Posts tagged: Mendocino

Under $30 REALLY ~ 94 Point Rated GEMSTER!

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set […]

Blind Tasting Winner: Comptche Ridge Pinot Noir!

Comptche Ridge winery is owned by the Weir Brothers (as in Weir vineyard, source for some amazing Pinots such as Drew, William Selyem, Spell, etc.).  Comptche has also been the foundation for some other stunning Pinots like Anthill, etc. My tasting group was excited to add some Pinots into the mix.  This week’s lineup included: […]

A limited Production “Precious” find

I am excited to introduce a new winery to our portfolio “Stage Left” an outfit specializing in “Rhone Varietals” from some of the most sought after vineyards in California.  For this offer I want to introduce the 2010 “Go Getter” a Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussane blend, and the single vineyard “Alder Springs” Syrah. Stage Left […]

The Best Red (value) in the West!

When David Ramey is your consulting winemaker, the chances of success are huge!  That said, the 2009 Old Soul Red (a blend of 59% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 14% Syrah, 7% Malbec) is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market.  Sourced from their 100% organic, and bio-dynamic vineyard this […]

Handcrafted Organic Wines With An Expensive Taste

Horse and Plow is a small husband and wife run winery in Santa Rosa that focuses on making handcrafted wines exclusively from organic and bio-dynamic grapes. Chris Condos (winemaker/partner) started his career at Pine Ridge in 1995. He is also the day-to-day winemaker for Kathryn Kennedy winery. His wife, Suzanne Hagins started her career at […]

Third generation winegrowers turn heads!

The name Fetzer echoes in the history of California wine. The Fetzers were pioneers of organic and biodynamic winegrowing in California. The founders, Barney and Kathleen Fetzer created the brand many decades ago with the help of their 11 children.  Over the years Fetzer was sold to Brown-Forman (Jack Daniels, etal folks) and the family […]

Romanee Conti at a fraction of its cost!

Jason Drew has a knack of producing great wines, and Bill Weir growing amazing Pinot Noir. The block used for the 2009 Weir Pinot Noir is a combination of Domaine Romanee Conti Selection and Rochioli clones used to make this stunning release. This vineyard is located in a cool pocket amongst the redwoods in the […]

Que Syrah Syrah, What will be… A stunning wine at a great price!

Remember Justin Meyer (founding winemaker/partner) of Silver Oak?  I know you’ll say, I don’t like Silver Oak today – I (might/will) agree.  The first 20 somewhat vintages of Silver Oak are much better than the last 10.  That has to do with the fact that Justin Meyer left Silver Oak 10+ years ago (sadly he […]