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When it comes to wine, The Golden State is America’s pride and joy. From its prized Cabernet Sauvignon, to its rich Pinot Noir, to its naturalized all-American Zinfandel, to its rich, creamy Chardonnay and its unfairly unsung Sauvignon Blanc, California has a whole lot going on.

 
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2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

Bruce Neyers has a storied career in the wine trade. Formerly winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, he helped craft among California's most memorable and iconic wine. In 1991 he joined Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, travelling the larger world of wine serving for years as National Sales Manager for Kermit. He and his wife Barbara have now sort of semi-retired back in Napa Valley where they preside over their own Neyers Vineyards production. Having spent a good amount of time in Burgundy, Bruce brings a wealth of experience and, no doubt, expectation to this bottling. This Chardonnay «304» is produce of an heirloom clone of Chardonnay from a cool vineyard site in the Carneros District that gives naturally low pH and high acidity. The soils here are covered with rocks—it was once a creek bed. Initially somewhat austère aromatically, the wine would seem to introduce itself as French (this taster might have guessed it from the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, only later to learn that the inspiration is actually from further north in Chablis). Fermented entirely in stainless steel, one can almost smell the cool, nervy, vibrant Chardonnay grapes waiting giddily in the early morning for hand-harvesting and the eventual alchemy to follow. Ian noted green apple and hazelnut on the nose. Our winebuyer picked up notes of something cool and almost minty. And that same cool, nervy vibrancy is apparent on the tongue as well, with the call and response, the lively interplay between fresh fruit and acidity giving a delicious and refreshing white wine-drinking experience. And that's what it's all about!

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2018 Neyers Vineyards Sage Canyon California Red Wine

Vibrant and distinctive, with snappy cranberry and cherry flavors that are laced with smoky anise and white pepper notes, picking up speed toward refined tannins. Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made. Rated 91. - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Scot Bilbro has taken over for his late father and his brothers and is now running the show at Marietta Cellars. Old Vine Red Lot Number 69 is now on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than in the past, 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

2017 Marietta Cellars Christo 2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

The 2017 Christo, Marietta's Syrah/Grenache-based red, is another compelling wine in this range. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal, mint, spice and floral notes are front and center. Sumptuous and racy, the 2017 is so inviting from the very first taste. Rated (90-93). - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com April, 2020

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case


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