2014 Beekeeper Zinfandel, Montecillo Vineyard

94 2014 Beekeeper Zinfandel

Sonoma County, Montecillo Vineyard, 14.4%, 95ZN|5PS, 242 cs., $55

The nose is bright red berry with notes of sleek spice, gravel, pepper overlayed beautiful ripe cherry. The palate shows beautiful texture, weight and definition. Polished blueberry, accented with cranberry and currant. Drink 2016 – 2023. www.beekeepercellars.com 


2012 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

93 2012 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, Estate, 13.5%, 3328 cs., $52

The nose is dense chocolate, carbon, dried lavender and note of black tea. The palate is firm, poised and lean with an herbal undercurrent and notes of coffee mixed into the velvety tannins and floral notes. Beautiful stuff. Drink 2015 – 2024. 


2012 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard

95 2012 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, Estate, Kronos Vineyard, 13.7%, 800 cs., $165

A wine that immediately shows a sleek vibrancy with fresh blueberry, graphite, concentrated resinous core of bright stone fruit. The palate is textbook Corison – delicately formed layers of florals – violet and lilac with ethereal balance finishing with a fully integrated acid backbone. Drink 2015 – 2035. Spring 2016 release. www.corison.com 


2013 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon

93 2013 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, 14.8%, $85

Shows a deftly polished nose of sandalwood, blueberry and mint with a dense underlying liqueur of dark berry and chocolate. The palate entry is full-bodied and polished leading to a solid core of currant, tobacco and blackberry. Supple and well balanced, it grows in lushness after 24 hours. Drink 2016 – 2024. 


2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese - stunning!

922013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rosé of Sangiovese

Alexander Valley, Estate, 13.2%, 3000 cs., $15

Rosé certainly runs the gamut, from extremely light and ethereal to well, where this wine lives, as far as I can tell in the ultraviolet end of the spectrum. For someone who doesn’t care for too many domestic Sangiovese, this is a gorgeous wine. The farmers grow this vineyard exclusively for Rosé and the dedication shows. It is slightly gassy when first opened yet reveals a nose of cherry, strawberry and mineral-laced carbonic character. The palate is fresh, round candied cherry, raspberry with a rich core of concentrated juicy watermelon. Drink 2014 – 2016. www.avvwine.com