Posts tagged: Pinot Noir

95 Point “Classy” Chardonnay & 95 Points “Expansive” Pinot Gem

Last week I spent the  morning tasting with Andy Peay, the owner of Peay Vineyards and his line-up was stunning! What really stood out were the 2015 “Estate” Chardonnay and 2015 Pomarium Pinot Noir. Later in the day I tasted with my wine group (12 wine professionals) and we each bring our “favorite” wine – […]


  The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. In 1918 Giuseppe died, […]


  Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some […]

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Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 3 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The […]


Bill and Cindy Wenzlau purchased 100 acres, but only planted 12 ½ of them (8½ to Pinot & 4 to Chardonnay).  For 2 decades they fantasized about owning their own vineyard.   But it was not until their sommelier son Tommy came back from a trip to France that he persuaded his family to look […]

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In a recent blind tasting of 2014 Pinot Noirs, Attune beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted out 15 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all wines twice. The line-up included: Bevan Petaluma Gap (95 Parker) Argot (96 Parker) Beaux Freres (96 Wine Spectator) Rochiolli “Three Corner” (96 Parker) Peirson […]

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Value Pinot Noir of the Month

A campfire, a marmot and a flask of whiskey…  These are the humble beginnings of Baker & Brain Wines. On a Yosemite backcountry camping trip in 2009, Josh Baker and Matt Brain discovered a common goal of creating a wine label that would showcase the hard work and responsible farming taking place at their favorite vineyards.Baker […]

Former Turley winemaker’s AMAZING 95 POINT offer

  Eschewing traditional routes to a winemaking education, Ehren Jordan worked his way up the vertical integration ladder. After graduating from college in 1989, he left for Denver, Colorado where he worked briefly as a sales rep for a large wine distributor. But the siren song of ski season in the Rockies grew louder as […]

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Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Winner!

In one of my tasting group last get-togethers for the year we decided to blind taste some 2013 Pinot Noirs – all very good ones! The line-up included: Tyler “N-Block” 95 PT RP Peter Michael “Clos du Ciel” 94 RP Aubert “U-V” 96 RP Brewer-Clifton Acin 95 RP Wenzlau 93 RP Mount Eden 96 RP […]

Beaux Freres #3 WINE OF THE YEAR

  Beaux Frères’ 2014 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir is our #3 Wine of the Year! And for good reason as well. Whether you are a seasoned Pinot Lover or a die-hard Cabernet fan, this is a wine that you do not want to miss! Quantities are very limited. Winemaker Notes: “A bit darker, medium ruby […]

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