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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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Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2013 Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay . This beautifully made 2013 Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest plantings of Chardonnay in the western part of Sonoma County. Much of the vineyard is dry farmed, producing small berries that generate intense […]

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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California The 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is lean with green apple, peach and lemon core finishing with a lively dose of grapefruit and mineral that dance in the background. This is a great food wine that would pair with grilled seafood and chicken dishes.  (more…)

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Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California The Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is layered with a nice balance of red and black fruits complimented by underlying flavors of chocolate, tobacco, menthol and herbs. The finish is lingering, soft and dusty. This Cabernet needs some more time in bottle. If you […]

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Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California The 2012 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a smidgeon (9%) of Petit Verdot. Upon opening, you’ll be blown away by its intoxicating aromas that entice you to come back again and again for another sniff. It pulls you in to taste […]

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