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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 Skylark Wine Company Alondra Chardonnay Boeck Vineyard Sonoma County   Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 65   2013 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County  
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Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 65

The Bilbro brothers are moving from strength to strength with their venerable Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red. Lot Number 65 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)

2014 Skylark Wine Company Alondra Chardonnay Boeck Vineyard Sonoma County

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. This Chardonnay from Boeck Vineyard in Sonoma County sourced from Peter Boeck’s chardonnay vineyard just outside the Sonoma Coast appellation in Sonoma County. It is unoaked and reminds of the old world, with wet stone, flinty, lemony acidity, age-worthiness and linear chardonnay character over heavy It is light and lean on the palate and friendly on the wallet for a single-vineyard Chardonnay. Pair it with chilled seafood, steamed clams and mussels, spaghetti alle vongole, grilled fish or simply a bowl of almonds or olives as an apéritif.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2013 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County

Gundlach Bundschu have been around awhile — Bonded Winery № 64 they are. They’ve seen 'em come and go. Heck, they've come and gone and come on back themselves. Sonoma County just wouldn't be the same without 'em. They call their Mountain Cuvée a "serious" everyday red blend. We might sooner call it Sonoma in a bottle. Produce of 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec primarily from the their own Rhinefarm Estate vineyard just near the town of Sonoma together with some fruit from other top Sonoma County vineyards. Lovely medium-ruby in color; deep rooted aromas suggesting a nod to the right bank what with black cherry, blackberry, shaved dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and that superb Sonoma County somewhereness; full and round, with impact and intensity and a fine dusting of supple tannins that oh so gently support and sustain flavors true to the promise of those first alluring whiffs. Seriously Sonoma!

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 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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