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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai Vineyards was a lot of fun.   We were the first to arrive and were able to engage Fabian and Bill in some fun conversation and enjoy a glass of Viognier--which was, happily, not as flowery as most Viogniers I have previously had--and an excellent "no sulfites added" Syrah fr... Read More

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  • Melville Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Melon, caramel nose suggests heavy oaking and full ML. On the tongue, I initially get the melon and caramel thing, but, then, a delightfully refreshing hit of lemon/grapefruit acid. Lingering pleasant aftertaste. While I feared this would be an overblown California Chardonnay, I find that this one is more like a white Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ten 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Beginning to show age in 2014. Tobacco, leather, musty raisins on nose and palate. Needed about thirty minutes to fully open. Deep cherry austerity. A regal wine, for certain. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Mark's SyrahsBEDROCK/NORTH COAST'12APSARA/CARNEROS/LAS MADRES ... ... COUNTY'10OJAI VINEYARD/STA RITA HILLS/MELVILLE VINEYARDS'08  QUPE/BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD/SANTA MARIA VALLEY'07QUPE/SAWYER LINDQUIST VINEYARD/EDNA VALLEY'09ROCKPILE/MADRONE SPRING VINEYARD/ROCKPILE/SONOMA COUNTY'10ROCKPILE/MADRONE SPRING VINEYARD/ROCKPILE/SONOMA COUNTY'11STOLPM... Read More

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  • Didn't suck???????????????????That sounds like just about the minimum you would expect.  I assume you are messing with us, OT. I'm going with one of Jon Derry's recommendations tonight:LIquid Farm 2011 Golden Slope Chardonnay from three Sta. Rita Hills vineyards--Rita's Crown (72%), Clos Pepe (17%) and Zotovitch (11%).Initial taste was OK, but, ... Read More

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  • Took me a minute to figure your notes VinoVino...sounds like a nice evening of big, bold wines.Speaking of bold. I had my first Dornfelder the other night...my wife and I were at our neighbors Friday night, they of very casual wine drinking (they drink yellowtail frequently). They have one of those open, wooden wine storage cabinets that allow f... Read More

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  • That was a blast. I want to thank everyone who made it possible with a tip of ... finish. 88pts'07 Foley Sta Rita HillsHugely ripe on the nose, simple, woody and jammy with obvious alcohol. Candied in the mouth with underlying dry tannins. This is undrinkable with too much of everything. Super fruity sweet, oaky and alcoholic but I know some f... Read More

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  • Here are my notes. Flight 1 '90 Faively Charmes Chambertin Grand ... #3 tied '07 Foley Sta Rita HillsPurple color, black cherry, black pepper and blueberry nose. Watermelon, black raspberry, sweet oak, a touch rich.Guessed SLH/Cen Coast groups #3 tied '10 La Pousse D'or Volnay CailleretsPurple color, funky barnyard, truffles, slightly stewed r... Read More

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  • Pictures? We got pictures. Everyone but yours truly who was behind the ... and ... the ... and the 2007 Foley Sta Rita Hills.My personal picks:Copain Kiser "En Bas"Patz and Hall Moses-HallPatz and Hall Burnside2011 Ceritas "Costalina"RF is going to do the official write up tomorrow. Fun even Read More

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  • Oh crap, you called my bluff.  Now I have to find them.Very good.  I think the two '07s that I have from Sta. Rita Hills will be fun.   Read More

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