Shafer Merlot

Smooth tannins and tart red fruit create marvelous balance and beg for locally-sourced and perfectly seared lamb chops. Very Highly Recommended. 95 points.

Ridge Estate Merlot

Bing cherry, raspberry, hints of licorice and espresso come through in a well-knit supple wine. Drink with seared duck breast. Highly Recommended. 92 points.

Rodney Strong Symmetry

Huge, ripe black fruits lead on the palate, black currant, plums, and elderberry, with milk chocolate and espresso adding depth on the mid-palate. This requires red meat and fat - try it with lamb chops with béarnaise butter. Highly Recommended. 93 points.