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2017 Lodi Vermentino
Winery: Markus Wine Company
From Martin: "Markus Wine Co. focuses on producing wines that show a European sensibility, with a lightness on the palate and mouthwatering acidity on the finish. This wine features loads of juicy lemon notes. Aged entirely in stainless steel, the finish is dry and refreshing."
2015 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc
Winery: Cougar Crest Estate Winery
From Martin: "The Walla Walla Valley, home of Cougar Crest, is a subzone of the larger Columbia Valley region that is known for producing especially high-quality wines... The lush character of this Cabernet Franc is a great example of how the grape, which is often used in blends, can stand alone if grown in the right place with great care."
2016 Cool Gray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Chris Pittenger of Gros Ventre Cellars
From Martin: "You may remember Chris from the amazing Chenin Blanc blend he shared with us as part of our July release. In a short period of time, he has gained national acclaim for the exciting Rhone-style wines that he crafts at Skinner Vineyards, as well as for the cool-climate Pinots he produces with his wife Sarah for their Gros Ventre label. Cool Gray features fruit from some of Chris’s favorite vineyards. Once it reached his cellar, his intervention was minimal, allowing for this California produce to carve its own path."