CAVE DOG Albariño, Napa Valley 2017

Cave Dog Albarino

Lemony/orange-y citrus, chalky, grapefruit, tangy nose stays pleasantly, startlingly tart in the mouth. This wine is all about yellow citrus flavors, both the juice and the zest. A chalky note, along with a smidge of bread crust from lees-aging, describes the wine’s complexity. “Liveliness and aromatic zest” is how owner/winemaker Michael Havens describes it. Indeedy […]

CHELSEA Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Chelsea Cabernet Sauvignon

DDWA Members’ Special: 20% off the Chelsea Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (makes it $28.80/bottle). Contact Dan direct with your order request. I will connect you with the winery and they will sell and get you the wine. This offer is good through May 2018. Chelsea is an Estate vineyard halfway between Calistoga and Santa Rosa, on the […]

FORTUNATI Chardonnay, Oak Knoll 2016

Fortunati Chardonnay

The Fortunati Chardonnay is a full-flavored, rich and powerful wine that delivers on the buttery/creamy qualities but not the oak. (100% malolactic, aged on its lees in neutral oak.) Fresh pineapple, Meyer lemon, pear and green apple are tossed in melted butter and blonde caramel. Tingling acidity goes toe-to-toe with the richness. Very impressive! About […]

CERRO Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2013

Cerro Zinfandel

DDWA Members’ Special: 20% off the CERRO Zinfandel 2014 (makes it $28/bottle). Contact Dan with your order request. I will connect you with the winery and they will sell and get you the wine. Cerro Zinfandel offer is good through May 2018. All old vine “Nichelini Vineyard” Chiles Valley (eastern Napa Valley hills) fruit. This is […]

MC4 Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2015

MC4 Cabernet Sauvignon

Terraced hillside, winery-owned vineyard off Highway 29 north of St Helena. Starts off with a generous nose of cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, red cherry liqueur and meat locker. In the mouth get dark red fruits with a little blueberry for good measure, warm pie spices, cocoa and French roast coffee. Medium/full bodied, fine tannins and […]

BENEVOLENT NEGLECT Mourvedre “Fore Family” 2016

Benevolent Neglect Mourvedre

High elevation (3200 feet) super-rocky vineyard north of Napa. Smell and taste cherry cough drops, blackberries, black truffle, roast almond, meat locker and toasty chocolate croissant. All this seamlessly moves into the taste…very generous and bold with fine palate-coating tannins. Mourvedre’s reputation of wildness is present in this wine if you look for it. About […]

HIRSCH Riesling “Zobing” Kamptal 2013

Hirsch Riesling Zobing

The racy acidity, intensity and of-the-earth, rocky flavor of Riesling shines through in this delicious, great value Austrian Riesling. Fruit comes from terraced, rocky vineyards in the Kamptal region, part of Austria’s top winegrowing area (along with the Wachau and Kremstal). This is loaded with smells and flavors of citrus, stone fruits, white flowers and […]


Warrior Angel Red Wine

78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. By new wine negociant Consecration Wines, whose model is to make tiny lots of quality wines that over-deliver for the price. (Right down DDWA’s alley!) This is a 10 barrel lot, all Oakville. Initial impression is sweet rich oak and chocolate covered cherries. In minutes, […]

BRESSLER “Young Vines” Napa Valley 2014

Bressler Young Vines

43% Cabernet Franc; 29% Merlot; 21% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot, all from the Bressler’s St Helena vineyard. Get a mouthful of Napa goodness: black cherry compote, cinnamon toast, cocoa, roasted coffee beans, currant, clove. Full flavored and lush, it gets richer in the mouth after a few seconds, ending in 25 second finish of […]

Silverpoint Napa Valley Red Wine 2013

silverpoint red wine

Four of the five Bordeaux varieties in the blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. The fruit comes from two areas of Napa Valley – Rutherford Bench and Atlas Peak. The wine starts tight and, with resuscitation, gets richer, deeper and more complex. Smell and taste very ripe black cherries, […]

SUBJECT TO CHANGE Sauvignon Blanc “Feliz Creek” 2017

Subject to Change Sauvignon Blanc

Can’t miss at first view that this is very cloudy – very unfiltered, and intentionally not lees-settled before bottling, nor cold stabilized. Minimal processing to the max. Provocative aroma of lemon custard, dry lemon peels, apple butter and day old bread crust. Taste grapefruit ice, lemongrass, quince paste and French pastry. Medium-bodied (would call it […]

Villa Ragazzi “Faraona” Napa Valley 2014

villa ragazzi faraona

“Super Tuscan” style blend of 75% Sangiovese and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is powerful like a lady gymnast rather than a male weightlifter.  Black currant, dark raspberry, cedar, orange tea and tobacco smells and flavors all tightly packed into this intense, youthful wine whose best days are well ahead of it (2025-2030 best drinking I […]

EDAPHOS Barbera “Madhavan” Sonoma 2015

Edaphos BARB 15

Noticeably dark, rich color for Barbera. Smells like Barbera: sun-soaked wild thyme, white pepper, raspberry/wild red cherry, plums. Lots of berry flavors with bits of orange zest, that peppery spice and black olive. Where “real” Barbera can get bitter on the finish, not the case here. It’s more cherry and plum skins and dry Provence […]

EDAPHOS Chardonnay “Reserve” Sonoma 2014

Edaphos Chardonnay

Toasty, ripe citrus and orchard fruits and light brown caramel nose transitions to lemon pudding, roast peaches, apple pie spice and sweet butter in the mouth. This is rich and round with a delicious lemon/caramel custard quality to it. White chocolate and apple butter come through on the 30 second finish. Rich and sweeter descriptions […]

CAVE DOG Napa Valley Red Wine 2015

Cave Dog Napa Valley

58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc, co-ferment, from vineyard in Southwest Napa Valley (edge of Carneros, in fact). An honest-to-goodness Right Bank Bordeaux style, Cave Dog red shows off dark red berry & cherry compote, dry aged beef, soy sauce, lavender, and gently roasted coffee beans. While all the flavors will expand with bottle age, it […]

ANTHILL FARMS Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2016

Anthill Farms Pinot Noir

Sourced from two western Sonoma Coast vineyards: near Sebastopol and 2nd ridge in from the Pacific. This wine sports mouth-coating richness, dark red cherry/berry fruit profile, warm spices and a lingering, cool-climate forest floor/blood orange edge. This has a silky, friendly, drink-me-tonight character…a “showy” Pinot by Anthill Farms standards. You get the best of both […]

CROCKER & STARR Cabernet Sauvignon “RLC” 2014

Crocker & Starr Cabernet RLC

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from St Helena, is a classic rich, spicy, fuller-flavored Napa Cabernet from the greatly skilled and dependable owner/winemaker Pam Starr. Nose of cocoa, sweet blue and blackberry  puree and sassafras moves to flavors of hard black cherry candies, kirsch, cassis, cinnamon toast and cocoa nibs. This is expressive and long: […]

RIDGE Zinfandel “Three Valleys” 2015

Ridge Zinfandel Three Valleys

Appealing overlay of cracked black pepper and apple pie spice aromas are your introduction. Bright, briary red berries and sweet, juicy red cherries, plum jelly and spicy oak hit the palate with a refreshing kick of acidity and gentle tannins.  Medium bodied and classy, this is not made to be a showstopper, but rather a […]

SUBJECT TO CHANGE Carbonic Red Wine “Poor Ranch” 2017

Subject to Change Carbonic

85% Carignane, 15% Syrah from 65 year old, organic vineyard outside of Hopland, southeast Mendocino County. “Nouveau Style” meaning 100% carbonic maceration, bottled in December (a little later than seasonal Nouveau). On the “serious side” for a young, all-carbonic wine, get allspice/clove spiced sweet plums, fresh raspberries, cracked pepper, musk and dry-aged beefsteak. Light as […]

ANTHILL FARMS Pinot Noir “Tina Marie” 2016

Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina

From Green Valley, a sub-AVA of Russian River. Shows dark red raspberry and cherry fruits, framed by allspice, cola, Earl Grey tea, red roses and vanilla cream. Really well extracted, especially considering it’s labeled as 13.2% alcohol (came across as around 14.0 to me). Has a silky texture and a surprising deliciousness already (less than […]

TRUCHARD Roussanne 2016

Truchard Roussanne

Smell and taste orange zest, citrus blossoms, peaches, Meyer lemon and green tea. An “aromatic variety” by nature, this wine is certainly fragrant, but more restrained than most Cal-Rhone whites you will find. Light, satin texture is nice. Pure citrus/stone fruit/floral pleasure. nice tang of acidity on the finish is just right. While Roussanne, a […]

Truchard Merlot Carneros 2015

Truchard Merlot

All estate, grown on heavy clay, hillside vineyards on the Truchard’s Carneros property (northern, warmer Carneros – in its “banana belt.”) 25% Cabernet Franc. Smells great: violets, ripe plums, raspberries, five spice, toasty barrel and smidge of blood orange. Real pretty. The taste is bright and refreshing and at the same time intense and expressive. […]

DANE Zinfandel “Chamizal” 2014

Dane Zinfandel

Warm spices, toasted bread, melted chocolate bar and jammy berry nose transitions to a more pronounced ripe berry/cherry flavor with the spice, cocoa and toast coming up from behind. The finish turns a little brighter (black cherries turn to red) with roast red pepper, dark soil and chocolate flavors chiming in. Low tannins, medium acidity. […]

MORGAN Chardonnay “Metallico” 2015

A no-oak, no-butter style of Chardonnay from cool-climate Monterey vineyards. Smell and taste ripe yellow and green fleshed melons, ripe grapefruit, lemon yogurt, crystallized ginger and fresh pears. Bright, fresh and medium-bodied…if anything, for the no-oak, no-butter category it could be more tangy and lighter. That said, the mouth-coating sneaky richness on the 20 second […]