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Ridge 2012 Paso Robles Benito Dusi Ranch Zinfandel (Wine Review)

Ridge has bottled zin from the Benito Dusi Ranch—planted in 1922 on the warm, gravelly hills south of the town of Paso Robles—since the 1967 vintage. In 2012, it’s a red with both raw power and surprising detail, the aromas oscillating between cured meat, black spice and brighter floral...Read Full Story

Hirsch 2011 Sonoma Coast San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

This is delicious and utterly transparent coastal juice, electric in its tones of red plum and blood orange. A cedar bark tang gives it gravitas—as if recalling the eons of redwood mulch that built the soil on the uplifted marine sedimentary ridges of the Sonoma Coast. San Andreas...Read Full Story

MacLaren 2011 Russian River Valley Atoosa’s Vineyard Syrah (Wine Review)

Scotland native Steve Law fell in love with syrah from the Northern Rhône while he was living in France. He was working in the electronics business in California when he decided to make the jump to winemaking, focusing his label on syrah. This wine comes from a vineyard...Read Full Story

Dutton-Goldfield 2011 Marin County Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield source the fruit for this wine from a vineyard in central Marin County, mostly Dijon clones planted on a warm southwest facing slope in a small, cool valley. It’s a high-toned pinot noir that shows Marin at its best, driven by the brightness...Read Full Story

Williams Selyem 2011 Russian River Valley Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

This riverside parcel was first planted in 1989 to Joe Rochioli’s own heritage pinot noir selection supplemented in 2000 with two Dijon clones. Winemaker Bob Cabral’s 2011 is aromatically striking, ranging from floral lavender notes to a stem-inflected cumin scent. There’s a clarity at the center of the wine,...Read Full Story

Chanin 2011 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vyd. Chardonnay (Wine Review)

A cool, wet year and aggressive triage left Gavin Chanin with about 20 percent of the fruit he normally gets off his rows of Bien Nacido benchland chardonnay, the vine roots dating back to 1973. Oak frames the wine, but the fruit’s powerful enough to match it, building from the...Read Full Story

Joseph Jewell 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Young winemakers Micah Joseph Wirth and Adrian Jewell Manspeaker started out in a garage in 2006 and have slowly expanded, making Russian River wines that tend to emphasize discretion rather than bombast. Their even-handed approach clearly paid off in the moderate 2012 growing season, resulting in this sleek, vivid apotheosis of...Read Full Story

Westwood Family 2011 Placer County Sierra de Montserrat Vineyard Syrah (Wine Review)

This is a wine that makes complete sense for its site: the warmth of the lower western slopes of the Sierra Foothills shows up in a concentrated blast of red berry fruit; the decomposed granitic soil builds the ferrous, dynamic structure of its tannins. The vineyard’s young vines ...Read Full Story

The Hilt 2011 Sta. Rita Hills The Old Guard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Matt Dees sources the fruit for this bottling from some of the oldest pinot noir vines in the Santa Rita Hills—he keeps the exact identity of the vineyard under wraps. This feels tight at first, spicy and black. But with air it opens into something beautiful. One sniff...Read Full Story

Comartin Cellars 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (Wine Review)

Winemaker Adam Comartin sourced most of this fruit from the R Bar R Ranch, planted at 1,200 feet. Due to the cool climate and proximity to the ocean, close to 20 percent of the fruit was affected by botrytis in 2012. When first poured, this feels torn between green, angular acidity and...Read Full Story

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