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2012 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2012 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, California This awesome elixir from MacPhail personifies tasty, juicy, liquidity in an almost perfect fermentation of pristine Sonoma Coast Pinot noir grapes. I feel graced to have the opportunity to taste wine like this. The aromas that waft out of the glass fifteen minutes after pouring will […]

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2011 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2011 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California The 2011 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of enduring simplistic quality and I mean that in the most complimentary way, it is rare to taste a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that has not been over manipulated during fermentation and aging. Agustin Huneeus certainly has the skills […]

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2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling

Wine Review: 2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling, Santa Barbara County, California . They should really rename this wine to Kick-Ass Ranch Riesling, but I guess that would mean a vineyard name change. This small vineyard located in Los Alamos (and we are not talking about the Malbec in Mendoza!) near the Vandenberg Air Force Base […]

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2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir . Gary Farrell has brought together a culmination of viticulture and winemaking expertise with the Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot noir. Grapes for this wine are sourced from eight different vineyards. The variance of the topography at the vineyard source sites contributes significantly to the style and character of […]

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2011 Villa San Juliette Zinfandel

Wine Review: 2011 Villa San Juliette Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California I remember when the first reality show about wine, Corkscrewed: The Wrath of the Grape, debuted, we were really excited but not surprised the show was being filmed in Paso Robles. After watching the first few episodes, we also wondered how television producers Ken Warwick […]

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2012 Hess Collection Artezin Zinfandel

Wine review: 2012 Hess Collection Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California . Randle Johnson makes wines for the Hess Collection on a couple of different continents. I had the pleasure of interviewing Randle a couple of years ago and his enthusiasm for making and drinking wines is contagious. This Zinfandel wine from Mendocino illuminates the skill […]

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