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Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.
This week included the always bright and fresh Sauvignon Blanc from Girard in Napa, and likewise consistently excellent, from over the hill, the Jordan Winery Chardonnay, which manages to walk the wonderfully fine line between classically oaky and buttery California Chardonnay and the nervy, acid-driven wines that are redefining the form.
Next we’ve got a pair of Pinots from another reliable producer, Dutton Goldfield. The first is their basic estate Pinot from the cool climes of the Green Valley, and then, even cooler, the Azaya Ranch vineyard from Marin County, which is generally one of my favorites of their Pinot.
Before we move on to a small trove of Cabernet Sauvignon, let’s dally with …