Sonoma Coast

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

    …, to James MacPhail. A winemaker with two decades experience, MacPhail produced more than a dozen different bottlings of Pinot Noir in the 2012 vintage. Most were single vineyard designates from the most acclaimed Pinot Noir growers in California and Oregon. Wine Lines Online: At this point in time, your MacPhail Family Wines is undoubtedly…

    2 readers - Wine Lines
  • Pinot Noir & Chardonnay V: Kosta Browne Winery

    … and spicy on the palate, with hints of creme brulee, roasted lemon and baked pear. This sensuous panoply is both abetted and balanced by clean, vibrant acidity and a scintillating limestone element. My favorite style of chardonnay? No, but certainly a model of the type that I found surprisingly poised, energetic and delicious. Now through 2017 or ’18…

    5 readers - Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head
  • Wine on company time

    … Algonquin Park, October 2014 From the Middle English octobre and the Latin October, meaning “eight,” just how the month of October became the Julian and Gregorian 10th is a matter of bad juju. The corporate bumbling by way of the insertion of January and February into the Roman calendar screwed up all available etymological kismet. Perhaps…

    Michael Godel/ Godello
  • 2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard – Bottle Notes

    …. Sangiacomo Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Sojourn sources from two distinct blocks planted in the late 1990’s. Pale red in color. 14.5% ABV. Cherries, cloves and cola on the nose. Medium body and medium acidity. Cherries, strawberries, cinnamon and plenty of earth on the palate. Great finish. Simply a delicious…

    4 readers - Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles
  • September 27th at VINTAGES rolls into October 2nd with Taste Ontario

    … Taste Local, Love Local Photo (www.lcbo.com) This coming weekend’s VINTAGES release will parlay values from around the globe into the meeting place of Ontario stores. Many of the bargains tie directly into a PB and J campaign, a parochial bandwagon advertising juggernaut. The LCBO and Wine Country Ontario‘s #Tastelocal, #Lovelocal…

    1 readers - Michael Godel/ Godello
  • 2008 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

    … 2008 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes by Tom Lee on September 18, 2014 Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award…

    1 readers - Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles
  • 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…

    3 readers - Wine Lines
  • Tasting Emeritus Pinot Noir Releases

    … Comminucations were understanding of my absence. Fast forward several weeks and things had calmed down, somewhat, so I was able to open and taste the wines, taking some notes along the way. We were sent two single vineyard pinot noirs, from Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVA's, respectively. Also, a rosé made from 100% pinot noir…

    1 readers - Beau's Barrel Room
  • Best of the West Sonoma County Wine: Where the Fog Doth Rest

    …Think of some of your favorite Pinot Noir producers from the Sonoma Coast: names like Littorai, Dumol, Failla, Flowers, Fort Ross, Hartford Court, MacPhail, Peay, Ramey and Siduri. Then add many that might be new, perhaps Alma Fria, Baker Lane, Ceritas, Freeman, Furthermore, Gros Venture and Soliste, and put them on a grassy tented knoll…

    2 readers - Wine Oh TV
  • Weekend Wine Notes: A bouquet of rosés and a few thorns

    … Today’s notes feature eight rosé wines, four from France, three from California and one from the state of Virginia. In style they range from ephemeral to fairly robust. I have to take shots at a couple of these examples, but those are the breaks in the realm of wine reviewing. No attempt at technical, historical, geographical or personal…

    8 readers - Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head
  • Wine of the Week

    …Gewurztraminer might not be as off-putting to so many people if its name were changed to Steve or Samantha, but there it is, a grape that can be made into one of the most beautiful wines in the world with a name that is almost unpronounceable. So be it. Gewurztraminer thrives in Alsace, where France nestles uneasily against Germany, and to some…

    2 readers - Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head
  • Two Pinot Noirs from “The Little One”

    …, that makes tiny amounts of wine from Sonoma Coast grapes. Winemaker and partner is Andrew Berge, and he turns out, at least in the samples I was sent, wines of wonderful finesse and elegance. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The color of La Pitchoune Vin Gris of Pinot…

    10 readers - Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head
  • West of West “WOW” Wine Festival, Aug 1-3, 2014

    … Coast Vintners is an association formed to highlight the distinguished wines crafted from grapes grown on the coastline of West Sonoma County. Tickets are now available for this special weekend at Sebastopol’s The Barlow offering both wine lovers and the wine trade an insider taste of some of the most acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay…

    3 readers - Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV