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  • 2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros

    2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros Clear deep straw color, this unfined and unfiltered wine is already throwing tartrate “wine crystals.” In the nose, high-toned baking spices and butter intermingle with a scent of orange extract. The initial palate impression is viscous and mouth-coating, then it lightens up at mid-palate. The honeyed graham ...

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  • 2012 Parducci ‘True Grit’ Reserve Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

    2012 Parducci ‘True Grit’ Reserve Petite Sirah, Mendocino County Opaque crimson-black in the glass, this wine is peppery yet sweet in the nose, with a prickly Zin-like petulance. Jammy fruit notes of black plum and fig intermingle with dark berries and a whiff of toasted nuts and dark flowers. This is a wine th ...

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  • 2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

    2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Nutmeg, cherry, jammy strawberry, clove, cinnamon, orange rind and cherry cola aromas are forward and promising. And the promise is kept, as the wine coats the mouth, picking up a youthful, earthy, tannic grip after mid-palate, then cascades to ...

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  • 2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Riesling, Monterey County

    2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Riesling, Monterey County A pear blossom perfume gives way to effusive ripe peach and apricot in the nose. In the mouth, sweet orange emerges. In the past, many California Rieslings have been overblown, flabby and not particularly distinctive. Could this party in a glass mark a new chapter in the variety’s evolution in California? Enjo ...

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  • 2013 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

    2013 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast An engaging nose of butter-kissed baking spices and apple, leading to stone fruit and lightly toasted nuts. A small hole mid-palate fills back in nicely at the end, inviting another sip. MSRP: $ ...

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  • 2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley

    2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley Lightly perfumed, with subtle green apple and sweet honey aromas. The wine is more expansive in the mouth, with a note of sponge cake emerging. A nicely balanced wine, and while it doesn’t seem that big in the nose and mouth, the finish lingers with a hint of minerality. Lemon-glazed chi ...

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  • 2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

    2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this Napa Cab exudes warm earth tones and high-toned spice, along with a varietal note of bell pepper — a classic red Bordeaux profile. Mix in some Rutherford dust, cedar, clove, red currant and a hint of polished leather, and you have a classic, Old World, Claret-style gem, rarely seen in California today.

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  • 2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley

    2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine represents the older style of winemaking — rustic and pure. Notes of lavender soap and vanilla cream mix nicely with ample black currant fruit, zippy blackberry, nice spice notes and smoky oak. Grainy dark chocolate ec ...

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  • 2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

    2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this wine has a perfumed nose full of roses and violets. There’s some nice forward fruit — cherry, currant, black plum — joined by cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, striking a nice balance between the wood components and the fruit.

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