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    Eisele is one of the greatest single vineyards in Northern California. Ridge made a Cabernet from this source in 1971 and Joseph Phelps made a succession of fine wines throughout the 70s and 80s. However, since Bart and Daphne Araujo acquired the property in 1991, they have been responsible for producing some of the world`s greatest and most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines.
  • "Nicolás Catena Zapata is justly credited with putting Argentinean wines on the world map—by the best expedient of focusing entirely on quality. It`s great to know he has started a wine dynasty, too."
    Jancis Robinson

    The Catena story begins with the luck of finding high altitude vineyards that turned out to have real terroir and not just dirt on a hill. From that luck and an enormous amount of hard work, Cistercian monk-like research and constant striving for quality comes a large range of wines.

  • I love the Bond wines. Not cheap but pretty good value and as a portfolio a distinctive set of Napa terroirs. They are owned by, but run as a separate operation to Harlan Estate. Each one has a different set of aromas, flavours and strcture and each one is a pleasure to drink. They are proper wines with freshness and balance and none of them is overbearing or tiring. If you love the terroirs of Burgundy then these Cabernets express equivalent differences. Bond describe themselves as Grand Cru and I wouldn`t argue with that.
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    Between LA and San Francisco, Santa Barbara County may not yet be as well known in wine terms as Napa or Sonoma, but it is an area very fast on the rise. It is already home to some extremely distinguished vineyards and wineries. It’s a diverse place, too; the eastern inland reaches are hotter and are most known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, while the west excels at cool climate, ocean-influenced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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    Owned by the Starks, Colene clemens is the fulfilment of a long held dream, which took them miles away before turning up an orchard that was only two miles away from
  • This winery follows in a rather glorious tradition in the wine trade of a strong woman - in this case Naoko Dalla Valle - picking up the reins after the death of a partner and going from strength to strength. She employed a fine viticulturalist who has restored the vineyards and in 2003 helped to produce a wonderful, structured wine, built for the long term and putting on weight all the time. Dalla Valle Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Gustav Dalla Valle (died 1995) and his young wife, Naoko, who continues to own and run the estate.
  • David and Carla Ramey founded their company in 1996. David had already built a considerable career in Sonoma and Napa. His Chardonnay methods encompass a lot of what we are familiar with in `modern` Burgundy, including pressing brown (oxidised) juice and the use of indigenous yeasts rather than cultivated. In the last few years Ramey wines have become leaner and more elegant with a bit less oak used and less reliance on a rich flavour profile.
  • Complex, multi-dimensional, effortless wines. DuMOL are making wines all about the purity of place. the extreme south-west of the Russian River Valley, the cooler corners of Napa. It`s explicitly not about the winemaking, which they try to keep simple - fancy winemaking techniques, in the DuMOL philosophy, tend to obscure vineyard character. It`s all about the fieldwork. And it`s not easy when the vines are dripping every morning from the Pacific fog.

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