Yolo County Wine

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Yolo County is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. The Sacramento River Delta provides a channel for cooling winds, making it the coolest region in Central Valley. It’s further divided into subregions, and the majority of the vineyards are located in the ones closest to the delta to the east, within the Clarksburg and Merritt Island AVA’s. But pioneering winemakers, such as John and Lane Giguiere, who founded R.H. Phillips winery, promote the warm weather conditions in the Dunnigan Hills and Capay Valley.
 
The warm weather climate is most conducive to varietals such as Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo. White grapes grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. ~Amanda Schuster
 
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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • Capay Valley Vineyards

    Capay Valley Vineyards was established in 1998 by Tom Frederick and Pam Welch, long time resident...

  • Heringer Estates

    The Heringer Family has always believed in hard work, innovation and resourcefulness. We have alw...

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  • Karen Birmingham Petite Sirah Clarksburg 2014

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    Although not a PS for purists, this was very, very good. The strength of the viogner on the nose a large - Rhone Valley large, creating orchard floral blossom & honeysuckle with red currant, plum and vanilla supported by well balanced tannins and acidity. Very good wine making here. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    Very palealmost watery lookingyellow color. Bright refreshing tropical fruit nose. Lots of fruit on entrygreen apple, citrus, table grapes, pineapple, melon. No indication of RS on the label, but I have to believe there is, at least, 1%, or so. Very tart makes this a very refreshing, although not terribly sophisticated, summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose. Light fruit and a touch sweet with good acidity. Finish was short and slightly bitter. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Akiyoshi Chardonnay Sur Lie Aged 2013

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    A very nice white very pleased with this. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Clarksburg 2013

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    A Naked Wines selection; richard rappuhn Angelmoments agoGave itDeep dark Purple/Red/Tawny color in the glass. Opens with Cigar Tobacco, Smoke,and Boysenberry; on to more Boysenberry and Black Tea; then some Black Olive, Cedar, and Slate. Bright Tannins and medium Acidity with a long finish with Boysenberry, Black Tea, and bits of Lilac and Lico... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bogle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    woody musty aroma, peppery plum tones, dry. I've experienced better years of this cab from this Vineyard. Read More

    Wine review by glc


  • Matchbook Syrah 2013

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    Big fruit flavor, a touch of spice but not overpowering and so smooth! I prefer white but occasionally drink red and this one is definitely on my short list of tasty reds. Read More

    Wine review by Shebaac


  • The Crusher Petite Sirah Grower's Selection 2012

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    A little on the dry side, but I think I might need to give this a second look. More of a cab than a petit sirah...missing blueberries. Heavy blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • David Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon Clarksburg California 2013

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    Wine review by anstett


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