2010 Ginkgo Forest Barbera

Round and juicy, this wine puts fruit ahead of wood for a friendly easy drinker. Raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of smoke show on the nose. Cherries and raspberries, with a small sweet kick of blueberries, sh...

2012 Paul Mas Estate Carignan

An interesting wine, with unusual layers of flavors for the price and varietal. The nose shows raspberry, violets, and cigar ash. The palate shows wild cherry, raspberry, cigar ash, and violet. The mid-palate a...

2012 La Forge Estate Merlot

The nose shows black cherry, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and a touch of white pepper. The nose is similar, black cherry, with some blackberry background, tobacco leaf, ash, eucalyptus, and pepper. Drink with pot r...

Hardy Noces d’Albâtre

This remarkable Cognac is blended from small lots collected by Armand Hardy right after World War I. The finish lingers seemingly forever. Very Highly Recommended. 99 points.

2010 Cornerstone Pinot Noir

The nose is earthy and rich, showing black cherry and loam. Rich and Burgundian, this has so much going for it. Flavors fly from fruit to umami, earth to high-flying freshness, all with a cola background, under...