Olette Pinot Noir “King Jay” Sonoma Coast 2019

Olette Pinot Noir King Jay Sonoma Coast 2019

The Olette Pinot Noir “King Jay” Sonoma Coast 2019 is an ode to owner/winemaker Jenny Lyn Heim’s father. He loved good, strong Pinot Noir. “King Jay” is sourced from a 6-acre vineyard, surrounded by coastal redwoods in the Sonoma Coast AVA, 5 miles from the Pacific and 1200 feet elevation. It’s a special spot for […]

601 CELLARS “Super Tuscan” Napa Valley 2018

601 Cellars Super Tuscan Reserve Napa Valley 2018

The 601 Cellars “Super Tuscan” is a blend is 75% Sangiovese, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. The Sangiovese gives the wine its sappy wild cherry fruitiness, white pepper and snap of acidity. The Cabernet gives it structure and firm yet fine tannins. The Merlot gives it a subtle yet definite earthy depth. Lovely wine […]

SIX CLOVES Chardonnay “Linda Vista Vineyard” Napa Valley 2020

Six Cloves Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2020

About Sonoe Hirabayashi Sonoe Hirabayashi came to Northern California Wine Country from Nagano, Japan with stops at UC Davis viticulture/enology, New Zealand and Chile in between. Her teachers include Littorai’s Ted Lemon, Andre Ostertag of Alsace and Steve Matthiasson. She truly “walks the walk” of making wines that express the grape and the place, aiming […]

LOBO “Howl” Custom Red Blend “Wulff Vineyards” Napa Valley 2018

Lobo Howl Custom Red Blend Wulff Vineyards Napa Valley 2018

Lobo “Howl” is “modern red blend” of 67% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. All the fruit’s from the Wulff’s Estate, Oak Knoll District vineyard. Big, rich Napa Valley red. Syrah gives the wine smoky spice, blueberry liqueur and lavender/rosemary. Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine structure and even more fruit and power. Merlot softens the […]

COHO Petit Verdot “Chinn Vineyard” Coombsville, Napa Valley

Coho Petit Verdot Chinn Vineyard Coombsville Napa Valley

The Coho Petit Verdot Chinn Vineyard consists of 2016 and 2018 vintage Petit Verdot (mostly 2016). It has 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot – both 2017 vintage. My Coho Petit Verdot Chinn Vineyard review Typical of Petit Verdot, pours out blackish-ruby-purple. The berry fruit flavors are super-strong and intense. Ripe, lip-staining blackberries, pipe tobacco, […]

Revival Vineyards “Field Guide” Red Wine, Napa Valley 2018

Revival Vineyards Field Guide Red Napa Valley 2018

An absolute “no brainer,” the Revival Field Guide Napa Valley is a blend of 1/3rd Cabernet Sauvignon (from a vineyard in southeast Napa Valley, near Silverado Resort) and 1/3rd each Malbec & Petit Verdot, both from Rutherford/St Helena Bench vineyards. (All the grapes are estate owned.) The term “no brainer” gets bandied about a lot […]

Cufflinks White Wine Napa Valley

Cufflinks White Wine Napa Valley

Cufflinks White is a blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 6% Ribolla Gialla and 2% Chardonnay (mostly 2018 vintage). A high-end negociant wine (buy unbottled, blend it, bottle it), this unique white blend has a little bit of just about everything. While lemony citrus holds the throne, honeysuckle, mango, mandarin oranges, Honeycrisp apples, crushed […]

Domaine des FRERES Chinon “Les Moulins de Beau Puy” 2021

Domaine des Freres Chinon Les Moulins de Beau Puy

Domaine des Freres is owned/run by two brothers who grew up in Chinon, got jobs outside of wine, got into the wine biz later on and bought their estate in 2019. 25-60 year old Cabernet Franc vines, clusters destemmed, slow ferment, aged in concrete tanks. Sweet ripe mid palate, dried violets, so pretty, deep rich […]

PLANET OREGON Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2021

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2021

The search for an exceptional “value priced” Pinot Noir is over (for now anyway). Planet Oregon is the second label for Oregon’s Soter Vineyards. It is consistently one of North America’s best value Pinot Noirs, and this 2021 Oregon Pinot Noir  is particularly tasty and consumer-friendly. This juicy, ripe and pretty Pinot maintains its Willamette […]