Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Clerc Milon – Bottle Notes

The history of Chateau Clerc Milon dates back to the early 1800’s. In 1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, acquired Clerc Milon and put the Chateau on course to becoming worthy of its 5th growth status in Bordeaux. In 1983, the illustration for the Chateau Clerc Milon label was changed to a pair of dancing clowns…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2011 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2011 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard was the winning bottle in the September installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I did not decant the wine. 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…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/24/18)

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 2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel. Josh Raynolds writes Paso Robles 2016 & 2015: New Releases. Peg Melnik writes Wine Picks: With…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County – Bottle Notes

The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 when Leon and Shirley Sobon bought each other a second winery for their 30th wedding anniversary present. They purchased the historic D’Agostini Winery, one of the oldest in the state. This winery has been designated as California State Historic Landmark #762. This site was chosen not only for its historical winery, but also for…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2011 Syrah

The September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on iconic Syrah from the 2011 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this weekend and a Bottle Note will be published the following…

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Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge – 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. Dehlinger Pinot Noir is sourced from the estate vineyards on Vine Hill Road. Goldridge is…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/17/18)

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. Randy Caparoso writes The Physical Impact of Soil and Selection on Lodi Zinfandels. Joe Roberts writes The Good Sh*t (Biodynamic Preparations At Troon Vineyard). Isaac Baker review the 2016…

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