Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 Pfendler Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45): This dramatic red wine from a relatively new project based in the Petaluma gap has explosive “Gap” aromatics that include a trace of earth and a beautiful Burgundian component that today is… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 B. Kosuge Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($35): The citrus and spice components in the aroma of this sensational, beautifully structured wine add measurably to its initial appeal. But after swirling in a glass for nearly an hour, what s… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

More on pH and Aging

The issue of pH in white wines is far more complicated mainly because so few people age their whites. Also, chilling white wines (which some people will routinely do at far too low a temperature) helps to create a crisper taste, helping lower-acid… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “More on pH and Aging”

What is Cool Climate?

By Dan Berger The phrase “cool climate,” or even “cold climate,” has no legal definition anywhere in the world, taking its rightful place alongside such meaningless terms as reserve, old vine, barrel select, and other such vague-ries. There are… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “What is Cool Climate?”

A Sad Note

Davis Bynum, one of Sonoma County’s most progressive wine pioneers and a true visionary who led the Pinot Noir revolution of the county has died just short of his 93rd birthday. Bynum, who actually got his start in the wine business in the Napa Va… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “A Sad Note”

Varietal Authenticity from Down Under

By Dan Berger Some of the greatest red wines in the world are being produced in New Zealand. And not only Pinot Noir. I drew that conclusion a few years ago after a fifth trip to New Zealand, but never really wrote it in quite this direct a man… Want to read more? If you’re … Continue reading “Varietal Authenticity from Down Under”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2014 Trinity Hill Homage, Gimblett Gravels ($80): Black pepper, traces of violets and a subtle intensity of deep fruit all wrapped in a bone-dry package that is essentially a food-wine essential, particularly lamb or smoked meat dishes… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”