Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée was the winning bottle in the November Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I did not decant the bottle and served it with a Chicken Parmesan. The family of Domaine du Pegau has roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape dating back to the mid-17th century. The word Pegau refers to a wine jug discovered in…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 Toil Oregon Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Toil Oregon was founded in 2012 by Chris Figgins. Chris is the President and Winemaking Director for Figgins Family Wine Estates. At present time this includes Leonetti, Figgins and Toil Oregon. Figgins Family Wine Estates has acquired a 42-acre parcel of extraordinary land in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Willamette Valley. This will become the Estate Vineyard and future winery home…

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Papera
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/15/21)

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 Thoughts on Perfect Thanksgiving Wines (and why Lodi Fits the Bill). Michael Alberty writes 4 Home-Grown Oregon Zinfandels for Winter. Stefan Blicker writes RIDGE. It’s…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty established PlumpJack Winery in 1995, inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff. PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Aaron Miller is the winemaker at PlumpJack. Crimson in color. 14.8%…

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Bottle Notes

2016 Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port – Bottle Notes

For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with some of the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families. Generations of Symington winemakers have worked at the Dow’s vineyards: Quinta do…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The November installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the the 2003 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 Sunday and a Bottle Note will be published the following week.…

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Ridge Lytton Springs
Random Musings

Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2021

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2021 and…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/8/21)

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 Everything You Need to Know About the Use of Appellations on Wine Labels. The Nittany Epicurean reviews the 2019 Viansa Winery Altura Collection Zinfandel. Sonoma…

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