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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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  • Welcome to the Forum, PHound and thanks for the tip on Demetria--another one that I've never heard of.From where in S. Calif. are you starting?  Are you only spending a day in the wine country?  Unless you come back and advise me otherwise I'll assume that this is a one-day trip, and, so, you are somewhat limited in the geography you can check o... Read More

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  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and '11 Blocks 2 & 22 Zin.  You may or may not have seen OT's comment about the difficulty with '11 Zins from Napa Valley.  So, we'll see about these, but, probably, not for, at least, a few months.Well, last night we met nephew and his wife at a wine bar in Fullerton.  They are back f... Read More

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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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