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Bouchaine Pinot Noir Carneros 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - A dry and elegant pinot noir with ripe yet delicate cherry aromas and a very elegant balance of fruit, fine tannins and acidity that...
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Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - This offers a velvety texture to the concentrated flavors of cherry tart and dried raspberry, featuring layers of silky tannins and...
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Domaine Carneros Brut Rose 750ml

Rated 94 - Aromas are elegantly layered with bread yeast, roses, and raspberries. Flavors echo the aromas with tart red berries and brioche. The...
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Etude Pinot Noir Carneros 2016 750ml

Rated 90 - Sourced from the estate vineyard Grace Benoist Ranch and aged in 25% new French oak for 12 months, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is medium...
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Franciscan Chardonnay Cuvee Sauvage 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Beautifully oaked, this youthful, robustly expressive wine is lemony and salty, offering a high-toned minerality that plays out as stony...
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Merryvale Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - Offers a silky mouthfeel, with flavors of apple tart, lemon curd and apricot. Light, creamy notes emerge midpalate, leading to a sleek,...
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Merryvale Pinot Noir Carneros 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - A dense and beautifully crafted red with big silky tannins and a long flavorful finish of dark berry, cedar and light chocolate. Drink now.
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Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate 2017 750ml

This Pinot Noir is highly aromatic with floral notes of lavender and violets as well as hints of cherry cola and sandalwood. The silky entry leads...
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Rombauer Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Juicy peaches, pineapple and lime greet the nose, followed by vanilla and cedar. Ripe tropical fruit and fig jam flood the lush, silky palate. Soft...
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Silverado Chardonnay 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - Lemon curd and pie crust aromas follow through to a full body, creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Slightly oily. Drink now.
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California Carneros United States $30 - $40

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.

Carneros is one of California's key wine producing regions, situated close to the Pacific coast. Although Carneros is relatively young, having been first used for viticulture in the 1940's, it has proven to be a highly successful region, capable of growing high quality grapes and producing wines of real character and distinction. Unlike many other regions of California, Carneros is considerably cooler, and benefits from the tempering effect of Pacific fog on the vineyards. As a direct result of this, Carneros wineries are able to produce fine grape varietals which require cooler temperatures, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – grapes perfect for the sparkling wines the region has become famous for. However, plenty of still red and white wines are made in the region, from a wide array of grape varietals.

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.