Bottle Notes, Merlot

2008 Woodward Canyon Charbonneau – Bottle Notes

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 Charbonneau Vineyard is…

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Updates from Rivers-Marie

A couple weeks ago my wife and I had a chance to sit down and taste with Will Segui of Rivers-Marie. For the record, Will is the only employee at Rivers-Marie. Members of the mailing list probably know him best for handling allocations and customer service. We met Will at the Mending Wall Winery on the Silverado Trail. Thomas Rivers…

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Bottle Notes, Sauvignon Blanc

2012 J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines – 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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The Week in Zinfandel (11/5/18)

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 Burlington Chandler Reds of Longtime Lodi Natives Mark and Jan Burlington Chandler. Eric Asimov writes Even Bad Jokes can Make Good Thanksgiving Wines. Mike Dunne…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . Expect to see a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo Vinyard and a Russian River…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains. The Spottswoode Estate was bought by…

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/29/18)

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. Wine Enthusiast writes Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2015 Seghesio Zinfandel Cortina. Bob Highfill writes Lodi Continues Efforts to Reach New Audiences.…

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