Giant Steps

2012 Giant Steps Pinot Noir

Cherries, cola, and dried strawberries show on the nose. Cherries and pomegranate are joined by pencil lead and sage. A root beer flavor comes out on the mid-palate. Tannins are gentle, acids are bright. This i...
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Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Invest a few dollars in a champagne stopper for this champagne, and serve it for two occasions. First, sip it with caviar on New Year’s Eve.  The wine is a pale tan-yellow with tiny bubbles in the glass, and th...
Mumm Napa

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

This pale tan sparkling wine has a frothy mousse and a light, fresh aroma wafting up from the glass. It’s peachy but dry on the palate, with nice chalky elements toward the end palate, and hints of almond and h...
Paul Mas Estate Pinot

2012 Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir

A good French Pinot Noir for under $15 is a rare pleasure. Cherry, anise, and a touch of milk chocolate come through on the nose. Strawberry and redcurrant soar over star anise and milk chocolate, with a ...