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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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60 Second Wine Country Restaurant Recommendation – Umé Bistro, Windsor, Sonoma, California

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Care to work in some sushi on your wine country trip to Sonoma? If yes, just get right off the freeway in Windsor and tuck in here… http://umebistro.com/ To the right of the entrance is one cozy room, or the larger room to the left. When I go to a new sushi place I usually […]

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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, 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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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, Chardonnay (with 3% Sauvignon Blanc), Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Blend of: 97% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes: 41% Napa, 39% Carneros, and 12% Sonoma County. Production notes: 77% of juice fermented in Frech oak (15% new barrels), partial ML, sur lie aging, and bâtonnage. N/ Primary aromas consists of clean and dry hay, soft florals, and light touches of green grass. California butterscotch […]

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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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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, 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, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Petite Sirah), Wine Guerrilla, Coffaro Vineyards “old vine”, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2009

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Red blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah. N/ Acidic, plum reduction sauce. A tad hot during the first 30 minutes – advise a vigorous decant. Tanned leather, acidic granite, pine needles, orange liquor. Absolutely fascinating for a Zinfandel blend. T/ Full mouthfeel. “In your face” bracing acidity instantly followed by plum and cassis ICBM, surprisingly […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel), Steelhead Red, Sonoma, Hopland, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Zinfandel N/ Under-ripe plums, tight oaks, smoke. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Lots of decent plums and berry flavors but texture too grainy and chalky.  Seems Zinfandel dominated, but is not. http://www.steelheadwine.com/ Note: They make donations to something near and dear to my heart, so I really was hoping I’d […]

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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, Chardonnay, Ghost Pines, Winemakers Blend, Monterey, Napa, and Sonoma, 2007

A 100% Chardonnay blend from multiple California AVA’s = 25% Sonoma, 35% Napa, and 40% Monterey. N/ Full yellows. Medium petrol wafts. Light granite. Light oaks. Slight spice. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium-high glycerol weight. Solid, dripping yellows. Light, dry hay infused spring water. Paired perfectly with a variety of finger foods – from savory meatballs […]

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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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