2010 J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard St. Helena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($42)
This is a tremendously smooth Cab from Napa. The J. Lohr Carol's Vineyards, named for Jerry Lohr's late wife, are in the perfect location in St. Helena for producing Bordeaux-like wines. This wine was amazing from the moment the cork was pulled - didn't need any decanting or time to breathe. Great fruit flavors of dark cherry and black plum with just the right amount of toasted oak. A real treat that I picked up at their Paso Robles tasting room. Can't wait for my next visit! It's really good!
2014 Grey Wolf 'The Sentinelle' White Blend ($28)
A great white blend from a favorite winery in Paso Robles. This combination of 40% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne and 20% Viognier is a wonderful wine that combines the nice fruit flavors, but oak aging adds richness and structure to this one. Amazingly well balanced and delicious
2015 Sean Minor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($25)
This one easily make the "Great Wines" section of my reviews, but at the price, it's an outstanding value from Napa Valley that is also worthy of the "Great Values" section. Great black fruit flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and black currant. And, there's also a hint of raspberry. The oak adds wonderful spices that makes this Cab exceptionally smooth, balanced and finishes with elegance. Look for this one!
2013 Robert Young Estate Petit Verdot ($39)
I’ve made a few trips to Alexander Valley in Sonoma but hadn’t visited Robert Young until my most recent trip. They’re just off the main highway, but well worth the visit. Every wine I tasted there was outstanding, including this Petit Verdot. It is very rich in flavors and complex with great dark fruit flavors, wonderful oak and an extremely easy finish. This is a great one!
2012 Lone Madrone Barfendel Red Blend ($38)
Lone Madrone in Paso Robles is another great find that you might otherwise pass by. I am always on the lookout for a great Barbera and this blend of Barbera and Zinfandel (hence Barfendel) was execellent. This blend of 42% Zinfandel, 34% Barbera and 24% Petite Syrah is an outstanding one!