotch aromas introduce the wine...

2003 Barreto Cellars Vintage Port, Lodi.

January 15, 2009

This Port is a seep, dark ruby color. The nose offers medium intensity raisin and prune aromas with notes of butterscotch, blueberry and anise...

2003 Byron Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard

January 14, 2009

Deep alluring dark ruby color and clarity. Nose reveals light floral notes and an elegant blend of cherry and currant, Bien Nacido Spicer...

2003 Aubon Climat Pinot Noir, "Knox Alexander" Santa Maria Valley

January 14, 2009

Dark ruby color begins this wine which displays prominent cherry and strawberry aromas. Hiding in the shadows of the fruit are hints of earth, mushroom and green pepper...

2002 Rio Seco Vineyard MVP Reserve, Paso Robles

January 14, 2009

This blend is a deep garnet color with very good clarity. On the nose, a distinct Jolly Rancher quality suggests elevated volatile acidity...

2002 Rio Seco Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

January 14, 2009

Smoky garnet color crossing into cordovan. Good clarity. A bit shy at first, this wine opens with aeration...

2002 Rio Seco Estate Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles

December 03, 2008

This offering is deep smoky garnet in color with good clarity. A focused, fruity nose of currant and cherry with a prominent note of black olive backed by hints of moist earth and truffle...

2002 Pear Valley Syrah, Paso Robles

December 03, 2008

Deep vibrant ruby color with purple hue. A robust nose of chocolate, peppery spice and blackberries, is bound by lightly floral and oaky notes...

2002 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley View Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

December 03, 2008

Dark, inky red color with a plum edge. A multilayered nose of plum, cassis, cherry with notable spice (clove, nutmeg and hint of bay leaf) and subtle floral notes of violet and rose...

2002 Consilience Zinfandel Port, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

December 02, 2008

Dark inky garnet in color. The nose offers coffee and butterscotch over dark cherry fruit...

2001 McKeon-Phillips Bailey's Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

November 30, 2008

This is a deep ruby colored wine. The nose is refined and complex with roasted nutty aromas lilting around a core of currants and blackberries...

2001 Jekel Sanctuary Red Table Wine, Arroyo Seco

November 30, 2008

This wine is a deep, smoky garnet color. The nose, a bit heady at first, offers light intensity aromas of blackberries, coffee, graphite and tobacco...

2001 Cottonwood Canyon Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley.

November 30, 2008

This wine is medium depth garnet in color. The nose offers medium intensity cola and warm, brown spices at first, backed by sweet pipe tobacco aromas...

2000 McKeon-Philips Ceazar, Santa Barbara County

October 31, 2008

A smoky ruby color with very nice clarity introduces this wine. The nose is composed of strawberry jam...

2000-2001 Cottonwood Canyon Synthesis

October 29, 2008

Wine streaks noted on the cork which was flush with the mouth of the bottle...

2004 Barreto Cellars Tempranillo, Lodi

August 20, 2008

This wine is a smoky garnet color. On the nose, medium intensity blackberry, with a briary character...

2004 Ampelos Syrache, Santa Barbara County

August 14, 2008

This wine is deep garnet in color. The nose starts with smoky chocolate and coca powder notes...

2004 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir "La Bauge au Dessus", Santa Maria Valley

August 14, 2008

Deep purple garnet colored, this Pinot Noir offers medium intensity aromas of plum, cola and brown...

2005 Carr Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir

August 10, 2008

Deep purple garnet colored, this Pinot Noir offers medium intensity aromas of plum, cola and brown...

 



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