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2019 Handley "Estate" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This intense wine from the cool “deep end” of Anderson Valley spills over with dark cherries, forest floor, subtle toasted oak and fruit concentration. It shows the classic Anderson Valley savory notes from rhubarb and bay leaf to black tea. Full bodied and moderately tannic, it will drink best from 2027."
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2019 Ram's Gate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $48) (Previously $48)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Softly complex and beguiling in its creamy complexion, this coastal white is lovely and layered, with impressive acidity. Pear, anise and well-integrated oak highlight a lasting elegance. (VB)" (09/2021) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sports a vivid, lighter gold hue to go with lots of pear and bright citrus fruits supported by classic salty minerality, white flowers, and hints of green almonds. It's fresh, medium-bodied, and certainly a classy, delicious Chardonnay..." (07/2021)
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2020 Richard Bruno "Giacone Vineyard" Estrella District Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $28) (Elsewhere $28)
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Giacone Ranch Vineyard sits at the confluence of the Estrella River and Huerhuero Creek with incredibly rocky, gravely soils like those of Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux. This sub-region of Paso Robles sees big diurnal shifts in temperature with hot days and cool nights as ocean air pushes in from the west. These ideal conditions produce and powerful, concentrated and opulent style of Cabernet with intense flavors and lush textures on the palate.
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2009 Blagden "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $80) (Elsewhere $80)
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A tiny 200 case production from a single block of Cabernet Sauvignon at Monte Rosso Vineyard. The block is planted to a heritage field selection "clone" of Cabernet Sauvignon thought to be unique to Monte Rosso, grafted onto 110R drought-resistent rootstock that is well suited to the intensly rocky, red volcanic soils. The wine is matured for 21 months in 50% new French oak.
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2019 Vinoce St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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Boutique winery Vinoce continues to impress. Little surprise when you consider their wines are made by much-heralded winemaker Keith Emerson of Vineyard 29! Emerson crafts some of the most highly sought-after cult Cabs in the valley from St. Helena fruit at Vineyard 29, including wines rated at 100-points by Robert Parker himself. Considering that pedigree, Vinoce's St. Helena Cab is very well priced at the regular $60 SRP, but at our Insider's Advantage price of over 50% off, it's just plain ridiculous.
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2019 Porterhouse "Reserve - Blackridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $90) (Elsewhere $90)
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A phenomenal single vineyard Cabernet from a small hillside block in the Santa Cruz Mountains with illustrious neighbors such as Mount Eden and Rideg Monte Bello. This part of the mountains with its moderate climate and rugged Francisco shale soils is well known for producing world-class, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon with power and grace. The Black Label Reserve bottling from Portherhouse was blended from the winemakers six best barrels, a tiny 150 case production of powerful, concentrated mountain-grown Cab.
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2018 Teachworth "Estate" Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $150) (Elsewhere $150)
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Made from a single, two-acre vineyard high on Diamond Mountain, this is a classic, powerful Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. According to the estate, "Aged in the Teachworth caves for two years, this wine was bottled in July of 2020 following 21 months in French oak barrels, around 60% of which were new. This wine shines as a prime example of mountain Cabernet. Beautifully rich, dark fruits on the nose with tactile, enveloping tannins and a lengthy finish."
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2018 Kenwood "Jack London Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Red Blend (Elsewhere $30) (Elsewhere $30)
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90 points James Suckling: "A ripe red-fruited nose with notes of chocolate, bark and sage. Medium-to full-bodied with good salinity. Tight tannins carry sweet dark fruit and dried flowers." (01/2022) K&L Notes: A bold, powerful, mountain-grown red blend of 51% Merlot, 36% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah aged in French oak for 18 months.
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2017 Revik "Red Rock Vineyard" Atlas Peak Napa Valley Tempranillo (Previously $45) (Previously $45)
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From a vineyard high on Atlas Peak
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2018 Walson Holland "Melange Rouge" Central Coast Proprietary Red (Elsewhere $100) (Elsewhere $100)
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95 points The Wine Independent: "Pale to medium garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Melange Rouge has a profound nose of red and black cherries, violets, and dark chocolate with underlying licorice, Sichuan pepper, smoked meats, and tar. The medium to full-bodied palate is lively and vibrant - pop-rocks in your mouth - with lots of texture interest combining plush and chewy, and bright and lifted fruit leading to a peppery finish. The blend is 54% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 9% Graciano, 6% Petite Sirah, and 6% Viognier. The wine was fermented with 40% whole cluste...
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2021 AXR Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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94 points Decanter: "Pleasure-packed, balanced, bright, and fresh. A terrific showing for the excellent 2021 vintage. Leads with vibrant red berry fruits and flowers. With just over two weeks macerating on the skins and 12 months ageing in 40% new French oak, the tannins are pixelated, the acid tension vivid, and the medium to full body is flush with loads of crunchy dark berry fruit. It’s a downright delicious red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. (JC)" (05/2023) 94 points James Suckling: "Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolat...
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2019 Calling Card Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30) (Elsewhere $30)
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Composed of 100% Chardonnay — Dijon clones 2, 95, 76, and 96. Aged in 90% neutral French oak barrels and 10% stainless steel tank. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and 4 months of bâtonnage.
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2014 Rocca Family "Tesorina - Grigsby Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $140) (Elsewhere $140)
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96 points Wine Advocate: "Their most expensive wine is the 2014 Tesorina, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is literally black/blue in color to the rim, and offers glorious blueberry and black raspberry fruit notes along with some incense, licorice and graphite. Stunningly rich, full-bodied and opulent, with no hard edges, it is a quintessential 2014 thanks to its irresistible charm and lushness. This is concentrated juice and no wimpy wine at 15.1% natural alcohol. Look for this wine to drink well young, yet gain complexity and nuance over the...
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2019 O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $90) (Elsewhere $90)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is terrific (...) Deep purple-hued, with terrific mulled currant and blackberry fruits, it has lots of ripe herbal, chocolaty spice notes, full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. This is pure Napa Valley goodness to drink over the coming 10-15 years." (05/2022) 93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberries and black cherries with hints of licorice, dried flowers and wet stones. Deep and compact with tight, chalky tannins. Full body. Ripe purple fruit in the middle and ...
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2021 Ordaz Family Wines "Vintage Red" Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40) (Previously $40)
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Ordaz Family Wines is dedicated to single-vineyard production. The Cabernet vines for this bottling are from the dry-farmed Montecillo Vineyard, planted in 1970, just south of Kenwood. The winery notes: "It consistently produces wonderfully dark, almost blueberry like fruit. With cool mornings that lead to hot afternoons, we take extra care to manage the canopy for optimal flavors, while protecting the fruit from too much sun exposure that can wreck havoc during the early stages of berry formation and subsequent ripening."
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2018 Mira "Jimmy D's" Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Great balance, intricate layers of flavor and velvety tannins make this blend fun to savor and also save for future drinking when it has developed more complexity. Very fine-grained tannins and good acidity give it the backbone to drink best... *Hidden Gem* (JG)" (04/2023)
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2021 Margerum "Los Olivos District" Santa Barbara County Cinsault (Previously $30) (Previously $30)
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This showcase of Rhône freshness, with 23% Syrah added, is always one of the most coveted and fastest-selling bottlings for Doug Margerum. Very light in the glass, it hits the nose with engaging aromas of strawberry, cherry, hibiscus, white pepper and clean ash. The palate grips with chalky glee, delivering raspberry, pomegranate and cranberry flavors. (MK)" (03/2023) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A red with verve and precision, this offers well-sculpted raspberry and huckleberry flavors that interplay with mocha espresso, lico...
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2020 Royal Nonesuch Farm York Mountain Rhône Blend (Elsewhere $65) (Elsewhere $65)
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94 points Vinous: "The 2020 Red from Royal Nonesuch Farm is savory and intense, blending dried black cherries with peppery rose and lavender. It flows easily across the palate, pleasantly sweet yet wonderfully balanced, with a stern mineral core to contrast. It lingers incredibly long and is full of primary concentration. A coating of fine-grained tannins frames the experience nicely. The Red is a co-fermented blend of 73% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Graciano and 2% Clairette Blanche. (EG)" (03/2023) 93 points Wine Advocate: "The 2020 Red Wine is a blend o...
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From the chilly Petaluma Gap appellation, this is a juicy and lighter-weight Syrah fermented and aged in neutral French oak.
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2019 Mansfield-Dunne "Cortada Alta Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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93 points Vinous: "Green-tinged gold. Ripe melon, pear nectar, jasmine and candied ginger on the nose. Shows impressive depth as well as energy in its mineral-accented lemon curd, cling peach and buttered toast flavors, which pick up a floral nuance on the back half. Strongly echoes the peach and honey notes on the long, subtly sweet finish, which conveys thrust and leaves a suggestion of toasty lees behind. (JR)" (05/2022)
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2019 Keller Estate "Casa" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30) (Elsewhere $30)
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Sourced entirely from Keller's estate vineyards (La Cruz and El Coro) from the cool, breezy Petaluma Gap appellation within the Sonoma Coast. Keller's 2019 Casa is a high-value Chardonnay that offers up a lot to love. Well-balanced and bright (like all of Keller's critically-acclaimed wines), this is a California standout. According to the winery, "This sunny chardonnay drips with vibrant flavors of green apple and luscious pear that shine through with a perfect touch of oak– this is one’s all about fresh fruit and refreshing crispness and balance."
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Arkansas 21 Year Old Apple Brandy (750ml) (Previously $130) (Previously $130)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This limited-edition apple brandy offers big, rounded stone fruit and fresh apple integrated with palate-coating vanilla, almond and honey, finishing long with zingy ginger, cinnamon and clove. Overall, a good balance of fruit and oak, suited for sipping or mixing. Aged in French ex-Chardonnay barrels, the producer bills this as the 'longest-aged domestic apple brandy available anywhere.'" (10/2017) K&L Notes: A stunning find, this confusingly named brandy is actually a 21-year-old apple brandy distilled from 100% California...
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92 points Wine Spectator: "This is aromatic upfront, with orange blossom, white pepper accents and a mouthwatering, intense core of Meyer lemon and pomelo. Offers wonderfully harmonious and precise flavors, with a touch of sea salt lingering on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca and Fernão Pires. (MW)" (12/2021) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fun, fruity and lighthearted blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Malvasia Bianca and 10% Fernão Pires (all organically farmed), that is unusual and welcoming. Inspired by...
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming all from the Funsten Ranch in the Dry Creek Valley and 100% Zinfandel, the 2021 Zinfandel East Bench has a rich, more subtle style in its aromatics, with ripe plum, cigar, spice, and earthy nuances, and it certainly plays in the darker, red and black-fruited end of the spectrum. These all carry over to the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied, has a deep, expansive, concentrated mouthfeel, velvety tannins, terrific mid-palate density, and a gorgeous finish. This richly textured, incredibly impressive Zinfandel ne...
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2016 Ram's Gate "Estate" Carneros Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $78) (Elsewhere $78)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "There are a tiny 127 cases of the 2016 Pinot Noir Ram's Gate Estate and it comes from the estate in Carneros and spent 11 months in 40% new French oak. Black cherries, black raspberries, smoked herbs, and a kiss of blood orange all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe yet elegant Pinot Noir. It has nicely integrated acidity, fine tannins, and is a balanced, thoroughly satisfying Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 7-8 years. " (06/2019)
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2019 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Red Blend
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97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Winemaker Matt Dees is considered one of the best winemakers anywhere, and this blend is ample reason to believe the hype. Intense, focused and dry but rich aromas of dark fruit, roasted wood, crushed rocks and wild herb enliven the nose, while the palate is weighty yet expertly tense. Flavors of dried red fruit, peppery spice and milk chocolate float into the finish. (MK)" (03/2023) 96 points James Suckling: "The black berry character dominates here but there is plenty of crushed stones as well as orange peel. It’s full-bod...
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2019 Hendry "Estate" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Elsewhere $48) (Elsewhere $48)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Supple and seamless, this powerful but silky-textured wine competes with those four times its price. The wine brings together wonderful ripe black fruit flavors and alluring oak shadings of tobacco, espresso, mint and blueberries for a taste that’s compelling now but sure to improve with aging. *Editors' Choice* (JG)" (10/2023) K&L Notes: Hendry is a stunning family-owned estate right at the base of Mount Veeder to the northwest of downtown Napa. Four generations of the Hendry family has now been tending the land for 84 year...
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2021 Comartin Cellars "Cortada Alta Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tropical guava and plumeria aromas are generous but measured on the nose of this bottling. The palate is clean and complex, showing lime cream, mandarin zest and pine-nut flavors. (MK)" (11/2023)
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the Sta. Rita Hills releases, the 2017 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard comes from clones 777 and 667 and was completely destemmed and aged 16 months in 32% new French oak. Bright berry fruits, leafy herbs, spring flowers, candied violets, and subtle incense notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant, and seamless on the palate. This is a classy, balanced Sta. Rita Hills effort that leads with its fruit." (10/2019) 92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard is...
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93 points James Suckling: "A serious blend of 34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 5% Grenache, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, expressing dark fruit, dark berries, dried herbs, cedar and tar. Full-bodied with fine, firm tannins. Well structured, with a harmonious framework and a creamier and fruity core of ripe and juicy dark berries and spices. Focused finish with excellent length."
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2021 Grand Napa Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $145) (Elsewhere $145)
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93 points The Wine Independent: "The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is deep garnet-purple in color. Scents of blackcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, and black raspberry spring from the glass, leading to wafts of underbrush, pencil shavings, and bay leaves. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock full of expressive black berry and earthy layers, supported by grainy tannins and a lively line, finishing on a lingering mineral note. (LPB)" (12/2023) 92 points James Suckling: "Dark plums, spiced cherries, violets, dried herbs and warm spices on th...
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2021 Comartin Cellars "R-Bar-R Ranch" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Golden hued in the glass, this single-vineyard bottling shows honey water, apricot and rich oak on the nose. The richness tightens up on the sip into citrus pith, wet sidewalk and grapefruit flesh flavors. (MK)" (11/2023)
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Jeb Dunnuck writes: "These are terrific wines are now made by Joe Nielsen, who previously made the wines for Donelan. Production levels for most of these are in the 1,000-case range, so these should be relatively easy to find. They’re rock-solid across the board." (5/2020)
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93 points The Wine Independent: "Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Dulcinea bursts from the glass with flamboyant notes of rose oil, cherry pie, and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of lavender, cracked black pepper, and garrigue. The full-bodied palate has a soft, seductive structure with bags of spicy fruits, finishing with a peppery lift. (LPB)" (04/2023) K&L Notes: A bold and powerful blend from Madison Vineyards composed of 56% Grenache, 38% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. This rich and complex wine is aged for 24 months in French oak...
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The Buselli Estate Oakville Cab is the definition of a hidden gem! After arriving in San Franciso in 1961, Italian immigrants Rosalia and Italo Buselli bought a small plot of land in the eastern hills of Oakville in 1988. In 1990 they planted 4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is directly adjacent to Rudd Estate and also neighbors Dalla Valle, David Ramey's Pedregal Vineyard and Tierra Roja Vineyard. It's about as prime of a location as one could wish for in Napa Valley. For several decades the Buselli family farmed their vines and continued sup...
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Reserve is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Ripe plums, cassis, tobacco, and chalky minerality all define the aromatics, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful tannins, and a rich, concentrated, yet surprisingly graceful and balanced style. This big, sexy, hedonistic bomb of a wine should evolve for 15 years or more." 95 points The Wine Independent: "A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 C...
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2018 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ml) (Elsewhere $30) (Elsewhere $30)
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Wine Spectator: "Juicy, with good cut to the savory-inflected dried red berry and cherry tart flavors. The sleek finish is crisp and minerally. (KM)" (09/2021)
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2019 Brendel "Noble One - Unoaked" Napa Valley Chardonnay (Previously $30) (Previously $30)
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92 points Wine & Spirits: "This is a new brand launched by the team at Heitz, led by Carlton McCoy, Jr., whose background as a sommelier took this chardonnay in a fresh, savory direction. The wine is made by (Heitz Winemaker) Brittany Sherwood, who sources fruit from Oak Knoll and Carneros; she ferments it in stainless steel, where it rests on the lees for a year. It sees no oak and only occasional lees stirring, presenting the fennel and anise flavors of the grape at center stage. A pale white with appealing freshness." (06/2022)
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90-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "What should be a great value, the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has classic darker currant and plum fruits as well as some cedary herbs and chocolate aromatics. Not yet bottled, it's balanced, medium to full-bodied, and has ripe, polished tannins." (02/2023) K&L Notes: 96 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown (4/23) "The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is deep garnet-purple in color. Notes of cassis, baked plums, and boysenberries waft from the glass, followed by hints of dusty soil, Indian spices, and wild sage. The medi...
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2016 Joseph Swan "Solas Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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"Joseph Swan Vineyards is a small family owned winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California’s famed Russian River Valley. Although they specialize in vineyard designated pinot noir and old vine zinfandel, Joseph Swan also produces small lots of other wines including Rhone style wine, pinot gris and chardonnay. Joe really believed that, when it came to grape growing and winemaking, small was beautiful. A small vineyard could be tended by one person. Small crops led to more intense, ageworthy wines. A small winery allowed you to oversee every a...
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2018 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $32) (Previously $32)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A step up over the 2017, the 2018 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard offers more purity as well as texture, with similar toasty, richer aromas and flavors. It too is an elegant, medium-bodied, lively Chardonnay that has loads to love. " (08/2020) 92 points Vinous: "The 2018 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is bright and airy in feel. Tangerine oil. white flowers, apricot and light tropical inflections all grace this tense, finely cut Chardonnay from Dierberg. The 2018 is a bit nervous today, maybe it will gain volume with a bit of time in...
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97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I was pretty much blown away by the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard, one of the finest expressions of this variety coming out of California. Ripe melon, hints of mango, leafy herbs, and some earthy minerality define the nose, and it’s exotic and complex, with medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. Aged in 32% new French oak, this concentrated, layered Sauvignon has good acidity, flawless balance, and a great finish. I don’t know how long it will age, but it should keep nicely for at least 4-6 years, and I certainly wo...
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2015 Rocca Family "Grigsby Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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93 points James Suckling: "A dense and smoky red with dark berry, chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a fresh finish." (12/2017) 91 points Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Grigsby Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and an earthy nose of damp soil, black truffles and tree bark with crushed black currants and warm plums, plus a touch of Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate is led by a solid structure of chewy tannins and just enough freshness supporting the earthy, muscular fruit, finishing long a...
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This fascinating blend of 51% Cabernet Pfeffer, 31% Zinfandel and 18% Negrette, which is named after California's state gem, offers lovely aromas of red spice, pomegranate, wet earth and rose petals on the complex nose. The palate is both juicy and mineral driven, balancing flavors of red fruit, pepper and crushed rocks. *Editors' Choice* (MK)" (09/2023)
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2021 Lindquist "GSM" Central Coast Rhône Blend (Elsewhere $35) (Elsewhere $35)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of 47% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre is impressive, from longtime Rhône master Bob Lindquist. Fresh aromas of cherry, raspberry and baking spice lead into a tightly wound palate whose juicy red fruits are balanced by a rocky minerality and peppery spices. Easy to drink but complex enough to ponder as well. *Editors' Choice* (MK)" (10/2023) 92 points Vinous: "The 2021 GSM is laced with crushed red berry fruit, rose petal, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco. Gracious and light on its feet, the 2021 is a model of e...
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2020 Loring Wine Company "Rancho La Vina Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Previously $40) (Previously $40)
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92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Cherries, violets, candied orange, and some loamy earth notes all emerge from the 2020 Pinot Noir Rancho La Vina Vineyard, a medium-bodied, juicy, forward, certainly delicious effort that has up-front appeal yet good acidity and ripe tannins, which suggests at least 4-6 years of longevity." (08/2021) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pomegranate, raspberry, red rose and cured meat flavors show on the nose of this bottling. It's zippy if tart on the sip, where sharp pomegranate flavors are most prominent. (MK)" (09/2022)
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2017 Calera "Ryan" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $75) (Elsewhere $75)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lots of dried herbs, leather, redcurrants, and a touch of sassafras emerge from the medium-bodied 2017 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard. With a rounded, elegant texture, beautiful acidity, and a terrific, lengthy finish, it opens up nicely with time in the glass and is just a complex, nuanced beauty to enjoy over the coming decade." (02/2020) 94 points Wine & Spirits: "From a parcel planted in 1989 at a cool elevation of 2,500 feet, Ryan was the most alluring and elusive of the three Calera wines we tasted for this issue. It's vinous, w...
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93 points James Suckling: "Dried apple and pineapple with hints of coconut, steel and some flint. Full-bodied and tight with intensity and power. This will open nicely with bottle age. Try after 2022." (07/2021) 92 points Vinous: "The 2019 Chardonnay is a unique wine, as it includes a fair amount of Viognier that adds pretty floral and tropical overtones. Apricot, mint, tangerine oil, chamomile and dried flowers all open nicely in the glass. (AG)" (01/2021) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "With 17% Viognier, this white is steely, linear and flinty, with f...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Heir Apparent Stags Leap District showed beautifully, with a pure, elegant, classic Stags Leap style in its cassis and black raspberry fruit as well as floral and mineral-like nuances. I love its overall balance and purity, and it has nicely integrated acidity and outstanding length." 93 points The Wine Independent: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District features scents of warm cassis, wild blueberries, and mulberries plus touches of garrigue, menthol, and graphit...
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2021 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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95 points Vinous: "The 2021 Lytton Springs is fabulous. Bright and vibrant to its core, the 2021 impresses with its poise. Readers will find a Lytton Springs that is very much in reserve, as opposed to the rest of the 2021s in this report, all of which are more approachable. Salivating acids and veins of tannin lend shape and persistence, but the 2021 needs time. Red cherry fruit, blood orange, rose petal and sage are some of the notes that linger on the close." 93 points Wine Spectator: "Robust and rustic, yet retains a sense of style, with deep blackb...
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