Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/30/19)

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 The Story Behind Who Pick’s Lodi’s Grapes and Why They do it. Wine Enthusiast writes Top 100 Best Buys of 2019. Cellar Angels writes about…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2006 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill 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, Merlot

2007 Pahlmeyer Merlot – Bottle Notes

Pahlmeyer was founded in the mid-1980s when Jayson Pahlmeyer, a Bay Area lawyer, decided he preferred thinking about wine over reading legal briefs. Pahlmeyer produced its debut vintage in 1986. Bibiana González Rave is the current winemaker. Wines produced at Pahlmeyer include the flagship Proprietary Red, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon from Pahlmeyer Estate…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon – 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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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Léoville Barton – Bottle Notes

The 2001 Léoville Barton was the winning bottle in the September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Votes were cast on the blog, Instagram and Twitter. The wine was decanted for almost 2 hours. The Barton family, the current owners of the estate, trace their Bordeaux roots all the way back to 1722.  Léoville Barton, a 2nd Growth, is now…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/23/19)

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. Michelle Anna Jordan writes This Zin is Easy to Pair with Fall Foods. Reverse Wine Snob writes Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel – Hit the Mother Lode. Ken’s Wine…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Schmeidt Road – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels and Field Blends, Morgan is clearly passionate about. The Schmeidt Road Zinfandel…

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