• MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

    MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to drive a winemaker over the edge.

    2 readers - Wine Lines
  • A Window Into Tuscany: Castello di Gabbiano

    A Window Into Tuscany: Castello di Gabbiano By Thomas Madrecki A note in advance — I approach any and all media trips with a bit of skepticism, in no small part because I make a living in the world of public relations. It takes a great deal for me to be impressed, and there’s a sort of natural apprehension about “giving in” too easily. You don’t want to be that wine writer.

    1 readers - Wine Lines
  • 2014 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

    2014 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County Practice your glass swirling technique, because you’re going to need it for this wine, which presents an initial impression of cat pee — not unusual for Sauvignon Blanc. But with vigorous swirling, that “aroma” dissipates, giving way to an herbal pungency that’s complemented by notes of white grapefruit, honeydew melon and fr ...

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  • 2013 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

    2013 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County Floral and fruit forward, this wine presents good acidity in the mouth with a touch of rosewater viscosity. Notes of lime, white peach, banana and lemongrass entice the nose, refresh the palate and invite another sip. A real gem from the little known Potter Valley area of Mendocino County, and ...

    1 readers - Wine Lines
  • 2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

    2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County If you’re a fan of lamb served with mint jelly, this wine would make a tasty companion. With small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend, this Cab exudes sweet, fleshy dark fruit — plum, cherry and a sharp note of pomegranate — joined by an impression of roasted nu ...

    3 readers - Wine Lines
  • 2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay, Monterey

    2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay, Monterey The “Unoaked” designation provides an opportunity to taste what Chardonnay grapes smell and taste like without the addition of aromas and flavors provided by oak barrels, staves or chips. In this case, Carmel Road has crafted a light, easy quaffer with a floral aroma and additional impressions of c ...

    7 readers - Wine Lines
  • 2011 Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

    2011 Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley The closed nose initially gives up only occasional whiffs of tobacco leaf, dill weed, coffee, currant, and cedar. The wine is medium in body, with young, bracing tannins at the back. The good news is that, with six hours of aeration in the glass, the tannins settle down and the wine comes across as a lighter version of red Bordeaux.

    8 readers - Wine Lines
  • The Essence of Galerie

    By Glen Frederiksen For me, one of the saddest stories to tell about Napa Valley is the elimination of many varietals initially planted there in favor of the red Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Of course, winemaking is a business, and there is more money to be made by planting these varietals.

    3 readers - Wine Lines
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