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The USA tried to make wine since the 17th Century, against many historic contingencies - from native varieties that tasted bad to Prohibition (ensuring even less professional results). But the USA’s massive market and range of climates - including hot dry ones - have finally established a wine powerhouse. Top of the minor leagues are New York, Washington and Oregon States, with moderate to cool-climates making mainly aromatic whites, Bordeaux varieties and Pinot Noir (Oregon Pinots being notably lush, elegant icons). But bigger than all else is California, where not-too-hot areas near San Francisco produce beautiful Burgundy varietals while great swathes of the State’s near-desert produces both top-class and mass-produced examples of USA’s billboard styles: rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and oaked Chardonnay.

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  1. 2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot

    2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot

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    90 Points Richard Caro
    Lovely, classic merlot from Sonoma. A lovely, easy drinking style that all merlot drinkers strive to find. Dark garnet in colour, with black cherries, toffee and coconut on the nose. The ...
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  2. 2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot

    2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Lovely merlot thats not overcooked due to the high altitude vineyard and large temperature range of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. Low rainfall and low fertility all add up to this ...
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  3. 2015 Bogle California Chardonnay

    2015 Bogle California Chardonnay

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A buttery and oaky, full-noise Chardonnay from Califorinia – the Bogle is a classic. Ripe Chardonnay fruit is given lots of 'sur lie' yeast aging, while 50% spends 9 months in brand new ...
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  4. 2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Another winner from Sebastiani and everything we look for in a Californian Zin. Pleasure-centred and oh so satisfying (yet not too heavy), it is packed with ripe fruit, spice and choca-mocha ...
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  5. 2015 Sebastiani North Coast Chardonnay

    2015 Sebastiani North Coast Chardonnay

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    91 Points Richard Caro
    A creamy and generous Californian, this is everything you'd hope for. The last vintage was labelled 'Sonoma' but it is now sourced more broadly from the North Coast region. The effect is exactly ...
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  6. 2014 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    2014 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Beautifully lush with silky blue-black fruits and spice, this is a classic Petite Sirah (aka Durif) from an old school California producer. Unashamedly big and bold yet generous and easy, if you ...
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  7. 2014 Roth Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    2014 Roth Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    5 Stars Sam Kim
    A rich and serious Californian Chardonnay. Roth's superb Sonoma vineyards are shining in this ripe and peachy, generous wine. Classy oak and buttery deliciousness come together with sappy, ...
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  8. 2014 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    2014 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A new arrival to the NZ market, the Paso Robles region has been under vineyard since 1797 but has suddenly become one of the “hottest” appelations in California. Located midway between Santa ...
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  9. 2014 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    2014 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A fruity and spicy Zinfandel - not too massive, this elegant and medium-bodied expression is red-fruited with pretty spicey, almost floral characters (from the small Petite Syrah component?). ...
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  10. 2013 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2013 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A delicious medium-rich California Zinfandel: bright red and black fruits as well as spice come with an aromatic nose and a juicy - but not jammy - palate. Offering real body and satisfaction ...
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