Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard was the winning bottle in the January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine paired brilliantly with homemade pepperoni pizza. Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites…

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel

The January 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 Friday and a Bottle Note will be published early next week.…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Chateau Léoville Barton – Bottle Notes

The 1996 Chateau Léoville Barton was the winning bottle in the December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I decanted the wine for 90 minutes and served with a tri tip roast and roasted broccoli. I bought this wine on release and have cellared it properly ever since. The Barton family, the current owners of the estate, trace their Bordeaux…

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Pick My Next Bottle – 1996 Bordeaux

The December installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 1996 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. I plan on opening the winning bottle this coming weekend and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter. 1996 was a…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2004 Chateau Pontet-Canet – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Pontet-Canet was the winning bottle in the September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. This bottle was decanted for one hour and served with steaks. Chateau Pontet-Canet is situated next to Mouton Rothschild in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux. Pontet Canet was granted Fifth Growth status in the 1855 classification. Herman Cruse purchased the estate in 1865. The Cruse family…

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2004 Bordeaux

The September 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 Saturday and will publish a Bottle Note early next week. The 2004 Bordeaux vintage set a record for being…

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The August installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the the 2009 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 Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published the following week.…

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2015 Altesino Brunelli di Montalcino – Bottle Notes

The 2015 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino was the winning bottle in the July Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was not decanted and served with burgers and a fresh salad on a warm Summer evening in Seattle. Altesino is set amongst the north eastern hills of Montalcino. The imposing structure of the 15th century Palazzo Altesi overlooks the…

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The May installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the the 2007 vintage. 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 Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published the following week. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate rated…

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