Bottle Notes

New Releases from Dane Cellars

Dane Cellars was founded by Bart Hansen in 2007. Bart had previously worked at Kenwood as a Cellarmaster and Benziger as part of the winemaking team. Dane Cellars is named for Bart’s son. Dane Cellars makes a variety of wines including several single vineyard Zins, a Chenin Blanc and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Bart recently sent me some of his new…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2017 Efeste Syrah Ceidleigh – Bottle Notes

Efeste, pronounced like the letters “F-S-T” strung together, was named after the last names of founders Helen & Dan Ferrelli, Patrick Smith, and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Efeste is located in the Warehouse District of Woodinville, Washington. They also have a cool tasting room in the SoDo District. Mark Fiore is the current winemaker at Efeste. Ceidleigh is 100% Syrah sourced from Angela’s…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (2/8/21)

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 Pellegrini Zinfandel Alexander Valley. Randy Caparoso writes The Dangers of COVID-19 to Serious Wine Lovers. Wine Enthusiast writes How an Ancient Croatian…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Schmiedt Road – 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. Schmiedt Road Zinfandel is a blend of…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2011 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, Pinot Noir

2016 Kanzler Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. Vin and Rivers-Marie. In 2004,…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2015 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain – 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 and a Right Bank inspired blend called Immigrant. In…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Estate – 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 has published a detailed map of…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty established PlumpJack Winery in 1995, inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff. PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Aaron Miller is the winemaker at PlumpJack. PlumpJack holds a special…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (2/1/21)

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. Peg Melnik writes Wine of the Week: St. Francis, 2018 ‘Old Vines’ Sonoma County Zinfandel. Eric Asimov writes 20 Wines Under $20: Postcards from Around the World. Allison…

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