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Limerick Lane Zinfandel 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Zinfandel from the Russian River is another sexy wine, and one of their largest production cuvées of just under 2,000 cases....
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Longboard Vineyards Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2012 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard offers plenty of wet gravel-like minerality along with notes of white peaches and honey, an...
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Lynmar Chardonnay Quail Hill Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Honeysuckle and jasmine pique interest aromatically before luscious, linear waves of vanilla, caramel and lemon custard graciously...
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Marimar Chardonnay La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Shows off a hint of ripe peach and tangerine, giving this a mouthwatering freshness. Most compelling on the aftertaste, where the...
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Marimar Pinot Noir Cristina Don Miguel Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Fresh aromas of blueberry and black cherry give this focus. While firmly tannic, everything stays in place through the long finish. Ends...
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Martinelli Chardonnay Charles Ranch 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - The three 2012 Chardonnays demonstrate the vintage's opulence and full-bodied exuberance and richness. From older vines planted in 1982,...
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Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - The stunning 2012 Chardonnay Martinelli Road sees 65% new French oak. This cuvée always possesses a gravelly, wet pebble minerality...
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Merry Edwards Chardonnay 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Offers enticing aromas of orange and lemon blossom, with flavors to match. This is intense and vibrant, with zingy acidity and notes of...
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Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Klopp is a mix of California and Burgundy clones, one of the producer's finest offerings every year, made in an opulent, balanced style....

Russian River Valley United States

Of all the wine producing regions in California, Sonoma County is one of the most highly regarded, having had a long and fruitful history which has helped shape the American wine industry. Within Sonoma County, we find the AVA of Russian River Valley, a beautiful viticultural area centred around the Russian river, and responsible for around one sixth of Sonoma’s high quality wine production. The vineyards of the region were first planted some two hundred years ago by immigrant communities coming over to California. At first, the vines planted here were generally for private consumption - a reminder of home gardens in Spain and Italy - but by the beginning of the twentieth century, business was booming with a couple of hundred wineries in operation, thanks to the unique nature of the terroir and the effectiveness with which the grapes were growing.

The Russian River Valley is renowned worldwide for the character and quality of its wines, which are the result of the region’s perfect, cool climate, which is affected by the Pacific fog which rolls in over the valley. This coolness tempers the strong sunshine of the area, and allows for a longer, slower ripening season - thus adding character and expression to the grape varietals which grow there. The main vines grown in Russian River Valley are cool climate grapes - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - which make up for over forty percent of the grapes grown there. The hillier parts of Russian River Valley have had great success with Syrah and Zinfandel, and other parts of the region are experimenting successful with Bordeaux grapes, too.


Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.