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Anderson Valley

USA, Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Napa Valley, California, 2011

N/ Massive white and yellow flowers with bright pear juice and apricots – simply delicious bouquet. Incense, cloves, taffy, and mulled wine aromas. Light touch of oyster shells and citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A round, but acid snappin’ flower and chamomile stew. Peach and pear juice go on and on. Spiced wine flavors dart in […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, “Dolcino”, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2010

Note: slightly sweet, with residual sugar at 36 g/L, but her acid work balances that out so well that this can be a sipping, not just desert, delight. N/ Pure, huge aromas of green apple, but also distinct wafts of red apple skins. Pears, honey, and stewed honeysuckle. Light burlap and yellow grasses. Absolutely gorgeous. Best mimic of […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Bruliam Wines, New Releases Report, (Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Sonoma Coast), California, 2010

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Kerith Overstreet makes some wicked good Pinot Noir at Bruliam Wines. Wicked good. Two years ago I absolutely fell in love with their Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and since that time Kerith’s wine making expertise has continued to bloom. Kerith and Brian, her husband and co-owner of Bruliam, take the “we source nothing but the […]

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USA, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Bruliam Wines, New Releases Tasting Event (Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Sonoma Coast)

Bruliam Wines New Releases /  Tasting Event Winemaker = Kerith Overstreet I was delighted to be invited to the home of Brian and Kerith Overstreet, proprietors and winemakers for Bruliam Wines, for a first tasting of their new Pinot Noir triumvirate.  Last year, I fell in love with their 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and knew […]

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