Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Great Winemakers: Rudi Bauer of Central Otago’s Quartz Reef

We recently had the opportunity to retaste the Quartz Reef wines of Rudi Bauer.  We previously tasted his sparkling wines in our Sparkling Wine Report and his Pinot Noirs in our New Zealand Pinot Noir Report. Our tastings of his … Continue reading

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Richard Sanford: Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Pioneer

A graduate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965, and a Navy veteran, Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara.  His Sanford & Benedict Vineyard was established … 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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MacPhail Family Wines: 2009 Pinot Noir Releases from California

James MacPhail makes small lots of handcrafted Pinot Noirs from single vineyards in California and Oregon. His winemaking techniques let each vineyard express itself in the wine. In this article, we taste four of his outstanding Pinot Noirs from the … Continue reading

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Sequana of Sonoma: New Pinot Noir Releases

Sequana is a boutique winery in Sonoma County that specializes in handcrafted Pinot Noir. It sources its grapes from single vineyards located in Russian River and the Santa Lucia Highlands. The winemaker is James MacPhail.

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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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Tudal Family Winery: New Releases

This Napa Valley property is producing some outstanding handcrafted wines in small quantities. For their “Vineyard Series” that is reviewed here, they source grapes from their own estate and purchase fruit from neighboring vineyards as well. Their Pinot Noir Bacigalupi … Continue reading

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Freestone Vineyards: New Releases

Freestone Vineyards produces some of the finest cool climate wines along the Sonoma Coast. Last year we visited winemaker Theresa Heredia at the winery, located just five miles from the cold Pacific on the real Sonoma Coast. We tasted barrel … Continue reading

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