Bottle Notes, Buying Wine

A visit with Max Reichwage at Mancini Ranch Vineyard

Reichwage Winery was founded in 2014 by Max Reichwage to fulfill a dream of producing small quantities of classically made Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Max is the owner and winemaker. Before starting the winery Max studied chemistry at the University of Michigan, and viticulture and enology at University California Davis. Reichwage has two estate vineyards in Sonoma County: Twin Hills and…

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Old Hill Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (8/1/22)

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. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2019 Post & Vine Old Vine Field Blend Testa Vineyard. Lucy Simon writes An Early Harvest Kicks off in Sonoma County. Tim Fish…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Turley now makes right around 50 separate wines from 47 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and…

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Bottle Notes, Sauvignon Blanc

2017 J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery has published a detailed map of…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 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 passion about. This amazing survivor vineyard is indeed ‘under…

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Limerick Lane 1910 Block
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/25/22)

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. Randy Caparoso writes Learning to Love Zinfandel and Saving Old Vines in the Process. Jim Gordon writes 5 Family Wineries That Show Mendocino County’s Italian-American Heritage. Ridge Wine…

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Bottle Notes

2016 Marcel Lapierre Juliénas – 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…

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