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FREEMARK ABBEY

Chardonnay 2017

(Napa Valley, California) $30

A rich, supple classic with lovely apple tart flavors, a creamy middle, and a long lightly toasty finish.

Available at Freemark Abbey

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CHATEAU MONTELENA

“Potter Valley” Riesling 2017

(Napa Valley, California) $35

A wonderful dry riesling with lovely stone fruit, tropical fruit, and lemon pie notes. Tailor made for easy drinking.

Available at Chateau Montelena

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CLIFF LEDE

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

(Napa Valley, California) $28

Fresh, cool and creamy. Delicious flavors evocative of lemon verbena, lemon, and sage. Pure tasting, crisp, and long.

Available at Cliff Lede Vineyards

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BRUNO GIACOSA

“Falletto” Dolcetto d’Alba 2016

(Piedmont, Italy) $27

Lovely finesse. Delicious red cherry and minty aromas with hints of blueberries and pine flavors. 

92 points KM

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ANTINORI

“Villa Antinori” Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

(Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy) $30

Antinori built its name on delicious dependability… and it’s been totally reliable for the last 40 years. Nice tar-roses-salty quality here, and good length on the palate. Fresh and pretty. 

89 points KM

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SELVAPIANA

“Vigneto Bucerchiale” Chianti Rufina Riserva 2013

(Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy) $30

Wonderful classic flavors of espresso, cherries, licorice, and tobacco. Plus a hint of saltiness which is often a characteristic of terrific Chianti. Superb with meat pastas. 

90 points KM

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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