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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Jason Court, Evidence Wines, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, California, USA

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I first made contact with Jason and his business partner Chris Woodrum in August 2010 via a message Chris sent me wanting to know if I desired to try their wine. I took them up on the offer, and was very glad I did. To-date, I have truly enjoyed every Evidence wine I’ve tasted. Additionally, […]

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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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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, Cynthia Cosco, Passaggio Wines, Sonoma & Napa Valley, California

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Cynthia Cosco, Winemaker at Passaggio Wines, Sonoma and Napa Valley, California. Cynthia went from cop to artisan wine crafter, not a typical journey by any stretch. I adore her wines as they are delicious and straight to the point. They somehow taste more “honest” than many California wines in the same price range. The “bottle shock” question […]

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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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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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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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USA, Chardonnay (Unoaked), Passaggio, New Generation, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

Unoaked Chard. Just the style I’d like to see even more California wineries try. N/ Bright, crisp, and clean. Light yellow tropicals and limes. Spring water and hints of honeydew and river rock. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lively, acid-popping spring water with essence of lime and white peaches. Clean, angular, and ample minerality. An acid-kissed close, […]

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USA, Rose (of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon), Passaggio, Rose Colored Glasses, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

Production methods of note: Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon were separately fermented in stainless steel tanks and then blended to produce the final wine. N/ Strawberries, red apple skins, and cranberry. Lime zest and freshly pulverized, acid popping, rock dust. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. An unexpected glycerol weight for this type of wine, delightfully […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Gary Farrell, Sonoma County, California, Red Wood Ranch, 2010

N/ Almost no cat / ammonia aromas… thankfully! Soft steamed hay and yellow tropicals. White flowers floating on pear syrup. Rock dust. Fresh spring water. Terrific, except for some hints of chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Crisp. Light tropicals, lime, and green apple skins. Honeysuckle. A gentle, soft mineral close that lingers. Very well done, but she […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Kunde, Magnolia Lane, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

N/ Mercifully devoid of all cat aromas. She brings bright, fresh, lime juice and lemon zest. Clean, crisp hay. Sun bleached river rocks. Dry green and yellow grasses. A smack of fresh leather on the close. T/ Medium to medium full mouthfeel. She fronts with clean, bright, snappy lime and grapefruit juice acid pop mixed in with […]

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USA, Red Blend, Red Dirt Red, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2008

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Red blend of: 37% Barbera, 29% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel and 9% Sangiovese. Note: almost 15% alcohol but does not nose or drink “hot”. N/ Round, extremely sweet, ripe plums. Strawberry jam. Stewed oaks. Moss. Gardenias (lovely!). Hint of river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Full, ripe, plum reduction sauce. Coating, jammy, red berries and strawberries. Well integrated […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2010

N/ Nice, clean yellow fruits.Candied pop corn. Toast points. River rocks. Acid-kissed, wet cement. T/ Medium mouthfeel. First thing that hits you is a crisp, acidic backbone with bold minerality and clean granite. Next comes a restrained payload of clean yellow fruits and spicy, stewed hay flavors. A touch of butterscotch is in there for […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Tin Barn, Carneros, Sonoma, 2009

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N/ Damp hay.  Spring water with light lime zest. Clean, green grasses. Crushed river stones. T/ Full and round mouthfeel. Glycerol weight high enough that it slightly beats out the acid pop – so just slightly unbalanced to the soft side.  Thick, ripe yellow fruits stewed with fresh hay.  Extended, mineral-kissed finish. New world fruity […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, La Follette, Sonoma Coast, 2008

N/ Perfumed tea. Bacon. Warm soft oaks. Light herbs. Soft, dry soil. Confectionary. Forest floor. Simply fantastic. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Silky elegance. Fat, red full berries leading to a cranberry finish. Wood work elegant and perfectly integrated. Wow. This is great winemaking, especially for the price point.  An absolute delight. Winemaker = Greg La Follette […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, B.R. Cohn, Olive Hill Estate, Sonoma, 2005

Note: be sure to wait at least an hour before enjoying, as reduced and even some barnyard aromas need to waft away. N/ Tight oaks. Tad hot. Smoky plums. Cassis. Mexican hot sauce. Graham crackers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Chalky, deep plums. Blackberries. Mocha. Tad puckering. Price = I can’t recall exactly what I paid […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Saxon Brown, Casa Santinamaria, Sonoma and Napa Valley, 2005

N/ Huge, candied barrel room. Ripe, ripe plums. Currants. Black fruits. T/ Full mouthfeel. Fat oaks. Elegant sweetness. Obese plum reduction sauce. Raspberries. Spice box. Only slight fault is a tad too sweet – maybe have at the end of your meal. Everything Jeff Gaffner makes shows extreme winemaking care, and this is no exception. Price: […]

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