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Franco-American alliance Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and Robert Mondavi yielded the first New World “cult” wine, Opus One, in 1978. More than three decades later...
In the early 1990s, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, owners of Duckhorn Vineyards, the couple searched for vineyards that would enable them to pursue the perfect Pinot Noir. They settled on territory in...
Although the Davies family launched its Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with the 2001 vintage, the wine has a long history. The vineyard’s original owners, Jacob and Annie Schramand, founded...
IN 1981, Deborah and Justin Baldwin purchased 160 acres in the Adelaide hills west of Paso Robles, Calif., intending to produce central coast interpretations of first-growth wines from Bordeaux...
For Karen Cakebread, former daughter-in-law of Cakebread Cellars founder Jack Cakebread, creating her own label was a way to honor another branch of her family and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams...
The 845-acre estate located on Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain began as three wineries, starting with the original stone winery built by Charles Lemme in 1873, bought by the Schilling family in the...
When winemaker Rick Longoria decided to step out on his own in 1982, he chose to focus initially on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing small quantities of each with fruit sourced from Santa Maria...
Grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands’ famed Pisoni Vineyard, this fine Pinot Noir combines rich red and black plum, candied black cherry, and raspberry with a soft bouquet of rose petals and...
The Clos Pepe vineyard in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills is home to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with distinct Burgundian characteristics. Named for the stone wall (or clos) that surrounds it,...
A single-vineyard Pinot Noir, this regal red proves once again that the Santa Rita Hills appellation is one of the finest microclimates in which to cultivate the Burgundian grape varietals. Though...
This supremely structured Sauvignon Blanc is actually grown outside of the Central Coast region—in Bel-Air, in the hills of West Los Angeles, where the soil contains deep gravel and seashell beds not...
Fruit from seven different vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos are blended to create this supple and spicy Rhône-style wine. Flavors of raspberry, pepper, and black olive lead to a long...
Matt Dees demonstrated his brilliance as a winemaker with Jonata’s inaugural 2004 vintage, and in 2007 he repeated this triumph. This precise and delicious Sauvignon Blanc offers deep aromas of lemon...
Unlike his quirky character in Twin Peaks, actor Kyle MacLachlan has passions other than Douglas firs, black coffee, and cherry pie. A longtime oenophile, he has recently introduced his own label,...
This wine, which debuted in 2007, has already established owners Solène and Guillaume Fabre as consummate producers of the luscious varietal. Wonderful scents of honeysuckle and herbes de Provence...
This unparalleled Chardonnay—a favorite from the Santa Rita Hills appellation, near Lompoc—exhibits so many complex qualities, yet its tropical-fruit aromas and deep flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest...
Col Solare is co-owned by two luminaries of the wine world, Marchese Piero Antinori and Ted Baseler of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Their joint venture produces one of the most luxurious red blends to come...
Evening Land, an up-and-coming producer, casts a wide geographic net, making wine from grapes in the Santa Rita Hills and Sonoma Coast regions of California as well as in Oregon’s Willamette Valley...
This terrific Cabernet Sauvignon–Syrah blend comes from Charles Smith, an impresario-turned-vintner who roughly a decade ago was managing rock bands in Scandinavia. It reveals chewy tannins and...
Dark to the rim with complex aromas of cinnamon, red raspberry, clove, nutmeg, and coffee, the 2007 vintage of this reference standard for Washington red wines has great balance, lengthy tannins, and...
Crafted from fruit grown on Santa Barbara County’s Piocho Ranch, this rich, multidimensional blend consists of 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. The...
Located in Napa Valley’s St. Helena, Seavey is widely considered to be one of the great hidden values among the region’s Cabernets. This vintage bears the scent of acacia flowers and is ripe with the...
Sourced from one of Napa’s most esteemed plots of land, the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, this blockbuster is opulent and lush. Yet as wonderful as its cascading flavors of plum,...
The Scarecrow label pays homage to Napa grape grower J.J. Cohn’s previous career as chief of production at MGM, where he produced the classic films Ben-Hur and The Wizard of Oz. Made of 100 percent...
Crafted from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a unique microclimate in Napa’s Rutherford Bench, this fine red wine possesses great depth of flavor and a richness that could be matched only by...
Paul Hobbs has been planting wine grapes since 1969, when, still a child, he uprooted a section of his family’s apple orchard to plant vines. This enthusiasm later landed him in the position of head...
While attending law school, Jayson Pahlmeyer ventured into a wine-tasting class. Over the next 15 years, his legal interests were gradually overruled by his love for the complexities and pleasures of...
Blessed by the influences of David Abreu, Andy Erickson, and Michel Rolland, Ovid—located on Pritchard Hill—produces spectacular Bordeaux-style wines in its custom-made concrete fermenters. This...
Intrepid entrepreneur Betty O’Shaughnessy came to Napa in 1990 and has been producing world-class wines ever since. The mountainside terroir of the vineyards imbues this Howell Mountain cuvée with...
John Shafer and his son Doug have been producing brilliant wines from Napa’s Stags Leap District since the 1970s, and this dark beauty further enriches their legacy. Aged a full four years prior to...

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