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Sonoma

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Sonoma county might be overshadowed by its glitzy neighbour Napa, but it actually has an older viticultural history. It also has a more varied climate, especially nearer to the Pacific coast, where the cooler temperatures allow for some outstanding expressions of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other grapes. Farther inland, Sonoma is home to ancient Zinfandel vines planted by Italian immigrants, some more than a century ago. Despite it's long history, Sonoma is still a wild, rustic landscape where the scenery can be enjoyed as much as the wine.

Macmurray Ranch 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir 750ml

$34.70

The MacMurray Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir opens with aromas of lavender and boysenberry, giving way to flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla. This luscious wine has a silky mouthfeel, framed by subtle hints of oak from...

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Paul Hobbs 2017 Cross Barn Pinot Noir 750ml

$63.39

The 2017 Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and inviting scents of pomegranate liqueur, crushed cranberries and Bing cherries with nuances of orange peel, potpourri and autumn leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it offers loads of bright,...

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Ridge 2017 Geyserville 750ml

$86.86

The 2017 Geyserville is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah and 2% Alicante Bouschet, aged 14 months in American oak, 16% new. Medium ruby, it opens with lilac, chocolate box and stone fruit hints with warm blackcurrants, red and...

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Ridge 2015 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 750ml

$79.91

A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch exudes concentration in all of its dimensions. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice meld together in a plush, voluptuous Zinfandel loaded with personality. There is so much to...

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Decoy 2017 Sonoma Zinfandel 750ml

$46.00

This wine is just plain pretty. From its ripe berry aromas and flavors to its soft touch on the palate, there are few better choices. Enjoy it with a slab of BBQ pork ribs. (Tasted: May 6, 2018, San Francisco, CA) Score: 89 points  -- Wilfred...

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Pedroncelli 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir 750ml

$32.95

Aromas of rose petals, pomegranate and a touch of nutmeg greet the nose. A light and velvety body embraces the hints of strawberry and black plum fruit with toasted oak notes. On the finish lingering fruit and spice are balanced with bright acidity and...

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Walter Hansel 2015 Pinot Noir "Cahill Lane" 750ml

$78.17

The 2015 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is a bit more closed than the other wines in this range, but it also offers greater subtlety finesse and nuance. I expect the 2015 will need at least a few years to be at its best, but all the elements are in...

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Nalle 2017 Dry Creek Zinfandel 750ml

$65.13

Alongside Zinfandel, there's 9% petite sirah and 9% carignan for balance and body, offering up a classic nose of brambly raspberries, garrigue, lovely spice tones, a fine base of soil, a bit of venison and a top note of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine...

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Day 2015 Zinfandel 750ml

$56.43

From the minds behind Turley and Failla... The 2015 Zinfandel Sonoma County is a delicious entry-level offering laced with sweet red cherry, tobacco and mint, all in a racy, exuberant style that offers tons of near and medium-term appeal. Score: 89...

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Foppiano 2015 Petite Sirah 750ml

$46.00

Dusty dark chocolate and blueberry jam form the center of this rich full-bodied wine, that is thick and gritty in approach. Raisiny leather and meaty black pepper follow the concentrated fruit into a whirlwind of bold ripeness. -- Virginie Boone, Wine...

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Paul Hobbs 2017 Cross Barn Chardonnay 750ml

$47.74

The 2017 Chardonnay is quite lush in this vintage, with a bit more textural depth and richness than is the norm. Apricot, peach, wild flowers, butter and touch of tropical inflections are some of the signatures in this racy, open-knit Chardonnay from...

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Pont Neuf 2015 Chardonnay "Pont Royal" 750ml

$95.56

As a result of our training in Burgundy, we seek a connection between the classic wines from the heart of France and the wines of California. Our production remains limited since, like the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy, it is rare to find sites that...

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Walter Hansel 2015 Chardonnay "Cuvee Alyce" 750ml

$82.52

The 2015 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce features lovely lemon curd, pink grapefruit and underripe pineapple with touches of toasted almonds, fresh ginger and honey toast. Medium-bodied and super intense in the mouth, it has a racy line cutting through the...

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Pont Neuf 2015 Pinot Noir "La Vouge" 750ml

$91.21

"As a result of our training in Burgundy, we seek a connection between the classic wines from the heart of France and the wines of California. Our production remains limited since, like the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy, it is rare to find sites that...

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