Another Mirassou is making wine — for collectors and the rest of us who yearn for incredible Cabs, Chards and Pinots.
Resident wine expert Sandra Silfven on all things vino
Looking for a wine to gift a friend — or better yet yourself? Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards is an iconic brand that makes reds that melt in the mouth.
Bonterra has been a name in organic wines since the early 1990s. And this brand that is part of the Fetzer family is a survivor. Under a new owner it still flouirshes — and dazzles the palate.
The 2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Caberent Sauvignon is an affordable 11 bucks — and it way overdelivers for the price.
Pioneering winery J. Lohr in Paso Robles made perhaps the best-ever Seven Oaks Cab in one of the worst vintages in California history.
Napa Cellars, part of Trinchero Family Estates, flies too far under the radar if you ask me. Here’s where to find Napa Valley values.
Napa winemaker Mario Monticelli makes reds so awesome, dense and jet-powered for the Trinchero Napa Valley line they can make you weep. All are made off single vineyards on prime sites all over Napa Valley, and all are owned by the Trinchero family. “Yeah, they give you zombie teeth,” admits Monticelli bursting into a wide … Continue Reading →
Read the words streaming across the tall red label for good descriptors: Yummy, currants, structured, elegant. The Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2009, $11, is an exceptional Cab for the price — the flavors are soft and approachable – black currants, cherries, plums, brown spices and dark chocolate. It has wonderful dusty tannins that cling to … Continue Reading →
Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009, $13-$16: Too bad this dandy has to say “California” on the front instead of where it’s really sourced — Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, both hotbeds for great Cabs. This baby is cherries dipped in dark chocolate, and a blast of ripe, … Continue Reading →