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DOMAINE de CHEVALIER

Grand Cru Classé Graves 2014

(Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France) $60

Complex, rich, vivid. Expensive but oh so good.

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ACCENDO

Sauvignon Blanc 2015

(Napa Valley, California) $55

Rich, spicy, exquisite.

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RUDD

Sauvignon Blanc 2015

(Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California) $80

Limey, mineraly, long, supple.

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ILLUMINATION

Sauvignon Blanc 2016

(Napa Valley, California) $50

Minerally, citrusy, bright, lovely.

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PASCAL JOLIVET

Sancerre 2016

(Sancerre, Loire Valley, France) $20

Our go-to for snappy Sancerre.

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DIDIER DAGUENEAU

“Silex” 2014 Blanc Fumé de Pouilly

(Pouilly sur Loire, France) $120

The mothership. Bracing and vivid.

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MATANZAS CREEK

“Journey” Sauvignon Blanc 2015

(Sonoma County, California) $50

Racy, tangy and stony.

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WHITEHALL LANE

Merlot 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $32

Precise, delicious, long, lively.

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L’ECOLE NO 41

Estate Merlot 2014

(Walla Walla, Washington) $37

Massively structured. But with a little air and a big steak—fantastic.

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PEDESTAL

Pedestal Merlot 2014

(Columbia Valley, Washington) $65

This is super consultant Michel Rolland’s wine, and it’s gorgeous. But it will be even better in five to ten years so think: delayed gratification.