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Magazine Archives: Oct. 15, 2018

Treasure Hunt

A little detective work will unearth distinctive values up and down the West Coast
Keith Newton
Issue: October 15, 2018


When it comes to affordable wine, we live in an age of abundance. High quality, value-priced wines of all types are made in increasingly large quantities, running to tens of thousands—even hundreds of thousands—of cases. It's natural to focus on these high-production bottlings when we select the best values of the moment, and in each issue we point you to wines you can easily locate on retail shelves or wine lists. But sometimes it's worth digging a little deeper to find what you're looking for. That's the idea behind this roundup of 110 reds, whites and rosés from California, Oregon and Washington. They all represent excellent value, yet are produced in smaller quantities of 500 to 4,000 cases, demanding a bit of legwork to track them down. Think of yourself as a treasure hunter, map in hand, looking for gems in the hillsides and valleys of West Coast wine country.

Focusing on smaller-production wines allows us to highlight bottlings that are often overlooked when the subject of values comes up. Better still, many of them are made by small, family-owned wineries using estate-grown fruit or by bigger producers spotlighting specific vineyards or less-familiar grapes. This scale lets winemakers experiment more in the cellar, expanding their range of grape combinations and flavor profiles. Each of the wines selected here—all of them scoring 88 points or higher and priced at $25 or less—shows an attention to detail and the distinctive stamp of their makers. Bonny Doon's Picpoul from Arroyo Seco's Beeswax Vineyard, for example, is a delicious version of this southern French variety for only $18, offering melon and pear flavors that show a good minerally edge and firm acidity. At fewer than 900 cases produced, it might slip under your radar, but you shouldn't let it. The hunt is on.

REDS

Score: 93 | $25 | GORMAN Old Scratch GSM Columbia Valley 2015 | Washington
Lively and full of personality, with raspberry, smoked pepper and orange peel aromas opening to zesty, layered red plum and licorice flavors that move at a snappy pace toward the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.—T.F.

Score: 93 | $25 | PURPLE HANDS Pinot Noir Oregon Lone Oak Ranch 2016 | Oregon
This is an elegantly spirited Pinot, with bright cherry and spice aromas and plushly complex raspberry and brown baking spice flavors that linger on the polished finish.—T.F.

Score: 92 | $25 | GUARDIAN Chalk Line Columbia Valley 2016 | Washington
Densely structured, yet retains a sleek sense of grace, with smoky blackberry, stony mineral and spice flavors that persist toward broad-shouldered yet refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $17 | MILBRANDT Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015 | Washington
This is precise and well-built, with refined black cherry and black tea flavors that build dimension toward polished tannins.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $20 | VISTA HILLS Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016 | Oregon
A silky and graceful version, showing generous complexity and expressive cherry and savory tea flavors that linger on the finish.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $21 | TWO VINTNERS Syrah Columbia Valley 2015 | Washington
Polished and sleekly structured, with expressive huckleberry, sassafras and licorice flavors that take on depth toward refined tannins.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $22 | LE P'TIT PAYSAN Le P'tit Pape Central Coast 2015 | California
Pairs elegant fruit with a zesty sense of gaminess, accented by dried cherry, smoky dried herb and subtle leather hints that take on richness toward the refined tannins. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $22 | CAROL SHELTON Zinfandel Cucamonga Valley Monga Zin Old Vine Lopez Vineyard 2016 | California
Distinctive, with floral pomegranate and sweet anise aromas leading to briary, well-built cherry and spice flavors that linger on a lively finish.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $25 | PEDRONCELLI Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bushnell Vineyard 2015 | California
Briary and full of verve, with wild berry, mocha and orange zest aromas and lively black cherry and licorice flavors.—T.F.

Score: 91 | $25 | SPARKMAN Kindred Columbia Valley 2016 | Washington
Elegantly complex and polished, with expressive black cherry, mocha espresso and spice flavors that linger on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Syrah.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2015 | California
A spirited Zin, with good structure and zesty flavors of black raspberry, cracked pepper and savory licorice.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | MAISON L'ENVOYÉ Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Straight Shooter 2016 | Oregon
A generous and lively Pinot, delivering supple flavors of raspberry and baking spices that dance along the vibrant finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | GOLDSCHMIDT Merlot Dry Creek Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Salmon's Leap 2015 | California
This well-structured red offers concentrated flavors of dried raspberry, mocha, red currant and dark plum, with creamy accents midpalate and firm tannins on the finish.—K.M.

Score: 90 | $20 | MERCER Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2015 | Washington
Sleek and refined, with expressive black cherry, licorice and sassafras flavors that glide easily along the finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | PURPLE STAR Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015 | Washington
Lively and harmonious, with red currant, smoky tea and spice flavors that take on polish toward refined tannins.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | THREE DEGREES Pinot Noir McMinnville 2016 | Oregon
This is sleek and pretty, offering lively violet, raspberry and spice notes that glide on the lingering finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $22 | REININGER Helix Pomatia Columbia Valley 2014 | Washington
Dense but well-structured, with boysenberry, orange zest and smoked pepper flavors that persist toward refined tannins. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $22 | SYNCLINE Subduction Red Columbia Valley 2015 | Washington
A sleek and vibrant red, offering expressive raspberry, smoky red pepper and espresso flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignane and Counoise.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $24 | SAINI Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2016 | California
Jammy and supple, this Zin features expressive cherry, bitter chocolate and pepper flavors that glide along the finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $25 | BEDROCK Syrah North Coast 2015 | California
Bold and powerfully structured, with dark berry, crushed stone, black olive and smoky pepper flavors that are framed by ripe but muscular tannins.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $25 | JOYCE Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands Tondre Grapefield 2016 | California
This broad and generous version delivers lively boysenberry, smoky anise and cracked pepper flavors that build tension toward big but polished tannins.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $15 | CLINE Carignane Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2015 | California
Vibrant and juicy, with perky flavors of cherry, grilled anise and cracked pepper. A zesty quaff.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $20 | FABIO VIVIANI Fatty Pope Paso Robles 2015 | California
Richly spiced, with flavors of cherry and elderberry that show creamy accents. Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Zinfandel.—K.M.

Score: 89 | $21 | OWEN ROE Syrah Yakima Valley Ex Umbris 2016 | Washington
Trim and savory, with raspberry and smoked pepper flavors that finish with an appealing touch of gaminess and slightly grippy tannins.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $23 | BRIGADOON Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Lylee 2015 | Oregon
Vibrant and fresh, with lively cherry and spice flavors that glide sleekly along the lingering finish.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $24 | DAVID HILL Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 | Oregon
Delicate and demure, with rose petal, cherry and black tea accents that take on richness and depth toward the finish.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $24 | ANDREW RICH Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Prelude 2015 | Oregon
This version is focused and well-built, with delicate raspberry and orange zest flavors that glide toward a floral ending.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | AMITY Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 | Oregon
A precise and snappy Pinot, with raspberry, green tea and orange zest notes that glide sleekly toward refined tannins.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | CHERRY HILL Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Dijon Cuvée 2015 | Oregon
Well-built and persistent, offering floral cherry and green tea flavors that finish with refined tannins.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | THE FORAGER Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 | Oregon
Fresh and lively, with appealing cherry and wildflower notes that finish with vibrant crispness.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | LUMOS Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Five Blocks 2014 | OregonThis crisp version is light-footed, showing notes of cherry and green tea that finish with snap.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | MALDONADO Farm Worker Napa Valley 2013 | California
A zesty style, with inky notes to the dried cherry and ripe dark plum flavors. Beefy accents linger. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.—K.M.

Score: 89 | $25 | QUADY NORTH Syrah Rogue Valley 4-2,A 2015 | Oregon
This Syrah offers zesty black raspberry and peppered meat flavors that linger toward refined tannins.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $13 | LONE BIRCH Syrah Yakima Valley 2014 | Washington
Lively, with currant, licorice and toasted spice flavors that end on a snappy note.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $14 | SHOOTING STAR Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015 | California
This sleek and easygoing Zin delivers flavors of cherry, dill and spice.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $16 | W.B. BRIDGMAN Syrah Columbia Valley 2016 | Washington
This red offers appealing boysenberry, rosemary and spice flavors that finish on a lively note.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $18 | SAVIAH Syrah Columbia Valley The Jack 2016 | Washington
A lively, zesty red, offering snappy black cherry and smoky jalapeño flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $19 | BIANCHI Zinfandel Paso Robles Signature Selection 2013 | California
This Zin is jammy and plush, showing smoky dark raspberry aromas that lead to soft cherry pie and grilled anise flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | FOLIE À DEUX Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2014 | California
This Zin features expressive black cherry and toasty oak aromas that open to zesty, medium-bodied plum, espresso and spice flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | OPOLO Merlot Paso Robles Summit Creek 2015 | California
Firm and fleshy, offering roasted plum and dried cherry flavors accented by notes of dried savory herb, with a hint of mocha on the finish.—K.M.

Score: 88 | $22 | APOLLONI Pinot Noir Willamette Valley L Cuvée 2015 | Oregon
A delicate and pretty version, offering easygoing cherry and cinnamon-spiced tea flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $22 | MORGAN Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands G 17 2015 | California
This red is solidly built, with smoky raspberry aromas that lead to focused pepper and grilled anise flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $22 | SALEM WINE CO. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2015 | OregonThis version is plump and user-friendly, showing appealing flavors of black cherry, spice and cola.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $23 | BROOKS Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Runaway Red 2016 | Oregon
A snappy, lively red, offering spirited but easygoing cherry, violet and tea flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $23 | NOVELTY HILL Merlot Columbia Valley 2014 | Washington
Focused but slightly taut, with expressive red currant, red pepper and sage flavors that finish with dusty tannins.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $23 | PECH MERLE Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2014 | California
Briary wild berry aromas lead to tart and zesty dried cherry, clove and licorice flavors in this Zin.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $24 | BERGEVIN LANE Syrah Columbia Valley She-Devil 2013 | Washington
Potent and ripe, with blueberry and currant flavors accented by savory cinnamon and grilled anise notes.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $25 | ENKIDU Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County E 2016 | California
Red and dark berry flavors are bright, vivid and snappy in this Cabernet, framed by firm tannins that grip without biting.—J.L.

WHITES

Score: 91 | $20 | BALLETTO Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2017 | California
Vibrant, with mango-infused lushness to the core of citrus flavors on a fleshy body, showing a nice pop of acidity on the finish. Grace notes of peach, apricot and fresh herb linger.—M.W.

Score: 91 | $25 | SANTA BARBARA WINERY Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills Reserve 2015 | California
This lithe white features baked apple and dried pear flavors that show accents of smoky richness. Plush and creamy midpalate, with a finish that has hints of honey and savory spice.—K.M.

Score: 90 | $16 | MAYSARA Pinot Gris McMinnville Arsheen Momtazi Vineyard 2016 | Oregon
Vibrant and precise, with aromas of pear and nectarine leading to expressive notes of kiwifruit and more nectarine on the palate, as the flavors dance toward a creamy yet crisp finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $20 | TEXTBOOK Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2017 | California
Fragrant and floral, featuring honeysuckle and apple blossom aromas and good intensity to the pear drop, yellow apple and peach notes. Juicy and supple, with a long finish.—M.W.

Score: 90 | $22 | KENWOOD Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast Six Ridges 2016 | California
Crisp and light, but packed with flavor, this is bursting with ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon and lime zest notes, with an appealing accent of lemon drop. The intensity carries over to the bright, refreshing finish.—M.W.

Score: 90 | $23 | HEITZ Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2017 | California
Sleek, with mouthwatering pomelo, grapefruit and tangerine flavors that are precise and juicy. Shows excellent focus on the refreshing finish, where hints of lemon verbena come in, lingering effortlessly.—M.W.

Score: 90 | $24 | KING ESTATE Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Pfeiffer 2016 | Oregon
A sleek and delicate white, with floral lemongrass and lime accents that linger on the finish.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $25 | ASHAN Chardonnay Columbia Valley Barrel Fermented 2016 | Washington
Sleek and focused, with discreet pear and lemon flavors accented by spice and hay notes.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $25 | GAMBLE FAMILY Sauvignon Blanc Yountville Gamble Vineyard 2017 | California
This is complex, with a thread of minerality running through the lime and grapefruit flavors at the core, adding in a saline note. Lemon zest and roasted herb details gain momentum on the crisp finish.—M.W.

Score: 90 | $25 | KUNDE ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Block 4SB20 2016 | California
Robust, with accents of dried mango and pineapple to the vibrant, juicy citrus core. Mouthwatering acidity keeps the flavors in focus, with hints of honeysuckle and wasabi lingering in the background.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $18 | SLEIGHT OF HAND Riesling Ancient Lakes Of Columbia Valley The Magician Evergreen Vineyard 2016 | Washington
This supple and lively white offers vibrant flavors of lime, grapefruit and petrol that finish on a crisp, clean note.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $19 | OAK FARM Sauvignon Blanc Lodi 2017 | California
This juicy white has a plumpness to the ripe peach and nectarine flavors, with a squeeze of lime and a refreshing finish.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $19 | SEBASTIANI Chardonnay Carneros Steel 2014 | California
This features notes of dried tarragon to the fresh-cut green apple and lemon-lime flavors. The well-sculpted finish shows hints of flint and stone.—K.M.

Score: 89 | $19 | VALLEY OF THE MOON Pinot Blanc-Viognier Sonoma County 2015 | California
Peach, apricot and citrus flavors are polished and smooth in this white, with good intensity and a juicy finish, where a fleshy mango note takes hold.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $21 | MARGERUM Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Sybarite 2016 | California
Key lime and kiwifruit flavors are tangy at the core, with accents of orange zest and dried mango. Vibrant acidity really sings on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $22 | PRIEST RANCH Grenache Blanc Napa Valley 2016 | California
An elegant white, mixing pear, apple, lime blossom and mineral details on a sleek and refreshing body.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $24 | CUVAISON Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Los Carneros 2017 | California
Tangy citrus, melon and apricot flavors are plump and juicy, with accents of lemon sherbet and green apple on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $24 | EBERLE Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc Paso Robles 2016 | California
Creamy and spicy, with succulent melon, peach and nectarine flavors that are generous and lush. Spice and honey details linger on the finish. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $24 | KENEFICK RANCH Sauvignon Blanc Calistoga 2016 | California
There's tight, crisp focus to the pear and citrus flavors in this white, on a light, refreshing body. A floral note and white pepper accents linger on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 89 | $25 | BRIAN CARTER Oriana Yakima Valley 2016 | Washington
This is delicate and pretty, with expressive tangerine, lime and melon flavors that linger. Viognier, Roussanne and Riesling.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $25 | ROOTS RUN DEEP Chardonnay Carneros Educated Guess 2015 | California
Lithe, with crunchy apple, pear and ripe citrus flavors that offer tropical accents. The spicy finish has some smoky notes.—K.M.

Score: 89 | $25 | TRIONE Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley River Road Ranch 2016 | California
Mouthwateringly juicy, with a zingy core of lime, green apple and lemon zest flavors. Crisp and vibrant, showing plenty of energy on the finish, where a note of grated ginger kicks in.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $12 | LEESE-FITCH Sauvignon Blanc California 2017 | California
Fruity and appealing, with passion fruit, mango and peach flavors that are fresh and juicy, showing nice intensity on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $14 | LAS PALMERAS Chardonnay Monterey County 2015 | California
This juicy white offers nectarine, apple and pear flavors that are lively and well-spiced, followed by pastry notes on the finish.—K.M.

Score: 88 | $14 | NINE HATS Riesling Columbia Valley 2017 | Washington
Supple melon, spice and peach flavors linger in this delicate, pretty white.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $14 | RAINSTORM Pinot Gris Oregon 2015 | Oregon
Offers floral aromas of lime and nectarine that lead to crisp and perky peach flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $15 | BOARD TRACK RACER Chardonnay Columbia Valley The Vincent 2016 | Washington
A spirited white, showing floral tutti-frutti aromas and easygoing tropical fruit and spice flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $15 | KLINKER BRICK Grenache Blanc Lodi 2017 | California
Pear, lemon and pomelo flavors are sleek and pure in this white, on a light and juicy frame, with herbal accents.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $16 | PIKE ROAD Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2017 | Oregon
Lively and fruit-forward, with zesty apricot and nectarine flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $18 | BONNY DOON Picpoul Arroyo Seco Beeswax Vineyard 2016 | California
Plump melon and pear flavors feature a thread of salinity that adds a minerally edge, with firm acidity and details of beeswax and pomelo on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $19 | BELLA GRACE Sauvignon Blanc Amador County 2017 | California
A smooth and juicy version, with melon and citrus flavors that show appealing notes of apple skin. Turns spicy on the finish, where a touch of fresh ginger appears.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $19 | THE CONQUEROR Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills 2016 | Washington
This is a fruit-forward quaff, featuring flavors of tropical fruit and lemon curd.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | ARGYLE Chardonnay Willamette Valley Grower Series 2015 | Oregon
A soft and fruit-forward Chardonnay, with lively pear, spice and creamy lemon flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | CHEHALEM Chardonnay Willamette Valley INOX Unoaked 2016 | Oregon
Lively and fruit-forward, this version delivers zesty flavors of tropical fruit and spice.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | CRISTOM Pinot Gris Eola-Amity Hills 2016 | Oregon
Vibrant and crisp, with easygoing lime and lemon verbena flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | PANTHER CREEK Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2016 | Oregon
Crisp and vibrant, with honeysuckle and melon flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | FESS PARKER Marcella's Santa Barbara County 2016 | California
Succulent peach, melon and mango flavors have a vein of vanilla bean and a hint of toast running through, smoothing out on the edges and lingering on the spicy finish. Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $20 | RAPTOR RIDGE Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2016 | Oregon
This is crisp and precise, with easygoing pear and floral apricot flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $20 | REATA Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 | California
Fresh flavors of green apple, lime and grapefruit compose the core of this white, supported by zesty acidity, making for a long, clean drink.—J.L.

Score: 88 | $20 | SAN SIMEON Viognier Paso Robles Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve 2016 | California
Leafy, herbal and floral highlights surround a core of sleek lemon curd and lime zest flavors. This is juicy on the finish, with a lingering note of lemon verbena.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $22 | BRAVIUM Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2016 | California
Clean and spicy from start to finish, with a trim band of citrus, green apple, lime and tangerine flavors.—J.L.

Score: 88 | $22 | JOSH CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Reserve 2015 | California
Strikes a nice balance between ripe, spicy dark berry and currant flavors, with fine-grained tannins, making for an easy drink.—J.L.

Score: 88 | $22 | ROTH Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2015 | California
A full-bodied version, with flavors centered on apple, pear and melon. The oak plays a minor role in this drink-me-now style.—J.L.

Score: 88 | $22 | ST. FRANCIS Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Wild Oak Vineyard 2017 | California
Crisp apple and pear flavors are sleek and juicy in this white, with a touch of lemongrass.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $22 | STAR LANE Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2017 | California
Crisp, with a lemon-lime core and plenty of fresh green apple flavors on a light body.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $23 | CARPE DIEM Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015 | California
Fresh-cut apple and lemon tart flavors make for a lively mix in this white, with notes of melon and cream on the finish.—K.M.

Score: 88 | $24 | CATTLEYA Chardonnay Sonoma County Alma de Cattleya 2016 | California
Offers citrus blossom scents amid a zesty core of green apple and snappy pear flavors, ending long and clean, with room to grow.—J.L.

Score: 88 | $24 | COVENANT Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County Red C 2017 | California
Peach, citrus and green apple flavors are light and refreshing, with an appealing touch of grapefruit pith on the finish.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $24 | LAFOND Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2016 | California
Juicy, with plenty of buttery accents to the ripe white fruit flavors. Pastry notes show on the fresh finish.—K.M.

Score: 88 | $24 | LAIRD FAMILY Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2016 | California
Ripe melon and peach flavors are intense and smooth, with floral details and a juicy, succulent finish.—M.W.

Score: 88 | $24 | LEFT COAST Chardonnay Willamette Valley Truffle Hill 2016 | Oregon
Easygoing and fruit-forward, with lively tropical fruit, pear and spicy cinnamon flavors.—T.F.

ROSÉS

Score: 90 | $20 | VAUGHN DUFFY Carignane Mendocino County Rosé 2017 | California
Floral strawberry, watermelon and orange zest aromas lead to vibrant and pretty flavors.—T.F.

Score: 90 | $25 | TABLAS CREEK Rosé Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles 2017 | California
This floral rosé is distinctive for its savory spice, raspberry and watermelon flavors. Grenache blend.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $13 | GROUNDWORK Grenache Central Coast Rosé 2017 | California
Crisp and vibrant, with lively strawberry and smoky spice flavors.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $19 | PISONI Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosé Lucy 2017 | California
Snappy and refined, with strawberry and orange zest flavors.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $20 | AMPELOS Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Rosé Upsilon: The Charged 2017 | California
A blush with gumption, offering lively strawberry and smoky pepper flavors.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $21 | SIDEBAR Syrah Russian River Valley Rosé 2017 | California
Combines lively floral raspberry flavors with intriguing savory accents.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $22 | HEARST RANCH Rosé Julia Paso Robles 2017 | California
Zesty and distinctive, with lively cranberry, watermelon and smoky spice flavors. Syrah blend.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $22 | PONZI Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Rosé 2017 | Oregon
Vibrant and fresh, with raspberry and strawberry flavors accented by spicy cinnamon notes.—T.F.

Score: 89 | $22 | QUIVIRA Rosé Wine Creek Ranch Dry Creek Valley 2017 | California
Fresh and lively, with vibrant strawberry and guava flavors that linger. Grenache blend.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $15 | SAMUEL ROBERT Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Rosé Vintner's Reserve 2017 | Oregon
Delicate and pretty, featuring crisp raspberry and orange zest flavors.—T.F.

Score: 88 | $18 | MADDALENA Rosé Paso Robles 2017 | California
Crisp and savory, with lively raspberry and pepper flavors. Grenache blend.—T.F.

 


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