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When it comes to wine, The Golden State is America’s pride and joy. From its prized Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, to its rich Russian River Pinots noirs, to its naturalized all-American Sonoma County Zinfandel, to its rich, creamy Chardonnay and its unfairly unsung Sauvignons Blancs, it’s a good bit of an understatement to say that California has a whole lot going on.

 
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2014 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Sourced from select cool-climate Sonoma Coast vineyards in the hands of the experts at Foley Family Wines. Expressive fruit aromas suggestive of citrus preserve, toasted hazelnut and baked Gravenstein apple among more; just plump, smooth and slippery on the tongue, satisfying that comfort California Chardonnay craving and ever so suggestively begging another pull; our wine buyer suggests pairing this with cold lobster and homemade mayonnaise. Oh, yeah! Regularly $19.99 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$14.99 the bottle $179.88 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 64

The Bilbro brothers are moving from strength to strength with their venerable Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red. Lot Number 64 is just on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than previous lots, perhaps now ever the more appealing to both west coast and European wine tastes. Produced mainly from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane primarily from vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red replicates the old Cal-Ital field blends there. Alluring deep ruby purple in color, with Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe juicy berries with hints of the parched dusty northern California vineyard floor; at once fresh and vibrant, smooth and slippery on the tongue with just an inkling of fine-grained tannins that keep it all on the up and over. And, by all means, do take note of its continuing brilliantly true blue in terms of value! Regularly $11.99 the bottle, on sale now at:

$10.19 the bottle (that's $122.28 the case)

2013 Chalk Hill Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Sourced from select cool-climate Sonoma Coast vineyards in the hands of the experts at Foley Family Wines, this Pinot exhibits a beautiful medium ruby color with while expressing itself on the nose with aromas of dark cherry, truffle, espresso, dried cherries and incense. The palate is velvety yet bright with cherry fruit complemented with cola and vanilla notes from the judicious use of oak - and wraps with a long finish of maraschino cherry and oriental spice. Pair this with a well-seasoned beef tenderloin alongside sauteed mushrooms, grilled salmon or a juicy duck breast. Normally $22.50, on sale now at 25% off:

$16.88 the bottle $202.56 the case

2010 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is much more polished than the 2009 tasted alongside it. Asphalt, smoke, tobacco, licorice and tar all flow as this sumptuous Cabernet shows off its sexy, undeniably appealing personality. Hints of mocha and espresso add a resonant warmth that is hugely attractive. The tannins are firm but seamlessly balanced. There is a lot to like in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, starting with the wine's sheer class. Drink 2014-2025. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2013. Regularly $75.00 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$56.25 the bottle  (that's $765.00 the case)

2011 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley

Lail's flagship wine, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvee, is another rich, extroverted offering. Mocha, plums, chocolate, cloves, licorice and spices all emerge from a surprisingly big, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 is explosive, rich and intense, with equally imposing tannins that are going to need at least a few years to settle down. This is an impressive showing from Lail. The John Daniel Cuvee is built on a core of fruit from Heimark, plus Mole Hill and Vine Hill Ranch. Drink: 2016-2026. Rated 94+. - Antonio Galloni., Vinous, November 2013.

$150.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case of 6/750ml bottles


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