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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 62

Marietta's latest release of Old Vine Red Lot 62, is the essence of sunny California in a glass. The style perfectly illustrates why this wine has held such great appeal among our discerning clientèle over the years - the aromas and flavors reminiscent of a cherry or blackberry pie fresh from the oven, a dusting of mocha-like tannins, the whole package held together by refreshing, thirst-quenching acidity. This would pair perfectly with just about anything grilled as well as most Mediterranean fare. Come on downtown and get some! - Dean Schlabowske, The Austin Wine Merchant.

It's hard to find a better value than the widely available Marietta Old Vine Red, a non-vintage blend that's now on Lot No. 62. A zesty red, with personality to spare, offering notes of licorice, blackberry, smoky pepper and grilled herbs. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and mixed Italian blacks. Drink now through 2019. 35,000 cases made. Rated 90. Smart Buy. - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator June 30, 2015.

Marietta has some smoking wines right now - they're just killing it. This is a bold Northern Sonoma red that's very hard to resist, loaded with ripe, chewy, lusty, dusty fruit. It may be my favorite all-around California red at this price. - Peter Eastlake, Sommelier, Food & Wine Magazine June 2015.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

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

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 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley

A knockout Zinfandel, balancing an opulent texture with great focus and depth. Aromas of rose petal and raspberry lead to rich and layered flavors of cherry, herbes de Provence and cracked white pepper. Finishes with a bounce of acidity and ripe, lively tannins. Drink now through 2020. 1,440 cases made. Rated 94. - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 30, 2015.

The 2012 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is gorgeous. Racy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2012 impresses for its overall balance and personality. Bright red stone fruits, mint, spices, tobacco and new leather are all super-expressive. Veins of acidity give the flavors notable lift and precision. Drink: 2016-2032. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, January, 2015.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case


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