Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2004 Super Tuscans

The July installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Super Tuscans from the the 2004 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published the following week. 2004…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Frank’s Block Teldeschi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Joel Peterson founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976 with a focus on Single Vineyard Zinfandel. Ravenswood was immensely successful and over time began producing in excess of a million cases per year. Once & Future is the return to the original vision Joel had for Ravenswood so many years ago – a small project specializing in wines from unique older vineyards. At present…

Continue Reading

Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/19/21)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Randy Caparoso writes Grapevines Adopting July’s Reproductive Strategy (i.e. Veraison). Ridge Wine Blog writes Mancini Ranch: 16 Acres of Old Vines in the Heart of Russian River Valley.…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Hartford Family Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine – Bottle Notes

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford’s appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast. Jeff Stewart is the Hartford Family Winemaker. Purple in color.…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes

2019 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina – Bottle Notes

Fattoria Selvapiana is situated in Chianti Rufina which is the smallest appellation in Chianti. Since 1997 Selvapiana is run by Federico and Silvia, Masseti. The property extends over 250 hectares of which 58 are planted with vines. Light red in color. 13% ABV. Vibrant nose of red fruits, leather, anise and asphalt. Medium body with strong acidity. Light, fresh and…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Vineyard Under the Mountain – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about. This vineyard is indeed ‘under the mountain,’…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre – Bottle Notes

Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973. The winery dates back to the early 1900’s. In 1981 Marcel met Jules Chauvet. A winemaker, researcher and chemist, Chavet preached for natural wines and the traditional methods of Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel led a group that soon went to the…

Continue Reading

Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/12/21)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Dallas Wine Chick writes California Regionality of the Zinfandel Grape. Paul Draper writes “Ingredient Labeling: A Look Back” by Paul Draper. Spawinefood writes Zinfandel, Primitivo, Crljenak Kastelanski, and…

Continue Reading

Bottle Notes

2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Saxum Vineyards is located in the Paso Robles AVA of Central California. Founded in the early 2000’s by Justin Smith, a young winemaker who had previously been part-owner of Linne Calodo, Saxum leapt into the limelight in late 2010 when its 2007 James Berry Vineyards wine was named the #1 Wine of 2010 by Wine Spectator. Smith owns the winery…

Continue Reading