Morgan Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Metallico; Unoaked, Monterey ($21)
Crisp, bright and racy with precise flavors and tangy acidity; silky, fresh and bright with lovely ripe fruit and impressive depth and balance.
MacRostie 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Silky, creamy and showing sweet vanilla and new oak; charming, vibrant and stylish with balance and a long finish.
Captûre Wines 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Tradition, California (Lake 57%, Sonoma 43%) ($30)
Bright, nervy and showing peach and grapefruit; silky, vibrant and lovely with sleek, elegant style and a pure, long, focused finish; lovely.
Gary Farrell 2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($32)
Smooth and ripe with juicy acidity and snappy flavors; pure, clean and racy with balance, lift, vibrancy and a long finish.
THE VINCRAFT GROUP
Talley Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, 75% Rincon, 25% Rosemary's Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($36)
Tangy and bright with racy acidity and crisp citrus fruit; nicely structured, long and fresh; vibrant.
Williams Selyem 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($37)
Smooth and fresh with racy acidity and good balance; a pure, vibrant expression of the variety; charming, long and bright.
La Follette 2009 Chardonnay, Lorenzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)
Fragrant, juicy and precise with vivid fruit and lovely oak nuance; pure, racy and beautifully crafted; Burgundian and stunning with great length and finesse.
WINE CREEK LLC
McIntyre Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Estate Block K-1, Santa Lucia Highlands ($38)
Silky and smooth with lovely fruit, sweet oak and tangy acidity; elegant, vibrant and exquisite; long, complex and refined.
Franciscan 2010 Chardonnay, Cuvée Sauvage, Carneros ($40)
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe fruit and vibrant acidity; deep, rich and showing sweet new oak and silky texture.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.
Foley Estates 2009 Two Sisters Chardonnay, Courtney's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Silky and smooth with lovely tropical fruit and citrus; elegant, refined and complete; soft oak, bright acidity and a tangy, lovely finish.
Pol Roger 2002 Brut Rosé Champagne Estate ($99)
Pale, salmon color; ripe and juicy with luscious raspberry fruit, creamy texture and a long, elegant finish.
FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS
Clos du Bois 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast ($18)
Smooth and clean with toasty, ripe plum with notes of coffee and spice.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.
Alamos 2009 Malbec, Selección, Mendoza ($20)
Silky, smooth and elegant with ripe plum, spice and complex flavors; ripe, fresh and balanced with depth and excellent length; supple and vibrant.
White Oak Vineyards & Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($30)
Smooth, lush and ripe with plum, blackberry and soft herbs; clean, supple and balanced with depth, style and good length.
Louis M. Martini 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($30)
Juicy with lovely texture and lovely flavors; sweet oak, plum and black raspberry with a firm acid structure; long, lush and totally charming.
Kuleto Estate 2009 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($35)
Rich and ripe with concentrated blackberry, cassis and spice; fleshy, dense and balanced with a long finish.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES
Valerie's Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir, One Acre, Carneros ($40)
Fresh, ripe and vibrant with bright cherry and raspberry fruit; juicy, tangy and long with focus and style.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2008 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley ($40)
Dense and edgy with tar, black fruit and spice; edgy, unfinished and basic but showing power and depth; give it a few years of age.
Mount Veeder Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Rich and concentrated with ripe black plum and spice; tannic and minerally with excellent structure and a long, clean finish; not ready now but patience will be rewarded.
CONSTELLATION WINE U.S.
Mauritson Wines 2009 Cabernet Franc, Rockpile ($41)
Ripe, intense and dark with ripe plum and spice; lovely, dense and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES
Masi 2006 Amarone Costasera, Italy ($45)
Dark chocolate and dense; rich, mellow with density; ripe with cassis; concentrated, long and meaty; rich and ripe.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Elton Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills ($45)
Bright, pure and elegant with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; fresh, focused and charming; balanced and long.
Va Piano 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($45)
Ripe and lush with dense plum, blackberry and spice; smooth and rich with notes of tar, grilled meat and licorice; balanced, supple and complex.
Antica 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth, elegant and medium-bodied with classic structure and lush texture; plum, licorice and light smoke; toasty, supple and nicely balanced; long and very promising.
ANTINORI/STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES
Stony Hill Vineyard 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth and elegant with mellow texture, medium-body showing pure plum, cherry and raspberry fruit; supple and charming with good acid structure and a restrained finish; a surprise and something of an anomaly for this winery known for its white wines.
Chateau Potelle Winery 2009 Zinfandel, VGS, Mount Veeder ($65)
Dark, concentrated and vivid with spice, blackberry and cassis; some jammy notes but quite nicely balanced and structured; long and rich.
Shafer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, One Point Five, Stags Leap District ($70)
Civilized and smooth with elegance, balance and style; bright plum, spice and mint; restrained, lovely and refined.
Carte Blanche 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($124)
Dark, deep and rich with concentrated red fruit: plum, raspberry and cherry; lush and seductive with complex elements fusing into an impressive, cohesive wine with tremendous promise; beautifully constructed and showing a long, balanced finish.
VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS
Washington Hills 2011 Riesling, Washington ($10)
Silky and smooth with bright acidity, spice and orange; pure and sleek, focused and long.
Numero Tres 2011 Rosado de Monastrell, Bullas, Spain ($10)
Nice ruby color; smooth, ripe and juicy with good acidity and minerally notes; clean and lush.
USA WINE WEST
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($11)
Silky, bright and brambly with wild berry fruit and juicy acidity; fresh, lively and nicely balanced.
Peregrine Wines 2009 Mohua Riesling, Central Otago ($12)
Silky, fresh and bright with tangy acidity and fine, focused fruit; dry, juicy with citrus and depth.
Cono Sur 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central ($12)
Smooth and ripe with velvety texture and ripe plum fruit; fresh and juicy with good acid structure and good density; long and balanced.
Warre's NV Heritage Tawy Port, Porto, Portugal ($14)
Peter Lehmann 2010 Chardonnay, Art Series, Barossa Valley, Australia ($13)
Smooth and fresh with tangy citrus and lush, ripe fruit: clean, balanced and charming; crisp style and long.
Ripe and lush nose; rich, sweet and showing bright black raspberry and cassis; creamy and fresh with good acidity and balance.
Bonterra Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($14)
Smooth and ripe with minerals, pear and soft acidity; lush, clean and balanced; long and full. Organic.
Steele Wines 2009 Writer's Block Zinfandel, Lake County ($15)
Smooth, spicy and juicy with good berry fruit flavors and bright acidity; fresh, balanced and long.
Murphy-Goode Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, California ($15)
Smooth, crisp and silky with tangy acidity and fresh cherry fruit; clean and decent.
JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES
Valley of the Moon 2009 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($16)
Round, fresh and juicy with ripe black raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; snappy, bright and vibrant with lots of charm and lift.
Bodegas Catena Zapata 2010 Catena Chardonnay, Mendoza ($16)
Smooth and creamy with sweet, ripe fruit and juicy acidity; clean, lush and dense with good structure and length.
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