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.

Decoy 2020 Sauvignon Blanc 750ml

$36.43

This white delivers great quality and appeal. Approachable, soft and smooth, it has rich flavors of peach, pear and melon that are brightened by crisp acidity. Score: 90 points, Editor's Choice -- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, 2020

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Ridge 2017 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 750ml

$80.78

The medium ruby colored 2017 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch offers lovely layers of tricolored berry preserves and stone fruit cobbler with baker's chocolate, dusty earth, garrigue, iron, fried herbs, charcuterie and an exotic spice undercurrent. Medium to...

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Ridge 2019 Geyserville 750ml

$93.82

The 2019 Geyserville marks a pretty huge step up in this range. What a wine! Black cherry, plum, chocolate, cloves, menthol and licorice blast across the palate. Deep and saturated, with tremendous concentration, the 2019 Geyserville is a wine to cellar...

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Decoy 2019 Sonoma Zinfandel 750ml

$50.35

A beautifully lush and engaging Zinfandel, this wine begins with aromas of blueberry, blackberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, and licorice. The generous fruit continues on the palate, where the flavors are framed by silky-smooth tannins and bright...

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Ridge 2019 East Bench Zinfandel 750ml

$72.09

Amazingly deep and seductive fruit aromas like freshly crushed blackberries are followed by concentrated black fruits and moderate tannins in this bold and full-bodied wine. Its ripeness verges on sweetness and is delicious to savor. Score: 93...

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Walter Hansel 2019 Pinot Noir "Cahill Lane" 750ml

$117.30

The 2019 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is elegant, understated and classy. Silky tannins and mid-weight structure give the 2019 so much appeal. As with all of these wines, the flavors are bright and punchy, with plenty of red berry, white pepper, mint...

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Joseph Phelps 2018 Freestone Chardonnay 750ml

$98.17

The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard, aged 13 months in 41% new French oak, takes its time on the nose, slowly opening to notes of saline, crushed nuts, lemon peel and quince. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy and very silky, its citrusy fruits...

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Davis Bynum 2017 River West Chardonnay 750ml

$41.65

Beautifully done, the 2017 Chardonnay River West Vineyard has a light gold hue to go with a crisp, racy, yet also intense bouquet of crushed citrus, crushed stone-like minerality, sappy earth, and floral nuances. Made in a tight, reductive, mineral-laced...

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Cline 2020 Sonoma Chardonnay 750ml

$30.34

Offering great value, this white contains 2% Pinot Gris. Intense in oak-influenced flavors of caramel and vanilla, it has a simple structure and plenty of richness in the form of baked pineapple and pear. -- Viriginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, 2019

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Walter Hansel 2019 Chardonnay "Cuvee Alyce" 750ml

$91.22

The 2019 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a total knock-out. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2019 possesses tremendous depth and textural elegance to burn. Citrus confit, white flowers, chamomile and light tropical notes lend an exotic flair to this...

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Walter Hansel 2018 Pinot Noir "North Slope" 750ml

$112.95

The 2018 Pinot Noir The North Slope has a medium ruby-purple color with deep aromas of cranberries, blackberries and rhubarb accented by blood orange, pipe tobacco and forest floor. The palate is medium-bodied, both powerful and elegant, with...

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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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Mauritson 2017 Dry Creek Zinfandel 750ml

$54.69

Medium to deep ruby, the 2017 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley contains 6% Petite Sirah and was aged 14 months in French oak. It opens minerally on the nose with rock dust over warm apricot, charcuterie, red cherry preserves, pepper and dried herbs with floral...

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