Category Archives: Pinot Noir

Wrath Wines: New Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Sabrine Rodems (shown below with ceramic dolium) makes the excellent Monterey County wine at Wrath with the assistance of grower Steve McIntyre. Wrath Wines is located on the bench land overlooking the Salinas River and just across the river from … Continue reading

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Testarossa Winery: New Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases

These new releases confirm once again that Testarossa Winery  is among California’s finest producers of premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   As in previous years, it has released a bevy of outstanding handcrafted terroir-based wines from some of the top growers … Continue reading

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery: New Releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Schug Carneros Estate Winery was founded by Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally from Germany.  Prior to establishing their family winery in the early 1980s, Walter worked for E&J Gallo and Joseph Phelps. During his tenure at Phelps, Walter made … Continue reading

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Morgan: New Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases 2014

These wines are among Morgan’s finest.  They are also from a very fine 2014 vintage which offered a relatively long growing season for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  The wines are beautifully crafted and reveal the  purity of fruit and elegant … Continue reading

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New Releases from Santa Clara Valley: Sarah’s Vineyard and Jason Stephens

The Santa Clara Valley  is  located in northern California at the south eastern end of  San Francisco Bay.  It is  famous for its electronics research and manufacturing  area,  Silicon Valley.   However, it is also known as the Valley of … Continue reading

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Blair Estate: 2013 Pinot Noirs from Arroyo Seco

This is our first opportunity to review the Pinot Noirs of Blair Estate.  Owner, Jeffrey Blair, established this micro- winery a few years ago in Arroyo Seco and began producing excellent premium Chardonnays and Pinot Gris.  The Pinot Noirs are … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases and Virginia Dare’s The Lost Colony

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is among the few wineries in California that offer a wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices. Maintaining quality year after year is not an easy task, but Coppola manages to do so with … Continue reading

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Viña Ventisquero: Wines from Chile’s New Wine Frontiers

Viña Ventisquero is one of Chile’s top wineries leading the search for new terroirs in the Atacama Desert and elsewhere. We recently sat down with Felipe Toso, Ventisquero’s lead winemaker, to taste several new releases at Washington DC’s Rural Society … Continue reading

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Timbre Winery: New Releases from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

Timbre is the new name of an outstanding 10-year old winery called La Fenetre.  The winery is based in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2005 by winemaker, Joshua Klapper  and  friend Alex Katz.  Three years … Continue reading

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New Releases from Wrath Vineyards 2013-2014

Wrath is among our favorite small family producers in Monterey.   Most of the wines are sourced from Wrath’s own 72-acre estate, San Saba, which produces fresh and crisp grapes from a cool site with little rainfall situated just below the … Continue reading

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