Old Hill Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (12/20/21)

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. Peg Melnik writes How to Prevent a Food Fight at your Holiday Feast. Wine Enthusiast writes Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2021. Discover California Wines writes Delicious Food…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Bucklin Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bucklin Winery was founded in 2000 by the four Bucklin siblings: Arden, Kate, Ted and Will.  Will Bucklin has been a vintner for over 25 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. Bucklin produces several Zinfandels, a Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a White Field Blend. Old Hill Ranch is a historic jewel.  It was founded by William McPherson…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2012 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Estate – 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. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery has published a detailed map of…

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Ridge Lytton Springs
Random Musings

The Best of Zinfandel Chronicles in 2021

The end of the year is always a time to reflect on what transpired in the previous twelve months. I for one will be happy to put 2021 in the rear view mirror but I’ll save that story for another day. With that in mind I took a moment to look at what posts in 2021 generated the most traffic.…

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Bottle Notes

2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina – Bottle Notes

Giovanni Corino started making his own wines in the 1980’s. Like many of the other winemakers in the area, his family farmed the land and sold the fruit. Giovanni’s son Giuliano runs the estate today. All the vineyards are in La Morra, with Barolo vineyards in Arborina, Giachini and Bricco Manescotto. Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Sensational nose of red fruits,…

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Papera
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (12/13/21)

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. Loren Sonkin reviews the 2016 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard. Vino-Sphere writes Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner and Old Vines Zinfandel Great Picks For…

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Bottle Notes

2016 Force Majeure Parvata – Bottle Notes

Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and made its name pairing some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of Washington’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. In recent years the winery transitioned from Collaboration wines to Estate wines. Todd Alexander, formerly of Bryant Family Vineyards, is the winemaker for the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo.…

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Buying Wine

A Visit with Will Hamilton of Violin Wine

Violin Wine was founded in 2013 by Will Hamilton and specializes in Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The name Violin is a reference to Vino and Will’s son Olin. Will strives to make wines that are elegant and a true expression of the vineyard and region. Violin has a tasting room in Amity but I visited with…

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