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Dos Roques - Encruzado Branco
Pale yellow in color, with a honeyed, floral nose redolent of lily of the valley and creme brûlée. On the palate, rich butterscotch and creme brûlée notes mingle with bright lemon and jasmine flavors. Rich minerality and brisk acidity blend with bold flavors in this delicious, age-worthy white varietal from Portugal.
Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel
After many years, this wine is finally coming into its own and ready to drink with decanting. Deep reddish-purple in color with a nose of fresh raspberries, strawberry cordial, licorice, and ginger root. The beautifully complex palate expresses luscious blackberry and blueberry fruit, violet, clove, and frankincense notes as well as chewy tannins and a luscious minerality. An exceptional effort from Tablas Creek.
Manzanita Creek Elegance
Brilliant yellow in color with a nose of quince and key limes. This wine is past its prime as fruit flavors are seem wrung out. There are hints of lemon meringue and butterscotch, but there is also a pervasive (though not entirely offensive) bitterness on the finish.
Witch Creek - Dave's Pretty Good Red (USA/Mexico)
Rich, deep red-purple in color with a nose of black berries, black currants, spice, and a hint of petroleum. This Super-Tuscan style blend was soft on the palate and tasted of black fruit, cocoa, and spice. A very nice wine from Witch Creek.
Kynsi - Pinot Noir Estate Stone Corral Vineyard
Clear, brilliant ruby in color with a nose expressing aromas of cherry cola, rhubarb, clove, and wet sandstone, this estate-grown Pinot Noir from the Edna Valley is velvety-soft on the palate, with flavors of red cherries, French strawberries, cloves, and sweet oak. It should be a fine match with poached salmon or braised chicken dishes and would likely complement mushrooms cooked with cream.