Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Cline Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County – Bottle Notes

Cline Family Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred and Nancy Cline. The Cline family’s roots date back to 1907 when owner Fred Cline’s grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi, immigrated from Italy, bringing with him a family tradition of farming and making wine. Fred and Nancy Cline’s extensive holdings of 80-100 year old head trained, dry-farmed, own rooted Zinfandel blocks in Contra…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (5/14/18)

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. Adam Gopnik writes A Vintner’s Quest to make a Truly American Wine. Esther Mobley writes Why is Star Winemaker Tegan Passalacqua Building a Winery in Lodi? Appetite for Wine…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2010 Dehlinger Chardonnay – 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. Dehlinger Chardonnay is sourced from the estate vineyard on Vine Hill Road. Gold in color.…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina – Bottle Notes

Clos Saint Jean was founded in 1900 in Chateauneuf du Pape and is still a small, family-run operation. The estate produces 12,500 cases annually. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel run the business. Clos Saint Jean primarily produces Chateauneuf du Pape, including the Vieilles Vignes and several special cuvees including the Combe des Fous and Deus-Ex Machina. In 2002, Philippe Cambie…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (5/7/18)

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. Wine Folly writes Spring Wines: What to Drink This Season. Mike Dunne writes Bright and Intriguing Wine in Full Bloom at These Four Foothill Wineries. Napa Valley Register…

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