THIS MONTH'S LIST

May 2021

Happy summer. Let’s enjoy summer early since we’ll be in fire stress and smoky air August-October. Sigh. Here’s my current This Month’s List of wine recommendations. It’s a dynamic list, meaning instead of a brand new list of wines published each month, I continually add to it and remove wines the beginning of reach month. They’re really good! Keep in mind that you can use the search box (upper right hand corner on computers, top center on smart phones) to find particular grapes, or regions, or wineries.

DDWA members, for special assistance, please email me if you have any questions. Happy to help.

View Wines as Tiles
    Wine Label & NameScoreRetail PriceValue RatingWine FactorValue Category
    Argus Pinot NoirARGUS Pinot Noir
    Napa Valley-Carneros 2018
    92325.82Hall of Fame
    Azur RoseAZUR Dry Rose
    "Rosé d'Or" California 2019
    90.5362.51Good
    Azur Sauvignon BlancAZUR Sauvignon Blanc
    Rutherford, Napa Valley 2019
    91362.51Good
    Becheur MourvedreBECHEUR Mourvedre
    California 2018
    90165.61Hall of Fame
    Becheur SyrahBECHEUR Syrah
    Mt Veeder
    Napa Valley 2016
    92204.61Awesome
    Boheme Chardonnay English HillBOHÈME Chardonnay
    "English Hill Vineyard"
    Sonoma Coast 2017
    94492.91.5Good
    Boheme Pinot Noir Occidental HillsBohème Pinot Noir
    "Occidental Hills"
    Sonoma Coast 2018
    93593.22Very Good
    Boheme Pinot Noir Taylor RidgeBohème Pinot Noir
    "Taylor Ridge Vineyard"
    Sonoma Coast 2018
    93593.22Very Good
    Brockmeyer Rose of GrenacheBROCKMEYER Rosé of Grenache
    "Cederquist Vineyard"
    Fresno 2019
    89214.21Great
    Cave Dog AlbarinoCAVE DOG Albarino
    Napa Valley 2019
    903031Very Good
    Cave Dog GodelloCAVE DOG Godello
    "Birdland Vineyard"
    Sonoma Valley 2019
    91304.51.5Awesome
    Coho Cabernet SauvignonCOHO Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley 2016
    91652.82Good
    Coho Cabernet SauvignonCOHO Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley 2017
    91752.42Good
    Coho HeadwatersCOHO "Headwaters"
    Bordeaux-Style Blend
    Napa Valley 2016
    91.5553.32Very Good
    Coho MerlotCOHO Merlot
    "Michael Black Vineyard"
    Coombsville, Napa Valley 2016
    94552.61.5Good
    Coho Petit VerdotCOHO Petit Verdot
    "Chinn Vineyard" Coombsville
    Napa Valley
    92652.82Good
    Cufflinks White WineCUFFLINKS White Wine
    Napa Valley
    92253.71Great
    Dancing Crow CabernetDANCING CROW VINEYARDS
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Lake County 2018
    90243.751Great
    Dancing Crow Old StakeDANCING CROW VINEYARDS
    "Old Stake 1901 Vineyard"
    Kelsey Bench, Lake County 2018
    92334.21.5Great
    Dancing Crow RoseDANCING CROW VINEYARDS
    Rose
    Lake County 2020
    90204.51Awesome
    Fortunati Pinot Noir 2018FORTUNATI Pinot Noir
    Santa Rita Hills 2018
    92503.72Great
    Hudson White StudyHUDSON "White Study"
    "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley, Carneros 2019
    90362.51Good
    Hudson AleaticoHUDSON Aleatico
    "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley, Carneros 2019
    89362.51Good
    Hudson ChardonnayHUDSON Chardonnay
    "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley, Carneros 2018
    92652.11.5Good
    Hudson GrenacheHUDSON Grenache
    "Pick Up Sticks" - "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley, Carneros 2018
    92423.31.5Very Good
    Jolie Laide GamayJOLIE LAIDE Gamay
    "Barsotti Vineyard"
    El Dorado County 2019
    903031Very Good
    Jolie Laide GSMJOLIE-LAIDE Grenache Syrah Mourvedre
    "Shake Ridge Vineyard"
    Amador County 2018
    91.5383.61.5Great
    Localism Cabernet SauvignonLOCALISM
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley 2018
    91702.62Good
    Localism Sauvignon BlancLOCALISM
    Sauvignon Blanc
    Napa Valley 2019
    90263.51Great
    Lunar Ridge SyrahLUNAR RIDGE Syrah
    Coombsville
    Napa Valley 2017
    89.5322.81Good
    Olivia Brion Pinot NoirMISS OLIVIA BRION Pinot Noir
    "Estate - Heron Lake Vineyard"
    Wild Horse Valley 2016
    93.5424.52Awesome
    Navarro NavarrougeNavarro "Navarrouge"
    Mendocino Red Wine 2018
    89194.71Awesome
    Navarro ChardonnayNAVARRO Chardonnay
    Mendocino 2018
    90224.11Awesome
    Navarro Cluster Select Late HarvestNAVARRO Gewurztraminer
    Cluster Select Late Harvest
    Anderson Valley 2018 375 ML
    96394.92Awesome
    Navarro Cluster Select Late HarvestNAVARRO Riesling
    Cluster Select Late Harvest
    Anderson Valley 2018 375 ML
    93355.32Hall of Fame
    Navarro Pinot NoirNAVARRO Pinot Noir
    Anderson Valley 2018
    892241Great
    Obsidian Ridge Cabernet SauvignonOBSIDIAN RIDGE
    Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate Grown"
    Red Hills Lake County 2017
    89353.81.5Great
    Obsidian Ridge The ChiefOBSIDIAN RIDGE "The Chief"
    Proprietary Red Wine "Estate Grown"
    Red Hills Lake County 2017
    92.5503.72Great
    Olivia Brion Pinot Noir WillametteOLIVIA BRION Pinot Noir
    "Sunny Mountain Vineyard"
    Willamette Valley 2016
    89.5424.32Great
    Olivia Brion TaquineOLIVIA BRION "Taquine"
    California White Wine 2019
    89263.41Very Good
    Olivia Brion TempranilloOLIVIA BRION Tempranillo
    "Les Vagabondes" "Shake Ridge Ranch"
    Amador County 2016
    91363.81.5Great
    Peter Paul Cabernet SauvignonPETER PAUL
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley 2016
    914542Great
    Peter Paul ChardonnayPETER PAUL Chardonnay
    Sonoma Coast 2018
    902751.5Hall of Fame
    Peter Paul Pinot Noir Gravenstein HighwayPETER PAUL Pinot Noir
    "Gravenstein Highway"
    Sonoma Coast 2019
    90325.62Hall of Fame
    Poseidon Chardonnay Sea ChangePOSEIDON VINEYARD Chardonnay
    "Sea Change" Estate Grown
    Carneros, Napa Valley 2019
    90383.61.5Great
    Poseidon Chardonnay The BenchPOSEIDON VINEYARD Chardonnay
    "The Bench" Estate Grown
    Carneros, Napa Valley 2018
    91.5383.61.5Great
    Poseidon RosePOSEIDON VINEYARD Rosé
    "Rosé for the Bay" Pinot Noir
    "Sea Level" Napa Carneros 2019
    90263.51Great
    Post & Vine Red 2017Post & Vine
    "Old Vine Field Blend"
    "Testa Vineyard" Mendocino 2017
    90324.21.5Great
    Post & Vine RosePost & Vine
    Rosé of Carignane
    Contra Costa County 2020
    901851Hall of Fame
    Priest Ranch Coach GunPRIEST RANCH "Coach Gun"
    "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley Red Wine 2015
    93802.32Good
    Prima Materia Arcanum IIIPRIMA MATERIA
    "Arcanum No III"
    Lake County
    892241Great
    Prima Materia AglianicoPRIMA MATERIA Aglianico
    Kelsey Bench, Lake County
    91324.31.5Great
    Quigley Chenin BlancQUIGLEY FAMILY Chenin Blanc
    "Lost Slough Vineyard"
    Clarksburg 2018
    92.5245.81.5Hall of Fame
    Quigley Family Pinot NoirQUIGLEY FAMILY Pinot Noir
    "Hicks Family Vineyard"
    Santa Cruz Mountains 2018
    91384.82Awesome
    Quigley Family SyrahQUIGLEY FAMILY Syrah
    "Las Madres Vineyard"
    Carneros, Sonoma 2018
    92383.61.5Great
    Read Holland ChardonnayREAD HOLLAND Chardonnay
    "Peter Martin Ray Vineyard"
    Santa Cruz Mountains 2017
    927021.5Good
    Read Holland Pinot NoirREAD HOLLAND Pinot Noir
    "Deep End"
    Anderson Valley 2017
    92503.72Great
    Read Holland RieslingREAD HOLLAND Riesling
    "Wiley Vineyard"
    Anderson Valley 2019
    91283.31Very Good
    Sleeping Giant ChardonnaySLEEPING GIANT Chardonnay
    "Buena Tierra Vineyard"
    Russian River Valley 2017
    93482.91.5Good
    Three Furies Pinot Noir Constant VengeanceTHREE FURIES Pinot Noir
    "Constant Vengeance"
    Santa Rita Hills 2017
    91.5852.22Good
    Three Furies Pinot Noir The Angry OneTHREE FURIES Pinot Noir
    "The Angry One"
    Santa Lucia Highlands 2018
    91852.12Good
    White Rock ChardonnayWHITE ROCK Chardonnay
    "Estate Grown"
    Napa Valley 2016
    914531.5Very Good