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California’s Livermore Valley, located just southeast of the San Francisco Bay, has a long history with wine, dating back to the Ruby Hill Vineyard which was established in 1887.  The the Corbett family joined in that storied history about ten years ago when they purchased Crooked Vine with a dream of producing top quality, 100 percent estate-grown wines.

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Crooked Vine 2013 Syrah

Grape(s): 98% Sryah & 2% Petit Verdot

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 30-35

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of blackberries, currants, dark chocolate, and spice rise up from a glass. The palate showcases flavors of bramble fruit, cherry, and cassis that open up into suggestions of dark chocolate, pepper, and toasty oak. A wine with rich tannins, it will develop nicely in your cellar over the next five years, or you could enjoy it now with a roast lamb shank. 125 cases produced.

Rating: 91

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Crooked Vine 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 40-45

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of cherries, plums, and boysenberries interweave with traces of vanilla and sweet spice on the nose. Flavors of boysenberry, dark cherry, and red plum unfold into elements of toasty oak, licorice, and all spice on the palate. Supple tannins and inviting fruit endear this wine to a juicy NY steak. 439 cases were made.

Rating: 90

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Crooked Vine 2014 Fume Blanc

Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Mangoes, apricots, and passion fruits aromas combine with notes of brown spice on the nose. An array of tropical and stone fruits emerge on the palate, accented by traces of all-spice and toasted, dried coconut. Six months in french oak help give this wine a rich, round mouth-feel that makes it well suited to pair with a roast chicken. 128 cases produced.

Rating: 87

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Crooked Vine 2014 Viognier

Grape(s): 100% Viognier

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Notes of peach, apricot, and green apple mingle with expressions of spring flowers and barrel spice on the nose. Flavors of peaches, golden apples, and orange peal combine with allusions of honey, white blossoms, and spice on the palate. A full-bodied wine with a fruity, floral balance, enjoy a glass next time you have swordfish. 115 cases were made.

Rating: 88

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Crooked Vine 2013 Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

The nose offers aromas of ripe red berries and a slight floral note. With a sip, flavors of raspberry, dark cherry and strawberry flow into a hint of fresh bread. Ample fruit and a light mouth-feel make this an ideal picnic wine. 600 cases produced.

Rating: 88

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Crooked Vine 2012 Petite Sirah

Grape(s): 100% Petite Sirah

Region: Livermore Valley, Ca

Price: 35-40

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and dark cherry interweave with allusions of clove and anise on the nose.  With a sip, flavors of bramble fruit, cherry, and dark plum open up into accents of sweet spice and earth.  Offering compelling  dark fruit and mellowed tannins, enjoy a glass with BBQ pulled pork.

Rating: 88