THIS MONTH'S LIST

December 2018

It’s a small , smart list of recommendations in December. Standouts in the list: Navarro, MagnaVita Cellars, Ancien Winery, and Bedrock. I also have a handful of wine recommendations from my Livermore Valley wine country visit. I recommend 2-3 wines from each winery and refer you to the winery to purchase. Try more than what I recommend. They all are devoted to quality, and my recommendations are as much a function of limited time as my saying what’s best. Enjoy. And, it being December, review (or re-review) my Champagne/Sparkling Wine List.¬†¬†DDWA members, for special assistance, please email me if you have any questions. Happy to help. (Become a member HERE.)

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    Wine Label & NameScoreRetail PriceValue RatingWine FactorValue Category
    Ancien Chardonnay HaynesANCIEN Chardonnay
    "Haynes Vineyard" Coombsville
    Napa Valley 2016
    926231.5Very Good
    Ancien Pinot Noir HaynesANCIEN Pinot Noir
    "Haynes Old Block" Coombsville
    Napa Valley 2016
    92682.72Good
    Ancien PNR Shea 16ANCIEN Pinot Noir
    "Shea Vineyard"
    Willamette Valley 2016
    91652.82Good
    Bedrock Riesling WirzBEDROCK Wine Co. Riesling
    "Wirz Vineyard"
    Cienega Valley 2017
    89.5224.11Great
    Brooks Pinot GrisBROOKS Pinot Gris
    "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills 2017
    89253.61Great
    Cochon Pinot GrisCOCHON Pinot Gris
    "Cuvee Sophie"
    Willamette Valley 2017
    88.5243.71Great
    Fine Desregard SemillonFINE DISREGARD Semillon
    "Millhouse" Oak Knoll District
    Napa Valley 2016
    89.53031Very Good
    INIZI "Hi Jump Red"
    Mendocino 2016
    89263.41Very Good
    Lampyridae GrenacheLAMPYRIDAE VINEYARDS
    Grenache
    Mt Veeder, Napa Valley 2017
    90502.71.5Good
    MagnaVita Brothers BlendMagnaVita Cellars
    "Brothers Blend" Red Wine
    Sierra Foothills 2016
    90324.21.5Great
    MagnaVita Grapewagon RedMagnaVita Cellars
    "Grapewagon Red"
    California 2016
    88253.51Great
    McGrail Cabernet James VincentMcGRAIL VINEYARDS
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    "James Vincent" Livermore Valley
    90.5752.42Good
    Merieau Gamay Bois JacouJean-Francois MERIEAU Gamay
    "Le Bois Jacou"
    Touraine 2016
    89194.71Awesome
    Murrieta's Well The WhipMurrieta's Well "The Whip"
    White Wine Blend
    Livermore Valley 2016
    88.5263.41Very Good
    Murrieta's Well MerlotMURRIETA'S WELL Merlot
    "Small Lot"
    Livermore Valley 2015
    89462.91.5Good
    Navarro Dry GewurztraminerNAVARRO Dry Gewurztraminer
    "Estate" Anderson Valley 2017
    90224.11Great
    Occasio ChardonnayOCCASIO Chardonnay
    "Del Arroyo Vineyard"
    Livermore Valley 2017
    89352.51Good
    Poe Chardonnay Manchester RidgePOE Chardonnay
    "Manchester Ridge"
    Mendocino County 2016
    91383.61.5Great
    Poe Pinot Noir Manchester RidgePOE Pinot Noir
    "Manchester Ridge"
    Mendocino County 2016
    91483.82Great
    poe pinot noir van der kampPOE Pinot Noir
    "Van der Kamp Vineyard"
    Sonoma Mountain 2016
    904542Great
    Ragbag AlbarinoRAGBAG WINE WORKS Albarino
    Terra Alta, Lodi 2017
    88.5204.41Great
    Steven Kent Cabernet GhielmettiSTEVEN KENT Cabernet Sauvignon
    "Ghielmetti Vineyard"
    Livermore Valley 2015
    90652.82Good
    Subject to Change SparklingSUBJECT TO CHANGE Sparkling Wine
    Sauvignon Blanc, Method Ancestrale
    "Feliz Creek" Mendocino
    89273.31Very Good