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2009 Rutherford Napa Valley C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

A 15-acre selection from this 115-acre vineyard on a knoll west of the Silverado Trail, this wine has a supple Rutherford richness. The red fruit brings apple skin and plums to mind, lending elegance to the texture, carrying through a firmly stated finish. There’s nothing aggressive about it: a lively cabernet with finesse. (2,260 cases)

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2010 Oakville Napa Valley Harris Vineyard Merlot

A crush of blackberries fills this luscious merlot, all about richness and sweet oak. Give it time and the substantial structure begins to absorb some of the sweetness. It’s a serious merlot for the cellar. (1,639 cases)

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Nickel & Nickel Winery, Oakville, CA

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2009 Oakville Napa Valley Martin Stell_ing Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This is Far Niente’s home vineyard, 100 acres on an alluvial benchland set against the western hills of Oakville. Nickel & Nickel farms a prime, two-acre hillside block for this wine, then polishes it with new oak (61 percent, the balance one year old barrels). At first, it seems like a super soft, super rich Napa Valley red. Then air brings out the detail in the tannins, spicy, elegant and firm. With a day of air, it has tightened up into a gracious cabernet, predicting how well it will age in bottle. (445 cases)

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2010 Napa Valley Suscol Ranch Merlot

Sumptuous and warm with scents of black olive and beefy char, this is smooth in texture and generous in its tannins. Ready to serve with roast beef. (885 cases)

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2009 Oakville Napa Valley Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

With its black cherry flavors cushioned by sweetness, this is firm underneath, a soft and easy red to pour with roast beef. (1,565 cases)

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2009 Yountville Napa Valley State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine’s red fruit and herbal flavors tighten around the tannins, which are rich but youthfully constricted. For now, they don’t allow a lot of detail to show. Cellar this to allow the wine to open up. (2,206 cases)

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2010 Russian River Valley Darien Vineyard Syrah

Meaty and smoky in the aroma, this shows its alcohol up front, then comes together in the end, where the meat turns toward persimmon and rose. It lasts with a generous, rich feel, tasting like the grilled burger that it would match well. (970 cases)

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