Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2013 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast – 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, Zinfandel

2011 Turley Zinfandel Zampatti Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Turley now makes right around 50 separate wines from 47 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the winning bottle in the July Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The family of Domaine du Pegau has roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape dating back to the mid-17th century. The word Pegau refers to a wine jug discovered in the excavations of the 14th century Pope’s palace in Avignon. Today, the estate is run by…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/22/19)

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 Biodynamically Grown Lodi Wines of Avivo and Köppen-Geiger Climate Classifications. Now and Zin Wine writes Zinfandel for the Barbecue. Peg Melnik writes Why Zinfandel…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch – 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. Pagani Ranch is just…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Releases from Kreck Wines

Kreck Wines was founded in 2016 by Jeremy and Mindy Kreck. Jeremy Kreck is the winemaker and grew up farming grapes on his family’s Alexander Valley ranch. Mindy is a graphic designer and has crafted the Kreck packaging in homage to the heritage and legacy of the vineyards in which they source fruit. The focus at Kreck is old vine Zinfandel…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Pick My Next Bottle – 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The July installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 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. I plan on opening the winning bottle this Sunday and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter. Although overshadowed by 2005…

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Bottle Notes

2003 Antinori Tignanello – Bottle Notes

The Antinori family has been in the wine producing business for 26 generations and it now one of the most successful and respected producers in Italy. The Estate is led by Marchese Piero Antinori, who is well regarded for his passionate attention to tradition and terroir as well as his interest in innovation and new ideas. Antinori originally made its reputation by producing Chianti…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/15/19)

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. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2016 Rock Wall Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley. IntoWine reviews the 2017 Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County. Good Cheap Vino writes Six Delicious Zinfandel Wines…

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