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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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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 3d 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Orange peel, honey, spice, mint and sage are some of the many notes that inform the 2012 Chardonnay 3-D. This is another deep, textured...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Gnesa 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - Vivid yellow. High-pitched citrus fruits on the nose, with slow-building smokiness and complicating notes of candied ginger, jasmine and...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Machado 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A more mineral and floral expression of Chardonnay emerges from the 2012 Chardonnay Machado. Lemon oil, white flowers and slate are some...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mt Carmel 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - Coming in at 14% alcohol, the 2009 Mt. Carmel Chardonnay exhibits excellent tropical fruit notes intermixed with notions of lemon oil...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 2009 750ml

Rated 94 - Bright yellow. The most high-pitched and mineral-driven of this year's chardonnays, displaying scents of chalk dust, lime zest,...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - Vivid yellow-gold. High-pitched aromas of fresh orchard fruits, minerals, honeysuckle and white pepper show serious power and focus....
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Foley Estate Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - A delicious and concentrated style with opulent baked cherry fruit and a touch of smoked black tea. Even with it’s weight and heady...
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Foxen Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - A powerful, brooding nose of black cardamom and crushed clove melds with pomegranate and cherry, resulting in an incredibly aromatic...
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Foxen Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills is a beautiful effort that spent 16 months in 33% new French oak prior to...

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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.