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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.

Pedroncelli 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir 750ml


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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Ridge 2017 Geyserville 750ml


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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Mauritson 2016 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


"Sixty-five percent of the vines planted in Rockpile are Zinfandel," says Clay Mauritson. "What's gotten lost in that narrative is how unbelievable Cabernet Sauvignon is in Rockpile. It has a lot of similarities to places like Napa." Deep ruby-purple in...

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Ridge 2017 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 750ml


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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Decoy 2017 Sonoma Zinfandel 750ml


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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Joseph Phelps 2017 Freestone Chardonnay 750ml


The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated wine from Phelps. Yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace this expressive, pliant Chardonnay. Beams of supporting acidity support the...

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Nalle 2017 Dry Creek Zinfandel 750ml


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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Foppiano 2015 Petite Sirah 750ml


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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Day 2015 Zinfandel 750ml


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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Paul Hobbs 2017/18 Cross Barn Chardonnay 750ml


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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Cline 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 750ml


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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Decoy 2018 Sauvignon Blanc 750ml


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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