Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Turley now makes right around 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and…

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Buying Wine

Killer Deals on Wine.com

I had never shopped on Wine.com but some killer discount codes were brought to my attention that were too good for me to pass up. The codes WINEABR1 and WINEKB1 both give the buyer $100 off on a $300 purchase. The wine itself must total $300 as opposed to the total order amount after shipping and handling. I used one…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2000 Pavie Macquin – Bottle Notes

The 2000 Pavie Macquin was the winning bottle in the November Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 90 minutes and served with a homemade meat loaf. Chateau Pavie-Macquin gets its name from Albert Macquin, its 19th century owner. His descendants, the Corre-Macquin family, still own the 37-acre estate, which is in the Right Bank appellation…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/25/19)

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. The Nittany Epicurean reviews the 2014 Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel. Randy Caparoso writes Thanksgiving Made Simple Thanks to Lodi Wine Country. The Wine Stalker writes Wine Quickie: The…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains. The Spottswoode Estate was bought by…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2000 Right Bank Bordeaux

The November installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Bordeaux from the heralded 2000 vintage. Specifically, Bordeaux from the Right Bank commune of St. Emilion. 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. 2000 was simply one of the…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2009 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Saxum Vineyards is located in the Paso Robles AVA of Central California. Founded in the early 2000’s by Justin Smith, a young winemaker who had previously been part-owner of Linne Calodo, Saxum leapt into the limelight in late 2010 when its 2007 James Berry Vineyards wine was named the #1 Wine of 2010 by Wine Spectator. Smith owns the winery…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/18/19)

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 Why You Should Celebrate National Zinfandel Day with a Lodi Grown Zinfandel. Ken Ross writes Wine Press: Interview with Turley Wine Cellars founder Larry Turley.…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille – Bottle Notes

Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve and Bridget Griessel many years ago. Louis Skinner, a longtime assistant of Bob’s, is now the full…

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