Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Blueberries, cherries, and vanilla waft up from the glass. Tart cherries and sweet blueberries, with blackberry and oak in the background, make up the palate. A touch of raspberry adds a little zing to the finish. Muscular tannins and a meaty body make a vigorous mouthful, that would pair well with lamb chops. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH

Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir

Raspberry and pomegranate lead up front, and cranberry joins on the mid-palate. Tannins are soft, acids bright, offering a wide array of food pairings. Drink with duck and pork terrine. Recommended. 89 points.

Gascon Reserve Malbec

Blackberries lead on the palate, followed by chocolate and espresso. This will need a well-marbled New York Strip to allow all the fruit to come through. Recommended. 89 points.