Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate – 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. Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, cherry cola and forest…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

The Week in Zinfandel (8/31/20)

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. Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2016 Kunde Zinfandel Sonoma Valley. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2017 V Sattui Zinfandel Quaglia Vineyard. Randy Caparoso writes Lodi Seasons (2019 and…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Release Zinfandel From Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962. Paul Draper recently retired…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso 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 . Carlisle also recently released their first Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo Vinyard and a Russian River…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Bottle Notes

The 2015 Kosta Browne Pinot Russian River Valley was the winning bottle in the August installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Kosta Browne was founded in the late nineties by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In 2009 controlling interest was sold to Vincraft for close to $40 million. In 2015 J.W. Childs Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm, bought out Vincraft. Most…

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Bottle Notes, Merlot

2009 Leonetti Merlot – Bottle Notes

Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Leonetti is part of Figgins Family Wine Estates. Chris Figgins is now in charge of the…

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Bottle Notes

2006 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco – Bottle Notes

Renato Ratti was founded in 1965. Ratti’s son Pietro, exemplifies the power of family tradition in Barolo, carrying on his father’s iconic legacy and crafting acclaimed wines that are the hallmark of the Barolo zone. Pietro graduated from the renowned Alba Enological School. When Pietro was just 20, his father passed away suddenly, leaving him to take over the winery.…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Lillian Syrah – Bottle Notes

Maggie Harrison was assistant winemaker to Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non for eight years before moving to Oregon to take over the wine making position at Antica Terra. Lillian Winery, founded in 2004, represents Maggie’s personal project and reflects everything that she learned during her time at Sine Qua Non. The fruit for the Lillian Syrah comes from the…

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