Posts tagged: Russian River Valley

KISTLER winemaker’s HOT new Chardonnay

Over the past 25 years Kistler has been synonymous with Top Chardonnay, kinda the White Burgundy Grand Cru version of California.  Kistler wines sell for $100+.  The past 5+ years Jason Kesner has been at the helm of this much sought after winery. But did you say $100+?  I have good news Jason has been […]

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Arbe Garbe (pronounced 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 common. Bob […]

Top Notch Pinot Noir (250 cases produced)

Bill Hunter (Chasseur in French), started his winemaking career in 1987 after graduating from UC Davis.  He worked at Rombauer, Bonny Doon, Chaffe Eau and in 1994 he created Chasseur.  His first vintage he made 2 barrels of Dutton Chardonnay from the original shop block and a barrel of Carneros Pinot Noir, and the rest as they […]

French Laundry’s Top Chardonnay

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 […]

6 Barrel Pinot Noir Special

Furthermore 2012 Pinot Noir “Gloria” Russian River Valley Retail $45.00 – GGWC $42.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+ Use code FURTH12PNG upon checkout Only 6 barrels or 164 cases of this single vineyard were produced.  The wine has amazing color and aromas.  From the get go you’ll encounter fragrant notes of red and black fruit, […]

DuMol Scores Big! 97 Points!

Dear Friends, Hot of the press, some BIG scores for our friends from DuMOL! Hurry, I don’t have many!  First come, First Served! Click on the links below for tasting notes and pricing info!! DUMOL 2012 “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 97 POINTS DUMOL 2012 “EDDIE’S PATCH” SYRAH – RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 96 POINTS DUMOL […]

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 […]

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