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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

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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 Vineyards

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