One person's 95 point wine is another's 85 point wine.

Our tasters take great care to evaluate a wine based on its flavors and nuances, given the grape varietal and place of origin. In other words, we are looking for typicity, that being a wine tasting like it should as opposed to whether someone likes it a lot or not.

This is quite difficult, but necessary in order to give our readers a balanced view, so that they know what they're getting when they purchase a wine.

Washington White
2009 Duck Pond Chardonnay Columbia Valley $10.00:
Its pleasant acidity provides lingering persistency, depth and is easy to drink. Best to taste now but will get even more complex in a couple of years. This wine would be a knockout accompaniment to seared halibut.
Score: 93
Spanish Red
2009 Evoh' Garnacha Aragon $16.00:
A Spanish original, though the French think it's theirs, and it certainly tastes like this is where it comes from. Full, ripe extracts of red grapes, blackberry and spice engulf your palate and leave a blast of fruit in its wake.
Score: 92
2005 Valdelacasa Tempranillo Toro $18.00:
A lighter version of this noble varietal from Toro as it winds its way through your mouth from airy cherry to big and bold berry and a hint of mango.
Score: 94
Spanish White
2008 Castello de Medina Verdejo Rueda $22.00:
Light amber in color, with reflections bordering on golden. It has fruity character with good acidity. Fresh and exuberant, with good alcohol level. Lively and fresh, this wine is suited for many occasions.
Score: 93
Portugal White
2010 Beach Ball Vinho Verde Vinho Verde $16.00:
This wine is crisp with an ever present note of acidity. Its flavor is decisively "lemony" makes for a great summer wine, chilled and served by the pool.
Score: 91
New Zealand White
2008 Cable Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $18.00:
Gooseberry and grapefruit reign supreme here with stone fruit taking a supporting role in the last swallow. Lovely balance with piquant acidity and a slightly peachy finish.
Score: 93
2006 Waipara Riesling Waipara $22.00:
A light-colored, delicately flavored wine which offers a slight tartness. Displays a flowery bouquet, complex fruit and cinnamon flavors make it crisp, clean and well structured.
Score: 90
Italian Red
2010 Villa de Mese Negroamaro Puglia $14.00:
From the heel of the boot in sunny Italy, comes this magical grape that seems to scream Italian. Lovely spice and plum character with a generous dose of cherry and a pleasantly tart finish.
Score: 90
2010 Colle Petrito Nero de Troia Apuglia $20.00:
This Southern Italian beauty clearly holds its own against the more aristocratic Northern appellations. Power and finesse are evenhandedly dispensed showing off a polished, ripe blackberry core supported by anise and a touch of vanilla.
Score: 93
2012 La Striscia Chianti Tuscany $18.00:
Beautiful deep garnet red with a delicate nose of red berry jam with floral hints and country berry nuances. This rich, velvety wine is full-flavored with subtle black pepper and cherry like overtones. It can be enjoyed both young and aged.
Score: 94
2010 Castiglion del Bosco Rosso de Montalcino Tuscany $25.00:
Almost as good as its signature big brother, Brunello, at half the price, this blockbuster is sure to please, tease and drink with ease. Dark plum and earth tones start the journey you don't want to end.
Score: 96
2011 Guidobono Nebbiolo Langhe $19.00:
This refreshing, complex, medium-bodied wine, has a delicate bouquet and a rich texture. This wine possesses solid tannins and acids that delight the palate. Ruby-red color, intense bing cherry and floral flavors culminate in a long lingering finish.
Score: 96
Italian White
2012 Vignarco Orvieto Umbria $12.00:
The result of this blending is a crisp dry wine that evokes aromas of figs, flowers, honey and grass. Fresh and appealing, this wine has a delicate light body with many layers of flavor on the palate. Bright acidity enhances the long, complex finish.
Score: 94
German White
2007 Old River Riesling Rhienhessen $17.00:
Not sure about the name, but the wine is spectacular. Beginning to sport a touch of orange peel to match the apricot and peachy flavors finishing off with a splash of lemon meringue.
Score: 90
French Red
2009 Domaine Moulines Merlot Herault $18.00:
Blueberry essences abound along with the vanilla, leather and earth that seem to take on an endless swirl touch all senses it touches. Fabulous finish that keeps you begging for more.
Score: 90
2010 Passion Grenache Saint Paul de Fenouillet $15.00:
Very classy entry showing its Spanish roots, yet still displaying a French swagger. Spice and red berries show off a core of soft tannins which accentuate the bright finish.
Score: 98
2011 Clos Monicord Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec Bordeaux $18.00:
Certainly not your mom's Bordeaux, unless, of course, she drives a Harley. Inky black, big and bold scents seem to have color of their own can barely warn you of the blast of plum, berry and leather to come. You may need a breath in between sips.
Score: 94
2011 Carmine Monicord Merlot and Cabernet Franc Bordeaux $15.00:
Softer and rounder than its big brother but packing no less of a wallop of structure and a dollop of fresh, black cherry, anise and leather. Incredible price for a Bordeaux of this quality.
Score: 93
French Rose
2013 Carmine Monicord Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux $15.00:
Beautifully endowed with an almost pomegranate and apricot nose following through the palate and the spectacular finish. Flecks of raspberry last fleetingly before the sweet/tart finish takes hold.
Score: 93
French White
2009 Chateau Mas Neuf Grenache Blanc Costieres de Nimes $17.00:
The dominating flavors range from sour green fruits of apples, pears and gooseberries through to tropical fruits of melon, mango and black currant.
Score: 93
2010 Tete du Rhone Cotes du Rhone Blanc Cotes du Rhone $16.00:
A fresh, vibrant easy drinking wine, pale straw in color, with a delicate spice, herbal aroma. The clean, crisp fruity flavor is enlivened with a pinch of citrus and a hint of almonds. This well balanced wine is best served slightly chilled.
Score: 91
2011 Gueguen Petit Chablis Burgundy $21.00:
This easy drinking wine is light-bodied with a clear, smooth refreshing flavor. Essentially dry, but with a slight floral character, full intensity of fruit and a gripping finish make it a universally appealing wine. Love the minerality.
Score: 92
2011 Pajot Cotes de Gascogne Gascony $17.00:
This classy wine offers fresh aromas of honeydew melon, apricots, white floral honey and a hint of spice. The green apple citrus zing is balanced by the rich creamy texture along with the delicious ripe fig, white peach, honeysuckle and apricot flavors.
Score: 92
2009 Domaine de Joy L'etoil Gascony $19.00:
Light amber in color, with reflections bordering on golden. It has fruity character with good acidity. Fresh and exuberant, with good alcohol level. Lively and fresh, this wine is suited for many occasions.
Score: 90
2011 Domaine Menard Colombard Gascony $20.00:
Crisp yet moderately dry and has a lovely fragrant fruit bouquet, which make it best to be consumed young and well chilled. A tingle of acidity carries the wine to a long finish.
Score: 91
2009 Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc $24.00:
A succulent introduction, this wine has the gentle scent of honey and herbs. This dry straw-colored wine is light, yet pleasantly tart with softening hints of green melon. The finish is clean and crisp.
Score: 95
2013 Carmine Monicord Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux $15.00:
Nothing short of shudderingly powerful and engaging white peach and nectarine with a solid citrus core that bores through and never lets up. The finish just keeps on coming and packs quite a punch.
Score: 95
Chilean Red
2009 Caliterra Carmenere Colchagua $26.00:
Once mistaken for a Merlot, this mysterious grape varietal has recently been identified as an old world clone. The character is distinct with a black currant nose and fruit jam flavors. Integrated tannins allow early consumption, although the wine ages well due to it's rich and complex nature.
Score: 94
Chilean White
2009 Calitera Chardonnay Curico $24.00:
Gold in the glass, this supple, elegant wine boasts rich aromas of honey and tropical fruits while apples, melon and vanilla oak tantalize the palate. Golden in hue and slightly tart, crisp and rich in varietal character. With aging you get complexity and smoothness.
Score: 92
2012 Penalolen Sauvignon Blanc Limari Valley $12.00:
As clear and right as could be with lovely white stone fruit flavors blasting from the glass and hanging in there long after that first luxurious sip. A real treasure at a real pleasure of a price.
Score: 94
California Red
2005 Mandolina Nebbiolo Santa Maria $12.00:
This monumental Piemontese grape takes on a different personality in California's Central Coast. Classy, tart cherry with a touch of almond and leather. Try in 4-5 years as it should improve nicely.
Score: 90
2011 Babcock Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County $25.00:
Brilliant red color. This wine has a slightly spicy nose with hints of vanilla as well as citrus notes. A soft lively fruitiness on the palate along with mellow tannins leaves a velvety finish in the mouth.
Score: 94
2011 Babcock Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills $36.00:
Simple red fruit flavors such as cherry, strawberry and raspberry enter the mouth easily. As it matures in the glass it takes on a surprising complexity, with aromas of chocolate, venison, figs, prunes, truffles, violets and even a touch of smokiness.
Score: 93
2009 Haywood Zinfandel Sonoma $30.00:
Bright ruby red with slight purple reflections. This wine has cherry and blackberry aromas with a subtle note of strawberries and pepper. Spice and pepper flavors fill the palate to both tease and satisfy. A rarity red, best served slightly chilled.
Score: 95
2010 Broken Earth Tempranillo Paso Robles $21.00:
Not to be confused by the great Spanish renditions, but can certainly hold its own on the table. Spicy cherry sauce holds on as your palate is enveloped by supporting flavors of licorice and berry just daring to be swallowed.
Score: 96
2008 Peralta Pinot Noir Napa Valley $18.00:
Lovely red color with magenta hues, this California favorite has the delicate perfume of cherries and soft spice. A supple wine with mouth 'smacking' appeal and simple complexity. Its full body and solid tannins deliver a fresh spicy wine with long, lingering finish.
Score: 96
2007 Pinnacle Ridge Merlot/Zinfandel Mendocino $18.00:
The supple, round-bodied Merlot is enjoying increased popularity as a pure varietal. Medium to dark red, it has a distinct nose of cherries, raspberries, black currants and mint, also displays some herbs and spices. A smooth mellow wine balanced for easy drinking, while its lower tannins indicate a wine that should be enjoyed relatively young.
Score: 91
2007 Hahn Cabernet Franc Central Coast $19.00:
Deep garnet hues, with a brilliant red sparkle. The intense nose of red fruits and herbaceous undertones rise from your glass. The wine is robust, fresh, well structured.
Score: 92
2004 Trinitas Mataro Contra Costa $21.00:
Very fruity red with low tannin levels. Deeply colored with a distinct cherry bouquet and flavor. A subtle wine that exudes warmth, an excellent choice for stews or all on its own.
Score: 94
2007 Stone House Petite Sirah Mendocino $23.00:
This varietal produces a big, robust, deep red wine with good aging potential. Because of its higher tannin levels, it is well suited to the amateur looking for a hefty red with substantial body. It is sometimes blended with Zinfandel to add some zest and complexity, but this one is all on its own.
Score: 92
2007 Enkidu Sangiovese Napa Valley $25.00:
Well-balanced, strong and full-bodied with a deep ruby red color. This wine has rich flavors of cedar and black currant. It has the deep flavor of intense fruit and mellow tannins with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. The finish is clean and pleasant and is best matched with spicy foods.
Score: 94
2011 Babcock Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County,Psi Clone $60.00:
Completely enveloping scents of dark cherry bordering on chocolate and dense earth. The color is quite dark, but not opaque signaling some breather in the breathless array of large and lovely flavors. Needs to lay down, but too sensuous to leave now.
Score: 95
2011 Babcock Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, Slice of Heaven $60.00:
While similar in style to his other Pinots, this beauty slices away from the rest with its ethereal aromas of cotton candy, lychee and spice. The flavors swirl in a round and enveloping array that dares you to swallow.
Score: 96
2009 Peralta Pinot Noir Napa Valley $18.00:
Bright red color with purplish edges and a delicate perfume of plum and soft spice. Love the spice and complex nuance of tart cherry and red grape. Medium to full full body and solid tannins deliver a fresh spicy wine with a long, lingering finish.
Score: 97
California White
2010 Del Fiore Malvasia Central Coast $15.00:
This delicate bouquet of peaches and apricots leads to a robust, full-bodied wine with a tang of citrus. Expect a crisp, clean finish. A summer favorite.
Score: 90
2010 Peralta Viognier Mendocino $10.00:
A distinct dry wine with a rich and complex character. The aroma of apricot, honey and spice abound. A surprisingly dry, smooth finish. Light golden in color, this wine drinks well right now and will for years to come.
Score: 94
2012 Babcock Pinot Gris Santa Rita Hills $25.00:
A yellow wine with delicate zesty aromas. It has well balanced alcohol with citrus flavors and is smooth on the palate. Overall it is a very fresh wine with a well rounded mouth-feel.
Score: 92
2009 Painted Van Grenache Blanc Paso Robles $20.00:
White peach and white nectarine abound here with a citrus amalgam of lime and kiwi. A shellfish natural especially served with fresh herbs to highlight the herbal quality of the wine.
Score: 96
2012 Babcock Sauvignon Blanc Santa Rita Hills $25.00:
Crisp, light amber color with good acids. The nose is reminiscent of freshly cut herbs with a hint of mint. It will enhance rather than overpower any dish. A wonderful complement to any light dish and delightfully refreshing.
Score: 97
2013 Peralta Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley $12.00:
The nose has intense and delicate aromas typical of this varietal, and is reminiscent of white roses, grapefruit and pears. It would match well with whitefish or trout.
Score: 94
Australia Red
2009 Cat Amongst the Pigeons Syrah Barossa Valley $20.00:
Big and ripe, this cat is more like a panther racing over the terrain of your palate and pouncing on every taste bud. Lots of earth hidden under the blast of blueberry. Could be a shock for Northern Rhone lovers.
Score: 95
2006 2 Up Shiraz $17.00:
This robust dry wine is dark in color with a rich bouquet of warm berries, fresh pepper accompanied by distinctly spicy notes. It ages gracefully into a velvety wine of pure elegance, perfect for entertaining. A powerful heavy oak finish fills the palate.
Score: 90
Argentina Red
2008 Catalpa Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza $13.00:
Surprisingly smooth without any of the tart tannin. The fruity bouquet is rendered more enticing due to a hint of cassis, rich and dark in color, it delivers complex varietal flavors of cherries and blackberries, with a promise of herbs.
Score: 92
2010 Martin Fierro Malbec Tulum $22.00:
This South American favorite, offers a deep garnet robe enhances the wines characteristics. The flavors are of intense, ripe, red fruits with a hint of cinnamon. The well-balanced oak only enhances the wines characteristics.
Score: 93