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Wines from Clear Lake

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91
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De Loach 2011 Nova Vineyard Zinfandel (Clear Lake)

  1. $32
De Loach continues to impress with this Lake County vineyard-designate, a well-balanced Zin with plenty of density amid its brick tar and brambly blackberry fruit. With leveled acidity along with plenty of power, it’ll both age and be pleasing to drink now, with smoky meats.  — V.B.  (6/1/2014)
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

Cinnabar 2011 Reserve Rows Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Clear Lake)

  1. $65
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a mere 25 cases produced, it’s soft in minty tannins and streams of acidity. It reveals cedar and light black cherry fruit and finishes big and smoky. Age 2019–2024, the structure is definitely there.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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
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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
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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)
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