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Cayuse 2012 God Only Knows Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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It takes some time to open up but when it does, this wine reveals perfumed aromas of potpourri, green olive, savory spices, peat, pepper and mineral. The palate is equal parts light and dense with almost chewy, savory flavors that won’t quit.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
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Sojourn 2013 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

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Sizzling lemon and Asian pear-tinged acidity give this wine an electricity on the palate that finds its companion in the richer overtones of racy cardamom and nutmeg. The 40% new French oak imparts structure and spice rather than an overt influence, letting the complex stone minerality and depth of fruit linger on the finish.

 — V.B.  (9/1/2015)
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Aequorea 2013 Spanish Spring Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)

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Aaron Jackson sources from the Central Coast’s most extremely coastal vineyards, and this one from Edna Valley shows complex cola, black cherry, star anise and Dr Pepper aromas. It’s soft and slate-driven on the lively palate, with graphite flavors that lead into tart cherry, clove spice and Sichuan pepper, entertaining the mouth for a long time

 — M.K.  (9/1/2015)
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Escarpment 2013 Kupe Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

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The best of Escarpment’s latest bevy of single-vineyard releases, Kupe (ku-pay) is from the close-planted vineyard nearest the winery on Te Muna Road. It’s floral upfront, loaded with raspberry and blueberry fruit and amazingly supple despite using 70% whole clusters and 50% new oak. Drink 2016–2025.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
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Sojourn 2013 Campbell Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

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From a high-elevation site near the outpost of Annapolis, close to the Mendocino border, this is a briny, salty and soft wine, complex and bristling in acidity, yet possessed of subtle power and finesse. Enjoy now or over time, cellaring through 2018.

 — V.B.  (9/1/2015)
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Sojourn 2013 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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From a relatively warm site within the burgeoning Petaluma Gap, this wine offers lush, velvety layers of blackberry, mint and dried herb, employing some whole-cluster fermentation to add to the weight and concentration. Perfumed in spice, it retains plenty of structure; it would be a good one to cellar, through 2023.

 — V.B.  (9/1/2015)
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Alleromb 2012 La Gran Flor Scarline Vineyard Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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This wine is an unusual blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of tar, fresh dark plum, flowers and herbs lead to flavorful blue fruit and cherry notes. A sense of purity, texture and balance captures the attention. Give it plenty of time to open up.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
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Betz Family 2012 Clos de Betz Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Just over two-thirds Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and a pinch of Petit Verdot, this thoroughly delicious wine opens with a complex assortment of aromas, including incense, toast, crushed flowers, spice, bay leaf, licorice and red and black fruit. The palate is deft but brings waves of layered fruit flavors that show great density and richness. It’s…

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
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