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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

2011 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 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot 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. Deep rooted aromas suggesting black cherry, blackberry, shaved dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and that superb Sonoma County somewhereness; full and round, almost spherical on the tongue with 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!
$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 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,, March, 2014

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six

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