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2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous

Wine Review: 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous Lodi, California Macchia Winery produces a variety of different Zinfandel’s, each with unique personalities and characteristics crafted from a number of small lots from Lodi. The 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous is a full-bodied, ultra-ripe, richly intense style Zinfandel with spicy and jammy blackberry and dark cherry flavors. 

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2012 Handley Pinot Blanc

Wine Review: 2012 Handley Pinot Blanc Mendocino County California I have tasted and enjoyed Milla Handley’s wine for over two decades, and I have to say she is my favorite winemaker from the Anderson Valley.  She has the ability to transform grapes into something special in the bottle, and she continues to produce stellar wine […]

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2010 Rosa D’ Oro Montepulciano

Wine Review: 2010 Rosa D’ Oro Montepulciano Tracy Hills California . Finding Montepulciano grown outside of Southern Italy used to be a rarity. Thanks to Nick and Pietro Buttitta (father and son) it’s not so rare anymore. They have been making some of the finest Italian varietal wines in California for almost a decade now. […]

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2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder, California   I’m not really sure how brave that mountain is but I do know Mt. Veeder produces some mighty fine fruit. Wow! The Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon was an absolute pleasure to consume. Pleasure squared to be exact with the savory, sweet, acid, and fruit […]

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2011 Thomas Fogarty Skyline Riesling

Wine Review: 2011 Thomas Fogarty Skyline Riesling, Central Coast, California . This Riesling is from the Scheid Viento Vineyard located on the west side of Salinas Valley. The region has a micro-climate with moderate conditions and cool afternoons which are typically visited by howling winds. Evenings bring coastal fog which often linger until mid-morning. The […]

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2008 Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley   I always get excited when we get samples from Elyse. They make great wines, and they are one of the few California wineries who still age their wines for a few years before release. The 2008 vintage in Napa Valley suffered from some frost […]

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