VIVIER Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

Vivier Rose

Pinot Noir’s wild cherry and violet/rose jump out on the nose along with some talc and blood orange. The taste is pure pleasure…a smack of melon, plum and red berry/cherry and bright acidity that lifts the fruitiness up a couple of notches. Has a lightness and tang that appeals to those that seek the driest […]

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 […]

THE WITHERS Bel Canto 2016

The Withers Bel Canto

Blend of 73% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah. Very pretty, high-toned aromas of strawberries, raspberries, lavender, black pepper and crushed garden herbs. Fruit, spice and herb play nice together on the palate…all have a voice. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and pomegranate sneak into the taste too. Finish is more about the peppercorn, lavender, bay […]

PESTONI Rose 2017

Pestoni Family Rose

Made from 61% Sangiovese and 39% Merlot. Saignée method (juice bled off soon-to-be red wine). Pretty aromas of watermelon jolly rancher, fresh peaches, plums and lilacs. Taste is bright, refreshing and friendly: wild cherry, fresh watermelon, dark peach, strawberry and fruit blossoms. Sits lightly in the mouth but with delicious fruit flavors and texture. One […]

POSEIDON Pinot Noir, Carneros 2015

Poseidon Pinot Noir

While the fruit is, naturally, a key here, it’s the spice, floral, and sweet earth sensations that set the Poseidon Pinot Noir apart from the pack. Smell and taste wild red cherries, rhubarb, raspberry, dried violets and red roses, black tea, meat locker and blood orange. Medium bodied, gentle tannins and savory. I like that […]

OLIVIA BRION Vin Gris of Syrah 2017

Olivia Brion Vin Gris

A savory nose of dried orange zest, red currant and peppery greens transitions to myriad flavors that cover fruit, spice and earth. Taste raspberry, apricot, spiced orange tea, green banana, dried blueberry and citron. Finish leads with the spice then comes in with red, crisp fruits (red plums, currants blood orange). Nice mouthfeel and core […]

EUGÈNE CARREL Rosé 2017

Eugene Carrel Rose

Made from 80% Gamay and 20% Mondeuse from Carrel’s Estate vineyards in the Savoie, base of the French Alps. Refreshing acidity, crisp red fruits, citrus zest, suggestions of fine herbs and peppery spice define this light, intense, very food-friendly Rosé.  The texture is spot-on…the short time resting on its lees before bottling gives the wine […]

OBSIDIAN RIDGE “Half Mile” Cabernet 2015

Obsidian Ridge Half Mile

Deep, dark ruby/purple color stands out. Smell and taste black currants, French roast coffee, blackberry liqueur, cola, cedar, roast almonds, dark chocolate. A powerful, complex Cabernet, Obsidian Ridge “Half Mile” is both fruit-forward (the Petite Sirah helps in this regard) and very structured (i.e. firm tannins). While it does have dryness, the fruit is so […]

COCHON “Pape Rocks” 2015

Cochon Pape Rocks Red Wine

70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. An ode to Châteauneuf du Pape at a much better price than most CdPs. For $21, this wine is ridiculously good. Brooding, dark berry fruits with Rhone-like complements of black olive, black pepper, dark soy, mint and lavender. Robust, fruity and spicy finish with ripe tannins that […]

BELHARRA Rosé of Syrah 2017

Belharra Rose

Ripe raspberry, black pepper, pomegranate and dried lavender hit the nose quick. Taste more of the same along with some dark strawberry and candied orange peel. Medium-bodied for Rosé, freshness from cool-climate acidity, robust enough to pair with grilled, full-flavored meats and vegis (as expected from Syrah Rosé). If you’re having a Rose themed dinner […]

COCHON Rosé 2017

Cochon Rose Wine

Made from 60% Cinsault, 30% Carignane, 10% Grenache. Smell and taste wild red strawberries, watermelon, cracked pepper (between black & white…can I call them gray peppercorns?), kiss of lavender and thyme. Sits light and dry in the mouth with juicy, tangy sensations and some mouth-coating texture. To me, this hits the mark for flavor, lightness […]

RETRO Petite Sirah Elevation Old Vine 2012

Retro Petite Sirah

Briar patch/berry liqueur and peppercorn nose transitions to flavors of fresh blackberries and dark plum with support from a little tarragon/thyme and cigar wrapper. Rich and intense Petite Sirah with focus, uplifting acidity and fine, slightly chalky tannins. Delicious, especially now that it’s almost 6 years old. Time has been its friend. Retro is owned […]

SOJOURN Pinot Noir “Walala” 2016

Sojourn Pinot Noir Walala Vineyard

Western Sonoma Coast single vineyard, near Annapolis. Deep yet bright cherry liqueur-like aroma with five-spice, cocoa, violets and lavender. Warm, toasty oak (50% new French oak), already integrated into the wine, adds a layer of flavor and structure while in no way overwhelming the fruit. A textural delight. This is my favorite wine in Sojourn’s […]

SOJOURN Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2016

Sojourn Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Medium/rich, perfumed, floral and layered, Sojourn’s “entry level” Pinot Noir offers as much many wineries’ best bottling. Smell cherry compote, plum sauce, red roses and bread fresh out of the oven. The fruit takes the lead in the mouth with more red rose plus Earl Grey tea and violets sneaking in. Medium acidity, gentle tannins […]

SOJOURN Chardonnay “Sangiacomo” 2016

Sojourn Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard

Strong smells of lemon zest, light caramel and sweet butter move to flavors that are both rich and bright: fresh green apple, pears, lemon custard, roast hazelnuts and butter pastry. Bright acidity and an almost salty note on the finish transport this richer-style Chardonnay into more mineral-driven Chardonnay style. You really get it all here […]

OMEN Red Blend 2016

Omen Red Wine

A unique blend of 50% Syrah, 27% Barbera, 16% Petite Sirah and 7% Zinfandel. Fresh berry and spice aromas, bright and pure red fruits, palate-perking acidity, low oak, touch of dried herbs de Provence and black pepper. This is a super-tasty “Bistro Red” that drinks really well with or without food. More Information Omen and […]

ORO BELLO Chardonnay 2016

Oro Bello Chardonnay

Rich, fruity and creamy, this fine-value Chardonnay beats most in this competitive wine category ($15-20 Chardonnay) for quality. Butterscotch, lemon curd and gentle toasty nose moves to tastes of butter-poached pears, ripe fig, peach and pie spice. Creamy texture, medium acidity (enough to keep the wine fresh as you drink) and plenty ripe, but not […]

CLIF FAMILY Rose of Grenache 2017

Clif Family Rose

Brilliant peach skin/orange/pink color. Smell and taste jasmine, fresh strawberries, pink rose, mandarin orange, watermelon, white pepper. Acidity swirls through. Fresh and invigorating with a strong fruity core while keeping its delicacy. This is a Rosé that drinks great both with or without food. If it is time to eat, I suggest pairing the Clif […]

FINE DISREGARD Semillon 2016

Fine Disregard Semillon

Sourced from three Semillon vineyards in Napa – you’d think they have cornered the Semillon market in Napa. Get preserved lemons, lightly toasted almonds, tangy yellow grapefruit, chamomile, dried peaches. What makes it special, for me, is its texture: both viscous and vibrantly acidid. This is a splendid look into the soul of Semillon. More […]

SUBJECT TO CHANGE Carignane 2017

Subject to Change Carignane

From one of California’s cherished, 100 year old vine, head-pruned, dry-farmed Carignane vineyards in eastern Mendocino (this vineyard is near the town of Hopland). Get brushy dried herbs, cracked black pepper, crushed raspberries, blueberries, lavender. Intense flavors, gentle tannins, perky acidity. As is the case with Carignane, not a complex wine. Luckily, a wine doesn’t […]

ORO BELLO Rosé of Syrah 2017

Oro Bello Rose

You can tell this Rosé is made Syrah – raspberries, lavender dark strawberry and black pepper smells and flavors. Medium acidity, no barrel flavor, more texture than the average Rosé. A stronger style for sure, but still it is unequivocally Rosé. An ideal fire-pit cooking wine. More Information Napa producer Oro Bello sourced the Syrah […]