Cline “Old Vine” Zinfandel 2016 review by (PB)

Light ruby hue more like a Pinot Noir with aromas of slightly inky blue berry and blackberry with all-spice, Chinese five spice, and a hint of spruce tree. Palate–Surprisingly full flavored for such a light colored wine but there’s nothing watery about this quaff. It yields classic Zinfandel flavors with spicy berries and pie spices…

Orquestal Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 review by (PB )

On the lighter side garnet hue for Cabernet with aromas of dried cherries, sweet and savory spice touches, rustic forest floor on the edges Palate–Tart first impression, light licorice notes, astringent, subdued fruit, with a bitter mid palate nad a slightly funky finish. I bought this at a favorite retailer as one of their closeout…

Vina Robles Petite Sirah 2013 review by (PB)

Crazy, inky almost black hue with aromas of sweet dark berry bonbon creams hints of mint and jellied cranberry sauce. Palate-Rich, opulent, intense dark black berry with a lingering stewed fruit berry finish. This will be our turkey dinner pairing and it will be great!  Jettison the old myth about white wine with poultry and…

Chateau Machorre 2005 review by (PB)

Consistent garnet to the rim which is amazing for this 13 yo Grand Vin de Bordeaux. Aromas of rich blackberry, with mints, cedar and eucalyptus, spicy cherry Twizzlers with an under layer of loam. Palate–Integrated, flavors comprised of pretty much all the above in the bouquet with a nearly candy apple coating you find on…

Georges Duboeufs Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 review by (PB )

Purple hue with aromas of powdery, sweet cherries, bananas, circus peanut marshmallow treats! Palate–Fresh cherries, lip smacking tartness, off dry fruitiness, and liquid joy! Nouveau has been just “OK” over the past several vintages but this one is a standout!  It is everything we hope for in this annual celebration of the first vintage harvest…

Domaine de Vedilhan Vionier 2016 review by (PB)

Light amber hue with aromas of Perfumy, powdery, citrus with vanilla with lemon drop hard candies and canned pears. Palate–Razor sharp acidity carries this palate cleansing, juicy Meyer lemon curd and creme brulee, fruit forward palate cleansing delight. Finishes quickly. This a big wine and great buy at the $10 price point. Chill this down…

Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2015 review by (PB)

Pretty garnet hue with aromas of cigar ash and dust, blackberry with a smidge of red raspberry, Palate–Plush texture with an elegant presentation of vibrant, if not stern red berry, classic Zin flavors. Finishes with a nice somewhat complex fruit and forest floor flavors. Napa Cellars makes good wine–Might sound stupid but some vintners just…

Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2015 review by (PB)

Nice pigmented black-cherry hue with aromas of Rustic, course, cherry-berry fruit up front on a foundation of dusty spices Palate– dry dusty tannins with subdued dried crushed cherry powder, and a fleeting finish. This mostly Tempranillo Rioja is pretty decent considering I think I paid well under $10 for it.  At the normal price point…

Castle Rock Pinot Noir 2016 (Mendocino Co) review by (PB)

Jewel like garnet hue with aromas of strawberry fruit drink, Chinese five spice, pie spices and a seductive overall presence that is quite wondrous. Palate–Clean, pure red fruit flavors with loads of structure with elegant sweet spices. Castle Rock just excels at its uber-value pinots this one being another gem of a value. This is…