Red Wine

Wine of the Week: Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Hands down, Sonoma produces some of the best Cabs and Chards.

Stark Sips: Mount Veeder Winery 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

If there ever was a case to say YMMV, a bottle from Mount Veeder Winery (St. Helena) may very well be the exclamation point.

Stark Sips: Silver Oak Cellars

By Napa Cab standards, the prices ($70 Alexander Valley, $110 Napa Valley) aren't earth shattering expensive. Sure, they're likely not daily drinkers for most of us. But you get tier 1 quality here at not necessarily tier 1 prices.

What’s a Mossback? For one, it’s our Wine of the Week…

This wine is a lush, well-made Cab that shows off a sophisticated intensity so familiar to the Chaulk Hill sub AVA in Sonoma's Russian River Valley.

Wine of the Week: Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley

At $27 this Napa Valley Pinot is a wonderful every day wine. Robert Mondavi Winery has been farming the variety since 1969, and the experience shows.

2006 Wirra Wirra Church Block – wine pick of the week

The label on this Australian wine states, "The 2006 selection of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Shiraz (30%) and Merlot (20%) is another masterful blend". And I would agree. This is a nice twist on the typically excellent Shiraz we see coming out of McLaren Vale. A nice plus is this...

Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2005 $7.99 (82 pts.)

82 Beringer Founder's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2005. A little boring, but not entirely bad. Light traces of fruit including blackberry and cassis. Some tannins thankfully provide some structure. Beringer produces much better than this value label. $7.99 — C.S.

Kathryn Kennedy Lateral, Saratoga California 2004 $36 (88 pts.)

88 Kathryn Kennedy Lateral, Saratoga 2004. An elegant Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot (54%), Cab Franc (21%), Cab Sauvignon (20%) and Petit Verdot (5%). Nose is wonderfully balanced with berries, slight chocolate with hints of vanilla. Complex in the mouth with lots to discover, long finish. Pair with grilled meats, paella. $36...

La Rochelle Winery in Livermore: Pinots in paradise

If you're in Livermore, I'd put La Rochelle high on your list of places to visit.