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very nice modern-tasting cabernet sauvignon which tells a complete story from start to finish, food-friendly, offers excellent QPR at $12.

very nice modern-tasting cabernet sauvignon which tells a complete story from start to finish, food-friendly, offers excellent QPR at $12.

90 Points    nose: light oak;   taste: medium-bodied mouth feel, blackberry fruit taste, satiny smooth finish with lots of anise flavor;   overall: modern and balanced, displays depth, reasonable QPR ($16) and worth buying more of at that price

90 Points nose: light oak; taste: medium-bodied mouth feel, blackberry fruit taste, satiny smooth finish with lots of anise flavor; overall: modern and balanced, displays depth, reasonable QPR ($16) and worth buying more of at that price

Monday, February 06, 2012 - nose: Stayman apple x Bartlett pear; taste: bright flinty apple taste, no sweetness, clean mineral short-duration finish; overall: this wine reminds me of Meryl Streep -- gutsy, focused, versatile, surprising, and charming -- and good either by itself or paired with food (chicken florentine, in our case), decent QPR ($13) and worth buying more of.

Monday, February 06, 2012 - nose: Stayman apple x Bartlett pear; taste: bright flinty apple taste, no sweetness, clean mineral short-duration finish; overall: this wine reminds me of Meryl Streep -- gutsy, focused, versatile, surprising, and charming -- and good either by itself or paired with food (chicken florentine, in our case), decent QPR ($13) and worth buying more of.

Twenty Bench is my go-to Cab Sauv.  It is delicious and complex, and I buy it on sale for about $13.

Twenty Bench is my go-to Cab Sauv. It is delicious and complex, and I buy it on sale for about $13.

90 Points  Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - color: medium shade of purple; nose: faint oak x cherry cola; taste: lots of happy -- medium-bodied mouth feel, fruity black cherry taste, medium-length tobacco-tinged finish with very smooth tannins; overall: Anne Hathaway as a wine -- young, modern, attractive, balanced, together, not overly complex; reasonable QPR ($20)

90 Points Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - color: medium shade of purple; nose: faint oak x cherry cola; taste: lots of happy -- medium-bodied mouth feel, fruity black cherry taste, medium-length tobacco-tinged finish with very smooth tannins; overall: Anne Hathaway as a wine -- young, modern, attractive, balanced, together, not overly complex; reasonable QPR ($20)

Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino County 2008.  Very good wine

Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino County 2008. Very good wine

Friday, March 30, 2012 - color: medium-purple x ruby red; nose: fresh-smelling oak; taste: medium-bodied mouth feel, fruity berry taste well balanced with oak, thunder-bringing deep full finish tasting of smoky tobacco; overall: sophisticated Old World beauty for about $20

Friday, March 30, 2012 - color: medium-purple x ruby red; nose: fresh-smelling oak; taste: medium-bodied mouth feel, fruity berry taste well balanced with oak, thunder-bringing deep full finish tasting of smoky tobacco; overall: sophisticated Old World beauty for about $20

Delicious, modern-tasting white wine, which I would have pegged for an Alsatian riesling; it paired well with raclette, and also would be fine to accompany hors d'oeuvres.  It is worth seeking out. 88 points.

Delicious, modern-tasting white wine, which I would have pegged for an Alsatian riesling; it paired well with raclette, and also would be fine to accompany hors d'oeuvres. It is worth seeking out. 88 points.

Silverado Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Silverado Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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