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The Dozen - Leaning Leftward

We’re leaning in completely to the West Coast with this Dozen, with some great reds and some interesting white varieties and blends that aren’t often seen in the U.S. It’s an exciting peep into what is coming this fall.

2019 Pine Ridge California Chenin Blanc + Viognier ($13). I’ve not been a fan of past vintages of this unusual blend, but this one is quite attractive, with its fruitiness being juiced up by petillance and then being tamed by mild tannins.

2019 Seghesio Sonoma County Chardonnay ($19). Very pleasant with some tropical fruit flavors woven in with the apples.

2018 Priest Ranch Napa Valley Grenache Blanc ($21). A few years ago, most people outside the Rhone Valley didn’t know that there was a white Grenache. Here it has a light spiciness and a touch of citrus peel.

2019 Seghesio Russian River Valley Vermentino ($24). You’ll be seeing more of this Italian variety being made in the U.S. and this wine shows you why – refreshing with a light pettillance, apple flavors and an orangish, minerally finish.

2017 Tablas Creek “Esprit de Tablas” Paso Robles White Wine ($48). A fragrant but yet substantial Rhone blend with the aromas of honeysuckle and with white peach and pear flavors.

2017 WillaKenzie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($28). Light cherry flavors, a touch of tanginess and lots of dusty tannins.

2017 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($31). Cherries – full-bodied and fruit-forward.

2017 La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($33). Light cherry fruit with some spice, cream and light tannins.

2018 Davies “Ferrington Vineyard” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($69). Bright cherry flavors with both gamey and garrigue notes in the finish.

2016 J. Davies “Jamie” Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($113). Excellent combination of dark berry, savory and creamy flavors – 100% Cab.

2016 J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($120). About 10% less Cab in the blend than the 2017 – very harmonious, smooth, but not as bold as the later vintage.

2017 J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($120). Delicious – a complex combo of dark, spicy fruit transitioning into a long and creamy finish.


Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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