Posts tagged: Pinot Noir

Under $50 blind tasting winner beats big guns

In our Pinot Noir contest a surprise winner rose from the ashes.  Our group of 15 tasters lined up some amazing Pinot Noirs: Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” (96 Parker) Aubert UV (96 Parker) Dierberg “Drumm Canyon” (94 Parker) Chat. Boswell “Eloise”(94 Parker) Foxen “Block 8” (95 Parker) Bacio Divino “Bacigalupi” (94 Parker) Paul Lato “Kokoro” (94 Parker) […]

The Romanee-Conti from California – 8 barrels produced only 6 cases allocated

Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she wanted […]

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Superb Pinot Noir

Originally making wines on California’s Central Coast, Ken Wright saw the unique potential for winemaking in Oregon’s Willamette Valley while visiting friends in the 1980s. The different terroirs reminded him of Burgundy, and he packed up his family, belongings and 10 barrels of wine, and moved there in 1986 to focus on vineyard designate bottling. Ken’s pioneering […]

6 Barrel Pinot Sensation

For 3 generations the Holtermann Family has been one of the premier importers of wines, varying from hard-to-find, leading wineries to very large producers from all over the world.  Their longtime relationships with growers, enolgists, winemakers and vineyard managers provided them with a unique perspective of the wine industry. So the next step was panting their own […]

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A Garys’ Pinot Noir for the ages, includes FREE SHIPPING!

The vineyard is collaboration between the two Garys, Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni thus the Garys’ vineyard.  Gary Franscioni has deep roots in the valley, going back 100 years.  After he studies at Cal Poly he took over the family farming business and swiftly turned it into a vineyard project.  He owns the famed Rosella […]

100 cases produced Pinot Gem

  POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not […]

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5 Barrel 96 Point Rated Pinot

Justin Wilett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases.  His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers.  Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita […]

96 Point Pinot Noir Vineyard

Senses is the dream of three childhood friends – Chris Strieter, Max Thieriot and Myles Lawrence-Briggs –  who reunited after various journeys with the vision to produce world-class Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from renowned vineyards. Senses’ estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of northern California, specifically in the small town of Occidental […]

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent Pinot Noir blind tasting of well-known 2013 Pinot Noirs, a surprise winner arose from the pack. The lineup included: AP Vin (94 Pt) Foxen “Block 8” (95 Pt) Dierberg “Drum Canyon” (94 Pt) Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” (96 Pt) Chanin (93 Pt) Aubert “UV” (96 Pt) Hilliard Bruce (94 Pt) DuMol, Lindstrom (94 Pt) Dom. […]

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95 Point Must Have Pinot Gem

Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara resident returned to his roots in 1985 by establishing Foxen with long-time friend, Bill Wathen. After working as a banker in the 60 & 70’s he gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his […]