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Carver-Sutro Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91-94 - The 2012 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard, which is still in barrel, reveals peppery, meaty, blackberry and blueberry fruit notes...
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Convexity Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2012 Convexity Cabernet Sauvignon captures the open-knit, racy personality of the vintage in spades. Crushed raspberries, flowers...
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Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains 13.8% Petit Verdot. Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop...
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Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard 2012 1.5Ltr

Rated 96 - Intense aromas of mint, eucalyptus, dark berries, currants and redwood. Citrus peel to boot. Full-bodied, layered and very pretty with...
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Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 96 - This tremendous 100% varietal wine hails from Oakville and was aged over three years in oak. Juicy red-cherry fruit and a compelling...
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Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - From a certified-organic vineyard in Rutherford, this is a 100% varietal wine that impresses from start to finish, allowing room for a...
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Paloma Merlot 2012 750ml

Rated 89 - Densely structured, mixing deep fruit with mineral-tinged tannins. Aromas of currant and olive lead to firm flavors of bitter chocolate,...
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Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - I like the blackberry, mint and lavender aromas and flavors in this. Full-bodied, very velvety and chewy, yet has a bright undertone of...
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92WA
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Swanson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A very fruity style, yet this is not overdone as it also offers form and tension. Blackberry and currant character. Medium body and a...
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Textbook Page-Turner 2012 750ml

Rated 90+ - The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Page Turner (about 200 cases and aged 22 months in small French oak) reveals complex notes of new saddle...
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2012 California Napa Valley United States

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.

When it comes to New World wines, and especially wines from the United States of America, Napa Valley is something of a standard bearer. Over its relatively short history, it has managed to transform itself from being a fairly insignificant region, to becoming one of the most important and highly regarding wine locations on earth. With an ideal climate for viticulture, blazing sunshine and a low level of rainfall, this valley is shielded on many sides by mountain ranges which help it maintain a consistent level of heat, light and moisture throughout the year. Today, Napa Valley is a home of innovation and quality, with dozens of grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. However, the main varietals grown there have always been Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Zinfandel, and the wines they produce are constantly lauded by critics and competitions across the globe.

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.