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Palate Pleasing: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

2013 Murrieta’s Well The Spur Red, Livermore Valley, California Winemaker Robbie Meyer concocts a superlative blend each vintage for ‘The Spur’. (more…)

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Undeniable Richness: Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California I hate to admit it but way too many years have passed since I’ve tasted the Sequoia Grove wines. This winery’s history started in 1979 when Sequoia Grove was founded by Jim Allen. (more…)

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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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