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Two new wines from our associates in Sonoma’s Dutcher Crossing.
2019 Dutcher Crossing Chardonnay Costello Winery – This Alexander Valley chardonnay bursts with notes of coconut and guava, then strikes into Meyer lemon and baking spice notes. A bit doughy and unctuous, as you’d count on from a Sonoma chardonnay, the oak affect drops ample vanilla notes into the combination, ultimately ending on a mild milk chocolate character. It’s a tremendous little journey that’s traditional California chardonnay from begin to end. A- / $40
2018 Dutcher Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor’s Reserve – A silky mix of 80% cabernet and 20% syrah from the Dry Creek Valley. Lush notes of semi-sweet fruit evoke components of strawberry, raspberry, and currants, all in a cohesive swirl. It’s decidedly elegant, showcasing mushy notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. A modest however agreeable tannin part provides the wine a little bit gravity, nevertheless it by no means hits as overbearing or brutish. Relatively, a gently creamy physique helps mood a few of the wine’s lighter notes of graphite and licorice, whereas easing the tartness of the blackberry-infused end. A very stable purchase at this worth. A- / $36