growth Minimal-Intervention Winemaking

In minimal-intervention winemaking, grapes are turned into wine with as little interference as possible. The goal? To allow the terroir and varietal personality to truly shine through. 

Because very little is done during the actual winemaking process, grape quality is of the utmost importance -- winemaking here truly starts in the vineyard. 

To understand minimal-intervention winemaking more in-depth, you have to know a few things about how wine happens… time to get nerdy! First off, yeast is naturally present on grape skin. When left to their own devices, grapes will begin to naturally ferment and turn into wine because of this yeast. In natural winemaking, winemakers rely on this (often called “spontaneous fermentation”); in other forms of winemaking, commercial yeast is typically added to control the start and overall duration of the fermentation. 

Additionally, outside of natural/minimal-intervention winemaking, winemakers are free to add adjustments during the winemaking process to help balance acidity, increase/decrease alcohol levels, modify the tannins, etc. Sulfite is also added to stop fermentation and stabilize the wine at the end stages. In minimal-intervention winemaking, none of this is used. Winemakers just let the wine run its course. 

Proponents of minimal-intervention winemaking believe that the wines are truer depictions of terroir and the grapes they’re made from. It’s also been said that these wines feel more vivacious and alive when you drink them. 

Want to experience that for yourself? Check out minimal-intervention wines below!
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"Rock Smash" GSM Blend, 2018

GSM Blend · Earthy, Fruity, and Spicy · Rare wine (144 cases produced) · Fountaingrove District, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
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Russian River Valley Fiano, 2018

Uncommon White · Fresh and Funky · Limited wine (218 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Rare Varietal
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Rockets Red Rosé Grenache, 2019

Rosé · Fruity and Fresh · Super rare wine (38 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

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Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Fruity · Rare wine (115 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Waits-Mast Family Cellars
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2016

Pinot Noir · Fruity · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Noteworthy Topography
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Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017

Pinot Noir · Fruity · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Noteworthy Topography
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Santa Clara Valley Marsanne, 2018

Uncommon White · Fresh, Balanced, and Floral · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
"Lioness" Rosé, 2019

Provence-style Rosé · Porch Pounder, Balanced, and Fresh · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Sustainable Farming
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Santa Clara Valley Viognier, 2018

Condrieu-style Viognier · Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
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Salomon Vineyard Viognier, 2017

Condrieu-style Viognier · Floral, Fresh, and Saline · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

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Santa Clara Valley Four Lions, 2017

Southern Rhone-style Red · Fruity and Balanced · Rare wine (135 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

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Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Fresh, and Savory · 1400 cases produced · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Winery Favorite
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Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard, 2013

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Earthy, Complex, Balanced, and Savory · Rare wine (185 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Other
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Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (84 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Hand-harvested
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Pinot Noir Wiley Vineyard, 2014

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Complex, Earthy, Floral, Herbaceous, and Subtle · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Unique Climate
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Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard, 2017

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Floral, Earthy, Fruity, Savory, and Balanced · Rare wine (175 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
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Grenache Eagle Point Ranch, 2015

Grenache · Bold, Earthy, Woody, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
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Riesling Late Harvest 'Greenwood Ridge Vineyards', 2014 (375 ml)

Other Dessert · Balanced · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

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Syrah Vivio Vineyard, 2014

California Syrah · Balanced, Complex, Mineral, Fruity, and Smoky · Limited wine (430 cases produced) · Bennett Valley, Sonoma, California

Soil That Matters
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Sonoma County GSM Blend, 2015

GSM Blend · Bold, Balanced, Complex, and Savory · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Winery Favorite
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Syrah Broken Leg Vineyard, 2016

Northern Rhône-style Syrah · Bold, Complex, Gamey, Mineral, and Spicy · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Other
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Zinfandel Fashauer Vineyard, 2014

California Zinfandel · Savory, Earthy, Fresh, Balanced, and Fruity · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

High Altitude Vineyard
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Pinot Noir MAGNUM, 2016 (1.5 l)

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Bold, Balanced, Complex, and Savory · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Almost Sold Out
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Pinot Noir Docker Hill Vineyard MAGNUM, 2016 (1.5 l)

California Pinot Noir · Bold, Complex, Fruity, Earthy, and Savory · Super rare wine (11 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

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Mendocino County Pinot Noir, 2017

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Bold, Fruity, Herbaceous, and Savory · Limited wine (600 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Other
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Pinot Noir Angel Camp Vineyard, 2016

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Bold, Complex, Mineral, Savory, and Fresh · Rare wine (175 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

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Ketcham Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Fruity, and Subtle · Super rare wine (35 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

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ThereAfter Cabernet Sauvignon Escher Vineyard, 2019

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Complex, Subtle, and Fruity · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

Hand-harvested
Caelesta Wines
Paso Robles Red Blend GSM , 2017

Southern Rhone-style Red · Complex, Savory, and Subtle · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Award Winner
Acri Wine Co.
Zinfandel Smith Family Vineyard, 2019

Zinfandel · Balanced · Rare wine (63 cases produced) · Los Angeles, California

High Altitude Vineyard
Accenti
ThereAfter Grenache Village, 2019

Grenache · Carbonic, Fresh, Herbaceous, Spicy, and Complex · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Other
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Teldeschi Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2017

California Zinfandel · Balanced, Bold, and Earthy · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Award Winner
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Hannah's Vineyard Rosé Barbera, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Mineral, and Fruity · Super rare wine (40 cases produced) · California Shenandoah Valley, Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

Award Winner
Satyr Fire
Poppyfield Gewürztraminer, 2020

Gewürztraminer · Complex, Floral, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Spicy · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Hand-harvested
Merisi Wines
Diener Ranch Petite Sirah, 2017

California Petite Sirah · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lake, California

DTC Only
Kivelstadt Cellars
Twice Removed Rosé Carignane and Grenache, 2019

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (240 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Mendocino KC Labs Syrah, 2020

Syrah · Carbonic, Fruity, and Funky · Limited wine (217 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
New arrival
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Smith Family Vineyard Merlot, 2019

Merlot · Complex, Balanced, Fruity, and Savory · Super rare wine (46 cases produced) · Los Angeles, California

Sustainable Farming
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San Diego Petite Sirah, 2019

California Petite Sirah · Balanced, Bold, Complex, and Savory · Super rare wine (49 cases produced) · San Diego, California

Sustainable Farming
Silas Wines
PDX Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Limited wine (500 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
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Ladd's Addition Pinot Noir, 2015

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Earthy, Fruity, and Complex · Limited wine (311 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
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The Pearl Pinot Noir, 2014

Pinot Noir · Spicy, Bold, and Funky · Limited wine (273 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
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Bramble Rosé Pinot Noir, 2016

Rosé · Complex and Balanced · Rare wine (105 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Almost Sold Out
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The Optimist Malbec/Viognier, 2015

Malbec · Floral and Bold · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
Accenti
Riesling Fountaingrove, 2020

Riesling · Fresh, Floral, and Mineral · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Fountaingrove District, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Accenti
Bedrock Vineyard Merlot, 2020

Merlot · Fruity, Balanced, Subtle, and Complex · Super rare wine (46 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
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Cabernet Sauvignon Three Gardens, 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Complex, Floral, Fresh, and Fruity · Super rare wine (19 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

Organic Farming
Accenti
Fizzy Spell Sparkling 4-pack of 250mL Cans, N.V.

Sparkling · Floral, Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · California, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Parra Wine Co.
Alsatian Blend Postre Lujoso, N.V. (375 ml)

Ice wine · Natural, Fresh, Sweet, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
Phantômé Cellars
Rosé Touriga Nacional, 2020

California Rosé · Floral, Fresh, Mineral, and Subtle · Rare wine (65 cases produced) · Central Valley, California

Uncommon Region
Phantômé Cellars
Prie Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2020

Cabernet Franc · Complex, Earthy, and Balanced · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Unusual Vintage
River Lane Vineyard
TimeFrame Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Balanced · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

DTC Only
Merisi Wines
Manic White Pinot Gris Sour, 2020 (375 ml)

Other White · Funky, Saline, and Savory · Super rare wine (20 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon · Earthy, Mineral, and Herbaceous · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Floral and Mineral · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Barrel-aged
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Fresh and Subtle · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Award Winner
Maison Areion
Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Fruity, Oaky, and Subtle · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Unique Climate
Human Cellars
"L'influence Du Bouys" Gamay, 2020

Uncommon Red · Complex, Earthy, and Spicy · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Almost Sold Out
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Lioness Rosé Grenache Noir, 2020

Provence-style Rosé · Porch Pounder, Balanced, and Fresh · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Uncommon Region
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Five Lions Estate, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Balanced and Fruity · Limited wine (225 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Hand-harvested
Merisi Wines
Grenache Single Vineyard, 2018

Grenache · Balanced · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Organic Farming
Gonzales Wine Company
Oasis Vineyard Malbec, 2020

Malbec · Bold, Complex, and Balanced · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
SummitVine
SummitVine Ranch Diamant Red Blend Merlot, Cabernet, Franc Petit Verdot, 2017

California Red Blend · Complex, Balanced, and Bold · Rare wine (152 cases produced) · Diamond Mountain District, Napa, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Gonzales Wine Company
Gold Vineyard Malbec, 2020

Malbec · Savory and Balanced · Super rare wine (47 cases produced) · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
Rogue Valley Red, Grenache / Syrah Blend, 2010

GSM Blend · Complex and Savory · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

DTC Only
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Cuvée Blanc Estate, 2019

Rhône-style White Blend · Fresh, Fruity, Balanced, and Mineral · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Sustainable Farming
Gonzales Wine Company
The Revolutionary Petit Verdot, 2020

Uncommon Red · Bold, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (94 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
Cecchini Family Vineyard Malbec, 2019

Uncommon Red · Complex, Spicy, and Fresh · Contra Costa, California

Almost Sold Out
Cruess
Saini Farms Rosé Grenache, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, and Saline · Limited wine (399 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Old Vines
Fresh Wine Co.
Sparkling Primitivo Pet-Nat, 2020

Sparkling · Sweet and Fresh · Rare wine (56 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Fresh Wine Co.
Fire Fuego Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Orange · Carbonic, Fresh, and Fruity · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Sold Out
Acri Wine Co.
Tranquil Heart Vineyard Fiano, 2021

California White · Fruity, Balanced, and Complex · Super rare wine (46 cases produced) · South Coast, San Diego, California

Biodynamic Farming
Sold Out
Acri Wine Co.
San Diego Rosé Sangiovese, 2021

Rosé · Balanced, Fresh, and Fruity · Super rare wine (23 cases produced) · San Diego, California

Almost Sold Out
Acri Wine Co.
San Diego Cabernet Franc, 2020

Cabernet Franc · Balanced, Earthy, Spicy, Natural, and Complex · Rare wine (57 cases produced) · San Diego, California

Uncommon Region
Acri Wine Co.
Sky Valley Vineyard Syrah, 2020

Syrah · Balanced, Earthy, Fresh, and Savory · Rare wine (65 cases produced) · San Diego, California

Organic Farming
Parra Wine Co.
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2019

Pinot Gris · Fruity, Porch Pounder, Natural, and Mineral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Hand-harvested
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2019

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Fresh, Fruity, and Natural · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Rockets Red Wine
2 Bottles Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (84 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Hand-harvested
Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Grenache Blanc, 2019

Rhône-style White Blend · Fresh, Balanced, and Mineral · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Uncommon Region
Gonzales Wine Company
Malbec White Malbec, 2021

Uncommon White · Complex and Fresh · Rare wine (71 cases produced) · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
The Revolutionary Rosé Petit Verdot, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh and Bold · Super rare wine (36 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

DTC Only
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Columbia Valley Riesling, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Super rare wine (47 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Accenti
California Sparkling Pet Nat, 2021

Pét nat · Balanced, Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Mineral · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Accenti
Contra Costa Accenti Verdelho, 2021

Uncommon White · Balanced, Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Mineral · Limited wine (320 cases produced) · Contra Costa, California

Rare Varietal
Bee Hunter Wine
Sparkling Pinot Noir Brut Nature Anderson Valley, 2018

Mèthode Champenoise Sparkling · Balanced and Complex · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Bee Hunter Wine
Sauvignon Blanc Anderson Valley Skin Contact, 2019

Other White · Balanced, Earthy, Floral, Funky, and Herbaceous · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Bee Hunter Wine
Vin d'Ambre Anderson Valley, 2019

Orange · Balanced, Bold, Herbaceous, Mineral, and Spicy · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Other
Bee Hunter Wine
Chardonnay Anderson Valley, 2019

California Chardonnay · Balanced · Limited wine (600 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Other
Bee Hunter Wine
Sonoma Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Balanced · Sonoma, California

Other
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Pinot Noir Elevate Winemaker's Blend, 2017

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Sonoma, California

Other
Bee Hunter Wine
Lichen Estate Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Bee Hunter Wine
Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Mendocino, California

Award Winner
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Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2016

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Mendocino, California

Award Winner
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Docker Hill Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Mendocino, California

Award Winner
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Docker Hill Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2016

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Mendocino, California

Award Winner
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Fashauer Vineyard Anderson Valley Zinfandel, 2016

Zinfandel · Balanced · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Award Winner
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Old Vines Russian River Valley Zinfandel Zinfandel Reserve, 2013

Zinfandel · Balanced · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Bee Hunter Wine
Bennett Valley Syrah Reserve, 2013

Northern Rhône-style Syrah · Bold, Complex, Gamey, Mineral, and Spicy · Bennett Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Bee Hunter Wine
Sparkling Chardonnay Fizzy Petnat Style, 2018 (1.5 l)

Pét nat · Balanced · Mendocino, California

Other
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Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Chardonnay, 2017 (1.5 l)

Chardonnay · Balanced · Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino, California

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