Pepi Sauvignon Blanc California 2002 ($13)
Juicy and fresh with racy, varietally correct fruit and bright acidity
Kalin Cellars Semillon Livermore Valley 1994 ($23)
Dark and lush with mature, creamy flavors and honey notes; aged before release
Louis M. Martini Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000 ($24)
This historic Napa winery is making a comeback splash; svelte, plummy fruit and spice.
Sierra Vista Vineyards Estate Viognier El Dorado 2002 ($25)
Fresh fruit with balanced yet zippy flavors in a Rhone-style white from Northern California
Seven Hills Pentad Walla Walla Valley 2001 ($50)
A Washington State blend of the five classic Bordeaux varieties (hence the name Pentad); dark, dense, and complex
Moon Mountain Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2002 ($30)
Surprisingly luscious Zin with lovely black-raspberry fruit and ripe, concentrated flavors
Rusack Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2002 ($32)
This superb Santa Barbara Chard is loaded with racy flavors backed with sweet oak.
Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2001 ($65)
This Pinot delivers lovely structure and almost shocking intensity, with spice, brown sugar, black cherry, and blackberry; simply awesome.
Atalon 2001 Keyes Vineyard Mountain Merlot ($67)
This is a vineyard-designate Merlot from a quality-driven boutique producer; long, ripe, and intense.