Posts tagged: Russian River Valley

EXPLOSIVE 95 POINTER UNDER $45.00

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 […]

SUPERB UNDER $40 WHITE BLEND

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 […]

Best White Wine of the Year!

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Cattleya & Pahlmeyer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia, Ft Ross 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 produced together. Previously, during the […]

Exploring Minerality – What does that really mean?

Exploring Minerality By Elisabetta Tosi, Wine Science Minerality = [SS + A + CC] – [E + T] – [O²] (Those interested in figuring out what this odd formula means should keep on reading.) Funny how things happen. Until the 1990s, the term minerality didn’t appear in the most acclaimed guides, not even the Oxford […]

LAST CALL FOR “STUNNER” 95 POINT CHARDONNAY = FREE SHIPPING

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 […]

MUST HAVE 95 POINT RATED CHARDONNAY UNDER $45

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 and […]

94 POINTS, BEST DOLLAR COST AVERAGE PINOT

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 […]

97 POINT PINOT STAR

  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, […]

LAST CALL for the Zinfandel of the Year!

  From the winery: “Our flagship wine, Benchmark Zinfandel is sourced from vines originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. Seamless, with unparalleled clarity of flavor and aromas, this wine is a testament to the hands that have tended these vines for over a century. This little lane is undeniably special, undeniably unique. […]

Chardonnay of the Year!

  Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my […]