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Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2016 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard is a wine of subtlety and finesse. Lifted and understated, the Tina Marie is beautifully...
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Au Contraire Rose 2018 750ml

Rated 93 - Au Contraire Rose 2018 93 Points Gold Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition 2019, Delicate blush pink. Cheerful aromas of...
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Balletto Chardonnay Teresa's Unoaked 2018 750ml

Rated 88 - Fresh, lively acidity is up front and persistent in this light steely white unfettered by oak. Fermented and aged instead in stainless...
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Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard 2018 750ml

Dark ruby red in color with satisfying aromas of boysenberry, dark cherry and mulberry along with delicate hints of baking spices, dill, cola,...
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Bravium Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Rated 88 - Freshly cut McIntosh apple and ripe citrus flavors are backed by crisp acidity in this lithe version. Mineral and salted butter notes...
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Capiaux Pinot Noir Old Vine 2017 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2017 Pinot Noir Old Vine (Russian River Valley) is a rich, heady wine. Ripe black cherry, game, inky blue purplish fruit, smoke,...
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Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River 2016 750ml

The 2016 Davis Bynum Chardonnay has beautiful aromas of toasted sesame, marzipan, meyer lemon and baked apple. On the palate the wine opens with...
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Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017 750ml

Rated 89 - Firm and savory, with crunchy acidity behind the dried dark currant, cherry and wild berry flavors. Forest floor notes show on the...
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Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate Un-Filtered 2017 750ml

Rated 92 - Not surprisingly, in 2017 Dehlinger’s Chardonnay Estate is quite racy and luscious. Orchard fruit, citrus confit, and wild flowers...
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Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - Offers a silky texture, with lithe flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry that are creamy and plush. The minerally finish offers a rich,...
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Dutton Estate Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2017 750ml

Rated 92 - Youthfully subdued on the nose, the 2017 Chardonnay Warren's Collection Dutton Ranch opens to aromas of crushed rock, acacia and baby's...
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Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Walker Hill 2015 750ml

Rated 95 - Salt rock and tart green-apple tones combine effortlessly to showcase a sublime texture with considerable length and depth. A touch of...

California Russian River Valley Sonoma 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.

Of all the wine producing regions in California, Sonoma County is one of the most highly regarded, having had a long and fruitful history which has helped shape the American wine industry. Within Sonoma County, we find the AVA of Russian River Valley, a beautiful viticultural area centred around the Russian river, and responsible for around one sixth of Sonoma’s high quality wine production. The vineyards of the region were first planted some two hundred years ago by immigrant communities coming over to California. At first, the vines planted here were generally for private consumption - a reminder of home gardens in Spain and Italy - but by the beginning of the twentieth century, business was booming with a couple of hundred wineries in operation, thanks to the unique nature of the terroir and the effectiveness with which the grapes were growing.

The Russian River Valley is renowned worldwide for the character and quality of its wines, which are the result of the region’s perfect, cool climate, which is affected by the Pacific fog which rolls in over the valley. This coolness tempers the strong sunshine of the area, and allows for a longer, slower ripening season - thus adding character and expression to the grape varietals which grow there. The main vines grown in Russian River Valley are cool climate grapes - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - which make up for over forty percent of the grapes grown there. The hillier parts of Russian River Valley have had great success with Syrah and Zinfandel, and other parts of the region are experimenting successful with Bordeaux grapes, too.

California's beautiful and remarkably fertile Sonoma Valley has grown over the decades to become one of the United States' most respected and profitable wine regions, with wineries within the region benefiting from the superb Californian sunshine, low rainfall and wonderfully rich soils. Because of this vital combination of excellent conditions, the region is able to grow a wide range of grape varietals for use in the production of an impressive array of wines, with many different red and white wine grapes flourishing each year and producing excellent and characterful results. The soils have been enriched by volcanic activity, and the presence of geothermal springs, which make this region a unique one, and very much the beating heart of California's ever growing wine industry.

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.