Pedroncelli Merlot 2015
Aromas are enticing in the Pedroncelli Merlot 2014, with hints of strawberry and baking spices. Flavors of black cherry, plum, and black pepper are showcased along with cinnamon notes and, in the background, a touch of vanilla and toasty oak. Medium bodied with round tannins follow through to a velvety finish. A beautifully balanced wine.
Hook & Ladder Station Ten 2013$24
Station Ten is the fire house in San Francisco from which Cecil De Loach retired. The dark brick-red colored Hook & Ladder Station Ten Zinfandel 2013 blend displays spicy aromas of dried raspberries, currants, strawberries and cinnamon with hints of cloves and nutmeg. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and powdered cocoa complement the long cinnamon finish, framed with light pepper notes. Try this versatile Zinfandel blend with any red meat from the grill or dishes featuring tomato-based sauces. Think pizza! 59% Zinfandel.18% Petite Sirah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carignane,1% Alicante Bouschet.
CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014$108
With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery. The CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 dazzles with its opulent, brambly blue and blackberry layers, balanced by dark chocolate and an incredibly welcoming personality. This gorgeous wine is unusually open, resonant and richly layered. Hints of smoke, tar, licorice and minerality add complexity to the intense dark fruit. “This is a wine I want to drink, not merely taste”, says winemaker Danielle Cyrot. All the elements come together in an effortless, inviting wine loaded with layers of intrigue.
93 points Wine Advocate
92 points Wine Spectator
92 points VINOUS