Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – Bottle Notes

Clos Saint Jean was founded in 1900 in Chateauneuf du Pape and is still a small, family-run operation. The estate produces 12,500 cases annually. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel run the business. Clos Saint Jean primarily produces Chateauneuf du Pape, including the Vieilles Vignes and several special cuvees including the Combe des Fous and Deus-Ex Machina. In 2002, Philippe Cambie…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Bucklin Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bucklin Winery was founded in 2000 by the four Bucklin siblings: Arden, Kate, Ted and Will.  Will Bucklin has been a vintner for over 25 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. Bucklin produces several Zinfandels, a Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a White Field Blend. Old Hill Ranch is a historic jewel.  It was founded by William McPherson…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine – 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, Morgan is clearly passionate about. Sourced from a number of vineyards including…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (12/21/20)

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. The Nittany Epicurean reviews the 2018 Cameron Hughes Wines Lot 730 Zinfandel. Joe Roberts writes Wine in the Time of Coronovirus, Part 19: Call of the Wild (Kenwood…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1995 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste – Bottle Notes

The 1995 Grand Puy-Lacoste was the winning bottle in the December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 1 hour and served with Christmas dinner. The history of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fascinating and dates back to the 16th century. The name Grand-Puy comes from the ancient term “puy” which means “hillock, small height”. The vineyard sits on…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

New Releases from Bellefont-Belcier

Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. The vineyard was founded in the middle of the eighteenth century. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017, Peter Kwok the owner of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe and many other Right Bank properties, purchased Bellefont-Belcier. The blend for both…

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