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Cliff Lede

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Napa Valley, California) $25

Tastes like it costs a lot more than it does. Crisp and snappy, but also wonderfully nuanced in flavor. Sancerre’s California cousin.

90 points KM

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LE PETIT COQUEREL

“Walnut Wash Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Calistoga, Napa Valley, California) $22

Wild, sassy, and peppery. Very fresh. Lots of personality.

89 points KM

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GAMBLE FAMILY

“Gamble Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Yountville, Napa Valley, California) $27

From one of the leading growers of SB in Napa comes this lovely, light, citrusy sauvignon. Great as an aperitif.

88 points KM

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MIRROR

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Napa Valley, California) $28

Fresh, lively and crisp, yet at the same time, a wine with enough body and complexity to challenge you (or challenge a great fish dish).

89 points KM

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CARTUXA

“Evora” Red Wine 2013

(Alentejo, Portugal) $24

A fascinating big, soft wine with unusual dark juicy flavors. Loads of personality. An intriguing blend of alicante bouschet, trincadeira, and cabernet sauvignon.

88 points KM

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BRUTOCAO

“Hopland Ranches” Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Mendocino, California) $25

Lots of inexpensive cabernet sauvignon lacks cabernet character. Not this one. Nice cassis flavor; good structure; juicy. Not complex but a real deal for every night.

86 points KM

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CHATEAU STE MICHELLE

“Midsummer’s White Wine” 2017

(Columbia Valley, Washington) $24

I would have called this Midsummer’s Night White, because it’s exactly what’s delicious on summer nights now. Aromatic and juicy.

88 points KM

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IDILICO

Tempranillo Reserva 2014

(Yakima Valley, Washington) $30

That wonderful cigars-leather-and-dirt character of tempranillo in full force. Lamb chops please.

89 points KM

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EROICA

Riesling 2015

(Columbia Valley, Washington) $20

Beautiful soft dry riesling and just 12% alcohol. My vote for the easiest-to-drink-wine in America.

88 points KM

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COR CELLARS

“Alder Ridge Vineyard” Cabernet Franc 2015

(Horse Heaven Hills, Washington) $28

A fabulous sleek red (violets, dark chocolate, mint and espresso) waiting for grilled meat.

90 points KM