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New world reds.

BARBERA

* Vina Moda 2014 Barbera (Sierra Foothills; $38). The variety's natural high acidity and tartness call for ripe fruit, which this wine delivers-its juicy berries meshing with the acidity in lovely balance.

Boeger 201S Barbera (El Dorado; $22)

Urban Legend 2014 Cooper Ranch Barbera (Sierra Foothills; $32)

CABERNET FRANC

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* Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Wetzel Family Estate Grown Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $30). With lush and satisfying weight, this wine offers herb-tinged blackberry, black cherry, and plum flavors; earthy undertones; and vibrant acidity.

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Fortunati 2014 "Fortivo" (Napa Valley; $40). From its inky purple color to deep, ripe black fruit and chocolate notes, this is a big wine that stays balanced thanks to bright acidity.

Soda Rock 2014 Warm Springs Cabernet Franc (Dry Creek Valley; $34). A big, brassy expression of the variety, with rich, luscious dark fruit, cocoa, soft tannins, and a long, gentle finish.

Imagery Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc (Sonoma County; $49)

Ledger David 2014 Cabernet Franc (Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon; $29)

Oakville Ranch 2014 "Robert's" Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley; $110)

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Seven Bridges 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Walla Walla Valley; $42)

Van Roekel Estate 2014 Cabernet Franc (Temecula Valley; $31)

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley; $32)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 2012

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* Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 "Cyrus" (Alexander Valley; $65). Textbook varietal notes of leafy herbs and cedar add complexity to this still-young wine with firm tension and solid tannins. Cellar-worthy.

Church Creek Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Clara Valley; $33). Distinctive woodsy, leafy herb and gravel aromas lead to a mouthful of red and black cherry flavors and a long finish.

Dane Cellars 2012 Justi Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County; $39). With fresh red fruit, a kiss of herbs, slightly dusty tannins, satisfying palate weight, and juicy acidity, this wine begs to be drunk now.

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Ferrari-Carano 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $65). Supple tannins wrap around slightly jammy dark fruit, with accents of leather and dark chocolate. A rich wine from first whiff through lengthy finish, with lusciously ripe fruit.

Goose Ridge Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley; $38). Rich but juicy black fruit melds with oak-barrel caramel, mocha, and nougat notes; full-bodied and balanced.

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House Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains; $56). Aromas and flavors conjure a bowl of just-picked berries and cherries. Hints of toast and vanilla add interest to the intense and concentrated palate.

My Italian Cousin 2012 "Eugenio" (Napa Valley; $60). Bottle time has softened this wine's tannins, and a tangy midpalate of tart red cherry and juicy black cherry runs through to a long, crisp finish.

Perata Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville, Napa Valley; $48). Oak gets top billing on the nose, with sandalwood, spice, mocha, and ground coffee aromas, yet plenty of rich dark-berry fruit maintains balance in this broadshouldered wine.

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Summit Lake Vineyards 2012 "Emily Kestrel" Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain; $75). Layers of lush blackberry, blueberry, and plum flavors and hints of forest floor unfold in this big yet velvety wine.

Hoyt Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $55)

Sierra View Winery & Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Amador County; $20)

Trione Vineyards & Winery 2012 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley; $69)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 2013

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* Tempus Cellars 2013 Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley; $34). Dark-fruit aromas and flavors are enhanced by hints of graphite and spice, with well-integrated oak and a long, seamless finish.

Ancient Peaks 2013 Santa Margarita Ranch Oyster Ridge (Paso Robles; $60). Lavish oak complements rich cherry and dark berry fruit in this elegant wine. Ripe-but not sweet-fruit lingers on the finish.

Bennett Lane 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $62). Fine tannins, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, and dried herb notes mark this dense, rich, and full-bodied wine with a pleasantly earthy edge.

Clos Pegase 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $55). Chocolate-tinged oak embraces ripe dark-plum and black-cherry fruit in this slightly rustic wine, with firm tannins that promise a long cellar life ahead.

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Elyse 2013 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville, Napa Valley; $50). Big, ripe, round, and loaded with black-fruit character, this wine gains complexity from notes of licorice, tobacco, and baking spice. Muscular tannins suggest cellaring for five years or more.

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Ledson 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvigiion (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $90). Smoky oak, chewy tannins, and opulent black-cherry and blackberry fruit suggest pairing with rib-eye steak or roast pork shoulder with a blackberry glaze.

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Obsidian Ridge 2013 Obsidian Ridge Vineyard "Half Mile" Proprietary Red (Red Hills, Lake County; $60). This proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot is layered and complex, with wood smoke and black pepper seasoning ripe black-cherry and plum fruit.

Rutherford Ranch 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $55). An addition of Merlot adds complexity and softness to rich blackberry and darkcherry fruit; the finish offers hints of dark chocolate and mint.

Ryan Patrick 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Rattlesnake Hills; $45). Bold, intense, and meaty, with pronounced tobacco, cocoa, and herbal notes that accent ripe blackberry and black-cherry fruit and show the beautiful savory side of Cab.

Sutro 2013 Warnecke Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $50). A youthful Cab with rugged, powerful, and dense black-fruit character. Bright acidity balances its weight, making a fine table mate for steak or prime rib.

Boatique Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County; $50)

Buena Vista 2013 Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $50)

Cliff Creek Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Southern Oregon; $27)

Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley; $45)

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley; $45)

Derby Wine Estates 2013 Laura's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $38)

Dutcher Crossing 2013 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley; $48)

Dutcher Crossing 2013 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak, Napa Valley; $60)

Foley Johnson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford, Napa Valley; $45)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2013 "Archimedes" Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley; $90)

Goosecross 2013 State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $70)

Laurel Glen Vineyard 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Mountain; $75)

Mount Veeder Winery 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec (Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley; $100)

My Italian Cousin 2013 "Eugenio" (Napa Valley; $60)

Robert Mondavi Winery 2013 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville, Napa Valley; $55)

Robert Mondavi Winery 2013 To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville, Napa Valley; $155)

Rodney Strong 2013 "Symmetry" Meritage (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $55)

Sea Bird 2013 Broken Rock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $46)

Simi 2013 Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley; $38)

Soda Rock 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley; $45)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 2014

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* Whitehall Lane 2014 "Mancino Lanciatore" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $65). This Cab is for fans of concentrated, extracted fruit flavors backed by sturdy tannins. Violet and blueberry aromas, ripe black fruit, and vanillin oak meld beautifully.

B.R. Cohn 2014 Olive Hill Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County; $58). Chewy tannins and dark chocolate on the first sip lead to ripe dark-cherry and blueberry flavors on the midpalate, making for a balanced, heady wine.

Clayhouse Wines 2014 Red Cedar Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $18). Juicy, sweet-tart red cherry flavors make this a drink-now deal. It's a pretty wine with soft tannins and generous flavors.

Col Solare 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain; $75). Tightly wound, with intense minerality, this structured youngster will improve in the cellar for a decade or more. For now, though, it offers a lovely savory edge to ripe dark-cherry and black-plum flavors.

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Fortune 1621 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $29). Youthful and plush, this one's loaded with juicy cherry and black-currant flavors laced with spice and bound with good tension.

Francis Ford Coppola 2014 Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $29). Smoky oak and firm tannins give this wine rock-solid structure, with a midpalate that reveals rich black currant, dark cherry, and a hint of vanilla. The finish is a bit tight, so decant before serving.

Husch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino; $25). A pretty Cabernet, with juicy red fruit, medium body, moderate tannins, and energetic acidity. You'll want a second glass.

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Obelisco Estate 2014 Estate Grown "III Nefer" Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain; $125). Distinctive mineral and graphite aromas lead to an intense palate with lush, ripe black fruit, barrel spice, and structured tannins meshing beautifully and promising longevity in the cellar.

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Rombauer Vineyards 2014 "Diamond Selection" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $100). Cedar, sagebrush, and herbal aromas stamp this the textbook Cabernet Sauvignon. Well-ripened red and black fruit, integrated tannins, and a clean, lingering finish make it complex and cellar-worthy.

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley; $42). Inviting aromas of dried roses, dark fruit, and toast lead to broad flavors, a plush texture, and a firm finish that make this a perfect wine for drinking now as well as over the next five years.

Woodward Canyon 2014 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State; $99). Deep, dense black-cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors are vibrant and complex, with dark spice adding lovely layers to a plush finish.

Austerity 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $18)

Boatique Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills, Lake County; $40)

Brassfield Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley; $45)

Cabpothesis 2014 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi; $19)

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills; $25)

Charles Krug 2014 Family Reserve "Generations" (Napa Valley; $60)

Charles Krug 2014 "Vintage Selection" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $100)

Conclusion 2014 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak, Napa Valley; $80)

Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 "Hillside & Benchland" Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley; $26)

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Ferrari-Carano 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $34)

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Fortunati 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $65)

Franciscan Estate 2014 "Magnificat" Meritage (Napa Valley; $55)

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Hertelendy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $135)

Hindsight 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $40)

J. Rickards Winery 2014 "Five Sisters Blend" Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $38)

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Lawer Estates 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $64)

Luna Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $68)

Marchesi Vineyards 2014 "Eridano" Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley; $35)

Martin Ranch 2014 "J.D. Hurley" Cabernet Sauvignon fSanta Cruz Mountains; $29)

Perata Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville, Napa Valley; $48)

Rancho Sisquoc 2014 Flood Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Barbara County; $25)

Raymond 2014 40th Anniversary Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $40)

Robert Mondavi Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $28)

Soquel Vineyards 2014 Reverence Vineyard "Consonante" (Napa Valley; $150)

Trattore Farms 2014 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $75)

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley; $60)

True Myth 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $24)

Vina Robles 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $26)

Wente Vineyards 2014 "Charles Wetmore" Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay; $30)

William Hill Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley; $45)

William Knuttel 2014 D. Rafanelli Vineyard, Mary's Block, Vineyard Designate Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley; $40)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 2015 OR LATER

* Don Sebastiani & Sons 201S "Aquinas" Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast; $22). A great value, with toasty oak aromas; intense, ripe black-cherry fruit; and a sense of elegance that suggests a more expensive Cab.

Intrinsic 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley; $22). Vivid aromas of black olive, leather, cedar, and cherry lead to the same on the palate, with the addition of blueberry and chocolate. The finish is silky and juicy.

Mobius 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County; $30). Satisfying, savory spice, black olive, and green herbs accent concentrated dark-cherry and berry fruit. Firm tannins and juicy acidity meld seamlessly.

Ancient Peaks 2015 Santa Margarita Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $22)

Black's Station 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yolo County; $12)

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2015 "The Expedition" Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills; $15)

Cypress Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast; $10)

Folie a Deux Winery 2015 "Menage a Trois" Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California; $14)

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2015 Black Label "Claret" Cabernet Sauvignon (California; $21)

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2015 Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon (California; $ 19)

Francis Coppola Director's 2015 "King Kong" Cabernet Sauvignon (California; $24)

Frey 2015 Certified Organic Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino; $17)

Gnarly Head 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (California; $12)

Gunsight Rock 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles; $18)

Katherine Goldschmidt 2015 Crazy Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley; $20)

Mantra 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $28)

Matchbook 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Dunnigan Hills; $15)

Parducci 2015 "True Grit" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino; $20)

Paul Dolan Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino County; $20)

Shiloh Road 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County; $20)

Summers 2015 "Andriana's Cuvee" (California; $22)

The Buccaneer 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (California; $20)

Trapiche 2015 "Broquel" Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina; $18)

CHARBONO

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* Summers 2014 Villa Andriana Vineyard Charbono (Calistoga, Napa Valley; $34). Bursting with ripe blueberry and black-cherry flavors on a dense palate supported by firm tannins and a refreshing finish. Powerful yet polished.

DOLCETTO

Camaraderie Cellars 2014 Crawford Vineyard Dolcetto (Yakima Volley; $29)

GRENACHE

Croma Vera 2015 Grenache (Paso Robles; $42)

Navarro Vineyards 2015 Grenache (Mendocino; $29)

Thirty-Seven 2015 Grenache (Sonoma Coast; $26)

MALBEC

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* Fortunati 2014 Estate Grown Malbec (Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley; $50). Deep, intense blackraspberry and blueberry flavors are flecked with graphite and black spice notes. The finish is luxuriant yet clean.

Alamos 2015 "Seleccion" Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina; $13)

Harbinger 2013 Malbec (Wahluke Slope; $28)

MERLOT: 2013 OR EARLIER

Goosecross 2013 State Lane Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley; $58)

J. Lohr 2013 "Cuvee Pom" (Paso Robles; $50)

Mantra 2013 Merlot (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $35)

Martin Ranch 2013 "J.D. Hurley" Merlot (Santa Clara Valley; $26)

Northstar 2013 "Premier" Merlot (Columbia Valley; $85)

Northstar 2013 Merlot (Columbia Valley; $41)

Swanson Vineyards 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley; $31)

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Warr-King Wines 2013 Merlot (Wahluke Slope; $30)

MERLOT: 2014

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* Robert Mondavi Winery 2014 Merlot (Napa Valley; $25). Here is everything lovers of California Merlot appreciate: velvety tannins that wrap around rich black-cherry and plum fruit, accented by chocolate and toast. Polished and pleasurable.

St. Francis 2014 Behler Vineyard "Artisan Collection" Merlot (Sonoma Valley; $48)

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2014 Merlot (Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley; $40)

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot (Walla Walla Valley; $30)

MERLOT: 2015 OR LATER

* Don Sebastiani & Sons 2015 "The Crusher" Merlot (California; $15). A long, luscious finish completes this rewarding wine loaded with black cherry, blackberry, licorice, tar, and vanillin oak personality. Goes down easy.

Ancient Peaks 2015 Santa Margarita Ranch Merlot (Paso Robles; $20)

Barrel Road 2015 Red Blend Aged in Bourbon Barrels (California; $17)

Boeger 2015 Merlot (El Dorado; $20)

Ca'Momi 2015 Merlot (Napa Valley; $20)

Cupcake Vineyards 2015 Merlot (Central Coast; $13)

Ryder Estate 2015 Merlot (Central Coast, California; $17)

MONTEPULCIANO

Pondl 2014 Montepulciano (Lodi, California; $28)

MOURVEDRE/MONASTRELL

* J. Lohr 2015 Limited Release "Gesture" Mourvedre (Paso Robles; $30). Suave tannins wrap around juicy dark-fruit flavors, with Asian spice, smoked meat, and tobacco adding complexity. Crisp acidity makes for a refreshing finish to this bold wine.

Cholame Vineyard 2014 Estate Mourvedre (Monterey County; $44)

Koehler 2014 Mourvedre (Santa Ynez Valley; $30)

Skinner 2015 Mourvedre (El Dorado; $30)

Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2014 Raboli Vineyard Mourvedre (Livermore Valley; $42)

Westwood 2015 Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Mourvedre (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County; $48)

NERO D'AVOLA

* LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2014 Red Tail Vineyard Nero d'Avola (Lodi; $20). A pretty wine that blends firm, Italian-like structure and crisp acidity with blue and red fruit that unfolds generously on the palate.

PETIT VERDOT

* Nottingham Cellars 2014 Ghielmetti Vineyard Micro-Lot Reserve Petit Verdot (Livermore Valley; $50). Inky black fruit and notes of leather, clove, and chocolate make this a heady drink, with bright red fruit and firm acidity bringing all into balance.

PETITE SIRAH

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* William Knuttel 2013 D. Rafanelli Vineyard, Rex & Amarica Blocks, Vineyard Designate Series Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley; $32). Pretty floral aromas, juicy dark fruit, supple tannins, and bright acidity make this a supremely balanced wine.

Pianetta 2014 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles; $38). Caramel from oak frames juicy blueberry and black-cherry fruit in this velvety wine layered with notes of black spice, fresh herbs, and pepper.

Mettler Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Petite Sirah (Lodi; $25)

Peachy Canyon 2014 Petite Sirah (Paso Rob les; $32)

Prager 2011 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley; $33)

Rock Wall Wine Company 2012 "Le Mur de Roche" Petite Sirah (Napa Valley; $60)

PINOT NOIR: 2013 OR EARLIER

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* Stomping Girl 2013 Beresini Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros; $36). Broad, concentrated, bright, and juicy, this Pinot delivers blackcherry aromas and flavors, seamless texture, and easy-drinking tannins.

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Giesen 2013 "The Brothers" Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand; $21). This lovely, layered wine is packed with dark-cherry deliciousness and suave tannins brightened by a brisk finish.

Kessler-Haak 2013 "Synergy" Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills; $48). Inviting rose-petal and more earthy forest-floor aromas lead to a juicy cherry midpalate and a spicy, snappy finish.

Ron Rubin 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $40). Toasty oak frames a balanced palate of red cherry and pomegranate, and a pleasant, intriguing underbrush note comes through on the brisk finish.

Crespi Ranch 2013 Mission Series Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco, Monterey County; $22)

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Domaine Anderson 2013 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $50)

Gloria Ferrer 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Carneros, Sonoma; $28)

Harmonique 2010 "Oppenlander" Pinot Noir (Mendocino County; $52)

Kessler-Haak 2013 "Ohana" Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills; $45)

Kings Mountain Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown "Bacchus" Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains; $65)

La Pitchoune 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $48)

Philo Ridge Vineyards 2012 Marguerite Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley, Mendocino; $50)

PINOT NOIR: 2014

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* Primarius 2014 Pinot Noir (Oregon; $15). Appetizing spice and tobacco notes mix with slightly tart red fruit in this delicate Pinot with a briary kick, a la Zinfandel.

Anam Cara Cellars 2014 Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains, Oregon; $37). Rose-petal and cola scents lead to a mouthful of rich, ripe redand black-cherry flavors. The texture is smooth, the finish fresh and long.

ArborBrook Vineyards 2014 777 Block Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains, Oregon; $50). This lushly textured, concentrated wine offers up juicy dark fruit, tons of spice and savory herb notes, and a bright cherry-cola close.

Criterion Collection 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Otago, New Zealand; $22). This one delivers the best of Pinot's cherry and spice character, with perfumed aromas, black tea, supple tannins, and firm acidity.

Croft Vineyards 2014 "River Runner Red" Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $20). This dark-fruited, chewy wine with savory forest-floor, spice, and tar complexity remains balanced and refined for its size.

Fess Parker 2014 "Ashley's" Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills; $50). The region's textbook Pinot earthiness comes through on this solidly structured wine. Layers of plump red-cherry and cranberry flavor are spiced with sage, underbrush, and slightly smoky oak.

Frank Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir (Carneros; $35). Charming for its medium-bodied, soft cherry-and-raspberry palate, this Pinot gains interest from hints of tea leaf, spice, and earth.

Furthermore 2014 Gloria Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; $45). On the ripe, generous side of Russian River Valley Pinot, with bold black-cherry and black-raspberry fruit, plus cola and spice notes. The long, concentrated finish is fresh with acidity.

Furthermore 2014 Nevina's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $55). Forest-floor and barrel-spice aromas are followed on the palate by luscious black cherry and blackberry, with a smooth, lingering finish.

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House Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County; $49). A strong minty aroma leads to concentrated flavors of raspberry jam and Bing cherry in this multifaceted wine with velvety texture and fine balance.

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Huge Bear 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; $45). Intriguing tarragon and lemongrass notes accompany fresh cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium-bodied and lighter in style, this Pinot finishes with brisk acidity.

Knudsen Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley; $55). This one's loaded with tangy raspberry, cranberry, and dried-cherry flavor, with baking spices on a silky finish. Bright and crisp.

Pennyroyal Farm 2014 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $39). Lean and clean, this pretty Pinot is delicate and spicy, with red-cherry and pomegranate fruit and pert acidity through a crisp finish.

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Pike Road Wines 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $20). Come-hither floral aromas lead to a palate of slightly smoky, spicy red-cherry and raspberry fruit. Medium-bodied, with taut tannins and zippy acidity.

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Ponzi Vineyards 2014 "Classico" Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $43). A blackberry patch of a wine, with brambly, juicy darkberry flavors layered with spice, chocolate, and polished tannins; a bright structure lingers on the finish.

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R. Stuart and Co. 2014 "Love, Oregon" Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $28). Complex, with the texture of raw silk, this Pinot has tangy acidity supporting juicy darkcherry and plum fruit, with haunting tar and gunpowder nuances.

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Willowbrook 2014 Kaufman Sunnyslope Vineyard Clone 777 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County; $42). Boldly beautiful and generous in both fruitiness and toasty oak; spice and dark-cherry character add great charm to this bigger-style Pinot Noir.

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Alloro Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains, Oregon; $35)

Alloro Vineyard 2014 "Justina" Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains, Oregon; $85)

Alloro Vineyard 2014 "Riservata" Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains, Oregon; $45)

Anaba 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $42)

Black Stallion Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir (Los Carneros; $25)

Calstar Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $33)

Center of Effort 2014 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley; $50)

Cinnabar 2014 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands; $44)

Cooper-Garrod 2014 "Two Vineyards" Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains; $39)

Croft Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $28)

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David Hill Vineyards & Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon; $24)

Del Rio Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley, Oregon; $28)

Domaine Serene 2014 "Yamhill Cuvee" Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $48)

Dutton-Goldfield 2014 Dutton Ranch, Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $62)

Dutton-Goldfield 2014 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $62)

Ernest 2014 Grand Vent Vineyard "The Wrangler" Pinot Noir (Petaluma Gap; $62)

Fleur 2014 Pinot Noir (Carneros; $ 19)

Furthermore 2014 Gioia Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $55)

Furthermore 2014 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands; $45)

Halleck Vineyard 2014 "Three Sons Cuvee" Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $49)

Halleck Vineyard 2014 "Hillside Cuvee" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County; $59)

Halleck Vineyard 2014 Clone 828 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County; $65)

Handley Cellars 2014 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $52)

Handley Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $32)

Handley Cellars 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $47)

Husch 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $38)

La Pitchoune 2014 English Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $58)

Laetitia 2014 "Reserve du Domaine" Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley; $42)

Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Coast; $18)

Noble Vines 2014 "667" Pinot Noir (Monterey; $15)

Pech Merle 2014 Oehlman Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $45)

Plum Hill Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $22)

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Provincial Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon; $20)

Redwood Empire 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County; $26)

Roadhouse Winery 2014 "Platinum" Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands; $79)

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Roadhouse Winery 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; $69)

Ron Rubin 2014 Gunsalus Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $38)

Sonoma-Cutrer 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $30)

Square Peg 2014 SP-SL Vineyard, Block 8 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $65)

Square Peg 2014 Dry SP-SL Vineyard, Block 1 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $65)

Tondre 2014 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands; $40)

Van Duzer 2014 Homestead Block Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $60)

Van Duzer 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon; $32)

PINOT NOIR: 2015 OR LATER

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* J Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; $40). Charming and vivid violet and cherry-cola aromas lead into fleshy dark-cherry and raspberry flavors and an admirable balance of bright acidity. Smoky oak lurks in the background.

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Balletto 2015 Winery Block Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $44). Vibrant red and blackberry fruit is seasoned with hints of brown spice and anise in this fresh, crisp, long-finishing Pinot with supreme balance.

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Benziger Family Winery 2015 de Coelo Vineyard "Quintus" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $75). Lavender aromas and sweet vanillin oak enhance dark cherry and berry fruit in this firmly structured wine with a hint of black tea and bright acidity.

D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $25). Racy acidity carries strawberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit in this vibrant wine with a smoky-oak accent.

Dancin 2015 "Pas de Trois" Pinot Noir (Oregon; $37). Lavender and dusty-earth aromas add savory, complex elements to ripe red-cherry fruit. Crisp acidity creates verve from the midpalate through the finish.

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Dancin 2015 "Ecarte" Pinot Noir (Oregon; $37). Effusive aromas, juicy red fruit with a hint of black tea, and exceptional balance are the hallmarks of this elegant, medium-bodied wine.

Darms Lane 2015 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; $39). An upbeat wine with zesty acidity, juicy red- and black-cherry fruit, and clove spice.

Ernest 201S Upp Road Vineyard "The Artist" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $56). A cool-climate growing region shows here, with brisk acidity and black tea notes adding depth to ripe strawberry flavors. Full-bodied yet impeccably balanced.

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J Vineyards and Winery 2015 Pinot Noir (California; $25). This classic Pinot sports juicy cherry, berry, and cola flavors on a smooth, supple palate. Hints of spice and vanilla add interest.

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Ledson 2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $66). This fullbodied Pinot oozes ripe black-cherry character-succulent and seamless. It's lushly textured, with a long, lovely finish.

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MacMurray Estate Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $30). The aromas, flavors, and texture are reminiscent of cherry-vanilla cola, with raspberry and black cherry adding support to a long, lush finish.

Stoller Family Estate 2015 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills; $30). Pleasant earthiness, toast, and black tea notes add interest to perfectly ripened black-cherry fruit. Bright and zesty, with supple tannins.

Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County; $35). A lean, crisp Pinot, with bracing acidity supporting juicy raspberry and cherry flavors. The finish is long and energetic.

Baileyana 2015 Firepeak Pinot Noir (Edna Valley; $30)

Balletto 2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $44)

Davis Bynum 2015 Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $35)

Duck Pond 2015 Pinot Noir (Oregon; $ 19)

Francis Ford Coppola 2015 Director's Cut Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $27)

J. Lohr Estates 2015 "Falcon's Perch" Pinot Noir (Monterey County; $17)

Lazy Creek Vineyards 2015 "Five Barrel" Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $85)

Meadowcroft 2015 Cornerstone Vineyard Pinot Noir (Los Carneros, Sonoma County; $44)

Navarro Vineyards 2015 "Deep End Blend" Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley, Mendocino; $55)

Nga Waka Vineyard 2015 "Three Paddles" Pinot Noir (Martinborough, New Zealand; $20)

Poseidon Vineyard 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Carneros, Napa Valley; $32)

Punch Vineyards 2015 "Proof of the Pudding" Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley; $50)

Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Winemaker's Reserve Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Umpqua Valley, Oregon; $39)

St. Francis 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County; $22)

Stoller Family Estate 2015 Estate Grown Reserve Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills; $45)

Thirty-Seven 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast; $26)

Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir (Central Coast; $20)

SANGIOVESE

Church Creek Cellars 2014 Sangiovese (Santa Clara Valley; $28)

Luna Vineyards 2014 Sangiovese "Classico" (Napa Valley; $42)

Ranchita Canyon Vineyard 2013 Estate Sangiovese (Paso Robles; $28)

SYRAH/SHIRAZ: 2013 OR EARLIER

Montemaggiore 2013 Estate Grown Reserve Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $48)

SYRAH/SHIRAZ: 2014

* Ascension Cellars 2014 "Mayhem" Syrah (Paso Rob/es; $56). This big, spicy blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot, and the white grape Roussanne is borderline jammy, with plum and blackberry fruit baked in a pie. An earthy note balances its primary fruitiness.

Halter Ranch 2014 Syrah (Adelaida District, Paso Robles; $35). Grill steaks and pull the cork on this dense, intense, big-tannin red with notes of black cherry, plum, and dark chocolate.

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Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy's Vineyard Syrah (Knights Valley, Sonoma County; $32). Meaty texture, well-ripened black fruit, and a dash of black pepper give this savory Syrah a place at the table with barbecue or any hearty grilled protein.

Lois Rae 2014 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah (Carneros; $35). Intense aromas and flavors of plum, black pepper, and licorice; silky tannins; and beautiful oak balance mark this elegant wine.

The Lane Vineyard 2014 Block 14 "Basket Press" Shiraz (Adelaide Hills, Australia; $25). Shiraz's savory, spicy side is on full display here, along with rich darkberry flavors and great freshness on a lingering finish.

Cathedral Ridge 2014 Syrah (Columbia Valley; $34)

DeLille Cellars 2014 Signature Syrah (Yakima Valley; $46)

Klinker Brick 2014 "Farrah" Syrah (Lodi; $20)

L'Ecole No 41 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Grown Syrah (Walla Walla Valley; $37)

Ledger David 2014 Syrah (Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon; $42)

Lewis Grace 2014 Renner Vineyard Syrah (Sierra Foothills; $28)

Margerum 2014 "Uber" Syrah (Santa Barbara County; $40)

Matchbook 2014 Syrah (Dunnigan Hills; $16)

Milbrandt 2014 Clifton Hill Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Syrah (Wahluke Slope, Washington; $42)

Milbrandt 2014 Katherine Leone Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Syrah (Wahluke Slope, Washington; $42)

Rancho Sisquoc 2014 Flood Family Vineyards Syrah (Santa Barbara County; $25)

Robert Hall 2014 Syrah (Paso Robles; $20)

Ryan Patrick 2014 Red Heaven Vineyard Reserve Syrah (Red Mountain; $35)

Sawtooth Winery 2014 "Trout Trilogy" Syrah (Snake River Valley; $35)

Skinner 2014 Syrah (El Dorado; $30)

St. Anne's Crossing 2014 Slattery Rd Syrah (Sonoma Valley; $36)

Trojak-Knier 2014 Syrah (Napa Valley; $60)

William Church 2014 Red Willow Vineyard "Jennifer's Vintage" Syrah (Columbia Valley; $55)

SYRAH/SHIRAZ: 2015 OR LATER

Angove Family Winemakers 2015 "Family Crest" Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia; $22)

TANNAT

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* Flying Leap Vineyards 2014 Tannat (Cochise County, Arizona; $42). In addition to being delicious, this Arizona wine is distinctively complex, with juicy blackberry flavors mingling with a banana and rum-punch character. It finishes clean and bright.

TEMPRANILLO Danacampbellvineyards.com

* Dana Campbell Vineyards 2013 Tempranillo (Rogue Valley, Oregon; $30). Rich and flavorful, this Tempranillo delivers layers of fresh and dried red and black fruit, chewy tannins, and a well-balanced finish.

Abacela 2014 "Fiesta" Tempranillo (Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon; $23). Boldly flavored and smoky, this wine offers ripe red-cherry and blackberry fruit with accents of spice and leather. It closes with sweet vanillin oak on a long finish.

Cinder 2014 Tempranillo (Snake River Valley; $29)

Croma Vera 2015 Tempranillo (Paso Robles; $45)

Harbinger 2012 "Bolero" Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah (Rattlesnake Hills; $28)

Oregon Territory 2014 Tempranillo (Oregon; $20)

Urban Legend 2014 Holland Landing Vineyard Tempranillo (Clarksburg; $32)

VALDIGUIE

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J. Lohr 2016 "Wildflower" Valdiguie (Monterey; $10). Beaujolais-like floral aromas and buoyant red and black fruit mark this easy-drinking red, with a grind of black pepper on the fresh, balanced finish.

ZINFANDEL: 2012 OR EARLIER

Rosenblum Cellars 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma County; $20)

ZINFANDEL: 2013

* Wilderotter Vineyard 2013 Estate Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley, California; $27). Bold cherry, red-plum, and briary blackberry flavors are succulent and mouthwatering, supported by firm tannins and excellent acidity.

Hughes Family Vineyards 2013 Wild Turkey Vineyard Signature Reserve Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley; $40)

ZINFANDEL: 2014

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* St. Francis 2014 Artisan Collection Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley; $48). This Zin is concentrated and rich but perfectly balanced, with beautiful layers of spice and seamless tannins.

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Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $32). For 30 vintages, this producer has made old-vine Zinfandel, and this one checks all the right boxes: juicy and brambly red and black fruit, baking spice, molasses, white pepper, supple tannins, and a long, generous finish.

Ivory & Burt 2014 Zinfandel (Lodi; $17). Well-mannered in every way, this Zin clocks in under 15 percent alcohol; clean and straightforward, it keeps oak in the background, letting the spicy, brambly red-fruit flavors shine.

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Klinker Brick 2014 Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $30). A pleasant herbal aroma leads to a bold, intense mouthful of sweet, ripe boysenberry and blueberry flavors. A soft texture and moderate tannins make this one seriously easy to drink.

Mazzocco Sonoma 2014 West Dry Creek Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $52). Plush texture, silky tannins, and a black-raspberry liqueur character are the hallmarks of this decadent wine. Hints of baking spice, vanilla, and dark chocolate add complexity.

Mazzocco Sonoma 2014 Warm Springs Ranch Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley; Sonoma County; $34). Oak aging adds chocolate notes and woody tannins to this full-bodied, dark-fruited Zin. Lively acidity kicks in, adding a refreshing finish to the dense black-cherry and black-raspberry palate.

Ottimino 2014 Ottimino Vineyard "Little 8" Zinfandel (Russian River Valley; $37). Restrained, balanced, and dry, this Zin offers layers of minerality, white pepper, allspice, and cardamom along with juicy and ripe-but not jammy-red-berry and pomegranate fruit. The finish is bright and palatecleansing.

Bella Grace Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel (Amador County; $24)

Carol Shelton 2014 Florence Vineyard "Rocky Reserve" Zinfandel (Rockpile, Sonoma County; $35)

Francis Ford Coppola 2014 Director's Cut Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $27)

Frank Family Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel (Napa Valley; $37)

Harney Lane 2014 Lizzy James Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $36)

J. Rickards Winery 20141908 Brignole Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; $29)

Mazzocco Sonoma 2014 West Dry Creek Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $38)

Mazzocco Sonoma 2014 Smith Orchard Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $52)

Ottimino 2014 Rancho Bello Vineyard "Little 8" Zinfandel (Russian River Valley; $33)

Peachy Canyon 2014 "Westside" Zinfandel (Paso Robies; $22)

Puccioni 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $32)

Scott Harvey 2014 Mountain Selection Zinfandel (Amador County; $25)

Tranzind 2014 "Rise Above" Red Blend (Lodi; $ 15)

Zin-Phomaniac 2014 Reserve Old Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County; $25)

ZINFANDEL: 2015 OR LATER

* Gnarly Head 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $12). Despite its name, this Zin is texturally smooth, with sweet dark-berry, cherry, and blueberry-pie flavors and a hint of smoke.

Cosentino Winery 2015 "The Zin" Zinfandel (Lodi; $22). Nicely ripened dark-berry fruit and more nuanced red-cherry and nectarine flavors combine in this lively Zin with an allspice kick, integrated oak, a subtle dill note, and suave tannins.

Macchia 2015 "Mischievous" Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $21). Deep, dense black fruit and smoked-meat aromas captivate on the palate of this heady wine. It's an oak-influenced mouthful, destined for barbecue.

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Pedroncelli 2015 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $25). Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel's signature peppery character is front and center, seasoning concentrated, ripe wild-berry fruit. Vanilla and caramel notes add interest to this heady wine.

Rock Wall Wine Company 2015 Alegria Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley; $45). Hints of dried herbs and spice add interest to this straightforward, old-school Zin with rich, brambly red and black fruit, firm tannins, and a juicy finish.

Rock Wall Wine Company 2015 Monte Rosso Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley; $55). Bold and rich meet lively and spicy in this complete Zin. A cedary note adds interest to the intense, juicy berry and cherry fruit, and a ribbon of lavender runs from start to finish.

Ancient Peaks 2015 Santa Margarita Ranch Zinfandel (Paso Robles; $20)

Beltane Ranch 2015 Heins Block Estate Grown Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley; $44)

Big Smooth 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $ 18)

Cline Family Cellars 2015 Ancient Vines Zinfandel (Contra Costa County; $18)

Dry Creek Vineyard 2015 Heritage Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County; $22)

Dutcher Crossing 2015 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley; $36)

Eberle 2015 Zinfandel (Paso Rob les; $28)

Frei Brothers 2015 Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $20)

Gallo Signature Series 2015 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $50)

Macauley 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley; $45)

Macchia 2015 Noma Ranch "Outrageous" Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi; $25)

Parmeson 2015 Alegria Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley; $39)

Peachy Canyon 2015 "Incredible Red" Zinfandel (California; $14)

Prospect Cellars 2015 "Pay Dirt" Zinfandel (Amador County; $25)

Windsor Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley; $27)

Zin-Phomaniac 2015 Old Vines Zinfandel (Lodi; $15)

RED MERITAGE/BORDEAUX BLENDS

* McGrail Vineyards 2014 "Shamus Patrick" Red Blend (Livermore Valley; $42). Intriguing rose-petal aromas preface a bright palate of red-currant and cherry fruit. Significant oak character is balanced by firm acidity.

Blackbird Vineyards 2014 "Illustration" Proprietary Red Blend (Napa Valley; $135). Deep, luscious black fruit with intriguing hints of black tea, barrel spice, and fresh herbs. The finish is long and rich.

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2013 Estate Grown "Anniversary Cuvee" Red (Walla Walla Valley; $40). Savory herb and forest-floor aromas layer under the palate, joining bold darkcherry and berry flavors. This wine is integrated and polished, with mature tannins.

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DeLille Cellars 2014 "D2" (Columbia Valley; $48). Ripe, juicy black-cherry fruit carries the core of this plump, multi-layered wine. Approachable but beautifully complex.

Goosecross 2013 State Lane Vineyard "Aeros" (Napa Valley; $ 150). Cola, red currant, tobacco, tart plum, and allspice notes mark this pretty yet powerful blend, with tight tannins that ensure improvement in the cellar.

Halter Ranch 2014 Estate Reserve "Ancestor" (Adelaida District, Paso Robles; $55). This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot is powerful and rich, with bold dark-fruit flavors, well-integrated oak, and a hint of cocoa on the broad finish.

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J. Lohr 2013 "Cuvee St. E" (Paso Robles; $50). Bold, intense blackberry, dark-cherry, and blueberry aromas and flavors are supported by significant tannins, yet the wine finishes silky and long.

L'Ecole No 412014 Pepper Bridge Vineyard "Apogee" (Walla Walla Valley; $55). Four of the five classic Bordeaux red grape varieties (only Petit Verdot is missing) come together in a wine with finegrain tannins, ripe red fruit, and a supple yet structured frame.

Soquei Vineyards 2014 Library Selection "Intreccio" (Napa Valley; $75). Lavender and bittersweet chocolate notes add intrigue to the well-ripened dark fruit of this full-bodied blend with a long, lingering finish.

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Artisan 5 2014 "Masterpiece" (North Coast; $67)

Barbed Wire 2014 Lot No. 7 Winemaker's Reserve Red Blend (North Coast; $14)

Benziger Estate 2014 Estate Grown "Tribute" (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County; $85)

Blackbird Vineyards 2014 "Arise" (Napa Valley; $54)

Bridesmaid 2014 Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot (Napa Valley; $50)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Artist Series Red (Columbia Valley; $65)

Cinder 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec (Snake River Valley; $29)

De Novo 2014 "Bastille" (California; $28)

Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 "The Mariner" Meritage (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $45)

Ferrari-Carano 2013 "Tresor" (Sonoma County; $52)

Goose Ridge Vineyards 2014 Artist Series Cellar Select "Graceful Bloom" (Columbia Valley; $50)

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2013 "Sua Sponte" Red Blend (Napa Valley; $150)

Hindsight 2014 "20/20" (Napa Valley; $35)

Justin 2014 "Justification" (Paso Robles; $50)

Justin 2014 "Isosceles" (Paso Robles; $72)

La Rusticana d'Orsa 2014 "Cinque" (Santa Cruz Mountains; $45)

Latah Creek NV "Mike's Reserve" Red (Columbia Valley; $20)

L'Ecole No 412014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Grown "Perigee" (Walla Walla Valley; $55)

Matchbook 2014 "The Arsonist" Red Blend (California; $22)

Meadowcroft NV "Anniversary Cuvee" Red Blend (Napa Valley; $45)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Northridge Vineyard "Sentinel" (Wahluke Slope; $55)

Mystic Hills Vineyard 2013 "Unforgiven" (Monterey County; $38)

Rancho Sisquoc 2014 Flood Family Vineyards Cellar Select Meritage (Santa Barbara County; $35)

Robert Mondavi Winery 2014 "Maestro" (Napa Valley; $50)

Slo Down Wines 2013 "Stand Out" Red Blend (California; $19)

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Warr-King Wines 2014 "Descendant" (Washington State; $32)

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 "Charbonneau" (Walla Walla County; $89)

RED RHONE-STYLE BLENDS

* Skinner 2014 "Smithereens" Red Blend (El Dorado; $20). A bit of grit and good grip come together in this complex wine with a fine balance of red and black fruit, mountain minerality, and spice.

* Thacher 2014 "Oddly Natural" (Adelaida District, Paso Robles; $50). Made in a show-stopping style, this blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Counoise is big-bodied and chocolaty, with both a savory side and Christmas spice to go with opulent dark-plum and black-cherry fruit.

* Trenza 2013 "Mosaico" (San Luis Obispo County; $33). This spicy blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Grenache is beautifully balanced, with refreshing acidity and finishing notes of mocha and black olives.

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Axis Mundi 2014 Windmill Vineyard Grenache, Syrah (Ballard Canyon; $25). A happy marriage of Grenache and Syrah, this one is sexy yet balanced, with luscious black-raspberry and blackcherry aromas and flavors, herbal accents, and a soft, concentrated mouth-feel.

Dark Star Cellars 2014 "Soft Shoulder" (Paso Robles; $36). This GSM (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) is pretty and expressive, with notes of blueberry, blackberry, coffee bean, and chocolate-covered cherries. Beautifully balanced.

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Farmstrong 2014 Field Red (Mendocino, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties; $22). Carignane and Syrah combine in a wine with wonderful texture, vibrant flavors of blackberry and dark plum, and earthy minerality. There's a spicy kick on the lingering finish.

Ferrari-Carano 2015 "Una" Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (Alexander Valley; $39). This GSM offers very ripe, concentrated fruit with hints of licorice, tobacco, and bacon fat. Chewy tannins suggest cellaring or taming with roasted or grilled meats.

Thacher 2013 "Constant Variable" (Central Coast; $48). Dark-berry, red-plum, and blackcherry aromas and flavors come from Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. With loads of spice, lush texture, and dry, mature tannins, this one's ready to enjoy now.

Anaba 2014 "Turbine Red" (Sonoma Valley; $35)

Angove Family Winemakers 2016 "Family Crest" Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre (McLaren Vale, Australia; $22)

Deno 2009 Alto Pomar Vineyard Estate "Paso Rouge" GSM (Paso Robles; $35)

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Domaine Artefact 2015 "As the Crow Flies" Estate Red Wine Blend (San Diego County; $45)

Dutcher Crossing 2014 Winemaker's Cellar "Kupferschmid Red" (Dry Creek Valley; $39)

Gilbert Cellars 2013 "Allobroges" Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache (Wahluke Slope; $24)

Margerum 201S "M5" (Santa Barbara County; $28)

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Swank N Smith 2014 "Monarch" GSM (California; $35)

Woodward Canyon 2013 "Erratic" (Walla Walla Valley; $59)

OTHER DRY RED BLENDS

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* Dashe 2014 "The Comet" (Sonoma County; $35). This field blend of old-vine "mixed blacks"--Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah-is massive in dark-fruit flavor, yet refreshing, with bright acidity and a long, savory finish.

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Aratas 2012 "Veneration" Red (Napa Valley; $38). Inky in color, this red strikes a balance of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit, roasted walnut in the background, and firm yet round tannins.

Francis Ford Coppola 2014 Director's Cut "Technicolor Red" (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $40). Spicy, fresh red fruit reigns in this lively, balanced wine. Hints of blood orange and pepper add interest, and the finish is clean and elegant.

Gravel Bar 2014 "Alluvial" Red Blend (Columbia Valley; $18). Sturdy tannins and hints of tar and black pepper enhance vibrant blackberry and dark-cherry flavors, closing with juicy acidity.

Halter Ranch 2014 CDP "Cotes de Paso" (Adelaida District, Paso Robles; $32). This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Tannat is structured and complex, with earthy minerality accenting ripe strawberry and dark-cherry fruit. A savory note adds interest and complexity.

Hughes Family Vineyards 2013 "Adios Red" (Sonoma Valley; $50). Ripe black-cherry fruit meets chewy tannins in this cellar-worthy wine that's just beginning to unfold. The finish is long, spicy, and powerful.

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Luna Vineyards 2014 Winemaker's Red Blend (Napa Valley; $60). This is decadence in a glass, with intense black-cherry and blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, supple tannins, and a luxuriously fruity finish.

Steelhead Vineyards 2014 Red (North Coast; $14). Boldly fruity and slightly sweet, this crowd-pleasing wine offers interesting notes of licorice and pepper with its ripe dark fruit and gentle tannins.

American Pioneer Wine Growers 2015 "Manteo" (Sonoma County; $18)

American Pioneer Wine Growers 2014 "The Lost Colony" (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; $18)

Ca'Momi 2014 "Rosso di Ca'Momi" (California; $15)

Carol Shelton 2014 "Karma" Reserve Red (Sonoma County; $30)

Castle Rock Winery 2014 Red Wine Cuvee (Columbia Valley; $15)

Cinnabar 2014 "Mercury Rising" (California; $22)

Cirque du Vin 2013 Red (Paso Robles; $ 19)

Cliff Creek Cellars 2015 "Red Red Wine" (Southern Oregon; $16)

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2013 "Dedication Eleven" Estate Grown Red (Walla Walla Valley; $20)

Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard H/H Estates "Michael Andrews Reserve" Red (Horse Heaven Hills; $38)

Emilio Guglielmo 2012 Special Limited Bottling Claret (Santa Clara Valley; $40)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2013 "Eleanor" Red (California; $65)

Goosecross 2014 "Branta" Red (Napa Valley; $55)

Luna Vineyards 2014 "Canto" Super Tuscan (Napa Valley; $76)

Murrieta's Well Estate Vineyard 2014 "The Spur" Red Blend (Livermore Valley; $30)

Parducci 2013 "True Grit" Reserve Red (Mendocino County; $20)

Prospect Cellars 2015 "Gold Digger" Red (California; $25)

Rancho Sisquoc 2015 Flood Family Vineyards "Sisquoc River Red" Blend (Santa Barbara County; $20)

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Red Thread 2014 Red Blend

(Howell Mountain, Napa Valley; $65)

Saved 2014 Red (California; $25)

Thirty-Seven 201S "Tolay" (Sonoma Coast; $24)

William Hill Estate Winery 2014 "Bench Blend" (Napa Valley; $60)
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