Posts tagged: Russian River Valley

93 Point Rated under $27 Chardonnay

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

A California wine with Basque roots

Tannat is not a household name, but it is a real beauty and a great value.  The “forgotten” varietal from the France I call it.  Tannat’s roots reach through the same French countryside as Yannick’s. As one of the Southwest of France’s hallmark red  beauties, it hails from the Madiran region near the Pyrénées mountains. Rousseau […]

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion […]

Wine Alert ! Killer 225 case production Zin, 93 Points

In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the […]

Friday February 20th, 2015 in , , , , | No Comments »

Paul Hobbs’ 6 barrel blockbuster release

Paul Hobbs does not need an introduction. His well-known skills are amazing and his wines are spectacular. The new Walker Station “John Dory” Chardonnay (163 cases) is just another example of Paul’s exemplary skill level and attention to detail. Walker Station 2012 “John Dory” Chardonnay Russian River Valley Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+ […]

French Laundry’s Favorite Chardonnay by Kistler Winemaker

Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest […]

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

DuMOL’s 2012 SPECTACULAR NEW RELEASES

2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it […]

Portalupi 2012 Zinfandel Russian River Valley – ZIN OF THE YEAR!

Portalupi is a small family owned winery that was created by a husband and wife team in 2002.  Their goal was to create wines worthy of their Italian ancestry.  Having traversed the gamut of premium wineries I would say they succeeded in their quest and the results are some very high-quality wines, at an economically […]

Outrageous “Unknown” White

ZEITGEIST (tsyt- gaist) is a philosophical term meaning the spirit of the times. The word was coined by the German Romanticists to describe the cultural, ethical and spiritual mood of an era. TROUSSEAU GRIS – A native of the Jura region in France,  is a true “Grey” grape and can make either white wines or […]

2 Acre Syrah Knockout!

Davis Family is a small family owned winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma that produces small batch Syrah, Pinot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.  The Estate Syrah vineyard is only 2 acres, so NO production quantity at all!  The 2010 vintage was long allowing the tannins to fully develop on the vine while the rest […]