Posts tagged: Russian River Valley

Heidi Barrett’s First Ever Chardonnay – STUNNING

Heidi Barrett, the original Screaming Eagle winemaker just announced a brand new wine from La Sirena! Although she made Chardonnay a number of times for her clients over the years, she was not compelled to make her own until a special vineyard site became available in 2016. Well-known vineyard manager Ulysses Valdez told her he […]

Wednesday September 26th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

HOT FROM THE PRESS: A WHITE WINE FOR RED WINE DRINKERS

Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in […]

Enticing Russian River “White Bordeaux”

“Les pierres qui décident” ~The rocks that decide~ Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Pahlmeyer, Wayfarer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia winemaker). Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they […]

Expressive and Memorable Pinot Noir = FREE SHIPPING

The 2016 vintage is one of  the smaller releases for our friends at Kanzler, but  it might be one of the best ones they made to date!  The wine offers up a dark purple hue embarking on a nose of red stone fruit, Asian spices and some toasty notes.  The wine has a lush and […]

Friday September 14th, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »

Value still happens in California, Really!

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 […]

95+ Point low $40s Pinot & FREE SHIPPING TOO!

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 Cahill Lane might be one of Steve Hansel’s best efforts to date.  Even with a 95+ […]

98 Point under $40.00 White

A family one acre site, Halleck Vineyard is perched above the Russian River watershed and flanked on the west by the slopes to the Pacific Ocean. It commands an expansive view of rolling Sonoma County. Winning # 1 Pinot in the US in 2003 put them on the map, but it hasn’t stopped there.  They source from […]

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 […]

VALUE CHARDONNAY OF THE MONTH!

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 […]