Category Archives: Chardonnay

J Lohr Vineyards New Releases from Paso Robles, Napa & Arroyo Seco

Jerry Lohr is one of the California Central Coast’s wine pioneers. He started planting vines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972 and now has 900 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varieties planted there.  In … Continue reading

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Morgan Winery: New 2016-2017 Releases from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey

These are some new stunning releases from Morgan Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands.   Owner and winemaker  Dan Lee is one of the finest winemakers in the AVA, and we have been big fans of his wines for many years.  … Continue reading

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Freeman Winery’s 2015-2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast

Last week, we met with Ken Freeman, proprietor with his wife Akiko of Freeman Vineyard & Winery, to taste through his new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir releases from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Ken and Akiko launched the … Continue reading

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Failla Spring Releases: 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

These 2016 spring releases are a welcome collection of new California and Oregon bottlings from the talented winemaker Ehren Jordan and wife Anne-Marie Failla.  The 2016 vintage in California was a welcome relief from drought with a mild spring followed … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Superb New Releases from Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small family-owned and operated  artisanal winery in St. Helena.  It was founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith on a 200-acre ranch, partly planted as a vineyard over a century ago.  The Smith-Madrone estate vineyards sit on Spring … Continue reading

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Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: 2015-16 Releases from Russian River’s Cool Green Valley

 Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of the Russian River’s finest wines since 1998. Steve does the farming, and today he manages over 1100 acres of vines spread over 80 vineyards , mostly in Green Valley … Continue reading

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Sonoma’s Spann Vineyards: New Releases from the 2013-14 Vintages

Spann Vineyards is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Peter and Betsy Spann.  Their vineyards are located in the Mayacamas Mountains on a steeply terraced mountainside in Glen Ellen. They dry farm their vineyards and strive for low … Continue reading

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Warwick Wine Estate of Stellenbosch

We visited winemaker Nic van Aarde last week at the attractive Warwick Wine Estate on Hwy 340 north of Stellenbosch.  Warwick produces about 120 thousand cases annually from both estate and purchased fruit. They’ve decided that Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties … Continue reading

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New Releases from Francis Coppola, Bee’s Box and Virginia Dare

We have been reviewing Francis Coppola’s wines for several years now and are pleased to report steady improvements in the quality of winemaking under Corey Beck.  The improvements have been the result of better sourcing of grapes from Russian River … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell: More New Releases 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir From Russian River Valley

Here are more new releases from the Gary Farrell Winery from the 2015 vintage, another great year for the winery and Russian River Valley. As we noted in our earlier reviews, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir crops were small to … Continue reading

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