Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1998 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 1998 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Quilceda Creek Vintners was founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin. Alex Golitzin is a nephew of André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who put Beaulieu Vineyard at the forefront of Napa Valley Cabernet in the 1960s and 70s. He credits…

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Bottle Notes

2012 La Rata – Bottle Notes

La Rata was founded by Elizabeth Bourcier in 2012. Bourcier, Cayuse’s assistant Vigneron, was inspired by Clos Erasmus of the Priorat region of Spain and crafted this blend. The wine is Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. The unique blend was named “The Rat” and then connects the Spanish influence, La Rata. The name reflects Bourcier’s…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (12/23/19)

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. Wine Enthusiast writes 10 More Big, Heavy Red Wines to Drink While You Hide Under a Blanket. Hawk Wakawka Wine Blog writes Visits to Lodi Over 2019. Hogshead…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 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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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – The 1998 Vintage

The December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on the 1998 vintage.  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. The winning bottle will be opened this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published shortly thereafter. All three…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1999 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

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 the Paul Ferraud and his daughter Laurence. Rust colored. 13.5% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, garrigue, roasted…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2011 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Dehlinger Pinot Noir is sourced from the estate vineyards on Vine Hill Road. Goldridge is…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (12/16/19)

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. Reverse Wine Snob writes Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel – Rich and Savory. Randy Caparoso writes Portraits of Lodi’s Passionate Vignerons Over the Past Year (2019!). Keith Newton writes Great…

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