Tag Archives: Syrah

The Farm Winery: 2013-14 New Releases from Paso Robles

These six new 2013 and 2014  releases from The Farm Winery in Paso Robles are terrific.  We are enthusiastic about them because they reveal outstanding vineyard management and restrained winemaking.   As a group these wines offer fruit forward purity, … Continue reading

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Tenet Wines: Rhone Winemakers in Washington State

Two of the Southern Rhone’s premier winemakers—Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie—have teamed up with Bob Bertheau of  Chateau Ste. Michelle to make wines from Rhone varieties grown in Washington State’s Columbia Valley.  Their venture is called Tenet Wines, and we … Continue reading

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Sol Rouge: New Releases Lake County 2010-2012

Sol Rouge is a 70-acre family estate vineyard and winery located in the Mayacama Mountains of Lake County, California just north of Napa Valley. it is situated at elevations of over 1800 feet in the foothills of a dormant volcano … Continue reading

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Shane Wine Cellars: New Releases from Mendocino and Sonoma

Shane Finely is an affable and very  talented young winemaker.  He is one of  a  new generation of winemakers in Sonoma County who are making a name for themselves  in the industry.   Although only in his 30s  Shane has had … Continue reading

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VIE Winery: New Releases 2010-2012

VIE us a small urban winery located in San  Francisco.  It was started in 2004 by winemaker, Bryan Kane with the support of a small group of friends.  It crafts Rhone style wines and Zinfandel from grapes sourced from outstanding … 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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David Lake: Patriarch of Washington State Syrah

David Lake (1943-2009) was one of the most influential pioneers in the history of the Washington State wine industry. He is credited with producing Washington State’s first vineyard-designated wines as well as the state’s first Syrah.

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New Chilean Releases by Álvaro Espinoza: Antiyal, Kuyen, Coyam

When we last went to Chile we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley.  In the Chilean world of huge commercial wineries, Álvaro and Marina’s venture is unusual. Their estate is … Continue reading

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Vignobles Michel Gassier: New Releases from Costières de Nîmes

The Costiéres de Nîmes is the southernmost wine growing region of the Rhône Valley. Located southwest of Chateuneuf-du-Pape, the Costiéres de Nîmes appellation includes part of the Camargue Rhône delta, bordering the Rhone to the east and including the ancient, … 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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