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14 Noteworthy California Wines

This week we’ve found something for everyone, from crisp sparklers to a classy Chardonnay, delicious Napa Valley Cabernets, Zinfandel, Syrah, some tasty red blends and even a couple of rosés.

Bubbly lovers will be happy to see the recommended bottlings from Schramsberg, Roederer, Korbel and Mumm. At the value end, check out Bogle’s Phantom, a Petite Sirah-based blend that’s toasty, jammy and smooth, at $16. Korbel’s brut bottling is also $16, and the Pedroncelli dry Zinfandel rosé is a mere $10.

SCHRAMSBERG Brut North Coast Mirabelle NV Score: 90

“Offers rich aromas of spicy yeast and baked apple and opulent flavors of lemon curd and Asian pear that finish with a crisp, mineral acidity.” – Tim Fish

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MaryAnn Worobiec, September 19, 2011
14 Noteworthy California Wines