Category Archives: Pinot Noir

Clarice: 2018 Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands

We recently held a virtual tasting of the 2018 Clarice Pinot Noir with the talented veteran winemaker Adam Lee.  We originally planned to meet in Washington to taste the wines, as we had last year, but COVID19 got in the way … Continue reading

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Selections from J.K. Carriere of the Willamette Valley

Jim Prosser started the J.K. Carriere label in 1999 and in 2009 planted his own dry farmed, organically farmed vineyard on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.  In addition to Chehalem, he sources fruit from … Continue reading

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Napa’s Castello di Amorosa Spreads its Wings

This Napa-based family winery was opened in April 2007 by owner Dario Sattui.  It operates from an authentically built castle and winery situated in the hills just south of the city of Calistoga.  On our visit to the Castello a … Continue reading

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Sonoma’s Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery: Special Terroir, Special Wines

In 1994 Lester and Linda Schwartz began planting their Fort Ross vineyard on Sonoma’s high coastal ridge overlooking the Pacific. Today they have 32 small blocks on 53 acres that range from 1200 to 1700 feet in elevation with marine … Continue reading

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Anthill Farms Winery: Outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from Northern California

Anthill Farms  is an exciting winemaking project launched in 2004 by a trio of partners: Webster Marquez, David Low and Anthony Filiberti.  The partners, who all previously worked at Williams Selyem, are deeply committed to crafting high quality, cool climate … Continue reading

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The Wines of Donum Estate in Los Carneros

Donum Estate is one of the finest producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Los Carneros.   Founded in 2001 by Anne Moeller-Racke, a pioneer in the development of Los Carneros as a wine growing region, Donum Estate is currently owned … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield Cool Climate Pinot Noir from the California Coast

Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of coastal California’s finest Pinot Noirs since 1998. The source of most of their fruit is the Dutton Ranch, owned by the Dutton Family and comprised of 1150 acres of … Continue reading

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Damien Martin’s Wines from the Mâconnais

Robert Martin founded this domaine in 1982 in the village of Davaye. His son Damien joined in 2010, allowing them to expand their holdings to 20 ha of vines in the heart of the Mâconnais. They have Chardonnay vineyards in … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer: New 2019 Releases from Sonoma County

These two new releases from James McPhail’s Tongue Dancer are a welcome addition to the bevy of Sonoma County wines on the market. As we have written previously James is one of California’s top winemakers and Tongue Dancer is a … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Champagne (Sillery) & Food

In this article, we report on our tasting of the wine and food of Thomas Jefferson with special focus on Champagne and the recipes Jefferson acquired while living in France. Our tasting included the Champagne from one of his favorite … Continue reading

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