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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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 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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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

New Releases from Chateau Tour Saint Christophe

The 20 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The property was purchased by Peter Kwok in 2012. Kwok also owns Bellefont-Belcier and Haut-Brisson. The winery sent me samples of their most recent releases. Both wines were decanted for 90 minutes. 2016 Chateau Tour Saint Christophe – Purple in color. 15% ABV.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Brady Vineyard Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Brady Vineyard is located in Paso Robles, California. Don Brady is the owner and winemaker. The 24 acre vineyard was planted in 2001 overlooking the Estrella River. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. I had never heard of the winery before but was intrigued when the 2018 Zinfandel was one of the top 20 wines of the…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

An Incredible Value from Saint-Émilion

Chateau Haut-Brisson is located in Saint Emilion, not far from Chateau Monbousquet. The estate was bought in 1997 by Peter Kwok. The 18 hectare vineyard of Haut-Brisson are planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are close to 30 years of age. The winery recently sent me samples of two of their more acclaimed vintages. 2005 Chateau Haut-Brisson –…

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Bottle Notes

2014 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 was originally a blend of Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. Syrah from La Paciencia Vineyard was added after the first vintage. The unique blend was…

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