Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2020 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Welsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. In addition to the line up of Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Rivers-Marie also makes a several single vineyard Cabernets and Chardonnay. Thomas is…

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Old Hill Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (6/20/22)

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. Wine Folly writes Lodi Wine Guide (With Maps). Alder Yarrow reviews the 2016 Berryessa Gap Zinfandel. Ridge Wine Blog writes Grafting Field Blends. Randy Caparoso writes The Barbecue-Friendly…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2016 Kanzler Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne and Rivers-Marie. In 2004, the Kanzlers…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2014 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

New Releases from Trothe

Trothe was founded by the Andrews Family in 2018 and focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Andrews Family Vineyards occupy 1,300 acres in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills. They have been owned and operated by the Andrews family since 1994, on land their family has farmed for generations. Andrews Family Vineyards has contributed fruit…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bucklin Winery was founded in 2000 by the four Bucklin siblings: Arden, Kate, Ted and Will.  Will Bucklin has been a vintner for over 25 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. Bucklin produces several Zinfandels, a Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a White Field Blend. Old Hill Ranch is a historic jewel.  It was founded by William McPherson…

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Bottle Notes

2003 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana – Bottle Notes

Located at in the heart of Barolo in Monforte d’Alba, the Domenico Clerico estate has been making wines since 1976, when the eponymous young winemaker took over. Beginning with just a small 4-hectare farm inherited from his father, Domenico looked for the best undiscovered plots in Barolo. The wines are unapologetically modern in style. The Pajana vineyard takes its name…

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Old Hill Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (6/13/22)

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. Allen Balik writes A New Recognition of Old Vines. Aaron Romano writes 8 Outstanding California Zinfandels for Grilling Season. Laura Burgess writes Why Many of California’s Best-Known Winemakers…

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Bottle Notes

2014 La Rata – Bottle Notes

La Rata was founded by Elizabeth Bourcier in 2012. Bourcier, Cayuse’s assistant Vigneron, was inspired by Clos Erasmus of the Priorat region of Spain and crafted this blend. The wine was originally a blend of Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. Syrah from La Paciencia Vineyard was added with the 2014 vintage. The unique blend was named…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Lagrange – Bottle Notes

Chateau Lagrange is a third-growth St-Julien owned by the Suntory group since 1983. The 270 acre estate is situated next to Gruaud Larose. The winery went through major improvements and huge investments in the decades that followed the purchase by Suntory. The vineyard is planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon , 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot . Today, the average age…

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