1997 Spostteswood Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains. The Spottswoode Estate was bought by…

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2001 Chateau Pavie
Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Pavie – Bottle Notes

Purchased by Gerard Perse in 1998, Chateau Pavie, a Premier Grand Cru Classe B, has since become one of St.-Emilion’s most noted wines. A former cyclist who made his fortune with supermarket chains, Perse in the last decade has modernized and updated the estate with a major replanting program in the vineyards and by totally remodeling the cellars. Perse also…

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wine splash
Random Musings

10 Topics You Will Never See On This Wine Blog

I’ll keep this short! In my ongoing desire to give my readers fresh content on Zinfandel Chronicles I promise not to blog about these topics: High alcohol by volume (ABV) in Zinfandel Natural wines The 100 point scale to rate wines Score inflation in the aforementioned 100 point scale Slowing sales of domestic Syrah The knowledge, expertise or qualifications of…

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wine corks
Random Musings

Zinfandel Chronicles One Year Anniversary

This week marks the one year anniversary of Zinfandel Chronicles! My passion for wine dates to 1989,  and Zinfandel Chronicles has become my medium for sharing that passion with anyone who cares to listen. Some highlights from the past year: The site was officially launched on June 24, 2012 with posts covering Total Wine, mailing list addiction and Bottle Notes…

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2011 Efeste Lola Chardonnay
Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2011 Efeste Chardonnay Lola – Bottle Notes

Efeste, pronounced like the letters “F-S-T” strung together, was named after the last names of founders Helen & Dan Ferrelli, Patrick Smith, and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Efeste is located in the Warehouse District of Woodinville, Washington. Peter Devison took over full-time winemaking duties when Brennon Leighton left to work with Charles Smith in 2012. The fruit for Lola is…

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2011 Navarro Mendocino Chardonnay
Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2011 Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Mendocino – Bottle Notes

Located in the Anderson Valley, Navarro has been producing exceptional, fairly-priced wines since 1974. The winery is best known for its range of Pinot Noirs, including the showstopper Deep End Blend (available through futures). They also produce an age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon and a delicious Zinfandel, and their whites are noteworthy with a one-of-a-kind Riesling, Gewurztaminer and Muscat Blanc. The color…

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2006 Rafinelli Dry Creek Zinfandel
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2006 Rafanelli Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps…

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2008 Force Majeure Collaboration Series V
Bottle Notes, Grenache

2008 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series V – Bottle Notes

Previously known as Grand Rêve, Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson. Force Majeure pairs some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of Washington’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. The winemakers contributing to the Collaboration Series is a Who’s Who of Washington winemakers including Ben Smith, Carolyn Lakewold, Chris Gorman, James…

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2001 Vieux Donjon CdP
Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2001 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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