Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel

The June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel. 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 this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published early next week.…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Management

2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the May Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The bottle was decanted for several hours. 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…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2003 Bordeaux

The April Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2003 Bordeaux. 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 this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published early next week. We all…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2004 Bordeaux

The January installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2004 Bordeaux. The purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. I plan on opening the winning bottle on Friday and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter. The 2004 Bordeaux vintage set a record for being the…

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Cellar Management

Very Bullish on 2018 Zins

The 2018 vintage in Sonoma is shaping up to be maybe the best vintage ever for Sonoma Zinfandel. The growing season was absolutely perfect. Fewer heat spikes. No fires. Rain was minimal. Harvest was several weeks later than previous vintages and yields were generally higher than normal. Mike Officer of Carlisle Winery said in his release letter “Not too hot,…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 1995 Bordeaux

The December installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Bordeaux from the the now 25 year old 1995 vintage. The intent behind Pick My Next Bottle is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Christmas Night and a Bottle Note will be published the following…

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