Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2015 Guy Breton Morgon Vielles Vignes

Guy Breton took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Until that point, the family was selling their fruit to the large cooperative wineries. Breton’s domaine is comprised of just over four hectares most of which lies in the appellation of Morgon. Guy Breton along with Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet and Jean Foillard was part of the Kermit…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block Vineyard – 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. River Block is a portion of Rochioli Vineyard…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2017 Ferren Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Winemaker Matt Courtney founded Ferren Wines in 2013 with longtime friend David Wherritt after an eight-year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Ferren specializes in Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Matt is also the winemaker at Arista. Ruby red in color. 14.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cola, forest floor and flowers. Medium…

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Limerick Lane 1910 Block
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (6/6/22)

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 2022 update on Lodi’s oldest vine growths (part 1)—west side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Sonoma Magazine writes 18 Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County.…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2019 Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate

Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager to fulfill his dream of making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. In 2004 he and his wife Ellen purchased a 128 acre estate in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and shortly thereafter founded Brittan Vineyards. All of the wines made at Brittan Vineyards are estate wines.…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Switchback Ridge wines are sourced from the Peterson Family Vineyard. The property, located just off the Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga has been in the Peterson Family since 1914 and was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah in 1990. Kelly Peterson along with her father John founded Switchback Ridge in 1999. She is responsible for all aspects…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2015 Dehlinger Syrah East Face – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The grapes for the East Face Syrah are from an east facing portion of the…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Welsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. In addition to the line up of Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Rivers-Marie also makes a few single vineyard Cabernets and Chardonnay. Thomas is…

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Old Hill Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (5/30/22)

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. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2019 Frank Family Reserve Zinfandel. Alder Yarrow reviews the 2018 Acorn Winery “Alegría Vineyards – Heritage Vines” Zinfandel. Josie Cowden writes Beauregard Vineyards’…

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