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Russian River Valley

USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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98% syrah and 2% viognier. N/ Delicious barrel room wafts, wild herbs, ripe plum skins smeared over warm river rocks, taffy, crushed granite, black and purple fruits. The smell of a wild field of sage and prairie bushes. Absolutely lovely and complex. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Taste mirrors her nose and while she is full […]

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USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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N/ Deep, sweet oak and barrel room wafts. Sage and wild herbs do play. Plum skin reduction sauce. Amazing. Crushed granite. Wet black soil. T/ Plum, plum skins, complex earth and organic notes, and Maduro tobacco leaf notes. Another complex and fulfilling wine from the “field blend masters” at Acorn. 321 cases made 14.2% booze […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Thomas George Estates, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2012

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N/ Pure cherry, black cherry, black tea, bacon, game, sage, taffy, crushed flint, and forest floor notes. Lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherry, black cherry, and game notes are framed by medium acidity. Clean mineral and organic Earth flavors. Delivers a well-made Russian River Valley pinot noir at a lower price point than most. Only detraction […]

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USA, Red Blend, Acorn Hill, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2009

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A red blend of: 54% Syrah, 44% Sangiovese, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Canaiolo, and 0.5% Mammolo. N/ Clean, inviting, barrel room wafts layer perfectly atop blackcherry, plum skin, and savory notes.  Wet earth, wild herbs, and aged leather delight. She closes with a touch of sage and wild prairie. Complex countryside aromas here. Love it. T/ Medium […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2010

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A single-vineyard field blend of 98% Sangiovese (7 different clones) with 1% Canaiolo and 1% Mammolo. N/ Clean, acidic blackberry, sharp plum skin, raspberries, and red apple dusted in light barrel room aromas. Pine needles and dry forest floor. Soft leather. Hint of white pepper. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dancing cherry, black cherry, and plums. Spice and […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Stiling Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ Soft, clean, acid-kissed wafts introduce you to lightly smoked raspberries and red berries. Rhubarb. Cedar and hints of pine. Sage. Autumn leaves. Hints of tea. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with similar mouthwatering acids like other Gary Farrell pinots I’ve recently had, but this time, she is decidedly more limey in taste. Nice […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Gary Farrell, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ A light oak presence to start, but grows with time in the glass to become about 3 out of 10 on my California Chard oak scale. Well suited, I would assume, for most California Chard drinkers. In my opinion, higher levels tend to make the wine out of balance. Green and yellow apples.  Round, soft hay and […]

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Williams Selyem / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

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Williams. Selyem. Two words, that when put together make wine purists, pinot noir nuts, and chardonnay lovers (that appreciate the proper use of oak) swoon. Swoon, and wait. The wait is the dreaded (if you are not on it) “list.” Yes, WS has what every winery owner dreams about – a list. If you are […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Theresa Heredia, Gary Farrell Winery, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, California

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Gary Farrell Winery has legendary status. They have been producing award wining pinot noir and chardonnay for decades. In May 2012, they hired Theresa Heredia to take over their winemaking. I’ve recently gotten to know more about Theresa, and her impressive wine credentials. We actually have related scientific backgrounds. She also shares my fascination with […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Kerith Overstreet, Bruliam Wines, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

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Kerith Overstreet, Winemaker at Bruliam Wines, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California A few years back I stumbled upon a webpage that told a story of a couple falling in love with wine, deciding to make their own, etc. The tale seemed charming enough, so I read on. I had not paid any attention to their names as […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Natalie West, Foppiano Vineyards, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, California

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Natalie West of Foppiano Vineyards is a great addition to my ongoing WineMaker Spotlight series. I love Natalie’s wines, and had the delight of meeting her in person over an extended, and wonderful, tasting and touring session on the gorgeous grounds of Foppiano in the Russian River Valley. In her interview, Natalie tells us a little […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, DeLoach, O-F-S, Russian River Valley, California, 2010

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N/ First thing that hits you is a blast of smoky barbecue sauce. Quite surprising yes, but more pleasing than it may sound. That aroma quickly tames with time, to reveal wafts of cherry taffy. Also, hints of rubber tree – which thankfully also air off after just 10 minutes. Cola, bacon, and black tea […]

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Foppiano Vineyards / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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I adore Foppiano Vineyards. The wines, the people, the grounds, the vibe. True, real, professional, elegant, delicious. I’ve long been a fan of Natalie West‘s wine crafting, so visiting Foppiano in person had been on my wish list for years. Natalie gave me a fascinating tour around their ample, and gorgeous, grounds and then guided […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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Beer, USA, Pliny The Elder, Russian River Brewing, California

This beer-geek favorite double IPA has… C/ Gorgeously burnt orange amber. Sort of otherworldly. N/ Orange liqueur, pine resin. Clean, driven, hoppiness. Soft leather. Citronella. T/ Medium, but quite sharp due to the hop blast, mouthfeel. Tangy citrus, orange, grapefruit, and pine. Lots of pine and green grass. Extremely extended, piney, finish. (The finish, in […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Wet hay. Huge minerality. Clean, angular, yellow fruits and apples. Classic Chardonnay nose displaying great structure and nicely layered with touches, not boatloads, of oak. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Acid in totally harmony with glycerol weight. Clean, crisp, but not remotely thin. Reminiscent of one of my favorite Chardonnay producers, Far Niente. This is classy, […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2008

Note: best after 2 – 3 hours post decant. N/ Earth, flint, white pepper, light sage, mushroom, light game. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Medium high tannic bite. High acid feel for the varietal. Big muscular black and purple fruits. Graham crackers. Long but distinctly chalky finish. I’ve loved all the Foppiano wines I’ve […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Biltmore Wines, Reserve, Russian River Valley, 2008

Note: wait at least 30 minutes before enjoying. Needs to open up. T/ Dry stones. Dry grass. Sweet cherry. Warm oaks. Tea. Spring water. Slight confectionary. N/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Slightly puckering. Black and sour cherry. Nice layers. Solid wood work. Price = $24.99 from http://shop.biltmore.com/browse.cfm/4,537.html Very Good +. 89 This wine was a […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Dry river stones. Field grasses. Tomato leaves – interesting! Lime zest. T/ Light mouthfeel. A tad sparse on the flavors (stone fruits), but clean and bright. Great acid. Light steel. Light toast. Refreshing to be sure! Winemaker = Natalie West Retail = $18 Brilliant. 92 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2008

N/ Extremely rich, velvety cherries. Clean oaks. Strawberry. Light candy. Wet soil. Fantastic! T/ Full mouthfeel. Fat, dripping cherries and blackberries. Elegant structure. Long, full finish. Winemaker = Natalie West Retail = $25 Brilliant. 93 This bottle was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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