Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month:
• Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc 2010 ($30, sample): This is about as good as California sauvignon blanc gets, with lemon grass and some sort of green apple fruit, a kind of subtle tropical middle (lychee?) and a long, clean finish. Still a little young, and would benefit from six more months in the bottle.
• Leese-Fitch Pinor Noir 2010 ($13, sample): This is a very fruity (berries?), modern-style California pinot noir from The Other Guys that has more in common with Beaujolais than traditional pinot. As long as that's OK, it's more than acceptable wine and a decent value.
• Colby Red 2010 ($12, sample): California red blend with normal enough tannins and acid but what seems to be an almost cherry lollipop sweetness in the middle. It throws the wine off kilter, though people who like that sort of thing probably won't think anything of it.