Wine Reviews

Halter Ranch “Ranch Cab,” Paso Robles

Halter Ranch VineyardsRanch Cab Paso Robles2004 Purple and highly extracted, this wine had lots of stuffing when we bought it in the spring, so…

Lyeth Meritage: Better the Next Day

LyethMeritage Sonoma County2005 This Bordeaux-style Californian is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 9% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc. When we opened…

Vacqueyras “Vielles Vignes”

Tardieu-LaurentVacqueyras "Vielles Vignes"2003 This old vine wine delivers lots of aromatics: cedar, woodsmoke, licorice, lavender. It's big and woody on the palate, and though…

Summer in a Glass

Ferrari-CaranoFumé Blanc Sonoma County2007 This Fumé Blanc is at the low end of Ferrari-Carano's line, but that's still saying a lot. We've had some…

Flinty and Austere

Sterling VineyardsNapa County Sauvignon Blanc2006 Clean, dry, and serious, this Sauvignon Blanc from the reputable Sterling winery strikes us as intriguing if a bit…

Into the Woods

Martin RanchThérèse Vineyards Zinfandel2006 This zin is stiff, like so many of the other Martin Ranch bottles we've had (see our reviews of the…

Fruit Kapow

AlamosTorrontés2007 This Argentinian white is loaded with fruit and flowers, from apricot and peach through jasmine and lily of the valley. It has enough…

Artful

ArtazuriNavarra Garnacha Rosé2007 This garnacha (grenache) rosé is a lively deep pink, with a nose of green apple, citrus, raspberries, and violets. It's crisp…

Southern Wrong

Southern Right Sauvignon BlancSouthern Right PinotageWalker Bay, South Africa2006 Intrigued by their provenance and the etching of a Right Whale on the label, we…

Liquid Tourmaline

Chateau KefrayaLa Rosée du Château Bekaa Valley2006 More serious than Las Rocas, this rosé has subtlety and nuance, plus a little earthy funkiness. It's…

The Rocks

Las Rocas de San AlejandroRosado San Alejandro Calatayud2007 This rosé is crisp and full of fresh berries. It's a pleasing color, rosy pink with…