- 2005 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($67.99)
Good deep red-ruby in color with dark berries, black cherry, and licorice on the nose. Not particularly sweet.
- 2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Selection ($119.99)
Exhibits an inky blue-purple color in addition to sweet aromas of cassis, graphite, licorice, tobacco leaf, and toasty oak.
- 2007 Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Blend ($42.99)
Not an estate wine, but a regional Napa blend, includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Dark plum/ruby in color with notes of Chinese black tea, licorice, herbs, mocha, and black currants.
- 2005 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($57.99)
Deep red in color with red and black currant flavors, cherry, and menthol on the nose, with subtle vanilla, cola, and tobacco notes adding complexity.
- 2008 Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay ($33.99)
A citrus-driven wine with hints of matchstick, pineapple, banana, and coconut. Oak is apparent, but not defining.
- 2009 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay ($32.99)
A full-bodied wine with rich and vibrant tropical fruit flavors blend with toasty oak notes. Peach, pear, and a touch of pineapple integrate with creamy vanilla.
- 2009 Cakebread Napa Sauvignon Blanc ($28.99)
Displays bright, sun-kissed aromas of fresh guava, grapefruit, lime, and mineral, with hints of honeydew melon and golden apple.
- 2007 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir ($41.99)
A medium red wine with restrained, musky aromas of strawberry, spices, and underbrush.
- 2007 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot ($44.99)
Combines the elegance and classicism of the Stag’s Leap viticultural region with the rich berry and chocolaty fruit of Napa Valley.
- 2008 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir ($19.99)
A light, bright red wine with high-pitched aromas of sweet red berries, rose, and spicecake.
—David Bush of Courtyard Wines