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  • 2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

    2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this Napa Cab exudes warm earth tones and high-toned spice, along with a varietal note of bell pepper — a classic red Bordeaux profile. Mix in some Rutherford dust, cedar, clove, red currant and a hint of polished leather, and you have a classic, Old World, Claret-style gem, rarely seen in California today.

    Wine Linesin Cabernet Sauvignon- 4 readers -
  • 2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley

    2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine represents the older style of winemaking — rustic and pure. Notes of lavender soap and vanilla cream mix nicely with ample black currant fruit, zippy blackberry, nice spice notes and smoky oak. Grainy dark chocolate ec ...

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  • 2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

    2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this wine has a perfumed nose full of roses and violets. There’s some nice forward fruit — cherry, currant, black plum — joined by cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, striking a nice balance between the wood components and the fruit.

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  • 2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California

    2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cuvee is brimming with spicy fruit. An effusive nose full of briary raspberry, black pepper, mint/eucalyptus and a pleasant earthiness leads to dusty earthiness in the mouth. The initial entry is more sedate, even Claret-like — echoing the Bordeaux varietals in the blend.

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  • Old Friends: Sonoma-Cutrer and Winemaker Mick Schroeter

    Old Friends: Sonoma-Cutrer and Winemaker Mick Schroeter By Glen Frederiksen For thirty years, I have followed my wine muse. She has taken me to wine education classes, to wineries all over the world, to numerous wine clubs and tasting groups, to dozens of wine dinners, and many wine tasting events. I began my own wine education group and held monthly tasting seminars.

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  • NV J Vineyards and Winery Cuvée 20 Brut, Sonoma County

    NV J Vineyards and Winery Cuvée 20 Brut, Sonoma County Pale straw color with a slight bronze glint. It has a finely beaded mousse. Aromas of fresh lemon and green apple are followed by richer, fleshier fruit (apricots?) and, finally, notes of cream, bread, and nuts. It is lively and crisp in the mouth, showing a sweet-tart juiciness.

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  • Holiday Wines, Part 1: Sparkling Wines

    Holiday Wines, Part 1: Sparkling Wines By Glen Frederiksen The 2014 harvest is now complete in California, and all indications are that it will be a successful one, landing somewhere between the brash fruitiness of the 2012 vintage and last year’s more structured wines. The months of November and December are a traditionally celebratory period in Northern hemisphere culture ...

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  • 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.

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