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Red Wine, USA

The United States is now the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the countries output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973, when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.
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  1. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  2. Merkin Shinola Sangiovese 2021 (ETA 6 Months Delivery)
    The project of Maynard James Keenan, frontman of the band Tool, this sangiovese is from the Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox County in Southern Arizona, which is situated 4300 ft above sea level. It is aged in neutral barrels, maintaining that ... Learn More
  3. Merkin Chupacabra GSM 2021 (ETA 6 Months Delivery)
    40% Grenache 40% Syrah 20% Mourvedre from Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox County in Southern Arizona. Note from the winery, which is the project of Maynard James Keenan, the front man of the band Tool: "Chupacabra is our Shape Shifter Kitchen Sink Blend ... Learn More
  4. Ridge Vineyards Geyserville (50th Vintage) 2015
    Ridge Vineyards is a famed Californian wine producer founded in 1962, and based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but with vineyards in several parts of the state. Its flagship wine, Monte Bello, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend known for delivering ... Learn More
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  5. Retro Cellars Elevation Petite Sirah 2012
    While being a classic, bold Howell Mountain wine, the wine also shows an elegance unusual for the varietal. Dense inky purple and blue in color. Aromas of coco, cumin, mulberry and baking spices mingle with wild berry compote. Full and ... Learn More
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  6. Retro Cellars Elevation Petite Sirah 2010
    Producing an exceptional, dry style of Petite Sirah. This is one of the top examples we have ever come across. ... Learn More
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  7. Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel  2015
    Ridge Vineyards is a famed Californian wine producer founded in 1962, and based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but with vineyards in several parts of the state. Its flagship wine, Monte Bello, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend known for delivering ... Learn More
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  8. Caduceus Nagual de la Naga 2018 (ETA 6 Months Delivery)
    "First produced in 2004, this year’s Arizona NAGA blend is 90% Sangiovese, 5% Souzao, 5% Negroamaro. This is the third vintage of NAGA from our largest Northern AZ site, Eliphante but, the first vintage to include Negroamaro".The project of Maynard James Keenan, ... Learn More
  9. Peay Ama Pinot Noir 2017
    A brilliant wine, Peay's 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Ama offers an explosion of sweet red/purplish berry fruit, floral notes and spice, all with a hint of blood orange-infused acidity that gives the wine vibrancy. The 2017 Ama is wonderfully bold and ... Learn More
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  10. Peay Pomarium Pinot Noir 2017
    One of the real surprises in this tasting, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Pomarium has really blossomed over the last year. The Ama possesses quite a bit more tannin and structure than the Ama, along with a darker flavor profile that ... Learn More
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  11. Hirsch Vineyards 'Block 8' Pinot Noir 2019
    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross, Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From ... Learn More
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  13. Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013
    A raft of high scores from a number of major critics around the world. Fantastic example of rich and powerful Californian Cabernet. ... Learn More
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  14. Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Magnificent colour density featuring an impenetrable inky black heart and a near equally deep black dark red hue. Wafting out of the glass are potent ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, ... Learn More
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  15. Verite 'La Joie' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. On the nose sweet red and black fruits abound; red and black plum, ripe redcurrant and tart black cherry. Balancing the fruit are ... Learn More
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  16. Littorai Wendling Block E Pinot Noir 2017 (1.5L)
    Delicate leafy nose with ripe fruit and smoky bacon. Sleek attack, a touch sweet but has intensity and enough acidity to cut the fruit. ... Learn More
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