Category Archives: usa california

Solomon Hills Pinot Noir 2011

Solomon Hills Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley AVA, California, USA, 2011 Santa Maria Valley Is an AVA spanning San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Solomon Hills Vineyards are on sandy loam, at the western extremity of the AVA, … Continue reading

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Beaux Hauts Russian River 1992

Chateau Beaux Hauts, En Tirage, Methode Champenoise Recently Disgorged Extra Brut, Russian River Valley Sparking Wine, Sonoma, California, USA, 1992 This wine: varietal pinot meunier, late disgorged in 2009 or a little later, having spent over 17 years en tirage … Continue reading

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Edmeades Zinfandel 2010

Edmeades, Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, USA, 2010 This wine: zinfandel with minor additions of petite syrak (aka durif) and syrah; unclear as to whether fermented and/or aged in oak, but the oak recipe is given as 5% new French, 9% … Continue reading

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Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

Ramey, Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2012 Russian River Valley RRV is an AVA in Sonoma County.  It is classed as cool climate, particularly suiting pinot noir and chardonnay, but also cabernet sauvignon, gewurztraminer, … Continue reading

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Migration Chardonnay California 2013

Duckhorn Wine Co., Migration, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2013 Russian River Valley AVA This is a cool climate region. The Russian River flows east-west through the AVA, draining into the Pacific, simultaneously providing a route for, … Continue reading

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Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2013

Ravenswood, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, North Central Valley, California, 2013 Lodi is 50km due East of San Francisco in the Central Valley; a blend of 77% zinfandel and 23% petite sirah (aka durif), agglomerate cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco UK, £9 A … Continue reading

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Bonterra Merlot California 2013

Bonterra, Merlot (organic), Mendocino County (not an AVA, though Mendocino and Mendocino Ridge both are), California, USA, 2013 Seven months ageing in 45% new French and US oak; predominantly merlot, with petite syrah (aka durif), syrah, and carignan, natural cork closure, 14.5% … Continue reading

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