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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches Au Bouge 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Another white brought up in new French oak, the 2012 Chardonnay Nuits Blanches Au Bouge offers classic Chardonnay notes of ripe orchard...
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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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Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec 2012 375ml

Rated 90 - One of my favorite value-priced releases from California is Beckmen's Cuvee le Bec and it always over delivers for the price. The 2012...
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Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2013 Cuvée Le Bec, Beckmen's entry-level Rhône blend, is absolutely gorgeous. Dark, sensual and inviting, the 2013 hits all the...
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Beckmen Vineyards Grenache 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Grenache is ripe and generous - very much in the style of the year - yet never comes across as overdone or heavy. Deceptively...

California Santa Barbara

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.
Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.