2003 Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir
Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2003 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard – 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 and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Goldridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced from sections of the Estate Vineyard where the vines are…

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2007 Sojourn Alder Springs Pinot Noir
Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards, including Alder Springs Vineyard which is located on the outskirts of Laytonville in northern Mendocino County. Really light red in color. 14.2%…

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FIGGINS Wine Studio
Buying Wine

A Visit to FIGGINS Wine Studio

Chris Figgins, the son of Leonetti Cellar founder Gary Figgins, assumed full responsibility for winemaking at Leonetti in 2001. For years Leonetti purchased grapes, but over time moved to using Estate grapes from their own vineyards. The genesis for FIGGINS was the idea of making one wine from a single estate vineyard. During a recent trip to Walla Walla, we…

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2000 Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir
Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2000 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block Vineyard – 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. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists. West Block Vineyard, planted…

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Buying Wine

The Great Whites of Washington

When you think about the great wineries of Washington, Cayuse, Leonetti, Quilceda Creek and Betz come to mind. What do all these wineries have in common besides producing world class wines? None of them make a white wine. Washington may be best known for world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, but a wine enthusiast would be remiss in overlooking the…

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2004 Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2004 Turley Zinfandel Moore “Earthquake” Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Just a handful of vineyards in California have survived to reach a lifespan of more than 100 years (the Registry of Historic Vineyards lists just 8 from Napa). These vineyards are…

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Cayuse 2013 Release Party
Random Musings

Cayuse 2013 Release Party

Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla, he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase…

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1998 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1998 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 1998 Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning wine in the March installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon produces almost a dozen different wines, and their Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon…

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2008 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2008 Carlsile Zinfandel Sonoma County – 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. The 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah. A blend of various old-vine Zinfandel vineyards including Taylor in Dry Creek, Tin Cross in Alexander Valley, and Rossi in Sonoma…

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