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CALIFORNIA

FREEMARK ABBEY CHARDONNAY 2015

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: A pretty ribbon of gardenia

opens the nose of this rich, concentrated

wine, creamy in texture with a viscosity of

vanilla and oak. The richness continues in

deep caramel notes, as baked pear provides

fruit and nuance. Score:

91

(Virginie Boone,

Wine Enthusiast

, June 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $44.95

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GRGICH HILLS ESTATE

CHARDONNAY 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Though it might be natural to

look to France for a finely French-oaked

Chardonnay, you don’t have to. This legendary

Chardonnay shows how French oak can add

character without masking the fruit itself. Both

intense and subtle, this masterful white starts

with the scent of warm apple pie that leads

to a rich, plunging attack, the entry is silky and

articulate, insinuating pineapple, apple, flint,

hazelnut, pecan, brioche and cream. Lovely

stuff. Score:

95

(Carolyn Evans Hammond,

Toronto Star

, June 4, 2016)

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $67.95

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RODNEY STRONG RUSSIAN RIVER

VALLEY RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2014

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Offers complexity, with

an array of citrus, tangerine, nectarine and

honeydewflavors, ending with a dash of

smoky, toasty oak. Drink now through 2021.

Score:

92

(James Laube,

winespectator.com

,

June 15, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $49.95

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KISTLER SONOMA MOUNTAIN

CHARDONNAY 2015

Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County

Kistler is a Chardonnay specialist and their

wines are among the finest examples of this

noble grape in the NewWorld. They are

particularly renowned for their single-vineyard

expressions. The Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay

is their only multi-site Chardonnay. Careful

research and many years’ effort have helped to

refine their understanding of the nuances of

their sites. Few producers are as in tune with

their vines. John Szabo, MS, awarded the 2012

and 2013 vintages a rating of 94 points and

gave the 2014 a rating of 93 points, calling it “a

superbwine ... crafted in the balanced, refined,

fresh house style ...” (

winealign.com

, Nov. 2016).

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $107.95

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FAR NIENTE CHARDONNAY 2015

Napa Valley

(Nickel & Nickel, props.)

This classic Napa Valley Chardonnay is

sourced from cool growing sites in Coombs-

ville in Napa Valley’s southeastern corner.

Here, temperatures are moderated by fogs

that roll in from the San Pablo Bay, and on

average can be as much as 10 degrees cooler

than surrounding areas. This allows for a long,

slow growing season that permits the grapes

to achieve full ripeness. This wine is always

complex and rich, with lifted aromatics, ripe

melon, citrus and tropical fruit notes and a

delicate oak influence.

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $108.95

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USA

– REDWINE

CALIFORNIA

RAVENSWOOD TELDESCHI

SINGLE VINEYARD ZINFANDEL 2013

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

TASTINGNOTE: ... fromvines planted between

1900 and 1910 on red, iron-rich gravelly

loam; it’s mostly zinfandel, though it gains tannic

depth and dark color from petite sirah (12

percent) and alicante bouchet (seven percent)

and, perhaps, a little spicy complexity from

carignan (two percent). There’s delicious

suppleness to the fruit, yet its stony tannins hold

a cooling mintiness underneath – a sensation

that made our panel think about mountain

cabernet as much as zin. The astonishing thing

about this wine, aside from its structural

integrity, is its sheer range of aromas, from the

brightness of pomegranate seeds through

anise and cassis to the earthy savor of a damp

forest floor litteredwith black trumpet mush-

rooms. It feels like a great vineyard capturing a

great California vintage. Age it for another five

years at least. Score:

94

(

wineandspirits.com

,

Feb. 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $44.95

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22 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017