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Bernardus Pinot Noir 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - A seamless effort, this is clean and pure, focused on plum and black cherry flavors, with a light oak spiciness and a long, lingering...
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Caraccioli Cellars Brut Cuvee 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - Light bright yellow. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of buttered toast, smoky minerals and...
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Hahn Estates Gsm 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Offers plenty of personality, with aromas of cherry, white pepper and smoky herb leading to zesty flavors of raspberry and licorice....
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Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red fruits and Asian spices, with complicating cola and floral nuances. Sweet and silky in...
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Lucienne Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Bright ruby. Heady aromas of ripe red and dark berries, incense and mocha. Concentrated black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show...
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Mer Soleil Chardonnay Silver Unoaked 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - A seductive style that captures effusively ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features a juicy texture that's broad and layered. Despite...

California Monterey County Santa Lucia Highlands 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.

Monterey County is located within the state of California, and whilst it may not be the most renowned wine producing region in the state, recent decades have proven that the wineries situated there are dedicated to raising their profile, and producing wines of singular quality and distinction. The warm, sunny summers which Monterey County enjoys help the wine-makers of the region cultivate an impressive array of grape varietals, mostly of French and Italian origin, including fine varietals such as Barbera, Cabernet Franc and Dolcetto, amongst many others. It is a center of viticultural experimentation, and also features many sustainable, organic and biodynamic wineries which are producing superb wines, packed with distinctive local flavors and characteristics.

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.