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Alesia [by Rhys] Pinot Noir 2016 750ml

Rated 94 - A step up over the Anderson Valley release, the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Alesia gets fruit from five of the six single...
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Big Basin Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2016 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a big wine built on phenolics and savoriness rather than on overt fruit. There is a real sense...
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Big Basin Pinot Noir Alfaro Family 2016 750ml

Rated 95 - Pungent amounts of cinnamon, raspberry, wet thyme and dill show on the brilliant nose of this cool-climate, 100% whole cluster bottling...
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Big Basin Pinot Noir Lester 2016 750ml

Rated 95 - Bradley Brown goes 100% whole cluster for this single-vineyard expression with stunning results. Aromas of sagebrush, pine needles, damp...
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Lexington Cabernet Franc Gist Ranch 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - Roasted black cherry and a hint of herbs show on the nose of this fairly ripe expression of Cabernet Franc. There is a ton of grip to...
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Ridge Merlot Estate 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - Ridge’s 2014 Merlot Estate possesses notable purity of fruit, brilliant aromatic presence and fabulous balance. Pliant, open-knit and...
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Vocal Vineyards Pinot Noir Lilo Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 88 - 2014 Pinot Noir Lilo Vineyard is quite attractive, but I imagine it would be even better with a bit more freshness and overall vibrancy...
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California Santa Cruz County United States $40 - $50

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.

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.