Bottle Notes

2013 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…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 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, A.P. Vin and Rivers-Marie. In 2004,…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/27/21)

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. Wine Enthusiast writes Top 100 Best Buys of 2021. Wine Industry Advisor writes Dear Sommelier, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel. Ridge Wine Blog writes Evangelho Vineyard: Ancient Vines…

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Bottle Notes

2017 Sandlands Refosco – 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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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/20/21)

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. Ridge Wine Blog writes Harvest 2021 Has Begun. Reverse Wine Snob writes Scarlet Path Lodi Zinfandel – A Juicy Jam. Costco Wine Blog reviews the 2018 Di Arie…

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