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Not Your Typical Petite Sirah: Chronic Cellars Suite Petite

2014 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite, Paso Robles, California This is not a typical Petite Sirah, nor are any of the Chronic Cellars wines typical. I guess that’s what makes them so desirable to a lot of wine consumers; well that and the art work on the label. (more…)

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In Your Face Finish: Balletto Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Chardonnay Russian River, Sonoma County, California The aromas are unique and aggressive, like you just walked into a kitchen where a freshly baked apple pie is cooling, and the chef just torched the sugar crust on a lemon Crème brulee.  (more…)

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“Go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay: Artesa

2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California I used to have a “go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay from Carneros that I recommended to anyone who was looking for a big lush wonderful Chardonnay, but that recommendation now belongs to Artesa. (more…)

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An Oasis of Flavor: Balletto Sparkling Rose

2012 Balletto Sparkling Rose Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Balletto Sparkling Rose is an oasis of flavor in a sea of sparkling rose mediocrity.  (more…)

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A Fun Wine: Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay

2015 Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, California Karl Wente has got to be one of the nicest multi-generational family winery owners I have ever met. (more…)

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CherryBerry Blast: Artesa Pinot Noir

 2013 Artesa Estate Pinot Noir Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley, California Artesa continues to release well made estate grown varietals that represent value and distinction, and this 2013 Carneros Pinot noir is no exception to that trend. (more…)

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