Clos du Val Chardonnay ($22.99): Attractive notes of tangerines, lemon blossom and fresh apple skin emerge from this medium-bodied Chardonnay from Carneros. This delicious, fruit-laden effort exhibits brightness, no obvious oak influence and a long finish.
Ridge ‘Three Valleys’ ($27.99): What a treat to find a truly dry, balanced wine among a sea of sweet and over-oaked Zins. Plenty of blackberry, clove, sage and cherry flavors are supported by just firm-enough tannins and medium body. The unique blend is 79% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet.
Big Basin ‘Homestead’ Red ($29.99) From high in the mountains in coastal Monterey, this jammy, complex, yet smooth Rhone-inspired red brings a panoply of macerated red and purple fruit fruit, complex aromas and minerality, and a spicy, lengthy finish that makes this ideal food wine a safe bet to drink tonight or hold for another 5-7 years.
Hanging Vine Pinot Noir ($14.99) This rich, modern-style California Pinot is sourced from 22 parcels from cooler-climate vineyards of California. Deep garnet red in color and featuring cherry fruit with a hint of cedar, clove and spice in a supple, complex style. Medium-full in body, this gem is nicely balanced with a long finish.