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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 Skylark Wine Company Alondra Chardonnay Middleridge Ranch Vineyard

New vintage recently arrived! 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 Middleridge Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino is unoaked and shows bracing minerality for California Chardonnay, a beautiful balance and a seductive scent of ripe pear and tropical fruit. 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 (with clams), grilled fish or simply a bowl of almonds or olives as an apéritif.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 63

The Bilbro brothers are moving from strength to strength with their venerable Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red. Lot Number 63 is fresh on the scene and raring to go. 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!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 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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