Wine Review

    • That Old, Old, Old, Old, Old Place In Lodi (A Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault Tasting)

      Remember when we talked about that old Cinsault vineyard in Lodi? I mean, that REALLY OLD Cinsault vineyard in Lodi? The tiny, flat, rectangular Bechthold vineyard – all 25 acres of it, or just about 0.0025% of Lodi’s overall plantings – is an organic, own-rooted, sandy-soil patch of Cinsault in the Mokelumne River area, near the town of Lodi itself.

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    • Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012

      Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012, Rued Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $50 – Rating 93 100% French oak barrel fermented with full malolactic. Robust aromas of baked apples, tropicals and spice with a hint of creaminess. A lush mouth-feel with ...

      Bacchus and Beeryin Chardonnay- 8 readers -
    • Cliffs Wine Picks – Oct 27, 2014 to Nov 2, 2014

      2012 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2008 Long Shadows Wineries Saggi 2009 Henry’s Drive Shiraz Dead Letter Office 2010 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – $19.79 I decided to take a shot on this one when I was it on a local wine store’s shelf. Early reviews called 2012 a great, can’t miss vintage.

      Cliff's Wine Picksin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah- 6 readers -
  • Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

    …, while she and her mother remained Roman Catholic—tragically, yet ironically, her mother was murdered in the holocaust (the only Rothschild to have died in the Shoah). In 1988, following the death of her legendary Jewish father Baron Philippe, “the Baroness”, as she was known in the wine world, or simply Madame de Rothschild (her own preference…

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  • Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

    … It’s been a while since I bitched and moaned about tasting (okay, and drinking) wines long before “their time.” So I think we can both agree that I am due for a repeat. The trouble is, in the words of Loki, “I am burdened with glorious purpose!” when it comes to wine criticism. Generally, I’m supposed to taste vino, ascertain where it sits…

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  • Cliffs Wine Picks – Nov 3, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014

    … established. Cabernet and Zinfandel account for most of the production; Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century’s experience…

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  • Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010

    …Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010, Russian River Valley, CA, $44 – Rating 92 Think cold winter’s day, a blanket and a fireplace. This is the perfect big wine to share. Be patient however as this Petite Sirah take at least an hour to open to full potential. A robust nose of smokey cherry, blueberry and spice. A palate full of black cherry, blackberry…

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  • Wine Bath

    … Reviews of Neve Midbar 2011 and several Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whiskies. By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Washington Jewish Week November 6, 2014 Professional basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, who proudly proclaims an ill-defined Jewish heritage of some sort—“I am a Hebrew through my mother” is how he put it in 2010…

    Grapelinesin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 1 readers -
  • Recycle Bin, Week of Nov. 17

    … the finesse of Beringer's Knights Valley wines, but also lacks their now-lofty price tag. 2011 Ribon Ribera del Duero Crianza $32 (Sample) More invigorating and energetic than a crisp fall morning. Taut and coiled, full of anticipation and ready to pounce with its abundant vigor. Dense and intense. Probably would benefit from another year…

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  • CORNERSTONE CELLARS NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

    If you are a lover of #SauvBlanc, the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will not disappoint. For me, it’s one of their best vintages of Sauvignon Blanc, yet. Just pure, chilled, crisp refreshment! The wine has a marvelous nose of white peach, honeydew melon, and hibiscus. As expected, it is bright and crisp, with wet rock mineralality.

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  • 2009 TAWSE David’s Block Cabernet Merlot

    … 2009 TAWSE David’s Block Cabernet Merlot A small jaunt into the cellar for a wine to pair with lamb chops I decided on this wine. I’ll admit it was on the first shelf I went to and it hit what I was looking for: red, dominating and a bit younger. Lamb can so often be overwhelming on wines, as it is a bold meat that takes over meals. To avoid…

    Canadian Wine Guyin Cabernet Franc Merlot- 5 readers -
  • Recycle Bin, Week of Nov. 10

    … Values abound this week from Argentina, Italy and, of noteworthy mention is the Rhone Valley. Cotes du Rhones (CDR's) in particular have been overdelivering this year and are derserving of your attention and exploration. Historically, my chief complaint of CDR's has been their consonant genericness. Typically blunt and obtuse, these wines have…

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