Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard was the winning bottle in the January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. 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…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (1/20/20)

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. Vino-sphere writes Jeff Runquist and the Quest for Authentic Excellence in Wine. Caspernick’s Blog reviews the 2016 Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Lot 636. Randy Caparoso writes What do Restaurant…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 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, Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 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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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1995 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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Bottle Notes

2017 Chateau du Moulin a Vent Moulin-a-Vent – Bottle Notes

The Moulin-à-Vent appellation is located at the southernmost tip of Burgundy. Château du Moulin-à-Vent dates back to 1732 and is located only 200 meters away from the historic windmill. Today, the domain picks 75 acres of vines in the intermediary part of the appellation, between 200 and 300 meters above sea level, around the Château, the windmill and the hamlet of…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2012 Syrah

The January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Syrah from the 2012 vintage.  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 shortly thereafter.…

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Bottle Notes

2015 Sandlands Mataro San Benito County – Bottle Notes

Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Turley. The line-up encompasses some of the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture. The wines made at Sandlands include Syrah,…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (1/13/20)

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. Meg Maker reviews the 2015 Quivira Zinfandel Anderson Ranch Dry Creek Valley. Visit Calistoga writes 15 Wineries in Calistoga Where You Can Enjoy Zinfandel. Esther Mobley writes “I’m…

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Bottle Notes

2000 Argiano Solengo – Bottle Notes

Argiano dates back to the 16th century. The nearly 120 acres of vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The wines, both Brunello di Montalcino and Super Tuscans, have routinely received outstanding scores. In 1992 Argiano was acquired by the Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano. Solengo, which is Tuscan for “lone wild boar”, is the product…

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