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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Isabelle 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - The most impressive Pinot here is the 2012 Pinot Noir Isabelle. A selection of the top barrels, it - like the Knox Alexander release -...
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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Another gorgeous wine from Au Bon Climat, the 2012 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is utterly seamless and perfectly balanced, with classic...
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Auteur Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2011 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard reveals even more minerality as well as a more restrained overall personality with hints of white...
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Auteur Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - A similar technique was used for the 2013 Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard from Carneros. This small cuvée seems to have a more buttery...
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Auteur Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - As did all of these Chardonnays, the 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard had its malolactic fermentation blocked. Similar to a grand cru...
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Auteur Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes from multiple vineyards, sees about 25% new oak, and again has malolactic blocked. This wine...
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Auteur Pinot Noir Savoy 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Firm, tight and savory, complex and concentrated, with dried herb and berry flavors, ending with anise and pennyroyal notes. Drink now...
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Auteur Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Presents a savory, dried herb side of Pinot, with rich dark berry, licorice and spicy floral scents. The texture begins fleshy and gains...

California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.