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Niner Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2012 Niner Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, California Just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, California, and home of Cal Poly University lies the Edna Valley—a respite for Chardonnay and Pinot noir lovers. This valley is unique in the fact that the topography, which forms the valley, runs east and west allowing […]

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Hawks View Cellars Syrah

Wine Review: 2012 Hawks View Cellars Syrah Cellar Series, California The Hawks View Cellars Syrah started out as one thing and became something different in the glass as do most wines. With all wines when oxygen reaches the liquid, it transforms the flavors, and that transformation continues throughout consumption.  (more…)

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Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend

Wine Review: 2012 Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend, Napa Valley, California In the early 90’s I would often drop into Markham Vineyards whenever I was driving down Hwy 128 in Napa. Sure, there might have been places with better wines or bigger palaces of extravagance but those guys at Markham always made you feel special.  […]

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Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2013 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros, California Pure and clean, this 2013 Robert Mondavi Pinot noir from the Carneros sub-appellation of Napa Valley exhibits a characteristic of Pinot noir that is only achievable when grown this far south with substantial coastal influence.  (more…)

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Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer

Wine Review: 2013 Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer, Mendocino, California I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for cool climate Gewurztraminer if they are dry with a good amount of spice. (more…)

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2012 Hourglass III Red Blend

Wine Review: 2012 Hourglass III Red Blend Napa Valley, California Hourglass owners Jeff and Carolyn Smith decided to replant parts of their Blueline vineyard, and the fruit from the new plantings went into this blend. It’s a new wine that winemaker Anthony Biagi (of Plumpjack) conceptualized and as you might expect, the wine is quite […]

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