Black Estate Wines

614 Omihi Road, RD 3
Amberley,
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  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than a roaring fire and a full-bodied, robust red wine – one with a bit of oomph.  The frigid season ushers in hearty, meaty dishes with bold flavors that require wines equally as bold and assertive. While I can go down the list, the first four chest-thumping, macho grape varie... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter


  • Hi All,  I hope you all have great Holiday season.I bought some Champagne and other sparkling white wine today and for the first time noticed there is no year indicated on the label. I haven't noticed that before.I am guessing it is only new to me.But I wonder why not all wines indicate the year and what does it mean, if at all.Thanks for your i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?


  • This offer from Ian Cauble is looking pretty attractive, too... Winter has officially arrived here in California—temperatures are dropping, there is waist-deep snow in the Sierras, and almost every night I catch myself craving hearty cuisine and robust, meaty red wines. More often than not, this impulse leads me to a bottle of Nebbiolo. And whil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along the east coast of the United States. A common response to many of the wines I shared and wrote about back then went something like this; “What, they make wine there?” In fact, wine is produced in all 50 states, but many people can count on one hand the wines they have t... Read More

    From the article The United States of Wine


  • One of Syrah’s problem with consumers has always been the savory nature of the wine that is often coupled with some aggressive tannins. The solution to both issues, if and when they are viewed as problems, has been to get Syrah so ripe that it is all about fruit, has minimal tannins, and at the same time low acidity and no real complexity. As a ... Read More

    From the article Discover Syrah in Ballard Canyon


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the wines people are generally more comfortable with come with varietal designations as opposed to regional ones. Sure there are Chianti, and Bordeaux, but how many other regional appellations are most people familiar with? And is there any other that is exclusively focused on ... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • I believe that folks might already have gleaned that I am somewhat of a Zinfandel fanatic but some of my previous posts. In truth my job has resulted in my drinking less, not more Zin but left to my own devises that would not be the case. Zinfandel remains for me the greatest American wine, both for the sheer joyousness of the wine and the histo... Read More

    From the article Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is Ready


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