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Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris-Pinot Blanc 2012

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | CALIFORNIA | $18
Crisp d’Anjou pear with hints of kiwi and pineapple, plus lemongrass, bright stone minerals, floral notes and oak. Fairly light bodied with some viscosity. Finishes clean with a pleasant biter kiss. A freckle-faced lass, fresh as spring, whip smart, full of goodness. 75% Pinot Gris, 25% Pinot Blanc. A very good wine. (reviewed 10/5/13)

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Foxen 7200 ‘Little Bird’ 2010

HAPPY CANYON OF SANTA BARBARA | CALIFORNIA | $42
A blueberry and boysenberry crush, with notes of cocoa, graphite, tarragon and orange zest. Medium to full bodied, well integrated and, to a small degree, gamey, with a satiny, slightly laden mouth feel and a lingering, satisfying finish. Rather agile, and surprisingly so, as the initial encounter conveys a weightiness that portends clumsiness — and yet this image rapidly vanishes revealing a complex, sublime soul. Merlin Olsen. 60% Merlot, 40% Petit Verdot. A very good wine. (Reviewed 2/2/13)

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York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Estate’ 2007

SPRING MOUNTAIN | CALIFORNIA | $50
Black cherry and plum fruit with dark berry accents, and notes of violets, orange zest, bay and black pepper. Firm tannins provide structure and a pleasant acidity adds brightness. Full bodied with a silky texture. There’s an easy complexity at play revealing stand-out flavors alongside well-integrated ones. You think you know this one, but there’s more than pleasantly meets the eye. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. A very good wine. (Reviewed 12/30/12)

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Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Reserva la Demoiselle 2009

LANGUEDOC | FRANCE | $16
Soft cherry with raspberry and earth notes, and hints of baking spices, mint and citrus pith bring interest. Plumpish, little more than medium bodied with some heft on the palate and a pleasantly smooth texture. Fairly straightforward and a bit rustic, yet there’s an overall quality that allures. One’s gaze evolves to a stare, captivated but not attracted; she’s interesting, less than beautiful, and you just can’t turn away. 70% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre. A good wine. (Reviewed 12/1/12)

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Loring Pinot Noir 2010

SANTA RITA HILLS | CALIFORNIA | $30
Full blackberry fruit with cherry, plum and a hint of mission fig accented with woody spice notes of cedar, bay, clove and anise plus graphite minerality and citrus pith. Medium bodied offering forward fruit flavors, natural acidity and a satin mouthfeel with a slight tooth. Racy with restraint; an undisciplined hand might have turned out a showy, unrefined effort. But this is masterfully made — titillating without vulgarity. A very good wine. (Reviewed 11/18/12)

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Domaine de Durban 2009

COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES BEAUMES-DU-VENISE | FRANCE | $24
Raspberry and red cherry over a base of dark, mature plum, accented with loamy soil, allspice, pepper, coriander, sumac and orange pith. Medium bodied, focused and charmingly rustic with a pleasant, natural acidity. At ease and self-assured, this rural denizen navigates easily among the presumed urbane, neither fearing nor bearing loathe; rather, he is quite ready to enlighten. 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. A very good wine. (Reviewed 11/18/12)

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