This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):
Souverain, 2011 North Coast California Chardonnay, 13.9 percent alcohol, $13. A tropical chardonnay with notes of pineapple, lemon and cr?e brulee. Well-integrated. Nice length.
Villa Andriana, 2013 Knights Valley Sonoma County Muscat Canelli, 12.5 percent, $20. A floral wine that's rich yet balanced. Aromas and flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. Lush texture. Lingering finish.
Monte Volpe, 2010 Mendocino Peppolino, 14.5 percent, $28. An exotic red with aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice, violet and toasty oak. Firm tannins. Long finish.
Hess Collection, 2010 Mount Veeder Napa Valley, 19 Block Mountain Cuvee, 14.4 percent, $38. A tasty red with layered flavors. Notes of raspberries, black currant, clove and a hint of vanilla. Firm tannins. Nice length.
Gary Farrell, 2011 Bacigalupi Vineyard, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.3 percent, $60. A layered pinot with a lot going on. Elegant, with aromas and flavors of strawberry, rhubarb and tobacco. Delightfully earthy.
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