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Wine, etc.: Explore the Central Coast wines one bottle at a time(2)

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St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Ranch Merlot 2013 ($50). We loved the texture of this smooth yet complex merlot from the Napa Valley. Loads of ripe plum and blackberry flavors with a big dose of vanilla and mocha. Long finish makes it a merlot to savor.

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay 2015 ($25). Now in its 25th year, the Overlook chardonnay is reliable from year to year. Using grapes from Russian River Valley and throughout Sonoma County, this chardonnay has ripe apple fruit flavors, a dollop of lemon cream and a lot of toasty oak.

Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($60). Using grapes high up Howell and Diamond mountains, winemaker Jade Barrett has crafted an impressive, rich cabernet sauvignon. Loads of forward black cherry and cassis fruit with hints of cocoa. Lush mouthfeel makes it so enjoyable.

Bouchaine Estate Pinot Noir 2014 ($35). Using grapes from Carneros, this medium-bodied pinot noir has juicy cherry and strawberry fruit with a hint of cola and baking spice.

Clos du Val Hirondelle Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($52). This solid and unblended cabernet from the Stag's Leap District is the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Blueberry aromas, strawberry and cherry flavors with a hint of mint and toasted oak.

Frank Family Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir 2015 ($35). We've always been fans on this producer's hedonistic zinfandels, but the pinot noir continues to impress us year after year. It has ripe varietal black cherry and plum flavors with hints of clove and vanilla.

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr have been writing a weekly, syndicated wine column since 1985. See their blog at They can be reached at marq1948@gmail.com.

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