Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2014 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Freestone Hill Vineyard ($72): Audacious and as impudent as it ever is, the wild spice components, the traces of cranberry amid the lush raspberry and wild strawberry notes, the p… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Graphic Wines

“Night on Bald Mountain” is a fairly dramatic musical composition, written by the Russian alcoholic composer Modest Mussorgsky, and often is performed during concerts as a “fun” addition to a more serious concert. In fact, this particular piece of… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Graphic Wines”

A Strategy for Red Blends

Blended red wines have a grand and glorious tradition in California, dating back to the Roma wines in the period immediately after Prohibition ended, which were heavily advertised on radio, notably on radio drama series. Later, we saw red wine ble… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “A Strategy for Red Blends”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2013 Engracia Syrah, Sonoma Valley, Deerfield Ranch ($35): It’s extremely difficult to get wine makers to find cooler regions and then courageously harvest fruit intentionally to make a cool-climate wine such as this one. Mike Faulck i… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 2012 NXNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills (dry), normally $16. King estate is one of Oregon’s top wine producers, with a national reputation for excellent Pinot Gris. In 2005, the company expanded into Washington state, opening… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

Labor Shortage

One untold story of the California wine industry as this 2016 harvest comes to a close relates to the labor shortage that has impacted smaller producers in difficult way. One small Mendocino County wine maker related to me last week that it was on… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Labor Shortage”