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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • OK, Mrs. EMark can't believe that it's been two years already.  She had a great time.My recollection, because, believe it or not, the hard copy notes are not to be found, is that my favorite wine that evening was the Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard.  I'm always the outlier.  Everybody else seemed to go ga-ga over the OR Pinot that LingProf brought.  T... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throwdown on Fox's - 2...


  • The Ojai Vineyard "Clos Pepe Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006

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    Very attractive ruby color that allows just a bit of light to pass through. Something of a rustic, barnyard nose. Very pleasant on the tonguesome red fruit (cherry, strawberry, plum)but not terribly up-front. A medium-bodied wine. A light touch of acid that is more discernable in the its medium-length aftertaste than in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Special Bottling John Sebastiano Vineyard 2011

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    Quite dark purple. Noticeable vininess in the nose. Under the palate, I get a hit of that vininess along with a light hit of red fruitcherry, plumbut neither are overwhelming. Towards mid- to back palate Im getting a kind of light herbalnessmint(?). Good acid makes this a sturdy wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RBA, that shellfish platter looks amazing.  You would have had to roll me away after that. And one more thing - EMark, it's a screwcap!Yup, v v, that would have moved that wine way up on my list of favorites.  No corkscrew fiascoes (fiaschi?) with that one.The Mt. Eden designation really confused me on that wine, though.  I thought Mount Eden wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Very interesting, Al.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree, though, they are pretty proud of their wines, there.  Pretty much above Mark's budget.Although, if I was with you, yesterday, California red wines that I would have considered:Dragonette 2012 John Sebastiano Grenache for $75 (although, I'm 95% sure that the John Sebastiano Vineyard is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    nice 1 Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    good Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Melville Vineyards 2008

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    Fairly smooth on entry to the mouth. Then I get some jammy, or, maybe, dried fruitprune, but with low sugar perception, is as close as I can come. So, this one is relying less on fruit than other components. I can say there are earthy and fungal taste sensations, but neither of those really stand out as individual components. Some heat at th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope 2012

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    Really, really nice Sta. Rita Hills chard. Loads of zippy lemon chiffon, a touch of honeysuckle, bracing acidity, light to no oak showing thru and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Dave, Chardonnay has been the most impressive grape coming out of Santa Barbara (Sta. Rita Hills to be more precise), then Syrah from Santa Ynez. Pinot is somewhere down the list...the only couple I've liked have been from Whitcrafts Aubaine vineyard (unfortunately you need to be a club member to get it), and a wine from the Fiddlestix vineyard,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


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