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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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2013 Voss Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

(2012 vintage review follows) Juicy peach and apricot flavors are bright and fragrant, offering a nice counterbalance to the crisp lemon and grapefruit notes. The flavors really gain momentum on the finish. Drink now. 2,400 cases made. Rated 89. – MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator 31 July 2013

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 61

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. Characteristically deep ruby in color with ripe Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe berries with hints of the vineyard floor and savory herbs; cool on entry, with a supple texture that gives way to good solid structure and an almost Italian-esque grip that would suggest pairing this delicious northern California red wine with pizza, antipasti, salamis, hard Italian cheese and the like; Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red, without losing its roots in the genre of Cal-Ital field blends, may be moving beyond just friendly, fruity, grapey California red to an even more useful everyday red wine, walking a fine line between Californian and European tastes. And, by all means, do take note of its continuing brilliantly true blue in terms of value!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2012 Limerick Lane Syrah / Grenache Russian River Valley

The 2012 Syrah/Grenache is a real head-turner. Dark, powerful and structured, the 2012 boasts fabulous depth and intensity. Layers of black fruit, tobacco, smoke, cedar and menthol blossom in an intense, powerful wine endowed with tons of structure and pure class. Drink: 2017-2027. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, January, 2015.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

2012 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley

The Lail Family can trace their wine history back five generations to 1879, when their great-granduncle Gustave Niebaum founded none other than the iconic Inglenook Vineyards. Robin Lail, who is essentially the force and face of Lail Vineyards, was also a co-partner of Dominus with Christian Moueix until he purchased her interest. They produce four wines, Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship wines, Georgia Sauvignon Blanc and J. Daniel Cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery, with winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, continues to have the Midas touch...

Absolutely perfect and one of the monumental wines of my long tasting trip in Napa is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée. I didn’t see this from barrel last year. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak and representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sources: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and one in Howell Mountain. Robin Lail and winemaker Philippe Melka hit pay dirt with a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet that reminded me of 1989 Chateau Montrose when it was young. Sweet almost truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental, yet full-bodied mouthfeel, and an extravagant, layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date at her winery. Drink it over the next 25-35 years. Drink: 2014-2049. Rated 100. - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue #215, October, 2014.

$225.00 the bottle  $1147.50 the case of six

2011 Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Brighter and higher-pitched on the nose than the 2010 edition, showing oaky aromas of dark berries, licorice, pepper, herbs and rocky minerality. Less lush in the middle and more claret-like in its restraint, with blueberry and licorice flavors dominating. A bit less broad and horizontal on the aftertaste, with the tannins showing a youthfully dry edge. Comes across as more oaky than the 2010, but both wines were aged in just under 50% new barrels. Rated (89-91). ‑ Stephen Tanzer, vinousmedia.com, March, 2014

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six


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