Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The November Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 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 Thanksgiving and a Bottle Note will be published this coming weekend. 2005 was…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/16/20)

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 Saving Lodi’s Historic Vineyard Society-Registered Vineyards. Wine Predator writes A Zinfandel for Everyone and Every Occasion: Happy Zinfandel Day 2020! The Grape Grind writes All…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2014 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2016 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh 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.…

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Bottle Notes

2018 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina – Bottle Notes

Fattoria Selvapiana is situated in Chianti Rufina which is the smallest appellation in Chianti. Since 1997 Selvapiana is run by Federico and Silvia, Masseti. The property extends over 250 hectares of which 58 are planted with vines. Ruby red in color. 13.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, citrus, earth and flowers. Medium body with ample acidity. Bright fruits in…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase…

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Bottle Notes

1996 Chateau Lagrange – Bottle Notes

Chateau Lagrange is a third-growth St-Julien owned by the Suntory group since 1983. The 270 acre estate is situated next to Gruaud Larose. The winery went through major improvements and huge investments in the decades that followed the purchase by Suntory. The vineyard is planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon , 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot . Today, the average age…

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Random Musings

National Zinfandel Day

National Zinfandel Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18th. As the Zinfandel blog of record I feel compelled to make sure all of you open a bottle of Zinfandel to celebrate. Zinfandel is without question the All-American grape. For those of you that are new to Zinfandel there are many resources beyond my blog that are worth your attention. Zinfandel Advocates…

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