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2008 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay

Matanzas Creek Chardonnay

Matanzas Creek has been around since ’78, and over thirty years later, they are still making good wine. The ’08 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay is sourced from the estate owned vineyards. Read the full story

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2004 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2004 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful representation of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and all the intensity that appellation bestows on the fruit grown there. This wine exudes class and complexity starting with the deep purple colors that gives way to aromas of intense blackberry, cherry and smoke. Hints of rosemary peek through the chocolate accompanied by intense black cherry and blueberry fruit that integrates nicely with the earthy flavors of toast and oak. It is a full-bodied and well-balanced wine with an ambitiously sweet mid-palate and a seductively long-lasting smooth tannic finish. Read the full story

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2007 Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot

Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot

The Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot is one of the best vintages from these guys that I have tasted in years and I always taste their wine every vintage going back two or three decades. The wine has a very full throttle black cherry, spice and ripe blackberries whose smells present an immediate sensory aromatherapy session. Read the full story

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2006 Amapola Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Reviews: 2006 Amapola Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, California

Amapola Cabernet Sauvignon: Some of you may not know the Amapola label, but you certainly know the winemaster behind the bottle—Richard Arrowood. In 2010, he left Arrowood to focus on a handful of little gems at Amapola, a tiny ultra-premium winery in Sonoma. I had the pleasure of interviewing Richard shortly after he departed Arrowood and the passion he shared for his new venture was simply amazing. I expect great things to come out of this winery for many years to come. Read the full story

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Behind the Scenes with Richard Arrowood

I’m guilty of reminiscing. I admit it. But I think anyone that has tasted wine for a few decades is as guilty as I for recollecting greatness. We all have those memories where certain decades, regions or producers simply blow our minds. Maybe it’s simply a green drinker finally grasping greatness in a glass. I don’t know. Whatever it is, some memories seem to stick more than others and for me, Arrowood is one of those producers that captured my heart back in the 90’s.

Back then, I used to work as a sommelier and I’d get excited every time my wine distributors showed up to pour me the latest Arrowood lineup. Pockets of greatness such as the ’93, ’94, ’96, ‘97 Arrowood Chardonnay Sonoma County Cuvée Michel Berthoud Réserve Spéciale were out of this world. ’94, ’95, ‘97 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Réserve Spéciale were equally spectacular as were the ’94, and ’97 Arrowood Syrah Russian River Valley Saralee’s Vineyard and the ’97 Arrowood Viognier Russian River Valley Saralee’s Vineyard. Read the full story

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Kick’n it at Kick Ranch: WBC Bloggers Unite

I am envious of those attending the first annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) in Sonoma County, CA on October 24-26. Marc and I planned on attending, but due to other commitments, we are not able to make it this year.

For those of you who are heading to the conference, I strongly recommend signing up for the Kick Ranch Vineyard Luncheon, which will kick off (no pun intended!) the event on Friday, October 24.

Kick Ranch vineyard was planted and is owned by Dick Keenan and Kathleen McNamara. It’s a location in Sonoma’s Rincon Valley near the western side of the northern flank of Spring Mountain, a location that

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separates Sonoma and Napa Counties. Historical documents show that this location began producing grapes in the 1870’s later to be abandoned during Read the full story

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