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Gamay From On High:
2019 Arnot-Roberts Gamay El Dorado

For many years, Arnot-Roberts has been producing some of the most exciting wines in the New World. Arnot-Roberts' wines are some of the top examples of the "new California".

Back-Vintage, Old-School California:
Ravenswood Zinfandel - 1996 Dickerson & 1997 Cooke

It's rare that we get our hands on library releases of classic California wines. Today, we're very happy to present a small parcel of Ravenswood Zinfandels, sourced directly from the winemaker's, Joel Peterson, library.

Unbeatable Value - A California Classic:
2018 Enfield North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the greatest value in old school styled California Cabernet Sauvignon. It's rare that the staff yells across the store for me to taste a wine, but that's exactly what happened with Enfield's North Coast Cabernet.

“A Magical Wine” - 2016 Trail Marker Pinot Noir Saveria

Trail Marker’s 2016 Saveria is the best California Pinot Noir that we tasted this year. It's extremely rare that we taste a California Pinot that floors the entire staff. That is exactly what happened with Trail Marker. It's simply a stunning bottle.

"This is one of the classiest wines of the vintage"
- 2015 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to old-school Cali Cabernet, Forman is one of the time-tested, essential names to know. The fact that Forman made one of the most understated and finessed examples of the 2015 vintage won't surprise many seasoned California wine fans.

Over One Hundred Years In The Making:
2017 Bedrock Heritage Red Bedrock Vineyard

Bedrock’s Heritage Red is made from one of the oldest vineyards in the entire country, and the results are stunning.

The Genuine Article: 2013 Sky Mount Veeder Zinfandel

Sky Vineyards Zinfandel is one of the most unyielding old school wines of Napa and without a doubt the most distinctive Zinfandel. If you think you know what Zinfandel is all about, Sky's will cause you to reassess the grape in a serious way.

Wine of the Year #2: Ian's Pick
2014 Enfield Cabernet Sauvignon
Fort Ross - Seaview Sonoma Coast

In all my years of picking out wines of the year, I don’t think that choosing something from California ever crossed my mind until now. The 2014 Enfield Cabernet Sauvignon Fort Ross-Seaview Sonoma Coast opened my eyes to what’s possible in California: wines that have depth and complexity while remaining fresh and elegant.

"Eccentric Genius" -
1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay Cuvée CH Sonoma

Antonio Galloni has called Kalin's Terry Leighton an "eccentric genius". That's an apt two word summary.

Zero-Gravity Zin / Less is More: 2014 Maître-de-Chai Zinfandel Stampede Vineyard

From own-rooted vines nearly 80 years old, this is one of the lightest, most delicate, most thrilling Zinfandels we’ve ever had. Simply put: do not miss.

"Utterly Spellbinding"
2013 Ridge Monte Bello

Over four plus decades, Ridge's Monte Bello has established itself as one of California's great Bordeaux blends.

"Precision and total class"
2014 Kongsgaard Chardonnay

Kongsgaard's Chardonnay may very well be the most riveting Chardonnay in California.

Born From Extremity:
2013 Enfield Cabernet Fort Ross - Seaview Sonoma Coast

One of the most compelling California Cabernets we've tasted comes from the most unlikely of places. The very cool Fort Ross-Seaview AVA has established itself as one of California's top Pinot Noir addresses. Enfield's Cabernet is a wonderful surprise.

"Eccentric Genius"
1995 Kalin Chardonnay Cuvée W

“Invariably some of California’s greatest Grand Cru Chardonnay bottlings” - John Gilman, View from the Cellar Kalin Cellars is an enigma on many levels. They are one of three or four California Chardonnays that age for decades upon decades. As Gilman's quote above makes clear, they are also some of the greatest expressions of classically styled Cali Chardonnay.