Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series – Bottle Notes

Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon produces almost a dozen different wines, and their Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Chardonnay are some of the very best examples of those varietals produced in Washington State. I wrote about Rick…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/22/14)

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. Cheers! The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley write about Harvest 2014: The Latest From Dry Creek Valley. Cliff’s Wine Picks writes Wine of the Week – 2012 Easton…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2001 Bordeaux

The September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2001 Bordeaux from some of my favorite producers. 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 next weekend and a Bottle Note will be published…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards. Sangiacomo Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Sojourn sources from two distinct blocks planted in…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2007 Rochioli Estate Chardonnay – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery. Shimmering gold…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard – 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 passionate about. Monte Rosso was planted in the 1880’s…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/15/14)

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. Cheers! Cliff’s Wine Picks reviews the 2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard. The Reverse Wine Snob reviews 2011 Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel. The Nittany Epicurean reviews 2012…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2005 Turley Zinfandel Moore “Earthquake” 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. Moore “Earthquake” Vineyard was one of the original single vineyard wines Turley produced staring in 1993. Located in Napa Valley the vineyard was a staple up through the 2008 vintage. Crimson…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2008 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 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 Landmark. In 2004,…

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Betz Family Winery
Buying Wine

Betz Family Winery Fall 2014 Release Party

Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve and Bridget Griessel (with Bob Betz remaining on as the winemaker), and I fully expect quality will…

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