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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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Wente: New Chardonnay Releases from Arroyo Seco and the Livermore Valley

Wente Vineyards is a highly successful, family-owned and operated winery founded over 130 years ago in Livermore, California.  It is managed today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family and produces premium wines sourced from nearly 3,000 … Continue reading

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Stunning New Releases from Sandhi Wines of Santa Barbara

Sandhi is an exciting joint venture founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, Charles Banks, the former owner of Jonata and Screaming Eagle, and the talented winemaker, Sashi Moorman.   Their goal is to produce … Continue reading

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New Releases from Wrath Vineyards in Monterey

Wrath Wines has once again provided us a rich collection of new releases of their 2012 whites and 2011 reds.  There are 16 wines reviewed here each offering different expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.  Most of … Continue reading

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New Releases from William Cole Vineyards of Casablanca Valley

The William Cole Vineyards is a family-owned and managed winery started by Bill Cole. It has 129 hectares of vineyards in Chile’s cool climate Casablanca Valley, located just 45 kilometers from the Pacific.  Viviana Fonseca, a graduate of the University … Continue reading

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Sierra Madre Vineyard: New Releases from Santa Barbara

  These new releases from Sierra Madre Vineyard are outstanding examples of the high quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir being produced in Santa Barbara County.  The 2010 vintage was ideal, delivering long hang time and ideal conditions for flavor … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell’s Alysian Wines from Russian River

Alysian Wines is the creation of veteran winemaker Gary Farrell and his long term colleague Bill Hambrecht.  Established in 2007, the winery produces small lots of cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the finest vineyards in the … Continue reading

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Morgan Metalico: Unoaked Chardonnay from Monterey

As we stated in our Report # 10 on Unoaked Chardonnay, it’s a lot more difficult to make a good unoaked Chardonnay than it is an oaked one. Oaking adds complexity to Chardonnay and can mask or compensate for defects … Continue reading

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Top South African White Wine Values Under $20

As described in our recent Special Report on South African Value Wines, we recently evaluated over 175 South African wines imported to the US with a suggested retail price under $20.  All of these wines provide a very enjoyable drinking … Continue reading

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Peay Vineyards’ New Releases

Peay Vineyards is one of California’s finest producers of hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Established in 1996, it sits on an isolated mountain ridge along the “true” Northern Sonoma Coast (near the town of Annapolis) in the coastal fog … Continue reading

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