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Schramsberg 2009 Tognetti Vineyard Brut Sparkling (Carneros)

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  1. $70
The winery rarely produces single-vineyard bubblies, so when they do, it’s because their team believes in the bottling. And when you taste this 100% Chardonnay, you understand why. It’s dry and rich in acidity, with yeasty lees and toast that frame gorgeous tangerine, Meyer lemon, lime and vanilla bean flavors. The mousse is ultrarefined, making it great for…  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
95
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $75
Dry, tart and balanced, it has keen acidity highlighting complex flavors of pomegranates, persimmons, cherries and sandalwood, with the earthy, plummy sweetness of mu shu sauce. This wine gets better and better as it breathes in the glass. It’s hard to keep from opening it now, but it will benefit from aging; best after 2018.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
95
points

Coomber Family Ranch 2010 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)

  1. $126
There’s good structure to this Cabernet, thanks to the firm tannins and ample acidity. But the flavors take the starring role, with raspberries, cherries, currants, mocha and cedar. It has a light, delicate mouthfeel, although there’s nothing light about the taste. It’s complex and ageable, so give it until 2020 to begin to come around.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
95
points

Oakville East 2010 Core Stone Red (Oakville)

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  1. $125
Based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this shows hard tannins and dryness despite the intensely ripe blackberries and cherries at its core. Two-thirds new French oak is not too much, adding balancing toast and wood tannins. This gorgeous wine will begin to come into its own by 2018, and should evolve for many more years.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
95
points

Krupp Brothers 2010 M5 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $150
Grown in one of the valley’s best vineyards, it’s eminently ageable. The flavors of black currants and minerals are intense and fine, complexed with new French oak. However, the strong tannins will jacket the wine for a long time before they begin to fall out. Don’t even think of popping the cork before 2024, and it could be awesome in 2030.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
95
points

Raymond 2010 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $130
Made from various St. Helena vineyards, with some additions from eastern Oakville, it expresses all the beauty of Napa Valley Cab. The flavors of blackberries, black currants, chocolate, licorice and smoky cedar are absolutely delicious. Yet the wine possesses structure, not the easiest thing to achieve with a 100% Cabernet this rich. The wine should age well…  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
94
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $55
It’s easy for a California Chardonnay to be rich, but few can rise to the level of balanced complexity as this gorgeous bottling. The wine is enormous in apricot, orange, nectarine, pear and Meyer lemon fruit, with the vanilla and buttered toast of French oak. The acidity is just about perfect.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
94
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Papera Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)

  1. $55
Williams Selyem’s track record with this bottling is excellent. While this 2012 has notes of raisins, they’re more of a seasoning than the main ingredient. It’s a robust, lusty wine, filled with blackberries, dark chocolate, anise and pepper, yet balanced. It will age through 2024.  — S.H.  (7/1/2014)
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