Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Pichon Baron – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Pichon Baron was the winning bottle in the February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Chateau Pichon Baron is a Second Growth in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux. Pichon Baron was once part of a larger estate, owned by Pierre de Rauzan, along with Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 the estate was divided into the…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront…

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Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre – Bottle Notes

Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973. The winery dates back to the early 1900’s. In 1981 Marcel met Jules Chauvet. A winemaker, researcher and chemist, Chavet preached for natural wines and the traditional methods of Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel led a group that soon went to the…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2003 Bordeaux

The February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2003 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. The winning bottle will be opened this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published early next week. We all…

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Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2010 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 has published a detailed map of…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (2/10/20)

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. Zap Wine Blog writes Legends of Paso Robles. Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2017 Kirkland Signature Zinfandel Old Vine Sonoma County. Values Uncorked writes Good Value Wines at…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Ridge Lytton Springs – Bottle Notes

Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962. Paul Draper recently…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Homefire Cellars Zinfandel Firework Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Homefire Cellars was founded by Mike Sterling in 2002. Located in Healdsburg, Homefire is dedicated to making delicious Zinfandel. Mike also happens to be the winemaker. The lineup at Homefire includes several single vineyards Zinfandels. Firework Vineyard is in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. Purple in color. 159% ABV. 95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah. Brambly nose of red fruits,…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Switchback Ridge wines are sourced from the Peterson Family Vineyard. The property, located just off the Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga has been in the Peterson Family since 1914 and was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah in 1990. Kelly Peterson along with her father John founded Switchback Ridge in 1999. She is responsible for all aspects…

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