Category Archives: California

Testarossa Pinot Noirs From the 2015 Vintage

This is the second part of our review of Testarossa’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  releases from the 2015 vintage.  The first part focused on the estate’s excellent Chardonnays; this one focuses exclusively on Pinot Noir and one Meritage.   The Pinot … Continue reading

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Failla and Day : Exciting 2015 Releases

Once again Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla (FAY-la) have crafted an exciting collection of 2015 releases of both their flagship Failla brand of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and  Day, a relatively a new Zinfandel label.

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Testarossa Chardonnays from the 2015 Vintage

The Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, sources Chardonnay fruit from California’s best vineyards with special focus on Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Bill Brosseau makes the wines and works closely with Testarossa’s growers. While these wines express the sites they … Continue reading

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Sonoma County’s Patz & Hall: New Releases from the 2015 Vintage

This winery, founded in 1988, is the product of a successful partnership of Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Over the past 25 years Patz & Hall has produced small lot and single vineyard wines focusing on … Continue reading

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Selections from Sarah’s Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley , 2013-2015

 Sarah’s Vineyard was founded in  1978.  It is tucked away in the southwestern part of the Santa Clara Valley where a coastal micro climate provides ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  The vineyard is situated on a south-facing slope … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell: New Releases 2015-2016 Russian River Valley

These new releases from the Gary Farrell Winery are mainly from the 2015 vintage, which was another great year for the winery and Russian River Valley. While the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crops were small to moderate in size, the quality … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Current Releases from Spring Mountain District Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small winery located in the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley.  Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, managing partner and enologist, the winery’s vineyards, which are part of a 200-acre ranch sit at between 1,300 and 2,000 … Continue reading

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Review of the 2016 Rosés: Focus on Pinot Noir

Delicious, crisp rosés are already on the shelves waiting for consumers to welcome the coming hot summer with a chilled glass. In this, our annual rosé review, we review 60 rosés made from different grape varieties grown around the world. … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield New Releases from the 2014-2016 Vintages

The Spring 2017 new releases from Sonoma County’s Dutton Goldfield winery include a sumptuous Pinot Blanc, vibrant Riesling, and spicy, very appealing Gewürztraminer from the 2016 vintage; a classic Green Valley Chardonnay and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from the … Continue reading

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Enkidu Winery: New Releases

Enkidu is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Phil Staehle.  It produces a wide variety of handcrafted wines of high quality and originality from its custom crush facility in Sonoma,  sourcing grapes from top vineyards such as Bedrock … Continue reading

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