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Bewitching

Bewitching

        Bonny Doon VineyardSyrah "Le Pousseur"2006 I've had two wines recently that shook me up, then haunted me after. The first…

A Brutish Rose

A Brutish Rose

SchramsbergMirabelle Brut RoséNonvintage This pale pinkish gold sparkler bubbles exuberantly when poured, making it a little coarse at first. Once the fizz subsides, it…

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill EstateNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine has a smoky, plummy nose with chocolate and sweet tobacco. On the palate it's earthy, with leather,…

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham VineyardsNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine is deep purple, offering a nose of chocolate and earth. It's fulsome and not too tannic—just what we'd…

Acorn Alegría Rosato 2007

AcornAlegría Rosato Russian River Valley2007 This wine, made primarily of Sangiovese, is deep rosy pink with a lightly floral, slightly strawberry nose. Straight from…

Windy Oaks “Terra Narro”

Windy Oaks EstateSanta Cruz Mountains "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir2007 We love Windy Oaks. They make our favorite American Pinot, and we're even wine club…

Treana: The Essence of Wine

Treana: The Essence of Wine

When I was a kid, I knew what wine tasted like. I knew because I'd read the Narnia books, and The Hobbit, and The…

The First of the Whites

Ferrari-CaranoFumé Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc)2007 On this late March afternoon, it's sunny and 43º outside, sunny and 72º inside. As an aperitif, we open a…

Acorn Zin on a Friday Night

Acorn Alegría Vineyards Zinfandel "Heritage Vines"2005 This wine is deep ruby, with a very interesting nose. It starts light, like blueberry, or maybe just…

Bogleman

BoglePhantom2005 In Phantom, Bogle creates a monster. A blend of Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel, and old vine Mourvedre, this inky red packs a…

A Dark Wine for a November Night

Clay StationPetite Sirah Lodi2005 This inky, full-bodied Sirah has a surprisingly cedary, herbal nose, while the palate offers lots of chocolate and dark fruits,…