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10 Span Pinot Noir 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - Introduced by delicate red cherry wrapped in a veil of cumin, bay leaf and white pepper, this texturally elegant wine has a resolutely...
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches Au Bouge 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is lifted, gracious and super-polished, with a level of translucence that gives the wine its...
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2014 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is rich, textured and absolutely gorgeous. Lemon confit, dried flowers, pastry and a...
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Au Bon Climat Hildegard White Blend 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 White Hildegard Estate is Jim Clendenen's Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté blend meant to replicate the original varietal...
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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Another gorgeous wine from Au Bon Climat, the 2012 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is utterly seamless and perfectly balanced, with classic...
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Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec 2012 375ml

Rated 90 - One of my favorite value-priced releases from California is Beckmen's Cuvee le Bec and it always over delivers for the price. The 2012...
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Beckmen Vineyards Grenache 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Grenache is ripe and generous - very much in the style of the year - yet never comes across as overdone or heavy. Deceptively...

California Santa Barbara 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.

Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.

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.