Posts tagged: Chardonnay

Top Notch Chardonnay that will dazzle your palate, but not hurt your wallet!

A childhood dream, let’s hook up when we are all grown up and start a winery tighter.  That is the story of two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) and their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis.  They teamed up to pursue their live-long dream to make wine. While working at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead […]

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95 Point Rated, Inaugural DUMOL releases!

This is the 21st vintage, thus a Jackpot of sorts for DuMOL.  At the start of the 3rd decade in business, a few changes are taking place.  The first one, the introduction of the “Wester Reach” series.  To create the Wester Reach Chardonnay and Wester Reach Pinot Noir, Andy Smith and his crew have interwoven […]

UNDER $40.00 – 95 Point “old-timer” still has it!

Walter Hansel Winery has been synonymous with good quality and well-priced wines for years.  Real crowd-pleasing wines for those who don’t want to break the bank and still want to get a good quality glass of wine.  The 2015 Cuvee Alyce Chardonnnay might be one of Steve Hansel’s best efforts to date.  Even with a […]

Araujo / Reuling winemaker’s 175 case Chardonnay Jewel!

Chamboulé was founded in 2011 by Matt Taylor (winemaker at Araujo & Reuling) who acquired three estate parcels in Napa Valley and at the Sonoma Coast. These wines have a unique vision and express Matt’s desire to showcase the beauty of the sites he is proud to work with in the most traditional ways possible. […]

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175 case Blind Wine Tasting Surprise

My tasting group of 12 brought in a nice selection of 2014 Chardonnays from Oregon and California. The impressive lineup included: Cattleya “Pratt” 95 Pt (RP) Bergstrom “Sigrid” 95 Pt (RP) Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” 95 Pt (RP) Martinelli “Zio Tony” 95 Pt (AG) White Rock “Breccia” 96 Pt (RP) Sanguis “Loner” 94 Pt (RP) Ramey […]

Saturday May 26th, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »

Bevan New Releases Now Available!

The much anticipated releases of Russell Bevan’s “Burgundy Portfolio” have arrived! As always very limited and first-come, first-served! Bevan 2016 Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir GGWC 79.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more! Use code SHIPFREE6 during checkout OK to mix with other Bevan releases! Winemaker Notes: “The Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir is made up of […]

97 Pointer by Russell Bevan’s disciple

  Kimberly Hatcher is the longtime assistant to Russell Bevan and has kept her eyes and ears open as she is on a roll now! Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck have “noticed” her and the press is out! That said, Kimberly’s wines are very small productions, and with the high scores… they will sell out […]

You say: “Old Chardonnay”, I say that you are wrong! Edit Subject

You’d say: “Old Chardonnay”, I say that you are wrong. The Vigneron profession first appears in the Terrien family tree in the 1700s when they lived in the Loire Valley of France. “Bêcheur” was also one of their occupations, which is to say they shoveled dirt for a living. As bêche is a spade and […]

Unique Rued-Z Clone Chardonnay

There was a man named Ernest. He was an entrepreneur, a risk-taker and a role model for his grandson, Todd Gottula, who founded the Ernest Winery with his wife, Erin Brooks, back in 2012.  Todd’s grandmother, Joanne, is The Artist in the family. Her path as an artist revealed itself later in life, but her […]

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Marcassin Disciple’s extraordinary Chardonnay (only 125 cases produced)

Ferren is a winery dedicated to tiny lots of artisanally made single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the Sonoma Coast. Each of the vineyards is a jewel of the true coast, and is farmed to the highest standards of sustainability and wine quality. Owner and winemaker Matt Courtney started Ferren after an eight-year […]

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