Pioneering winery J. Lohr in Paso Robles made perhaps the best-ever Seven Oaks Cab in one of the worst vintages in California history.
Resident wine expert Sandra Silfven on all things vino
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St. Julian’s Braganini Reserve Pinot Gris 2011,$15, is a knockout. It’s a juicy, delicate, elegant dry white, redolent of mango, apricot, pineapple and tangerine with a tart lime twist threaded through the flavors. It has soft, viscous texture in the mouth from oak fermentation. All of the fruit was fermented in neutral oak, which tells me … Continue Reading →
You like dry, stylish, rich, minerally white wines? Not the usual grape varieties? The 2011 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna (Sardinia), running about $16, will blow you away. What an elegant, well-balanced beauty. Minerality like slate rocks, tropical fruits, lime juice, lime zest, pineapple — it’s stacked with flavors. Argiolas is a premium winery on Sardinia … Continue Reading →