Alexandria Nicole Petit Sirah
Bottle Notes, Petite Sirah

Washington Petite Sirah – A Brief Primer

Petite Sirah was first bottled as its own varietal in 1961 by Concannon of California. Known as Durif in France and elsewhere, Petite Sirah was originally misidentified as Syrah when it was planted in California. The term ‘petite’ stems from the relatively small size of the grapes. As recent as 10 years ago very few Washington wineries bottled a Petite…

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1998 Vieux Telegraphe
Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1998 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

The 1998 Vieux Télégraphe was the leading vote getter in the December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I decanted the wine for an hour and served with pizza from a local favorite, Zeeks. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley, was founded in 1898 by Hippolyte Brunier. Located on the highest terrace of the appellation, the…

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2004 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay
Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2004 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Pahlmeyer was founded in the mid-1980s when Jayson Pahlmeyer, a Bay Area lawyer, decided he preferred thinking about wine over reading legal briefs. Pahlmeyer produced its debut vintage in 1986. The wines are crafted from fruit grown on the family’s Waters Ranch Vineyard high above Napa Valley, Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast as well as purchased fruit from well…

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2010 Angel Vine Primotivo
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2010 Angel Vine Primitivo – Bottle Notes

Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard…

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2003 Cayuse En Chamberlin
Bottle Notes, Syrah

2003 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin – Bottle Notes

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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Angel Vine Zinfandel
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

3 Single Vineyard Zinfandels from Angel Vine

Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard…

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