Red Wine

Artesa Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley 2005 Limited Release: French oak style is on the money

Artesa is a spectacular winery with sweeping views of the Napa Valley. Although its architecture is distinctively modern, its wines are enjoyably classic. On a recent tasting trip we were able to sample a cross-section of approximately 25 wines. I was generally impressed across the board. There is a reason why...
Liberty School Cabernet

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2006 $15 (87 pts.)

I checked on the pedigree and information on the Liberty School web site, and noticed the wine only ages for 12 months, on the lower end of the range.

Parducci Pinot Noir, Mendocino 2007 $9.99 (84 pts.)

It may not be the best on its own, lacking a lot of character (one taster called it "flat").

Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2006 $7.99 (83 pts.)

83  Cellar No. 8  Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2006. Just ok. I didn't find anything terribly wrong, but also it did not leave any lasting impressions. The nose was slightly below average with not much aroma or character. Taste was ho-hum. Quite bland. If you want a neutral inoffensive wine,...

Peju Estate Bottled Merlot, Napa Valley 2005 $35 (88 pts.)

I could detect little tannins which would make it a nice solo drinker.

Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Barossa Valley, Australia 2004 $7.99 (83 pts.)

83 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Barossa Valley, Australia 2004. An average wine, with no special qualities despite it’s apparently strong heritage and Barossa roots. Not jammy. That’s good. More blackberry and pepper. They say ’subtle oak’. I didn't detect any. $7.99. Read the full review.

Bogle Petite Sirah, Clarksburg, California 2005 $9.99 (87 pts.)

87 Bogle Petite Sirah,  Clarksburg, California 2005. This is an easy-going, friendly wine. Fruit-forward with vanilla accents and agreeable on finish. Nice pop of cherry. Let breathe to calm tannins. The aroma from the nose is wonderful, perhaps promising more than delivered, but still great value. $9.99. Read the...

Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005 $17.99 (89 pts.)

The black current and vanilla were wonderful with seared lamb.
Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2001 $110 (90 pts.)

This is a great steak match, but no doubt excellent on its own too.