Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/8/19)

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. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2017 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Heritage Vines. Tim Fish writes 8 Underdog California Zinfandels. Esther Mobley writes Wine and Barbecue, A Perfect Pairing.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2014 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list. The July Zinfandel of the Month is the 2014 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range. Storybook Mountain Vineyards…

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Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2004 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Clos de la Maréchale – Bottle Notes

The family run estate of Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier dates back to 1863. This was initially a 4-hectare Chambolle domaine but since Frédéric took back the family’s old Nuits St-Georges Monopole, Clos de la Maréchale, from Faiveley in 2004, the Domaine has increased to 13 hectares. Their are 7 wines currently being produced at Mugnier with the Bonnes Mares and Musigny being…

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Bottle Notes, Petite Sirah

2004 Outpost Petite Sirah The Other – Bottle Notes

Outpost Wines was established in 1998 and sits on a pristine piece of land atop Howell Mountain 2200 feet above Napa Valley. Thomas Rivers-Brown has been the winemaker from the start and has gained further acclaim making highly sought after wines for Schrader, Rivers-Marie and many others. Outpost produces  Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and a Right Bank inspired blend called Immigrant.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2001 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/1/19)

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 A look at Lodi Wine from the Perspectives of an Influential Boomer vs. Savvy Millennial. Wine Folly writes 9 Sophisticated Date Night Wines (Under $30).…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2009 J. Rochioli Chardonnay Rachel’s 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. The winery recently published a detailed map of…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Turley Zinfandel Duarte – 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 50 separate wines from 47 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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