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1)  Chappellet Signature Chardonnay 2015, Carneros:  $33 Begins with aromas of pineapple, apricot and citrus blossom, as well as hints of vanilla, sweet oak and spice from aging in French oak barrels. The lovely bright citrus and tropical fruit elements are echoed on the palate, which strikes an elegant balance between mouth-filling richness and firm, refreshing acidity. The finish is long and satisfying, with lingering notes of crème brûlée, nutmeg and citrus zest.

2)  Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa:  $32 ($45 online)Jeb Dunnuck 93 pts. Aged 19 months in one-third new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a terrific, classic, slightly old-school effort. Blackcurrants, black cherries, tobacco and leafy herb (rosemary and California bay) notes, medium body, good concentration, and building tannin all make for a terrific and elegant Cabernet that’s going to keep for a decade.

3)  Bodegas Alceno Hilanda Monastrell 2015, Jumilla:  $12Dark berry and spicy peppery aromas. Supple with bright acidity. Sweet blueberry and cherry flavors with notes of spice cake. Smooth finish with a touch of sweetness.

4)  Alex Gambal Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016:  $64.99 On deal!This wine reveals a nose with powerful aromas of red fruits and violet. It is well-balanced and fresh on the palate. This well-structured wine is both powerful and fresh; its tannins are particularly elegant.

5)  Raymond Dupont-Fahn Puligny-Montrachet “Les Charmes” 2016:  $69.99Big, rich and nicely oaky, exuding flavors of apple pie, lemon meringue and orange citrus and baking spices.

6)  Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Mt Veeder:  $83.99 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96 pts. Composed of 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1.5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder gives up notions of crème de cassis, violets, baker’s chocolate, licorice and yeast extract with a touch of beef drippings. Full-bodied, concentrated and wonderfully expressive, the palate gives lovely ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy. 3,363 cases produced.

7)  Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Reserve 2015, Alsace:  $25.99Alsace has the reputation of being the only French wine region to produce varietal wines that state the grape variety on their label. Sounds pretty simple, right? But, as with France’s complex grammar rules and head-butt-free record in World Cup finals, exceptions abound: this “magical blend” spotlights Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, and Riesling, plus a splash of noble Pinot Gris from the grand cru Sommerberg. Picture yourself frolicking with your lover in a grassy meadow in the Vosges Mountains, surrounded by wildflowers in bloom and chirping birdies overhead, with the steady murmur of a brook running through the forest in the background. This perfumed dry white is the next best thing.—Anthony Lynch

8)  LVE Cabernet Sauvignon Legend Vineyard Exclusive 2014, Napa Valley:  $70 Suggested retail: $85A collaboration between the Napa winery Raymond and musician John Legend, this vintage sees the addition of 16% Petit Verdot—a hearty imprint that is powerful on the palate. Moderate acidity and bittersweet oak meld with dried herb, cedar and graphite touches. Rich, chocolate-covered black cherry flavor lingers on the finish.

9)  Novy Zinfandel 2016, Russian River Valley:  $24Wine Spectator 91 pts. Vibrant and jammed with fresh pepper and black licorice aromas, leading to zesty, well-built blackberry pie and cinnamon flavors. Drink now through 2025.  Wine Spectator

10) Talbott Chardonnay 2014, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands:  $30.99 Great price!Wine Enthusiast 92 pts. Savory spice meets with lavish fruit on the nose of this bottling, conveying smashed figs, baked mulberries, smoked meats, oregano, gingerbread and black pepper. Baked mulberries also show on the palate, where vanilla, allspice, star anise and clove make for a rich, dessert-like palate.

11) Domaine Corne-Loup Tavel Rose 2017:  $18Elegant, refreshing, food-friendly and versatile, this Tavel offers mouth-watering aromas of strawberry and berry pie.  Corne Loup Tavel represents the pinnacle of the rose Pyramid quality wise that can be achieved in the Southern Rhone. The town of Tavel has been famous for its rose wine since the time of the Popes in Avignon (1300’s). Tavel is about 2,300 acres in size and produces about 500,000 cases yearly of 9 liter cases, plus can age for 2-3 years, unlike many other roses. Produced from 65 % Grenache, 15 % Cinsualt, 10 % Syrah, 10 % mix of Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan, the wine comes from a famous sub-parcel called the Plateau de Vallongue between Tavel and Lirac AOC’s

12)  Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County:  $18.99 The core of our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Sonoma Valley AVA and shines aromatically with notes of dried cherries, red plum and brown baking spices. It has a nicely balanced palate with bright acidity and a long finish. – winery

13) Flora Springs St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley:  $149.79 ($180 website) 95 pts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Named for the founders of our historic 1885 winery, our Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon stems from thirty years of farming a small, three-acre block on the Flora Springs Estate in the far southwest corner of the St. Helena appellation. With the precise use of deficit irrigation, perfectly matched clone to soil selection and proper row orientation, this block is arguably the finest of our 650 acres of vineyard. We call it Block C, a percentage of which we use to create our Rennie Reserve Cabernet. The2013 vintage exhibits a dense, dark chocolate character in the nose, followed by black currant and juniper berries. Crème de cassis explodes in the mouth, with hints of coffee, black pepper and sandalwood rounding out the mouthfeel. This is a larger-than-life Cabernet, finishing with notes of ground allspice that linger on the palate. The Rennie Reserve wine can be paired with any hearty dish including your favorite cut of beef.

14) Flora Springs Holy Smoke Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Oakville, Napa Valley:  $114.99 ($135 website)Our organically-farmed Holy Smoke vineyard sits in the heart of the Oakville appellation at the approximate center of Napa Valley. On summer mornings a veil of fog often blankets this mid-valley area, and our vineyard name derives in part from the smoke-like fog that lingers above the vines before the sun heats the valley floor. This wine comes from a small parcel of the vineyard planted to Clone 4, and the synergy between clone and soil yields a Cabernet that may be the most Bordeaux-like wine in our portfolio. The 2014 Holy Smoke exhibits aromas of deep, dark fruit – black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry – along with notes of black licorice, granite and wild herbs warmed by the sun. The judicious use of new and seasoned oak endows the wine with subtle notes of cardamom, cola and vanilla, but it’s the power of the cassis-like fruit that wins out on the palate, with deeply concentrated flavors of this dark cherry liqueur. This is a highly-structured wine with a smooth tannic backbone that will reward long-term cellaring. If drinking young, we recommend decanting at least 30 minutes prior to enjoying.

15) Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley:  $155Tucked behind our old family home on the northwestern edge of the Rutherford appellation is our Hillside Reserve Vineyard. This benchland site sweeps dramatically up the hillside, bordering an ancient creek and wrapping around the natural springs that give our winery its name. The Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Block J at the vineyard’s highest elevation, was the first Cabernet we chose to bottle on its own. The 2014 vintage is dark purple, dense and concentrated, with abundant flavors of black currants, black cherries, bittersweet chocolate, cardamom spice and a hint of violet. Aged in new and seasoned French oak barrels that embellish the wine with notes of smoky oak, cedar, and hints of tobacco and graphite, this is a deeply-fruited, powerful Rutherford Cabernet from another spectacular vintage. The wine’s polished tannins, long finish, and firm structure promise long term aging potential.

16) Pahlmeyer Jason Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley:  $49.99Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018 94 pts.  This has an invitingly fragrant sweetness on the nose, with jasmine and cotton candy, while the palate is etched in generous helpings of honeyed oak and brioche. Full bodied and richly textured, it delivers ample complexity around its strong additional flavors of hazelnut and vanilla.