Champagne

A group (usually about 10-12) of Sonoma County winemakers (long-time professionals) get together each December (after harvest) to evaluate (consume) a dozen Champagnes from France and actually score them double-blind. And they do it in a tradition… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a … Continue reading “Champagne”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 Robert James Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, “Pinnacle” ($60): Generous fruit and spice notes mark the up-front freshness of this delightful new entry into the PN sweepstakes. The wine’s makeup is softer than I typically like, (… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tip of the Week

Grocery Outlet stores continue to offer some remarkable deals, and some stores are even having a 20% off sale starting in early November. However, even without a sale, some of the wines cry out for purchase now. Glen Fiona is a Washington state… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

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”

The Best Pinot Maker in America?

Since I don’t use scores to evaluate wine, for so many reasons it’s hard to recount them, I can only reflect on the absolute consistency of some of America’s greatest Pinot Noir producers. For such an iconic wine, this is not and easy task. There … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “The Best Pinot Maker in America?”