Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne was founded in the late nineties by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In 2009 controlling interest was sold to Vincraft for close to $40 million. In 2015 J.W. Childs Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm, bought out Vincraft. Most recently Kosta Browne was purchased by Duckhorn Wine Company. With these investments have come numerous changes including a new Winery (Gallery)…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. In addition to the line up of Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Rivers-Marie also makes a few single vineyard Cabernets and Chardonnay.…

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Random Musings

Introducing Downstream Wines

Downstream is a partnership between Justin Smith of Saxum and Philippe Cambie, a consulting winemaker, primarily known for his work in the Southern Rhone. Downsteam will marry California’s Heritage varieties with Philippe’s extravagant style. The first Downstream cuvee will include James Berry Vineyard Mataro, Dusi Ranch Zinfandel, Paderewski Vineyard Zinfandel, Terry Hoage Vineyard Syrah, 4hearts Vineyard Petite Sirah and G2 Vineyard Grenache.…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (7/8/19)

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 2017 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Heritage Vines. Tim Fish writes 8 Underdog California Zinfandels. Esther Mobley writes Wine and Barbecue, A Perfect Pairing.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2014 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list. The July Zinfandel of the Month is the 2014 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range. Storybook Mountain Vineyards…

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Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2004 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Clos de la Maréchale – Bottle Notes

The family run estate of Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier dates back to 1863. This was initially a 4-hectare Chambolle domaine but since Frédéric took back the family’s old Nuits St-Georges Monopole, Clos de la Maréchale, from Faiveley in 2004, the Domaine has increased to 13 hectares. Their are 7 wines currently being produced at Mugnier with the Bonnes Mares and Musigny being…

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Bottle Notes, Petite Sirah

2004 Outpost Petite Sirah The Other – Bottle Notes

Outpost Wines was established in 1998 and sits on a pristine piece of land atop Howell Mountain 2200 feet above Napa Valley. Thomas Rivers-Brown has been the winemaker from the start and has gained further acclaim making highly sought after wines for Schrader, Rivers-Marie and many others. Outpost produces  Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and a Right Bank inspired blend called Immigrant.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2001 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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