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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

Subregions of California - North Coast

  • Humboldt

    About half of the nearly 30 wineries in Humboldt County source the majority of their grapes from ...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

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  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

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  • Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012


    This is certainly pungent, and fruity though with aromas of tropical fruit leaning towards guava along with cooked apricot and melon it is somewhat atypical. Gentle on the palate, a little swet and with fruity flavors that recall the nose but show nice restraint this is a very appealing wine to a broad spectrum of consumer looking for something ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • J Pinot Gris 2013


    Tight, fresh, lemony and slightly muscatty with floral notes on the nose. In the mouth this is lighter that you might expect front he nose with simple yet fresh flavors of sweet apple and pears buttressed by gently supporting acids. It's a Iight and fresh wine that turns more citrusy with air and gains a subtle chalky note on the fairly long fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Franus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997


    Very attractive more-red-than-purple color in the glass. Blackberry aroma on the nosesnot the big oak thing that comes with a lot of cabs. Again, some blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but, then two things are observed almost simultaneously. First, this is not a terribly full-bodied wineit is much lighter than the standard California... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Daytripper Clarksburg Petite Sirah 2012


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection also available from Lot 18. This is the Lot 18 review which I found pretty accurate. '...At first sip, this could be mistaken for a ripe Zinfandel or Syrah, with its incredibly juicy berry fruit, fleshy plum and spice character. But the concentration of flavors and supple texture on the finish remind you that i... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Valdez Quinn Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley 2009


    Excellent Dry Creek zin from Valdez. This is more subtle than some of their other zins, less jammy and a bit more refined. Still has abundant red and black fruits, blueberry compote, moderate acidity and fine grained tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Carlisle Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2009


    Dark and earthy on the nose with lovely integrated wood spice notes, rich briar and tobacco notes and a base of spiced dry cherries. Velvety in the mouth with lovely, nuanced briery red fruits and a hint of plum accenting the raspberries and cherries that gain lovely wood spice notes on the backend. The finish is long, detailed and full with ri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble 2011


    Not a particularly well-balanced wine but very interesting and positive for the price. Delicate but assertive, the nose has some funk and leathery aspects that contrast with the juicy mouth feel. Not overly-fruity but juicy with some tart notes. Finishes where it started with oak and vanilla. Quite a ride! Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Ceritas Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


    Very interesting translucent, slightly murky, ruby colorpretty much what I expect from PN. Intriguing, somewhat unctuous nose. Very light on the palate. Very moderate fruitmaybe, a faint strawberry, but, then, a stiff acid hit almost makes me think lemon. A refreshing red wine that might be winner winner with a grilled/roasted Cornish Game H... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Artesa Chardonnay Carneros 2010


    Chardonnay typique californien. Vanille à la fin. Je remonte ma note. Read More

    Wine review by Ivan Chaney

  • Slingshot Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011


    The wine is a dark ruby in the glass, a classic Cabernet color. The nose, I must admit was surprising. It was a lovely combination of black fruit, blackberry and black cherry intermingled with a bit of anise, black pepper and a hint of mint. The taste was a blast of rich jammy fruit, much more like a Lodi Zinfandel than a Napa Cabernet, but t... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

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