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FREEMARK ABBEY

Chardonnay 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $25

Sometimes with a couple of years in the bottle, a very good chardonnay will get even better, like this very satisfying and balanced one.

88 points KM

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CARTUXA

“Èvora” Tinto Colheita 2013

(Alentejo, Portugal) $24

Terrific juicy softness plus the fascinating, high-personality dark flavors Portuguese reds are known for. Aragonez + other Portuguese grapes + cabernet.

89 points KM

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AMAYNA

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Leyda Valley, San Antonio, Chile) $25

Chile’s Sancerre—a fresh, crisp sauvignon blanc with wonderful minerality.

89 points KM

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J VINEYARDS

Pinot Noir 2015

(Monterey, California) $25

A good, earthy/cherry pinot. More simple than its “big sister”—J’s pinot from the Russian River Valley—but also less expensive.

89 points KM

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CROSSBARN by Paul Hobbs

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Napa Valley, California) $30

Terrific dried red cherry flavors come bursting out of the glass in this powerfully structured cabernet.

90 points KM

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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