Posts tagged: Sonoma Coast

Paul Hobbs’ 4 Barrel Chardonnay STUNNER

  Black Cordon was created in 1978 when Karen and David Dunphy fell in love with the Napa Valley and its striking black cordons (the branches of a vine are called cordons and they often appear black in the wet season). Despite fantastic scores on their wines, they remain under the radar and will likely […]

Wednesday September 7th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

The Domaine Romanee-Conti from California

  Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she […]

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Pinot Noir of the Month

  Winemaker, Kurt Beitler, is a genius winemaker, meticulous farmer, and passionate believer in creating wines that express their depth and complexity with minimal intervention. Kurt grew up around Caymus, being mentored by his uncle, Chuck Wagner, and has unending amounts of passion.  He farms his own vineyards and does everything possible in the vineyard […]

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  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 […]

Under $35 Chardonnay Surprise of the Day

  Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 3 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name […]

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 in , , , , | No Comments »

Wine of the Year Source at ½ the Price

  Kanzler is still a winery floating below the radar, but that will chance soon!.  As you might know Kosta Browne received Top Honors a few yeas ago WINE OF THE YEAR in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator with their Pinot Noir, and the fruit was sourced from…. You guessed it KANLZER!  That said, the Kanzler […]

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94 Point Rated “Budget” Pinot Noir

  Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, the “True Sonoma Coast” vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far […]

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Blind Tasting Winner beats 97 Point Rated Wines!

Our tasting group lined up 10 of what I think are some of the best Pinot Noirs from the 2013 vintage. They included: Occidental (96 Pt Galloni) Brewer-Clifton “Hapgood” (96 Parker) LaRue “Rice Spivak” (95 Galloni) Foxen “Solomon Hills” (95 Parker) Paul Lato “Solomon Hills – Suerte” (97 Parker) Aubert CIX (95+ Parker) Peter Michael […]

Tuesday March 1st, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Outrageous 95 Point Rated Chardonnay

Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross,Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir and Chardonnay on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines […]

Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

A 97 case Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sensation!

Only 97 cases (4 barrels) of this “Original Chardonnay” were produced by ace winemaker Paul Hobbs.  This old Wente Clone, grown in Goldridge clay-sandy soil yields only a few tons per acre, but the fruit is remiscent of a Grand-Cru White Burgundy.  Harry Walker planted his first grapes on this estate in 1968 and named […]

Wednesday February 17th, 2016 in , , , , , , | No Comments »