2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley You’re in for a Rued awakening when you smell this wine — and we mean that in a good way. Anyone familiar with Chardonnay clones would take one whiff of this Searby Vineyard bottling and know that the vineyard is planted with the Rued clone — known for its strong floral component.

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    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley When it comes to Chardonnay, most renditions are rich and fat (the favored style in California for the last two decades of the 20th century) or bright and refreshing (embraced by most Burgundian vintners). Rare is the Chardonnay that manages to evoke both styles — yet here is one, in which a strong thread of aci ...

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    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley This is considered Migration’s flagship wine, although not in the sense that one associates the term “flagship” with, say, Kendall-Jackson’s “Vintner’s Reserve” Chardonnay. Whereas K-J seeks to emulate a house style vintage after vintage, Migration simply tries to get the most out of a given vintage, and will tweak the grape sou ...

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    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

    2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Although the broad “Sonoma Coast” AVA is listed on the label, this wine was made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in Green Valley — a small AVA within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Green Valley is the coolest growing area in the Russian River Valley, although the vineyard sits in one of th ...

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    The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

    We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the wine did not live up to the label — but only a few. In recent years, this special bottling has been on a winning streak.

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    2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

    2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the Dry Creek Valley.

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    Pahrump Valley Winery: Getting Better and Better… and the Best Is Yet to Come

    By Bob Johnson It had been a while — way too long, in fact — since Glen and Mary Frederiksen and I had visited Pahrump Valley Winery, which is located about an hour from the Las Vegas Strip in the southern Nevada city of Pahrump. Can grapevines find happiness in the middle of the southern Nevada desert? We’ve visited several times since the winery’s founding in 1990, witnessing ...

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    2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom, Paso Robles

    2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom, Paso Robles The color is a glass-staining purple/black. The aromas jump from the glass – gobs of jammy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, notes of blueberry, cassis, and a whiff of saddle leather and caramel. In the mouth, the jammy black fruits keep pumping, coating the palate. The tannins are velvety and fine-grained, making this a great wine to enjoy now in its youth.

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    2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles

    2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style red is dense and packed, with an opaque dark purple color that shows aromas of polished shoe leather, cedar, menthol, black plum, black raspberry, coffee, and mocha. Quite enjoyable now, medium-grained, polished tannins will ensure continued enjoyment over the next decade. A ...

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    2011 J. Lohr ‘Hilltop’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

    2011 J. Lohr ‘Hilltop’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles Opaque crimson hue. The winemaker’s touch is obvious in the nose – coffee, toasted nuts, cocoa powder, and a whiplash of leather. Behind this curtain, there is moderate dark fruits. This vintage of the Hilltop selection is thinner than most previous vintages – a likely byproduct of the difficu ...

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    2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

    2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley At first glance, this red is striking – it is a glass-staining, opaque purple/black with violet glints. The nose delivers on the color’s promise, with rich, pleasing scents of roast coffee, black plum, and black cherry. In the mouth, it is lovely and lush, the flavors echoing the nose.

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    2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

    2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley Bright straw color. How do we say this? The initial aromatics demonstrate an herbal, pastural quality. But, once we get past that, this white provides ample grapefruit and note of tangerine, along with varietal trademark grassiness. There is a decent balance between a creamy texture and crisp acidity.

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    2013 J. Lohr ‘Flume Crossing’ Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

    2013 J. Lohr ‘Flume Crossing’ Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Monterey Light straw color. This is an eminently likeable, fruit-forward style of Sauvignon Blanc, showing zesty lime, white grapefruit, passionfruit, a hint of banana, and fresh snap pea. It has a juicy vibrancy on the palate, a note of creaminess from partial barrel fermentation in A ...

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    Goldeneye Winery: It’s Never Too Early for a Good Christmas Story

    By Bob Johnson This is a Christmas story. CHAPTER 1 In 1996, some eight years before the movie “Sideways” sparked the widespread planting of Pinot Noir vineyards from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County, the Goldeneye Winery was founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn of Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Winery.

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    2012 Dry Creek Chardonnay, Block 10, Russian River Valley

    2012 Dry Creek Chardonnay, Block 10, Russian River Valley Brilliant straw color. Initial aromas of smoky oak and buttered toast pull back to reveal cream and moderate white peach, apple, and green tropical fruits. In the mouth, the creamy fruit spreads out, picking up a note of cinnamon. This Chardonnay is clearly well-made, balanced, and showing flashes ...

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