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By Bob Johnson

Geyser Peak 1998 Chardonnay
This is one winery that knows how to use oak, rather than abuse it. The oak nuances meld seamlessly with the fruit to produce a wine that satiates the senses. $16. Rating: 3.5 corks.

Martinelli 1997 Reserve Pinot Noir
A fruit-forward wine that bombards the palate with flavors of cherry, plum, and strawberry. An engaging spiciness completes the package that carries a hefty price but defines special-occasion wine. $40. Rating: 4 corks.

Kenwood 1998 Sauvignon Blanc
Peach, passion fruit, lime, and lemon flavors intermingle with mild herbal nuances in a wine that's refreshing and flavorful. $11. Rating: 3.5 corks.

Rabbit Ridge 1997 Zinfandel
Fruity, spicy, and delicious. Seen for $13. Rating: 3.5 corks.

Cork ratings: 1, commercially sound; 2, good; 3, very good; 4, outstanding.

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From the November 4-10, 1999 issue of the Sonoma County Independent.

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