Posts tagged: Santa Rita Hills

200 case Pinot Envy

    Bill and Cindy Wenzlau purchased 100 acres, but only planted 12 ½ of them (8 ½ 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 […]

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100 POINT WINEMAKER’S KILLER NEW PINOT NOIR

  Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California. It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their […]

Tiny producer wins blind tasting

Our Tasting Group lined up an amazing lineup of hard-to-find Grenaches: Carlisle (Rossi) 93 WS Keplinger 93 WS Saxum (James Berry) 93 WS Outpost 93 Galloni Alban 94 Galloni Sanguis (Verve) 93 Galloni Limerick Lane 94 Galloni Samsara 93 Galloni A Tribute to Grace 93 Galloni Draognette (Sebastiano) The Winner DRAGONETTE! Two brothers (John & […]

Last Call for this Winning Grenache

Two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) teamed up with their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis to pursue their live-long dream to make wine.  They gained valuable experiences at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they started this awesome venture.  Over the past couple of years the press has been (rightfully so) generous to […]

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Tiny producer wins blind tasting

Our Tasting Group lined up an amazing lineup of hard-to-find Grenaches: Carlisle (Rossi) 93 WS Keplinger 93 WS Saxum (James Berry) 93 WS Outpost 93 Galloni Alban 94 Galloni Sanguis (Verve) 93 Galloni Limerick Lane 94 Galloni Samsara 93 Galloni A Tribute to Grace 93 Galloni Draognette (Sebastiano) The Winner DRAGONETTE! Two brothers (John & […]

96 Point Herman Story Stunner!

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications garnering many 94-96 point ratings and creating […]

Sensational “Inaugural” (Screaming Eagle) Pinot Noir, 270 cases produced!

Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on a 25 million year old siliceous (silex) seabed at the furthest western side of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The vineyards, with vine densities between 4,000 – 7,000 vines/acre, are entirely organically farmed. Originally part of the Evening Land program, the […]

Surprise Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent blind Syrah tasting the Melville “Estate” surprised many. The lineup included: Beckman Clone #1 (94 Parker) Avennia (96 Parker) Two Hands “Bella” (93+ Parker) Pax “Griffin’s Lair (95 Parker) Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts (95 Parker) Bedrock Alder Springs (95 Parker) Rhys “Horseshoe” (94 Parker) Roar Garys’ (94 Parker) Lucia Garys’ (95 Parker) Melville […]

An Under $40 Gem!

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success).  Their wine-style is based and named in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of the Sannta Rita Hills. Liquid Farm 2013 […]

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Champ!

In a recent blind tasting of stunning 2012 Pinots Dragonette Fiddlestix blew away a pack of well-regarded Pinot Noirs  – Our lineup included: Foxen “Encantada” (95 WA) Domaine Cornu Corton Grand Cru (93 WA) Elk Cove “Mt Richmond” (94 WA) Deovlet “Bien Nacido” (93 WA) Big Basin “Lester” (93 WA) Aubert (95 WA) Peter Michael (96 WA) […]