Bottle Notes

1997 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro – Bottle Notes

Fattoria di Felsina is a historic estate in the Chianti appellation of Tuscany. In 1966 the estate was purchased by the Poggiali family, and today a second generation of the Poggiali family still run the 153-acre estate. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has often awarded Felsina’s wines with 3 Bicchieri, the journal’s highest rating. Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese and…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists. Rochioli recently published a…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Note

Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon produces almost a dozen different wines, and their Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Chardonnay are some of the very best examples of those varietals produced in Washington State. The fruit for the…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Haut-Marbuzet – Bottle Notes

Château Haut-Marbuzet is in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Haut-Médoc. Its origins date back to the 18th century. The estate was acquired in 1952 by Hervé Duboscq. Today, his son Henri Duboscq is the winemaker and owner of Haut-Marbuzet. The Chateau is in some rarified air located between Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, the vineyard covers 61 hectares (150 acres)…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2009 Grgich Hills Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich. Grgich earned fame in 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced as winemaker at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines at the now famous Paris Wine Tasting. The estate has 366 acres of vineyards in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and…

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Random Musings

The Demise of the Mailing List?

Lillian Winery recently made small waves in the wine buying community by doing away with their mailing list and releasing the 2010 Syrah on a first-come, first-served basis. Maggie Harrison, who learned the craft from Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non, has been making widely-acclaimed Syrah at Lillian since the 2004 vintage. In years past, the wine was always sold…

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