- Shannon Ridge High Elevation, Lake County – Sustainably grown in the mountains of Northern Cali, rich, sun-drenched berries are aged in French & American oak to showcase the flavors of the dark fruit balanced by notes of pepper, cedar and toasted nuts. $14 btl, $6 btg
- Writer’s Block, Lake County – Grown in the High Valley of Lake County (where the UV exposure creates a thicker, sturdier skinned grape), this dense juice is aged in Hungarian & French oak to create flavors of dark cherries combined with vanilla and smoke and a dry, tannic finish. $16 btl, $7 btg
- Ironstone, Lodi – This big, velvety red (Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”, 90 pts) is filled with rich blackberry and boysenberry flavors, with a touch of smoke and cloves and a dry, earthy finish. $12 btl, $6 btg
And P.S. for all you Petite Sirah lovers out there, you can learn more about this increasingly popular grape (along with some great reviews and suggestions) at the non-profit organization that inspired this tasting, PSIloveYou.org.