Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines – 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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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/26/21)

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 How Varietal Character and Terroir Became Generational Bones of Contention. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2018 Rodney Strong Zinfandel Old Vines. Loren Sonkin reviews the…

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Bottle Notes

2004 Argiano Solengo – Bottle Notes

The 2004 Argiano Solengo was the winning bottle in the July Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for two hours and served with steaks. Argiano dates back to the 16th century. The nearly 120 acres of vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The wines, both Brunello di Montalcino and Solengo,…

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Bottle Notes

New Releases from Chalk Hill Estate

Chalk Hill Estate was founded in the early 1970’s by Fred Furth. Chalk Hill Estate Winery is located at the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley — south of downtown Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Bill Foley acquired Chalk Hill in 2010. Michael Beaulac is the Senior Winemaker at Chalk Hill. 2018 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Gold in…

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Bottle Notes

2017 Sandlands Mataro San Benito County – Bottle Notes

Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Turley. The line-up encompasses some of the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture. The wines made at Sandlands include Syrah,…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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