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MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir

 Wine Review: MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Sometimes specific vintages, such as 2011, can bring challenges to vintners on many levels. Enough heat to fully ripen the fruit and harvesting on the rains schedule, not when the fruit is ready, can overwhelm some growers and winemakers. The MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir does not […]

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Cornerstone Cabernet Franc

Wine Review: Cornerstone Cabernet Franc, Napa, California As a long standing fan of Cornerstone Cellar wines, the 2012 Cornerstone Cabernet Franc is another great wine that showcases what the Coombsville, Oakville, and St. Helena vineyards bring to the table for the Napa Valley region. (more…)

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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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