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Wines from Clear Lake

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91
points

Steele 1998 Catfish Vineyard Zinfandel (Clear Lake)

  1. $19
Soft, rich fruit, with layers of plum, cherry, berry and accents of toast and vanilla. Smooth, seductive style, plenty of acid, good balance and the fruit is pure, clean and ripe all the way to the lingering finish.  — P.G.  (3/1/2001)
89
points

Rosa d'Oro 2011 Estate Bottled Primitivo (Clear Lake)

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  1. $20
A zesty, warm dark plum Primitivo rich in leathery coffee and jam and nestled in a wall of finely structured tannins. This is the kind of wine one can describe as having nice legs.  — V.B.  (12/1/2013)
89
points

Cinnabar 2009 Amber Knolls Vineyard Malbec (Clear Lake)

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  1. $65
An intensely dark and elegant Malbec, structured in firm tannins and complex in black almost-liqueur-like cherry, and a finish of herb, oak and mocha. A full-bodied and yet soft wine that is ready to drink now that is poised to get more interesting in time. A small percentage (10%) of Cabernet Sauvignon is blended in.  — V.B.  (11/1/2013)
88
points

Rosa d'Oro 2009 Barbera (Clear Lake)

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  1. $20
A deep, dark, robust Lake County Barbera, tame by Barbera standards, with softened tannins but lots of black licorice, fruit—rustic plum, mostly—and a hint of baked bread. Worth a try with meaty pasta dishes.  — V.B.  (12/15/2011)
88
points

Ceago Vinegarden 2007 Del Lago Chardonnay (Clear Lake)

  1. $20
Clean, lean and elegant, with mineral-infused citrus and green apple flavors set off by crisp acidity. There’s no oak, but somehow the wine has a vanilla and honey richness.  — S.H.  (12/31/2008)
88
points

Ceago Vinegarden 2005 Del Lago Cabernet Franc (Clear Lake)

  1. $35
Here’s a wine that calls out for fine foods. It’s dry, balanced and elegant, with oak-influenced black cherry, red currant and cedar flavors. Dry and smoothly tannic, it’s at its best now and for a couple more years.  — S.H.  (12/31/2008)
88
points

Ceago Vinegarden 2006 Del Lago Syrah Rosé (Clear Lake)

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  1. $18
A really nice blush wine from this pretty property up in Lake County. Shows its Syrah parentage and extreme youth in the fresh-picked cherry and raspberry flavors, boosted by keen acidity, and it’s totally dry despite relatively low alcohol. Defines a fulller, bigger style of rosé.  — S.H.  (7/1/2007)
88
points

Wildhurst 1998 Catfish Vineyard Zinfandel (Clear Lake)

  1. $14
Spicy, ripe fruit, with an edge to it. Well-defined wine, which shows briar, toast, berry and coffee flavors sprinkled throughout. Well-built, sturdy, a little hot, but balanced and long.  — P.G.  (3/1/2001)
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