A Doon Quintet

    Now that I have a little down time after lots of singing and playing during the summer, I’ve been going through various folders to try and catch up with posting notes on some damned good wines we’ve tried over the last few months. For instance, the 2013 Bonny Doon California Vin Gris de Cigare that we reported on in our Six Rosés entry from July was actually from a 6-pack sen ...

    8 readers - By George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Wine

    Wine of the Week; 2011 Ridge Geyserville

    Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. My Wine Of The Week is the 2011 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville. The Winery Ridge Vineyards is a California winery with two estates, Monte Bello in Cupertino, and Lytton Springs in Healdsburg.

    6 readers - By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

      Wine of the Day October 7, 2014 - - 5 readers - 2012 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Proprietary Red, Dry Creek Valley. Ridge’s iconic Zin blend the Lytton Springs is mostly old vine Zinfandel (about 70%) along with Petite Sirah (about 20%), Carignane and a touch of Mourvedre aka Mataro making up the rest, and all from their Lytton Springs estate in Dry Creek, coming in at 14.4%, with this 2012 release.

      Month in Wines – September 2014

      Talk-A-Vino - - 5 readers - Yep, another month became a history, and it is time to talk about the wine highlights – well, yeah, before this month vanishes too. No generic trends or observations, except of a bit more of the kosher wines than usual due to the Jewish holidays. Here we go. 2012 Terrenal Chardonnay, Spain (12.5% ABV, $4.

      Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 5, 2014

      Cliff's Wine Picks - - 4 readers - 2012 Trentadue Winery Zinfandel 2012 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Central Coast 2008 Carlisle Two Acres It was another slow week wine wise. My wife is doing better and as her broken wrist heals, we’ll begin opening more wine, which will give me more to write on this page. 2012 Trentadue Winery Zinfandel – $14.24 I’m always on the lookout for good bottles of wine for week nights.

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    • 2008 Ridge Lytton Springs – Bottle Notes

      … Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962…

      3 readers - Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles
    • Halloween party wines

      … is an intriguing blend: Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre. The percentages are not revealed and it would have been a challenge keeping track during the blending. Besieged 2013 is a delicious wine. Dark in colour and full-bodied, it begins with aromas of plum and blackberry. On the palate, the fruit flavours…

      3 readers - John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine
    • Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

      …, plums, blueberries and vanilla, and a hint of nutmeg. I gave the wine 3 hrs of decanting and tried it again, and this time more ripe cassis fruit aroma came out and the roasted chicken aroma was a bit subdued, but still there. An interesting nose. It is medium body, dry, but very round and supple in the mouth. Juicy red and black berries, cassis…

      1 readers - Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal
    • Spotlight Winery: Cesar Toxqui Cellars

      …, to celebrate 20 years in business. With grapes sourced from John Mattern’s Split Rock Ranch, this Zinfandel shows depth, structure, with soft but noticeable tannin, and a lot of flavors, almost drinking more like an Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, and Carignane blend, with a little bite on the end. Blackberry, mocha, raspberry, black pepper, fennel bulb…

      John Cesano/ John on Wine - a wine blog
    • 2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

      … you will encounter with each savory sip. The nose is still intense with blackberry and plum followed by an herbal/white pepper spice. As you swirl the herbs dissipate leaving this beautiful soft aroma of dark and red fruit. Blows me away. The label says "Big Red" but the mouth says silky smooth. Red raspberry, cherry and plum with a slight hint…

      1 readers - Dan's Cellar Sips
    • Jim Olsen Fair Angel 2012

      …. This red wine blend was one of the few red wines included in my first shipment from NakedWines.Com. The blend is 50% zinfandel, 30% syrah, and 20% carignane, which is the first I’ve heard of that last grape! Thought I’d share that tidbit in case you need a reminder that I’m just a consumer, not a wine educator. The Fair Angel 2012 reminded me…

      2 readers - Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell
    • Savannah-Chanelle

      …, Carignane and Cabernet Franc, among other varieties. They also planted fruit trees and produced prunes. By the 1920s the family owned over 400 acres. The winery was established in 1917. The Pourroy wines were sold in jugs or small barrels - there was no commercial bottling - and Eloi Pourroy did not even own a truck, preferring to use horse drawn sleds…

      2 readers - Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines
    • Saved Red Wine 2012 - Full Throttle

      …A quick break from our Breaking Into The Box series to bring you this special deal... Better strap yourself in for this one. A blend of 31% Zinfandel, 23% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 11% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Mixed Blacks, 1% Ruby Cabernet and 1% Syrah from a who's who list of regions in California: 28% Monterey, 18% Dry Creek…

      4 readers - Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob
    • Pick My Next Bottle – 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel

      …, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029. 95 points from the Wine Advocate. 2009 Turley Pesenti Vineyard Zinfandel – The broad, structured, mineral-dominated…

      Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles
    • 23rd annual Fall Hopland Passport is coming, Oct 18 & 19, 2014

      … by the participating winery tasting rooms in the Hopland area: Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Charbobo, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cortese, Dolcetto, French Colombard, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Marsanne, Merlot, Mosacato/Muscat, Negroamaro, Nero D’Avola, Orange Muscat, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Pinot Blanc…

      2 readers - John Cesano/ John on Wine - a wine blog
    • The Wines of Lodi, California

      … and sunny with cool nights and "delta breezes" from the Pacific ocean that help cool the grapes. Soils are quite diverse, which may be the reason Lodi has seven sub-regions. Some of the old vines in sandy soil is grown on its own rootstocks. Right now, Lodi is positioning itself to be a name brand, and from the tasting today quality certainly is there…

      2 readers - Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story
    • 2011 McCay Carignane

      … Posted on 11 October 2014. Wine Review: 2011 McCay Carignane, Lodi, California Mike McCay continues to flaunt his long streak of Midas touched wines of gold with this 2011 Carignane. The fruit came from the Rauser Vineyard in Lodi, which was planted in 1906. This grape loves warm climates and as the vines mature, the fruit just keeps getting…

      4 readers - Marc Hinton/ Enobytes
    • Month in Wines – September 2014

      … Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County (13.8% ABV, $25, 65% zinfandel, 20% petite sirah, 9% carignane, 3% mataró, 2% alicante bouschet, 1% grenache) – delicious blackberry nose,concentrated, dark fruit on the palate, dense and delicious. 8 2011 Suertes del Marques La Solana Vino de Parcela Valle de La Orotava DO, Spain (13.5% ABV, $18, 100% Listan Negro…

      5 readers - Talk-A-Vino